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Our mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.

pa1599 Park Avenue.
North Merrick, NY 11566
Tel: (516) 992-3117
Fax: (516) 992-3274
Principal: Mr. Michael DeBlasio





Dear Park Avenue Families,

It is with the greatest of pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to Park Avenue School. As principal, I have the honor of leading our fantastic teachers, students, and school community through an amazing educational journey. We are dedicated to providing your children with a safe and nurturing environment where they feel valued and confident to expand their horizons. By fostering the development of the whole child, our students acquire the skill set to become productive, compassionate, and educated leaders of tomorrow. Our focus is to guide your children as they navigate through a rigorous curriculum, develop strong character, and surpass our high expectations.

The partnership between teachers, parents, and staff provides our young scholars with educational experiences that last a lifetime. By adhering to a growth mindset, we here at Park Avenue strive to be our best selves by working through challenges, helping others, and exuding the willingness to learn new and exciting things. It is through our teachers’ powerful instructional practices that Park Avenue students receive an education that focuses on academic, social, and emotional growth. This whole-child approach ensures that your children develop strong foundational skills that they build their successes upon.

Our district’s mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion. Together, we will carry out this mission and reach even higher levels of success.

The love and passion for learning is what makes Park Avenue School an incredibly special place. I am looking forward to a fantastic year! Please feel free to contact me as I am readily available to work with you and answer any questions that you may have.


Michael DeBlasio


Young Investors Make the Right Picks

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Despite an up and down stock market over the past several months, North Bellmore students once again succeeded in the Stock Market Game, an annual simulation hosted by the SIFMA Foundation. The district boasted two of the top three teams in the region.

Fifth and sixth graders from the district’s ALPHA gifted and talented program took part in the competition, which gives students insight into the stock market and financial management. Each team received $100,000 in fictitious money to invest.

The first place team included Park Avenue Elementary School fifth graders Colin Crichton and Daniel Fu, and Saw Mill Road Elementary School students Youssef Badad, Matthew Ferrantello and Matthew Lutwick. They finished the simulation with $108,623.23. The team mostly stuck to its initial investments, which included a significant amount of Tesla stock.

Ms. Angert explained that one of the requirements of the game is that teams diversify their portfolios, so no more than one-third of their money can be invested in a single company. The group was leading a field of 91 teams for most of the competition, had a late drop to ninth place, but their stocks rebounded to put them back at the top.

“I didn’t know how stocks worked,” Youssef said. “I just thought you bought stocks and got money.”

Coming in third place was a group of Saw Mill Road fifth graders, including Anthony Apicella, Cody Gaskin, Ryan Lay and Dagur Moi. Their total was $103,435.97. The team’s strategy was different than the other group, as they did frequent transactions throughout the competition.

Ms. Angert said this was definitely and interesting year for the Stock Market Game because of the turbulence of the market recently. Students learned how to analyze trends while gaining some knowledge they can use to manage their money as adults.

“I’m so proud of our young investors,” she said. “The fifth graders are looking forward to playing again next year.”

Date Added: 5/17/2022

North Bellmore Teachers Bring Joy and Passion to Classrooms

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The primary mission of the North Bellmore School District is to educate children and prepare them for a prosperous future. To mark national Teacher Appreciation Week from May 2-6, we celebrate the 212 teachers who help our students grow, find their passions and achieve success.

North Bellmore’s teaching staff includes professionals with a wide range of specialties. Instruction begins with our 97 classroom teachers, from kindergarten through sixth grade, across five elementary schools. The district also has two dozen special education teachers and 21 special-area teachers, which includes art, computer science, health and wellness, library, music and physical education teachers.

The faculty also includes an ALPHA gifted and talented teacher, assistive technology specialist, band and orchestra directors, ENL teachers, occupational therapist, psychologists, reading specialists, school counselors, speech pathologists and social workers.

Assistant Superintendent Janet Pollitt said that while the teachers work across multiple schools, grade levels and departments, they share a special bond as one professional learning community, with a shared dedication to the students.

“What’s special about the North Bellmore teachers is the collegiality that our faculty share not just within the separate buildings but across the district,” Ms. Pollitt said.

Ms. Pollitt said that teachers are particularly committed to their craft, as evidenced by their participation in professional development opportunities. She noted their active participation in afterschool and summer training sessions, offered both within the district and at educational institutions across Long Island. It’s all in the service of providing the best education to students, she explained.

North Bellmore’s family of educators is comprised of veteran teachers, many of whom have been in the district for more than 20 and 30 years, as well as newcomers who have joined the faculty within the last few years.

Teachers are always willing to step up and help out the community, as their influence extends beyond the classroom walls. They organize collections for the Community Cupboard, support local families who have experienced a tragedy and raise money for various charitable organizations.

“Our teachers create a nurturing and supportive classroom environment, and are always willing to go the extra mile for their students,” Superintendent Marie Testa said. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of our dedicated and passionate teachers, who bring joy to their classrooms and joy to their students every day.”

Date Added: 5/5/2022

Park Avenue Environmentalists Make Their Case

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Fifth graders at Park Avenue Elementary School have been studying the impact of humans on the environment and are using technology to advocate for change.

Students are working with green-screen technology to create public service announcement videos. Teacher Melissa Danowski said they first watched other PSAs to understand the format and the type of information to include. Then they got work on their own scripts and created their digital persuasive pieces in iMovie, where they could add a background, text and sound effects.

Each group was assigned a different area to research – human impact on the air, land, water, space and vegetation. The projects were part of an Earth science unit.

Date Added: 4/27/2022

Park Avenue Buddies Craft Bracelets for Vietnam Veterans

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Their service may have been decades ago, but Vietnam era veterans still feel the appreciation thanks to youngsters at Park Avenue Elementary School. Students from third and sixth grade classes came together to make quick deploy paracord bracelets for veterans. 

Third grade teacher Brittany Ciana said she learned about the project online, sponsored by Operation Gratitude, and felt it would be a good community service activity for her students. Noting the complexity involved in making the bracelets, she enlisted the help of Sarah Mazeika’s sixth graders.

The third grade and sixth grade students worked in pairs to make the bracelets in red, green and yellow, the colors of the Vietnam Service Ribbon. They followed along during an instructional video, which provided step-by-step guidance on making the bracelets. Students had to cut nine inches of paracord, tie a knot and create a zig zag pattern with the colors. 

Paracord survival bracelets have multiple uses, and a single 9-inch bracelet can provide up to seven and a half feet of cord that can hold up to 550 pounds. Students also wrote and signed thank-you cards to the veterans that were included with the bracelets. 


Date Added: 3/30/2022

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