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A Message from the Superintendent of Schools

As a district, we are working hard to prepare for the upcoming academic year, and I know that many of you in the community have questions about what to expect with regard to social distancing, mask-wearing and in-person versus remote learning.Earlier in the week the CDC recommended that anyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face covering indoors in areas with substantial and high transmission. Additionally, they made the recommendation that all staff, visitors and students in kindergarten through grade 12 should wear a mask indoors at school when the new year begins.  

At this time, school districts are awaiting guidance from the New York State Education Department, and until that guidance is offered, we simply cannot provide you with the answers that you seek. I appreciate how frustrating this is and I share in your frustration. When the CDC makes a recommendation, it is first reviewed and considered by the state and local health departments prior to a determination being made for the residents of the state.

At this time, we have yet to receive any guidance from the state as to what will be required in September. It is important to note, however, that at this time, the Board of Education has composed a letter to the Governor to advocate for local control over such decisions. 

CLICK HERE to review the letter to the Governor.

The district will keep you informed of any information received regarding decisions at the state level.

Thank you for your continued support and I hope you continue to enjoy the remainder of your summer. 

 

 

Superintendent Giordano Announced His Retirement

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Superintendent Daniel E. Giordano has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2022. 

“The job of the superintendent is extremely important,” said Giordano. “Because I have such great respect for this Board of Education, I believe that the right thing to do is to allow them the maximum amount of time to fill the position.”

Giordano began his career in Lindenhurst in 1997 as an assistant principal at Lindenhurst High School. After serving in that role for five years, he was appointed principal in 2002.In April 2014, the Board of Education unanimously appointed Giordano to become the district’s superintendent of schools, a role he assumed officially in July of that year.  

Board of Education vice president Edward Langone commented "Dan was exactly what Lindenhurst needed when we asked him to lead our district, making great strides in improving the quality of education, finances, and facilities. He leaves behind a great legacy of Lindenhurst alumni, and big shoes to fill for our next superintendent. As a friend and as a leader, he will be missed."

As superintendent, Giordano oversaw the implementation of significant advancements in the district such as the introduction of the Lindenhurst Academy for middle and high school students, the dual language program for students in kindergarten through second grade and increased early intervention services.

The district’s ABA program expanded, as well as its course offerings, which now include American Sign Language, among others. Additionally, the high school added the AP Capstone diploma program from the College Board and the district implemented CSE chairpersons at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Furthermore, the district introduced bilingual guidance counselors at the secondary level, mental health professionals districtwide, a director of special education and pupil personnel services and an assistant superintendent for elementary curriculum and instruction to bring more consistency to the elementary buildings.

When asked about Giordano, Board of Education Trustee Michael DiGiuseppe said, “He’s the most caring human you’ll ever meet.” Trustee Mary Ellen Cunningham added that Giordano, will “bleed green” for the district.

“We are grateful to Mr. Giordano for going above and beyond for our students and community,” said board president Donna Hochman. “For 24 years, he has made a huge difference in our lives and will remain forever a ‘Lindy bulldog.”

The board will carefully consider the qualities needed in a new superintendent to succeed Giordano and will keep the community informed throughout the process.“I am grateful to every student who passed through this district and the family members who supported them, for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of their experience. I will never forget that they, and you, were a part of mine,” said Giordano.

Lindy Spotlight Summer Edition

CLICK HERE to review the Lindy Spotlight Summer Edition 2021.

Lindy Valedictorian and Salutatorian Lead the Way

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This year’s Lindenhurst High School valedictorian Aliya John and salutatorian Isabella Pedone have certainly earned their titles, challenging themselves with honors, college credit and Advanced Placement courses. They have both demonstrated remarkable levels of hard work and dedication throughout their schooling and still managed to find time for extracurricular activities and community service.

 With a weighted grade point average of 104.03, Aliya is ranked first in her class. She is the vice president of the Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Research Symposium Club and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has been recognized for her scientific research and was awarded honorable mention for her contributions to the Stony Brook Young Investigators Review, an undergraduate research journal at Stony Brook University.

At the New York State School Music Association solo competition, Aliya earned her place in both the All-County and All-State choruses as a vocalist. Her contributions to the youth choir at Our Lady of Grace Church have been second to none. Additionally, Aaliyah volunteers her time at Good Samaritan Hospital where she focuses on patient support.

 An AP Scholar with Distinction who has also earned the AP Capstone diploma, Aliya will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall to study biology.

Class salutatorian Isabella Pedone shares many similarities with Aliya. She too is an AP Scholar with Distinction, earned an AP Capstone certificate and will major in biology in September. However, she will do so at Williams College in Massachusetts.

While attending Lindenhurst High School, Isabella explored her love of science in the school’s AP Biology LEFT program and her passion for music by developing an exquisite résumé of musical experiences, including scoring a 100 at the highest level of NYSSMA and performing as principal chair flautist in the Gemini Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Lincoln Center.

Congratulations to both of these talented and dedicated women.

Free Meal Kit Information

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As of Tues., June 29, all students (and all children aged 18 or under) will be able to receive a free 7-day Meal Kit consisting of a week's worth of meals throughout the duration of the summer recess.  Each Meal kit will contain a daily breakfast and lunch for the seven-day period.

7-day Meal Kits will be distributed every Tuesday from 7am-11am at the High School outside the kitchen back doors starting on June 29 and ending on Aug. 31.  The meals can be picked up by a parent/guardian.  The student does not need to be present at the time of pickup.

August 05, 2021