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Voting Registration Day - Tuesday, May 1 - LBMS Auditorium Lobby from 2-8 PM

If you would like to vote in the Long Beach school and library board election on May 15, 2018, and are not yet registered to vote, you have the opportunity to come to the Long Beach Middle School auditorium lobby at register to vote from 2 PM - 8 PM.  Please feel free to contact the District Clerk at 897-2108 for more information.

Long Beach Takes Eight Best in Show Awards at LI Media Art Show

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Long Beach High School was well-represented at the Long Island Media Arts Show, held on March 23 at Five Towns College. This show offers scholarship opportunities for the New York State Summer School for the Arts. Congratulations to six photography students and five TV Studio students for earning Best in Show distinctions.

Jose AcRivas, Sarah Conway, Charles Mandell, Mairead Powers, Sophia Techera and Jovanna Vicente were awarded for their respective photographs, “Blue Night Sky,” “Fire in the Sky,” “Crystal Cascade,” “Long Beach Sunset,” “Winter Sunrise” and “Central Park.”

Ryan Selkirk and Zen Yokel achieved recognition for the film, "Out of Reach,” and Dane DePasquale, Charles Mandell and Cody Werner were honored for the film, "The Cavern of Baserin.” Their films are among 15 identified as Best in Show out of approximately 50 entries and will be played at the First Exposure Student Film Festival on Long Island.
 

 

Long Beach Middle School presents Alice in Wonderland on April 19th and 20th in the High School Auditorium at 7pm. Tickets are $5.

LB inducts new NHS members

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Long Beach High School formally inducted 111 10th- and 11th-graders into the National Honor Society’s Arista Chapter on April 10. NHS members demonstrate the organization’s four key values of service, scholarship, leadership and character.

After the inductees entered the auditorium and stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, led by NHS officer William Klain, NHS adviser Jeanne O’Shea welcomed guests and shared opening remarks. NHS President Morgan O’Brien spoke on behalf of her peers and Board of Education President Stewart Mininsky and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher both addressed the honorees and audience. 

Samantha Reichert, another of the six NHS student officers, described the organization’s principles and summarized the events that the society has organized in the district and community. Four candles were placed before the group, representative of the NHS standards as the new inductees as they were called up to the stage. NHS officers Richard Lilly, Leo Stanger, William Klain and Stella Smith lit the leadership, character, service and scholarship candles, respectively. 

The NHS annually recognizes a role model with the honorary membership distinction. Long Beach High School English teacher Toni Weiss was selected as this year’s recipient. 

Musical performances by the high school’s Soundwaves and Chamber Orchestra ensembles provided entertainment throughout the event. As the ceremony concluded, Principal Jeffrey Myers led the National Honor Society Pledge and acknowledged the significance of the members’ achievements.  
 

Fourth-graders get business savvy

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At the Long Beach Public Schools’ April 12 Board of Education meeting, East School fourth-graders demonstrated a unique and innovative project for the board, administration and audience. Earlier this school year, the students simulated the “Shark Tank” television show right in their classroom under the guidance of teacher Douglas MacConnell. They reenacted the activity and described the experience at the meeting. 

The students embraced the assignment to brainstorm and develop products that would be beneficial in everyday life. They brought their ideas to fruition through the creation of business plans, development of websites and eventually pitches to a panel of “investors” who offered partnership proposals. 

The project involved research and the use of Google Sites for website work, which students accomplished through the use of Chromebooks. Their projects covered a full range of details, from breakdowns of expenses and profits to prototypes of the items. The original panel was comprised of teachers, fifth-grade students and Principal Kathleen Connolly, and at the board meeting, a group of students played the roles of investors. 

Preston Glass conceptualized a “Fi Pack” backpack with Wi-Fi, Jack Klang designed “Can See Glasses” that combined sunglasses and binoculars, and Giada Lomonte presented “Two Sips” double-sided cups to maintain the temperatures of hot and cold drinks within the same container. Sophia Bravo crafted “Stay Dry” waterproof dresses, and even sewed and decorated a sample with the assistance of her grandmother. Geddy Moss created “Portable Ninja Warrior” exercise kits, Abigail Moehlenhoff developed the “One-Step Wonderbrush” hairbrush and spray bottle designed to hold organic detangler.

The students were excited to share their novelties and hear the business proposals. Several were faced with difficult choices as they considered their offers, but the outcome opened their minds to the world of possibilities that the future holds.
 

 

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LBHS Business Olympics Continues for Second Year

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Long Beach High School held its second annual Business Olympics on March 12 as an opportunity to bring the Long Beach School-Business Partnership together with the school’s Business Department. Students enrolled in business classes presented creative, unique ideas for efficient utilization of local property. 

The students took on the challenge of developing new businesses or business concepts that revolve around the LB GREEN concept. Teams created marketing plans that included websites, social media and Google slides. At the Business Olympics, each team provided thorough presentations that covered their concept’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and locations. Local business owners and professionals participated as the judges. 

Jared Starman, Edward Vrona and Brooke Shapiro were named winners for their endeavor, “The Dockyard” – a  family-friendly restaurant and gift shop. As a “go green” establishment, the restaurant would only provide straws upon request, use biodegradable containers and drive Solar Power Vehicles for deliveries. They would start an annual Beach Clean Up Day with the intention of donating money to the City of Long Beach to pay for their Beach Maintenance Department and making the community a better place. 

Thomas Walsh, Brett Weiner, Jake Ignatow and Dylan Edelman presented the concept of “Ecommunity;” Tevfik Koseoglu, Aidan White, Jesse Thornton and Timothy Salsone introduced “Solar Power Light Posts;” Jacob Parker, Jananda Hamilton, Hayden Henry and Thomas Corso developed a plan for “Crossing Guards in Long Beach” and Arjun Gupta, Evan Michaels and Jeremiah Cochran pitched the venture, “Biofuel – The Way of the Future.”

Andrew Geller, Hunter Bloomer and Joseph Giammarese focused on “Clean Earth;” Nicole Codianni and Lauren Bulik proposed their plan, “Raising the Roof” and Jenna DeBellis, Jillian Lerner and Meilin Garfinkel presented “Go Green at School.” Gordon Gerstner, Stephan Casesa, Ainsley Keir and Daniel Barto strategized a “Refill a Bottle” business and Maya Savino, Marlene Kramer and Hannah Zelinger shared their idea for “Digital Beach Pass.” 

The Business Olympics was introduced last year as a way to enhance awareness of the factors that impact businesses and inspire students to think creatively about ways to potentially boost the local economy. Prior to the presentation portion of the event, the students and guest professionals spent time together during a networking dinner. 

LBHS TV studio students awarded for films

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Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students continued their longstanding success streak at the Locust Valley Film Festival, an annual event held at Locust Valley High School that provides students with an opportunity to showcase their films with the prospect of earning distinctions.

The 14th annual Locust Valley High School Film Festival was judged by ABC Television’s film critic Sandy Kenyon, and featured entries from 12 schools. Prior to the event, students submitted films for prejudging, and film professors at Five Towns College selected 63 finalists.  

Long Beach students demonstrated skill and creativity as they achieved a total of two first-place awards, three second-place distinctions, a third-place designation and six honorable mentions. Melody Moy, Alexander Nachman, James O'Connor and Carly Siegel placed first for their comedy, "Finesse;" while Rachel Cheung took a first-place award for her animation, "Mission Luna.” Ashanti Sherred earned second-place for the drama, "Get Signed;” Charles Mandell placed second for his music video, "Purgatory;" and Dane DePasquale, Edward O'Shea and Ryan Selkirk achieved second-place for their Commercial, "Vektor Portable Battery Charger.” Robert Cody and Jack Richards won third place for the commercial, "LB Commercial." 

Numerous individuals and groups that attained honorable mention recognitions had their films played at the event. Representing Long Beach were Lorianna Allen, Kaia Cheung and Holly Ferrante with the commercial, "Eggo Commercial;" Rachel Cheung and Kaia Cheung with the drama, "Letters From A Half Decent Friend;" Ryan Selkirk and Zen Yokel with drama, "Out of Reach;" Jack Saggio, James Rosenthal, Mark Cadou with the drama, "Reflections" and Anthony Adames and Edgar Maradiaga with the PSAs, "Doubt" and "Motivation.”

Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students learn how to film and edit footage and have received numerous awards for their creative works and documentations of events. The classes are held in the digital media studio, which features professional-quality technology. 

 

LB Students Featured at Colors of Long Island Exhibit

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Long Beach High School students Charles Mandell and Sophia Techera had their photography and artwork featured in the Long Island Museum’s annual student art exhibition, Colors of Long Island, from Feb. 23 through April 8. Art teachers from across Long Island were invited to submit up to two pieces from students in grades K-12 for this showcase of extraordinary talent.

New Morning Madness Fashion Show Date

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The Morning Madness Fashion Show has been rescheduled for April 23! Come over to the Long Beach High School Auditorium (322 Lagoon Drive West, Lido Beach) and see prom attire modeled by the Senior Class of 2018. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $20 for adults, $5 for students.

Students Represent LBHS Science Research at Regional and International Levels

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Five Long Beach High School students earned awards at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair on March 21, and two qualified for and will advance to the prestigious Intel International Engineering and Science Fair. Senior Vinny Pagano and junior Jaylyn Umana are preparing to travel to Pittsburg from May 13-18 for this event, which is known as the world’s largest international precollege science competition.

At NYSSEF, Vinny was awarded first place in Mathematics along with the Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions Award for his project, Restoring Wild Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population Sustainability through Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics. Jaylyn earned a second-place award in Physics and Astronomy as well as the Yale Science & Engineering Association’s Most Outstanding Exhibit in Comp Science, Physics, Engineering, or Chemistry distinction for his project, Single Crystal Synthesis, Structure and Magnetic Properties of CrAl3Bi4O9, the Frist Cr-Al-Bi-O Compound. 

Juniors Lauren Bulik, Joshua Kapilian and Emily McDonnell also received impressive recognitions at NYSSEF. Joshua placed third in Systems Science and received the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award for his project, Creating a User-Friendly Interface for the Model of United States Airspace Control. Lauren and Emily were awarded third place in Earth/Environmental for their project, Micro-plastic Contamination in Western Bays of Long Island. 

This is the first time in at least a decade that two students were selected to represent Long Beach High School at ISEF in the same year. Vinny and Jaylyn are excited to take their work to the next step. They will be up against 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories contending for monetary prizes. 

“We are very humbled to represent Long Beach at the international level,” Vinny said. “It’s a good indication that we are going in the right direction.” 

“Being part of the science research community is a big deal and not easy to get into,” Jaylyn said. “You have to be making a contribution, no matter how big or small.” 

Vinny’s work was also awarded the Mu Alpha Theta Award at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this year. He created a mathematical model for sustainability of wild oyster fertilization using a numerical and analytical approach and found a negative log linear correlation between the percentage of zygotes formed and the distance between oysters. He utilized partial differential equations to model the procedure in five dimensions. He worked with mentor Dr. James Browne, a Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways biologist. 

Jaylyn created a new material that should be able to boost the efficiency of computers. It has unique magnetic properties that have not been reported before. The process involved high-temperature furnaces and analysis of measurement data that took place at Stony Brook University and Texas A&M University. He was mentored by Farmingdale State College physics professor Dr. Jack W. Simonson.

Both ISEF finalists have been deeply involved in science research outside of the classroom. Vinny recently attended the Long Island Natural History Conference at Brookhaven National Laboratory, as did Emily McDonnell. Jaylyn went to the International Energy & Sustainability Conference at Farmingdale State College and the University at Albany Science and Technology Entry Program’s Statewide Student Conference in Albany, New York. Jaylyn received second authorship in an abstract that he worked on with Dr. Simonson, which was published in the American Physical Society meetings in March. Vinny, who will attend Princeton University in the fall, had his previous research published in the Long Island Conservatory’s High School Research Journal, finalized this past January. He has received publication interest in his newer work. 
 

International Baccalaureate Art Showcase

Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Art students transformed the building’s commons into an exquisite gallery of creative masterpieces on March 23. The annual IB Art Exhibition drew an audience of family members, teachers and other spectators who viewed displays that featured a variety of extraordinary pieces.

The artists presented their paintings, pencil drawings, sculptures and other unique designs that expressed their own individual styles and inspirations. Students also provided musical entertainment that complemented the ambiance of exceptional talent. 

The IB Visual Arts courses invite students to explore a variety art media and concepts in a studio-based environment. The goal is to encourage student-artists to respond to and analyze the function, meaning and qualities of art. Class participants develop and present independent ideas and explain the connections between their work and the work of others. The courses emphasize both students' creative processes and their final artistic products in two- or three-dimensional forms. 

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Long Beach Appoints Jennifer Gallagher as Superintendent of Schools

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The Long Beach Public Schools Board of Education appointed Dr. Jennifer Gallagher as the next Superintendent of Schools at its March 22 meeting, to become effective immediately.  Dr. Gallagher has served as Interim Superintendent throughout the 2017-18 school year, prior to which she served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. 

Dr. Gallagher has more than 30 years of experience in education settings and an extensive background in curriculum development. She has also worked as a curriculum consultant for Harvard University’s Ed Labs and was included in the 2000 edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers. 

“After a very thorough search process, the Board is pleased and excited to announce Dr. Gallagher’s appointment to the permanent role of Superintendent of Schools,” said Board of Education President Stewart Mininsky. “She has proven herself to be a strong and skillful education professional and we look forward to her continued leadership.”

Before coming to Long Beach, Dr. Gallagher was Director of Instructional Services for the Valley Stream Central High School District, where she supervised curriculum and instruction and led professional development for three senior high schools and one junior high school. Earlier in her career, she was a charter school network director and a middle school principal in New York City, where she founded an innovative orchestral program and a science research program in partnership with Stony Brook Medical School. 

Dr. Gallagher holds a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership and Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education from St. John’s University, which has twice presented her with Graduate Student Excellent Awards. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English 7-12 from Molloy College.

“I am delighted to make this role permanent and to continue our progress as a district,” Dr. Gallagher said. “We have a district that is committed to what’s best for children, and I look forward to continuing to make our great programs even better! I would also like to thank Michael DeVito and Michele Natali for their help in carrying out a smooth transition this school year.”
 

LB Lacrosse Honors Parkland Victims

Long Beach’s boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams will honor the memories of the 17 lives that were tragically lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The athletes will hold a special tribute to these students at the boys varsity lacrosse game vs. Oceanside on March 27 at 7 p.m., when players, coaches and spectators will wear T-shirts dedicated to one of the victims, Meadow Pollack. 

Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, has been advocating for school safety and her family launched the T-shirt initiative as a nationwide fundraiser to help build a safe playground in the Parkland community. 

The players’ shirts are emblazoned with the message LB Marines “Play for Meadow.” The game will be held on the Long Beach High School Alumni Field, located at 322 Lagoon Drive West in Lido Beach. 

Long Beach Celebrates Banner Sports Season

Long Beach High School celebrated a successful season for its varsity athletes on March 6, when students, coaches, district leaders and parents gathered for Winter Varsity Sports Award Night.

Members of the boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, ice hockey, boys swim, boys and girls track and wrestling teams were recognized at the event. Each team was introduced and coaches summarized the winter season’s highlights. Individual student accomplishments were also shared. 

The wrestling team finished the season as League Champions, Qualifying Champions and a Final Four Team. Jacori Teemer and Elijah Rodriguez earned their fifth and first New York State Champion titles, respectively. The gymnastics team was named an Honorable Mention All American Team, the ice hockey team won the County Championship and the boys swim team won the County Championship and Division “A” Championship. 

The girls basketball, gymnastics, boys swim and boys and girls winter track teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams for maintaining grade point averages of 90 or higher. Additionally, 84 students were honored individually through the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Scholar Athlete program. 

 

LB schools students in career searches

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Long Beach High School’s Guidance Department hosted its annual Career Day on March 8, when students toured various career booths and spoke directly to professionals. An exhibit of vocational fields was assembled in the building’s gymnasium thanks to local volunteers who provided information and answered questions. 

Students were provided with worksheets that were intended to further engage them in the event and encourage interaction with the presenters. Five different career clusters were identified: Business; Engineering; Health; Art and Communication and Mechanics, Construction and Transportation. Guidance counselors asked students to find at least one job within each cluster, match careers to the skills they involve and ascertain which “tools of the trade” are used. 

As in years past, a broad assortment of professions was represented. Guests included architects, bankers, business development officers, city government employees, court stenographers, doctors and nurse practitioners, educators, editors, financial consultants, graphic designers, cosmetologists, radio show staff members, librarians, lifeguards, online marketing employees, optometrists, painters, physical therapists, police officers, firefighters, solar engineers, ironworkers, veterinarians and more. The Long Beach Police Department brought and displayed a motorcycle at their booth. 

Students asked the presenters about their fields’ roles, responsibilities, benefits, challenges and requirements. College- and career-readiness are strong areas of focus throughout the Long Beach Public Schools, and students are exposed to the opportunities available after high school through many similar activities and programs each year. 
 

National Honor Society Members Make Smiles Brighter

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Long Beach High School's National Honor Society members volunteered at the Nassau County Dental Society's annual "Give Kids a Smile" day, held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on March 9. This event is part of a national campaign to provide underprivileged children with free dental assessments, as well as a day of fun activities to teach good dental practices and promote a lifetime of positive dental experiences. 

Activities included a puppet show, an educational movie in the planetarium, a walk through the Cradle of Aviation Museum and the Firefighters Museum and a ride on Nunley's Carousel. In addition, the children received dental exams and fluoride treatments from dentistal professionals. The Long Beach NHS students were thrilled to be able to participate in making this day exciting and informative for the young children who attended.
 

Practice Makes Perfect for LB Piano Students

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Two Long Beach students have received recent accolades for their outstanding piano talents and achievements. Long Beach Middle School sixth-grader Jason Rea and West School fifth-grader Jesse Hubbs are in tune with excellence, garnering well-earned applause for melodies that are often performed by professional musicians.  

Both students secured perfect scores of 100 in their New York State School Music Association Festival solo evaluations at level 6 – the highest and most advanced division. Jason, who has played since he was five, presented Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2.  Jesse, with approximately six years of experience, performed “Polichinelle” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In addition to their flawless NYSSMA piano results, the two students have another musical detail in common – they are each skilled in other instruments. Jason studies the clarinet and Jesse, the cello.

Jason has performed in three international piano and string competitions this year. In January, he placed second in the Crescendo International Music Competition and played in the winner’s recital at Carnegie Hall. He continued his success in February with a second-place win in the Elite International Music Competition and another Carnegie Hall recital spot. His latest triumph is a second-place award in the American Protégé International Music Competition, for which he will again take the Carnegie Hall stage in an April 21 winner’s show. 

Jesse is described by West School music teacher Vanessa Krywe as “an amazing pianist.” His talents were extended beyond West on March 9, when he visited Long Beach High School as a guest performer on its Morning Show. Jesse played his winning piece and answered questions from hosts Melody Moy and James O’Connor. In the TV studio, high school students replaced the green-screen background with a Carnegie Hall setting, foreshadowing the world of possible achievements ahead. The show streamed into all high school classrooms during homeroom and can also be viewed on YouTube. 

“I was really surprised,” Jesse said, regarding his NYSSMA score. He noted that he practices consistently and diligently. Jason emphasized the importance of dedication as well. “It takes a lot of practice,” he said. “I usually play about an hour every day.” 


Long Beach Celebrates All-County Musicians

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Long Beach Public Schools recognized a total of 71 All-County musicians representing elementary, middle and high school levels during the Board of Education Meeting held on March 8. These students were accepted to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s All-County Music Festival and performed at the LIU Post Tilles Center for Performing Arts this past January. The students earned this prestigious opportunity based on the scores they received at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival. They represent the most outstanding young musicians in Nassau County and dedicate a great deal of effort to music, with much support and guidance from the Media, Visual and Performing Arts Department. 

Congratulations to the following students, listed by school: 

East Elementary: Addison Bradley, Liora Brown, Isabelle DePalma, Alexandria Famighetti, Olivia Guille, Matthew McCaffrey, Theo Turbek.

Lido Elementary: Anna Sophia Chavarriaga, Dylan Dean, Spencea Gause, Jackson Monti, Ryan Aba Riebli, Perrin Rotando, Nate Stark.

Lindell Elementary: Shay Brymer, Sophia Medina, Taryn Morris.

West Elementary: Kyra Brunick-Davis, Jessica Greenblatt, Sienna Hornberger, Wyatt Katzen, Summer Reed, Stephania Robinson, Theo Turbek, Alvin Wright.

Long Beach Middle School: Samuel Adler, Ryan Allen, Maryn Ascher, Kenneth Bailing, Jaden Bloom, Alejandro Celis, Cameron Churchfield, Ariella Damiani, Gerrin Hagen, Natalia Hakimzadeh, Orly Keynan, Laika Khan, Jacob LoCascio, Isabella McCavera, Megan Meyer, Matthew O'Connor, Daniel O'Connor, Wyatt Parker, Abigail Quigley, Rylee Roberts, Noah Robinson, Liam White.

Long Beach High School: John Aebly, Alec Chasin, Kylee Cregan, Caitlin Devine, Olivia DiResta, Sophia Elenson, Delphine Esformes, Claire Ezratty, Logan Friedman, Layla Hakimzadeh, Joshua Kapilian, Mia Mangels, Shea McMahon, Ariel Nachman, Madeline O'Connor, Harrison Phillips, Alex Ramirez, Chandler Rosenzweig, Matthias Roth, Jasmine Soriano, Samantha Snow, Elyssa Thompson, Thomas Walsh, Brett Weiner.
 

LB teams place first and second at Odyssey of the Mind competition

Long Beach’s Odyssey of the Mind teams earned impressive results at the regional tournament held on March 4 at the Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport. At both the middle school and elementary levels, groups achieved first- and second-place wins.

The elementary students were coached by teachers Justin Sulsky and Douglas MacConnell. Long Beach Middle School’s teams worked under the guidance of coaches Dayna Obidienzo, Christina Kile and Susan Kasper with assistance from high school volunteers Victoria Strickland, Tyler Collinson and Charlotte Kile. 

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. It supports the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits that the district emphasizes throughout its curricula. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and other countries participate in the program. For the middle school students, there is also an administrative component as students must complete all paperwork entirely on their own and in a way that supports the solution to their problem. 

The first-place winning teams will advance to the State Championships in Binghamton in April. The Middle School’s top-ranking group is comprised of Matt O'Connor, Chris Lehr, Keira Hult, Ava Rand, Jordan Collinson, Laika Khan and Orly Keynan, who solved the problem, “Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously?” They wrote an original eight-minute skit that told many sides of Lewis Carroll’s famous “Alice in Wonderland” story in a humorous documentary-style performance. 

The elementary first-place winners are Winter Collinson, Isabelle DePalma, Tabitha Freeny, Shane Haglich, Sienna Hornberger, Ryan Aba Riebli and Zachary Scouten. For their challenge, they added a twist to Peter Pan by setting it in the 1980s with a new character - a stereotypical 80s teenager - who discovered the “true” roots of the feud between Tinkerbell and Wendy.

The second-place teams solved problems that involved intergalactic science fiction hangouts. The Middle School’s team consisted of members Jack Clancy, Shayna Rivera, Grace McCarthy, Sean Sarmuksnis, Sam Rosenbaum, Ben Armus, Samantha Feingold, while Teddy Clancy, Alana Damiani, Cathy Maguire, Alyssa Mincy, Vincent Napolitano, Lucy Nash and Johncarlo Piccolino represented the elementary level. 

 

LARC Robotics Teams Go International

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Five Long Beach LARC Robotics Teams earned coveted spots in the International Wonder League Robotics Competition Invitational Round. More than 7,500 teams from 63 countries participated in three rounds of missions over a five-month period, vying for the highly sought after International Invitational Round opportunities. 

A total of fourteen fourth-grade LARC students accomplished this challenging goal and are gearing up for the next round, set to begin in March. Through a series of story-based missions, the groups developed problem-solving, growth mindset, and creativity skills through coding and programming. 

Team 1 is comprised of Alfonso D’Amato, Catherine Maguire and Marissa Miller. Enshan Ramkissoon, Sydney Brandt and Lucia Petty participate on Team 2. Team 3 includes Sebastian Perez, Winter Collinson and Sienna Warren. Tabitha Freeny, Kailyn Kelly and Brooke Nielsen are on Team 4. Team 7 is made up of Eva Gargiulo and Jordan Haltrecht.

The WLRC is an international coding and robotics competition for future tech leaders and innovators. Under the guidance and coaching of Dr. Caitlin King and Justin Sulsky, the LARC robotics teams designed solutions for real-world science and technology challenges by programming their robots. They additionally displayed their scientific thinking through authentic journaling. 
 

Long Beach Middle School Expresses Love

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One hundred Long Beach Middle School students in Laura Swan's sixth-grade art classes created a handmade African Textile Paper Quilt featuring Adrinka symbols. The pieces, designed and sewn by students, were assembled to spell out the message “One Love” in the building’s hallway. 

On Feb. 28, Councilwoman Anissa Moore joined the students and staff members as the final product was revealed. She also led them in an exercise that involved saying “Good Morning” in Swahili. 


Long Beach Middle School Students Experience Early American Music

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On March 1, Long Beach Middle School’s instrumental music students attended demonstrations of Early American Music by members of The Stony Brook "Roots" Ensemble. This chamber music group was formed in 2015 by Taylor Ackley with the goal of bringing the tradition of music making into concert halls and academic settings. 

The ensemble has performed across the nation and presents at lecture recitals, workshops and masterclasses. During the visit to Long Beach Middle School, they focused on folk music as well as Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing. 

Ackley played various string instruments including the guitar, banjo and mandolin and was joined by Alison Rowe on the cello and Wil Dannenberg on the tuba. All three are vocalists as well and sang throughout the performances. For several pieces, teacher David Lobenstein accompanied the group on the bass. 

At the end of each period-long presentation, the ensemble opened the floor to questions from the students. The professionals shared details about their passion for music, experiences as performers and dedication to practicing daily.


Long Beach Middle School students hone skills through History Day

For the first time, Long Beach Middle School has taken the opportunity to participate in National History Day — an educational competition that encourages students to research historical topics of their choice and prepare comprehensive projects. The building held a schoolwide history day event on Feb. 12, when approximately 130 seventh-graders showcased their work for peers, staff and family members to view and learn from.

Students worked individually and in pairs on projects that fell within the categories of exhibits, written papers, presentations, performances, documentaries and websites. Most began the endeavor in September and spent months studying their subjects through school library and digital resources including the Chromebooks, which were instrumental in providing access to information sources. The students also created annotated bibliographies using NoodleTools. 

This year’s National History Day theme was Conflict and Compromise in History and the Long Beach seventh-graders reflected a range of related topics through their work. Many focused on events such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American Revolution, the Pullman Strike, the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Salem Witch Trials and World Wars I and II. Some concentrated on historical movements including the creation of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, desegregation of schools, the establishment of the All-American Girls’ Baseball League and the New York draft riots. Others shed light on impactful individuals including Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Susan B. Anthony and Mary Tudor.

Three projects from each category were selected to advance to the regional Long Island History Day competition on March 18 at Hofstra University. Those results will determine possible entry in the state contest with the goal of eventually achieving national level participation.

“The students then went to work to hone their research and critical thinking skills by making connections/comparison across time or to current times, showing cause and effect, showing several perspectives and analyzing primary and secondary sources,” said Director of Humanities Theresa Scudiero. “Through participation in National History Day, the students also had the opportunity to work on the Social Emotional Learning competencies and MYP approaches to learning such as communication skills, self-management skills, organization skills, metacognition, reflection, creativity and innovation.”

 

LB Woodwork Classes Construct Gifts for Veterans

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Long Beach High School’s Woodworking students and teacher Eric Heck have a patriotic project under way that they plan to share with others beyond the district. Two classes have been constructing large wooden American flags that they plan to distribute to Veterans Affairs medical facilities. 

The groups are creating a total of ten flags; five for the Northport VA Medical Center and five for smaller clinics throughout Long Island. They are cutting scrap wood using table, miter and band saws, staining field strips red and blue and assembling them to form the design. 

Several flags are nearing completion and all will be finished and framed after the winter recess. More information on this initiative will be shared as it progresses!
 

East School Re-enacts History

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Fourth-graders at Long Beach’s East School presented an interactive and engaging Social Studies Fair on Jan. 30. Classes spent time researching topics and preparing projects related to the American Revolution, and culminated their studies with a collaborative program held in the gymnasium. 

The students’ and teachers’ efforts resulted in an afternoon of entertainment for parents and other guests. Attendees enjoyed portrayals of a timeline of the American Revolution, a living museum of historical figures and a play about the Boston Tea Party. Various displays about all aspects of life during this important era were showcased, and students took on the roles of impactful individuals in history with enthusiasm.

As the event concluded, students read the Declaration of Independence and sang “Proud To Be an American.” 

2018 Wall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted

See Policy under Board of Education and details under Athletic Department.  Applications are accepted until June 1st.

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!