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2401 Camp Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Eric Gomez

Assistant Principals:
Dr. Jennifer B. Carne, Ed.D
Mr. Andrew DelRosario
Mr. Christopher Safina
Attendance: 992-1515
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Important Information

2019 Senior Picture Dates:

2/28, 3/1, 3/4 - Sr. Portraits (current junior class) 7:30-2:15 Auditorium
9/12 & 13 - Underclass ID photos (grades 9-11) 7:30-2:15 Auditorium
9/16 & 17 - Sr. Portrait Make-ups/Re-takes 7:30-2:15 Auditorium
10/18 - Underclass ID Make-ups/Re-takes (gr. 9-11) 8:30-3:00 Auditorium
10/21 - Sr. Group Yearbook photo (shape of "20") 3:00 Front lawn
10/22 - Rain date - Sr. Group Yearbook Photo 3:00 Front lawn

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    Four Bellmore-Merrick Students Named National Merit Finalists

    Four students in the Central School District have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship 2019 competition.

    Mepham High School’s John Berry and Kyle Ednie as well as Kennedy High School’s James Hayes and Sidra Naheed were all included on the list.
    “We are once again proud to highlight the accomplishments of our dedicated students,” said Superintendent John DeTommaso. 

    The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

    Approximately 15,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, qualified as finalists.

    The seniors are now competing for National Merit Scholarships that will be announced in March. The program awards three types of scholarships: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships and College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

    Two Mepham wrestlers Named County Champs

    Two Mepham wrestlers Named County Champs photo
    Mepham High School wrestlers Kyle Althenn and Matt Hegi were named Nassau County wrestling champions after competing Feb. 9-10.

    Senior Kyle Althenn improved to 24-0 on the season as he captured the 138-pound title in dominating fashion with a 7-0 victory in the county finals.  
    “Kyle is Mepham’s first four-time All-County wrestler since 1987,” explained coach Sean Arresto.  

    Junior Matt Hegi improved to 32-2 on the season, as he took the 195-pound title with a 10-7 victory in the finals.  

    “Matt is now a two-time All-County wrestler, with one year left to defend his crown,” added Arresto. “Kyle and Matt will compete for All-State honors in two weeks at the Times Union Center in Albany.”

    Overall the team finished in fifth place, their highest placement in five years.

    Mepham Track Coach Trains for 2022 Winter Olympics

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    In July 2018, Mepham High School track coach Erin Rodin took a trip and a chance at a combine competition in Lake Placid, putting her running stamina and strength to the test on the bobsled course.

    Her hard work earned Rodin a chance to train alongside 11 other women for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. 

    Her previous career as a collegiate and high school sprinter made Rodin an “ideal candidate” for the team. Rodin applies a specific training set forth by the U.S. team’s coach on a daily basis — all while living with Lyme disease.

    “Sometimes my joints are so stiff that we have to improvise the training in order to work the same muscle groups, but skipping training isn’t an option,” she said.

    Additionally, the women travel to Lake Placid on select weekends to practice together.

    While considered by the coach to be “a stand out in strength and running,” all 12 women are vying for a spot on the four-person bobsled team in the 2022 worldwide competition. Even the team members who earned a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

    “We are told by coach that we are not heading to the Olympics until we are on that plane to China,” Rodin said, noting she is determined to earn herself a spot.

    In her fourth year as coach for the Mepham track and field team, Rodin led the pack to their first Penn Relay in years.

    “Several student athletes also saw outstanding personal records,” added Rodin, who is also a permanent substitute teacher at Grand Avenue Middle School. “It’s important to focus on the strengths of individual athletes in order to be successful as a teammate.”

    A mantra she will put to good use in her bobsled training as well.


    Four English Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

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    Four English teachers in the Central High School District recently earned National Board certification. 

    They include Jessica Metkiff and Christy Rochford, English teachers at Kennedy High School, and Linu Chacko and William Morris, both English teachers at Mepham High School.

    “During the process of earning National Board certification, Jessica examined both the ways in which she presents information and the ways in which her students illustrate their growth,” explained English chair Adeline Atkins. “Collaboration with other teachers prompted Jessica to support her traditional whole-class novel approach with that of a Book Club.”

    This balanced approach to literary instruction challenges students to access their previous learning about detail selection, author’s purpose, and the writing process and to combine them with the expectations from their Socratic Seminars in order to produce both individual and collaborative work. 

    “The Book Clubs allow for enhanced student interest as well as academically-driven activities that supported the traditional skills of the English classroom while providing students another opportunity to grow their love of reading,” added Atkins.

    Rochford, who earned her certification last year, continually seeks ways to improve instruction. She also now serves as a National Board Certification trailblazer leading the current Bellmore-Merrick cohort.

    “Ms. Chacko’s and Mr. Morris’s candidacy, which took approximately 24 months to complete, involved a number of assessments on teachers’ content knowledge, differentiation in instruction, teaching practice and learning environment, and effective and reflective practice,” explained Mary Donnelly, an English chair. “Sixty percent of their total score came from the creation of an extensive teaching portfolio that must include descriptive aspects of lessons or assignments, new and original analyses and reflections on teaching practice, samples of student work, and classroom videos.”

    The National Board was created by teachers and represents a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning. 

    Mepham Students Meet Veteran They Helped Sponsor

    Mepham Students Meet Veteran They Helped Sponsor photo

    After months of fundraising for the veteran organization Building Homes for Heroes, seniors involved in the Mepham High School’s service learning project were able to meet the individual at the receiving end.

    Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer Ryan Shannon was injured while serving in the military and later eligible to receive a mortgage-free home in Illinois. Through various fundraising events and the installation of a Flag Field of Honor, the Mepham High School community has raised more than $20,000 for the nonprofit organization benefiting veterans.

    “The kids have embraced this project from the beginning and were so excited to meet Ryan,” explained social studies teacher Kerry Dennis.

    After turning the key on his family’s new home in late November, Shannon traveled to New York to visit with the Mepham community on Dec. 19. 

    “To see this outpouring from people I don’t know, now I do know, is amazing and I can’t thank you all enough,” Shannon said. 

    It was a morning of pomp and circumstance as the Mepham foyer was transformed with patriotic balloon arches and the cafeteria a welcome brigade. The vocal group, MephAcapella, led by music teacher Christina Dimitriou, offered the gift of a capella song.

    “For the rest of the day Ryan spent the day in our Participation in Government classes, Senior Experience and School and Community Leadership classes meeting with the kids and sharing his story,” Dennis further explained.

    Shannon shared a message woven with notes of integrity, courage, resilience and hope.

    “Today’s experience was so compelling because not only did the students get to ‘put a face with the name’ for their senior service learning project, they were able to understand the impact they have made on Ryan’s life, and to hear his captivating story firsthand,” said Robyn Einbinder, district social studies chairperson. “His message really resonated with the seniors.”

    As the welcome breakfast came to a close and Shannon was gifted with Pirate gift baskets, gear and even a flag, Mepham Principal Eric Gomez prompted the crowd of seniors, saying “seniors, what do we say; Once a Pirate?” to which they exclaimed, “Always a Pirate.”