Bethpage High School
10 Cherry Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714
|PRINCIPAL: Mr. Michael Spence
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Mr. Kevin Healy, Mr. Ralph Tocco
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In the News
Successful Junior Academy Scientist
Bethpage High School's Smiti Shah has been participating in the online, virtual program called "The Junior Academy". Smiti and her team recently won first place in the International Global Innovation Challenge hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences under the category of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Wearable Technology Development. Working with an international team comprised of students from Macedonia, Scotland, and the United States with a mentor from India, Smiti and her team developed a water filtration device able to purify water consisting of many chemical and biological contaminants. Her team, "AquaeVitae" worked tirelessly over 70 days and well over 300 hours creating this prototype.
Smiti was also invited to speak about her experience at The Junior Academy over the past year and introduce a guest speaker. The archived video presentation can be watched at VIDEO. Specifically, Smiti can be seen at the following time stamps:
-- 00:39 -- 04:09 --> Smiti speaks about her experience in The Junior Academy and introduces Mr. Eric Mortensen
-- 39:11 -- 48:22 --> Team AquaeVitae's Presentation
-- 48:30 -- 50:33 --> Awards Presentation
An article highlighting the Junior Academy International Global Innovation Challenge can be found here: ARTICLE.
Smiti hopes to continue her work with The Junior Academy and continue working to solve these global challenges.
Congratulations to Smiti and Team AquaeVitae on their success and achievements!
National Excellence in Teaching Philosophy Award
Ms. Wendy Way was one of four teachers nationwide to be awarded the National Excellence in Teaching Philosophy Award by P.L.A.T.O. (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization). This award is given annually to classroom teachers in the United States to recognize and award them for excellence in introducing students to philosophy in elementary, middle, and high school. Ms. Way added, "I have worked extremely hard to grow the philosophy program over the last thirteen years and to have that work be recognized is a great honor." The philosophy program includes not just the philosophy class, but also the Philosophy Club and Ethics Bowl Competition Team. As a result of winning this award, Ms. Way has been invited to be a guest speaker at the P.L.A.T.O. Conference which will be held in June 2016 in Chicago! Congratulations!
Congratulations to freshman Nicholas Timoshenko for being chosen as a national finalist in the Kids Philosophical Slam Essay Content. The contest received over 4,000 essays this year and Nick placed fourth in the entire country! The essay contest challenges students to think about a major philosophical topic. This year's essay topic was "Imagination or Knowledge, which has a greater impact on society?" The Kids Philosophical Slam was created by John Davis to provide a powerful opportunity to help students grapple with life's big issues. Plato would be very proud! Congratulations, Nick!
World Language Badminton
Wednesday, June 1, the World Language students had a fundraising
badminton tournament, in which 26 teams participated. Each team (of 2)
paid $10 per team. $266 was raised (which included some generous donations), and the winning team of Melissa Cao and Joaane Kim decided to donate the money to the charity of their choice: Alzheimer's Association. A special thanks to Mr. Rodriguez for organizing the teams into a double-elimination competition. The students had a great time and the competition was fierce. Congratulations to all who participated.
Italian Club Trip
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Italian Club along with Ms. Calio and Ms. Piazza spent a fun afternoon cooking an authentic Italian meal at A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook. The students were broken down into teams and collaborated on creating a full menu featuring antipasti, primi e secondi piatti e anche un bel dolce! Some of the dishes students prepared were bruschetta, gnocchi con pomodoro, pollo piccata, and tiramisu! The students even shared the task of cleaning up after all of their hard work preparing each dish. It was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again next year!
Recognition of Excellence
Nine Bethpage High School seniors celebrated their most influential teachers in a special ceremony in May. An annual tradition celebrating its 12th year, the Recognition of Excellence dinner was designed to honor teachers who have inspired their students during their educational career in Bethpage. Seniors who participate in this tradition are selected by high school faculty, and each senior chooses one teacher from their elementary, middle and high school who was a mentor and had a positive impact on them. The evening included music from the high school jazz band, a buffet dinner and a presentation of plaques from each student to their teachers.
Explorers Club Pays Tribute to Our Armed Forces
As we close out a very successful year with the Explorers Club, we wanted to remember and honor our servicemen and women. As a nation, we recognize the sacrifice of those who have died to protect us on Memorial Day - Monday, May 30, 2016. The Explorers Club drew, colored, and created a banner as their way of expressing their gratitude. We are proud of our country!
Best in Town
Bethpage High School’s Casey Collette and Emily Marczak both received an
honorable mention at Senator Kemp Hannon's 2016 "Best in Town"
photography contest. Casey Collette received an honorable mention for
the "people" category and Emily Marczak for "places." Both students
attended the exhibition held on Thursday, April 7th at the Levittown
Library. Over 400 students applied for this contest and only 36 were
chosen for a variety of awards under four main categories.
Bethpage High School held its annual Maritime Festival on May 18, 2016 and May 19, 2016 under the direction of Mr. Portuese. All of the Grade 3 students in the district came to Bethpage High School to learn about our ecosystem on Long Island. There were all kinds of workshops including a touch tank, fish painting, scuba diving, making rope, fish dissection, and Gilligan Island miniature golf! Special thanks to all of the Grade 3 students who joined us and to all of the Bethpage High School students who assisted the staff in running the festival! It was a great success!
Explorers Club Learns About Crystals and Minerals
After-school hours continue to be busy ones for the students in the Explorers Club! Along with the club advisors, Mrs. Spears, Ms. D'Alleva, and Mr. Destefano, we most recently focused time on minerals and crystals growing. Upon learning about minerals and how they "grow", we created solutions, poured them into various containers, and monitored their "growth". We were all delighted with the final products!
National Honor Society Induction
The Bethpage Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 106 juniors were inducted and recognized for their outstanding academic achievements, and for honoring the qualities of character, leadership, and service. Congratulations to our new inductees and new officers: President Cormac Foley; Vice President of Tutoring Shanaz Deen and Jack Lewis; Vice President of Fundraising Nicole Kopetz; and Secretary Avery Mack. Special thanks to the retiring officers and the Class of 2016 for helping to facilitate the ceremony and to the Dad's Club for sponsoring the delicious dinner.
21st Century Live Reptiles
On May 18, 2016, members of the 21st Century Scholars' Program participated in a live Reptile Show at Bethpage High School. Erik Callendar of Erik's Reptile Edventures visited the Bethpage High School students bringing with him a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, some Marine Toads, an American Alligator named Wally, an African Spur Thighed Tortoise, an Iguana, a Tegu, a Chameleon, and a Burmese Python named Twinkie.
Long Island Science Congress Awards Ceremony
The Long Island Science Congress held their science research awards ceremony on May 16, 2016. Students who had research projects that scored in the Top 25% at the LISC Science Fair were invited to the ceremony and given recognition. Congratulations to Ali Ahmadi & Lynne Richardson (Grade 12; The Effect of Time Variables on the pH Levels of Horseshoe Crab Clutches); Smiti Shah (Grade 10; The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Raphanus sativus); and Isabella Ingenito (Grade 9; The Effect of Different Types of Music on Bread Mold Growth Rate) for their well-deserved recognition!
Child Study Workshop Visits SUNY Old Westbury
In April 2016, the Child Study Workshop students at Bethpage High School had a personalized visit to SUNY Old Westbury. They saw presentations on the Honors Program, Classroom Management, Literacy, and College Credit obtained in High School. Dr. Amy Hsu was the driving force behind this experience. The trip ended with a personalized tour of the campus. It was a great event enjoyed by all of the students.
Bethpage High School Celebrates National College Decision Day
On Friday, May 6, 2016, Bethpage High School celebrated National College Decision Day, which is the United States deadline for college-bound students to make their choice and commit to a school. This is a fun tradition at many high schools allowing the students to wear the t-shirt of the college they have selected. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 for all of their achievements!
ACE and GOAL Programs Visit to CitiField
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, students from Bethpage High School's ACE and GOAL programs visited CitiField for Education Day. The students saw an interactive lesson and presentation from the channel PIX 11 weather experts, Mr. G and Linda Church. Following the presentation, the students were invited to stay for the game to watch the New York Mets take on the Atlanta Braves. The students had the opportunity to see Steven Matz, a fellow Long Islander, pitch an awesome game that ended in an 8-0 Mets win! The students definitely enjoyed their afternoon at the ballpark! The trip was a homerun!
World Language Students Visit New York City Football Club (NYCFC)
On Thursday, May 5, 2016, eight Bethpage High School students from the French 5H, College Spanish, and Journalism classes went to the training facilities of the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) to interview a pair of NYCFC's international players. The senior French students used their French skills to interview defender Frederic Brillant. The senior Spanish students used their Spanish skills to interview midfielder Mikey Lopez. The students also met and took photos with a variety of other top players from the first team.
On Friday, April 1st fashion and accounting students received a tour of
the Fairytale Fashion and History of Denim exhibition on display at the
Fashion Institute of Technology Museum. This exhibition featured
garments from a variety of well known labels such as Alexander McQueen,
Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Marchesa and Prada. In addition, students learned
about the upcoming fashion trends and marketing tips at Macy's Herald
World Language Honor Society Induction
The Third Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the Center for Performing Arts. A total of fifty-two students were inducted into the three Language Honor Societies -- eleven students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; sixteen students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and twenty-five students into the Loyola Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. Congratulations to all on their accomplishment!
Explorer's Club Study of Volcanic Eruptions
There has been lots of learning going on for the students in the Explorer's Club. The students meet regularly after school and enjoy a great variety of activities prepared by Mrs. Spears, Ms. D'Alleva, and Mr. Destefano. Recently, the students learned about mountains and volcanoes. They built their own classroom volcano model, painted it, and created "volcanic eruptions" illustrating the flow of lava moving out from the vent. Photo Gallery. Check out the video of the volcanic eruption below.
FIRST Video Content
The Bethpage High School Regal Eagles recently filmed and submitted a video for a contest on how they would create sustainable communities for the future. The grand prize for this contest is a $5,000 grant and if awarded, it will be put towards starting initiatives for women and minorities in STEM. Please support the Regal Eagles by watching their video submission and voting in the link below. You are eligible to vote once every 24 hours through April 24, 2016.
Italian Poetry Contest
On Friday, April 8, 2016, Bethpage High School Juniors, Steven Coyle and Jessica Nardulli accompanied by Ms. Calio, competed in the 15th Annual Long Island Association of Italian Teachers Poetry Contest held at SUNY Old Westbury. Both Steven and Jessica were praised for their excellent effort and will be back next year! Bravi!!
The Bethpage Invitation Coding Competition was held at Bethpage High School on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. In this coding competition, teams of three students had two hours to solve a set of six challenging problems. The problems challenged students to analyze various scenarios, parse and manipulate data, reason mathematically, and exercise their algorithmic skills. Tim Ogden and Sam Sergio led the Bethpage team to victory over Oceanside and Seaford! Congratulations!
Eagle Meets Google
Smiti Shah, a sophomore at Bethpage High School, recently had the opportunity to meet Bill and Melinda Gates. As part of the prestigious, worldwide Junior Academy, Smiti and 49 other students worldwide were selected to participate in the private event. Held in February, the pair answered questions from the students based on the topics in their annual address. Following the 90-minute conversation, students mingled and spoke directly with the Gates. After the event, Smiti was able to arrange a separate meeting with key engineers at Google, who offered guidance and support to the Bethpage High School robotics team.
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Journalism & Broadcast Journalism Students Tour News 12 Long Island Studios
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, students in Mr. Malossi and Mr. Davis' Journalism and Broadcast Journalism classes visited News 12 Long Island studios in Woodbury. Some highlights of the one hour tour included experiencing the view from the anchor desk, seeing some of the equipment used during the broadcast, getting to see the effect of green-screen or blue-screen technology, visiting the engineering room, and speaking with graphic designers in their work space. News 12's very own meteorologist Rich Hoffman graciously spoke to the students about his experience in television broadcasting and his demanding work schedule. Additional photos from our visit are available at: Photo Gallery
The Italian Club along with Miss Piazza and Ms. Calio recently celebrated the 44th annual Festa Italiana. With the help of Ms. Rito and many parent volunteers, the auxiliary gym was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes and delicious desserts. The featured guest this year was Thomas Wharf, who is the defense player and vice-captain of the Long Island Rough Riders. Over 300 students, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced “la dolce vita.”
BHS TV Featured on News 12 Long Island
Students in Journalism and Broadcast Journalism have participated in creating a daily morning show that is broadcast live during homeroom. The morning show is run by the students under the guidance of Mr. Malossi and Mr. Davis and provides school announcements, upcoming events, weather reports, sports reports, and lunch menu items! The morning show was featured on News 12 Long Island on March 28 and March 29.
BHS TV Featured on News 12 Long Island
LISEF Round 2 and JV LISEF
Congratulations to sophomore Smiti Shah for her Honorable Mention achievement in the Material Science category at LISEF. She was also a recipient of the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award! Freshmen Bhavika Garg, Andrew Tarabokija, Brody Paola, Emily Cohen, Alexandria Olanick, Soham Maiti, and Aamaan Rampurawala also did an outstanding job with their presentations at JV LISEF.
Regal Eagles Visits Google
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, some students from the Regal Eagle Robotics Team accompanied by the team co-adviser, Mr. Zabell, visited Google Headquarters in New York City for a meeting with some lead engineers. After a brief presentation on the club and what they hope to accomplish in the future, the team got to drive their robot, Scattershot. The team later sat down with the engineers to discuss improvements that could be made on the robot, and some technology that could be implemented on future robots. After discussing the mechanical aspects of the robot, they spoke to Katy Kasmai, founder of Team Exponent, on how to effectively prototype and create high impact teams. The Regal Eagles hope to be able to work closely with some of the highly driven engineers and program managers they met during their visit for future build seasons.
Grease Performing NOW
Catch the Bethpage High School performance of Grease this weekend! March 17-19.
LIU Post Honors Top Art Students
LIU Post recently honored local high school art students in their annual exhibit, “Advanced Visions 12: High School Artists of Excellence”. Of all the participating artists only 3 received awards by Jurors, and one of those recipients was senior Kate Walker. Senior Deanna Lazo received an honorable mention. Bethpage High School was the only school with two award recipients. Both students are currently enrolled in AP Studio Art with Ms. Young.
21st Century Trip
Spanish and Italian students at BHS went to Manhattan after school to discover Gramercy Park and Union Square, and feast on cuisine from Spain and Italy. Italian students went to Eataly to explore the market and relish in all the tasty foods. Spanish students dined at an authentic Spanish restaurant, ordering tapas and paella. Both groups applied their language skills to read labels, decipher menus, and order in the target language. Fun was had by all!
Senior Class Prevails at the 2016 Battle of the Classes!
Congratulations to the Senior Class on winning the 2016 Battle of the Classes. This annual activity is full of fun events that allow students to exhibit their school spirit while engaging in a healthy dose of competition. The four classes and the faculty participated in a number of events including musical chairs, scooter races, an eating competition, and tug of war. The Penny War fundraising event was won by the Juniors and the total amount raised for charity was $1,600. The competition was pretty close most of the night, but the Seniors were able to defeat the Juniors in the final event to take the trophy. The Sophomores came in third, the faculty fame in fourth, and the Freshmen took fifth. A great evening was enjoyed by all!
21st Century Trip to the MoMA
On Saturday, February 27, 2016, 21st Century students joined Ms. D'Alleva and Mr. Destefano for our highly anticipated trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Many of us were captivated by the famous and not-so-famous works of art - paintings, sculpture, architecture, photography, electronic media, and much more. Widely considered to be the most influential museum of modern art in the world, MoMA did not disappoint. It was a "picture perfect" day all around!
Teaching Diverse Learners
During the month of February, the Bethpage High School Child Study Workshop students had two guest speakers visit. Dr. Foxworth, Professor of Special Education at SUNY Old Westbury came and introduced us to teaching diverse learners. Dr. Hsu, Chair of Childhood Education and Literacy at SUNY Old Westbury came and introduced us to "What is Literacy?" and techniques to use to teach literacy. Both of their presentations were interesting and helpful. We hope to use these strategies when preparing our own lesson units starting in March. We are incredibly grateful for both Dr. Foxworth and Dr. Hsu's time.
Smiti and Bill Gates
On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Smiti Shah was one of thirty students internationally that were invited to take part in a truly memorable day. The students first met at The Club Quarters on Wall Street for breakfast and had the opportunity to listen to the President of the New York Academy of Sciences and founder of the Junior Academy, an online course part of a STEM program run by the Global STEM Alliance in which Smiti is currently enrolled. Students then traveled to the YouTube Space in Chelsea Market to have lunch and speak to other students in the Junior Academy. The students then had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with Bill and Melinda Gates, moderated by John Green. Afterwards, there was a reception in which the students got to meet and have conversations with the aforementioned personalities! The archived Q&A can be HERE. We are extremely proud of Smiti and glad that she got to participate in this event!
Gabby, Madeline, and the Piano Man!
Gabby McGlynn had the unique opportunity to attend a Master Class with Billy Joel! Mr. Joel was trying to draw attention to the Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA), a school dedicated to music, dance, and theatrical arts. He appeared at the Hillwood Theater at the Tilles Center and answered questions from students and sang some songs. He was funny and entertaining. Gabby was chosen by lottery that included the four Bethpage High School students scheduled to attend LIHSA in 2016-17. Madeline Kuhlke currently attends LIHSA for dance and had the great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to meet him! It was a great event!
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, students from Bethpage High School joined 507 other students at LISEF. Over 412 projects were represented. Among the students and projects represented from Bethpage High School were:
- Melissa Cao: Role of MINT2 Gene in Neuronal Development and Pathogenesis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
- Lynne Richardson and Ali Ahmadi: The Effect of Time Variables on the pH Levels of Horseshoe Crab Clutches
- Ali Khambati, Jillian Leavey, and Thomas D'Agostino: Comparison of pH Between Long Island North and South Shore Intertidal Regions and its Effect on Artificial Limulus Polyphemus Clutches
- Smiti Shah: The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Raphanus sativus
Smiti qualified to move on and compete in LISEF's 2nd Round on March 10, 2016. Congratulations to all of the students involved!
Italian Trip to NYC
The Italian students from Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day, enjoying the sites and sounds of Manhattan during the holiday season. After indulging in some delicious pastries and espresso from Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy, the students feasted on delectable Italian dishes at Carmine's Restaurant. The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patricks Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays on 5th Avenue.
Bronx Zoo Adventure
On Saturday, November 14th, thirty Bethpage High School students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. Destefano, and Ms. Kryoglou for the ride to the Bronx for the 21st Century Bronx Zoo Adventure. We were the first to arrive and the first of the day to begin the zoo hike through America's largest urban zoo - one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the world. We explored nearly all of the park's 265 acres, in which we were able to view more than 600 species of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects hailing from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. A really amazing day with a truly wonderful group!
Since the beginning of this school year the Spanish Club and Ms. Hauschild have been busy planning the 4th annual Spanish Fiesta. ACE students in Mr. Syrett's class were also given an introductory food lesson by Ms. Hauschild to help them when they cooked some spanish dishes and to better experience the upcoming Fiesta. On Monday, November 9th with the help of Mrs. Oak, Ms. Costello, Ms. Piazza, Mr. Rodríguez and many parent volunteers, the cafeteria was transformed into a Latin music and food oasis. Over 500 students, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed the day. See more student photos on Twitter using #bhsfiesta15.
Challenge Day 2015
We are pleased to announce our annual Challenge Day fundraiser on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Come and cheer on your favorite team as the John F. Kennedy teachers go up against the Bethpage High School teachers in what should prove to be an exciting volleyball game. The game is at Bethpage High School and will start at 6:00 PM in the Gymnasium. Raffles and refreshments will be sold. All proceeds will go towards our Challenge Day Program at Bethpage High School.
Red Ribbon Week
The Bethpage High School SADD Club spent some time in our elementary school classrooms during the month of October. Our students facilitated lessons for Grade 4 and 5 students and helped to teach about healthy choices. Each class created a tree of life that could only keep growing if each leaf had a healthy choice on it. The trees are displayed in each classroom for the students to reflect on.
Character Education Assembly
Grade 9 students at Bethpage High School attended a character education assembly with presenter and retired police officer/actor Paul D. Failla. Drawing on real-life experiences and historic events, Failla employed humor, drama, and role-playing to engage the students in the exploration of topics including destructive decisions, diversity, dignity and respect, values, leadership, profiling, racism, and ridicule.
About thirty 21st-Century students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. DeStefano and Mr. Inghilterra at the Loew's threatre in Levittown on Monday afternoon, October 19th, for a very special, private showing of the movie "The Martian”. This movie, starring Matt Damon, depicts one astronaut's determination to survive on Mars, while waiting to be rescued. Scientifically accurate, with lots of action and excellent imagery, this movie poses the question..."Can we survive on the Red Planet?” We'd like to thank movie manager Ben Goodman, assistant manager Stephanie and the rest of the Loew's staff for a great afternoon!
On Sunday Oct. 25, 2015, fifty-seven French, Italian and Spanish language students along with Ms. Hauschild, Ms. Calio, Ms. Piazza and Mr. Rodríguez enjoyed an beautiful afternoon of NYCFC soccer at Yankee Stadium. The game began with a West Point Paratrooper exhibition and a moment of silence for a fallen NYPD officer. The home team came up a bit short in the end but it was still a great game. Thanks to Mr. Schneider for the great seats!
Italian Club Trip
On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful day strolling along Arthur Avenue. The club advisors, Ms. Piazza and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as the Little Italy of the Bronx. Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety if authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip. Vendors were also impressed to see that our students were up for the challenge of practicing their Italian skills as they searched and paid for their items. We ended our trip with a wonderful meal at Trattoria Zero Otto Nove, enjoying Italian specialties such as pizza margherita, lasagna, gelato, and tartufo. Squisito!