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Four Perfect Scores in WordMasters Challenge Meets

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Four students representing Long Beach LARC have received perfect scores in meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Three earned this achievement in the third meet, while one did so in the second.

For meet three, fourth-graders Julia DiGiorgio and Kailyn Kelly are among 111 perfect scorers out of 3,000 contenders for their grade level, while third-grader Caley O'Brien is one of only 46 perfect scorers out of about 2,750 participants in her age group. Ronin Morita is among 58 out of 1,200 third-graders to receive a perfect score in meet two. LARC teachers Dr. Caitlin King and Mr. Justin Sulsky coached the students in preparation for the meet. 

Other students earning outstanding scores in meets two and three are third-graders Jordi Perez, Kate Ragona and Aaliyah Trichter and fourth-graders LiLin Garfinkel, Catherine Maguire, Marissa Miller, Luke Morita, Geddy Moss and Lucia Petty.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.



Board of Ed Meeting - Thursday, May 24 - LBHS Auditorium @ 7:30 PM

Retirees will be honored.  Transportation will be discussed.  Lots of students awards.

LB Pre-K Students Hit the Dance Floor

Pre-K students at Lido have been experiencing the positive energies of exercise thanks to participation with KerboomKidz. This program encourages children to dance into healthy and active lifestyles while improving their coordination, motor and cognitive skills, confidence and more. They presented demonstrations for family members today, when they had fun with their friends and showed off a variety of moves to upbeat music.



Budget Vote and Election Results

The Long Beach Public Schools’ 2018-19 budget was approved in a vote of 1,954 to 1,047. We are excited about the enhancements in academics, security, the arts and athletics that this budget will provide in the next school year. The tax levy supporting this budget is significantly lower than the maximum allowable tax levy.

All three additional propositions were approved as well. Proposition 2, which requested the community’s permission to expend from the district’s 2007 Capital Reserve Fund for security-related capital projects, passed by a vote of 2,075 to 788. Proposition 3 requested permission to establish a new Capital Improvement Fund, and passed by a vote of 1,919 to 881 The Long Beach Public Library vote, Proposition 4, passed with 2,188 yes votes and 779 no votes.

Please join us in congratulating Sam Pinto and Tina Posterli on their election to the Board of Education.

Thank you to the residents that came out to the ballots and to all who participated in the budget development process by attending work sessions and sharing input at meetings.

TV Studio Produces More Success Stories

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Long Beach High School TV Studio and Production students continue to make strides in their work on the big screen. Ashanti Sherred and Charles Mandell won awards in recent contests, and the high school is preparing to host its own Film Festival this Saturday, May 19 from 1-3 p.m. in the auditorium. All are welcome to see the variety of works that students have been creating in the TV Studio. 

On April 20, Long Beach students attended a film festival at LIU Post. Contestants from five schools entered a total of 12 videos with the prospect of earning one of the three awards being presented. Ashanti received the Open Genre award – one of the most challenging to attain – for her short film "Get Signed." The piece portrays young boy's daily struggle of dealing with a family member who has an alcohol addiction.

Students attended the Broadcasting Awards for Senior High at Southold High School on May 4, and Charles placed second for Best Opening Segment. His segment is used every day for the high school’s daily newscast, “The Morning Wave.”


Scholastic Medal Streak Continues

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Long Beach High School student Chrysalis Mandell has again earned a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Medal. She achieved Silver for her portfolio of poetry after earning Gold last year. The school has celebrated National Medalists for at least six consecutive years and students annually receive Gold and Silver Key awards as well as Honorable Mentions. 

In addition to her medal, Chrysalis achieved a Gold Key award for the poem, “Organized Chaos” and Honorable Mentions for poems, “My Daughter Will Be Indigo” and “A Brief Study of Those I Work With.” Lucia Techera earned a Gold Key for the poem, “The Janitor and His Son,” a Silver Key for the poem, “The Story of a Mouse and Her Mother” and Honorable Mentions for poems “The House and the Boy and the Night” and “Hey Babe.” 

Lauren Bulik secured a Gold Key for a poem titled, “The Breakup,” and Uma Arengo and Alyscia Batista received Silver Keys for their respective poems, “Autumn Dawn” and “Home Sweet Home.” Honorable Mentions in the poetry category went to Sarah Conway for “Children of the Universe” and Esther Molloy for “Warmth” and “Rosemary and Sage,” while other Honorable Mentions went to Ava deBruin for the personal essay, “The Cutchogue House” and Julia Silverberg for a short story titled, “Pelvis et Umbra Sumus.”

According to the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which presents this awards program, Gold Keys represent the very best works submitted to local programs, Silver Keys indicate stand-out works that demonstrate exceptional ability and Honorable Mentions are accomplished pieces that show great skill and potential. National Medals are the highest honors on the national level.



Long Beach Celebrates Students’ Success at Board Meeting

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The Long Beach Public Schools celebrated more student achievements during the May 3 Board of Education Meeting, held at Long Beach High School. Artists as well as athletes were recognized for their talent, skill and dedication. Students earned a total of 30 Visual Arts distinctions in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program, and two members of the wrestling team were formally honored as state champions.

Jovanna Vicente earned a Gold Key, Silver Key and two Honorable Mentions in the Photography category of the Scholastic program and Charles Mandell secured a Gold Key and Honorable Mention for Photography. Isabel Kreutzberg, Jaci Zitman and Owen Martin also received Gold Keys in Photography, as did Julia Gillego in Drawing and Illustration. 

Other Silver Key Awards went to Emily Backlin, Summer Ejnes, Charlotte Kile and Caroline Kreutzberg for their Mixed Media pieces; Isadora Turbek for Drawing & Illustration; Niccole Linares, Elijah Rodriguez and Elizabeth Zielinski for Digital Art and Jillian Lerner and Rachelle Valdallion for Photography. Honorable Mentions were additionally attained by Natalia Hakimzadeh, Shane Lerner and Robin Xiao for Drawing and Illustration; Liam Thornton for Mixed Media; Mikayla Dean for Senior Portfolio and Nina Capofarri, Victoria Posada, Kayla Aristizabal, Rianna Mackey and Paris Rubin for Photography. 

Jacori Teemer and Elijah Rodriguez were congratulated for their success as New York State wrestling champions. This was Jacori’s fifth time taking the title and a first for Elijah. The tournament was held on Feb. 24 in Albany.

 

April 26 Board Meeting Features Student Recognitions

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The Long Beach Public Schools’ April 26 Board of Education Meeting celebrated a variety of districtwide achievements. Students ranging from elementary through high school levels have recently excelled in writing, art, foreign language studies and history, among other academic areas. They were joined by their teachers and family members as they accepted certificates from administrators and applause from the Board.

Students in the Talented Writers Program were commended for their award-winning submissions in the Scholastic Art and Writing program. Chrysalis Mandell won her second National Medal, taking Silver for her portfolio of poetry after earning Gold last year. She also achieved a Gold Key award for the poem, “Organized Chaos” and Honorable Mentions for poems, “My Daughter Will Be Indigo” and “A Brief Study of Those I Work With.”

Lucia Techera earned a Gold Key for the poem, “The Janitor and His Son,” a Silver Key for the poem, “The Story of a Mouse and Her Mother” and Honorable Mentions for poems “The House and the Boy and the Night” and “Hey Babe.” Lauren Bulik secured a Gold Key for a poem titled, “The Breakup,” and Uma Arengo and Alyscia Batista received Silver Keys for their respective poems, “Autumn Dawn” and “Home Sweet Home.” Honorable Mentions in the poetry category went to Sarah Conway for “Children of the Universe” and Esther Molloy for “Warmth” and “Rosemary and Sage,” while other Honorable Mentions went to Ava deBruin for the personal essay, “The Cutchogue House” and Julia Silverberg for a short story titled, “Pelvis et Umbra Sumus.”

Several of these students are among the high school’s Empire State School Press Association award recipients. Chrysalis and Alyscia received Silver Medals for their respective poems, “Catching Sunrise” and “I am the Wind.” Silver Medals also went to Lily Yeomans for the poem “Concrete Heart” and Matthew Martinesi for “LIPS” in the fiction specialized content category. Bronze Medals in poetry were earned by Lucia for “The Children of the Tides” and Colleen DiLello for “Tree Lady.” Nicole Codiana received an Honorable Mention in non-fiction for her work, titled, “Yellow.” Additionally, Jessica Thursland was distinguished by the Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Circle with a Certificate of Merit for her traditional closed poetry piece, “May.” 

The successes of the high school’s literary magazine, Fragments, were announced. The publication achieved the American Scholastic Press Association’s First place with two marks of distinction; Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s “Gold Medal” and All Columbia Honors for Essentials; Empire State School Press Association’s Gold Medal for Best All Around/All New York State; National Scholastic Press Association First Class with three Marks of Distinction and National Council of Teachers of English PRESLM Superior Nominated for Highest Award. Lily Yeomans received a Gold Medal for “Groovin” and Jordan Landsman attained a Bronze Medal for “Nature’s Daughter.” 

The district honored two French Poetry Award Winners. Jordan Landsman placed first for “L’ensoleillement,” which she recited at the meeting, and Chrysalis Mandell won third place for “ma fille sera indigo.” 

This was the first year that Long Beach Middle School students participated in Long Island History Day, and they took on the challenge with enthusiasm. Jack Cura, Cooper Kramer, Skyler Oberlander and Parker Schab received the Aviation or Military History Award for Outstanding Junior Entry-Group Exhibit, sponsored by the Cradle of Aviation Museum, for their project, “The Battle of Waterloo.” Robert Quintanilla was honored as an Outstanding Junior Entry-Individual Website award recipient by the Latin American History Awards Sponsored by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies for his project, “Civil War El Salvador.” 

The recognitions at this meeting concluded with distinction of All County Art Award winners representing all five buildings. Congratulations to Paola Blanco Cruz and Stephania Robinson from West; Brody Shapiro and Aidan Tarsia from Lindell; Carlos Benitez Mendoza, Vida Cortes and Ryden Nafte from East; Annabel Pines and Arisa Sato from Lido; Theadora Angelopoulos, Emily Backlin, Emily Baldeo, Melina Conevery, Michael Haskins, Ryan Hicks, Arianna Quijano, Gabriela Umanzor and Crystal Wu from Long Beach Middle School and Daniella Bruzzone, Nina Capofaffi, Skyler Catrambone, Jayla Coad, Caroline Curcio, Jessenia Depaz, Jonathan Lelis DeSousa, Summer Ejnes, Noelle Michelman, Jessica Page, Victoria Posada, Asma Raisa, Jessica Rogers, Madison Rivera, Taylor Rudtner, Victoria Strickland, Liam Thornton and John Whelan from Long Beach High School. 

 

Long Beach Schools Cultivate Early College Awareness

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Long Beach High School’s ninth-graders all had the opportunity to tour Hofstra University as part of the district’s College and Career Readiness initiative. Through a collaboration with Hofstra and the New York State Seedling Program, members of the high school’s freshman class were each invited to attend one of three visits held between May 8-10. 

The objective of this experience was to broaden students’ knowledge and awareness of options for their futures by exposing them to education beyond high school. The visits consisted of information sessions that focused on college admissions, programs of study and how to make the most of high school years, as well as a tour that provided a glimpse into college campus life.  

The college visit initiative is coupled with career exploration activities throughout the year, during which the School Counselors lead lessons that encourage students to investigate career interests, explore personal strengths and develop resumes. Long Beach Middle School eighth-graders have received similar opportunities to explore the idea of college with programs involving Molloy College, Adelphi University and Queens College. 

“By providing early college awareness experiences, students gain perspective and context about college in general and gain knowledge about the opportunities college can provide,” said Guidance Coordinator 6-12 Kerry Fallon. “We hope that by 10th and 11th grade, students are already starting to think about future career and college goals.”


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Samantha Reichert Awarded National Honor Society Semifinalist Scholarship

Samantha Reichert Awarded National Honor Society Semifinalist Scholarship
Long Beach High School senior and National Honor Society Arista Chapter Vice President Samantha Reichert has been named one of 500 national semifinalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program. She was chosen from more than 11,000 applicants and will receive a $2,850 scholarship. 

The scholarship program accepts applications from high school seniors who are members in good standing of an active National Honor Society chapter. Finalists are selected on the basis of their leadership skills; participation in service organizations, clubs, and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record. As a semifinalist, Samantha is recognized as one of the top 500 NHS members in the nation this school year.

National Honor Society members coordinate numerous community service projects annually. Samantha initiated a holiday movie night that benefitted the Toys for Tots organization and organized a fundraiser that supported the JDRF’s type 1 diabetes research through t-shirt and bracelet sales. In addition to her National Honor Society involvement, Samantha is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, competitive Mathematics team and first chair of the Chamber Orchestra as a violinist. This fall she plans to attend St. John’s University to study Biomedical Sciences.

“Samantha is so deserving of this award,” said Long Beach High School National Honor Society advisor Jeanne O’Shea. “She is not only a hard-working and dedicated student, but she is also a true leader in our school’s chapter of National Honor Society.”

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East Receives Dancing Classrooms Award

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East Elementary School is one of only three schools that received a “Taking the Lead” award from Dancing Classrooms of Long Island. East has participated with the residency program for ten years, fostering social and emotional learning among children through ballroom dance. Each year, for ten weeks, students ballroom choreography in lessons that cultivate mutual respect, teamwork, collaboration and self-esteem. 

Ivanka Priymak, Jonathan Nguyen, Gabriella Lopez and Matthew McCaffrey did an outstanding job representing East in a performance at DCLI’s 10th Anniversary Benefit Gala, held at the Mansion at Oyster Bay in Woodbury on April 18. They were joined by Principal Kathleen Connolly and Assistant Principal Cristine Zawatson, as well as family members and other guests. The gala also honored award-winning video journalist Waldo Cabrera for his in-depth coverage of the arts-in-education program. 

“When you take a classmate in your arms and learn to ballroom dance, you become a little more kind, a little more confident, a little more accepting, a little more tenacious and a lot more connected to the humanity around you,” said DCLI Program Director Katie de Bruin.

 East will additionally participate in Dancing Classrooms of Long Island’s Spring Colors of the Rainbow Team Match. This event, scheduled for May 1 at Hewlett High School, will feature students from across Long Island that took part in the residency program during the winter. The teams will compete for bronze, silver and gold medallions.

LBHS Fashion Show Supports Post-Prom Safety

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Long Beach High School students sparkled as runway models on April 23 during the 27th annual Morning Madness Fashion Show fundraiser. This event, organized by the Parent Teacher Student Association, supports the substance-free Morning Madness post-prom celebration.

Morning Madness provides an opportunity for seniors to create memories in a safe and fun environment as they spend the final hours of prom night at Dave and Busters of Westbury. Every year, students look forward to entering raffles that have become known to provide extraordinary prizes. 

The fashion show was a great success thanks to the collaborative efforts of various classes, clubs, departments, volunteers and staff members in the district. Everything from fashion details to technological features and behind-the-scenes set-up was perfected to produce a formal, festive ambiance. Volunteers from the PTSA and Morning Madness Committee were instrumental in facilitating the evening.

DollFace Cosmetics and Bonnie Stern from Mary Kay helped to get the students runway-ready, Maria Perrone worked with them on choreography and Adriane Glassberg served as model coordinator. Brixx and Barley and Bel Aire provided food for the students and balloons were donated by Once Upon a Party.

Masters of ceremonies Jason Churchfield, Hanna Katz, Sammy Gibson and Jackie Gravina announced the models and described their attire. Gowns were provided courtesy of the Dessy Group of New York City as well as donations from past graduates. 

This occasion is just one of the many efforts that the PTSA coordinates to make Morning Madness possible, and the group is still working toward its goal. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or making a donation can contact Morning Madness Committee Co-Chair AnnMarie Scandole at amscandole@optonline.net

 

Eight Years and Counting! LB Named a Best Community for Music Education

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For the eighth 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 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’s Music Department presents students with a variety musical experiences from kindergarten through high school. Long Beach music students participate in the NYSMMA Solo/All State Festivals and our ensembles perform at NYSSMA Majors and the Newsday Marching Band Festival.  There are many students who have been selected for All-County, All-State and All-National groups. Long Beach High School has a state of the art electronic music lab that hosts Digital Music Design classes as well as Music Theory and IB Music. Many extra-curricular musical activities are offered at the secondary level including Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Middle School Wind Ensemble, LBMS Singers, Soundwaves, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. 
 

The World Is Their Oyster

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Long Beach Science Students Take Steps to Support the Earth’s Ecosystems

In honor of Earth Day, formally observed this year on April 22, people all over the world took the opportunity to appreciate and help the environment. As part of a coastal community with a strong connection to nature, Long Beach High School students made special efforts to preserve their local waters and land. Science classes took time on Friday, April 20 to engage in hands-on learning that will create a clean and improved ecosystem. 

The students bagged thousands of clam shells provided by the Town of Hempstead as a continuation of an ongoing project to help restore New York State’s oyster population. Long Beach High School began this collaborative initiative with the Town of Hempstead and Cornell Labs in the fall, when the students built an oyster reef in the high school pond. First, they spent time studying the best area of the pond for the reef to thrive, away from parasites and other factors that might be detrimental. They then placed thousands of oysters and clam shells in the pond and are monitoring growth rate compared to size, tracking the mortality rate and observing which organisms are attracted to the reef as a result. 

The shells that the students sorted in conjunction with Earth Day will be placed in the pond with oyster larvae next fall, in hopes that they will attach. The high school classes, which were assisted by graduate students from Adelphi University, also cleaned up the pond and gardened the grounds that surround it.   
 


Three LBHS students featured in Heckscher Museum Art Exhibit

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Long Beach High School congratulates three students who were selected to have their art and photography showcased in the 22nd annual Long Island’s Best Young Artists Exhibit at the Heckscher Museum. Their work was on display until April 15. 

The talents of senior Kayla Aristizabal, sophomore Daniella Bruzzone and junior Charles Mandell are among 80 of more than 385 entries from students across Long Island that were selected for this opportunity. Charles additionally received the Achievement in Photography award for his digital photograph, “Marshland Sunset.” Kayla’s digital photograph is titled, “Under the Bridge,” and Daniella’s pen and ink piece is named, “Handwrought Escape.” 

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

Long Beach Takes Eight Best in Show Awards at LI Media Art Show

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Long Beach High School was well-represented at the Long Island Media Arts Show, held on March 23 at Five Towns College. This show offers scholarship opportunities for the New York State Summer School for the Arts. Congratulations to six photography students and five TV Studio students for earning Best in Show distinctions.

Jose AcRivas, Sarah Conway, Charles Mandell, Mairead Powers, Sophia Techera and Jovanna Vicente were awarded for their respective photographs, “Blue Night Sky,” “Fire in the Sky,” “Crystal Cascade,” “Long Beach Sunset,” “Winter Sunrise” and “Central Park.”

Ryan Selkirk and Zen Yokel achieved recognition for the film, "Out of Reach,” and Dane DePasquale, Charles Mandell and Cody Werner were honored for the film, "The Cavern of Baserin.” Their films are among 15 identified as Best in Show out of approximately 50 entries and will be played at the First Exposure Student Film Festival on Long Island.
 

 

LB inducts new NHS members

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Long Beach High School formally inducted 111 10th- and 11th-graders into the National Honor Society’s Arista Chapter on April 10. NHS members demonstrate the organization’s four key values of service, scholarship, leadership and character.

After the inductees entered the auditorium and stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, led by NHS officer William Klain, NHS adviser Jeanne O’Shea welcomed guests and shared opening remarks. NHS President Morgan O’Brien spoke on behalf of her peers and Board of Education President Stewart Mininsky and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher both addressed the honorees and audience. 

Samantha Reichert, another of the six NHS student officers, described the organization’s principles and summarized the events that the society has organized in the district and community. Four candles were placed before the group, representative of the NHS standards as the new inductees as they were called up to the stage. NHS officers Richard Lilly, Leo Stanger, William Klain and Stella Smith lit the leadership, character, service and scholarship candles, respectively. 

The NHS annually recognizes a role model with the honorary membership distinction. Long Beach High School English teacher Toni Weiss was selected as this year’s recipient. 

Musical performances by the high school’s Soundwaves and Chamber Orchestra ensembles provided entertainment throughout the event. As the ceremony concluded, Principal Jeffrey Myers led the National Honor Society Pledge and acknowledged the significance of the members’ achievements.  
 

Fourth-graders get business savvy

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At the Long Beach Public Schools’ April 12 Board of Education meeting, East School fourth-graders demonstrated a unique and innovative project for the board, administration and audience. Earlier this school year, the students simulated the “Shark Tank” television show right in their classroom under the guidance of teacher Douglas MacConnell. They reenacted the activity and described the experience at the meeting. 

The students embraced the assignment to brainstorm and develop products that would be beneficial in everyday life. They brought their ideas to fruition through the creation of business plans, development of websites and eventually pitches to a panel of “investors” who offered partnership proposals. 

The project involved research and the use of Google Sites for website work, which students accomplished through the use of Chromebooks. Their projects covered a full range of details, from breakdowns of expenses and profits to prototypes of the items. The original panel was comprised of teachers, fifth-grade students and Principal Kathleen Connolly, and at the board meeting, a group of students played the roles of investors. 

Preston Glass conceptualized a “Fi Pack” backpack with Wi-Fi, Jack Klang designed “Can See Glasses” that combined sunglasses and binoculars, and Giada Lomonte presented “Two Sips” double-sided cups to maintain the temperatures of hot and cold drinks within the same container. Sophia Bravo crafted “Stay Dry” waterproof dresses, and even sewed and decorated a sample with the assistance of her grandmother. Geddy Moss created “Portable Ninja Warrior” exercise kits, Abigail Moehlenhoff developed the “One-Step Wonderbrush” hairbrush and spray bottle designed to hold organic detangler.

The students were excited to share their novelties and hear the business proposals. Several were faced with difficult choices as they considered their offers, but the outcome opened their minds to the world of possibilities that the future holds.
 

 

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LBHS Business Olympics Continues for Second Year

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Long Beach High School held its second annual Business Olympics on March 12 as an opportunity to bring the Long Beach School-Business Partnership together with the school’s Business Department. Students enrolled in business classes presented creative, unique ideas for efficient utilization of local property. 

The students took on the challenge of developing new businesses or business concepts that revolve around the LB GREEN concept. Teams created marketing plans that included websites, social media and Google slides. At the Business Olympics, each team provided thorough presentations that covered their concept’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and locations. Local business owners and professionals participated as the judges. 

Jared Starman, Edward Vrona and Brooke Shapiro were named winners for their endeavor, “The Dockyard” – a  family-friendly restaurant and gift shop. As a “go green” establishment, the restaurant would only provide straws upon request, use biodegradable containers and drive Solar Power Vehicles for deliveries. They would start an annual Beach Clean Up Day with the intention of donating money to the City of Long Beach to pay for their Beach Maintenance Department and making the community a better place. 

Thomas Walsh, Brett Weiner, Jake Ignatow and Dylan Edelman presented the concept of “Ecommunity;” Tevfik Koseoglu, Aidan White, Jesse Thornton and Timothy Salsone introduced “Solar Power Light Posts;” Jacob Parker, Jananda Hamilton, Hayden Henry and Thomas Corso developed a plan for “Crossing Guards in Long Beach” and Arjun Gupta, Evan Michaels and Jeremiah Cochran pitched the venture, “Biofuel – The Way of the Future.”

Andrew Geller, Hunter Bloomer and Joseph Giammarese focused on “Clean Earth;” Nicole Codianni and Lauren Bulik proposed their plan, “Raising the Roof” and Jenna DeBellis, Jillian Lerner and Meilin Garfinkel presented “Go Green at School.” Gordon Gerstner, Stephan Casesa, Ainsley Keir and Daniel Barto strategized a “Refill a Bottle” business and Maya Savino, Marlene Kramer and Hannah Zelinger shared their idea for “Digital Beach Pass.” 

The Business Olympics was introduced last year as a way to enhance awareness of the factors that impact businesses and inspire students to think creatively about ways to potentially boost the local economy. Prior to the presentation portion of the event, the students and guest professionals spent time together during a networking dinner. 

LBHS TV studio students awarded for films

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Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students continued their longstanding success streak 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.

The 14th annual Locust Valley High School Film Festival was judged by ABC Television’s film critic Sandy Kenyon, and featured entries from 12 schools. Prior to the event, students submitted films for prejudging, and film professors at Five Towns College selected 63 finalists.  

Long Beach students demonstrated skill and creativity as they achieved a total of two first-place awards, three second-place distinctions, a third-place designation and six honorable mentions. Melody Moy, Alexander Nachman, James O'Connor and Carly Siegel placed first for their comedy, "Finesse;" while Rachel Cheung took a first-place award for her animation, "Mission Luna.” Ashanti Sherred earned second-place for the drama, "Get Signed;” Charles Mandell placed second for his music video, "Purgatory;" and Dane DePasquale, Edward O'Shea and Ryan Selkirk achieved second-place for their Commercial, "Vektor Portable Battery Charger.” Robert Cody and Jack Richards won third place for the commercial, "LB Commercial." 

Numerous individuals and groups that attained honorable mention recognitions had their films played at the event. Representing Long Beach were Lorianna Allen, Kaia Cheung and Holly Ferrante with the commercial, "Eggo Commercial;" Rachel Cheung and Kaia Cheung with the drama, "Letters From A Half Decent Friend;" Ryan Selkirk and Zen Yokel with drama, "Out of Reach;" Jack Saggio, James Rosenthal, Mark Cadou with the drama, "Reflections" and Anthony Adames and Edgar Maradiaga with the PSAs, "Doubt" and "Motivation.”

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. 

 

LB Students Featured at Colors of Long Island Exhibit

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Long Beach High School students Charles Mandell and Sophia Techera had their photography and artwork featured in the Long Island Museum’s annual student art exhibition, Colors of Long Island, from Feb. 23 through April 8. Art teachers from across Long Island were invited to submit up to two pieces from students in grades K-12 for this showcase of extraordinary talent.

Students Represent LBHS Science Research at Regional and International Levels

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Five Long Beach High School students earned awards at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair on March 21, and two qualified for and will advance to the prestigious Intel International Engineering and Science Fair. Senior Vinny Pagano and junior Jaylyn Umana are preparing to travel to Pittsburg from May 13-18 for this event, which is known as the world’s largest international precollege science competition.

At NYSSEF, Vinny was awarded first place in Mathematics along with the Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions Award for his project, Restoring Wild Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population Sustainability through Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics. Jaylyn earned a second-place award in Physics and Astronomy as well as the Yale Science & Engineering Association’s Most Outstanding Exhibit in Comp Science, Physics, Engineering, or Chemistry distinction for his project, Single Crystal Synthesis, Structure and Magnetic Properties of CrAl3Bi4O9, the Frist Cr-Al-Bi-O Compound. 

Juniors Lauren Bulik, Joshua Kapilian and Emily McDonnell also received impressive recognitions at NYSSEF. Joshua 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. Lauren and Emily were awarded third place in Earth/Environmental for their project, Micro-plastic Contamination in Western Bays of Long Island. 

This is the first time in at least a decade that two students were selected to represent Long Beach High School at ISEF in the same year. Vinny and Jaylyn are excited to take their work to the next step. They will be up against 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories contending for monetary prizes. 

“We are very humbled to represent Long Beach at the international level,” Vinny said. “It’s a good indication that we are going in the right direction.” 

“Being part of the science research community is a big deal and not easy to get into,” Jaylyn said. “You have to be making a contribution, no matter how big or small.” 

Vinny’s work was also awarded the Mu Alpha Theta Award at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this year. He created a mathematical model for sustainability of wild oyster fertilization using a numerical and analytical approach and found a negative log linear correlation between the percentage of zygotes formed and the distance between oysters. He utilized partial differential equations to model the procedure in five dimensions. He worked with mentor Dr. James Browne, a Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways biologist. 

Jaylyn created a new material that should be able to boost the efficiency of computers. It has unique magnetic properties that have not been reported before. The process involved high-temperature furnaces and analysis of measurement data that took place at Stony Brook University and Texas A&M University. He was mentored by Farmingdale State College physics professor Dr. Jack W. Simonson.

Both ISEF finalists have been deeply involved in science research outside of the classroom. Vinny recently attended the Long Island Natural History Conference at Brookhaven National Laboratory, as did Emily McDonnell. Jaylyn went to the International Energy & Sustainability Conference at Farmingdale State College and the University at Albany Science and Technology Entry Program’s Statewide Student Conference in Albany, New York. Jaylyn received second authorship in an abstract that he worked on with Dr. Simonson, which was published in the American Physical Society meetings in March. Vinny, who will attend Princeton University in the fall, had his previous research published in the Long Island Conservatory’s High School Research Journal, finalized this past January. He has received publication interest in his newer work. 
 

International Baccalaureate Art Showcase

Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Art students transformed the building’s commons into an exquisite gallery of creative masterpieces on March 23. The annual IB Art Exhibition drew an audience of family members, teachers and other spectators who viewed displays that featured a variety of extraordinary pieces.

The artists presented their paintings, pencil drawings, sculptures and other unique designs that expressed their own individual styles and inspirations. Students also provided musical entertainment that complemented the ambiance of exceptional talent. 

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. 

Long Beach Appoints Jennifer Gallagher as Superintendent of Schools

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The Long Beach Public Schools Board of Education appointed Dr. Jennifer Gallagher as the next Superintendent of Schools at its March 22 meeting, to become effective immediately.  Dr. Gallagher has served as Interim Superintendent throughout the 2017-18 school year, prior to which she served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. 

Dr. Gallagher has more than 30 years of experience in education settings and an extensive background in curriculum development. She has also worked as a curriculum consultant for Harvard University’s Ed Labs and was included in the 2000 edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers. 

“After a very thorough search process, the Board is pleased and excited to announce Dr. Gallagher’s appointment to the permanent role of Superintendent of Schools,” said Board of Education President Stewart Mininsky. “She has proven herself to be a strong and skillful education professional and we look forward to her continued leadership.”

Before coming to Long Beach, Dr. Gallagher was Director of Instructional Services for the Valley Stream Central High School District, where she supervised curriculum and instruction and led professional development for three senior high schools and one junior high school. Earlier in her career, she was a charter school network director and a middle school principal in New York City, where she founded an innovative orchestral program and a science research program in partnership with Stony Brook Medical School. 

Dr. Gallagher holds a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership and Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education from St. John’s University, which has twice presented her with Graduate Student Excellent Awards. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English 7-12 from Molloy College.

“I am delighted to make this role permanent and to continue our progress as a district,” Dr. Gallagher said. “We have a district that is committed to what’s best for children, and I look forward to continuing to make our great programs even better! I would also like to thank Michael DeVito and Michele Natali for their help in carrying out a smooth transition this school year.”
 

2018 Wall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted

See Policy under Board of Education and details under Athletic Department.  Applications are accepted until June 1st.

LBHS at Newsday Marching Band Festival

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The Long Beach High School Marching Band did an outstanding job "Rockin' the 80's" at the 55th Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival on October 17. Watch the video here!