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LBHS Students Register to Vote

As part of an annual tradition, members of the Long Beach League of Women Voters visited classes at Long Beach High School to lead discussions about the importance of voting and civic responsibility. While they were there, league members helped 134 seniors register to vote. Those students who turn 18 before the respective dates of the school board elections and budget vote, primary elections, and November elections are eligible to vote.

Christy Fox Attends Inside Albany Program

Junior Christy Fox was selected to attend the Students Inside Albany Conference. This conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York, is an intensive four-day training experience designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State, and to educate them as to how they can influence and affect this process. Christy heard from Albany insiders about how New York State government operates and how policy is shaped and enacted. She was also given the opportunity to attend Assembly and Senate sessions and to shadow both Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Senator Dean Skelos. Christy was selected for this honor through the joint efforts of Long Beach High School and the Long Beach League of Women Voters.

According to its official website, the League of Women Voters of New York believes that educating and empowering the youth of our country is vital to maintaining a strong democracy. Through the League’s Education Foundation, the State League and many local leagues operate programs that provide students with the information, motivation and skills needed to become informed voters and engaged citizens. The State League’s primary youth program is Students Inside Albany.

Ancient Egypt Lives at LBMS

Sixth graders at Long Beach Middle School joined forces to create an interactive exhibit about Ancient Egypt that included afterlife artifacts, pyramids, clay cartouches, ABCs of Egypt books, hieroglyphics, gods and goddesses, papyrus scrolls and even mummified apples.

After completing a unit of study in their social studies classes, each team constructed a separate “wing” of the museum, concentrating on a different aspect of the history, culture, beliefs, language and lifestyle of the ancient Egyptians. On the opening day of the exhibit, students gathered to visit the museum together, receiving a list of questions to guide them as they toured and learned from each other’s projects.

“This type of interactive project promotes critical thinking skills, communication, collaboration and creativity,” said Social Studies Director Sean Hurley. “Through projects like this, we encourage our students to be active, rather than passive, learners.”