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Lynbrook Welcomes CSE/CPSE Administrator

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The Lynbrook Public Schools is pleased to announce that Patricia Schwetz was appointed as the Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool special education administrator. She entered the role during the 2020-21 school year on a part-time basis and officially took on the full-time position on July 1.

As the district’s CSE/CPSE administrator, Ms. Schwetz holds many responsibilities. She supports Lynbrook’s Department of Special Services by supervising the CSE/CPSE process and helps identify supports to ensure equitable access to academic, social and emotional instruction for students with special needs. In addition, Ms. Schwetz oversees state assessments for students who are alternately assessed and serves as a valuable mentor for staff in the areas of behavior management, communication and second language acquisition.

With her strong background in administration and special education, Ms. Schwetz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the district. Her leadership abilities are evident through her decade-long career at Nassau BOCES where she served as program coordinator/school improvement specialist/New York State literacy work group member, supervisor for special education, the assistant director for curriculum and instruction and most recently, the executive director of special education. Prior to her administrative roles, Ms. Schwetz was a teacher who supported students in the areas of bilingual speech and hearing.

She attended Brooklyn College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, speech and hearing science, with a minor in secondary education. Here, she also received her master’s degree in speech language pathology and her advanced certificate in educational leadership. In addition, Ms. Schwetz holds a bilingual advanced certificate in speech language pathology from Marymount Manhattan College, has studied behavior analysis through the University of North Texas and is in the process of earning her doctoral in educational leadership from Capella University.

The Lynbrook Public Schools is thrilled to have her as part of the administrative team!

Outdoor Book Club – Monday, 9/20

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On Monday, Sept. 20th, from 6:30-7:15 p.m. students are invited to attend an outdoor book club for our district-wide summer reading book, The Unteachables, by Gordon Korman. Families are responsible for transportation to and from the event. This is a drop-off event. Clubs will meet outside on the home elementary school field. Middle School students will return to their elementary schools for this event.

If it is raining, clubs will be held inside the gyms and/or QR rooms and masks will be mandatory. Students should bring a towel rain or shine to sit on to ensure social distancing.

Please fill out the form below only if your child is planning to attend. Please fill out a form below for each child attending.

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We hope to see you there!

September Board Meeting Prepares for School Reopening

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The Lynbrook Board of Education gathered for their regular board meeting in the Lynbrook High School cafeteria on Sept. 1. Prior to the start of the meeting, the district held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the high school’s new wing. A dedication ceremony will be held on Oct. 16 to name the new wing in memory of Alicemarie Bresnihan, a long-serving board member.

Prior to the opening of school on Sept. 9, board members began conducting building inspections and complimented the facilities department for their work over the summer to prepare the buildings for students. Additionally, the policy committee met and recommended updates to several district policies. Policies 1530 (Smoking & Other Tobacco Use on School Premises), 5300 (Code of Conduct), 5300.05 (Code of Conduct Definitions), 5301 (COVID Protocols 5420-R Student Health Services Regulation), 5460 (Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect – Domestic), 5460-R (Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect Regulation), 6410 (Authorized Signatures), 8505 (Charging School Meals/Prohibition Against Shaming), 8635 (Information Security Breach and Notification [for informational purposes, 8635-Exhibit is new]) and 8635-E (Parents’ Bill of Rights for Student Data & Security) underwent a first reading. The policies were made following updates to state guidance.

Board of Education President William Belmont discussed his visit with the district’s new staff and kindergartners during orientation and open house, respectively. The board discussed two properties available for sale within close proximity to the high school and the opportunities they could present for the district. The board has asked the administration to gather more information on the two properties and potential uses.

During her remarks, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak provided a short update on the opening of school. Administrators, faculty and staff are focused on providing a smooth transition to students and families who were remote last year and rebuilding in-person relationships. Monthly bulletins will be sent out through Dr. Burak’s office to provide important updates to the community. She also discussed Superintendent’s Conference Day and preparing the staff for the start of school, as well as the district’s plan to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11. During the varsity football game on Saturday afternoon, there will be a special halftime ceremony to honor the lives lost in the tragedy. The SGA will be selling T-shirts with the slogan “Lynbrook – We Will Never Forget.” Residents are invited to attend the game and wear the T-shirts to support one another during the anniversary.

Dr. Burak spoke on the 2021-2022 board of education goals, which are available on the district website under BOE – Board of Education Goals. The three goals emphasize the effective use of federal grant funds, monitoring the transition to full in-person learning and increasing staff development opportunities to support the whole child.

With the construction of 5 Freer St. in Lynbrook, the district discussed elementary zoning for children who will reside in the apartments. It was finalized that families living in those apartments will be zoned for West End Elementary School.

Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations and information systems, provided a capital project update. He discussed the new wing at the high school and updates to the cafeteria. The new science wing at the high school is still under construction; however, he noted, the district received a certificate of occupancy and is excited for students to return to the building. At Marion Street, work on the elevator and the chairlift near the nurse’s office is still underway, but children will be allowed to safely enter the building. The boiler work at the Atlantic Avenue building is continuing. New projects that will begin to take place are the courts at Waverly Park and the turf field at North Middle School.

Following public comments, Mr. Belmont announced the passing of Victor Miller, former Lynbrook principal. Mr. Miller served as an employee of the district from 1956 through 1981, retiring as principal of Waverly Park Elementary School. The board expressed its sorrow and sympathy.

The next meeting of the board will be a work session on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Monthly Bulletin - September 2021

To view the September 2021 Bulletin, please click this link. 

Lynbrook Students Rise to the Challenge of a New Year

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September 9 brought a new school year and new opportunities for students and staff in the Lynbrook Public Schools. With a return to full in-person learning, students arrived at their buildings ready to rise to the occasion of a new year!

At Lynbrook High School, students were greeted with an entirely new wing. Thanks to the successful passage of the bond in the fall of 2017, high schoolers have additional opportunities at their fingertips, including an innovation center, modernized art and music classrooms, a school store and a dedicated classroom for the Career Development Program.

“We are very excited to welcome our students back to our buildings for a year of in-person learning,” Dr. Melissa Burak, superintendent of schools, said. “This year will present unique challenges, but as we always do in Lynbrook, we will rise up and persevere.”