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Long Beach Board of Education May Meeting Student Highlights For LARC and Science Research

At the May 14 Board of Education meeting, the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher’s report began with student highlights and accolades relating to two Long Beach programs, Learning Activities to Raise Creativity (LARC) and Long Beach Science Research.

To start, Long Beach teacher and coach of the Long Beach LARC Robotics teams Dr. Caitlin Fuentes King shared Long Beach LARC fifth graders scored seventh in the nation out of 113 teams nationally on the final WordMasters Challenge™ meet. 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. The following student awards were acknowledged and presented with a certificate for their recent LARC achievements.

Five students representing Long Beach LARC received a perfect score in the final meet for this year’s WordMasters Challenge™. Fifth graders Micah Schwartz and Paxton Cavallo and fourth graders Wolfe Scanio, Jack McNicholas, and Madeline Eckert earned a perfect score of 20 on the meet. Nationally, only 33 fifth graders and 125 fourth graders achieved a perfect score out of over 3,000 students nationally taking the final meets. Eleven students representing Long Beach LARC achieved High Honors in this year’s WordMasters Challenge. WordMasters recognizes the top 2% of cumulative scorers on three meets in their grade level as High Honor recipients. Fifth graders Micah Schwartz, Diane Seman, Justin Richter, Lucas Onufrock, Paxton Cavallo, and Edward Grossman and fourth graders Wolfe Scanio, Rowan McLaughlin, Arwyn Donofrio, and Caylee Donaghy and third grader Jiya Klarner earned that impressive distinction.

WordMasters also recognizes the top 10% of cumulative scorers in their grade level as Honorable Mention recipients. The following students earned that achievement: Ariana Coto, Savannah Koehler-Maly, Fiona Sorensen, Brooke Varian, Logan Marcus, Emmett Klein, Ella Weiss, Cooper-James Kessler, Isla Lomitola, Cole O'Connor, Brendan Smith, Colton Bargellini, Joseph Montone, Madeline Eckert, Laina Sisko, Truman Rodabaugh, Rosalia Heindrichs, Jackson Ferraro, Slate Koss, Jack McNicholas, Brody Dowler, Mason Bermeo, Presley Cavallo, Noah Johnson, Theodore Bergman, and Colin Cestaro.

The following Long Beach LARC students achieved nationally recognized results on at least one of the three meets: Justin Richter, Diane Seman, Ariana Coto, Fiona Sorensen, Logan Marcus, Micah Schwartz, Ella Weiss, Edward Grossman, Colton Bargellini, Lucas Onufrock, Isla Lomitola, Paxton Cavallo, Cooper-James Kessler, Cole O'Connor, Madeline Eckert, Rowan McLaughlin, Arwyn Donofrio, Wolfe Scanio, Truman Rodabaugh, Rosalia Heindrichs, Jackson Ferraro, Caylee Donaghy, Slate Koss, Jack McNicholas, Brody Dowler, Mason Bermeo, Savannah Munisteri, Jiya Klarner, Theodore Bergman, and Charlie Johnston.

LARC students also received an Honorable Mention Award for the Northeast Toshiba NSTA ExploraVision Science Competition. The Toshiba NSTA ExploraVision competition is a project-learning based collaborative program which encourages innovation and real-world problem solving. Students must imagine and produce a system or a technology with the potential to solve the problems of the future. Projects are judged by a multidisciplinary panel of scientists across various sectors of government (e.g., NIH, NASA, NSF), academic researchers, biotechnology scientists and physician researchers.

This year’s winners have shared innovative proposals to help overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the world today, from healthcare challenges to sustainability efforts and energy efficiency. The Honorable Mention award places the teams’ projects among the top 10% of all projects submitted in the United States and Canada. The following Long Beach students are commended for a job well done in demonstrating innovative thinking in their exploration of science, engineering, and technology to solve real world problems.

Seager Aull
Ariana Coto
Ella Weiss
Jack O’Grady
CCV: Coral Cleaning Vacuum

Justin Richter
Diane Seman
Savannah Koehler-Maly
Andrew Voege
TPS: Tantalizing Siren Plant to Decrease Spotted Lantern Flies

Fiona Sorensen
Emmett Klein
Kash Hadpawat
Brooke Varian
AIR Board: Adaptive Inclusive Remarkable Surfboard

Victoria Silva
Nash Hoeffner
Logan Marcus
DyslexAI: Device for Dyslexia

Micah Schwartz
Kamron Garcia
Zoey Pinto
Harper Tomao
*SIDE Eyes: Device for Blindness

Sam O’Donoghue
Edward Grossman
Genetically Modified Tree for Thermal Pollution

Cooper-James Kessler
Brianna Cohen
Colton Bargellini
*D-Glass for Dyslexia

Sullivan Limmer
Isabella Loguidice
Cole O’Connor
Water Non-Compression Mini Movable Tank

Brendan Smith
Isla Lomitola
Callen Gasunas
Joseph Montone
F.I.S.H: Financial Corporation that Solve Hazardous Waste

Additionally, Dr. Caitlin Fuentes King was recognized for being awarded International Wonder League Robotics Competition Super Coach of the Year Award!

Following LARC recognitions, Long Beach Science Research teacher Kristen Conklin presented a student showcase video featuring Long Beach Science Research. 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. Ninth graders who participate focus on skill-building with 2-3 guided experiments and compete in local and national science fairs. Students who participate in grades tenth, eleventh and twelfth apply new skills to research project of choice, work collaboratively in teams, find mentors and present at pre-college research science fairs. The following students were acknowledged for their recent accomplishments.

* Thea Olmstead for recognition by the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Noa Kaye for recognition by the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Troy Moriarty for recognition by the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Nate Nash for recognition by the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Acacius Fischer for recognition by the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Sydney Olivia for recognition by the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Victoria Sinnona for recognition by the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Rylee Varian for recognition by the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.
* Vanessa Maltez for recognition as a Semifinalist at Round 2 of the NYS Science and Engineering Fair.
* Kayla Piazza for recognition as a Long Island Congress State Finalist.
* Winter Collision for recognition as a Long Island Congress State Finalist.
* Sam Adler for recognition of publication of research.
* Joshua Cohen for recognition of Nassau STANYS Outstanding Science Award.

It was noted that several students were nominated for additional awards and recognitions but were awaiting notification. For more information about the Long Beach Science Research program, visit:

Meeting attendees and Board of Education members were happy to celebrate all the outstanding achievements of the Long Beach students who were recognized at the meeting.

To watch the full meeting, visit:

Date Added: 5/24/2024

LBMS Odyssey of the Mind Students Advancing to the World Finals

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Long Beach Middle School had an impressive showing at the recent Odyssey of the Mind New York State Finals and two of the school’s three teams will be advancing to the World Finals in May.

Congratulations to the following students and their teams for each placing second in their problems: Maven Aull, Jolynne Baker-Gonzalez, Hudson Christine, Charlotte DePalma, Arlo Fox, Stella Gonzalez, Mia Kupchik, Patrick Maguire, Jett Michel, Katherine O’Brien,Cody O’Connell, Calie Spitz, Jackson Spitz and Shayna Tozer. Best of luck at World Finals taking place in a few weeks.

Additionally, the following team of students Savannah Bardales, Camila Coad, Palmer Gallo, Alison Salem, Brendan Salem and Quinn Siegel did an amazing job placing fourth representing Long Beach Middle School.

We are so proud of all participants! Special thanks to Advisors Ms. Donovan and Mr. MacConnell for their outstanding support and dedication to the students and program!

Date Added: 5/1/2024

Long Beach Science Research Update

LBMS Science Researchers have demonstrated intense grit and dedication to their work, placing at various competitions and denoting our school as part of the winners circle for research!

Science Research is a rigorous course that challenges learners to engage in 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Select students created oral presentations, carried out scientific investigations, collected data, reviewed scientific literature and demonstrated statistical analysis of results. All for the finale, a chance to participate in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) as well as the South Asian American Women's Association (SAAWA) where they will be judged by multiple experts in the field.

We are excited to announce the winners this year for the Science Fair Competition which each school across Long Island has an opportunity to participate in.

* Thea Olmstead and Noa Kaye received third place at LISEF and first place at SAAWA
* Nathaniel Nash, Troy Moriarty, Acacius Fischer received third place at SAAWA
* Sydney Olivo, Rylee Varian, and Victoria Sinnona received an honorable mention at SAAWA

Congratulations to ALL of our researchers!

Date Added: 4/19/2024

National History Day Competition Update

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Congratulations to Long Beach Middle School student Elora Gerantabee for receiving first place for her National History Day exhibit on the Stonewall Riot. Elora will be advancing to the New York State competition later this Spring. Additionally, Chloe Pennant and Katherine O’Brien received a special award from the Huntington Historical Society for their documentary on Ruby Bridges.

Date Added: 4/4/2024

Mission Patch Art and Design Winners

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The Microgravity Project is part of Mission 17 of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP). The goal of SSEP is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in America’s Space Program, where they become architects of a project to be conducted in space by astronauts on the International Space Station. As previously announced, the winning team’s proposal was “How Does Microgravity Affect the Germination of Oyster Mushroom Spawns (Pleurotus ostreatus).”

Most recently, the science department collaborated with the Long Beach Director of the Arts and the K-12 Art Departments on the Mission Patch Art and Design Contest. The two winners were third grader Mackenzie Pastuch from Lindell Elementary School and fifth grader Emilia Conneally from West Elementary School.

In June 2023, mission patches will be launched to the ISS, along with the science experiment designed by the sixth-grade students, and the patches will return to Long Beach with embossed certificates. Onboard the ISS, the patches and experiment will fly at an altitude of 260 miles above Earth’s surface. This is 47 times higher than Mt. Everest and will travel 400,000 miles each day!

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education Internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with Nanoracks, LLC, which is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

Date Added: 4/4/2024