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Day of Bonding Connects District Programs

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Brookside Educational Center hosted its annual Day of Bonding on Feb. 16, which was aimed at connecting the Central High School District’s in-house programs and external programs.

Brookside houses the district’s alternative high school program, MAP, as well as PREP Academy, a next-level education, recreational and vocational experience for students within the district through age 21. Brookside also has other building tenants that include a day care and adult agencies.

Through Brookside Buddies, a program that partners MAP and Prep Academy students to execute various activities throughout the day, student volunteers tended to a variety of games, crafts, snacks, photo booths and more for Day of Bonding visitors.

“It was completely run by everyone at Brookside and was a true team effort,” explained Meadowbrook Alternative Program School Counselor CatrinaChristensen.

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Date Added: 3/1/2024

Students Compete in JSHS, Calhoun's Wong Earns First Place

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Fiona Wong, Calhoun High School’s class of 2024 valedictorian, placed first in the chemistry category and several Kennedy High School students were named semifinalists at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held on Feb. 11.

Her project, Computer-Aided Drug Design of Sterylglucosidase A Inhibitors to Treat Aspergillosis, focuses on creating new drugs to inhibit the respiratory fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus, in immunocompromised populations.

“Software was used to simulate the efficacy of these designed drugs before additional steps are taken to synthesize the chemicals,” explained Advanced Science Research Director Jennifer Pefanis.

Wong advanced to the regional final symposium, which was held on Feb. 24 at York College.While her JSHS journey ended there, she finished in the top of the category for all of Long Island competitors.

Eight students from Kennedy High School competed at JSHS on Feb. 11 as well. Seniors Minami Rodger, Ava Goldsmith, Paula Pastor, Dylan Friedman and Claire Schwartz and juniors Jack Levitt, Mark Prainito and Jayden Simon were named semifinalists.

“This is the most semifinalists we have ever had and it's the first time for any juniors from Kennedy to be included,” noted Barbi Frank, the ASR director at Kennedy.

Rodger placed third in the behavioral science category for her research, The Use of Ultrasonography to Estimate Visceral Adipose Tissue Mass and Effect on Risk of Hyperketonemia.

JSHS invites high school students to report on the results of their original research investigations in STEM and compete for scholarships and recognition at university-held regional symposia.

Date Added: 2/27/2024

Student Board Reps Kick Off School Year

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Students from Calhoun, Kennedy, Mepham High Schools and the Meadowbrook Alternative Learning Program/PREP Academy represented their respective buildings at the Nov. 1 board of education meeting.

Students boasted about school news and student achievements, while offering personal anecdotes and quips in each round up.

“Getting these insights from students about what's happening in school buildings provides valuable perspectives and further enhances the quality of our meetings,” said Superintendent Michael Harrington.

They will continue to serve as board liaisons at board meetings throughout the school year.

Reporting from the dais each month will be Kyle Haglich from MAP, Sydney Brewer from Kennedy, Ava Kamlet from Calhoun and Matthew Keegan from Mepham.

Date Added: 2/20/2024

Students Take COORE FEE Biz to Go

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COORE FEE, the Central High School District’s coffee shop run by students in the special education program housed at Calhoun High School, took their business on the road on Feb. 16.

A team of more than a dozen students and staff members traveled to another school in district school, Mepham High School, and set up a shop outside of the cafeteria, peddling coffee, hot chocolate and sweet treats. The trip was organized by COORE teacher/COORE FEE faculty adviser Anthony Rizzo and Calhoun Special Education Chairperson Melissa Rohr.

“While the goal is to always promote functional, life-skills experiences for students, this also is an opportunity to promote socialization, integration and inclusivity,” said Rohr.

The COORE Fee coffee business started in 2019 and was designed to be an opportunity for students to gain vocational experience while in school.

The store is open at Calhoun on Tuesdays and Thursdays during first and second period. However, Rohr said they hope to eventually bring COORE FEE to every building in the district at some point.

“We do incredible work in all of our buildings in Bellmore-Merrick and it is exciting to find ways to integrate with peers and staff in each of the schools,” she added.

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Date Added: 2/16/2024

Grand Avenue Crowns Geography Bee Winners

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Throughout February, seventh and eighth grade social studies teachers at Grand

Avenue administered geography quizzes in their classrooms to select class representatives for the Geography Bee.

“Through a full morning of challenging questions testing knowledge of local, state, national, and world geography, we came back in the afternoon to a group of 28 strong finishers,” explained Ann Donaldson, the social studies chairperson at Grand Avenue. “The last round was much more challenging, but many of the contestants held on to field another few questions.”

Winners were: Eric Shi (first place), Lucas Chan (second place) and Dru Das (third place)

To view the Merrick Avenue winners from January, click here.

Date Added: 3/4/2024

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