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Grand Avenue Commemorates 66th Moving Up

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A sea of green and gold filled the turf field as Grand Avenue Middle School’s Class of 2024 celebrated their moving up on June 14 with three ceremonies.

Amanda Cantwell led the vocal group Grand Voices in a rendition of “Dream On.”
While addressing the crowd, Principal Carlo Conte spoke about the power of a drop of water and can relate to students’ determination and perseverance.

“Alone it may not appear to have much power, but if that single drop of water falls continuously over time, it can cut through rock,” he explained. “Each one of you have faced challenges and yet you kept going; drop by drop … until you achieved your goals. When many drops come together, they form a stream. That stream, though still made up of tiny droplets, can produce great power. And this is a powerful reminder of what you can achieve when you come together as a community.”

Sophia Green, a recent graduate of Wellington C. Mepham High School and former Grand Avenue student, inspired graduates as well.

“High school has taught me about the significant impact I can make in both my school and community,” she said.

She also spoke about her involvement in the Build On Club at Mepham and the value in participating in such activities. She also recanted about her time on the volleyball and badminton teams.

“We got to experience the highs and lows of competition together,” she recalled. “I formed some of my closest friendships on the court.”

Eddie Krause, a student speaker during the session II moving up ceremony, spoke about the teachers who “encouraged me to use my voice in the best way possible” during his time at the school.

“That’s what our teachers do,” he began. “They take our strengths and push us to take them even further.”

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Date Added: 6/17/2024

Merrick Avenue Marks 8th Grade Moving Up

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Merrick Avenue Middle School’s Class of 2024 celebrated its moving up on June 14 with two ceremonies on the school’s turf field.

To kick off the ceremony, the vocal group Word of Mouth, led by director Dana Brandwein sang “Dream On.”

Principal Katelyn Dunn referred to the middle school experience and, in her speech, quoted a professor about how ‘the middle of something can be messy, but it’s always where the magic happens.’

“As you reflect on your time in the middle of your academic careers, I hope you are really proud of your struggle,” she said. “You did it. You came out on the other side. You got the experience, and you are stronger for it. I encourage you to find comfort with a little struggle. This way when it happens every now and then in high school, you look at it as an opportunity for growth.”

Samuel Knee, a student speaker, recalled specific curriculum lessons imparted by teachers and how graduation means opportunity.

“This graduation is a chance to start over to figure out what we want to do in life and to become better and smarter people – both academically and socially,” he said.

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Date Added: 6/17/2024

Calhoun Code Crackers Earn First Place at kidOYO Hackathon

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On May 31, the Calhoun High School Code Crackers showcased their exceptional skills at Bethpage High School, securing a resounding victory at the 6th Annual kidOYO Code Conquest Hackathon.

Competing against 18 schools from across Long Island, including the Mepham Programmin' Pirates and the Kennedy Coding Cougars, the team secured an impressive first place victory, highlighting their exceptional talent and teamwork.

Coached by Calhoun Math and Computer Science teacher Caitlin Greubel, the team was led by junior captain Zach Sirof, whose leadership was instrumental in guiding his teammates to success. The team members included senior Jack Risolo, juniors Jonah Fine and Eray Yavuz, sophomores Ryan Levinter and Judah Parker, and freshmen Sid Wickramasinghe and Gavin Jiang.

This group combined their skills and knowledge to create innovative and engaging programs during the intense three-hour competition.

“Throughout the event,the Calhoun Code Crackers worked collaboratively to gain points and capture territories on an interactive map themed around Thailand,” explained Greubel. “This competition not only involves coding, but also strategic planning and problem-solving. Their hard work paid off, earning them the top spot and the honor of hosting next year’s Hackathon.”

The victory was a testament to the team's dedication, creativity, and the fun they had working together all year to prepare.

“We look forward to seeing what they will accomplish next year as they defend their title at the 7th Annual kidOYO Code Conquest Hackathon,” said Danielle Caliendo, Ed.D. district chairperson of Mathematics & Computer Science.

Date Added: 6/17/2024



MAP Graduation for Class of 2024

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Congratulations to the 13 students who graduated from the Meadowbrook Alternative Program on June 11.

Date Added: 6/12/2024

GAMS 3D Prints Gifted to Cohen’s

Students at Grand Avenue Middle School were tasked with designing 3D printed creations that later turned into a gift for Cohen's Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park. thumbnail259814
Students at Grand Avenue Middle School were tasked with designing 3D printed creations that later turned into a gift for Cohen's Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park. thumbnail259815
Students at Grand Avenue Middle School were tasked with designing 3D printed creations that later turned into a gift for Cohen's Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park. thumbnail259816
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Students at Grand Avenue Middle School were tasked with designing 3D printed creations that later turned into a gift for Cohen's Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park.

William Feihel, an eighth-grade student that had heart surgery, first designed and 3D printed 20 keychains during the holidays and gifted them to hospital staff.

“This represents me because that is where I got my heart surgery when I was an infant,” Feihel explained.

Feihel drew inspiration from Keith Haring’s ‘Barking Dog’ to make his Tinker Cad creation.

“I created words and holes before making 3”x3” rings round it to group it all together in the program,” he added.

Jake Guarino, also an eighth grader, later designed a gold GAMS school logo that technology teacher Michelle Biancardo replicated into 60 keychain-sized prints as gifts for hospital staff and patients.

Date Added: 6/17/2024

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