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Exploring College and the Culinary Arts

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The Lindenhurst High School Career and Technical Education Department recently welcomed guest chef Savannah Campbell, a college senior in the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts.

During her two-day visit, Savannah conducted cooking demonstrations for all food and nutrition, baking and advanced culinary courses. Throughout the interactive lessons, Savannah shared a variety of culinary techniques that the students could use when preparing and plating meals.

She discussed the various career opportunities available to students who pursue a degree in the culinary arts as well as answered questions about the college experience. The presentations concluded with students tasting the sweet potato aebleskiver with rum butterscotch sauce they had a hand in making.

Lindy Cares Youth Summit

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On Oct.  9, members of the Lindenhurst Community Cares Coalition in conjunction with the district took part in the third Lindenhurst Youth Summit.

The event, held at Chateau La Mer, aimed to give students in grades six through 12, an opportunity to collaborate with their peers, share their thoughts and strengthen skills in problem-solving, communication, listening and leadership, as well as, the many ways to find common ground, build rapport and feel empowered.

The students in attendance were a blend of Lindenhurst middle and high school students who were either members of the Lindy Cares Club or demonstrated an interest. They listened as keynote speakers Gabrielle Anzalone, a Lindenhurst alumna, and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, shared their empowering messages and encouraged students to become leaders in their community.

Participants joined in three breakout sessions that support the Lindy Cares goal of inspiring students to work on reaching their highest potential and serving as a positive force for others who are working to achieve theirs.

‘Be an Upstander Not a Bystander’

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On Oct. 9, the students of Harding Avenue partook in an interactive, antibullying presentation “Be an Upstander Not a Bystander,” led by arts in entertainment professional Mike Speirs. Through his interactive assembly, Speirs, a former teacher, provided students with practical strategies for addressing myriad realistic bullying situations.            

The presentation emphasized the “Five C’s” of being an upstander. The first is the “Cold Shoulder” in which you ignore the bully. The second is “Confidence.” Speirs explained that you need the confidence to respond maturely and not stoop to their level. The third C stands for “Compassion.” You need to be willing to show kindness to those around you. “You may not always know the right way to help, but you can always try to be nice,” said Speirs. “Never underestimate how much that could mean to someone.”            

Next the presenter encouraged students to use “Cyber Sense” and make safe choices when they are utilizing social media. Lastly, Harding students were urged to summon the “Courage” needed to step up and do the right thing. “It is not always easy to stand up and go against the crowd, but there are always people you can go to for help so you won’t have to do it alone.”

Lindenhurst’s Nicholas Fleury is Commended

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Lindenhurst High School senior Nicholas Fleury was recognized as a Commended Student in the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program. Nicholas entered the 2019 National Merit Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

This is an honor bestowed upon students who have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. Nicholas placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition. He is one of only 34,000 commended students named nationwide.

Nicholas credits his academic success to the strong work ethic encouraged by his parents. "I have always been driven by the mindset that there is always room for improvement. That idea, which they instilled, has motivated me to push myself further and I am grateful to my parents for sharing it with me.” 

Information Regarding Grades 3-8 NYS Test Results

Please be advised that the NYS grade 3-8 Math, ELA and Science test results from last year have been posted on the Parent Portal. 

CLICK HERE for Instructions on how to access the results and accompanying parent reports. 

CLICK HERE to log into the parent portal.

 

Making Sweet Sounds

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The Fine and Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce that five Lindenhurst High School students were accepted to perform in the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County High School Festival on Nov. 16 at Half Hollow Hills High School East.

The district congratulates Nicole Harvey (treble chorus), Monika Orzelowski (mixed chorus), Felipe Rodas (symphonic orchestra - violin), Stephen Sailer (symphonic orchestra - violin) and Russell Ward (mixed chorus).            

Felipe Rodas (symphonic orchestra - violin), Stephen Sailer (symphonic orchestra-violin) and Russell Ward (symphonic band – baritone saxophone), will also be representing the Lindenhurst High School in the NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference from Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Rochester, New York.            

Thousands of students auditioned to be a part of this ensemble and the district is proud of these talented students who will represent the district.

Community Caring

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On Sept. 23, the district's athletic teams, coaches, administrators and community members, along with local and state politicians, joined members of the Renna family at the 12th annual Christina Renna Foundation Walk-A-Thon and Blood Drive held at Lindenhurst Middle School.

Christina, a former student of the Lindenhurst School District, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, and passed away in 2007.

The walk supports the Christina Renna Foundation goal of  “supporting children's cancer research and increasing the levels of awareness and education through the support of cancer groups and outreach programs for the direct support of those in need,” as stated on the website, www.crf4acure.org. All money raised will benefit children’s cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

AP Scholars Named

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Several students from the high school have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on these exams.            

The following students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher: From the Class of 2019: Emeli Argueta Martinez, Cesar Bravo, Timothy Cotroneo, Lauren Dawnkaski, Bohdan Fostakovskyy, Kayla Gretes, Nicole Hayden, Jenna Hoogervorst, Shimiao (Nickey) Huang, Efrain Laguna-Lopez, Arianna Liebowitz, Sabrina Lound, Samantha Lound, Kimmarie Mccrann, Connor Miller, Michael Rivera, Novneet Singh, Robert Tringone, John Walter and Russell Ward.            

These students qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams: From the Class of 2019: Nicholas Fleury, Joseph Grogan, Jacqueline Kalish, Joseph Leone, Aaron Liebowitz, Monika Orzelowski, Eric Pisowacki, Hisham Tadfie and Nicole Zielinski.

Class of 2019 member Nicholas Hager has qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Award for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.            

Sahil Kapoor, Luke Korzenko and Adam Kulaczkowski from the Class of 2018 have qualified as National AP Scholars by receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.            

The district congratulates all of these talented students.  

Welcoming Department Heads

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When the 2018 academic year began, students were not the only ones welcomed to the district. Andrea Judge, LCSW, and F. Shaun Sudama were welcomed to their respective roles as coordinator of guidance, and coordinator of career and technical education and library media specialists, respectively.

Ms. Judge joined the district with more than 12 years of school counseling experience by way of the Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. She holds her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in educational leadership from the College of Saint Rose. Additionally, she obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University, a Master of Science degree in school counseling from Long Island University and a Master of Science degree in secondary education from Dowling College. This was in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stony Brook University.

Mr. F. Shaun Sudama joins the Lindenhurst Union Free School District by way of Nassau Boces in Westbury where he served as assistant principal. He also held the title of business teacher at Division Avenue High School in Levittown and the William Bryant High School in Long Island City. There he also served as the coordinator of CTE, student activities and parent support, and the school’s student achievement program.  Mr. Sudama took part in the Post-Masters Educational Leadership Program at Stony Brook University where he obtained his certifications as a New York State school Building and School District Leader. He earned a Master of Science in adolescent education from Dowling College in Oakdale and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and math with a major in business from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.

The district is honored to welcome all of its new members and is confident that they will be successful in their endeavors.

Student Strengthens Character with the Marines

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Changes Made to Free & Reduced Lunch Process

Please be advised that the start of the 2018-19 school year will see a change in the application process for free and reduced meals within the Lindenhurst Union Free School District.            

To provide the most cost-effective services to the community and simplify the process, the district has made the decision to utilize the free MySchoolApps service. The app guides parents through the application process and confirms that all the necessary information has been provided before it’s submitted. 

The cost savings are not the only benefit, however. Parents will appreciate the convenience of being able to apply for free and reduced meals securely, from anywhere, using any device that is connected to the Internet. Additionally, the MySchoolApps service accommodates users who are fluent in English and Spanish. 

If you wish to apply for free and reduced meals and do not have access to the Internet or a facility which offers Internet usage, such as a local library, MySchoolApps kiosks will be made available at the main office of the Lindenhurst Senior High School, located at 300 Charles Street in Lindenhurst from August 17,2018 through  August 31st, 2018 between 7:45am and 12:45pm Monday through Friday as well as the McKenna Administration Building, located at 350 Daniel Street. Additionally, paper applications in English and Spanish will be available for pick up at the main office of each district school.            

Beginning September 4th, 2018 the Kiosks will be available for use at the McKenna Administration Building from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. The High School Kiosks will be available for use from 7am to 2:50pm Monday through Friday.            

If you have any questions regarding the MySchoolApps service or use of a kiosk, please contact Michele Claud in the high school main office at 631-867-3704.  

October 17, 2018