South Middle School

333 Union Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0266
School Nurse Telephone: 516-887-0273


Principal:
 Ms. C. Blum
Nurse: Ms. H. Wilson
Secretary: Ms. A. Baldwin
Secretary: Ms. K. Rayder


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

 

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Caryn Blum


  


Current News

Students Find Joy in Abstract Expressionism

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Eighth-grade studio art students in Andrea Schnall’s class at Lynbrook South Middle School participated in an in-class workshop with the Long Island Children’s Museum and The Willem de Kooning Foundation on April 17. The workshop was part of the Museum and Foundation’s partnership working with students in libraries and schools across Long Island.
 
“Not your ordinary art class, emphasis for these workshops is on process, not product,” said the Foundation’s executive director Amy Schichtel. “The goal is to help to unleash curiosity and to lead young people to push against limitations as Abstract Expressionist artist Willem de Kooning did in his art and life.”

Facilitated by Long Island Children’s Museum art program manager Lauren Plate and her assistant Sara Vernet, the two-hour workshop spanned three class periods. As a launching point, the students discussed concepts of figuration and abstraction, comparing works by de Kooning to others from art history. Outfitted in art aprons, the students then explored a range of techniques and strategies.  

“This is a fun and rigorous class of puzzling out shapes and lines by using new ways to reach fresh solutions,” said Schichtel. “De Kooning was a master at finding ways to get himself out of a corner and to overcome obstacles. Students are brought out of their comfort zones and learn to think differently about art and challenges.”

This June, each student’s artwork will be displayed among the works of over 700 other students from Long Island in a month long exhibition held at the Long Island Children’s Museum.

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.

Memorable Monologues Bring Lynbrook to Victory

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Three students from Lynbrook South Middle School competed in the Nassau Community College Honors Program Monologue Competition on March 24, earning top medals in the middle school category of the event. The speaking competition was open to students in grades 6-12 from across Long Island. Each student was asked to deliver a two-minute monologue on this year’s theme, “Education…Liberation...”

Under the guidance of English department chairperson Roxanne Migliacci, seventh-grader Jaiden Moreno won first place for his speech about the need to educate ourselves against false advertising and fake news. In addition, eighth-grader David Padilla placed second for his tribute to his third-grade teacher, Steven Freifeld, and his memorable lesson about the Greensboro Four and seventh-grader Emilia Berkowitz earned third place for her rendition of an excerpt of Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the National Youth Conference. 

“The judges told me that they were impressed by our students’ poise, passion and imagination,” said Migliacci. “The kids’ commitment both to their own success and to speak about topics that resonate with them inspires me.” 
 

South Middle School Trivia Night

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Members of the Lynbrook South Middle School student council and their advisors Ms. Brandstetter and Ms. McCartney, recently sponsored the school’s second annual trivia night. Student council members developed a “trivia Kahoot” for everyone, while students had pizza and answered questions on their tablets. Everyone had a lot of fun!