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International Day of Happiness

John F. Kennedy Middle School's Kiwanis Builders Club helped to celebrate the International Day of Happiness on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by creating wonderful posters!  The posters can be seen in the John F. Kennedy Middle School lobby and main hallway. Great job to all of the Builders Club students!

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Authors Sharing with Authors

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Students in Patricia Tierney’s second-grade class at Central Boulevard Elementary School joined members of Barbara Cataldi’s fourth-grade class to celebrate writing achievements on March 21.

Mrs. Tierney’s students brought their recently created advertisements to Ms. Cataldi’s classroom to share with her students. The second-graders presented their ideas, which included advertisements on popcorn chicken, nachos, soccer and others as part of their second unit on the writing process.

Ms. Cataldi’s class also shared a recent writing assignment on the book “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. Students were tasked with paraphrasing an argument for a specific crayon color from the novel about how their color is the most used and popular. 

The students had the opportunity to walk around the classroom and share their projects with their peers. Ms. Cataldi’s class created an “author’s chair” to help the second-graders feel comfortable while presenting their projects.

“Both classes worked very hard throughout the writing process and were very excited to share their assignments,” said Mrs. Tierney.  

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Celebrating Italy

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Members of the Italian Club at Bethpage High School collaborated with teachers and parent-volunteers to host the 47th Annual Festa Italiana on March 15.

Students transformed the school’s auxiliary gymnasium into an Italian Haven with posters, flags, streamers, a photo booth and a wide variety of Italian dishes. The samples of Italian cuisine included zeppolis, cheeses, pastas, pizzas and desserts prepared by parents, teachers and students.

Students, staff members and administrators enjoyed the day as a way to celebrate the Italian heritage and the feast day of St. Joseph on March 19.

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How to Help the Community

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Second-grade classes at Central Boulevard Elementary School were treated to visits from various community leaders on March 15, during the annual Community Helper Day.

The annual event put community leaders in front of students with enriching presentations and activities. The guests included parents and community volunteers who serve as fire department members, detectives, restaurant managers, nurses, fishermen and more.

The event serves as an excellent opportunity for students to connect with the local community leaders and professionals.

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LISEF and JV LISEF

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Bethpage High School Research students competed in the 2018-19 LISEF and JV LISEF fair. 

 -- Savannah Boncic (10) - The Effect of Detergent Types on Eisenia fetida Survival
 
-- Soham Maiti (12) Derivation and Applications of Lorentz's Transform and Association with Einstein's E=MC^2
 
-- Scott Merforgel (12) - The Effect of Distance and Angles on Light Intensity
 -- ‚ÄčAdina Rahman‚Äč(11) - The Effect of Different pH Level Environments on the Release of Mercury in Dental Amalgam
 -- John Schmidt (12) - The Effect of Pitch Counts on the Outcome of a Major League Baseball Game

Congratulations to Soham Maiti for placing 4th at LISEF in his category! He was also the recipient of the Mu Alpha Theta Award for the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics. 

Special thanks to Mr. Pollatos for his continued guidance and support of the Research students!

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Long Island Recorder Festival

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On Saturday, March 16, 2019, select students in Grades 3-5 from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. Wibben and Mr. O'Connor, our students joined over 150 students from schools across Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their parents and the Long Island community.

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Students in a Tizzy for Author Visit

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The three elementary schools in the District were treated with a special visit from author Sarah Weeks from March 13-15.

Ms. Weeks visited one school per day and spoke to students about the writing process, the fun of writing and her collection of books. She also previewed her upcoming book, “Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day,” to be released on Apr. 2. Additionally, she discussed the differences between an author and an illustrator, her inspirations for writing and her growth into a writer.

Ms. Week has written 59 books to this point in her career and is currently developing the next one. Her book “So B. It” won the 2006 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award as well as the 2007 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award and the William Allen White Children’s Book Award.

The district thanks Ms. Weeks for visiting Bethpage as the entire community looks forward to her next release!

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Cooking Up Pi

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The district celebrated Pi Day on March 14 with contests at Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School.

Students were tasked with reciting as many correct numbers in a row as possible in the numerical value of Pi. JFK sixth-grader Joey Bashker earned top honors in the district for this year by naming 202 digits. Seventh-grader Arsh Singh finished in second place with 132 digits.

Freshman Gulam Abbas was the individual winner at the high school with 130 digits in a row. In an additional contest, students embraced the challenge of going around in a circle naming one digit at a time. Junior Geanna Koulouris was the final contestant standing to earn a t-shirt along with Gulam.

The district congratulates all of the participating students for helping to celebrate Pi with this fun contest. 

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Mind, Body and Health

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Instructors from the Karate Academy of Bethpage visited Kramer Lane Elementary School on March 12 as part of the school’s Brown Bag Seminar Series.

Academy teachers Larry Batista, Insaf Abdurrasheed and Raul Sanchez provided an exercise lesson that included stretching, an agility ladder and relay races for students in fourth- and fifth-graders. The instructors volunteered to be a part of the series thanks to some students that attend the academy.
“We came to talk to the kids about the importance of health and fitness and taking care of their bodies and minds,” said Batista. “We also wanted to make sure they’re not bullying and are treating each other kindly, to have a successful and safe school year.”

The goal of the Brown Bag Seminar Series is to introduce students to ideas and information that may inspire them. 

“Thank you to the instructors of the Karate Academy of Bethpage for being part of our series and visiting our students,” said Principal Kerri McCarthy.

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Special Thanks from the Bethpage Eagles Varsity Hockey Team

The Bethpage Eagles Varsity Hockey Team would like to thank the community for all of their support for the Stick It Cancer Benefit for Cohen's Children's Hospital. In addition to the $21,016 donation made in January, the team will be attending the Team Up for Community Awards Dinner in May where they will receive their 1st Place award of $3,000 from the foundation to add to their fundraising effort. The team would also like to specially mention alumni, Brian Schmier for lending his videography talents to this cause.

Congratulazioni Teachers

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High school teachers Francesca Calio and Teresa Sagarese were honored by the Italian American Committee on Education President Bernardo Paradiso on March 5.

Ms. Calio and Mrs. Sagarese were recognized by IACE for their tireless promotion of the Italian language at the high school and in the community. The IACE program is made possible primarily through an Italian Government grant and operates under the supervision of the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

The district congratulates Ms. Calio and Mrs. Sagarese on their honor.

Friendship February

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Fourth-graders at Central Boulevard Elementary School took the month of February to highlight friendship.

Students in Susan Corcoran and Gina Rufrano’s classes spent time during each day of the month writing a letter to one classmate to let them know why they are a great friend. At the end of February, all letters were combined into a book. 

The students enjoyed writing letters to their friends as well as reading the letters they received!

Museum of Mathematics

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On Saturday, March 9, 2019, fifth grade students from Central Boulevard Elementary School visited the Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan. The group enjoyed a workshop called "Mobius Madness" and explored the museum afterwards. Students were eager to participate in activities that were hands-on and required different problem solving strategies. Special thanks to all of our enthusiastic chaperones for making the day such a success!

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Bracelets for Wildlife

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Students in the high school ACE program took on the initiative of supporting the World Wildlife Fund.

During lunch periods on March 7 and 8, the ACE Science Exploration class sat outside the school’s cafeteria to promote their efforts to save endangered animals. Students handcrafted bracelets and sold the creations for a $1.

“Thank you to our ACE students for raising awareness and money for endangered animals,” said Principal Nicholas Jantz. 



Italian Educators Recognized

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Mrs. Calio and Mrs. Sagarese were honored by Bernardo Paradiso, the President of IACE for their tireless promotion of the Italian language over the past years.  IACE is an organization founded in 1975 for the purposes of promoting the study of the Italian language and culture within the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. IACE is made possible primarily through an Italian government grant and operates under the supervision of Consulate General of Italy in New York.  The district congratulates both Mrs. Calio and Mrs. Sagarese on this great recognition!

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Seniors Selected as National Merit Finalists

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Seniors Stacy Kappel and Soham Maiti have been honored as finalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The pair have advanced in the competition after being named semifinalists in September.

Stacy and Soham have been counted among the nation’s 15,000 finalists. They had to submit a detailed scholarship application that included their academic records and list of extracurricular activities, community service, leadership roles, employment and past honors. Additionally, their SAT scores had to be equivalent to or better than their PSAT scores while also maintaining prestigious academic performance. A recommendation from a high school official was also written on their behalf.

Stacy aspires to major in engineering when she begins college in the fall. The senior recently applied to local universities and is excited to decide on a college in the near future. At Bethpage, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Italian Honor Society. Outside of school, she has been a dancer for 14 years.

The president of the Philosophy Club and the team captain of the Ethics Club, Soham is also an All-State musician. He was also one of the founding members of the school’s Chamber Orchestra while also being part of the Mathletes and National and Spanish Honor Societies. He intends on majoring in economics in college.

“Congratulations to Stacy and Soham on becoming finalists in such a prestigious program,” said Principal Nicholas Jantz. “The entire district wishes them the best of luck as they advance!”

Students Artists on Display

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Five students from the Bethpage Union Free School District were selected to have their talents displayed at two shows. They were chosen based on submissions entered by teacher Nancy Noskewicz.

A number of Ms. Noskewicz’s students at Kramer Lane Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School had their work entered for consideration in the Long Island Art Supervisors Association Art Show and Colors of Long Island Art Show. 

JFK sixth-grader Matthew Cusumano, along with Kramer Lane fifth-grader Jessica Dexter and third-grader Kaitlyn Corcoran, will have work showcased at the Long Island Art Supervisors Association Art Show on March 10 at Farmingdale State College from noon until 4 pm. Kramer Lane fourth-grader Johanna Scarpella and second-grader Giuliana Viscome currently have their artwork on display at the Colors of Long Island Art Show, which will run at the Long Island Museum until April 7.

“These students showed exceptional creativity and craftsmanship and should be very proud of their accomplishments,” said Ms. Noskewicz.

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Challenger Basketball Home Opener!

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On Thursday, February 28, 2019, the Bethpage Golden Eagles Challenger Basketball Team opened their season against Seaford. The teams played a spirited, high-scoring game in front of a capacity crowd that included a halftime performance from our National Championship Kickline Team. Each one of the student athletes played with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship and a huge smile on their face! We are so proud of our Golden Eagles!

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Mardi Gras 2019

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On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Bethpage High School French classes, along with Madame Ciarniello, celebrated Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in the beautifully decorated Bethpage High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. We enjoyed a variety of ethnic foods, some typical Mardi Gras foods (jambalaya and beignets), as well as some French foods (ratatouille, Brie cheese, Madeleine cookies, and of course freshly-made crepes with Nutella and fruit)! Special thanks to our crepe-maker, Monsieur Tony Ciarniello, and a special welcome to our littlest guest -- Austin, Madame's grandson! Everything was "tres delicieux" and "un jour fantastique!"

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Italian Club Chefs

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On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Italian Club students from Bethpage High School decided to test their cooking skills at A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook. Students were divided into small groups, each working as a team to create a different course. Dishes included bruschetta, polenta with broccoli rabe, gnocchi pomodoro, chicken piccata, and tiramisu for dessert. Once finished, everyone was able to enjoy a delicious dinner they prepared together!

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NYSSMA

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On Monday, March 4, 2019, Ms. Sinisi and Mrs. Marino attended a day of music education advocacy on behalf of NYSSMA.  Both Ms. Sinisi and Mrs. Marino sat in on meetings with some of Nassau County's state senators and assembly members. At the conclusion of the day, there was a reception for all teachers, administrators, and politicians featuring live music from the All County Jazz Band, featuring Bethpage High School senior, AJ Vita! AJ also got to meet Senator James Gaughran.  

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Voices of Democracy

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High School freshmen Lauren Hawley and Shane Nikas were celebrated as winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest, presented through the Plainview Veterans of Foreign Wars, during a ceremony on Feb. 28.

According to the VFW website, the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW’s premier scholarship program since 1947. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Why My Vote Matters.” The contest is open to all high school students.

Lauren was honored as the first-place winner from the high school while also taking second place in the county. Meanwhile, high school second-place honors went to Shane for his essay. Contestants were judged on both content in the written essay and delivery heard through the audio. 
“Congratulations to Lauren and Shane for their hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said teacher Jacquelyn Keane. 

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Drop and Read

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Students at Central Boulevard Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day on March 1 to honor Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.

Throughout classrooms and the library, students could be found reading Dr. Seuss books throughout the day while also engaging in fun literacy activities. Additionally, the entire school participated in a “Drop Everything and Read” event for 15 minutes as students gathered in the school’s gymnasium and all-purpose room. Students also wore Cat in the Hat-inspired headwear to honor the birthday celebration.

The students brought the fun out of reading while celebrating the birthday of one of their favorite authors, Dr. Seuss!

Heroes Collecting Pennies for Patients

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Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School kicked off their Pennies for Patients campaign, held in association with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, with a special assembly on February 28, 2019.

LLS campaign manager, Kerianne Stein spoke to students about the campaign and how they can be “superheroes” by fundraising for the charity and its patients. She inspired the students by saying how their efforts, no matter how small, can be impactful.

Pennies for Patients is a science-based, service learning program that allows schools to work together as a class, grade, and building to reach goals of fundraising. LLS connects schools with local blood cancer patients in addition to providing tangible life skills to participants and allowing students to see the impact they’re making in the lives of others.

Charles Campagne looks forward to seeing the results of this program as students and staff members dedicate themselves to making a difference! 

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Thoughtful Get Well Wishes

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Students at Central Boulevard Elementary School continued the Thoughtful Thursday monthly series with the creation of “get well” cards and pictures.

The cards and pictures were designed throughout the school to help send best wishes to adults and children at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Little St. Nick Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. Cards included colorful drawings as well as sentiments such as “get well soon,” “thinking of you,” “warm wishes” and “sending smiles to brighten the day.”

“We hope our student-created cards will help to brighten the day of many patients, friends and families,” said second-grade teacher Patricia Tierney.  

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Shooting Star

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Student Hannah Diamond of Charles Campagne Elementary School represented the district during the recent Elks National Hoop Shoot. The contest is a free throw program for children between the age of 8-13.

Sponsored by the Hicksville Elks Club, Hannah participated in three rounds that resulted in her claiming second place at the regional final on Feb. 9 at West Haverstraw City Hall. The first round was held on Jan. 12 at the district’s John F. Kennedy Middle School and was followed by the division finals at Valley Stream High School on Jan. 26.

“Congratulations to Hannah on her success and for representing Bethpage with pride,” said physical education teacher Betty Bohringer.

Long Island Ethics Bowl

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The 10th Annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University in February 2019.  An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative yet competitive event, in which two teams are presented with a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and are asked to analyze them and students are judged on the basis of their analyses. Twenty-six teams from fourteen different Long Island high schools matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included allocation of liver donations, bringing extinct species back to life, gerrymandering, and buying followers on social media.  The Bethpage team of Andrew Sciglibaglio, Nichole Licata, Soham Maiti, Jessica O'Keefe, and Samantha Salerno took 2nd place while the team of Nichole Zacchia, Ujala Dar, Erica Marciance, and Eirini Drosos took 3rd place! This qualifies both teams for the Prindle Institute National High School Ethics Bowl in June, which will take place in Indianapolis! Congratulations to all of the students that participated!

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Harlem Wizards

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On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Bethpage Schools hosted the Harlem Wizards in a fun, exhibition game against the John F. Kennedy Middle School Faculty and Friends in the Bethpage High School Gymnasium.  The event was organized by the John F. Kennedy Parent Teacher Association.  The Harlem Wizards elicited "oohs" and "ahhs" from the audience with slam dunks, alley-oops, and other fun-filled tricks and games!  Special thanks to Ms. Galantini and the John F. Kennedy Parent Teacher Association for organizing the event, John F. Kennedy Middle School's Faculty and Friends for participating in the event, Mr. Schneider for serving as the referee, and all of the other volunteers!  

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Bethpage Dance Team Repeat at Nationals

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The Bethpage Dance Team won its second consecutive National Championship in Orlando, Florida! The Varsity Golden Girls and Company Kickline traveled to Orlando to compete at the NDA Dance Nationals over the February Mid-Winter Recess. The team competed in four categories and made it to finals in three of the dances.  The team ended the weekend:

  -- 12th in SV Jazz
  -- 11th in MV Team Performance
  -- 2nd in SV Pom (winning the specialty award for Innovative Choreography)
  -- National Champions in SV Kick (also won the specialty award for Technical Excellence)

The team was also nominated for a Sportsmanship Award by the competition staff members! 

Congratulations to the Bethpage Kickline Team for their amazing and memorable season!  Best wishes to team seniors: Captain Grace Carney; Captain Giavanna Novelli; and Team Officer Madeline Schmidt. The team will miss them greatly next year and wishes them well in their future endeavors!

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Heroes Against Bullying

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Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited classrooms at Charles Campagne Elementary School on Feb. 27 to give an anti-bullying presentation.

The JFK students split into groups to visit third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to spotlight anti-bullying. The presentations concentrated on defining bullying, which was followed by discussions about examples of superheroes. The latter component was used to show how students can stand up to bullies in positive and impactful ways and help prevent negative behaviors. 

The superhero analogy was also used to show how students can use “super powers” for the good of standing up to a bully. Younger students engaged in an exercise in which they identified super powers that they would use to help stop or prevent bullying. The lesson concluded with students illustrating what they would look like as a superhero standing up to bullying.

The district thanks the JFK students for taking the time to present a very important message on anti-bullying to our younger students.

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Board Pitch

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The Bethpage Union Free School District Board of Education welcomed members of the Bethpage High School Virtual Enterprise program to the Feb. 26 meeting to share their growth as a class.

Students involved in the two companies, MiSport and STEALTH Fitness, have enjoyed successful growth that resulted in awards at the January VE Trade Show hosted by LIU Post. At the Board meeting, the leaders of each company had the special opportunity to present their businesses. Superintendent of Schools David Schneider spoke about the growing VE program in the high school, then Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence introduced the students and the work they have done.

“We are very proud of the efforts, dedication and hard work of these students as they have treated their companies as real-world professionals,” said Mr. Spence.

MiSport was built to offer personal training to all athletes through state-of-the art sporting equipment. The equipment provides real-time evaluations and feedback that guides users to the corrected form and technique specialized in their desired sport. Meanwhile, STEALTH Fitness is a subscription-based company where customers have access to diet plans, workout routines and supplement products. Each package is personally tailored to the customer for age, weight and goal.

The members of each VE company shared the various details of their venture from the start to present, including the awards won at the LIU Post Trade Show. The students also had the opportunity to express how the experience in the VE program at Bethpage has helped influence the career path they will look to study in college.

“The work done by each of these groups is impressive and should be saluted as the program grows under the leadership of teachers Nancy Simpson and Anthony Murray,” said Mr. Schneider. “We are excited for the future of these companies, students and the program.” 

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In Line for Victory

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The Bethpage High School varsity kickline team was crowned the National Dance Alliance High School National Champion for the second straight year in the small varsity kick division.

The team, which competed in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 24, earned the title of NDA National Champion in kick while finishing 11th in team performance, 12th in the jazz category and second in the pom division. The group also earned awards for innovative choreography in pom and technical excellence in kick, and was recognized with the sportsmanship award for members’ positive attitudes and support of other teams. 

Upon returning to the high school on Feb. 25, the team was greeted by district and building administrators as well as an excited group of family and friends. 

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for a second straight year and we are very proud of these Golden Eagles,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. 

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Heartful Jumping

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In honor of American Heart Month, Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser on Feb. 15.

According to the Association’s website, Jump Rope for Heart assists in the battle of against heart disease and stroke by promoting physical activity, heart-healthy living and community service.

Organized by physical education teacher Betty Bohringer, students exercised during their recess time by participating in various jump rope stations while enjoying popular music. Other activities such as basketball and hula-hooping were also available for students waiting to jump.

The district congratulates Charles Campagne for raising $1,005 for the American Heart Association!

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Full of Spirit at JFK

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John F. Kennedy Middle School celebrated school pride with Spirit Week, which was held from Feb. 11-15.

The week kicked off with Pajama Day and Jersey Day, then continued with a full display of Golden Eagle enthusiasm on Feb. 13 during Battle of the Classes.

As a highlight to the celebrations, Battle of the Classes took place at the end of Colors Day. Each grade was designated a school color to represent their class, with sixth-grade in white, seventh-grade in gold and eighth-grade in blue. That afternoon, the three grades came together in the school’s gymnasium for a pep-rally-style event. 

Sixth-grader Daniel Anicito, seventh-grader Emily Kossman and eighth-grader Adriana Lisa led the annual occasion as this year’s masters of ceremonies. Sporting their grade’s color, students competed against each other in team activities such as musical chairs, human rock paper scissors and bag toss. Points were tallied throughout the event and members of the eighth-grade class was crowned the winners.

Spirit week continued with Fictional Character Day followed by Band/Music Day as students showed their personalities through each theme.

The district thanks all those that helped to put the spirit of JFK in the spotlight!



The Importance of a Smile

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Kramer Lane Elementary School promoted February as Dental Health Month by welcoming associates from Pillar Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics on Feb. 13.

Dentist Dr. Charlie Pillar and orthodontist Dr. Ari Pillar, along with dental hygienist Lynn, supplied an interactive and informative lesson to students in kindergarten and first- and second-grades to stress the importance of a beautiful smile. Dr. Charlie used magic tricks to excite the students and Lynn, with the help of a smiling cow puppet, demonstrated the proper way to brush one’s teeth. Dr. Ari explained the purpose of an orthodontist and how he can straighten teeth with the use of braces that come with fun colors. 

The trio also emphasized eating healthy foods to help with dental care in preparation for a dentist visit. Following the playing of the insightful cartoon “Dudley Visits the Dentist,” Dr. Charlie utilized the helped a few students to demonstrate how to floss. With students dressed as teeth, Dr. Charlie and Lynn used extra-long floss to clear out in between each “tooth.”

“Thank you to Dr. Charlie, Dr. Ari and Lynn for once again visiting Kramer Lane to make dental health exciting, fun and educational for our students,” said Principal Kerri McCarthy. 



Parading Around With 100th Day Excitement

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With Charles Campagne Elementary School celebrating 100 days of school on Feb. 13, kindergarten students paraded through the hallways and classrooms with projects based on the theme.

Leading up to the 100th day of school, kindergarten classrooms created “100 something” projects that included pennies, Skittles, logos, stickers, cotton balls and many other imaginative ideas. The four kindergarten classes brought their projects around the building and into all of the classrooms to help boost excitement for 100 days of school.

In addition to the kindergarten projects, students throughout first- and second-grade classrooms dressed in clothes they would wear if they were 100 years old as a symbol of being 100 days smarter. Classes also focused on lessons they have learned at this point in the school year to demonstrate their growth while also incorporating the number 100 into activities.

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100 Cups Smarter

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Students in Carrie Kenney’s kindergarten class at Kramer Lane Elementary School took part in 100 days of school lesson inside the building’s STEM lab on Feb. 13.

Mrs. Kenney and STEM lab teacher Stella Gatanas welcomed the students into the lab for an activity involving 100 cups. Ms. Gatanas first read the book “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires to spark creativity. The story reflects on a little girl that had a wonderful idea to make the most magnificent thing and used the help of her canine assistant to keep trying until everything was just right.

This lesson helped the students as they prepared to create an object with the 100 cups. Groups came up with a plan on how to create their desired project and how to work together to see their accomplishment to the end.

Final creations included using the 100 cups to make a fish shape, a circle, a tower and a fort. Students utilized all of the STEM lab space including the tables, mats and floor to bring their ideas to life.

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A Plate Full of Colors

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Kramer Lane Elementary School is promoting nutrition and wellness awareness with a number of activities during the month of February.

During the week of Feb. 4, students were encouraged to wear a different color every day to showcase certain food groups. They joined in uniform to sport orange for grains, green for vegetables, red for fruits, white for dairy and purple or blue for protein. 

Also throughout the first week of February was a “Taste Testing Challenge” where students were presented with the opportunity to try a new fruit or vegetable during each class’s lunch period. 

“We hope these activities increase our student’s awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle,” said Principal Kerri McCarthy.   

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Addams Family Takes Stage at JFK

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The 1960s sitcom The Addams Family came to life on the stage of John F. Kennedy Middle School as a musical comedy production by the building’s drama club.

The three-night show opened on Jan. 31 with appeal to an audience of all ages. Teacher Zachary Levy directed the play while collaborating with vocal director Jonathan Wibben, choreographer Kaitlin Gregory and stage crew director Michael Gamman to give guidance to the student actors.

The Addams Family debuted as a cartoon created by Charles Addams for The New Yorker in 1938 before being adapted to a television show in 1964 and a feature film in 1991.

The district congratulates the entire staff and crew for their efforts towards an exceptional production for all ages!

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Thoughtful Community Meal Mats

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The series of Thoughtful Thursday at Bethpage Union Free School District’s Central Boulevard Elementary School continued on Jan. 24 as students decorated placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients.

Throughout the day, students put together illustrations of food and beverage on placemats to be distributed during Meals on Wheels deliveries. They also added short positive messages surrounding the drawings.

Meals on Wheels is represented in almost every community in America as the company is committed to supporting senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes. The core of the service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of the seniors.

“We hope to brighten the day of our neighbors and spread some cheer with our decorated placements,” said second-grade teacher Patricia Tierney.

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