CHSD Superintendent Sets Goals for New School Year

Dear Members of the Bellmore-Merrick Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome students, staff and parents back for the start of the 2015-16 school year. I hope that you have had a restful summer, filled with time spent with family and friends. Staff members have been busy preparing for the upcoming year over the past two months and are eager to greet students when school opens on Tuesday, September 1.

This year, the district is implementing a number of initiatives to enhance both student and teacher experiences. New academic programs and exciting developments in existing programs, teacher training, SAT preparation and clubs are on the horizon across the district.

This will be the second year of the school’s existing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, and more teachers are finding innovative ways to enhance lessons by integrating technology into their curricula. Professional development courses will continue to build upon the success of the program’s first year. Professional development workshops in technology will include Digital Teacher and Google certifications, as well as continuing interactive teacher training for portable devices.

Perhaps the most notable curricular advancements for the new year will be seen at Mepham and Kennedy high schools, where the Broadcast Journalism, and Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs will launch, respectively.

Regarding our facilities, the district continues to move forward with building improvements approved through the 2014 bond. We are currently in Phase II of the projects to be completed, which include bathroom renovations, installation of new Mac labs at the high schools, new heating and ventilation units, and installation of additional home-side bleachers at Kennedy. The district will keep the community updated as the work progresses.

As the summer draws to a close, we look forward to a successful start of the 2015-16 school year. Thank you for your ongoing support of the BMCHSD schools. Your involvement is vital to the district’s success!

John DeTommaso
Superintendent of Schools

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