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Supt Search Forum - Mon, Nov 20 - LB Public Library 7:45 PM

Meet with the superintendent search consultants to discuss what qualities you would like in the new superintendent.

Contact the District Clerk for more information - 897-2108 or

Early Dismissal Drill Information


Board of Ed Meeting - Thursday, December 14 - Lido Multi-Purpose Room @ 7:30 PM

Presentation and discussion of Multi-Year Budget and Revenue

LBHS Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

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Three of Long Beach High School’s stellar senior athletes have committed to college sports teams. Emma Pfaff, Sarah Reznick and Jacori Teemer signed National Letters of Intent on Nov. 16, when they were congratulated by administrators, coaches and parents during a celebratory event.

Emma will join the Lacrosse Team at Boston University, Jacori will participate on the Wrestling Team at Arizona State University and Sarah will play on the Lacrosse Team at the University of Florida. All three athletes have impressive resumes and success stories.

Captain of the varsity lacrosse team, Emma achieved All-Conference status during her sophomore and junior years and was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman. She was recently recognized as a school-level Wendy’s High School Heisman award for her soccer, track and lacrosse participation and academic excellence. 

Sarah earned All-American distinction in spring of 2017 and was an All-American Honorable Mention in 2016. A starter on the varsity team since the seventh grade, she has also received an Unsung Hero award, All-County recognition and inclusion in Newsday’s top 100 players to watch and Inside Lacrosse magazine’s top ten lists.

Jacori has brought immense pride to the Long Beach wrestling team and community. This past September, he achieved a third-place victory in the World Wrestling Championships held in Athens, Greece. He is currently aiming to become the first five-time New York State Champion in Long Island history and only the second wrestler in the state to win five titles. 

Life Skills Program Hosts Holiday Card Sale

Students in Long Beach High School's Life Skills Program are selling holiday greeting cards that portray warm messages through their own creative designs! The group will be in the building's commons on school days from 12:30-2 p.m. up until the holiday break. Thanksgiving cards are out now for $1 each! Order forms are also available for students and staff to fill out or take home to friends and family members.

Superintendent Search Survey

As you may be aware, the consultants who are assisting the Board of Education with the search for the new Superintendent of Schools will be meeting with a variety of stakeholders in the district in the coming weeks, and also holding a public meeting for any member of the Long Beach school community who would like to attend on November 20, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY.  

Additionally, there is a survey online ( which the Board invites you to complete as a part of this input process.  The URL for the online survey is:  If you would like a printed copy of the survey to complete, one is available in the District Clerk’s office in the Administration Building, 235 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach, New York 11561.

Superintendent Search Survey

As you may be aware, the consultants who are assisting the Board of Education with the search for the new Superintendent of Schools will be meeting with a variety of stakeholders in the district in the coming weeks, and also holding a public meeting for any member of the Long Beach school community who would like to attend on November 20, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY.  

Additionally, there is a survey online ( which the Board invites you to complete as a part of this input process.  The URL for the online survey is:  If you would like a printed copy of the survey to complete, one is available in the District Clerk’s office in the Administration Building, 235 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach, New York 11561.

Harlem Wizards Come to Long Beach

Students from East School, Long Beach Middle School and Long Beach High School received lessons in sportsmanship, determination and effort on Oct. 27, thanks to a visit from Harlem Wizards basketball player Patric Massey. Known as “The Artist,” Massey shared his skills and talents, then involved students in drills and other activities.

Massey’s first stop was Long Beach Middle School, where he spoke to students during their lunch periods and called on volunteers to participate in basketball stunts. At the High School, he joined gym classes for volleyball games and encouraged all students to get involved. Later in the afternoon, Massey went to East School and addressed kindergarteners through fifth-graders. He engaged several students and staff members in a basketball drill and challenged them to be on the lookout for tricks. Jolynn Baker was the winner of the friendly competition. 

The day helped build excitement for the Nov. 17 Harlem Wizards vs. Long Beach Teachers game, hosted by the East School PTA. It will be held in the High School gym at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at Prices vary, so please see the attached flyer for specific details. 


Lindell walks forward for hurricane relief

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Lindell Elementary School students and staff members moved for a cause on Oct. 20, during the annual schoolwide “Walk it Forward” event. This year’s effort was a great success and raised $2,166 in relief funds for those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
The proceeds went to the United Church of Rockville Centre in conjunction with United Church of Christ (UCC) Disaster Ministries, which is providing both short and long term aid for people in the affected area. This financial support will be presented in the form of grants. 

A parade of blue traveled down the Long Beach boardwalk from Lindell Boulevard as festively-dressed, spirited students and staff members held up banners, signs and posters filled with positive messages. They marched to the sound of the school’s drummers, whose performance complemented the celebratory atmosphere. 

The group recited cheers and songs that encompassed the themes of respect, acceptance, compassion and helping others. Their rally for kindness was met with smiles and applause from onlookers who enjoyed the energetic morning. 

LBHS announces 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian

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Long Beach High School is proud to announce Dillon Razler and Patrick Morris as the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Both seniors have numerous achievements to their names and are National Honor Society members as well as International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates. 

Dillon is president and founder of the high school’s Future Physicians Club, which has connected students with doctors who can offer insight about the medical field. He will set out on the pre-medical track after graduation and has committed early decision to Cornell University, where he plans to study biomedical engineering. Also Key Club treasurer and a member of the Class of 2018, Math Travel Team and Math Club, he has provided many contributions to life at Long Beach High School. He is an IB student ambassador, focusing his Extended Essay on civil rights legislation, integrating baseball. Last year, Dillon earned the Excellence in Spanish award from Circulo De La Hispanidad as well as the Gaelic Quatrain Prize. 

An exceptional athlete, Dillon is in his third year on the varsity soccer and baseball teams, has participated on travel baseball and soccer teams and was recently named a Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner. He is also musically inclined and, as a member of the marching band and wind ensemble, has performed at Surfer’s Healing events, home football games, the Columbus Day Parade and the Newsday Marching Band Festival.  

In addition to his busy school and sports schedule, Dillon has given back to the community. He volunteered at youth soccer and baseball clinics, coached a travel baseball team and is a member and co-coordinator of the American Cancer Society’s Spin Rides for the Cure. Additionally, he has served as an advisory board member for the Gavin’s Got Heart Foundation, which provides support to families of children affected by congenital heart defects. He also volunteers as a physical therapy assistant and accompanied the wind ensemble at the annual Surfer’s Healing event. 

Patrick is involved with the Key Club, Student Organization, Trivia Club, Future Physicians Club and Class of 2018, the latter of which he served as treasurer for two years. He has been a member of the Model Congress since his freshman year and currently holds the role of delegate chair. As a sophomore, he was named the school’s primary candidate for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Metro Leadership Seminar and earned an Award of Excellence at the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. His IB Extended Essay addresses how cryptography impacted the outcome of World War II. He plans pursue college studies in neuroscience or genetics. 

A talented musician, Patrick serves as section leader of the French Horn/mellophones in the marching band. He also plays the French Horn in the Pit Orchestra and has performed in the school musical productions. Additionally, Patrick has an impressive martial arts background; he obtained a black belt in Shotokan Karate and became a Sempai and student teacher. 

Patrick’s philanthropic spirit is evident in his community service work. He brought P.S. I Love You Day to the high school, assisted with Relay for Life, co-organized the Color Run fundraiser, offered free tutoring services and provided volunteer construction work. Through his marching band involvement, he performed at the Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk Suicide Prevention Walk, in addition to Surfer’s Healing. 

As Dillon’s resume demonstrates, he believes it is important for high school students to allow room in their schedules for sports, clubs and other activities beyond the classroom. “Find time to do things you like,” he said. “Make the most of the free time you have.” 

Patrick agreed. 

“Get involved in extracurriculars,” he said. “It allows a break in the academic life.” 

Three LBHS seniors earn Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards

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Long Beach High School athletes Emma Pfaff, Dillon Razler and Jared Weissberg have been named school-level Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners. This distinction is based upon students’ success in academics and athletics, as well as involvement in the community. All three seniors are National Honor Society members, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates and active contributors to various sports teams.

Emma participates on the varsity soccer, winter track and lacrosse teams and is committed to Boston University for lacrosse. She has earned several lacrosse honors, including the Rookie of the Year title as a freshman and All-Conference status during her sophomore and junior years. She is additionally the team’s captain. 

Dillon is in his third year on the varsity soccer team, and was captain of the junior varsity soccer team as a freshman. He plans to play varsity baseball for the third year and will serve as captain when the season begins. He has participated on travel baseball teams since ninth grade and previously played travel soccer. Dillon also volunteered at youth soccer and baseball clinics during his freshman and sophomore years and coached a travel baseball team. 

Jared played varsity volleyball for two years, prior to which he served as captain of the junior varsity team. He also participated on the varsity swim, winter track and spring track teams and the junior varsity baseball team during his high school career. He was named All-Division in spring track last year and is currently an All-County candidate. He is considering the possibility of playing division three volleyball in college.  

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate exemplary dedication to learning, leading and performing. In order to be eligible for the honor, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, play at least one sport and display leadership qualities through participation in school and community activities. 

HS freshman accepted to prestigious math program

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Long Beach High School freshman Maya Kubiak has been accepted to the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Of approximately 600 applicants, she is among only 87 chosen to pursue advanced studies of mathematics through the program’s Saturday courses. 

According to the Institute, selection “implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent in math of all students on Long Island in his/her grade.” Maya and other participants are exploring algebra, geometry, discrete math, number theory and other topics such as problem solving applied to probability, theory of finite differences, science applications and mass point geometry. 

“It provides a better understanding of more complicated concepts,” Maya said of the program. 

Long Beach Staff and Students Support 'Mustaches for Kids'

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Long Beach High School administrators, teachers, and students have banded together to raise awareness and necessary funds to help defeat pediatric cancer through “Mustaches for Kids.” The six-week-long event kicked off on Sept. 30 and will continue until Nov. 4. A donation box is located in high school main office, where anyone interested in supporting this effort can contribute.  

This is the 11th year of the Long Island Chapter of "Mustaches for Kids" fundraiser, which has raised more than $540,000 in proceeds. Pictured are Long Beach Middle School teacher Keith Harvey, High School teacher Anthony Balsamo, High School Principal Jeffrey Myers, High School senior Joseph Liabach, High School teacher Eric Krywe, High School teacher Matt Hartmann, High School teacher Neil Campbell, High School Assistant Principal Dr. Andrew Smith and High School teacher Eric Fox.  

LBHS at Newsday Marching Band Festival

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The Long Beach High School Marching Band did an outstanding job "Rockin' the 80's" at the 55th Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival on October 17. Watch the video here!

Volleyball teamwork serves up a meaningful donation

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Long Beach athletes raise $1,906 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Long Beach High School boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams joined forces and turned their competitions into charitable fundraisers on Sept. 28. The two teams were each scheduled to play their friendly rivals from Massapequa, and took on the doubleheader as an opportunity to collect proceeds for the battle against Cystic Fibrosis. 

Team members, captains, parent volunteers and coaches Bill Gibson and Kerri Rehnbeck were instrumental in organizing this event. Athletes and spectators alike wore purple to represent Cystic Fibrosis awareness. Through sales of baked goods and raffle tickets, $1,906 was presented to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Development Manager Kerry McKibbins. Those involved in the effort gathered on Oct. 11 to make this rewarding contribution.  

The students took on this initiative as a way to support classmate and fellow volleyball player Eddie Roesch, who was joined by his mother and two sisters at the donation gathering. Team members were successful in promoting the effort on social media and throughout the building with posters, which resulted in a gymnasium packed with friends and family members wishing to help the cause. 

East School hosts math game night

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More than 150 students and parents attended an entertaining and educational Math Night at Long Beach’s East School on Oct. 4. This event, geared toward grades K-2, introduced parents to math games they can play with their children at home to bring learning and family fun together.  

Various stations, assembled in the gymnasium, featured hands-on games that align with the concepts students are learning in class. Approximately 75 parents reviewed the rules of the games, practiced playing with partners and received their own game boards and directions. They rotated through stations every five minutes and also had the opportunity to review books on math topics that can be read at home. 

The games are simple to follow and involve easy-to-find objects such as pennies, beads and cheerios that can be used as counters. They reinforce math skills such as counting up, counting on, counting backward and doubling numbers.

While parents were involved in their workshop, teachers read math trade books, played math games and completed math activities with more than 90 students in classrooms. National Honor Society volunteers from Long Beach High School offered assistance.  

This event was a collaborative effort of teachers and administrators, who began developing it last spring. The teachers created all of the materials for each station and game. East is now preparing for a March Math Night for students in grades 3-5 and their parents.

Long Beach celebrates 2017 homecoming

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It was a close game with a final score of 48-42, and although Long Beach High School did not celebrate a Homecoming triumph on the field, the students were victorious in countless other ways. October 13 was an action-filled day and evening that included a pep rally, fundraiser and carnival in addition to the football game and outstanding halftime show. 

Fans decked in blue and white packed the stands at Veterans Field for the 7 p.m. kickoff. The band and cheerleaders provided entertainment and kept the excitement strong as the Marines took on the Uniondale Knights. 

The marching band, cheerleaders and color guard presented excellent music and choreography during halftime, and Emma Pfaff and Patrick Morris were crowned Homecoming 2017 queen and king. As a continuation of a much-enjoyed tradition, youth football players were invited to race across the goalposts before the third quarter began. 

The annual homecoming carnival, sponsored by the high school’s Student Government Organization, was held in the middle school gymnasium before and during the game. High school students, staff members and other volunteers ran an assortment of amusements for all ages and sold refreshments. This year, they conducted a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief through a districtwide Battle of the Classes donation competition. 

In anticipation of that evening’s events, the annual afternoon pep rally was held at the high school’s Alumni Field and featured the introduction of teams, Class Olympic challenges, a preview of the halftime performances and other demonstrations of school spirit. Attendees cheered on their classmates and gave extra shout-outs to the seniors who were participating in their final homecoming as high school students. 

Lindell Students Create Art from the Heart

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Lindell Elementary School students transformed the sidewalks outside their school into a symbolic work of art during a “Chalk the Walk” activity on Sept. 29. This annual event ties in with the district’s emphasis on social-emotional learning, as it reviews an array of emotions with a focus on self-awareness.

This year’s event featured a new approach; it was introduced through morning meetings held by all classes, more affectionately known as Lindell’s Social Emotional Learning Families (S.E.L.F.). The groups explored a rainbow of feelings and moods and learned to identify their own as well as recognize those in others. They reviewed related vocabulary words and discussed visual representations for the various emotions, which were incorporated into the chalk portion of the event.

Each class had the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and sunshine during a drawing activity, in which they created beautiful displays of self-expression using colored chalk. As a science component, some teachers also described the steps through which chalk is made. Students illustrated their school’s outside grounds with a collage of pictures, ranging from hearts and flowers to suns and faces. 

The district’s approach to social and emotional learning is the CASEL competency framework. The philosophy focuses on the key competencies of self-awareness, social awareness, relationship tools, responsible decision-making and self-management. 

Harvey Relief Bracelet Sale Brings Help to Houston

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In just a few days’ time, Lindell School’s fifth-graders met their goal in a Hurricane Harvey relief fundraiser. Their full inventory of awareness bracelets sold out between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, resulting in a $1,000 donation to an elementary school in the Houston Independent School District. The red, white and blue bracelets, embossed with the text, “We are survivors! Sandy/Harvey,” were sold for $1 each. This is just one of the many initiatives that the Long Beach Public Schools have coordinated to help those in other parts of the nation as they recover from recent storms. 

Collaboration Leads to Safer Roads

The Town of Hempstead has officially called for a reduced speed limit on Lido Boulevard, meeting a request raised by the Long Beach Public Schools in collaboration with Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, the Point Lookout Civic Association and the Lido Point Lookout Fire District. The speed limit for the area extending from the Loop Parkway through Blackheath Road was lowered from 40 to 30 miles per hour. 

In July, the Long Beach Public Schools urged the Town to consider this reduction, and were supported by endorsements and letters from Councilwoman Sweeney and other officials and local entities. 

“On behalf of the Long Beach Public Schools, I want to express my appreciation to Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and the Town of Hempstead for their approval of lowering the speed limit on portions of Lido Boulevard,” said Chief Operating Officer Michael DeVito. “More than 700 Long Beach middle school and high school students travel on foot and bicycle during rush hours, so I am extremely pleased that the Town has taken the necessary steps to make this trip safer for the students of our community.” 

Mr. DeVito noted that the district remains committed to continuing its bicycle and pedestrian safety awareness program for students and hopes that the reduced speed limit along Lido Boulevard will also change the mindset of drivers. 

Long Beach Middle School Promotes Peace


Long Beach Middle School students took the time to celebrate peace on Sept. 23, just five days after International Day of Peace was observed all around the world. Members of the Multicultural Club and eighth-grade art classes gathered around the peace pole that was installed outside the building last year and shared messages of kindness, hope and acceptance. 

The handcrafted peace pole displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its sides in different languages. Students Hailey Barshak, Valentina Gonzales, Nikkita Kissoon, Ella McManus, and Kali Shaw read the statement in its many forms and shared information about the project. 

Art teacher Laura Swan also discussed the significance of the monument, and noted that there are tens of thousands of peace poles in 180 countries all over the world that serve as constant reminders to visualize world peace. 

Ken Bailing sang the Beatles’ famous song, “All You Need Is Love,” with guitar accompaniment from Kali Shaw. Students then placed paper doves, made by Spanish teacher Betsabe Montoya, into the ground to adorn the garden with symbols of unity.  

Hall of Fame Football Star Inspires at Long Beach HS

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Long Beach High School students were excited to welcome Class of 1987 graduate and NFL star James “Scottie” Graham for a visit, just hours before his induction into the third class of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Nassau County High School Hall of Fame. Graham spent the morning of Sept. 27 sharing life lessons with members of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes.  

During his teen years, Graham earned All-American titles in football, wrestling and lacrosse, all while never missing a full day at Long Beach High School. He continued his football career at Ohio State University, and eventually went on to play professionally for the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals, without a single fumble of the ball. Currently, he serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Arizona State University. 

While he addressed the students over two separate presentations, Graham discussed pride, poise and commitment, as well as responsible decision-making. He noted that people must “pay to play,” and work for what they want. He explained that he sat in the same auditorium’s seats many years ago as a student and took his goals seriously, which attributed to his success. 

“Be committed to your craft,” Graham said. “You have to determine what you want to do and how you want to do it.” 

Graham was selected to the Hall of Fame as a result of his significant contributions to high school athletics in Nassau County, and he will be formally honored this evening during a celebration at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

LBHS Congratulates Scholar Artist Jovanna Vicente

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The photography talents of Long Beach High School senior Jovanna Vicente have earned her the elite Scholar Artist title through the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar-Artist Awards program. This recognition is granted to students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island in both academics and in the arts.  

Jovanna is the tenth Long Beach High School student in the past seven years to be awarded through this program. She was recognized in the category of media arts for her photography, and was required to submit an essay as well as a portfolio of her work.
While this arts distinction is Jovanna’s most recent, it is certainly not her first. Last year, she earned first place in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase Competition’s Photojournalism-Prints and People/Animals–Prints categories for her pieces titled “Rizal Boulevard” and “Girl in the Rain.” She then went on to win a second place award in the national Photographic Society of America competition. Jovanna also had the honor of displaying her photograph, “Window Reflections,” at the New York State Art Teachers Association’s Legislative Exhibit in Albany. She additionally exhibited “Girl in the Rain” at the Long Island Arts Council’s High School competition. 

Along with approximately 19 other Scholar Artists and 20 Award of Merit recipients, Jovanna was officially acknowledged at a celebration held on Sept.14 at Half Hollow Hills High School East. An end-of-the-year reception will be held in the spring at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of LIU-Post. 


Long Beach rededicates new administration building

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The Long Beach Public Schools’ Board of Education and administration dedicated  the district’s new administration building with a ceremony held on Sept. 15. The construction was finished last year, just in time for the start of school in September of 2016. It was funded entirely through federal and state funds, at no cost to taxpayers. 

Joining district officials were Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Melissa Miller. They each spoke about this important moment in Long Beach, which signified the final phase of Superstorm Sandy repair projects. 

“This is reflective of a new day in Long Beach,” Senator Kaminsky stated. “I’m glad you have a resilient new home.” 

“Much luck moving forward, with all new things happening, and I am glad you have this new building,” said Assemblywoman Miller. 

Superintendent of Schools David Weiss expressed gratitude to Chief Operating Officer Michael DeVito, Director of Facilities and Operations Steve Lahey and their respective departments for the efforts that went into to the securement of funding. 

Past Board of Education trustees Patrick Gallagher and Roy Lester had the honor of unveiling a plaque that was installed in the building’s front lobby; the plaque displays the names of the administrators and Board of Education members who were involved in seeing this endeavor through from start to finish.

LBHS Students Explore College Options

More than 50 colleges and universities were represented at an event presented by Long Beach High School’s counseling department on September 18. The mini-fair featured an assortment of booths in the gymnasium, where representatives from the various schools across the nation provided information about their programs, admission requirements, campus life and more.

Seniors visited their stations of interest and took brochures and other materials as they embark upon their application ventures. Next up is the annual Grade 12 College Information Night, which is scheduled for September 27 at 7 p.m. Financial Aid Night and Grade 9 Parent Night events are slated for October 19 and 25, respectively. Click here to view the full calendar.   

Delivering an educational program that supports college and career readiness is one of the district’s major priorities. The counseling department and other members of the high school staff will continue to work closely with seniors and their parents throughout the school year as the students make decisions that will help shape their futures. 


LBHS Students Accepted to Columbia University Science Honors Program

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Long Beach High School students Alyscia Batista and Joshua Kapilian have been selected by Columbia University to participate in their Science Honors Program for the 2017-18 school year. Out of almost 2,000 applicants, the two juniors are among only 400 students admitted to the program based on their test results, applications, recommendations and transcripts.  

Alyscia and Joshua will attend classes at Columbia on Saturdays throughout the school year. At Long Beach High School, they are successful science research students.  Joshua won second place in the New York Science and Engineering Fair’s Systems Software category during his freshman year and received recognition in the Molloy College Science Fair as a sophomore. He also participated in a set of advanced weekend courses in math as a through the Institute of Merit's Math Research Program. 

Both students are International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates and members of the National Honor Society. 

Marina Meyer and Jesse Scott Named National Merit Commended Students

Marina Meyer and Jesse Scott Named National Merit Commended Students
Long Beach High School is pleased to congratulate seniors Marina Meyer and Jesse Scott for their recognition as National Merit Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. They represent the nation’s pool of highest scorers on the 2016 PSAT, which was taken by more than 1.6 million students. Approximately 34,000 earned the Commended Student distinction. 

Marina and Jesse are both members of the National Honor Society and very much involved in their school community. Marina is President of the Key Club and plays trombone and baritone in the band. Jesse is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, serves as President of Model Congress and plays varsity badminton and tennis. 

As seniors with college on the horizon, they each have big goals for the future. Marina hopes to pursue foreign affairs and international studies, while Jesse is preparing for an education in chemical engineering. 

LBHS musicians to perform in All-State ensemble

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Three Long Beach High School students have been selected for All-State music ensembles and two were chosen as alternates. All five earned this recognition 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. 

Olivia DiResta joins the All-State Mixed Chorus while Joshua Kapilian and Thomas Walsh will participate in the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Claire Ezratty and Logan Friedman were selected as alternates for the All-State Orchestra and Instrumental Jazz groups, respectively. 

These Long Beach musicians, all of whom are members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, represent their school with talent and dedication. Olivia is a senior and has participated in All-County performances several times in previous years. Joshua, a junior, has performed in All-County and the Long Island String Festival Association concerts as a violist. Thomas, also a junior, has been featured at the All-County level as well. 

Claire is a senior and serves as Tri-M’s Vice President of Community Service. She attended the prestigious New York State Summer School for the Arts’ School of Orchestral Studies in July and August and has performed in LISFA. Logan, a senior and Tri-M President, plays the bass and has earned All-County selection in the past. 

The NYSSMA Winter Conference will be held at the Rochester Convention Center from Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

Long Beach students get schooled in surfing

Members of Long Beach High School’s Life Skills program and the district’s special education program took part in the annual Surfers Healing Surf Camp, held at Lido West Town Beach on Sept. 13. Thanks to professional instructors and volunteers, participants from local communities had the opportunity to experience a sea of peace and possibility.

One by one, students were fitted for life jackets and accompanied by instructors as they made their way out into the water on long boards. They each embarked upon their own unique surfing adventures, in which they took on new challenges and gained self-confidence while riding waves back to the shore.

Members of the Long Beach High School surf team handed out medals with pride and offered encouragement, high-fives and praise to the accomplished beginners.

Surfers Healing seeks to enhance the lives of children and teens with special needs, specifically those with autism. The organization’s stellar team, coupled with the ocean’s therapeutic effect has been making a difference in the lives of its participants for 17 years. This was one of many one-day Surfers Healing camps held across the nation and was organized in partnership with the Town of Hempstead.

Constitution Day at East School

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Click to see the video! East School’s fourth-graders formed an American Flag for Constitution Day.”

Long Beach Schools Bring Post-Storm Sunshine to Texas

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When news broke about the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to parts of Texas, Long Beach schools jumped right on board to help those who were affected. Students, staff and families from Long Beach High School, Long Beach Middle School and East, Lido, Lindell and West elementary schools wanted to share with those thousands of miles away the lessons they had learned about unity, kindness, hope, strength and resilience through experiences with Superstorm Sandy.

Through a collaboration between the high school’s English department, Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Organization and Life Skills department, upwards of 1,000 letters have been written by Long Beach students to those who have suffered damage from Harvey. The middle school also got involved, and students in both buildings’ English classes welcomed the invitation to express their encouragement and compassion. Most of them had their own personal stories to tell, with life lessons about the power of working together to rebuild. 

“I feel so bad that you had to deal with Hurricane Harvey,” wrote middle school student Bridget O’Driscoll. “Five years ago, Long Beach, New York and all of the East Coast had to deal with Hurricane Sandy. We came together as a community to rebuild Long Beach.” 

“I know what you’re going through,” middle school student Kerry Off wrote. “When Sandy hit, I felt I would never make it through everything that had happened. I was heartbroken, but then we rebuilt. I knew everyone was OK no matter how long it took.” 

High school student Katelyn Salvato shared, “I hope you know that so many people are willing to help and rebuild your town, just like we did five years ago. Things will get easier; it might take long, but eventually life will go back to normal. I hope all our donations and love make it easier for you in this time.” 

The high school is also coordinating a “Battle of the Classes” project, which presents a fundraiser in the form of a friendly and collaborative competition with a unique twist. Each class will receive a donation bin and 1,000 points. For every 25 cents placed in a donation bin, 10 points will be subtracted. The goal is for students to put money in the other classes’ buckets so that their own bucket retains the most points. The class with the highest number of points at the end of the competition will gain points for their school’s Class Olympics, and the donations will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards that will be sent to Texas before the holidays. 

Long Beach High School’s Life Skills students are excited to be involved in these efforts as well. They are decorating the donation bins and will help facilitate the activity during weekdays in the building’s commons. The Life Skills students are also running a donation table at the Farmers Market at Kennedy Plaza on Wednesday afternoons to raise money from the community that will be distributed among the classes’ bins. 

This endeavor will expand to include the entire district at the annual Homecoming Carnival on Oct. 13, when a “Battle of the Schools” will be held. Each building will be represented with two bins, and attendees can donate tickets to the bin of their choice. The school that raises the most in proceeds will receive a special halftime shout-out during the football game. 

The gift card donations and letters will be delivered to a high school in League City, Texas, where Long Beach High School graduate and former faculty member Mike Jiminez currently teaches. 

Long Beach Middle School has created a hallway mural that symbolizes Long Beach’s support of Texas. For every dollar donated, a swatch of colored paper is added to help fill in and complete the image. The middle school has another creation in the works — a quilt comprised of students’ inspirational messages and illustrations. Many squares have already been designed and will be patched together to form one heartfelt piece. 

Lido School’s students, staff and families went full steam ahead with their outreach efforts during the first few days of school. They organized a donation drive that produced row upon row of brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies, boxes of new socks and pajamas in various sizes, and notes of encouragement. A $1,000 donation from Allstate Insurance is making the delivery possible. 

Lindell School’s fifth-graders will be selling bracelets as a fundraiser. The pieces will be red, white and blue and have “We are survivors! Sandy/Harvey” embossed on them. Each bracelet will cost $1 and the proceeds will go directly to an elementary school in the Houston Independent School District. East and West elementary schools are coordinating other efforts to make a difference, such as gift card drives. East’s donations will also benefit families affected by Hurricane Irma.  

The district will share updates on these efforts and more in the upcoming weeks!