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Extended School Year Fun for Bellmore-Merrick Students

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Members of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s Extended School Year Program enjoyed a film presentation of Wicked, this year’s annual film production on August 11 held in the Merrick Avenue Middle School Auditorium. Each year, the program selects a different film for students to rehearse for the yearly production that supports the literacy and communication goals of participating students. Friends and family members were invited to the special viewing, which was directed and produced by Kathleen and Vonn Brickmeier.

After the celebratory viewing, the students enjoyed a visit from Milk & Sugar’s ice cream truck. “What makes the ice cream truck so special is that this truck is owned and operated by one of our ESY student’s family,” Assistant Director of Special Education and PPS Maura Kempton said.

The Extended School Year program is designed for students with 12-month Special Class recommendations which is a full day of learning and incorporates enrichment activities that offer students a fun and rewarding summer experience.

Date Added: 8/16/2022

STEAM Camp Ignites Fun and Creativity

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Rising eighth graders in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School district recently participated in a two-week STEAM Summer Camp program. Campers explored and expanded their knowledge of code, design and advanced their skills building VEX IQ robots. STEAM participants spent time each day with coding and robotics teachers to explore various pathways of interest.

“Over the last five years, coding, robotics and 3D printing has been a high priority in the district’s seventh grade curriculum,” stated Robert Soel, Department Chair of Science and STEAM. Soel continued, “The STEAM Summer Camp is a wonderful chance for students to continue enriching their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art and math in a fun and educational setting.”

A highlight of the two-week camp was the culmination of an exciting Code Conquest hackathon and an in-camp robotics competition that was designed by high school students. Special thanks to teachers Ed Catapano, Deanna Ocampo, Dan Stiglitz and Rob Walsh who provided their expertise throughout this engaging opportunity for students.

Board of Ed Reorganizes at July 12 Meeting

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The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 12. Nina Lanci, who served as vice president last year, was voted as the new board president, while Janet Goller was named vice president for 2022-2023. Both officers were sworn in at the meeting.

Superintendent Michael Harrington thanked both Lanci and Goller for their dedication, saying, “This is the most exceptional team of board members, who have gone above and beyond for this community and those in it.”

Points of Pride

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The district's Points of Pride highlights various achievements and accomplishments in the areas of academics, arts, athletics and altruism. A celebration of student and staff successes, these monthly bulletins are also available at board of education meetings. 

Click here to read the Points of Pride.

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