Waverly Park Teacher Marks Milestone Art Museum Visit

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Third graders from Waverly Park Elementary School recently visited the Nassau County Museum of Art to tour and view artwork up close, sparking inspiration for when they re-enter the classroom.
 
The students visit the museum three times a year with their art educators and teachers. This particular visit was a special one for third grade teacher Jackie Miller who marked her 100th time at the museum. She was honored with flowers, a crown and a badge commemorating her milestone visit. Teachers, students, art educators and the director of the museum all applauded her.
 
During the museum visits, students partake in exercises based on the art at the museum and learn all about the different artists and their work. For some students this yearly program is their only opportunity to see artwork up close and personal. Students will get to use this year’s  theme of the four seasons for their next art project and bring their experience back into the classroom.
 

Senior Recognized in Regeneron Science Talent Search

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Lynbrook High School senior Sara Bahri was recently selected as one of only 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020. The competition by Society for Science & the Public, encourages high school seniors to present their original research and is known as the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for students. 

Sara is one of 36 Long Island high school students to be recognized and will be awarded $2,000 for herself and Lynbrook High School. This is the second consecutive year that Lynbrook High School had at least one student earn the Regeneron scholar title. 

This year, scholars were selected from 1,993 applications from 659 high schools and 49 states. To earn the prestigious honor, students had to demonstrate exceptional research skills, a commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as a scientist. Sara was chosen for her science research project entitled “Altered Bilayer Elasticity as a Novel Mechanism for Aminoglycoside Antibiotics’ Toxicity.”

She is now in the running to be named one of 40 finalists in the competition. If selected, Sara will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from March 5-11, where she will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron, with a top prize of $250,000. 

Congratulations, Sara! 
 

Lynbrook BOE Honors Volleyball Stars and Looks Ahead at New Year

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The community gathered for the Lynbrook Public Schools first board of education meeting of 2020 on Jan. 8 at Lynbrook High School. During the meeting, outstanding students and an upcoming retiree were recognized, and important district updates were shared with the public.

The board honored Lynbrook High School volleyball players Ami Carey and Kate Foley for making the All-Long Island girls volleyball team. Ami made the first team and Kate made the second team. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak praised the student-athletes and the girls volleyball team for always bringing the Lynbrook community together with their exciting games.

Dr. Burak also commended the Lynbrook High School Student Government Association for their involvement in the Rock and Wrap It Up program. She received a phone call from a volunteer who praised the Lynbrook students for donating hundreds of coats and volunteering to wrap gifts for families in need during the holiday season.
  
“We are so proud of all the work that our kids did,” said Dr. Burak. “Our theme this year is A Community of Caring. The actions of the SGA really proved that on behalf of the Lynbrook Public Schools.”

In addition, the board approved the retirement of Patricia Maurin, monitor at Marion Street Elementary School. She has served the Marion Street community for 14 and a half years. The board thanked Mrs. Maurin for her commitment and service to the district.

Two representatives from Northwell Health were present at the meeting to answer any last-minute questions that the board members had about their urgent care model. The district has debated partnering with Northwell Health since the summer, and after much deliberation and careful considerations, officially voted to not move forward at this time with the partnership.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Burak reminded the community that April is Census Awareness Month. She encouraged everyone to fill out their census packets once they receive them. The government makes their decisions on funding based on population in the district’s boundaries and everyone should be counted for. Dr. Burak also provided an update on snow closures. At the last board of education meeting, she reported that if one or more snow days occur this year, the day would need to be made up to meet New York State’s required number of instructional hours. Since then, she was informed that if the governor declares that there is a state of emergency due to inclement weather, the day would not need to be made up.

Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, provided a curriculum update about the technology courses at the secondary level. The sixth grade technology students are using Scratch programming which teaches them how to develop their own video games. In seventh grade, students are working on manufacturing projects. They learned about the Industrial Revolution and how goods and services were produced before and after. The students created birdhouse projects using an assembly line process and during the unit they learned that some of the eighth grade students could not afford yearbooks. To help their peers, the seventh graders built birdhouses, the studio art students painted them and the yearbook club facilitated a fundraiser to raise money for eighth graders who could not afford yearbooks. At Lynbrook High School, students are utilizing the 3D printer to make special stylus pens that they can use in their classrooms to help them brainstorm during their other design projects.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, provided a capital projects update. He reminded the community that at the last board of education meeting the board rejected all bids for the Waverly Park elevator and the air conditioning at West End and Marion Street elementary schools. The rebid opening was held on Jan. 9 in the Atlantic Avenue board room. The bid opening for the high school project will be held on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. in the Atlantic Avenue board room. 
 

Lynbrook Senior Earns Prestigious Honor

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Arpie Bakhshian, a senior from Lynbrook High School was recently selected by the New York State Education Department as one of only 25 seniors from throughout the state to be nominated in the prestigious 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholar honor is one of the nation’s highest for high school students. 

Graduating seniors are selected annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on several categories. This includes academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, community service, leadership abilities and their commitment to high ideals. Lynbrook High School and New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky recommended Arpie for the honor due to her impressive academic achievements, leadership and school involvement.

“To have a student nominated is a wonderful thing,” said Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis. “While there are a number of students who I believe could be considered to be nominees, I know that Arpie’s academics, artistic abilities, involvement in science research and community service, exemplifies the type of young person that any community would be proud of. I think it’s really great that Arpie is Lynbrook High School’s nominee. It’s very fitting.” 

Arpie is currently enrolled in all Advanced Placement courses and is part of the school’s Science Research Program. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society and is the Vice-President of the National Math Honor Society and a board member of the Science National Honor Society. Furthermore, she is involved in Science Olympiad and was captain of the varsity tennis team for singles. 

Arpie also has a strong passion for music and is a talented violin player. She was selected as one of only 20 Long Island Scholar Artists for 2019-20 in the Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artist program. She is a valued member of the school’s chamber orchestra and pit orchestra, and has been part of the Long Island Youth Orchestra since the seventh grade. For the past two years, she served as the Long Island Youth Orchestra’s concert master. In addition, Arpie has performed in noteworthy music festivals such as those by the Long Island String Festival Association, Nassau Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music Association.

She takes pride in giving back to the Lynbrook community by volunteering at Sportime, teaching young kids how to play tennis. Arpie also connects to her Armenian roots by volunteering with the Armenian Prelacy of New York’s Orphan Sponsorship Program in New York City. The program links sponsors in America with orphans in Armenia. Arpie receives the thank you letters that the orphans write to their sponsors and helps translate them. 

She will continue on in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program with the hope of becoming one of approximately 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Semifinalists are expected to be notified in mid-April with Scholars being notified in May. If selected, Arpie will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2020 where she will receive a medallion during a ceremony sponsored by the White House. 

Congratulations, Arpie! 
 

Seniors Honored with Physical Education Award

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Lynbrook High School seniors Camden Hetrick and Aidan Smithwick were recently recognized as recipients of the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Student Award. Both students were honored during an award ceremony at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award is presented to a graduating male and female high school senior from each Nassau County high school. Students are selected for exemplifying outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities.

Congratulations, Camden and Aidan!