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Statement from Superintendent of Schools Daniel Giordano – May 24, 2018

Earlier today, May 24, school officials at Lindenhurst Middle School were notified that a student made verbal and social media threats towards the district. School administrators immediately contacted the Suffolk County Police Department who came to the building to investigate the threat. The student in question is no longer in school and will be disciplined according to the district’s Code of Conduct. Please be assured that the district will fully cooperate in the police investigation.  

Sadly, these incidents have become all too frequent of an occurrence in our society, but please know that we take such matters very seriously and each one is thoroughly vetted. Again, I commend the middle school students who brought this incident to the attention of school officials. Please understand, I appreciate the community’s concern and interest in knowing all of the details; however, New York State student privacy laws prohibit me from sharing the specifics of such incidents.  

Be assured that the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to communicate any incidents with the community.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Message Regarding Half Days of School

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School Budget Passed

Residents in the Lindenhurst Union Free School District voted to support the 2018-19 school budget on May 15 by a vote of 1200 to 762. Thank you to all residents who participated in this important vote.  

In addition to voting on the budget, community residents approved a proposition to establish a new capital reserve fund with a vote of 1231 to 691. This fund will be used to pay for future capital improvement projects, which helps to minimize asking residents for additional tax levy dollars. The capital reserve fund will not exceed $15 million over a 10-year period and will require voter approval to expend its funds at a later time.            

Four seats were available on the Board of Education and incumbents Mary Ellen Cunningham, Kevin Garbe and Donna Hochman, who ran unopposed, were re-elected. Cunningham received 1,347 votes, Garbe received 1339 votes and Hochman received 1287 votes.             The seat previously held by Trustee Edward J. Murphy, Jr., who resigned earlier in the year, will now be held by Josephine Martino who received 1036 votes to Gabrielle Anzalone’s 747 votes. Martino was sworn in during the May 15 Board of Education Community Forum and will serve the duration of Murphy’s term that expires on June 30, 2020. The terms of the three incumbent trustees will commence on July 1, 2018 and conclude on June 30, 2021.            

“We are continually grateful for the support of the Lindenhurst Community,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel E. Giordano. “The approval of this budget will not only result in the preservation of our full academic program and extra curricular offerings, but it also maintains our programs in athletics, music, performing arts, foreign language and career and technical education. Our ability to provide students with such robust opportunity, is what continues to make this district the home of excellent schools.”

Daniel Street Gets ‘Energized’ With PSEG

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The students of Daniel Street Elementary School took part in a presentation sponsored by PSEG Long Island and the National Theatre for Children regarding energy awareness.

Throughout the 25-minute comedic performance, the students met a slew of characters including junior superhero Nikki Neutron, who was on a mission to stop energy from being wasted all over town by the show’s villain, the Sneaker. On her quest, Nikki explored with students the four major themes of the show: What is energy? What are the uses of energy? How is energy wasted? And what are ways to conserve energy?

Putting the 'Tri' in Triathlon

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Approximately 110 students of the Adelphi Physical Education class at Lindenhurst High School recently took part in the twelfth annual Bulldog Triathlon. The race consisted of an eight-lap, half-mile swim, followed by a five-mile bike ride and a two-mile run.            

Noah Daniels and Megan Steinman were the first male and female competitors to cross the finish line, with their impressive respective times of 39.09 and 51.30.   

The first ten students to complete the event overall were as follows:

Noah Daniels – 39.09

Peter Moran – 41.23

Colin Sherlock – 42.00

Sean Kennedy – 42.35

Tom Renick – 44.00

Azem Azemi – 44.05

Michael Varela – 44.23

Patrick Konarski – 46.16

Austin Martinez – 46.46

Bohdan Fostakovskyy – 46.47

VIDEO: The Charles Street Times

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Igniting a Spark

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Lindenhurst High School science research course students took a tour of Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the hospital’s pharmacy back in November where they were invited to participate in the Northwell SPARK Challenge. They were tasked with selecting one of the careers highlighted and designing a poster featuring and promoting the chosen career.

Inspired by the in-depth visit they shared with many of the hospital’s pharmacists, the students chose pharmacy as the subject of their project and were just awarded a $3,000 prize for taking second place in the competition.

Team members include: Sabia Akand (10), Kaylie Barrett (10), Maria John (11), Jenna Johnson (10), Claudia Kwasiborski (12), Dawid Luberski (12), Jessica Messina (12), Sandra Romero (10) and Gabriella SzczepoinsKa (11).

An Entertaining All Lindy Concert

The Lindenhurst Union Free School District’s department of fine and performing arts recently presented its annual All-Lindy Concert at the Lindenhurst High School auditorium.

To kick off the evening, teacher Andrew Kuftack directed the All-Lindy Jazz Band as they performed Duke Ellington and Irving Mills’ “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” Dean Sorenson’s “Please Don’t Climb on the Iguana” and “Tunes From ‘Toons” arranged by Roy Phillippe.

Paul Cronin then led the All-Lindy Orchestra, as they performed Elliot del Borgo’s “Country Cookin,” Bracket and Harman’s “Simple Gifts” and Neal Hefti’ “Batman Theme” arranged by Bob Cerulli.

The All-Lindy chorus was led by director Philip Ricciardi and accompanied by Yen Yen Haas. The group serenaded the crowd with several entertaining selections including the “Revolting Children” from Matilda the Musical written by Tim Minchin.

The All-Lindy band, under the direction of Samantha Stainkamp, took to the stage with performances of “Imperium” by Michael Sweeney and “As the Eagle Flies” by James Swearingen among others that left the audiences wanting more.

Sharing Their Democratic Voice

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The Wade-Burns Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7279 recently recognized several students from the district for their written contributions to the 2017-18 VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contests. The student essays reflected the themes, “America, Our Hope for the Future.”A ceremony was held at the VFW Post in Lindenhurst honoring the students. Local politicians attended the event to applaud the students’ efforts as students were awarded with medals, certificates and monetary awards.             

Lindenhurst High School students Jack Burton and Efrain Laguna took second and third place, respectively, for the 2017-18 Voice of Democracy competition.            

The district congratulates all of these patriotic students.

VIDEO: Lindenhurst Dance

Changes to School Health Examination Requirements

CLICK HERE to review a letter from Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, Bret Kearney regarding the upcoming changes to the New York State requirements for school health examinations.

2018-19 NYS & NYC Screening & Health Examination Requirements Chart

5th to 6th Grade Residency Verification

Click here to review the 5th to 6th grade residency verification forms
May 25, 2018