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Painting The Pawsibilities

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In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, students at Kramer Lane Elementary School learned about positivity from canine artist Dagger DogVinci.

During the school’s “Don’t Limit Your Possibilities” assembly, Dagger’s owner, Yvonne Dagger, explained how Dagger became an artist after not being able to fulfill his duties as a service dog.  

With a paintbrush in mouth and a wagging tail, Dagger created an abstract masterpiece one brushstroke at a time. Students cheered and applauded as Dagger included different colors into his artwork. 
  

Charles Campagne Celebrates Thanksgiving

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Charles Campagne Second Graders along with their teachers celebrated Thanksgiving with a great presentation about the history of the holiday and then an arts and crafts project.  It was a great event!  Thanks to everyone!

Kramer Lane Celebrates Thanksgiving

Kramer Lane first graders celebrated at their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 17, 2017. Students performed several songs under the direction of music teacher Mr. Wibben and ended the show with a traditional folk dance. After the show, both students and family guests enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the trimmings. A wonderful time was had by all!!! A special thank you to the Kramer Lane first grade teachers Mrs. Seewald, Ms. Meehan, and Ms. Schmidt and Mr. Wibben for all of their work and dedication to such a special event. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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!

Drawing A Smile

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As part of Thoughtful Thursday, a schoolwide community service initiative, students of Central Boulevard Elementary School drew colorful pictures for Color A Smile.

According to its website, every month the nonprofit organization distributes thousands of cheerful crayon drawings created by volunteers of all ages and abilities to senior citizens, troops overseas and anyone in need of a smile. 

The day kicked off with faculty and administrators distributing Thoughtful Thursday T-shirts to students and staff. The new shirts reflect the school’s motto of choosing kindness, believing in oneself and standing up to bullying. The district thanks the Central Boulevard PTA for providing every student with a shirt.     

Wearing their new gear, students in grades K-3 colored in pictures for the nonprofit group, while older students wrote positive messages and drew colorful illustrations.  



Sweet Sounds Of Kindness

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Charles Campagne Elementary School students used the power of music to discuss respect, kindness and inclusion with the help of singer/songwriter Brian Chevalier.

In honor of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, Chevalier engaged students by teaching them song lyrics, sign language and choreography for each of his songs, which discussed ways to be a good friend, include others during recess and be a good citizen. 

While Chevalier sang, student volunteers took center stage to sing, reiterate the dance moves and sign the lyrics.  



Soaring Eagles at JFK

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John F. Kennedy Middle School students participated in Soaring Eagles Day, an annual character education program at the school on Oct.23 . 

Kicking off the day, students in grades 6-8 attended two assemblies, “Everyday Hero” by Chris Poulos and “Creating the Champion Within” by Molly Kennedy, where they learned about positive mindset thinking, perseverance, self-discipline and responsibility. 

Following, teachers administered a variety of classroom lessons, during which students shared their reactions to the assemblies, played team building games and wrote inspirational messages to athletes of the Special Olympics, which the district will host in May.

The day concluded with a pep rally in the gymnasium, where the students cheered for and applauded the middle school athletic teams.   

Kramer Lane Visits News12

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Spooky STEM Stations

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It was a spooky good time for learning as students at Central Boulevard Elementary School collaborated on different Halloween-themed exercises in science, technology, engineering and math.

The project paired the fifth-graders in Christine McGuire and Allison Robb’s class with the first-graders in Erin Austin’s class to apply their knowledge to three challenges, each designed with Halloween in mind.

One challenge required students to estimate the correct mixture of baking soda and vinegar to cause a reaction that would inflate a balloon to the largest size possible. In addition to the two ingredients, each team was given a water bottle, a spoon and a balloon decorated to look like a ghost. 

For the second challenge, students engaged their problem-solving skills to transport a pumpkin across the classroom without actually touching it with their hands. They were given a foot of yarn and a pumpkin to complete the mission, but were not allowed to tie the yarn to the pumpkin’s stem. 

Concluding the activities, the students were asked to build the sturdiest tower possible out of pumpkin candies and toothpicks. Each team was given a certain number of candies and toothpicks to construct a tower that could be no less than eight inches in height.

As part of the latter two challenges, the students were expected to sketch out their ideas and record their results, including why they felt their methods were successful and what they would do differently next time. Regardless of whether they met their intended goals, every student learned important lessons in STEM and teamwork.



Constructing A Witch’s Cottage

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Charles Campagne Elementary School first- and second-graders collaborated to build a new home for a “spooky friend” using toothpicks and gumdrops during a science, technology, engineering and mathematics lesson.

After reading “We’re Off to Find the Witch’s House” by Richard Krieb, first-grade teacher Kristen Rochford and second-grade teacher Daniella Flaim challenged their classes to build a structure that would house the witch using only the given materials. 

Working together, students brainstormed and constructed homes in various shapes that would protect the witch from the weather and unwanted visitors. They discussed how they built their homes and reflected on the challenges they faced and what they could have done better.       



CBS Golf

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Students love the 18 hole golf course set up in the Central Blvd. Gym by Mrs. Agovino and Mr. Braglia!  Students went from hole to hole on the challenging course with some good talent being displayed!  

Halloween Spirit Fills Bethpage High School

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A sea of trick-or-treaters roamed the halls of Bethpage High School as students from the Bethpage community attended the PTA-sponsored Safe Halloween event on Oct. 27.

The high school’s PTA invited members of the school’s varsity sports teams, organizations and clubs to volunteer their time to dress in costume, design hallways and classrooms with Halloween themes, and hand out candy to young trick-or-treaters. 

Dressed as superheroes, book and movie characters, and scary creatures, hundreds of young children paraded through the hallways and classrooms gathering candy, playing games and winning prizes, and danced to music in the courtyard. Those who were brave enough could also enter the Spooktacular Haunted Hallway for some fun scares.

 

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.

Parents Night Out Fundraiser - December 1, 2017

The Bethpage High School Varsity Softball Team is hosting a Parents Night Out Fundraiser on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Bethpage High School. Elementary school students attending Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, or Kramer Lane may participate!

Join us for a night of arts & crafts, board games, movies, music, pizza, and more! Cost is $20 per child; $15 for each additional sibling.  All funds will support the Bethpage High School softball program. The flyer and registration form can be found below.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tierney at jtierney@bethpage.ws.

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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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Savory Taste Of Fall

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Under the guidance of instructors from Nassau BOCES, kindergartners at Kramer Lane Elementary School learned about the history of apple cider by making their own.

During the program, naturalists Dana Kindness and Kimberly Uresk educated students about the history of apple cider, where apples are grown and different properties of apples, including their various colors, sizes and tastes. 

Using an apple cider press, students paired up to put apples through the machine, where they turned a lever to compress the apples and watch the tasty juice form. 

The program concluded with students sampling the cider and sharing their favorite ways to eat apples, including apple pie, applesauce and apple juice.  

Caring Café

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John F. Kennedy Middle School students raised funds for the Dickinson Independent School District in Dickinson, Texas, by making coffee and hot chocolate for JFK faculty at the “Caring Café.”  

During their vocational period, JFK’s Academy Class transformed into baristas as they accepted orders from teachers and staff. Special education teacher Zachary Levy created a Google Form link for staff to request a $1 delicious hot beverage for pickup or delivery.  

Working off the spreadsheet, the students created an assembly line, brewing coffee and hot chocolate and customizing the orders with milk and sugar. All proceeds will help the students of Dickinson, who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.   

Dig Pink 2017

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On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball Teams held a Dig Pink event. They played a game against MacArthur High School to raise money for the Side Out Foundation to support breast cancer awareness. The girls sold t-shirts and baked goods and raised a total of $2,300! Thank you to everyone who supported this great cause! Tougher than Cancer; Stronger Together!

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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!

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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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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Board Appoints David Schneider as Next Superintendent

At its Oct. 24 business meeting, the Bethpage Board of Education unanimously appointed David Schneider as the district’s next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2018. He will replace current Superintendent Terrence Clark, who is retiring after 32 years of service to the district. Mr. Schneider currently serves as the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction and technology, a position he has held for the past four years.

Mr. Schneider brings a wealth of knowledge to the position of superintendent, with more than 16 years of experience in the education field. During his tenure as assistant superintendent for instruction and technology, he has overseen the implementation of the district’s 1:1 Chromebook initiative, which included providing the necessary professional development for staff. He also spearheaded the district’s partnership with Google to add the Google G Suite for students and staff, as well as facilitated the district’s hosting of Google ExploreEDU, an event designed to introduce school technology professionals to different technology solutions in the classroom.

In addition, Mr. Schneider has overseen the implementation of new programs within the Bethpage schools, including Go Math, Writer’s Workshop, Be an Expert and Frontier, as well as the expansion of Achieve 3000 into grades 3-5. At the high school level, he has overseen expanded course offereings to include a number of Advanced Placement and college-level classes. Mr. Schneider has also helped to expand offerings to staff members within the district’s Professional Development Academy, including the district’s first blended courses (classes in which a portion of the instruction is web-based, online learning).

Prior to his current role, Mr. Schneider served as principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School in the district and as an assistant principal at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. He also serves as a national staff instructor for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Mr. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts in education/special education from Touro College. He earned his Professional Diploma in Administration from LIU Post and merited the distinction of receiving the Walter Seuss Award in recognition of being the “outstanding student in the program.” Mr. Schneider has also completed his doctoral coursework in teaching and learning at Hofstra University.

“I am honored to be appointed as Bethpage’s next superintendent of schools,” said Mr. Schneider. “I look forward to continuing the district’s tradition of excellence and maintaining the high standards that have made our schools so successful. I am excited to work with the Board of Education, the entire Bethpage staff and the greater community to continue to evolve our educational program to ensure the success of all students.”

“We are pleased to announce Mr. Schneider as our next superintendent,” said Board of Education President Michael Kelly. “He is a proven educational leader within the Bethpage community and has already established positive relationships with all constituencies. We are confident that Mr. Schneider will be a positive asset for years to come and will continue our district’s trajectory of success.”

Golden Eagles Soar at Homecoming

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The Bethpage School District athletic complex was a sea of gold and blue as the Golden Eagles varsity football team took on the Plainedge High School Red Devils at homecoming on Oct. 21.

Prior to the annual game, the marching band, cheerleaders and homecoming king and queen, James Fitzpatrick and Alyson Mooney, paraded down Stewart Avenue. They marched alongside numerous local organizations and student representatives displaying banners and floats from each high school class. After the parade, attendees were invited to the front of the high school to view class skits, and could visit the high school’s robotics team and varsity baseball team booths in the athletic complex.

Under the direction of head coach Erwin Dill, the Golden Eagles were victorious, defeating the Red Devils 28-21. Halftime of the winning game was marked by spectacular performances from the marching band, kickline team and cheerleaders. 

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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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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Texas Comes to Bethpage

On a beautiful evening a little bit of Texas came to Bethpage as we celebrated Country Night!  Mr. Wibben organized the entire evening and it was a great event that included food, dancing, music, dunk tank, mechanical bull and the Fire Department!  Thanks to all the teachers and staff who assisted.  Special thanks to the teachers who agreed to be dunked- Ms. Huerta-Strongin, Ms. O'Brien, Mrs. Caliguri and Mr. Choi!  Thanks to Texas Roadhouse and BullI BBQ for donating the delicious food!  We could not have done it without Classic Country which donated the band, the DJ and the dancers who showed us the moves!  We are always grateful to the Bethpage Fire Department and they came out with trucks and the Safety House that kids could explore.  Thanks to Jump Around Party Rentals for donating the mechanical bull, Creative Games Inc. for donating the face painting and dunk tank and Twinkle Town Entertainment for donating the bounce house!

And thanks to Mr. Lisa and the custodial crew for all their hard work preparing the event and then cleaning up after us so BHS could be ready for Homecoming on Saturday!

It was a great night!  Thanks Mr. Wibben for organizing the event.  We raised a lot of money that will go to assist our friends in Dickinson!  The Bethpage Congress of Teachers donated $1,000 for the cause!  How generous of them!  The BHS Girls' Soccer Team helped to pack up all the supplies along with the Rufrano family!  Thanks to all!

Click here to see pictures of all the events related to Dickinson!

Central Boulevard Students Say No To Bullying With ‘Sticks and Stones’

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In recognition of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, students of Central Boulevard Elementary School learned how to diffuse situations of bullying during an interactive assembly.

The assembly, which kicked off the school’s character education initiative, featured “Sticks and Stones,” a musical written, produced and presented by performing artist Lyle Cogen. The show used a 3-D set to discuss different types of bullying, the characteristics of a good friend and inclusion. It also invited students to take on the different roles in a bullying situation by having them participate in skits. 

Additionally, members of Daisy Troop 3033 spelled out the school’s character education initiative slogan, “Choose Kind,” on the school fence with blue and yellow plastic cups.     

More Than 130 Bethpage High School Students Recognized As AP Scholars

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More than 130 current and former Bethpage High School students have been recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars due to their outstanding success on Advanced Placement exams. Students took the exams in May after completing challenging, college-level courses in a variety of subjects.
 
According to the College Board’s website, the AP Program offers willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. 

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on these exams, including AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Scholar with Honor and National AP Scholar. 

Fifty-six students who received a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams were acknowledged as AP Scholars. AP Scholar with Distinction status was granted to 56 students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Twenty students were named AP Scholars with Honor for earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Eight students received the distinction of National AP Scholar for obtaining an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

The district commends these students for this impressive academic achievement. 

Kramer Lane Students Learn about Respect and Acceptance with Brian Chevalier

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Students at Kramer Lane enjoyed their first Character Education Assembly with singer/songwriter Brian Chevalier on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Focusing the presentation on respect, accepting differences, and being an up stander, Mr. Chevalier's presentation reiterated the concepts being taught to Kramer Lane students. Using movement, sign language, call and response and also bringing up volunteers from the audience, Mr. Chevalier kept the audience energized and focused. A wonderful experience was had by all.

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

Bethpage HS Students Named LISFA Performers

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Three Bethpage High School students have been invited to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Secondary Festival held in November at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown.

Established in 1956, LISFA’s mission it to educate young string musicians by providing them with the opportunity to work with renowned conductors and musicians from all over the country. 

Juniors Soham Maiti and Josephine Kim and sophomore Nicole Zacchia were selected based on their superior scores at the annual New York State School Music Association solo festivals and music teacher recommendations.  

Soham will be performing bass and Josephine and Nicole will be performing the viola during the concerts. 

The district is tremendously proud of these students for their dedication and musical accomplishments.
 

Update on Environmental Issues

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Bethpage HS Senior Named National Merit Commended Student

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Bethpage High School senior Smiti Shah has been named a Commended Student in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Approximately 34,000 students across the country were recognized for their outstanding academic performance with this designation. Smiti placed among the top 5 percent of 1.6 million students who entered the competition by completing the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
 
Smiti is an AP Scholar with Distinction and captain of the robotics team, which for the first time in more than 10 years competed in the national-level FIRST Robotics Competition after winning top prize at the regional contest. She also conducted research on water filtration and nanotechnology at Hofstra University with Dr. Roche DeGuzman and is a member of the National and Spanish honor societies. She interned last summer at the New York Academy of Sciences and is currently president of its Junior Academy, where she oversees more than 700 international students. While interning, she was invited to the Gates Notes event, where she spoke with Bill and Melinda Gates and author John Green. 

In addition, Smiti was recently invited to speak at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Fortune 500 leaders in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning about the generational divide between conversations regarding humans and machines.

The district congratulates Smiti on her distinguished academic performance and wishes her continued success in her senior year.

Gardening at JFK

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On October 10, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club, and advisor, Mrs. Ciarniello,  helped plant the back garden of JFK,  just outside the gym. Twenty members showed up to dig holes, arrange plants, and clean up this garden. Now,  when people attend games on the field, they will see a new and lovely garden. A special shout out to Mrs. Dircks, the PTA person who arranged this activity for the club, by obtaining the plants, and bringing gloves and garden shovels. The kids worked hard, had fun and within a half hour, everything was finished. 

Thoughts For Texas

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Students of Central Boulevard Elementary School made heartfelt cards for the students and faculty of Dickinson Independent School District in Dickinson, Texas, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Established a few years ago at Bethpage, Thoughtful Thursday is a schoolwide community service initiative in which the entire school dedicates one Thursday a month to bettering the community through a project. The initiative reinforces the school’s message of “character builds success.”

Kicking off the first Thoughtful Thursday of the year, classes decided to help the children and teachers of Dickinson by sending them handwritten cards with colorful drawings and messages of hope. 

In groups, students drew hearts, smiles and rainbows and penned messages such as “hope your school gets better soon,” “thinking of you” and “we are here to help you.” 

In addition to this project, classes throughout the district collected school supplies and toiletries for Dickinson. 



Superintendent Terrence Clark to Retire from Bethpage School District at End of School Year

Terrence Clark, superintendent of the Bethpage School District for the past nine years, announced his retirement effective June 2018. Mr. Clark has been with the district for 32 years, beginning his tenure with the district as a social studies teacher at Bethpage High School in 1986. From there, Mr. Clark was promoted to various administrative positions including supervisor of social studies and technology, director of technology, and assistant superintendent for instruction and technology.

“I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world to have been hired by the Bethpage School District 32 years ago,” said Mr. Clark. “I have the greatest appreciation for the students, parents, Board members and colleagues whom I have worked with over the years. They have made this a great joy for me.”

Among the highlights of Mr. Clark’s career are the formation of the Student Civic Association (the high school’s community service club), starting the first Senior Citizen Prom in 1990 and introducing some of the major technology milestones to the district (being one of the first schools to have Internet access, introducing the FIRST Robotics Club, initiating the district’s Chromebook program). Other accomplishments include authoring the plan to adopt full day kindergarten, overseeing the expansion of Advanced Placement course offerings and working with teachers and administrators in grades K-12 to raise SAT scores. Mr. Clark also created the popular 21st Century Scholars Program that affords students unique educational experiences in all five schools and was the person who envisioned new STEM Labs for each of the elementary schools. He also was key to the broadening of the special education program, determined to make sure that students could find a place in their home school district.

“My goal as superintendent was to get parents, students and staff to dream and then to put in place the ingredients for them to achieve those dreams. We set out to raise expectations and I think our community responded to that challenge,” Mr. Clark said. “We have a fantastic K-12 school district that is nationally recognized. Our high school is among the finest in the country, we have received a Blue Ribbon Award from the federal government and the New York State Education Department has called us to ask how our students are able to do so well by all measurements.”

Mr. Clark has received numerous personal awards in his career. Those include the national Leaders in Learning Award, the Nassau BOCES Partner in Education Award, the Administrator of the Year Award from the Nassau Library System, the Innovative Educator of the Year Award from Phi Delta Kappa, the Innovative Administrator of the Year Award from InterCounty Teachers’ Center, the PTA Distinguished Service Award, the Kiwanis Everyday Hero Award and the John Masino Award from the Bethpage American Legion.

“I am indebted to everyone in this community for making this such a fulfilling career. I would particularly want to thank the Board of Education for always putting the needs of students above all else,” Mr. Clark said.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, we thank Mr. Clark for an outstanding career at Bethpage and wish him continued success in retirement,” said Michael Kelly, president of the Bethpage Board of Education. “During Mr. Clark’s 32-year career at Bethpage, he has continually raised the bar on academics. He is admired by former and current students, staff and community members. Mr. Clark treats everyone with respect while never losing his focus on what is best for the students.”

Upon retirement, Mr. Clark hopes to remain active in the Bethpage community through his work with many of the local civic organizations and the Bethpage Educational Foundation.

The Board of Education will keep the community updated as to its next steps in finding a replacement for Mr. Clark.

Autism Walk

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Thanks to all the Bethpage teachers, families, students and athletes who came out to support the Long Island Autism Walk!  A great time was had by all for a great cause!

Girls Soccer Collects for Dickinson

The Varsity Girls' Soccer team spent their Saturday morning collecting and boxing supplies for the families in Dickinson Texas who were hard hit by Hurricane Harvey.  Dickinson is outside Houston and many families lost everything.  Thanks to everyone in the Bethpage community who made donations to assist the families!  Dickinson School officials were deeply appreciative for the donations.  In addition to a large amount of school supplies and toiletries, our schools raised over $3,000 that was sent to Dickinson.  Special shout out to the Rufrano family that was there to assist!  Thanks, Bethpage!

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Performing The Preamble

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In honor of Constitution Day, Monica Klein’s sixth-grade social studies classes at John F. Kennedy Middle School studied the preamble to the Constitution and practiced reciting it for the sixth-grade Preamble Challenge.

On Sept. 15, Klein led the class in a discussion about the U.S. Constitution and an analysis of its preamble, identifying who it was for, its purpose and how it protects the freedoms of citizens. The lesson incorporated Schoolhouse Rock’s “We the People” music video to help students memorize the words. 

The following Monday, after students had practiced diligently under Klein’s guidance, Principal Kevin Fullerton and Assistant Principal Nicholas Jantz hosted the Preamble Challenge during lunch periods to determine which sixth-grader could recite the preamble fastest by memory.

 

 

Keeping Our Beaches Clean

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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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French Club Car Wash

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On Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 10AM to 3PM, the Bethpage High School French Club and JFK Middle School French classes, along with teacher, Madame Ciarniello, held a very successful car wash to help raise money for the JFK trip to Quebec and the BHS trip to the city. Our superintendent, Mr. Terry Clark, surprised us with a visit, as did the Bethpage Fire Department. How exciting it was to see the fire truck coming down the street and pull into the parking lot! Washing the fire truck was quite an undertaking.  It was our best turn turnout ever- 25 students attended, and we raised over six hundred dollars! Everyone worked hard, some people went home drenched, but we all had a great time!

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. 

Welcome Back Students

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Students across the Bethpage School District soared into their respective schools on Sept. 5 for the first day of the 2017-18 school year. Administrators, teachers and faculty were on hand to guide the students to their classes after welcoming them off the buses. The hallways at all five schools teemed with enthusiasm and excitement as students reconnected with friends and became acquainted with their teachers.

The district wishes all students and staff a very successful year.

Beauty and the Beast- Summer Production

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Congratulations to all the actors, singers, dancers, directors and stage crew for the wonderful production of our elementary summer school's Beauty and the Beast!  It was wonderful to watch!