Just Kids Offering Limited Scholarships

Just Kids, located at the Kellum Street School, is offering limited scholarships for general education children residing within the Lindenhurst School District to attend their preschool program beginning September 2016. Three-year-old classes will meet either from 8:30-11 a.m. (morning session) or from 12-2:30 p.m. (afternoon session). Four-year-old classes will be held during those time periods as well, however, there will also be a full-day 4-year-old program from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

Please note that snacks/lunch will NOT be provided to the students and will be the responsibility of the parents. Parents must also provide transportation. Proof of residency must be provided to Just Kids upon acceptance into the program.

Each class will consist of 18 students: nine general education and nine special education. One general education teacher and one special education teacher will co-teach classes, with an aide in each classroom. The program utilizes the Creative Curriculum that emphasizes academic readiness skills and social skills.  

Students entering the program in September 2016 must reach the age(s) of 3 or 4 by Dec. 1, 2016. Parents must provide birth certificate and proof of residency, and all students need a physical exam prior to beginning the program. A lottery will be held to select the students to be offered scholarships. If your child is receiving special education services, he/she is not eligible for this scholarship.

The lottery is NOT conducted on a first come, first serve basis.  

Applications may be obtained by clicking the links below or at the McKenna Administration Building.

Applications must be mailed NO LATER THAN Friday, June 17, 2016 to the address below:  

Lisa M. Omeis, Ed.D

Assistant to the Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Lindenhurst Union Free School District

350 Daniel St., Lindenhurst, NY 11757  

For questions, please call 631-867-3087.

CLICK HERE for the Just Kids Three-Year-Old Application

CLICK HERE for the Just Kids Four-Year-Old Application

Collective Bargaining Agreement Approved

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During a special meeting on May 25, the Board of Education approved a collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Teachers Association of Lindenhurst.            

The new contract, which runs through June 30, 2020, is the result of five years of negotiations between the district and TAL. The willingness of those involved to keep open the lines of communication has allowed for both parties to achieve a resolution.            

“Everyone made a concerted effort to resolve a contract that would benefit the community and remain fair to our teachers,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel Giordano. Michael Pastore, president of the Teachers Association of Lindenhurst, echoed those sentiments. “This settlement represents what can be accomplished when two groups of people are open to considering each other’s concerns in an effort to set goals and move forward,” he said.            

A copy of the adopted agreement can be found on this website under the Board of Education tab (click on the meeting agenda for May 25).

Important Message from the Superintendent of Schools

As the end of the school year draws near the students will come together to enjoy various celebratory events including class picnics, school field days and end-of-year award ceremonies. These are wonderful opportunities for students to make memories with their classmates and share those moments with their families. 

It is natural for parents to want to photograph, preserve and in some cases share these moments and they are encouraged to do so. It is important to note, however, that not every parent in the district feels similarly about the sharing of photos on social media so you are encouraged to remain mindful of everyone’s right to privacy. 

Information Regarding LHS Science Regents Review

In order to prepare your child for the Regents exams in Science review sessions are scheduled on the following dates:  

Living Environment Regents Review will take place on June 9th from 2:30 – 4:00 in room 137 and 138.

Earth Science Regents Review classes will take place on June 6th and June 9th from 2:30 – 4:00 in room 236 and 237. Chemistry Regents Review will take place on June 9th and June 20th from 2:30 – 4:00 in room 222.

Physics Regents Review will take place on June 9th from 2:30 – 4:00 in room 211.

LMS International Day

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Students of Lindenhurst Middle School explored the world from their very own school’s gymnasium during the school’s 12th annual International Day. In small teams of two or three, middle school seventh- and eighth-graders, and sixth-graders in a foreign language club, set up booths that detailed different countries around the world.

Students displayed photos and memorabilia and served traditional foods from the countries they researched. They also played music native to these countries. “Every year I am in awe of how the students rise to the occasion and find new and creative ways to represent the countries,” said teacher Kathy Curran.

Throughout the day, votes are cast and students are selected as the winner of various categories including Best Food, Best Display Board, Best 3-D and Best Overall. This year’s Best Overall winners were Sophi Petri (Italy) and Gabriel Chodon and Dawid Galazka (Poland) respectively.

National Merit Finalist Named

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Lindenhurst High School senior Jeevan Vangala is one of 2,500 students nationally to receive a $2,500 scholarship as he advanced to finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Finalists, like Jeevan, place among the top students who are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Throughout his time at Lindenhurst High School, Jeevan has challenged himself with the most rigorous honors, AP and college level courses. He is ranked fourth in his class and demonstrates a high potential for future academic accomplishment through his distinguished performance.

“Jeevan is a committed student and the personification of the Lindenhurst High School motto of leadership, honor and scholarship,” said principal Dr. Christopher Gitz. “I am confident that his dedication and commitment to hard work will lead him to great success in the future.”

An Important Message From The Superintendent of Schools

Last week, the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education issued a guidance document to school districts throughout the nation regarding transgender students, stating in part that school districts must allow them to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity.   The District has been abiding by this practice for several years and will continue to support this directive.  

The District supports all students and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities on the basis of students’ race, color, weight, ethnic group, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, age, gender (including gender identity and expression), predisposing genetic characteristic, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity.

The District is committed to providing an educational and working environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality amongst all students and will continue to do so moving forward.

Important Message from the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association

Attachments:

Revised Regents Review Information

Please note that there has been a revision made to the scheduled regents review math classes.

The June 1 math classes have been cancelled and the time of the June 2, 7 & 8 math classes has been extended to 4:30pm.

CLICK HERE to see the Regents Review letter and schedule that was sent home in March. 

 

 

Students Start the STOPPED Program

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During their weekly driver’s education lecture, students of Lindenhurst High School took part in an interactive anti-drunken driving program known as the STOPPED Program. Students participated in a simulated drunken driving experience by wearing vision-altering goggles and driving a buggy through a course of traffic cones, which represented pedestrians, and other common driving obstacles. Those students were also invited to take a sobriety test while wearing the goggles.            

Prior to taking the wheel, Deputy Sheriffs Thomas Lyons and Chuck Clark from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office shared information with students regarding the laws and consequences of driving under the influence.

Important Message From the Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parent/Guardians:

It has been brought to our attention that a half-day dismissal was inadvertently left off the 2015-16 district calendar. Please be advised that Thursday, June 23, 2016 as well as Friday, June 24, all elementary schools will dismiss students at 12 noon.

 We apologize if this omission has caused any inconvenience to you.

Sincerely,

Daniel E. Giordano

Superintendent of Schools

An Electric Lesson at Albany

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To enhance their study of the community, first-graders of Albany Avenue Elementary School learned about emergency preparedness when PSEG Special Service Operator and Lindenhurst parent Joe Capodicasa visited their classrooms.            

Mr. Capodicasa shared safety tips, including what to do if students came in contact with a downed wire or what information they need to know in case of an emergency, such as their first and last names and those of their parents in addition to their home address and phone number. Students also discussed the categories of people who can help them in an emergency situation.            

Each classroom received a copy of the Sesame Street Hooray for Our Heroes big book, as well as coloring books and hard hats courtesy of the PSEG Community Partnership Program. Students even got to take a look at a PSEG bucket truck with thanks to Electric System Serviceman Darrin Cassio.  

Pen Pals and Study Partners

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For the past seven months, kindergarten students of Alleghany Avenue Elementary School and a class of kindergartners from East Elementary School in the Brentwood Union Free School District have been writing letters to each other learning about each others’ schools and developing friendships            

Earlier in the month, the two classes came together for the first time to enjoy an afternoon of activities. They worked in small groups and together, explored a study of insects. Students were directly partnered with their pen pal, and completed learning centers including arts and crafts, shared reading, sensory play and snacks.

A 'Young' Role Model

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Student-athletes of the Lindenhurst High School recently enjoyed a visit from Darrel Young, a fullback for the Washington Redskins NFL team. Young spoke on various topics including the transition from high school to college, the lessons he’s learned from his coaches along the way and how to manage your time as an athlete while attending college. He addressed the hard work and sacrifices required to perform at the professional and the importance of leading by example. Throughout his life he has made a priority of volunteering and participating in community services. Young was given the prestigious award of being named the Washington Redskins Man of the Year Award for the 2015 season            

As a high school student at Amityville High School, Young played for then football coaches Frank Devenuto and John Rosillo, who are now employees of the Lindenhurst Union Free School District. While at Amityville, Young was a three-time Team MVP, three-time Suffolk County All-League, All-County and two-time All-Long Island athlete. This was in addition to many other recognitions and accolades as well as graduating in the top 10 of his class. Upon graduating from Amityville, Young went to Villanova University where he graduated with honors.            

For the last six years, Young has returned to Lindenhurst to speak to Devenuto’s classes, however this year, he asked to also speak to a broader audience of athletes. When asked what he hopes the students gain from the experience, he answered, “I want to impress upon them that everything you learn in life, starts here.” 

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.

First Book Registration Reminder

Earlier in the school year, Lindenhurst Middle School teacher John Mansfield spearheaded the First Book campaign for the Lindenhurst community. With the cooperation and registration of the administration, district teachers and custodial staff, John was able to secure three pallets of new books with an estimated value of $20,000 for distribution in Lindenhurst.            

First Book is a program sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers and the New York State Union of Teachers aimed at bringing books to students in need. Each pallet contained books leveled for students in preschool through eighth grade. As such, books were distributed to all Lindenhurst UFSD elementary schools, the middle school and several community preschools. This was a wonderful opportunity that reinforced our desire to create a lifelong love of reading in Lindenhurst.              

This year, Mr. Mansfield has teamed up with the PTA, and with your assistance, we have the opportunity to bring even more books to district students. If the district obtains 2,000 registrations from district staff and PTA members, a truck carrying 13 pallets of books (which equates to approximately 22,100 new books) will be received and distributed to district students.            

In order to register, you must first be a member of either the Lindenhurst staff or the Lindenhurst PTA/SEPTA. If you are not a PTA/SEPTA member and wish to become one, you may reach out to your school¹s PTA president. That information can be found on page 25 of the district calendar.              

If you satisfy the aforementioned requirements, CLICK HERE to print out the First Book Registration Form, sign it and return it to your child¹s school as soon as possible.            

Thank you in advance for the time and effort you commit to this endeavor.

May 31, 2016