2301 Grand Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Carlo Conte

Assistant Principals:
Mr. James Mollica

Mr. Andrew Del Rosario
 Attendance:  992-1109
 Guidance:  992-1120
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 Fax:  679-5068

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Grand Avenue Students Learn About Science Research

Allessandro Bailetti, a student at New York University studying for his doctorate in genetics, recently visited Grand Avenue Middle School as a guest speaker for Tami Cruz's science classes.

He also spoke to the members of the Students Network of Cooperative Science about what it is like to do research at the college level.

WWII Vet Visits Grand Avenue

Bernie Rader, World War II veteran and prisoner of war, shared his war experiences with eighth grade students at Grand Avenue Middle School recently.

Bernie Rader served in occupied France and was part of a 55 man patrol from the 9th Infantry division.  Rader was wounded by mortar fire and captured by Germans in Brittany in 1944. He spent 45 days in a German prisoner of war hospital. He was freed in an unprecedented prisoner of war exchange arranged by Andrew Hodges, a young International Red Cross Field Director.

Rader is the recipient of a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. In 2007, former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy presented Rader with the prestigious French Legion of Honor Award. The Legion of Honor Award was created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and it honors soldiers and civilians who have who have made a significant contribution to French life.

Bernie s wife June, and his sister, Gloria Katz shared their experiences of sacrifice on the American home front.

“Bernie encouraged students to think about service to their community and country,” said Karen McGuinness, the district Social Studies Chairperson.

Board Honors Diving Champion Youssef Ibrahim

The district and board recently honored eighth-grade swim champion, Youssef Ibrahim, who went undefeated in 1-meter diving season.
Grand Avenue’s Ibrahim, who swims on the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks team, won this event at both the Division A Championships and the Nassau County Championships – including scoring a personal best of 491.05 points.

At the New York State Championships held in Buffalo in early March, Ibrahim’s score was 80 more than the second-place competitor.
“This is an exceptional feat for an eighth-grade athlete,” said Board Trustee JoAnn DeLauter.

In addition to diving, Ibrahim also plays soccer for Grand Avenue, studies robotics as part of the STEP Scholar Academy at Hofstra University and enjoys playing the piano, fishing and ice skating in his spare time.

Bellmore-Merrick Musicians Jazz It Up at Festival

Members of the Grand Avenue Middle School and Wellington C. Mepham High School jazz bands recently participated in the 2016 Herricks Jazz Festival.
This is a non-competitive festival in which student groups perform and then receive feedback & critique from an adjudicator. In addition, students had the opportunity to talk with professionals about jazz as an art form, listen to other Long Island high school ensembles and attend a rhythm section workshop.  
“It was a great day for our middle school and high school musicians to come together and represent the music departments of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of Fine & Performing Arts and Adult Education.

Grand Avenue Science Researchers Record Multiple Wins at LISEF

The Science Research Club at Grand Avenue Middle School was well represented at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair competition held on March 10 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Seven young researchers competed in this prestigious event. Connor Desmond and Angelo Vergatos were awarded first prize for their team project entitled “How do different levels of ultraviolet radiation affect the magnetic sensitivity of Drosophila melanogaster?” Brandon Langone was awarded first prize for his individual project “What types of sensors would enable optimum performance for a robot on Martian-like terrain?”

Connor, Angelo and Brandon placed amongst the top 10 percent of middle school researchers on Long Island at this prestigious research competition. In recognition, all three award winners were nominated for the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) national competition.  

Benjamin Loetman, Eric Flitsch, Andrew Kessler and Dante Gomez were also recognized for their participation.