Presentation of Fact Finding Report

Attached is the Power Point presentation of the TAL Fact Finding report.

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Important Health Notice

A fourth-grade student at Alleghany Avenue Elementary School has been diagnosed with an internal staph infection of the knee. We have been notified that the infection is non-contagious, a detail that will be confirmed by our district’s physician. The student is not currently in school and is under medical supervision. She will be required to secure medical clearance before returning to school.

Please be assured that in addition to our regular cleaning, our buildings and grounds crew will conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfection of our school this evening. We wish the student a quick recovery and will continue to share any important information.

Important Message From the Superintendent

    The school district recently learned of a possible threat to the middle school for Oct. 20, 2014.  In order to safeguard all of the students and staff, the school will be adding additional security measures.
    The following are the tentative precautions to be put in place so as to ensure the safety of the children and staff.  Should the individual be identified and apprehended, these precautions will be revisited.
 
 On Friday, 10/17/14:
• The students must get possessions from their lockers prior to ninth period and take them all home.
• The building will be locked down after all students leave.
• Administrators will sweep the building.
• There will be additional security for the evening.
• All evening activities will be cancelled.

On Saturday and Sunday, 10/18/14 & 10/19/14:
• The building will be locked down.
• All building activities will be cancelled.

 On Monday, 10/20/14:
• Administrators and security will arrive early.
• Extra security guards will be present.
• The Suffolk County Police will be present throughout the day.
• Students will only be able to enter through the front (west wings) and side (south wing, main office entrance) doors.
• All bags will be inspected.
• Hall passes will be restricted.
• All evening activities will be cancelled.

Due to its proximity to the building, Alleghany Elementary School will have indoor recess on Monday.  This is a precautionary measure only.

    Because of these proactive efforts, Lindenhurst Middle School continues to be a safe place for our students. The safety and security of our students is our top priority and we will continue to communicate any important information with the community.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Homecoming Victory

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The Lindenhurst community came out in support of the varsity football team during the annual homecoming festivities. The events began on Oct. 10 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 Kelly Dietz and king Matthew Riselvato were announced, to the loud applause of their fellow schoolmates. The student council and athletic department coordinated the weekend’s activities.

The parade on Oct. 11 began at Fireman’s Park and made its way down Wellwood Avenue, ending at Lindenhurst Middle School. This year’s colorful floats were designed around the theme of “The Decades,” with each class float representing a different decade. The freshmen represented the ’80s and the sophomores depicted “Steam Boat Willie” to illustrate the ’20s, while the junior and senior classes portrayed the ’50s and ’60s, respectively. Taking first place for their beautiful interactive float were the seniors, whose win was announced during halftime. Halftime also included entertaining performances from the school’s marching band, color guard, cheerleading squads and dance team.

In the end, the Bulldogs reigned victorious as they beat Commack, 28-14.

A New Chapter

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Lindenhurst High School juniors and seniors explored the next chapter of their lives during the first in a series of mini college fairs.

The school hosted the event to assist students in their exploration of postsecondary educational options. Representatives from a myriad of colleges and universities were on hand to speak with students about their schools’ programs, the application process, and acceptance criteria and procedures.

 "These fairs allow our students to take their college search to the next level,” said school counselor Mathew Ward. “They have the chance to have their specific questions answered and hear firsthand what college life is like from someone who is, in many cases, an alumnus of the school. It's a great opportunity for them."  

 

Information for High School Students Regarding Yearbook Class Portraits

If your son or daughter has NOT taken a photo yet and you want them to be in the Yearbook Class Portraits section, please phone LifeTouch Prestige Studio at 861-2555, that's 861-2555 to make an appointment in their Farmingdale studio.  The deadline for inclusion has been extended to November 7th.

There will be NO in school opportunities to take a photo.

We apologize for the incorrect date listed on the high school calendar.

Books are on pre-order sale for $100 until the end of November.  Checks should be made payable to Bulldogs 2015 and sent to Mr. Finder in the Coordinator's office.  This information can also be found on Mrs. Truglio's eBoard

 

 

"Big Ideas" a Big Hit

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Award-winning singer/songwriter Patricia Shih was invited to share her “Big Ideas” program with students in grades K-5 at Harding Avenue. Incorporating a myriad of musical styles, such as folk and jazz, she encouraged students to cooperate, demonstrate respect for each other and celebrate the joys of learning. Students had the opportunity to participate – and in some cases scat with her on stage!

A Message from Dr. Gitz Re: Yik Yak

Attached is a message from Dr. Gitz regarding the use of the social media application "Yik Yak."

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Board Adopts Bond Resolution

At the business meeting on Oct. 1, the  Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward with plans for a community vote on a building renovation project.

 

The Board has authorized a date of Tuesday, Dec. 2 for residents within the school district to vote on the proposed plan that will create more efficient buildings for students. If voters approve the proposed project, three schools within the district would see building improvements. The plan includes upgrades to the high school, middle school and Harding Avenue Elementary School roofs, as well as a window wall at the middle school and the restoration of the iconic middle school clock tower.

 

The aforementioned roofs, which are no longer under warranty, leak, weakening the structure and creating a potential danger for students and staff. The leaking window wall at the middle school has resulted in damaged ceiling tiles as well as classroom materials. Currently the clock tower presents with rotted wood components that need to be addressed so as to prevent further leaking and animal activity.

 

The total anticipated cost of all projects is $8.8 million. Of this amount, 69.3 percent will be provided through New York State building aid to be distributed to the district over the life expectancy of the bond. Based on the average assessed value for a home within the district, the project will cost approximately $26.76 a year, or about $2.23 a month, for the residents.

 

On Dec. 2, community residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposal. Voting locations and hours are the same as previous school votes. They are as follows: 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. at Albany Avenue, Daniel Street, Harding Avenue, and William Rall Elementary Schools and the Lindenhurst Middle School.                                                    

Supportive Sporting

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The girls varsity and junior varsity soccer team raised money to fight breast cancer and bring awareness to the devastating disease through the annual Kicks for Cancer event that kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To raise money for the cause, students sold food, supportive apparel and 50/50 raffle tickets and encouraged attendees to make a donation.

Girls soccer was not the only sports team to show their support for a cause. On Sept. 29, the Key Club and girls varsity field hockey team came together in support of the Christina Renna Foundation. Christina Renna is a former student who 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 club sold baked goods in an effort to raise money.

Dressing Down to Raise Awareness

On Oct. 3, the middle school staff and members of the administration building took part in Lee National Denim Day, organized annually by teacher Lisa Nelson, raising nearly $1000 for Breast Cancer. For 17 years, staff members have demonstrated their support for the cause. A nationwide event, staff members joined the “Denim Day Team” by donating $5 to the cause and wearing jeans and pink ribbon pins. All funds raised went to the American Cancer Society to be earmarked for research toward finding a cure for breast cancer.

Message Regarding NYS Testing and Test Score Reporting

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

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A Cultural Connection

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Students of William Rall Elementary School recently explored the culture of the Plains Indians.

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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October 20, 2014