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Welcoming Department Heads

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When the 2018 academic year began, students were not the only ones welcomed to the district. Andrea Judge, LCSW, and F. Shaun Sudama were welcomed to their respective roles as coordinator of guidance, and coordinator of career and technical education and library media specialists, respectively.

Ms. Judge joined the district with more than 12 years of school counseling experience by way of the Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. She holds her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in educational leadership from the College of Saint Rose. Additionally, she obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University, a Master of Science degree in school counseling from Long Island University and a Master of Science degree in secondary education from Dowling College. This was in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stony Brook University.

Mr. F. Shaun Sudama joins the Lindenhurst Union Free School District by way of Nassau Boces in Westbury where he served as assistant principal. He also held the title of business teacher at Division Avenue High School in Levittown and the William Bryant High School in Long Island City. There he also served as the coordinator of CTE, student activities and parent support, and the school’s student achievement program.  Mr. Sudama took part in the Post-Masters Educational Leadership Program at Stony Brook University where he obtained his certifications as a New York State school Building and School District Leader. He earned a Master of Science in adolescent education from Dowling College in Oakdale and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and math with a major in business from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.

The district is honored to welcome all of its new members and is confident that they will be successful in their endeavors.

A Message Regarding Deliveries to LHS

On Sept. 5, a Connect Ed message was sent to the homes of all Lindenhurst High School students explaining that no longer will athletic equipment and food deliveries, such as McDonald’s or lattes, be accepted by the attendance staff during school hours.  

It is important to note, however, that this policy does NOT preclude the delivery of necessary medical items that, as a matter of protocol, are to be delivered to the high school health office.  

The safety and well being of our students are a main priority to the district. As we continue to enhance the district security protocols, we are attempting to minimize unplanned visits to our buildings throughout the day while also encouraging student responsibility for all other school related needs.  

We appreciate your understanding and support in this effort.

Welcome Freshman

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On Aug. 30, the halls of the Lindenhurst High School were filled with the members of the Class of 2022 who were familiarizing themselves with their new surroundings during the annual ninth-grade orientation.

The morning began with introductions and a presentation from Principal Dr. Clinton Grant, who spoke about expectations, policies and some of the opportunities available to the new students. “Get involved,” said Grant. “We have so many wonderful opportunities for you to explore and involve yourself in. Plan for success. The choice is yours. You have even more independence to take charge of your path. Make positive decisions, manage your time properly and come to us if you need anything. We are here to support you through 2022 and after.” He encouraged students to use their social media as a tool for positivity. “If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, then don’t type it! Instead, choose to use your social media as a digital portfolio for colleges to explore.”

Also, addressing the class were LHS Ninth Grade Assistant Principal James Campbell, senior class adviser Tom McCandless, Director of Guidance Andrea Judge and Master Sargent Magdolna Resker of the school’s Marine Corps JROTC leadership class. Representatives of the Lindy Cares Club spoke about the opportunities they afford and the services they provide.

Peer Leader adviser William McGroary addressed the class and informed them that the members of the Peer Leadership class were on hand to assist and give tours, advice and moral support to incoming students.

First Day For Lindy

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The sun was shining and so were the smiles on the faces of the staff and students of the district who returned for the first day of school on Sept. 5.

The day was not only the start of a new academic year, but for many in the district, it was the start of a new chapter of their lives. Kindergarten students entered classrooms for the first time, leaving behind the security of their parents. Sixth-graders entered the middle school and were introduced to the idea of changing classes and getting lockers. They carried with them for the first time Acer Touch Screen Chromebooks, provided to them as part of the district’s 1:1 Chromebook Initiative which began with last year’s sixth-grade class. When asked what he was looking most forward to in middle school, incoming sixth-grader Ryan Rossiter said, “I’m really excited because we are no longer elementary students. We’ll have more independence and more responsibility and that is what I like.”

Ninth-grade students officially became “high-schoolers” and the 12th-graders experienced the last “first day” of their Lindenhurst education.

 

Student Strengthens Character with the Marines

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Changes Made to Free & Reduced Lunch Process

Please be advised that the start of the 2018-19 school year will see a change in the application process for free and reduced meals within the Lindenhurst Union Free School District.            

To provide the most cost-effective services to the community and simplify the process, the district has made the decision to utilize the free MySchoolApps service. The app guides parents through the application process and confirms that all the necessary information has been provided before it’s submitted. 

The cost savings are not the only benefit, however. Parents will appreciate the convenience of being able to apply for free and reduced meals securely, from anywhere, using any device that is connected to the Internet. Additionally, the MySchoolApps service accommodates users who are fluent in English and Spanish. 

If you wish to apply for free and reduced meals and do not have access to the Internet or a facility which offers Internet usage, such as a local library, MySchoolApps kiosks will be made available at the main office of the Lindenhurst Senior High School, located at 300 Charles Street in Lindenhurst from August 17,2018 through  August 31st, 2018 between 7:45am and 12:45pm Monday through Friday as well as the McKenna Administration Building, located at 350 Daniel Street. Additionally, paper applications in English and Spanish will be available for pick up at the main office of each district school.            

Beginning September 4th, 2018 the Kiosks will be available for use at the McKenna Administration Building from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. The High School Kiosks will be available for use from 7am to 2:50pm Monday through Friday.            

If you have any questions regarding the MySchoolApps service or use of a kiosk, please contact Michele Claud in the high school main office at 631-867-3704.  

September 26, 2018