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The Meadowbrook Alternative Program (MAP) promotes Honor, Excellence, Respect, and Optimism in students who have had difficulties succeeding in traditional high school settings.

MAP students succeed through their engagement in a rigorous academic program consisting of  personalized classroom, real world, and service learning experience delivered in the context of a nurturing and challenging learning community.

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Meadowbrook Alternative Program Seniors Graduate


The Meadowbrook Alternative Program proudly graduated 16 students on June 20 in front of administrators, staff, students and families.

“Think of MAP as a blank page,” said 2006 MAP alumna Kim Armbruster in her address. “Whatever happened before you came doesn’t matter. It’s all about what you’ve done while you’re here and where you go from here.”

Many referred to MAP as their “second family,” thanking teachers and administrators for helping them to thrive and reach their potentials.
“I felt safe here,” said valedictorian Victoria Webster. “Everyday I walked into a warm environment.”

 “I am confidently looking forward to a bright future,” salutatorian Ekaterina Tzorzis added. “The teachers have taught us life lessons that we’ll carry with us forever.”

MAP and Mepham Students Perform Chemistry Experiments

The Meadowbrook Alternative Program Chemistry students visited Mepham AP Chemistry students on May 24 where they performed three labs together. Flame tests, turning copper silver and gold, and organic isomers were among the experiments they completed.

MAP Students Host Shakespeare Festival

The question was to be or not to be and students at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program held the answer as they performed in the sixth annual Shakespeare Festival.

Under the direction of English teacher Laura Sheridan, the festival incorporated the combined talents of students and staff. It began in the Brookside Auditorium with scenes and monologues from “Julius Caesar,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Troilus & Cressida” and “Antony & Cleopatra.”

An elaborate feast followed the performances where Elizabethan dishes were provided by staff members. Decorations were prepared and coordinated by school nurse Darlene Boden and assistants Karin McMahon and Lisa Duignan.

“In preparation for the festival, a number of MAP’s student body took a field trip to see the Young Company’s performance of ‘Othello’ at Classic Stage Company near Union Square,” said English teacher Laura Sheridan. “Experiencing a live performance of Shakespeare gave them perspective and inspiration for their own scenes.”

Meadowbrook Alternative Program Students and Veterans Connect

Eric Montana, a senior at Meadowbrook Alternative Program in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, is shipping off to Marine recruit training in South Carolina in two weeks. The recent meet and greet between his fellow classmates and the organization, Vet2Vet, allowed him to express his admiration for these individuals who served our country.

“World War II was the greatest generation of individuals,” he said. “You brought up this nation. Hats off to you for your service.”

Veterans and their spouses from the Bristal Assisted Living facility have met twice over the past few weeks to exchange life experiences and future plans.

“We are bringing our [history] lessons to life here,” said Social Studies teacher Geisha Kwiatkowski. “It also gives them an opportunity to experience different viewpoints of current events.”

The meetings were also facilitated by Steve Rose, the founder and director of the district’s Family Project program, which brings together students and adults with developmental disabilities to engage in social interactions, recreation and independent living skills development with the support of the school community. He is also involved with Vet2Vet.