Eighth-Graders Unite for Field Day

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It was a sea of rainbow colors as eighth-graders from Lynbrook North and Lynbrook South middle schools gathered together for field day and a BBQ courtesy of the school PTA’s on June 8. The heat did not stop the students from showing their spirit as North Middle School students met the South Middle School students onto their field and joined forces as teams of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple were assembled. 

Dressed in their team colors with face paint and fun accessories, the students engaged in a friendly competition of team building activities. Events included silly races, a 50-yard dash, four-by-four relay, an over under relay, dizzy izzy, a water balloon toss and tug-of-war. Teams were encouraged to showcase sportsmanship throughout the day and collaborate together.  

Students Win Whitman Inspired Poetry Contest

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Two students were recognized for their tribute poems in the Walt Whitman Birthplace Student Poetry Contest during an awards ceremony at the Walt Whitman Birthplace on June 3, Whitman’s 199th birthday. Lynbrook North Middle School seventh-grader Catie Wren and Lynbrook High School junior Benjamin Gagliardo were among 70 winners out of approximately 2,500 student submissions from grades 3-12.

Students were required to write a poem using Whitman’s theme. Wren, with the guidance of her teacher Alanna Schaffer won in category C for her poem “’No,’ Said She,” while Gagliardo with the guidance of his teacher Carla Gentile, won in category E for his poem “An Ode to the F Major 7 Chord.” 

 Congratulations to both students on a job well done! 

Lynbrook Helps Strike Out ALS

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Proudly holding their handmade signs, students at Marion Street Elementary School, North Middle School and South Middle School cheered as the ALS Ride for Life Foundation stopped by their schools during their travels through Nassau County on May 9. This was the first year that both middle school’s participated in the ride and between all three schools, Lynbrook students and staff helped raise a total of $6,200 towards finding a cure, which was presented to the foundation. 

ALS Ride for Life is a charity organization that serves the ALS community by raising awareness and research funds while providing services to patients and their families, along with news and information to the public. ALS is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. During the month of May, the organization honors ALS Awareness Month by conducting their annual Ride for Life event where patients and their families travel to raise awareness, spread information on ALS and raise funds for research. 

The organization traveled to the three schools throughout the morning where they were greeted by excited students. ALS patients, including Ride for Life founder Chris Pendergast rode his electric wheelchair down the row of students as they cheered words of encouragement while patient John Michael, gave students high fives and expressed his gratitude for the Lynbrook Public Schools support. 

“These kids are inspirational,” he said. “Maybe one of these children will be the one to find a cure.” 

Students at Marion Street Elementary School participated in fundraisers and events throughout the year to help raise money for ALS Ride for Life in the fight to find a cure. The students, along with Principal Theresa Macchia, presented the organization with a check during their visit of $5,400. In addition, North Middle School students presented the foundation with a $600 check and Sophia Yaker, a seventh-grader from South Middle School raised approximately $200 that she presented to the foundation. 

Students Learn About the Wonders of Writing with Author Visit

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Students throughout Lynbrook North Middle School had the opportunity to hear from author Jen Calonita on April 17 during their lunch periods. Facilitated by librarian Kelly Napolitano and library aid Antoniette Levine, those that were interested in learning more about the writing process and the life of a published author visited the library where they were greeted by Calonita.  

Calonita is the author of a number of books including the Fairy Tale Reform School series. The small meet and greet allowed students to learn more about Calonita’s life, career and writing process, while asking any questions that they had. Through a short slideshow, she shared personal photographs from her journey to becoming a published author. In addition, Calonita spoke about her newest book coming out this fall, “Misfits” and how the cover was designed. “Misfits” is the first book in her new Royal Academy Rebels series. 

Calonita has traveled to many different schools to share her story, hoping to encourage future writers.

“I think it’s important for them to know that the biggest part of writing is rewriting,” said Calonita. “I always want them to realize that no author writes a book and then it immediately gets published. There is so much revision involved in the process and I want them to see that anyone can do it. You just have to put in the time and the effort and find your own story.”

Each student that attended a session received a raffle ticket to win one of Calonita’s books. Winners had their books signed along with those who purchased one of her books prior to the visit.