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LHS Symphony Orchestra Gets the Gold at NYSSMA Majors

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Lindenhurst High School’s symphony orchestra, under the direction of Kristin Lombardo, recently earned the Gold with Distinction rating at the 2024 NYSSMA Majors Festival at West Islip High School. Gold with Distinction is the highest rating the organization bestows on performances by student-musicians.

The NYSSMA Majors Festival differs from others throughout the year by specifically providing a venue for larger ensembles to perform before panels of NYSSMA adjudicators. This is the first time Lindenhurst’s symphony orchestra has performed at this festival in seven years.

The Lindenhurst student-musicians performed three pieces for two NYSSMA adjudicators. The adjudicators evaluated the orchestra and provided comments on the pieces.

“Congratulations to our very talented symphony orchestra and their dedicated instructor, Ms. Lombardo,” said Robert Lombardo, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at the Lindenhurst School District. “This is a major accomplishment for these student-musicians, and one I hope they will remember throughout their musical careers.”

For more information about the Lindenhurst Union Free School District, please visit the District’s website at www.lindenhurstschools.org. Exciting activities happening throughout the District and programs celebrating student achievement can also be found on the District’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LindenhurstUFSD/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lindenhurstufsd/.

Lindenhurst Art Students Learn About Photography Industry from Kevin Mazur

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Lindenhurst High School art students recently had a chance to learn about the celebrity photography business from Kevin Mazur, one of the most famous photographers in the industry. A class of 1979 graduate, Mr. Mazur impressed students with stories about his journey as a concert and celebrity photographer and provided crucial tips on how the students could find their own success.

Throughout his three-decade career, Kevin Mazur has produced thousands of iconic images of the world’s most famous stars. During his visit to Lindenhurst, he spoke about his start as rock concert photographer and the work required to sell his photos to the popular magazines and newspapers of the time. Over the years, Mr. Mazur made connections with various stars, he said, who came to trust him to take their signature photos while on tour and at major celebrity gatherings. His talk traced the ins-and-outs of the industry, from film to digital, where he helped pioneer some of the earliest online photo wire services, to the current social media era.

A key point Mr. Mazur raised throughout his conversation with LHS students was about the importance of building relationships; as important as gaining mastery over the photography medium, he said, is treating subjects and colleagues with respect and patience. He also stressed the importance of working hard. He credited these skills for giving him access to the celebrity and music world, with some of his most recent events including the Met Gala and the European arm of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.

After the presentation, the Lindenhurst students had the chance to enter a raffle to take home Mazur’s prints of various major music stars.

For more information about the Lindenhurst Union Free School District, please visit the District’s website at www.lindenhurstschools.org. Exciting activities happening throughout the District and programs celebrating student achievement can also be found on the District’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LindenhurstUFSD/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lindenhurstufsd/.

Lindenhurst CTE Students Host Culinary Arts Night

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Students in Lindenhurst High School’s culinary arts and hospitality career and technical education class at Culinary Arts and Hospitality Night. thumbnail258930
Students in Lindenhurst High School’s culinary arts and hospitality career and technical education class recently served up a delicious evening for their families during the class’s inaugural Culinary Arts and Hospitality Night, organized by CTE teacher Toni Pastore.

Over the course of the school year, these chefs in training have been developing their own restaurant ideas. They developed a theme; a menu; and a marketing presence in the form of decorations, invitations, and social media campaigns. Then, the students invited members of their family to the high school for this special night, during which they served up their menu items for a full-course dinner. The visitors could then rate and review the “restaurants” on comment cards.

The event was a creative way to give students a taste of the demands of the restaurant industry and gave them a chance to think about and plan every detail required for a successful eatery. It culminated in a fun and delicious night with a large turnout.

For more information about the Lindenhurst Union Free School District, please visit the District’s website at www.lindenhurstschools.org. Exciting activities happening throughout the District and programs celebrating student achievement can also be found on the District’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LindenhurstUFSD/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lindenhurstufsd/.

SUMMER LIT CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Books! SEL Activities! Arts and crafts! Games!

July 8 - August 8, 2024
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Breakfast and lunch included! You must supply your own transportation.
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Lindenhurst UFSD School Budget Passes

On Tuesday, May 21, the Lindenhurst community approved the 2024-25 school year budget with 778 votes in favor and 433 against. Additionally, Board of Education members Mary Ellen Cunningham, Donna Hochman, and Claire McKeon retained their seats. Thank you to the Lindenhurst community for your support of our schools!