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Grand Avenue Middle School

2301 Grand Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Carlo Conte

Assistant Principals:
Mr. James Mollica

Mr. Christopher Riccardi
 Attendance:  992-1109
 Guidance:  992-1120
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 Fax:  679-5068

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Grand Avenue Celebrates Moving Up

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In an outdoor ceremony marked with pomp, circumstance, balloon arches and other fanfare, the Grand Avenue Middle School Class of 2021 celebrated moving up with three different ceremonies on June 11.

Eighth grader Samantha Bremer belted out the national anthem and Grand Voices, led by Amanda Cantwell, sang a peppy rendition of “On Top of the World.”

Principal Carlo Conte addressed the journey to “return to normalcy.”

“You guys have thrived, learned, joined clubs, competed in sports, put on a musical revue, participated in robotics competitions and excelled in science research competitions,” he added. “You guys are far from defined as typical or ordinary. You guys are extraordinary.”

Wellington C. Mepham High School senior Taylor Decina was invited to address the 11 a.m. ceremony.

At Grand Avenue “you got to redefine who you are and who you want to become,” she said. “In high school, I again realized the beauty of a new beginning. Branch out and meet new people and try new things. Break the social construct you think you’re being placed into.”

Student Clairevy Maingrette offered a student reflection during the ceremony, stating that the graduation serves as “a launching point, projecting us into the future” while holding onto the past. “The pandemic showed us that anything can happen and any minute and this is why we have to cherish moments with friends, family, teachers, etc.”

Grand Avenue Student Council Holds Shoe Drive

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Grand Avenue Middle School’s Student Council held recently held a shoe drive to raise money for the school.

“As students and educators, we want to leave the world a better place for future generations,” said Howard Fields, who is the dean of students, a social studies teacher and student council adviser. “We have to do sustainable things to help the planet and the environment. That means keeping gently worn, used and new shoes out of landfills. Most families have 10 pairs of shoes they no longer use, but they have nowhere to throw them away. In other words, they know that throwing shoes in the trash is not the answer.”

They collected 625 pairs of gently worn and new shoes.

In return, rewarded Grand Avenue by paying them .40 cents for every pound of shoes collected. These shoes will be shipped to people and places affected by natural disasters around the world.

Grand Avenue Yorker Club Raises $1K for St. Jude’s

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The Yorker Club at Grand Avenue Middle School held their first ever Candles for Cancer fundraiser during the month of March, raising $1,000 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Co-Advisors  Dominik Bargiel and Daniel Rummenie and and librarian Katy Beleckas assisted Yorker President Ryan Marr,  and members Emma Stamm, Adriana Gutierrez, Ryan Califano in this fundraiser.

Grand Avenue Students Place in Science and Engineering Fair

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Three students from Grand Avenue Middle advanced in the annual Tri-County Science and Technology Fair, held virtually this year in April.

“This competition is similar to the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair for students of Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties,” explained science teacher and adviser Tami Cruz. “However, some schools from Nassau and Suffolk counties were allowed to participate.”

To participate, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 must perform a scientific investigation under the guidance of their teachers.

Tristan Bissoondial won first place in the category of environmental science for his project, “Glycine Betaine Improves Tolerance to Cadmium in Lemna minor.” Peter Udilovich won second place in the category of biology for his project, “The Effect of Flour Concentration on Mycelium-Hemp Material Strength.” Evan Kolberg won third place in the category of biology for his project, “Are Hippodamia convergensmore effective at removing Acyrthosiphon pisum than a chemical called imidacloprid?”
Both Bissoondial and Udilovich were selected as 2021 Broadcom MASTERS nominees and are selected to participate in the national competition. Kolberg was named an alternate.

In addition to the individual awards presented to these three students, Grand Avenue was awarded the Susan Schaell Handelman Award for Scholastic Excellence in Science & Technology.

“The students are now looking forward to receiving results from the Long Island Science Congress, set to be released in May,” added Cruz.

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