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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


2019 LHS Climate Survey for Parents - this link will be open until May 31, 2019


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

  Mr. J. Rainis - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. S. Brescia - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. M. Sarosy - 516-887-0200
Nurse: Ms. R. Careccia - 516-887-0228
Nurse: Ms. C. Hetrick - 516-612-5416
Nurse Fax: 516-612-5423
Student Attendance: Mrs. C. 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

District Holds Budget Hearing; Shares Updates With Community

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Lynbrook High School orchestra students kicked off the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education meeting on May 8. Administrators, board members, faculty, students and community members gathered in the Lynbrook High School cafeteria for the district’s budget hearing in preparation for the budget vote on May 21. Student recognitions and important district updates were also shared with the community. 

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations, and Information Systems Dr. Paul Lynch presented an overview of the district’s 2019-20 budget. For further details on the budget and presentation, please click here

Student artwork was displayed throughout the cafeteria from the district’s All-County artists. The board recognized one of the 2019 Nassau All-County Art Exhibition artists from Lynbrook High School who was accidentally left out of the program. Junior Kiera Derrig was commended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak and the board for her outstanding piece and received a T-shirt and certificate from the Art Supervisors Association. The board also honored Lynbrook High School senior Millie Coria for receiving the Nassau BOCES Outstanding Student award for animation and digital media design. 

In preparation for the upcoming school year, Board President William Belmont welcomed two new teachers to the district: Kristen Montgomery (Kindergarten Center) and Alexa Carvelli (Marion Street Elementary School). He also announced that Lynbrook High School’s guidance chairperson Laurie Mitchell will be the district’s new director of guidance and will begin her new role on July 1. 

Board Vice President Lesli Deninno provided an update from the recent facilities committee meeting regarding the student population at Marion Street. The committee is utilizing Suffolk BOCES to develop a census of the area and are looking into the possibility of working with a demographer to review what steps the committee should take next. 

During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Burak announced that the district was once again selected by the NAMM Foundation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. She commended the district’s entire music department and Fine and Performing Arts Director Joseph Pallotta. Dr. Burak also reminded the community about the upcoming budget vote on May 21 and encouraged everyone to register to vote if they had not done so already. Registration is open until May 15. On that date at Lynbrook High School, the district will be partnering with the Lynbrook Teacher’s Association for the Child ID program. Community members can register to vote while also getting ID cards for their children.

In addition, Dr. Burak provided an update about New York State’s substantial equivalency requirement (equivalent education between private schools and public schools). At the district’s February board of education meeting, she explained that the unfunded mandate would require superintendents from public schools to review their local private schools to ensure that they are meeting the same standards. According to Dr. Burak, the New York State Education Department heard the outcries of school officials and has suspended the substantial equivalency guideline. 

To conclude her report, Dr. Burak encouraged the community to come out on May 15 as Lynbrook North Middle School, Lynbrook South Middle School and Marion Street Elementary School participate in the ALS Ride for Life event. Students will be walking and cheering on ALS Ride for Life founder Chris Pendergast and his team as he travels through Lynbrook. She also shared with the community that summer program information will be available after the budget vote. This year, Summer Playground will begin on July 1 at West End and Marion Street schools. Also beginning on July 1 will be the summer high school program at Lynbrook High School and the summer middle school program at Lynbrook South Middle School. The district’s Summer STEAM Academy will be held at Lynbrook High School and will begin on July 8. 

Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, also provided more information about summer. To keep students engaged over the summer months, Dr. Beleckas explained that this year’s summer reading program was designed based upon a survey that all elementary students completed about their favorite books and what they are planning on reading next. The titles are in the process of being compiled into a brochure and FlipGrids are being created for the texts to allow students to share their thoughts and insights on the books as they read them. In addition, elementary students of all ages will be encouraged to read “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown. At the end of the summer, the district is hoping to partner with the Lynbrook Public Library to host a book talk across the grade levels. Dr. Beleckas shared that Allison Curran, elementary curriculum specialist, will be hosting summer reading pep rallies to get students excited about the program.

Toward the end of the meeting, Dr. Lynch provided a capital projects update for the community. He stated that the board was voting that evening on awarding the contracts for the initial bond projects. This included contracts for the new locker rooms at North Middle School and South Middle School, the wrestling room at Atlantic Avenue and the gymnasium air conditioners at Waverly Park, North and South middle schools. Dr. Lynch also said that on May 9th the district would open the bid for the work being done this summer at Marion Street School. There will be five student restrooms which will be replaced, and the locker room will be completely redone. In addition, a contract for work on a bathroom at West End will also be awarded. 

Two Star Seniors Earn $2,500 National Merit Scholarship

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The district is pleased to announce that two outstanding seniors from Lynbrook High School were selected as 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program. Sam Cohen and Kaylie Hausknecht are among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees from across the country who will each be presented with a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship award.

The tremendous achievement is one of many that Kaylie and Sam have received during their senior year. This past March, Kaylie was selected as Lynbrook High School’s valedictorian for the Class of 2019, while Sam was chosen as the salutatorian. Both students entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during their junior year which approximately 1.6 million high school students take each year. They continued on in the competition, making their mark as semifinalists and then finalists. 

Both students were selected as scholarship winners in the program after a review of their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Kaylie and Sam will both attend Harvard University in the fall. Congratulations to both students! 

LHS Hosts Golden Paddle Tournament

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Lynbrook High School’s Student Government Association hosted the school’s fifth annual Golden Paddle tournament on May 2. Through the fun-filled event, SGA members raised $350 for a new scholarship which will be presented to two “Unsung Heroes From the Class of 2019” during Senior Awards Night at the end of the month. 

Lynbrook High School graduate Luke Germanakos created the Golden Paddle Tournament as a senior in 2015. This year more than 60 teams participated in the tournament while dressed in costumes. Principal Joseph Rainis even joined in on the fun. 

Brothers Peter Donnarumma and John Donnarumma ultimately came out victorious as first place winners, while Joseph Giovinco and Anthony Campos followed in second place. The competition was fierce as Ben Tetelman and Justin Weinberger, who have been reigning Golden Paddle champions for the past two years, lost to Joseph and Anthony in the semi-finals. 

Peter and John received the grand prize of two $25 gift cards to the Regal Movie Theater and an actual, table top ping pong table. As runner-ups, Joseph and Anthony received two $15 gift cards to Cold Stone Creamery.  

Thank you to all those who participated in the event and congratulations to our first and second place teams! 

Lynbrook High School Students Raise $330 for SunriseWALKS

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Members of Lynbrook High School’s Key Club and START Club teamed up for the school’s first annual Paint Night event on April 11 to raise funds for the SunriseWALKS, an event that supports Sunrise Day Camp. The camp is dedicated to giving children with cancer and their siblings a fun-filled day camp experience free of charge. Together, the club members raised a total of $330 and all who participated had a great time!

“For someone who has never taken an art class, it was truly enjoyable,” said senior Salvatore Giuseppe Cimato. 

The members of both clubs, along with their advisers Ms. Davis and Dr. Tieniber, would like to thank everyone who participated! 

Lynbrook Students Recognized in STEM Competition

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Five teams of students from throughout the district were recognized as honorable mention award recipients for their projects in the 2019 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision STEM competition. Open to students in grades K-12, the competition challenges teams of two to four students to test their science and technology skills by designing a technological device for the future. Receiving the honorable mention award placed the projects among the top 10% of all ExploraVision projects submitted to the competition this year.

Two fifth grade teams from Waverly Park Elementary School and their projects, Healthy Teeth Toothbrush Pro (Maha Ajmal, Charlie Horton, Julia Palay) and J Squared Headwear (Jake Giddings, Jake Palay), earned honorable mention in the competition, as well as two fifth grade teams from Marion Street Elementary School and their projects, SphingoDonor (Julian Galo, Colin Linzer, Gianna Mastrande) and TherapyME (Aidan Michaels, Kaden Rogers, Payton Stalter, Thomas Dunne). All students completed the projects with the guidance of teacher Corinne Teichman while in the district’s Voyager Program. Voyager students from West End Elementary School also worked extremely hard and submitted entries into the competition. 

Throughout the project process, the elementary students were mentored by science research students from Lynbrook High School. The high school students offered feedback on the projects and provided advice through the digital note-taking platform, Microsoft OneNote and video conference platform, Skype. 

“The high school mentors gave us a lot of suggestions and spoke with us about what was to come in the future with this project,” said Waverly Park fifth grader Julia Palay. “They also had a base of knowledge about what we were doing so they helped us the best that they could and we really enjoyed their help.” 

In addition, under the direction of science teacher Charles Vessalico, a team of students from Lynbrook High School were also selected as honorable mention award recipients for their entry in the competition. Sophomores Dylan Moreida and Joshua Santoro were recognized for their project “Stroke Detection and Tissue Plasminogen Activator Via an Implantable Device.” 

Congratulations to all the students!

Star Students and Staff Honored

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Student and staff recognitions abounded during Lynbrook Public School’s recent board of education meeting at Lynbrook High School. The community also received important district updates including the security upgrades from the SmartBond. 

The board approved the upcoming retirement of Anastasios Skartsiaris, a cleaner at West End Elementary School who has served the district for 12 years. Mr. Skartsiaris was commended for his hard work and dedication and received a plaque as a thank you for his service. The Spector family also returned to the Lynbrook Public Schools to award the Charles and Marjorie Spector Grant for Professional Development in the Fields of Reading, Writing and Research, established to honor the memory of Charles and Marjorie Spector. This year’s award recipient was Lynbrook High School science teacher Charles Vessalico, who will use the grant to enhance workshops for students as they write and re-vise their research papers for science competitions.

Student recognitions included two regional PTA Reflections winners. Marion Street student Alexa Reilly and South Middle School student Kailey Dunne were commended for their winning entries fitting the Reflections theme, “Heroes Around Me.” Alexa was awarded for photography, while Kailey was awarded for musical composition. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak also recognized the Lynbrook High School varsity girls lacrosse team for their outstanding fundraising efforts for the HEADstrong Foundation, an organization that helps those impacted by cancer. The team was the top fundraising team against other high schools and colleges for the HEADstrong Foundation’s Game Hair Havoc. The online fundraising campaign encourages girls lacrosse teams to braid and style their game hair to raise awareness and money for families affected by cancer.
During the report from trustees, Board Vice-President Robert Paskoff and trustee Alicemarie Bresnihan spoke about their experience attending the National School Board Convention and Board President William Belmont discussed the meeting that the district had with Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Judy Griffin. He noted that a big discussion point during the meeting was unfunded mandates for school districts. 

Dr. Burak shared an update of the district’s mission and vision statement and introduced Director of Facilities James Saitta for a security presentation. Mr. Saitta spoke about the upcoming security enhancements that will be made in the district to ensure safety. Through the SmartBond funding, the district will create safer school entryways with new entry procedures and also update the technology infrastructure. 

During the superintendent’s report, Dr. Burak provided a recap of the productive Superintendent’s Conference Day which was held last month. Staff participated in workshops, presentations and activities to help them grow in the classroom. She also noted minor changes that were made to the district’s Code of Conduct as part of a mandated review and announced that school would not be in session on May 24 due to the unused snow days this year. 

Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, provided a curriculum update for the community. He reported that the district’s participation rate for the New York State assessments in ELA increased by approximately 4% compared to last year. The increase is important and a move in the right direction. With more participation in the assessments, the less likely the district will have to get involved in participation rate improvement plans that are required under Every Student Succeeds Act. In addition, Dr. Beleckas reported that district administrators met with representatives from the instructional data warehouse at BOCES to discuss how the district can use the data derived from the state assessments to positively impact teaching and learning in the classrooms. 

Following the curriculum update, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for fi-nance, operation, and information systems, shared a capital projects update. The district opened bids on April 17 for seven projects associated with the bond. This included the air conditioning for the gymnasiums at Lynbrook North Middle School, Lynbrook South Middle School, Waverly Park Elementary School and the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center. In addition, bids will be open for the locker rooms at North Middle and South Middle and the wrestling room at the Kindergarten Center. The board plans to award the contracts at the May meeting and work on these projects should commence this summer. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Burak spoke about the budget vote polling locations. Since the district has moved to an electronic system for keeping track of voters, it was discovered that some residents have been voting in the wrong locations. The district is sending postcards to everyone in the community which will state their correct polling location. 

LHS Teacher Honored as Trailblazer

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Lynbrook High School English teacher Mary Kirby was recently recognized by Leg. C William Gaylor as a recipient of the 2019 Nassau County Legislature Women’s Trailblazer Award for the 6th Legislative District. 

Mrs. Kirby has been a valuable member of the Lynbrook High School family since 1997. As a dedicated educator, she creates meaningful connections with her students and has served as the director of the Lynbrook Teacher Center and the director of the Lynbrook Summer Program. She has also been an internship coordinator, a class adviser, a coach and a Lynbrook Teachers Association representative. Mrs. Kirby continues to show her leadership as an adviser to the high school’s Student Government Association and yearbook committee.

She has played an instrumental role in making the Lynbrook Teacher Center the heart and soul of professional development for the Lynbrook Schools Community. Here, Mrs. Kirby has planned conferences and initiated “collaboratorium” Saturdays which have inspired teachers, retirees and former students to gather together to learn and share ideas. 

“Mary Kirby combines her caring nature and her enthusiasm for the community in a dynamic manner in the classroom and in all she does as an educator and professional,” said Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis. “Her students enjoy her positive energy and our community continuously benefits from her desire to enrich the educational experiences of our students. Mary Kirby blazes trails so that others can have a chance to thrive. She is most deserving of the Nassau County Trailblazer Award.” 

Congratulations, Mrs. Kirby! 

LHS Students Take Stadium Field Trip

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Students in Mrs. Ehrlich's Advertising and Marketing class at Lynbrook High School took a stadium tour field trip on April 11. Mrs. Ehrlich plans this annual field trip as part of her Stadium Design Unit while the students are studying Sports & Entertainment Marketing.

The students started the day with a tour of Citi Field. Students got to see the museum and the most exclusive restaurants at the stadium. They had the privilege of touring the Mets clubhouse and offices and then held their own press conference in the press room. They also walked along the warning track to visit the dugout and the bull pen.

Next, the students enjoyed lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe at Yankee Stadium. Students got to see music memorabilia from events and concerts at the stadium. On their tour of Yankee Stadium, they visited the historical Monument Park and saw hundreds of famous artifacts in the Yankee Museum. Students also got to sit in the Yankees dugout. 

Throughout the day, the students made real-world connections to concepts learned in class. It is an experience that they will remember for a lifetime! 

Lynbrook Key Club Garners Awards and Insight at State Conference

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Members of Lynbrook High School’s Key Club, along with adviser Dr. Benedict Tieniber attended the New York District Key Club Leadership Training Conference for the first time on March 29-31 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. The annual event invited Key Club members from across New York to network, attend workshop sessions and celebrate a successful service year together. 

Seniors Miranda Zaransky and Salvatore Cimato proudly represented the Lynbrook High School Key Club at the conference with Dr. Tieniber. During the weekend, Lynbrook won the Perfect Paperwork Award, Membership Retention Award and Treasurer’s Award. The students also heard from keynote speakers Tom Krieglstein and Rob Scheer. 

“Lynbrook Key Club would like to thank the Lynbrook Kiwanis for assisting in making this trip happen,” said Dr. Tieniber. “Our students learned so much from this event and will be sharing everything they learned at their next meeting.” 

Lynbrook Senior to Compete at International Level

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Lynbrook High School senior Kaylie Hausknecht will take her science research skills to the big stage as she competes in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona from May 11-18. The fair, which is a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition for high schoolers. 

Kaylie is among about 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories who were selected to compete at the Intel ISEF. Here, these driven student-scientists will showcase their independent research to doctoral level scientists and compete for an average $4 million in prizes.

To be selected for the Intel ISEF, students around the world compete in local and school-sponsored science fairs. The winners of these events go on to participate in Society-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend the Intel ISEF. Kaylie competed in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair with her project “Disentangling Spatial Correlations from Inhomogeneous Materials with Shift-Invariant Artificial Neural Networks.” She placed in the top 25 percent of more than 300 projects in round one and then had to be the best in her category, Physics and Energy, to be invited to ISEF. Only 20 students from the LISEF make it to the Intel ISEF level. 

“Kaylie can do anything and do it well, including just being a regular kid. That’s what makes her so awesome,” said science research teacher David Shanker. “I knew in ninth grade that Kaylie was special. For her final project, Kaylie designed an apparatus that induced head injury in fruit flies and built another to test their response to a treatment she also designed. Kaylie did three projects in one.”

Congratulations, Kaylie!