Honoring the Class of 2015

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On June 26, the Class of 2015 officially became the newest Lindenhurst High School alumni. With proud family and friends looking on and the high school band performing “Pomp and Circumstance,” the students made their way to the Edward F. Kienle Memorial Field in a procession led by the Lindenhurst Union Free School District’s administration as well as faculty and members of the Board of Education.                

Class Vice President Brendan Murphy led the salute to the flag and made welcoming remarks, and the senior members of the high school chorus sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”            

Student speakers included Class of 2015 valedictorian Marisa Mercadante, salutatorian Nicholas Drenkalo and class president Kelly Dietz. Superintendent Daniel E. Giordano and Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz gave their first graduation speeches in their respective roles. Mr. Giordano presented a heartfelt message of thanks to this first group of graduates in his new role, as well as to Dr. Gitz on successfully leading the high school in his first year as principal. He then shared with the Class of 2015 the top 25 best pieces of advice for new graduates, as told by the district’s Facebook followers in three words or less.  Some messages encouraged students to “see the world,” “engage your brain” and “never give up” while others were helpful reminders such as  “call your mother” and “use sunscreen.” Additional Speakers included Suffolk County Legislator for the legislature’s 14th District Kevin McCaffrey, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, United States Senator Charles Schumer and Board of Education trustee Patricia Ames. This year Ms. Ames leaves her position as Board Trustee after serving the district for six years.            

In a final act of unity, the soon-to-be graduates approached the podium as their names were called and received their diplomas from various members of the Board of Education. As a sea of green and white caps filled the sky, the graduates and audience members celebrated a special moment together.  

 

 

 

 

Hitting a High Note

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Congratulations to the Lindenhurst High School Jazz Band, who performed and competed recently at the Festivals of Music and Music in the Parks Competitions in New Jersey and placed first in the category of high school jazz band.             

 

This honor is in addition to the ensemble obtaining the coveted NYSSMA Majors Level 5, Gold with Distinction recognition. This is the highest possible rating a group can obtain.            

Moving On Up

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Lindenhurst Middle School’s eighth-grade students celebrated their moving up on June 24 at the Edward Kienle Memorial Field. Principal Frank Naccarato offered words of advice for the students and shared words of encouragement as they move forward in their educational career.

Superintendent Daniel E. Giordano also spoke, reminding students as they went on to high school to “try new things and never let the opinions of others stop you from pursuing your passions.” Board of Education trustee Edward Langone and student council president Anthony Castello also addressed the Class of 2015. The graduates were then called up to receive their diplomas.

The top 10 students were acknowledged for their accomplishments. Additional eighth-grade students were recognized for various awards and achievements, such as perfect attendance. Awards included the New York State Comptroller Awards given to Robert Commisso and Aleah Irizarry; Attorney General Awards to Anthony Castello and Rachel Warren; American Legion “Outstanding Citizenship” Award to Kimberly Kazdal; Outstanding Physical Education Awards for Shay McCandless and Michael Varela; and the Suffolk County Executive Public Service Award to Christopher Annabella Zaccaro.

As a highlight to the ceremony, the middle school eighth-grade chorus sang a beautiful rendition of John Ondrasik’s “One Hundred Years.”

Being Kind Beyond Borders

The seventh-grade students of Lindenhurst Middle School have been reading the novel “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park about two 11-year-old children in Sudan during different time periods whose paths ultimately intertwine.            

While reading the book, with the support of teachers Tara Moore, Ethan Lastella and the school’s English Department, the students began fundraising efforts that resulted in the collection of $5,000 for the construction of a fresh water well in South Sudan.            

When the well was completed, the students received a letter from Water for South Sudan Inc., the organization to which the students donated, thanking them for their generous support, including photos of the well and the children who will benefit from its use.            

“Our students’ hard work has shown so much compassion for people they most likely will never know,” said Principal Frank Naccarato. “It is a testament to our community that our students are so eager to give back despite all of the hardships the Lindenhurst community has faced. I am so proud of the faculty and students.”

Summary of Proposals for the Bower School

Click here to see a summary of proposals for the purchase of the Bower School to be discussed at the June 30 Board of Education meeting.

 

Message from the Superintendent of Schools Regarding Teacher Assignments

Click here to read a letter from the Superintendent of Schools regarding teacher assignments for the 2015-16 school year.

Breakfast for Champions

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Lindenhurst Middle School students were honored at the Breakfast for Champions celebration coordinated by middle school educator Courtney Whalley earlier in June.                                      

Teachers nominate students who exemplify Lindy Pride at the middle school. The students are then honored at the Lindencrest Diner’s monthly breakfast, now in its 17th year. They are recognized publically with certificates of merit in front of proud parents, teachers and peers.            

Photo 1: (Front, from left) Teacher Courtney Whalley, with champions Rachel Warren, Anthony Castello, Sabia Akand, Kayla Schmidt and Ashley Clark. (Back, from left) Arianna Liebowitz, Aaron Liebowitz, Kimberly Kazdal, Morgan Brown, Annabella Zaccaro, Madison Kamme with Principal Frank Naccarato. Absent from photo: Julia Steiger.

Introducing the Class of 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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The Pride of Lindenhurst

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The Pride of Lindenhurst Award is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution that inspires pride in the district.                

The award is given in the categories of community and staff. This year’s Pride of Lindenhurst in the community category was given to Assemblyman Robert Sweeney for his level of commitment and dedication to the Lindenhurst community.              

Interim Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Merrill Zusmer was recognized as the staff recipient of the prestigious award for the work he has done with the district’s special education population.              

The awards were announced at the Board of Education Community Forum on June 10 in the Lindenhurst High School auditorium. At that meeting, Board of Education member Patricia Ames was recognized with the Yale Award, and Vincent A. Caravan, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and instructional staff, received the Harvard Award.

Recognizing the Top Dogs

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Every year, the varsity athletes and coaches of Lindenhurst High School are honored during the Athletic Awards Banquet at the Melville Marriott. This year, the June 11 banquet showcased a tremendous pool of talented athletes and the coaches who guide them. Coordinated by the Varsity Club, Janine Cheskay and Michael Cheskay and the district’s athletic department, the evening recognizes their effort, dedication and achievements.                 

The banquet began with the grand procession of the Most Valuable Players for each team. Outstanding athletes were chosen for the Lindenhurst Hall of Fame and the Gold Key awards. Individual scholarships and recognition were presented to players throughout the evening.

Winners:

Athletes of the Year – Ashley Claud and Marquise Williams

Joseph Pritchard – Spirit of Lindenhurst – Leanna Snyder and Sean Varela

Coach of the Year – Charles Brostowski and Nick Lombardo

Assistant Coach of the Year – Thomas Cornelia and Damon Sinicropi                        

Superintendent’s Bulldog Award – Richard Rogers

Dellecave Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Members – Ashley Claud and Marquise Williams

Athletes Advance to Collegiate Level

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This year’s graduating class displayed an amazing level of talent on the fields of play. Many students will be going on to the next level to pursue those passions.            

The district congratulates the following athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to play athletics at the collegiate level:  

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Christopher Dattalo – Quinnipiac University – Boys Soccer

Christopher Panzenbeck – Concordia College – Boys Soccer

Michael Santobello – Alfred University – Football

Malique Mills – Springfield College – Football

Steven Mikolich – Buffalo State University –Football  

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Conor Smith – Utica College – Football

Sean Varela – Maritime College– Football

Brian Steiger – Kings College – Boys Lacrosse

Justin English – Nassau Community College – Boys Lacrosse

Jake Vollaro – Molloy College – Boys Lacrosse

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 Cozzetto at 867-3126.

July 07, 2015