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Lynbrook High School

Welcome to Lynbrook High School
Welcome to Lynbrook High School, where student success is our daily focus and striving for excellence our overarching goal. Our blend of strong academics, a passion for the fine and performing arts, and participation in athletics, service activities and independent projects constitute the very heart of all we do.  Spend some time visiting our website; then find some time to visit us and see for yourself what makes our home away from home, Lynbrook High School, so special.    GO OWLS!!

- Joseph Rainis, Principal

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9 Union Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0200

  Mr. J. Rainis - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. S. Brescia - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. M. Sarosy - 516-887-0200
Nurse: Ms. R. Careccia - 516-887-0228
Nurse: Ms. C. Hetrick - 516-612-5416
Nurse Fax: 516-612-5423
Student Attendance: Mrs. C. Garvey - 516-887-0209

School Year Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Summer Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday
All visitors must have an appointment to meet with staff in any school building. Please DO call ahead. Thank you!

Important Contact Information:
NYS Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
NYS línea de abuso infantile: 1-800-342-3720
Medicaid Fraud Hotline: 516-612-5200



Current News

Spring Athletes Honored

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Congratulations to the following student-athletes who had a fantastic 2018-2019 spring season! 

All League - Nick Focarazzo
Boys Golf
All County - John Donnarumma
All County Honorable Mention - Jonathan Mottola and Anthony Mottola
All Conference - Alyssa Burton and Rosie Perlstein
All County - Jessica Graepel
All Conference - Lauren Siciliano
Girls Lacrosse
All County - Jenna Hendrickson and Elizabeth Murphy
All County Honorable Mention - Lena Weinkauf
All Conference - Kate Foley, Kayleigh Stalter and Jessica Woll
Scholar Athlete - Casey Kaplan
Unsung Hero - Cariann Mackie
Boys Lacrosse
All County - John DiBenedetto and Jesse Candel
Honorable Mention All County - Jake DiBenedetto and Sean Barrett
All Conference - Kevin Loonie, Joseph DeMonte and Jack Fagen
Academic All County/Scholar Athlete - John DiBenedetto and Jesse Candel
Academic All Conference/Scholar Athlete - John DiBenedetto, Jesse Candel, Jake DiBenedetto, Sean Barrett, Kevin Loonie, Joseph DeMonte and Jack Fagen
Girls Track
All Division - Caitlin Buchala and Sara Denker
Boys Track
All County - William Miata and Jonathan Cabral Martin
All Division - William Miata, Lomar Collins, Dylan Herlihy, Jason Sitt, Jonathan Cabral-Martin, Alex Deputy, Dan Martinez and Dominic Miele

Off to College

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Congratulations to recent Lynbrook High School graduate John DiBenedetto! John committed to play lacrosse at Muhlenberg College and will study finance there in the fall. We wish him the best of luck! 

Lynbrook Swimmers Earn Academic All-American Award

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Lynbrook High School student-athletes Sarah Gaudet and Siobhan Stapleton from the Class of 2019 were recently recognized with the Academic All-American Award for swimming from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. More than 176,000 female students are involved in aquatics at the high school level in more than 16,432 programs. Sarah and Siobhan are among approximately 2% of these students who were recognized as high school All-American’s. 

To earn this prestigious distinction, a student-athlete must have a minimum GPA of 3.750 on a 4 point scale, be a graduating senior and have lettered in their respective high school’s program for either swimming, diving, or water polo in their senior year. 

Sarah will continue her passion for swimming at James Madison University, while Siobhan will attend the University of Tampa in the fall. The district congratulates both students on this outstanding achievement!

From Mentee to Mentor

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Sal Cimato from the Lynbrook High School Class of 2019 explored his passion for coaching during his Senior Seminar course this year. The Senior Seminar program allows high school seniors to participate in an internship during the school year. 

With a love for baseball and as a former baseball player himself, Sal became a volunteer coach for the Lynbrook middle school baseball team. Dr. Benedict Tieniber, Senior Seminar teacher and coach of the middle school team, served as his mentor. Sal was at the very first practice/tryout, attended every game, and coached the whole season with Dr. Tieniber by his side. He exceeded his required 50 hours for Senior Seminar, completing more than 100 hours. 

“The kids loved him,” said Dr. Tieniber. “As he was learning from me as a mentee, he transitioned into a mentor/role model for the eighth graders. They looked up to him, listened to what he had to say and learned from him.” 

At the end of May, Sal presented his Senior Seminar project during Senior Seminar Night which highlighted his coaching experience. To his surprise, players from the eighth grade baseball team showed up to the event to show their support. 

“Coaching Lynbrook eighth grade baseball was a unique experience,” said Sal. “I was able to be a mentor to those on the team while I was the mentee to Dr. Tieniber. It was amazing to be able to help them grow as an athlete while learning valuable lessons that I can take into college and beyond.” 

Senior Earns Grand Prize in National Essay Contest

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Senior Jason Sitt from the Lynbrook High School Science Research Program was recently designated as the first place winner in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s 2019 Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest. Earning the top spot in the national contest earned Jason a $5,000 National Scholarship from the organization. 

The contest was open to college-bound high school seniors who had to describe how Alzheimer’s has affected their lives and share how they plan to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in the future. Jason researched the disease during the summer of 2018 at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Here, he created his research project titled “Absence of Neuroprotective miR-219 Alters Synapse Quantification in Neuromuscular Junctions throughout Maturing and Aging Drosophila melanogaster.” Jason incorporated his knowledge from his research project into his essay for the contest. 

In addition, his outstanding research on Alzheimer’s disease also earned him first place in the Biochemistry and Physics category of the 2019 Neurological Surgery P.C. Health Science Competition at LIU Post this past May. Between his scholarship from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and first place award in the competition at LIU Post, Jason has received monetary awards totaling more than $10,000. 

The Lynbrook Public Schools congratulates Jason on an extraordinary year and wishes him the best of luck on his future endeavors as he attends the University of Virginia in the fall. 

Key Club Earns Second Hemoglobin Award

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The Lynbrook High School Key Club recently received the Hemoglobin Award from the New York Blood Association for the second consecutive year. The honor is given to a school with an outstanding number of blood donations. At the end of May, Lynbrook High School Key Club officers and other important members were accompanied by adviser Dr. Benedict Tieniber on a trip to LIU Post to receive the award. 

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Lynbrook High School Key Club hosted their annual blood drives which through their success, led to this award. The Key Club’s April blood drive was just one of three blood drives that generated 256 donations, saving a total of 768 lives. Leading up to each drive, Key Club members broadcasted the events and spread awareness while sharing the importance of each contribution. Through this, the students ultimately empowered their peers to donate and save a life. 

“The blood drive was another outlet that fabricated unity, allowing students and members of the community to come together and share strength,” said Dr. Tieniber. “Without deliberation, the blood drive forges a comforting atmosphere, fostering an environment where one can give solace to an unfamiliar face without hesitation.” 

At LIU Post, Lynbrook’s Key Club members, among other students representing their schools, participated in a ceremony where the deserving schools received awards and recognition. The New York Blood Association organized games and had a speaker who shared her dismal yet inspiring story about the hardships she faced as child and how an abundance of blood transfusions aided her on her path to recovery. The story allowed the students to see deeper into the issue and really shed a light on the importance of donating blood. 

“This was my second time getting the privilege to represent my school and both times were an insightful reminder on what’s behind all the meetings, planning, and hundreds of donations,” said Lynbrook High School senior and Key Club member Matt Geller. “It shows how important what we’re doing really is.” 

In the upcoming years, the Lynbrook High School Key Club will continue to put fourth its best efforts to obtain an immense amount of donations and preserve its devotion to the New York Blood Association. 

Congratulations, Key Club!

Deserving Seniors Receive Scholarships

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The Lynbrook High School gymnasium was filled with proud administrators, staff, family, friends, board of education and community members to celebrate the Lynbrook High School Class of 2019 during the school’s annual Senior Awards Night on May 29. Thousands of dollars in scholarships were generously presented to deserving seniors throughout the evening by community organizations, families and individuals. 

Principal Joseph Rainis opened the event by thanking the faculty of Lynbrook High School and all those in attendance who chose to honor members of the Class of 2019. One by one, seniors were recognized with scholarships and awards for their academics, leadership abilities, character, citizenship and service in the community. In addition, memorial scholarships were presented to a number of seniors in honor of loved ones gone too soon, and each student was praised for exemplifying the values of their award.

Congratulations to all the award recipients on their well-deserved recognitions! 

Senior Rises to the Top at International Science and Engineering Fair

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Lynbrook High School senior Kaylie Hausknecht recently competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Arizona and took home numerous top awards for her independent research project. This year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 80 countries, regions and territories showcased their projects at the Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. 

Kaylie presented her research titled “Disentangling Spatial Correlations from Inhomogeneous Materials with Shift-Invariant Artificial Neural Networks,” during the fair. Her research was conducted while working in a condensed matter physics laboratory studying superconductors which are able to conduct electricity without losing any energy to resistance. Kaylie’s goal was to solve the issue that scientists have when looking to make higher temperature superconducting materials which are extremely disordered on the atomic level. It complicates the task of distinguishing what is a relevant feature of the material from what is just noise from disorder. For her project, Kaylie developed a new methodology with a form of artificial intelligence that is able to disentangle the essential properties of these materials from their nanoscale disorder, a methodology that may be useful for studying different materials, as well as other disordered physical systems.

Her impressive research earned her first place in the Physics category and granted her $3,000. Kaylie also took home the prestigious Best in Category award for Physics and Astronomy and received $5,000. This distinction means that Kaylie was recognized as the best high school physics researcher in the world. 

In addition, she earned the European Union Young Scientist Award, allowing her to proudly represent the U.S. with an all-expenses paid trip to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in September. Furthermore, Kaylie had an asteroid named in her honor and the Intel Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Lynbrook High School and the affiliated fair they represent in honor of her success.  

Science research teacher David Shanker attended the fair with Kaylie and expressed how proud he was of his hardworking student. 

“Kaylie has achieved the highest level of success in the Lynbrook High School Research Program since it was formed in 1999,” he said. “On the day of judging, Kaylie was confident and handled the grueling seven hours of presenting, cool and composed. It was at the Grand Awards ceremony when I lost it after I heard these words, ‘For Physics and Astronomy, the Best in Category, from Lynbrook New York, Kaylie Hausknecht.’ I’ll never forget that; Kaylie’s was the best physics project in the world.” 

The district congratulates Kaylie on this tremendous achievement and looks forward to seeing all that she accomplishes in the future! 

LHS Students Bring “Fit Pet” to Youth Business Summit

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Lynbrook High School students in Dr. Benedict Tieniber’s Virtual Enterprise course participated in Virtual Enterprise International’s 2019 Youth Business Summit Trade Show in Brooklyn, where they showcased their company, “Fit Pet.” 

The one-of-a kind global business convention for virtual enterprise students allowed them to network and show off their products, goods and services to others. Lynbrook was commended during the event as “Fit Pet” sales for the day totaled more than $250,000. After the third and last review of form operations by VEI International, “Fit Pet” was ranked again as a top 50 firm nationwide.

It has been a successful year for the Lynbrook VE students and their company. During the 2018-2019 national online competitions, “Fit Pet” placed in the top 25% for elevator pitch and company branding and earned honorable mention for their website, newsletter and video commercial. The students also earned the silver award for company branding when they presented “Fit Pet” at the 2019 Long Island Regional Conference and Exhibition. 

“Virtual Enterprise has been a valuable experience in showing me how the business world operates,” said Lynbrook High School senior Billy Miata. “Through Virtual Enterprise, Dr. Tieniber has become a great mentor to me, inspiring me to pursue a future in business. This class has given me opportunities to find my interests in business and has given me the self-confidence I need before I leave high school.” 

Congratulations to Dr. Tieniber and his students! 

Lynbrook Student-Athletes Finish Season Strong

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Numerous student-athletes from Lynbrook High School had a memorable winter season as they received honors and accolades for their dedication and success. This included student-athletes on the cheer team, boys swim team, wrestling team, boys basketball team, girls basketball team, boys winter track team and girls winter track team. Among the individual awards, 17 students were selected for All-Conference in their designated sports, while three were recognized as scholar athletes and two were honored for All-County.

A highlight of the winter season was the Lynbrook High School boys basketball team who brought the community together as they played their hearts out on the court and proudly earned the title of Conference Champions. Among the many accomplishments of the team during the season, senior Rylan Blondo also earned the distinction of Small School Nassau County Player of the Year. 

Congratulations to all the following student-athletes on their awards:   

Boys Swimming

All-Conference: Danny Dalrymple and Samir Souidi


All-County: Johnny Dibenedetto

All-Conference: Jordan Camilo, Jessie Candel, Sean Curley, Johnny Dibenedetto, Tyler Heaney, Jassjeet Singh, David Vivar, Justin Weinberger and Henry Quilca  

Boys Basketball 

All-State: Rylan Blondo 

All-Honorable Mention All-State: James Montgomery 

All-Conference: John Donaldson and Brandon Pekale

Scholar Athlete: Brandon Pekale

Girls Basketball

Scholar Athlete: Katie Bamman 

Honorable Mention All Nassau County: Kayla Schweizer and Leanna Sullivan

All-Conference: Kyla Nembach and Camilla Bahri 


All Division: Gwyneth Favichia

Scholar Athlete: Nicole Malik

Section VIII Coach’s Award: Rebecca Domiguez

Boys Winter Track

All-County: Billy Miata

All-Conference: Shane Nembach 

Girls Winter Track

All-Conference: Caitlin Buchala