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Message from the Board of Education

The Board of Education would like to thank our administration, all our staff and our parents and community for the grit and determination they have shown over these last weeks.

A month ago, we were all looking forward to our spring/Passover/Easter break, whether that meant sharing our traditions with family locally and afar or taking a trip to find more sunshine or more snow.

How quickly that all changed. Now you are all experts on remote learning, disinfecting any surface, and the fine arts of social distancing and lip syncing.

We couldn’t be prouder to serve as your Board of Education. Your efforts- ranging from creative ways to keep students with cabin fever engaged to distribution of meals and groceries on a daily basis, to your diligence, and your dedication to your students are inspirational. We thank you.

A special note of thanks to the parents and caregivers within the District. You are amazing! We don’t even have words to express how grateful we are for your efforts at homeschooling and your cooperation in guiding our children through this new normal. Thank you.

We wish each of you a blessed holiday. Enjoy a zoom family reunion or a Facetime conversation with your loved ones. Know that we will be thinking of you. Stay safe.
 

Ten Years as a Best Community for Music

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The Long Beach Public Schools have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education, marking the tenth year that the district has attained this designation. The honor represents outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 

The BCME title indicates that Long Beach is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. 

According to the NAMM Foundation, research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores that their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children that in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism. 

More than 1,600 students participate in the district’s 36 bands, orchestras and choral ensembles. Long Beach High School presents students with further musical experiences such as guitar and IB Music courses, as well as the Tri-M Music Honor Society.


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Long Beach Public Schools Board of Education and City Council Call for Immediate Expansion of Medical Care on Barrier Island Amid Rapidly Escalating COVID-19 Cases

LONG BEACH, NY -- April 3, 2020 -- The Long Beach Public Schools Board of Education and Long Beach City Council are urging Governor Cuomo and the New York State Health Department to conduct an immediate site assessment for a temporary medical facility to be set up on the Barrier Island to address its escalating COVID-19 crisis. They are requesting a facility that can be utilized to treat those suffering serious complications from COVID-19 or to address surge and overflow capacities that will restrict the City's 35,000+ residents from getting adequate medical care. 

Last week, the Board of Education issued a letter to Governor Cuomo and County and State elected officials calling for expanded medical care. Senator Todd Kaminsky (D.- 9th District) and Assembly member Missy Miller (R, C, I-Atlantic Beach) reiterated the urgency by issuing a joint letter calling for the NYS Health Department to reopen the Long Beach Medical Center, which has been shuttered since Hurricane Sandy, as a solution.

Following is a joint statement from the Board of Education and City Council:

“Long Beach has one of the highest population densities in the state and contains many tall residential buildings and assisted living facilities, all of which house residents who are most vulnerable to the serious complications of COVID-19. As of yesterday, there were more than 175 documented COVID-19 cases on the Barrier Island, and those are only the people who have been able to be tested. We know there are many more in our community exhibiting symptoms who have not been able to receive tests. We are situated in a precarious position here on the Barrier Island. Our closest hospital is Mount Sinai South Nassau, located two towns over in Oceanside, which is already at capacity treating COVID-19 patients. To reach Mount Sinai, our residents also need to cross the Michael Valente Memorial Bridge to Island Park, which is a drawbridge with a long history of malfunctioning, making the situation potentially more perilous.

As those tasked with the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of our residents and as the stewards of the well-being of the children in our community, we are seeking to get ahead of a potentially devastating health crisis in the same vein as the forward-thinking leadership the Governor has been employing.

The Army Corps of Engineers is setting up hospitals in the areas north of us, but we need something local to address an escalating situation. If the former Long Beach Medical Center facility is not a viable option, we stand ready to discuss several other options we believe would suffice. We urge the leadership of our state to provide the barrier island with what we need to adequately address our distinctive circumstances in dealing with the challenges of this pandemic.”
 

Long Beach High School Virtual IB Art Show 2020

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Each year, Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Art juniors and seniors present their work in a special exhibit.

The IB Art courses emphasize students' creative processes and their final artistic products in two- or three-dimensional forms.

Please enjoy the show, and join us in congratulating these talented artists!