Student Ambassadors Attend Project CARE

Students from Sanford H. Calhoun, John F. Kennedy, and Wellington C. Mepham High School’s Leadership classes traveled together to Project CARE (Challenge Activities Rope Experience) on Oct. 24-25.

Project CARE is a non-traditional, experiential approach to building individual and team growth. The program has been designed to help children and adolescents develop self-esteem, confidence and trust in one’s self and others.

These ambassadors are from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s “One Voice, One Message,” a district wide, student-led think tank. Created in March of 2014, student ambassadors from the district’s four high schools and two middle schools join together throughout the school year to address issues impacting the student body and surrounding community.

Grand Avenue Drama Students Get a Taste of Broadway Life

Students interested in participating in Grand Avenue Middle School's Drama Club were invited to attend a workshop on Oct. 20 at the school with Broadway performer Leo Ash Evens.

Evens, who was recently in “Shuffle Along,” is also a coach for aspiring performers heading into a performing arts college program. Over the summer, he presented at a workshop attended by Rebecca Levy, the club's director.  

“After hearing him speak at the event, I knew my students would enjoy and benefit from his insight,” said Levy.   

He shared audition tales and advice with the middle school students as they asked questions about how to deal with disappointment and calm nerves, realities for all performers. Some students even performed for Evens and received feedback on their performances.

“Any opportunity for our students to work with professionals in the performing industry is a valuable experience,” said Cheryl Fontana, district director of the fine and performing arts.

The students were thrilled for the chance to meet and interact with a theater professional.

 “This made my life,” said eighth-grader Kacie McKeever.

Calhoun On Tour Company Presents Romeo and Juliet

The Calhoun High School On Tour Company is excited to kick off its season with Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet. Performances will be held on Oct. 28 and 29, as well as on Nov. 3 (understudy matinee), 4, and 5 in the Calhoun High School auditorium, located at 1768 State St. in Merrick.

This classic, romantic tragedy will be set in Verona, Italy during the 1950s evocative of the great Fellini films of the Italian Cinema. The Montague and Capulet families, continuing their long history of hatred for one another, are feuding. Things are turned upside down when young Romeo Montague (Doug Gallo) locks eyes with the beautiful Juliet Capulet (Alaina Anderson) at a masquerade and the two fall madly in love. The two star-crossed lovers must challenge the ways of their families in order to lead a life together. The story juxtaposes hatred and revenge with the pure love and passion between Romeo and Juliet. The two must choose to either stay loyal to their families or to follow their hearts. The 1950s setting is further enhanced by the themed costumes, as well as the music.

The cast includes Alaina Anderson as Juliet Capulet, Doug Gallo as Romeo Montague, Max Kirby as Paris, Alex Werthauer as Benvolio, Zach Neiger as Mercutio, James Caracciolo as Tybalt, Mark Roberti as Friar Laurence, Ben Libov as Lord Capulet, Jessica Ehrlich as Lady Capulet and Nicolette O’Keefe as Nurse.
There is also a special event, The On Tour Company’s annual Dinner Theatre, which will take place on Nov. 5 in the Calhoun cafeteria. This year, the dinner theatre will serve up the cuisine of Northern Italy’s Veneto region and Italian songs of the 1950’s. The banquet will also include comic entertainment.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the understudy performance, which is to begin at 4 pm. Directed by Salvatore Salerno, tickets to Romeo and Juliet can be reserved by phone at 992-1377.

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults, and can be purchased at the door. Tickets for Dinner Theatre are $30 for students and seniors and $35 for adults. You can reach the box office at 516-992-1377 to reserve tickets for the show. Dinner Theatre tickets can only be purchased by calling or emailing the Drama boosters. Further information can be found on the On Tour Company website:

Mepham Kickline Hosts Clinic for Kids


The Mepham High School varsity kickline team recently hosted their annual fall clinic for local children.

More than 100 children, ages 5 -13, participated in the clinic where they learned dance technique and a routine that incorporated jazz, hip-hop, pom and kick.

The team will host a Winter Clinic on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Brookside. The team begins their local competitions on Jan. 8 and will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete at the NDA National Dance competition for the fifth time in March.

Kennedy’s Junior Class Hosts Short Stacks for a Tall Cause


The junior class at Kennedy High School hosted a pancake breakfast fundraiser to help a younger member of the community.

Short Stacks for a Tall Cause was held on Oct. 16 to benefit the family of a 12-year-old Merrick boy fighting a rare form of cancer.

Nearly $1,500 was raised for Jake Lonigro and his family. Jake has an older sibling that attends Kennedy.

“The whole event and planning for it has been the most rewarding outside of the classroom experience for me,” said social studies teacher Kristy Faulkner.

ENL Program Carves Out Time for Friends and Fun

Students in the English as a New Language (ENL) program in the district came together on Oct. 19 to enjoy an iconic fall activity.

Students from Grand Avenue Middle School, Merrick Avenue Middle School and Sanford H. Calhoun High School enjoyed a trip to Hicks Nurseries in Westbury to select pumpkin that they would later carve.

Including middle schoolers in some activities is important because it helps build a sense of community, as the students will continue their studies at Calhoun if they remain in the ENL program.

“There are a lot of non-verbal skills being used here so all students can participate actively,” explained Enrique Montes, chairperson of the Department of World Languages and ENL.

The pumpkins will be used as decorations in the program’s upcoming haunted house on Nov. 3-4, which is organized by ENL teacher Heather Glick.

Mepham Homecoming Helps Stock Food Pantry


It was a sea of maroon and grey on Oct. 15 as the Mepham High School Pirates took on H. Frank Carey High School on homecoming.
After a fierce battle, the Pirates fell to the Seahawks, 36-33. School spirit was infectious as fans cheered and the band, directed by Brian Neiderman, kept the tempo upbeat.

Tim Tracy and Katie Carron were crowned homecoming king and queen during halftime after being paraded around the track in a pirate ship float.

“Homecoming is always a special time at Mepham,” said Principal Michael Harrington. “It’s wonderful to see the community come together to celebrate school pride.”

Mepham High School social worker Theana Cheliotes and the school’s Key Club adviser said the club was inspired to participate in the district’s new initiative to help develop a food pantry at the central administration building.

“This weekend’s Homecoming for Hunger food collection served as a great kick off,” added Cheliotes. “You can say it was a touchdown.”

Kennedy’s Perri Zilberman named Siemens Semifinalist

Perri Zilberman, a senior at Kennedy High School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2016 Siemens Competition.
Zilberman has been recognized for his research on “The Correlation Between Debris Disks and Hot Jupiters.”
"I am so proud of Perri; he is an outstanding young scientist,” said Science Chairperson Robert Soel. “Perri's research on exoplanets is on the cutting edge of astronomy and astrophysics. His ongoing passion for astronomy, and his diligence and attentiveness to his own research make him a wonderful role model for our science research students across the district."

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Every year, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. The Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math, science and technology– students who are changing the world for the better.

From the more than 1,600 projects submitted, 498 students have been selected this year as semifinalists.

Calhoun Homecoming Festivities Hit High Notes


Homecoming was a festive fanfare at Calhoun High School on Oct. 14 when students enjoyed the annual Colt Festival, a pep rally and then football game under the Friday night lights.

Spirit Week kicked off the celebration, filling the halls with pajama wearing, patriotic showings and an outpouring of Blue Calhoun gear.
“Of course school spirit isn’t just about dressing for a particular day but it is spirit,” said Principal Nicole Hollings. “When we see students enjoy their time here, when we see all of our students be a part of student life in the building, and when we see students not only cheer each other on in athletics but also in the arts and in their classrooms.”

Student athletes stormed the field for the pep rally on Friday afternoon, performing entertaining choreographed skits after they were announced. Ryan Rosenblum and Amanda DePasquale were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively.

At homecoming, the award-winning wind ensemble performed, as did the rock band, accompanied by some teacher/guitarists.

“The football game under the lights, with a full moon, and crisp October air was a back and forth battle in which we ultimately did not win but the crowd was fantastic,” Hollings said.

The Colts fell to the Sewanhaka Indians, 35-28.

Mepham’s Immanuel Mellis Named 2016 Young Composer

At the Oct. 6 board of wducation meeting, Immanuel Mellis was recognized for being named a 2016 Young Composer by the New York State School Music Association.

“Immanuel Mellis is a wonderful young man and student who is mature beyond his years,” said Board President Janet Goller during his introduction. “His qualities of self-sufficiency and independence will translate beautifully to his post-secondary school of choice, which currently includes options such as: Julliard, Northeastern University, and Oberlin College & Conservatory. Immanuel has applied a confident sense-of-self to every task and activity that he engages in, setting goals and achieving each and every one of them.”

Fulfilling a full, rigorous academic schedule all four years of high school, Mellis has always applied himself wholeheartedly to his academic commitments.  He has always made sure to take advantage of the countless elective, college, honors and AP level opportunities available at Mepham High School.  

Additionally, Immanuel is completing science research in Music Conceptualization and investigating a socio-psychological approach to music. This research focused on how human beings cognitively interpret music rhythms.

“Immanuel is an incredible, multi-talented musician and composer,” said Goller. “As the viola section leader in the Mepham String Ensemble, he is one of its brightest stars. His latest composition earned him a spot to have his piece performed at the NYSSMA All-State Conference in December.  This is a huge honor, as only 14 students were selected from the state. He will be composing and conducting a piece for the Mepham String Ensemble this year.”

Cougar Football Makes ‘Strides Against Cancer’

On Oct. 16, the Cougar football family took part in the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K at Jones Beach.

More than 100 Kennedy High School football players, coaches and family members joined tens of thousands of other Long Islanders in this annual noncompetitive, inspirational event which raised money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

The Cougars raised more than $1,500 to be donated to the cause.

Student Board Reps Kick Off School Year

Students from Calhoun Kennedy and Mepham high schools represented their respective buildings at the Oct. 5 board of education meeting.

Each student provided an update on school news and achievements and upcoming events. They will continue to provide this service at future board meetings.

“Come October, we begin recognizing staff and students in all areas of student life and their involvement in the world around us,” said Superintendent John DeTommaso. These students help keep us up to speed on the wonderful happenings in our buildings.”

Central Students Receive NYSSMA All-State Honors

Several students in high school district were named All-State and All-State Alternates by the New York State School Music Association.

All-State designees Alaina Anderson (mixed chorus), Julia Losner (mixed choir) and Logan Strobing (wind ensemble) of Calhoun and Skylar Berkley (clarinet) and John Duroseau (mixed chorus) of Kennedy were recognized by the board of education at the Oct. 5 meeting.

Alternates Samantha Adams (violist) and Emily Herrera (vocalist) from John F. Kennedy High School and John Beck (jazz trumpet), Ryan Flash (French horn), Sarah Kaplan (vocalist) and Logan Strobing (jazz trumpet) from Sanford H. Calhoun High School were also honored.

“These students are no strangers to musical accolades and have an unwavering work ethic aimed at enriching their high school musical experiences,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of fine & performing arts and adult education.

Mepham French Students Welcome Guest Speaker

Students of French language at Mepham High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District were treated to a guest visit from Elizabeth Featherstone, a native of France who has lived and taught French in England for more than 35 years. Featherstone is the aunt of Mepham's new French teacher, Charlotte Hayes.

"When I found out my aunt would be visiting New York for two weeks, I immediately thought of what she could bring to my French classes," she said.

Students prepared questions about her dual French-English identity, her experiences traveling abroad and the importance of knowing multiple languages in the global age.  

"Knowing another language permits you the world, brings it to your fingertips and lessens the unknown between you and someone from a different country,” Featherstone told students. “Speaking a foreign language also works the brain on a deeper, more intellectual level.”

Hayes' students enjoyed the experience and appreciated being exposed to a native French speaker and shared their enthusiasm.
"Ms. Featherstone's visit to our class was 'très magnifique,” said junior Michael Laupheimer. “She was very energetic and expressive. This helped us understand her French more and gave us an idea about how various cultures helped shape who she is. Her humor also allowed us to connect with her and feel comfortable asking questions. She was very easy to talk to. It was truly an honor to have someone like her speak to us and share her life with us."

"I loved hearing her life story growing up in France,” added senior Kelsey White. “It was interesting to get a perspective from someone who has lived in both France and England."
Mepham French students are looking forward to many more unique learning opportunities including their upcoming trip to Canada this fall.

Mepham Leo Club Made Official

Students in the Mepham High School first-ever Leo Club were recently inducted as an official Lion’s Club.

The ceremony, held at the Nassau County Bar Association, was hosted by International President Chancellor Bob Corlew.
The club was created by students and is advised by Bellmore Lion and Mepham science teacher Josephine Parlagreco.

“This was also all done with the support of school board member (and district governor 20-K2) Nina Lanci who has been a tremendous advocate for this partnership,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mara Bollettieri.

More than 50 students were inducted into the school’s club on Sept. 19. They have service-based plans for assisting the community this year.

Cougars Roar Past Indians at Homecoming


Kennedy High School football emerged victorious over Sewanhaka High School at their homecoming match up on Oct. 1.

The Cougars won 30-16 against the Indians under Friday Night Lights and amidst a constant drizzle of rain.

PTA members peddled much-needed warm weather gear and members of the district’s C.H.A.M.P. (Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program) grilled up burgers and hot dogs for attendees to snack on.

“The kids worked hard to set up for tonight’s crowd and will soon be receiving authentic chef coats shortly,” said Chef Instructor Michael DiGiovanni.

Alumni football members joined current players in the locker room for a pep talk ahead of the big game.

“This is the only sport where you can’t just do it alone,” said Paul Auersperg, a 1982 graduate.

Emily Herrera and Ron Lampert were crowned homecoming king and queen following a vibrant performance by the kickline team. The varsity cheer squad kept school spirit going along the sidelines throughout the game. Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction David Seinfeld and Legislator Steve Rhoads were also on hand to see the Cougar win.

“A little wet weather can’t dampen Cougar spirit,” said DeTommaso.

Mepham CSPAN Bus Video


Calhoun Pushes ‘Arrive Alive’ Message to New Drivers


Calhoun High School student Alicia Abramson said she had to concentrate intently and even close one eye to complete a seemingly easy task — stacking cups. The catch was that she was wearing vision impairment goggles to simulate being intoxicated.

“I couldn’t imagine being mentally impaired as well as visually,” she commented after completing the task.

The simulation was part of a nationwide program, Arrive Alive, which promotes awareness about distracted and drunken driving. It was hosted by the Community Parent Center. Completing the timed fine motor skill game of Perfection, walking a straight line, operating pedal cars and a driving video game enables students to fully experience the potential consequences of making destructive decisions.

“I don’t even know what is going on right now,” said senior Mike Losak as he steered his video game car into a wall while attempting to avoid a pedestrian.

Losak was wearing “beer goggles” to impair his vision.
Sophomore Nicole MacLaren said she “lost her balance a lot quicker” than she thought she would while wearing the beer goggles to simply walk a straight chalk line.
Max Vandewater, a safety ambassador from the Arrive Alive program, reminded students that even though they may consider themselves skilled at driving and texting or drunken driving, they are “sharing the road with someone who is texting and driving constantly.”

“If your eyes leave the road for one second, you could lose your life,” he added. “And every school we visit, we hear a new story about someone who knew someone who did lose their life.”
Wendy Tepfer, director of CPC, said she equates distracted driving to driving while intoxicated.

“One in three teens will have a crash within their first year of driving,” she said. “And when alcohol is involved, one-third of those crashes result in fatalities.”

The program will visit Mepham and Kennedy high schools in the spring.

Bellmore-Merrick Salutes 11 Commended Students

Eleven students from the district have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

From Calhoun High School: David Bekore, Matthew Garber, Julia Losner and Rebecca Unz. From Kennedy High School: Ruth Bergman, Chloe Davis, Rebecca Stekol and Alixandra Wilens. From Mepham High School: Rachel Jozwik, Christopher Rosenthal and Zachary Weiss.

Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of the country out of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by virtue of taking the PSAT last year.

“This is a true testament of these students’ individual ability to tackle a challenging exam and come out on top,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso.

MAMS Students Begin Relay for Life Fundraising

In mid-September, seventh-graders from Merrick Avenue Middle School hosted a Cup for a Cure to benefit the district’s Relay for Life event, which is held annually in the spring. The car wash fundraiser was held at Applebee’s in Bellmore and raised approximately $400.

Mepham Leos Roar like Lions

In keeping with the Leo Club’s mission of altruism and philanthropy, students at Mepham High School kicked off their induction into the district’s first Leo Club by hosting a donation drive for the homeless.

Sponsored by the Bellmore Lions Club, the Leos live by the motto, “we serve,” and have planned several acts of community service including visiting the Bethany House, which assists homeless women and children.

“I love helping the community,” said Amna Minhas, senior and club president. “We get to make a lot of people happy.”

Club adviser Josephine Parlagreco, a Lion herself, has encouraged the members to participate in many projects such as food drives and community outreach.

“She gives her heart and soul to anything she’s involved with at our school,” said Principal Michael Harrington.

This will be the largest Leo Club in the district, explained said Nina Lanci, district governor 20-K2 and school board trustee. The Lions have long-assisted Mepham and the school district with projects such as Habitat for Humanity and holiday drives.
“It feels so good to give back to our community,” Lanci told the room of inductees.

Three HS Students named National Merit Semifinalists

Three students in the district have been named semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alaina Anderson of Calhoun, Maximilian Bazil of Kennedy and Rachel Jozwick of Mepham all received this distinction.

“Having students earn this recognition is a symbol of their test preparedness and academic work ethic,” said Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction David Seinfeld.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers qualified as semifinalists. Finalists will be notified in February.

Kennedy Seniors Named Rising Scientists

Kennedy High School seniors Maximilian Bazil and Claire Kelly spent their summer completing graduate-level scientific research and experiments and their efforts were recognized by the 2016 Child Mind Institute as Rising Scientists.

Kelly relocated to Illinois during the summer months to work on her psychopharmacology project, The Impulsivity as a Predictor for Enhanced Attentional Bias Towards Novel Drug-Paired Cues at the University of Chicago.

A three-year Advanced Science Research student, Kelly is also working on a second project involving Parkinson’s treatments.
She said the ASR program has taught her to “think like a scientist.”

“I’ve learned how to work better with peers as well as professionals,” Kelly said. “These projects have also pushed me to work harder than I ever had before.”

Kelly is hoping to publish new data soon and has taken these finding to numerous scientific competitions already. She hopes to pursue an education in neuroscience in English, which is a narrative style of practice.

Bazil said his project, The Intra-Arterial Injection and Differentiation of Autologous, Genetically Modified Human Endothelial Progenitor Cells as a Targeted Drug Delivery Therapy for Stroke in a Human Umbilical Artery Model, has a “lot of ideas that are preliminarily supported” by his research.

“This could be a fast-acting therapy in the future [for stroke victims],” he added. “I’m already forward thinking to human trials.”

Bazil completed his research at Mount Sinai Hospital in the department of neurosurgery. An emergency medical captain of the junior squad of the Bellmore-Merrick EMS, Bazil said he’s always been interested in neurology, however, has become intrigued by the vascular aspect as well.

He has had an abstract published in the Annals of Neurology and would like to pursue a focus in neuroscience, specializing in a pediatric role. His other research project, completed in May, focused on the Development of a Cerebral Angiography Calibration Model Using Relative Arterial Diameters.

The pair was selected from more than 30 applicants. As a Child Mind Institute Rising Scientist, they will present their research on Oct. 25 at a ceremony. They will also receive a $1,000 scholarship for college expenses.

MAP Begins Day Honoring 9/11 Victims

With a bright blue sky as their backdrop, members of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s administration, along with the staff and student body of the Meadowbrook Alternative Program, paused Friday morning to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11.

“Those people woke up and go to work just like we are doing and that was it,” said Principal Susan Ellinghaus before reciting a poem. “The heroics of the rescuers involved – everyone was there to defend the freedom that we enjoy today.”

The twisted, rusted 1,600-pound girder that once helped support the Twin Towers was installed and dedicated in front of the Brookside building in 2010. This acquisition was achieved through the efforts of MAP students, under the guidance of faculty member, John Boyle.

In 2013, the Mepham High School Key Club and Bellmore Kiwanis Club dedicated a plaque that sits in front of the memorial. The teacher’s union donated two concrete benches facing the memorial.

District Begins Head Injury Prevention Program

In an effort to manage student-athlete injuries, the Central High School District will be implementing the ImPACT test and ImPACT Concussion Management Model.

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a computerized concussion management tool that utilizes a neurocognitive baseline and post-injury concussion testing to educate athletic directors, trainers, coaches, physical education instructors and school nurses on concussion management.

“Training will focus on concussion awareness, recognition and response,” explained Eric Caballero, director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health. “This will aid in addressing the need for an accurate, medically accepted assessment system as part of an overall concussion management protocol.”

This tool is being offered as a free program through the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal to support the Head Injury Prevention Program.
“Baseline cognitive testing will be conducted every two years to evaluate student athletes who compete in 12 varsity and junior varsity contact sports,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso. “Post-concussion testing is also provided under this free program.”

It includes cognitive baseline and post-concussion testing of student athletes, educational seminars in head injury identification, educational seminars in controlling athletic risk management exposures and information gathering on the composition of athletic surfaces for further research.

ImPACT is the first and only concussion-specific solution to be granted medical device clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Providing this type of training and testing helps protect our students and create a safer athletic environment,” added DeTommaso.

New Beginnings in Bellmore-Merrick

The new school year is off to a fresh start in the Central High School District as students entered into updated buildings courtesy of numerous capital improvements made throughout the summer.

“The kids are in, they’re healthy, happy, safe and most importantly – they’re learning,” said Jon Simpkins, director of School Facilities & Operations.

At Calhoun, the refurbishment of science labs includes a flat panel screen for interactive lessons.

“The new technology turns this unit into a college level lab,” said teacher Kim Lascarides.

At Grand Avenue, a new roof, new bathrooms and central heat/air were installed over the summer, as well as a makeover to the guidance suite.
“We worked tirelessly as a district to get things spiffed up for the start of the school year,” explained Principal Carlo Conte.

Students can also now elect Mandarin as a world language course, in addition to Spanish, French and Italian. Seventeen students are enrolled in Mandarian at Grand Avenue, while 19 have signed up for the language at Merrick Avenue.

“This year, the Mandarin students will begin to develop their communicative skills and learn about many aspects of Chinese culture,” said World Languages Chairperson Renee Fallon.

Merrick Avenue saw a parking lot refacing, additional 35 flat panel screens and music and library rooms renovations, which were completed by district maintenance staff. Bathroom and heating/cooling work is currently underway.

Additionally, the district added an ENL (English as a New Language) program at Grand Avenue, where students were previously transferred to Merrick Avenue.

At Kennedy, freshmen were off to a philanthropic start, as the class of 2020 adviser Lisa Scherer initiated the first community service project for the year; collecting school supplies for a school in Louisiana devastated by recent flooding. The districtwide C.H.A.M.P [culinary and hospitality applied management program], housed at Kennedy, has a newly installed commercial kitchen, as well as new science labs.

At Mepham, students enrolled in the districtwide broadcast communications program were able to get up close with state-of-the-art studio equipment.

“Throughout the year students will be utilizing field bags and then the Mac labs to edit and complete video projects,” explained Vice Principal Marie Netto.

Other completed projects include updated science labs and new bathrooms.

At the Meadowbrook Alternative Program, housed in the central administration building, students will be utilizing a newly added science lab and soon – a Mac lab, courtesy of district maintenance staff.

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Bellmore-Merrick Central welcomes incoming freshmen

Ninth-graders across Bellmore-Merrick Central were recently treated to educational and entertaining freshman orientations at their new buildings.
At Mepham High School, students enrolled in the district’s Broadcast Communication tested out equipment in the new state-of-the-art studio. Students within the district can apply for this four-year program, housed at Mepham.

In addition to building tours, students learned about the goals and expectations of the program for the upcoming year.

At Calhoun High School, senior student leaders hosted small group discussions with incoming freshmen about “Being a Calhoun Student.”
"Students were split into small groups and had the opportunity to hear from the seniors and ask them questions,” explained Vice Principal Dr. Neil Testa. "They were also tasked with exploring, ‘what would I want to tell the ninth grade me about the next four years at Calhoun?”

Upperclassmen at Kennedy High School were also on hand to assist, offering insight and advice to help with a successful first year in high school.

“Lisa Scherer, the class advisor, kicked off their first community service project for the year, collecting school supplies for a school in Louisiana devastated by recent flooding,” said Principal Lorraine Poppe. “The day ended with Michael DiGiovanni and his C.H.A.M.P. [Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program] and students hosting a barbecue for the freshmen.”

Girls Volleyball Teams Compete in Friendship Tourney

Kennedy High School recently hosted a Bellmore-Merrick girls volleyball friendship tournament with Mepham and Calhoun high schools.

“The teams had a great day playing,” said girls varsity volleyball coach Katie Sheehan. “This tournament used to be a yearly tradition and I decided to bring it back this year.”

Photo Caption: Members of the Kennedy, Mepham and Calhoun girls varsity volleyball teams.

District Welcomes 25 New Staff Members

The district recently welcomed 25 new staff members for the 2016-17 school year. The new members gathered on August 29 for a special orientation to familiarize themselves with the district’s administrators, buildings and policies. In his welcome address to the new staff, Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso said, “By putting kids first and always, results will always follow.”

Throughout the day, the new staff members heard from a variety of district administrators on topics ranging from effective communication to leveraging the increased technological capabilities available for instruction such as the Bring Your Own Device initiative and SMART Boards. On August 30, staff continued their orientation at their respective buildings, during which they met with their principals, department supervisors and their mentors or “buddy teachers” to review instructional topics.

The district welcomes all staff members back for the start of the new year and wishes them a successful school year ahead!

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Updates Inside


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.

10/24/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

9/6/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

8/8/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

7/27/16 Bond Phase 2 & 3 Update

7/15/16 Bond Update

7/6/16 Bond Update

July 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

6/11/16 - Bond Phase 2 and 3 Update

April 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

4/11/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

March 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

3/1/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

February 2016 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

1/5/16 - Bond Phase 2 Update

12/15/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

December 2015 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

11/15/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

November 2015 Capital Bond Project Slideshow

10/20/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

8/25/15 - Bond Phase 2 Update

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