Long Beach Alumni Newsletter
As we embark on another fall and the start of an unprecedented school year, I hope you and your families remain safe and healthy. I had the opportunity to sit with Mr. Jeff Myers, high school principal, to understand what it's been like for an instructional leader during this challenging time. Jeff began our conversation with some advice to our alumni educators: "Be patient, be flexible, and remember that everyone - teachers, administrators, and parents - are finding themselves as a first year teacher." He continued, "Challenges will arise. Staff and students are experiencing the impact of COVID-19 and remote learning differently. We are all in this together, and together, we will grow and become a stronger community."
The Long Beach School District has been working diligently for months to prepare for students' returns. The instructional plan was developed with the input of administrators, teachers, parents, and community members. Due to the threat of school closures, Long Beach created three models of learning: fully remote, hybrid, and in-person. This enables a seamless transition between models. While professional development was provided in several technological areas, Mr. Myers points out that his staff is already ahead of fellow educators when it comes to distance learning. "The skills our educators are learning and continue to fine tune is not only important during COVID times, but will ensure that we can provide our students with information in a relevant, timely manner. The ease in which we use technology will only help propel us towards the future."
The high school staff has sought to maintain a sense of normalcy, while at the same time, implementing several state mandates to ensure student safety. Students and staff are required to wear masks, desks are separated by six feet, and the hallway is marked with floor decals to promote social distancing.
School counselors, social workers, and psychologists continue to provide ongoing academic and social emotional support to students. Existing ties with community organizations like REACH, Long Beach Aware, and South Oaks will continue to strengthen and be utilized.
In closing, Mr. Myers acknowledges the difficulties a year like this will inevitably bring, but sees strength and resilience in such a tight knit community. He explains that the students bring joy and life to the hallways. Parents support each other and the school district. Teachers are willing and able to do the work, and that together, we will be stronger than ever.
See the District's Re-opening plan here:
Kelly Basacchi, Class of 2007
During high school, Kelly ran spring track in 2006 and 2007, and was a member of the school's musical productions from 10-12th grade. Upon graduation, Kelly studied at Buffalo State, Walden University, and earned her advanced diploma in School Building Leadership through New York Institute of Technology.
When asked to reflect on her experiences with teachers throughout the years, Kelly notes the importance teacher relationships had on her own experience, and tries to emulate that with her students. She keeps in contact with many former teachers, and works to build relationships with her own students similarly--they know that her door is always open to talk, ask for help, or to grab a snack!
Kelly currently lives in Long Beach with her husband, Michael Camba (Class of 2006). Kelly and Michael wed in May of 2018 at the courthouse, and are looking forward to a big celebration with family and friends in the near future. Some of her favorite things about Long Beach include the beach, boardwalk and being able to get around by bike or foot!
Ed Quinlan, Class of 1966
Class of 1966's, Ed Quinlan, has been providing outstanding educational instruction to thousands of individuals on the elementary, high school, and collegiate levels. His degree of expertise is in the areas of administration, physical education, health education, recreation, intramurals, and coaching. Ed's post-secondary education includes: an AA in Physical Education from Nassau Community College (1966-1968), BS in Physical Education from Adelphi University (1972-1975), MA in Health Sciences and Health Education from New York University (1972-1975) and a professional diploma in Educational Administration from Long Island University (1977-1980).
Ed has served the educational world in various capacities: teacher, coach, administrator and Board of Education member. He is currently a professor in Nassau Community College's Department of Health, Physical Education and Intramurals.
An avid runner, Ed participated in cross country, track and field while at Long Beach High School, and was a part of eleven school records during his time as a 3 season competitor at Adelphi University. In 2018 Ed was inducted into the Adelphi University Athletic Hall of Fame for Cross Country, Winter Track, and Spring Track and Field. This fall, Ed will celebrate 60 years of long-distance competitive running. At the age of 71, Ed only contributes to and competes in races that represent specific causes. Some include, the Ronald McDonald House, Miles for Matt, and Kate's Run. He feels that this is his way of assisting others in need.
Jessica Guadagnino, Class of 2019
While in high school, Jess participated in theater, rounding out her theatrical career in Fiddler on the Roof, and was a quite notable Frenchy in Grease! She also participated in JV and Varsity badminton, and Senior Class. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society. She is thankful to LBHS for allowing her to build strong relationships with teachers, as well as be a part of extracurricular activities that gave her some of her best memories.
Coming home and losing half of a semester of her first year of college was very upsetting. She had just joined Alpha Sigma Tau and had really begun to build friendships that will last a lifetime. However, her professors were very accommodating and understanding with the transition to distance learning, making the whole situation less stressful and easier.
Jess returned to Geneseo- 3 out of 4 classes are online. Although what to expect is unknown-Jess is excited nonetheless!
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