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Board of Ed Meeting - Thursday, December 13 - Lido Multi-Purpose Room @ 7:30 PM

Presentation:  NIKE

Lido Classes Take Top Places in Nationwide Math Contest

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Students at Lido School participated in the SumDog National Online Mathematics Contest from Oct. 19-25 and achieved outstanding results. Beth Prostick’s fourth-grade class and Dorothy Lopez’s third-grade class came in first and third in the nation, respectively. 

They were up against approximately 1,630 classes from across the country that took on the challenge of solving math problems designed to sharpen and strengthen concepts covered through the curriculum. Ms. Prostick’s class completed 18,818 questions and Ms. Lopez’s class answered 17,648.
According to Sumdog, this online learning service uses engaging game-based learning to motivate and build confidence while a learning engine reports progress to their teachers and parents. 

Lido Hall of Heroes Honors Veterans Day

Lido Hall of Heroes Honors Veterans Day photo
Lido School has created a Hall of Heroes in honor of Veterans Day, which will be observed nationwide on Nov. 11. The building’s main lobby currently features a display of stars representing those who have served, are serving or will serve the country as well as Sept. 11 First Responders. The stars contain photos of these heroes and display their names and respective branches of the military. Students throughout the school were invited to recognize the servicemen/servicewomen in their lives, and Lido extends gratitude and appreciation to all. 

LBHS Presents Fall Play

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Long Beach High School’s Theatre Department proudly presents Rumors, a farce by Neil Simon, as its fall production. Shows will be held on Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school, located at 322 Lagoon Drive West Lido Beach. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at the door. Senior citizens are invited to a free performance on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the same location. Come out and enjoy an entertaining evening while supporting Long Beach High School’s theatre students! 

LB Celebrates Record Number of All-County Students

LB Celebrates Record Number of All-County Students photo
A record number of 78 musicians in the Long Beach Public Schools have been accepted to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s All-County Music Festival. The students represent all six buildings and will perform in the Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Instrumental and Vocal Jazz ensembles. 

Long Beach Middle School student Isabelle DePalma was accepted into all three ensembles, and elementary strings students excelled in the highly competitive instruments of viola and violin in All-County as well as the Long Island String Festival Association concerts.  

 The All-County performances take place at the LIU Post Tilles Center for Performing Arts in 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. 

The All-County students are listed as follows: 

Sophiana Arroyo, Alto, Choir
Zoe Biern, Alto, Choir
Lucinda Nash, Alto, Choir
Avery Schab, Alto, Choir
Vanessa Solis, Violin, Orchestra

Sara Biancamano, Soprano, Choir
Winter Collinson, Violin, Orchestra
Alanna Damiani, Violin, Orchestra
Tabitha Freeny, Soprano, Choir
Hannah Hummel, Soprano, Choir
David Jespersen, Soprano, Choir
Jacob Piechoniski, Trumpet, Band

Leah Clutter, Alto, Choir
Charlotte Free, Flute, Band
Mary Hagen, Viola, Orchestra
Aneisa Nicholas, Viola, Orchestra
Lucia Petty, Flute, Band
Reilly Sanfilippo, Soprano, Choir
Marielle Small, Alto Sax, Band
Anne Wachs, Alto, Choir

Aiden Derupo, Trumpet, Band 
Eva Gargiulo, Alto, Choir
Brigid Kelly, Alto, Choir
Archie Lithgow, Alto, Choir
Luke Morita, Alto, Choir

Long Beach Middle School
Samuel Adler, Alto, Choir
Liora Brown, Bb Clarinet, Band
Kyra Brunick-Davis, Alto, Choir
Alejandro Celis, Trumpet, Orchestra
Isabelle DePalma, Soprano, Choir
Isabelle Depalma, Trumpet 3, Jazz Band
Isabelle Depalma, Trumpet, Band
Melinda DeSantis, Alto, Choir
Jessica Greenblatt, Alto, Choir
Gerrin Hagen, French Horn 2, Band
Sarah Heller, Soprano, Choir
Joseph Henry, Baritone , Choir
Sienna Hornberger, Alto, Choir
Jacob LoCascio, Baritone, Choir
Matthew O'Connor, Alto Sax 1, Band
Shea O'Hara, Alto, Choir
Summer Reed, Alto, Choir
Noah Robinson, Alto, Choir
Aryelle Teran, Alto, Choir
Theo Turbek, Trombone 2, Jazz Band
Alvin Wright, Trombone 1, Jazz Band

Long Beach High School
John Aebly, Bb Clarinet, Band
Maya Arengo, Viola, Orchestra
Maryn Ascher, Soprano, Choir
Charles Ashmead, Snare Drum, Orchestra
Jaden Bloom, Trombone, Band
Kenneth Bailing, Tenor Choir
Kira Centenni, Flute, Band
Alec Chasin, Bb Clarinet, Band
Caitlin Devine, Alto 2, Mixed Chorus
Dylan Edelman, Snare Drum, Band
Sophia Elenson, Double Bass, Orchestra
Emma Goorland, Soprano, Choir
Layla Hakimsadeh, Bb Clarinet, Band
Joshua Kapilian, Bass, Vocal Jazz
Ariel Keynan, Tenor, Choir
Mia Mangels, Alto 1, Mixed Chorus
Shea McMahon, Alto 1, Mixed Chorus
Jennifer Murphy, Alto 2 , Mixed Chorus
Ariel Nachman, Alto 1, Mixed Chorus
James O'Connor, Tenor 1, Mixed Chorus
Madeline O'Connor, Bb Clarinet, Band
Harrison Phillips, Bassoon, Band
Alex Ramirez, Tuba/Sousaphone, Band
Amanda Roman, Alto 2, Mixed Chorus
Chandler Rosenzweig, French Horn, Orchestra
Matthias Roth, Baritone Sax, Band
Danielle Shokrian, Bb Clarinet, Band
Samantha Snow, Alto 1, Mixed Chorus
Thomas Walsh, Alto 2, Mixed Chorus

Living History at East

The entire fourth grade at East School in the Long Beach Public Schools created a Living Museum on Oct. 31, when they brought history into the building’s gymnasium. Organized by teachers Rebecca Wesselhoft and Christine Walsh, students portrayed influential individuals from the past and shared engaging lessons with parents and other guests.

Students in each fourth-grade class spent time researching their subject in the school’s library as well as at home. They chose facts to communicate, made props in the innovation station and developed speeches. The event featured an expo of presentation boards displayed by students dressed to the theme. While Halloween brought costumes of all types, these students sported attire that told true, impactful stories. 

The represented figures ranged from athletes to inventors, from famous authors to positive leaders. Among them were Thomas Jefferson, Helen Keller, Sacagawea, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anne Frank, Jackie Robinson, Cleopatra, Coco Chanel, Robert E. Lee, Stan Lee, Wayne Gretzky and many more. The fourth-grade teachers dressed and assembled to form Mt. Rushmore.  

Dr. Lorraine Radice Moves Into Director Role

Dr. Lorraine Radice Moves Into Director Role photo
Long Beach Public Schools’ longtime teacher, Dr. Lorraine Radice, has taken on the role of Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She was a teacher in the district for 10 years before this appointment, which was made in September, and has been strongly committed to teacher professional development in Long Beach and many learning initiatives, particularly those involving literacy. 

Dr. Radice has taught English Language Arts/ENL, Activities Promoting Thinking (enrichment) and science at Long Beach Middle School and also served as a literacy specialist for grades 6-8. As a member of the district’s Literacy Task Force, she has collaborated with administrators, teachers and coaches on efforts to promote literacy culture across the district. She helped to coordinate a district-level narrative writing project as well as the middle school’s annual book talk and wrote curriculum for the sixth-grade Literacy course. She has taught the ENL summer school program, ENL Content and Language Support programs after school, Summer Language Enrichment Program for English Language Learners in grades 6-12 and summer school for high school juniors. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Radice served as coordinator of the new teacher Mentor Program, led a committee that contributed toward the No Place For Hate initiative, served as a grade 6 team leader, and led numerous districtwide professional development workshops as a staff developer with the Long Beach Teacher Center.   She coached Odyssey of the Mind teams for five years and led groups to attain Long Island regional championship status for several years. 

Dr. Radice also shares her literacy expertise as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, where she earned both her Ph.D. and Master of Science Education degree in Literacy Studies. She teaches courses in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education, specifically Literacy Studies.  She has presented at national conferences, including National Council of Teachers of English and Whole Language Umbrella, as well as various Hofstra University forums, including the Literature and Imagination Conference and the student chapter of ASCD.  Dr. Radice recently submitted a book chapter to be published that features her dissertation research that was conducted in Long Beach Middle School.  

Lindell Historical Museum

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Fifth-graders at Lindell School brought the past to life on Oct. 26, when they presented a Historical Museum. Students portrayed individuals who have left lasting, significant impacts on the world and learned from one another through presentations and activities!

Lindell moves forward with kindness and tradition

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Lindell Elementary School students and staff stepped out for a cause on Oct. 19 during the annual schoolwide “Walk it Forward” event. The effort was a great success and raised $2,400 for the Joe Farrell Foundation. 

The Lindell family marched over to the Long Beach Recreation Center, where festively-dressed, spirited students and staff members were radiating with positive energy to share. The school’s drummers helped to create an atmosphere of excitement and celebration. This year’s walk also supported Lindell’s “Creating a Positive Vision” objective for Red Ribbon Week.

The group recited cheers and songs that encompassed the themes of respect, acceptance, compassion and helping others. Thanks to the PTA, everyone had a blue Lindell t-shirt to wear. 

Long Beach Welcomes Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Long Beach Welcomes Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction photo
The Long Beach Public Schools are pleased to welcome Dr. Ayesha McArthur as interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She officially began her new role on Oct. 9. Dr. McArthur comes to Long Beach from Maryland, where she honed her administrative experience as an elementary school principal since 2007. 

In Maryland, Dr. McArthur was principal of Greencastle Elementary School, prior to which she was principal of Twin Ridge Elementary School and Hillcrest Elementary School. Before that, she held a principal’s post at Claxton Elementary School in North Carolina, and earlier on was an assistant principal at Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport and a supervisor of middle level instruction in the Uniondale Schools. She began her career in education as a teacher. 

During her time as a principal, Dr. McArthur was heavily involved in curriculum, instruction and assessment. She evaluated programs and made recommendations for improvement, coordinated aspects of Academic Intervention Services and Response to Intervention processes, led implementation of new curricula, developed mentoring and outreach programs, created professional development opportunities, fostered relationships with community organizations and trained teachers, among many other responsibilities. 

Dr. McArthur obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from South Carolina State University and her Doctor of Education and Master of Education degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers College. 

LBHS announces 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian

LBHS announces 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian photo
Long Beach High School is proud to announce Joshua Kapilian and Dmytro Vremenko as the Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Both seniors have numerous achievements to their names and are National Honor Society members as well as International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates. 

Recently named a National Merit Commended Student, Joshua has excelled academically with numerous awards and achievements. He attended the Columbia Science Honors Program since seventh grade, earned the Intel Award for Excellence in Computer Science and second- and third-place distinctions at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair and took second-place at the Long Island Science Congress before advancing to receive an honorable mention at the state-level contest. He is also an outstanding math student, having placed first in the Nassau County Science Fair for Mathematics/Computer Science, earned acceptance to the Institute for Creative Problem Solving and been named a Long Island Scholar. He attended the Math Research Institute and won the Gold Medal at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair for his work. He also served as president and captain of the school Math Club and achieved the second highest individual score in Nassau County at the New York State Math League. He plans to pursue the computer science field in college.

“Being able to go to science research competitions and seeing the great things students are able to do locally inspired me,” Joshua said. 

Joshua is also an accomplished musician and member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. His talents as a vocalist, violist and pianist have led him to participate in the symphonic orchestra, select choir, Soundwaves a capella group, jazz band and chamber orchestra. He was selected for three All-State ensembles, is a six-time All-County musician, performed in the Long Island String Festival Association concerts twice and attended the 2018 School of Orchestral Studies of the New York State Summer School of the Arts. He has also held roles in theater productions. 

Dmytro is a member of the Math Club’s board and participates in DECA and the Senior Class organization. He is also a successful science research student, with aspirations to study biological chemistry or medicinal chemistry, and worked in an organic chemistry lab at Farmingdale State College over the summer. He has played travel soccer for four years and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, as well as a lifeguard and swim instructor.

When reflecting on his high school experience, Dmytro noted that the science classes he has taken, along with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, have been of immense value. 

“The IB curriculum and its application to life outside of school is really able to mold us into well-rounded individuals,” he said. 

Both students have sound advice to share with younger peers as far as managing time and being successful in their endeavors. They agreed that following one’s passion is a priority and that students will find the utmost benefit in taking classes that interest them. 

“In terms of classes, start early in the routine of getting ahead on your work,” Joshua said. “The earlier the better.” 

“Figure out a routine that works for you personally and apply it to as many forces as you can,” Dmytro added. 

Harlem Wizards head back to LB!


Students from East School, West School and Long Beach Middle School received lessons in sportsmanship, determination and effort on Oct. 12, thanks to a visit from Harlem Wizards basketball player Dwayne Simpson. Known as “Swoop,” Simpson shared his skills and talents, then involved students in drills and other activities.

Swoop’s first stop was East School, where he addressed kindergarteners through fifth-graders. He engaged several students and staff members in a basketball drill and challenged them to be on the lookout for tricks. He then made his way over to the middle school and concluded his tour with an afternoon presentation at West.

The day helped build excitement for a game that will be held on Nov. 5, when the Harlem Wizards will face off against Long Beach teachers and community leaders with a halftime show featuring guest singer Alexandra Starr. Hosted by the East School PTA, it will be held in the High School gym at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at Prices vary, so please visit the website for specific details. 

LB Coach and Teacher Makes Adelphi’s Athletic Hall of Fame

The Long Beach Public Schools congratulates girls varsity lacrosse team head coach and Lindell School physical education teacher Rachel Ray for her induction to Adelphi University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Ms. Ray was formally welcomed to this prestigious list of star athletes on Oct. 11 during a ceremony held at Chateau Briand in Carle Place.

Adelphi Athletics’ 47th Hall of Fame Induction featured six esteemed individuals who have brought significant contributions to the university’s sports program. Ms. Ray was named the Adelphi University Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and holds an impressive set of achievements on the field. She played lacrosse at Adelphi from 2006-2009, during which she became an All-Time Points Leader, two-time Division II national champion, MVP of the NCAA Division II Final Four and Senior All-Star Game, three-time All-American, NCAA Tewaaraton Trophy Top 25 nominee, two-time NCAA Tewaaraton “Watch List” honoree, NCAA Playoff All-Tournament team member, NCAA Statistical Champion for Most Assists in a NCAA tournament game and tournament, East Coast Conference Player of the Year and Division II Leader in Assists per Game.

In addition to providing 10 seasons of valuable guidance to the lacrosse team, Ms. Ray has served as an assistant coach for the Long Beach varsity boys soccer team and winter track team. She was recognized as Long Beach Coach of the Year in 2017. 

Middle School students send support to hurricane victims

Middle School students send support to hurricane victims photo
Long Beach Middle School seventh-graders Kayla Cadou and Kelis Walsh organized a stuffed animal drive to bring comfort to students at the College Road Early Childhood Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. The area was impacted by Hurricane Florence in September, and after experiencing the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy in 2010, the Long Beach students had a strong desire to help. 

Kayla and Kelis developed the idea for this initiative as part of a goal-setting assignment in their Home Economics class, and decided to expand it to involve the entire school. Principal Paul Romanelli put them in touch with the CRECC principal Rachel Greer, who was appreciative of their outreach. They explained how much they were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and expressed that the loving support they received from other communities as they rebuilt left them eager to pay it forward.

The two girls spread the word amongst their peers and teachers and made morning announcements to help promote it. Approximately two weeks later, they had collected numerous boxes and bags filled with teddy bears and other stuffed animals that they hope will make the North Carolina children smile.   

#LBReads Mystery Guest Readers of the Day - 10/16

Tonight's mystery guest reader is Mr. Romanelli!!!

Click here to watch a video

HS Criminalistics Students Receive Lessons From LB Police Department

Approximately 30 students in Long Beach High School’s Criminalistics courses (formerly known as SUPA Forensics) offered through Molloy University went on a field trip to the Long Beach Police Department on Oct. 4. They received a brief introduction to the patrol and detective divisions from Detective Lt. Stefan Chernaski, Detective Lt. Dodge, Detective Sgt. Michael Bulik and police officer Darren Brennan.

Students were introduced to different types of patrol vehicles and learned how officers look up vehicle information from plate scanners in three different locations in town. They saw the standard issue tactical vest and uniform, body armor, duty belt and other equipment. The entire operation of the police department was explained, from the roles of the auxiliary police department and special officer division all the way up to the responsibilities of the police commissioner. Fingerprint examination was also conducted at the station, and the function and use of the Intoxilyzer (breathalyzer) in alcohol-related criminal offenses was reviewed.

The detective division created scenarios that challenged the students’ abilities to think critically and quickly, as police officers and detectives must do. Activities involved supplying physical descriptions of suspects, drug testing kit utilization and detecting whether or not an individual is telling the truth.  

“This trip serves to be the beginning of a long-lasting connection between the students of the Criminalistics program here at LBHS and the men and women that work in law enforcement every day here in Long Beach,” said teacher Timothy Cabasino. 

First WRaP Night Brings Students and Parents Together for Reading

The district's first WRaP Night was a success! Students and their parents gathered in the library at Lido School for an evening that encouraged all to wonder, read and play. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher welcomed attendees and discussed the significance of the WRaP initiative. Director of K-5 Elementary Curriculum Dr. Lorraine Radice explained the objectives of the event and shared a story about the discoveries that wonder can bring. Parents and their children, who were invited to come comfortably dressed in pajamas, together read books of their choice. They were provided with questions to consider in order to further inspire learning before, during and after reading.

Long Beach HS Wall of Fame Welcomes Newest Inductees

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Long Beach High School held its 21st Wall of Fame dedication on Oct. 6, welcoming four exemplary individuals as they were officially made part of the district’s history. They now have their names listed among others who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to students, athletics and the community as a whole. 

This celebration distinguished Joe Brand, Derrick Fontaine, Patrick E. Gallagher and New York State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, each of whom received plaques and acknowledgment from speakers. Members of the Board of Education, administration and community gathered in the high school commons for this meaningful event. 

Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Gallagher and Principal Jeffrey Myers presented remarks, as did Harvey Weisenberg and master of ceremonies Steve Kohut. Board of Education President Dr.  Dennis Ryan addressed each of the honorees personally and praised them on their accomplishments. 

Joe Brand has coached the Long Beach High School hockey team for 25 years, leading it to great success. Under his guidance, the team achieved three state titles and 11 county championship victories. He additionally founded and has directed the Long Beach Lightning Youth Hockey program and introduced many programs in the city of Long Beach as commissioner of parks and recreation. 

Derrick Fontaine is a member of Long Beach High School’s Class of 2001 and made his mark as an athlete. He won two county championships and achieved All-State and All-American distinctions for wrestling. The two-year captain of the wrestling team was voted “Champion of Champions” and “Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament” at the Nassau County Wrestling Tournament and placed second at the High School National Championships. He went on to teach and eventually become an assistant principal in Florida. 

Long Beach High School Class of 1964 graduate Patrick E. Gallagher served as a member of the district’s Board of Education for 12 years, four of which he spent as president. He spearheaded a bond referendum that led to numerous educational enhancements and improvements to facilities. He also worked as a Long Beach lifeguard for 22 years and held the chief of lifeguards role for two of them, and initiated the local Police Athletic League girls lacrosse program. A retired principal, Gallagher is now an adjunct professor and curriculum associate. 

Sen. Kaminsky is also a Long Beach High School alumnus, having graduated in 1996. He has been a strong advocate for education and led causes for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, differently abled students and 9/11 first responders. Prior to joining the New York State Senate, he held a successful career as a prosecutor and won the True American Hero Award at the United States Attorney’s Office. 

Buy a Brick!

Long Beach High School’s National Honor Society is pleased to offer our community the Buy a Brick fundraising campaign. Honor your legacy at Long Beach High School by purchasing a commemorative brick to be laid at the entrance to the school.

Your contribution will add to the beauty of our high school. In addition, proceeds will be used to provide scholarships to National Honor Society graduates.

Commemorative bricks, which cost $100, are 4x8 inches and can accommodate up to three lines of text. The bricks will be installed in the spring of 2019, and donors will be invited to a special celebration to view the finished entryway.

Each brick can fit a maximum of 14 characters per line. Use the boxes below to indicate what you would like your brick to say. Your inscription must fit into the boxes below. Each box represents a letter, number, space or punctuation mark. (No special characters please.) The text will be centered on the brick, but you do not need to center it on the order form.


The Memory Project

Long Beach High School’s IB Art students participated in the Memory Project, for which they created portraits of children in Afghanistan as a way to bring them happiness, peace, care and support.

Memory Project Video

A homecoming win for Long Beach

Long Beach High School made 2018 Homecoming one to remember on Oct. 5, when the Marines football team triumphed against Westbury’s Green Dragons with a final score of 41-13.  Preceded by a pep rally, fundraiser and carnival, the game was filled with exuberance and pride.

The bleachers at Veterans Field presented a display of community spirit, packed with fans dressed in blue. The marching band and cheerleaders provided entertainment throughout the evening and, along with members of the color guard, presented a spectacular halftime show to a ‘70s-themed soundtrack. Giovanni Mangiafreno and Jessica Thursland were crowned homecoming king and queen. 

The annual homecoming carnival, sponsored by the high school’s Student Government Organization, was held in the middle school gymnasium and featured an assortment of family fun, games and refreshments. 

The annual afternoon pep rally was held at the high school’s Alumni Field and featured the introduction of teams, a preview of the halftime performances and other demonstrations of school spirit. Attendees cheered on their classmates and gave extra shout-outs to the seniors who were participating in their final homecoming as high school students. Class Olympics games brought friendly competition, including a student/faculty sponge challenge that raised funds for North Shore University Hospital. 


LBHS Celebrates at 2018 Pep Rally

Long Beach High School's 2018 Homecoming Pep Rally brought performances by the marching band, cheerleaders and color guard, introductions of sports teams, crowning of King and Queen Giovanni Mangiafreno and Jessica Thursland, Class Olympics games and a student/faculty sponge challenge that raised funds for North Shore University Hospital. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.!

Coffee Hour with the Superintendent

Join Dr. Gallagher for coffee and share your thoughts on all of the ways we are working to make Long Beach a place where students shine.

Tuesday, October 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 10, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 12: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

All gatherings are in the Administrative Office Conference Room.

LBHS congratulates four National Merit Commended Students

LBHS congratulates four National Merit Commended Students photo
Four Long Beach High School seniors have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lauren Bulik, Joshua Kapilian, Jack Palmer and Thomas Walsh represent the nation’s pool of highest scorers on the 2017 PSAT, which was taken by more than 1.6 million students. 

All four students are National Honor Society members and International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates who excel in multiple areas in addition to academics. Lauren is president of the Key Club, an editor for the Fragments literary magazine and an award-winning science research participant. Joshua serves as president of the Math Club and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, was recently selected to the NYSSMA All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble and All-State Orchestra and has achieved awards for his science research as well. Jack, a skilled athlete, is captain of the boys varsity volleyball team and has received All-County distinctions. Thomas is president of Tri-M and DECA, is an officer for the National Honor Society and was selected to the NYSSMA All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble and All-State Mixed Chorus. 

Approximately 34,000 earned the Commended Student distinction in acknowledgment of their academic promise. 

LBHS Students Explore College Options

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Approximately 40 colleges and universities were represented at an event presented by Long Beach High School’s counseling department on September 17. The mini-fair featured an assortment of booths in the gymnasium, where representatives from the various schools across the nation provided information about their programs, admission requirements, campus life and more. 

Seniors visited their stations of interest and took brochures and other materials as they embark upon their application ventures. They had the opportunity to further their explorations during a Grade 12 College Information Night held that evening. Financial Aid Night and Grade 9 Parent Night events are slated for October 4 and 24, respectively. Visit to view the full calendar. 
 Delivering an educational program that supports college and career readiness is one of the district’s major priorities. The counseling department and other members of the high school staff will continue to work closely with seniors and their parents throughout the school year as the students make decisions that will help shape their futures. 

Lindell is ‘Chalk-Full’ of Self-Expression

Lindell Elementary School continued its traditional “Chalk the Walk” activity on Sept. 21 as a way to emphasize social-emotional learning, self-awareness and empathy. The annual event reviews identifiers, associated vocabulary words and visual representations for an assortment of emotions.

Students explored a rainbow of feelings and learned to identify their own as well as recognize those in others. In the fresh air and sunshine, they expressed themselves through art using colored chalk. The sidewalks grounds were decorated with a collage of pictures. 

The district’s approach to social and emotional learning focuses on the key competencies of self-awareness, social awareness, relationship tools, responsible decision-making and self-management. 

Teambuilding is Key for LBMS Seventh-Graders

On the first day of school, Long Beach Middle School’s seventh-grade students and teachers participated in a "Getting to Know You" walkabout activity. They split into small groups and travelled through three classrooms and a hallway where poster boards were displayed featuring a variety of topics. Participants learned about one another as they shared everything from their dreams and goals to their favorite colors, books, subjects, foods, etc. They anonymously wrote their input, which they discussed with the members of their groups. Together they shared laughs, stories and support as they kicked off the school year.

Surfer’s Healing Brings Positivity to Long Beach Students

Surfer’s Healing Brings Positivity to Long Beach Students photo
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Long Beach students were proud to show off their medals after they set out to sea on Sept. 12 during the annual Surfers Healing Surf Camp. This safe and inspiring setting for surfing brought members of Long Beach High School’s Life Skills program and the district’s special education program together with students from neighboring schools for an extraordinary ocean experience.

At Anchor Beach in Lido Beach, professional Surfers Healing instructors fit participants for life jackets and brought them into the water on long boards. Students put trust and confidence in themselves and their instructors as they stood up on the boards and rode waves back to the shore. Student volunteers from Long Beach High School handed out medals and offered encouragement to their peers.

Surfers Healing seeks to enhance the lives of children and teens with special needs, specifically those with autism. The organization’s stellar team, coupled with the ocean’s therapeutic effect has been making a difference in the lives of its participants for 18 years. This was one of many one-day Surfers Healing camps held across the nation and was organized in partnership with the Town of Hempstead.

Jesse Hubbs Selected for NYSSMA Piano Showcase

Jesse Hubbs Selected for NYSSMA Piano Showcase photo
Long Beach Middle School sixth-grader Jesse Hubbs has been selected to participate in the 13th Annual Piano Showcase at the 2018 New York State School Music Association All State Conference. Out of 110 applicants, he is among only 13 that were chosen to perform in Rochester at the end of November.  

Last spring, as a West School fifth-grader, Jesse achieved a perfect score of 100 on his NYSSMA Festival solo evaluation at level 6 – the highest and most advanced division. This contributed to his acceptance to the Piano Showcase, as did his application and recorded audition. Jesse performed “Polichinelle” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, which he also presented locally during a feature on Long Beach High School’s Morning Show. He has been playing the piano since 2012 and also plays the cello. 

“This is an incredible honor for this talented young musician, and we are so proud to have him representing Long Beach,” said Director of Media, Visual and Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro. Jesse was nominated for the showcase by music teacher Vanessa Krywe. 

Nina Capofarri Earns Scholar-Artist Award

Nina Capofarri Earns Scholar-Artist Award photo
Long Beach High School senior Nina Capofarri has been recognized as a Scholar-Artist through the Long Island Arts Alliance in the category of Media Arts. She was formally recognized at a ceremony held at the LIU Post campus’s Tilles Center on Sept. 12, where her work was featured. 

The Long Island Scholar Artist program honors students for their excellence in academics as well as a specific area of the arts. Four students were chosen per category, and Nina is the only one in hers that received special remarks about her work at the celebration. 

Nina is a member of Long Beach High School’s National Honor Society and an officer in the National Art Honor Society. She has earned distinctions from the Art Supervisors Association, the Heckscher Museum of Art and Huntington Camera Club and was selected to participate in Adelphi University’s “For the Love of Art program.”

Scholar-Artists will again be honored at an end-of-year reception this spring. 

LBHS musicians to perform in All-State ensemble

LBHS musicians to perform in All-State ensemble photo
Long Beach High School is proud to announce five students’ acceptances to All-State music ensembles and four alternate selections. These students were recognized based on their New York State School Music Association audition solos last spring, and the All-State performers will take the stage at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester. 

John Aebly joins the All-State Symphonic Band. Joshua Kapilian and Thomas Walsh will participate in the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble and are also alternates; Joshua for the All-State Orchestra and Thomas for the All-State Mixed Chorus. Alec Chasin will be part of the Symphonic Band and Layla Hakimzadeh and Shea McMahon were selected as All-State alternates. 

These Long Beach musicians, all of whom are members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, represent their school with talent and dedication. Senior John is drum major for the marching band and is a member of the wind ensemble, jazz band and Soundwaves acapella group. Alec, a senior and clarinetist, is an IB Music candidate involved in the pit orchestra, jazz band and wind ensemble. Layla, also a clarinetist, is a junior and participates in marching band, color guard and wind ensemble. Joshua is a senior and, in addition to his talents as a vocalist, plays the viola and piano. He performs in the symphonic orchestra, select choir, Soundwaves, jazz band and chamber orchestra and attended the 2018 School of Orchestral Studies of the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Shea is a senior and vocalist and is co-leader of Soundwaves, along with fellow senior Thomas. President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Thomas is a vocalist and member of the select choir. He additionally plays guitar and harmonica. Last year, Joshua and Thomas performed in All-State ensembles and John, Joshua and Shea were in the school’s production of Grease. 

The NYSSMA Winter Conference will be held at the Rochester Convention Center from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.



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