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Ms. Lorraine Poppe

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Mr. Jon LaRochester
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Teacher Recognized by NYS Program

Kennedy High School science teacher Alexis Vandergoot was recently named a 2015 Science Master Teacher under New York State’s Master Teacher Program, run on Long Island by SUNY Stony Brook University.

Vandergoot is one of 70 Master Teachers selected on Long Island since the program was created in 2013 at the behest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  
Consideration for a Master Teacher designation includes a very rigorous application process that requires submitting a personal statement, letters of recommendation, completing a content exam, and undergoing a lengthy interview process. In addition, teachers must provide innovative STEM lesson materials to qualify.

Vandergoot has been teaching at Bellmore-Merrick since 2009. She teaches chemistry, living environment, college anatomy, marine biology and collaborative environmental science. She is the Science Club and Science Olympiad advisor and was the assistant coach for the girls varsity lacrosse team from 2010-2013.

Vandergoot also developed and coordinated an eighth-grade interactive summer forensic science camp at Stony Brook University. She was recognized by the Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education at its meeting on Feb. 4.

Bulldogs Give Back On and Off the Ice

Members of the Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs ice hockey team spent the weekend of Jan. 31 giving back to their community in a big way.
On Saturday, the team skated in an exhibition sled hockey game against the Long Island Rough Riders at Newbridge Arena to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps support soldiers returning injured from battles in the war on terror.
The next day, the Bulldogs volunteered time out of their skates to prepare brunch for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The Ronald McDonald House provides a haven for families with children battling serious illness. The team participated under the leadership of coaches Lee Mattes and Christopher Patten.

January Students of the Month

Administrators and staff at Kennedy recently designated one student from each academic department as Student of the Month for January. This recognition highlights the student’s achievements and efforts throughout the month. The January Students of the Month were:

Cassandra Abrams, Art
Marielle Bach, Physical Education
Marc Coletto, English
Paul Davis, Instrumental Music
Alec Deane, Business
Samuel Epstein, Science
Nicholas Field, Math
Jessica Graber, Social Studies and Health
Aydin Kessler, Family & Consumer Science
Jennifer Scharfman, World Languages
Daniella Simon, Vocal Music

Congratulations to all these outstanding students!

Kennedy Crowns Poetry Out Loud Winners

Poetry went from the printed word to the dramatic performance when 23 students at Kennedy participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest on Jan. 13. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages the study of great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Kennedy students competed in their individual English classes, with winners progressing to the schoolwide competition, under the guidance of English Department Chair Kim Serpe. Kennedy Dean Jon Dell’Olio emceed the event.

Gathered in teacher Jeanette Pincus’ vocal room, the students recited poems that ranged in style and period, from Aphra Behn to Langston Hughes and John Berryman.

The panel of judges, comprised of English teachers at Kennedy, scored each student individually on a rubric of criteria. The judges crowned sophomore Stephanie Person as the first-place winner for her recitation of Sylvia Path’s “The Applicant.” Second place went to junior Rachel Mashal for her recitation of Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird.” Third place was awarded to sophomore Rebecca Stekol for her recitation of Ilya Kaminsky’s “Author’s Prayer.” 

Person and Mashal will move on to the Long Island Finals of Poetry Out Loud at Stony Brook University on Feb. 26. 

The state competition will follow the Long Island Finals and, ultimately, the national finals in Washington, D.C. The Poetry Out Loud competition is held in all three high schools in the district.