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LevyNorman J. Levy Lakeside School

21 Babylon Road, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7230






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Lakeside Hosts Engaging Peace & Friendship Day

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Lakeside students enjoyed games, activities and treats during Peace & Friendship Day on June 21.

Dressed in grade-level colored t-shirts, students raced to hit their buzzers during an educational quiz game show, The Brain Show, shimmied to a DJ dance party, tried their hand at lawn and carnival games, competed in relay races and more.

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

The day was organized by the school’s PTA and Lakeside staff.

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Date Added: 6/21/2024

Lakeside Students Move Up to Middle School

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In a ceremony filled with songs and celebration, Levy Lakeside School graduated its 97th sixth grade class on June 18 in the Brookside auditorium.  

Principal Libby Trencheny addressed graduates, explaining that they are on the brink of an exciting new chapter of their lives.

“You have grown in ways that are truly remarkable,” she noted. “You faced challenges with determination and embraced new opportunities with enthusiasm. Your achievements span the realms of academics, arts, sports leadership and involvement. And by participating in various events and clubs, you have brought joy and pride to our school community.”

Sander Gross said that Lakeside “has truly shaped who we are.”

“We have learned to be bucket fillers and R.O.A.R.S. students,” he added. The school motto R.O.A.R.S. means to be respectful, open-minded, accepting and responsible students. 

Board Member Jill Levine told the crowd, “we always say that a Merrick Education is the beginning of a bright future.”

“You have showed that you are strong, you are flexible, you are resilient, and you are courageous,” she noted. “These qualities are now a part of you forever and I have no doubt that they will help you succeed in the future.”

PTA Co-Presidents Alicia Forkos and Andrea Kaplan thanked staff administrators and volunteer parents before addressing the graduates.

“We hope that when you look back on your time at Lakeside that these memories will bring a smile to your face,” Kaplan said. 

Students sung their traditional parody, this year to Miley Cyrus’ “I’ll Always Remember You.” Lyrics were rewritten by sixth grader Olivia Walter. The song was arranged by Choral Director Jeff Glemboski.

Jennifer Meschkow, a Merrick Faculty Association building representative and a fifth grade ELA teacher, announced that this year’s donation in honor of the Class of 2024 would be to METAvivor. A nonprofit organization for metastatic breast awareness, research and support, this donation was also in memory of longtime former Lakeside parent Brooke Jones.

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Date Added: 6/18/2024

VIDEO: Hands-on Learning Highlighted at Lakeside’s STEAM Day

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Levy Lakeside School hosted their annual STEAM Day on May 23, complete with science presentations, hand-on stations an escape room and more.

Led by STEAM coaches Melissa Robinson, Kelly Larson, Ruth Rosenberg, Shari Dorfman, Randi Walsh and Victoria Ryan, the interactive day was enjoyed by all grades.

Art teacher Maggi Raadsen-Coviello designed a project that each class collaborated on. Keri Sabella, Melissa Levine and Jamie Kanner incorporated technology fun to the day.

“STEAM Day for us is about promoting and celebrating the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,” explained Robinson. “It is a day our Lakesiders get to explore and discover through hands on activities created and led by our very own fifth and sixth graders.”

Third and fourth graders had an opportunity to break-out by solving riddles and clues in our breakout rooms. The day was filled with exploring, building, learning, sharing and smiling faces.


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Date Added: 5/29/2024

Lakeside Student Council Brightens Hewlett House Garden

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On May 19, members of the Lakeside School Student Council teamed up with John F. Kennedy High School's Student Government to bring some love and color to the Hewlett House, a community resource center supporting Long Islanders battling cancer.

Together, they spent the morning pulling weeds, turning over soil, and planting vibrant annuals and perennials.

“We were so excited to spruce up this special place, knowing our efforts will bring smiles to the faces of the patients who rely on its services,” said Student Council faculty advisor Soo Becchina.

Lakesiders Volunteer to Help Hewlett House

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In conjunction with the Lakeside Student Council, third graders have been helping to make a difference. Over the past couple of days, students found inspirational quotes and then used them, along with other embellishments, to decorate tissue boxes for people at the Hewlett House. The Hewlett House is a support center for cancer patients and provides them with resources at no charge.

Date Added: 5/17/2024

Student Corner

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We continue to celebrate all of the great lessons and activities taking place in our schools. Here, in the Student Corner, we hear from our students in their own voices.

During the month of April, the student council crew sponsored a service project to benefit Birthday Wishes. Birthday Wishes is an agency that provides all the children living in Nassau County's Homeless Shelters, with the items needed to celebrate a birthday! Some of the items we collected were beauty items, sports equipment, and wrapping paper. Our volunteer mamas dropped off what we collected. They were very happy with what we donated. It feels so good that we were able to help other kids celebrate their birthday!

Oren M.

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The student council crew has just completed their service project for the month of March. They sponsored a collection for the Sunrise Day Camp. This camp offers children with cancer and their siblings a fun and safe summer experience. This special camp is located right here on Long Island. We collected arts and crafts supplies alongwith sports equipment. The Lakeside Lions did not disappoint! Their generosity was overwhelming. We collected over 15 boxes and bags filled with crayons, paint, glue, paper, scissors, hula hoops, jump ropes, basketballs and so much more! The Lakeside Lions definitely caught the spirit of giving for this amazing charity. We are so happy we could help kids just like ourselves! 

Jla N. 

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Recently the Lakeside Student Council invited the student government members from John F. Kennedy High School to attend one of their meetings! The student government shared some of the service projects they do. The student council crew will start incorporating some of these ideas into their own projects. The student council crew and the Kennedy Student Government have planned a joint service project. The recipient of the service will be The Hewlett House. The Hewlett House is a community resource center that assists anyone on Long Island who is suffering with cancer. Our goal is to spend a Sunday morning planting and beautifying the grounds. We plan to plant flowers and shrubs. This special project is slated to happen on May 19th. This is such a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together as a team! Lastly, the student council crew would like to thank the Kennedy Student Government members for coming by to see us. This meeting helped us to realize that service doesn't end with elementary school. It is a life long gesture! What an amazing experience!

Zach K.

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Over at Lakeside, students have been collecting for the Harvest of Love drive. In only two days, students and staff collected 12 boxes of individual snack bags, pieces of fruit, and toilet paper. The items were donated to The Inn.It felt great to know that we were able to help so many of neighbors who are struggling at this time.

By Olivia W.

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The student council crew of Lakesidehas just finished their last service project for the 2023 school year. It was for Birthday Wishes. Birthday Wishes is an agencywhere theyprovidea birthday box for all the children who live in the homeless shelters of Nassau County. The Lakeside Lions collected gel pens, party favors, bubbles, fidget spinners, birthday wrapping paper, andRubik’s Cubes to name a few of the items. We were able to collect five huge boxes of supplies to donate to Birthday Wishes.All ofLakesidehopesthat every child in Nassau County has a wonderful birthday. 

Jackson F. 

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The Levy Lakeside Student Council Crew just finished a very successful service project! We decided to collect donations for the Ronald McDonald House of the Metro New York area. The Ronald McDonald House is a place that provides housing for parents of very sick children who are in a hospital far from their home. We collected items like: boxed & canned food, paper goods, baby supplies, and toiletries.  

These items are used to help guests feel more comfortable while they are away from home. We set up bins in the lobby. We collected over 14 boxes/bags of the items that were listed on the flyer we sent home. We were thrilled with the outpouring of love that was received! We want to thank all the Lions who donated! It feels good to know we made a huge difference in the lives of others! 
By: Marin K. 

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The Student Council would like to thank all of the Lakeside families who contributed over the last few weeks to our collection for the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter has dogs and cats that can be adopted. We are so happy to be able to help many animals at the shelter while they are waiting for a family to adopt them. We collected newspapers, food/treats, toys, leashes, collars, blankets, sheets, wee wee pads and more! We collected ten big bags and eight boxes worth of items! The Lakeside Lions are grateful to all of the generous families for helping our furry friends. 

Rina G. 

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Recently the Lakeside Student Council has been buying different things to help the school including the purchase of a new bench for our lobby, buying even more cups and cup dispensers, and buying three new trash cans for the outside fields.

In the front lobby of Lakeside, there is a brown bench and the student council has purchased a brand new red bench. This is so all students or visitors have a comfortable place to sit while waiting to be let in.

Last year the Student Council Crew tried putting cup dispensers in the 5th and 6th grade hallways and it was successful. Because of this success, they installed one next to each water fountain I the building. The cup dispensers are there so if you forget a water bottle you can always get a drink.

Recently, the Student Council Crew has purchased new trash cans for the back playground and fields. If you are at recces or even if you are here for a baseball game it is more convenient to throw out trash. These new cans have a covered lid so no trash can blow out of them.

These are only some of the things that the Student Council happily does to help our school.

By: Zachary K.

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In early December, the Lions of the Levy Lakeside Elementary School collected brand-new toys for the Toys for Tots program. Members of the Merrick Kiwanis came to pick up all the bags. In total, we collected enough bags to fill 11 HUGE bags. The toys collected were brand-new and unwrapped. The toys will be distributed to Long Island Children who may otherwise go without a holiday gift. The collection lasted for just 10 days and hundreds of toys were donated. We thank all the Lakeside Lions who brought in a toy for the collection. 

Thomas K. 

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In late October, the students of Levy Lakeside placed Kindness Rocks in the front of the school. Last year all the Lakeside Lions in each class painted rocks with positive messages. Due to the construction that was taking place in the front of the building, we were not able to place the rocks outside at that time. Now that the construction has been completed, the Student Council Crew was able to finally place the rocks in front of the building. Now when students and parents come into our school their minds will be filled with positive words, messages, and quotes on beautiful, bright colored painted rocks. Last year The Student Council purchased hundreds of rocks and the materials for this project. During art class Ms. Raadsen oversaw the project making sure that the rocks were made the best they could be by each and every student. The rocks were thoughtfully placed around the island and front of the school. We hope you stop by to delight in a message of kindness. 

By: Jack Z. 

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Recently, Norman J. Levy Lakeside hosted a Veteran’s Day ceremony to honor all the amazing veterans. This was an incredibly special moment because we have not hosted this event since before Covid. Our music teacher, Mr. Glemboski, played the piano and led us in the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner. We also had some of our 5th grade Student Council representatives stand as our color guard. We are so thankful that the veterans made time in their day to come and speak to all the Lakeside Lions. It is truly inspiring to see what others have done and continue to do to protect our country. Thank you to all the veterans for serving our nation. These veterans' honorable acts should be something we all continue to look up to. 

By: Lena M. 

Norman J. Levy Lakeside hosted a Veterans Day

On Monday, March 21, our school supported World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. We dressed up in blue and yellow, and wore our most unique socks. It is important that we recognize this special day to ensure that everyone feels accepted for who they are. We thank all the Lakeside Lions who dressed up in recognition of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. We wanted to show that respecting everyone's differences is the key to FRIENDSHIP!

Written by: Jenna F.

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Date Added: 4/27/2022

On March 22, the Levy Lakeside Students helped collect items for its annual Harvest of Love Day. The Harvest of Love Day gave the Lakeside family an opportunity to donate to those who are going through a rough time.

We would like to thank everyone who brought in items to donate, they were much appreciated. The items were brought to a local soup kitchen, The Inn.

We collected 26 bags/boxes of fresh apples and oranges, individual packages of snacks and individually wrapped rolls of toilet paper! This collection only took place for one day.

The Lakeside Lions did an incredible job of collecting and we hope that we were able to help those in need!

Written by: Sami G.

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Date Added: 4/12/22

This past month, the boys and girls at Levy Lakeside School helped collect tissue boxes for a service project. The idea was to decorate and color them.

Then, bring to the Hewlett house which is a community resource center for anyone suffering with cancer. We collected so many boxes and would like to thank everyone that brought them in. We are so glad that we could give back to the community.
The Lakeside Lions are so proud that we could help put a smile on their faces.

Ryan D.
Lakeside Student Council Member

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Date Added: 3/22/2022

The Lakeside Levy School Student Council crew tries hard to help other kids ALL year long.

Over this past week, members of the Levy Lakeside student council helped collect many items for the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Ruff House Rescue. We collected so much and would like to thank everyone who donated because it is super important to give back to the community. This will help our furry friends out until they can find a family to adopt them. We are so grateful that these wonderful shelters were willing to accept pet food, toys, towels, and so much more! Again, thank you to all who donated. All the Lakeside Lions are proud to live in such a giving community.

Owen K.

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The Lakeside Levy School Student Council crew tries hard to help other kids ALL year long.

During the holidays we want to make sure that every child in our neighborhood receives something special. This year we tried to help out by collecting brand new toys. We participated in Toys for Tots. The Lakeside Lions were able to collect nine HUGE boxes of brand-new toys for children of all ages.

We want to thank all the grown-ups and students who helped out by donating toys. We are so proud that we were given the chance to help. We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Written by: Ben M.

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