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Maritime Festival

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Once again the Maritime Festival provided all the district’s 3rd graders with a close encounter of the marine kind!  The high school seniors did an outstanding job of welcoming and educating the elementary students.  Mrs. Rankin thrilled the children with her underwater videos and close up observations of the smaller creatures in the sea.  Mr. Hack demonstrated all the equipment used in SCUBA diving and performed an actual dive in the pool retrieving items thrown into the pool by the visitors.  This year we had a big fish fry and the seniors got to feast on the fish from the dissection station.  Many thanks to Mrs. Yale, Mr. Carroll, the custodial staff, buildings and grounds, the students of the ACE program and all the people who help make this possible.

Record Breaking Point

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Congratulations to senior Alexa Ritchie who recently scored her 200th point for the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team. She scored this record-breaking point in a game against Mepham High School on April 24. Alexa has been playing lacrosse since the third grade and was ranked in Newsday’s Top 100 student athletes. Serving as captain of the team, she is a two-time All-County Athlete and two-time All-Conference Athlete. The team is coached by Tim Brace and assistant coach Kate Danowski-Wright. Alexa plans to continue playing lacrosse at Ithaca College this fall, while pursuing a physical therapy degree.

BHS Joins AIDS Walk

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The members of Students United for Tolerance and participants in the 21st Century Scholars program raised $1,790 and participated in the AIDS Walk NYC on Sunday May 21st, 2017.  Our Bethpage team of 33 students and 3 teachers walked over 6 miles through Central Park in support of people living with HIV/AIDS and to protect public health for everyone. The Walk was a beautiful experience for all.  Ms. Bertolotti and the Tolerance Club are grateful to all who walked, donated and supported our team.  Special thanks to Mr. Levy and Mrs. Gagliardi for joining us!

Long Island Special Olympics

The Long Island Special Olympics held an outstanding competition in Bethpage with 600 athletes being assisted by over 90 coaches and 500 volunteers!  It was an amazing day for everyone!  Lots of memories were made!  Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks to the corporate sponsors as well as the Town of Oyster Bay for partnering with the Bethpage Schools!  We are already looking forward to next year!

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National Honor Society Welcomes New Members

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The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Bethpage High School Center for Performing Arts. The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Bethpage Chapter welcomed in 100 new members, each of whom embody those aforementioned traits. Congratulations to our 2017 inductees! Special thanks to the Bethpage Dad's Club for all of their efforts in coordinating the National Honor Society Banquet, which followed the ceremony.

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Democracy in Action

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On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Democracy in Action featured a variety of performances from students and staff members across the district!  From large ensembles to solos, trios, etc., as well as an excellent balance of vocal and instrumental groups, the musical selections throughout the evening were diverse in style and entertaining.

Special thanks to all of the district's music educators for facilitating this wonderful evening of music and Dr. Petruzzi for serving as the Master of Ceremonies!

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Busy Builders Club

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The JFK Kiwanis Builders Club has had a busy and productive April and May.

 

In April, our incoming president, Bryanna Ackerman, and incoming vice-president, Gabriela Carchi, along with advisor, Mrs. Ciarniello, attended the Long Island Divisional Kiwanis dinner and meeting at Domenico's in Levittown. Many clubs from various elementary, middle and high schools reported on their activities throughout the year.

 

In April and May, the Builders Club held a drive for the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter, collecting towels, dog biscuits, and cans of cat foods. We also made frozen treats, such as peanut-butter covered apples and yogurt-applesauce cups, to bring to the shelter.

 

On May 13, we brought these items to the shelter, had a lovely tour, and we also got to hold some kittens and see the dogs.

 

On May 16, several members helped Mrs. Dircks (from the JFK PTA) plant lovely spring flowers by the JFK entrance. The garden looks colorful and beautiful

Touring Washington

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Forty-six students from Bethpage High School visited Washington, DC in May after placing second at the Music in the Parks Festival in Silver Spring, MD. Under the supervision of music teacher Eric Kay, students took fascinating tours of the White House and the Capitol and a walking tour of the National Mall.

Thank you! The budget has passed and both propositions were supported.

World Language Honor Society Inductees

The 5th Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in the Center for Performing Arts. A total of fifty-six students were inducted into the three Language Honor Societies - six students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; twenty-seven students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and twenty-three students into the Loyola Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. The keynote address, "Communication, Languages, and Art in Today's World" was given by sculptor and artist, Guido Dettoni della Grazia.  Bethpage High School seniors Mike Sweeney, Sean Ganley, and Anthony Hernandez also spoke about their language experiences throughout the years. Congratulations to all of the students on this accomplishment!

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Regal Eagles

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The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) completed a bustling stretch that saw them compete in three competitions in six weeks. The team competed at the Regional at Hofstra University where they were recipients of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Chairman's Award, which is the most prestigious award presented to the team that best represents a model for other teams. That qualified them for the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. More than 15,000 students and over 400 teams from across the United States and more than 30 other countries gathered for the competition. Congratulations to all of the Regal Eagles and team advisors, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay on an outstanding season!

Battle at Bethpage

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The Bethpage High School Howard C. Vogt Field was home to the fifth Battle at Bethpage event on May 7. The event, which is held in conjunction with the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, raises money for the Bethpage Educational Foundation and this year also raised money for the Daler Educational Foundation. More than 1,000 spectators came out to witness the Division I college lacrosse teams of Duke University vs. Boston University.

The pregame ceremonies, emceed by Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark, also featured brief speeches by varous representatives from Town of Oyster Bay, as well as from the Daler Educational Foundation. The Bethpage School District’s elementary choir performed the National Anthem for the opening of the game.

Duke Lacrosse Clinic

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The Duke Men's Lacrosse team conducted a free clinic for children in grades K-8 in advance of the Battle at Bethpage.  Dozens of students went through drills with the Duke team and everything was watched over by legendary Duke Coach John Danowski.  It was a great event.  Thanks to Coach and all the Duke players!

Val & Sal

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Congratulations to the Class of 2017’s Valedictorian Shanaz Deen and Salutatorian Anthony Hernandez. Both students have excelled in all aspects of their education and have earned this prestigious designation. Shanaz will attend Princeton University to study molecular biology in the fall and Anthony will be attending Molloy College for adolescent education – history. We wish them the best of luck after graduation!

Preview: Battle at Bethpage

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Bethpage Schools is proud to be hosting the fifth "Battle at Bethpage" NCAA men's lacrosse game featuring Duke University vs. Boston University on Sunday, May 7, 2017; 1:00 PM; at Bethpage High School.  For additional information about the tickets and the event, please click on the flyer below.

FiOS1 News previewed the upcoming "Battle at Bethpage" which can be seen in the link below.

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FiOS1 News Preview

Explorers Support Special Olympics

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The BHS Explorers Club set their minds to raise funds for the upcoming Long Island Special Olympics.  Collecting change in the high school cafeterias, they raised over $77 to support the games!  Many of the students will be joining us as athletes on that day.  Thanks to their advisor Ms. Srsic for always being there for them.  The students came over and talked to Mr. Clark and Mr. Schneider about the games and how excited they are!

Corrected Budget Newsletter

Please note: This newsletter contains updated and corrected information regarding the lifetime firefighters exemption for Proposition #2 on page 1. It was incorrectly listed as 20% in the newsletter that was mailed homes; it is actually a 10% lifetime exemption. We apologize for the error.

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Penn Relay Qualifiers

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The Bethpage High School 4x800 Relay Team qualified for the Penn Relays held at Franklin Field of the University of Pennsylvania. The relay team is comprised of Dan Midgette, Clayton Santiago, Justin Cano, and Aidan Pech. Congratulations on this accomplishment!

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Disability and Differences Day

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In honor of Disability and Differences Day at Kramer Lane Elementary School, two of its students gave a presentation to the entire school on what it is like to have a learning disability. After much positive feedback, Bailey Horowitz and Grace Severin were asked to share their presentation with members of the community and Board of Education at the April 25 Board of Education meeting.

Lupus Donation

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Freshman Adina Rahman presented a check for $500 to representatives of the Lupus Alliance of LI/Queens. Motivated by family and close friends with the disease, Adina and her mother held a raffle fundraiser during the school’s annual play. Adina is pictured presenting the check with BHS SADD advisor Christine Kennedy to the organization’s Executive Director Patricia D’Accolti and President of the Board of Directors Patrick Geraghty.

Senior Citizen Prom

BHS Student Council hosted the 27th Annual Senior Citizen Prom and everyone had a great time celebrating the Under the Stars theme!  There was lots of good music, dancing and food as students waited on their guests and served them a full course meal!  Congratulations to everyone who attended and thanks to all the students who volunteered their time.  Special thanks to the teachers- Ms. Way and her husband Mr. Long (our key chef!), Ms. Sestak, Ms. Comunale  and Ms. Feyrer.  Everyone said they cannot wait until next year's prom!

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Junior Banquet 2017

Congratulations to the Junior Class Officers for staging a great Junior Banquet!  A good time was had by all!  Congratulations to Ms.Molé and Mr. Russo for being great advisors!

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Naval Academy

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Congratulations to senior Daniel Midgette who has been accepted to and will be attending the United States Naval Academy in the fall. With his acceptance, he has committed to four years of schooling plus five years of active duty for the Naval Academy. Daniel decided to attend the Naval Academy after attending their Summer Seminar last year.

Photo Contest Winners

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Congratulations to the local winners of Senator Hannon's Photo Contest!  Thanks to Senator Hannon for organizing the event and to Mr. DeStefano for his guidance in our participation!  The winners were:

First Place: Hunter Bedard
Honorable Mention: Emily McGlynn
Honorable Mention: Polina Jimenez

Elementary Robo Eagles

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Kramer Lane Elementary hosted a demonstration by members of the FIRST Lego League for its third- through fifth-grade students. The demo was done by Vinaya and Sridev Raghavan whose son, Ankur, is part of an out-of-district FIRST Lego team, Robo Eagles, with fellow fifth-graders from both Kramer Lane and Central Boulevard schools. The team took their peers through this year’s challenge mat, titled Animal Allies, and showed them how the robot is built and works. Although it is only the team’s first year, they were one of 40 that qualified for the championships and won the Robot Design Award for Strategy and Innovation.

Recognition of Excellence

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Bethpage held its annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner where BHS Seniors chosen by the faculty choose an elementary, middle and high school teacher who impacted their lives.  It was a great evening for the students and their parents and for the teachers honored!  Thanks to the BHS Jazz Ensemble for making it such a classy event under the direction of Mr. Stehlik!  The students spoke with incredible poise and were very impressive!

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College-Bound Athletes

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Nine of Bethpage High School’s most distinguished student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the collegiate level. Each of the students donned college gear and signed their Letter of Intent in front of family, coaches and special guests.

Congratulations to the following seniors:

· Michael Blom, lacrosse – Cortland University

· Cormac Foley, soccer – Baruch

· Taylor Hughes, basketball – Alvernia University

· Frank Iacovano, soccer - Baruch

· Gannon Kenney-McGowan, baseball – Stevens Institute of Technology

· Ryan Mendes, soccer - Oneonta

· Camryn Roeller, soccer – Brockport

· Sara Suazo, golf – California University of Pennsylvania

· Carmine Syznal, baseball – Mercy College

Congratulations and best of luck to all of these fine student-athletes.

KL Lip Sync

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Kramer Lane Lip Sync!  It was a tremendous success!  The PTA did an awesome job and there were some very talented students, parents and staff!

Board Recognition

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At the March 28 Board of Education meeting the district recognized students who represent success across all grade levels. Congratulations to all of those who were honored for their accomplishments.

21st Century Visit to Fire Island Lighthouse

On March 25th twenty Bethpage students made the 170 step climb, up the spiral staircase, to the top of the Fire Island Lighthouse.  This 168 foot lighthouse was commissioned in 1857 to replace the original 74 ft one that was too small.  The views from the top of the mainland and the barrier island were incredible.  Student learned of the history of the area and what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family in the 19th century.  Participants were showed how passengers were rescued off of stranded ships using ropes and pulleys.  Prior to electricity the beam of light emitted from lighthouses was from whale oil lambs.  To magnify the intensity of the oil lamp it was placed inside a Fresnel lens.   The lens concentrated the light into a single beam that was cast out to sea to guide ships.  The workings of the lamp and lens have been preserved and are there to explore.  Thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for making this all possible!

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Robotics in Rockland

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This year the BHS Robotics Team took on two competitions.  The first was in Rockland County and the next will be at Hofstra.  The robot looked to be in great shape during the meet!  Good luck to the team and to advisors Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay!

Builders Bake

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The JFK Kiwanis Builders Club, with help from the French classes, held a bake sale on March 16th to help raise money for the families in Bethpage whose house had a fire last month. We want to thank faculty, staff, and students for purchasing the delicious home-baked goods and also for the generous donations to this worthy cause. We are happy to have raised $362!

Dodgeball for Cure

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The Dodge for a Cure Dodgeball Tournament raised money to help fight childhood cancer. It was sponsored by the National Honor Society. Students from all grades competed and helped to raise $2,000.00 that was donated to the Winthrop-University Hospital's Children's Cancer Center for Kids. Thanks to the students and Mr. Fazio for making all the arrangements!

All-County Art Show

Congratulations to all the students in grades K-12 from all five Bethpage Schools who had their work displayed at the Annual All-County Art Exhibition!  The level of the work displayed was impressive!  Thanks to all the teachers involved and to Ms. Cardo who is the Co-Chair of the entire event!

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Kickline at NDA

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The Bethpage Varsity "Golden Girls" Kickline traveled to Orlando, Florida this past weekend to compete in the NDA National Dance Competition.  The girls had a great time in Florida earning three top ten scores.  They ended their season with the following awards:

4th place in Small Varsity Kick

6th place in Large Varsity Team Performance

9th place in Medium Varsity Pom

Special recognition to the team Seniors: Captain Kimberly Foley, Captain Julie Grzybowski, Lauren Kerwin, Captain Nicole Malatestinic, Bryanna Portaro, Kayla Schnabel and Jackie Verdi.  The team wishes their 7 amazing Seniors the best of luck in the future.

Challenger Basketball

The Bethpage Challenger Basketball team had a great game against Seaford!  A HUGE crowd came out to root for our hometown heroes!  Bethpage was well-coached by Mrs. Greco, Mrs. D'Orazio and Mr. Russo with help form Ms. Tierney and Ms. Gonyon.  Thanks to the BHS Cheerleaders and the White Tee's for coming out in such large numbers!  Thanks also to the great referees lead by Gannon Kenny-McGowan who raised $1,265 for the Challenger Team in a Homerun Derby!  The team will put those funds to good use!

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Builders Celebrate Valentines

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On Saturday, Feb. 18, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club and advisor, Mrs. Ciarniello,  visited the Central Island Nursing Home in Plainview. There, they helped some of the residents play Bingo, and they also enjoyed calling the numbers. Finally, they handed out hand-made Valentine cards, which were happily received by the residents. This was a great experience for Middle School students.

BHS Mardi Gras!

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The French Classes held their annual Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 28. In our beautifully decorated room, we served home-made crepes, quiche, French bread pizza, French onion soup, and a variety of international foods. There were also delicious desserts--homemade macaroons, madeleine cookies, Mardi Gras colored cupcakes and many other goodies. All the students wore their new French Club t-shirts, and everyone had a great time.  Thanks to Madame Ciarniello for making it all such a terrific event!

JFK Student Learn Finance

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On Monday February 27, 2017, a group of students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about creating a budget. Lina Penuela- Rannazzisi, from Bethpage Federal Credit Union came to facilitate this workshop. Each student was given a career and monthly income at random. Through an interactive lesson, students made financial decisions in terms of housing, transportation, clothing, food, and entertainment, while taking into consideration the monthly income they were given. Students were surprised by all the associated costs and how intricate creating a budget can be. The group had a great time and most importantly learned life lessons about making smart choices when it comes to finances. 

Windpower at CBS

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Students in Ms. Robb's class learned a great deal about power from wind.  Students designed their own wind turbines and had to lift buckets of cubes.  There were lots of variables (pitch, weight, volume, wind speed) they had to account for and they did a great job explaining it all to Mr. Clark and Mr. Schneider when they stopped by for a lesson.  Ms. Robb did a fantastic job putting together this lesson.

BHS Alumnus Writes for NY Times

Congratulations to former BHS student Zach Wichter for being hired as a journalist for the New York Times!  He is a proud product of Bethpage and a former Journalism student for the Eagles Cry!  He has made BHS and Mr. Malossi very proud.

Click here to read his recent featured article.

Kickline Champs!

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The Bethpage Golden Girls Varsity Kickline competed at the NDA Regional competition at Walt Whitman high school on January 21st.  The team took home 1st place trophies in all four of their competition routines; jazz, pom, kick and team performance.  They also took home the Superior Showmanship award.  Congratulations to the team on a job well done!   Thanks to Coach Martino for all she does for BHS!!!!

BHS Virtual Enterprise

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Students enrolled in the BHS course Virtual Enterprise presented at the regional showcase.  Each team presented their business proposal- including idea, marketing plan, cost and sales projections, risk assessment- to a distinguished panel.  BHS teams Petropolitan and Surge Wear did very well.  Congratulations to the team and to their advisor/teacher, Ms. Molé.  

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Fashion Show

Faculty, staff and students came from around the district for the Annual Fashion Show that combines haute couture with fundraising for bully prevention activities.  Faculty and staff looked pretty awesome dressed in the latest designs and students performed musical numbers.  A special appearance from our friend Sal Valentinetti was a highlight!

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Glassman, Mrs. Marcucci and Mrs. Hayes for arranging the evening!

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State of State

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BHS students were invited to Governor Cuomo's State of the State address.  The speech in Farmingdale highlighted the Governor's priorities for the upcoming year.  Students were excited to be among the VIP's able to attend!

Visiting Bethpage Credit Union

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JFK 21st Century students visited Bethpage Federal Credit Union over the holiday break and got a tour of the facilities and the opportunity to meet lots of employees and CEO Wayne Grosse.  Everyone was very kind and talked about their career paths.  Students visited each division of the bank and also visited the vault where they got see what $100,000 in cash looks like!  It was all very interesting and BFCU employees put the students through some mock loan interviews.  Thanks to everyone at BFCU for being such good neighbors and hosts!

40th Anniversary of SEPTA

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Forty years ago a group of parents in Bethpage got together to form the Special Education PTA.  It was a pioneering move in a time when all too many students were forgotten.  Times have certainly changed!  Those pioneers came back to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Bethpage SEPTA with current SEPTA officers and our terrific Special Education teachers and administrators.  We were joined by a couple of Board of Education members who were instrumental in making sure we serve all students in our district.

Congratulations to SEPTA on their 40th Anniversary and thanks for always putting children first!

Tech Presentation by Alumnus

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Bryan Bende, BHS Alumnus Class of 2001, returned to Bethpage to give a very technical presentation at Altice Headquarters.  Bryan's topic was about Data Flow Using Nifi and MiNiFi.  Before a very tech savvy audience of software engineers, Bryan spoke about and demonstrated the software before answering questions from the audience.  Everyone was quite impressed!  Superintendent Clark was there to offer support for someone who worked in Bethpage as a student tech back in the early 2000's.  

Jazz Ensemble at ACLD

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BHS Jazz Ensemble played the Enviable Life Ball to assist for ACLD.  The affair was held at the Garden City Hotel and the musicians were appreciated for adding a great cultural element to the evening!  Thanks to them and to our fantastic leader Mr. Stehlik!

Honor Society in DC

BHS students in the National Honor Society recently visited Washington D.C. making stops at the Newseum, Udvar Hazy Hangar, Ford's Theater, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery and the D.C. Zoo.  Everyone had a great time and thanks to all our teachers and particularly Mr. Fazio for making all the arrangements.

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Read to Achieve

Third-grade students throughout the district gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers, as well as create a mentorship between high school scholar-athletes and elementary schoolers. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators regarding their favorite books and discussion on why reading is so important on the road to success.

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Porquoi at Kramer Lane

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Kramer Lane fourth graders wrote some creative "porquoi?" stories and then read them to listeners who were very interested in how they all turned out!  Great job to all the students and teachers!

Lions Club Food Drive

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Bethpage Schools once again assisted the Lions Club with their Annual Food Drive.  Lions gathered an enormous amount of donated food for local families, including some great turkeys!  BHS students from Ms. Way's class volunteered to box of lots of stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables and soups.  Lots of local families will enjoy Thanksgiving as a result of everyone's hard work!

Bethpage Hall of Fame

Bethpage held its annual Hall of Fame Dinner and this year honored: Anita Disanza, Joie Tyrrell, Bobby Macholz, Len Mulqueen, Signor Maio, Judith Claire Mitchell and the 1996 Boys Lacrosse Team on the anniversary of their State Championship.  Congratulations to all of them and thanks to all the guests who came out to support the Bethpage Educational Foundation.  Thanks to Rose Walker, Laura Schaefer and County Executive Ed Mangano for joining us for the evening!

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