Homes for Heroes Groundbreaking Ceremony

Mepham High School's Band and Choir recently performed at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the mortgage free, donated home of USMC Corporal Kevin Vaughan, a 2007 Mepham graduate who was injured while serving in Afghanistan.

The Band led the proceedings while the Choir sang our national anthem. Watch our video for footage of the event and comments from Mepham's administration.

Enterovirus Parent/Guardian Letter

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Five Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Five high school students in the district have been designated semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition, a distinction that will allow them to be considered as finalists for the prestigious academic award.

The students join a list of only 16,000 others in an applicant pool of 1.4 million students across the U.S. who have shown similar academic talent and rigor. The students will be in the running to collect some 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be handed out this spring.

The students are:

Nicholas Kearney, Sanford H. Calhoun High School
Beatrice Brown, John F. Kennedy High School
Nicholas Field, John F. Kennedy High School
Seth Gottlieb, John F. Kennedy High School
Justin Shapiro, John F. Kennedy High School

The National Merit Scholarship Program is managed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Scholarship winners will be announced this spring.

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Central Office take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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First Week Back Goes Smoothly at Schools

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Last week, the school district welcomed students back into its buildings after a summer break that didn’t seem to want to end.

Despite the hot weather, students from Grand Avenue to Mepham hit the books for another successful school year.

At Calhoun, students in Joan Gonzalez’s drawing and painting class beat the heat with a little outdoor time, working on still-life sketches in the open-air quad. New Principal Nicole Hollings walked the hallways welcoming back students and redirecting traffic under new security measures.

“Mepham had a fantastic start to the new school year!” said Principal Michael Harrington. “The hallways were quiet, the classrooms were active, and the energy that arrived with the students after a long summer is a reminder of how fortunate I am to be a part of our school community.”

At JFK, physics students in Cara Prinzevalli’s class eased into the new year taking circumference measurements in a group lab assignment, while young artists in Mark Booth and Vanessa Albaneze’s studio art class critiqued student work in a guided conversation about aesthetics. Social Studies teacher Dennis Urban guided his students through the school’s new Wi-Fi infrastructure by setting them up with Google accounts. Principal Lorraine Poppe said that while it may have felt like summer outside, students adapted without a hitch to the regiments of a school schedule.

At Grand Avenue Middle School, Principal Carlo Conte said incoming seventh-graders are almost completely acclimated to their new surroundings and routines. He described the transition from summer to school “magical.”

“The kids came in excited with smiles that lit up the building,” Conte said. “As I walked through the hallways and listened to conversations taking place between children and adults, I was blown away. The assistance and team mentality of our clerical and support staff on these first few days helping our kids is overwhelming.”

Merrick Avenue also kicked off a successful week transitioning into the new year. In Patrick Fallon’s eighth-grade English class, students began to work on developing a thesis, while social studies students in Christine Mahoney’s seventh-grade class cracked the textbooks in preparation for the new year. Assistant Principal John Gibilaro said the week went off smoothly for the administrative team, containing new members: Principal Taryn Johnson and Assistant Principal Richard Aceste.

Browse the gallery for a look at students kicking off the 2014-15 school year.

 

 

Weebly Campus Pro Update

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Orientations Ring In the New School Year

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Bellmore-Merrick held its student orientations at all five schools over a two-day period on Aug. 26-27.

At Grand Avenue, Principal Carlo Conte reassured parents of the incoming seventh-graders while assistant principals James Mollica and Andrew Del Rosario welcomed the students in the school’s gymnasium.

Eighth-grade volunteers dressed in orange shirts helped lead the incoming students through the process, taking them on a tour to their homeroom class and handing out their locker number and combination. Merrick Avenue held a similar orientation as its new principal Taryn Johnson greeted the seventh-grade class at the doors. Homeroom teachers were also on hand to field questions and help reassure nervous students.

At Mepham, Principal Michael Harrington addressed the incoming freshman class of 2018, urging them to get involved in clubs and activities and reminding them how fast the time will go by. The students then broke off into separate tour groups led by senior guides who took them on a tour of the entire building. The freshman then broke off to locate their lockers and try their combinations.

Similar orientations were held at Kennedy, where the freshman class heard from Principal Lorraine Poppe, assistant principals, student leaders, and coaches before breaking into tour groups and small discussion groups led by members of the National Honor Society. They also had their ID photos taken before being given free reign to find the classrooms on their schedule.

At Calhoun, the future Class of 2018 rotated among five stations. New Principal Nicole Hollings manned the first station, welcoming students, while Assistant Principal Eric Gomez manned the second station with student leaders to discuss the Dignity Act. A third station involved a tour of the building. The fourth technology station allowed students access to the wireless network to set up EdModo accounts, and the fifth station took student ID photos and hosted a club and activities fair.

Browse the gallery for a glimpse of all the activity.

State Assessment Data - ELA, Math, & Science

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Nassau County School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program

 

Below is a link to the Official Nassau County School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program:

https://www.facebook.com/NassauSchoolZoneSpeedSafetyCameraProgram

 

 

Professional Development Academy - September Courses

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9/8 & 9/15      Google Docs/Drive

9/9 & 9/16      Edmodo & Online Learning

9/10 & 9/17    Interactive Board Techniques

9/11 & 9/18    Weebly Pro

9/22 & 9/29    BYOD

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Curriculum Library - Brookside)

Organic Garden in Calhoun High School Atrium ‘Producing’ Results

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Over the past few weeks, the organic garden located in the center atrium at Calhoun has come alive with fresh produce and blossoms, including Rose of Sharon, tomatoes and corn.

The quiet oasis is a labor of love made possible by students in the Fitness for Life program as well as special education students, who prepare the garden during the school year under the supervision of Fitness for Life teacher James Raucci, special education teacher Beth Johnson and Cheryl Gitlitz, a social worker at Calhoun.

The garden’s produce is cultivated completely organic, without the use of pesticides. During the summer, faculty and staff members harvest and disperse the vegetables until students return to Calhoun in September to take over stewardship. In addition to the bright colors and shady gazebo in the center of the garden, student artwork lends to the aesthetic experience, creating opportunities for students to contribute across the disciplines.

Principal Nicole Hollings said the process of maintaining the garden has a number of educational benefits.

“Students understand how organic farming works,” she said. “They learn about the plant life cycle, healthy eating and the importance of fresh produce.”

Browse the photo gallery for a full view of the gardens at Calhoun.

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.

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

Construction Update 6/17/14

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