MAMS Participates in Merrick Challenge

Students from Merrick Avenue’s self-contained classes joined students from Calhoun High School’s Prep for the Future program and the district’s neighboring elementary schools for a one-day special event that made each student feel like a champion.

The goal of the May 5 Merrick Challenge was to create awareness in the community by building upon these differences and making the children feel like they were a part of something bigger.

Budget Passes – A Message from the Superintendent of Schools

On behalf of myself, the Board of Education and the entire Bellmore-Merrick educational community, thank you so much to all residents who participated in the 2015-16 budget and trustee election.  We totally appreciate your support every day, but especially today as the district’s budget passed by a vote of 2,652 to 1,166!  As always, the entire staff in the BMCHSD will give it everything they have to make certain that our students maximize their educational opportunities and graduate ready for the next challenges in their lives.  Thanks again!

Spring Expo at Grand Avenue

Student-artists at Grand Avenue got a chance to showcase some of the stunning and colorful work they’ve been laboring over this year at the school’s Spring Expo on May 12.

Held before the school’s spring concert, the Spring Expo featured paintings, drawings, watercolors and other dazzling work by Grand Avenue’s talented students. The framed original works adorned the hallways and classrooms surrounding the auditorium for concertgoers to view.


Baseball Field Renamed at Calhoun

The varsity baseball field diamond was renamed after dedicated coach, mentor and Calhoun teacher Joe Corea in an emotional ceremony held on May 9.

During the dedication, district Director of Physical Education and Athletics Saul Lerner spoke passionately about Mr. Corea’s qualities as a teacher, colleague and friend, as did Calhoun’s Athletic Director June Spruyt. Principal Nicole Hollings read a touching tribute to the retired teacher and coach written by David Seinfeld, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Calhoun varsity baseball coach Art Canestro spoke briefly as well, thanking Mr. Corea for his mentorship and guidance.

The event culminated with words of gratitude from Mr. Corea, who attended the dedication with his family. He was presented with a plaque replica of the metal sign to be hung above the backstop of the newly named field. A second sign indicating Joe Corea Field was also mounted above the scoreboard in center field.

Prescription Drug Take-Back at Mepham


Mepham Renames Baseball Field

The diamond at Mepham High School has a new name after a dedication ceremony held on May 1.

Dozens of community members gathered at the school to dedicate the baseball field to the former baseball coach and community leader Mike Lurel.

Coach Lurel led the Mepham Pirates to two league championships in 1952 and 1956 during his 10-year run as coach. He then went on to serve as Bellmore-Merrick’s athletic director before his retirement in 1984.

The dedication ceremony featured an a cappella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” presided over by the VFW Color Guard. Coach Lurel’s wife, daughters and granddaughter cut the ceremonial ribbon for Coach Mike Lurel Field. Members of his family also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the varsity squad took on Herricks High School.

They Can Dance at Mepham

Mepham High School held its annual “So They Think They Can Dance” competition in the school’s auditorium on May 1.

Pitting Team Geller against Team Dennis in this annual dance-off, teachers Jacqueline Geller and Kerri Dennis, with the help of the Mepham varsity kickline, trained six teams during several weeks to perform choreographed numbers in jazz, hip-hop and team performance categories.

Hosted by the hilarious antics of students Yianni Hilas and Jake Frenchman, the dance teams took the stage between previously recorded video segments and were judged by administrators Michael Harrington, Eric Caballero and Jennifer Carne. At one point, Caballero took the stage for an impromptu dance-off with senior Kevin Burns.

In the end, Team Geller took the overall prize after her teams swept the categories. “Why Not Us?” was named hip-hop winner, “Skillz that Killz” took the jazz prize and “The Wolves of Wall Street” took home the top team performance prize.

Grand Avenue Celebrates New Turf Field

Members of the community, students, faculty and administration gathered to celebrate Grand Avenue Middle School’s newly revamped turf field on May 4. 
Principal Carlo Conte welcomed visitors to the new field and introduced the cheerleading and kickline squads. During his remarks, Mr. Conte also thanked the community for their support, applauded the high numbers of student athletes participating in the spring season and emphasized how the new field has had a positive impact on students.

Student representatives from the school’s sports programs held the 20-foot-long green ribbon on top of the school logo, which was designed by Grand Avenue art teacher Michael DiNucci. A member of the softball team did the honors, cutting the ribbon in front of the packed stands. 

Superintendent John DeTommaso, Assistant Superintendents David Seinfeld and Mara Bollettieri, and Saul Lerner, the district’s director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health, were in attendance for the ceremony.

Advanced Science Researchers Showcase At Calhoun




Kennedy Band Performs in Boston

Approximately 60 students from Kennedy recently traveled to tour and perform in Boston, Massachusetts.

Students began their tour by visiting Harvard University, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at the campus of the University of Massachusetts, and experienced a performance by Blue Man Group.

The following day, before a crowd of more than 150 people, students performed a concert at Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall. The concert was live-streamed so that parents could view the performance. Following their showcase, students took a classic Duck Tour around Boston. Students then traveled to Salem for a show and walking tour. The weekend culminated in a visit to Six Flags New England.

This is the fifth spring tour that the Kennedy HS band program has taken. Students performed a pops-style concert featuring music from Broadway’s “Wicked,” Disney’s “Up,” “James Bond” and more. The student played under the direction of Kennedy music teacher Walter Avellaneda

To hear excerpts, view photos or for more information, visit the Kennedy HS band program website at

Grand Avenue Students Hold Fundraiser for Local Camp

Students at Grand Avenue are sponsoring a fundraiser called “Caps for a Cause,” to raise money for Camp Anchor, a summer program for people of all ages with special needs.

Students will sell Grand CARES wristbands to help raise money for the cause. In exchange for a wristband purchase, students and faculty may wear their favorite, craziest or most creative cap to school.

Students who raise money for the camp will also be entered into a contest for a grand prize. The students at Grand Avenue created a PowToon to promote the fundraiser. Click here to watch the PowToon.

Holocaust Survivor Visits MAMS

Students at Merrick Avenue were treated to a living history lesson from a Jericho resident who survived Hitler’s mass deportation of Jews from her native Germany.

Evelyn Pike Rubin, author of “Ghetto Shanghai,” was 8 years old when she fled with her mother to the open city of Shanghai, China, after the rise of Hitler and Kristallnacht made it clear that Jews were no longer welcome in Germany.

Despite Japanese-occupied Shanghai’s more benevolent treatment of Jews, Rubin and her mother found themselves quarantined to a ghettoized section of the city, along with 18,000 other refugees from Hitler’s rampage. In the ghetto, poverty, disease and air strikes were a daily reality. Rubin’s father, who joined them in Shanghai a few short years after their initial arrival, died from the climate and conditions in the city.
Rubin spent eight years in Shanghai before leaving for the U.S. in 1947. Now 83, Rubin shares her story all over the world to discuss how warfare can bring out the best and worst in mankind.

At Merrick Avenue, Rubin addressed the students in the auditorium, using visual aids such as an enlarged print of her mother’s German passport, which featured a large red “J” on the front to signal her Jewish heritage.

Calhoun Holds Lunch with Global Flavor

Calhoun High School held its annual International Luncheon, organized by the district’s English as a New Language students.

To honor, inform and celebrate the diverse cultures of each student in the ENL program, students make presentations, supply music from their native countries, decorate the faculty lounge with festive national colors and prepare food that best represents their culture.

This year, attendees got to fly the friendly skies at Calhoun, as the students decorated the space in a travel theme. Visitors filled out a passport and were urged to tape it to a large global map based on their country of origin or ancestry. Flight attendants, skycaps, security and pilots mingled with students representing countries such as Guatemala, Japan, South Korea, El Salvador, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Several teachers and staff members also volunteered their time to prepare traditional foods of their ancestry. The International Luncheon is dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity, while enjoying delicious food and fellowship.  

District Holds Relay for Life at Calhoun HS


Hundreds gathered to march around the track at Calhoun High School on April 24 as Bellmore-Merrick kicked off its first Relay for Life event.

Despite the unseasonably cold temperatures, the event brought warmth and hope as it helped raise more than $75,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The opening ceremony of the 12-hour overnight event featured remarks from the Relay for Life student committee and an impassioned speech from Calhoun 10th-grader Holden Smith, who recently fought and beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. From there, survivors, including Smith, gathered on the track and took the ceremonial first lap behind a Relay for Life banner before they were joined by family members, caregivers and participants.

The event was the brainchild of students Adam Myers, Michael Jean and Matthew Koffler. In honor of Calhoun teacher Doug Smestad, who is currently battling liver cancer, this core group of students, known as “Smestad’s Knights,” approached district administrators last year and began the planning stage. Relay advisor Wendy Simson worked with Relay for Life specialist Sarah Sobel on getting the event off the ground. During the opening ceremony, Sobel presented Myers, Jean, Koffler and Christine Collins with certificates for their outstanding service in organizing the relay.

Highlights of the evening included a soaring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by student Alaina Anderson, a performance by Calhoun alumnus and former “American Idol” contestant Robbie Rosen, live performances from the bands “Wait for It” and “Calhoun’s Crescendo,” and the luminaria ceremony of candle-lit lanterns lined up along the track.


District Inducts Hundreds Into National Honor Society

All three high schools in the district held their National Honor Society induction ceremony on April 22, swearing in more than 400 new students district-wide.

At Mepham, 135 students were inducted in a ceremony that included candle-lighting for the four qualities of membership: Service, Character, Scholarship and Leadership. The four officers of the Mepham National Honor Society, President Anand Bradley, Vice President Jenna Frisolone, Secretary Jessica Bortolussi and Treasurer Sara Miller conducted the ceremony. The evening also featured comments from Mepham’s Principal Michael Harrington and the honorary induction of English teacher Ed Grosskruez.

At John F. Kennedy, 123 students were inducted in a ceremony opened by student Reid Bachman, along with the candle lighting remarks from Sam Moser and Sara Harris. The evening also featured guest speaker and English teacher Steven Mastromarino and a musical performance of “Se Tu Ma’mi” from student Julianna Codispoti. Principal Lorraine Poppe delivered the induction address, while Mastromarino and mathematics teacher Daniel Vessely presented the credentials to each new inductee.

At Calhoun, student David Braunstein and advisor Julie Rosslee gave a welcoming address before inducting 153 students. Co-presidents Jared Del Orfano and Louis Lin; Vice-President Sanjida Chowdhury, Secretary Jamie Solomon and Treasurer Nicole Fegan handled the honors of lighting the ceremonial candles and inducting the new members. The ceremony also featured inspiring remarks from Principal Nicole Hollings.

All combined, 410 students were inducted into the National Honor Society, a fraternity that demands and rewards excellence in academic scholarship as well as leadership, character and public service.  

‘Pippin’ Takes the Stage at Mepham


The Skull and Bones Drama Club at Mepham High School staged a dazzling performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Pippin” in the school’s auditorium.

The production ran for three performances on April 23-25 under the guidance of director Ed Grosskreuz and musical director Brian Neiderman. Mepham student-musicians performed the musical numbers.

“Pippin” is a quirky play set in medieval Europe under the rule of King Charlemagne the Great (played by Nick DeMarco). Pippin (Anthony Plantyn), searching for fulfillment in life, tries to find it in the glory of warfare, the temptations of the flesh and the lure of political power. During his journey, he clashes with his stepbrother Lewis (Danny Straitz) and the machinations of his stepmother Fastrada (Nicole Pioli). In the end, Pippin discovers that the simpler things in life are what lead to true happiness.

The play follows a traveling group of actors, led by a narrator (Kevin Burns). The ensemble cast includes the Manson Trio of dancers (Kristen Corless, Lauren LoVarco, Samantha Pepe, Alyssa Rabinowitz and Jess Serviss), along with a host of other players.

Rounding out the cast was Lindsey Von Elm, who played Catherine; Gus Bresnaider as Catherine’s son Theo; and Pippin’s exiled grandmother Berthe, played by Sara Miller.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bellmore-Merrick Summer Teen Program


Congratulations to the March citizens of the month

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

Letter to the Governor


Grand Avenue Places in Long Island Math Competition

Long Island’s best math students competed at Kellenberg Memorial High School on March 11. The contest, sponsored by the Museum of Math and St. Martin de Porres Marianist School, is attended by more than 150 outstanding middle school students from various schools throughout Long Island.

It was an exciting and academically challenging day for the Grand Avenue team, who tied for fifth place as well as having Kevin Ivers place fifth in the individual event competition.

Congratulations to the entire team: John Berry, Ziyad Gawish, Kevin Ivers, Hunter Moran and Sidra Naheed.

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