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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

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

  Mr. Joseph Rainis - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. Salvatore Brescia - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. Matthew Sarosy - 516-887-0200
Nurse: Ms. Raffaela Careccia - 516-887-0228
Nurse: Ms. Cathy Hetrick - 516-612-5416
Nurse Fax: 516-612-5423
Student Attendance: Mrs. Carla 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

Lynbrook Seniors Celebrated at Special Year-End Event

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To honor the Class of 2020, Lynbrook High School seniors and their families were invited to a special parent photo, yearbook and award event at the high school on June 16. Although the school is anticipating a formal graduation to take place on July 22, the day allowed the graduates to take memorable photos, receive their yearbook and their well-deserved accolades.

The graduates dressed in their caps and gowns and had the opportunity to walk across the stage in the Lynbrook High School gymnasium to receive a symbolic diploma case from Principal Joseph Rainis, similar to what is done in the high school’s traditional graduation ceremony. The gymnasium was beautifully decorated in green and gold balloons and several staff members were there to announce and cheer on each graduate as they arrived. Students stopped by during a designated time slot to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak congratulated the graduates as Director of Guidance Laurie Mitchell and Director of Fine and Performing Arts Joseph Pallotta presented students with their awards. Assistant principals Salvatore Brescia and Matthew Sarosy helped facilitate the event while each graduate received their yearbook and had their photos taken both individually and with their loved ones by Lynbrook High School special education teacher Kristen Burke and guidance counselor Jonathan Spector.

SAT Prep Course

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The Lynbrook High School Summer Program will be offering students an SAT prep course designed to help prepare them for the math portion of the SAT exam. This course will familiarize students with test components, questions, and problems. It is designed to provide information about the current format of the SAT and to instruct students in test-taking techniques and strategies.

The course fee is $150. You can either register with your guidance counselor or Mr. Finder, eric.finder@lynbrookschools.org.

The class will be held virtually. The course will start July 6th and end August 11th (no Friday sessions). The class time will be from 7:20am-9:00am.

Lynbrook Teacher Goes the Extra Mile for Senior Class

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Lynbrook High School teacher Dr. Benedict Tieniber turned his passion for running into a positive way to honor the school’s 206 graduating seniors. Starting at the beginning of May, Dr. Tieniber decided that he would run 206 miles, one mile per graduating senior. While proudly wearing a T-shirt featuring the names of the Class of 2020, he officially completed his goal on June 4.

“I wanted to do this to show my commitment and appreciation for all of their efforts and hard work this year,” said Dr. Tieniber. “It feels great doing this for them. Many of the seniors have reached out to me and thanked me for ‘going the extra mile.’” 

Dr. Tieniber teaches virtual enterprise, accounting and senior seminar at Lynbrook High School. He is also heavily involved in the community as the adviser of the school’s Key Club and as the coach the middle school baseball and wrestling teams. 

Class of 2020 Confirms a Legacy of Excellence to End Redemption Tour

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As the talk of the school community for the past three years, the Class of 2020 have managed to continually one-up themselves during Class Night each year. But success inspires imitation, and the seniors knew they needed to bring the house down to hold off other classes looking to copy their formula. Instead of worrying about how to top a Little Mermaid skit ranked by multiple veteran faculty as Top 5 All-Time, the students trusted a recipe that has served them well: strong storytelling through performance of a solid script, paired with outstanding dance, art, and music. 

This year’s skit and dances included numerous first-time participants who wanted to be a part of what their class had been building for four years. The result was a typically dedicated team effort that continued their recent history of providing audiences with memorable moments. And when broken glass at center stage threatened to derail one of those moments in the opening seconds of the kickline dance, the grade’s commitment to their craft was on full display.

In the middle of an uncharacteristically empty gym, the usual crowd noise was more than made up for by the sound of three other classes, and a handful of judges, swaying in their seats and singing along to Beauty and the Beast’s title track. It wasn’t how anyone would have drawn it up. But for a supremely talented group trying to clear a chip off its collective shoulder, this strange ending somehow seemed like the logical mic drop they deserved.

LHS Junior Honored for Her Exceptional Writing

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Christina Franco, a junior from Lynbrook High School, recently earned a Certificate of Nomination in the Achievement Awards in Writing Program, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. She is one of 233 high school juniors to be selected for two of the writing pieces she entered into the contest. This includes a writing submission which answered the 2020 Achievement Awards in Writing prompt, “Why Do I Write?” 

The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program that encourages high school students to write and honors some of the best student-writers in the country. High school juniors from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad and the Virgin Islands are challenged to take part in the annual contest. The participants are judged by teachers from across the nation for their expression of voice, language use and unique perspective and voice. Franco found out about the contest through her English teacher Louise McCartin.

“It’s a difficult teaching task to help students understand ‘voice’ in writing, much less employ it,” said Ms. McCartin. “Christina’s words resonate with the voice of determination, curiosity, honesty, imagination and inspiration. And she embodies all those qualities. She is a humble but fearless learner willing to take risks…she is so deserving of this recognition.” 

Congratulations, Christina! 

District Introduces New Athletic Director

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Martillotti as the district’s new director of athletics, physical education and health. Mr. Martillotti was previously the district coordinator of athletics in the Lawrence Public Schools and will replace Lynbrook’s current athletic director, Thomas Graham, who is retiring. Mr. Martillotti will officially join the district on July 1.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education K-12 from SUNY Cortland and his Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Health Education from SUNY Stony Brook. He also holds a school district leader certification and a school building leader certification from the College of Saint Rose.

Mr. Martillotti has served over three years as Lawrence’s district coordinator of athletics and is adept in student, coach and teacher development, community relations and facility management. Prior to his role as district coordinator of athletics, Mr. Martillotti was a physical education, health and adaptive physical education teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the Lawrence Public Schools.

Since 2000, Mr. Martillotti has been coaching various athletic teams in Lawrence. His leadership as the head varsity football coach for Lawrence High School has resulted in the team earning five Nassau County and three Long Island championship titles. As Lawrence High School’s head varsity boys bowling coach, the team was crowned five-time conference champions. Throughout the years, Mr. Martillotti has also received numerous accolades for his leadership and dedication.

“There are so many great people that make up the Lynbrook School District,” said Mr. Martillotti. “I am most looking forward to working in a district where the community as a whole truly supports the physical education, health and athletic programs. Over the years as a coach, AD and spectator, I have seen first-hand the huge crowds that Lynbrook draws at athletic events. The fans are truly supportive and positive. From the student body, parents, administration, board of education and community, it provides an exhilarating environment for student athletes. I am truly honored to be a part of that.”

Seniors Commit to College Teams

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Four student-athletes from Lynbrook High School recently committed to play their sport of choice at the collegiate level. Senior Danny Dalrymple will attend Adelphi University in the fall where he will join the swim team, David Becker will attend Webber International University where he will play lacrosse, Ethan Marcus committed to Tulane University where he will play football and Jake McDonald committed to St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn where he will join the baseball team. We wish these talented student-athletes the best of luck as they move forward in their academic and athletic careers!

Virtual Enterprise Students Earn Top Spot in Social Media Contest

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Although schools are closed, members of Lynbrook High School’s Virtual Enterprise Company, Checkmate, are continuing to showcase their savvy business and social media skills. With the guidance of teacher Dr. Benedict Tieniber, the students were recently crowned the winners of the Youth Business Summit: Reimagined social media competition. 

The competition was created by Virtual Enterprises International and encouraged all schools who participate in the VE program to use the hashtag #YBSReimagined to post updates about their student-made companies to social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. During the school year, VE students from Lynbrook High School created Checkmate, an app that makes tracking finances easy and has shared their company at various VE trade shows.
As part of the social media competition, Lynbrook students created Instagram and Twitters posts showing how their team is conducting business, as well as promoting special deals for customers, spotlighting team members and sharing their virtual enterprise experiences. Together, the virtual enterprise community voted on the top 10 teams. Lynbrook High School students earned first place and will be receiving $50,000 in virtual enterprise money, along with special recognition. To see their award-winning content, please visit Checkmate’s Twitter account at @CheckmateVei and Instagram account at @checkmate_vei.

Congratulations, Checkmate! 

Lynbrook High School Honored by New York State

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Lynbrook High School was recently designated a 2019-2020 Recognition School for high achievement and high progress during the 2018-2019 school year by the New York State Education Department under New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan. This is the eighth consecutive year that the high school received the high honor. It is among 582 schools throughout the state and only 212 high schools to be recognized this year.
To earn the Recognition School title, a school must fulfill specific criteria. This includes maintaining high academic achievement, be top performing under ESSA, show evidence of student growth and graduation rate, progress during the 2018-2019 school year and meet the required 95% participation rate in the English language arts and mathematics assessment. Lynbrook High School will receive a certificate for its high achievement. 

LHS Virtually Inducts 107 Members Into National Honor Society

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Each year, a number of high achieving students from Lynbrook High School are inducted into the school’s National Honor Society. They are selected based on their ability to maintain high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Due to the global pandemic, National Honor Society adviser Leonard Bruno and Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis organized a virtual induction ceremony on YouTube to recognize and welcome 107 new members into the prestigious organization. These students bring the total number of National Honor Society members for Lynbrook High School to 305. To watch the induction ceremony, please click the following link: https://youtu.be/bzbMV-EVxKI

Congratulations to the following inductees:

Sophomore Candidates 

• Olivia Ackerman
• Victoria Artz
• Isabella Becker
• Madison Becker
• Rachel Belmont
• Grace Bodian
• Hunter Brenneis
• Lexi Capitali
• Maximo Casares
• Stephen Christian
• Lily Cohen
• Zack Cohen
• Megan Coogan
• Noelle DeMasi
• Michael Dichter
• Elizabeth DiFiore
• Andrew Director
• Joseph Dolce
• Peter Donnarumma
• Kate Dooling
• Matthew Duch
• Isaiah Durandisse
• Sophie Dzieciolowski
• Rachel Edelstein
• Brianna Estrada
• Sydney Festa
• Asa Freeman
• Kiera Gaughran
• Jake Giarriputo
• Olivia Gonzalo
• Samantha Guggino
• Mikaela Harris
• Kelly Hayes
• Joseph Ingerman
• Tyler Ippolito
• Aliyah Jaikaran
• Keziah Job
• Lucas Kiefer
• Brooke Killelea
• Harrison Kirby
• Scarlett Kreit
• Haoran (William) Lai
• Amanda Larow
• Emma Leighley
• Martin Lopez
• Johnny Lu
• Collin Lung
• Anthony Macchia
• James Malinka
• Ronan Mansfield
• Dimitri Marinos
• Victoria Martorano
• Meghan McMahon
• Christian Meszaros
• Dylan Monaco
• Veronica Montanez
• Max Moscheni
• Chloe Moskowitz
• AnnMarie Mucciacciaro
• Sophia Napolitano
• Kyla Nembach
• Manaka Ogura
• Ethan Ostroff
• Emily Paladino
• Daniel Paolino
• Michael Papini
• Amelia Pollicino
• Nicholas Quagliozzi
• Amintta Ragavanis
• Julia Reis
• Petra Roberts
• Sivan Roditi
• Connor Rogan
• Megan Ryan
• Karoline Ryf
• Allison Santoro
• Alessia Scala
• Sophia Schneider
• Isabella Sferraza
• Madison Sontag-Denoon
• Dylan Stalter
• Sophia Sullivan
• Gabriel Sultana
• Julia Swerdin
• Aidan Tessler
• Mia Tetelman
• Brandon Torres
• Alex Travis
• Katherine Tuosto
• Natalie Tuosto
• Brooke Viceconte
• Danielle Vito
• Olivia Vuotto
• Emma Ward
• Sophie Ward
• Adin Weiss
• Katherine Yadanza
• Zoe Zou

Junior Candidates 

• Jullian Albergo
• Nicholas Capobianco
• Isa Jaghab
• Madison Lee
• Diminic Miele
• Tierney O’Brien
• Richard (Matthew)Redash
• Lauren Siciliano
• Alicia Villadiego

Honk and Hooray for Lynbrook’s Class of 2020

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As a special way to honor the soon-to-be graduates, Lynbrook High School building administrators, staff and central administrators illuminated the place where the Class of 2020 has called home for the past four years. Seniors and their families were encouraged to drive by the high school on Union Avenue on May 1 at 20:20 military time, a nod to the year, to see Lynbrook High School shining bright in their honor. Between the line of cars, excited honking and loud cheers, the administrators and staff celebrated each senior as they passed the high school while holding signs and pom poms.
Athletic Director Thomas Graham and Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis coordinated the momentous evening with the local fire and police departments who assisted with traffic control.
“It was so nice to see the members of the Class of 2020,” said Mr. Rainis. “They are a wonderful group – insightful, mature, leaders. I want to thank Mr. Graham, who really got things moving on this and I also want to thank Chief Nick Pearsall and Chief Mike Brooks of the Lynbrook Fire Department, as well as Chief Brian Paladino of the Lynbrook Police Department, for supporting the students and families of the class. It really was a nice moment. I hope that the students felt the support and love that Lynbrook High School and the community has for them because I sure did.”

LHS Chorus Performs "Stand By Me" for Essential Workers

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Lynbrook High School chorus members perform a beautiful rendition of "Stand By Me" to honor all of our essential workers. On behalf of the Lynbrook Public Schools, thank you for all you do! Video created by Timothy Waldvogel and Barry Wyner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11JywY_B1rI&feature=youtu.be

Horizon Garners Awards in Better Newspaper Contest

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Members of Lynbrook High School’s Horizon, the school’s newspaper, recently received high accolades in the 2019 New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. With the guidance of advisor Jessica Sanders, this was the first year that Horizon participated in the competition. 

Horizon received first place for Best Website. The judges praised the Horizon staff, calling its website “very well constructed” with a “clean design and consistent use of fonts and text blocks.” The Horizon staff launched the site in 2017 to showcase their stories online. 

In addition, four Horizon members, including two from the Lynbrook High School Class of 2019, received individual awards for their outstanding work in different categories of the contest. 2019 graduate Ela Ratkiewicz earned first place in the Best Use of Social Media category for her piece “You’re Invited, Billy Joel.” Here, she spotlighted chorus teacher Barry Wyner’s connection to the singer-songwriter and created a YouTube video inviting Joel to the school’s annual Spring Gala of the Arts. She was not the only Horizon member to be recognized for social media. Fellow 2019 graduate Harrison Simon received second place in the Best Use of Social Media category for “Owls Avenge Sole Loss in Thriller over VS South.” The basketball story featured interview clips which were posted to YouTube. This same story also earned Harrison the honorable mention award in the Best Sports Story category of the competition. 

Lynbrook High School senior Jane Hoeflinger took home third place in the Best News Story category for her piece, “Michael Frank: A True Hero.” In her story, Jane highlighted a Lynbrook High School student who jumped into action during the school year to help save a man’s life. Horizon member Julia Swerdin, a sophomore, also received third place in the Best Feature Story category for her profile on a Holocaust survivor entitled, “The Story of Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth.” 

Congratulations to the Horizon staff on these great achievements!

Class of 2020 College Commitments

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To see where the Class of 2020 will be next year, visit our Facebook page at this link.