Students donate ‘Dimes for Diabetes’

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The faculty, staff and students of William Rall Elementary School in the Lindenhurst Union Free School District collectively raised close to $340 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.            

The effort was lead by kindergarten teacher, Michelle Keogh, whose daughter has Type 1 diabetes. Kindergarten and first-grade classes raised approximately $200 during their Dimes for Diabetes drive. The top fundraising class was Christine Pelo's first grade with a total of $54.69.          

The staff at William Rall joined the cause and purchased paper sneakers for donations, raising an additional $140. The funds raised went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a valuable resource to many families like the Keogh family. 

Information Regarding Cold War Veterans' Tax Exemption

During a special Board of Education meeting held at the McKenna Administration on November 30, the Board approved the Cold war Veterans' Tax Exemption unanimously.

CLICK HERE to review more detailed information regarding the exemption.

Explanation of Changes to the 2017-18 Secondary ICT Program

CLICK HERE to review an explanation of the changes to the Secondary ICT Program for the 2017-18 school year.

Information Regarding High School Yearbooks

This is a reminder to all high school seniors and their families that high school yearbooks can be purchased by using the link below.

The current cost of a yearbook is $110 and on January 1,2017 the price will increase to $125.  Additionally, the deadline for uploading baby pictures, elementary and middle school to be included in the yearbook is February 1st. 

CLICK HERE to purchase a Lindenhurst High School Yearbook. 

Important Health Information Regarding Pertussis

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Creating Cultural Connections

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Daniel Street Elementary School fourth-graders explored the culture of the Eastern Woodland Indians with the assistance of the “Journeys into American Indian Territory” program. The unique and interactive presentation lead by guest presenters Maddie Cheers and Marianne Chasen allowed students to learn about the daily life of Eastern Woodland boys and girls through hands-on activities, games, role play and a traveling museum of authentic artifacts and artwork.

Throughout the day, students explored the traditional gender roles of the boys and girls in the tribe and learned about the skills they would have acquired such as hunting, gathering and weaving. They shared traditional stories and played Native American games such as Atenana, that taught respect and teamwork, important principals in the Native American culture. Additionally, fourth-graders made their very own clay pots, pounded corn into flour and took part in a governing exercise that demonstrated to students the way the Native Americans viewed laws and leadership roles.

District Lead Testing Results and Remediation Response Report - Nov. 10, 2016

CLICK HERE to review the District Lead Testing Results and Remediation Response Rport - Nov. 10, 2016.

Experiencing Democracy Firsthand

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The district’s students are learning that as members of a democratic society, we all have civic responsibilities. These concepts are explored in a variety of curricular areas, whether through literature and persuasive and opinion writing in English language arts, the discussion of history and the branches of the government in social studies, or the volunteerism and community service in which so many students are involved.

For some, this year’s election has created an opportunity to connect these lessons to current events. At the high school, five Advanced Placement Government students attended the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, participated in a mock debate and spoke with several news broadcasters.

At the elementary level, students learn about the civic responsibility of voting and the U.S. election process. This year, several classes in grades three through five read thematic articles or anthology stories such as “Vote” and “Our Voices Count,” while others strengthened their research skills and reviewed current event topics using age-appropriate Weekly Reader magazines. After formulating their own opinions, elementary students wrote persuasive essays and designed campaign posters. Some also wrote opinion pieces regarding their thoughts on what the characteristics of a good president are, based upon their learning of how government works. “A good president should take care of the country,” said fourth-grader Natalie Ramirez.

In past years, the voting process had been explored as students cast votes for their favorite foods, colors, book genres, etc. This year, some classes had the opportunity to experience voting firsthand by casting anonymous votes for the presidential candidate of their choice during mock elections at their schools.

More important than who the students selected for president was the opportunity they had to participate in the democratic process. “It’s good for us to learn about voting,” said fifth-grader Aaron Diplan. “In the Constitution, it says the power belongs to the people. If we don’t vote, we have no power.”

Hope For Youth Overview

In support of the district’s consistent effort of providing students with opportunities to make good decisions and live healthy lives, the district has introduced the Hope for Youth program districtwide for students in grades three and four. Students will receive weekly lessons from trained professionals and explore a range of topics including goal setting, managing stress and effective communication, along with peer pressure refusal, the effects of alcohol and tobacco, and making positive choices. 

CLICK HERE to review the areas of focus and lesson overviews.

A Spooktacular Halloween

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    Throughout the district, staff and students got into the spooky spirit of things and took part in a variety of Halloween festivities. Several of the elementary schools held annual Halloween parades in which students marched throughout the hallways of their buildings and, in many cases, outdoors to show off colorful and creative costumes to those who gathered to watch.                

First-grade students of Harding Avenue Elementary visited senior citizens at the Lindenhurst Rainbow Center for the annual Halloween show. They paraded in costumes, sang songs, recited poems and danced. Every senior citizen received a little pumpkin from a student and was wowed by the finale of “I’m Proud to be an American” sung by the students.                

While many children use pumpkins this time of year to create jack-o-lanterns, students of Erica Bohrer’s first-grade class at Daniel Street Elementary School and Maria Ieradi’s third-grade class at West Gates Avenue Elementary School used the gourds to explore the scientific method.                

Students formed questions, established hypothesis, made observations and recorded the results of experiments involving pumpkins. For the younger ones, questions included how many counting cubes were needed to balance the weight of a pumpkin, and does a pumpkin sink or float. Students at the third-grade level expanded their study to explore how the weight of a pumpkin effects the number of seeds produced.                

Fourth-graders of West Gates also held a “Fall Festivities” event in which they conducted balloon races, explored “spooky feely boxes,” wrote haiku poetry and used M&M’s for graphing.                 

Third-grade students in Lauren Whitenack and Maura McLoughlin’s class at Alleghany Avenue Elementary School used pumpkins to bring books to life. Students selected a book to read, then decorated a pumpkin to reflect their favorite character. Students presented their opinion writing along with their decorated pumpkins.

Important Information Regarding the Transportation Department

Please be advised that there is important information regarding the Board approved mileage limits for school bus transportation located on the district's transportation website. There you will also fine printable forms that may require your attention.

The transportation page can be found by clicking on the Transportation Information link under the Parents/Students section of the district homepage.

 

 

Join the Wall of Heroes

Lindenhurst  students and graduates have much to be proud of. They embody the high school motto of "Leadership, Honor and Scholarship” in many of their endeavors.            

A large number of alumni have gone on to serve our country and defend our basic freedoms. The district wishes to honor those brave members of the Lindenhurst school community by including their names on the “Lindy Grad Vets” Wall of Heroes.            

To be considered, one must complete the application located on the right of this page where it says "Wall of Heroes Application" and provide either proof of graduation from Lindenhurst or proof of service in the form of a DD214.

Please note that when submitting any information that may include personal details such as social security information, it is the responsibility of the veteran to conceal that information.

The district extends its heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of its veterans for their dedication and commitment to service.

December 08, 2016