North Middle School Students Assemble for Those in Need

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More than 40 members of Lynbrook North Middle School’s Community Service Club recently volunteered their time in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in the club’s annual table setting event to benefit the Mary Brennan Inn, a soup kitchen that serves Long Islanders in need.
 
Under the guidance of club advisor Donald Seibert, the students met after school to wrap utensils and in just two hours, were able to wrap between 2,500 and 3,000 settings. The utensils were donated by the student families and members of the PTA.

Great job, North Middle School! 

Students Pen Letters of Appreciation for Veterans Day

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While students and staff throughout the district commemorated Veterans Day in their own special ways, sixth-graders in James O’Hara and Katie Casey’s social studies class at Lynbrook North Middle School received a visit from O’Hara’s father and army veteran, James E. O’Hara on Nov. 9. 

Students listened to his story of being drafted into the army when he was only 19 years old during the Vietnam War. As he spoke about his story, they passed around his photo album and money that he brought back from Vietnam. He also spoke about the importance of giving back. Although he is now retired, he spends his time at a local VA hospital visiting patients. 

During the visit, the class asked questions and learned about how great it feels for military personnel to be acknowledged and thanked by young people. Mr. O’Hara encouraged each of them to write a letter and thank these heroes.  

“Everybody talks about mail,” he told students. “Just to hear from somebody and know that someone cares.” 

While listening to patriotic music, each student created their own card for a veteran in their own life or one who resides at the VA hospital. They wrote personalized notes showing their appreciation and colored their cards to brighten up a veteran’s day. Each student was also asked to thank a veteran during the weekend as their homework assignment. 
 

Promoting a Positive School Culture

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Fourteen Lynbrook North Middle School eighth-graders recently participated in a full-day peer leadership conference hosted by Sayville Middle School. The day included a variety of workshops intended to empower students and help them transform school culture by being positive influences on their peers. Lynbrook was one of 17 schools to attend from across Long Island. 

The 14 students were selected by teachers and staff. Social worker Sandra Gettenberg and guidance counselor Ali Etra also attended the leadership conference with the students. 

The middle schoolers heard from speakers such as Tom Coverly from The Youth Alliance and collaborated with other school districts on a variety of topics including diversity, bullying, social media, drug prevention and leadership. It was a great experience for all!