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International Dot Day Inspires Creativity, Courage and Collaboration in LB

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The Long Beach Public Schools’ elementary buildings participated in a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration on Sept. 15 when they observed International Dot Day. This movement is inspired by the book “The Dot,” by Peter H. Reynolds, which illustrates people’s power to make their marks on the world.

Throughout the schools, classes read and discussed “The Dot” and other books related to the theme. Students participated in Dot Day declarations, artwork and other activities, and many incorporated dots into their attire as well.

Students at Lindell shared their reflections during their morning announcements. “I make my mark by being kind,” “I make my mark by being creative” and “I make my mark by being different” are some of the thoughts they expressed.

East, Lido and West students showcased their abilities to make their marks through illustrations and paper dots, and West students additionally demonstrated the day’s message by raising funds for those impacted by Hurricane Ida.

Long Beach Schools Honor September 11 Anniversary

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The Long Beach Public Schools commemorated Patriot Day and the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 in a variety of meaningful ways. Throughout the district, many students and staff members wore red, white and blue and honored the lives that were lost, acknowledged heroes and explored ways to make a positive difference in the world.

At Long Beach High School, Assistant Principal Dr. Andrew Smith read a statement about the tragic events of September 11, 2001 at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Students and staff members shared in a moment of silence and reflected on the significance of unity, resilience, hope and peace.

Social studies classes at both the high school and middle school participated in the webinar created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in observance of the somber day that occurred two decades ago.

Several East School teachers read books that teach about the events of Sept. 11 in an age-appropriate manner. East also featured the story of the Survivor Tree, written by Cheryl Somers Aubin, with storyboards and posters that were fastened to the south playground fence to create an interactive story walk that will remain on display.

These are just some of the many tributes that Long Beach schools held in remembrance of September 11.

An Exciting Year Ahead for LB Schools

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The Long Beach Public Schools were buzzing with enthusiasm on Sept. 9, when students entered the buildings for their first day of school. They were excited to see friends, get to know new classmates and meet teachers, and staff members were pleased to commence a new year of learning.

The 2021-22 school year brings numerous updates including expansion of the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at the elementary level and rollout of the 1:1 iPad initiative to grades K-2. High school students will benefit from the addition of Public Speaking and Journalism electives as well as enhancements to the business program.

Other exciting developments include the district’s new medical assisting program offered through BOCES and expanded partnerships with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Jones Beach Nature Center. Environmental education is an area of focus and students will engage in hands-on learning through greenhouse projects. The schools will additionally emphasize the importance of nutrition and wellness this year.

The district also begins the year with several administrative changes. Dr. Jennifer Pullara now leads Lindell Elementary School as principal and her previous role as assistant principal is filled by Anna McGovern. Christopher Webel moved to Lido Elementary School as assistant principal and Donald Kramer was welcomed as director of facilities.

Follow @LongBeachPublicSchools on Facebook and visit www.lbeach.org to see the latest news about our programs and student achievements!

Summer Construction Update - September 8th

Summer Construction Project Update: September 8th, 2021

Lido Complex (Lido Elementary and LBMS): Phase 1 of traffic reconfiguration work in the south parking area will be complete today. New concrete islands, walkways, curbs, resurfaced asphalt and road markings have all been installed. Parking may resume in the south lot Thurs., Sept.9. The new parking area at the Administration Building is receiving the concrete curb work this week and asphalt paving should be complete by Sept. 17th. Landscaping will follow.

In Lido Elementary one failed boiler has been removed. A new concrete housekeeping pad has been installed for placement of a new boiler. However, delivery of the new boiler is delayed due to supply chain slowdowns.

LBMS: The surfacing material for the tennis courts was delivered Aug. 26 and work was begun Aug. 30. Because of a shortage in the colored turf for court lines the work will not be complete until Sept. 17th. Most of the work is within the confines of the court’s fencing so it has minimal effect on outside activity. However, there is some periodic staging of material adjacent to the courts and if additional parking is needed the grass near the temp entrance may be utilized. Cars should face the building from the north side of the road loop.

LBHS: Temporary fencing has been removed. The roadway repair and drainage work on the north roadway is complete. The bulkhead fencing and new sidewalk along the bulkhead will be completed by Sept. 10th and parking will resume on the north roadway September 11. A broken storm sewer pipe has been replaced in the bus lane on the south side of the building and has resolved the rainwater flooding issue that has been occurring for years.

East Elementary: Insulation and spray-on fireproofing is complete in the crawl space. The ventilation system to be installed needed to be redesigned due to field conditions. Details on fans, ductwork and exterior louvers are being reviewed.
Lindell Elementary: A new handicap ramp has been installed on the south side of the building. The handrails were installed September 4th and the ramp is ready for use.
A new playground structure has been installed in the north playground area with a rubberized floor surface to match the adjacent playground floor surface.

Nike Site: BOCES has accepted the new classroom and facility for the Medical Assistant Certification program which will begin at the start of school, Sept. 9th.

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Letter from the Superintendent (Sept. 3, 2021)

Dear Families,

It seems unreal that the summer is waning, and we are already at Labor Day Weekend! I hope that you and your children have had some great time to relax and enjoy each other’s company over the summer. Our staff members have all been back making our schools ready to receive our students next Thursday. The excitement in the air was palpable this week!

As I walked through buildings this week, I chatted with teachers who can’t wait to meet their new students. I saw beautifully arranged classrooms with bright displays, student desks assembled in collaborative groups, and gleaming supplies waiting to be used to create, design, discover and explore!  We have had orientation for our kindergarten, our formerly virtual students, and our 6th and 9th graders. They were happy, excited to be back, and talkative! In short, things looked NORMAL.

Outside, we are readying outdoor classroom space, PE space, lunch space, greenhouses, tents, and other areas where children can be maskless and free during the fall months. All of our building leaders are making outdoor time a priority for our students----which really is good during ALL times, not just during this pandemic. We have had lots of discussions over the past few years about maximizing the use of our beautiful outdoor environment; is there any other district on Long Island with a setting as beautiful as ours? COVID is just accelerating our plans for outdoor time, expanded play time, and building our environmental education program. Parents in grades Pre-K through 8 will soon hear their children talking about greenhouses!

We are continuing our partnership this year with Teachers' College at Columbia University, and will be introducing their reading program at the elementary school. Last year, we began the writing program, and we saw our students' writing grow in leaps and bounds. We are introducing new business electives, and a new medical assisting program in conjunction with Nassau BOCES. We will be profiling these and other new initiatives over the next few weeks on our website, and in my superintendent's blog. We will also beginning a new focus on nutrition and wellness, and will be expanding our new partnerships with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Jones Beach Nature Center. 

As you know, the State sent out some additional COVID guidance yesterday. Most of the news wasn’t “new,” but just to summarize some of the main additional points: 

1. We will be testing unvaccinated staff weekly and will be offering testing to families if they want it. More details will be sent home about that next week.
2. We would ask parents to please keep your children home if they are sick at all, and any child exhibiting symptoms of COVID must have a negative test (or confirmation by a physician of some other illness or chronic condition) before returning to school. (This is basically the same process as last year.)
3. We will continue to notify families if there is a positive case in the school, even if we do not have to quarantine anyone. 

The "great philosopher"  (at least according to my teenage daughter :-), Taylor Swift, said: “This is a new beginning, a new year. And things will change.” Things WILL change, for the better, and we are all determined to make this year a wonderful one for all of our children.  I know that our administrators, teachers, and staff can’t wait to see them!

Enjoy the rest of this long weekend!

Dr. Jennifer Gallagher
Superintendent of Schools