Mepham Students Mean Business

Eight members of Mepham High School’s Future Business Leaders of America club recently took part in the Spring District Meeting Competition at Molloy College.

The students competed against several other Long Island high schools in events such as economics, business law, public speaking, business calculations and marketing. Mepham’s Nicholas Sery took second place in both economics and business calculations.

Congratulations to Nicholas and the entire FBLA club!

Teacher Recognized by NYS Program

Kennedy High School science teacher Alexis Vandergoot was recently named a 2015 Science Master Teacher under New York State’s Master Teacher Program, run on Long Island by SUNY Stony Brook University.

Vandergoot is one of 70 Master Teachers selected on Long Island since the program was created in 2013 at the behest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  
Consideration for a Master Teacher designation includes a very rigorous application process that requires submitting a personal statement, letters of recommendation, completing a content exam, and undergoing a lengthy interview process. In addition, teachers must provide innovative STEM lesson materials to qualify.

Vandergoot has been teaching at Bellmore-Merrick since 2009. She teaches chemistry, living environment, college anatomy, marine biology and collaborative environmental science. She is the Science Club and Science Olympiad advisor and was the assistant coach for the girls varsity lacrosse team from 2010-2013.

Vandergoot also developed and coordinated an eighth-grade interactive summer forensic science camp at Stony Brook University. She was recognized by the Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education at its meeting on Feb. 4.

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Bulldogs Give Back On and Off the Ice

Members of the Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs ice hockey team spent the weekend of Jan. 31 giving back to their community in a big way.
On Saturday, the team skated in an exhibition sled hockey game against the Long Island Rough Riders at Newbridge Arena to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps support soldiers returning injured from battles in the war on terror.
The next day, the Bulldogs volunteered time out of their skates to prepare brunch for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The Ronald McDonald House provides a haven for families with children battling serious illness. The team participated under the leadership of coaches Lee Mattes and Christopher Patten.

Mepham Dancers Kick the Competition

The Mepham kickline team is on a successful winter run, taking home medals in three categories at the Scholastic Kickline Competition on Feb. 1.
The squad took first place in Pom, second place in Jazz and third place in Open at the contest at Nassau Community College.

Last month, the dancers kicked their way to second-place honors in Pom, Jazz and Open. The Scholastic Kickline Championships host competitions for middle school, JV, varsity and college dance teams in multiple divisions.

The Mepham squad’s next competition at Nassau Community College is scheduled for March 1. Then the team is off to Orlando, Florida, for the NDA Nationals on March 5.

Congratulations to coach Kerry Dennis and the Mepham kickline team!

January Citizens of the Month

Back Row: Daniel O'Shea, Sean Clare and Morgan Clark
Front Row: Christopher Costaro, Jason Baker and Alexis Levien
Absent from the picture Renata Davi and Ryan Pittman

Mepham Inducts 47 into Art Honor Society

Under the theme “Transcend,” the W. C. Mepham Art Honor Society inducted its 2015 class in a ceremony held at the school’s auditorium on Feb. 5.

A total of 47 students were inducted by current AHS members after hearing opening remarks from Mepham alumna and graphic artist at Harper Collins, Aurora Parlagreco. Parlagreco relayed her college and professional experiences and credited the staff and coursework she received while a student at Mepham.

The inductees also heard from current students Emily Braverman, Dennis Williams, Jacqueline Rofe, Steph Meisser, Danielle Valentino, Alexa Tyner and Samantha Zirin, who introduced the elements of art.

Student Kayla Ruziak led the inductees in the candle-lighting ceremony, and the inductees exchanged gifts of their own artwork with one another. In closing, teacher Christine Stevens relayed a famous story attributed to Pablo Picasso to underscore the lifelong effort of student-artists.     

Congratulations to the 47 new members of this prestigious society!

January Students of the Month

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

Cassandra Abrams, Art
Marielle Bach, Physical Education
Marc Coletto, English
Paul Davis, Instrumental Music
Alec Deane, Business
Samuel Epstein, Science
Nicholas Field, Math
Jessica Graber, Social Studies and Health
Aydin Kessler, Family & Consumer Science
Jennifer Scharfman, World Languages
Daniella Simon, Vocal Music

Congratulations to all these outstanding students!

Grand Avenue Drama Club visited the Performance "On the Town"

A group of 40 kids in the Grand Avenue Drama Club recently headed out "On the Town", a classic musical on Broadway. The students intent to use this experience to draw inspiration for their own performance coming up in March. The students watched the professionals sing, dance, and act their way through a show filled with American standards like "New York, New York." At the beginning of the second act, the club even received acknowledgments from multiple actors in character who mentioned the Grand Avenue Middle School students' attendance at the nightclub in their scene. "They talked about us on Broadway," the kids excitedly squealed after the performance ended. It was certainly a memory that students won't soon forget!

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Valentines for Vets at Calhoun

Members of the Breakfast Club at Calhoun, with the help of students in the Prep for Life program, took time out of their day to make Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. Using red construction paper, glue, scissors and glitter, the two student groups worked side by side to thank veterans for their service.

The Prep for Life program assists students with disabilities in developing skills that will help them transition out of school into their adult life. Through philanthropic initiatives, the students learn about the power of giving while simultaneously acquiring the values of teamwork, collaboration, creativity and focus. The program is run by MaryJo Kennedy through South Oaks in Amityville.

Under advisor Wendy Simson, the diverse Breakfast Club gathers students from all walks of life to form bonds of friendship and collaboration through volunteer efforts.

The cards will be sent to local veterans organizations in the area prior to Feb. 14.

NARCAN Training

The Parent Center, BMCHSD and the component elementary school districts are hosting a NARCAN training on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at the Brookside School in the Boardroom -7pm to 9pm for parents, families, and community members.


District Names Poetry Out Loud Finalists

Poetry as performance art continued its popularity across the district, as all three high schools held their individual Poetry Out Loud recitation contests.

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry reciting competition that encourages the study of great poetry through memorization, performance and presentation. Recitation enables students to convey the essence, tone and feeling of a poem with their voice.

During the contests, students selected a poem to recite in front of a panel of judges composed of English teachers. Judges based scores on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, evidence of understanding and overall performance.
Two winners from each school were selected to move on to the regional competition at Stony Brook University in February.

At Mepham, senior Lisa Condoluci earned first-place honors for her delivery of Arthur Rimbaud’s “Novel.” Senior Alyssa Rabinowitz recited Edward Hirsch’s “Poor Angels” for the second-place spot, and senior Jaime Marvin took third place for her presentation of E.E. Cummings’ “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in].”

At Kennedy, 23 students vied for the top prizes in teacher Jeanette Pincus’ music room. In the end, the judges crowned sophomore Stephanie Person as the first-place winner for her recitation of Sylvia Path’s “The Applicant.” Second place went to junior Rachel Mashal for her recitation of Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird.” Third place was awarded to sophomore Rebecca Stekol for her recitation of Ilya Kaminsky’s “Author’s Prayer.”  
Calhoun held its Poetry Out Loud contest on Jan. 20 in music teacher Sanford Sardo’s class. First place went to Katie Gallagher, a student in Dr. Saul Wiener’s class. Second place went to Patty Georgas, also a student of Dr. Wiener. Third place was awarded to Megan Parr, a student in Peter Magnuson’s class.

The regional competition at Stony Brook University will take place on Feb. 26.

Kennedy Crowns Poetry Out Loud Winners

Poetry went from the printed word to the dramatic performance when 23 students at Kennedy participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest on Jan. 13. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages the study of great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Kennedy students competed in their individual English classes, with winners progressing to the schoolwide competition, under the guidance of English Department Chair Kim Serpe. Kennedy Dean Jon Dell’Olio emceed the event.

Gathered in teacher Jeanette Pincus’ vocal room, the students recited poems that ranged in style and period, from Aphra Behn to Langston Hughes and John Berryman.

The panel of judges, comprised of English teachers at Kennedy, scored each student individually on a rubric of criteria. The judges crowned sophomore Stephanie Person as the first-place winner for her recitation of Sylvia Path’s “The Applicant.” Second place went to junior Rachel Mashal for her recitation of Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird.” Third place was awarded to sophomore Rebecca Stekol for her recitation of Ilya Kaminsky’s “Author’s Prayer.” 

Person and Mashal will move on to the Long Island Finals of Poetry Out Loud at Stony Brook University on Feb. 26. 

The state competition will follow the Long Island Finals and, ultimately, the national finals in Washington, D.C. The Poetry Out Loud competition is held in all three high schools in the district.

Prep Students Develop Necessary Computer Skills

On Jan. 16, Prep for the Future students at Calhoun continued the district’s partnership with software company, eVero, with a guided lesson in the school’s computer lab. The goal of the eVero workshop is to better equip special needs students with various computer skills that will benefit them in the workforce.

Led by Jeannine Azan, an eVero business manager and former Calhoun student now employed by eVero, instructor Joseph Malebranche, Calhoun staff guided the students through a series of computerized tasks and assignments.

The lessons were carried out in partnership with the South Oaks Prep for Life program under the direction of Judy Burke.


SGA Presents CARMA Awards for Second Quarter

Kennedy’s Student Government Association recently honored school nurse Rosemary DeVito and student Reid Bachman with the Cougars as Role Model Americans (CARMA) award for the second quarter of the school year.

This past summer, DeVito traveled to Haiti with her church to aid in the ongoing efforts to rebuild after the devastating earthquake that hit the nation five years ago. Through the organization Mission Discovery, DeVito constructed benches and desks for schoolchildren and worked on a perimeter fence for the school and church buildings. She also taught at a Bible school for children in the Haitian countryside and brought the children sports supplies.

Over the past three years, Bachman worked with the Road Less Traveled, an organization that helps underprivileged communities around the world. In 2012, he built schools in Costa Rica. The following year, he built houses in New Orleans, and in 2014, he restored coral reefs in Florida, all totaling 212 hours of volunteer service for communities in need.

Calhoun Athletes Make Commitments


Student-athletes at Calhoun High School formally announced their commitment to play collegiate level sports when they enter college in the fall.
In a ceremony held in Calhoun’s auditorium, parents and supporters heard from each of the eight student-athletes as they discussed their future goals and their decision to attend the school.

Assistant Principal Neil Testa emceed the event, introducing each student to the audience. The eight students recognized were:

Jessica Arana Georgetown University Swimming
Allison Boldis University of New Hampshire Soccer
Alyssa Garbarino
Alfred University Soccer
Spencer Kaufman Wagner Lacrosse
Joanna Marmo York College of Penn. Softball
Griffin Miller Dartmouth Lacrosse
Jack Thomann Adelphi University Lacrosse
Emily Turrini West Point Lacrosse


Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Energy Conservation Plan


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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