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Visiting the Lighthouse

The High School and Middle School students that attended this trip had a rare treat.  Two of the light keepers (retired Navy engineers) were on site and gave us a tour of not only the lighthouse but the basement and the actual lens house.  In the basement the engineers explained how they rigged all the automated systems that regulate both the interval and rotation of the twin spotlights.  Up in the lens house the keepers demonstrated how they maintain the electrical systems that keep the light operating smoothly.  The top of this structure provided clear breathtaking views of Fire Island.

Our students were shown how ship wrecked passengers were rescued in the old days utilizing a makeshift pulley system, delivered by cannon!  They also learned how a Fresnel lens amplified an oil lamp into a beam that could shine out into the ocean.  This technology was state of the art prior to electric lights.  The four ton, 1st order Fresnel lens was recovered from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is now proudly on display in its own building.

Thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for making this happen!

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ACE Impresses Board

Students in the ASPIRE, Academy and ACE programs gave a great presentation to the Board of Education about their programs.  They were very impressive!  Each student talked about their favorite classes or events.  Their teachers were VERY proud!  Thanks to all the students and their teachers who came out to support them!

JFK Celebrates Halloween!

JFK held its Annual Halloween Party with lots of great costumes, music and dancing!  Over 400 students came to the party along with lots of teachers and staff who were dressed as board games!  A great time was had by all!

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JFK Pep Rally

Congratulations to JFK on a very successful Pep Rally!  All the teams participated and presented posters and cards to the athletes from Special Olympics!  Talent was displayed by many JFK signers as well as byZiggy Cohen on unicyle and Caio DaSilva in Martial Arts! A surprise visit from the Bethpage Eagle made everything more special!  Thanks to all the teachers, coaches, students, staff and administrators for making it such a great event!

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