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LevyNorman J. Levy Lakeside School

21 Babylon Road, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7230

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All-County Musicians to Perform at Tilles

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Twenty-one Merrick School District students have been chosen to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival concerts to be held Jan. 13-19 at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

These fine musicians distinguished themselves by being selected by various All-County committees throughout Nassa County.  Additionally, Levy Lakeside student Emma Lasky recently performed at the NMEA’s P.E.A.K. (Parents, Educators And Kids) Festival held on Nov. 17 at Freeport High School. The festival is open to deserving fourth-grade musicians through nominations from NMEA members, similarly to All-County participants. Emma was selected for her vocal prowess.

“Every year Merrick sends an impressive number of students to the various festivals that showcase talented youngsters throughout Nassau County,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dominick Palma said. “Congratulations to the students, parents, music teachers and music coordinator Dr. Richard Nasto for their dedication to the performing arts. These kids continue to make us proud. They are true Merrick Stars.”

Congratulations to the following students:
Nathaniel Botta (Birch School, trumpet) 
Luca Copas (Levy Lakeside School, violin)
Kailey Faughnan  (Birch School, violin)
Sadie Freifeld (Birch School, chorus)
Adrianna Horshinski (Chatterton School, chorus)
Elena Hyzak (Birch School, chorus)
Emerson Kalman (Chatteron School, chorus)
Ryan Kenny (Birch School, percussion) 
Ian Klimov (Chatterton School, violin)
Justin Lapidus (Levy Lakeside School, chorus)
Emma Lasky (Levy Lakeside School, voice-PEAK)
Evan Leicht (Levy Lakeside School, baritone)
Ryan Levinter  (Chatterton School, viola)
Jason Lin (Birch School, viola)
Jack Peppel (Levy Lakeside School, trumpet)
Katherine Pucella (Chatterton School, clarinet)
Zara Selvin (Levy Lakeside School, chorus)
Halston Solomon (Levy Lakeside School, alto sax)
Delaney Yam (Levy Lakeside School, bass clarinet)
Emily Yam (Levy Lakeside School, bass clarinet)
Tiffany Yam (Chatterton School, flute)
Jocelyn Yeung (Levy Lakeside School, cello)

Holiday Attire at its Best

Holiday Attire at its Best photo
To close out the 2018 calendar year, some Merrick school administrators dressed in their holiday best, donning festive suits that captured the attention and hearts of students and staff alike. Pictured here are Director of Student Services Dr. Salvatore Dossena, Birch School Assistant Principal Chris Hoisik, Levy Lakeside School Assistant Principal Justin Gabrus and Chatterton School Assistant Principal Michael DeLuca dressed to the nines. Happy Holidays to all!

Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids is an annual drive that the Levy Lakeside School participates in each year. Every year in October we partner with Assemblyman Dave McDonough to collect gently used coats in time for winter. The coats we collect are cleaned and distributed to kids and adults right here in Nassau County who would otherwise go without a coat this winter. We collect coats in all sizes, infant to adult. This year we broke our past record and collected nine huge bags of coats. When the coats were delivered, they took up the Assemblyman’s entire office! Assemblyman McDonough told us that Lakeside donated the most coats of any group that participated in the drive. He plans on visiting us in the New Year at one of our meetings. We are looking forward to his visit. We are very grateful for the opportunity to help others. 

Remember, the greatest gift that you can give yourself is to do something kind for someone else. 

Submitted by Shelby W.  
 

Coats for Kids

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Coats for Kids is an annual drive that the Levy Lakeside School participates in each year. Every year in October we partner with Assemblyman Dave McDonough to collect gently used coats in time for winter. The coats we collect are cleaned and distributed to kids and adults right here in Nassau County who would otherwise go without a coat this winter. We collect coats in all sizes, infant to adult. This year we broke our past record and collected nine huge bags of coats. When the coats were delivered, they took up the Assemblyman’s entire office! Assemblyman McDonough told us that Lakeside donated the most coats of any group that participated in the drive. He plans on visiting us in the New Year at one of our meetings. We are looking forward to his visit. We are very grateful for the opportunity to help others. 

Remember, the greatest gift that you can give yourself is to do something kind for someone else. 

Submitted by Shelby W.  
 

Lakeside Students Collect Toys For Tots

Lakeside Students Collect Toys For Tots photo
Every year the Lakeside Lions hold a Toys for Tots drive in December. The Lions work with Merrick’s Kiwanis Club to ensure that every local child receives some holiday gifts. Each year we try and collect more toys than the year before. This is important because we realize that we have so much to be grateful for and there are many kids in our own community who don’t have much. We want to do our part to ensure that every Merrick child has a happy holiday. It looks like we were able to do that again this year. During our drive, we collected nine humongous garbage bags filled with toys. 

When the representative from Kiwanis came to pick them up, he took one look at our pile of bags and said, “I’m going to need to come back with a van!” We are so proud that we could lend a helping hand and help so many kids. It truly is better to give than to receive! 

Submitted by Shelby W. 

District Models Personalized Blended Learning App

District Models Personalized Blended Learning App

Merrick UFSD officials recently invited technology educators from local school districts on Long Island to observe how Merrick teachers are shaping the technology students use in the classroom on a daily basis through a personalized learning platform called eSpark. Merrick, which began using eSpark six years ago, is considered a model district for using the application.

Guests had the opportunity to visit several K-3 classrooms at Birch School  and see how eSpark allows students to utilize different online materials and resources for blended learning aligned to leveled reading standards while meeting the different needs of individual students. eSpark, which is currently being used on iPads in the district, also enables teachers to deliver targeted small group instruction while saving valuable time in lesson planning.

Merrick teachers participated in a Q&A session with the visiting educators to share their insights on the benefits of the program, including how eSpark interphases with student schedules and work and allows them to create specific assignments for certain students or for grade-level curriculum, including for Fundations (reading, writing, phonetic awareness).

Lakeside Participates in Hour of Code

All of the students at Lakeside School are thrilled to be participating in the Hour of Code, celebrating Computer Science week!

Students have been using their accounts on code.org to program 2D characters in Angry Birds, Minecraft, Star Wars, Dance parties and more! They are also coding robots this week!

Kindergarten and first grade students are learning computer programming with Code Mouse, a robot that uses arrows for directional commands. Each arrow command that is programmed by students moves the mouse through a maze get to the cheese. The students are using computer programming principals for sequencing commands (ordering directions), to complete a task (algorithm). If the directions are in the wrong order they have to debug (fix) their program and be persistent and try again until they succeed. Our students are showing amazing enthusiasm and persistence!

Students in upper grades are using these same computer science concepts and building on them when they use the Blockly app to program the robot Dash to look, move, make sounds, flash lights and react to its environment. Teams work collaboratively, taking turns as the lead programmer, robot wrangler, and documentarian. 

We love kicking off our Computer Science coding unit with the Hour of Code, which is celebrated around the world!!

Author Discusses His Craft With Lakeside Kids

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Renowned children’s book author Dan Gutman recently visited Levy Lakeside School, where he conducted multiple assemblies, read to kindergarten classes and ate lunch with a group of fifth-graders. Mr. Gutman has written over 100 books, including the “My Weird School,” “The Baseball Card Adventures,” “The Genius Files” and “The Flashback Four” series.

“Lakeside students loved his humor and the excitement in the building was incredible all day,” said Lakeside library media specialist Melissa Levine. “[Mr. Gutman] shared his stories of perseverance and discussed himself openly as an author, engaging students with his stories.”


Paying Tribute to Veterans

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Students, staff, district officials and visitors celebrated visiting veterans at Levy Lakeside School on Nov. 8 as part of the Merrick School District’s annual Veterans Day celebration. 

Thirteen local veterans, along with Assemblyman David McDonough, a veteran in his own right, were welcomed into the gymnasium for some celebratory festivities. After the color guard was presented by the fifth-grade student council, all in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” in unison. 
Students heard remarks from Principal Elizabeth Trencheny, McDonough and fifth-grader Aaditya. Mr. Al Belbol presented the veterans to the students, who cheered them on veraciously.  

“I want you to look at all of these gentlemen sitting up here with me,” McDonough said to Lakeside students. “They are veterans who have served in our military, and because of them, you are able to have what you have today.”

“Veterans often travel far distances to unknown lands,” Additya said. “They give up their lives to protect others. That’s what I call a hero.”

KIDS CORNER

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Students provide a “sweet treat” to troops 

After Halloween, the student council crew started a drive called, Operation Sweet Tooth. The purpose of the drive was to collect extra Halloween candy and treats. The items would then be donated to servicemen and women who could not be home for the holidays. We hope that this would allow our troops to have a sweet holiday! The crew has worked with the Merrick Avenue Middle School on this project for the last few years. It is great to join forces with the older kids and realize the service we do at Lakeside continues on past elementary school. 

Once the candy is collected, the first stop for it is, MAMS. It is combined with their collection and then everything is dropped off to a local Merrick dentist who will pay to ship ALL the treats overseas. Last year, the Lakeside Lions collected twenty-one boxes of sweet treats. This year we set a goal to collect twenty-five boxes. Well, in true Lakeside fashion, the Lions were able to collect 41 boxes of candy for the troops! We are so proud of the generosity they displayed! It feels so good to give back to our troops who have sacrificed so much for us! 

- By Shelby W., Lakeside Student Council