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Science, Technology, Engineering

and Mathematics (STEM)


Welcome to STEM!

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
and their connections in grades 6-12

STEM disciplines in the secondary schools offer students exciting opportunities through the International Baccalaureate programs, departmental programs of study, the science/engineering research program, and facilities such as the TV Production Studio.  We hope that all students explore the many available options to expand their interests in the STEM fields and to be better prepared for college, career and beyond!


Deborah Lovrich, Ph.D.
Director of STEM 6-12
P (516) 771-3960
F (516) 771-3961




Joshua Kapilian receiving his award at NYSSEF for his project entitled, "Analyzing the Environmental Benefits of a More Efficient Model of United States Airspace Control." Congratulations Josh!


Congratulations to Eddie Perez and Dmytro Vremenko for winning at the NYSSEF Andromeda Competition!


Jaylyn Umana presenting his findings at the American Physical Society in Boston! 


Our first Grade 6 Science Symposium with Chromebook presentations by each student! Notice the absence of poster boards. 

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 Benjamin Armus and William King earned an Honorable Mention award in Toshiba Exploravision/NSTA Competition for their project entitled, A Better Hurricane Classification System. Congratulations!


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Congratulations to our top scorers in the Math League Contests at the middle school! 

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 A big thank you to Officer Moran from the Town of Hempstead Bay Constables for visiting to share important civic information and professional experience with our students.

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The ENGINEERS TEACHING ALGEBRA program was attended by interested grade 8 students in the middle school.   


Our 2018 American Mathematics Competition Grade 8 winners! Congratulations everyone!


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 Long Beach Middle School students ready to compete in the Long Island Science Congress. Good luck everyone!

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At the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, Vinny Pagano (on the right) received 1st Place in Mathematics and the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award for his project entitled, Restoring Wild Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population Sustainability through Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics. 

Jaylyn Umana (center) received 2nd Place in Physics and Astronomy as well as the Yale Science and Engineering Association Most Outstanding Exhibit in Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, or Chemistry for his project entitled, Single Crystal Synthesis, Structure and Magnetic Properties of CrAl3Bi4O9, the Frist Cr-Al-Bi-O Compound. Jaylyn also placed 2nd in the Physical Science category at the Science and Technology Entry Program Statewide Conference in Albany.

Both Vinny and Jaylyn will attend ISEF in Pittsburgh in May. Congratulations and good luck to Vinny, Jaylyn, and science research teacher Mr. Onufrock (on the left)! 

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Congratulations to Lauren Bulik and Emily McDonnell who were awarded third place in Earth/Environmental for their project, Micro-plastic Contamination in Western Bays of Long Island at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair. 

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Congratulations to Joshua Kapilian, who placed third in Systems Science and received the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award for his project, Creating a User-Friendly Interface for the Model of United States Airspace Control at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair. 

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At the 2018 Long Island Natural History Conference at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 23, Vinny Pagano presented his project entitled Restoring Wild Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population Sustainability through Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics and Emily McDonnell presented a project entitled, Micro-plastic Contamination in Western Bays of Long Island. Dr. James Browne, of the Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways, discussed Long Beach High School student research.   

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About 130 students sat for the Math League Contest, which are grade-level contests that consist of 35 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 30 minutes. About 80 of the students placed at a commendable level (14 correct) and higher.   

The following students were winners of the grade 8 American Mathematics Competition:

Rio Arengo won gold (top 1% nationally); Brady Romano, Aaron Conte, and Zachary Kramer won silver; and Samantha Feingold and Brendan Hellman won bronze. Principal Mr. Romanelli and STEM Director Dr. Lovrich congratulated the students. 




The 2018 annual Science Symposium in the Middle School




Dr. Ido Davidesco of New York University demonstrates brain waves during social interactions seen in the classroom. 




Oysters in the Long Beach High School tidal pond! In collaboration with the Town of Hempstead Dept. of Waterways and Conservation, science research students will monitor the oyster development and species recruitment to the reef of this once plentiful species. Students made the shell bags for the oyster reef foundation on Earth Day of 2016. According to science research teacher Mr. Onufrock, oysters increase water clarity, attract biodiversity, sequester carbon, and act as hard barriers that absorb wave energy thereby preventing marsh erosion.


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Columbia University has selected Alyscia Batista and Joshua Kapilian to participate in their Science Honors Program. Congratulations!

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At the second annual Tech Expo and Car Show on Saturday, May 20, students displayed benches constructed in woodshop, MakerBot objects, and a re-built 1947 Ford hot rod truck. Visitors were able to view the shops in the high school. 


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At LIU Post’s Video Festival on April 28, Scott Powers won for best documentary and Sean Reilly, James O'Connor and Logan Kohn won for best narrative. Congratulations!


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At the Long Island Math Fair on April 28 at Hofstra University, 10th grader Joshua Kapilian and 8th grader Uma Arengo earned gold medals and 8th grader Maya Arengo, a bronze medal. Great work!



At the Molloy College Science Fair, Joshua Kapilian won bronze for his project, Creating a More Robust and Efficient Model of United States Airspace Control. Lauren Bulik and Emily McDonnell also won bronze for their project, Analyzing, Collecting and Studying Microplastics in Reynolds Channel. Congratulations to Josh, Lauren, Emily and Mr. Onufrock, their science research teacher!


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Congratulations to the top students on the American Mathematics Competitions for grades 10 and 12! Joshua Kapilian was the highest scorer for the Long Beach High School’s AMC 10, and Eric Ricci was the LBHS highest scorer for AMC 12. Both students are pictured with Math Club advisor, Mr. Prince.


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At the Locust Valley Film Festival, the Long Beach TV Studio Production students submitted 30 films. Out of the 300 submitted in total, 60 were chosen as finalists that played during the festival. Our students had 9 of the 60 finalists!
Our finalists were:


  • Face Your Fears (Drama) by Shaena Sennett
  • Running On Empty (Drama) by Shaena Sennett
  • Pay It Forward (PSA) by Lea Jaffe, Carly Siegel, Jeannie Ripley-Grier
  • The End (PSA) by Zach Farrell, Hanna Kagansky
  • A Way Out (PSA) by Logan Kohn
  • Spooky House (Comedy) by Sean Reilly, James O'Connor
  • Work is Hell 2 (Comedy) by Sean Reilly, James O'Connor
    Finalists and Award Winners were:
  • Kick Me Over (2nd place - Music Video) by Max Scelfo, Scott Powers, Gavin Byrne, Katie Whelan
  • Invisible (1st place - Trailer) by Melody Moy


At the local Science and Engineering Fairs, Vinny Pagano won a NYSSEF first place award in the Mathematics category, a LISEF Honorable Mention in Mathematics, and the Mu Alpha Theta math awards (at both fairs!) for his project, Comparison of Multivariate and Lagrangian Interpolation. At LISEF, Lauren Bulik and Emily McDonnell won third place in the Earth and Environmental Science category and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their project, Analyzing, Collecting and Studying Microplastics in Reynolds Channel. Congratulations to the students and science research teacher Mr. Onufrock!

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Savannah Kile and Leah Shokrian were the first to publish a partial DNA sequence for the parasite Pleurogonius malaclemys in the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s international database, GenBank. With the help of Long Beach High School science research teacher Mr. Cody Onufrock, Savannah and Leah worked with the Barcode Long Island program at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center and Hofstra University.





In the Nassau County Drug Awareness PSA Contest, Television Studio and Production Student Melody Moy won second-place and received a Fitbit watch and $100 prize. Congratulations Melody (pictured at the Locust Valley Film Festival)!

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Congratulations to the Long Beach Middle School students who performed at a distinguished level of achievement on the national American Mathematics Competition (Grade 8)! From left to right in the photo below, they are 6th grader Brady Romano (2nd place in school), 8th grader Uma Arengo (1st place in school; Top 5% in the nation), 6th grader Alexandra Wiesendanger (2nd place in school), and 8th grader Maya Arengo (3rd place in school).




Long Beach Middle School eighth-graders Maya Arengo and Uma Arengo were acknowledged at the December 8 Board of Education meeting for being two of the 86 students selected as Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics. More than 600 students had applied to attend the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Congratulations Maya and Uma!





Long Beach Middle School students worked diligently on novel and challenging math problems during the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8), an event designed to cultivate our next generation of mathematicians. On Nov. 15, all students were invited to come after school to compete for 40 minutes. In 2015, about 150,000 students participated in this competition internationally.



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