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LB Schools Join Foam-Free Movement

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In conjunction with Earth Month, the Long Beach Public Schools switched to environmentally friendly paper-pulp lunch trays for all of April. As a result of the initiative’s success, the buildings are continuing to use these trays for the duration of the school year with the possibility of future use as well. 

Aware of Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford’s co-sponsorship of legislation to ban polystyrene use, Art teacher Laura Swan invited her to visit Long Beach Middle School on May 7 to address the seventh grade “Stewards of the Sea.” This group of students participates in various activities aimed to help preserve the planet and its resources. 

The district’s Assistant Superintendent for Finances and Operations Michael DeVito and Food Services Director Steven Kamlet attended the gathering, as they were instrumental in the rollout of cardboard trays. Middle School Principal Dr. Paul Romanelli and Vice Principals Keith Biesma and Lorie Beard joined them as well. A panel of five students shared reasons why polystyrene, which cannot be recycled, is a poor choice. 

Legislator Ford was so moved by the students’ presentation that she invited them to speak before numerous legislators at a May 20 session, “The Banning of Styrofoam Legislation,” held at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. Mr. DeVito and Mr. Kamlet also spoke at this conference and supported the students’ testimony, sharing important details about how Long Beach is a leader in this effort to help the environment – a vital resource to the community. The bill, co-sponsored by Legislator Ford, Legislator Laura Schaefer and Legislator Debra Mule, passed unanimously. 

The paper-pulp trays are just one of the green initiatives that Long Beach schools embraced. For the past two years, the district has been using paper boxed water with plant-based caps to minimize plastic usage and exposure, as well as removing the use of plastic straws. 

LARC Students Excel as Wordmasters

LARC Students Excel as Wordmasters
Several students representing Long Beach LARC received a perfect score in one of the challenge meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division, fourth graders Jordi Perez and Ronin Morita and fifth graders Eva Gargiulo and Kailyn Kelly each earned a perfect score of 20 on one of the challenges. Nationally, only 3% of fourth graders and 9% of fifth graders taking the meet achieved this result. Other students from Long Beach LARC who achieved outstanding results in the meets include third graders Hudson Christine and Tyce Laros; fourth graders Ian Olivo, Ariana Lye, Andrew Doyle, Caley O’Brien, Kate Ragona, Jordan Soriano; and fifth graders Elliot Biern, Lilin Garfinkel, Shane Haglich, Jordan Haltrecht, Winter Collinson, Marissa Miller, Brooke Nielson, Lucia Petty, Sienna Warren, Sydney Brandt, Catherine Maguire, Geddy Moss, Julia DiGiorgio, Luke Morita, and Nina Rugolsky.

The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Dr. Caitlin King and Mr. Justin Sulsky.

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. 

LB Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

LB Seniors Sign Letters of Intent
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LB Seniors Sign Letters of Intent
LB Seniors Sign Letters of Intent
Three Long Beach High School seniors signed National Letters of Intent on May 15, bringing the total number of Class of 2019 members who have officially committed to college sports teams to ten – the highest in many years. Congratulations to Aidan Kennedy, Emma McGovern and Fiona Rafferty on their recent accomplishments. 

Aidan and Fiona are both heading to Adelphi University to join the swim and lacrosse teams, respectively, while Emma will play volleyball at Bryant University. The three were joined by parents, coaches, Principal Jeffrey Myers and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Arnold Epstein for a celebration of their collegiate athletic decisions. 

Ryan Aroesty, Jillian Canner, Lexie Correia, Grace Rosenberg, Kailey Skarren, Kathleen Verastegui and Daisy Willard signed Letters of Intent during a separate gathering held this past fall. 

Fantastic Films

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Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students are having a successful spring, earning numerous awards and moments in the spotlight. Students took home several awards from the recent BASH event, held at Stony Brook University on May 3. 

BASH stands for Broadcasting Awards for Senior High. A total of 21 schools across Long Island were represented, with more than 400 students in attendance. Contestants entered their work in six categories, and a special seventh one titled Newsday's Next LI provided a way to recognize videos that highlight social injustice. 

Long Beach High School won first place for Best Opening Segment and second place for Best Overall Show, and Ashanti Sherred's video for the Newsday's Next LI competition won second place. All students in the TV Studio Production class played a role in the overall show achievement. Cameron Conte, Edward O'Shea, James Rosenthal, Ashanti Sherred, Harry Lee, Colby Lewis, Charles Mandell, Alexander Nachman, James O'Connor and Melody Moy were particularly instrumental in carrying it out. For Best Opening Segment, James O'Connor and Melody Moy created the idea and storyboarded and filmed the introduction.

“It was wonderful to hear Long Beach High School announced for these wins in such a large audience,” said teacher Eric Krywe. “It was a great experience for our students that shined a positive light on our district. Our student's team first attitude and hard work effort resulted in our overall success.”

Additionally, several students have had their work selected for future opportunities. A short film titled “Lost and Found” by Ashanti Sherred will be shown in the “First Exposure” Film Festival on May 19, hosted by Suffolk County executive Steve Belone and held at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington. A piece titled “Flip,” created by Charles Mandell, Melanie Moy and James O’Connor, will be presented at the St. John’s Film Festival. Both films will be showcased at the Long Island International Film Festival in July, as will several others created by Long Beach High School students. 

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LBHS Students Receive Writing Honors

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Six Long Beach High School students were recognized as winners in the Irish Cultural Society of Garden City’s Martin J. Kelly writing contest. Out of hundreds of submissions, Long Beach students secured five fourth place awards and one fifth place distinction. 

Congratulations to Tyler William Armak, Cole Goldstein, Hayden Henry, Evan Michaels, Saoirse Sullivan and Anna Xiao. Along with 530 other entrants, they wrote 300-400 word interior monologues of the thoughts of an Irish soldier fighting in the British army during World War 1. They were encouraged to look at the painting "Thinker on the Butte," by Irish artist William Orpen, for inspiration.

Growing Up with Goals

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Lido Elementary School students learned about various job fields during a career day event, held on May 7. Presenters from throughout the community visited classes and discussed their roles, inspiring the students to think about the future and pursue their dreams.

Students learned about being a lawyer, financial planner, coach, DJ, choreographer, martial arts instructor, lifeguard, filmmaker, pediatrician, chiropractor, firefighter, police officer, professional surfer, FBI agent, caterer, hair dresser, makeup artist, pizza chef, architect and more. They also learned that it is possible to have multiple jobs based on their interests. 

The presenters answered questions from students and demonstrated ways that equipment is used in their vocations. Members of the fire department showed their audience what they wear for protection, while Lisa Baruch Cosmetics exhibited airbrushed makeup application. Ian Schrieber gave students an opportunity to stand behind the DJ booth, and Master Parks led Tae Kwon Do sessions. Students also enjoyed seeing the Customs and Border Protector canines and learning how the dogs are trained to help solve crimes. Many more workshops engaged students in hands on experiences that gave them an early look into the working world. 


Student Spreads Inspiration and Support in Mother’s Memory

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Perseverance, strength and empathy are words that many staff members and students at Long Beach High School use to describe junior Brooke Yellin. Since the devastating loss of her mother in February of 2018, this noble and generous student has found solace in helping others. Less than one week after her mother passed unexpectedly, Brooke began fundraising and initiated the Geri E. Yellin Scholarship Fund. Just a few months later, her determination was evidenced in her first $500 scholarship presentation to a graduating senior.

Brooke has raised funds through the sale of bracelets, lanyards and silicone phone wallets – all of which incorporate her mother’s favorite color, purple. Over the first day and a half she had raised over $800. To date, she has single-handedly garnered approximately $3,000 in proceeds for the scholarship that continues her mother Geri’s legacy.

Now an annual award in its second year, the character-based scholarship is bestowed upon a Long Beach High School student who has overcome obstacles in his or her life and values education as Brooke’s mother had done. Geri Yellin was born with 5% of her oxygen going to her brain, and doctors did not expect her to live for more than two weeks. She was later diagnosed with dyslexia and worked hard to succeed in school. She never gave up, graduating high school and attending college. She greatly valued her education and instilled this appreciation in her daughter. She was dedicated to helping others through her work in child day cares and nursing homes. 

Brooke shares her mother’s philanthropic spirit – in addition to singlehandedly developing the scholarship, which she hopes to eventually expand to other districts and communities, she strives to make a difference throughout the high school. She volunteers with special-needs students, has been involved in peer leadership programs and provided inspiring presentations to ninth grade health classes. A soccer athlete and cheerleading team manager, she also regularly stays after school to assist with unified sports opportunities for Life Skills students and is interested in a future career as an adaptive physical education teacher. 

“Brooke is a quiet leader. She follows her own lead and sets a great example for others,” said Assistant Principal Dr. Francine Newman.

“My mom was so determined and willing,” Brooke said. “She knew the one thing she needed to finish was school – so this award is for someone who has faced obstacles and persevered. There are so many who go through the worst and can come out best.” 

Brooke runs a Go Fund Me page and Instagram dedicated to the Geri E. Yellin Scholarship Fund. She is currently involved in the selection process for a deserving award recipient, who will be honored at this year’s Senior Scholarship Ceremony on May 30.

LB IB Provides Day of Service

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Students in Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program participated in a "Day of Service" on April 16. Just in time for Earth Day, the juniors dedicated themselves to outdoor work, environmental initiatives and outreach projects that will benefit others. 

IB Diploma candidates could be found engaging in many activities throughout morning and afternoon sessions. Some cleaned up the area near the pond, while others painted benches and planted flowers. Inside the building, students continued their ecological efforts as they collected and sanitized old mascara wands for donation to the Wands for Wildlife program. The items will eventually be used to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals. Another endeavor was the introduction of the school’s first Upcycle and Recycle closet, which provides a drop off and pick up location for gently used clothing and school supplies. 

Additionally, students gathered in the library and prepared sandwiches for the Long Beach Soup Kitchen, collected items for military care packages and made cards for the Confetti Foundation to distribute to children who are ill. They also created coloring books for the district’s elementary schools portraying what it means to be from the “City by the Sea.” Special thanks go to the staff members and students who donated supplies and time to help make these activities successful.

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Long Beach Photography Students Focus on Excellence


Photography students at Long Beach High School have many earned awards and honors for their outstanding work and talents. Art and photography class members enter a number of competitions and exhibits each year and have contributed to a longstanding history of accomplishments that exists within the Media, Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Students won in six different categories in the Photographic Foundation of Long Island Youth Showcase competition and will now proceed to the Photographic Society of America, an international contest. This is a new record for the number of students who placed in this juried competition. In the digital category, Charles Mandell took first place in architecture for his piece, “Manhattan Skies,” while Tara Sheridan placed first in scapes for “Pastel Skies.” In the print category, Bianca Nauth achieved first place in scapes for “Breaking Dawn.” Second-place awards were earned by Johnnie Whelan in photojournalism for “Paris Protest” and Robin Xiao in people/animals for “Candlelight Portrait.” Johnnie also received the Photographer’s Choice/Creative distinction for “The Sagrata.” 

Congratulations are also in order for Maranda Ficklin, who won first place and Best in Show awards in the Huntington Camera Club’s Annual High School Competition for her photograph, “Gloomy Walk.” She received a brand-new Nikon D7500 camera as a prize and was formally honored at a ceremony held on April 30 at the Huntington Library. 


LB Inducts 117 New NHS Members

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Long Beach High School inducted 117 sophomores and juniors into the National Honor Society’s Arista Chapter during a ceremony on April 10. NHS members demonstrate the organization’s four key values of service, scholarship, leadership and character throughout their school and community.

After the inductees entered the auditorium, NHS advisor Jeanne O’Shea welcomed guests and shared opening remarks. NHS president Thomas Walsh described the organization’s principles and Board of Education President Dr. Dennis Ryan addressed the members, current and new. 

“Please think of this induction as not only a celebration but as an opportunity to be a leader in your school and community,” Ms. O’Shea said.

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 Emma McGovern, Emily McDonnell, Madison Gusler and Kelly Roethel illuminated the symbols of leadership, character, service and scholarship candles, respectively. 

The NHS annually recognizes a role model with the honorary membership distinction. This year’s honoree is Edwina Bryant.

Musical performances by the high school’s Chamber Orchestra ensembles provided entertainment during the event. As the ceremony concluded, Principal Jeffrey Myers led the National Honor Society pledge and commended the members for their outstanding achievements.  

LBHS Brings Record Number of Best Young Artists

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Five Long Beach High School Visual Arts students had their work selected to be featured in the 23rd Annual Long Island’s Best Young Artists competition, held at the Heckscher Museum. More than 350 works were submitted for consideration, and approximately 80 were chosen for display. This year’s Long Beach group represents a record number of entries from the high school.

Pieces by Hailey Barshak, Bryan Dilone, Charles Mandell, Morgan Polete and Jhana Prue will be exhibited at Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington from April 6-May 19. An artist’s reception was held on April 13. 

In addition, the artwork by Morgan, Charles and Haley Barshak was chosen to be exhibited in the window of Mitchell's store in Huntington following the Heckscher display. 

LB TV Studio Program Wins Best Overall Film at Locust Valley Film Festival

Long Beach High School’s Television Studio Production students attended the 14th annual Locust Valley Film Festival on March 28. Once again, they represented the community with excellence and attained numerous awards including the overall Grand Prize distinction.

The top honor was earned by the film “Flip,” created by James O’Connor, Melody Moy and Charles Mandell. Selected out of more than 250 entries, it will now be entered into the 22nd Long Island International Film Expo, which accepts the top 100 professional independently made films from around the world.  "Flip" also took first place in the Drama category.

Ashanti Sherred’s “Sneaky Adventure” achieved second place in Drama and Best Editing and third in Best Cinematography. A two-year TV Studio student, Ashanti has been accepted into the Tisch School at New York University and will enter the same doors that Martin Scorsese, Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee have passed through. 

Long Beach High School’s Vann Ceniceros won third place in the Commercial category for "Sugar O's,” while Alex Call and Eddie O’Shea did so in the Movie Trailer category for “Exposure.” 

These films, commercials, trailers, PSAs, and Animations will also be screened at the high school’s own film festival, which will be held in May. Check the district website at for announcements about this upcoming event.   

“I’m very proud of what our students have accomplished, and we will continue to elevate our presence in the TV/film realm across Long Island and statewide,” said teacher Eric Krywe. Congratulations to these young filmmakers!

LBMS Artists Become Published

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A group of Long Beach Middle School seventh graders will have their work featured in the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project’s fourteenth volume, “Body-Line: Form and Function.” Under the guidance of art teacher Laura Swan, and English teacher/Middle Years Program Coordinator Laura Behan, students contributed illustrations as well as writing components to publication. 

Each student created an image and filled chosen adjectives in the form. Upon completion of the artwork, they reflected on their illustrations and wrote about how the artwork embodied their own personality. Students identified symbolism in the chosen form, function and colors selected. 

The digitized book will be available later this spring. Congratulations to the participants! 

East Student’s Reflections Win State Level Award

East School fourth-grader Ryden Nafte was named an Award of Merit winner in the 2019 Reflections Contest, sponsored by the New York State PTA. His photography piece was based on this year’s theme of “Heroes Around Me” and paid homage to his grandfather, who was in the NYPD and FDNY.  

Ryden's piece was selected from 928 entries in Nassau County to go to the state jurying. There he won an Award of Merit out of 403 entries. In his category of photography, only 17 Awards of Merit were presented from primary grades through the senior high school division. Ryden is among 49 students in Nassau County who won awards at the state level in six fine and performing arts categories. 

As an Award of Merit winner, Ryden’s photograph will be displayed at the NYS PTA Celebration of the Arts, as well as at the NYS PTA Reflections Art Gallery in the fall.  

Long Beach HS Students Work Toward Their Goals


Long Beach High School held its inaugural “Beyond LBHS: Job and Internship Fair” on March 29 as a way to connect students with business professionals for potential employment, internship or job shadowing opportunities. In past years, the high school presented annual career fairs that featured booths representing various vocational fields. The new model is a more interactive approach that prepares students for steps they will be taking in the future and sets them up to secure actual work experience.

Juniors and seniors spent time developing their resumes and exploring areas of interest prior to the event. The Guidance Department matched the students with guest presenters, whom they met with for interviews during the fair. Attendees discussed the responsibilities and requirements for roles in an assortment of industries including finance, law, government, medicine, real estate, insurance, food, health and fitness and more. Many of the interviewers had open positions available for students seeking local part-time jobs.

Career-readiness is an important focus of the Long Beach Public Schools. This event was just one of the many ways in which students are prepared for the working world. The high school’s new internship program is also currently underway and providing experience at various job sites.  


Future Forensics Investigators Learn from Experts

Long Beach High School’s College Criminalistics students have been hearing about the experiences of Long Beach Police Department members as they learn about solving crimes. On March 28, Detective Stefan Chernaski visited Mr. Tim Cabasino’s class and led a presentation about forensic investigation and ballistic evidence. 

Detective Chernaski described what police officers look for, what makes someone a suspect, reasonable suspicion and probable cause. He also stressed the importance of firearm safety and explained how police officers identify a crime weapon. 

College Criminalistics introduces students to techniques used with crime scene data. Students are learning about the processing of evidence and the role of forensic science in trial proceedings. They have the opportunity to earn credits through Molloy College. 

March 28 BOE Meeting Highlights


The Long Beach Public Schools honored students representing each of the district’s buildings during the March 28 Board of Education Meeting. Artists, musicians and writers were presented with certificates and applause for their recent achievements.

High School students attained numerous Regional Scholastic Art Awards for their photography, mixed media, drawing and illustration, portfolio and painting work. Silver Key distinctions were earned by Jose Ac Rivas, Daniella Bruzzone, Lindsey Del Rio, Jaclyn Javakian, Jenna Kim, Isabel Kreutzberg, Jessie Page, Morgan Polete and Jhana Prue. Honorable mentions were achieved by Daniella Bruzzone, Courtney Carpentieri, Hayley Fallon, Jaclyn Javakian, Jaclyn Keon, Jillian Lerner, Charles Mandell, Jess McCabe, Arielle Nason, Joseph Pimentel and Carmen Sabedra. 
Grace Rosenberg and Jaclyn Javakian were honored for their success in the Advanced Visions art competition. Grace, along with Danielle Bruzzone, Carmen Sabedra and Noelle Soren, also had work featured in the Art League of Long Island AP Exhibit.

All County artists throughout the district were recognized. Congratulations to Stella Ambroise, Aniley Arreola, Benjamin Barnett, Daniel Ruben Bueno Ramos, Jacqueline Ching, Audrey Cozine, Leyla Dibra, Summer Ejnes, Orquidia Garcia Cuevas, Catalina Goni, Sarah Gusler, Jenna Kim, Abigail King, Emily King, Jillian Lerner, Sophia Lopez, Anthony Lopez-Heredia, Dante Lyons, Winona MacPhee, Christopher Mitchell, Maya Molik, Arielle Nason, Tyler Parker, Angelina Piccolino, Jacob Piechocniski, Madison Rivera, Carmen Sabedra, Keiji Sato, Brody Shapiro, Chloe Silverberg, Sienna Silvia, Jasmine Soriano, Ryan Tuffy, Alexey Tutkevich, Gabriela Umanzor and Rachelle Vidallon.

Students earned All County honors in music as well. Accolades went to Samuel Adler, John Aebly, Maya Arengo, Sophiana Arroyo, Maryn Ascher, Charles Ashmead, Kenneth Bailing, Sara Biancamano, Zoe Biern, Jaden Bloom, Liora Brown, Kyra Brunick-Davis, Alejandro Celis, Kira Centenni, Alec Chasin, Leah Clutter, Jordan Collinson, Winter Collinson, Alanna Damiani, Isabelle DePalma, Aiden DeRupo, Melinda DeSantis, CaitlinDevine, Dylan Edelman, Charlotte Free, Tabitha Freeny, LiLin Garfinkel, Eva Gargiulo, Emma Goorland, Jessica Greenblatt, Gerrin Hagen, Mary Hagen, Layla Hakimzadeh, Sarah Heller, Joseph Henry, Sienna Hornberger, Hannah Hummel, David Jespersen, Joshua Kapilian, Jon Wyatt Katzen, Brigid Kelly, Ariel Keynan, William Lithgow, Jacob LoCascio, Mia Mangels, Luke Morita, Ariel Nachman, Lucinda Nash, David Newman, Aneisa Nicholas, James O'Connor, Madeline O'Connor, Matthew O'Connor, Shea O'Hara, Lucia Petty, Harrison Phillips, Jacob Piechocniski, Alexander Ramirez, Summer Reed, Noah Robinson, Amanda Roman, Chandler Rosenzweig, Matthias Roth, Reilly Sanfilippo, Avery Schab, Danielle Shokrian, Marielle Small, Vanessa Solis, Aryelle Teran, Theo Turbek, Ann Wachs and Alvin Wright.

Musicians also earned recognition for their participation in Long Island String Festival Association concerts. Maya Arengo, Jordan Collinson, Alanna Damiani, Sophia Elenson, LiLin Garfinkel, Mary Hagen, Wyatt Katzen, Joshua Kapilian, Luke Morita and Christopher Schnatz achieved this honor. 
A special employee recognition was presented to Veronica Dale, while student Anthony Doall received an Eagle Court of Honor recognition. Long Beach Tide staff members Uma Arengo, Tyler Collinson, Bianca Nauth, Ava O’Connor, Abby Quigley, Freddy Ramon, Katherine Roll, Jack Saggio and Jaylyn Umana were commended for receiving Best Page One layout at Adelphi University’s Press Day event. Uma additionally earned an honorable mention for her arts review piece. 


LB Choir Goes to Carnegie Hall

The Long Beach High School Select Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Capobianco, performed at Carnegie Hall on March 17.  The ensemble was selected to perform on the Grand Prix Winners’ Recital as part of the Concert Festival International Competition for students around the world, organized by Yelena and Vladimir Polezhayev. The choir, which consists of tenth- through twelfth-graders, performed two selections: Amor de Mi Alma, composed by Z. Randall Stroope, and Jordan’s Angels, composed by Rollo Dilworth. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Select Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Best Community for Music Education

For the ninth time, the Long Beach Public Schools have 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 federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. 

More than 1,600 students participate in the district’s 36 bands, orchestras and choral ensembles. Long Beach High School presents students with further musical experiences such as guitar and IB Music courses, as well as the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”  – Gerald Ford

Seeing the World as IB Artists

Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Art juniors and seniors put their talents and skills on display during a spectacular showcase on March 27. The annual IB Art Exhibition, held in the building’s commons, drew an audience of family members, teachers and other spectators who viewed the advanced techniques and creative projects that students have been engaged in throughout the school year. 

The show featured pieces that were created through various mediums. Students presented their paintings, pencil drawings, sculptures and other extraordinary designs that held their own unique 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. 

LB Celebrates World Language Week

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The Long Beach Middle and High School World Language Departments celebrated world language week with a variety of celebrations from March 18-22. Students had the opportunity to sample food from different cultures, listen to music and participate in a poster contest based on a "Languages are the key to the world” theme. High School students Arielle Nason, Abbey Carpenter and Gabriela Umanzor were named poster contest winners. 

LB Artists Go Beyond in LI Show

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Four Long Beach High School visual arts students earned awards at the Nassau Community College Honors Program's 21st annual Arts and Science Fair. This year's event, held on March 9, featured the theme, "Infinity and Beyond.” 

Students from schools across Long Island presented their science projects, artwork and monologues to NCC professors who served as judges. Charles Mandell, Jhana Prue and Luca Salerno received Awards of Excellence in photography, painting and printmaking, respectively. Uma Arengo won Best in Show for Ceramics. Congratulations to these talented artists!

LB Team Advances to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

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Four Long Beach Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the state level on March 24 in Binghamton. The elementary schools’ Team 2 took second place and has qualified for the world finals! Aaron Blau, Tabitha Freeny, Catherine Maguire, Geddy Moss, Jordi Perez and Aaliyah Trichter will advance based on their outstanding performance for the “Hide in Plain Sight” problem. They created and built a team-made mechanical creature that hides in plain sight and changes its appearance.

Team 5, comprised of Sydney Bergstein, Alanna Damiani, Matthew Diamond, Violet Richter, Avery Schab, Jordan Soriano and Sebastian Tricola, was fourth in the state and solved the problem “Opposites Distract.” Team 3 was tenth in the state for the “Leonardo’s Workshop” problem, completed by Dustin Basnyat, Winter Collinson, Shane Haglich, Benjamin Levinson, Lucinda Nash, Lucia Petty and Kate Ragonare. 

A Long Beach Middle School team also participated and showed off their outstanding work. Ryan Aba Riebli, MacKenzie Brodsky-Torres, Jack Clancy, Isabelle DePalma, Sammy Feingold, Vincent Napolitano and Annabel Pines represented the secondary level with enthusiasm and creativity. 

The elementary teams were coached by teachers Justin Sulsky and Douglas MacConnell, while Long Beach Middle School students worked under the guidance of coaches Christina Kile and Susan Kasper. Congratulations to all participants!

LB Team Advances to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

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Four Long Beach Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the state level on March 24 in Binghamton. The elementary schools’ Team 2 took second place and has qualified for the world finals! Aaron Blau, Tabitha Freeny, Catherine Maguire, Geddy Moss, Jordi Perez and Aaliyah Trichter will advance based on their outstanding performance for the “Hide in Plain Sight” problem. They created and built a team-made mechanical creature that hides in plain sight and changes its appearance. 

Team 5, comprised of Sydney Bergstein, Alanna Damiani, Matthew Diamond, Violet Richter, Avery Schab, Jordan Soriano and Sebastian Tricola, was fourth in the state and solved the problem “Opposites Distract.” Team 3 was tenth in the state for the “Leonardo’s Workshop” problem, completed by Dustin Basnyat, Winter Collinson, Shane Haglich, Benjamin Levinson, Lucinda Nash, Lucia Petty and Kate Ragonare. 

A Long Beach Middle School team also participated and showed off their outstanding work. Ryan Aba Riebli, MacKenzie Brodsky-Torres, Jack Clancy, Isabelle DePalma, Sammy Feingold, Vincent Napolitano and Annabel Pines represented the secondary level with enthusiasm and creativity. 

The elementary teams were coached by teachers Justin Sulsky and Douglas MacConnell, while Long Beach Middle School students worked under the guidance of coaches Christina Kile and Susan Kasper. Congratulations to all participants!

Long Beach Middle School “This is Me” Lip Dub

Long Beach Middle School students and staff members starred in a “This is Me” lip dub celebrating their unity, diversity, school spirit and friendships. View the video here:

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