1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Eric Gomez
Dr. Neil Testa, Ed.D.
Mr. Ken Zisel


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 Congratulations to our Students of the Month for September:

Grade 9: Brandon O'Neill

Grade 10: Cory Jones

Grade 11: Kathryn Auricchio

Grade 12: Alex Kuschner

Our staff member of the month is Mrs. LoPiccolo who is our amazing Technology Aide.


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Current News

ENL Program Carves Out Time for Friends and Fun

Students in the English as a New Language (ENL) program in the district came together on Oct. 19 to enjoy an iconic fall activity.

Students from Grand Avenue Middle School, Merrick Avenue Middle School and Sanford H. Calhoun High School enjoyed a trip to Hicks Nurseries in Westbury to select pumpkin that they would later carve.

Including middle schoolers in some activities is important because it helps build a sense of community, as the students will continue their studies at Calhoun if they remain in the ENL program.

“There are a lot of non-verbal skills being used here so all students can participate actively,” explained Enrique Montes, chairperson of the Department of World Languages and ENL.

The pumpkins will be used as decorations in the program’s upcoming haunted house on Nov. 3-4, which is organized by ENL teacher Heather Glick.

Calhoun Homecoming Festivities Hit High Notes


Homecoming was a festive fanfare at Calhoun High School on Oct. 14 when students enjoyed the annual Colt Festival, a pep rally and then football game under the Friday night lights.

Spirit Week kicked off the celebration, filling the halls with pajama wearing, patriotic showings and an outpouring of Blue Calhoun gear.
“Of course school spirit isn’t just about dressing for a particular day but it is spirit,” said Principal Nicole Hollings. “When we see students enjoy their time here, when we see all of our students be a part of student life in the building, and when we see students not only cheer each other on in athletics but also in the arts and in their classrooms.”

Student athletes stormed the field for the pep rally on Friday afternoon, performing entertaining choreographed skits after they were announced. Ryan Rosenblum and Amanda DePasquale were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively.

At homecoming, the award-winning wind ensemble performed, as did the rock band, accompanied by some teacher/guitarists.

“The football game under the lights, with a full moon, and crisp October air was a back and forth battle in which we ultimately did not win but the crowd was fantastic,” Hollings said.

The Colts fell to the Sewanhaka Indians, 35-28.

Calhoun Pushes ‘Arrive Alive’ Message to New Drivers


Calhoun High School student Alicia Abramson said she had to concentrate intently and even close one eye to complete a seemingly easy task — stacking cups. The catch was that she was wearing vision impairment goggles to simulate being intoxicated.

“I couldn’t imagine being mentally impaired as well as visually,” she commented after completing the task.

The simulation was part of a nationwide program, Arrive Alive, which promotes awareness about distracted and drunken driving. It was hosted by the Community Parent Center. Completing the timed fine motor skill game of Perfection, walking a straight line, operating pedal cars and a driving video game enables students to fully experience the potential consequences of making destructive decisions.

“I don’t even know what is going on right now,” said senior Mike Losak as he steered his video game car into a wall while attempting to avoid a pedestrian.

Losak was wearing “beer goggles” to impair his vision.
Sophomore Nicole MacLaren said she “lost her balance a lot quicker” than she thought she would while wearing the beer goggles to simply walk a straight chalk line.
Max Vandewater, a safety ambassador from the Arrive Alive program, reminded students that even though they may consider themselves skilled at driving and texting or drunken driving, they are “sharing the road with someone who is texting and driving constantly.”

“If your eyes leave the road for one second, you could lose your life,” he added. “And every school we visit, we hear a new story about someone who knew someone who did lose their life.”
Wendy Tepfer, director of CPC, said she equates distracted driving to driving while intoxicated.

“One in three teens will have a crash within their first year of driving,” she said. “And when alcohol is involved, one-third of those crashes result in fatalities.”

The program will visit Mepham and Kennedy high schools in the spring.

Bellmore-Merrick Salutes 11 Commended Students

Eleven students from the district have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

From Calhoun High School: David Bekore, Matthew Garber, Julia Losner and Rebecca Unz. From Kennedy High School: Ruth Bergman, Chloe Davis, Rebecca Stekol and Alixandra Wilens. From Mepham High School: Rachel Jozwik, Christopher Rosenthal and Zachary Weiss.

Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of the country out of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by virtue of taking the PSAT last year.

“This is a true testament of these students’ individual ability to tackle a challenging exam and come out on top,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso.

Three HS Students named National Merit Semifinalists

Three students in the district have been named semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alaina Anderson of Calhoun, Maximilian Bazil of Kennedy and Rachel Jozwick of Mepham all received this distinction.

“Having students earn this recognition is a symbol of their test preparedness and academic work ethic,” said Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction David Seinfeld.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers qualified as semifinalists. Finalists will be notified in February.