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A Message from the Superintendent

Yesterday, two middle school students reported that they believed they were being followed home (near Park and Neptune) by an older woman, possibly followed by a car or van. The woman did not make contact or attempt to communicate with the students, who got home safely and reported the incident to their parents and to the police. I spoke with the Long Beach Police Commissioner a little while ago, and they have put extra cars in the area just as a precaution.

While obviously we aren't sure whether or not this woman was deliberately following the students, this is a good opportunity to remind our students to travel with a group when possible, to be aware of their surroundings, and to always reach out if something makes them feel uncomfortable. We'll do that in school, and we'd ask that parents reiterate that message at home as well.

Parent Academy: Coaching Our Kids - October 23, 2019

Parent Academy: Coaching Our Kids is on October 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Long Beach Middle School Auditorium. Parent Academy: Coaching Our Kids will address the important role that adults play in students' lives in guiding them to experience success. Parents will learn about the importance of practice time for reading at home and ways to encourage perseverance through challenging tasks in all academic areas. Parents will have an opportunity to enter free raffles to win gift cards to local business, educational activity games for children, and book bundles! Please register by October 16! Click the following link to register:

La Academia Elemental Para Padres es el 23 de octubre a las 6:30 p.m. en el auditorio de Long Beach Middle School. La Academia Elemental Para Padres abordará el importante papel que juegan los adultos en la vida de los estudiantes para guiarlos a experimentar el éxito. Los padres aprenderán sobre la importancia del tiempo de práctica para leer en casa y las formas de alentar la perseverancia a través de tareas desafiantes en todas las áreas académicas. ¡Los padres tendrán la oportunidad de participar en rifas gratis para ganar tarjetas de regalo para negocios locales, juegos de actividades educativas para niños y paquetes de libros! ¡Por favor regístrese antes del 16 de octubre! Registrar:

LB’s Julia Lang-Shapiro Awarded for Art Education Advocacy

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Long Beach Public Schools Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts Julia Lang Shapiro has once again been selected for the Award of Excellence from the Council for Art Education in recognition for her work as an arts advocate in New York State.  She receives this accolade jointly with Heather McCutcheon and Donnalyn Shuster, all of whom New York State’s co-chairpersons for Youth Art Month.

The three honorees earned this award based on their Youth Art Month programs’ ability to support arts in education and meet an assortment of criteria. Youth Art Month promotes visual arts and art education in the United States. In the district, the initiative will be celebrated with an art show at the Magnolia Senior Center within the schools through exhibits and special projects. 

 The award will be presented at the Nation Art Education Association conference in March 2020, where Ms. Lang-Shapiro is presenting workshops on arts administration and mixed media art. She is also NAEA-Eastern Region Representative for Supervision and Administration and Art Supervisors Association Vice President, and spearheaded New York’s Youth Art Month program in collaboration with Ms. Shuster 11 years ago.

Author Inspires at LBMS

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Long Beach Middle School students welcomed author Alyson Gerber for an inspiring presentation on Sept. 25. She discussed her books, Focused and Braced, and autographed copies for her audience members. Gerber also spoke about her life experiences, which included challenges with ADHD and having to wear a brace for scoliosis. She shared that while the events in the book were all fiction, the feelings were all real. The visit encouraged confidence in students as well as kindness and acceptance toward others.

Long Beach Senior Named National Merit Commended Student

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Long Beach High School is proud to congratulate Daniel Barto for being named a National Merit Commended Student. 

A senior, Daniel is among 34,000 Letters of Commendation recipients nationwide who earned this honor based on their PSAT scores. This is an elite pool, considering that the PSAT, which serves as the National Merit Scholarship Program qualifying test, is taken by approximately 1.5 million students annually.

Daniel’s school involvement is extensive, as he is a National Honor Society member, Robotics Club participant and varsity volleyball, hockey and lacrosse athlete, achieving All-County Honorable Mention distinction in the latter. He also plans to join the Fragments literary magazine this year. Daniel hopes to pursue a college and career path in engineering after he graduates in June.