Safety and Cyberbullying Policy Presentation

Please note that prior to the August 5 Board of Education meeting, which will begin at 8:15 pm in the McKenna Administration Building, there will be a brief presentation of the district's Safety and Cyberbullying Policy. The presentation will begin at 8 pm and will also be held at McKenna.

School Supply Lists Updated and Posted

Please be advised that all school supply lists have been updated on the school eBoards and are ready for viewing.

On the Go to Better Gro

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Students in grades three, four and five participating in the Extended School Year Summer Program housed at Daniel Street School recently had the opportunity to get their hands dirty when they took a walking tour of the Better Gro Garden Center of Lindenhurst. Led by teachers Erica Padden and Cynthia Morales, the students employed their senses by identifying vegetables and fruit, touching different parts of a plant, and smelling herbs such as rosemary and lavender.            

Better Gro owner Joe Tota worked with the students individually and assisted them in planting dianthus flowers, which they brought back to the classroom.  

Teddy Bear Treats

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The kindergarten and first-grade students of Lauren Gilhuley’s Extended School Year Summer Program class celebrated summer by decorating teddy bear cupcakes that showed the bears enjoying a day at the beach.            

The lesson began with Mrs. Gilhuley reading the book “Copy Me, Copy Cub” by Richard Edward, which led to a group reading of the poem “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.” Mrs. Gilhuley used Picture Exchange Communication System images to illustrate the sequence of directions the students would be following. Step by step, they added to their cupcakes until the delicious finished products were ready for tasting. The lesson culminated in a Teddy Bear Picnic in which students ate with their own teddy bears under a tree and the class read more stories involving bears.            

This was one of several hands-on lessons the class enjoyed. The students have also made ice cream, created an ice cream book, and made ice cream paintings using puff paint concocted from shaving cream and glue. 

Information and Application for 15-16 Free and Reduced Lunch

Click here for information regarding the 2015-16 school meals program and to obtain the application for Free and Reduced Lunch.

Also, please be aware that the elementary school lunch price has increased from $1.75 to $2.00.

Finishing Up the Year With Fun

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As the summer months approached and the school year began to wind down, students throughout the district culminated their studies in unique ways.             

Fourth-graders at Harding Avenue hosted the annual Colonial Fair, for which they dressed in period clothing and participated in Colonial activities.             

At West Gates Avenue, third-grade students in Maria Ierardi’s class performed “Character Matters,” a character education play focusing on the classic “Three Little Pigs” tale. Students performed skits and sang songs that reinforced the message of demonstrating a strong character.             

Also at West Gates, reading, math, speech and ESL classes took part in the first Vocabulary Parade, in which they selected a word from the school’s provided vocabulary list and designed costumes that depicted the word’s meaning. The costumed students paraded through the school’s hallways for their peers to see.             

At Daniel Street, kindergartners ended their unit on ocean life with a visit from the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Sea Safari program. They explored marine life such as clams, mussels, mud snails, sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Students in Nicole Fellin’s kindergarten and first-grade class researched a variety of careers and presented a fashion show for their parents, donning the apparel of their chosen career. From soldiers to dentists, the students proudly walked the runway to the cheers of their parents.             

Third-grade students at Albany Avenue spent an exciting day of discovery at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center in Uniondale.             

William Rall students in grades three through five explored writing with Jen Calonita, author of the young adult novel “Flunked.” Ms. Calonita spoke about her early days of writing and shared information about her elementary school experiences and how they shaped her as an author.             

Lastly, before crossing the stage at their moving up ceremony, Alleghany fifth-graders walked along school sidewalks lined with red tulips. Months prior, the tulip bulbs were planted during Red Ribbon Week as a reminder to live healthy and drug-free lives. The large red blossoms reinforced the oath the students took as they prepared to move on to middle school.  

Welcome A-Board

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During the July Board of Education organizational meeting, the Board of Education reinstalled its officers for the 2015-2016 school year. Donna Hochman was reinstated as president and Mary Ellen Cunningham as vice president. Also sworn in was the newly-elected trustee, Kevin Garbe.

Middle School Assistant Principal Leonard DiBiase was approved to hold the position of Interim Principal at the Albany Avenue Elementary School, a position left vacant when Dr. Lisa Omeis was named assistant to the superintendent for elementary and curriculum instruction.

Update Regarding Teacher Assignment Letters

In June, a message was sent home informing parents/guardians that teacher assignment letters would be delayed due to the number of staffing changes that took place throughout the district. 

The district is in the process of finalizing these placements, and elementary letters for grades one through five will be mailed home on Wednesday, Aug. 12.  Kindergarten letters will be mailed home the following week on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Thank you for your understanding. Best wishes for an enjoyable and restful summer.

Assistants to the Superintendent Appointed

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The district welcomes Dr. Lisa Omeis to her new role as assistant to the superintendent for elementary curriculum and instruction, effective July 1, 2015.            

Dr. Omeis has been a member of the district since 2002, when she held the position of principal at West Gates Avenue Elementary School. In 2011, she moved to Albany Avenue Elementary School as principal.            

Prior to her employment in Lindenhurst, Dr. Omeis was an assistant principal at Arrowhead Elementary School in the Three Village Central School District and worked in the Brentwood Union Free School District as a math, science and technology consultant, as well as an elementary and bilingual classroom teacher, as she is fluent in Spanish.                   

On July 1, 2015, Suzanne Sugarman officially began her new role as assistant to the superintendent for special education and pupil personnel services. Ms. Sugarman joins the district by way of the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, where she held the position of assistant director of pupil personnel services, a title she also held in the Wantagh School District.            

Ms. Sugarman began her career in education as a special education teacher in self-contained and blended classrooms. She worked in this role in several districts, including the Half Hollow Hills and North Shore central school districts, Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism in Levittown.            

The district is confident that Dr. Omeis and Ms. Sugarman will be assets to the district in their new roles and wishes them the best of luck.

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.  

 

 

 

 

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.

Introducing the Class of 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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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.

August 02, 2015