• HELLO FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE 

    April 12, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Another 5 days of classes, and then we are on to a pretty lengthy spring break! The vacation finds us not returning until May 1st. This means that only 35 class days will remain thereafter. That is not a lot of time, so it is critical that our students make an extra effort to finish the school year strong. Report cards are available on April 16 at 3pm.  

    I usually prefer to keep the Hello from the Principal's Office messages light and positive. However, I think it is important to make all parents aware that I am concerned about how our young people are using social media, the poor judgment being displayed when dealing with conflicts with their peers, and this desire to record others being victimized. We have amazing kids in our school with an incredible amount of talent and potential. We say that COVID is long over but the effects of being shut down and glued to a screen is still lingering to an extent. While this is a concern, I am confident and optimistic in our kids and even more so in our supportive parents. Please join me in supporting our children have pride in representing themselves, their families, and their school with the utmost of dignity and respect. 

    Cyber Safety

    Please be aware of email, phone, and internet scams. The best protection you can provide yourself is password security and to avoid quickly clicking on links that you receive until you verify that the person claiming to send it actually did. Most products including Apple ID and Google have two-factor authentication and avoid using the same password for every login. Never share verification codes with anyone, in SMS or over the phone. These codes are the main way a service verifies that you are you.
    Enable two-factor authentication wherever possible. Even if you lose access to your e-mail account, at least that will protect your other accounts from theft.

    Apple Two-factor authentication

    Google Two-factor authentication 

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has good information on how hackers try to get your code and why you should never provide it to others 

    Pre-Prom Meeting

    ATTENTION SENIORS: Any senior who wants to attend the prom must bring a parent or guardian to a mandatory meeting  Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm at Baldwin High School. If you missed the first option this past week, you must attend on April 17th in order to be eligible for the prom. Dr. Testa and the deans will cover information about safety and conduct at this meeting and you and your parents' attendance is mandatory. No meeting. No prom!!

    Budget Vote - May 21

    Voting will take place on May 21 at Baldwin High School, and polls will be open from 7am until 10pm.  In addition to the school district budget and board elections, and of course the library budget, the board voted on March 27 to put up a bond to improve the facilities in the district.  Members of the board and administration will be presenting details of the school budget and bond at all PTA meetings and association meetings like the Baldwin Civic Association.  There will also be information on our website. We encourage you to attend one or more of these upcoming meetings to learn more about the school budget and bond. 

    AP Exam Payments due May 3

     

    MySchoolBucks is now open to make payment for your AP exams. AP exam is mandatory as part of the AP course required in order to earn the AP designation and associated weighting. See attached letter for more information.

    The 2024 AP® Exam Terms and Conditions are available to review at cb.org/apexamterms. This agreement details the rules and policies students must follow related to taking the 2024 AP Exams.The 2024 AP® Exam Terms and Conditions are available to review at cb.org/apexamterms. This agreement details the rules and policies students must follow related to taking the 2024 AP Exams.
    • Students will need to accept these terms and conditions prior to taking each exam.
    • Any updates to the terms and conditions will be clearly summarized on the terms and conditions page.

    For AP courses with a portfolio submission (AP Art and Design, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, and AP Research), students will need to agree to the Digital Portfolio AP Exam Terms and Conditions (.pdf/224 KB) before submitting their work as final in the AP Digital Portfolio.

    College Fairs

    This year, the college fair will occur on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the gymnasium.This event will give our students an invaluable opportunity to explore various colleges and universities. With over 100 institutions in attendance, a wealth of information will be available to help students make informed decisions about their future education.

    We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity by visiting the College Fair during their lunch or free periods. Whether they are exploring potential colleges or just beginning their college search journey, there will be something for everyone at the fair.

    Nassau Community College On-site admissions

    On-site admissions with Nassau Community College, which will take place at Baldwin High School on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 9 a.m. This event provides an excellent chance for your child to pursue higher education right here at Baldwin High School. Representatives from Nassau Community College will be available to review applications and materials on the spot for the Fall 2024 semester. To ensure your child's participation, please ensure that all applications and materials are submitted to your child's school counselor by Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Your child's counselor will be able to provide further details and guidance regarding the application process.

    Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's school counselor.

    Regents Review Classes

    June Regents exams are rapidly approaching! To ensure that our students have every opportunity to be successful, we are offering a variety of review sessions for all Regents classes starting next week! View the attached flyer below for specific sessions based on exam/class and topic. All classes take place after school. 

    Regents Review Class schedule

    Congratulations to our Staff and Students of the Month!

    Staff - Antoinette Melella 

    9 - Justin Kefer Jaramillo
    10 - Ethan Solano Madera
    11 - Michelle Perez
    12 - Lilee Roberts

    The following student(s) has been nominated as Student of the 2nd Quarter at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech!

    Nelvy Turcios - Auto Collision Technician

    Shaniya Sickles - Cosmetology

    Gabriella Fleming - Veterinary Science

    Abigail Walsh - Animation & Digital Media Skill

     

     Bruins Sports Podcast

    In this week's episode, Cydney and Blaine sit down with Emma Ryan and Kaitlin Timmes from the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team. They discuss the season so far, their goals for the season and the pressure of moving up a conference after being conference champs last year for the first time in Baldwin history. 

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast 

    Announcements

     SAT Prep courses are taking place at Baldwin High School beginning in May for preparations for the June 2024 SAT Exam. See the attached flyer for details

    Our BFOMA celebrates the arts with fantastic newsletters here. Come learn more about how to support the arts!  

    The Baldwin High School PTSA will be hosting their annual Clothing Drive on Friday, May 3rd from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Drop off will be in the circle closest to the auditorium door look for the sign. We will be collecting bagged clothing, jackets, shoes, bedding, towels, and stuffed animals, If you have them, we will take them! Also, volunteers needed. We are looking for students to volunteer on Both Friday night and Saturday.  Community service credit is available. Must be a Baldwin HS student for insurance purposes, Please email Mrs. Christine DeLuca at cdeluca98@yahoo.com with student’s name, date, and time available, and email addresses.

    Calling all 10th and 11th graders. Do you want to get a paid summer job? Baldwin Schools are looking for summer custodial workers to help maintain school buildings over the summer. If interested, please fill out the pre-application on the School 2 Career canvas page or see Dr. Franza and Ms. Rocco in room 618.

    Boys’ Varsity Tennis – congratulations to the team as they won their season opener against East Meadow 6 to 1. All 6 matches were won in two sets. 

     If you are still interested in helping kids with cancer have the best summer ever, it is not too late to sign up for the Sunrise Walk on June 2nd. Sign up with Mr. Ventura in room 335.

    Attention all students interested in Varsity Cheerleading! There will be a meeting on Monday April 15th at 2:45 in room 513. Hope to see you there! Go Bruins!

    Congratulations to the Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team on their victory over Long Beach with a score of 6 to1. All matches were won in two sets. 

    Congratulations to the boys’ varsity lacrosse team as they defeated Hicksville 11 to 9. The Bruins overcame a 6-2 halftime deficit to win the game. Brady Mahler led the way with 5 goals and 2 assists, Logan Kirchner with 2 goals and 2 assists, and additional scores by Preston Kirchner, Angel Johnson, and Jake Davidson.

    The Nassau County Office of Youth Services will be hosting our 2nd annual Prom Dress & Suit Giveaway on Saturday April 27th from 10-2pm. See the attached flyer with registration information included. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    April 6, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families, 

    The third marking period has officially ended! Report cards will be published to the portal on April 16th. While all marking periods are crucial, the fourth marking period is even more so because of the additional preparation for June Regents examinations. All students should take advantage of our regular extra help and Regents review class schedule linked below. 

    Regents Review classes

    We are very excited about next week’s historic solar eclipse, occurring on Monday, April 8th. According to NASA, this rare celestial spectacle will not take place again in the United States until 2044. The scientific phenomenon will allow you and your family to engage in some fun community learning together! While Long Islanders will not witness a "total” eclipse, we will still experience 88% coverage at approximately 3:27 pm.  We have discussed the eclipse in our classes in different ways throughout the district, but we will not be viewing the eclipse from school. As a result, we have made some changes to after school activities on Monday, April 8th. 

    Athletics - Game times will be moved to a later time. Coaches will provide the necessary information about game time and practices.

    Clubs, extra help, Regents Review, and 10th period classes are canceled. 

    Pre-Prom Meeting

    ATTENTION SENIORS: Any senior who wants to attend the prom must bring a parent or guardian to a mandatory meeting  Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm at Baldwin High School. If you missed the first option this past week, you must attend on April 17th in order to be eligible for the prom. Dr. Testa and the deans will cover information about safety and conduct at this meeting and you and your parents' attendance is mandatory. No meeting. No prom!!

    Budget Vote - May 21

    Voting will take place on May 21 at Baldwin High School, and polls will be open from 7am until 10pm.  In addition to the school district budget and board elections, and of course the library budget, the board voted on March 27 to put up a bond to improve the facilities in the district.  Members of the board and administration will be presenting details of the school budget and bond at all PTA meetings and association meetings like the Baldwin Civic Association.  There will also be information on our website. We encourage you to attend one or more of these upcoming meetings to learn more about the school budget and bond. 

    Self-Service Portal

    The "Self Service Portal" allows your child to easily change their password for district devices, instructional applications, and Clever. We ask that your child complete their enrollment to ensure that they can have secure, consistent access to their device and learning tools needed for their schooling. Please follow the instructions below to enroll.

    To use the Baldwin Self Service Portal you will need to create an account before a password reset/change is necessary. Follow the steps below to setup your account.

    Navigate to the Baldwin Self Service Portal.
    Select "Enroll."
    Enter your phone number for two-factor authentication when changing your password.
    Enter your Baldwin Google account username and password.
    Follow the prompts to create three security questions.
    After the setup process is complete you can return to the Baldwin Self Service Portal to reset/change your password.

    Announcements

    Please check out the latest issue of our digital newsletter, What’s Bruin in Baldwin. 

    Hofstra University is hosting its annual Spring College Expo on Tuesday, April 16th, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at the David S. Mack Sports Complex. There will be an extensive array of universities and colleges offering their time and knowledge to support the students and families of Long Island. The Expo offers One-to-one conversations with school and program representatives as well as experienced counselors to assist you in the college search process. 

    Check out our excellent student newspaper, Golden Wave! 

     https://goldenwave.baldwinschools.org/

    Congratulations to Gabriela Lucas and Mikayla Rodriguez, who performed at Carnegie Hall last month after being nominated by Kristine Costello, Baldwin High School choral director! Check out the article below!

    https://www.liherald.com/baldwin/stories/baldwin-high-school-gabriela-lucas-mikayla-rodriguez,206792

    Bruins Sports Podcast

     

    Check out the latest two episodes! In last week's episode, Cydney sits down with Renelle Grannum from the Varsity Girls Basketball team.  Renelle speaks about the commitment that it takes to compete at the level that the Lady Bruins play.  She tells stories about the players that mentored her when she came up to Varsity as a 7th grader and how she has become a mentor for the young Lady Bruins as she became an upperclassman.  And the big news, Renelle came on the podcast to announce her college commitment on this episode.  Tune in to see which lucky college gets her talents.  
     
    In this week's episode, Blaine sits down with our Editor/Producer Paul Clement who was the Nassau County Runner Up in his weight class in wrestling this year.  The episode focuses on the injury that Paul had in the County finals and his recovery. 
     
    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast
     
    Congratulations to Solomon Ruff, selected to become a 2024 Bank of America Student Leader! Bank of America Student Leaders is one of the company's most distinguished community programs. This year Bank of America received more than 7,000 applications and 315 students were selected for the prestigious honor (Less than 4.5% acceptance rate). Congratulations!
    Baldwin High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 1546 wrapped up their 2024 season with a spirited performance at the FIRST Robotics Long Island Regional held from Thursday, March 21st to Saturday, March 23rd. Competing against 49 other FIRST Robotics teams, they secured the 16th position after the qualifying rounds. Throughout the competition, Team 1546 displayed their prowess, tallying a total of 6 wins and 4 losses. Their average score per match was an impressive 53.20 points, showcasing their skill and strategic gameplay. In autonomous mode, they scored an average of 20.30 points, demonstrating their ability to navigate the field independently. Additionally, during the stage portion of the match, they averaged 5.80 points, contributing to their overall success. Overall, Team 1546's performance exemplified their dedication, teamwork, and competitive spirit, making them a formidable presence in the world of robotics.

    Congratulations to the Varsity Softball team on their opening day victory over Port Washington 8-6. Jadyn Culbreath and Kate Heuser led the way on offense with 3 hits each. Erin Timmes had a 2 RBI double in the last inning to give Baldwin the lead and victory. The softball team will have a home game against Glen Cove tomorrow at 5.

    Varsity Baseball - Congratulations to the team on their 5-2 win over Syosset. They won with the help of Michael Jazylo’s home run and Ryan Healey’s 3 RBI’s.

    It Starts With US is proud to announce a clothing drive for those in need. You can find the pink decorated box labeled donations by the school's entrance. We are collecting donations of tops, shoes, old baby clothes, pants, and more to support people who are working to rebuild their lives. Your contributions will go a long way in providing comfort and is a step towards making a positive impact in our community. Thank you for joining us in this cause—it truly starts with each and every one of us!

    Calling all 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Do you want to get a paid summer job? Baldwin Schools are looking for summer custodial workers to help maintain school buildings over the summer. If interested, please fill out the pre-application on the School 2 Career canvas page or see Dr. Franza and Ms. Rocco in room 618.

    Poetry Club will host Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 11th at 4PM in the small cafe. Flyers will be posted in the 600 building for students to sign up if interested. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate / attend. Deidre McManus and I will host the event. 

    Girls Goodminton - Congratulations to the girls goodminton team as they defeated Port Washington with the score of 4-3.

    Congratulations to all of our performers, members of Krough, and the entire performing arts department for a wonderful spring production of Buttercup! Stay tuned for information about the upcoming student production soon! 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    March 22, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Spring is here! This is a great time of the year not only because we get better weather, but also due to several amazing events featuring our talented students! 

    There is still time to enjoy an incredibly funny drama production, Buttercup, on Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 pm in Cafe B. Tickets can be purchased at the door! See the attached flyer for details!

    Our annual Suites and Sweets concert is this coming Monday night, March 25th, at 7pm. The bands will perform a program of popular music including songs from Coco, Willy Wonka, Superheroes, Cartoons, Sweeney Todd and Kool and the Gang's Celebration - followed by an all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet in the cafeteria. This is always a fun show and a great opportunity to bring your own little musicians (if you have those at home). The concert is not long and will include trivia (for candy), costumes and a lot of student-led entertainment. See the attached flyer for more details! 
    Here is the link to purchase tickets (they'll also be available at the door):
     
    The Class of 2024 will be hosting the annual Prom on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Jericho Terrace from 6-11pm.  In order for a graduating senior to purchase tickets, you must attend with a parent/guardian one of two options of pre-prom meetings.  The first option is coming up next week, Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm in the auditorium. If you can't make this date, the last option to attend will be on Wednesday, April 17th. It is mandatory to attend one of these evenings if your Senior desires to attend prom!
     
    Spring College Expo

    The Nassau Counselor's Association provides an outstanding free resource to benefit students and parents at our Spring College Expo each year. There will be an extensive array of universities and colleges offering their time and knowledge to support the students and families of Long Island. We are fortunate that this event will continue at Hofstra University in 2024! Please see the attached flyer for registration information.

    The Spring College Expo offers:

    • One-to-one conversations with school and program representative 
    • Experienced counselors to assist in the college search process

    Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 5:30–8:30 p.m.Location: Hofstra University,  David S. Mack Sports Complex

    Announcements

    Congratulations to Connor Markus and Christopher Garland whose work will be featured in the NYSATA (New York State Art Teachers Association) 34th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibit which will go live the last week of March!

    Student Government presents...Spirit Week! Monday will be Bruin Madness so wear blue and gold! See the flyer for what is designated for the rest of the week! 

    Please enjoy the March issue of Inside Baldwin UFSD by clicking here. Please note that this monthly newsletter provides the latest updates to policies based on the recent board meeting.

     

    Congratulations to the Boys' Basketball team for earning the Jim Greene Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row!

    Varsity Rifle team had a great season, returning back to the County Finals for the 2nd time in 3 years! Also, Baldwin was voted the Section VIII Sportsmanship Award for the 3rd year in a row! Senior Megan Englehart was nominated All Conference for 2nd year in a row and received a medal for her 9th place finish in the Coaches Tournament. Senior Gaby Najdek was nominated All Conference and received a medal for her 5th place finish in the Coaches Tournament. Coach Mike Palumbo was voted the George Hathaway Coach of the Year Award for the 3rd year in a row!  Junior Safiya Allie was awarded a medal for her 4th place finish in the Coaches Tournament. Junior Blaine Harding was awarded an All Conference Award. Sophomore Soren York was nominated All Conference.

     

    ATTENTION SENIORS: Any senior who wants to attend the prom must bring a parent or guardian to a mandatory meeting on either Tuesday, March 26th or Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm at Baldwin High School. You must attend one of these meetings in order to be eligible for the prom. Dr. Testa and the deans will cover information about safety and conduct at this meeting and you and your parents' attendance is mandatory. No meeting. No prom!!

    It Starts With US is proud to announce a clothing drive for those in need. You can find the pink decorated box labeled donations by the school's entrance. We are collecting donations of tops, shoes, old baby clothes, pants, and more to support people who are working to rebuild their lives. Your contributions will go a long way in providing comfort and is a step towards making a positive impact in our community. Thank you for joining us in this cause—it truly starts with each and every one of us!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    March 15, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Now that the weather is warming, it is important once again to remind your children of appropriate behavior when venturing off campus. Off campus behavior can and will be addressed with the appropriate disciplinary action, including loss of privileges. I am in regular communication with the local businesses to ensure that our children are representing us well. Also, both the CVS and Blink fitness lots have notified us that they have secured a towing company to address any student parking that occurs. 

    The Class of 2024 will be hosting the annual Prom on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Jericho Terrace from 6 -11 PM. For any senior planning to attend, they and a parent/guardian MUST attend one of two pre-prom meetings. This meeting is designed to inform you about the prom and upcoming senior events and to discuss our expectations so that we have safe, fun, and memorable experiences for all. This is a mandatory meeting in order to receive the prom contract, which is necessary to purchase tickets. 

    Option 1: Tuesday, March 26, 7pm in the HS auditorium

    Option 2: Wednesday, April 17, 7pm in the HS auditorium

    Attention AP students! 

    MySchoolBucks is now open to make payment for your AP exams. AP exam is mandatory as part of the AP course required in order to earn the AP designation and associated weighting. See attached letter for more information.

    The 2024 AP® Exam Terms and Conditions are available to review at cb.org/apexamterms. This agreement details the rules and policies students must follow related to taking the 2024 AP Exams.The 2024 AP® Exam Terms and Conditions are available to review at cb.org/apexamterms. This agreement details the rules and policies students must follow related to taking the 2024 AP Exams.
    • Students will need to accept these terms and conditions prior to taking each exam.
    • Any updates to the terms and conditions will be clearly summarized on the terms and conditions page.

    For AP courses with a portfolio submission (AP Art and Design, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, and AP Research), students will need to agree to the Digital Portfolio AP Exam Terms and Conditions (.pdf/224 KB) before submitting their work as final in the AP Digital Portfolio.

    The Baldwin High School Counseling Department is hosting our annual College Bound Informational Night on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 starting at 7pm.  This virtual event will cover the following topics: 

    Meeting link

    The College Admissions Process-An Overview
    The Student-Athlete
    Inside the SUNY College System
    Inside the CUNY System
    Exploring Nursing and Health Science Majors
    Exploring The School of Education Majors
    Exploring Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Majors
    Exploring the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences Majors
    Benefits of Attending A Community College That is Part of The CUNY System
    The Advantages of Private College
    The Two-Year College Option
    Students with Disabilities and College
    What You Need to Know about Financial Aid and Scholarships
    Exploring the School of Business
    Following the keynote address, each workshop will run each session (I- III) unless indicated. Each workshop is approximately 20 minutes in duration. Please use the links or QR Codes in the College Bound Junior Night Program to access the Google Meet link for each breakout session.

    Announcements

    Congratulations to the Gold team on their Sportsnite win on Saturday! The score was 27 to 24 in favor of Gold. All participants did an amazing job

    Congratulations to the Baldwin Challenger Basketball team on their first win of the season! They won a close game against Division Ave High School yesterday by a score of 64 to 61. Special shout out to the game's MVP Obiora Okocha. 

    Congratulations to the Challenger Basketball team on their second win of the season against the Carle Place Frogs! The team won 69-60 and showed great sportsmanship and defense throughout the game. Special shout out to the Stars of the game Jaden Noble and Dana Horton. 

    Congratulations to the White team for winning the Blue and White scrimmage by a score of 76 to 71 for our final Challenger Basketball game of the season! Our stars of the game were Ray-Anne Tariq and our graduating senior Samantha Bearden. It was a great season for all the athletes. Special thank you to all of our hardworking and dedicated volunteers who helped sell snacks, played with the team, and worked the clock. We loved having the stands full each game and look forward to next season! Go Bruins!

    Saturday Night Alive will be held on Saturday evening at 7:00. All students are welcome, you must have your student ID to enter.

    The Haitian Caribbean Heritage Club will be meeting on Monday, March 18, at 2:45 in room 516. Please see Mrs. Farrell or Ms. Coles for more information.

    Girls Volleyball - There will be volleyball open gyms starting Monday from 5:15-6:30 pm.

    Congratulations to the Baldwin Mock Trial team for their victory in the preliminary round of the Nassau County High School Mock Trial Competition. Keturah Rodriguez, Chelsea Panky, Diego Garcia, Brianna Horneck, Matthew James Caraan, and Thalia Kontoleon secured the team's first win as the defense attorneys and witnesses.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    March 9, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    What an amazing week of Sportsnite spirit! From Father/Daughter night, Banquet, and the Tea Dance, our Blue and Gold teams are ready to compete in the 91st Sportsnite this Saturday!

    Marking Period 3 Progress reports are now available on the portal. Please review with your child and contact your teachers with any questions or concerns. 

    As the weather becomes warmer, I ask our parents to remind their children about our expectations for appropriate behavior as they patronize local businesses and restaurants during their lunch period. It is also crucial that students arrive back from lunch on time for their next class. Additionally, students should not be attempting to leave a class to exit the building to obtain food. This especially goes for Uber/Door Dash deliveries. We do not permit food deliveries on campus and all deliveries are turned away by security. 

    National School Social Work Week

    This past week was designated as National School Social Work Week, a time designated to honor the incredible contributions of our school social workers and recognize their invaluable support to our students, families, and staff.

    I'd like to express our gratitude and appreciation for the tireless efforts and dedication of our school social workers, Ms. Slif and Ms. Curnutt. They consistently go above and beyond to ensure the well-being and success of our students. They provide vital support, guidance, and resources to students facing various challenges, helping them navigate through difficult situations and empowering them to reach their full potential. Please join me in recognizing and thanking them for the difference they make in the lives of our students every day.

    Join Baldwin Union Free School District and the Baldwin Council of PTAs for an evening dedicated to wellness and self-care, featuring Baldwin educators leading our mindfulness initiative, Ms. Ashley Occhino and Ms. Lee Ann Burke.

    Don’t miss out on this interactive Parent Academy Workshop focused on “Wellness,” taking place IN PERSON at Baldwin High School on March 18, 2024 at 7 pm. 

    All Baldwin parents with children in grades K-12 are encouraged to attend. See the attached flyer for more details

    Regents Review Classes

    Yes, June Regents exams are rapidly approaching! To ensure that our students have every opportunity to be successful, we are offering a variety of review sessions for all Regents classes starting next week! View the attached flyer below for specific sessions based on exam/class and topic. All classes take place after school. 

    Regents Review Class schedule

    Announcements

    Next week is our "March Madness" spirit Week!

    Wednesday, 3/13 - Baldwin Pride - Dress in Blue or Gold!

    Thursday, 3/14 - Student/Teacher Swap Day - students dress as teachers and teachers as students!

    Friday, 3/15 - Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day!

    Congratulations to our Staff and Students of the Month!

    Staff Member: Ms. Curnutt, Social Worker

    Grade 9- Zerand Gordon
     
    Grade 10 - Kelly Dehler
     
    Grade 11 - Justin Victor
     
    Grade 12 - Jessica Li

    Congratulations to our Business Department Students of the Month! 

    Luke Lastique (Grade 10)

    Tafari Spencer (Grade 11)

    April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month. Baldwin SEPTA is hoping for your help in spreading the word and showing support of our students who are on the spectrum while raising money for our organization.  

    If you are interested, we are taking orders for the two types of shirts (click here) that hopefully each school can wear on April 2nd. The short sleeve shirt will be personalized with the school's name on the sleeve. The long sleeve shirt is front and back.

    Orders will be taken online (click here). The short sleeve shirts are $11 ($15 for 2xl-5xl) and the long sleeve shirts are $23. All proceeds will go to Baldwin SEPTA. Please place all orders by Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

    The Baldwin High School Counseling Department is excited to present you with the opportunity to attend a keynote address by Shawana Singletary, Assistant Vice President and Chief Enrollment University Admissions Officer at Adelphi University, followed by workshops designed to help you gather the information necessary to start the college search process. This evening’s program will allow you to hear invaluable information provided by our keynote speaker. Immediately following the speaker, you will be able to choose three workshops to attend for the remainder of the evening. Each session is 20 minutes in duration. Check out the flyer for available session topics

    Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
    Event: College Bound Informational Night
    Location: Virtual - Google Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/ppw-ubfb-cgn?authuser=1 
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Host: Virginia Coles, School Counselor

    Bruins Sports Podcast

    This week, Cydney and Blaine sit down with the recent AAA Nassau County Champions, Chase Timberlake and Peyton Howell as they prepare for the LI Championship Game this weekend! They talk about their work on and off the court, their passion for basketball, and their goals in the short and long-term.

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast

    Congratulations to Tristan Brown and Kristopher Chambers for earning All-State honors at the 2024 New York State Indoor Track and Track Championships held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island on 3/2/24.  The Baldwin High seniors both had 4th place finishes with Brown in the 55 meter hurdles and Chambers in the Weight throw.

    Boys & Girls Track Team – congratulations to the remarkable achievements the boy’s and girl’s track team have achieved this season. Sariah Doresca, Breanne Barnett, Jahzara Emeli, and Kelys Walker showcased exceptional skill and teamwork in the 4x100 relay, securing 1st place and establishing a new state meet record. They are currently ranked #10 in the United States. In individual events, Sariah Doresca emerged as the 55-meter winner, and Breanne Barnett secured 3rd place in the highly competitive 300-meter race. Congratulations to Tristan Brown & Brandon Threat for qualifying for the NY State Championship. Congratulations to all and wish all continued success!

    Congratulations New York State and Federation Champion 2024, Sariah Doresca!

    Sariah is a now a two-time NYS Champion for the 55m and Sariah, Jahzara, Breanne,  and Kelys are two-time state champions for the 4x200 Relay! Go Baldwin!

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball– Congratulations to the team as they won the Nassau County Championship for the 4th straight season, by beating Port Washington 46-26 Saturday night. This is Baldwin’s 9th County Championship! Chase Timberlake had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals & 3 assists, Peyton Howell had 12 points, 4 rebounds, & 3 steals. Coach Burton would like to thank everyone for their support. Please come and support us again on Saturday evening at 5:00 at Farmingdale College against Bay Shore.

    If you are interested in volunteering to help kids with cancer, please see Mr. Ventura in room 335. If you have already signed up there is no need to see him again. You can also email him at venturaro@baldwinschools.org

    Method Learning will be running SAT prep courses at Baldwin High School in preparation for the May SAT exam that will be hosted at Baldwin High School. The spring 2024 SAT exams are exclusively digital. The course begins next week and includes ten 2-hour classes on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for additional details and registration information.

    The cost of the SAT prep course is $375.

    Visit www.collegeboard.org to register and pay for the SAT exam. The website is having glitches at the moment so if you are unable to register for the May or June SAT at Baldwin, register via telephone instead. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    March 1, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Welcome to March! Unbelievably, next week marks the midpoint of marking period 3! Progress reports will be published to the portal on Friday, March 8 at 3pm. 

    This midpoint of the marking period is a good time to remind parents of the important responsibility students have for the general care of the the Chromebook issued to them. One in particular that needs to be pointed out is the case each comes with. It is critical that students leave the case on. We are seeing that our students are purposely taking the case off so that it is lighter as they carry it in their hand or in a bag. Please keep the case on! In a review of all reported damage to chromebooks, all but two had the case still on it. Please check your child's Chromebook to ensure that the case is covering it. 

    A few other reminders of note:  

    • Chromebooks must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, and labels. 
    • Do not tamper with, modify or deface device asset tag or serial number in any way.
    • Heavy objects should never be placed on top of Chromebooks.
    • Chromebooks should never be loaned to another student or individual during the school day or otherwise.
    • District-owned Chromebooks should never be taken to an outside computer service for any type of repairs or maintenance. 
    • Batteries are not covered by an extended warranty; therefore, batteries that are determined to have been damaged may incur a cost for repairs. 
    • Do not fully deplete your battery. If you run the battery down to close to zero you are damaging the battery cells. 

    • More tips can be found here: https://www.baldwinschools.org/Page/10500

    Baldwin UFSD offers an optional insurance agreement with Smart Tech Insurance to provide peace of mind for any damage to your child’s Chromebook, as well as  loss or theft of the device. 

    The price for the insurance policy is $29 and will be effective until July 1, 2024, with an option to renew each school year. 

    Parents will need to purchase the insurance policy directly with Smart Tech Insurance using the instructions below. Also, all insurance claims  are handled directly through Smart Tech. Baldwin UFSD DOES NOT need to be involved with any insurance claims.  

    To sign up, simply go to Baldwin Schools - Smart Tech Insurance (https://smarttechinsurance.com/organization/baldwin-schools/) to enroll for the optional Chromebook insurance.

    Announcements

    Latest edition of What's Bruin in Baldwin! 

    Join Baldwin Union Free School District and the Baldwin Council of PTAs for an evening dedicated to wellness and self-care, featuring Baldwin educators leading our mindfulness initiative, Ms. Ashley Occhino and Ms. Lee Ann Burke. See the attached flyer for more details and to register. Don’t miss out on this interactive Parent Academy Workshop focused on “Wellness,” taking place IN PERSON at Baldwin High School on March 18, 2024 at 7 pm. All Baldwin parents with children in grades K-12 are encouraged to attend. Please click here to register by Wednesday, March 6.

    Congratulations to Madeline Murphy, for her artwork being accepted to the Hecksher Long Island's Best exhibit, selected for Long Island's Best 2024!  Of the 456 works of art submitted, Madeline's artwork is among the 87 selected to be in the exhibition March 23 - May 5!

    In this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Blaine sits down with 1 of the Captains from each team from Sportsnite, Alexis Lakeram and Makenzie Ahearne.  They discuss the long-standing tradition of Sportsnite, how it started 91 years ago, their love for Sportsnite and how their team is ready for Preview this weekend and the big event in less than 2 weeks.  Tune in and come to Sportsnite!  
     

    Boys Varsity Basketball – congratulations to the team as they defeated Hempstead last week in the semifinals 60-42. A total team effort. Chase Timberlake had 18 points, Peyton Howell had 13 points and Garbriel Phillips had 11 rebounds.  

    Girls Varsity Basketball - congratulations to the team as they defeated Massapequa last week in the semifinals 48-38!

     Girl’s and Boys’ Varsity Basketball playoffs – come support both teams on Saturday, March 2nd at Farmingdale State College for the battle of Nassau County Champions. The girls’ team will play at 11:00 a.m. against Syosset and the boy’s team will play at 5:45 against Port Washington. Both teams need our support, so we hope to see you all there cheering them on.  Purchase tickets online at GoFan! Let’s go Bruins!!!

    Attention spring athletes... The sign-up window is now open to try out for spring sports. Any athlete trying out for softball, lacrosse, track, badminton, baseball, or tennis should go to final forms as soon as possible to sign up. Please see Mr. Llewellyn if you are having difficulty signing up.

    Boy’s Lacrosse -On Monday, March 4th, we will have a mandatory meeting for both JV and Varsity in Cafeteria A at 2:45. After the meeting, we will go outside for our next open field workout for all players. Please be in the cafeteria by 2:45 for the meeting and have Final Forms completed. We will go outside on the 600 field immediately after the meeting.

    Attention all seniors - Please attend a class of 2024 meeting on Tuesday, March 5th at 2:45 in Cafeteria A. We will be discussing cap and gown orders, senior trip, and prom info. We will begin the meeting with us all singing "Lean on Me" to provide a feeling of togetherness lead by your class president.

    If you are interested in volunteering to help kids with cancer, please see Mr. Ventura in room 335. If you have already signed up there is no need to see him again. You can also email him at venturaro@baldwinschools.org."

    Any girl interested in trying out for the badminton team must attend a pre-season meeting on Monday at 2:45 in room 515. You must have an updated physical and permission slip in final forms, and you must be eligible to try out. Please see Mr. Nguyen (win) in room 115 with any questions.

    Congratulations to all the performers at last night's Talent Show! The winners are:

    Honorable Mention: Malysse Williams

    Tied for third place: Gabrielle Jean-Baptiste & Diego Garcia

    Second place: The Baldwin Step Team

    First Place: Cornelius Johnson

    Congratulations to all!

    Congratulations to the Baldwin Mock Trial team for their victory in the second preliminary round of the Nassau County High School Mock Trial Competition. Reyna Palmer, Elijah Iles, Rachael Romero, Ariana Phou, Samaya Lindo-Smellie, Matthew James Caraan, and Thalia Kontoleon secured the team's win as the prosecution attorneys and witnesses.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    February 17, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing February break!

    The third marking period is off to a great start as we embark on a critical point in the school year. Upon our return from vacation, we have 4 1/2 solid weeks of classes.  After this period, we have a number of breaks and days off in March, April, and May. Therefore, this period in the third marking period could not be more important for student achievement and success. Being on time and present every day during this period will only enhance opportunities and ensure a strong finish to the school year. 

    One of the most important factors in student academic success is directly connected to their attendance. Chronic absenteeism is defined as being absent 10% or more of enrolled school days for the school year for any reason, excused or unexcused.  At this point of the school year, this means any student that is absent 10 or more full days this year is considered chronically absent.  In terms of instructional time, this is two weeks of missed instruction. The research is clear that by ninth grade, good attendance can predict graduation even better than test scores. 

    Please reach out to your grade level administrator, school counselor, or attendance coordinator with any questions or concerns regarding your child's attendance. Together, we can work together in ensuring that our students have use of every minute of instructional time at their disposal for their future success.  

    Please be advised that we have been informed by the adjacent parking lots (CVS and the Blink Fitness) that any car parked in their lot that is not patronizing the stores will be subject to tow. Please ensure that if you child drives to school, that they park only where it is legally permissible. There is a municipal lot behind the Checkers where parking is permitted. Please also note that parking on Willowbend is not permitted between the hours of 9 AM - 2PM. Student parking is not permitted on campus for any reason during school operating hours. 

    Announcements

    Please enjoy the February issue of Inside Baldwin UFSD by clicking here. Please note that this monthly newsletter provides the latest updates to policies based on the recent board meeting.  

    The Make-A-Wish club led by Chad Henry got 20 HS students to partake in the Long Beach Polar Bear Club, Super Bowl Polar Bear Plunge.  The plunge helps raise tens of thousands for the Make A Wish Foundation.  The students braved the cold and jumped into 41 degree water, some of them went in more than once!  It is another example of how Baldwin students rise to the occasion in service to others.

    The following students participated!
    Chad Henry
    Justin Funkenburg
    Safiya Allie
    Blaine Harding
    Averi Thomas
    Erin Timmes
    Paul Fleck
    Jayden Whittaker
    Allison Linhart
    Glicel Jacinto
    Isabella Portillo
    Samantha Prongay
    Kevin Rottkamp
    Jillian Rickford
    Kailyn Olgadez
    Finnegan Waney
    Semyrahh Mays
    Jonathan Spooner
    Zoe Gordon
    Michelle Perez

    Congratulations to the Varsity Marksmanship team for finishing in third place in Nassau County. The team will be heading back to the county finals for the second time in three years. Congratulations!

     Congratulations to the Varsity Wrestling team on a strong finish to the season. Paul Clement placed 2nd place, Nahkin Stevens placed 4th and Moise (mo-ese) Ambroise placed 6th all to earn all-county honors.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BRUINS CHEERLEADERS FOR COMING IN 1ST PLACE AT THEIR COMPETITION! Your hard work truly paid off! Great job!

    Please come support the Baldwin boys Basketball team as they are the number 2 seed and will be playing the number 7 seed Uniondale at Baldwin on Saturday at 6pm. Congratulations to Chase Timberlake and Peyton Howell on being voted All County and to Gabe Phillips for being voted all Conference.

    Please come support the Girl's Varsity Basketball team during their playoff run. The #1 seeded Lady Bruins will take on 8th seed Port Washington. The game will be played at home on Tuesday, February 20th at 7pm. Please wear blue and gold and show your support.

    Students who are academic/attendance eligible must present student ID at the door to gain entry to home basketball games. 

    Attention Spring athletes...The sign-up window is now open to try out for spring sports. All girls trying out for softball, lacrosse, track or badminton and boys trying out for baseball, lacrosse, track, or tennis should go to final forms as soon as possible to sign up. Please see Mr. Llewellyn if you are having difficulty signing up.

    TALENT SHOW tickets are on sale now!! Use the posted QR codes around the school, or see Ms. Liemer-Kelly in room 416A or B. The Talent Show is February 29th at 7pm.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    February 9, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    February is off to a fantastic start!

    This past week was National School Counseling Week. This week provides us with an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions made by our dedicated school counselors at Baldwin High School. Our exceptional team of school counselors includes Erin Beirne, Tim Clancy, Virginia Coles, Vanessa Gonzalez, Stephanie Pina, and Meghan Schlosser, and Kristen Parisi. These professionals play an essential role in fostering the overall growth of our students by providing guidance, support, and encouragement as they navigate both their academic and personal paths. Please extend a thank you to your school counselor for all that they do! 

    Over this past weekend, our Science Olympiads teams competed at the Regional competition at Kellenberg High School. We were 2 of 38 teams that competed across Western Nassau County. Partners Melany Mendoza and Jacob Moran earned a 4th place medal in their event "Write It Do It," and Dave Achonu and Lucas Lautan earned an 8th place medal in the event "Engineering CAD." Freshman Braylon Ashby also competed in the event "Robot Tour" and just fell short of receiving a medal. Thank to everyone for your support and thank you to our seniors for their dedication to helping us be successful. We will miss you next year!

    Congratulations to our Staff and Students of the Month!

    Staff: Michael Marrero (Physical Education) & Barbara Tynan (Guidance)

    Grade 9: Sanaya Halyard

    Grade 10: Milan Coggins

    Grade 11: Ian Chan

    Grade 12: Jaeden Leath 

    Congratulations to our January Business Department Students of the Month!

    Cole Lawson and Ami deCoteau

    Congratulations to Nia Green for her PTA Reflection Film Production entry “The Taste of Heritage” which has been advanced to the state level of New York State PTA for judging. The Baldwin Council of PTA's will hold a Reflections celebration to honor Nia and other winners on March 13, 2024 at 8 pm at the Baldwin Middle School.

    Please join me in recognizing the following students for their participation in LISFA for the 2023-2024 school year.  This is a similar honor to that of the All County Festival, except this organization is orchestral strings only!

    Rose Altschuler  

    Chelsea Panky   

    Camdresa Davis  

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VARSITY CHEERLEADERS FOR COMING IN 3RD PLACE AT THIS WEEKEND'S COMPETITION! great work by all! 

    Congratulations to our All-County Track Athletes!

    Kris Chambers-Weight Throw Champion

    Kris Chambers - Shot Put 3rd Place

    Tristan Brown - 55 Hurdles-2nd Place

    Brandon Thweatt - 55 Hurdles. 3rd Place

    Darrell Turner, Tristan Brown, Mikhi Williams, Prosper Prawl - 4x200M Relay Champions 

    Lexie Ellis           (high jump)

    Kelys Walker       (4x200m)

    Sariah Doresca  ( 55m, 300m, 4x200m

    Jahzara Emeli    ( 600m, 4x200m)

    Breanne Barnett ( 55m, 300m, 4x200m)

    Congratulations to the Baldwin Mock Trial team for their victory in the preliminary round of the Nassau County High School Mock Trial Competition. Keturah Rodriguez, Chelsea Panky, Diego Garcia, Brianna Horneck, Matthew James Caraan, and Thalia Kontoleon secured the team's first win as the defense attorneys and witnesses.

    Key Club, National Honor Society and Virtual Enterprise are collecting coats and winter clothing for Veterans. Drop off is in the boxes in the commons.

     Congratulations to the Varsity Marksmanship Team for finishing in third place in Nassau County. The team will be heading back to the county finals on Tuesday, February 13 for the second time in three years. Congratulations!

    · Key Club and National Honor Society are collecting gently used books for the Book Fairies. Drop off is in the bins in the commons.

    · The National Honor Society and Key club are collecting gently used or new books for The Book Fairies. Drop off all books in the bins in the commons.

    Attention Fall Driver Ed students: Your certificates of completion are now available for pick up in the main office. Please see Ms. Sisco on a free period and have your ID with you.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    February 3, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Welcome to Semester 2! Now in the third marking period, this is a critical ten weeks of the school year. Please make sure the check the portal for both midterm and marking period 2 grades.

    All students should remember to check your Canvas inbox throughout the day for messages from the Attendance Coordinators and to check the Eschool Student Portal often. If you see any errors regarding your attendance, you should message the Attendance Coordinator for the grade, or go in the attendance office during a LUNCH or free period. If your child is legally absent from school, due to Illness or another board approved reason, be sure to contact the attendance office via phone, email, or note.

    In celebration of Black History Month, we're excited to announce our very first Black History Month Spirit Week! Please take a moment to share the attached flyer with your students, spreading the word about the exciting activities planned for the week.

    We are excited to inform you about an upcoming event that could significantly benefit your child's educational journey. The Nassau Community College Dual Enrollment Program Informational Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 6 p.m. This event will be conducted via Google Meet.

    Hosted by Dr. David Follick, Assistant Vice President Academic Student Services at Nassau Community College, and Dr. Ricky Papandrea, Assistant Principal of Guidance and PPS at Baldwin High School, this session will provide invaluable insights into the innovative collaboration between Nassau County Community College and Baldwin High School.

    Check out the latest issue of What's Bruin in Baldwin!

    Here is the latest Golden Wave online Newspaper of Baldwin High School. 

    In this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Cydney and Blaine sit down with two All-American athletes from the Girls Varsity Track and Field team, Breanne Barnett and Sariah Doresca.  They discuss how they got to this top-tier level, their plans for the future and what they do to stay on top of their game.  Tune in!

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast

    Baldwin High School and Middle School recently celebrated the inclusion of student art at African American History Museum of Nassau County. Check out the Newsday article and News 12 story below!

    https://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/black-history-month-baldwin-union-free-school-district-students-art-exhibit-m8zuf35l

    https://longisland.news12.com/black-students-in-baldwin-show-off-art-ahead-of-black-history-month

    Congratulations to Brandon Firth and Christina Tephly for being nominated for the highly prestigious Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance!

    Congratulations to Baldwin High School student, Caitlin McConnell, whose #artwork was selected for the 2023 Nassau County High School Student Juried Competition & Exhibition hosted by The Art Guild of Port Washington. Learn more about this incredible honor:

    We are kicking off the spring performing arts season with our Baldwin Friends of Music & Art meeting scheduled for February 8, 2024 at 7:30PM in the BHS Choir Room.  Come learn more about supporting the arts in Baldwin.  

    Learn more about the organization and our arts program here: 

     Friends of Music & Arts

    Join our Facebook page for regular updates and activities: https://www.facebook.com/baldwin.arts/

    Baldwin Varsity Wrestling is hosting one of the Nassau County Championships Qualifier! Come support the Bruins on Saturday, February 3rd.  Wrestling starts at 9:30.  This is a Section VIII event and entry is $11.  Tickets can be purchased using the link below.

    https://gofan.co/event/1335399?schoolId=NYSPHSAA8

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball – congratulations to the team as they defeated Hempstead Charter last night. Peyton Howell had 14 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals and Gabe Phillips added 10 rebounds. 

    Marksmanship - Sophomore Soren York led the marksmanship team yesterday by scoring 178 as the Bruins defeated Glen Cove. Also scoring for the Bruins were Junior Blaine Harding and senior co-captains Megan Englehart and Gaby Najdek. Congratulations to all!

    Any Baldwin student who is interested in law enforcement or any emergency response field, there will be a Nassau County Youth Police Academy held at the Nassau County Center for Training and Intelligence Building on Saturday March 9th from 9am-4pm. If you are interested, please check your canvas e-mail from Dr. Franza or let Dean Tupot know ASAP.

    In honor of Black history month, Baldwin HS presents “I am Black History. Get ready for a month filled with activities, including our FIRST Black history month Spirt Week February 5-9. Keep an eye out for posters scattered throughout the school and check your Canvas page for details on the themes for each day. Let’s celebrate together!

    The National Honor Society and Key club are collecting gently used or new books for The Book Fairies. Drop off all books in the bins in the commons.

    Key Club, Virtual Enterprise Company - Poppify, and National Honor Society, are organizing. We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a Winter Coat Drive to support the Beacon House for Veterans of Long Island.

    The Winter Coat Drive will run from February 1st - 28th and will be located in the High School commons. During this time, we will be accepting donations of new to lightly worn jackets, coats, sweatshirts, winter hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. These items will directly benefit the Veterans at the Beacon House, providing them with much-needed warmth and comfort during the winter season.

    Saturday Night Alive is CANCELLED for tomorrow night. No Saturday Night Alive tomorrow evening.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    January 27, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    As January comes to a close, we have reached the academic mid-point of the school year! Monday, January 29 (Day B) begins Semester 2 classes and marking period 3. Students must check the portal for any changes to their schedule, particularly if they finished a semester based class. It is critical that students check the portal at least once a week to ensure that their attendance and grades are adequate. 

    One of the most important factors in student academic success is directly connected to their attendance. The research is clear that by ninth grade, good attendance can predict graduation even better than test scores. That is why we make a concerted effort to address absenteeism on a daily basis. The New York State Education Department also is paying close attention, as they require all school districts to improve student attendance for accountability purposes. This is why at the end of each month we send out letters to families for any students considered chronically absent or at-risk. 

    Chronic Absenteeism applies to both unexcused AND excused absences. Chronic absenteeism is defined as being absent 10% or more of enrolled school days for the school year for any reason, excused or unexcused.  At this mid-point of the school year, this means any student that is absent 8 or more times this year is considered chronically absent.  In terms of instructional time, this is nearly two weeks of missed instruction. 

    Please reach out to your grade level administrator, school counselor, or attendance coordinator with any questions or concerns regarding your child's attendance. Together, we can work together in ensuring that our students have use of every minute of instructional time at their disposal for their future success. 

    FAFSA Workshop

    We invite you to a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop on Monday, January 29 at 7pm in Cafe A. This workshop will provide valuable insights into the recent changes to the FAFSA form and aid families as they navigate through the application process. We understand that completing the FAFSA can be a complex task, and our goal is to ensure that you have the information and support needed to submit the form accurately.

    Nassau Community College Dual Enrollment Information Night - Virtual

     The Nassau Community College Dual Enrollment Program Informational Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 6 p.m. This event will be conducted via Google Meet. This session will provide invaluable insights into the innovative collaboration between Nassau County Community College and Baldwin High School.

    Event Details:

    Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Virtual Link: https://meet.google.com/auv-edqe-xie 

    Announcements

    Please enjoy the January issue of Inside Baldwin UFSD by clicking here.

    In this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Cydney and Blaine sit down with Kristopher Chambers and Tristan Brown from the Boys Winter Track and Field team.  Tristan speaks about the track side of things, while Kristopher speaks about the field events he participates in.  They discuss the differences between winter and spring track and field, their goals for this year and so much more.  The Bear Spot segment was a blowout this week.  Tune in to see who was victorious. 
     

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball – congratulations to the team as they defeated Plainview JFK 58-41 Gabe Phillips had a career-high 20 points & 17 rebounds. Chase Timberlake had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists & 3 steals. 

    Baldwin High School’s Tristan Brown lowers his 55 high hurdle school record to 7.71 seconds while placing 5th at the Officials Hall of Fame Invitational in New York City!

    Congratulations to Kris Chambers for placing 3rd in the Invitational Boys Weight Throw at the 2024 Officials Hall of Fame Invitational at the Nike Track and Field Center in New York City

    Congratulations to Brandon Thweatt, Marlo Pierre, Aaron Charlemagne and Tristan Brown for placing 3rd in the Boys Shuttle Hurdle Relay at the 2024 Officials Hall of Fame Invitational held at the Nike Track and Field Center in NYC.
     
     
    Congratulations to Breanne Barnett, Kelys Walker, Jahzara Emeli, and Sariah Doresca for achieving a new meet record in the 4x200m relay! 

    Attention Boys lacrosse: Our next open gym workout will be this Thursday, February 25th, @ 8:30 PM. Please do your best to be there. Also, the team store is open. Please get your orders in ASAP. If you have any questions, see coach Clancy in the guidance office.

    Any Baldwin student who is interested in law enforcement or any emergency response field, there will be a Nassau County Youth Police Academy held at the Nassau County Center for Training and Intelligence Building on Saturday March 9th from 9am-4pm. If you are interested, please check your canvas e-mail from Dr. Franza or let Dean Tupot know ASAP.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    January 20, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Wow, was it cold this week! Nevertheless, it was a wonderful week as we near the end of marking period two. Monday is the last day of classes before our testing administration for Midterms and Regents begins on January 23.  Classes resume with the start of Semester 2/Marking period 3 on Monday, January 29.  All information regarding our testing procedures and calendar can be found in the link below

    January 23 - 26 Midterm/Regents Testing Information

    Procedures for Dropping off items to your child

    In an effort to ensure that activity on campus is kept to a minimum, I ask that Parents be mindful about dropping off items to your child on a regular basis. We understand that sometimes this is unavoidable and we will work with you.  In those circumstances, I ask that you do the following before arriving to the school:

    1. Please call ahead and let us know when you will be coming. Provide us with the name and the item that needs to be dropped off

    2. All items will be left at the main door entrance. Your child can then retrieve the item during passing time or when free. Students should not be leaving class unless it is an item needed for that class.  Food will not be permitted to be taken back to any classrooms. 

    Home Basketball Games

    Attention all students! Students interested in attending home basketball games (both girls and boys) will be required to show their Student ID to gain entry. You also must be eligible to attend as well! No student ID, no entry! This will be in place for all remaining home basketball games, including any playoffs.

    Website redesign

    This year, the Baldwin Union Free School District is redesigning the current website (www.baldwinschools.org), with a planned launch for the start of the 2024-2025 school year. Our primary objectives are to create a visually appealing, innovative website, while also improving usability and mobile functionality.

    To help achieve this, we are inviting families and community members to complete this brief feedback survey (also accessible on the district's homepage) no later than Thursday, January 25, 2024. 

    We strongly value the input of our families and community members, as we strive to produce a new website that caters to the needs of every user. 

    Students and staff of Month

    Congratulations to our students and staff member of the month!

    Kevin Vela, Grade 10

    Cydney Herrera, Grade 12

    Staff Member: Michelle Liemer-Kelly, Art Department

    Bruins Sports Podcast

    In this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Cydney switches sits on the other side of the table. Blaine interviews Cydney Herrera, Ali-Marie Bissesser and Savina Charles from Baldwin HS's step team called Stomp Elite. They discuss their love for step, the dedication of Coach Coles and the three have a very impressive showing during the Bear Spot segment.  

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast

    The Phoenix Magazine

    Congratulations to the following students whose Art and Literary Works are published in the  Fall/ Winter edition of The Phoenix Magazine. Enjoy! Here is the online link to the published digital version of the magazine: 
    https://indd.adobe.com/view/2a63308b-4df1-4605-a2de-099b0b75b43d

    A special acknowledgement to Shalom Obimba who is Chief Editor of Layout 
    as well as the artist chosen for the back cover of the magazine. 
    A special acknowledgement to Kyle Kissoon who is the artist chosen for our front cover. 

    Mia Biazon

    Daniel Crane

    Leila Leblanc

    Trinity Achonu

    Shalom Obimba

    Keturah Rodrigues

    Munachi Okorie

    Tyler Johnson

    Kevin Mokund

    France Derivois

    Alexa Reyes Reyes

    Britney King

    Jayson Mehlman

    Khadijah Khoule

    Brianna Burczyk

    Isabella Aparicio Romero

    Chelise Connor Prevatt

    Gianna Pavia

    Announcements

    ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK THEIR CANVAS INBOX FOR IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE REGARDING ELIGIBILITY... YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR INBOX AT LEAST ONCE PER DAY.

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball – congratulations to the team as they defeated Southside 57-38. Peyton Howell was named MVP as he scored 22 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. 

    Boys Varsity Bowling - Congratulations to the team on an 11-1 season record and a conference championship. The boys had an outstanding season, now winning the conference for the 3rd time in 4 years. Congratulations to Andrew Johnson for winning the High Average Award, John Escobar for winning the High Game Award, and Julian Kukelic for winning the High Series award. Go Bruins!

    Marksmanship - Senior Captain Gaby Najdek led the Bruins yesterday as the team defeated Freeport by the score of a 656 to a 623. Also Scoring for the Bruins were Senior Captain Megan Englehart, Junior Blaine Harding and Sophomore Soren York. 

    Congratulations to the Coed marksmanship team as they beat Garden City yesterday by scoring their season high of 714 over Garden City's 686. Senior Captain Gaby Najdek and Junior Safiya Allie led the team as they BOTH scored 181 out of 200. Also, scoring for the team was sophomore, sophomore Soren York and senior Megan Englehart. The team is currently 7 and 5 and in 3rd Place in the conference.

    A special congratulations goes out to sophomore Kevin Rottkamp as he shot his season high of a 165 out of 200!

    Girls’ badminton - There will be badminton open gyms on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 - 7:30 am in the main gym.

    Any Baldwin student who is interested in law enforcement or any emergency response field, there will be a Nassau County Youth Police Academy held at the Nassau County Center for Training and Intelligence Building on Saturday March 9th from 9am-4pm. If you are interested, please check your canvas e-mail from Dr. Franza or let Dean Tupot know ASAP.

    Do you have a love for Haitian or Caribbean culture? If so, come check out the Haitian Heritage Caribbean club on Monday, January 22 from 2:45-3:30. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Farrell or Ms. Coles.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    January 12, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    With five class days remaining in the marking period, please make sure all assignments, homework, and classwork are up to date. Please log onto the parent portal to review your child’s academic progress and to review their attendance and/or missing assignments for their courses. The parent portal can be accessed by the following link: parent.ioeducation.com and students can access the student portal to monitor their own academic progress by accessing the following link: student.ioeducation.com/BaldwinUFSD

    Starting January 23rd begins our Midterm/Regents Examination Week.  All testing information can be found HERE

    The second semester and third marking period begins January 29th.  

    Reminder about Eligibility Procedures & Expectations

    At the midpoint and end of each marking period, a student's attendance and grades are subject to review for eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities and sports. There are three levels that a student can be issued. 

    Probation: The student will be permitted to participate in the total activity but will be subject to review and weekly monitoring.  

    Ineligible: The student will be excluded from all contests, performances and competitions but is entitled to attend and participate in practices and meetings.  

    Disqualified: The student will lose the privilege to participate in all athletic and extracurricular activities during the period imposed, up to the remainder of the school year.  

    A Student with more than five illegal or unexcused class absences for any subject/class period, and/or fail two or more classes, will jeopardize their eligibility status as defined above Excessive lateness to school/class will also be factored in and may impact student eligibility. Any student currently on probation or ineligible risk being disqualified if attendance and/or academic performance do not improve. 

    FAFSA Workshop - January 29th at 7pm in Cafe A

    This workshop will provide valuable insights into the recent changes to the FAFSA form and aid families as they navigate through the application process. Mark Campbell from the Nassau Community College Financial Aid office will be our guest presenter. 

    Key Workshop Highlights:

    -Overview of recent changes to the FAFSA Form
    -Step-by-step guidance on completing the FAFSA
    -Q&A session with Mark Campbell from Nassau Community College

    Here’s What You Can Do Now:

    Make sure to create your StudentAid.gov account—and remember your username and password so you can access and submit the 2024–25 FAFSA form when it’s available. If you already filed a FAFSA, you will not need to recreate your ID.
    Find out if your parent(s) or spouse will need to be contributors (contribute their information on your FAFSA form).


    Participants who are looking to complete the FASFA at the event are encouraged to bring a device (laptop and/or Chromebook) to the FASFA Workshop.

    If you have any specific questions you would like addressed during the workshop, please feel free to submit them in advance to Ms. Stephanie Pina at pinas@baldwinschools.org.

    Announcements

    Congratulations to the following students for having their work featured at the ASA Art Exhibition hosted at WT Clarke High School on Sunday, March 10, 2024 from noon to 4PM in East Meadow!

    Abigail Hector

    Allison Pineda Blanco

    Anna  Wehr

    Grace Van Sluytman

    Isabella  Aparicio Romero

    Isabella  Fleck

    Jared Lucas

    Javan Alexis

    Joellena Miller

    Kristopher Chambers

    Lucas Duet

    Madeline Murphy

    Nawira  Amjad

    Neena McKenzie

    Nyla Morris

    Samantha Prongay

    Sebastian Torres

    Vivianna Drinkwater-Louverture

    Congratulations to our Business Department Students of the Month, Valentina Colmenares Delatorre (Grade 10) and Rachel Ilardi (Grade 12).  If you see them, please congratulate them!

     

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball – congratulations to the team as we defeated Hempstead Charter Academy last night. Chase Timberlake had 17 points, Peyton Howell had 14 points and Gabriel Phillips had 10 rebounds.

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball – congratulations to the team as they defeated Westbury last night 74-56. Payton Howell had 15 points, 8 assists, 5 steals & 3 rebounds. Gabe Phillips had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and Myles Austin had a career high of 12 points, 3 assists. Good luck to the team as they play at Uniondale on Sunday at 3:00 against Southside.

    Varsity Marksmanship- Senior Captain Megan Englehart led the Varsity Marksmanship Team as they defeated Sewanahaka by the score of 691-689. Also scoring for the Bruins were Senior Captain Gaby Najdek and juniors Safiya Allie and Blaine Harding. Congratulations to all!

    In preparation for the March 9, 2024 SAT Exam, Method Learning will be hosting SAT preparation courses at Baldwin High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m., beginning January 31, 2024. The cost for the eight 2 1/2-hour courses is $375. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration information.

    Attention Seniors and Juniors. Registration for the Spring Semester of Driver Education is now open and available on the district website. There are only 40 spots available so don’t delay. Bring your registration papers to Ms. Sisco in the main office quickly so you can secure the day and time you need.

    Looking for help with a subject you're struggling in? Want to prepare for your upcoming midterms? National Honor Society tutors are available to help on Monday and Friday afternoons in Room 413 and Thursday afternoons in Room 534. No need to sign up in advance - just show up!

    Any Baldwin student who is interested in law enforcement or any emergency response field, there will be a Nassau County Youth Police Academy held at the Nassau County Center for Training and Intelligence Building on Saturday March 9th from 9am-4pm. If you are interested, please check your canvas e-mail from Dr. Franza or let Dean Tupot know ASAP.

    “It Starts with Us” an exciting new club dedicated to creating a safe space for young women in our school. We'll discuss the challenges of womanhood and work together to support each other. But it doesn't end there. Our club has a mission - to give back to our community by raising funds and supplies for local women's shelters, helping those who need it most. I invite you to join us on this journey. Our first meeting is Tuesday January 16th in room 625. See you there.

    · Please support the Crochet Club by donating yarn or crochet hooks. There are boxes for the yarn and crochet hook donations in both the Main Office and in Room 419. Thank you!

    · Attention Boys Lacrosse: Our next open gym will be Wednesday, January 17th @ 7:30 PM in the front Gym. Please bring your own helmet if you have one. Also, the team store has been opened. All orders are due by January 25th. If you did not receive the link in your email, please see coach Clancy in the guidance office.


    January 5, 2024

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some joyous time with your loved ones during our vacation. The second marking period and first semester is coming to a close rapidly with only three weeks remaining. Please note the following:

    January 22: Last Day of Semester 1 / Marking Period 2 Classes

    January 23 - 26: Midterm / Regents Exam Week - 

    *Students only attend if they have a scheduled exam, except 8:1:1 program

    January 29: Classes resume - start of Semester 2 / Marking Period 3

    Inclement Weather Plans

    In anticipation of inclement weather this winter, please be advised that school closures or a switch to remote learning are always announced on the district website, on major news and radio broadcasts and by phone/email messaging.

    This Monday, January 8, it is possible that we will be impacted by a snow event and need families to prepare for the possibility of remote instruction. The decision to switch to a remote learning day or to a school closure will be made as early as possible. You can find my letter HERE explaining how this will work in the event this decision is made 

    Nassau Community College Dual Enrollment Program

    We are excited to inform you about an upcoming event that could significantly benefit your child's educational journey. The Nassau Community College Dual Enrollment Program Informational Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 6 p.m. This event will be conducted via Google Meet.

    Key Program Details:

    • Program Overview: The Nassau County Community College Partnership with Baldwin High School offers a unique opportunity for students to earn college-level credits while fulfilling New York State high school graduation requirements.

    • College Experience: High school seniors enrolled in this program have the chance to earn college credits while gaining a firsthand experience of college life. They will attend college classes and engage with college faculty, staff, and fellow students.

    • Faculty and Classes: All classes are taught by Nassau County Community College professors, and students are integrated into classes alongside other Nassau County Community College students.

    • Official Transcripts: Enrollment in courses through this partnership generates an official Nassau County Community College academic transcript for each student. Successfully earned credits are accepted at Nassau County Community College and can be transferred to various colleges and universities. Please note that acceptance of credit for college-level coursework is determined by receiving institutions, with general acceptance within State University of New York (SUNY) institutions.

    We encourage you to attend this informational night to gain a comprehensive understanding of the program and its benefits. Your active participation will help you make informed decisions regarding your child's educational path.

    Event Details:

    Attention Seniors currently enrolled in English 4

    Starting this month, your child will be able to earn three college credits in 12th grade English/English 101, as part of Nassau Community College's High School Enrichment Program.   Upon completion of this course, students will receive high school credit and are also eligible to receive college credits for English101 if they register with Nassau Community College and complete the course requirements.


    Registration is now open. Please see the attached flyer for details.  Students must complete the online application, which is noted in the flyer, in order to start the enrollment process. Although the date on the flyer says January 17th, students can apply now.  Once the application is processed, you will receive an email with details to register and make payment within 48 hours of registration.

    Digital SAT Information

    Method Test Prep is offering a free virtual event about the upcoming changes to the Digital SAT. Register here to attend live or get the recording to watch on-demand.

    Bruins Sports Podcast

    In the last episode of 2023, Cydney and Blaine sit down with our Editor/Producer Paul Clement Jr. and Ari Guerra from the Varsity Wrestling team.  They discuss their strong start to the season, the respect that Coach Marrero has garnered from the team and their expectations for this season.  Paul and Ari have a close matchup in this week's Bear Spot segment.  Tune in to see who won.  

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast 

    Announcements

    Attention NHS Members: Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10th in Cafeteria B at 3:00 right after the Key Club meeting. Please respond to the form in Canvas by January 9th and be sure to sign in at the meeting.

    Attention Seniors and Juniors. Registration for the Spring Semester of Driver Education is now open and available on the district website. There are only 40 spots available so don’t delay. Bring your registration papers to Ms. Sisco in the main office quickly so you can secure the day and time you need.

    Looking for help with a subject you're struggling in? Want to prepare for your upcoming midterms? National Honor Society tutors are available to help on Monday and Friday afternoons in Room 413 and Thursday afternoons in Room 534. No need to sign up in advance - just show up!

    There will be a Girls lacrosse meeting on Monday, January 8th at 3:00 in room 516 for anyone interested in playing lacrosse this season.

    ·here is No ART CLUB OR PHOTO CLUB this Monday.

    ATTENTION SENIORS: tickets for Senior banquet will be on sale next week beginning on Monday, January 8th after school in Cafeteria B. Tickets sales will continue Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Room 611b. You must be eligible to attend. Tickets are $5 and no tickets will be sold at the door.

     Attention Top Ten Students, please drop off your resume to Ms. Alongi in the main office.

    Congratulations to the Varsity Marksmanship Team as they defeated Bellmore - Merrick by the score of 687-683. Senior captain, Megan Englehart, led the team of Soren York, Blaine Harding, and Safiya Allie.

    Attention Boys Lacrosse: Our next winter workout will be next Tuesday, January 9th, at 7:30 pm in the gym. All players are welcome. We have a limited supply of helmets, so if you have your own, please bring it. If you have any questions, please see coach Clancy in the guidance office

    Attention Baseball players: There will be a informational meeting after school in the Back gym starting at 3pm.  All who are interested are welcome. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    December 22, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Wishing you all a joyous holiday and a Happy New Year! So far, the 2023 part of the school year has been wonderful. I look forward to an even better 2024 school year! On Thursday, I made the following announcement for all students and staff and I wanted to share it with you: 

    Good morning everyone, 

    I'd like to take this time now before tomorrow to wish everyone a wonderful holiday, a restful vacation, and a Happy New Year. As we approach our December break and the end to the 2023 calendar year, I'd like everyone to reflect on your goals and priorities that you have set for yourself this year. If you haven't set any goals and priorities, well, I ask that you take this downtime to start thinking about them.  It is important to have goals - both personal and academic goals. At the beginning of the year we spoke to you all about Rigor, Relevance, Character, and Connection.

    So take this time to reflect on your level of Rigor for yourself - have you challenged yourself academically to be the best student you can be?

    Relevance - are you participating in meaningful and positive activities and learning that are going to help you achieve your goals?

    Connection - Have you found that one thing that connects you positively to Baldwin High School?

    And lastly, Character. Perhaps the most important thing to reflect on. Can you say with confidence and with pride, that you represent your family, yourself, and your school in a manner that others would be proud of too? Would you be proud for your most cherished loved one to know how you behave, perform, act, and learn? 

    If your honest answers to these questions are "yes," then fantastic! Keep it up. If you honestly can't answer "yes," then it's time to start thinking about who you really want to be and what you want people to think about you. 

    So use this time coming up to do that reflection, and when we return in 2024, let's make it the best part of the school year. 

    Have a wonderful rest of the week and enjoy your time off with your friends and family. See you all next year! 

    Inside Baldwin - December Issue

    Please enjoy the December issue of Inside Baldwin UFSD by clicking here.

    Financial Aid Workshop Night

    We are excited to invite you to a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop on Monday, January 29th at 7pm in Cafeteria A.

    This workshop will provide valuable insights into the recent changes to the FAFSA form and aid families as they navigate through the application process. Mark Campbell from the Nassau Community College Financial Aid office will be our guest presenter. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in financial aid matters and will be available to assist families and answer any questions you may have.

    Key Workshop Highlights:

    • Overview of recent changes to the FAFSA Form
    • Step-by-step guidance on completing the FAFSA
    • Q&A session with Mark Campbell from Nassau Community College

    Here’s What You Can Do Now:

    Participants who are looking to complete the FASFA at the event are encouraged to bring a device (laptop and/or Chromebook) to the FASFA Workshop.

    If you have any specific questions you would like addressed during the workshop, please feel free to submit them in advance to Ms. Stephanie Pina at pinas@baldwinschools.org.

    Congratulations to our Students and Staff of Month!

     Staff Member: Michelle Gambino - Science Teacher

    Grade 9: Sasha Brown

    Grade: 10: Nicholas Perez 

    Grade 11: Zaahid Alli

    Grade 12: Abigail Pascal 

    Congratulations to our Holiday Contest Winners!

    Door Decorating Contest: Mrs. Adams & Mrs. Melella - room 424

    Ugly Sweater Contest: 1st Place, Kenny Nunez; 2nd Place, Sophia Quezada

    Method Learning SAT evening classes held at Baldwin High School

    In preparation for the March 9, 2024 SAT Exam, Method Learning will be hosting SAT preparation courses at Baldwin High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m., beginning January 31, 2024. The cost for the eight 2 1/2-hour courses is $375. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration information.

    Check out the wonderful article in the Herald about our Musical Production, Newsies! HERE

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball – Congratulations to the team as they defeated Far Rockaway Friday night 69-23. Chase Timberlake had 20 points, Dylan Cudjoe had 11 points & 8 rebounds, Peyton Howell had 10 points, 5 assists & 5 steals and Gabe Phillips had 10 rebounds.

    Marksmanship - Senior captains, Megan Englehart and Gaby Najdek led the Bruins as the marksmanship team shot their season high of 713 to 700 over Garden City. Also, scoring for the Bruins were junior Blaine Harding and sophomore Soren York. Congrats to the team as they are currently 3-2 and in 2nd place in their conference!

    Congratulations to Kris Chambers, who is currently the #1 Ranked Shot Put Thrower in New York State with a toss of 53 feet 4 1/4 inches.  We have an entire season ahead of us so expect big things from him!

    Attention Seniors and Juniors. Registration for the Spring Semester of Driver Education is now open and available on the district website. There are only 40 spots available so don’t delay. Bring your registration papers to Ms. Sisco in the main office quickly so you can secure the day and time you need. Click HERE for more information about the program. 

    Baldwin's Talent Show auditions will take place on January 8th &9th. Sign up for a time slot using QR code on posted flyers or see Ms. Liemer-Kelly in room 416B

    Crochet Club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, January 2nd at 2:45 to 3:25 in Room 419. It's for those who can crochet and those wanting to learn.

    See you in 2024!

    Dr. Testa


    December 15, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    As we approach our last week before December break, it is important to note that we have reached the midpoint of marking period 2 already! Progress reports will be published to the portal on December 21st by 3pm. At this critical time in the marking period and school year, it is important for all students to attend extra help if needed, get in that little extra studying, and be on time and present to all classes. It does make a difference!

    Recently our school counselors went into English classes to discuss the process for 2024-25 class scheduling. Yes, we are already making preparations for it! Teachers have completed course recommendations, and now is the time to start thinking about your courses for next year.  Starting in January, each student will meet with their counselor for their course selections. I recommend using the vacation to review our coursebook in preparation for these conversations. Our course offering book can be found HERE.

    Part of your preparation most likely will involve determining what Advanced Placement courses you should consider. Recently, we held an AP Informational Night where we discussed our AP program and the benefits of taking these courses. If you missed this event, you can watch the recording and view the presentation using the links below.


    PowerPoint: AP Informational Night 2023
    Recording: AP Informational Night

    Baldwin High School Receives ‘Silver with Access’  Honor Roll Designation!

    For the first time, Baldwin High School has been designated a “Silver with Access” 2023 Advanced Placement School Honor Roll recipient for optimizing college readiness and broadening student access through AP classes. Of the 15,150 eligible schools in the United States and Canada, including public, private and charter schools, only 4,570 earned a place on the 2023 AP School Honor Roll, which represent 30% of eligible high schools. Additionally, Baldwin High School was among the 1,770 that also received the AP Access Award, demonstrating a clear and effective commitment to equitable access to advanced coursework.

    Research shows students who take AP courses and exams are more likely to attend college and graduate on time. The students who enter four-year colleges with credit from AP accelerate their path to graduation and build confidence for college success. And even for those who don’t earn college credit, AP coursework provides early exposure to college-level work and contributes to a college-going school culture. In addition to AP courses, the Baldwin Union Free School District offers more than 30 dual enrollment courses through colleges and universities, including a unique partnership with Nassau Community College (SUNY Nassau). Baldwin High School’s current graduation rate is 99%.

    FAFSA Workshop

    Initially scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at 7 p.m., the FAFSA Workshop will now take place on Monday, January 29, 2024, at 7 p.m. We understand that this modification may impact your plans, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    The reason for this change is a delay in the release of the new FAFSA form by the federal government. The revised release date is now set for December 31, 2023. In order to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information, we have decided to reschedule the workshop accordingly.

    We believe that this adjustment will better serve the needs of our students and their families, ensuring that you receive the latest guidance on completing the FAFSA form accurately and efficiently. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility regarding this matter. Please mark the new date in your calendars, and we look forward to assisting you and your student in navigating the financial aid application process.

    Announcements

    Please check out the latest issue of our digital newsletter, What’s Bruin in Baldwin. 

    Congratulations to Angelina Feeney and Ari Guerra, seniors at Baldwin High School, have been chosen as the recipients of the “Outstanding Physical Education Students of the Year” award for the 2023-2024 academic year by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD)

    Congratulations to Khalil Joseph for being chosen as a semifinalist in the "Pitch Johnny" contest through St. John's University! Khalil developed a full multimedia presentation about called "EduGaming." His family as well as all of us at the High School are proud of Khalil for the time and effort he put into creating and practicing his pitch.  Check out his submission HERE!

    This week on the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Blaine does another solo episode with her own teammates from the Marksmanship team. They discussed what marksmanship is, the impact of Coach Palumbo and how to get involved with this competitive sport. Tune in!

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast 

    Attention Seniors! Your quotes for the yearbook are due December 22nd. You can submit them HERE


    You can submit your own candid photos (spirit week, senior sunrise, sports events, senior selfies and other school events) for the yearbook HERE

    Remember to order your yearbook ads and your yearbook at Jostens.com!

    Auditions for the The Princess Bride will be on Tuesday, December 12th right after school in Room 619. See Ms. Truelson for details.

    Interested in learning to code? Want to learn more about the Computer Science Industry? Come to Tech-it Forward, a club for just that! We will be learning how to code using Python and preparing for competition at the end of the year. On top of that, we'll also learn about the industry in detail with discussions with college admissions officers and industry experts. If you are interested, check the School2Career announcements for more information. We are meeting on Thursday in room 429. Hope to see you there!

    Varsity Marksmanship 

    Senior Captain Megan Englehart led the Varsity Marksmanship team in their 1st match of the season by scoring 180 out of 200 points. The team defeated Bellmore-Merrick by a score of 685 to 658. Also scoring for the Bruins were Juniors Blaine Harding and Safiya Allie and Sophomore Soren York. Congratulations to all including Freshman Alfred Lee who led the JV team.

    Senior Captain Megan Englehart led the coed Marksmanship team against Freeport by scoring 172 out of 200. The Bruins defeated Freeport yesterday by the score of 678 to 615. Also scoring for the Bruins were Senior Captain Gaby Najdek, Junior Blaine Harding and Sophomore Soren York. Congrats to the team!

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball 

    Congratulations to the team as they defeated Half Hallow Hill East 66-53. Chase Timberlake had 37 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals and Shane Mauldin had 16 points.

    Congratulations to the team as they defeated Uniondale 50-36 on Saturday Night. Peyton Howell was named MVP with 14 points, 7 steals, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Chase Timberlake had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Gabe Phillips had 6 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

    Congratulations to the team as they defeated August Martin 81-50. Chase Timberlake had 23 points, Shane Mauldin had 14 points, Gabe Phillips had a career high of 17 rebounds with 11 points and Peyton Howell had a career high of 8 steals. 

    Congratulations to the varsity wrestling team on their victory over Valley Stream Central 60-17, securing Coach Marrero's first career varsity win as head coach! Winners by pin were Jonathon Brown, Leanord Budden, Paul Clement and Matt Feeney.

    February 10th is the 2nd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day with Adelphi University! See attached flyer

    TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS ARE IN EARLY JANUARY! SIGN UP USING QR CODE ON POSTED FLYERS OR SEE MS. LIEMERKELLY IN ROOM 416B.

    Attention Seniors and Juniors. Registration for the Spring Semester of Driver Education is now open and available on the district website. There are only 40 spots available so don’t delay. Bring your registration papers to Ms. Sisco in the main office quickly so you can secure the day and time you need.

    Attention Boys Lacrosse: anyone interested in playing boys lacrosse, both JV and varsity levels, there will be a meeting on Monday, December 18th at 2:45 in Cafeteria B. This meeting will be brief, but it is mandatory for all players interested in participating in winter workouts and the spring season. If you cannot make the meeting, please see Coach Clancy in the Guidance Office.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    December 2, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    December has arrived, and with it, three solid weeks that are going to be critical for your child's academic success in the second marking period. After these three weeks, we have our winter holiday break. Thereafter, a quick three weeks to the marking period and the first semester. This is why the month of December is an important one with punctual daily attendance at school and engagement in all learning activities. 

    As we approach the end of the semester, we want to ensure that you are well-informed about the exciting academic opportunities available to your child at Baldwin High School. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to our Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) Informational Night on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 6:00 PM.

    Event Details:
    Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2023
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Google Meet: meet.google.com/wft-jery-znt

    During this virtual event, we will cover a range of important topics to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the Advanced Placement program at Baldwin High School. The agenda includes an explanation of Advanced Placement Courses and having your questions answered by our experienced AP faculty and staff.

    Inside Baldwin

    Please enjoy the November issue of Inside Baldwin UFSD by clicking here.

    Bruins Sports Podcast
     
    This week, Cydney and Blaine sat down with the new Interim Athletic Director, Mr. Drew Cronin.  They discuss his background before coming to Baldwin, what his role is within Baldwin Athletics, and he mentions how welcoming the Baldwin community has been.  He also discusses the facility upgrades that are going on to enhance the Baldwin Athletics program.  Tune in!  
     

    Congratulations to our Business Department Students of the Month!

    Leah Williams (Grade 10), and Ashton Mohammed (Grade 12). 

    Congratulations to Aaron Ashby, and alternate Paul Clement, for selection to participate in the NYSBDA (New York state Band Directors Association) Honor Band March 1 - 3, 2024!

    Announcements

    Saturday Night Alive for Saturday, December 2nd, is canceled. 

    Sports Nite is turning 91 this year! If you like to dance, sing, stunt, or show your blue and gold spirit, then Sports Nite is for you!!! Sign up by using the QR code on the posters around the school or find Ms. Polo after school in room 617b to sign up on paper.

    Auditions for the The Princess Bride will be Tuesday, December 12 right after school in Room 619. See Ms. Truelson for details. Anyone who is interested in auditioning for the play “The Princess Bride”, there will be a showing of the movie on Friday, December 8th right after school in Room 619

    You can help! Bring in a toy by Friday December 15th, for our Toy Drive supporting Baldwin Elementary School families. Drop off is located in the Large Wrapped boxes in the commons.

     


    November 18, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Marking period 1 report cards are now available on the portal. Overall, it was a fantastic academic start to the year, with our highest number of students who made the honor roll in several years! For those who may still be struggling, there is plenty of time to improve in  your success.  

    Right now our administrative team is finalizing the end of marking period eligibility report. These are the parameters that determine a student's eligibility status. A student's eligibility status is determined based on attendance and academic factors. 

    Important Definitions: 

    Probation: The student will be permitted to participate in the total activity but will be subject to review and weekly monitoring.  

    Ineligible: The student will be excluded from all contests, performances and competitions but is entitled to attend and participate in practices and meetings.  

    Disqualified: The student will lose the privilege to participate in all athletic and extracurricular activities during the period imposed, up to the remainder of the school year.  

    Attendance Eligibility

    A Student with more than seven illegal or unexcused class absences for any subject/class period will be placed on probation, lasting for a period of five weeksAny further illegal or unexcused class absences for any subject within the five-week period will make the student ineligible for participationContinued illegal or unexcused absences will disqualify the student for all extra-curricular activities and sports for an imposed period, up to the remainder of the school year.  

    Excessive TU may impact student eligibility according to the outlined procedures. Students who accumulate 15 or more TU in any class period are subject to the Eligibility procedures, which may result in their status being elevated more rapidly.  

    Academic Eligibility

    Students failing two or more courses will be placed on probation or elevated to the next status as deemed by administration.

    Students who continue to fail two or more classes after the five-week period may then be deemed ineligibleStudents who were not previously on the eligibility list and failed 3 or more classes may automatically be elevated to ineligible. The continued failure of two or more courses after the next five-week period may disqualify the student from all extracurricular activities and sports for an imposed period, up to the remainder of the school year.  

    Student Return to School After Illness/Injury

    This time of year usually marks an increase in Covid and Flu related illnesses.  It is important that parents keep their child home when sick, and contact the attendance office right away. 

    In general, students should be symptom-free before returning to school and resuming normal activities. In some instances, students may be asked to provide a note from their licensed health care provider before they return to school or participate in the full range of school activities. The final decision to permit participation rests with the school physician. The Superintendent of Schools, or his/her designee, in consultation with the school physician, nurse and other appropriate staff, will develop protocols to address a student’s return to activities when there has been a serious illness or injury.

    Important Information

    Please check out the latest issue of our digital newsletter What’s Bruin in Baldwin

    The next Parent Academy Workshop is Wednesday, November 29 (via Zoom, not in-person). See the attached flyers (English/Spanish) for details.

    Congratulations to Haiti Vann for being named student of the 1st quarter at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech. Haiti is a junior in the Animal Care Skills program!

    Congratulations to our Staff and Students of the Month!

    Staff Member of the Month: Mary Truelson

    Students of the Month:

    Allison Pineda Blanco - 11

    Fabrice DeMadet - 12

    Nassau CC Partnership with Baldwin High School

    Nassau Community College (NCC)'s Partnership with Baldwin High School is an exciting opportunity for high school seniors to earn college credits while experiencing college life! The unique and innovative collaboration allows Baldwin High School students to take college-level courses directly on the NCC campus while also fulfilling their New York State high school graduation requirements. If you are a current junior, check out the flyer for more details on how you could spend your senior year on a college campus!

    On-site College Admissions

    We have several colleges and universities participating in this event, each with its own designated date and application deadline. Here is the schedule:

    Farmingdale State College

    Visit Date: Monday, November 20, 2023
    Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2023
    Time: 10:00 AM


    St. John's University

    Visit Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
    Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
    Time: 10:00 AM

    New York Institute of Technology

    Visit Date: Monday, November 27, 2023
    Application Deadline: Monday, November 20, 2023
    Time: 10:00 AM

    Molloy University

    Visit Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
    Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
    Time: 9:00 AM

    Long Island University - CW Post

    Visit Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
    Application Deadline: Thursday, November 23, 2023
    Time: 9:00 AM

    Please note that the application fee is often waived for on-site admissions, and our School Counselors can provide you with specific information regarding the criteria and deadlines for each school. It's an excellent opportunity for your child to take the next step towards their higher education.

    AP Informational Night

    We would like to invite you to our Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) Informational Night on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 6:00 PM.

    Event Details:
    Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2023
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Google Meet: meet.google.com/wft-jery-znt

    During this virtual event, we will cover a range of important topics to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the Advanced Placement program at Baldwin High School. The agenda for the evening includes:

    *Explanation of Advanced Placement Courses: Learn about the structure and benefits of our AP courses.

    *Why Students Should Challenge Themselves with AP Courses: Understand the advantages of enrolling in Advanced Placement classes.

    *AP Myths and Realities: Address common misconceptions about AP courses and provide accurate information.

    *The AP Capstone Program: Explore our advanced diploma program designed to enhance students' research, collaboration, and communication skills.

    *AP Scholars: Recognize and celebrate the achievements of our AP Scholars.
    Q&A Session: Have your questions answered by our experienced AP faculty and staff.

    *Baldwin High School proudly offers over 30 Advanced Placement Courses, and we are excited to announce two new additions for the 2024-2025 academic year: AP Precalculus and AP African American Studies. We believe these courses will further enrich our students' educational experience.

    Please mark your calendars for this informative event. We encourage both parents and students to attend and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of our Advanced Placement program.

     

    Bruins Sports Podcast

    This week, Blaine pulls off another amazing solo episode where she interviews the leadership of the Athletes Helping Athletes club, Jasmin Tiong-Smith and Robert Bautista. They explain what AHA is, the competitive election process to get into the club and how they love being role models for the elementary school and middle school students that they work with.

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast 

    The National Honor Society is partnering with the Bethany House and collecting donations of paper goods, including 2-ply toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, tissues, and napkins. If you can donate any of these items, please bring them to the Commons before November 20th.

    Sports Nite is turning 91 this year! If you like to dance, sing, stunt, or show your blue and gold spirit, then Sports Nite is for you!!! Sign up by using the QR code on the posters around the school or find Ms. Polo after school in room 617b to sign up on paper. Here are some words from past Sports Nite participants about their experience in the program: "Sports Nite completely changed my experience at Baldwin High School! Some of my most fun and happy memories are from the four seasons I dedicated to Sports Nite and sticking with the program was the best decision I could have made. "

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dr. Testa


    November 11, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    The first marking period has officially concluded as teachers will be finalizing grades over the next week. You will be able to access final marking period grades starting at 3pm on Friday, November 17th. If you have teachers still to meet with, please schedule your appointment with your teachers for the second Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, November 28th.  The Teacher Reacher window will reopen again at 10 AM on Monday, November 13th, and close at 10 PM on November 17th. 

    Our next community circle is Tuesday, November 14th. Please see our special bell schedule HERE

    The Baldwin High School Playhouse presents, Newsies! Don't miss this wonderful performance. See the poster for more details!

    Please join me in recognizing the incredible work of our dedicated school psychologists as we celebrated this past week, National School Psychologist Week. National School Psychologist Week is an annual event that falls between November 6, 2023, and November 10, 2023. It serves as a platform to raise awareness about the invaluable contributions school psychologists make to our schools and students. They support not only academic success but also the emotional and social well-being of our students.

    Thank you to Ms. Betyne Farrell, Ms. Meghan Kargman, Mr. Matthew Quiroz, and Dr. Scott Schnee. Each have been instrumental in addressing the unique needs of our students, promoting a positive and inclusive school environment, and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive. We are fortunate to have you as part of our Baldwin High School team. Your work often goes unseen, but it has a profound impact on the lives of our students, their families, and our school community. Thank you!!

    Fall On-Site College Admissions 

    This event provides an excellent opportunity for our students to meet with college representatives and receive an immediate acceptance determination.

    • Farmingdale State College

      • Visit Date: Monday, November 20, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • St. John's University

      • Visit Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • New York Institute of Technology

      • Visit Date: Monday, November 27, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Monday, November 20, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Molloy University

      • Visit Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
      • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Long Island University - CW Post

      • Visit Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Thursday, November 23, 2023
      • Time: 9:00 AM

    Please note that the application fee is often waived for on-site admissions, and our School Counselors can provide you with specific information regarding the criteria and deadlines for each school. It's an excellent opportunity for your child to take the next step towards their higher education.

    Regents Review Classes

    We are once again offering review classes after school for any student scheduled to take a January Regents exam. See the review schedule HERE.

    Bruins Sports Podcast

    In this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Cydney and Blaine sit down with Varsity Cheerleading Captain Jillian Cooke.  They discuss Jillian's love for cheer, the dynamic of the current team, the commitment that cheer takes both for games and in competitions.  Tune in!  
     
     
    SEPTA Thanksgiving Pie Sale
     
    Support SEPTA by ordering a Pie or two for Thanksgiving! There are two links in the attached flyer. The first link is a Google Form.  Complete the form, before you submit the form tally up your total purchase and write it down.  Then submit the form.  Next you need to click on the payment link Cheddar Up, enter the total form your order and follow the link to pay. 
     
    Announcements

    The National Honor Society is partnering with the Bethany House for the month of November. We are collecting donations of paper goods, including 2-ply toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, tissues, and napkins. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to the Commons any time before November 20th. Thank you for your support!

    The Step Team is looking for new members. Step Team try-outs will begin next week on Monday at 2:45-4 in the small gym.

    Attention all High School Heroes participants! We are meeting in Cafeteria B on Monday at 8 am to go to Plaza! Bring water!

    Cheerleading Tryouts start next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure your physical is up to date and all the information is in Final Forms!

    Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – boys’ varsity basketball tryouts will be on Monday the 13th, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. JV basketball tryouts will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. You need to sign up for Final Forms. An updated physical is required and a bi-weekly must be handed to Coach Burton by Monday. If you have any questions, see Coach Burton

    The Herald Newspaper is holding a contest to design holiday wrapping paper! The winning designs will be printed as holiday gift wrap in a December Issue of your Herald Community Newspaper! Click HERE for more details!


    2024 LI Royals Baseball Tryout Information

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    November 4, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    We hope you had a fulfilling experience meeting with your child's teachers at our first evening of Parent Conferences. Next week is a short week, with no school for students on Tuesday for Superintendent's Conference Day, and Veterans Day on Friday. Thursday, November 9th marks the end of marking period one. Report cards will be posted to the portal on Friday November 17th by 3pm. 

    Did you know Baldwin High School has 4 school psychologist who are here to provide support to students and staff? They are located in Room 110D. Next week is National School Psychology Week! The theme this year is “Let’s Grow Together.” Each day we will share a goal for our school-community to accomplish. Take a minute today to think about how you’d like to grow. Set a goal that you would like to work towards next week and choose one adult that can support you with this goal.

    Vaxmobile

    The Mt. Sinai South Nassau Hospital Vaxmobile will be at Baldwin High School on Tuesday, November 7, 10 am to 2 pm to provide COVID vaccines and flu shots to families, students, and staff in the Baldwin Union Free School District.

    Please note:

    • No appointment needed – walk-ins only.
    • ID and insurance card are required. 
    • Flu shots will be available for individuals aged 18 and over.
    • The “Senior” flu shot will also be provided to individuals aged 65 and over.
    • The Pfizer COVID Booster will be available for individuals aged 12 and over. Students ages 12–18 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian, and proof of the student’s age is required (birth certificate or passport).


    Please refer to the attached flyer for additional information.

    Fall On-Site Admissions

    We are excited to announce our upcoming Fall On-Site College Admissions event, which will take place from Monday, November 20, 2023, to Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the Baldwin High School Counseling Center. This event provides an excellent opportunity for our students to meet with college representatives and receive an immediate acceptance determination. We have several colleges and universities participating in this event, each with its designated date and application deadline. Here is the schedule:

    • Farmingdale State College
      • Visit Date: Monday, November 20, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • St. John's University
      • Visit Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • New York Institute of Technology
      • Visit Date: Monday, November 27, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Monday, November 20, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Molloy University
      • Visit Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
      • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Long Island University - CW Post
      • Visit Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Thursday, November 23, 2023
      • Time: 9:00 AM

    Please note that the application fee is often waived for on-site admissions, and our School Counselors can provide you with specific information regarding the criteria and deadlines for each school. It's an excellent opportunity for your child to take the next step towards their higher education.

    PTA Reflections

    If you are an artist, and you’re interested in having your talent recognized, participate in Reflections, a national arts program! This competition asks for visual artist, dancers, film producers, photographers, writers, and musicians to submit an original piece based on this year’s theme “I am Hopeful, Because…”. The submission deadline is November 10th. For further information, click here, ask your counselors and teachers, and view the screens and posters around the school.

    Need some Pie for Thanksgiving? Support the annual SEPTA Pie Sale! Please see the attached flyer or use this order form for pie sale 2023: https://forms.gle/xtrsRRSmawCcKN85A

    If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kurz: Baldwinseptapres@yahoo.com

    PSAT Scores

    PSAT/NMSQT® scores for students who tested between October 1, 2023, and October 14, 2023, scores will be released to students on November 6. Students can utilize a personal College Board account to view their scores online at studentscores.collegeboard.org.

    Announcements

    • I am proud to share the October selections for Business Department Student of the Month, Alexandria Mesidor (Grade 9), Cydney Herrera (Grade 12) and Lian Herbert (Grade 12).  If you see them, please congratulate them! 
    • In this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Cydney and Blaine sit down with Vaudreagh Johnson and Jake Davidson from the Varsity Football team. They talked about their love of football and where it came from, their season and they really impressed us with their knowledge of football during the new BearSpot segment! https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast
    • Sportsnite is turning 91 this year! If you like to dance, sing, stunt, or show your Blue and Gold spirit, then Sportsnite is for you! Sign up for Sportsnite using the QR code on the Sportsnite posters around the school or find Ms. Polo after school in room 515 to sign up on paper.
    • Intramural Night is this Saturday, at 6:50 in the gym. Come see the show, buy tickets at the door. Tickets are $10 per person.
    • Attention all Key Club Hand in your dues to Ms. Liemer-Kelly, room 416B or to an executive board member ASAP.
    • Congratulations to the members of the Cross-Country team who competed at the Nassau County champs to earn a spot for the state qualifier meet on Saturday at Bethpage State park.  Paul Fleck placed 2ndin the county and Chauncey Saint Jean beat Rohan Punj.  Go Bruins!
    • There will be a meeting for anyone interested in winter track on November 9th at 3:15 in Cafeteria A. You must be signed up in final forms and have an updated physical.
    • · Attention anyone interested in Varsity Cheerleading! There will be a meeting on Monday at 3:30 in room 513! Please make sure your physical is up to date and you are signed up on Final Forms!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    October 28, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    It was another amazing week at Baldwin! Next week is November, and with it comes the final weeks of marking period 1. Our first option for Parent Teacher Conferences is coming up next week on November 2nd! The window to sign up for a conference on Teacher Reacher closes on Wednesday, November 1st at 10 PM. 

    This past Friday, we had the special honor of having Baldwin alum-turned-astronaut, Lt. Col. Jasmin Moghbeli, responded to our students’ inquiries from the International Space Station in real time. This innovative learning experience will give Baldwin students, K-12, direct insight into the field of space exploration. Baldwin Union Free School District is one of the only districts from across the country to participate in such a unique learning opportunity. Watch our students ask questions and hear Col. Moghbeli's answers HERE!

    Free Breakfast and Lunch

    We are pleased to announce that all students enrolled at Baldwin High School will be able to receive a FREE breakfast and lunch meal at school beginning on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

    This implementation is a result of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanding access to the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP allows eligible schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to offer school meals at no charge to all students.  Baldwin Schools applied, and has been approved for this program at all of our schools.

    What does this mean for your child(ren) attending Baldwin High School?

    Effective Wednesday, November 1, 2023, all students enrolled at Baldwin High School will receive one breakfast and lunch meal at no cost to your household. No further action is required of you.

    If you have any further questions, please contact Grace Fleming, Head Cook Manager for Baldwin Schools at 516-434-6042.

     Boys' Varsity Soccer Semifinal Playoffs!

    Congratulations to the boys’ soccer team on their win in the quarterfinal matchup against Oceanside behind a great team effort that included goals by Stefan Lyons and William Zelaya and some huge saves from goalkeeper Josué Ascencio Cueva. The team would like to thank all the staff and students who made the trip out to support the team with a special thank you to our good luck charm, super fan Ms. Stevens!

    Please come support the team on Sunday at Farmingdale State College at 2:30 against East Meadow as they continue their journey of bringing a county championship home to Baldwin. To attend the game, you must purchase a ticket online using the link below. No tickets will be sold at the door.

    https://gofan.co/event/1166619?schoolId=NYSPHSAA8

    Halloween

    The Student Government is hosting a Costume Day on Tuesday, October 31st. 

    *Costumes should be appropriate and in line with the Student Dress Code.

    *No prop items - toy swords, toy guns, and any other prop item

    *Costumes must not compromise students' safety

    *No masks or face paint that conceals your identity 

    Announcements

    The Baldwin High School Playhouse presents, Newsies! Don't miss this wonderful performance. See the poster for more details!

    The Baldwin Herald printed a wonderful story about Senior Melany Mendoza's perfect score on the AP Research exam! Check it out HERE!

    Any student interested in joining the Co-ed Marksmanship team should attend a meeting on Thursday, November 2 at 2:45 in room 629. Any questions, please see Mr. Palumbo.

     Sportsnite is turning 91 this year! If you like to dance, sing, stunt, or show your Blue and Gold spirit, then Sportsnite is for you! Sign up for Sportsnite using the QR code on the Sportsnite posters around the school or find Ms. Polo after school in room 515 to sign up on paper.

    Congratulations go out to the girls’ varsity volleyball team, especially to Kate Heuser and Nyla McDermott, the team's two senior captains, who led them to a 3-1 victory over New Hyde Park in their final home game of the season last week. Coach Nguyen would like to thank the fans for their support and the two seniors for their commitment, devotion, and great contributions to our school.

    Please Join BSA Baldwin Troop 824 & St Christopher’s Church’s
    9th ANNUAL Trunk or Treat Event 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    October 21, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    It was a wonderful week of spirit as we celebrated Homecoming Festivities! The Pep Rally was wonderful, and indication of the high spirit of our Baldwin High School students. Check out the Pep Rally HERE!

    Please enjoy the October issue of Inside Baldwin UFSD by clicking here!

    Please check out the latest issue of our digital newsletter, What’s Bruin in Baldwin

    Chromebook Insurance
    Students and their families are responsible for replacement for a lost or damaged device. The District does offer insurance at a nominal feel through smarttech insurance, which covers the loss of the device or damage with zero deductible. It is still available for purchase at this time for coverage through the school year 6/30/24. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

    CoreCourseGPA

    All Baldwin High School student-athletes have free access to the CoreCourseGPA.com program, which now includes a one-of-a-kind recruiting profile for your use! The CoreCourseGPA.com 3 Step Recruiting Process is very easy to follow and use for your recruiting benefit. Just scan the attached QR code to set up your free membership. Be sure to save/write down the member name and password you create.

    Fall On-Site College Admissions

    We are excited to announce our upcoming Fall On-Site College Admissions event, which will take place from Monday, November 20, 2023, to Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the Baldwin High School Counseling Center. This event provides an excellent opportunity for our students to meet with college representatives and receive an immediate acceptance determination.

    Date: Monday, November 20, 2023 - Thursday, November 30, 2023Event: Fall On-Site College AdmissionsLocation: Baldwin High School Counseling CenterTime: 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM (see the schedule below)

    We have several colleges and universities participating in this event, each with its designated date and application deadline. Here is the schedule:

    • Farmingdale State College

      • Visit Date: Monday, November 20, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • St. John's University

      • Visit Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • New York Institute of Technology

      • Visit Date: Monday, November 27, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Monday, November 20, 2023
      • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Molloy University

      • Visit Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
      • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Long Island University - CW Post

      • Visit Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
      • Application Deadline: Thursday, November 23, 2023
      • Time: 9:00 AM

    Please note that the application fee is often waived for on-site admissions, and our School Counselors can provide you with specific information regarding the criteria and deadlines for each school. I

     Bruins Sports Podcast

    In this week's episode, Blaine does her first solo episode interviewing Chelsea Panky, Isabella Portillo & Isabella Aparicio Romero from the Girls Tennis team.  They speak about their dedication to tennis, their goals for improvement, the impact of Coach Jarmel, their most embarrassing moment on the court and so much more.  This episode has lots of laughs!  Enjoy!  

    PTA Reflections

     If you are an artist, and you’re interested in having your talent recognized, participate in Reflections, a national arts program! This competition asks for visual artist, dancers, film producers, photographers, writers, and musicians to submit an original piece based on this year’s theme “I am Hopeful, Because…”. The submission deadline is November 10th. For further information, see the attached flyer. Questions can be sent to BaldwinHSreflections@gmail.com

     

     Announcements

    • See the attached flyer regarding Spooky Fest at the Tanglewood Preserve
    • Congratulations to the members of the cross-country team who ran the most challenging course in New York at Sunken Meadow State Park. Chauncey Saint Jean, Mical Saint Jean, Rohan Punj, Karan Punj, Ari Guerrero, and CJ Graham all had great times.  Carter Hoskins had a PR for the course with a time of 20 minutes and 16 seconds and Paul Fleck placed 2nd with a time of 17 minutes and 18 seconds. 
    • Anyone interested in trying out for winter track should sign up in final forms.  You must have an updated physical and permission to be eligible for the indoor season. 
    • The Varsity Girls Volleyball team deserves congratulations on their 3-2 victory over Jericho.  After dropping the first two sets, the team battled back with grit and drive to add another victory to their record.  The team's record now stands at 8-3. Ladies, keep up the wonderful work.
    • Attention Seniors! This is the last chance to get your Senior Portrait pictures taken at the high School. They will be here October 25ththrough the 27th to take photos. You must make an appointment online at prestige.com.  No walk-ins allowed.  If you have any questions, see Ms. Seepersad in Room 635.

    The best time to purchase your yearbook is now! The price is the lowest that it will be all year. Icons are free if you order by Friday October 20th. Go to Jostens.com to place your order!

    Congratulations to the jv girls’ soccer team for an outstanding comeback against Jericho with a final score of 2-1.

    · Congratulations to the girls’ varsity soccer team on their 8th consecutive game without a loss by beating Hicksville 1-0 on a very special senior day at Baldwin high school. A goal scored by Annabelle Lopez with the assist coming from Kaitlin Timmes. Another great job done by the team in our effort to make the playoffs. Way to go girls!!

    The girl’s varsity soccer team continued their streak of unbeaten games, making it 9 games undefeated by defeating Jericho 5-0 with goals coming from Anna Wehr, Malia Robinson, and Akua Bonsu. Assists were made by Annabelle Lopez, Lizzy Hill, and Averi Thomas. Dee Ikechukwu came up with 5 saves in goal and a great performance by all players, as we make the playoffs with one game left in regular season. Congratulations!

    Attention NHS members: Our next meeting will be taking place next Wednesday, October 25th. We will meet in Cafeteria A at 3:00. Please inbox Ms. DeTurris and Ms. Monaco with any questions.

    Sportsnite is turning 91 this year! If you like to dance, sing, stunt, or show your Blue and Gold spirit, then Sportsnite is for you! Sign up for Sportsnite using the QR code on the Sportsnite posters around the school or find Ms. Polo after school in room 515 to sign up on paper. Any Seniors or Juniors interested in being Sportsnite Captain or Song and Cheer, see Ms. Polo after school in room 515 for more details.

    Saturday Night Alive will be held tonight at 7:00 pm. All students are welcome but must have a student ID to enter.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    October 14, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Another fantastic week at Baldwin High School! We have reached the midpoint of marking period 1 and progress reports are now available on the portal.  Please be sure to review the comments and reach out to your teachers with any questions or concerns. 

    Homecoming

    Next week is Homecoming Spirit Week! Check out the spirit days for each week HERE. Join us for the Homecoming Game on October 21st at Port Washington!

    Congratulations to the Class of 2024 Top Ten! 

    10. Aaron Ashby 

    9. Jasmin Neressa Tiong-Smith

    8. Jake Davidson

    7. Brady Mahler

    6. Chelsea Panky

    5. Camdresa Davis

    4. Reyna Palmer

    3. Melany Mendoza

    Congratulations to our Salutatorian, Brendan Kaminski!

    Congratulations to our Valedictorian, Dave Achonu! 

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    The High School Parent/Teacher Conference sessions are scheduled for November 2nd from 6:30 PM to 9 PM and November 28th from 6:30 to 9 PM. As we did last year, we will use an online parent-teacher conference scheduling tool called Teacher Reacher. 

    On Monday, October 16th at 10:00 AM, the sign up process for Parent Teacher Conferences will be open through Teacher Reacher (www.teacherreacher.com). The window for conference registration will close on Wednesday, November 1st at 10 PM.  

    Instructions on how to create your account and begin using Teacher Reacher can be found HERE. If you have used Teacher Reacher previously, your account is still active, and you do not need to create a new account. Just log in and make sure your child is connected to your account. 

    IMPORTANT NOTE #1: When scheduling your appointments, please DO NOT schedule your appointments back to back. You will need time to walk from one conference to the next. Therefore, please have at least one conference time slot. This will give you five minutes to get to your location. 

    IMPORTANT NOTE #2 To afford as many parents as possible the opportunity for conferences, we have created the 5- minute timeframe. For this scheduling plan to work well for all, please know that teachers must limit conferences to five minutes. It is important to use your brief time wisely. The purpose of the Parent-Teacher Conference is to meet your child’s teacher, to review their progress and, if necessary, to discuss what should be done to maximize student success. There simply won’t be enough time for lengthy, personal discussions during these 5-minute conference sessions. 

    District Facilities Updates

    The Baldwin Union Free School District continues to make enhancements to the 100+year-old facilities and upgrades to meet modern standards, as well as the needs of the 21st century learner. These improvements are a testament to the district's commitment to creating safe, modern, and inviting learning environments for our students, staff, and the community. 

    Read more about progress on all projects HERE

    Financial Aid Night

    We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Financial Aid Informational Night, which will provide valuable insights into the college financial aid process and help you navigate the path to securing financial support for your child's higher education.

    Here are the event details:

    • Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023
    • Event: Financial Aid Night
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Location: Baldwin Senior High School - Auditorium
    • Host: Mr. Clancy, School Counselor

    Our guest speaker for the evening will be Mary Rickard, the Senior Assistant Director of Financial Services at Adelphi University. Ms. Rickard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of financial aid. She will cover a wide range of topics, including:

    • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application Process
    • Understanding the differences between subsidized and unsubsidized loans
    • Exploring scholarship opportunities
    • Navigating the world of grants and financial assistance

    Opportunity to Purchase Student Portrait

    Earlier this year, all students in grades 9-11 took a portrait during their gym class to update our student management system. Check out the attached flyer from LifeTouch if you are interested in purchasing your child's portrait. Enjoy 10% off your order by using the code below.  

    CODE: F202310OFF

    EXPIRES: May 1, 2024

    Redeem Now

    Bruins Sports Podcast
     
    On this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Cydney and Blaine sit down with Cross Country Captains Carter Hoskins & Chauncey Saint Jean, alongside their Coach Buckley.  They discuss this season, a new Baldwin record and their love for running.  Then listen to Cydney and Blaine talk with Kate Heuser & Sabrah Folkes from the Varsity Volleyball team. They chat about this season, the dynamic of the team, playing under a new coach and so much more.
     
     
     Attention Class of 2024!

    -Senior Portrait Make-up Dates:  10/25, 10/26 and 10/27

    All students coming back for a Re-Sit session ($20 fee) should chat online with a customer service representative https://prestigeportraits.com/ or via phone 1-800-736-4753 and follow prompts for Prestige Portraits.

    -Yearbook Baby Picture Photos Due Oct 27th. Students can click HERE to submit photos. 

    -Lawn Sign Order Deadline: Nov 9th Please refer to the Class of 2024 Lawn Signs email

    -Cap & Gown Order Window: Dec 1st - Apr 12th  (More info to follow) 

    Announcements:

    • Congratulations to the girls’ varsity tennis team on their 5-2 win against Bethpage Friday and their 4-3 win over Freeport. 
    • Baldwin High School's FIRST Robotics Team 1546will be meeting on Tuesday, October 17th in Room 216 at 2:45.
    • Congratulations to Paul Fleck for running the fastest cross country 4k in Baldwin history with a time of 13 minutes and 9 seconds to win the North Shore vs South Shore invitational yesterday at Bethpage State Park.  If you see him in the hall, give him a high five!
    • Saturday Night Alive will be held this Saturday at 7:00 pm. All students are welcome, you must have an ID to enter.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    October 7, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    October is off to an excellent start and officially at the mid-point of the marking period. Progress reports will be published on the portal on Friday, October 13th at 3pm. Students should be in the habit of checking the portal at least once a day to ensure that their attendance is accurate and that their grades are up to date. 

    Baldwin High School is excelling year after year, with a 99% graduation rate and ranked as one of the best schools in the nation, according to US News & World Report. This is because of our students who immerse themselves in not only their academic pursuits, but also extra-curricular activities and sports. It's no secret that the more involved you are in Baldwin High School, the more success you will have as a student. 

    This is why it is so important that each Baldwin High School student discovers at least one thing that connects them to our school. We have a comprehensive list of clubs and activities to engage your children. Check out all that we offer in clubs and activities HERE.

     

    Attendance

    Attendance is one of the most important factors contributing to student outcomes. As such, students are expected to attend school daily. The full district attendance policy can be found HERE

    • If a student is absent, a parent/guardian should contact the attendance office the morning of the absence.
    • Students who are absent must also submit a note to the Attendance Office within five days of their return to school.  Notes must include the date(s) and reason for the absence and must be signed by a parent/guardian. Notes submitted beyond the five-day limit will be treated as a cut for eligibility purposes.  The Attendance Office is located on the 2nd floor of Building 7.
    • Students who become ill during the day must check in with the classroom teacher and request a pass to the Health Office.  
    • Any student leaving the campus during scheduled classes for health-related reasons must first report to the Health Office for parental and office approval.  Failure to do so will result in a cut/illegal absence.
    • Any student looking to be dismissed for an appointment or other legal reason must be formally dismissed by the attendance office. They should not leave campus without being dismissed and their reason verified with a parent. 
    • A student with more than seven illegal or unexcused class absences for any subject/class period, or one or more full day unexcused absence within a marking period, will be placed on probation, lasting for a period of five weeks.  Any further illegal or unexcused class absences for any subject within the five-week period will make the student ineligible for participation.  Continued illegal or unexcused absences will disqualify the student for all extra-curricular activities and sports for an imposed period, up to the remainder of the school year. 
    • Students are expected to arrive on time for all scheduled classes. Students who reach 5 TU in a particular class are subject to teacher intervention, which includes, but is not limited to, mandatory extra help, teacher detention, loss of class participation points for the marking period. 
    • Students who are tardy unexcused more than 5 times are subject to a disciplinary referral to the grade level administrator. Teachers will be responsible for initiating a referral for disciplinary action.
    • Excessive TU may impact student eligibility according to the outlined procedures. Students who accumulate 15 or more TU in any class period are subject to the Eligibility procedures, which may result in their status being elevated more rapidly.

    The only legal/excused reasons for being absent or late to school are:

    1.personal illness

    2. illness or death in the family

    3. impassable roads or weather

    4. religious observance

    5. quarantine

    6. required court appearances

    7. attendance at health clinics

    8. approved college visits,

    9. approved cooperative work programs

    10. military obligations

    11. such other reasons as may be approved by the appropriate building administrator.

    *Absences due to vacation will be automatically considered unexcused. 

    Attendance Coordinators: Mr. Kappel (Grades 9 & 11), Ms. Moorer (Grades 10 & 12)

    Baldwin UFSD Receives Multiple Nominations for “Best of Long Island 2024”

    Vote Daily Through December 15, 2023

    Baldwin Union Free School District is proud to announce that we have been nominated in multiple categories for the Best of Long Island 2024 

    The 2024 voting period runs through December 15, 2023. During this time, Baldwinites can vote once per category per day at www.bestoflongisland.com/voting.

    At the end of the voting period, the nominee with the most votes in each respective category will be awarded the distinction of winning the Bethpage Best of Long Island 2024.

    To vote, go to www.bestoflongisland.com/votingand select the following nominees:

    Go to Arts and Entertainment:

    • Baldwin Sports Bruins Podcast: select“Podcast”
    • The Baldwin Bruin: select “Mascot”

    Go to Education:

    • Dr. Neil Testa: select “School Principal”
    • Mr. Tom Catapano: select “High School Sports Coach”
    • Ms. Meghan Kargman: select “School Psychologist”
    • Ms. Virgina Coles: select “Guidance Counselor”
    • Ms. Stephanie Pina: select “Guidance Counselor”
    • Mr. Dan Baxt: select “Teacher”
    • Mr. Scott Dunn: select “Teacher”
    • Baldwin High School: select “Best High School Spirit”

    Class of 2024 Yearbook Portrait Makeup

    The Senior portrait makeup event has been scheduled for 10/25, 10/26 and 10/27.  The student can go online today with the codes or first name, last name, city and state. Any students coming back for a Re-Sit session ($20 fee) must chat online with a customer service representative https://prestigeportraits.com/ or via phone 1-800-736-4753 and follow prompts for Prestige Portraits.

    Support the Baldwin High School PTSA and don't cook on Tuesday, October 17th! Join us at Gino's RVC from 4p to 8p. BHS PTSA will receive 15% of all sales.
    See the attached flyer for details. Come out & show your support!

    Congratulations to Dave Achonu, Melany Mendoza, Brendan Kaminski for being named a Commended Student in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. They earned this recognition as a result of their score on the PSAT last October.  Dave, Melany, and Brendan are among a select few in the nation to be designated as a high performer.  Way to go!

    Congratulations to our students and staff member of the month!

    Staff member: Sam Billig, Teacher, Family and Consumer Science

    Grade 9-Melih Oguz

    Grade 10- Aiden Murray

    Grade 11-Jahneice Ward

    Grade 12-Jolie Green

    Beginning Monday, October 16th, and ending Sunday, October 29th, students can apply to up to five SUNY campuses with no application fee! This includes all campuses, no matter which application vehicle the student uses. Details are available here: www.suny.edu/apply. Please remember that students can submit their application during this time, but supplemental materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation can be submitted after the Free Application Week.

    Over the next two weeks, The State University of New York will be holding a variety of virtual events to help your students and their families prepare for Free Application Week. Some topics include:

    Which SUNY Are You?How to Apply to SUNYEducational Opportunity Program

     

    Check out Baldwin High School students in the news and the win in the EPA pollution prevention contest!

     https://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-life/baldwin-high-epa-pollution-prevention-mn7chtrx

    Check out the Baldwin Friends of Music & Art newsletter! 

    https://new.express.adobe.com/webpage/jylM2s3bwqgIF

    Baldwin UFSD is hiring School Monitors! Check out job posting HERE

    • Phoenix Art and Writing Magazine is now meeting TUESDAY’S afterschool in room 416A. Get your creative work published in our beautiful magazine. See Ms. Liemer-Kelly for details. 
    • The Golden Wave Newspaper is now meeting TUESDAY’S afterschool in room 416A. We need reporters and photographers to write the news, entertainment, school events, editorials and more! See Ms. Liemer-Kelly for details.

    The Boys Varsity Soccer team improved to 6-0-2 with a 2-to-1 victory over East Meadow. William Zelaya gave the Bruins an early lead in the first half off a pass from Joshua Cantre. Erick Ramos scored the game winner with just under two minutes left to give the Bruins the win.

    · Congratulations to the JV volleyball team who improved their record to 5-1 with an exciting victory over Great Neck North. Abby Belony, Ajeya Nicholas and Janessa Marmol led the way for the Bruins at the serving line.

    · Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Volleyball for an impressive win against Great Neck North with the score of 3-1. The team made a strong comeback after a 7-point deficit to secure the victory in four sets. Senior captain Kate Heuser leads the team with the most kills and Nyla McDermott finished the fourth set with 7 consecutive service points. Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Volleyball team as they defeated Freeport in 3 sets. Coach Nguyen (win) is very proud of the team's tremendous progress. 

    • Congratulations to the girls’ varsity tennis team on their 4-3 win against Farmingdale on Monday and a 7-0 win against Lawrence yesterday. Way to go girls!
      • The Sportsnite season is just around the corner. Seniors who are interested in running for a leadership position, especially Captains, See Ms. Polo tomorrow after school in Room 514 from 2:50- 3:15.

        · The Boys Soccer team improved to 7-0-2 on the season as goalie Josué Ascencio and the defense earned their sixth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Valley Stream Central. Goals were scored by Erick Ramos, Christian Smalling, Nathaniel Hernandez and Robert Bautista. Please dress in your blue and gold and come support the team this Saturday at 4pm at Syosset high school in a battle for first place.

        • Saturday Night Alive will be this Saturday at 7 pm. There is an open gym, basketball, weight room, football 2 hand touch, ping pong, air hockey etc.!!  Students must present ID to enter.

     Enjoy a wonderful three-day weekend!

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Testa


    September 30, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    It was wonderful to see our parents in the building this week for Know Your School Night! I hope you enjoyed your experience and left feeling great about your child's academic program. 

    Now that we are entering the month of October, the mid-point of the marking period is approaching! This means that student progress reports will be posted on the portal soon, and serves as an important reminder to routinely check the parent/student portal for student attendance and grades. Information about accessing the student and parent portal can be found at https://www.baldwinschools.org/portal

    Tuesday, October 3rd, will be our next community circle day. The special bell schedule for this day can be found here.

    Please enjoy the September issue of Inside Baldwin UFSD by clicking here.

    NCA Fall College Expo:

    We are excited to announce the upcoming Nassau Counselors Association's Fall College Expo, which is a fantastic opportunity for your child to explore various colleges and universities. We believe that this event will provide valuable information and insights as your child begins their college search journey.

    Event Details:

    • Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
    • Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Location: Adelphi University - Center for Recreation and Sports Gymnasium 

    This expo will feature representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities, making it an excellent chance for students to learn about different academic programs, campus environments, and admission requirements all in one place.

    To register for the event and to access the list of participating colleges and universities, please click HERE. This link contains important details about the event and will guide you through the registration process.

    Bruins Sports Podcast:
    In this week's episode of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, Cydney and Blaine sit down with Celisa Benoit and Camdressa Davis from the Varsity Girls Field Hockey team. They talk about their love of the game, their goals for this season, playing under Coach Hoover and Coach Thiel and much more! Tune in!
     
     
    Virtual College Rep Visits:
    College Representatives will be offering Virtual College Visits to all Seniors, Juniors, and their families through Naviance. The College Visit allows you to ask questions in a casual setting and familiarize yourself with schools you may be interested in. The Virtual Visits are held in the evenings so that you and your family may access from home or your mobile devices. Sign into your Clever Account and choose Naviance to access the list of colleges and to register. You can find a list of participating schools outside the Counseling Center.
     
    Congratulations to the members of the cross-country team who competed at Eisenhower Park. Carter Hoskins, Jaden Small, Mical Saint Jean, Chauncey Saint Jean, Rohan Punj, Karan Punj, and Anthony Sineus all ran season best times. Paul Fleck ran the fastest 5k time in Baldwin history with a time of 15 minutes and 51 seconds. Good luck to the team in their next league meet at Bethpage next week.
     
    -The Varsity Football game at Syosset has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 30th at 6:30 PM.
     
    -The Art Club meets this Monday and every Monday in room 416B.

    · Interested in taking better photos? Want to learn? The Photo Club will have its first meeting on Monday in room 416A.

    Sincerely,

    Dr Testa


    September 23, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Thank you to our students, staff, and families for help in following the changes in arrival procedures on Friday. We will be continuing in the same way throughout the next week. All vehicles will continue to exit via Brookside Avenue. 

    Please join us on Tuesday, September 26th for Know Your School Night, starting at 6:55 pm! You will be following your child's Day A schedule of classes. More information about the evening can be found HERE

    On Tuesday, September 26th, we will conduct our first lockdown drill of the year. This will be one of two drills we will conduct this Fall. In all drills and in a real emergency, students and staff must move into the safe zone of the room, which is in an area that is not visible from the door or hallway. This area is marked in each room with a Bruins Paw sticker. 

     During drills and a real emergency, cell phones should be silenced.  Use of a cell phone in a lockdown would be limited, only used to relay pertinent information to 911, such as a description or location of an intruder or the need for medical aid for someone. You should not send messages to other people within the building as this can place the receiver in danger. Sending messages to parents can cause panic and possibly compromise the emergency responder’s ability to effectively manage the incident.

    We would not respond to the Fire Alarm unless actual signs of fire are observed in the room. Doing so could compromise the safety of those already secured. We would not respond to the Public Address (P.A.) system or other announcements.

    In a real emergency where a lockdown occurs, law enforcement would come and release you from lockdown once it is safe. You should never open the door in a lockdown.  During our drill, administrators and security aides will key open classroom doors to simulate what law enforcement would do in an actual lockdown.  This also includes responding to door knocks and even any PA announcements stating it is safe to exit the room during a lockdown. 

    Please check out the latest issue of our digital newsletter What’s Bruin in Baldwin

    Join us for an informative and interactive College Essay Workshop hosted by Ms. Vanessa Gonzalez, School Counselor on Thursday, September 28th at 7pm in the Auditorium. This workshop is designed to guide 11th and 12th-grade students, as well as their parents, through the essential aspects of crafting compelling college essays. College Admissions Officer: Matt Lucatamo, Admissions Officer from the University of Delaware, will share his perspectives on what makes an outstanding college essay and offer tips on how to stand out in the competitive application process. Have burning questions about the college application process, essay prompts, or anything else related to college admissions? Our experts will be available for an open Q&A session to address your concerns.

    We were recently informed about a scam currently happening across Long Island, where young adults or youth are impersonating students from different schools to "fundraise" for athletic teams. Over the past few months, several incidents have been reported involving a group of young people standing in front of supermarkets posing as Baldwin students and claiming to be raising funds for the Baldwin High School [basketball] teams through the sale of candy or other misc. items. In some cases, a flyer with the [basketball] coach’s name was even distributed.

    If you encounter this group, please do not buy anything as this is a fraudulent fundraiser and has no affiliation with the district or the high school basketball team. Instead, please immediately contact the 1st Precinct, who have been made aware of the situation. Any legitimate fundraisers associated with athletics would be handled through the department and Booster Club. 

    This situation is affecting many school districts. We want our Baldwin families to have the most accurate information. 

    We have been notified that Nassau County will continue the asphalt milling and paving operations next week on Grand Avenue, starting at Stanton Street and heading southbound towards Sunrise Highway. To complete the work, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction, which will likely impact morning and afternoon commutes.

    Please allow for extra commuting time during this scheduled construction:

    • When: Monday, September 25 – Wednesday, September 27, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
    • Where: Stanton Street to Brooklyn Avenue (Estimated to take three days, weather permitting)

     Baldwin PAL 2023 FALL/WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION 

    In this week's episode, Cydney and Blaine sit down with 2 of the captains of the Varsity Boys Soccer team, William Zelaya and Josue Ascencio-Cueva. They talk about their love for soccer, playing under Coach Soupios, their goals for this season and much more!

     

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast 

    * For any student who loves to read, please see Mrs. Schlosser in the Guidance Office to sign up for the Book Club.

    * Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team on their 5-2 win against Freeport. Chelsea Panky secured our win in first singles with a 6-3, 6-4 victory

    * The Boys’ soccer team improved to 4-0-1 with a great team effort last night at Plainview JFK against last year’s County Champion. Christian Smalling sent a through ball to William Zelaya, who scored the game winner with five minutes left on the clock to put the Bruins ahead.

    * STEM lab, medical and business-related shadow days are available or create passion projects around youth advocacy. Join the Youth Change Leadership Collaborative. Message Dr. Franza to learn more and to apply.

    * Starting September 26th, College Representatives will be offering Virtual College Visits to all Seniors, Juniors, and their families through Naviance. The College Visit allows you to ask questions in a casual setting and familiarize yourself with schools you may be interested in. The Virtual Visits are held in the evenings so that you and your family may access from home or your mobile devices. Sign into your Clever Account and choose Naviance to access the list of colleges and to register. You can find a list of participating schools outside the Counseling Center.

    * Are you interested in law and debate? Then come and join our mock trial team where we have debates, meetings, and even compete against other schools in Nassau County! Our first introductory meeting is tomorrow at 3 pm in room 323. We hope to see you there!

    * Mathletes - we will have our first meeting on Tuesday, September 26 right after school in room 424. We will go over important meeting dates and hold elections. See you there!

    * Calling all Freshmen! Join Intramural Night Aerobics today! The next practice is Wednesday from 5-6. See Ms. DeTurris in Room 428.

    * Attention National Honor Society Members! We will have our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 27th. We will meet in Cafeteria A right after school. Please see Ms. Monaco or Ms. DeTurris with any questions. See you there.

    * Future Educators of America is having their first meeting on Thursday, September 28th at 2:45 in room 312. We will be discussing the upcoming events, leave to learn opportunities, volunteering, and community service opportunities, and much more. This club is open to everyone, not just learners interested in education. You are not going to want to miss these opportunities! Please see Brenden Kaminski, Samantha Cruz, or Ms. Billig for questions.

    Sincerely, Dr. Testa


    September 15, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    The 2023-24 school year is off to an excellent start! While we are still early on in the first marking period, it is always critical for our students to get off to a strong start in their course of study. Good study habits, time management, organization, and good attendance are critical factors for student success. Our teachers are ready and willing to support their students and we encourage them to take advantage of extra help on a regular basis.  We also have a Saturday Academic Academy program, where we have certified teachers available to help support students. This is available to all students.  If you are interested, speak to your child's counselor to sign up for a particular Saturday date. 

    Teacher Extra Help Schedule

    Know Your School Night - September 26, 2023, 6:55 pm

    Please join us for Know Your School Night at the High School, an excellent way to learn more about your child’s academic program and our learning community as well as to either build, or continue to develop relationships with our teachers, administrative team, and support staff. Information about the evening can be found below. 

    Know Your School Night Parent Letter

    Our first Community Circle day will be this Tuesday, September 19th. The Circle is an intentional restorative practice to promote constructive dialogue, welcome difficult emotions and realities, and maintain positive feelings of support and empowerment. The circle elevates each student's voice as well as allows them to be their best selves. The notion of equity begins with creating the conditions for each student to be seen, heard, and respected. Community Circles will occur two times each month on a special bell schedule. 

    Community Circle Dates and Bell Schedule

    Construction alert - Grand Avenue 

    Please note Nassau County's schedule for asphalt milling and paving operations taking place in the Baldwin community that will likely impact morning and afternoon commutes next week. To complete the work, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction. Construction durations may increase if the condition of the existing roadway dictates additional repairs. The district has been proactive and notified busing services.

    Please allow for extra commuting time during this scheduled work:

    • Monday, September 18, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM on Grand Avenue between Sunrise Hwy. and Merrick Road (May take at least four days to complete, weather permitting)
    • Monday, September 25, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM north of Sunrise Highway, between Stanton Avenue and West Seaman Avenue (May take at least four days to complete, weather permitting)

    In addition, the scheduling of paving to Brooklyn Avenue is presently under discussion.

    Thank you for your patience as Nassau County repaves the streets in Baldwin. 

    Attention Juniors!

    Join us for an informative virtual parent information night on Tuesday, September 19, where we will provide insights and guidance on the new digital PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). This event is designed to help parents understand the changes in the PSAT/NMSQT format, how it impacts their child's education and future, and how they can support their child's success in this critical examination.

    Event Highlights:

    1. Overview of Digital PSAT/NMSQT: Learn about the transition from paper-and-pencil testing to the digital format for the PSAT/NMSQT. Understand the advantages of the digital test and how it aligns with 21st-century skills.
    2. Test Logistics and Technology: Get a detailed explanation of the test day logistics, including what students need to bring, the use of electronic devices, and test security measures.
    3. Preparing Your Child: Discover effective strategies for helping your child prepare for the digital PSAT/NMSQT, including recommended study resources, practice tests, and study schedules.
    4. Understanding Score Reports: Learn how to interpret and make the most of the digital PSAT/NMSQT score reports. Understand how these scores are used in college admissions and scholarship opportunities.
    5. National Merit Scholarship Program: Gain insights into the National Merit Scholarship Program and how PSAT/NMSQT scores play a crucial role in determining eligibility for scholarships.

    Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/muk-ckmi-vao

    This parent information night is an excellent opportunity for parents to stay informed, get involved, and support their child's success in the digital PSAT/NMSQT. Don't miss this chance to ensure your child is well-prepared for this important step in their educational journey and potential scholarship opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Method Test Prep is offering a free presentation for parents, counselors, students, and anyone who wants a full understanding of the Math portion of the PSAT/SAT digital format.  This will occur on Wednesday, September 20th at 8pm titled "Digital PSAT/SAT Math - Everything You Need to Know "  Register here to attend live or to get the recording to watch at your convenience. 


    For anyone who would like a deeper dive into how to prepare for the Digital SAT Reading/Writing, Method Test Prep is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 26th at 8 pm Eastern. Here is the link to register.

    Student Cell phone numbers

    To maximize the safety of our students, it is imperative that Baldwin UFSD administration has access to an accurate database of student contact information at all times in case of an emergency. In these times, in order to maintain our open campus policy at Baldwin High School, all students who have a cell phone must provide a working number to be included in this database for safety reasons. There may be a critical situation where administration must immediately contact students who are off campus. Please note that the district will only use students’ cell phone numbers during an emergency.  You should have received an email already with the form to complete this information. 

    Virtual College Visits

    We are excited to announce that virtual college visits will be available to our students beginning on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, and will continue to Tuesday, November 21, 2023. These virtual sessions are a fantastic opportunity for our students to explore their higher education options from the comfort of their homes.

    Here are the details for the virtual college visits:

    • Dates: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - Tuesday, November 21, 2023
    • Times: Session will be held at 5:15 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:15 PM.

    To help your child access and sign up for these virtual college visits, please follow these simple directions:

    1. Sign into your Clever Account

    2. Click on the Naviance Icon

    3. Select Colleges from top menu bar

    4. Select College Visits under Research Colleges in second column from drop down menu

    5. Scroll through the list and click register for any virtual college visits you would like to attend.

    6. Your child can access the virtual college visit using the provided meeting details via Naviance. They will have the opportunity to learn about the college, ask questions, and gain valuable insights into their future educational options.

    We encourage you to support your child in taking advantage of these virtual college visits. It's an excellent way for them to explore their college options and make informed decisions about their future.

     

    Congratulations to Julius Rivera who won the “Silver Level Award”  in the CCE Nassau Art Competition, for their annual calendar 23/24 competition last year. His work will appear on the back page of the calendar! 

     Bruins Sports Podcast

    In the first episode of season 5 of the Baldwin Bruins Sports Podcast, the new staff introduces themselves. This year, our team is Co-Hosts, Cydney Herrera and Blaine Harding along with our Editor/Producer, Paul Clement. Tune in!

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast

    In their second episode, Cydney and Blaine sit down with Annabelle Lopez from the Varsity Girls Soccer team for their first interview!  They talk soccer, Coach Rodgers, the team, Annabelle's passion and much more.  We are excited because this is our 100th episode!  Tune in and share with your friends and family.  

    https://www.baldwinschools.org/sportspodcast 

    Congratulations to the cross-country team who competed in the season's first 5k at Eisenhower Park yesterday. Paul Fleck won with a time of 16 minutes and 5 seconds. This is the second fastest time in Nassau County!

    Congratulations to the Cross-Country team who competed in their 4k season opener at Bethpage state park on Friday. Paul Fleck took 2nd in his first race ever and posting one of the fastest times in the county.  Captains Carter Hoskins, and Chauncey Saint Jean had great opening times in the varsity race.    Ari Guerra, Anthony Sineaus and Tyler Johnson all had a great race as well.  We look forward to a tremendous season.

    The boys’ varsity soccer team improved to 3-0 with wins over Oceanside and Academy Charter. The Bruins were led by William Zelaya who had a hat trick, Emilzon Lovos who had a goal and two assists. Robert Bautista, Terry Bruno, Stevie Lindor and Devante Young also scored. Senior Josué Ascencio-Cueva recorded his third shutout of the season with the help of strong defensive performances by Brady Mahler, Josh Cantre, Justin Williams, Stephan Lyons and Darius Ikechukwu.

    Students, please check your Canvas inbox daily for messages from the Attendance office.

    Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This month is to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We start the celebration on September 15th because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!"

    Opportunities to attend STEM lab, medical and business-related shadow days are available now! Do you want to make a change in your community and create passion projects around youth advocacy. Join the Youth Change Leadership Collaborative. Message Dr. Franza to learn more and to apply. 

    The Senior Class will have their first meeting on Monday, September 18 in Cafe A starting at 2:45 pm. 

    Upcoming Events

    September 18 - Continuing Education Fall Semester Begins

    September 19 - PSAT Information Night - Virtual

    September 21 - PTA Council - District Office, 7pm

    September 26 - Know Your School Night, 7pm

    September 28 - College Essay Workshop, 7pm

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    September 8, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    What a fantastic first week of the 2023-24 school year! It was wonderful to see the students back and smiling and enjoying being back! With such a great start, we look forward to keeping the momentum going with our first of many Spirit Weeks!

    Monday, September 11th is Patriots’ Day – Wear your USA apparel!

    Tuesday, September 12th is Adam Sandler Day – if you love oversized athleisure or love Adam Sandler this is your day!

    Wednesday, September 13th is Pink-Out Day – Show up and show out your best pink outfit!

    Thursday, September 14th is Disney Day – Make Baldwin the Happiest Place on Earth by dressing as your favorite Disney Character!

    Friday, September 15th is Twin Day – Pair up with a friend in matching outfits, hairstyles, and more!

    This year's theme is centered on Rigor, Relevance, Character, and Connection. I will share more about what this means in my upcoming September video message. Already, the building administration team is speaking with all students by grade about this, along with critical expectations, including attendance and academic eligibility procedures. 

    We are also focusing very seriously on late arrival to school and tardiness overall. I need your help in supporting a major improvement in our children arriving at school on time. Period 1 begins at 7:42 AM and it will no longer be acceptable to continually arrive after this time and expect there to be no impact on student performance and success. As we know as adults, punctuality is a critical factor for success in our careers and work. Together, we can improve the mindset in our kids about the importance of being punctual in our daily activities. 

    Lifetouch Portraits for students in grades 9-11

    On September 15th and 18th during PE classes, students will have their portraits taken in an effort to update our student management system. You will also have an opportunity to purchase portrait packages via Lifetouch if you so choose. Details will be sent to you via email from LifeTouch. 

    At Baldwin High School, we believe in creating as many opportunities as possible for our students to own their future. That’s why we offer the PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) to our students. Whether your child is thinking about attending a two- or four-year college, is going straight into the workforce, or isn’t sure what they want to do after high school, the PSAT/NMSQT can help make their path clearer. This is why we encourage ALL juniors to register and take the PSAT! We also encourage 10th graders who have successfully completed Geometry to also consider taking the exam and get a head start! 


    Taking the PSAT/NMSQT can also help your child to:

    • Enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program if they meet program requirements specified in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.
    • See where they are and set a target for where they want to be.
    • Practice and prepare for the SAT®.
    • Find out what AP® courses they’re ready to take.
    • Plan and pay for college.
    • Connect to their future career.

    This fall the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered in a new digital format on October 14, 2023 that will provide an overall easier testing experience for students. Your child will take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 14, 2023 using their own school-issued device.

    To register for the PSAT, please go to myschoolbucks.  The fee for the exam is $23. Please register by October 6, 2023.

    Watch this video to see what students can expect from the digital PSAT/NMSQT. If you or your child have questions about PSAT/NMSQT or college and career planning, please reach out to your counselor for more information!

    As we wrap up the first week of school, we encourage our families and staff to read this beautiful article written about the district’s Hello Neighbor project that was published in the online issue of today's Newsday. This story will also be on the front cover of Newsday's LI LIfe section in Sunday's print edition and features interviews with students, their families, faculty and administrators. 

    Read the article by clicking the following link: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-life/hello-neighbor-baldwin-schools-xzcz940h

    • Attention all students!! If you love friendly competition, aerobics, dancing, stunting or maybe you’re looking to try something new after school……Intramural night is for you! Sign-up by scanning the QR code on Intramural posters around the school using your Baldwin schools’ email OR see Ms. Polo in Room 514 before or after school.
    • Calling all sophomores looking for a leadership role!!! Intramural night is looking for an aerobics team captain. Sign- up today with Ms. Polo in room 514 after school
    • The Boys soccer team started their season with a 1-0-win vs rival Freeport. Senior Josué Ascencio Cueva got the shutout, and the game winner was scored late in the first half by Darius E-K -Chew -Coo. Come support the Bruins this Saturday at 6pm as they travel to Oceanside to take on the Sailors
    • Saturday Night Alive is this Saturday at 7pm Open Gym/ Basketball. You must have your updated School ID to enter and be wearing sneakers.
    • Art club will have its first meeting on Monday after school in room 416 B.
    • Opportunities to attend STEM lab, medical and business-related shadow days are available now! Do you want to make a change in your community and create passion projects around youth advocacy? Join the Youth Change Leadership Collaborative. Message Dr. Franza to learn more and to apply.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa


    September 1, 2023

    Dear Baldwin Families,

    Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! We are excited to see our students back on Tuesday, September 5th! Please make sure to view the portal to view your class schedule, as this will be the only means to obtain it. Please also note your home room location, as that will be the starting location for students on the first day. You can view the first day bell schedule HERE 

    ALL students must show their school ID upon entry to the building, and have it visible at all times during the school day. Students who do not have their ID can only enter after being verified and provided with a temporary ID sticker. This sticker must be worn in a visible area for security and staff to be able to see it. 

    Prior to period 1, students will wait in the cafeterias until 7:35 AM. At that time, students will be permitted to go to their lockers.  

    School starts at 7:42 AM. If you are dropping your child off, it is strongly suggested that you do so before 7:30 AM. Any later and you risk your child being late to class (which will be considered unexcused) and getting stuck in the volume of cars and buses trying to get in and out of campus. Please also respect and follow the security staff and the directions they give so that we can have a safe and orderly arrival. 

    Beginning in the 2023-24 school year for incoming 9th grade (Class of 2027) students, we will be updating our course weighting procedures and policies. Please view the letter below which explains the changes we've made. 

    Course Weighting

    The Baldwin Union Free School District frequently photographs and films students in classrooms and at events throughout the year. The District then uses these photographs and video recordings to promote school programs and celebrate student work, including but not limited to social media posts, website banners, presentations, and print materials, such as newsletters, mailers, flyers and the district calendar.

    If you DO NOT want your child(ren) photographed or filmed by the District, please complete the form below and submit to the Main Office of your child(ren)’s school no later than SEPTEMBER 5.  Opt-out photo form 

    As the new school year begins on September 5, please remind your children of some important expectations and aspects of our code of conduct policies. This information can be found in our Baldwin High School Information Packet, linked HERE. It is important for all students and parents to review this information each year. Additionally, please note the following reminders. 

    Critical Expectations:

    • Dress for Success in a professional learning environment – no hoods, hats, head coverings allowed in learning spaces 
    • Be on time and engaged in all your classes
    • Cell phones and earbuds away and out of sight 
    • Must have a pass and visible student ID in the halls
    • Locker access should occur before/after school, passing time only. 
    • Stay in class for the First 10 minutes and remain for the Last 10 minutes of class 
    • Be Kind; Respect yourself and others 
    • Threats made to the school on social media or other means will result in automatic Superintendent Suspension 
    • Closed Campus per. 1-3, grades 9-11

    Student Dress Code:

    All students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner in school and at school functions. Student’s dress, grooming and appearance shall:

     

    1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt learning.

    2. Recognize that extremely brief garments and see-through garments are not appropriate.

    3. Ensure that underwear and midriffs are completely covered with outer clothing.

    4. Wear appropriate footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

    5. Not wear hats, bandannas, or other head coverings in class unless otherwise permitted for a school activity or for a medical or religious purpose.

    6. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, discriminatory, libelous or denigrate others based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

    7. Not wear clothing that promotes and/or endorses the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourages other illegal or violent activities.

    8. Not include headphones or earpieces or other electronic devices at any time while on school property except for instructional purposes and in designated areas as directed by the teacher or administrator.

    9. Include appropriate protective gear to classes where it is necessary (e.g., home economics, technology and science.)

    10. Not include clothing that advocates gang activity.

    11. Not include jewelry that can be dangerous such as chains, spikes and other potentially dangerous ornaments.

     

    Student Entry into the building:

     All students must show their issued student ID upon entry to the building. This is required at arrival to school and any other time during the school day when re-entering. Students who do not have their ID upon entry must be verified and provided a temporary student ID sticker. This sticker must be visibly worn. Students who frequently are without their school ID will be assigned lunch detention and/or lose their open-campus privileges. 

     

    If your child lost their ID, they can request a new one in the Dean's office. A replacement fee of $5 will be charged. 

     

    IDs are also necessary to access assigned lockers and enter the Learning Collaboratory. 

     

    Attendance

    Attendance is one of the most important factors contributing to student outcomes. As such, students are expected to attend school daily. The full district attendance policy can be found HERE

    • If a student is absent, a parent/guardian should contact the attendance office the morning of the absence.
    • Students who are absent must also submit a note to the Attendance Office within five days of their return to school.  Notes must include the date(s) and reason for the absence and must be signed by a parent/guardian. Notes submitted beyond the five-day limit will be treated as a cut for eligibility purposes.  The Attendance Office is located on the 2nd floor of Building 7.
    • Students who become ill during the day must check in with the classroom teacher and request a pass to the Health Office.  
    • Any student leaving the campus during scheduled classes for health-related reasons must first report to the Health Office for parental and office approval.  Failure to do so will result in a cut/illegal absence.
    • Any student looking to be dismissed for an appointment or other legal reason must be formally dismissed by the Attendance office. They should not leave campus without being dismissed and their reason verified with a parent. 
    • A Student with more than seven illegal or unexcused class absences for any subject/class period, or one or more full day unexcused absence within a marking period, will be placed on probation, lasting for a period of five weeks.  Any further illegal or unexcused class absences for any subject within the five-week period will make the student ineligible for participation.  Continued illegal or unexcused absences will disqualify the student for all extra-curricular activities and sports for an imposed period, up to the remainder of the school year. 
    • Students are expected to arrive on time for all scheduled classes. Students who reach 5 TU in a particular class are subject to teacher intervention, which includes but is not limited to, mandatory extra help, teacher detention, loss of class participation points for the marking period. 
    • Students who are tardy unexcused more than 5 times are subject to a disciplinary referral to the grade level administrator. Teachers will be responsible for initiating a referral for disciplinary action.
    • Excessive TU may impact student eligibility according to the outlined procedures. Students who accumulate 15 or more TU in any class period are subject to the Eligibility procedures, which may result in their status being elevated more rapidly.

    The only legal/excused reasons for being absent or late to school are:

    1.personal illness

    2. illness or death in the family

    3. impassable roads or weather

    4. religious observance

    5. quarantine

    6. required court appearances

    7. attendance at health clinics

    8. approved college visits,

    9. approved cooperative work programs

    10. military obligations

    11. such other reasons as may be approved by the appropriate building administrator.

    *Absences due to vacation will be automatically considered unexcused. 

    Attendance Coordinators: Mr. Kappel (Grades 9 & 11), Ms. Moorer (Grades 10 & 12)

    Important Reminders from the Health Office:

    You cannot carry medicine even if it's prescribed without notifying the Health office first and providing a completed medication form. This even includes over-the-counter medication like Tylenol. No student should be carrying medication, prescribed or not, except an epi pen and/or inhaler, which also requires notifying the Health office and having a completed medication form.

    Students cannot wear slings, braces, boots or use crutches unless a doctor's note specifically indicates that it is needed. Also included is if students are in soft/hard casts. In this instance, the medical documentation must be provided to the Health office and the student must be seen by the Health office and cleared before returning to class.

    The Baldwin School District follows the transportation guidelines set by New York State Education law. In Baldwin, transportation is provided for resident students attending both public and non-public schools as follows: K - Grade 12 residing more than 1.5 miles from the school attended, to a maximum of 15 miles. Please visit the Transportation page on the district website for more information and details. 

    Late Bus Schedule:

    BHS - 2 BUSES 1 north 1 south

    3:30

    4:30

    6:00

     Important Dates:

    September 5 - First Day of Classes - following a special bell schedule - view HERE

    September 7 - First Day of Classes for Barry Tech/BOCES students. 

    September 26 - Know Your School Night - 7 pm 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Testa