hs photoLynbrook High School

9 Union Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0200

  Mr. J. Rainis - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. S. Brescia - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. M. Sarosy - 516-887-0200
Nurse: Ms. R. Careccia - 516-887-0228
Nurse: Ms. C. Hetrick - 516-612-5416
Nurse Fax: 516-612-5423
Student Attendance: Mrs. C. Garvey - 516-887-0209



School Year Office Hours:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Summer Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday
All visitors must have an appointment to meet with staff in any school building. Please DO call ahead. Thank you!

Important Contact Information:
NYS Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
NYS línea de abuso infantile: 1-800-342-3720
Medicaid Fraud Hotline: 516-612-5200


Welcome to Lynbrook High School
Welcome to Lynbrook High School, where student success is our daily focus and striving for excellence our overarching goal. Our blend of strong academics, a passion for the fine and performing arts, and participation in athletics, service activities and independent projects constitute the very heart of all we do.  Spend some time visiting our website; then find some time to visit us and see for yourself what makes our home away from home, Lynbrook High School, so special.    GO OWLS!!

- Joseph Rainis, Principal

Current News

High School Entrepreneurs Take On Business Summit

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Twelve Lynbrook High School students in Dr. Benedict Tieniber’s virtual enterprise class recently participated in the Youth Business Summit 2018 in New York City, showcasing their company “Fuel It.” The competition featured more than 4,300 students from more than 150 schools, 18 different states and 10 different countries. More than 220 virtual enterprise companies competed. 

Students included juniors Jesse Candel, Benjamin Cohen and Connor Reichert and seniors Frank Cimato, Matt Ferrante, Justin Guevara, Asif Islam, Kyle Kropas, Spencer Sundeberg, Samuel Tucker, Gabby Vogt and Nolan Weinberg. The students presented their sales pitch and sold products during the trade show. 

“From a marketing perspective, this competition was where our ideas to entice customers to our company’s booth can to fruition,” said Vogt. “Our company had everyone talking because we used Mario Kart on Wii to showcase the automobile side of our company. Also, we had a popcorn machine and a brand new banner which helped contribute to our $300,000 sales total. This value has nearly doubled from our last trade show in early January.”

Although the students did not place in the event, the opportunity was beneficial for the group as they received recognition from other schools and facilitators in attendance. 

“The competition was a great experience that opened my eyes to the world of business networking,” said Candel. “From trying to make sales to firms from schools as close to Lynbrook as Hewlett, to making sales to firms from California, Bermuda and Texas, I learned how to persuasive and make deals in the business world.”

Lynbrook Earns 2018 Best High School Distinction

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The district is pleased to announce that Lynbrook High School was once again recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the 2018 Best High Schools. The high school is ranked No. 809 nationally, up from last year’s ranking of No. 877. The school was also ranked No. 80 within New York State and received a silver medal for performance. 

Each year, the U.S. News evaluates more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Only a select few receive gold, silver and bronze medals for their educational success. Lynbrook High School is among 2,211 schools to receive the silver medal. The schools are ranked by student exam performance data and college readiness level.

Sixty-one percent of Lynbrook High School students are involved in Advanced Placement course work and exams that are offered. These include studies in biology, calculus AB and BC, chemistry, computer science, English language, English literature, environmental science, Italian language, microeconomics, physics 1 and 2, psychology, Spanish language, studio art, U.S. government and politics, U.S. history and world history. 

“Lynbrook High School is proud to be recognized once again by the U.S. News and World Report,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak. “As a district, we strive to give our students the tools to be successful not only in the classroom but beyond graduation. This distinction would not be possible without the dedication and unwavering support of Lynbrook High School’s administrators, teachers and staff.”

Lynbrook High School Welcomes New Members into Prestigious Honor Society

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The Lynbrook High School gymnasium was filled with administrators, board members, faculty, students and loved ones as 84 students were officially inducted into the Lynbrook chapter of the National Honor Society on April 30. The new inductees were selected based on their ability to maintain high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Members, both old and new, entered the gymnasium with music led by Brian White and the brass ensemble. Seated alongside current junior and senior members, the new inductees, which consisted of a senior, five juniors and 78 sophomores, pledged to uphold the organization’s pillars of scholarship, service, leadership and character. This included holding onto scholarship habits, engaging in worthy service and leading in all things that advance the welfare of the school, district, community and society.

NHS adviser Leonard Bruno and officers Daniel Marzari, Melissa Braun, Leah Hetrick and Humza Khan officiated the induction of new members and recognized current members for their continued service as leaders of their community. Newly inducted members received a certificate of membership with an accompanying ID card, junior members received the National Honor Society emblem for their second year of service and senior members received the National Honor Society gold pin for their three-year service and membership.

Bruno also discussed the significance of each of the four pillars that encompass the National Honor Society and mentioned many of the colleges and universities that accepted this year’s seniors. 

“Over 200 colleges and prestigious programs accepted the senior class of 2018,” he said. “This should remind our newly inducted members of the importance that our school and community place on academic achievement.” 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, incoming officers for the 2018-19 school year were announced, as voted on by their fellow junior members. Kaylie Hausknecht will serve as president, Spencer Chrein will act as vice president, Sam Cohen will be the new secretary and Jason Shao will take on the responsibilities of treasurer. Attendees gathered at the end of the evening for a celebratory reception.

Key Club’s Blood Drives Help Hundreds of Lives

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The Lynbrook High School Key Club hosted three blood drives this year from November to April under the guidance of advisor Benedict Tieniber. The drives resulted in an impressive total of 234 donations for the year. According to the Long Island Blood Service, this is the highest donation rate from Lynbrook High School in years with the donations benefiting 702 lives. Congratulations, Key Club!

District Honors Student Successes; Provides Facilities Plan

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The Lynbrook community gathered for the Lynbrook Public Schools’ regular Board of Education meeting on April 17 to recognize recent student accomplishments and learn about the district’s five-year facilities plan. 

Lynbrook High School students Kyle Bergin, Tim Marski and Dan Dalrymple from the South Brook swim team were commended for setting numerous county records, while Lynbrook High School senior Allison Kunstler was recognized for being a “Youth Leader in Our Community” by Assemblyman Brian Curran for her commitment to local volunteer work. In addition, Lynbrook South Middle School students Emilia Berkowitz, Jaiden Moreno and David Padilla were honored for earning top spots in the Nassau Community College Honors Program Monologue Competition. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak presented each student with a certificate during the meeting, courtesy of the competition. 

During the trustee report, board secretary Robert Paskoff and trustee Alicemarie Bresnihan discussed their positive experiences attending the National School Boards Convention. Following their report, the board approved the upcoming retirement of Carmel Wright, a teacher aide for the past 10 years at Lynbrook South Middle School. Board members thanked Wright for her dedication to the district over the years. 

Director of Facilities James Saitta kicked off the superintendent’s report by presenting on the Lynbrook facilities five-year capital improvement plan. Saitta shared the facilities committee’s objectives and the plans for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years, including the anticipated large scale projects forecasted for the next three to five years. To learn more about these projects, please visit the district’s website, lynbrookschools.org under the facilities tab. 

Following the presentation, Dr. Burak reminded the community about the Don’t Press Send campaign that the elementary school PTA’s will host on April 24 at Marion Street School for all family members. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and will highlight important topics such as anti-bullying and internet safety. 

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations, and Information Systems Dr. Paul Lynch shared an update from the district’s food committee.

“Last year the food committee spent a lot of time revising the wellness policy, especially in regards to how it will affect the most recent legislative changes,” he said. “Part of those legislative changes is that we need to do a self-assessment of the policy every year. The food committee will meet next week to go through a rubric looking at that policy.” 

Dr. Lynch also reported a positive update on the Smart Bond which previously was showing no movement from the New York State Education Department’s Office of Facilities Planning. The Smart Bond will fund security upgrades to each of the school buildings. During spring break, Dr. Burak received an email from the State stating that the district’s Smart Bond plan was “unsubmitted.” 

“This is a good thing,” said Dr. Lynch. “That means we’re getting to the expenditure review.” 

Dr. Lynch and Dr. Burak thanked members of the PTA’s for contacting the assemblymen and the senator with their concerns to help move the process along. Dr. Burak spoke with New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the delay which also helped with the Smart Bond movement. She noted that the State does not know when the budget review team is going to meet to review the plan but that the district will continue to insure that they move swiftly. 

Lastly, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Gerard Beleckas provided a curriculum update which consisted of an increase to the number of graduation opportunities for high school students across New York State. Beleckas explained that the State added a 4+1 pathway for Languages Other Than English (LOTE), meaning students can pass a regents exam in the four major subject areas and then pass an additional exam in foreign language to graduate with a Regents Diploma. The State is also adding a local diploma option for special education students who have demonstrated competency in subject areas but cannot necessarily pass the regents exams.

Horizon Students Continue to Make Their Mark

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Fifteen Lynbrook High School students in the school’s newspaper club, Horizon, along with their adviser Jessica Sanders, recently attended LIU Post's Press Day and Best of High School Journalism Awards. The students were presented with four awards, the most of any school in attendance. There were over 325 award entries, including some from schools as far as Connecticut and Texas. 

The LIU Post Best of High School Journalism Awards recognizes the best in high school journalism. To participate, high school students or their faculty advisers enter their best published or broadcast news stories to be considered in the following categories: Best High School Newspaper, Best Online Publication, Best News Story, Best Feature Story, Best Sports Story, Best Commentary/Editorial and Best News and Sports Photography. 

Sophomore Andie Glanzer won first place in the Best Commentary/Editorial category for her article entitled “13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Gets It Wrong.” Glanzer has won an award for this article in each of the competitions that her piece as been entered in so far. She also took home second place in the Best News Photography category for her online photo series entitled “Students Tour The New York Times Printing Plant.”

In addition, senior Katie Heit received first place in the Best Sports Photography category for her photo entitled “Lynbrook Varsity Football,” and the entire Horizon Online Staff was awarded second place for the Best Online Publication category. Judges said they were “so impressed with the newly launched” newspaper and the fact that it “provides students with up-to-date news in an engaging and interactive format.”

Lynbrook Senior Honored for Service

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Lynbrook High School senior Ashley Cegelski was recently recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service for her exemplary volunteer service. 

The award, which recognizes American students of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. 
Lynbrook High School nominated Cegelski for national honors this fall in recognition for her volunteer service. 

With a passion for special education, Cegelski has volunteered for the past three years with Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program and summer camp, dedicated to children and adults with special needs. She is also involved in the Student Kindergarten Internship Program where she volunteers throughout the week at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, working in the classrooms with younger students. Cegelski plans to pursue a career in special education once she leaves Lynbrook High School. 

“Ashley is the type of person who does what she does because doing good is just what you do. Her work with Camp Anchor is extraordinary; it denotes service, yes, but it demonstrates a commitment to something other than the self,” said Principal Joseph Rainis. “Ashley is ever pleasant, she maintains excellent grades and she is the sort of individual one would hope to see recognized by Prudential in this manner. I am very happy for her. She is most deserving of this recognition.”

Lynbrook Newspaper Staff Honored at Quill Awards

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Members of Lynbrook High School’s newspaper club, Horizon, recently attended Adelphi University’s Press Day which included their annual Quill Awards competition, recognizing students in 15 categories. Horizon members took home awards in five of the six categories that they entered, with two first-place wins.

Approximately 30 schools from across the region and more than 300 students attended the event and competed for the awards. Each school was limited to enter only six of the 15 award categories with only one nominee in each category. 

First-place winners included sophomore editor Andie Glanzer in the category of “Best Opinion Piece” for her article, “13 Reasons Why ‘13 Reasons Why’ Gets It Wrong,” and senior editor-in-chief Dustin Mandel, who took home one of the most prestigious awards of the day for “Most Outstanding Reporter.”

“Dustin Mandell is an outstanding reporter and student, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of the Most Outstanding Reporter Award,” said Horizon adviser Jessica Sanders. “I'm glad the Quill Award judges felt the same way!”

Other Horizon award recipients included sophomore Kiera Derrig who won second place for “Best Illustration/Cartoon” for her illustration on how fall holidays blend together and senior Jackie Moreno who won third place for “Best Feature Article” for her article, “Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Words Can Hurt Me Too.” 

In addition, the Horizon online staff was recognized with honorable mention in the “Best Online Newspaper” category for the newly launched Horizon website, lhshorizon.com. 

“I am so proud of these students and all the hard work they put into the paper and Horizon website,” said Sanders. “It makes me so happy to see them honored in this way.”

BOE Commends Lynbrook Staff as District Focuses on Security

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The Lynbrook community gathered for the Lynbrook Public Schools regular Board of Education meeting on March 14, where staff members were honored for their exceptional work and security measures were addressed, among other important district updates. 

Marion Street Elementary School Principal Theresa Macchia was commended by the board for Marion Street’s consistent effort to support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research with the Ride for Life organization. In addition, Lynbrook High School math teacher Maria Mantikas was recognized for receiving the Harvard Distinguished Teacher 2018 Award, after one of her students, a current Harvard freshman, recommended her for her teaching efforts. 

Administrator for Personnel and Student Support Services Maureen Berman shared the results of the middle school after-school program survey which resulted in 115 responses to weigh the decision of pursuing an after-school middle school program, similar to the district’s current after-school elementary program. Berman explained that 64 percent of families responded that they would utilize an after-school care program for their middle school students. After a discussion among board members, the board of education agreed to pursue a new program. 

Berman also kicked off the Superintendent’s Report by presenting on a possible community-based mentorship program within the district. Creating a mentoring program is one of the goals of the board of education. As part of the committee who researched different mentoring programs, Berman spoke about what the district has to consider when finding the right fit. After speaking with various programs, Berman concluded that the committee voted unanimously for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. After discussion, the board decided to move forward with pursuing a mentorship program. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak continued the Superintendent’s Report by thoroughly explaining the district’s safety protocols while reinforcing that the district takes the safety of students very seriously. Community members were encouraged to read the handouts that were provided during the meeting. These included an emergency planning guide for parents, a letter explaining the safeguarding tool Report-it.com, a handout on warning signs for students at risk, including a discussion on mental health topics and two letters to elected representatives.

The first letter was addressed to New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the district’s Smart Bond Investment Plan. The plan consists of installing security vestibules and high tech door hardening mechanisms to prevent an intruder from entering school buildings. The district's Smart Bond Implementation Plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department Office of Educational Management on Jan. 17, 2017. It passed initial review and has been listed “Under Expenditure Review” since March 2, 2017. The district was granted $892,000 by New York State for the plan and hoped to implement it by last summer but has not heard a word about the status of the application since that date.

Simultaneously, the district submitted construction plans for the security projects to NYSED Office of Facilities Planning. All plans have been approved. In a normal process, the district would be able to start work on the projects the day after the plans are approved but in the Smart Bond world, the district is unable to do any of that until the Implementation Plan is approved. 

“That is what is being held up,” said Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations and Information Systems Dr. Paul Lynch. “Also, it is a reimbursement program. So, we have to put out the money to get it back. We have the money set aside, but we are not permitted to spend it because we have been told not to expend any funds until after the Implementation Plan is approved by the Smart Bond Review Board.”

The second letter that was discussed during the meeting was for Nassau County Commissioners David Gugerty and Louis Savinetti about the concern on public voting in school buildings while school is in session. The letter, signed by Dr. Burak and East Rockaway Superintendent Lisa Ruiz, asked that communities hold their elections at other venues for the safety of students. 

In addition, Dr. Burak shared that the district once again received the Association of School Business Officials International 2017 Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for transparency and high-quality financial reporting. She also made note that a change has been made in the district calendar and that school will now be in session on May 25.  

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gerard Beleckas provided a curriculum update for the public which included digital learning opportunities in the district. Dr. Lynch concluded the Superintendent’s Report with a capital projects update. The board approved three contracts, a West End School brick pointing contract and two contracts at Waverly Park School. One for the boiler and another for new electrical service. These projects are expected to occur this summer. Dr. Lynch also provided an update on the bond. All of the smaller plans are at New York State and the district is in the process of getting the preliminary plan for Lynbrook High School going. The architect will begin meeting with the teachers and departments who will be impacted by the room plans, allowing them to have some input on the designs.