Marine Makes Time For Albany Students


First-grade students in Lisa Cognatos’ class at Albany Avenue Elementary School were recently visited by U.S. Marine and Lindenhurst graduate Matthew Pomara.            

For Patriot Day on Sept. 11, students wrote letters to Pomara and his fellow recruits, then stationed at Parris Island in South Carolina, to thank them for their willingness to serve and to provide them with support during their boot camp training.            

Now a Marine, and home on a short leave before being stationed, Pomara visited the young students to thank them and tell them just what those letters meant to him and the other recruits. The students demonstrated their gratitude by reciting patriotic poetry and presenting pictures to Pomara, who in turn read them a book about veterans and answered their questions about his experience in boot camp.

Exploring Expressionism and Non-Objective Art


Students in art teacher Jaqueline McKeown’s classes recently enjoyed a visit from guest artist Joyce Raimondo of East Hampton.            

During her visit, Ms. Raimondo presented a workshop on non-objective art and expressionism based on the work of Jackson Pollack, which reinforced the classroom lessons being taught on those topics. The guest artist presented the same workshop for the members of the National Junior Art Honor Society after school.            

The information came full circle for those NJAHS members when they visited the Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner Art Center in East Hampton, where they explored the topic further during an additional workshop. 

Athletes Advancing to Collegiate Level


In an official gesture before proud parents, coaches and administrators, Lindenhurst senior athletes Rochelle Drucker (field hockey), Shannon Griffin (softball), Alexis Perdue (basketball), Victoria Raimondi (lacrosse) and Senna Tadfie (lacrosse) signed National Letters of Intent to play at the collegiate level.            

Rochelle will attend LIU Brooklyn, a Division I school, in the fall. Shannon will continue softball at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. Alexis, a shooting guard, will bring her talent to Daeman College in Amherst, New York. Victoria will serve as goalie on Philadelphia University’s lacrosse team, while Senna will play midfield for the Mercy College lacrosse team in Dobbs Ferry.             

The district congratulates these five talented student-athletes.

Honoring Those Who Served


In recognition of Veterans Day, a panel of veterans representing the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines spoke with every social studies class at Lindenhurst High School. The three men on the panel shared their experiences of enlisting, serving and returning home from war.                Organized by peer leaders, the panel met with classes throughout the school day and answered students’ questions.            

Speakers included Master Sergeant Peter Brasile, an operations sergeant who served with the U.S. Army in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq; Joe Ingino, who served with the U.S. Army as a perimeter tower guard during the Vietnam War and now serves as president of the Nassau County chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 82; and U.S. Marine aviator Bill Walden, who also served during Vietnam.

Color The World with Kind-Notes


Caitlin Curran’s Life Skills students at Harding Avenue Elementary School got into the spirit for World Kindness Day, observed internationally on Nov. 13. After watching a Web video titled “Color Your World with Kindness,” the students discussed what it means to be kind to someone and brainstormed different ways of spreading kindness. Each student was given a Post-it note and asked to write a message of kindness to a non-classmate. Students shared their messages with each other and later, with those for whom they were originally intended. To complete the lesson, the students read “The Kindness Quilt” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.             

Greetings Grow Business


Students in the Life Skills and ABA classes at middle school were recently introduced to Joyce Inzirillo, a manager of Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store in Patchogue. Over three sessions, Joyce taught the students how to assemble greeting cards by following a specific set of instructions.            

Together, the classes created a series of birthday, thank-you and holiday cards to sell in the Bulldog Corner Store they run.

This was a valuable lesson that reinforced the fundamentals of manufacturing, management and marketing. Additionally, the students had to establish pricing for their products and make projections on how many cards they needed to create to meet the market demand.

A Top Performance in Pennsylvania

The Lindenhurst High School marching band performed at the National Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 8. These young musicians scored a 91, which represents a 12-point increase from their previous performance at the North East Championships in Connecticut the week prior. They also received the highest score of the three New York bands that performed.  

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Second-Graders on Stage


Second-grade students at William Rall Elementary School participated in an innovative writing workshop program presented by Theatre Moves.

In a series of eight workshops over four weeks, students worked in small groups to collaborate on a mini-performance. They wrote short stories, partnered together and worked as a team to present their material. The students sharpened their performance skills through various learning situations. The three C’s — concentration, cooperation and commitment — allowed them to see life skills in a new and exciting way.            

Theatre Moves owners Neil Intraub and Paul Rajeckas led the Rall students.

Awards and Appreciation


In October, students in Richard Weeks’ 11th-grade German class were recognized at the first German Awards Dinner. During the event, students received awards for their outstanding participation in German throughout their middle school and high school careers. Each student was recognized with a personalized introduction and an explanation as to why they were being honored.            

The evening, however, was not only about the students — it was also an opportunity for those students to show their appreciation to parents. Teachers Stefana Lipari and Heather Reismiller, as well as five students from their family and consumer science classes, helped prepare and serve a traditional German meal of dumplings, pork and sauerkraut to the parents in attendance. Following the meal, the parents were offered traditional German desserts.            

Students created a musical playlist for the evening and wore shirts that they had designed for the occasion.

A Safe and Super Halloween

Make Your Voices Heard on Common Core

Recently, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia released a letter regarding the launch of an online Common Core survey. The survey, which is open to the public, allows respondents to review and comment on any English language arts and math standards for any grade level. It was launched on Oct. 21 and will remain available until Nov. 30, 2015.            

“The implementation of the Common Core Standards has been a challenging transition,” said Elia in the letter. “I know changes need to be made, and I thank you for your patience. Any time you endeavor the size of the reforms we're making in New York State, you must make adjustments large and small along the way in order to move forward.” It is strongly encouraged that any New Yorker with an interest in the future of our schools, including all Lindenhurst community members, teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and members of the business community, participate in the review.            

According to the commissioner’s message, “The results will help inform changes made to the standards. An advisory group — made up of stakeholders, particularly teachers, school administrators, and parents — will review the survey results and recommendations and present suggested changes to the standards.”            

This is an opportunity to make your voice heard. To access the survey, visit the following website:

November 25, 2015