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Shore Road Graduates Close One chapter, Open a New

Shore Road Graduates Close One chapter, Open a New photo

Shore Road sixth-graders marked their final elementary milestone in the District during the school’s annual promotion ceremony, held in the John. F. Kennedy High School auditorium on June 18.

After the flag salute by Kelsey Nichols and the presentation of Colors by Julia Cerverizzo, Benjamin Margulies, Maria Montemarano and Anna Purvin, Principal Patrice Matthews welcomed the administration, parents and faculty to this very important event. She told the students to not only continue to live by the district leadership and core values, but according to Nike’s slogan “Just Do It.” She said, “Each of you has a toolbox of strategies to assist you in your decision-making. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Student speakers Andrea Bardhan, Alexandra Radinsky and Gabrielle Skolnick reflected on their experiences at Shore Road and the next steps to come during middle school. The sixth-grade band and orchestra performed musical interludes of John Legend’s “Imagine” and an arrangement of “Firework” by music teacher Kelly Brandstadter, as well as a special choral presentation of Anastasia’s “At the Beginning.”

In his remarks, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo told the students, “The leadership principles and core values will help you to make good decisions,” while board trustee Jay L.T. Breakstone said, “The future is yours, but we will come along with you. So, do a good job and lead.” PTA Presidents Michele Aurigema and Leslie Cerverizzo told the graduates, “The world is yours for the taking, and how hard you work will determine the outcome.”

Upon the presentation of the class gift by Aidan Haas, Natalia Kleczek and Antonio Leoni to Ms. Matthews, a framed photo of the Class of 2018, the sixth-grade teachers presented their individual classes to Dr. Famularo, Ms. Matthews and board trustees. The students then walked across the stage to receive their promotion certificates, marking the completion of elementary school to the cheers of family. 

Bellmore School Year Off to a New Start

Bellmore School Year Off to a New Start photo
The Bellmore Board of Education and Central Administration met at Winthrop Avenue School on July 3 to reorganize for the start of the 2018-19 school year. 

During the annual meeting, trustee Marion Blane and Brian Desmond, who previously served as president of the Board, were sworn in following their re-election on May 15. Both will serve an additional three-year term on the Board. Maryanne Kelly and Janet Goller were also sworn in as president and vice president for the 2018-19 school year, respectively.

Students will return to the classrooms on Sept. 4.


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Hot off the press!

Hot off the press photo
Shore Road’s Newspaper Club published its first school newspaper, the Shore Road Times. This was the first year the school sponsored a newspaper club, and adviser Linda Lebowitz said the sixth-grade members utilized their teamwork and synergy to create a document filled with school news, opinion pieces, movie reviews, an advice column, sports coverage and more. Meeting before school, the students worked as writers, editors, photographers and artists to complete a paper with information that appeals to peers.

The Bellmore faculty congratulates the students on this outstanding accomplishment.   

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Where Am I in the World?

Where Am I in the World photo

Winthrop Avenue students enrolled in Kelly Baccari’s and Annie Craine’s class  ventured to ask the question, “Where Am I in the World?”

In pursuing the answer to this question, they became experts on the everyday “leaders” in their school community and the purpose and value of the locations surrounding them. They also gained a deeper knowledge of Bellmore’s core values and leadership principles as they discovered how those in their environment exemplified related character traits. 

The unit commenced with the students’ analysis of their position in the world in relation to the solar system, planet Earth, North America, New York and finally Bellmore. Each student was then assigned a specific location in Bellmore to research, coming up with questions to interview the owner or company representative. Some of the businesses studied were the Bellmore library and fire department, Stella’s Pizzeria, King Kullen and the post office. 

In researching the individual businesses, the students analyzed how the owners and their business paradigms paralleled the Bellmore School District’s leadership principles and core values, bringing the district’s character development program to life. 

The students then utilized Google maps and made G Slides to create presentations on their research, becoming expert presenters of their information. They also used Tinkercard to create 3D digital designs of Bellmore village with the school’s 3D printer. 

Recognizing the District’s Community of Leaders

Recognizing the District’s Community of Leaders photo

Prior to the June 12 Board of Education meeting, students enrolled at Reinhard, Winthrop Avenue and Shore Road schools were recognized for achievement in school service and academics during the annual Recognition Night.

Board Vice President Maryanne Kelly congratulated the students on their achievements during the 2017-18 school year and thanked them for their leadership contributions to the school community. To those in attendance, she said, “These students took time out of their day to make Bellmore special.” 

Fifty-six Student Advisory Council reporters from Reinhard and Shore Road and Winthrop Avenue School and Winthrop Avenue Student Advisory Council Leaders Daniel Lin (president), Casey Cerami (vice president) and Jared Cohen (secretary) were honored for school service. 

The SAC Reporters are as follows:

Reinhard: Jordan Belferder, Sidnee Beller, Taylor Bernard, Alexis Burbank, Kaitlyn Cerrotta, Matthew Dobrowolski, Jayden Flores, Kayleigh Herlihy, Merav Kichel, Zachary Kolberg, Aidan Kregler, Owen Krukas, Ethan Litman, Olivia Macolino, Sophia Maltes, Sofia Mazzaferro, Nathaniel Milaccio, Nicolas Pasquariello, Madelin Rich, William Shuart, Emma Sipin, Rio Skillman, Bryn Stern and Breanna Zobkiw

Shore Road (grade 5): Nikki Ayoub, Sophia Benno, William Cona, Hunter Goldberg, Paige Gomez-Nieto, Patrick Himmel, Tali Kichel, Genamarie Kotanidis, Chase Krinsky, Billie Lombardo, Gabriella Schechtman, Alexander Schweitzer, Jordan Vaughan, Alessandro Walaitis, Cooper Warren, Mackenna White, Skylar White and Jake Yandolino

Shore Road (Grade 6): Sophia Bouza, Preston Bowman, Max Broder, Adrianna Califano, Danielle Carlino, Zachary Cohen, Gianna Gampero, Alexa Gaspar, Jake Heymach, Sean Irving, Alexis Pizzirusso, Jack Rosa, Jack Sarosy and Tyler Schwartz 

In addition, Jenna Blacker (first place) and Liam Marrow (second place) from Winthrop Avenue School and Kyle Kirshenbaum (first place) and Ariana Khan (second place) were honored for their fourth-grade and sixth-grade spelling bee talents, respectively. 
Board trustee Jay L.T. Breakstone also received a coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from New York State School Boards Association Director for Nassau County Robert Schoen for school leadership.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Famularo and the board of education also granted retirement to Reinhard librarian Theresa Ventimiglia, who has served the district for the past 20 years.

The Bellmore School District congratulates the students, Mr. Breakstone and Ms. Ventimiglia on their continuous improvement and leadership, making the district a “Community of Learners.”

Winthrop Student-Musicians Demonstrate Leadership in Music

Winthrop Student-Musicians Demonstrate Leadership in Music photo

Winthrop Avenue third-graders entertained administrators, faculty, parents and peers in the last orchestra and choral music concert of the school year, held in the school’s auditorium on June 7. For the past several months, the students have been learning posture, note-reading and how to read music, as well as the teamwork and synergy it takes to create beautiful music.

Under the baton of music teacher Erica Glikos, the orchestra performed “Royal Promenade,” “Whistle While You Work” and “A Maiden’s Rescue” to the delight of the audience. 

Choral students, under the direction of music teacher Maria Pisciotta and choreography by Mallory Cogen, performed a playlist of more modern pieces including “Showtime,” “True Colors,” “Sally Sells Seashells” and “Moana’s” “How Far I’ll Go.” The concert commenced with a recorder performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow. ”

Principal Sally Curto congratulated the students on their stellar performance and said it was obvious that dedication and teamwork paid off in the end. “It is no wonder that Bellmore has been recognized for the second consecutive year by the NAMM Foundation as a best community for music education,” she said.

Shore Road Students are Tops in Distinguished Poetry Competition

Shore Road Students are Tops in Distinguished Poetry Competition photo
Shore Road Students are Tops in Distinguished Poetry Competition photo 2
Linda Lebowitz’s Shore Road sixth-grade class was named Grand Champion in the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 32nd annual Poetry Contest for their class anthology “Musical Popcorn Eat Poems Pop By Pop.” In addition, Samantha Goldberg was the individual poem category winner for her work, “Even Popcorn Goes to Heaven.” The students have been invited to the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington on June 3 to receive their awards, officiated by WWBA 2018 Poet in Residence Vijay Seshadri. 

Ms. Lebowitz explained that the students were inspired by reading Gary Golio’s “Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix,” that described how the musician would hear music in the movements around him. 

Ms. Lebowitz then instructed the students to write the poems included in the anthology while they were listening to the sound of popcorn popping. When writing their poems, the students tried to write like they were Jimi, experiencing popcorn like a rainbow.  

Reinhard Students Set Their Own Weather Through Song

Reinhard Students Set Their Own Weather Through Song photo

In their study of the District’s leadership principles and core values, Reinhard second-grade students are aware that they create their own “weather,” setting the tone for their day. On May 23, members of the Rising Star Chorus set their own weather through song as they performed for administrators, faculty and parents during a concert themed “Bringing Your Own Weather.”

Music teacher and concert director Randi Andersen congratulated the students on their performance. “The students have shown much dedication and teamwork during weeks of practice,” she noted.

The concert provided ample opportunities for students to take leadership roles by singing solos, accompanying the chorus with instruments and relaying facts about the weather between selections. The songs performed included “Sunshine Lollipop” from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” an old folk song “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring,” The Association’s “Windy,” melody to Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” a mashup of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” and “It’s Raining Sunshine.”

Shore Road students create Terracotta soldier

Shore Road students create Terracotta soldier photo

As a culminating activity to their study of ancient China, sixth-grade students in Carolyn Acevedo’s class at Shore Road School created a life-size Terracotta soldier. 

During the casting process, select students were wrapped in plastic bags and tape. Plaster strips were then applied to create a cast for the soldier’s body and head and then painted in designs indicative of the period.

“The Terracotta soldier was a perfect way to bring history to life,” Ms. Acevedo said. 

Prior to making the Terracotta soldier, the students participated in a videoconference with the Cleveland Museum of Art called “Tomb Culture of Ancient China.” They created Chinese lanterns to coincide with Lantern Day, a festival during the Chinese New Year. The students studied the five basic features of ancient China’s civilization, which included government and dynasties; art, architecture and public works; job specialization and social classes; religion and writing. They also focused their studies on the Qin Dynasty and how the emperor had terracotta soldiers in his tomb to protect him in the afterlife.

Ms. Acevedo explained that there was a research and writing component to the study. The students had to research and give presentations with an accompanying activity about one of the five features of China’s civilization. Additionally, they performed research-based inquiries through a social studies toolkit provided through Engage New York, the state’s new social studies framework for grades K-12.  


Shore Road Students Determine if Anna Anderson was Anastasia

Shore Road Students Determine if Anna Anderson was Anastasia photo
Shore Road sixth-graders joined thousands of former forensic scientists in their quest to determine whether Anna Anderson’s claim that she was Anastasia Romanov, the daughter of the last Russian Tsar, was valid. Through a workshop with Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center, the students studied various physical and DNA analysis to determine the truth of her statement made in 1922.

Anna Anderson was best known as one of several imposters who said to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia and the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. After the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were found, DNA analysis was used to determine whether she was the princess. A private investigation using physical and DNA analysis later determined that Anna Anderson was Franziska Schanzkowska, a Polish factory worker with mental illness. 
“The goal here today is to use DNA for analysis to understand how to identify an individual in any criminal or civil investigation,” explained Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center teacher Pauline McGlone.  
The students utilized the process of DNA sequencing patterns, the family tree, and the study of mitochondrial DNA to determine the truth behind Anna Anderson’s claim. Using computer programming and the process of elimination, the students determined who was missing at the tsar’s burial ground through the study of key bone characteristics, including whether wisdom teeth were missing, if the rings on vertebrae were present and if the pelvis was that of a male or female.

Bellmore Named a Top Music Education Community

Bellmore Named a Top Music Education Community photo
The NAMM Foundation has designated the District one of the nation’s 2018 Best Communities for Music Education for its demonstration of exceptionally high commitment to music education and access to music instruction for all of the district’s students. 

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants to advance active participation in music. The district’s music program was analyzed for funding, staffing of qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.

The District is extremely proud of its Bellmore Star Music Program, which offers instruction in string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and provides opportunities for students to participate in band, orchestra and chorus. Unique and beneficial to the Bellmore Stars, every second-grade student receives instruction in violin. In addition, each class performs their new skills for their parents. Students in third grade are offered the opportunity to receive lessons in a string instrument and participate in orchestra. Beginning in fourth grade, students can participate in band and receive lessons in their chosen instrument. Students also perform in various school concerts, choral groups and musical theater productions.

Another unique opportunity for students is the Star Ukulele Program. Students at Winthrop Avenue are introduced to the ukulele and play songs during their general music classes. Students at both Winthrop Avenue and Shore Road schools can also join the Ukulele Club and play during recess.

This year, 16 Shore Road student-musicians were selected to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival, and six student-musicians participated in the Long Island String Festival.

“Bellmore’s music offerings, as well as support from the Board of Education, administration, faculty and the community have helped the district to achieve the status as one of the nation’s premier education programs,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo said. “Bellmore is a great community with outstanding schools.  We are proud to be nationally recognized as a Lighthouse District, a Common Sense School District and now designated as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education.”  
Tuesday, July 17, 2018