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.

We Are the Champions

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Following a tremendous 8-2 regular season, the Bulldogs boys varsity football team, led by head coach Nick Lombardo, have completed their season as victors. Their 30-27 win over Patchogue-Medford on Nov. 21 at Stony Brook University solidified their rank as Division I Suffolk County champions. Congratulations, Bulldogs!

The Bulldogs will now play for the Long Island Championship at Hofstra University on Friday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. There will be an admission charge of $7.00, and parking lot “no tailgating” rules will be strictly enforced by Hofstra security.

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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Board Approves Veterans Tax Exemption

In December 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an expansion of the Veterans Tax Exemption that would allow school districts across the state to authorize real property tax exemptions (of school taxes) for veterans who have served during times of war.            

During the Nov. 19 Board of Education Community Forum at Harding Avenue Elementary School, the Board voted unanimously to authorize the basic exemption. This decision was based upon the community input received during the Nov. 12 workshop held at the McKenna Administration Building.  

If all of the 949 properties within the district claimed their basic exemption, there would be a shift in the school tax burden to non-veteran households of an additional $40 per year, or $3.33 per month. 

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 Cozetto at 867-3126.

Students Go Above and Beyond

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Each month, selected students are honored for going above and beyond in a myriad of areas including effort, mathematics, science, achievement and Lindy pride. During a special breakfast at the Lindencrest Diner, held in their honor, students received Certificates of Merit.

This month’s champions are:  

Photo 1: (Front, from left) Michael Menichini, Brynn Waszmer, Amanda Rattigan, Sophia Schiavone and Anthony Setzer. (Back, from left) Teacher Courtney Whalley with champions Kelly Gleeson, Brooke Cappolla, April Quercia, Sheyla Carbajal, and John D’Amato with Principal Frank Naccarato.   

Photo 2: (Front, from left) James Beloff, Julia Goebels, Ava Savinetti, Christopher Chiodo and Isabella Santorello. (Back, from left) Teacher Courtney Whalley with champions Julian Varga, Michael Serrao, Eric Gollinge, Leanna Birsner and Monica Orellana with Principal Frank Naccarato.

Serving Up Healthy Ideas

Stars of the Stage

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Second-grade students at William Rall Elementary School participated in an innovative writing workshop program presented by Theatre Moves.
In a series of six workshops, 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’ performance took advantage of various learning situations. The three C’s — concentration, cooperation and commitment — allowed them to see life skills in a new and exciting way.

Superheroes in Service

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Just in time for Veterans Day, Daniel Street Elementary School students enjoyed an informative visit from author Valerie Pfundstein, who introduced them to the idea that veterans are superheroes who walk among us through her book “Veterans Heroes in our Neighborhood.”            

The author went on to introduce several “characters” (veterans from all branches of the military), and encouraged students to thank and honor these superheroes among us by writing a story about them.

A Super Conference Day

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The Lindenhurst School District conducted its annual Superintendent's Conference Day on Election Day, Nov. 4. Many of the district's employees came together for a day of professional development and to brainstorm ideas to continually improve their work in the classroom. The workshops were developed through a collaboration of the district and the OWL Teacher Center, which provides professional development for teachers, by teachers.

Sparking Creativity

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Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the annual fire safety poster contest, sponsored by the Lindenhurst Fire Department and coordinated by Harry Prodromides.
This year’s winners were (pictured from left, first through fifth grade):
 
William Rall: (Photo 1) Ryan Erdman, Joshua Tarte, Jared Ranieri, Ava Marquez and Jilliam Cuccaro with Principal Farrah McKenna and art teacher Valerie Maguire.

Daniel Street: (Photo 2) Luis Pimental, Kelsey Jiles, Madison Gaeding, Katherine Dreyer and Gianna Adragna with Principal Linda Domanico (left) and art teacher Alyssa Gilman.
 
Alleghany Avenue: (Photo 3) Juliette Saverino, Lily Lembo, Marissa Euceda, Justina Leto (absent from photo) and Ibelle Madera with art teacher Carmela Bode.
 
Harding Avenue: (Photo 4) Angela McGovern, Katerina Pramataris, Khrystyna Blyshchak, Gianna Lemieux and Christian Ramos with art teacher Jillian Marx and Principal Brian Chamberlin.
 
West Gates Avenue: (Photo 5) Justin Gries, Moorea Garcia, Rebecca Glover, Ariana Ostafiychuk and Taylor Ferazzoli with Principal Donna Smawley (left) and Coordinator of Music and Fine Arts Rose Marvel.

Albany Avenue: (Photo 6) Nicholas Scarpella, Caitlin Walker, Malia Grzegorski, Kristi Santos and Sarah Irfan with Principal Dr. Lisa Omeis and art teacher Gregory Alvino.

RED-y to Live Drug Free!

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The district celebrated Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 27-31 with a variety of amusing and educational activities. Students throughout the district were encouraged to dress according to a daily theme, such as wearing neon colors to demonstrate a bright future for those who say no to drugs, or athletic jerseys to “team up against drugs.”

Special presentations took place throughout the week with the help of the district social workers, Lindy Cares and the district PTAs who sponsored events and purchased materials such as banners, bracelets and tulips. Educational presenter Janice Buckner performed songs to encourage healthy living for Harding Avenue and West Gates students, along with the students of the other district elementary schools. High school students took part in the powerful “Eyes Wide Open” program illustrating the dangers of drug use. Several schools, including William Rall and Daniel Street, planted tulip bulbs as a reminder that if students don’t do drugs, they will blossom. Students pledged to live drug-free lives in a myriad of ways. Those at Albany Avenue and Alleghany Avenue made their pledges as white doves were released. They were urged to “say no to drugs, say yes to life, and make [their] promise as the doves took flight.” At the middle school, eighth-grade health classes signed a pledge on a red tracing of their own hands as a reminder to “keep their hands off drugs.”

Director of Facilities Civil Service Exam Information

Attached is important examination information for all school district employees.

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Sweet Treats for Seniors

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First-grade students of Harding Avenue Elementary visited the senior citizens in attendance at the Lindenhurst Rainbow Center during the 23rd annual Halloween show. The students paraded in costumes, sang songs, recited poems and danced the chicken dance and cha cha slide. Each senior citizen received a small pumpkin from a student and was wowed by the finale of “I’m Proud to Be an American” sung by the students.

Spectacular Scholars

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AP Scholars with Distinction
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AP Scholars with Honor
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AP Scholars
    Several high school students 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.
    The following students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher: Leyna Brostowski, Vanessa Cardino, Diana Chetnik, Thomas Cunningham, Daniel Cwalisnki, Samantha Donovan, Nicholas Drenkalo, Thomas Jansson, Puneet Kapoor, Kyle Mesa, Megan O’Brien, Ozgur Oztemiz, Shivam Patel, Tierney Ruppel, Jessica Shreck and Sylvia Zielinski.
      These students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor 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: William Borkofsky, Kelly Buynak, Davian David-Ramphal, Andrew Grais, Tyler Hughes, Alanna McNally and Marisa Mercadante.
    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: Jessica Barzykowski, Phillip Kallinos, Brett Keeler, Kyle Keeler and Brendan Murphy.

A Pumpkin Project

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Teachers Karen Garguilo, Roseanne Hennig and Janine Nofer put a unique spin on the classic book report for their second-grade West Gates students. Upon exploring and identifying character traits during classroom lessons, students were asked to write a book report showcasing one character from the book using a pumpkin!
In class, students presented their uniquely decorated pumpkins and shared their reports.

 

Lindenhurst Bond Referendum Video

Message Regarding NYS Testing and Test Score Reporting

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

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Assessed Value Chart from the Town of Babylon

Please be advised that the attached Assessed Value Chart, supplied by the Town of Babylon (dated August 28, 2014), represents a significantly lower average assessed value for homes within Lindenhurst than the figure traditionally used by the district in years past.

The district uses an average assessed valuation every year to estimate the average impact of taxes on a household related to the proposed budget. The average assessed value as listed by the Town of Babylon is $3,287.  The district traditionally uses an amount of $4,500 to evaluate the financial impact.

This means that the true cost impact associated with proposed budgets is significantly lower than the amounts suggested in past presentations.

For example, during the district’s bond referendum workshop on Sept. 10, a proposed $25 million bond with an assessed value of $4,500 resulted in an annual average increase of $109.51 per homeowner. Using the attached figure provided by the Town of Babylon, that number would be reduced to $79.99. This represents a decrease of $29.52 per homeowner.

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November 27, 2014