Students ZONE in on Character

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High school students Ashley Claud and Sean Varela were recently selected as recipients of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award.

Each year, every high school in Suffolk County recognizes its top male and female physical education students based on NYSAHPERD’s criteria of physical education achievement, scholastic achievement, outstanding character, physical education class leadership, schoolwide or community leadership, and positive role modeling.

How to "BEE" a Winner

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Twenty-one students from Rall recently took part in the school level of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The students, representing grades four and five, qualified to participate in the school-level bee after winning their class bees.

After several rounds, only four contestants remained – fourth-grader Raymond Fleury and fifth-graders Darlene Calderon, Jaelyn Gunter and Shanjeda Uddin. Shanjeda emerged as the winner by correctly spelling “neigh.”

Entrepreneurs and So Much More

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Students in Laurie Ott’s and Melanie Inzirillo’s special education classes celebrated the grand opening of a new corner store located on the second floor of the middle school.

The store offers an opportunity for students to enhance their math, language and social skills in an authentic environment. Students will sell seasonal goods such as wrapping paper and personalized ornaments, as well as products for daily use such as stamps and tissues.

Jillian Bianco of Abilities Inc. at the Viscardi Center, who works with the life skills class at the high school, explained that the store provides students with an opportunity to explore personal finance as well as entrepreneurship.

Committing to Collegiate Athletics

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Congratulations to seniors Claudia Cagnina, Ashley Claud, Rebecca Conway and Brianna Doran and junior Taylor Trovato, who have all committed to play soccer at the collegiate level. In addition to playing soccer, Rebecca will also be playing lacrosse, as will senior Nicole Stoppelli. Both were recognized in a separate acknowledgment ceremony.

Next year, Claudia will attend St. John’s University in Queens, while Ashley will head to the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Rebecca will play for Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, and Brianna will be a member of the Adelphi team in Garden City. Nicole will be a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas lacrosse team in New York. After continuing her athletic career for one more year in Lindenhurst, Taylor will attend Central Connecticut State University. 

 

Achieving Better Business Cents

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William Rall students took part in a series of educational games and interactive lessons presented by corporate volunteers from Allstate and Clear Vision as part of the Junior Achievement program.  The programs are thematic and correlate to the New York State Social Studies Learning Standards.

Topics explored included communities and the concepts of businesses and production, careers and the contributions they make on a city and earning, spending and entrepreneurship.

Safe and Sound Bond Passes

Residents in the Lindenhurst Union Free School District voted to support the proposed Bond Referendum on Dec. 2 by a vote of  376 to 261. Thank you to all residents who participated in this important vote. 

A Champion's Effort

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Following a tremendous 8-2 regular season and a valiant effort in the Long Island Class I football finals against the Braves of Syosset, the Bulldogs varsity football team, led by head coach Nick Lombardo, have completed their season as Division I Suffolk County champions. The district is incredibly proud of these fine tremendous athletes. Congratulations on a wonderful season, Bulldogs!

The Power of Food

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Daniel Street students were served a helping of healthy information during the “The Power of Food” presentation with Dr. Robert Dell’Amore and chef Elaine Medin.

During the interactive presentation, lecturer, nutritionist and culinary educator Dr. Dell’Amore demonstrated for students how to combine fresh ingredients to prepare nutritious dishes that are also delicious. He showed students that preparing healthy meals can be a great way to spend time with your family.

Honoring a Season of Giving

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Throughout the district, students honored the Thanksgiving season in a variety of ways.            

First-grade students at Alleghany immersed themselves in Native American culture. Various cross-curricular lessons, including storytelling, the popping of corn, the planting of the “three sister” seeds and the construction of a wigwam, enhanced the students learning of the subject. Donna Wahlenburg of the Long Island Center for Arts and Sciences in Northport visited the students and brought several Native American artifacts. Students played instruments, pretended to hunt and pounded corn into cornmeal. A Thanksgiving feast in the classroom was the culmination of these interactive lessons.                     

At West Gates Avenue Elementary School, kindergarten students in Doreen Earl’s, Parvaneh Hale’s and Rosanne Mulholland’s classes presented a history of the first Thanksgiving for their parents through poetry and song.              

Daniel Street Elementary School fourth-graders explored Native American culture through the Journeys into American Indian Territory program. Members of the Student Council, Leaders Club and National Junior Honor Society at the Lindenhurst Middle School conducted their annual food drive. Students collected enough non-perishable goods to create Thanksgiving dinner boxes for 10 families within the community. Students also collected change donations during lunch periods and were able to purchase 10 gift cards for local supermarkets for those families to purchase their Thanksgiving turkeys.            

Harding Avenue Elementary School students also donated non-perishable foods for local families. They did so as a means to participate in the annual Turkey Trot created by physical education teacher Richard Price, which students run around the grounds of the school, combining physical fitness with altruism.

Veterans' Exemption Question & Answer Form

Attached is an informational question and answer form from the State of New York regarding the Veterans' Exemption.

 

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Kellum Athletic Fields Temporarily Closed

Please be advised that the athletic fields located at the Kellum building will be temporarily closed for maintenance and upgrades.  The fields will remain closed from Nov. 24 until the autumn of 2015.

Any questions on this matter could be directed to Robert Cozzetto at 867-3126.

Director of Facilities Civil Service Exam Information

Attached is important examination information for all school district employees.

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Message Regarding NYS Testing and Test Score Reporting

Below is a message regarding NYS testing and test score reporting.

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December 19, 2014