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BACKPACK FLYERS
Please check our backpack flyers section for district and school handouts that were sent home with students.  ... read more
 
JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION
Family and friends gathered at Lynbrook North and South Middle Schools, as new members were inducted into the Lynbrook chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Initiates were chosen based on their ability to meet the Society's standards with regard to scholarship, leadership, character, service and citizenship. They will join their fellow members in upholding these principles by acting as role models for their peers, both in the classroom and in the community.



 
PLOTTING THEIR COURSE FOR PROMISING CAREERS
At their annual Career Fair, Lynbrook eighth-graders learned that it is never too early to start planning their future. Students from North and South ... read more
 
HOLOCAUST ASSEMBLY
Lynbrook South Middle School's 6th graders were captivated during an assembly about the Holocaust.  One of Mrs. DeSena's very own students, Liam ... read more
 
TAKING ONE FOR THE AUTISM TEAM
A delayed celebration of Pi Day turned into a Pie in the Face day for teachers, when South Middle School hosted a creative fundraiser for Autism Speaks.
Their original celebration of Pi Day in March was cancelled due to a snow day, so students and teachers decided to reschedule during Autism Awareness Month. Succumbing to this clever play on words for a worthy cause, dozens of teachers donned plastic cover-ups, shower caps and goggles, and let students pelt them with whipped cream pies. The event raised $450 for Autism Speaks, an organization that promotes advocacy and research to serve the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
"We thought this would be a fun way to celebrate Autism Awareness Month," said teacher Robyn Freiman, who helped students organize the event. "In addition to having fun, we raised money and awareness for a worthy cause."
 
A NOVEL APPROACH TO GRAPHIC ART
In the style of graphic novelist Shaun Tan, South Middle School sixth-graders added dramatic conceptual elements to drawings of everyday objects with ... read more
 
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
Applications for the NJHS are now available in backpack flyers.  All applications are due May 1. 

 
ENFORCING HEALTHY HABITS
At the North and South Middle School Health Fairs on March 22, students received more positive reinforcement for the lessons they had been receiving in their health classes throughout the year: Good health is all about making sound choices.
Sixth-graders at both schools gained health-smart insights from Molloy College nursing students, who conducted presentations that dealt with technology and sleep concerns, sun safety, personal hygiene, bike and road safety and bullying issues. They also discussed the dangers of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
Additional presentations by a nutritionist, a yoga instructor, the Guide Dog Foundation and the American Cancer Society rounded out the day's events at South Middle School.
   Students learned guide dog etiquette, practiced mindfulness, sampled homemade hummus and played an array of interactive games that tested their knowledge of heath-related issues.



 
DISCOVERING THEIR INNER ABSTRACT ARTISTS
Eighth-graders in South Middle School's studio in art class took an artistic journey through the world of abstract art with guidance from visiting artists from the Long Island Children's Museum.
After being introduced to the work of the Dutch-American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning, students were invited to create a work inspired by his distinctive method of layering to produce abstract mixed media pieces.
   The young artists began by transferring newsprint images to their blank canvases. They then added charcoal transfers of simple life figure drawings, arranged in random overlapping patterns and finished by filling in areas of the canvas with paint to produce their own unique mixtures of form and color.
"I took a similar workshop presented by the museum at the Balanced Mind Curriculum Conference," said art teacher Carol Henderson. "I found it so inspiring that I worked to bring this free workshop to my students to help them explore new forms of artistic expression."
   For nearly 10 years, the Long Island Children's Museum has partnered with The Willem de Kooning Foundation to introduce children and families to the world of abstract art and artists, in order to expand their understanding of what art "should" look like


 
‘HIDDEN FIGURES’ SHEDS LIGHT ON BLACK HISTORY
In honor of Black History Month, students at Lynbrook North and South middle schools attended screenings of "Hidden Figures," the movie about the team of African-American women mathematicians who provided NASA with data needed to launch its first successful space missions.
At North Middle the multi-themed movie provided a platform for follow-up research reports and discussions about civil rights, famous figures in women's history, the evolution of computer science and the math and physics concepts used to propel the space race.
 At South Middle students participated in cross-curricular initiatives that introduced African-American studies in art, music, science, social studies and English language arts. Students also used their math skills to solve NASA-themed math lessons. Two scientists from Stony Brook University were also invited speak to students about the challenges they faced as African-Americans in academia. At the end of February, students will display projects illustrating their new insights into the many facets of black history.

 
MICROSOFT EDUCATION BLOGGER
Jill Robinson, district instructional technology staff developer, was a guest blogger on the Microsoft in Education blog. In her post, she explained h... read more
 
DEBATE TEAM WORKS WITH MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
The high school debate team along with Mr. Van Wie visited Al Marrazzo's debate class to talk about debating, types of debates, and the preparation involved.  Students participated in a sample debate about whether it is better to use a pencil or a pen.  The high school students facilitated and assisted students with the debate.

 
MAKING NEWS AT CNN
Seventh- and eighth-grade South Middle School Student Council members took an inside look at the fast-paced world of network news when they visited th... read more
 
THANK YOU FROM THE BOOK FAIRIES
The National Junior Honor society collected over 15 boxes of books for the Book Fairies. Mrs. Jennifer DeMario, the advisor and organizer of the drive... read more
 
TURNING PARALYMPIC GOLD INTO INSPIRATION
Two months after leading Team USA to a gold-medal victory in wheelchair basketball at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Westbury native Steve Serio visited Lynbrook South Middle School to talk about overcoming obstacles and becoming the best version of oneself.
Serio was only 11 months old when spinal surgery left him paralyzed. Always active despite his physical limitations, he began playing wheelchair basketball at the age of 14, leading Carle Place High School to a national title in 2005. He went on to play for the University of Illinois and has traveled the world, competing in three Paralympic Games. In addition to his gold medal, he won the bronze at the London Paralympics, as well as two silvers and a bronze in other international competitions.
Students first learned about Serio from special education teacher Alyssa Papa, who encouraged them to write letters to invite him to visit. When he arrived, they welcomed him with a specially prepared slideshow about his life, followed by a question-and-answer session.
When asked what it takes to be a Paralympian, Serio said, "There are a lot of ups and downs in competitive sports and in life. Even if things don't always go your way, you have to keep improving yourself as an athlete and a person."
"The best part about competing in the Paralympics is being around like-minded people," said Serio. "You feel like you're part of something bigger than yourself."
When asked what advice he would give his middle school self, Serio said, "Things are going to be really cool in your life. Be patient, work hard and dream big."
"I am so proud of my students for writing to Steve and for the great job they did introducing him," said Papa. "They gained great insight from him about what it takes to achieve their dreams, despite any challenges that may come their way."
After the presentation, Serio passed around his medals, signed autographs and even let students try out his basketball wheelchair.
 
PLANTING ENGINEERING SEEDS
Members of the Lynbrook High School Robotics Team visited technology classes at North and South Middle Schools the week of Nov. 21 and brought the robots they are building for this year's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge. They put their robots through their paces to show the younger students the practical uses of computer programming and engineering. Judging by the reaction of the middle school students, the visits proved to be an innovative way to spark early interest in the fast-growing fields of science and technology.
 
BRINGING CHEER TO HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN
Like many other school groups this holiday season, the Lynbrook South Middle School Student Council is sponsoring a toy drive. But unlike other school groups, these students have a special connection to Raymond Mohler, Jr., the founder of the Little St. Nick Foundation, an organization that provides hospitals with toys, DVDs and other items to help bring cheer to children to cope with their pain. Mohler visited the school on Nov. 22 to help them kick off their drive with his inspiring story.
Mohler, who is a South Middle alumnus, founded the organization after experiencing his own medical challenges when he was diagnosed with a rare hip disease that required long hospital stays. After being discharged from the hospital, he was touched by the plight of the other children who were not well enough to go home. That year, he decided to donate half of his unwrapped holiday toys to the kids he left behind.
From that first act of charity, the Little St. Nick Foundation was born. Over the years, the organization has donated more than 500,000 toys, entertainment centers, electronics and other gifts to various hospitals. The organization also arranges for sports figures to visit young patients and grants wishes for children who are sick.
 "When I was younger I was in the hospital, so I know how much it helps to have toys and games to keep you busy," said student council representative John Kelhetter. "Raymond really inspired us to think about ways we can help others."
Mohler, who is now a freshman at the University of Tampa, continues to be active in the charity he founded when he was just six years old. To learn more about the cause, visit www.littlestnick.org.


 
COLLECTING CANDY FOR A CAUSE
Three South Middle School clubs joined forces to organize a candy drive called Operation Gratitude, turning Halloween trick-or-treating into an opport... read more
 
SOUTH MIDDLE FOOD DRIVE
Students and staff are encouraged to bring food to help families in need.  See the flyer in backpack flyers for more information. Or enlarge the photo for details. 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SWIM TEAM UNDEFEATED
The Lynbrook middle school girls swim team wrapped up its season with a big 50-26 victory over Plainview. The win capped off an undefeated season for ... read more
 
ELECTION CENTRAL AT SOUTH
After conducting weeks of research about this year's presidential election, South Middle School students hosted Election Central on Nov. 3 and 4.
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ELECTION ISSUES TAKE CENTER STAGE

Unlike the candidates in the national presidential debates, eighth-grade debate teams facing off at Lynbrook South Middle School on Oct. 21 had no problem speaking candidly about the issues in this year's election.

Touching on everything from terrorism, immigration and law enforcement to the economy, healthcare, climate change and education, the two teams faced off, outlining and defending the platforms of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The debaters spent weeks researching the issues in this year's election, both in their regular social studies classes and in their debate elective class, before taking to the stage to debate in front of the entire eighth-grade. Each team presented opening statements, constructive arguments and rebuttals for each topic. Both sides presented such compelling arguments that the audience was evenly split when asked to pick a winner.

  "This was one of the most intriguing elections in my lifetime," said social studies and debate teacher Al Marrazzo. "The students truly embraced the assignment and were not afraid to take on the challenges of discussing these difficult topics."


 
BRONX ZOO TRIP POSTPONED
The 7th Grade Bronx Zoo Trip is postponed to Tuesday, November 1.

 
DISPLAYING MESSAGES OF TOLERANCE

In honor of Unity Day, South Middle School students came together to celebrate kindness, tolerance, acceptance and inclusion. ... read more


 
CHARACTER ED DAY
South's 7th Grade had a day full of Character Education.  Students watched an anti-bullying play and participated in several team building activi... read more
 
MIDDLE LEVEL PARENT INSTITUTE
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Please click the link above to register (If the link is not acti... read more
 
ELECTION TIME AT SOUTH
Students running for Student Council had an opportunity to present their ideas to their peers. 
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SOUTH CLUBS

The club schedule has been posted!

Clubs begin on 9/19/16.  Please have your child listen to the morning & afternoon announcement... read more


 
SMOOTH START FOR SIXTH-GRADERS

South Middle School sixth-graders were off to a successful start to the school year with a little help from their eighth-grade... read more


 
6TH GRADE SOCIAL
South hosted a Arts and crafts or Sports social after school for our 6th graders.  Students had an opportunity to meet their classmates and have ... read more
 
SPIRIT WEEK AT SOUTH
Students at South showed their spirit to support Lynbrook's football team!
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DISTRICT MIDDLE SCHOOLS - TOP 100

The Lynbrook School District made the Niche.com 2016 list of top 100 public school districts in New York, ranking 41stread more


 
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