1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

Assistant Principals:

Mr. Eric Gomez
Mr. Neil Testa
Mr. Ken Zisel


 Attendance: 992-1312, 1353, 1354
 Guidance: 992-1319
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Important Information

Come join us for our Ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new turf field is this Saturday, September 27th at 1:45 PM!

Calhoun accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Click on the video below:



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Current News

Calhoun Puts Twist on Ice Bucket Challenge


Administrators and teachers at Calhoun accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week with a unique spin on the Internet-driven craze.

Instead of voluntarily dumping ice water over their heads, they offered the honor up to students, who donated money for the privilege of dousing their teachers. Organizers set up staging on the athletic fields with a banner made by paraprofessional Margaret Bey announcing the ALS Challenge fundraiser. Using a ladder, students dumped the ice water out of buckets onto their intended target below.

All told, Calhoun raised $300 in donations for the ALS Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of the terminal neurological disease.

The administrators, teachers and staff who volunteered to get doused were: (alphabetize names below)

Shelly Battersby    Ken Levy
Margaret Bey        Sue Litwin
Kate Caporusso    Rich Ludwig
Lauren Cress        Pete Magnuson
Sara Cronin         Mike Marino        
Nikole DeLuca      Jim Morris
Jason Elias          Gregg Muscarella
Ed Farrell            Sue Necroto    
Matt Fuentes        Rich Perry    
Michael Goldberg Ricky Posner
Eric Gomez         Linda Seckler    
Jennifer Hahn      Mary Sherman
Lenny Heide        Wendy Simson        
David Hendler     June Spruyt        
Nicole Hollings     Cindy Tellekamp
Brian Joyce         Neil Testa
Sharissa Khan     Keryn Thienachariya
                         Saul Wiener
                         Cindy Zagorski
                         Ken Zisel
                         Julie Rosslee

Browse the photos for a glimpse of the ice-cold action.


Congratulations to our National Merit Commended Students.

Although they will not continue for the National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the country out of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by virtue of taking the PSAT last year.

From left to right the students are: David Braunstein, Noah Turner, Katherine Gallagher, Alex Iskenderian, Griffin Miller, Jason Iskenderian, and Angel Cheng.

Five Named National Merit Semifinalists

Five high school students in the district have been designated semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition, a distinction that will allow them to be considered as finalists for the prestigious academic award.

The students join a list of only 16,000 others in an applicant pool of 1.4 million students across the U.S. who have shown similar academic talent and rigor. The students will be in the running to collect some 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be handed out this spring.

The students are:

Nicholas Kearney, Sanford H. Calhoun High School
Beatrice Brown, John F. Kennedy High School
Nicholas Field, John F. Kennedy High School
Seth Gottlieb, John F. Kennedy High School
Justin Shapiro, John F. Kennedy High School

The National Merit Scholarship Program is managed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Scholarship winners will be announced this spring.

First Week Back Goes Smoothly at Schools


Last week, the school district welcomed students back into its buildings after a summer break that didn’t seem to want to end.

Despite the hot weather, students from Grand Avenue to Mepham hit the books for another successful school year.

At Calhoun, students in Joan Gonzalez’s drawing and painting class beat the heat with a little outdoor time, working on still-life sketches in the open-air quad. New Principal Nicole Hollings walked the hallways welcoming back students and redirecting traffic under new security measures.

“Mepham had a fantastic start to the new school year!” said Principal Michael Harrington. “The hallways were quiet, the classrooms were active, and the energy that arrived with the students after a long summer is a reminder of how fortunate I am to be a part of our school community.”

At JFK, physics students in Cara Prinzevalli’s class eased into the new year taking circumference measurements in a group lab assignment, while young artists in Mark Booth and Vanessa Albaneze’s studio art class critiqued student work in a guided conversation about aesthetics. Social Studies teacher Dennis Urban guided his students through the school’s new Wi-Fi infrastructure by setting them up with Google accounts. Principal Lorraine Poppe said that while it may have felt like summer outside, students adapted without a hitch to the regiments of a school schedule.

At Grand Avenue Middle School, Principal Carlo Conte said incoming seventh-graders are almost completely acclimated to their new surroundings and routines. He described the transition from summer to school “magical.”

“The kids came in excited with smiles that lit up the building,” Conte said. “As I walked through the hallways and listened to conversations taking place between children and adults, I was blown away. The assistance and team mentality of our clerical and support staff on these first few days helping our kids is overwhelming.”

Merrick Avenue also kicked off a successful week transitioning into the new year. In Patrick Fallon’s eighth-grade English class, students began to work on developing a thesis, while social studies students in Christine Mahoney’s seventh-grade class cracked the textbooks in preparation for the new year. Assistant Principal John Gibilaro said the week went off smoothly for the administrative team, containing new members: Principal Taryn Johnson and Assistant Principal Richard Aceste.

Browse the gallery for a look at students kicking off the 2014-15 school year.