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Weekly Bulletin – January 15, 2021

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Lynbrook Senior Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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Damaris Hernandez, a senior from Lynbrook High School, was recently selected as one of 25 high school seniors from New York State to be nominated for the 2021 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Being recognized in the program is one of the highest honors that a high school student can obtain. Damaris was one of five New York seniors to be nominated for demonstrating ability and accomplishment in career and technical education.

The prestigious program honors up to 161 students each year as scholars. These students represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. Presidential Scholars are selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars based on one of three paths of accomplishment – academic achievement, academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, performing arts or creative writing, or outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
  
Damaris is currently enrolled at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech where she is part of the physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine program which she calls “the best decision of her life.”

“I get to work with my teacher who is a chiropractor and she teaches me many life lessons,” she said. “I get so much hands-on experience that I feel I’ll be set in the real world.  It is like working in a hospital, it’s such an amazing and beneficial experience that I’m forever thankful for.”

Last year, she served as an orthodontist assistant where she helped clean and translate patient details and information. Damaris currently works at a professional physical therapy office where she serves as a physical therapy aid. Among her responsibilities, she helps sanitize, assess exercises and assist the doctors in the office.

Aside from her career and technical education experience, Damaris is an active member of the Lynbrook High School community. She was a valuable member of the school’s cheer team and softball team where she served as co-captain of the varsity team last year. Damaris also served as the vice-president of the school’s Spanish club and joined the Diversity Club this year. For the past four years, Damaris has enjoyed working with children in the district’s Summer Playground Program.

The Lynbrook Public Schools congratulates her on this outstanding recognition! 

 

Waverly Park Moves to Remote Learning Beginning 1/14/2021

Good Day! As you know, there have been rising numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 since the December break. Waverly Park has been particularly hit hard. Last night, we learned of another student and staff member from Waverly Park who tested positive. At this point,  Waverly Park must pivot to remote learning beginning tomorrow, January 14th, through January 22nd. Students will return to in-person learning on January 25th.
 
All other schools continue as usual.  Be well!

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New Year, New Mindset

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To kick-start 2021, West End Elementary School students embarked on mindfulness adventures guided by school library media specialist Heather LaBarbera. Each grade began learning foundational vocabulary such as mindfulness, peace, tranquility and positive self-talk. They were also led into meditative and yoga practices, explored breathing tools and learned to practice positive self-talk to build upon their self-love.
   
As part of their mindfulness activities, fourth grade classes participated in the One Word Project. After receiving a list of words, each student selected a word that resonated the most with them and designed a large label of their word for their own daily recall. They were encouraged to decorate the word with bright colors to instill calm, happiness and peace within themselves. The students then placed their word on or in their desk or in another spot where they would see it each day.
   
“In lieu of a New Year Resolution activity, I wanted to allow the students to build in a mindful manner and obtain the responsibility of choice in choosing ‘their word,’” said Ms. LaBarbera. “The students completed this activity after completing a Kahoot! to introduce the new vocabulary such as ‘positive self-talk’ and ‘mindfulness.’”
  
The One Word Project allowed West End fourth graders to bring this vocabulary to life and self-reflect as they take on the new year ahead. 
 

Students Raise Hundreds for Charity with Kindness Grams

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Student council members from Waverly Park Elementary School recently raised $500 for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island to fill its Amazon Wish List during the holiday season. The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island provides support and a home away from home for families with children battling illnesses while they receive the treatment they need.
 
Prior to the district’s holiday recess, the student council members created Kindness Grams or cards with holiday pencils attached. They decorated each Kindness Gram to make them original and sold them for $2 each to the school community. Those who were interested in receiving a Kindness Gram filled out a purchase ticket which was then dropped in a box in the school lobby. Remote students participated in the initiative as well by emailing their Kindness Gram order form to student council co-adviser Shari Bowes.
 
The holiday service project allowed the school to come together to support a worthy cause and was a great way for the Waverly Park Student Council to spread holiday cheer.