Summer Studies at Harvard University

Hadi Aziz, a senior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School, had the unique opportunity to participate in a summer science research program while at the same time attending college-level physics classes at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Aziz was the first high school student admitted to work at one of the prestigious labs at the Dana Farber Cancer Research Center associated with the Harvard Medical School. There he studied Rb (retinoblastoma gene), a tumor suppressor gene that codes for the production of a specific protein, which inhibits excessive cell growth.

Transportation Schedule for Wednesday and Thursday September 6 & 7, 2016 for BarryTech & LIHSA Students - No BOCES Classes

o PM BarryTech students will have regular morning pickups from their assigned stops to their respective HS and will be returned back to their assigned stop at the end of classes. AM BarryTech students will have a 10:25 - 10:45 pick up time from their assigned stop to their respective HS and will be returned back to their assigned stop at the end of the day. (Guardian Bus Company, 516-SAFEBUS (516-723-3287)

o LIHSA students will have normal AM transportation to their respective high schools.

High Schools Are Best in the Nation

All three high schools in the district have been recognized by Newsweek as being among the best high schools in the country.

On the magazine’s 2016 list of America’s top 500 high schools, John F. Kennedy High School was listed at No. 160, Wellington C. Mepham High School came in at No. 266 and Sanford H. Calhoun High School was ranked at No. 300. The rankings are based on a college readiness score determined by average AP/IB, ACT and SAT scores, along with graduation rate and college-bound percentage. Counselor-to-student ratio and student retention rate over four years of enrollment also factor into the ranking.

“I am extremely proud that all three of our high schools have been recognized as being among the best in the country,” said Bellmore-Merrick Superintendent of Schools Dr. John DeTommaso. “Of course, these lists don’t completely measure the greatness of our schools. Anyone who spends an extended period of time in any of our three high schools or our middle schools can more effectively measure the incredible things our staff does for students. Add a very supportive parent group with a Board of Education dedicated to providing what’s best for our kids, and you have a recipe for success.”

Newsweek used data from the National Center for Education Statistics for its 2016 rankings.

Food Pantry Garners First Donation

District ambassadors have officially introduced a new food pantry for the district, housed at Brookside. Led by MAP teachers Karen McMahon and Tiffany Rzempoluch, the effort received its first donations from members of the Merrick Lions Club.

At the Lions’ July 26 meeting, Board of Education Trustee Nina Lanci was honored by the club and members offered their support to the new pantry by each bringing a food item to donate.

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JFK Presents a Well-Deserved Diploma


The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s John F. Kennedy High School recently honored a valued alumnus. Robert Schneider left the school in 1967, just prior to his senior year, to join the army. On July 6, after many decades, he finally received a symbol of his effort, commitment and success in the form of a high school diploma.

Mr. Schneider’s diploma was presented by Principal Lorraine Poppe and Assemblyman David McDonough through New York’s Operation Recognition Program. This initiative recognizes the devotion and sacrifice of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Era Veterans who left school early by presenting them with a high school diploma.

Also in attendance at the celebration were Assistant Principals Jerry Owenburg and Vincent Pisano, along with members of Mr. Schneider’s family. Mr. Schneider attended John F. Kennedy High School in 1966 – its initial year. His two daughters, Kristen and Heather, went through the school and graduated in 2003 and 1994, respectively.

“This is the most rewarding thing we can do – it is a way to help people and recognize them,” said Assemblyman McDonough. As Ms. Poppe handed the veteran his official graduation documentation, she stated, “By the authority vested in me by the Board of Education of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, I officially certify that Mr. Schneider is eligible to receive his diploma.”

Calhoun Graduation Hits High Notes


Marked by a moving and inspirational speech by Principal Nicole Hollings, the 57th commencement of Calhoun High School was as entertaining as it was celebratory on June 26 at NYCB Theater in Westbury.

Hollings said before belting out a few verses of “Unwritten” to emphasize her point that the future is in graduates’ hands.

“You are the future,” Hollings said. “You have the power to put aside hate and intolerance and to instead love, accept and welcome in. You have the power to ask an important question – ‘how can I help?’”
Board trustee Wendy Gargiulo, a Calhoun alumna and parent of a graduate, told students their graduation is a rewarding moment for their parents, teachers and community members.
“It’s a common thread that binds all of these people to your life,” she added.

Valedictorian Kristi Chan encouraged her peers to hold on tightly to the genuine interest that emerged when they were younger.
“I hope that all of us do not lose the very simple reason we chose to pursue our individual journeys in the first place,” she said. 

Kennedy High School Celebrates 49th Commencement


Members of the Kennedy High School community in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District gathered early on June 26 at the NYCB Theater at Westbury to celebrate its graduating class.

Student Class President Steven Obadiah had positive message for his peers.
“We have a class full of winners and I am honored to have worked closely with many of you,” he said of the class’ philanthropic accomplishments.
Salutatorian Rachel Mashal offered the following advice to her fellow graduates should they face obstacles in the next stage of their lives.

“Remember your passion and never give up on what you love,” she said. “Be a leader and stick up for what you believe in.”
Valedictorian Samantha Klein emphasized that graduates should “remember to focus on joy” in their lives and not rely on status or material things to make themselves happy.

“The next step in our lives may be challenging, but we all have the strong foundation of the Cougar Nation underneath us as a supporting network as we are separated from Long Island – and Town Bagel for the first time,” she jested.


Mepham Seniors Mark Graduation


Mepham High School celebrated its 78th commencement on June 26 at NYCB Theater in Westbury before a proud crowd of administration, family members and students.

“Their selflessness and compassion is extraordinary,” Principal Michael Harrington said of the class’ philanthropic efforts. “You have come to realize the power of your collective wisdom and collaboration. You’ve learned that it’s possible to achieve extraordinary things where there is a shared sense of purpose and importance.”

Senior Class President McKayla Cates spoke about new beginnings.

“For the first time in our entire lives we get a clean slate,” she said. “It is a time to reinvent ourselves; to be the best version of us we can be.”

Valedictorian John Grover echoed this message of the possibility of what the future holds.

“If you’ve been one to stand on the sidelines, don’t hesitate to step onto the field,” he said.

Salutatorian Kristina DiMiceli told her peers that every high school experience carried great significance.
“From the tiny freshmen that walked through the doors on the first day to the decorated seniors that left on the last – we have impacted each other for the better,” she said.


Calhoun’s Lin Published in Science Journal

Recent Calhoun High School graduate Louis Lin was published in The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science.

His report, “Loss of Mannose Phosphate Isomerase Induces p53 Mediated Apoptosis in a Zebrafish Model of Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation” was included in the June 2016 issue of The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science.

“He's worked so hard and truly deserves acknowledgement for his efforts,” said Jennifer Pefanis, advanced science research teacher.
The article can be viewed at this link

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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.

8/8/16 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