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Jesse Hubbs Selected for NYSSMA Piano Showcase

Jesse Hubbs Selected for NYSSMA Piano Showcase photo
Long Beach Middle School sixth-grader Jesse Hubbs has been selected to participate in the 13th Annual Piano Showcase at the 2018 New York State School Music Association All State Conference. Out of 110 applicants, he is among only 13 that were chosen to perform in Rochester at the end of November.  

Last spring, as a West School fifth-grader, Jesse achieved a perfect score of 100 on his NYSSMA Festival solo evaluation at level 6 – the highest and most advanced division. This contributed to his acceptance to the Piano Showcase, as did his application and recorded audition. Jesse performed “Polichinelle” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, which he also presented locally during a feature on Long Beach High School’s Morning Show. He has been playing the piano since 2012 and also plays the cello. 

“This is an incredible honor for this talented young musician, and we are so proud to have him representing Long Beach,” said Director of Media, Visual and Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro. Jesse was nominated for the showcase by music teacher Vanessa Krywe. 

Nina Capofarri Earns Scholar-Artist Award

Nina Capofarri Earns Scholar-Artist Award photo
Long Beach High School senior Nina Capofarri has been recognized as a Scholar-Artist through the Long Island Arts Alliance in the category of Media Arts. She was formally recognized at a ceremony held at the LIU Post campus’s Tilles Center on Sept. 12, where her work was featured. 

The Long Island Scholar Artist program honors students for their excellence in academics as well as a specific area of the arts. Four students were chosen per category, and Nina is the only one in hers that received special remarks about her work at the celebration. 

Nina is a member of Long Beach High School’s National Honor Society and an officer in the National Art Honor Society. She has earned distinctions from the Art Supervisors Association, the Heckscher Museum of Art and Huntington Camera Club and was selected to participate in Adelphi University’s “For the Love of Art program.”

Scholar-Artists will again be honored at an end-of-year reception this spring. 

#LBReads Mystery Guest Reader of the Day - 9/18

Today's mystery guest reader is Ms. Dirolf, the new principal at West, who shares a story with her children.

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Board of Education Meeting - Thursday, September 27 - Lido Multi-Purpose Room @ 7:30 PM

Topic:  Homework Shifts and Reading Initiatives

Wall of Fame Ceremony - Saturday, October 6 - LBHS Commons @ 9:30 AM

2018 Inductees - Joe Brand, Derrick Fontaine, Patrick E. Gallagher and Todd Kaminsky

LBHS musicians to perform in All-State ensemble

LBHS musicians to perform in All-State ensemble photo
Long Beach High School is proud to announce five students’ acceptances to All-State music ensembles and four alternate selections. These students were recognized based on their New York State School Music Association audition solos last spring, and the All-State performers will take the stage at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester. 

John Aebly joins the All-State Symphonic Band. Joshua Kapilian and Thomas Walsh will participate in the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble and are also alternates; Joshua for the All-State Orchestra and Thomas for the All-State Mixed Chorus. Alec Chasin will be part of the Symphonic Band and Layla Hakimzadeh and Shea McMahon were selected as All-State alternates. 

These Long Beach musicians, all of whom are members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, represent their school with talent and dedication. Senior John is drum major for the marching band and is a member of the wind ensemble, jazz band and Soundwaves acapella group. Alec, a senior and clarinetist, is an IB Music candidate involved in the pit orchestra, jazz band and wind ensemble. Layla, also a clarinetist, is a junior and participates in marching band, color guard and wind ensemble. Joshua is a senior and, in addition to his talents as a vocalist, plays the viola and piano. He performs in the symphonic orchestra, select choir, Soundwaves, jazz band and chamber orchestra and attended the 2018 School of Orchestral Studies of the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Shea is a senior and vocalist and is co-leader of Soundwaves, along with fellow senior Thomas. President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Thomas is a vocalist and member of the select choir. He additionally plays guitar and harmonica. Last year, Joshua and Thomas performed in All-State ensembles and John, Joshua and Shea were in the school’s production of Grease. 

The NYSSMA Winter Conference will be held at the Rochester Convention Center from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.



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We are so excited to be starting our #LBReads campaign! Our Long Beach students are growing as readers, and are learning to LOVE reading! Look for our new #LBReads logo around our schools and community!



Talia Fernandez Named National Merit Semifinalist

Talia Fernandez Named National Merit Semifinalist photo
Long Beach High School is pleased to congratulate senior Talia Fernandez for her recognition as a National Merit Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. She represents the nation’s pool of highest scorers on the 2017 PSAT, which was taken by more than 1.6 million students, and is among approximately 16,000 that achieved the semifinalist title. 

An International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate, Talia pursues complex academic topics through the Science Research program, is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and serves as Student Organization President. In these capacities she has organized numerous fundraisers and helped heighten school spirit throughout the building. During her sophomore year, Talia was selected to represent Long Beach High School at the Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) New York State Leadership Seminar

Talia is co-captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, on which she has played for three years. A violinist since the second grade, she has participated in NYSSMA, is a member of the chamber orchestra and Tri-M Music Honor Society and tutors younger musicians. With graduation just around the corner, she is aiming for a career within or related to the science field. 

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

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Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! 

Welcome Back Letter From Dr. Gallagher


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LB welcomes new teachers

LB welcomes new teachers photo
The Long Beach Public Schools welcomed new staff members with a three-day orientation that included an array of presentations, workshops and discussions.

The orientation included an introduction to the district’s goals, key learning frameworks, professional tools and policies as well as a bus tour around the community. The new staff members had opportunities to meet their colleagues, administrators and Board of Education members.

Welcome to Philip Cabasino, Timothy Cabasino, Ashley Castanio, Christina Causi, Alexandra Clark, Kelsey Dass, Regina Dibono, Brittany Gervase, Marie DiGiovanni, Jennifer Healy, Erin Hutton, Zoe Irwin, Frank Lettieri, Amanda Maggio, Rose Ann Malizia, Conor Manning, Eva Mastrantuono, Stephen McSweeney, Stephanie Mena, Geoffrey Noss, Gina Pulewitz, Jennifer Ragona, Ashley Schecher, Maria Vasquez-Wright and Heather Yaeger.  

The district is also pleased to have made several new administrative appointments last spring. Lorie Beard is Vice Principal of Long Beach Middle School, Amy Dirolf is Principal of West School, Sarah Kugelman is Assistant Principal of West School, Evelyn Daza is Coordinator of ENL and Student Internships, Patrick Kiley-Rendon is Director of Technology, Gina Reddock is Adult Learning Center Program Manager, Christopher Webel is Coordinator of Alternative Educational Programs, Elizabeth Walsh-Bulger is Vice Principal of Long Beach High School and Sharon Weiss is Assistant Principal of Lido School. 

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Long Beach Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro Honored for Youth Art Month Initiatives

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The Council for Art Education and the National Art Education Association has announced that Long Beach Public Schools Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro will be presented with the national Award of Excellence for involvement in Youth Art Month. A co-chairperson for New York State Youth Art Month since 2007, she has been instrumental in the organization’s receipt of a total of nine awards. 

Youth Art Month is a nationwide annual observance of school arts programs during the month of March. The Long Beach Public Schools celebrates with participation in the All County Art Show as well as a districtwide art exhibit at the Magnolia Center. Ms. Lang-Shapiro coordinates the Youth Art Month flag design competition, of which Long Beach High School graduate Max Tunney was deemed statewide winner in 2015-16.

New York State Youth Art Month has previously received two Awards of Excellence as well as Awards of Merit and Best New Program/New Promotion awards. The 2017-18 awards will be presented at the National Art Education Association conference in Boston in March of 2019, when Ms. Lang-Shapiro and her co-chairpersons Donnalyn Shuster and Heather McCutcheon will accept the honor on behalf of the program.

IB Essay Writers Get a Summer Start

IB Essay Writers Get a Summer Start photo
Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates spent time this summer working on their Extended Essays as part of their journeys in pursuing International Baccalaureate Diplomas. The district hosted three writing workshops that offered opportunities to focus on various phases of the development process with guidance from staff advisors.

The Extended Essay is a research paper that allows students to deeply explore a topic of their choosing in a written paper of approximately 4000 words. The workshops are designed to help the students develop and utilize organizational strategies that will allow them to complete the project. The high school held a morning session and two evening events in August in order to accommodate a variety of students’ schedules. One-on-one conversations with IB Extended Essay Coordinator Toni Weiss and IB Diploma Program Coordinator Jennifer Quinn offered guidance to the attendees.

Most students have already determined their topics of interest and are now in the research and composition phases of their essays. They are in the process of finalizing their essential questions, obtaining valid information sources and initiating outlines. The students will work with their assigned mentors as they move forward with their work.