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.

Board of Ed Meeting and Budget Adoption - Thursday, April 6 - LBMS Auditorium @ 7:30 PM

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

 Philanthropic Recycling Initiative Photo

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

Three LBHS Students Win at NCC Arts and Science Fair Photo
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

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

Eric Krywe Named Junior Varsity Coach of the Year Photo
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

Winter Sports Highlights Photo
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

Long Beach music students experience jazz at Lincoln Center Photo
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

 Creativity fills the commons at LBHS IB Art Exhibition Photo

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

Art Exhibit Photo

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

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

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.

100th day of learning in Long Beach

Feb. 15 marked the 100th day of school in the Long Beach Public Schools, and classrooms were buzzing with enthusiasm for education. Students throughout the elementary buildings celebrated the occasion with activities and events based on the number 100.

Pre-K students made hats with 100 polka dots, did 100 exercises, generated lists of 100 words, illustrated pictures of how they would spend $100, built a line using 100 blocks and predicted then experimented to see where 100 steps would lead to.

East School held a 100th day fair. Students rotated stations and enjoyed games and problem-solving exercises that involved both group and individual writing, reading, math and STEM projects. They created structures with 100 Legos, assembled 100-piece puzzles, numbered and colored 100 gumballs, counted how many rounds they could hula hoop for and counted the number of small words they could find. The multipurpose room was glowing with 100th day shirts that students decorated.

A second-grade class at Lido School engaged in STEM stations, each of which contained 100 of an item and challenged students to work together to construct an idea. Their resulting creations included a 3-D pyramid of coins, a town made up of centimeter cubes and towers of popsicle sticks. At the conclusion of the activity, students completed an exit ticket where they reflected on the experience.

Third-graders at Lindell School embraced the day’s theme and dressed up as though they were 100 years old. Classes completed a variety of activities to celebrate being "100 Days Smarter." They built towers using 100 cups and measured the height, rolled two die 100 times and tallied the sums, predicted where 100 steps would take them, flipped a coin 100 times and counted the number of heads and tails, competed 100 exercises and wrote about how they would spend $100. Each task presented questions for students to think about and answer.

At West School, kindergartners dressed up in 100th day t-shirts and first-graders dressed as 100 year olds and marched in a 100th day parade. Students took on a challenge to build the largest structure possible using 100 cups, shared 100 acts of kindness and used various counting methods to reach 100.

Lido helps save the polar bears

On Feb. 17, Lido Elementary School held a fundraiser to help the endangered polar bears. After learning about the animals and the risks they face through an informative session led by Susan Garcia’s class, other fifth-grade students and teachers participated in the effort to make a difference.

The group raised $205 through sales of handmade awareness bracelets and raffle tickets. As a result, $100 will be donated to the World Wildlife Federation to fund research and habitat conservation. Collectively, the classes will also "adopt" four polar bears. An additional $105 will be provided to the Yorkshire Conservation Park to aid efforts in building and maintaining natural habitats.

The fundraiser featured several exhibit displays created and presented by students. They shared their research on polar bears, from basic fun facts to detailed statistics about the threats of fossil fuels and carbon emissions. A conservation station described measures that can avoid these causes of endangerment, and students signed pledges to take conservation steps. Attendees also viewed a video about the students’ experience and played a Jeopardy game.

This initiative tied into the non-fiction research and writing lessons that fifth-graders have been conducting in preparation for the upcoming districtwide assignment, Feature Articles. Students spent time collecting data on polar bears and gathering facts from print and digital sources that they incorporated into writing pieces based on problem and solution or cause and effect structures. Ms. Garcia’s class decided to take their studies a step further through their mission to save the polar bears, and wrote persuasive letters to inform others about the project, planned ways to make a change, designed flyers highlighting the issues and constructing the poster displays.

IB dance students perform for Black History Month

IB dance students perform for Black History Month
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Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Dance students brought their choreography and talent to the community’s Martin Luther King Center in honor of Black History Month. The juniors and seniors performed a special selection of dances, all of which tied to the event’s theme.

Patrons of the MLK Center observed many styles of dance, with original choreography developed by the students, as well as that inspired by renowned artists. The event opened with a presentation of a Buschache dance, which featured aspects of African and Caribbean culture and costumes made by students. The movements infused within the next several numbers represented the acts of working, supporting others, standing up for what people believe in, praying, suffering and begging for freedom.

Students provided brief explanations of each dance and the messages it portrayed. Jessica Cerky announced a duet she performed along with Rachel Cucina that symbolized the Freedom Riders’ efforts to help African Americans fight for civil rights in the form of two dancers trying to help one another.

“Helping one another and believing in one another back then is what we need to do now,” she said. “When we help and believe in each other, there’s no stopping this community.”

The group also performed an excerpt from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, which they learned through their participation in a master class with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School.    

IB Dance Teacher Christianne Vella provided background information about the group’s work. The students will take the stage of Long Beach High School in their annual dance recital on March 24 at 7 p.m. Superintendent of Schools David Weiss thanked the dancers and audience, and noted that dance involves a combination of discipline and creative choreography.

MLK Center Board of Directors Chairman James Hodge also expressed gratitude to the performers.

“I am honored to be here and witness these amazing dancers,” he said. “There is so much that comes out of dancing.”

Before heading back to school, the students were joined by MLK Dance/Fitness Instructor Giovanni Hamilton for a few final dance steps.

Joshua Kapilian to Present Research at Math Fair

Joshua Kapilian to Present Research at Math Fair
Long Beach High School sophomore Joshua Kapilian has been participating in the Institute of Merit's Math Research Program this school year as a follow-up to his completion of the Institute for Creative Problem Solving program. Through the experience, he prepared a research paper that he will present at the Nassau County Math Fair on March 10.
Joshua was accepted to the ICPS based on a rigorous application process and continued to the more advanced Math Research Program. He attended weekly courses at SUNY Old Westbury every Saturday from September 2016 through January 2017, during which he learned sophisticated math research techniques. His paper focuses on the number of degrees of multiplying a number’s digits to reduce an end digit number to a one-digit number.

At Long Beach High School, Joshua is currently enrolled in Algebra 2 with plans to take International Baccalaureate Math next year. He is an accomplished science research student, and won second place in the New York Science and Engineering Fair’s Systems Software category last year. Additionally, Joshua is involved in the arts. He held a role in the winter play, “You Can’t Take it with You,” and was selected to New York State School Music Association’s All-County festival for vocal jazz and the Long Island String Festival Association secondary concert as a violist.

Yael Weiss Earns Horatio Alger Scholarship Award

Yael Weiss Earns Horatio Alger Scholarship Award
Long Beach High School senior Yael Weiss has received the Horatio Alger Scholarship Award after completing an application process that included an essay component. She wrote about the topic of adversity and shared her personal experiences. The recognition program seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance.

A dedicated student, Yael is a member of the National Honor Society and takes International Baccalaureate and SUPA courses. She is also a talented musician and is involved in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra as a cellist. Last year, she performed at the All-State level. She has given back to the community as a volunteer at a Soup Kitchen and helped to run a clothing drive.

Yael’s college plans involve the pre-medical track with a major in biology.

Chloe Capofarri Awarded for Volunteer Efforts

Chloe Capofarri Awarded for Volunteer Efforts
Long Beach High School junior Chloe Capofarri received a Prudential Volunteer Service Award for giving time to serve her community and country. She has volunteered in both the school district and local region to make a difference in others’ lives.

When Chloe was in the middle school, she volunteered in a special education classroom during her gym and lunch periods. As a high school student, she continued to pay it forward by joining the junior fire department in Point Lookout, and now serves as Sergeant in Arms of all the junior fire departments in Nassau County. She attends drills and monthly meetings, and helps to plan fundraising events.

The award is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Finacial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

Chloe plans to continue her career as a volunteer firefighter and also aspires to become a nurse.

Lindell students thank bus drivers

Lindell Elementary School students recently expressed their appreciation to the bus drivers who get them to and from school safely. On Feb. 15, members of the Student Council and Safety Patrol led their peers in an effort to acknowledge the transportation staff.

Under the direction of Student Council advisor Jane Quinton, Student Council participants were joined by fifth-grade volunteers who help to ensure smooth arrival and dismissal times through their service on the safety patrol. The group encouraged all students to take a Vow of Silence, promising a quiet ride home on the bus.

Bus Driver Appreciation Day was a surprise for the drivers, who learned of the initiative upon their arrival at the end of the school day. Students greeted them with signs that they created prior to the event and provided small gifts including water bottles, tissue paper flowers, pop-up cards and treats wrapped in bus-themed paper.

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.

East School’s first Founder’s Day a success

East School’s first Founder’s Day a success

East School in Long Beach celebrated its inaugural Founder’s Day event on Feb. 8. The event paid homage to the founders of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and included award presentations, student performances and remarks from organizers. It was held in conjunction with East’s 90th anniversary year and featured a 1920’s theme in honor of the building’s 1926 construction.

East’s Founder’s Day was attended by members of the district’s board of education, administration, staff and PTA. Senator Todd Kaminsky, an East graduate, came back to his former elementary school to support the initiative and district.

Principal Kathleen Connolly welcomed guests and discussed the significance of the event.

“Tonight is a celebration of how an amazing Parent Teacher Association can work and pull together as a team. Our school is filled tonight with staff and parents who willingly give up their time from their own families and who are dedicated to making East the best it can be for the children that attend,” she said.

East School PTA Co-Presidents Leah Enfield and Patrice Krzeminski shared the history of Founder’s Day to reflect on the individuals who took active roles in improving children’s lives.

The evening also included the presentation of the PTA Life Membership Awards to Ms. Krzeminski and AIS Reading Teacher Shari Steier. Former East Principal Ronni Reimel and current Central Council PTA Co-President Gerri Maquet were honored as past recipients of this distinction.

As a highlight to the event, fifth-grade band and chorus participants performed “When the Saints Come Marching in,” “Hard Rock Blues,” “1812 Overture” and “Dr. Jazz.” Students also demonstrated the Foxtrot, which they are practicing as part of the Dancing Classrooms program that will culminate with a special show in March. Attendees were offered 1920s-style headbands that students created under the guidance of teachers, and members of the high school’s National Honor Society provided free babysitting.

Founder’s Day was a collaborative effort that illustrated the sense of unity that is prevalent in Long Beach. Ms. Connolly and parent Sherri Fackler developed the idea to bring the event to East, and PTA Vice President of Membership Jennifer Ragona and parent Jaimie Calkin helped to coordinate it. A number of local restaurants and stores donated food, including Long Beach Bagel Café, East End Café, Himawari, Stop & Shop, Brixx & Barley, Mo’Nelisa, Sutton Place, Super Pollo, Whale’s Tale, Country Boy Bakery, Monarch Beverage and the Bungalow. Decorations were contributed by Verbena Designs and Shira Z Photography captured memories from the gathering.

East plans to make Founder’s Day an annual occasion and extends gratitude to all who played a role in making its introduction a success.

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.

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Benefits Best Pals

Students from Long Beach High School’s Life Skills program organized a Valentine’s Day fundraiser sale to support the Best Pals club. They sold heart balloons, necklaces and other festive treats and gifts. Best Pals was created to give students in the Life Skills class a way to make friends with students in the general population. Participants meet regularly for social activities and outings.

LBHS senior Alexandra Thursland named National Merit Finalist

LBHS senior Alexandra Thursland named National Merit Finalist
Long Beach High School is pleased to congratulate senior Alexandra (Ali) Thursland for earning the prominent distinction of National Merit Finalist through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Ali was named a semifinalist this past fall based on her Preliminary SAT scores, and advanced to the next level after meeting rigorous academic requirements and achieving outstanding SAT results.

An estimated 1.6 million students from across the nation entered this academic competition by taking the PSAT. Approximately 16,000 of them earned recognition as Finalists this year.

Ali is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate focusing her extended essay on “How does Vladimir Nabokov's manipulation of language in Lolita mask Humbert Humbert's nefarious deeds?” She is president of Model Congress, a National Honor Society member and a student government participant. She serves as editor for the Fragments literary magazine and also participates in the high school’s Talented Writer’s program, through which she has earned awards. Also a musician and athlete, Ali plays the trumpet, piano and ukulele and has participated on the junior varsity tennis and track and field teams in previous years.

Lindell’s Colonial Day Combines Core Subjects

Lindell’s Colonial Day Combines Core Subjects
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Fourth-graders at Long Beach’s Lindell Elementary School brought Colonial times into the 21st century with an exhibit of projects that incorporated literacy, technology, research and visual components. The building’s first Colonial Day event served as an opportunity for students to share the knowledge they have learned and engage with guests and each other.

Dressed in hats, bonnets, long dresses, vests and slacks, the students enthusiastically provided detailed descriptions of the Colonial period. They presented projects that centered on topics of their choice, some of which included Colonial daily life, transportation, games and toys, education, medicine, clothing, food and trade. Parents and guests from the district toured the informative, museum-like classroom settings.

The entire initiative aligned with a curricular unit on the Colonial period. The students spent approximately six weeks developing their work from start to finish, which involved extensive research in addition to classroom lessons. They utilized the building’s computer lab to create PowerPoints, formulated questions to generate conversations with the event’s attendees, and prepared display boards that contained written pieces, illustrations and images, and even props.

All of the projects were produced through inquiry-based learning. Students were required to conduct their studies with specific questions in mind, such as whether the Boston Tea Party was just, whether they would be a Patriot or a Loyalist, and many others.

"This is a great example of how we have integrated content area curriculum into our Nonfiction Units of Study,” said literacy coach Lauren Kaufman. “Literacy is infused into all academic areas. We have been working toward a more student-centered approach to learning."

LBMS students learn importance of internet safety

LBMS students learn importance of internet safety
Long Beach Middle School students gained insight about internet safety on Feb. 8, when each grade attended an assembly led by Police Officer and School Resource Officer Josh Groshans. The presentations equipped students in grades 6-8 with a greater awareness of proper internet protocol, as well as risks and consequences, and offered advice to support positive, appropriate and beneficial use of digital resources.
Groshans discussed social media, texting, apps and other topics related to the online world. He expressed that even when information and pictures seem limited to a private audience, they can quickly be shared through today’s technology and make their way into the public eye.

Students were informed of laws and the legal ramifications that internet misconduct can carry. Groshans reviewed news stories about teens that students could relate to and how they were impacted by social media and cyberbullying. He stressed the importance of speaking up if students witness something potentially harmful or dangerous.

“You need to tell us if you see something, so that we can help,” he said.

Digital citizenship was a large component of the presentation. Groshans explained it with the acronym THINK, which stands for True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind. He encouraged students to think, before sharing on the internet, about whether these words would accurately describe their post. He also discussed the four P’s; parents, police, principal (or college president) and peers, and asked the students to consider these individuals before posting online.

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LBHS Photo Students Showcase Work in Exhibits

LBHS Photo Students Showcase Work in Exhibits
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Three Long Beach High School students were selected to have their photography featured in distinguished exhibits. Senior Phillip Persky’s piece, “A Ride through the Park,” is on display at the Art Guild in Manhasset. Juniors Sarah Reznick and Jovanna Vincente will have their respective works, “Placid Lake” and “Window Reflections,” showcased at the New York State Art Teachers Association’s Legislative Exhibit in Albany.

All three students are currently enrolled in the high school’s Studio in Photo 2 class. Phillip earned his exhibit spot after entering the Art Guild’s “My Perspective” competition. Sarah’s and Jovanna’s photographs were submitted to the NYSATA and will be presented at the exhibit, to be held at the Legislative Office Building, between March 27-29. Legislators from across the state will have the opportunity to view the student artists’ work.

Islanders Inspire at East

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Long Beach students at East School learned valuable lessons about the power of teamwork during a visit from New York Islanders NHL team representatives. Joined by the team’s mascot, Sparky the Dragon, the guests led an inspirational presentation and encouraged their audience members to demonstrate good character and work hard in school.  

Every student received an Islanders folder and pencil, as well as a form to apply for two free tickets as part of the team’s Blades for Grades academic rewards program. Students must show that they have received an "A" or moved up a letter grade in a subject in order to earn complimentary tickets through the initiative.

LB TV student produces award-winning PSA video

LB TV student produces award-winning PSA video
Long Beach High School sophomore Melody Moy has earned a second place award in the Nassau County Drugs Alternative PSA Contest. A second-year Television Studio and Production student, Melody has developed the knowledge and technology skills necessary to create films that involve advanced techniques.

Melody’s PSA is titled, “Alone,” and portrays various stories that convey the detrimental impacts of drug use. It features a set of scenarios that illustrate the danger and isolation that substance abuse brings.

The contest was open to high school and college students, with the objective of helping to make Nassau County a drug-free community through education about addiction. As an award recipient, Melody is invited to a reception in March.   
Melody edited her film in the Television Studio and Production 2 class, where she utilized the high school’s computers, Final Cut Pro software and recording equipment. She is currently in the process of making her next film, which will be a movie trailer.

Pre-K Students Make Groundhog Day Guesses

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Are we in for a six more weeks of winter, or can we celebrate spring coming soon? Groundhog Day reports offered some insight on Thursday, Feb. 2 -- but pre-K students in the Long Beach Public Schools made early predictions as to whether or not the groundhog would see its shadow. They spent time learning about the day and read books and news articles about the tradition and its story. In Molly Drake’s class, the results of a vote revealed that nine students anticipate an early spring while six believe that the groundhog will emerge to find its shadow, which legend says indicates a longer winter. The students illustrated these numbers in a worksheet coloring activity.

Lindell Highlights Healthy Habits and Hearts

Lindell Highlights Healthy Habits and Hearts

In conjunction with American Heart Month, students at the Long Beach Public Schools’ Lindell Elementary School participated in a day of food, fruit and fitness on Feb. 3. Classes rotated an assortment of workshops and activities that were designed to support physical, mental and emotional wellness through aerobics, sports, relaxation techniques and health and safety lessons.

Lindell staff members and guest health professionals from the community led groups in yoga, kickboxing, dance, jump rope, Jiu-Jitsu, hula hoop, mind and body connection and volleyball sessions.

In an African Dance class, students performed a traditional welcome dance. The choreography was explained in ways that they were able to understand and remember. In kickboxing, students had opportunities to create their own combinations of the basic movements they practiced with their teachers.

The yoga workshops featured everything from high energy activities to breathing exercises. The poses were based on animals, which helped students make the connection between fitness and fun.

“I think it’s really getting us out and exercising more than we would on a regular day,” said student John Sofield. “The African Dance had patterns that helped us learn how to do it,” said Shane Ferrante.
Pediatricians Dr. Chow and Dr. Matt and Orthodontist Dr. Bitton presented about care and control of one’s mind and body. As another component to the day, students created Healthy Heart bookmarks as well as Healthy Heart Valentines, with coupons redeemable for healthy heart activities with family members.

The Food, Fruit and Fitness Fair is an annual event at Lindell that emphasizes the many ways that physical activity, positive choices and mindfulness are incorporated into the educational program throughout the school year.

NIKE Students Develop Business Skills Through Virtual Enterprise

NIKE Students Develop Business Skills Through Virtual Enterprise
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The Long Beach Public Schools’ NIKE Work-Based Learning Center introduced a new Virtual Enterprise program at the start of the 2016-17 school year. Those involved hit the ground running with their innovations and ideas, and achieved an Honorable Mention at the Long Island Virtual Enterprises Business Plan Competition and Trade Fair, held at SUNY Farmingdale on Feb. 17.

Virtual Enterprises International is a worldwide simulation of entrepreneurship and business for high school and college students that equips them with firsthand knowledge and experience that is applicable to the challenging corporate world. At this point, NIKE is the only alternative school involved at the local level, with a group that meets every school day for two periods. Thanks to the district’s relationship with SUNY Farmingdale and the Perkins Consortium, Long Beach’s participants are able to earn up to 15 college credits for a modest fee upon completion of the program.

The NIKE students are navigating the process of business development from start to finish; they brainstormed ideas for merchandise and companies, and eventually decided to focus on marketing premium, filtered, bottled water infused with fruits, vitamins and herbs. Putting a unique twist on the chemical name for water, the group named the product 02H, and created a logo, business plan, business cards and other forms of branding under the guidance of teachers Howard Fuchs and Joe Jerimias and teacher’s assistant Sadie Garone.

Seniors Leianna Alcock and Amber Santos hold the leadership roles of CEO and Vice President, respectively. They oversee and advise their team to ensure that all steps are taken and deadlines are met. “We came up with ideas to make our water different, and had to think about the competition of other waters being sold,” said Leianna. “We researched the background of water, the people who would be buying it and where it would be sold.”

Virtual Enterprise is student-driven and involves the same level of collaboration and teamwork that is necessary for an actual business to succeed. “We show the students concepts, but they figure things out and are accountable to each other,” said Mr. Fuchs. “They are realizing that this is fun and are becoming entrepreneurs who will have valuable skills right out of high school.”

Those involved are learning real-life finance and economics through the manufacturing and sales simulations, while at the same time enhancing their writing skills and creativity through the branding components. Attendance at the competitions also presents learning opportunities, as the students observe products from other schools and take note of strategies that yield the most positive outcomes. Next on the students’ agenda is a trade show in New York City in April, and they continue to fine-tune their work as they prepare for the upcoming event.

Playing a part in learning

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Long Beach’s East Elementary School participated in Global School Play Day, an initiative that classes all around the world took part in on Feb. 1. Research shows that play is important to healthy brain development as children engage and interact with their surroundings, use their creativity and imagination, and increase their physical, cognitive and emotional strength.

East students brought toys and games from home and shared them with classmates. They enjoyed board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts) and social games. Classes reviewed different play scenarios such as deciding who goes first in a game, including everyone and what to do when someone is playing alone.

“As part of our Social Emotional Learning Program, (SEL) East School recognizes the value that play has in and out of the classroom setting,” said East School Principal Kathleen Connolly.

Teachers provided students with simple ‘play rules’ that would enable them to socialize with their peers in activities that they enjoyed. Staff members maintained data on how students participated, communicated, shared and were able to join groups with different peers. In addition, the students assessed their own ability in regards to how well they got along with classmates, shared materials, followed directions and were able to problem-solve during play.

Morning Madness Fashion Show Supports Safe Post-Prom Celebration

Morning Madness Fashion Show Supports Safe Post-Prom Celebration

Long Beach High School’s auditorium stage was the setting for fancy formalwear on Jan. 31, when students stepped on stage as models in the Morning Madness Fashion Show. This annual fundraiser, organized by the Parent Teacher Student Association, is in its 26th year of supporting the substance-free Morning Madness post-prom celebration.

Morning Madness provides a safe and festive opportunity for seniors to enjoy the final hours of their prom night together 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 collaborative effort that involved many classes, clubs, departments and staff members in the district. From fashion details to technological features and behind-the-scenes set-up, members of the Long Beach Public Schools and community came together to present another memorable, five-star event.

Members of the high school’s National Honor Society assisted volunteers from the PTSA and Morning Madness Committee. 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. The jazz band, under the direction of Marino Bragino, presented musical entertainment in the commons as guests entered the building. Food for the students was provided by Brixx and Barley.

Masters of ceremonies Kristen Abbott, Peter Mcquade, Sean Reilly and Bridget Van Well announced the models and described their attire. Gowns and tuxedos were provided courtesy of Sniders Formal Wear of Oceanside, Bridal Reflections of Massapequa and Carle Place and the Dessy Group of New York City.

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