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Gymnasts for a Cause

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Bethpage Gymnasts spent their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day giving back by participating in an event with gymnasts from around Long Island to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.  Thanks to all who participated along with Coach Kim Rhatigan!

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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Binghamton A Cappella Singers

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The Binghamton University A Cappella group performed a 21st Century concert at Bethpage HS for students and families from across Bethpage and Long Island.  They were mesmerizing and everyone enjoyed the performance!  Thanks to all the singers for sharing their talent and creativity!

Bethpage HS Runner Breaks School Record

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Bethpage High School senior Clayton Santiago recently broke the school’s 5K record at Bethpage State Park, which qualified him for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships. Clayton is the first Bethpage student since 2005 to qualify for the state championship.  
 
Shedding seven seconds off the previously held Bethpage High School record, Clayton made school history with a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds and placed among the top 50 of 150 runners at the state level competition. He also received the 2017 NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Award.

A well-rounded student, Clayton is enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement courses, runs winter and spring track, is a member of the marine fitness and marine science clubs, and volunteers for the Bethpage P.A.L track program. 

The district congratulates Clayton on breaking the school record and qualifying for states.   

ACE Holiday Spirit

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The BHS ACE students got everyone in the holiday spirit with a concert that celebrated the season!  Thanks to Mr. Gallagher for organizing the event.  There was some real talent on display!  Happy Holidays to all!

ACE Impresses Board

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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!

Honors for Mr. Benjamin

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Congratulations to Mr. James Benjamin for being honored as an Everyday Hero by the Bethpage-Central Park Kiwanis Club!  Mr. Benjamin received the award to recognize his quick action to act as a first responder to assist community members involved in a local automobile accident in 2017 in addition to his years of helping students in his role as a guidance counselor at Bethpage High School.  He was surrounded by his family.  Thanks to the Kiwanis Club for making the award possible and congratulations to all the other recipients- Frank Ceglio and the Bethpage Junior Fire Fighters, John Coumatos, George Hudak, Francis Meehan, and Laura Smith.

They all make Bethpage a great community!

Read To Achieve

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Third-grade students from all three elementary schools attended the annual Read to Achieve assembly at Bethpage High School, which was geared toward strengthening their interest in reading and reiterating its importance in their academic careers.

Kicking off the annual celebration, district administrators and several varsity team captains shared their favorite books and discussed why reading is essential to achieving academic success. Team captains also explained that one must perform well academically in order to be on a sports team. Students then enjoyed a performance from the varsity kickline team and cheerleaders.

Concluding the program, the third-graders assembled into groups to participate in basketball challenges with a high school varsity team captain.

A special thank-you to the Lions Club for donating dictionaries to every third-grader for the fifth consecutive year. Lions Club President George Hannau was on site at the Read to Achieve event for the distribution of the dictionary/almanacs. The Dictionary Project provides an opportunity for students to expand their vocabulary while aiding teachers in their goal of helping them to finish the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers. 



ACE Celebrates Thanksgiving!

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We just wanted to thank Mrs. Vollmuth and the students in the ACE Program for having us for the Thanksgiving feast. It was such a great time and the students enjoyed it and the food was delicious. Good job to all!

Students Mark The Spot For Healthy Choices

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In observance of National Red Ribbon Week, elementary students in the district learned about making healthy choices from members of both the middle school and high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club.

SADD members visited Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne and Kramer Lane classrooms, where they educated fourth- and fifth-graders about avoiding the signs of bad habits and how to make healthy decisions with a game of bingo. Every student received a bingo card containing a healthy habit and characteristic in each box. The young students were awarded a red ribbon sticker, pencil and bingo chip for lining up five answers in a row. 



Celebrating Thanksgiving at BHS

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The Bethpage High School Student Civic Key Club held its Annual Thanksgiving Feast with donations of food and money to assist families in our local area.  Arranged by Mr. Lynch with assistance from the Kiwanis Club of Bethpage and lots of teachers and students, the night was a tremendous success!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Read to Achieve

Bethpage held its annual Read to Achieve program where all the third graders in the district come up to Bethpage High School to listen to our Scholar-Athlete Captains talk about the importance of sportsmanship, doing well in school and READING!  After a demonstration by the Kickline and the Cheerleaders and a visit by the Eagle himself, the third graders got to shoot hoops with the Captains!  It was a great day.  Thanks to everyone involved!

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Food Drive

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BHS students asssited the Lions Club with their annual food drive.  65 boxes of food were sent to local families to provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner.  The Lions were very impressed with the student volunteers!  Thanks to all!

Jazz Band Entertains

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On November 2nd, the Bethpage High School Jazz Combo performed at the Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities(ACLD) annual Enviable Life Ball held at the Garden City Hotel. The group was well received and the students were proud to be a part of this positive and uplifting event.

BHS Goes Sailing

The last sail of the season was taken by Bethpage High School and Middle School students yesterday.  The 40 foot ship built in 1883 (the oldest oyster sloop in America) carried our students from the harbor to the mouth of the Long Island Sound.  Participants experienced raising the sails and dredging the bottom for local marine life.  They also learned about President Theodore Roosevelt and some of the fascinating history of Oyster Bay.  Thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for making this happen!

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Virtual Enterprise Scores Big

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Students in the Virtual Business Enterprise competed at LIU Post and did very well in their presentation on Pet Pair, the high tech dog collar!  Marco Cunha made a presentation that wowed the audience.  He presented the hard work that was invested by all his classmates.  BHS took third place Congratulations to the team and Ms. Mole!

PTSA Safe Halloween

It was a goulish Halloween with lots of candy, costumes and fun activities!  Thanks to the PTSA for once again sponsoring a great evening!  Thanks to the parents, the teachers, the staff, the student volunteers and the custodians for all their help!  It was a fun evening!

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Bethpage Hall of Fame

Bethpage held its annual Hall of Fame Ceremony and inducted some prestigious alumni and staff members,  Inductees this year included Colinel Tim Cloonan, FDNY Captain Brian Hickey, Novelist Barbara Keiler, Principal Dr. Antoinette MacLeod, Salutatorian Rosalie Walsh Niemczyk, U.S. Intelligence Analyst Frank Procida and Teacher/Coach Al Blau and the 1968-69 Wrestling Team.  Congratulations to everyone!  Thanks to Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer for attending and presenting citations for the new Hall of Famers!  And thanks to all the students who assisted with the evening!

Go Golden Eagles!

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Homecoming Parade

Bethpage had a fantastic Homecoming Parade with some great weather!  Congratulations to all the participants from all the classes and all the PAL groups!  Thanks to Colonel Tim Cloonan- Class of 1958- for coming back and being a part of the parade!  Col. Cloonan will be inducted into the Bethpage Hall of Fame this evening!

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Marching Band Festival

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On Tuesday, October 17th, the Bethpage High School marching band, varsity kickline, and JV kickline participated in the 55th annual Newsday Band Festival. To see their performance, visit https://www.newsday.com/services/programs/marching-bands/bethpage-high-school-newsday-marching-band-festival-2017-1.14521196

Keeping Our Beaches Clean

Beach Clean-Up 2017

Last Saturday Mr. Portuese with the help of Ms. Gatanas supervised the Marine Science Club as they participated in the Town of Oyster Bay Beach Clean-Up.  Our students worked hard to rid a mile stretch of Center Island of plastic bottles, soda cans and other miscellaneous trash.  One of the more interesting finds was a 1950’s vintage upper half of a boat engine.  We theorize that it was from a boat that sank years ago and was washed ashore by Superstorm Sandy’s surge.  It was covered by sand as the waters retreated.  Wind erosion over the years exposed the motor enough to be seen.  Our students dug the rest of it up so that it could be removed.  The weather wasn’t the greatest but the BBQ was!  Samples of local marine life were collected for our classroom tank.

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BHS Band is Ready!

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Mr. Stehlik took the band up to Monticello, NY for band camp on September 8th to September 10th. The kids had a lot of fun learning the music and the show, sitting around the camp fire singing and laughing, and making new friendships. A great time was had by all! A special thank you to the faculty chaperones Ms. Kovacs, Mrs. Sinisi, Mr. Coscette, Mr. Wibben, and Mr. Neuman, and our parent chaperones Mr. Virgil, Mr. Schmidt, and Mrs. Daniel. 

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