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Wellington C. Mepham High School

2401 Camp Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
 
   
Principal:
Mr. Eric Gomez

Assistant Principals:
Dr. Jennifer B. Carne, Ed.D
Mr. Andrew DelRosario
Mr. Christopher Safina
   
Attendance: 992-1515
Counseling & Wellness Center: 992-1520
Main Office:
992-1500

 

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    Current News

    New Course Offering Delves Into the Science of Mindfulness

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    After discovering mindfulness and meditation in her personal life, Heather Bizewski, a science teacher at Mepham High School, proposed a course to pass along its educational benefits to interested students.

    “I experienced many benefits from developing mindfulness practices,” she said. “By using mindfulness and meditation practices, I was able to identify the limiting beliefs that I had about certain aspects of life.”

    Once approved by the district’s curriculum committee in fall 2018, Bizewski and fellow teachers Brook Stehl, also from Mepham and Dawn Sullivan from Kennedy High School, wrote the course curriculum for the Scientific Basis of Mindfulness course.

    “I began noticing when my students vocalized their limiting beliefs, for example I have heard many students say, ‘I can't do math,” she added. “When a person makes a statement like that, they are shutting down the opportunity to learn. I wanted to find a way to get my students to understand how they can overcome those limiting beliefs.”

    The course focuses on the science behind mindfulness practices. They teach students about the structure and function of their brains and how incorporating mindfulness practices can potentially “rewire” your brain in positive ways.

    “So far, some of the concepts we have studied include genetic traits and their influence on personality development and negativity bias, which shows how our brains are hardwired to look for the ‘dangers’ in our surroundings which leads to focusing mostly on the negative in situations,” Bizewski explained.

    Mepham High School senior Amanda Green chose this course as a follow up to AP psychology, as her future career plans include perusing a degree in that field.

    “Even from these few weeks in mindfulness and meditation, I can see a difference in myself,” she noted. “I have learned to let the negative things go and not to let them ruin my day. I feel overall happier and better prepared to deal with a bad situation.”

    In addition to the scientific concepts that they study, the class also puts mindfulness into practice by using guided meditations and breathing techniques. They also spend time learning about and creating self-soothing tools for students to use outside of the classroom such as gratitude journals, stress balls and mala “worry beads” beads.

    “It is my hope that through this course students will be able to develop a growth mindset and create a ‘toolbox’ of coping strategies for the stressors they experience in their lives,” Bizewski added.

    Students Clean Up Streets to Shores

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    Students across the Central High School District have been making their mark in the surrounding communities by creating or participating in environmental cleanups.

    Led by their teacher Brian Joyce, the Leadership classes at Calhoun High School organized a Community Cleanup Oct. 9.

    “It was great to see our students doing something positive for the neighborhood,” said Principal Nicole Hollings.

    The effort was spearheaded by student, Adam Selcedo, who shared that he noticed an abundance of trash on the ground while he was exercising. He brought the idea to classmates who agreed to address the issue head on.

    “I couldn’t believe the amount of garbage that was left on the ground…just a couple of feet away from a garbage can,” student Nicole Devlin noted.

    Students remarked about feeling accomplished after participating.

    “It made me realize how easily I can brighten other people’s day by completing small tasks,” added student Frankie Depalo.

    Leadership classes throughout the district are aimed at promoting community service and fostering group process, self-awareness and human relations skills among students.

    The Mepham High School LEO Club participated in a Jones Beach cleanup with the environmental awareness group, SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors) on Oct. 17.

    “The response by the LEOs was very enthusiastic and I'm so proud of how hard they worked and how they want to play a part in taking care of their environment,” said science teacher and club co-adviser Josephine Parlagreco. “The same day they were asking to do it again.”

    Sponsored by the Bellmore Lions Club, the Leo Club’s mission is one of altruism and philanthropy.

    Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Interviews Nassau County Executive

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    The Bellmore-Merrick broadcasting team welcomed Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Oct. 1 for an extended Around Campus interview at their studio housed at Wellington C. Mepham High School.

    Senior Jake Winckelmann discussed various topics during the Oct. 1 morning announcements show.

    “Socially distanced in separate studios, the county executive and Jake discussed school re-openings, school sports, plans for the future of Nassau County just to name a few of the topics covered in the 13-minute interview,” explained the program’s teacher Stu Stein.

    Lisa Kalish, another broadcasting teacher, credited junior Emily Yucht, an associate producer, for coordinating the interview.

    "Emily has been working with the county executive's staff for about two weeks now organizing all the details that made this interview a reality," Kalish said. “The kids were really excited to have the county executive in the studio and they really went the extra mile to make her visit something she'll remember," she added.

    The broadcasting program has amped up programming and broadened their scope of topics recently.

    “BMB students continue to search far and wide to create new programming to fill the absence of school and community events created by the pandemic,” said Principal Eric Gomez.

    Mepham Gears Up for Flag Field of Honor

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    Mepham High School is hosting its Flag Field of Honor sale through Oct. 31.

    American and military branch flags are available for purchase and will later be installed along the front lawn of the school.

    This is a fundraising effort led by social studies teachers Kerry Dennis, Matt Moody and Chris Patten, where students participate in a senior service learning project.

    This year's proceeds support the Senior Service Learning's partnership with the district’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard, which is housed at Brookside.

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    Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Maximizes On-Air Capabilities

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    When school shifted to online only in March due to the pandemic, the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting program made a collective decision to keep the cameras rolling.

    They posted 163 videos during the 90-day stay at home period.

    “I became the director and producer of our daily update show,” explained senior Andrew Fried, who is now the news director. “I was up late working on the videos for each day and it was a great learning experience. Along with the daily show, I also continued to host the morning announcements show.”

    BMB students then volunteered to produce the livestreams of the 18 graduation ceremonies from all three of the district’s high schools during the course of three days in late June.

    Even though the 2019-20 school year ended on June 13, the broadcasting program continued throughout the summer, with editorial board Zoom meetings and a midsummer beach meet up. In late August, the students of BMB created a back to school special that highlighted the changes that students and parents would expect in the district’s six buildings.

    With the school year ramping up, BMB has returned to its studio housed at Mepham High School it is resuming its busy production schedule.

    “We really just want to continue what we’ve been doing and make it better,” added Fried. “We want to show the district that we can’t be put down by challenges. We take what is given to us and we work with it to get the job done.”

    The school year’s first morning announcements show was produced Sept. 11 and the team came up with a clever way to socially distance.

    “We appropriated a room around the corner to create a second studio,” explained Broadcasting teacher Stu Stein. “We connected the two studios using network technology so it can appear that our hosts are together but they're actually in separate rooms allowing them both to be unmasked but to appear to be on camera together.”

    In addition to the weekly update show, the team had to fill a scheduling void left by the cancellation of fall sports.

    “We have a monthly, three-show shooting schedule,” explained senior Sean Petraitis. “One week, we will film our show, Sports Talk, where we will discuss professional sport leagues. “Another week we will film, Talking Cookies, an interview-based show about what is going on at Mepham. Lastly, we will shoot What's Poppin Pirates, a comedy show that promotes school events. We will have our hands full of content for Mepham students and students all around the district to enjoy.”

    Twenty-four freshmen joined the program this fall. Stein, along with colleagues Lisa Kalish and Matthew Russell, are seeking ways to create opportunities for upperclassmen to share what they’ve learned while maintaining social distancing protocols.

    “Like everyone, BMB is adjusting to this new reality and we're just taking things one day at a time,” Stein added. “For our students, we treat our shoots as hands-on real-world experience and we really want our underclassmen to have an opportunity to learn on location from our seniors before they move on at the end of the school year.”

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