Winter Concert Schedule
Attached you will find the schedule for the Winter Concerts.
Veterans Symposium Educates
A panel of veterans spoke with students at Lindenhurst High School in commemorating Veteran’s Day. Organized by peer leaders, the panel spoke each period throughout the school day and answered questions from students. Representatives who served in the Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Marine Corps explained to high school students about life as veterans.
Lindenhurst graduates Al Daub, Chris Delaney and Jim Gallagher, along with Catherine Doherty and Peter Brasile, were among the veterans who shared their experiences with the Lindenhurst students. “We are excited the veterans spoke about their real-life experiences,” said Matt Boccanfuso.
Afterschool Program Celebrates Holiday
The Lindenhurst School District’s after-school recreational program held a special program to celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays. Students enjoyed creating paper turkeys, tasting and charting their favorite apples and pumpkin bowling. The finale included singing and dancing.
The district’s after-school recreational program is a program for students with autistic spectrum disorders. The program is designed for students to have time to generalize the skills they learned during the school day, increase parent support and to have consistency between home and school. The program allows students to address skills in a naturalistic setting and affords them an opportunity to interact with other peers in a social setting.
Harding Students Visit Lindenhurst Library
Harding Avenue Elementary School students from Ms. Curran and Ms. Passanant’s classes enjoyed a field trip to the Lindenhurst Public Library. Students listened to two stories about Thanksgiving, sat at the tables in the Children’s Room, and then used their library cards to take books home. “Each student truly enjoyed the visit to the library,” said Ms. Curran.
Students Awarded for Exceptional Service
Lindenhurst School District recognized 37 students with the prestigious Presidential Service Award, given to those who complete a minimum of 50 hours of community service. Students were honored at a recent PTA council meeting, during which Assemblyman Robert Sweeney presented certificates and pins.
These award recipients are leading their young lives by example, the proof being how this program has encouraged others to volunteer their time. A special thank you goes to Lindenhurst High School student Ryan Winston, who accumulated 258 hours of community service.
Congratulations to the following service award recipients:
Gold: Christina Cardino, Leann Dalton, Kayla Geyer, Aaron Lindenberg, Kyle Lindenberg, Jarred Jay Navarro, Toni Panzer and Ryan Winston.
Silver: Anthony Smith and Kevin Winston.
Bronze: Sabrina Baron, Alyssa Berrent, Bryan Berrent, Nicole Cardino, Vanessa Cardino, Melissa Castiglione, Steven Corbo, Joseph D’Antonio, Tianna D”Italia, Ryan Eastby, Maxwell Forte, Kristi Geyer, Isabella Gragnano, Aden Hutter, Aleah Rose Irizarry, Gabriella Krasnobebski, Ethan Lindenberg, Jared Lindenberg, Anelina MenDell, Michael Newman, Carl Palladino, Andrew Prendergast, Christina Taparata, Robert Tretola, Christopher Tringone and Robert Tringone.
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Middle School Students Earn a Breakfast for Champions
Continuing the 15-year tradition, the Lindenhurst Middle School’s Breakfast for Champions honors students who characterize “Lindy Pride.” Each month, selected students are honored for their excellent achievements with a breakfast at the Lindencrest Diner.
Students, parents, teachers and administrators enjoyed a breakfast to recognize those special students nominated by their teachers. “These students do great work. They give all the effort in the world,” said Principal Frank Naccarato. “This is what it is all about!”
Congratulations to Michael Anderson, Stephanie Conway, Nick DiGaetano, Ronald Grant, Erik Hanke, Luke Korzenko, Juan Montenegro, Taimur Qureshi and Madison Trumino.
Fifth Graders Collect and Learn About UNICEF
Fifth-grade students in Suzanne Prenderville’s class at West Gates Avenue Elementary School collected $180.26 for UNICEF throughout the month of October.
While learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as a part of the Common Core curriculum, students viewed a UNICEF video entitled "For Every Child." The class was inspired by the work UNICEF does, especially in children's health and education and decided to bring in coins and raise money for the organization. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, and quality basic education.
“They almost filled a half-gallon milk container with coins and dollars,” said Ms. Prenderville. “The students are extremely proud of their donation.”
Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts New Members
The Lindenhurst High School Tri-M Music Honor Society recently inducted six new members at the annual ceremony and recital. The Tri-M – which stands for Modern Music Masters – is an organization which admits music students from grades 9-12 that exhibit high musical and academic achievement. Candidates are selected based on scholarship, character, leadership, cooperation and service.
Tri-M inductees were: Angeline Andres, Eric Johansen, Anna Kurianowicz, Shannan Schmidt, Alexandra Senal and Vincent Vicari. Each new member was presented with a pin and letter of congratulations at the induction ceremony. Following the presentation, current Tri-M members performed musical selections. A reception for members and their families concluded the celebration.
“We are very fortunate to have such talented and dedicated students at LHS,” explained Rose Marvel, coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts. “The wonderful part of Tri-M is that students from each performing group (band, chorus and orchestra) can unite and share their love for music.”
Photo Courtesy: LHS Tri-M
STAR Exemption Reapplication
All recipients of the Basic STAR Exemption are required to reapply by December 31, 2013 for 2014-2015.
This is a one-time re-registration.
The website below will give the homeowner instructions on how to fill out the application, which can be completed on the website.
There is also a telephone number where a homeowner can call to ask questions and re-apply for the STAR Exemption: (518) 457-2036
It is important to note that any homeowner who does not re-apply for the Basic STAR Exemption by December 31, 2013 will forfeit it.
The re-application process does not affect Senior Citizens who are residing in New York State and receiving Enhanced STAR.
LHS Band Marches to the Top
The Lindenhurst High School’s Marching Band concluded a successful season with a seventh-place finish at the U.S. Bands National Championship held recently at Met Life Stadium.
The band placed in the top five in all music captions. They scored a 92.688, which was the highest score Lindenhurst has achieved in the past 20 years. In addition to this honor, the band received a third-place finish at the New England State Championships and also secured a New York State championship title for the fourth consecutive year.
“The entire Lindenhurst community has much to be proud of in this special group of hard-working, dedicated students,” said Kevin Pike.
LHS Marching Band at this year's homecoming parade.
Theatre Three Presents "Class Dismissed"
Lindenhurst Middle School sixth-graders viewed a special performance titled “Class Dismissed: The Bullying Project” about anti-bullying and harassment by Theatre Three Productions. Seven actors and actresses performed a musical focusing on students and bullying. One of the actors was Lindenhurst-born and Lindenhurst High School class of 2009’s Bobbi Martinez.
Theatre Three created an original musical to address the issue of bullying in the schools. The story focused on bullying in the classroom, hallways and schoolyard, with strong emphasis on the rising incidents of bullying via the Internet. The play presented a range of scenarios and provided active solutions to the various issues.
“‘See it, Say it, Stop it’” was one of the themes,” said program coordinator and administrative assistant for discipline Patricia Natale. “Students also enjoyed the question-and- answer session with the performers.” Theatre Three is a non-profit theatre company, based out of Port Jefferson, NY.
Girls Volleyball Spikes
Lindenhurst High School’s girls volleyball team had a successful season, seeded fourth in the Suffolk Class AA playoffs, with a 9-4 record for the regular season. Highlights included an early season win over powerhouse and league leader Connetquot and a five game win over rival Half Hollow Hills East.
The opening round of the playoffs resulted in a win against number 13 East Islip. Brianna Koehler led the team with 16 kills and 11 blocks. The second round quarterfinals included a win over Sachem East. Alexa Morgan finished with 35 assists and three aces. Erin Ramirez added seven digs. The Bulldogs lost in the semifinal match against number one seeded Smithtown East. The team came back to win the second game, but couldn’t hold on for the overall victory. “The girls had another amazing year and continue to make the community proud,” exclaimed coach Kellie Block. “They are true Lindy Bulldogs!”
Thank you to coaches Kellie Block, Michelle Cicero and Janine Cheskay for their dedication and support.
Flower Boxes Beautify Classroom
Students in Cynthia Shea’s class at Daniel Street Elementary School recently built flower boxes. The students used screwdrivers, a screw gun, a hammer and nails to create the wooden boxes and painted and decorated name plaques for their creations. After, students placed dirt and planted marigolds. The flowerboxes have been placed on classroom windowsills, where they are expected to stay throughout the school year. There will be lessons throughout the year on planting flowers and vegetables.
Cynthia Shea and her father Frank Shea with her class in front of the flower boxes.
The Lindenhurst High School boys volleyball team competed in the Suffolk County finals against Sachem East. The team completed a most successful season with a regular season record of 13-1, losing only to powerhouse Sachem North. The team was ranked number two entering the playoffs.
Opening round in the playoffs included a victory in the quarterfinal round against seventh-ranked Whitman. Damian Kowalczyk had eight kills, Ryan McDonough had 13 kills and Anthony Nischo had eight kills to lead Lindenhurst. In the Class A semifinal round against third-ranked Bay Shore, Ryan McDonough had 15 kills and Steve Schrank added 32 assists to lead Lindenhurst. The team recently lost to Sachem East 3-1 in the Suffolk County finals.
“The boys had another great year, going through many obstacles,” exclaimed coach Angelo Cioffaletti. “Thank you to everyone for their continued dedication and support for the boys volleyball program.”
(Photo courtesy: Mary Schrank)
Harding First Graders Visit Rainbow Center
Sixty-two Harding Avenue Elementary School first-grade students visited more than 100 senior citizens at the Lindenhurst Rainbow Center for the annual Halloween show. The students paraded in costumes, sang songs, recited poems and danced the Chicken Dance and Electric Slide. Each 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.
“Thank you to teachers, Jennifer Cavallaro, Jessica Ciampi and Karen Newman for coordinating this year’s festivities,” said Principal Brian Chamberlin. “Seeing so many generations dancing and singing together was amazing.”
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Lindenhurst Superintendent Announces Retirement
At the Lindenhurst School District’s Board of Education meeting on Nov. 6, superintendent Richard Nathan announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2014. Mr. Nathan has served as superintendent since July 1, 2009 and has worked for the district for the past 18 years, serving as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, deputy superintendent and superintendent. Mr. Nathan’s retirement concludes a 46-year career in public education.
“We thank him for his years of service to the Lindenhurst community,” said Board of Education President Donna Hochman. “Over the years, Mr. Nathan continued to increase the levels of academic achievement for all Lindenhurst students.”
“I’m grateful for the Lindenhurst community’s continued support,” said Mr. Nathan. “It has been a privilege to work with a committed group of professionals.”
The Board of Education announced at its meeting that it will conduct an extensive search for a new superintendent who will continue to build a positive momentum toward educational success. Details of the search and further information will be shared with the community in the coming months. Ms. Hochman stated, “The Board is committed to finding a leader who can continue our district’s trend of helping our students succeed at all levels.”
Superintendent Richard Nathan announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2014.
Fire Poster Contest Winners
Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the annual fire poster contest, sponsored by the Lindenhurst Fire Department and Liberty Hose Company 1. Coordinated by Harry Prodromides, the annual contest invited all elementary students to participate.
Students were asked to either color or draw a picture based on the theme of fire safety. Submissions were then judged and five winners (one per grade) from each school were chosen. To recognize these winners, the fire department traveled to each school with a fire truck and presented the winning artists with certificates of achievement.
This year’s winners were - (first through fifth grade):
William Rall: Kerem Satar, Gianna Marchesi, Layla Tufan, Alyssa Fromel, Mitchell Lam.
Daniel Street: Christian Aguino, David Schrader, Victoria Wesolowski, Alyssa Wronski, Adriana Doria.
Alleghany Avenue: Evelina Ciolkowski, Riana Herold, Jessie Ware, Jessica Bryant, Nicole Stango.
Harding Avenue: Emma Wilmer, Veronica Rusnak, Michaella Jashyn, Chloe Wyman, Natalie Hayden.
West Gates Avenue: Olivia Mazziotti, Timothy Hewitt, Amna JawferJan, Justin Silva, Kayla Simon.
Albany Avenue: Emma Colford, Keira Murphy, Claudia Cilea, James Korzenko, Sheyla Carbajal.
Albany Students Wear Orange
Albany Avenue Elementary School students learned the “Do’s and Don’ts of Friendship” during National Bullying Prevention month. Students wore orange and united with schools across the country to raise awareness about bullying prevention.
Advanced Placement Scholars Named
Students recognized for exceptional achievement on AP exams.
Students at Lindenhurst High School have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on these exams.
These students qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher: (Current Students) Robert Gravano, Steven Iannacci, Ryan Kerr, Joseph Koehler, Claudia Maj, Gabrielle Mascio, Kaileigh Mendoza, Kristina Petroglia, Vincent Quaglia, Alexandra Senal, Sameer Singh, Jon Suman, Daniel Thangavelu, Furkan Turfanda, Tiffany Wolff, Samuel Yeung and Kennia Zepeda; (Class of 2013) Patricia Aglio, David Bissoon, Julianne Bozzo, Julie Catone, Jorge Erazo, Kathleen Golden, Caitlin Kreuter, Jerzy Kruszlinski, Nora McKenna, Magda Milewska, Baris Oztemiz, Nicole Rossiello, Nicole Saracino, Luke Sienkiewicz, Gabrielle Stamile, Jack Sumski and Matthew Zajac.
These students qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors Award, by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams: (Current Students) Anna Domagala, Nico Eden, Eric Johansen and Rebekah Wallner. (Class of 2013) Margaret Byrnes, Kristen Curran, Hope Dunbar, Anthony Giambrone, Larissa Meehan, Joseph Munz, David Ng, Chabelly Pacheco and Kayla Provenzano.
These students qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams: (Current Students) Melissa Castiglione and Eleni Kallinos; (Class of 2013) Marcin Adamczyk, James Ahearn, Nathaniel Angeles, Aleksandra Bator, Laura Byron, Caitlin Cress, Paul Deangelis, Nicole Fasolo, Steven Ficurilli, Abigail Gillam, Nicole Intrieri, Anna Kondraciuk, Martha Kosinski, Matthew Labianca, Valerie Oyakhilome, Patricia Pikura, Caroline Rakus-Wojciechowski, Constantine Sargentini, Meghan Scala, Justin Shipsey, Joshua Sposito, Peter Spurrell, Samantha Stettnisch and Olivia Sztanga.
LHS seniors who received an Advanced Placement Scholar award with Principal Daniel Giordano (right) and Guidance Coordinator Dr. Barbara Donnellan. (left)
Scenes from the Middle School Pep Rally
Homecoming festivities began Friday, Oct. 4 with the middle school pep rally.
Student-athletes from all teams showed their green and white as the bulldog mascot encouraged the crowd to cheer. Students conducted a human wave throughout the bleachers.
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HS Pep Rally 2013
The homecoming fun continued into the evening as the high school pep rally brought together all sports teams, the marching band, dance teams and the cheerleaders to further show a unified Lindenhurst. The activities were coordinated by the student council and athletic department. To conclude the high school pep rally homecoming queen Jenny Price and king Cody Mitchell were announced to loud cheers.
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