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Selection of New Superintendent

Dr. Jennifer Gallagher

The Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of the next Superintendent of the Long Beach Public Schools, Dr. Jennifer Gallagher. Dr. Gallagher has previously served the district as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and this year as the Interim Superintendent. She will be appointed at the Board of Education meeting on the evening of Thursday, March 22. 

Fashion Show Rescheduled

Long Beach High School's annual Morning Madness Senior Fashion Show has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon, please check back for updates. 

LB Lacrosse Honors Parkland Victims

Long Beach’s boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams will honor the memories of the 17 lives that were tragically lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The athletes will hold a special tribute to these students at the boys varsity lacrosse game vs. Oceanside on March 27 at 7 p.m., when players, coaches and spectators will wear T-shirts dedicated to one of the victims, Meadow Pollack. 

Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, has been advocating for school safety and her family launched the T-shirt initiative as a nationwide fundraiser to help build a safe playground in the Parkland community. 

The players’ shirts are emblazoned with the message LB Marines “Play for Meadow.” The game will be held on the Long Beach High School Alumni Field, located at 322 Lagoon Drive West in Lido Beach. 

Long Beach Celebrates Banner Sports Season

Long Beach High School celebrated a successful season for its varsity athletes on March 6, 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 swim, 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 finished the season as League Champions, Qualifying Champions and a Final Four Team. Jacori Teemer and Elijah Rodriguez earned their fifth and first New York State Champion titles, respectively. The gymnastics team was named an Honorable Mention All American Team, the ice hockey team won the County Championship and the boys swim team won the County Championship and Division “A” Championship. 

The girls basketball, gymnastics, boys swim and boys and girls winter track teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams for maintaining grade point averages of 90 or higher. Additionally, 84 students were honored individually through the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Scholar Athlete program. 


LB schools students in career searches

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Long Beach High School’s Guidance Department hosted its annual Career Day on March 8, when students toured various career booths and spoke directly to professionals. An exhibit of vocational fields was assembled in the building’s gymnasium thanks to local volunteers who provided information and answered questions. 

Students were provided with worksheets that were intended to further engage them in the event and encourage interaction with the presenters. Five different career clusters were identified: Business; Engineering; Health; Art and Communication and Mechanics, Construction and Transportation. Guidance counselors asked students to find at least one job within each cluster, match careers to the skills they involve and ascertain which “tools of the trade” are used. 

As in years past, a broad assortment of professions was represented. Guests included architects, bankers, business development officers, city government employees, court stenographers, doctors and nurse practitioners, educators, editors, financial consultants, graphic designers, cosmetologists, radio show staff members, librarians, lifeguards, online marketing employees, optometrists, painters, physical therapists, police officers, firefighters, solar engineers, ironworkers, veterinarians and more. The Long Beach Police Department brought and displayed a motorcycle at their booth. 

Students asked the presenters about their fields’ roles, 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. 

National Honor Society Members Make Smiles Brighter

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Long Beach High School's National Honor Society members volunteered at the Nassau County Dental Society's annual "Give Kids a Smile" day, held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on March 9. This event is part of a national campaign to provide underprivileged children with free dental assessments, as well as a day of fun activities to teach good dental practices and promote a lifetime of positive dental experiences. 

Activities included a puppet show, an educational movie in the planetarium, a walk through the Cradle of Aviation Museum and the Firefighters Museum and a ride on Nunley's Carousel. In addition, the children received dental exams and fluoride treatments from dentistal professionals. The Long Beach NHS students were thrilled to be able to participate in making this day exciting and informative for the young children who attended.

Practice Makes Perfect for LB Piano Students

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Two Long Beach students have received recent accolades for their outstanding piano talents and achievements. Long Beach Middle School sixth-grader Jason Rea and West School fifth-grader Jesse Hubbs are in tune with excellence, garnering well-earned applause for melodies that are often performed by professional musicians.  

Both students secured perfect scores of 100 in their New York State School Music Association Festival solo evaluations at level 6 – the highest and most advanced division. Jason, who has played since he was five, presented Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2.  Jesse, with approximately six years of experience, performed “Polichinelle” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In addition to their flawless NYSSMA piano results, the two students have another musical detail in common – they are each skilled in other instruments. Jason studies the clarinet and Jesse, the cello.

Jason has performed in three international piano and string competitions this year. In January, he placed second in the Crescendo International Music Competition and played in the winner’s recital at Carnegie Hall. He continued his success in February with a second-place win in the Elite International Music Competition and another Carnegie Hall recital spot. His latest triumph is a second-place award in the American Protégé International Music Competition, for which he will again take the Carnegie Hall stage in an April 21 winner’s show. 

Jesse is described by West School music teacher Vanessa Krywe as “an amazing pianist.” His talents were extended beyond West on March 9, when he visited Long Beach High School as a guest performer on its Morning Show. Jesse played his winning piece and answered questions from hosts Melody Moy and James O’Connor. In the TV studio, high school students replaced the green-screen background with a Carnegie Hall setting, foreshadowing the world of possible achievements ahead. The show streamed into all high school classrooms during homeroom and can also be viewed on YouTube. 

“I was really surprised,” Jesse said, regarding his NYSSMA score. He noted that he practices consistently and diligently. Jason emphasized the importance of dedication as well. “It takes a lot of practice,” he said. “I usually play about an hour every day.” 

Long Beach Celebrates All-County Musicians

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Long Beach Public Schools recognized a total of 71 All-County musicians representing elementary, middle and high school levels during the Board of Education Meeting held on March 8. These students were accepted to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s All-County Music Festival and performed at the LIU Post Tilles Center for Performing Arts this past January. The students earned this prestigious opportunity based on the scores they received at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival. They represent the most outstanding young musicians in Nassau County and dedicate a great deal of effort to music, with much support and guidance from the Media, Visual and Performing Arts Department. 

Congratulations to the following students, listed by school: 

East Elementary: Addison Bradley, Liora Brown, Isabelle DePalma, Alexandria Famighetti, Olivia Guille, Matthew McCaffrey, Theo Turbek.

Lido Elementary: Anna Sophia Chavarriaga, Dylan Dean, Spencea Gause, Jackson Monti, Ryan Aba Riebli, Perrin Rotando, Nate Stark.

Lindell Elementary: Shay Brymer, Sophia Medina, Taryn Morris.

West Elementary: Kyra Brunick-Davis, Jessica Greenblatt, Sienna Hornberger, Wyatt Katzen, Summer Reed, Stephania Robinson, Theo Turbek, Alvin Wright.

Long Beach Middle School: Samuel Adler, Ryan Allen, Maryn Ascher, Kenneth Bailing, Jaden Bloom, Alejandro Celis, Cameron Churchfield, Ariella Damiani, Gerrin Hagen, Natalia Hakimzadeh, Orly Keynan, Laika Khan, Jacob LoCascio, Isabella McCavera, Megan Meyer, Matthew O'Connor, Daniel O'Connor, Wyatt Parker, Abigail Quigley, Rylee Roberts, Noah Robinson, Liam White.

Long Beach High School: John Aebly, Alec Chasin, Kylee Cregan, Caitlin Devine, Olivia DiResta, Sophia Elenson, Delphine Esformes, Claire Ezratty, Logan Friedman, Layla Hakimzadeh, Joshua Kapilian, Mia Mangels, Shea McMahon, Ariel Nachman, Madeline O'Connor, Harrison Phillips, Alex Ramirez, Chandler Rosenzweig, Matthias Roth, Jasmine Soriano, Samantha Snow, Elyssa Thompson, Thomas Walsh, Brett Weiner.

LB teams place first and second at Odyssey of the Mind competition

Long Beach’s Odyssey of the Mind teams earned impressive results at the regional tournament held on March 4 at the Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport. At both the middle school and elementary levels, groups achieved first- and second-place wins.

The elementary students were coached by teachers Justin Sulsky and Douglas MacConnell. Long Beach Middle School’s teams worked under the guidance of coaches Dayna Obidienzo, Christina Kile and Susan Kasper with assistance from high school volunteers Victoria Strickland, Tyler Collinson and Charlotte Kile. 

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. For the middle school students, there is also an administrative component as students must complete all paperwork entirely on their own and in a way that supports the solution to their problem. 

The first-place winning teams will advance to the State Championships in Binghamton in April. The Middle School’s top-ranking group is comprised of Matt O'Connor, Chris Lehr, Keira Hult, Ava Rand, Jordan Collinson, Laika Khan and Orly Keynan, who solved the problem, “Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously?” They wrote an original eight-minute skit that told many sides of Lewis Carroll’s famous “Alice in Wonderland” story in a humorous documentary-style performance. 

The elementary first-place winners are Winter Collinson, Isabelle DePalma, Tabitha Freeny, Shane Haglich, Sienna Hornberger, Ryan Aba Riebli and Zachary Scouten. For their challenge, they added a twist to Peter Pan by setting it in the 1980s with a new character - a stereotypical 80s teenager - who discovered the “true” roots of the feud between Tinkerbell and Wendy.

The second-place teams solved problems that involved intergalactic science fiction hangouts. The Middle School’s team consisted of members Jack Clancy, Shayna Rivera, Grace McCarthy, Sean Sarmuksnis, Sam Rosenbaum, Ben Armus, Samantha Feingold, while Teddy Clancy, Alana Damiani, Cathy Maguire, Alyssa Mincy, Vincent Napolitano, Lucy Nash and Johncarlo Piccolino represented the elementary level. 


Snow Day Make-ups

We have received many questions about whether we now need to make up snow days. As of now, we do not, since we have three additional days in the calendar over the minimum State requirement. However, if we have any additional snow days going forward (and we hope not!), the first make-up day would be Friday, April 6th then Thursday, April 5th.

LARC Robotics Teams Go International

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Five Long Beach LARC Robotics Teams earned coveted spots in the International Wonder League Robotics Competition Invitational Round. More than 7,500 teams from 63 countries participated in three rounds of missions over a five-month period, vying for the highly sought after International Invitational Round opportunities. 

A total of fourteen fourth-grade LARC students accomplished this challenging goal and are gearing up for the next round, set to begin in March. Through a series of story-based missions, the groups developed problem-solving, growth mindset, and creativity skills through coding and programming. 

Team 1 is comprised of Alfonso D’Amato, Catherine Maguire and Marissa Miller. Enshan Ramkissoon, Sydney Brandt and Lucia Petty participate on Team 2. Team 3 includes Sebastian Perez, Winter Collinson and Sienna Warren. Tabitha Freeny, Kailyn Kelly and Brooke Nielsen are on Team 4. Team 7 is made up of Eva Gargiulo and Jordan Haltrecht.

The WLRC is an international coding and robotics competition for future tech leaders and innovators. Under the guidance and coaching of Dr. Caitlin King and Justin Sulsky, the LARC robotics teams designed solutions for real-world science and technology challenges by programming their robots. They additionally displayed their scientific thinking through authentic journaling. 

Long Beach Middle School Expresses Love

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One hundred Long Beach Middle School students in Laura Swan's sixth-grade art classes created a handmade African Textile Paper Quilt featuring Adrinka symbols. The pieces, designed and sewn by students, were assembled to spell out the message “One Love” in the building’s hallway. 

On Feb. 28, Councilwoman Anissa Moore joined the students and staff members as the final product was revealed. She also led them in an exercise that involved saying “Good Morning” in Swahili. 

Long Beach Middle School Students Experience Early American Music

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On March 1, Long Beach Middle School’s instrumental music students attended demonstrations of Early American Music by members of The Stony Brook "Roots" Ensemble. This chamber music group was formed in 2015 by Taylor Ackley with the goal of bringing the tradition of music making into concert halls and academic settings. 

The ensemble has performed across the nation and presents at lecture recitals, workshops and masterclasses. During the visit to Long Beach Middle School, they focused on folk music as well as Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing. 

Ackley played various string instruments including the guitar, banjo and mandolin and was joined by Alison Rowe on the cello and Wil Dannenberg on the tuba. All three are vocalists as well and sang throughout the performances. For several pieces, teacher David Lobenstein accompanied the group on the bass. 

At the end of each period-long presentation, the ensemble opened the floor to questions from the students. The professionals shared details about their passion for music, experiences as performers and dedication to practicing daily.

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Long Beach Middle School students hone skills through History Day

For the first time, Long Beach Middle School has taken the opportunity to participate in National History Day — an educational competition that encourages students to research historical topics of their choice and prepare comprehensive projects. The building held a schoolwide history day event on Feb. 12, when approximately 130 seventh-graders showcased their work for peers, staff and family members to view and learn from.

Students worked individually and in pairs on projects that fell within the categories of exhibits, written papers, presentations, performances, documentaries and websites. Most began the endeavor in September and spent months studying their subjects through school library and digital resources including the Chromebooks, which were instrumental in providing access to information sources. The students also created annotated bibliographies using NoodleTools. 

This year’s National History Day theme was Conflict and Compromise in History and the Long Beach seventh-graders reflected a range of related topics through their work. Many focused on events such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American Revolution, the Pullman Strike, the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Salem Witch Trials and World Wars I and II. Some concentrated on historical movements including the creation of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, desegregation of schools, the establishment of the All-American Girls’ Baseball League and the New York draft riots. Others shed light on impactful individuals including Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Susan B. Anthony and Mary Tudor.

Three projects from each category were selected to advance to the regional Long Island History Day competition on March 18 at Hofstra University. Those results will determine possible entry in the state contest with the goal of eventually achieving national level participation.

“The students then went to work to hone their research and critical thinking skills by making connections/comparison across time or to current times, showing cause and effect, showing several perspectives and analyzing primary and secondary sources,” said Director of Humanities Theresa Scudiero. “Through participation in National History Day, the students also had the opportunity to work on the Social Emotional Learning competencies and MYP approaches to learning such as communication skills, self-management skills, organization skills, metacognition, reflection, creativity and innovation.”


LB Woodwork Classes Construct Gifts for Veterans

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Long Beach High School’s Woodworking students and teacher Eric Heck have a patriotic project under way that they plan to share with others beyond the district. Two classes have been constructing large wooden American flags that they plan to distribute to Veterans Affairs medical facilities. 

The groups are creating a total of ten flags; five for the Northport VA Medical Center and five for smaller clinics throughout Long Island. They are cutting scrap wood using table, miter and band saws, staining field strips red and blue and assembling them to form the design. 

Several flags are nearing completion and all will be finished and framed after the winter recess. More information on this initiative will be shared as it progresses!

West School Honors Role Models

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Every class at West School in Long Beach took Feb. 2 as an opportunity to honor their role models and heroes. Paramount Person Day encouraged students to think about and express appreciation to the individuals who have positive influences on their lives.

Leading up to the day, each student interviewed their Paramount Person at home and then reported about them at school. They wrote letters inviting their subjects to West for a special recognition. 

“It’s about having someone to look up to who sets a good example,” said teacher Sally-Ann D’Andrea. 

The celebratory event began with a morning assembly in the gymnasium, where students performed songs for their guests. They then returned to their classrooms and participated in activities together. Students shared poems that described and acknowledged their Paramount Person and presented them with handmade paper medals. The students and their visitors, many of whom were parents and other family members, traced each other’s hands and created works of art together. 

Healthy Lifestyles a Focus at Lindell

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The Long Beach Public Schools’ Lindell Elementary School presented its annual Fun, Fruit and Fitness Day on Feb. 2. This annual event is highly anticipated by students, who enjoy learning fun ways to enhance their healthy lifestyles. Classes rotated an assortment of workshops and activities that were designed to support wellness in all aspects.  

Thanks to the involvement of Lindell staff members and guest professionals from the community, students got moving in aerobics, relays, volleyball, hula hoop, fitness and a variety of dance sessions. They explored African and Irish dance techniques, among many others, and learned about cultural elements of each. Movement Math linked academics and athleticism, and mindfulness and meditation workshops focused on relaxation, breathing and other strategies to reduce stress. 

Guest Doctor Jennifer Chao and Registered Nurse Jessica Beaudoin presented about important health topics. The day also included a nutritional component and provided healthy snacks and plenty of water. 

Lindell’s Fun, Fruit and Fitness Day is held every February in conjunction with American Heart Month. It supports the many ways that physical activity, positive choices and mindfulness are incorporated into the educational program throughout the school year. 

East School Re-enacts History

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Fourth-graders at Long Beach’s East School presented an interactive and engaging Social Studies Fair on Jan. 30. Classes spent time researching topics and preparing projects related to the American Revolution, and culminated their studies with a collaborative program held in the gymnasium. 

The students’ and teachers’ efforts resulted in an afternoon of entertainment for parents and other guests. Attendees enjoyed portrayals of a timeline of the American Revolution, a living museum of historical figures and a play about the Boston Tea Party. Various displays about all aspects of life during this important era were showcased, and students took on the roles of impactful individuals in history with enthusiasm.

As the event concluded, students read the Declaration of Independence and sang “Proud To Be an American.” 

Long Beach High School Congratulates All-State Soccer Star

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Long Beach High School senior Grace Conway has been selected to the 2018 All-State Girls Soccer Team by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization. Grace has played varsity soccer for five years and this year was team captain.  Grace has earned the distinctions of All-State, All-Conference, All-County, Nassau County AA Conference Player of the Year and Nassau County All Star during her stellar career at Long Beach High School.

Lido Takes On Kindness Challenge

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Lido School participated in the Great Kindness Challenge from Jan. 22-26, when students and staff members proudly became part of a nationwide culture of kindness that strives to prevent bullying and reinforce good character. The Student Government spearheaded Lido’s efforts to promote this initiative. 

The week kicked off with assemblies held in the gymnasium, where students in all grades embraced the message that “kindness matters” with enthusiasm. They viewed a video, heard messages shared by Student Government members and danced with excitement. 

Each day featured a theme, a school challenge and an inspirational quote. Students dressed in clothing that represented sports teams for “Score with Kindness,” tie-dye for “Tied to Kindness” and neon for “Shine Bright By Being Kind.” 

Throughout the week, students learned how small actions can make a big impact as they said good morning to others, helped their teachers, sat with new peers at lunch, demonstrated random acts of kindness and said “please” and “thank you” to support staff members. Many also contributed to a winter coat drive that brought support to those in need. 

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.

Regent Tilles Shares Positive Messages at East

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East School students received a meaningful visit from Regent Roger Tilles on Jan. 19, when he discussed the value of each person’s uniqueness and read a book that supported that theme. Every class in the building, representing kindergarten through grade 5, gathered in the gymnasium for this inspiring and uplifting event that tied in with Unity Day. 

Regent Tilles greeted his audience and expressed enthusiasm for the opportunities he has to speak to students throughout the state. He read the book, “Only One You,” by Linda Kranz, and described the story’s messages about individuality and making the world a better place. 

“You are you, there’s only one you and you stand out wherever he are,” he said.
Students returned to their classrooms and painted their own creative rocks, which were based on rock fish featured on the book’s cover. 

“You want to paint your rock to celebrate you and something special and unique about yourself,” Principal Kathleen Connolly instructed. 

PTA members, who donated the materials for the activity, assisted teachers and students, and Regent Tilles visited several classes and witnessed the projects. The rocks will be assembled outside the school to form a path that represents the individuality and unity within East.

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!