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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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February 24 - March 6
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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 Key Club Honored for its Commitment to Community Service

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The Lynbrook High School Key Club, along with club adviser Dr. Benedict Tieniber, received a proclamation from New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and New York State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin on Jan. 31 for their exemplary service to the community.

Among their many service projects, the club has hosted successful tri-annual blood drives, resulting in the organization receiving the Heroglobin Award from the New York Blood Association for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The high honor is presented to a school with an outstanding number of blood donations. The Lynbrook Key Club blood drives have saved more than 1,470 lives over the two-year period.

Key Club members have also participated in a “Halloween Safety” event at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, a holiday party for senior citizens, co-sponsored a Paint Night event with Lynbrook START Club to raise money for SunriseWALKS, raised more than $3,000 for Project 9 Line through a Powder Puff football game and held popcorn fundraisers and sold discount cards for the past three years, raising $5,000 to support the Rose Brucia Educational Foundation. 

Congratulations to the Lynbrook Key Club and Dr. Tieniber on this outstanding achievement!

Lynbrook Linebacker Selected for All-State Team

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Lynbrook High School senior Dominick Barbuto was recently selected to join the New York State Sportswriters Association Class A All-State team for football. This is the second consecutive year the high school linebacker has received the All-State recognition.
Among his many athletic achievements, he was second team All-Long Island in 2018 and has received All-County and All-Academic, All-Conference honors. Dominick was also selected as a Piner Award Nominee in 2018 and 2019, which honors the best linebacker in Nassau County. 

“Dom has all of the characteristics that I believe, in my 30 years of experience, to be a student athlete; a young man who truly cares about school and his community,” said head football coach Stephen LoCicero. “George S. Patton once stated ‘Leaders must assert themselves by example and by voice. They must be pre-eminent in courage…’ These are the qualities exemplified by Dom every single day.” 

After graduation, Dominick will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he will continue to play football. 

Congratulations, Dominick! 

Business Savvy Students Present at Trade Show

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Lynbrook High School students in Dr. Benedict Tieniber’s virtual enterprise class recently traveled to Long Island University to showcase their company “Checkmate” at the annual Long Island Regional Conference and Exhibition. 
The trade show provided the students with an opportunity to network and showcase their company to other Long Island firms. Lynbrook High School students pitched “Checkmate” to fellow students and judges in the LIU gymnasium, ultimately racking in $241,000 in sales. 

“The entire day was extremely beneficial,” said senior and Co-Chief Communications Officer Alex Sylvia. “Speaking with other companies and making sales not only helped our current company, but it also gave us insight into the business world to prepare us for our futures.” 

The main event of the day involved six dedicated Lynbrook students who gave an oral presentation on their business plan in front of four judges. After rehearsing for more than a week in front of numerous administrators and dedicating a significant amount of time out of class, the presenters performed very well. 

“I am beyond proud of my entire team,” said senior and Chief Executive Officer Jane Hoeflinger. “We all came together and quite honestly nailed that presentation. It was very rewarding to see all of our hard work pay off.” 

The results of the presentation are still pending and will not be released until Jan. 29. Out of more than 100 firms who participated that day, only five will be chosen to move on and be awarded the opportunity to present again in April.  

Aside from the trade show and business plan presentation, “Checkmate” has seen much success in its early months of development. The company has ranked in the top 200 virtual enterprise firms for the period ending Oct. 31, 2019 and are on track to continue to fulfill that role which will be posted in the beginning of February. 

Lynbrook Journalists Take Home ESSPA Awards

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Members of Horizon, Lynbrook High School’s school newspaper, earned 26 awards at the annual Empire State Scholastic Press Association awards ceremony. Hosted by Syracuse University, the competition is the largest that Horizon enters each year as the school competes with other high schools from across the state.
With the guidance of Horizon adviser Jessica Sanders, the 2018-2019 online Horizon staff earned the Gold Award for Best Online Publication and the 2018-2019 Horizon staff earned the Silver Award for Best Printed Newspaper. Staff members, including those from the Class of 2019, also received individual awards in a variety of categories. This consisted of seven gold awards, three silver awards, 11 bronze awards and three honorable mention awards. 

Gold Award: 

Emily Bergin – News Writing 
Ella Ratkiewicz – Multimedia Reporting
Samantha Shea – In-Depth Coverage
Harrison Simon – Multimedia Reporting
Christian Squitieri – Photographer (Portfolio) and Sports Photograph 
Julia Swerdin – Personality/Interview Story 

Silver Award: 

Harrison Simon – Sports Columnist (Portfolio) and Sports Feature 
Sophie Ward – Sports News 

Bronze Award: 

Charlie Ben-Ami – Sports News and Sports Feature
Dylan Burfield – Sports Columnist (Portfolio) 
Elizabeth DiFiore – Feature Writing
Jane Hoeflinger - News Writing x2 
Christian Squitieri – Sports Photograph 
Harrison Simon – Sports Feature
Izzy Weiss – Designer (Portfolio) and Picture Story Layout x2  

Honorable Mention Award:

Emily Bergin – In-Depth Coverage 
Andie Glanzer – In-Depth Coverage 
Christian Squitieri – Sports Photograph 

Congratulations, Horizon! 

Senior Recognized in Regeneron Science Talent Search

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Lynbrook High School senior Sara Bahri was recently selected as one of only 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020. The competition by Society for Science & the Public, encourages high school seniors to present their original research and is known as the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for students. 

Sara is one of 36 Long Island high school students to be recognized and will be awarded $2,000 for herself and Lynbrook High School. This is the second consecutive year that Lynbrook High School had at least one student earn the Regeneron scholar title. 

This year, scholars were selected from 1,993 applications from 659 high schools and 49 states. To earn the prestigious honor, students had to demonstrate exceptional research skills, a commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as a scientist. Sara was chosen for her science research project entitled “Altered Bilayer Elasticity as a Novel Mechanism for Aminoglycoside Antibiotics’ Toxicity.”

She is now in the running to be named one of 40 finalists in the competition. If selected, Sara will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from March 5-11, where she will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron, with a top prize of $250,000. 

Congratulations, Sara! 

Lynbrook BOE Honors Volleyball Stars and Looks Ahead at New Year

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The community gathered for the Lynbrook Public Schools first board of education meeting of 2020 on Jan. 8 at Lynbrook High School. During the meeting, outstanding students and an upcoming retiree were recognized, and important district updates were shared with the public.

The board honored Lynbrook High School volleyball players Ami Carey and Kate Foley for making the All-Long Island girls volleyball team. Ami made the first team and Kate made the second team. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak praised the student-athletes and the girls volleyball team for always bringing the Lynbrook community together with their exciting games.

Dr. Burak also commended the Lynbrook High School Student Government Association for their involvement in the Rock and Wrap It Up program. She received a phone call from a volunteer who praised the Lynbrook students for donating hundreds of coats and volunteering to wrap gifts for families in need during the holiday season.
“We are so proud of all the work that our kids did,” said Dr. Burak. “Our theme this year is A Community of Caring. The actions of the SGA really proved that on behalf of the Lynbrook Public Schools.”

In addition, the board approved the retirement of Patricia Maurin, monitor at Marion Street Elementary School. She has served the Marion Street community for 14 and a half years. The board thanked Mrs. Maurin for her commitment and service to the district.

Two representatives from Northwell Health were present at the meeting to answer any last-minute questions that the board members had about their urgent care model. The district has debated partnering with Northwell Health since the summer, and after much deliberation and careful considerations, officially voted to not move forward at this time with the partnership.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Burak reminded the community that April is Census Awareness Month. She encouraged everyone to fill out their census packets once they receive them. The government makes their decisions on funding based on population in the district’s boundaries and everyone should be counted for. Dr. Burak also provided an update on snow closures. At the last board of education meeting, she reported that if one or more snow days occur this year, the day would need to be made up to meet New York State’s required number of instructional hours. Since then, she was informed that if the governor declares that there is a state of emergency due to inclement weather, the day would not need to be made up.

Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, provided a curriculum update about the technology courses at the secondary level. The sixth grade technology students are using Scratch programming which teaches them how to develop their own video games. In seventh grade, students are working on manufacturing projects. They learned about the Industrial Revolution and how goods and services were produced before and after. The students created birdhouse projects using an assembly line process and during the unit they learned that some of the eighth grade students could not afford yearbooks. To help their peers, the seventh graders built birdhouses, the studio art students painted them and the yearbook club facilitated a fundraiser to raise money for eighth graders who could not afford yearbooks. At Lynbrook High School, students are utilizing the 3D printer to make special stylus pens that they can use in their classrooms to help them brainstorm during their other design projects.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, provided a capital projects update. He reminded the community that at the last board of education meeting the board rejected all bids for the Waverly Park elevator and the air conditioning at West End and Marion Street elementary schools. The rebid opening was held on Jan. 9 in the Atlantic Avenue board room. The bid opening for the high school project will be held on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. in the Atlantic Avenue board room. 

Lynbrook Senior Earns Prestigious Honor

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Arpie Bakhshian, a senior from Lynbrook High School was recently selected by the New York State Education Department as one of only 25 seniors from throughout the state to be nominated in the prestigious 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholar honor is one of the nation’s highest for high school students. 

Graduating seniors are selected annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on several categories. This includes academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, community service, leadership abilities and their commitment to high ideals. Lynbrook High School and New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky recommended Arpie for the honor due to her impressive academic achievements, leadership and school involvement.

“To have a student nominated is a wonderful thing,” said Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis. “While there are a number of students who I believe could be considered to be nominees, I know that Arpie’s academics, artistic abilities, involvement in science research and community service, exemplifies the type of young person that any community would be proud of. I think it’s really great that Arpie is Lynbrook High School’s nominee. It’s very fitting.” 

Arpie is currently enrolled in all Advanced Placement courses and is part of the school’s Science Research Program. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society and is the Vice-President of the National Math Honor Society and a board member of the Science National Honor Society. Furthermore, she is involved in Science Olympiad and was captain of the varsity tennis team for singles. 

Arpie also has a strong passion for music and is a talented violin player. She was selected as one of only 20 Long Island Scholar Artists for 2019-20 in the Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artist program. She is a valued member of the school’s chamber orchestra and pit orchestra, and has been part of the Long Island Youth Orchestra since the seventh grade. For the past two years, she served as the Long Island Youth Orchestra’s concert master. In addition, Arpie has performed in noteworthy music festivals such as those by the Long Island String Festival Association, Nassau Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music Association.

She takes pride in giving back to the Lynbrook community by volunteering at Sportime, teaching young kids how to play tennis. Arpie also connects to her Armenian roots by volunteering with the Armenian Prelacy of New York’s Orphan Sponsorship Program in New York City. The program links sponsors in America with orphans in Armenia. Arpie receives the thank you letters that the orphans write to their sponsors and helps translate them. 

She will continue on in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program with the hope of becoming one of approximately 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Semifinalists are expected to be notified in mid-April with Scholars being notified in May. If selected, Arpie will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2020 where she will receive a medallion during a ceremony sponsored by the White House. 

Congratulations, Arpie! 

Seniors Honored with Physical Education Award

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Lynbrook High School seniors Camden Hetrick and Aidan Smithwick were recently recognized as recipients of the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Student Award. Both students were honored during an award ceremony at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award is presented to a graduating male and female high school senior from each Nassau County high school. Students are selected for exemplifying outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities.

Congratulations, Camden and Aidan! 

Senior Athletes Make College Commitments

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Lynbrook High School student-athletes Dominick Barbuto, Cameron Fabel and William Wren recently committed to play college athletics following graduation. Dominick will play football at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Cameron committed to lacrosse at Roger Williams University and William will join the track team at Molloy College. Congratulations to all three seniors! 

LHS Students Immerse Themselves in Japanese Culture in NYC

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Lynbrook High School students in Noriko Koide’s Japanese classes recently attended and participated in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in Manhattan with Japanese classes from Valley Stream Central High School. Students learned about the etiquette of a traditional tea ceremony, the making of the green tea and tasted the tea as well.

After the tea ceremony, the students experienced the peaceful atmosphere of the Japanese gardens. Continuing their immersion in Japanese culture, the students went to the Kinokuniya Bookstore, located directly across from Bryant Square Park. There, they were able to purchase anime/comic books, stationery and small gifts in the bookstore. Finally, students bought lunch from a Japanese bakery and ate outside on the terrace of the New York Public Library. They will incorporate their experiences with the Japanese culture in their class at Lynbrook High School.