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Sanford H. Calhoun High School

1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

  Assistant Principals:
  Mr. Anthony DeMartinis
  Mr. Michael Gavalas
  Mr. Mark Melkonian

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

College Admissions Information for Juniors and Seniors

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Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic Presentation

2020 Portrait Dates  (Subject to Change)

Annual Calhoun Girls Basketball Youth Clinic

Annual Calhoun Girls Basketball Youth Clinic

On Tour Application Information

The On Tour application process will be online. All students that complete an online application by January 6th may participate in an interview/workshop. There are no individual interview/workshop times, and all students should report to Calhoun at 3:15 on the school's designated time as per the attached timeline.

Application Timeline Memo
On Tour Application Checklist

8th Grade Open House

Kaplan Info Letter for Parents 

On Site Admissions for 12th Graders    

Attendance Policy

AP Registration Letter

Principal's Welcome Letter

Senior Parking Letter

Senior Parking Contract

Managing the College Application Process



New Student Information System - Infinite Campus

Current News

Bellmore-Merrick Graduates Class of 2020

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The graduating class of 2020 was celebrated at 18 ceremonies on the Mepham, Calhoun and Kennedy High School football fields, spread out across three days in order to maintain mandated social distancing protocols.

While attendance at each of the ceremonies was limited, the pomp and circumstance was thriving; including school color embellishments, commemorative speeches, diploma handouts, and in some cases, face masks denoting future collegiate plans.

Valedictorians Alyssa Dioguardi from Mepham, Marc Edayadi from Calhoun and Katherine St George from Kennedy, and salutatorians Spencer Mattes from Mepham, Adam Gokcan from Calhoun and Madeline Jutsen from Kennedy all addressed the crowds.

Edayadi spoke about his generation being exposed to transformative change.

“It has been sewn into the very fabric of our existence,” he added. “No matter what the future holds for us, I am optimistic because we have looked life straight in the eyes and have emerged stronger, freer and wiser.”

Mattes stated that “we must not let this moment in history define our futures.”

“It will, however, always be a part of who we are and where we come from, and it will serve to motivate and remind us to look towards the future while simultaneously embracing the past.”

St George spoke about life maps and utilizing life tools that Kennedy provided to propel into future plans.

“What else have we gained, if not rigorous and critical empathy,” she said. “We know we have the resilience and knowledge of the human experience to face whatever lies down the line. We’re not just going to be okay; we are going to thrive.”

Principals Eric Gomez of Mepham, Nicole Hollings of Calhoun and Gerard Owenburg of Kennedy, school officers and various board members also addressed the class and their families.

“During this next phase, please take time to self-reflect and see how you can make this world a better place,” encouraged Gomez. “Remember that if something doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

Owenburg reminded graduates of how much they already achieved and acknowledged how students mobilized to help others with food and supply drives, etc.

“This senior class responded to the crisis the way they always do, they put others first,” he said.

“Your lives are different than anyone who has come before,” she said. “You have had a series of life lessons in these past few months, that could be the biggest, most important events in your life and help send you to the next level and become world-changers.”

Superintendent John DeTommaso addressed the district’s collective class of 2020 in a pre-recorded speech about ‘grit and resilience’ helping students’ to address ‘future adversity’ they may face.

“They were heartbroken and they rose,” he said. “Things were taken away from them and they adjusted. I am certain that from the class of 2020, we will see future leaders. I cannot wait to see you flourish.”

Calhoun’s Athena Silver Bakes Up Sweet Treats

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Athena Silver, a ninth grader at Calhoun High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, created a comforting outlet during the COIVD-19 pandemic— baking.

With all the time at home, she learned how to perfect areas of baking and learned new techniques to help strengthen her baking abilities and Baked by Athena was born.

“She has been surprising friends and family with all of her baked goods for a while now,” explained Principal Nicole Hollings. “With that, she thought about Bellmore-Merrick's graduating seniors and middle schoolers.”

Right from her home kitchen in Bellmore, the 15-year-old started thinking of ways to make her business special.

“I wanted to bring the joy to others in the community,” added Silver. “As a student at Calhoun, the first thing that came to my mind were the seniors in the district. I felt bad that they didn't get the end they were expecting, and thought sweet treats would help with a bit of happiness like they did with everyone else.”

Silver’s specialty is the “Class of 2020 cupcakes” which are presented in a gift box with school colors and mascots for each of the middle and high schools.
“I love seeing each family holding their boxes of cupcakes with a smile on their faces,” Silver said.

If interested in ordering from Athena Silver, please check her Instagram @bakedbyathena_ or send an email to [email protected].

Calhoun’s Tyler Cuttitta 3D Prints Mask Extenders for Essential Workers

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Tyler Cuttitta, a junior at Calhoun High School, has been utilizing his time during the quarantine to serve others.

Since the beginning of April, Cuttitta has been volume 3D printing medical mask adjusters for essential workers. The extenders offer a comfort to the ears and heads of mask-wearers. He has already donated more than 150 extenders.

“My mom sent me an article about a teenager in Canada who was printing these for nurses in his area,” he explained. “I downloaded the script and began printing five at a time. We have given them to nurses, pharmacists, postal workers, etc.”

While he currently has a waiting list of 54, Cuttitta is also willing to make them for any other nurses or front-line workers who need them.

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