skip to main content

LevyNorman J. Levy Lakeside School

21 Babylon Road, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7230

Current News

Thanking Our Veterans

Thanking Our Veterans photo thumbnail139128

In observance of Veterans Day, Levy Lakeside School held its eighth annual assembly to honor local veterans. This year, 13 veterans representing different branches of the U.S. military were honored, with their grandchildren and/or children in attendance. 

The Levy Lakeside fifth grade Student Council Color Guard performed the opening exercises. Following opening remarks by fifth grader Samantha Lapidus and Principal Libby Trencheny, each veteran was recognized by name and presented with a rose by a family member. Al Belbol Jr., whose father was among the veterans honored, served as the emcee for the event.

“It’s important that we show our children that we should thank our veterans every day, and not just on Veterans Day,” Belbol Jr. said.

Special thanks to the following veterans who were the honored guests for the day: Al Belbol Sr., Mel Cantor, Max Forcht, Michael Garrone, Patrick Keane III, Darren LaForest, Victor Lopez, Ken Magnuson, Ronald Mazza, Alexander Merzlyak, Robert Peckham, Laurence Roslow and Harvey Yormack. New York State Assemblyman Dave McDonough was also in attendance and recognized for his past service in the military.

As the ceremony culminated, students could shake hands and personally thank the veterans for all that they have done to protect our country. Prior to the assembly, Lakeside hosted a special breakfast for them. Each honored guest also received a gift bag filled with items supplied from local businesses. 

Special thanks to the many local businesses that donated food and gifts, and thanks to Belbol Jr. for once again coordinating a special and very important event for veterans and for students.

Lakeside Halloween Parade

Lakeside Halloween Parade thumbnail138821

Lakeside Students’ Service Shines Bright at the ‘Glow of Hope’

Lakeside Students’ Service Shines Bright at the ‘Glow of Hope’ photo thumbnail136057

Students from Levy Lakeside who participate in yearlong service projects through the school’s service learning program were recently invited to share their experiences at the Nassau County “Glow of Hope” reception, a special kickoff to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lakeside students spoke about past and future efforts. Several of their service projects focused on the 1in 9 Hewlett House while others helped children with terminal illnesses. One grade level worked to ensure that Lakeside’s own incoming Kindergarteners were welcomed with open arms! The audience included Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Hewlett House Director Geri Barish and Lakeside’s Principal and Assistant Principal, Libby Trencheny and Justin Gabrus. Hundreds of family members and friends were there to support the Lakeside Lions. Also in attendance were many of the Lakeside teachers including, student council adviser, Soo Becchina. These teachers provided the support students needed in order to carry out their creative service projects.

Hewlett House is a community learning resource center for cancer patients and their families that has served tens of thousands of cancer patients and their families. Last year, Lakeside Students created inspirational tissue boxes for the patients of the Hewlett House, and student council members also beautified the grounds and nurtured the vegetable garden there, an annual tradition.

Barish attended Lakeside’s Service Assembly at the end of the school year and presented Becchina and students with a Pockets of Hope denim quilt, created by the patients of Hewlett House, as a gift showing their gratitude to the school.


Assemblyman Brings Special Gift as Lakeside Honors Our Heroes

Assemblyman Brings Special Gift as Lakeside Honors Our Heroes photo thumbnail135950

On the morning of September 11, 2019, more than 600 members of the Lakeside family, along with some very special guests, gathered to pay tribute to the heroes who helped so many, so long ago. The ceremony took place around the flagpole at the front of our school. As both, the American Flag and the Levy Lakeside Flag were raised to half mast, the students stood in silence. Speeches were made by student council representatives reminding everyone that each of us has the power to be a hero to someone else. We do not need to wear a cape or a uniform, or carry a fire hose or badge to do this. We do not need to be a grown-up  to perform an act of kindness. We were reminded that whether we are four years of age or 12, we each had the power to make a difference in the lives of others. 

As the Lakeside Lions left the ceremony, they proudly watched the flags flying high in the sky, forever a symbol of our freedom. Especially exciting was seeing the new Lakeside Flag fly for the first time. Our new school flag was personally donated by Assemblyman Dave McDonough. He was one of the special guests in attendance that morning. The Lakeside Lions would like to give a BIG ROAR of thanks to Assemblyman McDonough for his generosity and continued support of our school!

Submitted by Lakeside School


A Welcome Back Fest

A Welcome Back Fest  thumbnail135397

Levy Lakeside School hosted families for a Friday afternoon of fun and games on the school lawn as part of its annual “Welcome Back to School Festival.” Sponsored by the Lakeside PTA, the after-school event included bouncy slides, various sports games including gaga ball, a dance party DJ as well as plenty of food and refreshments. Students also had fun tossing pies at Assistant Principal Justin Grabus.

Merrick UFSD featured on Today Show for its Mental Health Curriculum

1 thumbnail135399
The Today Show recently visited Chatterton School and featured the Merrick School District’s mental health curriculum on its September 19 broadcast.

(Google Chrome recommended for this video)


PHOTO OF IAN thumbnail104353

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.



Ian the Violinist