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LB Middle School Team Takes on State-Level Odyssey of the Mind Competition

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The Long Beach Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team (OM) competed in the New York State Odyssey of the Mind competition on April 8, 2017. This year’s team came in fourth place out of 19 teams, which earned them a shout-out at the award ceremony.

“This was a tremendous accomplishment and we are especially proud of this year’s team,” said coaches Christina Kile and Dayna Obidienzo.

Odyssey of the Mind teams at the middle school level are made up of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. This year’s Long Beach Middle School team was comprised of eighth grader Tyler Collinson and five sixth graders: Jordan Collinson, Keira Hult, Christopher Lehr, Matthew O’Connor and Ava Rand. The team chose to solve the problem entitled “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger.” In this problem, a superhero must save “creativity” from a villain who is trying to eliminate it from the world.

The Middle School team said that “OM” has taught them to think outside of the box, be creative, practice teamwork, overcome fears, and get along with one another. They also said that the team must be committed to work countless hours brainstorming, writing scripts, creating original props, and making costumes for the competition. The coaches pointed out that there is also an administrative edge to the Middle School Odyssey of the Mind competition. The students must complete the paperwork entirely on their own that describes and supports the solution to their problem. Tyler Collinson guided her team through this time consuming process, dedicating many lunch periods to completing this task as she compiled the suggestions of her teammates.  

Ms. Kile and Ms. Obidienzo reported that as the team sat and waited for the results, they held their breath and crossed their fingers. When their fourth-place win was announced, they let out screams of excitement. Later, as the team reflected on their journey, the sixth-grade teammates exclaimed, “Let’s start working on next year's problem over the summer and let's have Tyler come back to be a student coach.”
“It is said that once the thrill of an Odyssey of the Mind tournament is experienced, it’s in your life forever,” the coaches expressed. “After all, Odyssey of the Mind is not just a journey you experience but it is a ‘way of life!’”

Long Beach Board of Ed. Celebrates the Arts

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The Long Beach Public Schools’ April Board of Education Meetings spotlighted the district’s art and music achievers. On April 6, All-County musicians representing the middle school and high school were commended, as were four students who performed at the Long Island Strings Festival Association concert. The April 20 gathering featured recognitions of students at all grade levels who have excelled in photography, visual arts and photojournalism.

At both meetings, parents, community members and the Board of Education watched proudly as Julia Lang-Shapiro, Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts, presented select students with certificates.  The Long Beach schools consistently provide many opportunities for students to explore the arts and cultivate their talents. See below for the full list of honorees.

The April 6 meeting included a review of the proposed 2016-17 budget, which the community will vote upon on May 16. At the April 20 meeting, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Sean Murray gave a detailed and informative presentation on Elementary Social Studies and Science Curriculum. He explained that the district has excelled in all phases of the integration of state standards and has created an environment of inquiry based learning and exciting experiences for all students.

Certificate Recipients:

Long Island String Festival Association: Sophia Elenson, Joshua Kapilian, Claire Ezratty, Jorge Romero

All County High School: Alec Chasin, Luc Esformes, Sam Miller, Joshua Kapilian, David Newman, Amanda Roman, Samantha Snow, Olivia DiResta, Mikayla Faria, Sophia Elenson, Jorge Romero, Michael Corsale, Harrison Phillips, Thomas Walsh, Logan Friedman

All County Middle School: Delphine Esformes, Chandler Rosenzweig, Justin Small, Jasmine Soriano, Liam White, Maryn Ascher, Aaron Conte, Louise Dattolico, Ava Lithgow, Jacob LoCascio, Isabella McCavera, Matthew O’Connor, Noah Robinson, Ryan Stout, Matthias Roth, Jonathan Wachs, Jordan Collinson, Natalie Lessard, Ashley Friedman

Art League of LI Go APE Exhibit Award of Excellence: Natalie Manzanilla

“My Perspective” Art Guild Juried Photo Exhibit: Phillip Persky

National Art Education Association Conference Presenters: Kristen Miciotta, Savannah Kile, Natalie Quintero, Bianca Hayes

Long Island’s Best Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum: Kristen Miciotta (Third-place overall winner), Daniella Bruzzone (Promising Young Artist Award winner), Maiya Abramson, Lea Jaffe, Lindsey Kranitz, Madison Murray

PFLI Annual HS Photography Contest: Jovanna Vicente (first place), Charles Mandell (third place)

Nassau Community College Honors Program 19th Annual Arts & Science Fair: Meilin Garfinkel (Best in Show for Art), Margaret O’Malley-Rebovich (Honorable Mention for Art) and James O-‘Connor (third-place)

Art Supervisor’s Association All County Art Show Elementary: Simaiyah Wardana, Zachary Scouten, Jacqueline Ching, Myla Sanchez, Allison Blanco Cruz, Christopher Mitchell, Alana Roscoe, Rihanna Bishun, Aidan Tarsia

Art Supervisor’s Association All County Art Show Middle School: Livia Casalaina, Ashley Friedman, Andrew Geller, Caroline Roser Dialma, Natalie Lessard, Arielle Nason, Cecile Lessard, Lucia Tomicick, Jhana Prue

Art Supervisor’s Association All County Art Show High School: Janeris Gonzalez, Nina Capofarri, Anna Xiao, Jaci Zitman, Julianne Jacobson, Shannon Gioia, Gabrielle Gravina, Rianna MacKay, Carmen Sabedra, Phoebe Keane, Grace Rosenberg, Ava Tassiello, Emily Tejeda-Postigo, Gabrielle Cerullo, Katherine Farrell, Angela Maure, Morgan Rubel, Kristen Miciotta

Parent Academy/”Curiosity Convention”

We are excited to announce the date for our annual elementary Parent Academy, this year with a new, family-themed format. Our academy this year will be a “Curiosity Convention,” with engaging, inquiry-based workshops for parents and students to attend together. The goal of the “convention” will be to support parents in fostering creativity and inquiry at home. This event will take place on Monday, May 22, at Lindell School, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. More details and an RSVP form will be backpacked home soon.

BOE Meeting and Budget Hearing - Thursday, May 4 - LBMS Auditorium @ 7:30 PM

LB Elementary Team Wins at State Problem-Solving Contest

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Heads to World Level Tournament

Long Beach’s elementary school students have continued their longstanding success at the Odyssey of the Mind competitions, with two teams earning regional trophies, and one of those teams going on to finish in second-place at the state-level tournament.

Each team solved both spontaneous and long-term problems that comprised the competition. They practiced and prepared for the spontaneous portion, which required them to solve a newly presented problem on the spot, during weekend sessions led by parent volunteers.

As for the long-term component, the groups spent months working together after school in order to be ready for the event under the guidance of teachers Douglas Mac Connell and Justin Sulsky who coached the elementary Odyssey of the Mind teams.
The regional tournament was held at the Caroline Atkinson School in Freeport on March 18, 2017, and teams from all over Long Island competed. Long Beach’s elementary teams includes students from all four elementary schools. The state event took place on April 8, 2017, at Binghamton University.

Emily Backlin, Jack Clancy, Eldjima Djandabri-Holt, Samantha Feingold, Ruby Patton, Shayna Rivera and Sean Sarmuksnis placed second in both the regional and state tournaments. As a result of their success, they have qualified for World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University in May. The team depicted how OMER inspired three artists -- Chen Hongshou, Rachel Ruysch, and an original team-created artist, Mr. Unknown, to complete three different pieces of art. The students recreated Plum Blossoms and Wild Bird and Still-Life with Fruit and Insects. They also created the original work Mr. Unknown's Garden.

Mia DiNardo, Orly Keynan, Laika Khan,Vincent Napolitano, Jack Passman and Zachary Scouton placed third regionally for their depiction of how a superhero saved creativity from a villain. In accordance with their problem requirements, they had a superhero, villain, and sidekick that blended in with society at times and revealed their powers at other times. They also included a choreographed battle and a cliffhanger ending!

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. It supports the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits that the district emphasizes throughout its curricula. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and other countries participate in the program.

LB Named a Best Community for Music Education for Seventh Year

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For the seventh time, the Long Beach Public Schools has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education.

This designation is granted to districts that demonstrate 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 new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

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.

Long Beach IB Students Conquer Advanced Research Topics Based on Scholarly Interests

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Senior year of high school is filled with many social milestones for students: prom, driver’s licenses, increased independence and fun with friends. For more than 60 Long Beach High School seniors, these traditional milestones co-exist with the demanding academic work of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. These IB Diploma candidates are completing the Extended Essay, a 4,000-word paper with topics which may sound like doctoral theses to those unfamiliar with IB.

Here is a sampling of the challenging topics that this year’s Long Beach IB Diploma candidates researched:

•    How is Kurt Vonnegut’s style effective for conveying the theme of religion as a means of control in “Cat’s Cradle?” - Jennifer Arnaud    
•    To what extent was anti-Semitism in the United States’ responsible for an ineffective response to the persecution of Jewish people from 1930 to 1945? - Eric Ricci
•    What is the comparison between the botanical diversity of artificially treated lawns to natural lawns using DNA barcoding? - Melissa Baldeo                

IB Diploma candidates are introduced to the Extended Essay process during their junior year and wrap it up by the midpoint of their senior year. With graduation on the horizon, each Class of 2017 Diploma Program candidate has successfully completed an essay that corresponds with one of their IB courses, such as Environmental Systems and Societies, English or Visual Arts.

Some of this year’s seniors chose to write papers related to their future aspirations. For Iain Wall, who researched artist Wassily Kandinsky, the experience supported his plans to study art in college by requiring him to analyze art techniques and describe them in depth. Kaitlyn Murphy, who discussed the effect of allusions in Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor &  Park,” shared that she is considering a career path in editing. After multiple visits to rural Mexico, Fey Villagomez, who plans to major in agricultural and biological engineering in college, chose to investigate the question “How does the addition of chitosan to a PVA based hydrogel affect the amount of iron and copper ions adsorbed from water?”

Other students took advantage of the opportunity that the Extended Essay offered to delve deeper into the IB program’s curriculum. Christian Jovel-Arias addressed the research question, “To what extent did ethnic superiority play a role in the Rape of Nanking?” after learning about the topic in his History of the Americas class. Cassidy Zawatson welcomed the chance to investigate the relationship between two areas that interest her – sports and politics – for her history essay, which involved the Olympic Games of the 1980s. Mashiyat Ahmed compared organic and conventional farming in her essay, after finding inspiration in previous research she conducted that investigated reversing the effects of global warming.
Students like Robert Del Prete (who investigated the question, “How do the characterization and conflicts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes shed light on Holmes’ spectrum disorder?”) saw the essay as a chance to combine their personal interests with their areas of IB study. Sam Miller incorporated his interest in the rock band Queen by analyzing the song “Bicycle Race” for its effects of rhythm, melody and harmony.

Reflecting on the past year’s work, the seniors shared some of the individual obstacles they encountered. Robert faced the logistical difficulties of narrowing the dozens of short stories he had read down to three for his essay. In addition, “[structuring his essay] was a long process that involved making each short story connect into one essay with common themes and organized thoughts.”  Fey discussed the challenges of modifying pieces of other procedures and determining how to carry them out in a high school laboratory setting. “It was a big learning process in figuring out what works,” she said.     
Completing this process requires persistent effort not only for these students, but for the team of faculty members who guide them through it. Each student is assigned a mentor: typically a teacher from the department that houses their subject area. They check in with them at different stages via email or during in-person meetings at school. “It’s a good way to involve teachers from different grade levels in the IB Diploma Program,” said Extended Essay Coordinator Toni Weiss.

Students are also encouraged to attend workshops that are held in the summer prior to their senior year. Led by Ms. Weiss and IB Coordinator Jennifer Quinn, these sessions are offered at the high school as well as the Long Beach Public Library as a way to further the research they began in their junior year and to kick off the composition stage of their essays.

In the final leg of their Extended Essay process, members of the Class of 2017 benefited from the district’s technology initiatives. Thanks to the efforts of the school’s library staff, their avenue of research expanded to include the invaluable Questia Schools database. Drafting their essays and sharing each stage with their mentors became even easier due to the students’ acquisition of Chromebooks, funded through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Now, with this momentous journey behind them, the seniors are able to offer advice to younger peers who are just getting started. “Make yourself aware of what’s required and of certain guidelines,” said Cassidy. “It’s easier if you plan in the summer,” said Mashiyat, adding that students should “figure out a topic and start the research, [and then] make a skeleton outline with headings and subheadings.” When it comes to editing, Kaitlyn suggests, “Read your work aloud, especially in sections, so you’ll hear errors.”

The students in the IB Diploma Class of 2017 expressed gratitude for the experience of participating in such a significant project. Rather than viewing their senior year as “light” in academics, these students accepted the challenge of reading academic journals, analyzing documents and conducting research. They are well prepared to enter the next chapter of their academic careers. According to Ms. Quinn, “We expect great things from these students in the years ahead—they may well become the scholars and experts of the future!”  

Lights, camera, action! LBHS film students earn spotlight at festival

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Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students achieved strong success at the Locust Valley Film Festival, an annual event held at Locust Valley High School that provides students with an opportunity to showcase their films with the prospect of earning distinctions.

Fourteen schools were represented at this event. Of the 300 videos that were entered in the competition, 30 were created by Long Beach students. Nine of the Long Beach High School students’ films were granted finalist recognition – a title that only 60 submissions achieved – and two placed and were presented with awards.

Melody Moy took first place and a finalist designation in the Trailer category for her film, “Invisible.” A group piece titled “Kick Me Over,” developed by Gavin Byrne, Scott Powers, Max Scelfo and Katie Whelan, placed second and was named a finalist in the Music Video category. Other finalist honors were earned by Shaena Sennett for “Face Your Fears” and “Running On Empty,” both in the Drama category; Lea Jaffe, Jeannie Ripley-Grier and Carly Siegel for “Pay it Forward” in the PSA category;” Zach Farrell and Hanna Kagansky for “The End” in the PSA category;” Logan Kohn for “A Way Out” in the PSA category; and Sean Reilly and James O’Connor for their collaborative pieces in the Comedy category, “Spooky House” and “Work is Hell 2.”

The finalists’ works were shown before an audience of students and staff members, and were judged by a panel of experts. The film festival was established to provide high school students an opportunity to showcase their talents in film and video production.

Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students learn how to film and edit footage and have received numerous awards for their creative works and documentations of events. The classes are held in the digital media studio, which features professional-quality technology.

High scores for LBHS students on American Mathematics Competition

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Long Beach High School is pleased to congratulate two students who have excelled in the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competitions for grades 10 and 12. Joshua Kapilian and Eric Ricci were recognized for their excellent performances on the AMC 10 and AMC 12, respectively.
Joshua, a sophomore, was top winner out of all Long Beach High School’s AMC 10 test-takers. Eric is a senior and was the school’s top winner for AMC 12.  

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. According to the MAA, the AMC program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society.

LB Science Research Students Win at Science Competitions

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Long Beach High School students have continued the Science Research Program’s historic success, again earning awards in competitions. Countless hours of research, experiments, analyses and many other steps resulted in outstanding results at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, and the Molloy College Science Fair.

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. He compared two methods of interpolation and created a program that would generate functions to determine the most efficient interpolation method given a particular mathematical function.

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. They found that there is a high concentration of microplastics – especially Styrofoam – in Reynolds Channel. They are currently developing a plan to further analyze the samples collected.

Lauren and Emily also earned recognition for their work at the Molloy event, as did Joshua Kapilian for his project, Creating a More Robust and Efficient Model of United States Airspace Control. He created a simulation to test aerospace in which planes flew from one destination to the next, and concluded that direct routing is more efficient.

The high school’s science research program is open to all students who wish to participate. It provides freshmen through seniors opportunities to engage in authentic scientific learning experiences and engage in the same level of work done by professional scientists.

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LBHS Photo Students Focus on Success

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Long Beach High School junior Jovanna Vicente and sophomore Charles Mandell received awards in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase competition. They were formally honored during a ceremony held on April 2 in Westbury. Jovanna won first place in two categories, and Charles earned a third place honor.

Jovanna’s top distinctions were achieved in the categories of Photojournalism-Prints and People/Animals–Prints for her pieces, “Rizal Boulevard” and “Girl in the Rain.” Charles was recognized in the category of Photojournalism-Digital for his “City Sounds” image.

Both students will now advance to the Photographic Society of America, an international contest.

Video: Redeemable recycling initiative at LBHS

Long Beach Celebrates Youth Art Month

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On Saturday, March 25, the Long Beach Public Schools held an artist's reception for the Youth Art Month show at the Magnolia Senior Center. The talent and creativity of Long Beach students is being spotlighted through 95 pieces of artwork that are on display. Senator Todd Kaminsky joined the students, parents, administrators and teachers for this celebration and presented the Department of Media, Visual and Performing Arts with a proclamation in honor of Youth Art Month.

Long Beach School District, Hempstead Town Collaborate on Philanthropic Recycling Initiative

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Students from Long Beach High School’s Life Skills Program are working together with Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Hempstead Town on a great recycling program that will benefit both the environment and children with special needs.

On March 23, Hempstead Town provided 100 plastic recycling bins to the school to help students collect bottles and cans. The school will donate proceeds from the collected beverage containers to not-for-profit organizations that assist persons with special needs, including the town’s Camp ANCHOR program.

“Recycling programs are a great way to get our young people involved in their community,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “We commend students from the Long Beach High School Life Skills Program for their selfless philanthropy on behalf of people with special needs.”

The Life Skills students will distribute the recycle bins into classrooms and also spoke at the ceremony, which included an artistic backdrop they created with an art teacher. This new Redeemable Recycling Initiative is an expansion of the Long Beach School District’s ongoing efforts to teach students the importance of protecting the local environment, particularly when it comes to keeping waste out of the waterways.

“We are excited to add this new feature to the districtwide recycling program, and we are grateful to the Town of Hempstead for supporting us through the donation of the bins,” Superintendent of Schools David Weiss said. “This initiative is aligned with the Long Beach Public Schools’ mission to help students develop as global citizens who give back to their community.”

The Town of Hempstead has hosted many programs, services and initiatives that focus on protecting and rehabilitating the local environment. Just in this month alone, the town has hosted public events at which residents can dispose of electronics, hazardous waste and documents in a safe and environmentally friendly fashion. What’s more, the town recently unveiled a mattress-recycling program, detailing the ecological benefits of reusing the bedding’s steel, foam, metal and cotton components.

Over the years, the town has also demonstrated its commitment and dedication to persons with special needs. The Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at Camp ANCHOR serves 1,200 children and adults with special needs, providing top-notch programs and activities for all. And, Camp ANCHOR recently announced a partnership with the Peninsula Kiwanis Club to create a community service organization for people with special needs. As part of this group, participants fundraise, plant trees, head up recycling projects, landscape community grounds and much more.

“With so many beautiful parks, beaches and waterways in the Town of Hempstead, protecting our environment is one of our township’s top priorities,” concluded Santino. “We look forward to seeing our dedicated students in action, who are helping to spread the word about the importance of recycling.”

Three LBHS Students Win at NCC Arts and Science Fair

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Three Long Beach High School students earned awards at the Nassau Community College Honors Program’s 19th Annual Arts and Science Fair. This year’s event, held on March 17, featured the theme, “Identity,” and asked students to incorporate aspects of themselves into their work.

Students from schools across Long Island presented their science projects, artwork and monologues to NCC professors who served as judges.

Ninth-grader Meilin Garfinkel received a Best in Show distinction for an Alcohol Ink and Marker piece titled, "Fluorescence” (pictured). Margaret O'Malley-Rebovich, also in ninth-grade, was recognized with an Honorable Mention for her Ceramic Stoneware, "Untitled.” Tenth-grade student James O’Connor achieved a third-place honor in the Monologue competition.

Award-winning work is currently on display at NCC’s Building G and in the College Center Building in an exhibit that will run until March 31.

LB’s Alec Rovitz to Play Hockey at 20th World Maccabiah Games

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Long Beach High School senior Alec Rovitz has been accepted to the U.S. Junior Boys’ Ice Hockey Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place in Israel from July 4-17. He will be among 1,250 athletes from the United States participating in this worldwide event.

Sponsored by the Maccabi USA organization, the Maccabiah Games feature 43 different sports and bring 8,750 Jewish athletes from 80 countries together to partake in an experience that is both athletic and educational. 

Eric Krywe Named Junior Varsity Coach of the Year

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The Long Beach Public Schools congratulates Eric Krywe for being recognized as Nassau County AAA3 Junior Varsity Coach of the Year. Mr. Krywe has coached junior varsity baseball for 13 years and basketball for 10 years. He is also a teacher at Long Beach High School and has guided many Television Studio and Production students to their success in film competitions and events.

Winter Sports Highlights

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Long Beach High School celebrated a successful season for its varsity athletes on March 7, when students, coaches, district leaders and parents gathered for Winter Varsity Sports Award Night.  

Members of the boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, ice hockey, boys and girls track and wrestling teams were recognized at the event. Each team was introduced and coaches summarized the winter season’s highlights. Individual student accomplishments were also shared. 

The wrestling team was ranked No. 1 in New York State and achieved Nassau County and New York State Dual Meet Champions titles. The gymnastics team was named an All American Team, members of the ice hockey team were named Nassau County Champions and the boys swim team achieved Division “C” Champions distinction. 

This year brought changes to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Scholar Athlete program, with a greater emphasis on recognizing individual students and significantly higher standards for overall teams to achieve the honor. Long Beach High School congratulated more than 100 Scholar Athlete students.

Long Beach music students experience jazz at Lincoln Center

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The Long Beach High School Jazz Ensemble, along with members of the Lab Jazz Band and Tri-M Music Honor Society, visited Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 17. Students participated in informative sessions that broadened their understanding of jazz, and had the opportunity to experience a concert that highlighted jazz of the 1960s.  

A pre-concert discussion exposed students to the meanings behind iconic jazz compositions and expanded their knowledge about the composers of the featured music. The concert demonstrated the ways in which many of the composers expressed themselves during the civil rights movement and other major political events. 

“This concert was not only enrichment for our students’ musical concepts, but served as a means of giving them real life connections toward an appreciation of how art and specifically jazz music has evolved with the social changes throughout our history,” said teacher Marino Bragino. 

The performing arts department offers many exciting opportunities for students to experience jazz music. The high school’s annual Jazz Night will be held on March 31 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and will showcase the talents of the Jazz Ensemble and Lab Jazz Band, Middle School Jazz Band and High School Symphonic Choir/Sound Waves.

Creativity fills the commons at LBHS IB Art Exhibition

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Twenty-six juniors and seniors representing Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Art classes showcased their work in the building’s commons March 16. The annual IB Art Exhibition drew an audience of family members, teachers and other spectators who viewed fantastic displays of creativity, skill and talent.

The show featured pieces that were created through various mediums. Students presented their paintings, pencil drawings, sculptures and other unique designs that portrayed worlds of meanings and inspirations. 

The IB Visual Arts courses invite students to explore a variety art media and concepts in a studio-based environment. The goal is to encourage student-artists to respond to and analyze the function, meaning and qualities of art. Class participants develop and present independent ideas and explain the connections between their work and the work of others. The courses emphasize both students' creative processes and their final artistic products in two- or three-dimensional forms. 

Six LBHS Students Featured in Heckscher Museum Art Exhibit

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Long Beach High School congratulates six students who were selected to have their work showcased in the 21st annual Long Island’s Best Young Artists Exhibit at the Heckscher Museum. Their work will be on display until April 9.

The artistic creations of Maiya Abramson, Daniella Bruzzone, Lea Jaffe, Lindsey Kranitz, Kristen Miciotta and Madison Murray are among 82 of more than 380 entries from students across Long Island that were selected for this opportunity. Kristen was named Overall Third-Place Winner, and Daniella received a Promising Young Artist Award.

The high school has proudly celebrated student participation in this prestigious exhibit for a number of years.

LB auto students build truck from scratch

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Long Beach High School’s automotive classes have been busy working on a Hot Rod Truck throughout the 2016-17 school year. They spent several months assembling the frame with 2”x4” steel tube, and are now ready to tackle the next phases of their venture. The end result will be a registered, fully functioning 1947 Ford truck.

The students have partly welded the vehicle, which they will now take apart and fully weld and finish with shocks, bodywork, wiring, plumbing and painting. It contains a 1962 Chevrolet truck bed, a grill and Farmall tractor headlights from the 1930s and an engine from a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The only new part of the vehicle is the front suspension.

The automotive courses include Automotive Fundamentals, Automotive Systems and Automotive Mechanics. Students learn how cars work and are maintained, diagnose problems and prepare solutions and perform hands-on rebuilding, repair and service tasks. Many were excited for the opportunity to participate in this project.

“I’ve always been interested in cars,” said senior Diana Huie. “It’s been a great class.”    

“I’ve loved cars since I was a kid,” said junior Peter Mieczkowski. “I wanted to be part of making our own truck.”

While auto classes have previously conducted other work on trucks, this is the first time they are constructing a vehicle from scratch that will be registered and equipped for real-world driving. Teacher James Johnsen plans to keep this particular truck, but hopes to have future classes build vehicles that can be auctioned off.
The classes are now gearing up for their annual car show, scheduled for May 13 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Long Beach High School parking lot. Approximately 20-30 cars will be featured, and the goal is to have the truck completed in time to be showcased at the event.

East School fifth-graders demonstrate dances

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Fifth-graders at East School in Long Beach danced the night away on March 9, when they showcased the classic choreography learned through the Dancing Classrooms of Long Island program. East culminated this dance residency program with its annual Spring Fling showcase, attended by students’ family members, teachers and friends.

Dancing Classrooms provides ballroom dancing lessons that cultivate mutual respect, teamwork, collaboration and self-esteem. Students spent 10 weeks practicing and perfecting Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Swing, Merengue and Waltz choreography, and presented these steps and skills in teams and with partners. Students also shared readings that described the history and cultural significance of each dance.

Students worked with Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist Katie de Bruin and Buddy Teaching Artist Martin Rebello, as well as their teachers.
“This culminating event is a true representation of teamwork,” said East School Principal Kathleen Connolly.

She and Ms. De Bruin explained that the experience taught students resilience, dedication, poise and the art of dancing.

LARC supports Cerebral Palsy Association

The Long Beach Public Schools’ Learning Activities to Raise Creativity (LARC) program proudly raised $1,919 for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County through the CP Nassau Trivia Challenge Fundraiser.

LARC students representing East, Lido, Lindell and West elementary schools, as well as Long Beach Catholic Regional School, participated in the trivia challenge, and a team of four LARC students placed third in the trivia challenge finals.

As part of the experience, CP Nassau employees and members visited the Long Beach students and described their lives. One guest used a computer device to communicate. Students were motivated to help raise money for the organization in order to provide more resources, such as the computer device for others with cerebral palsy.

Student Teagan Urich raised $900 on her own by asking family and friends to sponsor her in the challenge. She was already aware of the organization’s significance, as two of her aunts work at CP Nassau. Ronin Rugolsky, Melinda DeSantis, Dylan Dean and Teagan Urich won the trivia challenge at the school level and went on to represent Long Beach LARC with a third-place win in the finals.

Exploring the career world

Long Beach High School’s Guidance Department hosted a Career Day on March 9 for students to explore various careers and speak directly to professionals. The building’s gymnasium was transformed into an exhibit of vocational fields through booths that students could visit based on their own interests.

A broad assortment of jobs were represented. Guests included accountants, educators, artists, lawyers, bank managers, government officials, doctors, editors, authors, electricians, personal trainers, fashion experts, financial advisors, historians, radio show hosts, librarians, beauty consultants, police officers, nurse practitioners, real estate appraisers, painters, physical therapists, firefighters, psychologists, public relations professionals, metal workers, social workers, ironworkers, steamfitters, and servicemen and servicewomen of the United States Army, Marines and Navy. Students received sample questions to ask the presenters in order to gain the greatest sense of their job role and its responsibilities, benefits, challenges and requirements.

College- and career-readiness are strong areas of focus throughout the Long Beach Public Schools, and students are exposed to the opportunities available after high school through many similar activities and programs each year. In April, a college fair will introduce students to colleges and universities from around the country.

Long Beach BOE and Teachers Union reach contract agreement

A new contract agreement has been reached between the Long Beach Public Schools’ Board of Education and the Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association, effective April 1. Negotiations were underway for two years, and the resulting settlement includes benefits for both the staff members and the district.

The Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association is comprised of teachers, guidance counselors and nurses. These individuals will see an increased value in their salary schedule for four years of the five-year contract. Health insurance contributions will remain the same as they have been, at 15 percent of the premium, and the district’s work calendar will increase by one instructional day (from 180 to 181) starting in 2017-18.
For the current and next school year, the salary increase will be .5 percent, while it will rise to .75 percent for 2018-19 and 2019-20. Those currently on Step 17 or higher will also receive a $300 payment this year.

“We are pleased that our board and teachers union have come to an agreement, and that we are able to provide continued benefits to our staff members,” said Superintendent of Schools David Weiss. “The efforts and time of all involved are appreciated.”

PSA Award for LB Student

Long Beach High School received recognitions at the Nassau County Drug Awareness PSA awards ceremony for supporting the effort to make Nassau County a drug-free community through education about addiction. Sophomore and Television Studio and Production Student Melody Moy won second-place in the county and received a Fitbit watch and $100 prize, and the high school earned a Citation.

LB Student-Faculty Basketball Game Supports EB Research

On Feb. 15, Long Beach High School students and teachers faced off in the second annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game. The event was organized by students Kate Hanson, Lily Yoemans, Jennifer Stern, Monica Spinelli, Paris Rubin and Rachel Cheung for their Creativity, Activity and Service project through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

The game served as a fundraiser for the EB Research Partnership, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing treatments and finding a cure for the rare and life-threatening condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa. The initiative was a great success, raising approximately $3,500 for EB and culminating in a 38-36 victory for the students.

County Voters say "YES" to Nassau BOCES purchase of Carman Road School


By a vote of 2,184 to 223, Nassau County residents approved Nassau BOCES’ public vote to purchase the Carman Road School in Massapequa Park for $9 million. The results are unofficial until approved by the agency’s Board at its Thursday, February 16 meeting. Nassau BOCES has leased the school from the Massapequa Union Free School District since 1979, incurring an annual rental expense that was charged to all 56 component districts. Owning the building will eliminate that expense, nearly $900,000, in 2017-18 and in all subsequent years.  


“We would like to thank everyone who participated in this vote,” said Dr. Robert J. Dillon, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent. “Our purchase of the Carman Road School will provide long-term savings for our local school districts and a permanent home for a program that is critical to some of the most fragile students in Nassau County.”

The school serves medically fragile students who live with a range of disabilities. Many of the160 students began attending the school when they were just 3 years old and will stay in the program until they are 21.

The purchase will be made with funds in the Nassau BOCES Capital Fund that were set aside specifically for this purpose. No borrowing or debt service expense will be incurred so that the impact of the savings will be immediate.