Students Explore College Options

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Forty-three sophomores and juniors of Lindenhurst High School recently embarked on a group college tour. The two-day trip provided students with the opportunity to visit a myriad of schools in multiple states and bring about “College Awareness.”                                                                                                                                                

During the trip the group traveled to Rowan College and Rutgers University in New Jersey as well as the University of Maryland and Towson University, also in Maryland. High school guidance counselor Leslie Levy said, “This trip gave our students their first step in the college selection process. Visiting a campus is a great way to gather first-hand information about a college.”                                                   

Students walked through the campuses, visited dorm rooms, classrooms and bookstores among other academic and athletic areas. They also listened to presentations about the admissions process and life on campus from admissions staff and student ambassadors. The guidance department hopes to hold similar trips in the future.

Making Sweet Sounds

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The Department of Fine and Performing Arts recently presented its annual All-Lindy Concert to a packed audience at the Lindenhurst High School auditorium.

Director Andrew Kuftack of the All-Lindy Jazz Band kicked off the evening with an impressive performance that included Tito Puente and Santana’s “Oye Como Va” and  “25 or 6 to 4” by Robert Lamm, as arranged by Paul Murtha.

Paul Cronin led the All-Lindy Orchestra, who kept toes tapping as they performed Frank M. Roger’s “An Itty Bitty Ditty,” “Can-Can” and “Alpha Beta Alpha” by Robert S. Frost.

The All-Lindy chorus, led by directors Jennifer Giustino and Philip Ricciardi, serenaded the crowd with selections including the Finnish Folk Song “Who Can Sail?” arranged by Carl-Bertil Agnestig and “Unwritten” a song previously recorded by the popular music performer Natasha Bedingfield. 

The All-Lindy band, under the direction of Al White, took to the stage with performances of “Fanfare Heroica” by Brian Balmages, “The Distance Castle” by James Swearingen and “Star Wars” by John Williams and arranged by Carl Strommen.

Model Students Solving Problems

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Students of the Lindenhurst High School Model U.N. Club recently took part in simulations acting as member nations in the United Nations at the U.N. headquarters in New York City. Upon completing a tour of the facility and lunch in the Delegates Dining Room, students acted out a real U.N. session. Each student studied the concerns and philosophies of the countries they chose, and were tasked with solving an “international crisis” in similar fashion to the real U.N. Other students acted as the United Nations Security Council where they drafted resolutions and voted on how to solve various issues.                                                    

Aside from the simulation, club members also visited exhibits around the facility that addressed important issues including disarmament, peace and security, and human rights.

HS Students Recognized for Writing

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The Wade-Burns Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7279 recently recognized several Lindenhurst High School students for their written contributions to the 2014-15 and 2015-16 VFW Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Contests. The student essays reflected the themes, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans,” and “My Vision For America.”            

A ceremony was held at the VFW Post in Lindenhurst in which the students were celebrated and received monetary awards, a medal and a certificate.            

Taking second and third place respectively for the 2014-15 competition whose theme was “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans,” were Anna Wilson and Isabella Martorano. The first-place winner of the 2015 competition was Shannon McEntee, followed by Patricia McCarron in second place and Emily Angelillo in third.

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

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First-grade students of Albany Avenue Elementary School explored the topic of community in a rather hands-on way. The students had been learning about communities and community helpers. They each chose a place in their community to visit and research. They then made a small replica of the place and wrote a corresponding story.            

Reconstructing a section of Lindenhurst, between Sunrise Highway and Wellwood Avenue, the children dressed in the attire of community doctors, policemen, firemen, dentist and sanitation workers and sang songs when they presented their projects to their families.

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Best Communities for Music Education

The district has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America for the third consecutive year.          

This designation was given to only 476 school districts of the nation’s 13,515. Approximately 29 of the districts selected are on Long Island. The BCME recognizes the outstanding efforts put forth by teachers, administrators and parents as well as the student and community leaders who work together to ensure that all students have access to learning music as part of the school curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.            

Congratulations to the Lindenhurst music department on this incredible honor.

An Evening of Dance

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Members of the district community recently enjoyed the 12th annual “Evening of Dance” performances held at Lindenhurst High School. The evening was filled with beautiful music, dancers and costumes. The high school dance program is one of the few on Long Island taught by an accredited dance teacher, Kristine Lyons, and attracts serious dance students. Donning colorful costumes, the students demonstrated dance genres including ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and more. The dancers worked hard to present a show that was a varied representation of dancing styles. With close to 30 performances, they did just that.

SEPTA Honors Students

Congratulations to the Lindenhurst School District students who received special recognition at the annual Special Education PTA awards night held recently in the Lindenhurst High School auditorium.

Addressing the honorees, Assistant to the Superintendent Suzanne Sugarman said, “I’m not only proud of each and every one of you for your hard work and commitment to learning, but also awed by the dedication and perseverance you have shown as you’ve worked through your individual needs to perform at your very best.”

Students from each of the elementary schools, the middle school and the high school were then presented with certificates in recognition of their achievements.

Bringing History to Life

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Second-grade students at West Gates Avenue Elementary School recently held their annual Wax Museums of historical figures. Upon researching figures throughout history and creating biography posters, students dressed the part and hosted an exhibit for their parents and peers.               

Students took on the role of historical figures such as Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt; sports figures, such as Richard Sherman and Mia Hamm; and others, including Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Charles Darwin, Mother Teresa and Thomas Edison.

 

Teachers Spiking Out Cancer

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Faculty and staff of the district hit the courts in an effort to raise money for pediatric cancer.

During the second annual “Battle of the Schools, Teachers Spiking out Cancer” volleyball tournament organized by middle school reading specialist Kelly Bardak and held at the Lindenhurst High School, teachers, administrators and staff competed against each other, much to the enjoyment of the community of spectators.            

Bardak had been conducting a small fundraiser in the middle school known as “Ty Tuesday” in an effort to raise money and awareness for Ty Louis Campbell, a 5-year-old boy from Bardak’s hometown, who passed away from brain cancer. Last year she was determined to expand upon the effort, and as such, included all district staff as well as the Lindenhurst community. She also included the Christina Renna Foundation to the list of recipients in honor of the young Lindenhurst student who, sadly, lost her battle with cancer. Christina was a member of the girls varsity track when Bardak was the assistant coach about 10 years ago.            

In its inaugural year, the fundraiser generated $3,500 for the Christina Renna and Ty Louis Campbell foundations. This year, $3,600 was raised.            

This year, the high school team, “Set for Life” reigned victorious, stripping the title from last year’s winner, the team representing Daniel Street, Harding and West Gates Avenue Elementary Schools.

Lindy Lights it Up Blue

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Throughout the  district, staff and students demonstrated their support of World Autism Awareness Day and took part in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign.            

Many, including the staff at West Gates Avenue Elementary School, wore blue T-shirts sold by the high school members of the Life Skills classes to raise awareness. The shirts were decorated with the words “Educate-Love-Aware-Connect,” as well as, puzzle pieces, which are the universal symbol for autism awareness.            

In addition to wearing their blue shirts, the students of the Lindenhurst Middle School Life Skills classes created puzzle piece necklaces to sell at the Bulldog School Store, and puzzle piece decorations to hang on the walls of their interactive Bulldog Kitchen. Students, staff and administration socialized as they ate pieces of the Light It Up Blue-themed cake that Consultant Support Staff Jessica Petroglia made.

Languages Enrich Your Mind

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            In Honor of Foreign Language week, held in the month of March, students of the Lindenhurst middle and high schools took part in a myriad of thematic activities showcasing the various foreign languages studied and spoken throughout the district.

            One such activity involved 30 middle school students who attended a Zumba class taught by New York Sports Club instructor Desiree Tyers in which students danced and sang to international music. The event was held in conjunction with the Community Service Club as every student who attended donated a nonperishable food item.

            At the high school level, many students submitted artwork reflecting the chosen theme “Languages Enrich Your Mind.” Four students had their submission recognized and awarded with certificates for being among the best. Those students were ninth-grader Samantha Diaz, 10th-graders Jillian Ettlinger and Kaylee Orellana and 11th-grader Michelle McCloud.

Going Global at LHS

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Make DiBiase Walk!

Principal Leonard DiBiase of Albany Avenue Elementary has decided to hold a monthly raffle for his reserved parking spot. For just one dollar, anyone from Albany Avenue can enter. Winners will be drawn on the last school day of the month and win access to the spot for an entire month. All proceeds will be donated to Special Games, which the district participates in annually.

May 04, 2016