Lights! Camera! Action!

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Students in Jenna Smakal's TV Studio Production Class and Club at the middle school recently had the opportunity to tour the Channel 12 News studio. During their visit, students saw live production, graphic and video editing and met with news anchors. Meteorologist and Lindenhurst native, Rich Hoffman, spoke with the group and answered their questions.

A "Souper" Effort

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Students of Albany Avenue took part in a soup drive to benefit the food pantry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help during the week of Jan.26. The students challenged themselves and were able to collect over 750 cans of soup for the pantry. This surpassed their goal of 400.

Congratulations to the fifth-grade students in Robin Cahill's class who collected 146 cans on their own. This was the greatest number of cans collected by an individual class. Mary Giunta's first-graders came in second with a total of 126.

Stars of the Stage

High School Report Cards Available on Parent Portal Wednesday, Feb. 11

Please be advised that due to the recent snow days, high school report cards will not be available for viewing on the Parent Portal until Wednesday, February 11th.  We apologize for any imposition this delay may cause.

 

District Appoints Interim Assistant to Superintendent for Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services

The district welcomes Merrill Zusmer to his new role as interim assistant to the superintendent for special education and pupil personnel services, effective immediately.

Mr. Zusmer is familiar with the district, having served as interim secondary special education chair, special education consultant and assistant to Dr. Barbara Brown, former assistant to the superintendent for special education and pupil personnel services.            

Prior to his employment in Lindenhurst, Mr. Zusmer consulted with several school districts on behavior management programs in special and general education classrooms. He specialized in setting up individual behavioral and social skill programs for children with Asperger syndrome.             Mr. Zusmer received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts in secondary education from Adelphi University. He also earned his professional diploma in reading and learning disabilities from Adelphi and his professional diploma in school administration and supervision from LIU Post.            

The district is confident that Mr. Zusmer will continue to be an asset to the Lindenhurst Union Free School District in his new role and wishes him the best of luck.

REVISED High School Mid-term Schedule

The high school mid-term schedule has been revised due to the school closure on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Click here for the revised schedule.

REVISED Middle School Mid-term Schedule

The Middle School mid-term schedule has been revised due to the school closures on Tuesday,Jan.27 and Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Click here for the revised schedule.

Common Core Workshop Presentation

Click here to see the Common Core Workshop presentation Mr. Caravana gave during the Board of Education Community Forum on Jan. 21.

Breakfast for Champions

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Lindenhurst Middle School students were honored at the Breakfast for Champions celebration coordinated by middle school teacher Courtney Whalley on Jan. 20.               

Held at the Lindencrest Diner, the breakfast, now in its 17th year, honors students who exemplify Lindy Pride at the middle school. Students are nominated by teachers for a variety of reasons, including being great role models to the other students and being stars in class. They are recognized publically with Certificates of Merit in front of proud parents, teachers and peers.                                                                                                 

(Front, from left) Cavan McCabe, Edward Curry, Isabella Drago and Ashley Mathes (Back, from left) Teacher Courtney Whalley, with champions Megan Griffin, Vanessa Igras, Aleah Irizarry and Nicholas Giannelli with Principal Frank Naccarato. Missing from photo: Daniel Kabata and Alex Klepadlo.

 

Telling Ryan's Story

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In an effort to raise awareness of the effects bullying has on students and their families, Lindenhurst Middle School hosted Ryan’s Story, an anti-bullying program based on the life and death of 13-year-old Ryan Halligan. Ryan was a middle school student from Vermont who committed suicide in 2003 due to depression and constant bullying.

In an emotional presentation that included a slideshow of Ryan throughout the years, Ryan’s father, John Halligan, recounted the story of his son’s life and the ridicule he endured. In separate sessions for students and parents, he discussed the devastating impact his son’s suicide has had on his family, and the power of forgiveness.

Information Regarding the Upcoming Souper Bowl of Caring

Lindenhurst High School's 7th Annual Souper Bowl of Caring Charity Cook-Off Fundraiser will be held on January 31 from 1pm to 4pm in the high school cafeteria.

Click here for more information.

Alleghany Author Visit

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Students of Alleghany Avenue Elementary School learned some important lessons about bullying with the help of Heather Lehrman, author of "Bullied at the Dog Park," and her Boston terrier, Herbie. The author shared her book with students and explored the consequences of bullying. Later, the two visited classrooms and spent time with students.

Information Regarding Kindergarten Registration

The Lindenhurst School District will be registering all children eligible for kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year at the McKenna Administration Building, 350 Daniel Street. Children must be five (5) years of age on or before December 1st.  Registration packets can be obtained at any district elementary school and at the McKenna Administration Building. The completed packet must be presented at the time of registration. Please follow the schedule listed below. If you are not sure which school your child will be attending contact the Central Registration Office at 631-867-3055.    

Albany            February  2  & 23         8:00am-12:30pm  

Alleghany       February    9 & 24        8:00am-12:30pm  

Daniel             February    3 & 10        8:00am-12:30pm  

Harding           February    4 & 11        8:00am-12:30pm  

West Gates      February    5 & 12        8:00am-12:30pm                             

William Rall    February    6 & 13        8:00am-12:30pm  

In order for your child to be included in kindergarten screening and orientation, it is asked that you make every effort to register your child on the designated dates. Children who have not registered by the screening and/or orientation dates scheduled by the individual elementary schools will not be allowed to attend the screening and/or orientation. Please feel free to share this information with your friends, relatives and neighbors, so we can have as many children registered during this time. As a number of kindergarten seats exist in each elementary school, the district must utilize a first-come, first-served procedure. Those students registering after the above dates may be enrolled in an overflow school within the Lindenhurst School District. 

Getting Crafty

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In an effort to spread holiday cheer, 25 high school students in Richard Weeks’ German classes visited fifth-graders at Daniel Street Elementary. The older students taught the younger ones German phrases and word origins, and together they sang carols and made holiday cards. “The hope was that high school students would gain valuable experience and satisfaction while introducing several aspects of the German language to eager young learners,” said Weeks.

A Sweet Session

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Middle school students recently took part in the annual Gingerbread House Holiday Workshop, sponsored by the Family and Consumer Science Department and Gingerbread University of Baiting Hollow. The university professor, Fred Terry, gave the students a tutorial on how to decorate a great gingerbread house. Using those techniques, the students each designed a premade gingerbread house using a variety of candy decorations. They also had the opportunity to win holiday prizes and take photos with Santa. 

Adult and Continuing Education Spring Brochure

Attached is the Adult and Continuing Education Spring Brochure.

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Register for Parent University ELA Night

Attached is information regarding the upcoming Parent University ELA Night at Lindenhurst High School on January 27 at 7 PM.

 

Click here to register for this event.

 

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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.

January 31, 2015