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Caps Off to the Class of 2018

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On Friday, June 22, the soon-to-be graduates of the Lindenhurst High School Class of 2018 took to the Edward F. Kienle Memorial Field in a sea of green and white as the Lindenhurst High School Band played “Pomp and Circumstance.” The school’s Marine Corps JROTC members presented the colors and the senior music students, under the direction of Charles Pramnieks, led the audience in the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” while accompanied by members of the school’s American Sign Language class.             

Brian Lanza, Class Council president, Christie Van Florke, vice president and Mae Vine, treasurer, addressed fellow classmates, in addition to remarks made by Sahil Kapoor, class valedictorian and Luke Korzenko, class salutatorian. In his valedictory speech, Sahil stated that “when we take advantage of our unique abilities, we create positive change and progress. When we devote our full focus to our goals, we can turn our visions into reality.”            

In his salutatory speech, Luke Korzenko said, “As high school graduates, we have a responsibility to become productive citizens, we have a responsibility to address the problems facing our society and we have a responsibility to continue to educate ourselves about the world around us. Our teachers have given us the tools to achieve these tasks. It is now up to us to use what we have learned to think rationally, act compassionately and embrace truth.”            

Also, imparting their words of advice and extending congratulations were Board trustee Kevin Garbe, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Giordano and, for the first time as principal of Lindenhurst High School, Dr. Clinton Grant, who reminded the students of the importance of caring for one another. “One small gesture can change a person’s life for better or worse.”            

In his address, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Giordano chose to read “Be Brave Little One,” a children’s book written by Marianne Richmond. This was done to complete the students’ academic experience in Lindenhurst, in a similar fashion to the way in which it began – an educator using a class book to ease the transition.            

Referencing the book, he explained to the graduates that it is now their time to be brave and explore. “Step outside of your comfort zone,” he urged. “Try new things. Do what feels right in your heart. Do it with bravery and do it with kindness.”            

Before the members of the Board of Education presented the Class of 2018 with their diplomas, the Class of 2018 presented the Board with a donation to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, who will use the funds to establish the Lindenhurst Class of 2018 Scholarship, to be received by any student who meets the organization’s criteria.            

Student Council recording and corresponding secretaries Fiona Buckley and Antonia Rice led their classmates in the turning of the tassels and gave the signal to throw their caps to symbolize their commencement as Lindenhurst High School alumni.

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. Please note that only applications submitted through the app will be reviewed. No paper applications will be accepted.            

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 McKenna Administration Building, located at 350 Daniel Street, and the main office of the Lindenhurst Senior High School, located at 300 Charles Street in Lindenhurst from July 1,2018 through  August 31st, 2018 between 7:45am and 12:45pm Monday through Friday.  

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.  

Elementary Swim Registration Information

Please be advised that elementary swim lesson registration will be held on Tuesday, June 26 from 6 - 8 pm at the high school pool.

$35 per child and checks/money orders should be made out to "Lindenhurst Schools."

Classes run Monday through Friday. Schedule is as follows: 9 am, 9:45 am, 10:30 am, and 11:15 am.

 

Lindy's Finest Take on the Empire State Games

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Lindenhurst students participated in the Nassau County Victory Challenge Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, held recently at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale. Athletes and student buddies participated in a series of activities and races including the 100-meter race and the discus throw. Faculty, parents, aides and administrators cheered the athletes as they worked to achieve their goals.

The student-athletes, who wore tie-dyed green T-shirts to showcase their pride in the district, joined in the spirited competition against each other and other schools from across Long Island. The games were coordinated for Lindenhurst by teacher Karen Parpounas and Courtney Whalley, chairperson for the Elementary Committee on Special Education.

“The Empire State Games provide a unique opportunity for our students to challenge themselves individually outside of the classroom setting, while still enjoying the social comradery that comes with being a part of something much larger,” said Ms. Whalley.

On June 11, a ceremony was held at the Lindenhurst Middle School to honor both athletes and Buddies.

‘Shattered Dreams’ Promotes Responsibility

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The Lindenhurst High School Student Council dramatized the consequences of drinking and driving with “Shattered Dreams,” a program that promotes responsible decision-making by high school students regarding drinking and driving.

The event included a mock accident scene in which several students were seriously, and in one case fatally, injured as a result of a student’s decision to drive home while intoxicated after a party. The junior and senior classes looked on as various community entities, including local fire and police responded to the mock scene behind the high school. They watched as police officers tested and “arrested” their classmate whose decision to drive impacted the lives of so many others.

On the second day of the event, the students watched Student Council members re-enact a memorial service for their fellow classmate emphasizing the gravity of situation and reinforcing the message that even one drink can destroy lives.

As a culmination to the program, Certified Speaking Professional, Bobby Petrocelli, spoke with students and shared his experience with a drunk driver. The experience claimed the life of his young wife and changed him forever. He explored with students the power of each decision they make. He also encouraged them to recognize all of the ways in which they matter.

2018 LHS Athletic Banquet

Every year, the varsity athletes and coaches of Lindenhurst High School are honored during its athletic awards banquet at the Melville Marriott. This year, the June 7 banquet showcased a tremendous pool of talented athletes and the coaches who guide them.

Coordinated by the Varsity Club advisers, Janine Cheskay and Michael Cheskay, and the district’s athletic department, the evening recognizes their effort, dedication and achievements. 

The banquet began with the grand procession of the Most Valuable Players for each team. Outstanding athletes were chosen for the Lindenhurst Hall of Fame and the Gold Key awards. Individual scholarships and recognition were presented to players throughout the evening.

Winners:

Athletes of the Year – Erika Breitfeller and Jeremy Ruckert

Joseph Pritchard – Spirit of Lindenhurst – Nick Anzallone and Sophia Castellano

Coach of the Year – Rick Caravaggio and Nick Lombardo

Assistant Coach of the Year – Jessie Ward Ippolitto and Damon Sinicropi

Superintendent’s Bulldog Award – Michael Cheskay

Dellecave Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Member – Erika Breitfeller and Jeremy Ruckert

A Message Regarding The Location Change of the ESY Program

CLICK HERE to review a letter regarding a change in the location of the extended school year program.
June 24, 2018