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Grand Avenue Celebrates Moving Up

Grand Avenue Celebrates Moving Up

Before an auditorium filled with faculty, family and friends at the Grand Avenue Middle School’s 61st  moving up ceremony, Principal Carlo Conte told graduates not to hesitate when they are embarking on a new venture.

“The next time you feel yourself hesitating beginning something positive, count down from five, empower yourself and launch yourself into greatness,” he added, recalling a speech he watched earlier in the week to help individuals get started.

Amanda Falls led the ceremony with a poignant rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Grand Voices, led by director Kyle Banks, sang “Here Comes the Sun” and “Proud Corazon,” with a solo by Sydney Florio.

Wellington C. Mepham High School senior Allison Trenkle was invited to address Team Warriors at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Grand Avenue held a total of four ceremonies throughout the day.

“Middle school was an unforgettable experience, but as that door closes, countless memorable times lie ahead of you in the door that opens to one of the amazing high schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District,” she addressed the middle school graduates. “I encourage every one of you to seize every opportunity you come across in the next four years. Doing this helped me to be able to look back fondly on the door that is closing and I hope that all of you are able to find that in high school as well."

Eighth grader Mario Medina offered a student reflection to his peers about their future after Grand Avenue.

“All of those who have impacted our lives have led us up to this moment and now is our time to seize it,” he said. “Be prepared to dive into the unknown and take your shot at life. Your life and world can only be as good as you make it.”




Tyler Bissoondial Awarded High Honors

 Tyler Bissoondial Awarded High Honors
On June 8, Grand Avenue Middle School student Tyler Bissoondial was awarded High Honors at the New York State Science Congress in Syracuse, for his project titled, “The Isolation and Characterization of Salt Tolerant Mutant in Raphanus sativus.”

This achievement is equivalent of second place.

Bissoondial will attend John F. Kennedy High School in the fall, but will return to Grand Avenue to serve as president of the Students Network of Cooperative Science, a peer-mentoring club, advised by science teacher Tami Cruz. The club pairs high school and middle school students, working together on science research projects.

Grand Avenue Hosts Gaming Showcase

Grand Avenue Hosts Gaming Showcase
Grand Avenue Hosts Gaming Showcase
Grand Avenue Hosts Gaming Showcase
Grand Avenue Hosts Gaming Showcase
The Grand Avenue Middle School Library hosted its first Grand Gaming Showcase on June 4-5.

Earlier this year, Michelle Biancardo’s seventh grade Coding classes created their own video games using the Hatch and Python programming languages. This event showcased the students creative work in designing multi-level, gravity platformers and vintage arcade style games, quiz games and other informative challenges.

“Students were invited to get a special pass from lunch to attend the event,” Biancardo said. “Once there, they could play the games created by their peers. There was also a section where students could explore the Scratch website to learn more about what can be designed or try their hand at creating something themselves.”

Grand Avenue MS Hosts First Science Fair

Grand Avenue MS Hosts First Science Fair photo
Grand Avenue Middle School held its first in-house science fair on May 23, led by science teacher Tami Cruz.

Participants included Tyler Bissoondial, Mackenzie Filosa, Adhith Jacob, Li Lin, Brady Marr, Dillon Moi, Samantha Nadler, Sahara Partap, Christopher Sanchez, Hayden Schneider and Gabriella Simal.

“Students shared their knowledge either by answering other students' questions or by presenting to our interns and teachers,” Cruz explained. 

Participants from this class also received their awards from the Long Island Science Congress Competition. Awards ranged from the Achievement Award to the Highest Honors Award. 

Tyler Bissoondial received the distinction of making it to the state competition in Syracuse.

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Ms. Cruz's research class participated in their first in-house science fair. Participants included Tyler Bissoondial, Mackenzie Filosa, Adhith Jacob, Li Lin, Brady Marr, Dillon Moi, Samantha Nadler, Sahara Partap, Christopher Sanchez, Hayden Schneider, and Gabriella Simal. A good day was had by all. Students shared their knowledge either by answering other students' questions or by presenting to our interns and teachers. Yesterday, participants from this class received their awards from the Long Island Science Congress Competition. Awards ranged from the Achievement Award to the Highest Honors Award. Tyler Bissoondial also received the distinction of making it to the state competition in Syracuse.

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