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Grand Avenue Yorker Club Visits Navy SEAL Museum

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The Grand Avenue Yorker Club visited the LT. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum on April 9. Inside, students experienced a museum and education center which provided them the history of Special Warfare Operators, and the ideals and values that the govern the SEAL community. Students had multiple opportunities to meet, interact with, and learn about the SEAL community through film, videos, and exhibits that honor and promote our Special Warfare Operators. The club is led by faculty advisors Dominik Bargiel and Daniel Rummenie.

Date Added: 4/12/2024

Kennedy Music Department to Perform at Carnegie Hall

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Three sections of the music department from Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District will perform at Carnegie Hall on April 18 after being invited to participate in the Best Bands & Choirs International.

The concert will include performances by Kennedy’s wind ensemble, concert choir, and strings players, under the direction of Walter Avellaneda, Rachel Shapiro and Emily Kenyon, respectively.

The 85-piece musical ensemble has been rehearsing since mid-January.

"It has been a whirlwind of preparation over the last three months,” explained Avellaneda. “The program really showcases a wide range of our students’ abilities as a full ensemble or playing in a subdued and interweaving way with our choir. Our goal is to leave the audience talking about this group of musicians from Kennedy as a whole, rather than the three components of band, choir, and orchestra."

The wind symphony and concert choir will conclude the concert rendering music by John Williams, Stephen Melillo, Eric Whitacre and Jake Runstead. A stirring finale, "As All the Heavens Were a Bell," by Jay Bocook, honors the lives of those lost and living during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“It is an emotional and powerful end to what is going to be an incredible night of music,” added Avellaneda.

Musical groups from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District, New Jersey and Five Towns College will also be featured in the concert.

Cheryl Fontana, the district’s director of fine & performing arts expressed how proud the CHSD is of “our Kennedy musicians.”

“It is their hard work and commitment to music over the years that has allowed them to take part in this performance” Fontana said. “But none of it would be possible without the dedication of our JFK music teachers, Mr. Avellaneda, Ms. Kenyon and Ms. Shapiro. On behalf of the district, we are truly grateful to them for providing our students with this once in a lifetime opportunity."

Kenyon echoed that “this is an event that students will never forget.”

“We hope one day they will come across the playbill and remember the incredible atmosphere that only Carnegie Hall can create and also remember the journey it took to get us there that evening,” added Shapiro.

For more information and/or tickets visit the box office at Carnegie Hall or online at

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Date Added: 4/12/2024

Kennedy to Host STEAM Career Fair

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Kennedy High School science department hosts an engaging and interactive STEAM Career Fair on Tuesday, April 16, from 6-8 p.m.

Students, families, and community members are invited to attend and learn from local STEAM professionals, experts, and professors will share their experience and expertise. Students can also learn about future college and career opportunities in science technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

There will be more than 50 presenters from careers, university programs and local STEAM organization including: medicine, allied heath, physical therapy, pharmacy, genetic counseling, first responders, computer science, coding, software design, engineering, oceanography, veterinary science, nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, computer networking, neuromonitoring, oncology, graphic design, art, photography, manufacturing, aviation, cyber security and more.

The STEAM Career Fair will also highlight the district’s coding, eSports, and VEX Robotics programs by holding an in-district scrimmage among the Bellmore Merrick VEX Robotics teams.

The Career Fair will follow the annual Medical Scrabble Tournament Science Club fundraiser which begins at 5:15 p.m.

If you are a STEAM professional and you would like a table at the fair to share information about your career and organization, contact the District STEAM Chairperson, Rob Soel at [email protected] or 516-992-1444.

Date Added: 4/8/2024

Calhoun’s Logan Schaeffler Nabs Second 1600M State Title

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Logan Schaeffler, a senior at Calhoun High School on the track team, was recently named the two-time New York State champion for the 1600-meter run.

His journey to establishing himself as one of the top boys distance runners in the state nothing short of extraordinary.

“His unwavering commitment to his sport, coupled with his natural talent and sheer determination, has propelled him to the top of the ranks in the fiercely competitive world of track and field,” noted trustee Edward Corona at the April 3 board meeting where Schaeffler was honored. “Logan's remarkable time of 4:11 not only secured his victory but also stood as the best in the state this year, missing the state record by a mere half-second. Such a feat speaks volumes about his incredible skill and prowess as an athlete.”

Schaeffler’s achievements extend far beyond his recent triumph on the track.

“As a four-year varsity letter winner, he has consistently demonstrated his exceptional abilities, setting records and leaving a legacy that will be remembered for years to come,” added Corona. “Holding both the Nassau County cross-country record and the Nassau County indoor mile record at 4:11, Logan has proven time and again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of distance running.”

The board recognition also mentioned his “character, resilience, and humility” that truly set him apart.

“Logan remains grounded and humble, always attributing his success to hard work, dedication, and the unwavering support of his teammates, coaches, and loved ones,” Corona stated.

Schaeffler is set to attend Marist College in the fall to pursue a degree in graphic arts while participating in the school’s track program.

Date Added: 4/4/2024

Color Run Set for May 18

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Student ambassadors from across the Central High School District have organized a Color Run to be hosted at John F. Kennedy High School on Saturday, May 18.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Sunrise Day Camp of Long Island. Pre-registration is $6 and day of registration will cost $8.

The first 300 participants will receive a free t-shirt. Sunglasses or goggles are recommended.

To sign up, visit

Proceeds to benefit the Sunrise Day Camp on Long Island.

Date Added: 4/4/2024


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