Caps Off To The Class of 2015

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Pomp and Circumstance at MAP

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Twenty-two students graduated from the Meadowbrook Alternative Program on June 22.

The program, which celebrated its eighth year, is run by Principal Susan Ellinghaus and promotes honor, excellence, respect and optimism in its students, who have had difficulties succeeding in traditional high school settings.

The ceremony featured a presentation of awards and scholarships for students, as well as a special recognition for MAP’s Key Club members, who began their own chapter of the organization this year.

This year’s Valedictorian Michael Nussenblatt and Salutatorian Breanna Tardo were full of appreciation for the program in their speeches, and diplomas were dispersed by Dr. Joseph Netto, the school psychologist.

Senior Wins Cristin Bambino Award

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Gillian Cohen, a senior at Calhoun High School, was the recipient of the prestigious, New York School Insurance Reciprocal/Cristin Bambino Memorial Scholarship totaling $5,000. The scholarship is granted to a college-bound special education student to award him or her for overcoming special challenges while completing high school and obtaining entrance to a college.
    
During her high school career, Cohen has played with Calhoun’s junior varsity girls tennis team and is currently the team manager for the varsity team. Additionally, she is an active member of the school’s World of Difference and Key clubs.  

As a liver transplant recipient, Cohen also works closely with the Transplant Recipients International Organization and the New York State Organ Donor Network. She has spoken at various events reflecting on her experience as a transplant recipient and is also very active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, recently securing an internship.  

On May 2, Cohen threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets game as a representative for Make-A-Wish. She threw a perfect strike. Cohen plans on attending LIU Post in the fall.

Cohen was recognized by the Board of Education at its June 3 meeting.

District Hosts Second Drug Take-Back Day

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District leaders and the Community Parent Center held its second Drug Take-Back Day outside of Mepham High School in an effort to curb the availability of over-the-counter and prescription drugs found inside the average household medicine cabinet. On Take-Back days, residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications where they can be disposed of safely.

At the May 30 event, residents dropped off approximately 700 pounds of medication, which were collected in 33 large plastic bags in a few hours. The Nassau County Police Department picked up the bags for proper disposal.

The joint community-school effort followed a similarly successful Drug Take-Back event on September 27 in front of the central administration building. At that event, more than 200 pounds of drugs were collected in 10 large bags.

Organizers also distributed more than 200 resource packets replete with information about safe storage and disposal of medication, as well as where families can seek drug counseling should it be needed.

Kennedy Senior Wins at Long Island Science Congress

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Jamie Kanner, a senior in John F. Kennedy’s advanced science research program, earned first place in Behavioral Sciences at the Long Island Science Congress at The Wheatley School in Westbury last month. 

As a result of her first-place accomplishment, Kanner was invited to present her research project and compete for placement at the New York State Science Congress competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory on May 30. 

Jamie’s research project, “What Do You Think? The Perceptions of Typical Individuals Regarding Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” was developed with the help of a mentor from Harvard Medical School, and professionals from the Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.
 
Kanner was recognized for her accomplishments at the June 3 meeting of the Board of Education.

Eighth-Graders Celebrate Moving Up

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Eighth-grade students at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools officially capped their middle school careers and their transition to high school during moving up ceremonies on June 12.

Divided into four ceremonies based on academic teams, the students filed into the auditoriums to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of parents, family and peers.

The transitioning eighth-graders heard from graduating seniors from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham, who provided words of advice and encouragement to the students as they prepare to break for the summer before entering as freshman.     

The audience also heard from student speakers from each academic team, who reflected on their years at middle school and shared their hopes and dreams for high school. Faculty members also took the stage to provide a reflection on the year.

Each student made their way across the stages, receiving handshakes from administrators and teachers.  

The milestone event was punctuated by performances by Word of Mouth at Merrick Avenue and the Select Chorus from Grand Avenue, under the direction of Dana Brandwein and Amanda Cantwell, respectively.

Badminton Team Nets Back-To-Back County Crowns

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The Calhoun Colts girls badminton team defeated Great Neck South 4-3 to win the 2015 Nassau County Championship.

The title represents back-to-back championships for the lady Colts and nine county championship wins during the past 13 seasons.

After losing the first match of the year to Great Neck South, the Colts ran off 14 straight wins to finish with a 14-1 record. 

The lady Colts defeated Syosset in the quarterfinals 6-1 and Port Washington in the semifinals 6-1 to advance to the championship match.

The team was led to victory by seniors Nicoletta Freese, Jessica Marrapodi, Claire Murphy and Elaina Walley. Key contributions were made throughout the season by Cara Augugliaro, Muriel Bingham, Nicole Casimano, Kristi Chan, Sanjida Chowdhury, Meaghan Corona, Sophy Feldman, Katie Healy, Jessica Helbock, Phoebe Ma, Briana MacLaren and Dana Piccirillo.

Along this incredible journey, the Calhoun team outscored their opponents 58-12 throughout the second half of the season, was undefeated at home, won the conference championship, the county championship, and was ranked No. 1 on Long Island by Newsday for the past five weeks.

The girls were recognized at the June 3 meeting of the Board of Education along with their coaches Daniel Bowker and David Quartarone.


2015-2016 Athletic Placement Process (APP) Information

The Athletic Placement Process (APP) for evaluating students in grades 7 and 8, who wish to be considered for Varsity High School athletic competition, will be conducted on the following date(s) and time(s) at the specified location(s):

Merrick Avenue Middle School
DATE - Wednesday, July 15th
TIME - 9:00am
LOCATION - Main Office

Grand Avenue Middle School
DATE - Wednesday, August 12th
TIME - 9:00am
LOCATION - Main Office

The "Physical Maturity Form" MUST be completed by a medical provider and can be downloaded here. All paperwork must be completed and submitted to the Athletic Director, Eric Caballero, located at Brookside School NO LATER THAN Friday, August 14th. For more information, please contact 992-1049.

Prep for the Future Thanks Local Community

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Staff members in the Prep for the Future program, faculty and administrators at Calhoun High School held an end-of-year appreciation barbeque on June 9 to thank members of the community for their continued support.
    
The Prep for the Future program aims to connect students with disabilities to real-world experiences through volunteer and work programs with companies from the Bellmore-Merrick community. Calhoun faculty members, along with staff from the South Oaks Comprehensive Behavior Health Continuum, run the program.
    
The neighboring community of businesses and organizations welcome Prep for the Future students and help them build necessary skills to succeed once they graduate from high school.
    
At the barbeque, students and local business leaders alike gathered under a tent to enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, refreshments and some socializing. Members of Calhoun High School administrative team, as well as central administration staff, were also on hand.

BOE Recognizes Its Own at June Meeting

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During the school year’s final meeting of the Board of Education, members of the board and student representatives exchanged gifts, pleasantries and bid farewell to retiring members of the district.

Board Vice President Skip Haile read the names of the 13 Bellmore-Merrick CHSD employees retiring at the end of the year.

The board also recognized the service of retiring board trustee Susan Schwartz in a touching tribute to her years of service to the district. The board’s student representatives recognized the work of board President JoAnn DeLauter by presenting her with a plaque.

The student representatives were surprised to learn that they would be recognized for their service — delivering monthly updates on their school’s events and accomplishments. President DeLauter read a proclamation of gratitude and handed out personalized honorary gavels as a keepsake. As an added thrill, the students got to deliver the May update while sitting at the head of the board dais.

The board also recognized outgoing members of the district’s various PTA organizations.
    

Senior Awards Recapture Stellar Year

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More than 200 scholarships and awards were handed out in separate ceremonies held at all three high schools on May 27.

The Senior Awards Program is an annual event that pools scholarships and recognitions both in and out of the district to reward outstanding seniors who have made contributions in numerous fields, including community service.

The awards ranged from perfect attendance and academic excellence, to memorial awards in journalism and music.

The evening also provides an opportunity for members of each school’s respective alumni associations and PTA groups to connect with current students and recognize their work.

Congratulations to the May Citizens of the month.

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Back Row: Peter Giannaris, Ryan Hegi, Christopher Cossu, Jeffery Langer and Rachel Langer
Front Row: Stephanie Gaynor, Daniella Smith, Nicole Leyderman and Carleen Plate

Kennedy Honors a Dozen Seniors

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Twelve seniors from Kennedy High School were recently honored with Cougar Pride Awards for their loyalty, dedication and commitment to the school.

This award, given to students whose involvement and leadership in clubs, teams and activities goes above and beyond, were also given the opportunity to select a teacher/coach advisor to honor that evening.

Pictured are the 12 outstanding seniors and the staff members they honored:

Student Honorees
Beatrice Brown
Rachel Choset
Gabrielle D’Ambrosi
Samuel Epstein
Mara Friedman
Joshua Goldman
Zachary Goldman
Taylor Ann Haiduk
Jamie Kanner
Jared Nossen
Justin Shapiro
Jake Silverman

 


Staff Honorees
Walter Avellaneda
Kara McManus
Walter Avellanada
Barbi Frank
Jeanette Pincus
Madeline Donahoe
Brad Seidman
Allen Ma
Christopher Mammone
Melissa Ranallo
Lisa Scherer
Jason Elias





Bellmore-Merrick Challenge Unites School Districts

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Special needs students from 11 Nassau County schools gathered at Calhoun to participate in the Bellmore-Merrick Challenge, a field day of fun activities designed to make connections between students from across the county.

The district has been hosting this competition for the past 11 years, with approximately 230 participants and 200 student buddies accompanying the athletes during the day. Students competed in a variety of traditional field day activities, including relays, an inflatable obstacle course, jumping competitions and throwing contests, among other events.

The student buddies were high school seniors in the district, including members of the Mepham Athletes Helping Athletes club. Students in Calhoun’s AHA ran the events and presented awards to the winners.

The Bellmore-Merrick Challenge provides an opportunity for special needs students to have fun, develop their strengths and socialize with students from nearby districts.

BYOD - New Connectivity Procedures For Personal Devices

Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, & Students,

Our district has recently installed a new web content filter Cisco SourceFire along with a new Cisco firewall and link balancer designed to increase Internet bandwidth and optimize our network.  In addition, we have implemented new procedures for connecting personal devices to our BMCHSD-GUEST wireless network throughout our high school buildings.

 

The following document includes the new procedures to connect personal devices (iPhone, Android, Chromebook, and Windows) to the BMCHSD-GUEST wireless network.  

http://bellmoremerrick.ss.syntaxcom.com/Assets/Adult_Education/How_to_Join_BMCHSD-GUEST.pdf?t=635693586563430000

 

The document may also be found on our district website within the following two areas: 

  1. Technology & Instructional Services
  2. Staff – Staff Resources

Thank you,

Joe Innaco

Director of Technology & Instructional Services

 

Mepham Holds Science Research Symposium

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Students in the three-year science research program offered at Mepham have worked for months, and in some cases years, on their projects for this year’s Research Symposium, which was held on May 28.

Among the presenters was senior Jonathan Spiegel, whose work is pending publication in the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging. Spiegel presented his research on diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before irreversible neurological damage is done.

Junior Emily Shipley also studied the brain. Her project analyzed the relationship between mental strength and athletic performance by giving dancers a choreographed dance with and without cues and reviewing how they performed. Those with assisted cues performed the routine better, according to Shipley’s research.

Junior Brianna Isola’s project reached for the sky as it looked into the final stages of a dying star. She is currently working at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History with a team and is a contributing author of a paper on these findings.

Keynote speaker Dr. Veronica Dolar, an economics professor at LIU Post, discussed the rigorous process of performing research. She advised the students, “Expect that things are going to fail and that you will be rejected,” but emphasized that this shouldn’t stop them from picking up and trying again. Dolar also stressed the importance of seeking out a good mentor.

Dr. David Kommor, the science research teacher at Mepham, brimmed with pride as he discussed the featured students, who will earn college credits upon completion of the course.

“Their research has been completed solo, in hospitals, universities and more,” he said. “This evening is the culmination of the research year.”


Students, Teachers Honored at Blue and Gray Awards

Fourteen students and 12 teachers were recognized for their efforts this year at Calhoun High School’s annual Blue and Gray Awards Dinner.

The Blue and Gray Awards are presented as an opportunity to honor students who have worked hard, overcome obstacles and contributed to the spirit of Calhoun High School. In return, the students each nominated and recognized a teacher who has had a positive impact on their education and development as young adults.

During many of the touching tributes between student and teacher, the speakers shared anecdotes that illustrated the honoree’s dedication, sense of humor and contribution to the school community.

Alternating between teachers and students, the teachers were called up first to present the award – a bronze Colt and accompanying plaque – to the student, and then the student was asked to deliver a brief speech about their nominated teacher. Some teachers were called up to accept an award from more than one student.

The evening featured a hot buffet and was emceed by Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings. The Blue and Gray Awards were brought to Calhoun a number of years ago as a way to recognize the daily contributions both teachers and students make during the school year.

The students honored with Colt statues were: Cassandra Deneroff, Charles Deneroff, Benjamin Falbo, Anthony Fitzsimmons, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Katherine Hecker, Michael Jean, Madison Malone, Joanna Marmo, Cindy Munguia, Jessica Perrone, Mark Rayev, Sarah Sandler and Noah Turner.
The teachers honored by nominated students were: Jason Boland, Beth Borzone, Sarah Cronin, Jason Elias, Heather Glick, Sue Litwin, Richard Ludwig, Brian Moeller, Sandy Sardo, Wendy Simson, Edward Tumminelli and Beth Tumminello.










District Celebrates the Arts

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Bellmore-Merrick recently held its biannual Celebration of the Arts at the Brookside School with a stunning collection of work and showcases from student-artists across the district.

Attended by community members, students, art teachers, art supervisors, building principals, the Board of Education and Superintendent John DeTommaso, the arts celebration included a magnificent gallery of hundreds of pieces of student artwork and an array of extraordinary musical presentations.  

Browse the photo gallery to view some of the stunning artwork.



Summer Professional Development Academy

We are very happy to introduce the “catalog” of Summer Professional Development in-service courses for Bellmore-Merrick teachers. In a “summer learning camp” format, we will be offering a variety of 15-hour/1 in-service credit courses for all teachers in the areas of instructional technology, advanced placement, and collaborative inclusion practices.

To review the Advanced Placement course offerings and register, please go to

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/catalog.asp?D=10056&M=&Term=&btn_View=Search&StartDate=07%2F07%2F2015&EndDate=09%2F30%2F2016&Instructor=&Page=1

  

The following includes the Instructional Technology and Collaborative Inclusion course offerings:

To register, go to https://www.mylearningplan.com/Index.html.

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 7/7/2015 to 7/10/2015

With this course on Google Apps for Education you will learn how to effectively utilize Google Apps in your classroom. Starting with Drive, Gmail and Calendar we will demonstrate how these apps can keep you organized, increase productivity and facilitate collaboration. Participants will learn about a variety of apps, Drawings, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets to create engaging and creative educational content. Throughout we will focus on how students and teachers can collaborate and share in the classroom. At the end of the course participants will leave with a unique platform that incorporates elements learned to share and collaborate with fellow teachers or students.

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 7/7/2015 to 7/10/2015

 
Learn the ins and outs of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) with our 4-day course! Join our PD instructors as they cover everything from basic IWB set up, to lesson development using the IWB software, to expanding your use of SMART Software using SMART Exchange along with BYOD resources. At the end of the week, each participant will have a wealth of knowledge and a completed and classroom ready IWB lesson file built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART Board and SMART Notebook using the most recent version of the software.
 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 7/7/2015 to 7/10/2015

 
Some compare the co-teaching experience to a marriage of sorts, and understandably so. Co-teaching requires two teachers to come to agreement about educational philosophy, classroom management, behavior management, homework, and planning. This 15 hour course will focus on the principles of co-teaching including but not limited to: building a collaborative relationship with your teaching partner, co-planning, instructional design, providing specialized instruction, specific strategies and materials, and much more. The course is appropriate for general education and special education teachers who are new to collaborative teaching, are in a new partnership, and/or want to refine their skills. Collaborative teams working together are ideal participants in this course, but not a requirement. Participants should expect to leave this course with practical strategies and materials to aid in a successful collaborative teaching experience in Bellmore-Merrick.
 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 7/13/2015 to 7/16/2015

 
Earn your Digital Teacher Certification while learning the ins and outs of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) and SMART Notebook Software with our 4-day course! Our PD instructors will cover everything, reviewing lesson creation and setup to advanced lesson development using the IWB software and built in tools like Response and the SMART Exchange. At the end of the week, each participant will have, along with their Digital Teacher Certification, a completed and classroom ready IWB lesson file built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART Board and SMART Notebook using the most recent version of the software.
 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 7/20/2015 to 7/23/2015

With this course on Google Apps for Education you will learn how to effectively utilize Google Apps in your classroom. Starting with Drive, Gmail and Calendar we will demonstrate how these apps can keep you organized, increase productivity and facilitate collaboration. Participants will learn about a variety of apps, Drawings, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets to create engaging and creative educational content. Throughout we will focus on how students and teachers can collaborate and share in the classroom. At the end of the course participants will leave with a unique platform that incorporates elements learned to share and collaborate with fellow teachers or students.
 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 7/27/2015 to 7/30/2015 

 
Earn your Digital Teacher Certification while learning the ins and outs of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) and SMART Notebook Software with our 4-day course! Our PD instructors will cover everything, reviewing lesson creation and setup to advanced lesson development using the IWB software and built in tools like Response and the SMART Exchange. At the end of the week, each participant will have, along with their Digital Teacher Certification, a completed and classroom ready IWB lesson file built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART Board and SMART Notebook using the most recent version of the software.
 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/3/2015 to 8/6/2015

With this course on Google Apps for Education you will learn how to effectively utilize Google Apps in your classroom. Starting with Drive, Gmail and Calendar we will demonstrate how these apps can keep you organized, increase productivity and facilitate collaboration. Participants will learn about a variety of apps, Drawings, Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets to create engaging and creative educational content. Throughout we will focus on how students and teachers can collaborate and share in the classroom. At the end of the course participants will leave with a unique platform that incorporates elements learned to share and collaborate with fellow teachers or students.

 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/3/2015 to 8/6/2015

 
The Weebly Pro website service is a powerful tool designed specifically for teachers as an interactive platform with a drag and drop website builder allowing users to add content elements such as multimedia, photos, videos, text, and maps with ease. This course will guide you through creating your own website, publishing your site, and integrating "wow" factors through various Internet resources. Because of Weebly Pro's use of drag and drop elements, even novice users will be able to create impressive looking interactive websites! By the end of the course, participants will have a fully functioning online classroom that they can use in September.

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/10/2015 to 8/13/2015

 
Learn the ins and outs of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) with our 4-day course! Join our PD instructors as they cover everything from basic IWB set up, to lesson development using the IWB software, to expanding your use of SMART Software using Response and the SMART Exchange. At the end of the week, each participant will have a wealth of knowledge and a completed and classroom ready IWB lesson file built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART Board and SMART Notebook using the most recent version of the software.
 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/17/2015 to 8/20/2015

 
Do you want to double your usable instructional time? Do you want to stop repeating yourself in class? Learn to flip your classroom this summer. This course will introduce you to the realities of the flipped classroom. Learn create, frame, shoot, and edit yourself. This class will even address the concerns of those who are camera shy. Bring your smart phone or tablet and learn how simple it is to flip your classroom. This class will cover basic to advanced techniques, and allow those taking the course to get hands on with the equipment and apps necessary to create a flipped classroom. All participants will leave the class with one flipped lesson ready for student consumption.
 

 

Program: Professional Development Academy

Dates: 8/17/2015 to 8/20/2015 

 
Earn your Digital Teacher Certification while learning the ins and outs of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) and SMART Notebook Software with our 4-day course! Our PD instructors will cover everything, reviewing lesson creation and setup to advanced lesson development using the IWB software and built in tools like Response and the SMART Exchange. At the end of the week, each participant will have, along with their Digital Teacher Certification, a completed and classroom ready IWB lesson file built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART Board and SMART Notebook using the most recent version of the software.

Counselors Unfurl Senior Banner

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The Mepham counselors celebrate the achievements of their students every year by displaying an annual senior banner. 

The Class of 2015 received more than 1,400 college and university acceptances.  While most will be pursuing higher education, several will be joining the armed forces to serve our nation, while others are joining the workforce. 

The guidance department and the entire Mepham High School faculty and staff wish our graduates much success in all of their future endeavors.

Kennedy Student Wins Recognition at LI History Day

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Kennedy High School senior Sydney Guye was honored with the “Outstanding Senior Entry on Genocide, Bias or Tolerance” award when she participated in the Long Island History Day competition at Hofstra University earlier this spring.

Guye was selected by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County for her paper, titled “Sylvia Rivera, Stonewalled: Sylvia Rivera’s Fight for Transgender Right.” She participated in the Hofstra competition along with fellow classmates Sydney Tepper and Justin Shapiro.

Long Island History Day is an academic program for which students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After they analyze and interpret the data drawn from their sources, the students present their work with original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries.

May Students of the Month

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

Dan Arkow, Family & Consumer Science
Eric Brach, Health
Benjamin Carmichael, Instrumental Music
Jackson Cortez, Social Studies
Stephanie Dachille, World Languages
Harrison Ivers, Physical Education
Michael Molzon, Science
Steven Obadiah, Business
Gianna Pellicani, Vocal Music
Elizabeth Ryan, Math
Jack Ryan, World Languages
Danielle Slevin, English

Congratulations to all these outstanding students!

World Language Students Score Highly on National Exams

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World language students from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham  high schools and Grand Avenue Middle School recently attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.

These competitive exams are administered annually across the country to more than 150,000 students. This year, students from the district participated, with many of them earning gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention prizes.

This year’s gold medal “Oro” winners are pictured. Congratulations to our Oro winners and their teachers, Nikole DeLuca, Sean Doherty, Erika Feldman, Jodi Langevin, Dona Morales, Karen O’Connor, John Reilly and Brooke Zaiff.

Kudos also to teachers Francesca Engelson, Franca Fiorentino, Madeline LoMonaco, Christine O’Neill and Keryn Thienachariya and their students who participated.

Calhoun Student Goes National

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Calhoun High School junior Irene Kowalski has been elected president of the New York State chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America.

A three-year member of the school’s DECA, Irene currently serves as its social media correspondent. As a result of her success at both state and national DECA competitions, she has been elected to the position of president of the state chapter and will be responsible for overseeing more than 120 high school chapters across New York.

Irene was honored for this prestigious position at the May 6 Board of Education meeting.

Middle Schools Induct Honor Society Members

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More than 300 eighth-grade students combined were officially inducted into the district’s honor society at Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools.

During separate ceremonies just before the Memorial Day break, the students marched into their respective auditoriums and swore the oath to become official members of the prestigious group.

At Merrick Avenue, 141 students were sworn in after remarks from Principal Taryn Johnson and supervisor Susan Danis. The evening also featured performances from the school’s wind ensemble under the direction of Richard Gilley. The students performed Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and a medley from the hit TV series “Glee.”

Grand Avenue swore in 166 new members after Principal Carlo Conte delivered the opening remarks. The school’s chamber orchestra performed “Spring” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Bizet’s “Carmen Suite.”  Supervisor Kenneth Abbott conducted the induction ceremony, congratulating the students for their hard work and strong character.

Receptions following the ceremonies were held at both schools for family members and friends of the newly inducted.

District Hosts Second Drug Take-Back Day

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District leaders and the Community Parent Center held its second Drug Take-Back Day outside of Mepham High School in an effort to curb the availability of over-the-counter and prescription drugs found inside the average household medicine cabinet. On Take-Back days, residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications where they can be disposed of safely.

At the May 30 event, residents dropped off approximately 700 pounds of medication, which were collected in 33 large plastic bags in a few hours. The Nassau County Police Department picked up the bags for proper disposal.

The joint community-school effort followed a similarly successful Drug Take-Back event on September 27 in front of the central administration building. At that event, more than 200 pounds of drugs were collected in 10 large bags.

Organizers also distributed more than 200 resource packets replete with information about safe storage and disposal of medication, as well as where families can seek drug counseling should it be needed.


Bellmore-Merrick Summer Teen Program

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Letter to the Governor

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Stranger Danger Safety Tips - Nassau County Police Department

 

 

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Updates Inside

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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

12/10/14 - Bond Phase 1 Update

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

December 2014 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

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