Finalists chosen in Lynbrook’s Project L.I.F.T.O.F.F. Leaders and Innovators

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Three teams of finalists were chosen on Nov. 1 for the Lynbrook Public School District’s Project L.I.F.T.O.F.F. Leaders and Innovators. The three projects will compete for a chance for one project to be sent to the International Space Station.

Over 200 teams of Lynbrook students in grades 6 through 9 submitted proposals for microgravity experiments that covered a wide range of science topics. Fourteen semifinalist teams attended the special symposium in the Lynbrook High School auditorium, and the night ended with the selection of three finalist teams who are now one step closer to realizing the dream of becoming real life space scientists.

Attendees were treated to a presentation by keynote speaker Greg Olsen, who was the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the ISS in 2005. Mr. Olsen displayed photos and videos from his time in space, including ones that showed how his typical daily routines were altered while living without gravity. Mr. Olsen’s speech helped invigorate students’ and parents’ interest in space exploration.

Each semifinalist team was announced and received certificates and goodies from their teachers. North and South middle school principals Marianne Healy and Kaitlin GaNun announced the finalists, who are Anderson Bell, Liam Proper, Owen Rudolph and Antonio Zollo for the project, “The Effect of Microgravity on the Oxidization of Iron;” Baili Georgoulas, Delia Kirkpatrick and Annabelle Murray for the project, “Hodgkin Lymphoma Cells in Microgravity;” and Jack Murray, Aidan Michaels, Chris Mangieri and Jamile Batista for the project, “How does microgravity and space conditions effect the growth of the wine cap mushroom, Stropharia rugosoannulata, mycelium?”

Project L.I.F.T.O.F.F. – Lynbrook’s Inspirational Flight to Orbit for Future Leaders and Innovators – is part of the district’s participation in the Student Space Flight Experiments Program, a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC, which is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the ISS as a National Laboratory.

Date Added: 11/4/2022

Lynbrook community stands as one for Unity Day

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On Oct. 19, orange filled the halls and classrooms of Lynbrook Public Schools signifying Unity Day and the community’s unified stance against bullying.

Created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Lynbrook schools and others across the country recognize the day to promote acceptance, inclusion and kindness. Students, staff and administrators wore eye-catching orange to show their commitment to taking a stand against bullying.

Many activities throughout the week promoted Unity Day, such as the creation of the unity tree at West End Elementary School, on which students shared ways to prevent bullying. At Waverly Park, students pledged to be kind to all their peers by posting promises to be inclusive. The Marion Street community came together for a school-wide walk around the track, and at the Kindergarten Center, students drew scenes of kindness, which were combined into an orange pumpkin to celebrate the season. North Middle School students in the Career Development Program who run the Hoot Café visited West End to serve up some tasty treats, while at North Middle, students created and signed a group agreement to do their part to create a safe and inclusive environment. The classroom doors of South Middle School were decorated for a competition promoting teamwork and Unity Day messages. Finally, several of the schools gathered outside to take a group Unity Day photo in different shapes, including “unity” at Waverly Park.

Date Added: 10/21/2022

Lynbrook North Middle Students Build a Culture of Inclusivity and Empathy

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Students and staff at North Middle School in the Lynbrook Public School District cultivated an inclusive environment by participating in Start With Hello Week, a Sandy Hook Promise program.

The aim of Start With Hello Week is to empower students by teaching them how to recognize social isolation in their peers and encourage them to reach out and help those who may be lonely. With skills to combat social isolation, North Middle students created a more connected and inclusive community.

Some students showed their commitment to ending social isolation by signing a group agreement to always be there for one another, while others worked as outreach ambassadors. To help foster a sense of belonging, faculty and staff used sidewalk chalk to create positive messages for the students as they entered the building.

Date Added: 10/7/2022