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Lakeside Shines at Peace & Friendship Day

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Sunny skies and smiles were at the forefront of Lakeside’s Peace & Friendship Day on June 23.

Students dressed in grade-level colors and enjoyed games, activities and treats outside.

Friendship Day started in 2001 after the attacks of September 11.It is celebrated at a day of school unity and community at each respective building.

Date Added: 6/24/2022

Levy Lakeside Class of 2022 Moves Up

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In a ceremony filled with songs and celebration, Merrick’s Levy Lakeside School graduated its sixth grade Class of 2022 on June 17 in the Brookside auditorium.

Principal Libby Trencheny told graduates the path that they’re about to embark upon is not only challenging and beautiful, but all their own to create.

“We know you are prepared to begin this journey,” she said. “As a Lakeside student, you were provided with educational experiences that allowed you to develop an appreciation of your own worth and led to a discovery of your unique talents and abilities.”

Board trustee Gina Piskin noted how fortunate Merrick Avenue Middle School will be to have these incoming seventh graders.

“Think of all of the exciting adventures that lie ahead of you,” she said. “Your future is bright, believe inf yourself and the education you have received at Lakeside where you have set the foundation to do anything you want in life.”

PTA co-president Melissa Warshaw mentioned knowing most of the sixth grade class since kindergarten and how, while the last few years at Lakeside were not as planned, the students were able to close out their time at Lakeside with regular activity and celebrations.

“We hope you remember your time at Lakeside with happiness,” she added. “These memories will always bring a smile to your face.”

Teacher Jennifer Meschkow addressed the crowd and noted that the Merrick Faculty Association donated to Warrior’s Odyssey on behalf of the graduating class. Warrior’s Odyssey provides resources and social-emotional support for families affected by pediatric cancer.

“Over the years we have watched you grow and learn,” she said. “We have witnessed your resiliency during the past few years, and we celebrate all of your hard work and all that you have done to get you to this moment.”

Students Rija Hashmi and Samuel Schwed offered the graduation speech.

“We will take with us the ROARS spirit and continue to be respectful, open-minded, accepting and responsible students,” Hashmi said.

Jeff Glemboski played the piano and led the entire graduating class in choral selections, including the “Smile with Lakeside Pride” school song, a parody of “A OK” in which students adapted the lyrics to reflect their time at Lakeside.

Date Added: 6/17/2022


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Birch Fifth Graders Use Their Technology Skills to Thank Hospital Workers

For their service learning project, fifth graders at Birch School recently completed a slideshow thanking first responders, specifically hospital workers, for their service to others as they worked the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under the direction of fifth grade teacher and service learning project coordinator Linda Ronayne, students representing all of the school’s fifth grade classes collaborated on the nearly 10-minute show, incorporating inspiring messages of hope and gratitude and various graphics and images of health care workers, referencing on more than one occasion that they are superheroes. Many students signed their name to their slide.

Ronayne has since converted the slideshow to movie format and distributed it to at least a dozen area hospitals, as well as the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University and the Merrick Fire Department.

Lakeside Student Organizes Hoops Fundraiser
Levy Lakeside student Michael Minitti, with help from his sister Madison and parents Cindy and James, organized an Instagram foul shot contest called Hoops to Help. More than 130 kids participated and to date they have raised more than $20,000 for City Harvest and the First Responders Children’s Fund. Michael and Madison were inspired to organize the fundraiser following the recent passing of their beloved grandfather, Anthony Minitti, to COVID-19.

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Birch Musicians Bring Joy in Touch Times

Birch students at their finest...putting on a concert for their neighbors! Kudos to the Rooney and Wang children!

Birch Theatre Residency Presents “Frozen Jr.”

Birch School’s theatre residency recently held its performance of Disney's “Frozen Jr.” Teachers Robert Normandeau and Leslie Wade conducted the sixth season of residency, which consisted of interested fifth and sixth grade students. Great job by the students and teachers in presenting another spectacular show!

LISFA Performers Take the Big Stage

Congratulations to Merrick UFSD’s five students who were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Intermediate Festival scheduled for March at Uniondale High School. Best of luck to Alon, Gabriel, Lindsay, Luca and Ryan!

Lakeside Lions Collect Toys for Tots
Every holiday season, a local organization called Kiwanis sponsors a toy drive called Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots helps to bring the joy of the holidays to less fortunate children right in our own neighborhood. Lakeside School participated in this drive by collecting seven huge bags filled to the brim with toys! These toys, collected for children in need, will be distributed by Kiwanis to local kids.

The Lakeside Lions have been participating in this drive for many years. It always feels great to join in on such a worthy cause, especially when we know we will be making kids happy during the holiday season. We’re very proud to help The Merrick Kiwanis. Kids helping kids, there is no better way to celebrate the holidays! The Lakeside Lions wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year!

- By Madeline H.


Chatterton Sixth-Grade Art Club

Students from Chatterton School’s sixth-grade art club supported this year’s Star Wars art show theme by collaborating to create the awesome giant sculptures you see here! They used a variety of media, such as plastic containers, newspapers, boxes, foam core, masking tape, plaster, cardboard and tempera paint. Justine Dujardin is the school art teacher and art club adviser.

May the Force be with you!


Levy Lakeside Art Club 

The Levy Lakeside fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade art clubs continue to create wonderful works of art during their recess time. 

Fourth-graders created totem poles using recycled cardboard boxes, papier-mâché, paint and a variety of other materials.

Fifth-graders use recycled Styrofoam, plaster of Paris, paint and additional materials to create large sculptures that decorate school and district conference rooms, like this brightly colored llama. 

Sixth-graders collaborated on a large painted mural, this year selecting Winnie the Pooh as the theme.



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