Help One Voice, One Message 5K Win a Grant!

The Bellmore-Merrick One Voice, One Message 5K Run/Walk has been nominated for one of three possible grants from the local nonprofit organization Team Up 4 Community.

The LI Spring Sports Heroes Challenge is a seasonal video contest that rewards clubs and organizations that make a positive impact on their community through athletics.

Team Up 4 Community nominated the district’s March 21 event, putting together a short video clip with photographs of the run. The school videos that get the most votes between now and April 30 will become finalists.

The contest is simple. Click the link highlighted here and scroll down to find the headline that reads: “Bellmore Merrick Central District holds unifying 5K Walk/Run.” Enter a valid email address and then click “Vote.”

Finalists will advance to a final round of voting that will determine the top three winners on May 2-3.

Help spread the word!

A Night of Jazz for Senior Citizens


Mepham High School hosted its annual senior citizens prom on April 16. Held in the school cafeteria decorated in a roaring ’20s theme, the senior citizens prom is an evening affair hosted by members of Students Against Destructive Decisions as a way to interact with seniors in the Bellmore-Merrick community and give them a fun night of dancing, food and live music.

Mepham student-musicians, under the direction of music teachers Brian Neiderman and Mike Mitchell, provided live jazz music.

Student volunteers served delicious trays of pasta and salad, while others took to the microphone to sing classic jazz songs, such as “Somewhere Beyond the Sea,” “Fly with Me,” and “Summertime.”

The students in S.A.D.D. organized the annual event with the help of club advisors Dr. David Kommor and Jeanette Spargifiore.  


Mepham Student Earns First Place at Italian Poetry Competition

Mepham High School junior Kristen Corless earned first place in her category (Level IV) at the American Association of Teachers of Italian’s annual Italian poetry recitation contest on March 20. Corless earned the top spot with a recitation of the poem “A Zacinto” by Ugo Foscolo during the contest at SUNY Old Westbury.

Numerous school districts from Nassau and Suffolk counties participated in the AATI contest, with almost 300 students reciting poems.
Congratulations to Kristen and her teacher Andrew Franklin.

JFK Senior Wins Young Naturalist Award

Kennedy High School senior Beatrice Brown was selected as one of two winners in her grade for the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Award. The distinction was made in recognition of her research, “Forecasting Hurricane Hazards for the Long Island Area.”

The Young Naturalist Award is a research-based science competition open to students in grades 7-12 aimed at promoting the natural sciences.  It is sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and the Alcoa Corporation. 

Brown’s research project was rigorously evaluated by educators and scientists at the museum.  She was chosen from a pool of finalists who completed STEM research projects focused on natural environments across the country.  Motivated by the damage to her own home, the loss of her family’s personal belongings and the devastation to her community during Superstorm Sandy, Brown’s independent research project developed predictive models of the hurricane hazards faced by coastal communities on Long Island. 

As a national winner, Brown and her parents are invited to an all-expense-paid overnight stay in New York City and an awards ceremony and luncheon at the American Museum of Natural History. 

She will also meet with museum scientists for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s laboratories and rare collections. Brown will receive a $2,500 cash award for her achievement.  

Pupil Transportation - Update on Van Buses Prohibited on NYS Parkways

Members of the New York Association of Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) and legal counsel are working with the State Parks Department, locally and in Albany, to gain permits for operation of all van buses on the parkways. In addition, work on is being done to utilize the Wantagh Pkwy, Loop Pkwy and the Meadowbrook Pkwy to points south of Merrick Road for all buses. We are pleased with the communications thus far with the Parks Department in Albany and we are hopeful that all contractors and school owned van buses will have the opportunity to make application for permits to once again travel on the parkways in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Hopefully, this will happen over the next few business days. More to come...

Bellmore-Merrick Summer Teen Program


SEPTA: How to Protect Your Child Legally and Financially- April 30, 2015


District Holds Inaugural World Languages Contest

The district’s world languages department held its first districtwide creative contest last month. More than 200 students in grades 7-12 submitted entries in poetry, essay, poster and video categories. 

The contest’s theme focused on the importance of studying another language and being culturally aware. Members of the world languages department judged the contest. Faculty, staff and students submitted votes in the poster category. Click here to see all the winners.
Félicitacions!  Congratulazioni! ¡Felicitaciones!

Intel Finalist Travels to Washington

Bellmore-Merrick’s Intel finalist, Samuel Epstein, traveled to Washington, D.C. recently to network and compete with the nation’s 39 other Intel finalists.

Epstein, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, was selected as a finalist in January, earning him an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital. He and fellow finalists shared their research with visitors and one another at the Public Exhibition of Projects. Later in the trip, Epstein attended a black-tie affair, emceed by CNN National Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, where he was presented to an audience of more than 500 people. Highlights of the trip also included a meet-and-greet with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Epstein’s research, titled “The Effects of the Modulation of TOR Signaling and Microbial Exposure on Feeding Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster,” observed the dietary patterns of fruit flies in an attempt to research how caloric intake can be controlled to reduce the risk of disease and potentially slow the aging process. Epstein worked with mentors out of Long Island University. Other finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search included a student who developed a method to scan DNA for genetic mutations and one who modified a tomato plant for resistance to pests.

Browse our “In the News” section at left to view media coverage of this national event.

Science Teacher Honored by Harvard Club

Mepham science teacher Lorrilee Geraci was recently named a Distinguished Teacher of 2015 by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

Geraci is one of 12 teachers from Long Island to receive this award, which seeks to recognize extraordinary people who expend uncounted hours and vast amounts of energy to transform the lives of adolescents.

An educator at Mepham for 22 years, Geraci teaches AP Psychology, Advanced Living Environment and Advanced Science Research. At the March meeting of the Board of Education, she was recognized with a citation.

The Harvard Club of Long Island is comprised of Long Island-based members of the Harvard University community, from professors to honorary degree holders to alumni. The Harvard Club fosters academic rigor through cultural and educational activities on Long Island throughout the year.
Geraci will be honored at a special brunch hosted by the organization on April 26.

District Receives Check for Safe Driving Campaign

On March 26, the district’s Community Parent Center received a check for $25,000 from State Farm Insurance, allowing it to continue its Driving in the Safe Lane program.

The Driving in the Safe Lane program is designed to reduce teen crashes and save lives through parental and teen awareness and education. It targets parents’ key role in encouraging their teens to drive safely and responsibly by avoiding risky behavior and poor decision-making.

On hand to accept the check was the district’s Director of Transportation Tom Volpe, Superintendent John DeTommaso, Assistant Superintendent for Business Cynthia Strait Regal, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Mara Bollettieri, Community Parent Center Director Wendy Tepfer, Dedicatedd President Marge Lee, and State Farm agents Suzanne Aral-Boutros and Scott Hermann.

March Students of the Month

Administrators and staff at Kennedy recently designated one student from each academic department as Student of the Month for March. This recognition highlights the student’s achievements and efforts throughout the month. The March Students of the Month were:

Rebecca Banilover, Physical Education
Beatrice Brown, Science
Sam Dacher, Business
John Duroseau, Vocal Music
David Kantor, Math
Mikaela Orenstein, English (unavailable for photo)
Kenneth Pabon, Art
Devon Phillips, Family & Consumer Science
Danielle Schwartz, Social Studies
Neal Shah, World Languages and Health
Dan Steen, Instrumental Music

Congratulations to all these outstanding students!

Engineering Career Day Held at MAMS


In an effort to familiarize students at an early age with the vast and exciting STEM career opportunities, Merrick Avenue held its annual Engineering Career Day in the school’s gymnasium on March 26.

With the help of student volunteers from all three high schools, as well as outside tech companies and local colleges, eighth-grade students had a chance to ask questions and make connections with the representatives on hand.

Companies such as Leviton, Urban Digital Solutions and Action Machined Products set up tables with brochures, giveaways and work samples, including a fully animated miniature educational robot from Teq, a Huntington Station-based technology company.

Representatives from Suffolk Community College, Nassau Community College, Farmingdale State College and New York Institute of Technology were also on hand to discuss the various degree possibilities and career choices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A robotic crane that stacked a set of blocks drew a crowd of onlookers.

Merrick Avenue technology teacher Carl Yannuzzi organizes the annual event as a means of introducing students to the excitement, as well as the challenges, of pursuing a career in technology. The goal is to get students to begin thinking about the field before they reach high school.


Congratulations to the March citizens of the month

Back row: Cole Langan, Jonathan Gaufman, Thomas Tiongson and Andrew Cascio
Front row: Jacquelyn Amara, Joseph Malone, Jack Racer and Rory King

Dancing with the Teachers at JFK

On March 10, the Kennedy Student Government and PTA presented “Dancing with the Teachers,” a one night competition featuring eight Kennedy teachers who showed off their dance moves after taking eight professional dance lessons during a two-month period.  

The theme for this year’s event was “Faculty Redemption,” as six of the participants returned to compete after falling short of victory the first time.  This is the fourth time the event was held at Kennedy.  

The six returning participants were Keri Andree, Roseann Damato, Steven Mastromarino, Bruce Reed, Lois Schiavetta and Daniel Vessely. The wild cards were Barbara Franklin and Rory Haiber.  Each participant danced with his or her professional instructor to a packed school gymnasium.

The contestants were judged by Kennedy English teachers Vivian Lopez and Jon Dell’Olio, main office secretary Mary Clark and senior Halle Marks.  The event was hosted by Kennedy science teachers Helmut Schleith and Russell Lella, who filled the night with wit and humor.  

Before the event, the Kennedy Student Government presented a donation of more than $6,200 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The money was raised by the Kennedy English Department’s Pennies for Patients campaign, along with proceeds from the event.

The combination of spirit and service is a cornerstone of the Kennedy Student Government.  President Zach Goldman presented the evening’s check, praising the dedication of the student organization for benefiting worthwhile causes.  Assistant Principal Jerry Owenburg commended the students for their charitable efforts. He presented citations to Goldman, as well as the club’s service coordinators Rachel Breslow and Aydin Kessler.  

Ms. Andree, a finalist in 2010, won the evening’s competition. All of the teachers demonstrated stellar dance moves, and it was a fun, spirited night.

Health & Career Fair Draws Hundreds to JFK

John F. Kennedy High School held its annual Health & Career Fair on March 24, gathering dozens of healthcare professionals and local organizations for a student networking opportunity.

Held in the school’s gymnasium, the evening began with a friendly Medical Scrabble Tournament and raffles, which helped raise money for Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The efforts raised $1,420 for the medical center.

During the event, students had an opportunity to speak with nurses, doctors, laboratory scientists, genetic counselors, forensic scientists, EMTs, acupuncturists, physician assistants and many other professionals.

Also in attendance were community health and wellness groups, such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the Community Parent Center, the Forever 9 Foundation, and fitness organizations, such as CrossFit and TFW.

The evening also featured fitness class demonstrations in the auxiliary gym. Kennedy High School’s gourmet foods students prepared healthy appetizers for the evening’s festivities.  

French and Italian Honor Societies Give Back

Students at Mepham High School used Foreign Language Week as an opportunity to give back to the community.

The National French and Italian Honor Societies held a peanut butter and jelly lunch drive to prepare bagged lunches for the homeless of Long Island. Students gathered together and prepared 100 sandwiches and snacks, which were delivered to the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead and distributed to those in need.

The students were thrilled with the outcome and proud to have helped the hungry and homeless in this small way.

District Holds Unifying 5K Walk/Run


Bellmore-Merrick CHSD held its One Voice, One Message 5K Walk/Run from Grand Avenue Middle School to Merrick Avenue Middle School on March 21.

More than 400 people registered for the inaugural run, while dozens more turned out to show their support for the participants despite the cold and slushy weather. Students from all six buildings pitched in, either by registering, or volunteering their time to help launch the monumental event.

The One Voice, One Message 5K began in the parking lot of Grand Avenue, continued on to Merrick Avenue and then circled back to the rear parking lot at Grand Avenue.

The winner in the male category was Chris Perillo at 16:56. The female winner was Doreen Steen, who crossed the line at 17:57.

The event was a symbolic gesture of solidarity among the six schools that comprise the district. Proceeds from the 5K were donated to support pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. The event raised a net total of $10,860 for the hospital.

“In spite of the surprise spring snowstorm, the event was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Joseph Netto, one of the event’s organizers. “From the overwhelming community support to the strong showing from the district's six schools, the 5K indeed demonstrated the principle of ‘One Voice, One Message,’ while highlighting Bellmore-Merrick's giving nature.”

State and local politicians also turned out to lend their support and congratulate the organizers, including Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and New York State Sen. Michael Venditto.

Browse the photo gallery to catch the race from start to finish.

Letter to the Governor


Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Energy Conservation Plan


Stranger Danger Safety Tips - Nassau County Police Department




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The district will be placing new information in this section regarding the Capital Projects. Be on the lookout for information as it becomes available. See the links below for our latest updates.

1/22/15 - Bond Phase 1 Update

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10/29/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

9/29/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

8/11/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

7/14/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

6/30/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

July 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

August 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

September 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

October 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

November 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

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Construction Update 6/17/14

Neighbor Letter Re: Construction (Middle School)

Neighbor Letter Re: Construction

6/10/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

SED Approval - Phase I  - May 6

02/10/14 - Bond Project Update

Capital Project Potential Phasing