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Board of Education Welcomes New Members, Elects Officers

Board of Education Welcomes New Members, Elects Officers photo

The Long Beach School District’s two newly elected Board of Education members, Sam Pinto and Tina Posterli, were sworn in at the July 2 reorganization meeting. They officially began their three-year terms and the Board unanimously elected Dr. Dennis Ryan and Maureen Vrona to serve as president and vice president, respectively. Several administrators and staff members were also appointed and Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations (also District Clerk Pro Tem, Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Purchasing Agent) Michael DeVito, District Clerk Carole Butler and Treasurer Joan Ramirez took oaths of office.

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The future looks promising for LBHS 2018 grads

The future looks promising for LBHS 2018 grads photo

Long Beach High School’s Class of 2018 headed out into the world after receiving diplomas and words of inspiration during a meaningful graduation ceremony held on June 22. The school’s 95th annual commencement ceremony brought the seniors together one last time to share in each other’s victories and support one another in following their dreams.

Veteran’s Field at Long Beach Middle School was energized with proud family members, friends, teachers and district leaders who applauded the seniors for well-earned accomplishments and cheered them on in the ventures ahead. The graduation band performed “Pomp and Circumstance” as the Class of 2018 members filed onto the field and the graduation choir performed the national anthem. 

Principal Jeffrey Myers welcomed all honorees and guests and shared his own high school graduation experience. Board of Education Trustee Dr. Dennis Ryan also addressed the graduates, in the form of a song that he wrote specifically about their class. Audience members chimed in for the chorus.

Salutatorian Patrick Morris described some difficult circumstances that he and his classmates faced together and ways that they used these times as opportunities to grow and learn. “I hope you continue learning and growing – evolving each and every day whether in a traditional classroom, at home, or in a manner all of your own,” he said. “Look at challenges as opportunities, as moments to improve. Be the improvement. Make the difference. And any time you doubt yourself or your ability to overcome, just remember back to where it all began and how wonderful it all turned out. Remember that you write the narrative of your own life – always make it a good one.”

Valedictorian Dillon Razler spoke about the steps it took for the seniors to get to this important moment. “So much of what we have accomplished could never have been done without a feeling, deep down, that nothing could stop us from achieving it,” he said. He drew upon the advice of Theodore Roosevelt: “Believe that you can and you’re halfway there.” 

An award-winning athlete, Dillon listed many sports highlights that members of the graduating class have earned and noted that each feat was the result of belief in oneself and hard work. “Confidence in all that you can do is key, and the mentality that you can do whatever you set your minds to will bring you all very far in life,” he said. “Having a great deal of determination to succeed and a strong work ethic in general will empower you to pursue what your heart desires.”

In Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher’s address, she introduced three theoretical “guest” speakers: Ed Sheeran, Malala and the Rainbow Fish. She summarized each of their stories in overcoming adversity and left the seniors with a collection of valuable life lessons about doing what they love, being courageous in standing up for their beliefs and sharing their gifts with others.  

“When people ask you about your graduation speakers, you can say that they were Ed Sheeran, Malala, and the Rainbow Fish, and that they urged you to follow your passion, live your life with courage, and be men and women of service,” Dr. Gallagher said. 

Senior Class President Chrysalis Mandell spoke about the significance of this milestone for the graduates, and Mr. Myers then presented the Class of 2018 to the audience and joined members of the Board of Education and administration in the distribution of diplomas. Diana Weiss led her classmates as they turned their tassels from right to left to represent their transition from students to graduates. 

To commemorate the official announcement of this significant and long-awaited moment, the graduates tossed their caps into the limitless possibilities that lie ahead. 


Lido School's 5th Annual Math Tournament

Lido School's 5th Annual Math Tournament photo
Lido School students in grades 3-5 competed in the building’s fifth annual Math Tournament on June 20. Third- and fourth-graders participated in a Math Around the World challenge, while fifth-graders entered a contest called Math 24. 

Luke O’Connor, Enshan Ramkrssoom and Rory Ahearn were named first-place winners for grades 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Second place awards went to Cali Marks in third grade, Sal Pezzano in fourth grade and Dane Maffeo in fifth-grade. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders Maia Rossi, Jack Leone and Nate White took third place honors. 

Ready for the Next Level!

Ready for the Next Level photo

LB Fifth- and Eighth-Graders Move Up 

Fifth-graders and eighth-graders advanced to their next phases of education during the week of June 18, when East, Lido, Lindell and West Elementary Schools and Long Beach Middle School held promotion ceremonies. The celebrations were filled with pride as the students were joined by members of their families and the district’s Board of Education, administration and staff. 

The middle school event, held on the evening of June 20, honored students’ completion of three years of determination, effort and teamwork. This eighth-grade class was the first to complete Middle Years Program Community Projects, which strengthened students’ sense of good citizenship and ability to make a difference. The students have experienced an educational program based on philosophies that will help them to succeed in the high school years that they will now embark upon. 

At the elementary level, each school’s gathering had a specific theme that was portrayed through decorations, music and more. East School’s event was named, “I Can and I Will. Watch Me.” Lido School’s was fittingly titled, “Celebrate.” Lindell School sent off its graduates with a “Tomorrow Starts Today” program, and West School encouraged all to “Dream Big” and aim for the stars.  

Student speakers from the five buildings addressed their peers and audience members with reflections about their experiences thus far, and the endless possibilities ahead. Middle school principal Paul Romanelli and elementary school principals Kathleen Connolly, Patrick McKinney, Karen Sauter and Brenda Young shared positive sentiments with their respective graduates. The event at West also featured a special acknowledgment of retiring Teacher-In-Charge Donna Fee, and past principal Sandy Schneider took the podium and shared many positive reflections about her former colleague.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher and Board of Education members also commended the students, and all ceremonies featured special award presentations to students who have excelled in academics, music, art, community involvement and a number of other areas. 

East, Lindell and West Schools’ promotions were held in their respective buildings, while Lido’s took place in the high school auditorium and Long Beach Middle School’s ceremony was held on Veteran’s Field. 

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Middle School Moving Up Ceremony

Elementary School Moving Up Ceremonies

LBHS Students Accepted Into Prestigious Summer Arts School

LBHS Students Accepted Into Prestigious Summer Arts School photo
Long Beach High school freshman Chandler Rosenzweig and sophomore Liz Kelly were accepted into the 2018 New York State Summer School of the Arts. Joshua Kapilian, a junior, was also selected as a violist as announced in a previous news story. Liz will participate in the art component and Chandler will attend as a French horn musician. All will attend summer courses led by renowned professionals in their respective areas of specialty. 

Liz is a digital artist and also takes drawing and painting at Long Beach High School. She was recently inducted into the National Art Honor Society. She plays the oboe, flute and trombone, is a member of the Symphonic Jazz Lab and has participated in NYSSMA. Chandler is involved in the Concert Band and Symphonic Band for French horn and plays guitar in the Symphonic Jazz Lab. A member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, she is a two-time NYSSMA All-County performer. 

Long Beach Honors Students and Staff at BOE Meeting

Long Beach Honors Students and Staff at BOE Meeting photo

Students as well as staff members were honored for their dedication and efforts during the Long Beach Public Schools’ June 14 Board of Education Meeting. The 2017-18 school year concludes with many achievements of which the district is extremely proud.

At the high school level, Madison Gusler was awarded the Nassau County District Attorney SHIELD Award and Dane DePasquale was recognized for his videography service to the district. Lauren Bulik, Stephan Casesa, Nicole Codianni, Dylan Edelman, Jake Ignatow, Brooke Shapiro, Jared Starman, Thomas Walsh and Brett Weiner were congratulated for their success at the DECA State Competition, and Brooke Shapiro, Jared Starman and Edward Vrona were honored for their winning Business Olympics concept, “The Dockyard.” Lauren Bulik, Trey Heller, Sydney Hoffmann, Joshua Kapilian, Emily McDonnell, Vinny Pagano, Jaylyn Umana and Andie Zion received distinctions for their science research accomplishments.

From Long Beach Middle School, Rio Arengo, Benjamin Armus, Hailey Barshak, Saige Berube, Hailey Brandt, Samantha Breen, Jason Cooper, Lorelai Corbett, Natalia Hakimzadeh, Daniella Isaacs, Alexandria Kile, Saoirse Marx, Cameron Moses, Sebastian Muzikar, William Pagan, Giovanni Panicola, Gabriel Petty, Abigail Phillips, Samantha Rosenbaum, Jack Skarren and Ryan Starman received accolades for their awards earned in the Long Island Science Congress junior division. Students also presented their Middle Years Program Community Projects and described the background research, plans of action and outcomes that this endeavor involved. Sebastian Quinn, Tyler Fales and Thomas Littlefield summarized their ideas for crosswalks to enhance safety on the streets leading toward the Rec Center, while Anna Lanigan and Ashley Cummings described the steps that they took to provide necessities to people in need.  

Many elementary school students were also distinguished for their achievements. 

Marissa Miller, Luke Morita, Leofwin Muskin, Jordi Perez, Ronin Rugolsky and Aaliyah Trichter were praised for their high scores in the WordMasters Challenge, while Sydney Brandt, Winter Collinson, Alfonso D’Amato, Tabitha Freeny, Eva Gargiulo, Jordan Haltrecht, Kailyn Kelly, Catherine Maguire, Marissa Miller, Brooke Nielsen, Sebastian Perez, Lucia Petty, EnShan Ramkissoon and Sienna Warren were applauded for success in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. Ronin Morita, Lucia Petty and Aysu Unver received commendations for their excellence in the Kids Philosophy Slam. For Odyssey of the Mind, Winter Collinson, Isabelle DePalma, Tabitha Freeny, Shane Haglich, Sienna Hornberger, Ryan Aba Riebli and Zachary Scouten were honored as first-place winners in the regional tournament and fifth-place in the state event, and Teddy Clancy, Alana Damiani, Cathy Maguire, Alyssa Mincy, Vincent Napolitano, Lucy Nash and Johncarlo Piccolino were recognized as second-place winners at the regional tournament.

The meeting also included a celebration of tenure. Christina Farrell, Kristine Farrell, Danielle Goggin, William Papetti, Kaitlin Smith and Serena Whitfield were recommended for tenure, which was granted by the Board of Education. Administrators reflected on the valuable contributions that each of these faculty members have made during their time in the district. 


East School rocks uniqueness and unity

East School has unveiled a vibrant path of creativity and connection outside the building’s entrance. As the result of an event and activity held in conjunction with Unity Day, students painted beautiful designs on rocks that have been assembled for all to see.

Back in January, Regent Roger Tilles paid a visit to the school and discussed the value of each person’s uniqueness with an audience of kindergarten through fifth-grade students. He read the book, “Only One You,” by Linda Kranz, and described the story’s messages about individuality and making the world a better place. Students returned to their classrooms and painted their own rocks, based on rock fish featured on the book’s cover, using materials donated by PTA members. 

Since the rock garden’s installation, East students take every opportunity they can to explore it and decipher the meaning behind each piece. It has quickly become a favorite gathering spot before and after school, with significance that goes a long way.


Seniors Ready for Collegiate Sports

Seniors Ready for Collegiate Sports photo
The Long Beach Public Schools is proud of the many high school seniors who have committed to collegiate sports teams for the fall. Congratulations to the following Class of 2018 athletes: Logan Bauer, Ethan Bonney, Sam Brinster, Scott Gernhardt, Gordon Gerstner, Samuel Gibson, Tamiyah Massey, Alexander Michelman, Troy Morris, Johan Penaranda, Emma Pfaff, Deon Ray, Sarah Reznick, Elijah Rodriguez, Edward Roesch, Chris Scandole and Jacori Teemer.

Eighth Grade Chorus Members Sing Their Way to the Top

Eighth Grade Chorus Members Sing Their Way to the Top photo
Long Beach Middle School’s Eighth Grade Chorus attended the Long Island Music Festival on June 8 and earned a superior rating. This is the highest possible level of achievement and bestowed upon only the strongest groups. 

The chorus was evaluated on sound quality, technical accuracy, musicality and stage presentation. The feedback received from the judges was overwhelmingly positive and expressed specific praise of the students’ musicality and professionalism. Congratulations to the musicians and their teacher, Christina Farrell, on this outstanding accomplishment.

LARC Students Stand Out as Philosophical Thinkers

LARC Students Stand Out as Philosophical Thinkers photo
Two Long Beach LARC students are among the most philosophical students in America, according to the Kids Philosophy Slam Competition. This contest inspires students to think by unlocking their intellectual and creative potential through a unique and powerful philosophical forum. Fourth-grader Geddy Moss and third-grader James Long came in second- and third- place nationwide, respectively.

The event posed the question, “Truth or deceit: which has a greater impact on society?” After studying a unit on philosophy, students contemplated the question for the competition, conducted research and wrote creative responses to the question. Other LARC students with exceptional performances were third-grader Ronin Morita, fourth-grader Lucia Petty, and fifth-grader Aysu Unver. 

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LB Spring Sports Awards

Another outstanding season for Long Beach varsity athletes was recognized during Spring Sports Awards Night, held on June 6 in the high school auditorium. Students received awards both individually and with their teams in honor of their efforts, skills, sportsmanship and dedication on and off the field.

The following teams were acknowledged for a season of good sportsmanship and effort: Girls badminton, baseball, boys golf, girls golf, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, boys track and girls track. The Challenger and Unified sports teams for life skills students received accolades as well.

The girls badminton, boys tennis, girls golf, girls lacrosse, softball, girls track teams were recognized as Scholar/Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for maintaining Grade Point Averages of 90 percent or higher. 

Numerous special plaques were presented to students who have demonstrated good character, service to others, team spirit, academic excellence, leadership and passion for athletics. These awards are as follows: 

Distinguished Athlete Award: Logan Bauer, Samuel Brinster, Paulina Czartoryski, Troy Morris, Jesse Scott, Stella Smith
National Scholar Athlete Award: Colleen Mannle, Emma Pfaff, Sarah Reznick, Jared Weissberg
Mark Fishgrund Memorial Award: Tamiyah Massey
Woody Davis Award: Samantha Inselberg, Kieran Lent, Liam Radin
Corey Lovrich Memorial Award: Sarah Reznick, Troy Morris
Harvey Green Memorial Award: Tyler Aitchison, John Diaz, Meredith Fagan,  
Eduardo Gonzalez Heymann, Alexander Michelman, Sarah Price
Lorraine Vitale Memorial Award: Ethan Bonney, Danielle Breen, Paulina Cardona, Matthew Mascolo, Kelly McDonagh, Dillon Razler, Carly Siegel, Liam Thornton
Stanley Galowin Award: Taylor Haines, Michael McCabe, Peter Mieczkowski, Edward Roesch
Kiwanis Club Award: Samuel Gibson, Elijah Rodriguez , Christopher Scandole
Neil Eskenazai Memorial Award: Blaise Derenze
Jay Lake Memorial Award: Evan Garcia
Arthur Hurst Memorial Award: Adam Bahoui, Adam Leavitt, Sean Malone, Emily Rivera
Sherman Brown Memorial Award: Ryan Aroesty, Evan DeNardo, Emma McGovern, Grace Rosenberg, Kaley Skarren, Kathleen Verastegui
LBHS Athletic Department Manager of the Year: Shane Apple, Kieran Lent, Amy Ramon
Charles Polin Memorial Award: Scott Gernhardt, Kaitlin Kelliher, Morgan O’Brien, Wes Yanowitch
Career Achievement Award: Sarah Reznick, Jacori Teemer
Brian Cohen Memorial Award: Joel Vega
Tom Deluca Memorial Award: Danielle Breen, Peter Capozzi, Gordon Gerstner
Nora Bellsey Spirit Award: Diamond Lambert

Additionally, coaches Leo Palacio and Kerri Rehnback received the Sam Santay & Irv Gold Memorial Award for outstanding coaching success in 2018. 


TV Studio Production Program Grows From Outline to Full Feature

TV Studio Production Program Grows From Outline to Full Feature photo

Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production program has come a long way in the last decade, evolving from a grassroots development that contained basic elements to a successful entity comprised of a state-of-the-art studio, a succession of courses, award-winning students, renowned alumni and its very own film festival. Its past and present came together on June 2 during the school’s Fourth Annual Film Festival.

The event featured films produced by this year’s students, presentation of awards and a special highlight: guest of honor and Long Beach High School alumnus Brian Adamkiewicz. The 2010 graduate has just returned home from France after winning best student documentary in the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. 

The Cannes-worthy piece, “Build Ramps Not Walls,” trailer was screened in Mr. Adamkiewicz’s former high school auditorium, as was the trailer to a second film of his, “The Surfing Samurai.” His films are still on the festival circuit and will not be publicly screened until the circuit has concluded.

“My style of filmmaking is documentary,” Mr. Adamkiewicz said as he introduced his work. “I realized that I love capturing the true essence of what’s going on in real life and why it happens.” He graciously accepted an award from his former teacher and was acknowledged with applause and pride. 

Mr. Adamkiewicz shared inspiration with the students and, noting that success does not happen overnight, described the early phases of his career. “In the beginning, I started working production equipment jobs where I would take the garbage out or load the equipment. But my advice is to take those jobs, even if you don’t want to do it or you’re overqualified for that. I took those jobs and the most important thing I learned from them is that I actually wanted to be in creative control of the jobs that I was on. So, I made sacrifices and I grinded until I got to that point, and you can, too.” 

Another appreciated guest speaker was Julie Carrion of the Long Beach International Film Festival, with which the high school program has a strong involvement. Students volunteer for the annual event and last year, 2017 graduate Scott Powers even had his film accepted to compete against professionals.  

“We’ve created a really nice bridge between the high school and the International Film Festival in our own backyard, which has exponentially grown,” said TV Studio Production Teacher Eric Krywe. “A lot of our students will fulfill internships at the film festival, and we try to give them that real-world experience because there is a stage after high school and we want to get them exposed to that as early as possible.” 

Long Beach High School’s film program started as a photography class, then shifted to photo/video in 2002 with the addition of iMac G4 computers, camcorders and a teacher experienced in film and television work. In a photography lab, Mr. Krywe taught students how to develop film and photos, shoot footage and edit videos with programs such as After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. They learned scriptwriting, storyboarding, camera use, lighting and sound fundamentals and continued to develop more robust films. 

This class set the groundwork for the advancements that came later, and Mr. Adamkiewicz was among the students enrolled. Another was 2008 graduate Christina Raia, who now directs and produces short and feature films as well as webisodes. Her 2014 film, “The Summit,” won best horror feature at the Manhattan Film Festival and best director at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. 

“I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker,” Mr. Adamkiewicz said. During his recent visit he was impressed by the building’s Television Production Studio, which is a product of a bond that was passed in 2008 to upgrade facilities and broaden 21st-century learning opportunities. 

The modern setting gives students access to a post-production lab with a 27-inch iMac Pro instructor station and projector and 20 student stations containing 27-inch iMac Pros and musical keyboards; a studio that features lighting instruments hung from a grid, two large flat-panel displays, a green screen, a news desk, an input panel for microphones and three professional grade Sony HD cameras with teleprompters; a control room with a video switcher, graphics machine, light board, sound board, large flat-panel display, shading station, teleprompter software, recording decks and a streamer; and a voice recording room that includes a flat-panel monitor, microphones, and audio recording software. 

Four levels of Television Studio Production are offered to cover everything from the basics of film and television production, to equipment instruction to more advanced projects. Students eventually create commercials, PSAs, documentaries, short films, music videos, movie trailers, dramas and comedies, and also create content for and produce the live daily news broadcast, “The Morning Wave” which is streamed to every classroom in the high school and archived at Long Beach MVP on YouTube. The classes have welcomed Emmy Award-winning presenters and taken trips to professional facilities such as the MLB Network.

Since the studio’s installation, awards have flowed in for Long Beach High School’s film students, including an international audience choice award for a documentary on Our Lady of the Isle created two years ago. This school year, students took six out of 24 top awards at the Locust Valley Film Festival, achieved two best in show titles at the Long Island Media Art Show, earned one of only three awards in the LIU Post Student Film Festival and secured a second-place distinction at the Southold Broadcasting for Senior High Awards. 

These winning pieces as well as others were shown at the school’s film festival and three winners were named. “Out of Reach” by Ryan Selkirk and Zen Yokel placed first, “Finesse” by Melody Moy, Alexander Nachman, James O’Connor, Zack Ryder and Carly Siegel took second and Ashanti Sherred’s “Get Signed” came in third. 

“They are well prepared for the next phase in life, [whether] it’s attending college or working professionally in the TV/film industry,” Mr. Krywe said. 

Seventy-one seniors complete IB Diploma Program

Seventy-one seniors complete IB Diploma Program photo
Long Beach High School congratulated graduating seniors who successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program during a recognition ceremony held on May 31. The seventh annual event featured risktaking as the theme, as this is one of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits. 

Seventy-one students were presented with stoles, signifying their completion of two higher-level and three standard-level International Baccalaureate courses, internal assessments, external exams, Theory of Knowledge course, extended essay and 150 hours of community service this year, a monumental task on top of an already challenging high school academic program. 

Long Beach High School became an International Baccalaureate World School in 2010. International Baccalaureate classes are known for their academic rigor and encourage students to be well-balanced, caring, reflective, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded and communicative inquirers, thinkers and risktakers.  

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher, Principal Jeffrey Myers and IB Coordinator Jennifer Quinn addressed the audience and praised the students for rising to a momentous challenge. David Prince served as the evening’s keynote speaker and seniors Danielle Breen and Daroma Persaud were emcees. 

“A few years ago, you made a commitment to the IB Diploma – and you did that even though that commitment took a lot of work,” Dr. Gallagher told the students. “Tonight is a celebration of your diligence. This is an accomplishment that few high schoolers can claim and one that will not only prepare you for college but the world beyond college.” 

Ms. Quinn spoke about the risktaker trait and referenced the book “Daring Greatly,” by Brené Brown. “One of the themes she writes about often is based on her belief that vulnerability, or willingness to be ‘all in’ even when it can mean failing, is great. I believe that all 71 of you have chosen to be brave and vulnerable by putting yourself ‘all in’ to the IB program and your education beyond it.”

Jesse Scott and Darcy Roman recited poems in French and Spanish, respectively. Jesse shared Maurice Carême’s “Liberté” while Darcy featured “Queda Prohibido” by Pablo Neruda. Diamond Lambert was selected by the students to speak on their behalf and she reflected on the program and experiences. The seniors then presented a special “Thank You” video in which they expressed their gratitude to the supportive teachers and counselors that have encouraged them along the way. 

Each student’s name was announced and administrators presented stoles to Tyler Aitchison, Benedict Albergo, Derek Bannon, Dylan Bannon, Danielle Breen, Dylan Brickman, Alexander Brown, Matteo Camarda, Paulina Cardona, Grace Carsella, Rachel Cheung, Kathryn Cleary, Grace Conway, Rosemary Cozine, Michael Cuzzo, Paulina Czartoryski, Ava de Bruin, Blaise Derenze, John Diaz, Danielle DiCristi, Frantz Doerrer, Robert Dumitriu, Meredith Fagan, Abigail Farrell, Logan Friedman, Jake Galgano, Eduardo Gonzalez-Heymann, Tristan Groh, Pearl Gross, Dylan Harrington, Aidan Heffernan, Helena Henry, Jahan Khan, William Klain, Diamond Lambert, Jordan Landsman, Adam Leavitt, Emma Levin, Richard Lily, Mallie Littman, Gianna Lobel, Xiomara Lopez-Leon, Chrysalis Mandell, Colleen Mannle, Breandan McHale, Patrick Morris, Morgan O’Brien, Terence O’Neil, Vincenzo Pagano, Ardina Perezic, Daroma Persaud, Emma Pfaff, Jennifer Puca, Dillon Razler, Samantha Reichert, Emmaluisa Riano, Darcy Roman, Jennifer Rotando, Lindsey Rudtner, Taylor Rudtner, Vincent Saciolo, Jesse Scott, Carly Siegel, Stella Smith, Laura Sunder, Lucia Techera, Liam Thornton, Taneka Tucker, Jared Weissberg, Wes Yanowitch and Lily Yeomans. 

Long Beach Appoints New Vice Principals and Assistant Principal

Long Beach Appoints New Vice Principals and Assistant Principal photo
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Long Beach Public Schools has appointed two new vice principals at the secondary level and an assistant principal at Lido Elementary School, official as of July 1. Elizabeth Walsh-Bulger and Lorie Beard will join the district at Long Beach High School and Middle School, respectively, while current teacher-in-charge and longtime staff member Sharon Weiss takes on her new title at Lido.

A Long Beach High School graduate herself, Ms. Walsh-Bulger will return to the district from the North Babylon School District, where she currently serves as principal of Robert Moses Middle School. During the past three years, she has developed and refined curricula and programs, infused 21st-century skills and technology into instruction, increased academic rigor, led professional development, cultivated community and corporate partnerships and served on committees and task forces. She held similar responsibilities during her seven years as an assistant principal of North Babylon High School, where she also collaboratively designed and implemented an Alternative High School Program and directed an annual Shakespeare Festival. 

Prior to her work in North Babylon, Ms. Walsh-Bulger spent eight years at West Islip High School as a dean of discipline, Academic Center coordinator and Alternative School coordinator. There she also implemented and designed an Alternative High School program and additionally advised a student newspaper and taught English and remedial classes. She is familiar with the Long Beach community, having chaired and taught within the English department at the Harriet Eisman Community School.
“Ms. Walsh-Bulger has over a decade of experience as an instructional leader,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher said. “We are confident that she will make a valuable member of our team at the high school and welcome her ‘home.’” 

Ms. Beard, presently an instructional coach at the Amityville Union Free School District’s Northwest Elementary School, also brings a strong background as an educational professional. She has facilitated professional development surrounding best practices in instruction, developed data trackers to utilize data to inform instruction, developed Units of Study and served as a resource for curriculum and technology implementation in the classrooms. She has also been instrumental in the Response to Intervention process and an overall school improvement plan. 

Before this, Ms. Beard was an English language arts instructional coach for Western Suffolk BOCES where she coached elementary, middle and high school teachers. She mentored colleagues, created numerous professional development workshops, introduced instructional plans and determined needs and strategies. Earlier on, she taught grades 4-6 for 10 years in the Harborfields Central School District. Over the course of her career she has been recognized with the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies’ Bright Lights Award, New York State English Council’s Educator of Excellence Award and Special Education Parent Teacher Association’s Distinguished Service Award. 

“Ms. Beard’s work in building a learning community, supporting the social-emotional development of students and fostering a growth mindset make her a perfect match for the middle school,” Dr. Gallagher said. 

Ms. Weiss’ experience in the Long Beach Public Schools spans back to 1988, when she began her career as a teacher at East Elementary School. She went on to serve as teacher-in-charge at East for 14 years before accepting the same position at Lido in 2016. She has coordinated schoolwide events, managed daily assignments of staff members, chaired the Instructional Support Team, participated on many committees and implemented the Teacher Assistant Academy. She has collaborated with the district’s instructional coaches, built communication with parents, organized social-emotional learning initiatives, mentored new staff members and designed a teacher/mentor training program. 

An instrumental leader in the district’s pre-K services, Ms. Weiss designed and implemented Lido’s Pre-K Orientation Program and has led faculty meetings with pre-K teachers. She also serves as Long Beach High School’s Summer School principal and was a Summer School dean and director of the Saturday Academy in the past. She has presented at national, state and local conferences and has led many professional development meetings. Ms. Weiss additionally co-authored a districtwide reference guide as well as a local history book.  

“We look forward to Ms. Weiss making the change in role from teacher-in-charge to assistant principal,” Dr. Gallagher said. “She has worn many hats in the district and we appreciate her many ongoing contributions.” 

Ms. Walsh-Bulger earned her advanced study certificate as a school district leader from the College of Saint Rose, her master’s degree from City University of New York at Brooklyn College and her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Ms. Beard holds Master of Science degrees from LIU Post and Dowling College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Adelphi University. She completed Stony Brook University’s certificate program in school building/school district leadership. Ms. Weiss achieved her certificate of staff development from the College of New Rochelle and her Master of Science degree from Syracuse University. 

Long Beach Public Schools Brings in Experienced Team Members

Long Beach Public Schools Brings in Experienced Team Members photo
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The Long Beach Public Schools is excited about several administrative appointments that were made on March 26 and will become effective on July 1. While some of these employees are new to the district and others have been providing service to the community and schools for more than a decade, all are expected to represent positive steps going forward. 

Evelyn Daza will take on the new coordinator of ENL and student internships role; a new position that the district is excited to introduce. She has almost two decades of experience as an English as a New Language teacher and, on the administrative front, has served as a teacher in charge and ENL lead teacher in the Lynbrook Union Free School District. She has business contacts from her earlier experience in the private sector which will enhance the up-and-coming internship program in Long Beach. 

As an ENL educator, Ms. Daza co-founded a diversity committee, coached K-12 ENL teachers, monitored progress and identified and addressed student needs, planned lessons for English language learners, presented parent workshops for ENL families and coordinated the implementations of a Summer ENL Academy, ENL Homework Club and co-teaching model. As a teacher-in-charge, she served as a building leader when the principal was unavailable and took the lead on various school matters and events. 

Ms. Daza has also worked as a test reviewer for the New York State Education Department. Earlier on, she had a successful career with Colgate-Palmolive Company as a consumer specialist. She is in the process of completing her Doctor of Education degree from Molloy College and obtained a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and City University of New York Bernard M. Baruch College, respectively. 

Patrick Kiley-Rendon has been appointed director of technology. He has been at Half Hollow Hills High School East for the past 11 years and presently serves as assistant principal, also overseeing technology, extracurricular activities and other areas. He has also taught English classes, advised the freshman class and Interact Club and coordinated a staff club. 

Having always been proactive in incorporating technology into learning, Mr. Kiley-Rendon helped plan and launch a school makerspace, has trained teachers in the use of various platforms, co-chaired a major schoolwide coding event and provided solutions to technology issues. He introduced his administrative team to Google Docs, now known as Google Drive, and made use of the flipped lesson model and web-based projects to prepare students for college and career expectations. 

Mr. Kiley-Rendon is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree from St. John’s University. He holds master’s degrees from Touro College and Hofstra University and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Last year he was presented with the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technology’s Bright Lights award and has attended many conferences dedicated to technology in education. 

An integral part of the Long Beach Adult Learning Center for 16 years, Gina Reddock will step forward from her 10-year post as assistant program manager to program manager. She joined the district as a counselor in 2002 and is pleased to continue her passion of working in adult education and benefiting the Continuing Education program. 

As she heads into her new position, Ms. Reddock already has experience in overseeing programs, scheduling, staff training and hiring, budgeting, coordinating student placement and enrollment, developing curricula and grant administration. She has established solid relationships with community organizations and employers. Ms. Reddock also serves as a coordinator at the Oceanside New Horizons Adult Learning Center. In the past, she was an ENL instructor for Hofstra University’s Liberty Partnerships Program and the Freeport Public Schools’ Adult Education Program. 

Ms. Reddock attended City University of New York Queens College, where she attained her master’s degree and earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. She has been involved in many organizations and served as president of the Nassau Association for Continuing/Community Education.

Christopher Webel has been a valuable member of the district since 2010 as a high school guidance counselor, specifically working with students at the NIKE Work Based Learning Center and overseeing academic and transitional service planning for out-of-district classified students. He now accepts the district’s coordinator of alternative educational programs role and looks forward to further involvement in opportunities to enhance students’ academic achievement as well as personal growth. 

Mr. Webel has been involved in the implementation of numerous systems and programs in the district and has collaborated with administrators and faculty members. He helped to develop and implement the Work Based Learning and Virtual Enterprise programs at NIKE and also serves as an SAT/ACT test site coordinator in Long Beach. Prior to his work in the district he was transitional coordinator at the New Life High School in the Bronx and a guidance counselor at Montgomery Education and Pre-Release Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Webel received his master’s degree from Hofstra University, where he has also served as co-president of the Counseling Club. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany. 

Senior Scholarship Night Rewards Students for Dedication

Senior Scholarship Night Rewards Students for Dedication photo

With the 2017-18 school year winding down, Long Beach High School recognized seniors who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in academics, the arts, athletics, community service and other areas. This year’s Senior Scholarship Night, held on May 30, brought members of the Board of Education administration, staff and community together to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the soon-to-be 2018 graduates

The event kicked off with a performance of the National Anthem by student Olivia DiResta. Principal Jeffrey Myers welcomed attendees and addressed the seniors. His remarks were followed by those from Board of Education President Stewart Mininsky, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher and Guidance Coordinator Kerry Fallon. The Soundwaves vocal ensemble provided outstanding musical entertainment.

“In addition to being a celebration of individual accomplishments of our students, this evening is a recognition of the school community as a whole,” said Mr. Myers. “The success that we are recognizing in our students is directly impacted by the social influence of others.” He asked all award winners to think about those who have developed their skills, abilities and excellence of character. 

“Tonight is truly a celebration -- each of you set a goal, worked diligently and achieved that goal so much so that we recognize you with a variety of honors,” said Dr. Gallagher. “We are so proud of you. You exemplify all that is good about students and the Long Beach community.” She reflected on a quote by Betty Williams upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, and noted that honoring hard work and success inspires one to do more.

Island Park Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rosmarie Bovino and Board of Education members were also in attendance to celebrate the students from Island Park that have been successful in their high school careers in Long Beach. Senior Class President Chrysalis Mandell spoke on behalf of the students being honored and summarized the many strides that they have collectively made. 

Hundreds of awards were presented, totaling more than $100,000, thanks to the generosity of local individuals, businesses and organizations. An assortment of scholarships were provided on behalf of local PTAs, teachers’ associations, government offices, civic groups and businesses. Several recognitions were presented as memorials in honor of individuals who have touched many lives and left a lasting positive impact on the Long Beach School District and community. 

Departmental Awards were presented at the May 24 Board of Education Meeting. Visit for more information about these honors. 


Long Beach Appoints Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Long Beach Appoints Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction photo
The Long Beach Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of a new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Dr. AJ Hepworth will join the district as of July 1 to fill the role held by Dr. Jennifer Gallagher, who now serves as superintendent of schools. His experience as an educational administrator goes back to 2004 and includes a variety of leadership responsibilities. 

Dr. Hepworth has been an assistant superintendent/director of school quality in the New York City Department of Education for the past three years. In this capacity, he has identified and promoted how well schools are organized to support student learning and teacher practice to ensure effectiveness of programs. He has also provided support to directors, trained principals and building leaders and developed resources for professional development. Prior to this post, he served as principal of the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts and Doshi STEM Institute. There he oversaw staff members, coordinated professional development, led building initiatives, established partnerships with colleges and managed budget plans, events, scheduling, exams and school-home communications. 

For nine years, Dr. Hepworth was a member of the Mineola Union Free School District as an instructional leader for K-12 math, science and technology. He was involved in numerous developments, including the implementation of academic programs, launch of an iPad initiative and a redesign of science curriculum to focus on inquiry-based learning and align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Earlier in his career, he taught science and advised clubs at Dodd Middle School in Freeport and Oceanside High School in Oceanside. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Adelphi University. 

Dr. Hepworth earned his Doctorate of Education in educational administration, leadership and technology from Dowling College. He obtained his professional diplomas in school district administration and school administrator and supervisor as well as his Master of Science degree in education in Earth science from LIU Post. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and biology from the University at Albany. 

“We met with many candidates during the hiring process this year and were very impressed by Dr. Hepworth’s background and expertise,” Dr. Gallagher said. “His enthusiasm and energy will be a great fit for our leadership team!”  

“Long Beach is a wonderfully unique community that celebrates its diversity by educating globally conscious citizens,” said Dr. Hepworth. “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to support its public schools in furthering their successes for all students and staff.”

New Administrative Team at West School

New Administrative Team at West School photo
The Long Beach Public Schools will introduce a new administrative team at West School, official as of July 1. Amy Dirolf and Sarah Kugelman, both residents of the district, take on the titles of principal and assistant principal, respectively. West families will have the opportunity to meet them in person at a meet and greet event on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the school.

Ms. Dirolf is finishing her 11th year as assistant principal at the Uniondale Public Schools’ California Avenue School, which was recognized as a National School of Character during her tenure. She developed and supported innovative instructional programs, oversaw 880 students and 130 staff members, analyzed data, provided instructional coaching, cultivated community relationships and initiated social-emotional and mindfulness programs. 

Also the school’s Response to Intervention chairperson, Ms. Dirolf facilitated the use of numerous strategies. She additionally chaired the Character Education Committee, participated on numerous other committees, designed and implemented Uniondale’s elementary summer program and served as principal of the Sixth-Grade Summer Enrichment Program. She has nine years of classroom experience, two of which were spent with Teach for America at the William H. Brown Academy in Newark, New Jersey. 

Ms. Kugelman’s background includes several years of leadership in a variety of settings, as well as nine years of classroom teaching experience. She has developed and implemented programs, coordinated professional development and teacher training opportunities, worked with teacher teams on instructional plans, updated curriculum, fostered parent and community relationships, headed committees and much more. 

Most recently, she served as District Support Team master teacher in the Hempstead Union Free Public Schools, where she worked with the superintendent to implement a new mission and vision. She has held assistant principal posts at the New American Academy at the Jewish Academy in Commack and PS 770 in Brooklyn, where she was also a New American Academy Initiative network alignment liaison and principal in residence. 

Ms. Dirolf obtained an advanced certificate in educational leadership from Brooklyn College, a Master of Science degree from Queens College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. Ms. Kugelman holds a Master of Education degree from Columbia University, a Master of Science degree from City University of New York at Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

“Ms. Dirolf and Ms. Kugelman both have strong ties to Long Beach and look forward to serving and giving back to the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher. “They make a strong pair, and we are excited to welcome them for this new chapter!” 

Joshua Kapilian Accepted Into Prestigious NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies

Joshua Kapilian Accepted Into Prestigious NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies photo
Long Beach High school junior Joshua Kapilian was accepted into the 2018 School of Orchestral Studies of the New York State Summer School of the Arts as a violist. According to the NYSSSA, approximately 90 of the finest high school musicians in the state are selected for this prestigious program through auditions each year. From July 22 through August 18, Joshua will partake in master classes with guest musicians and study with members of the nationally-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. The program will be held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

Joshua was a 2017 All-State jazz vocalist, has been selected as an All-County musician six times and has performed twice as part of the Long Island String Festival. He participates in the high school's Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Pit Orchestra. Additionally, he plays piano with the jazz band and sings with the Soundwaves a cappella ensemble. Joshua is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is an IB diploma candidate and an award-winning science research student. He attends the Columbia University Science Honors Program on weekends throughout the school year.

Long Beach Students Deliver Gratitude to Veterans

Long Beach Students Deliver Gratitude to Veterans photo
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In conjunction with Memorial Day, when the nation honored those who serve and have served, Long Beach High School students reached out directly to those at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 24. Planning for this field trip has been in the works for several months, as members of the woodworking classes put the finishing touches on wooden American flags that they delivered to the veterans as gifts. 

The students met veterans that are residents of the center as well as Assistant Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Human Resources and Administration Peter Shelby. They also had the opportunity to tour the chapel, memorial garden and Wall of Wars. 

For weeks leading up to the visit, the classes dedicated time to cutting and assembling scrap wood, staining field strips red and blue, painting stars, attaching frames and applying polyurethane.  This was one of many community outreach projects that the woodworking classes have coordinated, and it was a great success. 

“The trip far exceeded my expectations and this is certainly something that I intend to add to my curriculum every year,” said teacher Eric Heck. 

Wellness at West

Wellness at West photo
Students throughout Long Beach’s West Elementary School participated in a day filled with wellness on May 25, during their Health Fair Olympics event. Classrooms and other areas of the building featured a variety of activities that engaged students in physical activity, promoted safety, incorporated mindfulness and reviewed the significance of healthy lifestyles.
Students got moving in Zumba, hula hoop, Just Dance, relay race and CrossFit workshops. They improved their mind-body connection in yoga and meditation sessions. First aid and beach and sun safety presentations covered important precautions and steps to take to protect oneself. Lifeguards and guests from South Nassau Communities Hospital visited to provide reminders and guidance to the students as we head into the summer season.  

LB Musicians Win at NYSSMA Majors

LB Musicians Win at NYSSMA Majors photo
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Long Beach musicians presented extraordinary performances at this year’s NYSSMA Majors, held at Hofstra University from May 18-24. Sixteen different ensembles representing the middle and high school levels earned top awards. 

The performance groups received a total of one gold with distinction award, three gold awards, eleven silver awards and a bronze award.

The full list of awards is as follows: 

Long Beach High School Ninth Grade Concert Band: Level IV Gold with Distinction
Long Beach Middle School Sixth Grade Band: Level II Gold  
Long Beach Middle School Eighth Grade Concert Band: Level III Gold
Long Beach Middle School Sixth Grade Orchestra: Level I Gold
Long Beach High School Wind Ensemble: Level VI Silver
Long Beach High School Concert Orchestra: Level III Silver 
Long Beach High School Symphonic Orchestra: Level V Silver 
Long Beach High School Symphonic Band: Level V Silver 
Long Beach High School Mixed Chorus: Level III Silver
Long Beach High School Select Choir: Level V Silver 
Long Beach Middle School Seventh Grade Concert Band: Level II Silver  
Long Beach Middle School Seventh Grade Orchestra: Level II Silver
Long Beach Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra: Level III Silver
East School Chorus: Level I Silver
West School Chorus: Level I Silver
Lido School Treble Chorus: Level II Bronze

The Long Beach Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM foundation for eight consecutive years. The district offers a strong music program complete with a range of courses, extra-curricular opportunities and performance groups, providing students with many outlets to explore and express their talents and interests. 

Long Beach musicians participate in a number of regional competitions each year and the schools continue to celebrate students’ selections to NYSSMA All-State and All-County ensembles, the Long Island String Festival Association concerts and other prestigious events. 

Lido School Helps Build an Environmentally Conscious Business Community

Students at the Long Beach Public Schools' Lido Elementary School are helping to promote recycling around the community through the "Adopt-a-Bin" program, presented by Leah Tozer and Amanda Moore of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Board. Classes sponsored local businesses and presented them with recycling bins during a gathering held on May 21.

Students and staff members generously provided donations to cover the $20 cost of each recycle bin. They also created signs for the businesses to encourage recycling and will monitor their efforts through follow-up visits. This initiative was coordinated with the objective of engaging the entire business community in practices that reduce litter and improve the environment.

Among the participating businesses are Bethpage Credit Union, Blacksmith’s Bread, Beach Baby Day Care, Tutti Frutti, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kelly Sullivan, Engel & Volkers Real Estate, Long Beach Printing, Youth Theatre, NEFCU, Inspect R Us, Island Park Car Wash, Body & Soul, Barrier Beach Management, Creative Vibe, KoKo Fit Club, GWM Architect, P.C., Castle Real Estate, Denis Kelly Law Firm, Café of Life, Ooh LaLa, Cybernet and Key Food.

This is one of the many recent recycling projects that Long Beach schools have taken on. Last year, students from the high school’s Life Skills program teamed up with the Town of Hempstead on a recycling program. Students have also participated in environmental improvement ventures such as the International Coastal Cleanup Day held in September.  

Long Beach Schools Present Departmental Awards

Long Beach Schools Present Departmental Awards photo
The Long Beach Public Schools honored many high school seniors during the May 24 Board of Education Meeting. Each department of Long Beach High School presented awards to graduating members of the Class of 2018 who have demonstrated exemplary dedication, passion and talent in certain subject areas. Students were honored for their efforts in language, Family and Consumer Sciences, mathematics, the arts, physical education, social studies, English, science, technology, special education and visual arts. Congratulations to the following award recipients: 



Long Beach Public Schools Thanks Retirees

Long Beach Public Schools Thanks Retirees photo
At the May 24 Board of Education Meeting, the Long Beach Public Schools celebrated 16 valued staff members who will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Board of Education members, administrators, faculty members and other attendees applauded these dedicated individuals for service to the district that leaves a lasting impact on students, staff and programs.
Dorothy Alfasi, Julia Bella, Elizabeth Boulanger, Jill Cherlin, Lorraine DeFilippis, John Emmons, Donna Fee, John Fraser, Marcia Mule, Margaret Red Cloud Owen, Marilyn Pensabene, Jose Rivera, Migdalia Schneider, Rosalind Siperstein, Carolyn Smith and Sherilyn Tabin were wished well in their retirements. Administrators shared words about each of the attendees and called them up to the podium to receive applause and congratulatory remarks.

Irish Writing Contest Winners

Irish Writing Contest Winners photo
Five Long Beach High School juniors were named winners in this year's Martin J. Kelly Writing Contest of the Irish Cultural Society, which 600 talented writers from New York State entered. As a theme, students each portrayed the role of a tour guide for travelers at a historical or significant location of their choice in Ireland.  

Jessica Guadagnino achieved a second-place award for her piece, which focused on Blarney Stone, and Lauren Bulik earned a third-place distinction for her feature on Tory Islands. Nicole Codianni, Skyla Robinson, and Grace Rosenberg received Honorable Mentions for their written works, which highlighted Fairy Tree, Rock of Cashel and Dublin, respectively.

Long Beach HS Students Earn Top Scores on French Exam

Long Beach HS Students Earn Top Scores on French Exam photo
Four Long Beach High School students achieved extraordinarily high scores on the National French Contest (le Grand Concours), administered by the American Association of Teachers of French. Approximately 74,000 students across the country participated in this competition, and the Long Beach students attained impressive rankings including two within the top 15 for their respective levels. 

Freshman Caroline Roser-Dialma won a Gold award and placed fifth in Nassau County and ninth nationally. Senior Jason Churchfield received a Bronze award and placed seventh in Nassau County and 15th nationally. They were both presented with medals to signify this great success. Sophomore Kelly Brolley-Monahan and junior Thomas Walsh each received a "mention d'honneur." Thomas placed 17th in Nassau County and 24th nationally, while Kelly ranked 27th in Nassau County and 31st nationally.

Long Beach Special Olympics Team Wins Medals and Confidence

On May 6, the Long Beach Public Schools’ Special Olympics Team competed in its first of two competitions this season at Hampton Bays High School. Nine Long Beach athletes received medals for their outstanding performances in the 50-meter dash, running long jump and softball toss.

The team members competed in their final event on May 19 at Bethpage High School, where eight Long Beach contenders earned a total of 16 medals. The overwhelming feeling of joy and determination was palpable throughout the events and teachers and staff members continue to admire the perseverance of all participants. The athletes are already looking forward to next year’s events!


Opera Singer and Alum Visits LBHS

Opera Singer and Alum Visits LBHS photo
On May 11, Long Beach High School students had the opportunity to work with singer Samantha Guevrekian, who graduated from Long Beach High School in 2003 and now performs in the chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House. She provided a day of workshops that included vocal exercises, techniques and audition advice. 

Guevrekian was an All-State instrumentalist in Wind Ensemble during her high school years and went on to study voice. During her visit back to Long Beach, she led a master class with members of the Select Choir that left them inspired, helped singers practice their NYSSMA selections in small lesson groups and performed the song, “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Gianni Schicchi. 


Career Days Inspire Students at Lindell

Fifth-graders at Long Beach’s Lindell Elementary School were inspired to explore and pursue their passions during two consecutive Career Awareness Day events. On May 17 and 18, an assortment of professionals provided information about their own vocational fields as well as general advice for happiness and success.

With the future on their minds as the end of their elementary school years approaches, the Lindell students learned that there are no limits as to how far dedication and hard work can take them in life. Volunteers from the community and surrounding areas presented on their responsibilities, experiences and journeys as professionals. 

Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winning Paralympian Lora Webster shared her story as a volleyball athlete and provided powerful lessons in overcoming challenges, while firefighters Brian Wheeler and Chris Hagen summarized their roles as emergency responders. Cliff and Will Skudin of Skudin Surf and Surf for All discussed the training that professional surfing requires and the rewarding outcome of following one’s goals. They additionally emphasized the value of volunteer work and noted that there are always opportunities to make a difference. 

“Find what works for you and what you’re good at, and chase your dreams,” Will Skudin encouraged. “Try a lot of things and gravitate toward what pulls you in the right direction.” 

A dental hygienist, graphic designer, nurse, business owner, voiceover specialist, toy sales representative and Flamenco dancer were among the other featured guests. They described their typical day at work and the qualifications and skills that their vocational fields require. They also shared the reasons they chose their careers and the most rewarding aspects of their occupations. Many sessions were infused with examples of teamwork, courage, determination and being upstanders. 


Four Perfect Scores in WordMasters Challenge Meets

Four Perfect Scores in WordMasters Challenge Meets photo

Four students representing Long Beach LARC have received perfect scores in meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Three earned this achievement in the third meet, while one did so in the second.

For meet three, fourth-graders Julia DiGiorgio and Kailyn Kelly are among 111 perfect scorers out of 3,000 contenders for their grade level, while third-grader Caley O'Brien is one of only 46 perfect scorers out of about 2,750 participants in her age group. Ronin Morita is among 58 out of 1,200 third-graders to receive a perfect score in meet two. LARC teachers Dr. Caitlin King and Mr. Justin Sulsky coached the students in preparation for the meet. 

Other students earning outstanding scores in meets two and three are third-graders Jordi Perez, Kate Ragona and Aaliyah Trichter and fourth-graders LiLin Garfinkel, Catherine Maguire, Marissa Miller, Luke Morita, Geddy Moss and Lucia Petty.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.

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!