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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

  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

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! 

Senior Athletes Make College Commitments

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Lynbrook High School student-athletes Dominick Barbuto, Cameron Fabel and William Wren recently committed to play college athletics following graduation. Dominick will play football at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Cameron committed to lacrosse at Roger Williams University and William will join the track team at Molloy College. Congratulations to all three seniors! 

LHS Students Immerse Themselves in Japanese Culture in NYC

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Lynbrook High School students in Noriko Koide’s Japanese classes recently attended and participated in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in Manhattan with Japanese classes from Valley Stream Central High School. Students learned about the etiquette of a traditional tea ceremony, the making of the green tea and tasted the tea as well.

After the tea ceremony, the students experienced the peaceful atmosphere of the Japanese gardens. Continuing their immersion in Japanese culture, the students went to the Kinokuniya Bookstore, located directly across from Bryant Square Park. There, they were able to purchase anime/comic books, stationery and small gifts in the bookstore. Finally, students bought lunch from a Japanese bakery and ate outside on the terrace of the New York Public Library. They will incorporate their experiences with the Japanese culture in their class at Lynbrook High School.

Students Give Back at Lynbrook BOE Meeting

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Students, families and community members packed Lynbrook High School’s cafeteria for the Lynbrook Public Schools’ last regular board of education meeting of the year on Dec. 11. The evening featured student achievements, donations and important district updates.

Lynbrook High School National Art Honor Society members, along with advisor Michael Kunz, presented a $5,000 check from their successful Night of the Pumpkins fundraiser to Ivy Reilly, president of Lynbrook’s Excellence in Education Foundation, Inc. The foundation strives to give back to the district by providing grants to Lynbrook teachers and schools to enhance the quality of education for Lynbrook students. In addition, the National Art Honor Society members presented $650 worth of gift cards to Guidance Director Laurie Mitchell from their “Gifted” Art Auction. The guidance department will ensure that the gift cards go to Lynbrook families who need it the most.

Several students were also honored during the meeting for their outstanding achievements. Members of Lynbrook High School’s girls cross country team were recognized for earning the title of Nassau County champions. This is the first time in the program’s history that the team received the accolade. Lynbrook High School senior James Parco was also honored for receiving the bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award. He dedicated between 100 and 174 service hours in a one-year period.

Following the recognitions, Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis presented on the grades 7-12 curriculum changes in the district’s World Languages department. He shared with the board and community the current progression of world languages from middle through high school and then the projected progression by 2022. This included having students take the FLACS “B” exams at the end of sophomore year, instead of the end of junior year. This would align the district with others in the area and give students more language opportunities in their junior and senior year.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent of School’s Dr. Melissa Burak reminded the community about the district’s delayed opening and early dismissal protocols. She noted that if it snows, she would never make the call for either of these options mid-day and that everyone would receive a call early in the morning if a decision was to be made. Modified bell schedules for the middle schools and high school can be found on the district website, lynbrookschools.org.

Dr. Burak also informed the public about a slight 2019-2020 calendar modification. New York State recently instituted a specific amount of required instructional hours for a district to receive state aid. Although the district currently meets the amount of days required, there is now a minimum number of hours that elementary and secondary students have to receive for aid. While reviewing last year’s calendar, the middle schools, after having only two delayed openings or four hours of instruction, only had three hours to spare. If the schools fell short of that, the district would not receive state aid. For 2020, Dr. Burak shared that some changes will be made to the calendar as a result of the instructional hours. If there is a snow day, the district will have to make it up to meet the instructional hours. If there is one full snow day, school will be in session on May 21, 2020 and if there is a second full snow day, school will be in session on May 22, 2020. If more than two delayed openings or early dismissals are used, another day will need to be made up.

To conclude her report, Dr. Burak praised the staff of Lynbrook High School’s newspaper, Horizon. The students, from both this year and last year, earned 18 awards in the Empire State Scholastic Press Association awards program. They received the silver award for the Best Printed Newspaper, the gold award for the Best Online Publication and several other individual awards. 

Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, shared a curriculum update. He presented on the elementary science curriculum. New York State rebranded their own standards to create the New York State Science Learning Standards, reflecting the concepts that were given by the national level. Elementary students are learning biology, earth science and physics topics with English Language Art standards and experimental learning infused into lessons. According to Dr. Beleckas, the district will be introducing new science kits to expand on these learning opportunities. 

Before the close of the meeting, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, provided a capital projects update. There was a bid opening on Nov. 26 for the air conditioners at Marion Street and West End elementary schools and for the Waverly Park elevator. Unfortunately, all bids came in too high, so the board rejected them. The Marion Street, Waverly Park and West End bids will be opened again on Jan. 9 and the district will be opening the large bid for the Lynbrook High School addition on Jan. 31 in the Atlantic Avenue board room. 

Ready to Play at the Collegiate Level

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Six student-athletes from Lynbrook High School proudly made their commitments to play their sport of choice at the collegiate level on Dec. 3. Seniors Sam Caceres, Elizabeth Murphy, Philip Piro, Jack Rogers, Alex Schachinger and Kayleigh Stalter dressed in the future college attire, surrounded by District Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health Tom Graham, proud family and coaches.
Elizabeth, Jack and Kayleigh committed to play lacrosse at the University of Cincinnati, Arcadia University and the University of Scranton, respectively. Sam will join the swim team at Hartwick College, Philip committed to baseball at Concordia College and Alex will play soccer at Molloy College.
Congratulations to all six student-athletes! 

Lynbrook High School's VE Company Makes Top 200

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Congratulations to Lynbrook High School’s Virtual Enterprise company, Checkmate, for being recognized as a top 200 performer nationwide for the first quarter of the year! 

Board Honors Eight Exceptional Students

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It was an evening of recognitions as the Lynbrook Board of Education praised several outstanding students at the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Nov. 13. The community also heard important updates, including a presentation on the Advanced Placement and Regents assessment results.

Lynbrook High School senior Djellza Pulatani was honored for being selected as a girls panelist for the nonprofit advocacy group She’s the First, in partnership with Akili Dada and MAIA. She was one of six girls to travel to the United Nations to present the first Global Girls’ Bill of Rights. The board also recognized Commended Students Sara Bahri, Charles Gebbia and Julianne Lampert and Semifinalist Anna Rath in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

As a result of showing their exceptional characters, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak praised Lynbrook North Middle School student-athletes David Barrere and T.J. Sexton for their outstanding sportsmanship at a recent cross country meet. During a race, the two students witnessed a runner from an opposing team fall down and injury himself. Barrere and Sexton picked him up and walked him about 100 yards back to the coaches and the starting line.

“That great sportsmanship is what we are all about,” said Dr. Burak. “People are going to remember how you treat them, not all the accomplishments that you have earned.” 

Lynbrook High School student Michael Frank was also honored for his incredible act of kindness. Frank was recently at a local eatery during his lunch period when he saw a man choking on food and swept in to perform the Heimlich maneuver. His quick action saved the man’s life. 

In addition to the recognitions, Board Secretary Robert Paskoff and trustee Alicemarie Bresnihan spoke about their experience attending the New York State School Board Conference and Board Vice President Lesli Deninno provided a facilities committee update. The committee recently looked at the completed summer projects, reviewed possibilities and needs for the upcoming budget, discussed the security vestibules and the upcoming high school project and reviewed the findings of the board walk-throughs. 

The board and the community also heard from Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment. He presented the districtwide AP and Regents assessment results at the middle and high school level.

“Our students on average are taking more of the assessments than students in other schools in the county and they are doing better on the ones that they are taking,” he said.
Dr. Beleckas also shared a timeline of the New York State Education Department’s new assessments and reported changes that are expected to occur with some of the exams.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Burak discussed the Reimagining Readiness Conference which is the first of three conference days that a team from Lynbrook, including Dr. Burak, attended. Educators gathered to examine what is needed to graduate and how to prepare students for life after graduation. Dr. Burak also reported on Superintendent’s Conference Day which was held on Election Day. The district partnered with the Lynbrook Teacher Center who helped organize different workshops. Staff members shared their expertise on various topics and trainings were facilitated. 

Before the close of the meeting, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, provided a capital projects update. There are currently three bids out for the air conditioning at Marion Street and West End elementary schools and the Waverly Park elevator. Dr. Lynch stated that the bids will be opened in the Atlantic Avenue board room on Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. and the public is welcome to attend.