Statement from the Superintendent of Schools

As you may already know, there appears to be a lot of chatter via social media about a health education worksheet that was shared with students including terminology that is causing some concern among parents. I would like to take the opportunity to clarify the truth and intent of this worksheet.   

The worksheet in question was administered to 11th grade high school students in health class back in December 2014. The purpose of this lesson, which was taken from the Streetwise curriculum guide, was to address misconceptions and the inappropriate use of slang terms. The teacher reviewed, via PowerPoint, the correct vocabulary, which prompted further class discussion. The lesson was part of a larger unit on family life that discussed relationships and respecting males/females as members of a relationship.

As a result of this particular lesson, the district received a call from a concerned parent, which happened to be the first and only complaint received even though this worksheet had been used for five years. However, due to the realization that this lesson may cause future concerns for students and parents, the teacher, in consultation with administration, decided to no longer teach the worksheet as part of his curriculum. Since then, the 11th grade health curriculum has been revamped and the document in question is no longer used in Lindenhurst Health Education. 

It is important to know that there is a diverse population of students in our 11th grade health education classes each with differing levels of awareness and experience regarding family life and human sexuality. Generally speaking, it is preferable that these topics be covered by a licensed health professional in a controlled mature classroom environment rather than students discussing or exploring these topics with peers.

Take to the Field, Support of the Fight


The Lindenhurst High School Key Club and girls varsity field hockey team came together in support of the Christina Renna Foundation on Sept. 29. Renna, a former Lindenhurst student, passed away in 2007 after her battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer.

Donning yellow shirts and shoelaces, the color of pediatric cancer awareness and the Christina Renna Foundation, the girls played their hearts out. On the sidelines, members of the Key Club sold baked goods in an effort to raise money.

According to the website, the Christina Renna Foundation is dedicated to supporting children's cancer research and increasing the levels of awareness and education through the support of cancer groups and outreach programs for the direct support of those in need.

Board to Vote on Future of Bower

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Lindenhurst Union Free School District Board of Education will host a community forum at William Rall Elementary School at 8 p.m. During this meeting, the Board will revisit the options previously explored for the future of the Bower property and anticipates voting on an outcome for the school.             

To view the options being considered for the property that were presented in June 2015, please CLICK HERE.

Blue Skies and Big Wins


The Bulldog community came out in full force to support the varsity football team during the district’s annual homecoming festivities.         

The events began on Sept. 25 with the middle school pep rally. Student-athletes from all teams showed their Lindy Pride, donning green and white and cheering from the bleachers.

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 illustrate a unified Lindenhurst. To conclude the pep rally, homecoming queen Kayla Rhodes and king Cabel McCandless were announced to the loud applause of their fellow schoolmates. The student council and athletic department coordinated the weekend’s activities.

The parade on Sept. 26 began at Fireman’s Park, made its way down Wellwood Avenue and ended at Lindenhurst Middle School. Each class float represented a different postcard destination. The freshman class represented New York, the sophomore class depicted California, and the junior and senior classes portrayed Brazil and Florida, respectively.

At halftime, there were special performances from the school’s marching band, color guard, cheerleading squads and dance team. At that time, it was announced that the senior class had won the competition with their beautiful float.

In the end, the Bulldogs reigned victorious, as they beat the Patchogue-Medford Raiders 56-20.

National Merit Scholar Recognized


Lindenhurst High School senior Jeevan Vangala has been named a semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards totaling approximately $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Jeevan credits his success to his early love of literacy, the level of preparation he gained through his English and mathematics courses, and the support he has received from numerous educators throughout his schooling.           

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, more than 1.5 million juniors entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screening of program entrants. Out of all students who took the test, less than 1 percent were named semifinalists.


Students to Perform at All-County Festival


The district is pleased to announce that seven Lindenhurst High School students were accepted to perform in the High School All-County Festival on Friday, Nov. 20 at Huntington High School.            

“This is a very prestigious honor and event, as it reflects the many hours of practice and dedication put forth by the Lindenhurst musicians,” said Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Rose Marvel. “We are so proud of these students and their accomplishments.”

Those selected for the festival are: vocalists Angeline Andres, Gabi Barone, Jared Huberman, Jamie Leon, Shannon Lydon and Kassidy Robinson for the mixed chorus; and violinist Anna Kurianowicz for the orchestra.               

Robinson and Kurianowicz will also represent the Lindenhurst High School in the All-State Festival at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, New York, Dec. 3-6. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor during last spring’s NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals.

Advanced Placement Scholars Named


Several students from Lindenhurst High School have earned Advanced Placement 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.            

Sixteen students in the Class of 2016 qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher: Olubanke Agunloye, Fiorella Atoche-Chuquizu, Patryk Bronakowski, Samantha Castiglione, Aidan Danaher, Erik Eckert, Charles Hager, Michelle Huang, Jared Huberman, Jamie Leon, Cabel McCandless, Kassidy Robinson, Erich Ruckert, Natalia Wawro, Patrick Wszeborowski and Konrad Zieba. Seventeen Class of 2015 alumni received this designation as well: Donald Bangs, Leyna Brostowski, Michael Castellano, Diana Chetnik, Joseph D’Antonio, Alyssa Gammello, Emily Herrlich, Renee James, Pawel Karwowski, Stephanie Kirschberg, Ryan Lulewicz, Sarah Naeem, Ozgur Oztemiz, Tierney Ruppel, Nicholas Smith, Rick Thevenin and Sylvia Zielinski.                

A total of 18 students were designated as AP Scholars with Honor 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. The Class of 2016 designees are: Thomas Bozzo, Ryan Frank, Scott Halper, Matthew Licht, Ryan Licht, Shannon Riewerts, Danielle Saracino and Kyle Schepis; those from the Class of 2015 are: Gregory Cotroneo, Andrew Grais, Kristen Ibrahim, Katherine Kakanas, Heather Lindemann, Megan O’Brien, Shivam Patel, Sylvia Rutowski, Michael Serrecchia and Jessica Shreck.                

Qualifying for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award for 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 were: (Class of 2016) Ihor Balaban, Emma Gillam, James Goodman, Kyle Hoogervorst, Paula Laziuk, Mikolaj Matyjaszek and Jeevan Vangala; (Class of 2015) Jessica Barzykowski, William Borkofsky, Kelly Buynak, Vanessa Cardina, Thomas Cunningham, Samantha Donovan, Nicholas Drenkalo, Patrick Feeney, Thomas Jansson, Phillip Kallino, Puneet Kapoor, Brett Keeler, Marisa Mercadante, Kyle Mesa, Sabrina Morelli and Brendan Murphy.                

Four members of the Class of 2015 qualified as National AP Scholars by receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams: Davian David-Ramphal, Tyler Hughes, Kyle Keeler and Alanna McNally.  

Students Rock "Read My Shirt" Day


Students and staff of William Rall Elementary School in the Lindenhurst Union Free School District started the year off right by celebrating “Read My Shirt Day” in recognition of International Literacy Day.            

Throughout the school you could find people donning shirts with messages or slogans in an effort to encourage reading. In some cases, students made their own shirts.            

“Our first annual “Read my Shirt Day” was a great success,” said reading specialist Lissa Scavone-Mussillo. “Students who were able to read a t-shirt were able to do something that over 800 million people worldwide can’t do. It was so gratifying to see students get excited about the event and bring awareness to an issue that they have probably never thought about before.”

Recognizing Recruits


Fourteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Lisa Cognato’s first-grade class at Albany Avenue Elementary School recognized Patriot Day by writing and sending messages of thanks to Marine recruits currently attending boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina.


The recruits are stationed there for 13 challenging weeks, with no access to external communication other than handwritten correspondence.


In addition to their letters, the students drew patriotic pictures to demonstrate their support and gratitude to the recruits for their commitment to serve the country. They also gathered under their classroom’s American flag and explored what it means to be a patriot by reading Joel Kupperstein’s “Celebrating Patriotic Holidays: Honoring America.” 

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Demographic Study Findings Presented


Barbara Graziano, from Western Suffolk BOCES’ office of school planning and research, presented findings from a Lindenhurst School District demographic and enrollment study to board of education and community members on Sept. 9. BOCES focused on many variables, including births, housing, population and non-public school enrollment.            

According to Graziano, the population in the district dropped 1.4 percent between 2000-2010. It dropped another .3 percent between 2010-2014. A telling statistic, she said, is the age structure in the district. In 1990, 10 percent of the population was age 25-29, 10.1 percent was age 30-34 and 7.8 percent was 35-29. In 2013, 6.7 percent was 25-29, 6.6 percent was 30-34 and 6 percent was 35-39. The percentage of those 50 and over rose from 25.3 percent to 35.5 percent from 1990-2013. Grazianzo said that can be attributed to the declining level of births both district and countywide.              

“The district has followed the trend in both the county and the country with the declining births,” she said.            

Housing sales, after enjoying a peak year in 2006, dropped after that due to the market crash. In 2013 though, sales began to rebound, and 2014 saw an uptick as well.            

With enrollment, the district has lost 1,318 students (17.6 percent) from 2004-2014. It’s anticipated it will lose another 663 (10.7 percent) by 2019. In 2014, utilization throughout the district ranged from 72-89 percent. By 2019, it’s projected to range from 63-82 percent.

Research sources included the U.S. Census, the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of health, as well as many others.

Information Regarding the PSAT/NMSQT on Oct. 14,2015

CLICK HERE to read a letter regarding the PSAT/NMSQT exam being held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at the Lindenhurst High School.
October 08, 2015