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BOE/Audit Cmte Meeting - Thursday, Aug 31 - LBMS Aud-7:15 PM

There will be an audit committee meeting starting at 7:15 PM followed by a regular Board of Education meeting at 7:30 PM.  

There will be a presentation on LBHS College Data, and Updates on: Summer School results, Summer Projects and the Capital Projects Subcommittee.

Statement from Board of Education President - August 14, 2017

Statement from Stewart Mininsky
President of the Long Beach Public Schools Board of Education

At a special meeting of the Board of Education to be held this evening, the Board will vote on a measure to accept the resignation of Superintendent of Schools David Weiss.

Mr. Weiss has faithfully served our school district for the past six years. His veteran leadership has been evident in the success realized by our students during this time. His commitment to students and families within this community is to be commended, and he has set the bar high for our district’s next leader.

We are grateful that Mr. Weiss will continue to serve as superintendent of schools through the opening of the 2017-18 academic year. This will not only ensure a smooth opening to the school year, but will also afford our Board the time needed to develop a plan for the recruitment of a new superintendent.

We will continue to keep the community updated as this plan is developed and look forward to input from all district stakeholders.

Again, on behalf of the entire Board, we thank Mr. Weiss for his dedicated years of service to Long Beach Public Schools and wish him much success.

Important Message from Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents and Community Members,

For the past six years, I have proudly served as the Superintendent of Long Beach Public Schools. As a community resident, and parent of two Long Beach High School graduates, serving you in this capacity has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It has also been a pleasure to know and help many students, staff, parents and community members.

 

As I have already informed our Board of Education, I have made the decision to continue my commitment to educational excellence by accepting the position of Head of U.S. Public Schools for the International Baccalaureate Organization. I will officially submit my letter of resignation to the Board at a Board of Education meeting scheduled on Monday August 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Long Beach Middle School. I am committed to working with the school district through the start of the new academic year to ensure a smooth opening and transition.

Reflecting back on my time within Long Beach, I am proud of how our schools have improved, thanks to the Board of Education, our dedicated staff and a community that has supported our schools. We stood strong together in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, rebuilt our schools and continued the academic improvements we had underway.  We have put children first while at the same time stabilizing our finances.  We revised our elementary curriculum and instructional approach, introduced SPIRIT to grades three through five, established the first MYP program in Nassau County in Long Beach Middle School, developed a one-to-one Chromebook initiative for our secondary students, and have been recognized in national rankings for our college-readiness curriculum at Long Beach High School.  We have engaged students in a full range of successful arts, music and athletic opportunities that I believe are unrivaled by most districts on Long Island. I am confident that this progress will continue with the current administrative team in place.

Thank you again for your support over the past six years. I look forward to watching Long Beach Public Schools improve in the years ahead and wish our students and staff much success.

Sincerely,

David Weiss
Superintendent of Schools

School District and Local Entities Partner in Effort for Safer Roads

The Long Beach Public Schools are pleased to have obtained full endorsement from the Lido and Point Lookout Fire District and the Point Lookout Civic Association for a request to reduce speed limits on Lido Boulevard. The Fire District submitted a letter to Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino, while the Civic Association addressed Legislator Denise Ford. Both correspondences echoed the same concerns that the school district raised regarding safety for those crossing the road.

Long Beach Superintendent of Schools David Weiss has urged the Town to consider lowering the speed limit from 40 to 30 miles per hour between the Loop Parkway and Prescott Street in Lido Beach.

“More than 700 of our middle and high school students travel on foot and bicycle during rush hours – the most common times for vehicles to exceed the maximum permitted speed,” he said. “Drivers continue to overlook the posted signs and speed-related automobile accidents are a longstanding issue.”

 “The [fire] district has responded to many accidents along the portion of Lido Boulevard cited by Mr. Weiss,” Lido and Point Lookout Fire District Commissioner Charles Thompson wrote in a letter to the Town. “As an EMS responder and ex-chief of the department, I am personally familiar with the dangers caused by the speed of vehicles traveling on Lido Boulevard, and a reduction of the speed limit with enforcement will help render the area safer for all concerned, particularly the children of our community.”

“We support reducing the speed limit from 40 MPH to 30 MPH in those areas currently designated 40 MPH zones,” said Point Lookout Civic Association President Matthew Brennan. “We would also support further studies along Lido Blvd in both Lido Beach and in Point Lookout to enact additional traffic calming measures within those communities of Lido Beach and Point Lookout.”

The plan has also received immediate support from Councilwoman Erin Sweeney and Mr. Weiss expects other endorsements to follow.  



Long Beach HS IB Students Get Head Start on Extended Essays

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Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates have been taking this summer as an opportunity to delve deeper into the Extended Essay, one of the three required central elements that must be completed in order for an International Baccalaureate Diploma to be obtained. The district hosted four writing workshops that offered the IB seniors an advantage on their upcoming school year with guidance from staff advisors.

The Extended Essay is a research paper that allows students to deeply explore a topic of their choosing in a written paper of approximately 4000 words.  The workshops are designed to help the students develop and utilize organizational strategies that will allow them to complete the project.  IB graduates report that the Extended Essay was one of the best preparations they had for the type of writing that was expected of them in college. The high school held two morning sessions and two evening events in July and August, in order to accommodate a variety of students’ schedules. While they were optional, overall attendance was strong and several students attended more than one session.
Having already determined their inspirations and topics of interest, the students are now in the research and composition phases of their essays. They are in the process of finalizing their essential questions, obtaining valid information sources and initiating outlines. One-on-one conversations with IB Coordinator Jennifer Quinn and IB Extended Essay Coordinator Toni Weiss offered guidance to the workshop attendees.

"At the workshops we are able to continue to help students use databases to selected peer-reviewed articles and valid sources for their research,” Ms. Quinn stated. “As the students collect resources we are able to help them to narrow their research questions or make necessary adjustments. These are all valuable lessons that will greatly help them to succeed in college. They're able to get one on one supervision throughout the entire writing process, which is priceless."

A member of the high school’s baseball team, Dillon Razler decided to incorporate his passion for sports into his essay about how civil rights laws influenced baseball. He drew upon his readings about Jackie Robinson for inspiration and has been making use of the Questia Schools database.  
“The guidance is the best part,” Dillon said of the sessions. “It’s much easier to do this before school starts in September.”

Jesse Scott is investigating civil rights as well, but from a different angle that relates to student activism. While he spent significant time working independently and already had a favorable beginning to the process, the summer workshops enabled him to expand his work. “It helps me focus and is good to have people to bounce ideas off of,” he said.

Logan Friedman is looking within the science fiction novel “Cat’s Cradle,” by Kurt Vonnegut, for a specific topic. The overall theme explores religion and science.  

“All of the students who attended the workshops made progress with their essays, which will definitely take some of the pressure off of senior year,” said Ms. Weiss. “It's a great opportunity for them to focus on their extended essays in the absence of other academic demands.”

As the summer concludes and the 2017-18 school year begins, the students will work with the mentors to whom they have been assigned as they move forward in their essay development.


Registration Verification – Entering Grade 6 and Entering Grade 9

In accordance with District Policy, we are requiring all Long Beach School District families with students entering in Grade 6 and/or Grade 9 to complete our Registration Verification Form and provide the required residency documents as specified. See packet below for further information.

Registration Verification Packet - English

Registration Verification Packet - Spanish

Students who do not have their residency verified will be excluded from school and school activities for the 2017-18 school year.

LB School District Takes a Stand to Safeguard Roads

The Long Beach Public Schools are leading a call to action to help ensure safety on Lido Boulevard, requesting the Town of Hempstead to reduce the speed limit on it. The primary purpose of the request is to increase the safety for students who need to cross the road on bicycles or as pedestrians as they travel to and from school.

Superintendent of Schools David Weiss sent a letter urging Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino to enact legislation that would lower the speed limit from 40 to 30 miles per hour from the Loop Parkway to Prescott Street in Lido Beach. The plan has received immediate support from Councilwoman Erin Sweeney and Mr. Weiss expects other endorsements to follow.  

“We have been meeting with town and county officials, and we all agree the current traffic conditions put the safety of our young adults at risk on a daily basis,” Mr. Weiss said. He noted that in particular, many drivers accelerate beyond the 40 mph speed as they exit the Loop during the morning rush hour when students are crossing Lido Boulevard, and they slow down, but not to the 30 mph limit at the school crossings at Blackheath Road.   

More than 700 Long Beach Middle School and High School students travel on foot and bicycle during rush hours – the most common times for vehicles to exceed the maximum permitted speed. While Lido Boulevard contains several school crossings and school zones, drivers continue to overlook the posted signs. Despite the schools’ efforts to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety awareness programs, speed-related automobile accidents are a longstanding issue.

“No amount of education produces safe travel if drivers create dangerous situations,” Mr. Weiss said. “We believe a lowering of the speed limit will change the mindset of drivers as they pass through this area.”





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LB students intent to invent at summer camp

The Long Beach Public Schools made sure young minds had many ways to stay busy this summer through a partnership with Camp Invention. For the first time, this five-day program was offered to district students for two consecutive weeks, opening more opportunities for participants to imagine, learn and make discoveries through inquiry-based learning.

Camp Invention focuses on the four components of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – while encouraging collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Students in grades 1-6 rotate between sessions that prompt them to make discoveries through engagement in hands-on activities.

The campers use upcycled materials as an environmentally conscious way to experiment and explore. Long Beach High School students volunteered as counselors and counselors-in-training, and staff members throughout the district served as camp teachers.

During the week of July 10, attendees experienced various aspects of space and science in a Mission Space Makers session, brought physics to life in Have a Blast challenges, used their innovation skills in a Duct Tape Billionaire workshop and investigated the inner workings of machines in Operation Keep Out.

Throughout the week of July 17-21, students designed and launched space ships in a Problem Solving on Planet ZAK workshop, created and marketing rollercoasters in Imagination Point: Ride Physics, thought strategically about ways to combat pollution in a Saving Sludge City session and developed their own inventions through I Can Invent activities.

 

High School First Day of Fall Practices

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Star athletes honored

The Long Beach Public Schools celebrated another excellent season in athletics during Spring Sports Awards Night, held on June 7. Athletes received awards both individually and with their teams in honor of their efforts, skills, sportsmanship and dedication on and off the field.

The following teams were acknowledged for a season of good sportsmanship and effort: Girls badminton, baseball, boys golf, girls golf, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, boys track and girls track. The Challenger sports teams for life skills students received accolades as well.

Coaches introduced their players and praised them for a successful season. The varsity girls lacrosse team and varsity girls softball were also recognized for becoming Nassau County Finalists.

Numerous special plaques were presented to students who demonstrated good character, service to others, team spirit, academic excellence, leadership and passion for athletics. These awards were as follows:

•    Distinguished Athlete Award: Luc Esformes, Tonianne Larson, Shane Morris and Kristen Romano
•    National Scholar Athlete Award: Margaret Aroesty, Sam Brown, Kelly DiResto, Matthew Maquet and Megan Sofield
•    Sam Santay and Irv Gold Memorial Award: Rachel Ray
•    Mark Fischgrund Memorial Award: Isabella Atrachji
•    Woody David Award: Matthew Cannon, Lindsay Kranitz, Connor Lent, Peter McQuade and Ruany Soca
•    Corey Lovrich Memorial Award: Katie Whelan
•    Harvey Green Memorial Award: Isabella DeFrancesco, Dakota Ejnes, Caroline Farrell, Joseph Giorlando, Ryan Levine, Pablo Martinez, Jonathan Rovitz, Thomas Rutherig, Natalie Swegler, Chrystal Posada and Gregg Wildstein
•    Lorraine Vitale Memorial Award: Brandon Devivio, Dara Hoff, Savannah Kile, Margaret O’Malley-Rebovich and Charles Spada
•    Stanley Galowin Award: Finian Ashmead, Samantha Chase, Jack Thurston and Brian Thurston
•    Kiwanis Club Award: Margaret Aroesty and Sam Brown
•    Neil Eskanazi Memorial Award: Justin Kolodny
•    Jay Lake Memorial Award: Kevin Dunn
•    Arthur Hurst Memorial Award: Amanda Angst, Jessica Marcote, Mary-Elizabeth McCourt and Jorge Romero
•    Sherman Brown Memorial Award: Jacori Teemer and Sarah Reznick
•    LBHS Athletic Department Manager of the Year: Rachel Hopper, Jacob Lerner and Jack Thurston
•    Career Achievement Award: Gabrielle Ayzenberg, Tyreek Bromley and Siobhan Rafferty
•    Brian Cohen Memorial Award: Tyrese Byron
•    Tom Deluca Memorial Award: Kristen Abbot, T.J. Farrell and Kenneth Ferrara
•    Nora Bellsey Spirit Award: Phoebe Keane




Fifth- and Eighth-Graders Move Up

Fifth- and Eighth-Graders Move Up Photo

Fifth-grade students from the Long Beach Public Schools’ four elementary buildings and eighth-graders from Long Beach Middle School celebrated their accomplishments and bright futures during the week of June 19, when they advanced to the next level in their education. Moving up ceremonies were filled with inspiring words, talented performances, special recognitions and plenteous applause.

The middle school ceremony, held on the evening of June 21, honored students’ completion of three years of determination, effort and teamwork. During the eighth-graders’ time in the building, it became Nassau County’s first-authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program school. The students have experienced an educational program based on philosophies that will help them to succeed in the high school years that they will now embark upon.

At the elementary level, each school’s promotion had a specific theme that was portrayed through decorations, music and more. East School’s event was named, “You Can Be…,” while Lido School’s was titled, Aloha, Until We Meet Again.” Lindell School sent off its graduates with an “On Our Way…” program, and West School celebrated “Sailing into the Future.”

Student speakers from the five buildings addressed their peers and audience members with reflections about their experiences thus far, and the endless possibilities ahead. Middle school principal Paul Romanelli and elementary school principals Kathleen Connolly, Brenda Young, Karen Sauter and Patrick McKinney shared positive sentiments with their respective graduates, and Mr. Romanelli additionally welcomed the incoming sixth-graders with encouragement.

Lindell’s ceremony also included a special presentation to retiring Teacher-in-Charge Carol Cintorino, who has provided 20 years of service to the school and made many valuable contributions to students and staff members alike. Ms. Sauter expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Ms. Cintorino on behalf of the entire school.  

Superintendent David Weiss and Board of Education members also commended the fifth- and eighth-graders, and all ceremonies featured special award presentations to students who have excelled in academics, music, art, community involvement and a number of other areas.

New York State Triple-C awards, Senator Todd Kaminsky’s Junior Public Service and Leadership Awards, President’s Awards for Educational Excellence, President’s Awards for Educational Achievement and American Citizenship Awards, Principal’s Awards and PTA Awards were among the many honors that were granted.

East, Lindell and West Schools’ promotions were held in their respective buildings, while Lido’s took place in the middle school auditorium and Long Beach Middle School’s ceremony was held in the High School gymnasium.

 



Math Scholar

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Long Beach Middle School eighth-grader Maya Kubiak has been recognized as a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics – a distinction that grants her acceptance to the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Maya is among 88 Long Island students selected out of approximately 600 entrants, based on their school transcripts, teacher recommendations, brief self-written statements and results on a rigorous entrance exam. She participated in Math Counts during her sixth- and seventh-grade years, and has also been involved in the middle school’s Math Club.

Beginning in September, when she enters the high school as a freshman, Maya will attend Saturday morning classes that will cover advanced topics in mathematics.

West brings songs and smiles to local seniors

Musicians from Long Beach’s West Elementary School brought their lively sounds and spirits to senior citizens at the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) center on June 13. A group of students paid a special visit to the organization’s Temple Israel location, where they presented an entertaining concert.

Members of West’s Recorder Club, along with talented vocalists who participated in the New York State School Music Association festival, performed an assortment of songs. They included several classics that drew smiles from the attendees.

Among the featured compositions that students sang were “My Favorite Things,” “The Bare Necessities,” “Castle on a Cloud,” “Never Never Land,” “The Water is Wide,” “The Rainbow Connection,” “Tonight,” “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” “The Girl I Mean to Be” and “In My Own Little Corner.” The Recorder Club performed “Fur Elise,” “Wade in the Water,” “The Water is Wide” and “Dixie Cat.”

West School music teacher Vanessa Krywe introduced the performers, who provided an outstanding show. The audience members expressed their enthusiasm and enjoyment with many rounds of applause.



Film Festival a success for LBHS

Long Beach High School took the opportunity to showcase the success and skill of TV Studio Production students on June 2, when its Third Annual Film Festival was held. The event featured 32 submissions. And several awards and distinctions.

Students entered films/videos in the categories of trailer, PSA, commercial, comedy, drama, music video and documentary. This year, approximately 70 audience members voted in an interactive format by using Google Form and their results were instantly tallied.

Jack Rabin won a first-place award for the film “Milk,” Jeannie Ripley-Grier placed second for “Cereal Killer” and Sean Reilly, James O’Connor and Logan Kohn received a third-place distinction for “Work is Hell 2.” Additionally, teacher Eric Krywe was presented with a Citation from the Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

The high school’s TV Studio Production students achieved many awards and acknowledgments during the 2016-17 school year for films they created using the high school’s computers, Final Cut Pro software and recording equipment. Their work received spotlight in a variety of exhibits, festivals and other competitions.






Long Beach High School Honors 2017 Graduates

Long Beach High School Class of 2017 Graduation photo

Years of effort, determination, commitment, learning experiences and unforgettable memories for the members of the Class of 2017 were celebrated on the evening of June 23, when Long Beach High School’s 94th Annual Commencement Ceremony signified the beginning of new, opportunity-filled journeys. Within the rows of blue caps and gowns was a collection of success stories that represented the knowledge, talent, skill, creativity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm that this group of graduates has demonstrated.

The high school’s gymnasium was energized with family members, friends, teachers and district leaders who excitedly applauded the seniors for well-earned accomplishments and cheered them on in the ventures ahead. The graduation band performed “Pomp and Circumstance” as the Class of 2017 made its debut, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the graduation choir’s performance of the National Anthem.

Principal Jeffrey Myers welcomed all honorees and guests and reflected on his first year at Long Beach High School. He shared several inspiring quotes that were written by some of the individuals who perhaps best exemplify the importance of hard work and persistence: the graduates themselves.

“Your commencement today actually symbolizes the beginning of a new era,” he said. “You will all encounter new challenges, meet new people, learn new things, have new successes and new failures. Face these challenges head on and show your true Long Beach colors in life to accomplish your goals.”

Board of Education President Stewart Mininsky also addressed the graduates. “I hope your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,” he said. “And while you’re out there getting to where you’re going to, realize that somebody loves you and wants the same things for you.”
Salutatorians Kelly DiResto and Megan Sofield focused on the network of support that the Class of 2017 has built, comparing it to a performance they choreographed together in the International Baccalaureate Dance class in which they synchronized their movements and relied on one another for support.

“Kelly and I realized that this dance could be metaphorical for our high school experience,” said Megan. “We built networks of trust, community, and support that gave us a great foundation for the future, just as the lesson in weight-sharing gave us the foundation for our piece and proved the importance of trust and support.”

Kelly continued with an anecdote from the 2016 Pep Rally, and discussed the significance of rising up from challenges. “We have learned during our 4 years at Long Beach High School that struggles and disappointments can become a positive lesson for the future,” she said. “We use humor to deal with our stress and understand things are not as serious as they seem to be in the moment. And we know that when we do fall or fail, someone will be there to support us.”

Valedictorian Eric Ricci noted that “Every great invention, every effort to effect change has begun with a single step. When we recognize how important each of those small steps may be in bringing about change, we acknowledge the power we have to improve this world.” He illustrated this point with the personal example of overcoming an allergy through a scientific approach.  

Superintendent of Schools David Weiss thanked all who were present. He noted that Island Park Public Schools’ Board of Education members and Superintendent Dr. Rosemarie Bovino were in attendance to support the graduating seniors who had gone through Island Park’s elementary and middle schools. He then summarized the many achievements earned by the seniors.

“You have embraced the diversity of our school and community in all its dimensions,” he said. “You have encouraged students who were not as able as you to succeed, because you truly care, and so many of you have learned the importance of community after Superstorm Sandy. You inspire us, and I wish you all the best, as I know that you will continue to shine in the years ahead.”  

Sean Reilly provided remarks on behalf of the seniors. Mr. Myers then presented the Class of 2017 to the audience and joined members of the Board of Education and Administration in the distribution of diplomas. Student Government President Govinda Thomas led his classmates as they turned their tassels from right to left to represent their transition from students to graduates.

Upon the official announcement of this significant and long-awaited milestone, the graduates tossed their caps “onward and upward” as they set forth into new chapters.




Long Beach Middle School Moving Up 2017

Elementary School Fifth-Graders Move Up!