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9 Union Avenue Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0200

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Principal:  Mr. Joseph Rainis - 516-887-0200 Assistant Principal: Mr. Salvatore Brescia - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. Matthew Sarosy - 516-887-0200
Nurse: Ms. Raffaela Careccia - 516-887-0228
Nurse: Ms. Cathy Hetrick - 516-612-5416
Nurse Fax: 516-612-5423
Student Attendance: Mrs. Carla Garvey - 516-887-0209

School Year Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Summer Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday
All visitors must have an appointment to meet with staff in any school building. Please DO call ahead. Thank you!

Important Contact Information:
NYS Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
NYS línea de abuso infantile: 1-800-342-3720
Medicaid Fraud Hotline: 516-612-5200


Welcome to Lynbrook High School
Welcome to Lynbrook High School, where student success is our daily focus and striving for excellence our overarching goal. Our blend of strong academics, a passion for the fine and performing arts, and participation in athletics, service activities and independent projects constitute the very heart of all we do.  Spend some time visiting our website; then find some time to visit us and see for yourself what makes our home away from home, Lynbrook High School, so special.  GO OWLS!!

- Joseph Rainis, Principal

Current News

Student-Artist Takes Talents to the Heart of NYC

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Elias Sherman, a sophomore from Lynbrook High School, was one of only 193 artists from across the world to have his original flag design selected by the Rockefeller Center Flag Project. More than 1,200 entries were submitted into the contest which asked participants to design a flag based on the theme, “Show Your Love for New York.” Winners had their designs transformed into an actual 8’x5’ flag which was flown from the flagpoles around The Rink at Rockefeller Center during the month of August.

The Rockefeller Center Flag Project was introduced to Elias last spring when he was a freshman in Michael Kunz’s studio art class. During remote instruction, Mr. Kunz asked his students to showcase their creativity and design their own flags to express their love of the city. The studio art students put their designs on a template, submitted their creations to Mr. Kunz through Microsoft OneNote and had the option to enter their design into the Rockefeller Center Flag Project.

Elias' flag design was part of the temporary exhibit at Rockefeller Center and featured the Brooklyn Nets. In his artist statement, he explained the inspiration behind his New York City design. “The flag I designed is special to me because I love basketball and I feel NY has some of the best basketball to watch and play,” said Elias.

In addition to submissions from the general public, several artists and notable New Yorkers had their designs featured as well. Elias' flag was among designs from artists such as Carmen Herrera, Jeff Koons, Christian Siriano and Hank Willis Thomas.

Congratulations, Elias!

Lynbrook Board of Education Plans for New Task Force

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The Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education met on Oct. 14 in the Lynbrook High School auditorium for its regular monthly meeting. Special recognitions were presented to the community, along with important district updates.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak kicked off the meeting by sharing some recent student achievements. She commended Lynbrook High School students Camilla Bahri, Emily Bergin, Joshua Christian, John Kelhetter, Ricki Rizzo and Alicia Villadiego for being selected as All-State participants and/or alternates by the New York State School Music Association. Dr. Burak also announced that 112 Lynbrook High School students were recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars by College Board.

In honor of Board of Education Appreciation Month, middle school family and consumer science classes baked treats for the board members and included recipes for success to show their appreciation for the board’s hard work and service to the district.

Board President William Belmont announced that Chris Pendergast, the ALS Ride of Life founder and advocate for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research, passed away. Mr. Pendergast had been a friend of the district, serving as a role model for students each year. Board trustee David Yaker expressed his sympathies and shared some history about Mr. Pendergast and the inspiration that he was to Lynbrook students.

During the meeting, four dedicated staff members had their retirements approved. This included messenger Patrick Norcott, computer aide Loretta Rattner and monitors Bryna Paskoff and Catherine McCaul. They were each congratulated and thanked for their commitment and service. Mr. Belmont also welcomed some new staff members to the district: David Dubin, Elizabeth Glaser, Amanda Irizarry, Stacey Langer, Noelle Santos and Patricia Schwetz.

It was announced that the Lynbrook School District was awarded with the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International. The district was recognized for this prestigious honor for its transparency and for going above and beyond in its financial reporting.

In addition, Dr. Burak discussed the remote learning model during the meeting and recapped what was stated at the previous board of education work session. In July, the district issued a survey to families asking if they would send their children back to school if the district had proper safety protocols in place. Forty percent of the survey participants stated that they would keep their children home. The survey results were used by the district’s reopening task force to create a comprehensive reopening plan. Dr. Burak stated that even if half of those 40% of children returned to the buildings, the schools would be at around 80% capacity. This is why the district’s reopening plan which was announced on Aug. 12, was laid out the way it was to the community. Families made their final decisions after that meeting, whether to have their children learn remotely or in-person and that roughly 80% opted for in-person instruction. Dr. Burak commended the task force for following the department of health guidelines and executive orders and for making many members of the community feel safe. After a thorough analysis of space availability in the buildings, the announcement was made last week at the board of education work session that unfortunately, not every fully remote student could return to the buildings at this time.

“We all want these kids back as soon as we can,” said Dr. Burak. “A lot of people have voiced their concerns and I completely understand why you feel that way. Therefore, I think it’s time that we need to continually evaluate what we are doing so I’m going to recommend that we bring back a task force.”

The task force would address what the district would do to its existing models to be able to have 100% of students return to the buildings. Volunteers would be asked to join the task force to look at the district facilities, health and safety protocols and instructional models once again. The group would then present their recommendations to the board and after they are approved, families would be asked to make a decision on whether or not they would send their child back to in-person instruction. After explaining the process and its importance, the board of education agreed to establish a task force.

With regard to virtual clubs, Dr. Burak announced that clubs at the primary and secondary levels are meeting virtually with some executive members meeting in-person and connecting with other members virtually to maintain social distancing. She also reminded the community that Oct. 21 is National Unity Day. Students and staff, both remote and in-person, are encouraged to wear orange that day and will be participating in activities related to diversity and inclusion. Dr. Burak also announced that Superintendent’s Conference Day will be held on Nov. 3 and will focus on staff development. With regard to use-of-field permits, she shared that the board has agreed to issue field permits on a limited basis for weekends and practices only.

Following her report, Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, shared a curriculum update. The district continues to revisit its plans and practices. At the elementary level, a cross section of the original remote instruction subcommittee met to revisit the full remote plan developed back in May. If elementary students have to pivot to full remote for a few days or for an extended period of time, the district would like to maintain students’ current schedules. All current services and specials would remain fully intact and occur at their typical times in the cycle, and classroom teachers would engage with their classes in various formats during their assigned times – whole group, small group, individual conferencing, independent work, etc. To help families manage the schedule, the district will have the teachers post it on Seesaw or Schoology and review it at the daily morning meetings.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, shared a capital projects update with the community. The elevator installation at Waverly Park Elementary School is progressing and is expected to be completed by November. Construction on the Lynbrook High School extension is also progressing well. Steel is up and hallways and rooms are already taking shape.

A Popping Start to the School Year

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynbrook High School Key Club members recently participated in their annual gourmet popcorn sale from Double Good, where half of the proceeds support an organization or charity of choice. The Key Club executive board agreed to fundraise for five charities this year: The Dr. Santo Barbarino Scholarship Fund, Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Kiwanis Children’s Fund and Project 9 Line.

The fundraising process looked different from previous years due to the pandemic. Students were unable to collect physical checks and fill out forms so Double Good created an online, easy-access platform where members were able to spread the world and allow others to contribute to their fundraiser.

Through the club’s tremendous efforts, members raised $2,000 within an hour and $15,000 within the first 24 hours. The final outcome after just four days of fundraising was $36,939 worth of popcorn sold or about $18,500 for their charities of choice, granted by 752 gracious donors. This was a record-breaking amount for the Key Club. Members who raised the most included Dea Pulatani, Joe Giovinco, Lexie and Hailey Samelson, Rachel Belmont and Jaden Harvin.

“The motivation from the whole executive board drove the members to go above and beyond, while simultaneously enjoying the process,” said Key Club Co-President Marti Candel.

Key Club adviser Dr. Benedict Tieniber praised the students for their unified effort.

“Once again, thank you to everyone who participated,” he said. “The success of this program will always be appreciated; kickstarting a fantastic year for the Lynbrook Key Club 2020-2021.”

Lynbrook High School Musicians Selected for Virtual Conference

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Six seniors from Lynbrook High School were recently recognized as 2020 All-State participants and/or alternates by the New York State School Music Association. Due to the current health crisis, the All-State Conference which usually is held in Rochester, NY, will be held virtually this year. Students will perform in a virtual concert with their respective ensembles in December.

The selection process was different than previous years due to the pandemic but was still highly competitive. Current seniors who performed an All-State solo at the Spring 2019 NYSSMA Festival and who were selected to an All-State ensemble, either as a participant or an alternate, were accepted this year. In addition, current juniors who received high scores at the 2019 festival as sophomores, were eligible to be recommended by their teachers and those who qualified were selected as well to join the 2020 ensembles.

Congratulations to the following Lynbrook students who were selected:

• Camilla Bahri, Cello, Symphony Orchestra
• Emily Bergin, String Bass, Symphony Orchestra and Alternate for Jazz Ensemble
• Joshua Christian, Alto Saxophone, Symphonic Band
• John Kelhetter, Voice/Bass 1, Mixed Chorus
• Ricki Rizzo, Voice/Alto 1, Treble Chorus
• Alicia Villadiego, Voice/Soprano 2, Alternate

More Than 100 LHS Students Earn AP Scholar Award

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One hundred and twelve students from Lynbrook High School’s Class of 2020 and 2021 were honored as Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board for their outstanding scores on the college-level Advanced Placement exams.

The College Board recognizes different levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on these exams. Fifty-nine students were recognized as AP Scholars, receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Twenty-five students were named AP Scholars with Honor, earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Twenty-five students were also named AP Scholars with Distinction. To earn this award, a student must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

The highest award, the National AP Scholar Award, was presented to three exceptional members of the Class of 2020 – Arpie Bakhshian, Arianna Paxinos and Anna Rath. This honor is given to students who receive an average score of at least a 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Congratulations to all those who earned this outstanding achievement!