Lynbrook North Middle School Drama Club takes audiences to “A Whole New World”

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Members of the Lynbrook North Middle School Drama Club transported audiences to the magic city of Agrabah for three exciting performances of “Aladdin Jr”.

Seventy members of the North Drama Club performed from March 9 through 11. This new adaptation of “Aladdin” is based on both the 1992 film and 2014 Broadway show and features expanded characters and new songs about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Guests left the performances humming classic tunes such as “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World”. “Aladdin Jr.” starred Lucas Elena as Aladdin, Hana DeSilva as Jasmine, Luka DeSilva as the Genie, and was directed by North Middle chorus teacher Anthony Carollo and West End Elementary math teacher Liz Cardito.

Date Added: 3/23/2023

Lynbrook elementary schools turn the page for PARP Week

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It was a celebration of reading and literature at Lynbrook elementary schools as students and staff marked PARP Week from March 6-10.

Through several daily themes, students at Waverly Park, West End and Marion Street elementary schools practiced their reading skills and boosted their love of reading. Themes included “Drop Everything and Read,” during which students stopped what they were doing to dive into a selected book, and “Wacky Wednesday,” when students and staff dressed in fun, colorful outfits inspired by their favorite stories. On March 10, students also enjoyed a virtual visit from Melina Gerosa Bellows, author of the “Totally Random” book series about informative facts and questions. Mrs. Bellows discussed her path to success before students asked questions about the facts found in her books.

PARP, or Pick a Reading Partner, also continued at home with parents and students. Home activities focused on a love of reading and included a scavenger hunt at the Lynbrook Public Library. Families also had the chance to win prizes after participating.

Date Added: 3/15/2023

Winners announced in Lynbrook Project L.I.F.T.O.F.F. art patch contest

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Two art patches created by students within Lynbrook Public Schools will accompany the winning science experiment being sent to the International Space Station as part of Lynbrook’s Project L.I.F.T.O.F.F.

Students in all grades were invited to submit art patches that would symbolize both the district and the winning microgravity experiment. At the March 8 monthly Board of Education meeting, the two winning art patches created by fourth grader Brielle Vainroob and senior Mia Rodriguez were announced. Their patches will both join the winning project when it is launched into space.

Runner ups in the competition were also acknowledged. They include Juliet Magarusa, Sophie Valerio, Sophia Musto, Dan Cullen, Hana DeSilva and Isabella Garcia.

Project L.I.F.T.O.F.F.’s winning experiment – “How does microgravity affect the growth of the wine cap mushroom?” by Jack Murray and Aidan Michaels – will be joined by the two winning patches when it takes flight no sooner than June 9. Project L.I.F.T.O.F.F. is part of the district’s participation in the Student Space Flight Experiments Program, a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. This project is possible through a strategic partnership with Nanoracks, which is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

Date Added: 3/14/2023

Fourteen Lynbrook athletes commit to future universities

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Fourteen senior athletes from Lynbrook High School signed commitments to play at their future colleges and universities on March 9.

Family members and loved ones gathered to join the seniors for the occasion. After graduation, the athletes will attend 12 different universities to play a variety of sports. They include:

Mia Ciociano – Rutgers University, D1 Dance Team
Katie Straub – SUNY Purchase, Softball
Ava Padilla – SUNY New Paltz, Lacrosse
Jake Lunati – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lacrosse
Brian Mansfield – Western Connecticut State University, Baseball
Luke Gaudet – Loyola University Maryland, Cross Country
Tyla Vuotto – SUNY Cortland, Soccer
Kaelynn O’Brien – Bryant University, Lacrosse
Samantha DeLucca – SUNY New Paltz, Lacrosse
Max Dantona – Bryant University, Lacrosse
Esteban Salazar – Muhlenberg College, Baseball
Sara Curley – Monmouth University, Lacrosse
Gabriel Moscheni – Felician University, Soccer
Michael Fagan – University of Richmond, Lacrosse

The district congratulates these talented athletes on their success.

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Date Added: 3/13/2023

Lynbrook appoints next assistant superintendent for finance, operations and information systems

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Following the appointment of Dr. Paul Lynch as the next superintendent of schools, the Lynbrook School District Board of Education began a search for his replacement as assistant superintendent for finance, operations and information systems. At their March 8 meeting, the Board appointed Joel C. Press, Esq., as his successor, effective July 1, 2023.

Press joins Lynbrook from the West Hempstead Union Free School District, where he has served as assistant superintendent for business and operations since 2018. During his time in West Hempstead, Press was responsible for the development of the district’s $71.1 million budget, managing the district’s $35 million bond projects and overseeing the transportation, facilities and food service programs, among other responsibilities. Prior to West Hempstead, Press was an assistant business administrator in the North Babylon Union Free School District and served as counsel for DC Entertainment and a contracts analyst for Condé Nast Publications Inc.

“I am excited to be joining the Lynbrook school district,” Press said. “I look forward to working with my central office partners and the incredible business office team, while doing my part to continue the district’s long history of providing the best educational opportunities for all Lynbrook students.”

Press holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master’s degree and school district business leader certificate from LIU Post, and a juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law.

He’s also served as a board trustee, president and vice president for six years in the Baldwin Union Free School District. He is a member of the Association of School Business Officials of New York and currently serves as membership chair for the Nassau chapter.

Date Added: 3/10/2023