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Lakeside Appoints New Assistant Principal

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Christopher Colarossi was appointed as the new assistant principal at Levy Lakeside School, beginning with the current school year.

“As the assistant principal, it is my role to continue to nurture that culture by supporting teacher development, enriching schoolwide programs and systems, and by making sure every member of our community feels welcomed, valued and dignified,” he said. “Most importantly, it is my job to ensure that our students enjoy coming to school each and every day and realize that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve anything.”

Hailing from Lynbrook, Colarossi has been an educator for 22 years and previously served as the principal of Shaw Avenue School in Valley Stream for eight years.

“I lead by listening and collaborating with all stakeholders so that every building decision is made with the notion that ‘kids come first,’” he noted in a welcome letter to Lakeside families. “I join the Levy Lakeside School with a wealth of experiences and training in curriculum and pedagogical enhancements, data analysis, strategic intervention services, enrichment programming and parental outreach.”

Colarossi attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Master of Education in elementary education degree. He later attended Brooklyn College where he earned his New York State School Administrator and Supervisor certificate.

He replaces Meredith Kelly, who was assigned to Birch School for the 2023-24 school year.

Date Added: 9/19/2023

Birch Students Honor September 11

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Even the rain couldn’t stop Birch fifth and sixth graders from planting flags in honor of September 11.

Date Added: 9/18/2023

Chatterton Puts Cancer Awareness Support

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The Chatterton School community showed off their support for pediatric cancer awareness on Sept. 15, as September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The community has been involved in the Be a Good Cookie Merrick campaign to honor the memory of Richard Capizzi, father of students at Merrick Avenue and Calhoun High School.

The organization offers local communities grass roots campaign options to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Volunteers from all over Merrick have been raising funds through donations and cookie sales.

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Date Added: 9/18/2023

Lakeside Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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Lakeside celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every September 15 to October 15, as a time to appreciate the many diverse cultures and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

"Over the morning announcements each day we will share some facts about different Hispanic countries and introduce a new Spanish word of the day," explained teacher Señora Devan Casey

Date Added: 9/18/2023

Chatterton Kicks Off 100th Year with Back-to-School Picnic

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The Chatterton School PTA, faculty and staff welcomed families back for the new school year with a picnic on Sept. 8.

Popcorn and cotton candy, carnival and giant lawn games, a DJ and dancing were all part of the afternoon's festivities. Local Merrick artist, Balloons by Brittany was also on hands for some twisty fun.

Celebrating the school’s 100th birthday, students wore special t-shirts gifted by the PTA, sang happy birthday and even had a special cake.

“It was so heartwarming to see the Chatterton Community together enjoying good food, music and many laughs together,” said Principal Dana Bermas. “This was a wonderful kick-off to our 100thbirthday celebration.”

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Date Added: 9/13/2023