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Long Beach Board of Education November Meeting Highlights

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At the November 14 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher began her report by introducing Long Beach Science Research Teacher Kristen Conklin who presented this month’s student showcase on Science Research along with middle school students Shayna Tozer and Isabella Schembri and high school students Sam Adler, Sydney Bergstein, Casey Kemins, Hailey Kemins, Cassel Koss, Vanessa Maltez and Jordan Soriano from the program. Ms. Conklin gave an overview of the program and each of the students gave project updates. Project topics included The Chemistry of Stock Solutions, Connecting to Our Local Waterways and Utilizing Sorbitol to Engineer Hydrogels for Increasing Plant Resistance to Drought Conditions among others.

The Science Research Program aligns with the mission statement of the Long Schools by encouraging critical thinkers and problem solvers, providing experiences beyond the classroom, encouraging partnerships in the community, providing collaborative and hands on experiences for students, allows students to think locally, act globally and sparks curiosity.

Long Beach Middle School students who participate in the program focus on skill-building including data collection and analysis. Introduction to community partnerships, environmental concerns, and analyzing research papers.

Grade 9 students who participate focus on skill-building with 2-3 guided experiments and compete in local and national science fairs.

Grade 10-12 students who participate apply new skills to research project of choice, work collaboratively in teams, find mentors and present at pre-college research science fairs.

Following the student showcase presentation, Long Beach Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Michael DeVito shared an overview of the district’s proposed Capital Plan that includes improvements to indoor air quality through mechanical ventilation and air conditioning in areas of the schools where needed along with some exciting educational space enhancements.

Mr. DeVito’s presentation slides can be found on the Long Beach District website at:

To watch the full meeting, visit:

Date Added: 11/28/2023

LBHS Theatre Department Presents Radium Girls

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Performances are on November 16, 17 and 18.

Here is the direct link for purchasing tickets online, and tickets may be purchased in person at the event as well.

Date Added: 11/1/2023

Long Beach High School Celebrates Homecoming

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Long Beach High School celebrated their homecoming under the Friday night lights at Veterans Field on Oct. 13. Prior to the game, students and family attended the annual homecoming carnival, sponsored by the Student Government Organizations in the middle school parking lot. At the carnival, attendees had the opportunity to interact with club members and participate in games and fun activities while showing their Long Beach pride.

Later that evening, fans filled the bleachers of Veterans Field showcasing their school spirit by sporting blue and white, as they cheered on the Marines in the much-anticipated football game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators. Before the game, senior cheerleaders and football players were escorted by family and friends to the field to celebrate their last high school homecoming game. Long Beach fans kept their spirits high as they were accompanied by the Pep Band in the bleachers, and the cheerleaders on the track, cheering on the Marines.

The halftime performances from the high school’s Colorguard, Pep Band, and cheerleaders, had attendees up on their feet, dancing, and cheering on the student performances. Afterwards, the Long Beach youth football players raced across the field in their annual Bulldog Dash and Nanichi Arroyo-Hill, and Jacqueline Freitag were crowned homecoming king and queen.

Date Added: 10/17/2023

LBHS Class of 2024 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Long Beach High School is proud to announce the top two students for the Class of 2024. Congratulations to valedictorian Troy DeFrancesco and salutatorian Samuel Adler. Both are International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates and contribute significantly to their school community.

Troy was recognized as a National Merit Commended Student and is currently president of the school’s key club, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, math team and DECA. He is a drummer in the school’s jazz band and a varsity athlete as captain of the volleyball team and member of the competitive surf team. He was recognized for Baseball All-League Honorable Mention and participates in the school’s Athletes Helping Athletes program. Additionally, he volunteers his time as an SAT tutor through, works with the Long Beach Tidal Waves youth baseball program and coordinates events to benefit UNICEF.

Sam has been named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 69th Annual National MeritScholarship Program. He is a member of the National Honor Society, current president of the math team and team caption of the Science Bowl. He is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society as well as a varsity athlete on the cross-country team. He plays trumpet for the Pep Band and is a singer for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Soundwaves.

Congratulations Troy and Sam on this well-deserved accomplishment.

Date Added: 10/11/2023