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Lynbrook High School

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


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

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

 

 


Current News

Lynbrook High School Officially Breaks Ground on New Extension

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The district celebrated the start of an exciting new construction project for Lynbrook High School on March 12. A 33,274 square-foot extension will be built onto the high school to support and enhance learning opportunities for students. Central and building administrators, board members, Lynbrook law enforcement, architect Robert Cascone and project managers Tom DeBenedetto, Robert Fasulo and Frank Giorgio gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the milestone occasion.
 
The two-story extension was funded through the district’s 2017 bond referendum and will span from the front of the building where the security vestibule is located through the high school field. The first floor will feature a school store, three music rooms for band, chorus and orchestra, three art rooms and an innovation lab for 21st century learning. The second floor will consist of five new classrooms including two for family and consumer science classes and one for the career development program.
 
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak expressed her gratitude towards the community for approving the bond. She also shared her excitement about how the new spaces will give students more opportunities to grow.
 
“This day is a long time coming for us,” she said. “We have gone through many challenges in trying to figure out how we can best support the future of the high school. From looking at the needs to the curriculum changes, we want to bring the best to current and future Lynbrook students. A lot of time and effort went in on this and we are so thankful for all the support that we have received from the community.” 
 

District Spotlights Next Steps; Honors Staff and Student

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During the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education meeting on March 11, staff members and a student-athlete were proudly recognized. Important updates regarding construction projects and the COVID-19 outbreak were also shared with the community.
  
Lynbrook High School senior Dominick Barbuto was commended for making the New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State football team. This is the second consecutive year that Dominick received the honor. Three staff members were also recognized during the meeting. Deborah DeBetta, a physical education and health teacher from Lynbrook High School was honored for being selected as a 2020 Distinguished Teacher by the Harvard Club of Long Island. One of Ms. DeBetta’s former students who now attends Harvard University recommended her for the distinction based on the positive impact that she made on his life.
 
The Spector family returned to the district to award the Charles and Marjorie Spector Grant, established to honor the memory of Charles and Marjorie Spector. Charles served on Lynbrook Board of Education for 15 years and his wife Marjorie was a former PTA president and author. The grant supports teachers in the district each year. In the past, the scholarship was based on writing but this year it was changed to reflect the times and the importance of innovation in the classrooms. The Spector family presented their grant to the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center and the district’s English as a New Language department. With the generous grant, kindergarten teachers will enhance their use of the GoNoodle program into their classrooms to support physical activity. The ENL department will be able to purchase more diverse reading materials and some bilingual texts for new students who need extra support.
 
Following the recognitions, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, reported that the two air conditioning projects at Marion Street and West End elementary schools and the elevator project at Waverly Park Elementary School were awarded. Due to this construction which will be taking place this summer, the Lynbrook Summer Playground Program will be housed at Lynbrook North and South middle schools. In addition, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak shared that the high school would be doing a brief groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the high school construction. The Lynbrook High School bond project was approved in 2017 by voters and will create a 33,000 sq./ft. school extension.
  
Dr. Burak also reminded the community about the importance of participating in the 2020 census. She explained that census data is used to decide how much funding the region receives for hospitals, schools, roads, health insurance and more.
 
In addition, Dr. Burak provided a new update about the preventative measures that the district is making during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thus far, the district has instituted disinfecting and cleaning protocols, emphasized the frequent use of hand washing and hand sanitizer use and encouraged social distancing in the classrooms. Moving forward, all evening events in the district will be suspended, along with field trips, until further notice to keep everyone safe and limit the exposure of COVID-19. She explained that performance-based events will still be conducted by the students and will be videotaped for families. The goal is to limit the number of visitors in the schools. Principals will be sharing individual details about their specific school events.
  
Lastly, Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, shared a curriculum update with the community. He spoke about the writing progression tool which is part of the Teachers College Reading and Writing program. The assessment tool helps teachers determine student reading levels, the overall development of student writing and more. Staff developers from Teachers College have been instrumental in coaching Lynbrook teachers how to use this tool for students in grades K-8. 

Meet Lynbrook High School’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Lynbrook High School seniors Arpie Bakhshian and Anna Rath were recently recognized as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2020. Both are exceptional students who have made a name for themselves at Lynbrook High School, not only for their impressive academic accomplishments but for their positive contributions to the school and community.

Arpie, the school’s valedictorian, was selected as a nominee in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and earned the title of Long Island Scholar Artist from the Long Island Arts Alliance. She is also a musician, performing in regional and state music festivals, the school’s chamber and pit orchestras and as concertmaster in the Long Island Youth Orchestra. Her music abilities have led to membership into the school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society. Arpie also has a passion for science and is involved in the school’s Science Research Program where she has spent the past two summers as an intern conducting independent research at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has attended STEM courses at Brown University, is the founder and president of the school’s Women in STEM program and participates in Science Olympiad. In addition, the star student is a talented tennis player who was captain of the varsity tennis team for singles.

Anna, the school’s salutatorian, is also a standout student. She was selected as a finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program and is now in the running to be considered for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Anna was part of the school’s Active Citizen Teens Club and has a love for theater. She has been a cast member in the school plays and has volunteered at Molloy College’s Madison Theatre. Linguistics is also a major passion of hers as she the president of the school’s Italian Club and has spent the past two summers at Harvard University taking classes in Italian, Spanish, historical linguistics and even theatrical directing.

Due to both student’s high academic success, they received membership into the school’s National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and Math Honor Society where both serve as co-vice-presidents. Academics aside, Arpie and Anna also enjoy giving back. Arpie volunteers her time as a tennis instructor in Lynbrook and volunteers at the Armenian Prelacy of New York’s Orphan Sponsorship Program in New York City. Anna is heavily involved in the tutoring program at Lynbrook High School where she helps her fellow peers in subject areas that they are struggling with.

Congratulations to both students on this tremendous achievement! 

Lynbrook’s Horizon Comes Out on Top at Quill Awards

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Members of Lynbrook High School’s newspaper Horizon continued to make their mark this year during Adelphi University’s Press Day. The students earned top awards for their talents during the annual Quill Awards portion of the day. While competing against 25 schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area, the Horizon staff took home first and second place awards in five out of the six categories that they submitted entries into.

Each participating school was limited to enter six of the 15 award categories with only one nominee in each category. The Horizon staff earned first place for Most Outstanding Newspaper and second place for Best Online Newspaper. Individual award winners included Emily Bergin who earned the Most Outstanding Reporter award for a portfolio of her work, Jane Hoeflinger who received second place for Best News Article for her story, “A Grand Homecoming for Aidan Slattery” and Christian Squitieri who took home second place in the Best Photograph category for his piece, “Top Moments in Lynbrook Sports.” 

Congratulations to the entire Horizon staff and Horizon adviser Jessica Sanders on another successful competition! 

LHS's Virtual Enterprise Students Make Top 150

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Congratulations to Lynbrook High School’s Virtual Enterprise company, Checkmate, for being recognized as a Top 150 performer nationwide out of VE companies from across 430 schools! Lynbrook VE students, along with their adviser Dr. Benedict Tieniber, are on the road to the make the VE Top 50. We wish them the best of luck! 

A Record Number of Art Scholarships

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Congratulations to the LHS Senior Portfolio Class of 2020! They are now the very first group to break more than $2 million in art talent scholarships! 

LHS Fall Athletes Make Their Mark

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Lynbrook High School student-athletes showcased their determination and skills this past fall, winning notable team and individual awards. Four student-athletes earned scholar athlete awards including Madeline Doyle, Nicholas Focarazzo, Elena Grajales and Felicia Guglielmo. Girls cross country coach Joe Beyrer was honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year Award and his team earned the County Champion title. Lynbrook High School’s girls soccer team received the Nassau County Conference Sportsmanship Team Award and the girls tennis team was crowned 2019 Conference Champions. The district congratulates all the fall teams and individual award winners on their accolades:

Girls Cross Country:

County Champion Team
All Conference – Alexandra Schwam and Rebecca Marazi 
All County – Liz Murphy, Caitlin Buchala,  Kaelyn O’Brien and  Mimi Berkowitz
Nassau County Coach of the Year – Joe Beyrer

Girls Soccer:

Nassau County Conference Sportsmanship Team Award
All County – Kayla Schwizer
All Class – Alyssa Campos and Olivia Vuotto 
All Conference – Ariana Valerio 
Senior Scholar Athlete – Elena Grajales 

Football:

All Conference III – Ethan Hoyte and Kyle Serro
All Academic, All Conference III – Kyle Serro, Ethan Marcus and Dominick Barbuto 
Conference III Honorable Mention- All-County – Kyle Serro
All County – Ethan Marcus and Dominick Barbuto 
All State – Dominick Barbuto 
Unsung Hero – James Trigo 

Girls Swim:

Section VIII Scholar Athlete – Madeline Doyle
All County – Erin Quinlan 
All Conference – Kaitlyn Devaney, Sophie Dzieciolowski, Samantha Caceres and Emily Bergin 
All Division – Emma Anderson

Girls Volleyball:

All Long Island – Ami Carey and Kate Foley
All Conference – Sara Bahri and Natalie Rosiak
All County – Christina Franco, Ami Carey and Kate Foley
All Tournament – Kayleigh Stalter
Scholar Athlete – Felicia Guglielmo

Boys Soccer:

All County Honors – Alex Schachinger
All County Honorable Mention Honors – Thomas deMenezes
All Conference Honors – Greg DeJoseph, Marco Vinceslao and Anthony Campos
United Soccer Coaches Senior Excellence Award – Ben Krcic
Nassau County Senior Scholar Athlete – Nicholas Focarazzo

Boys Cross Country:

All Conference – Luke Gaudet and Andrew Director

Girls Tennis:

2019 Conference Champs
All Conference – Ambiya Hussain, Arpie Bakhshian and Samantha Feldman
All Division – Grace Bodian, Maggie Bodian, Sophie Ward, Emma Ward, Sammi Feldman, Jacey Stock, Ava Schwam, Lexi Samelson and Jordan Glickman

Students Go ‘All In’ on Human Relations Day

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Members of the Lynbrook High School Student Government Association, with adviser Mary Kirby, hosted the school’s annual Human Relations Day on Feb. 13. For this year’s event, the SGA picked the theme “Owl Be There For You,” a play on words from the theme song of the popular television sitcom, “Friends.” Students heard from inspiring individuals and organizations throughout the school day, including keynote speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez. 

The student body gathered in the school gymnasium where Gonzalez, a motivational speaker and founder and director of the Hope + Future Foundation, spoke about his positive “All In” message. He shared his upbringing, his love of teaching, how he started his motivational speaking career with the New York Giants and why he decided to open a youth center in his community. Through his stories, Gonzalez inspired students to help others and be the best they can be by going “All In.” 

“The greatest things in the world, they never start big,” he told students. “They always start small.” 

Other motivational speakers also visited classrooms throughout the day. These included Ruthanne McCormack from the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth, John Feal from the FealGood Foundation, Police Officer Robert Meier from the Lynbrook Police Department, students from the Viscardi School, Jeff Fenn from the Long Island TRIO and more. The day allowed students to learn about important topics such as living with disabilities, reducing substance abuse, fighting adversity, kindness, respect, courage and empowerment for young women.   
 

Junior Brings Story to Life with American Sign Language

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Lynbrook Kindergarten Center students in Lisa Genicoff and Nicole DiMichele’s class received a special visit from Lynbrook High School American Sign Language student Christina Franco on Feb. 12. Christina is a junior with a hearing impairment and has been taking American Sign Language since the seventh grade.

With the help of her ASL teacher Elaine Miller, she wrote and illustrated her first book during her freshman year of high school entitled “Ben’s Boat Trip.” Christina shared the book with Mrs. Genicoff’s class in the spring of 2018. Ms. Miller read the story to the kindergartners while Christina interpreted it through sign language.

Christina was inspired to keep writing and this year expanded on her main character Ben, a beaver. She wrote and illustrated a second book entitled “Ben Builds a House” and returned to Mrs. Genicoff’s class with Ms. Miller once again to share her new story and to teach the students sign language.

Kindergarten Center Principal Ellen Postman, Christina's family and Lynbrook’s Foreign Language chairperson Leonard Bruno were present for the reading as the kindergartners got comfortable on their classroom carpet. Using stuffed animals, Ms. Miller and Christina introduced the students to the characters in the book by teaching them the signs for each animal. Just like during Christina's first visit with Mrs. Genicoff’s class in 2018, Ms. Miller read the story as Christina interpreted it in sign language.

After the reading, the kindergartners showed off the signs that they learned from the story. Christina thanked the class for being a great audience, gifted each student two pencils and encouraged them to write their own stories. She hopes to write a third book about her main character Ben and return to Mrs. Genicoff’s class in the future. 

Lynbrook Key Club Honored for its Commitment to Community Service

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The Lynbrook High School Key Club, along with club adviser Dr. Benedict Tieniber, received a proclamation from New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and New York State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin on Jan. 31 for their exemplary service to the community.

Among their many service projects, the club has hosted successful tri-annual blood drives, resulting in the organization receiving the Heroglobin Award from the New York Blood Association for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The high honor is presented to a school with an outstanding number of blood donations. The Lynbrook Key Club blood drives have saved more than 1,470 lives over the two-year period.

Key Club members have also participated in a “Halloween Safety” event at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, a holiday party for senior citizens, co-sponsored a Paint Night event with Lynbrook START Club to raise money for SunriseWALKS, raised more than $3,000 for Project 9 Line through a Powder Puff football game and held popcorn fundraisers and sold discount cards for the past three years, raising $5,000 to support the Rose Brucia Educational Foundation. 

Congratulations to the Lynbrook Key Club and Dr. Tieniber on this outstanding achievement!

Lynbrook Linebacker Selected for All-State Team

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Lynbrook High School senior Dominick Barbuto was recently selected to join the New York State Sportswriters Association Class A All-State team for football. This is the second consecutive year the high school linebacker has received the All-State recognition.
  
Among his many athletic achievements, he was second team All-Long Island in 2018 and has received All-County and All-Academic, All-Conference honors. Dominick was also selected as a Piner Award Nominee in 2018 and 2019, which honors the best linebacker in Nassau County. 

“Dom has all of the characteristics that I believe, in my 30 years of experience, to be a student athlete; a young man who truly cares about school and his community,” said head football coach Stephen LoCicero. “George S. Patton once stated ‘Leaders must assert themselves by example and by voice. They must be pre-eminent in courage…’ These are the qualities exemplified by Dom every single day.” 

After graduation, Dominick will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he will continue to play football. 

Congratulations, Dominick!