District Response to Tragedy in Texas

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Dear Lynbrook School Community,

 In the wake of another senseless school shooting, our deepest sympathies and condolences are with all those at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and everyone directly affected by this devastating tragedy. As educators, it is difficult to comprehend such events continue to happen in our country and our schools.

 Pleased be assured, Lynbrook is committed to creating a safe school environment for our students and staff. School security and the safety of our students and staff has always been of utmost importance to the Board of Education and administration. Over the last few years, many enhancements and improvements have been made to the district's security procedures and protocols. Most notably, we have implemented security vestibules in each school building and enforce the use of that secure entrance as the sole point of entry. Please know we work closely with our partners in law enforcement to constantly evaluate our protocols and procedures to help us maintain a safe and secure environment.

 While we continue to review our security protocols, we will also continue to emphasize the importance of the social and emotional well-being of our students. If you feel that your child needs special assistance and/or you feel that you need guidance with how to best approach this situation with your child, our counseling staff is available to provide support and assistance. To access our mental health communication guide, please visit the Guidance Department webpage on our website or click here.

 In the coming days, we will be providing resources to help you to support your children in processing such a tragic event. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit NASP.

 Thank you for your support.

Lynbrook North Middle’s Hoot Café Opens For Business

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Students in Bryton Saunders’ Career Development Program at North Middle School in the Lynbrook Public School District showed off their entrepreneurial skills during the opening of the Hoot Café on May 17.
The students surveyed teachers to collect data to develop their plan for the Café. They created a shopping list and a budget for the items needed for the opening. Finally, the students wrote a proposal to advocate for the opening of the café.

While working the Hoot Café, the students develop their communication and finance skills and experience the life skill of having a job. With the support of Principal Marianne Healy and the North Middle community, the students had a grand opening of the Hoot Café complete with a ribbon cutting. They were joined by Superintendent of Schools Melissa Burak, Lynbrook Mayor Alan Beach, Deputy Mayor William Hawxhurst, Trustee Laura Ryder and Lynbrook Kiwanis President Susan DeSena. The students had an unforgettable experience and look forward to the future growth of the Hoot Café.

Date Added: 5/23/2022

Lynbrook Voyager students design futuristic technology

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Fifth graders in the Voyager Program in the Lynbrook Public School District spent months working in groups on research projects, which challenged them to design technology of the future that would help solve an issue affecting the world today.

Each student was responsible for publishing a different section of the project, and groups focused on issues that they were passionate about. Team Glimpse, for example, created futuristic technology that would assist people who are visually impaired. Glimpse supports the wearer with directional guidance while also assisting them in “seeing” the colors around them. In addition, Team Distracto Watch created a watch to make the wearer more aware of their distractibility while also refocusing and redirecting the wearer back on task, while another team created a compact wearable technology meant to monitor, prevent and treat epileptic seizures.

The other Voyager teams focused on environmental issues on both land and in water, such as a forest fire prevention drone that uses futuristic nanobot technology to identify and extinguish forest fires, an invention to help protect the declining honeybee population from the varroa mite, and a whale avoidance system to be used by shipping vessels to protect endangered whales from ship collisions and net entanglement.

Each Voyager team was coached by students in Charles Vessalico’s Science Research program at Lynbrook High School.

“This collaboration helped to motivate our Voyagers to reach new heights as they worked hard to prepare for their mentor meetings,” said Voyager teacher Corinne Teichman. “Mentors offered great feedback and advice to our Voyagers. Our Voyagers are excited to meet their mentors in person at this year’s Science Research Symposium.”

Date Added: 5/20/2022

Marion Street Cheers on ALS Ride for Life

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In honor of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Awareness Month, the Marion Street Elementary School community in the Lynbrook Public School District once again gathered to welcome members of the ALS Ride for Life Foundation. The Marion Street Student Council organized a fundraiser to support the foundation’s search for a cure.

Students and staff gathered around the school track with posters and signs that displayed encouraging messages. Music teacher Anna Upston led the students in singing a song before the festivities began. Members of the ALS Ride for Life Foundation paraded through the Marion Street crowd, surrounded by applause and cheer. The event is also held in memory of Chris Pendergast, who was diagnosed with ALS and visited Marion Street on multiple occasions for past fundraising events.

The Marion Street Student Council presented the foundation with a $1,985 check, which will be used for ALS research.

Date Added: 5/19/2022

Waverly Park Fundraises for Type 1 Diabetes Research

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The Waverly Park Elementary School community in the Lynbrook Public School District celebrated a week of fundraising for research and raising awareness of type 1 diabetes with the non-profit JDRF.

The week kicked-off with a Zoom call with Waverly Park graduate Jonathan Marcus, who talked to students about his daily life with type 1 diabetes. Jonathan said to students, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” and he discussed how life has its challenges, but you always make the best of it. The week continued with read alouds, a “wear yellow” day and teacher relay races. Students also assembled a school lemon tree with positive words and pictures.

The week culminated with a school lemonade stand which raised nearly $500 for the JDRF foundation.

Date Added: 5/18/2022