Bethpage High School
10 Cherry Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714
|PRINCIPAL: Mr. Michael Spence
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Mr. Kevin Healy, Mr. Ralph Tocco
Science, Social Studies, Business, Music, Physical Education
Math, Health, English, Language Other Than English, Reading, Family and Consumer Science, Art
In the News
Ms. Rito's Italian classes celebrate Carnevale by watching a professional Italian makeup artist video and following directions to make their own designs.
AP Studio Art Student Honored at the Annual "Go APE" Exhibit
Congratulations to senior, Meghan Paola who received an Award of Excellence at the Art League of Long Island's annual exhibit of AP work. Over 140 students participated in this exhibit, but only 13 received this honor.
Junior Science and Humanitities Symposium (JSHS)
Luke Richardson and Emily Walker were invited to compete in this year’s Junior Science and Humanitities Symposium (JSHS) semifinal round on February 9, 2014. Thousands of students from the Metro and LI region entered their papers to this competition (Round 1), and only 100 students from each region were invited to compete in Round 2. Emily Walker (The Effect of Hydraulic Fracturing on Methane Levels in the Dimock, Pennsylvania Area) placed 1st in her category (Earth and Environmental Science) for the semifinal round of Long Island’s 2014 JSHS regional symposium. The first place winners from each category are automatically invited to the final round scheduled for March 9 at CUNY’s York College campus.
On February 10, 2014, 4 students from Bethpage High School were selected to compete in this year’s Intel LISEF (Long Island Science and Engineering Fair) which is a regional competition for Intel’s International ISEF. Sarah Ciresi, FirasAkbik, Samantha Ingenito, and HarshilGarg competed in their respected categories, along with over 500 students from Nassau and Suffolk. Samantha Ingenito's study (The Effect of the Audience’s Authority on Social Facilitation) was one of the top 25% of the projects invited back to compete in Round 2 of LISEF on March 13 - the top 1% of each category will move on to Intel’s International ISEF.
Congratulations to all the players on the Bethpage Challenger Basketball team. In front of a HUGE crowd at Bethpage High School they played a terrific team from Seaford. It was a great game with a lot of enthusiasm! Thanks to all the attendees including the White Tees, our announcers and referees, the Kickline and Cheerleaders! Thanks also to all the teachers, staff members and Administrators who supported the team!
Top Baseball Players on LI
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BHS Hosts Cuomo/Mangano on Preparedness
Bethpage High School, for the second time in two months, hosted a major event for County Executive Ed Mangano and Governor Cuomo. Last month was the Inauguration of the County Executive and this month it was a major presentation to citizens of Long Island on Preparedness. The Governor asked to have it at Bethpage because he and his staff were impressed with the facility and the staff’s hard work during the Inauguration. Mr. Mangano noted that he is always proud to be back at his alma mater. Over 600 people showed up to learn how to prepare for disasters of all kinds and to receive a “Go Bag” with critical items. You can learn more by going to the state website: http://www.prepare.ny.gov
21st Century Trip to Connetquot River State Park Preserve
On Saturday February 1st Mr. Carroll and Mr. Portuese, hosted a combined Middle School and High School trip to the preserve in Oakdale.
This 3,500 acres slice of paradise was once the grounds of the exclusive “South Side Sportsman’s Club, created in 1866. The club was founded when a group of hunting and fishing enthusiast purchased Snedicor’s Inn, a tavern and stagecoach stop for wealthy travelers en route to Montauk. The tavern became their clubhouse and as time marched on they built upon the structure to create the main house, boasting 100 members. Our students experienced a piece of unspoiled land that hasn’t changed since the island was formed. Access to this preserve is only permitted by permit. Students toured the trout hatchery then took a vigorous hike along the river, identifying animal tracks and catching sight of wintering birds including the great blue heron. Participants then had the opportunity to eat lunch in the main dining room, like the club members did over 100 years ago.
Bethpage Kickline - Long Island Champions
The Bethpage Varsity Golden Girls competed at the LIKA Invitational Long Island Championship competition on Sunday, February 9th earning the titles of Long Island Champions in all three categories; large kick, large dance and small pom. The JV team competed as well and earned the title of Long Island Champions in the pom category. Congratulations to the girls on a great season and best of luck at Nationals. A special congrats to graduating seniors:
Amanda Buzzeo, Nicole Domin, Meghan Foley, Jacklyn Grigorian, Stephanie Malatestinic, Alicia Mondeau, Meghan Paola, Gabriela Pilarte, Brianna Pizzuto, Kristina Polak, Tina Rapaglia, Catelyn Sloane
Nassau County's Human Rights Awareness Day Conference
On February 6, 2014, BHS Student Civic members participated in Nassau County's Human Rights Awareness Day Conference at Adelphi University, sponsored by the NC Human Rights Commission.
Student Civic Executive Board members, Deena Hadhoud, Josett Bernberg and Firas Akbik presented three consecutive workshops dealing with the Global Days of Listening and connecting live via SKYPE with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Afghanistan. Students from other high schools had an opportunity to understand more about issues of understanding among cultures by active listening and dialogue. The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a group of young people led by Dr. Hakim Young, an MD who had worked in the refugee camps on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He met young people who expressed a desire to live in peace and pursue a life of non-violence through education and self-determination. Dr. Hakim organized the youth into this group which actively studies the tenets of Mahatma Gandi and Dr. Martin Luther King jr. in the pursuit of non-violence in their lives. To their credit, the APV have established a school, teaching English for the members of the community and teaching street children how to read, as well as training for young women to learn the art of sewing which provides a livelihood for themselves and their families. The women make duvets which are handed out free as protection from the harshly cold Afghan winters.
Adelphi professors were impressed with the leadership our BHS students demonstrated. Our BHS Student Civic Executive Board has been invited to present the Global Days of Listening and the Afghan Peace Volunteers to Adelphi freshmen in the Sociology Department where a Peace and Justice Minor taught by Professor Bruce Castellano is gaining strength and much interest from students on campus.
Congratulations to all for a great event this year!
Another successful Cabaret show was put on by the Bethpage Music Department. It featured fantastic performances from a wide-range of students and was very entertaining! Thanks to emcee Samantha Ingenito who did a great job. Thanks also to Mr. and Mrs. Stehlik for attending to all the details!
St. Joseph Hospital Photography Contest
Congratulations to Junior, Cristin O'Neill won 1st place ($150) in the St. Joseph's Hospital Catch-All category for her "Street Chalk" photo. She is extremely talented and competed against adult photographers, many of whom are professionals in this field. Her photo will be on permanent display in the hospital. We are very proud of her!
On Thursday January 30, Art Club and Students United for Tolerance held a combined meeting to create "Heartfelt Wishes," an interactive wish tree. Students made wishes for themselves and for the school community and hung them on our tree, displayed in the main lobby of the high school. Special thanks to Ms. Stagliano for her presentation on the wish tree and interactive art genre and for her coordination of this inspiring, community-building project.
Bethpage Wins Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award at Long Island Ethics Bowl!
The 5th annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University on Saturday, February 1st. Twenty six teams from fourteen area schools matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included physician assisted suicide, legalization of marijuana, political sex scandals, and China’s One child policy. Both Bethpage teams just missed making the semi-finals by a narrow margin and placed 5th and 6th. Bethpage Team Two won the Spirit of the Ethics Bowl award which is determined by the judges and is given to the team that demonstrates the highest level of respectful dialogue and civil discourse. Congratulations to Conor Nimmo, Samantha Zito, Jeannie Kim, Michelle Cirillo, and Lindsey Chan on being the first to win this prestigious award.
The Long Island Ethics Bowl is sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation. The foundation was founded by Long Island native Gary Squire, an advocate for more philosophical instruction at the pre-college level. 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; they are then judged on the basis of their analyses.
Bethpage at Super Bowl
Thanks to all who participated, worked, volunteered, gave of their time, talent, contributions and braved the cold to cheer the BHS Student Civic Talent Show for 2014. Special thanks to judges, DJ Rocky from WBAB, rock sensation Jesse Kinch, "Billionaire Brian" O'Haire - activist and folk music extraordinaire and Eileen Scanlon Cristofi, environmental and animal rights advocate! Winners of the competition were: Ryan Imbrononi, 3rd place with DJ mixing - 2nd place Michelle Vayner, acoustic guitar and singing "Clouds" - 1st place, Samantha Ingenito, acoustic guitar and singing "Hallelujah". A $500 check will be given to LI Cares as well almost two barrels of canned goods!
All County Music
Congratulations to the 39 Bethpage students who participated in the All-County Music Festival at the Tilles Center. It was a fantastic evening!
Bethpage Kickline Team Honors Cancer Victims
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Students in the SADD clubs adopted 30 children for the holidays and raised money for gifts to be presented. They held a wrapping party to get ready and everyone was in the holiday spirit! Thanks to SADD Advisor Ms. Kennedy for making the arrangements!
French Club: Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
On December 16, 2013, Brianna Scaldaferri and Charles Bachmeier were honored for the Nassau County Outstanding Physical Education Student Award at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This award is presented to a student who exhibits a physically active lifestyle, demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior including good sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship. Congratulations to both Brianna and Charlie.
All Count Musicians
Congratulations to the Bethpage High School All-County Musicians who will perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association Festivals (Divisions IV and V) at the Tilles Center, LIU C.W. Post in January 2014.
Band: Michael Cipolla, Michelle Luo
Chorus: Casey Caruso, Lauren Conway, Jillian Perota, Carly Sesti
Orchestra: Melissa Cao, Keana Lee, Gary Liang
Italian Club: Little Italy Trip
Despite the rain, Bethpage High School Italian Club braved the elements with a Big Onion Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan and the immigration populations during the beginning of the morning. Ending the tour on Mulberry Street, students and chaperones had a chicken parmigiana dinner at La Mela Ristorante and ended the day touring Midtown in their respective groups to see everything from Rockefeller Center with its brightly lit Christmas tree, to the Nintendo Store, to Times Square and of course St. Patrick's Cathedral. A big thank you to Mr. Healy, Mr. Rodriguez, Italian Club advisors Ms. Calio and Ms. Piazza as well as all the parent chaperones for a memorable, albeit rainy day of festivity and togetherness in Manhattan!
Twelve Angry Jurors
BHS Masquers’ Guild put on a terrific production of 12 Angry Jurors that included some first rate acting on the part of a terrific cast! Congratulations to all the actors who did a great job in a demanding drama. Kudos to the Stage Design team and the Stage Crew for all their work including Mr. Petruzzi, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Verdi. And a big congratulations to Mrs. Stehlik who made her BHS Directorial debut with an outstanding production!
Ronald McDonald House
Students from the BHS SADD Club were at the Ronald McDonald House to assist with dinner and get things ready for Thanksgiving! Congratulations to all and special thanks to Advisor Mrs. Kennedy who received assistance from Mrs. Kennedy-Wilmes and her husband!
From November 22nd to November 24th the Bethpage Chapter of the National Honor Society visited Philadelphia to see the historic sites, explore the culture of modern Philadelphia and learn in some world-class museums. On Friday the group visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Adventure Aquarium. The Hippopotamus feeding was a big hit! Later the 48 students dined aboard the Moshulu, the largest masted sailing ship in the U.S. The next day began with a trip to the National Constitution Center where the students learned about the creation of the United States and modern politics. Everyone particularly enjoyed the lifesize statues of the Framers of the Constitution. Being in Philadelphia meant cheesesteaks for lunch followed by a visit to the Franklin Institute, one of the nation's premier scientific museums. Sunday was a chilly day at the zoo, highlighted by seeing a newborn gibbon.
On Wednesday, November 13th, Ms. Stagliano and Ms. Simpson took Fashion Design students to The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Macy’s in New York City. The Students learned about the dramatic changes in 20th century fashion and toured Macy’s discovering their history and several of their marketing strategies.
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Student Civic - Long Island Cares
On Long Island, Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank not only embodies the legacy of Harry Chapin, but maintains an exceptional array of outreach programming serving the greater LI public. Thursday, November 7th, Christine Brown from LI Cares came to Bethpage High School at the invitation of BHS Student Civic to engage students in an interactive workshop called “Hunger 101.” Students learned the realities of hunger in local communities and were encouraged to “only imagine” how that situation might be “magnified” into various regions of the island, the state, the region, the country and the world. It was an exercise few students and all-too few adults truly realize. Ms Brown continued with a video detailing the programs that have developed from the dream of alleviating hunger so many years ago: food delivery for the elderly, for veterans, an after-school cafe’ for kids with mentoring and nutritious food, as well as supplying food for countless pantries and soup kitchens on Long Island. Students learned how they would deal with certain issues in their lives through role-playing with budgetary constraints, unexpected contrived problems and the choices they would be forced to make when these problems occurred in their families. Many thanks to Student Civic Executive Board for their planning, Ms. Yale, Science Director and Mrs. Mastanduno from the Bethpage community for their participation and encouragement. It is such an inspiration to know and understand the support of colleagues and community. The results of the workshop revealed a new-found understanding, just a touch more empathy about the world around us and hopefully a commitment on the part of others to understand that we are ultimately here for a purpose – to be engaged, be a part of goodness and to take little steps in creating a better world.
Kathy Kelly Talk at UUCSR - Manhasset
On Tuesday evening 22 October from 6:30-10:00, BHS Student Civic Association met for the second time with Kathy Kelly at UUSRC - Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset to discuss her recent trip from Chicago to New York. The three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee talked with people during her trek across part of the country about their priorities in government spending and will present her findings on October 24, 2013 to the United Nations. Kathy recently returned from her 13th trip to Afghanistan and also spoke about the progress from the grassroots level that people and the APV are making in their community school, sewing projects for women and other initiatives begun by group who espouse non-violence.
BHS Student Civic also had the pleasure of hearing a Spoken Word Poet from New York City who recited two original pieces and participated in the event. BHS Student Civic members in attendance were: Deena Hadhoud, Josett Bernberg, Firas Akbik, Lucas Lee, Marie Giacinto and Madeleine Santoro. We will be continuing to participate in the Global Day of Listening which now encompasses over 30 countries on the 21st of every month.
BHS Student Civic will also be presenting the Global Days of Listening workshop at Adelphi University on 6 February 2013 at the annual Nassau County Human Rights Awareness Day Conference for Long Island high schools and for attending college students
A Day With The Arts
On Tuesday, October 22nd nineteen Bethpage High School students participated in "A Day With The Arts" at Adelphi University. The students took various arts classes in scenic painting, prop design, lighting and color mixing, musical theater, classical vocal music, dance, theater improvisation, makeup, and stage combat taught by the university professors and arts staff. The day concluded with a a Q/A discussion with the current "Elphaba", Lindsay Mendez from the 10th Anniversary Broadway production of "Wicked." The students learned a great deal and had a wonderful experience.
Bethpage High School Participates in National Grid’s “Careers in Energy” Program
On Wednesday, October 16th forty students from Bethpage High School visited the Northport Power Plant to participate in their program titled “Careers in Energy.” The Northport Power Plant is one of the largest on the East Coast and produces 20% of Long Island’s electricity. Students were given an overview of the plant’s operations by the plant manager. The overview explained how oil and natural gas are funneled to the plant and how electric is generated for distribution. A guided tour of the plant also took place where students were able to see the boiler, turbines and control room. Students then were able to meet plant engineers who discussed their educational backgrounds and their specific job descriptions.
Although it's feeling like fall, last week high school students experienced a Summer day out on the water. The group took part in a 21st Century field trip to Oyster Bay. There they boarded an oyster sloop that was built in the late 1800's. The ship "Christeen" was restored to original condition and is now a registered National Historic Landmark. Participant had the opportunity to raise the sails and officially "crew" the boat. Marine educators from the Waterfront Center were on board to introduce local organisms to the students. The captain pointed out historic landmarks and explained what life was like in the hay day of the "Gold Coast". It certainly was a day to remember.
Mercy Inn Soup Kitchen
While most people enjoyed the perfect fall weather, Bethpage High School Student Civic members Deena Hadhoud, Josett Bernberg, Firas Akbik and Melissa Cao were serving desserts, hot coffee and take home sandwiches after guests completed a hot meal at Mercy Inn Soup Kitchen at the Trinity Lutheran Church basement in Wyandanch. Accompanied by advisor Ms. Rito, Bethpage students helped prepare the sandwiches from 10am, served through lunch and helped clean up until 2pm.
Mercy Inn staff is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, community-based organization who believe that all human beings are interdependent and that society heals itself by caring for the least of its brethren. Mercy Inn, affiliated with the Interfaith Nutrition Network, was completely renovated in March and is now back to preparing and serving approximately 100+ hot, nutritious lunches on a daily basis to our friends and neighbors in need, Monday through Friday, fifty-two weeks a year in a welcoming, comfortable environment.
If you would like more information on Mercy INN Soup Kitchen, please contact Mr. Charlie Ciccio at (631) 455-8989 who is always happy to share the news of its mission and welcome your support, food or monetary donations and interest. All those who work at Mercy Inn are volunteers and always welcome schools, groups and organizations who would like to participate by volunteering. What a difference a day makes! http://mercyinn.org/info.html
2013 Long Island String Festival Association High School Orchestra Festival
Bethpage High School students were selected to participate in this year's Long Island String Festival Association High School Orchestra Festival. Pictured are (l to r): Mr. Michael Spence, BHS Principal, Melissa Cao, Michelle Luo, Keana Lee, and Andrei Aziz. The festival will be held November 15-17 at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School.
Congratulations to the Class of 1973 on their 40th Reunion held on our BHS Homecoming Weekend! Mr. Spence gave the group a tour of BHS and everyone was very impressed and had a great time!
French Club Car Wash
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Middle School French Classes, under the supervision of Madame Ciarniello, held a car wash to help raise money for their trip to Quebec in February. It was a picture perfect day, and we had a wonderful turn-out. Even our superintendent, Mr. Terry Clark, stopped by to get his car washed. Everyone worked hard and had a lot of fun.
Student Civic - UN International Day of Peace & Global Day of Listening
On Saturday, 21 September 2013 in conjunction with the UN International Day of Peace, BHS Student Civic
Executive Board members Deena Hadhoud, President and Firas Akbik, Treasurer attended a Global Day of
Listening speaking to Afghan Youth in Kabul, Afghanistan through SKYPE with Susan Perretti.
Accompanied by Ms. Rito from BHS, Deena and Firas spoke to a group of interested young people in Sayville and proceeded to
connect with the Afghan Youth from 1pm to 330pm. They discussed their everyday life in Afghanistan, their
educational system and the lifestyle they live. This was the first time the Sayville group was introduced to the
Afghan Peace Volunteers and their choice of living in a community of non-violence. While lively discussion
and thoughts were exchanged, people began to understand more clearly how real relationships are built through
conversation, acceptance, empathy and active, interested listening and dialogue. It is hoped that there will be
more Global Days of Listening in Sayville and with other universities and schools on Long Island and that
our students from BHS Student Civic will be instrumental in introducing this worthwhile program to them.
Anyone interested in more information on how to connect and be a part of the worldwide conversation with Afghanistan
and other countries such as Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Germany and others, contact Ms.
Rito at Bethpage High School 644-4100 and check out http://www.globaldaysoflistening.org/ and http://ourjourneytosmile.com/
Student Civic Volunteer at Hempstead Train Station
Students and several mothers from the Bethpage community volunteered on a breezy Sunday afternoon
to sort and distribute shared food from grocery chains like Whole Foods, Trader Joes and others as well
as independent grocers at the FNBLI meeting place at Hempstead Train Station on Sunday, September
22 from 2pm to 430pm. With efficiency, great work ethic and organization, BHS Student Civic volunteers,
led by veteran volunteer Sara Cirisi, organized the various categories of foods on tables, organized groups
of those waiting for food and learned about operating an organized event of sizable proportions with efficiency,
dignity and plenty for all. This year, BHS Student Civic Executive Board members decided to volunteer for
FNB-LI and were surprised to find that Sara Cirisi had already been volunteering with this organization on her
own for quite a while and loved the connection. Sara and her mother met BHS Student Civic members Deena
Hadhoud, Josett Bernberg, Firas Akbik, Luca and Michelle Lee and their mom, Nicholas Ilasi and his mom, all ready
and able to lend their support and volunteer where needed. Later, Brian O'Haire from the Bethpage Post Office
introduced the students to the fundamentals of FNB-LI, thanked them for attending and taking time out of their
Sunday afternoon to selflessly help a great effort and invited them to participate any weekend in the future.
FNB-LI is the Long Island branch of the international organization Food Not Bombs which through contact with
major grocers, arranges for food donations so that food is not wasted and counts on volunteers within the organization
to drive the food, sort it on tables, staff the tables and distribute the food. At the end of the foodshare, there are people who
cook and serve vegetarian meals for anyone in the vicinity needing or wanting a hot meal. Sunday's fare was a spicy Indian
soup with plenty of whole-grain bread from Whole Foods. We all said goodbye at 430pm although some people were still
eating while some were breaking down tables, boxes and clearing the grounds. Everyone commented on how well run everything
was, how calm and purposeful. It wouldn't be a surprise if more foodshare experiences are on the horizon for BHS Student Civic!
New Teacher Orientation
Welcome to the newest staff members in Bethpage! An orientation day was organized by Ms. Lavelle and featured a bus tour of Bethpage with Mr. Clark as the tour guide and it included a stop at Cablevision. We wish all our new teachers and teaching assistants the best as they join a terrific faculty and staff!
BHS Band practiced routines and songs on their trip to Band Camp as they prepared for a new season of performances. The Band continues to be a source of great pride under the direction of Mr. Stehlik and we look forward to hearing them play at games and the Newsday festival!
Language Honor Society
On Thursday May 30 2013, the World Language department of Bethpage High School inducted 48 inaugural members into the three new language honor societies. The "Arc du Triumph" chapter of French inducted 8 members. The "Luigi Pirandello" chapter of Italian inducted 18 members and the "Loyola" chapter of Spanish inducted 22 members. The new members have demonstrated high levels of proficiency in their chosen languages since 8th grade. These students will continue to help the United States compete in a 21st century global economy that demands innovation.
Festival of Cultures
The Bethpage Council of PTA's held a beautiful dinner for new officers and to honor many people for their long service to the students of Bethpage. The dinner was coordinated by Mrs. Lena Ritchie and Mrs. Carmela Ambrosio. They honored Mrs. Lisa Mastanduno with a special lifetime service award and she was joined by her family. Earlier in the evening Mrs. Mastanduno gave a moving speech about how the entire school community assisted her in raising her children and how grateful she was. She will be missed in PTA! PTA Council also honored retiring Board of Ed members Tom Frost and Joel Dauman for their years of service and then honored Mr. DeTommaso for his dedication to Bethpage. Each PTA honored retirees including Billie Rothberg, Leslie Schreiber, Nanette Girolamo, Maddy Landau, Linda Link and Carol Leonardi. It was a terrific evening. Thanks to Bethpage PTA!
BHS held its Athletic Awards ceremony in a new venue- at BHS! It was a terrific ceremony sponsored by the Dad’s Club, emceed by Mr. Franchi and organized with great assistance by Mrs. DeBobes and Mrs. Brusca. All the nominees were well deserving and their coaches spoke highly of their accomplishments on and off the field. We were grateful to Legislator Rose Walker for her generosity of joining us to give out some of the special awards. Thanks also to the custodial and tech crews who worked with Mr. LaRochester on some of the program’s details. Congratulations to all the athletes for their accomplishments, to their coaches and to their parents who raised such fine young men and women.
Music in Garden
Congratulations to the very talented performers who treated a large audience on a beautiful night to a fantastic recital in the BHS Senior Court! It was a huge success and enjoyed by all. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Stehlik for making all the arrangements and to Mrs. McGrath for being our accompanist for the evening. It was a tremendous display of talent that was emceed by Kelly Chan.
If you ever plan on putting out grass seed wait until the Maritime festival dates are announced, you'll be sure to have rain! Despite the weather the Maritime Festival docked at Bethpage High School last week. The Forensic Science students put mysteries aside to change gears and become instructors in Marine Science. It was an opportunity for many high school seniors to gain experience as teachers. They did a phenomenal job educating all the district's third graders about the sea life found around our beautiful island. Mr. Hack (aka SCUBA Steve) amazed the visitors in our pool, while Mrs. Rankin and her students taught the third graders all about plankton and the marine food web. A highlight of the day was a 34" stripped bass caught by Mr. Carroll. Hats off to all the high school custodial and maintenance staff that help to make this yearly event such a success.
On Thursday, May 30th students from Ms. Stagliano’s Fashion Design class and Ms. Simpson’s Accounting class attended a field trip to The Fashion Institute of Technology ( FIT) and Macy’s in New York City. Students learned about the dramatic changes in 20th century fashion and toured Macy’s discovering their history and several of their marketing strategies.
The French Club enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Brasserie Cassis, a French restaurant in Plainview. Everyone ordered in French, and the meal included onion soup or salad, a choice of poulet (chicken), steak-frites, or saumon (salmon), and last but not least--"profiteroles" for dessert. A profiterole is a cream-puff stuffed with ice cream and covered in chocolate sauce with a side of whipped cream. "Absolument délicieux!"
Congratulations to the four BHS students who interned at Northrop-Grumman. The students- Nick Maresco, Anthony Giordano, Kristie Testa and Courtney Radcliffe- gained valuable experience working side by side engineers. Thanks to our partners at Northrop-Grumman for the opportunity!
High Note Music Festical
Congratulations to the BHS Orchestra for their performance at the High Note Music Festival at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania on May 24th. The ensemble received a rating of "Superior" and placed first in the high school string orchestra division. The group spent Friday in Hershey Park and Saturday touring Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
Congratulations to 2013 BHS Valedicatorian Jessica Dobrowski and Salutatorian Nisha Shah who were honored at the Nassau County Superintendents Breakfast. Mr. Spence and Mr. Clark were proud to accompany them to the ceremony along with their beaming parents. Jessica will be attending Tufts University and Nisha will be attending Vassar College. Congratulations!
National Honor Society
Over 90 students were inducted into the BHS National Honor Society this year at a ceremony organized by Mr. Lynch and the Dad's Club. Congratulations to all the scholars for their hard work and for making their families and school very proud!
Democracy in Action
Talented students from around the district showed off their considerable talents in the Annual Democracy in Action showcase. Singers, musicians, dancers and artists were all involved. They were fantastic! Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who assisted in the planning of the event. Thanks to those who contributed to the Great American Bake Sale and thanks also to the PTA for organizing the book sale. It was a wonderful celebration of democracy!
Thanks to all the students who assisted Ms. Amodia, Mrs. Yale and Mr. Tauriello with the sprucing up of the Senior Courtyard. They cleaned out some weeks and planted flowers and it all looks fantastic! Everyone can now enjoy it!
Thanks to Ms. Bertolotti for organizing the BHS team of 11 students and 4 teachers who participated in the NYC AIDS Walk . It rained (not drizzle, serious rain) for the entire 8 miles of their journey. We raised almost $1,000 to benefit the 40+ charities supported by the AIDS Walk and, despite the weather, had a great day of bonding for a worthy cause.
Spanish Club Dinner
The students listened to live Flamenco music, ordered in spanish and tasted croquetas, tortilla de patata, paella, arroz con pollo, flan and churros.
The Forensic science students joined the Marine Science Club to participate in the Oyster Bay Beach Cleanup Day. Since Shore Road was still closed due to damage sustained by Hurricane Sandy, local baymen shuttled participants to the beaches that required the most attention. Some of the items collected included remains of boats severely damaged by the storm. Hardy souls who pitched in were treated to a BBQ of hot dogs, hamburgers and local steamed clams.
21st century - Museum of Mathematics
Congratulations to the Bethpage High School Chorale, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble for their performances at the Disney Music Festival in Orlando, Flordia April 25th-28th, 2013. The Chorale and Concert Band received an Excellent rating and Jazz Ensemble received a Superior rating. Congratulations to senior Luke Norris (tenor saxophone) on receiving the Outstanding Soloist Award.
BHS Philosophy Club and the Great Escape!
Students from the BHS Philosophy Club took part in a Plato Study Day at the School of Practical Philosophy in Manhattan. The school sponsors this event twice a year which allows participants and professors to do an intensive study of one of Plato’s works. This year the focus was on Plato’s Crito that records a dramatic conversation in an Athenian jail between the great philosopher Socrates and his dearest friend, Crito. The stakes could not have been higher. What is true freedom and what is it worth? The students looked at various passages in depth by breaking into small groups led by two instructors and followed Plato’s thoughts through a series of readings and discussions. After the study day was over the students enjoyed a catered Greek lunch, learned about harmony through a session of singing, and enjoyed a humorous piano and song parody regarding Plato’s three parts of the human soul. The professors were very impressed with the students (they were the youngest people in attendance) and gave them a special introduction at the greeting and lecture at the beginning of the day!
Long Island Center for Inquiry Hosts Philosophy Students
The Long Island Center for Inquiry recently invited member’s of the Bethpage philosophy classes to speak to their members in the Plainview Old Bethpage Library Auditorium. The students discussed the question “Where should the line be drawn between science and ethics?” The students discussed and debated the topic for 45 minutes and then took questions from the audience. The members of the Center for Inquiry were very impressed with the scope of the students’ discussion and their knowledge of ethics.
The Marine Fitness Team hosted a terrific Pancake Breakfast as a fundraiser. Everything was delicious and we thank all the parents who volunteered! Good luck to our team as they go on to California!
BHS held its annual Junior Banquet and it was terrific! The students looked stunning and had a great time dining and dancing in the gym which was decorated in casino theme. Thanks to Ms. Amodia and Ms. Sherry for all their help! They did a terrific job!
Senior Citizen Prom
BHS held its 23rd Senior Citizen Prom this weekend and it was quite an impressive affair! Hundreds of seniors turned out to dance and dine and they were served by terrific students all night long. We had a great DJ who got everyone involved. Thanks to Ms. Communale, Ms. Sestak and Ms. Feyrer for their assistance and to Yolanda and Gracie for their expertise in the kitchen! As always, Ms. Way and her husband did an awesome job and it is deeply appreciated by everyone! Thanks particularly to all the student volunteers! It was a great event!
Chris Memoli Assembly
On Tuesday, April 17th Chris Memoli came to speak to the 11th grade about driving safety. Chris created a 45 minute presentation that sends a strong message to youths entering the driving age. At the age of 17, he was involved in a terrible car accident that altered his life forever. Chris had made some poor decisions leading up to getting into the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt. He suffered traumatic brain injury and has undergone years of rehabilitation to learn how to use his hands and learn to walk again. Chris never regained his ability to speak. He was able to speak to the students through a voice synthesizer. Chris's story was extremely powerful and well received by our students. Chris will be back next week to present to our 12th grade.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
Congratulations to the seventeen new Bethpage High School Tri-M inductees! Tri-M is a National Music Honor Society. “Tri-M” stands for Modern Music Masters. “Tri-M is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements and to provide leadership and service opportunities to young musicians.” Students are selected based on various musical and academic criteria.
BHS 2013 Inductees:
Kyra Bella (piano/voice), Melissa Cao (violin), Michael Cipolla (trumpet). Lorenzo Cusumano (viola), Joshua Finkel (saxophone), Thomas Fitzpatrick (violin), Joaane Kim (piano/violin), Emma Lammers (clarinet), Jessica O’Keefe (voice), Emily Marczack (voice), Jennifer Millan (voice), Lianna Perota (voice/euphonium), Sean Ryan (voice/tuba), Hannah Shin (oboe), Jessica Witt (flute), Michelle Vayner (piano/euphonium), Eric Yurman (violin)
GLEEing for Emma
BHS students and faculty turned out in large numbers to support our friend Emma in her recovery. Emma’s favorite show is Glee, so her BHS friends gathered to sing and dance and recreate scenes from Glee for Emma who was watching via Skype. It was a terrific evening of great school spirit that raised funds to assist Emma. Thanks to everyone who participated and to those everyone who made generous donations! It was a fantastic evening!
Emily Walker - Finalist
Congratulations to Emily Walker (grade 11) for being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Young Naturalist Awards for her research study titled "The Effect of Hydraulic Fracturing on Methane Levels in the Dimock, Pennsylvania Area".
The Young Naturalist Awards is a research based competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science by conducting investigations in the natural world. The Y.N.A.s are presented by the American Museum of Natural History in partnership with the ALCOA Foundation.
Battle at Bethpage
The Battle at Bethpage III was a huge success with over 2500 fans at Bethpage for the day. In NCAA Women’s action, LIU Post defeated Merrimack in a great game that saw the return of Melissa Rohr to her hometown! In NCAA Men’s action, Georgetown had a thrilling victory in overtime over St. John’s. The Bethpage Educational Foundation thanks everyone for participating in the game and in the Lacrosse Village. It was a great day for Bethpage!
Members of the Georgetown Hoyas worked with young lacrosse players in a Youth Clinic associated with the Battle at Bethpage. Georgetown Coach Kevin Warne and his team talked to Bethpage and Oyster Bay youngsters about the importance of team work, academics and sportsmanship and then worked on specific drills. It was a great learning experience for everyone involved. Thanks to the Hoyas!
Recognition of Excellence
Bethpage held its annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner in which nine high school seniors look back and thank three teachers who have impacted their lives and school careers. It was a terrific evening. The nine students were eloquent, funny and poised in their remarks and the teachers they honored were very moved at the honor. The parents of the students have every right to be proud!
BHS Senior Honored at the Long Island Mathematics Conference
On Friday, March 15th, Senior Nicholas Maresco was honored with a scholarship by the Long Island Mathematics Conference Board. The scholarship was awarded to Nicholas for his plan to major in mathematics or science at an accredited college or university. His outstanding cumulative High School average, love of mathematics as written in his personal essay, letters of recommendation from his math teachers and challenging senior course load inspired the committee to select Nicholas for this prestigious award. Nicholas was one of only three Nassau County students selected for this honor. He was accompanied by his Math Teacher, Mr. James Miller.
Global Day of Listening
BHS Student Civic members Deena Hadhoud, Josett Bernberg, Lucas Lee and Mackenzie Pech attended Adelphi University's Levermore Global Scholars connection
with the Afghan Peace Volunteers through a Global Day of Listening on Wednesday morning March 27, 2013 with advisor Ms. Rito and GDoL educational outreach
coordinator, Susan Perretti. For two hours, university students from Adelphi and also their sister university in Norway connected with Afghan youth engaged in meaningful dialogue about the political, social and economic situation in that region. Professor Peter DeBartolo reviewed the geo-political and historical situation in Afghanistan for the students before connecting to Skype online with Kabul. Questions were asked about the role of women and education in Afghan society, the presence of foreigners on Afghan soil and the opinions of average Afghan youth as opposed to that which is heard and taken as policy from the media. For a brief moment, the bandwidth and broadcasting capacity from Afghanistan permitted a shadowy view via webcam of our friends waving as the university students smiled and waved back. At the end of the program, Professor DeBartolo addressed our BHS students and gave them brochures and literature on the Global Scholars program, emphasizing this initiative as one of many offered by Adelphi University into the exploration of higher education. Returning at noon at BHS, our students had
witnessed that which the power of dialogue can do and realized that they are instrumental in bringing this Global Days of Listening program to other educational institutions.
2013 Long Island Champions!
The Bethpage Golden Girls Varsity Kickline attended the LIKA Long Island Kickline Championships on March 17, 2013 and won the championship titles in all three of their divisions! The girls placed first in the Small Kick, Small Pom and Large Dance divisions!
We could not be more proud of this talented group of dancers! It was a great way for this team to end their successful season, especially for seniors Ashley Belmonte (captain), Danielle Francino (captain), Haley Masta, Kristina Milutinovic, Marley O'Donnell (captain), and Jessie Seiter.
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Jamming for Jimmy
On Saturday, March 9th, Bethpage High School musicians and ensembles performed at "Jammin for Jimmy." "Jammin for Jimmy" was a benefit fundraiser for Bethpage resident Jimmy Stiffa.
Alan Damiani - Anthropology
On March 11th, Alan Damiani, former student and class of 2006 graduate, spoke to all five Forensic Science classes. He recently earned a Masters degree in Anthropology and explained how helpful Anthropologists are in assisting the police in solving crimes. He demonstrated to the classes how ancestry, stature, gender and age can all be read from the bones. These parameters are crucial in finding an identifying to victims of foul play.
Family Math Day
Thanks to all the teacher, administrator, parent and student volunteers who made Family Math Day such a success! Bethpage was proud to host this event. Congratulations to our Math Director Mr. Titolo for the quality of the event. Thanks to our food service, custodial and security staff!
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BHS at National Weather Service
Bethpage School District is proud of Louis W. Uccellini, BHS Class of 1967, who has been selected as next director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Go Golden Eagles!
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) was celebrated by Madame Ciarniello's French Classes on Feb. 12th. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent (a season of sacrifice and fasting), so everyone eats all of their favorite fattening foodson that day. The French students enjoyed home-made quiche, crepes with nutella, jumbalaya, French bread pizza, as well as French bread and a variety of cheeses. Of course, there were a multitude of delicious desserts.
21st Century students at BHS were treated to an exhibition of all kinds of reptiles. It was a fascinating event. Thanks to all!
Varsity Cheer Nationals
The Bethpage Challenger Basketball team was treated to a day of training and practice with the Wizards, a professional basketball team that will be playing in Bethpage later this school year. The Wizards were great instructors and we learned a lot! The big home game for the Challenger Team is February 26. Everyone is invited to attend!
21st Century: Bethpage High School students meet Kathy Kelly
Bethpage High School students, Josette Bernberg, Suzanne Gregorian and Deena Hadhoud attended a
speaking engagement at the UUCSR in Manhasset, LI on Saturday, January 19th at 7pm. Three-time
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly spoke about her most recent of the twelve trips she has taken
to Afghanistan, relaying reality from an on-the-ground perspective. The students were accompanied
by BHS graduate Annie Bernberg and Deena Hadhoud's mother, Debbie Sciame.
Ms Kelly emphasized the efforts made on the part of the Bethpage students to highlight the importance of youth in action.
In addition, Ariel Flajnik from Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement represented college-age youth made a committment to further initiatives
presented by Ms. Kelly and the Afghan Youth Volunteers who ask to connect worldwide with friends
on SKYPE each 21st of every month through the Global Days of Listening. Handmade Afghan scarves will be a part of this committment
for much-needed support for the educational and vocational initiatives of Afghan youth in training and development.
The Global Days of Listening program has been introduced at Bethpage High School delving into bridging cultures,
using technology, creating understanding and promoting inquiry into current events in Afghanistan and other
parts of the world through simple means of contact, listening, connecting with the hope of bringing more understanding.
BHS Student Civic has sponsored the Global Days of Listening at Bethpage High School since September 2010
with participating students having noteworthy interest in the program. BHS Student Civic presented a connection
of this program at Adelphi University and the United Nations last year and looks forward to increased interest
inquiry and participation on the part of students wishing to learn more. Much appreciation to all who lend their positive
support for this project.
Congratulations to the 47 Bethpage students who participated in the recent Nassau Music Educators Association All County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center. We were proud of our student performers as well as Mr. Eric Kay who was chairperson of the orchestra. Nice going!
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The talented students performed songs from Broadway shows and did an outstanding job as they performed in front of a packed audience. Congratulations to all the performers and thanks to Mr. Stehlik for making all the arrangements!
The Bethpage High School JV Cheerleading team competed yesterday for the Long Island Championships. Out of 10 fantastic JV teams on Long Island, Bethpage is now RANKED 4TH on LONG ISLAND at the Junior Varsity level!! They performed at their best and fought for every minute of their routine to make a lasting impression on the crowd and on the judges. On top of being ranked 4TH on Long Island the team was also awarded the SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD which is voted on by all of the other teams we compete against.
BHS Cheerleaders hosted a major
competition. Twenty-six teams competed and the BHS girls, under the
direction of Ms. Tavolacci and Ms. D’Ercole, had a fantastic showing!
Thanks to all the parents who assisted with this huge undertaking!
Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done!
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PTSA Train Show
Bethpage HS PTSA once again held their terrific Annual Train Show! It was well attended and fun was had by all! Everyone is always very impressed!
Photo Award Evening
Congratulations to Tiffany and Sarah for their winning submissions to the St. Joseph Hospital's Photography Contest. The selected photos will be displayed throughout the hospital and in patient rooms. There were over 250 entries and most were adult participants with years of experience. Mr. D is very proud!
21st Century: Long Island Aquarium
Mr. Carroll accompanied high school students on a behind the scenes tour of the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. The students had the opportunity to see the exhibits from a totally different perspective, the catwalk above several of the tanks. They were shown the inner workings of this amazing site including; filtration, water acquisition and maintenance. Everyone was impressed by the aquarium’s strict and labor intensive feeding routine. Conservation was a major theme of the day and the students were offered a close look at the coral breeding project. Coral is being propagated there for use by other aquariums to help reduce collecting from the wild. The group also enjoyed watching and learning about; snow monkeys, California sea lions, South African penguins and one of the largest reef tanks on the East Coast. They even had a chance to feed and touch stingrays.
In our first competition session in December, the girls brought home a 2nd place trophy. That win also qualified the team to compete for a Long Island Championship in their division.
Since the new year began the girls have worked very hard on improving their routine and skills. It has been evident as they have taken the mat twice this year. Last week they brought home a 3rd place trophy, and yesterday a 2nd place trophy. Yesterday's competition was probably one of the hardest they have been in. They competed against 8 other Long Island teams and some of those teams are very hard to beat. The girls pulled through and performed at their best!
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21st Century-SKYPE with an Opera Star
On Friday, January 4th, 2013, Bethpage students in Grades 4-12 were able to SKYPE with two stars from the current production of The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera. Stars, Alek Shrader and Isabel Leonard showed up live on screen in the BHS music classroom. Students were able to ask the opera stars both personal and professional questions. The students learned a lot and enjoyed meeting the performers.
BHS students attended a performance by the New York Philharmonic in December, 2012. The concert was conducted by David Zinman and featured a performance of Schumann's piano concerto by 17-year old Canadian prodigy Jan Lisiecki.
Winter Play - "Parents Just Don't Understand"
Athletes Helping Athletes
Athletes Helping Athletes Student Leaders visited the 5th graders at Kramer Lane. This photo was taken today during a presentation which focused on - the acquisition of 'life skills' and values through our Student Leaders participation in sports, as well as discussing how they are applied in other aspects of their lives. Student Leaders also engaged the 5th graders in a series of 'Ice Breaking' activities with the 5th grade students. It was an enjoyable day for everyone!
Italian Trip - New York City
Despite a late start on Friday December 7, 2012, the Bethpage High School traditional Little Italy Holiday trip persevered under the stunning direction of BHS Assistant Principal
Kevin Healy and the World Languages Italian teachers, Ms Rito, Ms Calio and Ms Piazza.
Students arrived at SPQR in time for a piping hot "pranzo" of Tortellini alla Panna, Penne al Pomodoro, Fusilli alla Primavere, Salsicce e Peperoni,
Polpettine di Manzo, Pollo alla Parmigiana, Patate Arrostite, Verdure miste al Burro, and for "dolce" una Torta al Cioccolato and naturally, "cannoli".
Students had a bit of time to comb the streets of Little Italy. At the Church of the Most Precious Blood on Mulberry Street, students from Ms Rito's
group stopped to pose in front of a bronze replica of Michelangelo's MOSES, a true work of art which they could experience first-hand!
Continuing on to Midtown, the groups were dropped off at 48th and Madison and then visited such sites as: St. Patrick's Cathedral, the annual
Christmas Tree and skating rink at Rockefeller Center, the shops at the NBC building, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Nintendo Store, M&M Store,
Bryant Park Shoppes and the NY Public Library. In the midst of sometimes light drizzle, sometimes rain, the lowering temperatures didn't seem to
phase the students who stopped for an occasional hot "latte", cappuccino or "cioccolata calda". Gathering together during this holiday season, even
in the midst of difficulties, expresses the spirit of the season, wherever we may be.
An immense applause of appreciation to the patient chaperones and to a wonderful group of students this year that made the 2012 a most memorable
and enjoyable excursion to one of the greatest cities in the world - NYC!
Nassau Zone of the New York State Association
The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance host an awards dinner honoring one young woman and one young man in the 2013 graduating class who meet the required Physical Education Outstanding Student criteria for achievement.
The award recipient exemplifies and demonstrates an understanding of the NYS Learning Standards for Health and Physical Education by:
Exhibiting a physically active lifestyle, both during and outside of school.
Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior - including good sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship.
Demonstrates leadership and is a positive influence on their peers.
Demonstrates and values a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning.
Exhibits exceptional achievement in physical education class.
Achieves a high level of fitness on an approved fitness test.
Recipients: Brittany Bungert & Eric Bergersen
2013 Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival Orchestra
Bethpage High School orchestra students were selected for the 2013 Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival Orchestra. Pictured (L to R) are Joaane Kim, Kayla-Anne Javier, Gary Liang, Melissa Cao, and Jonathan Kim.
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BHS Varsity Hockey
The BHS Varsity Ice Hockey team started off their season with a weekend tournament in the Baltimore area. Hosted by Calvert Hall and Loyola Prep, the team played 3 games and put up a 1-1-1 pre-season record. Coaches Braglia, Schmier and Verde organized tours of Towson University and the Inner Harbor. The team was also able to see the Towson Hockey team in action against West Chester University, before heading back to beat Hurricane Sandy! Come out to route on Eagles Hockey at the TOBAY Ice Rink : 11/28 @ 8, 12/2 @ 5:45 (PINK THE RINK benefit for the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 12/4 @ 6:45, 12/5 @ 6:15, 12/9 @ 5:45, 12/18 @ 6:45, 1/9 @ 6:15, 1/23 @ 8, 2/6 @ 8. (all games are p.m.)
Thanksgiving - Tuesday Nights Together
Choices and Consequences
On Thursday, October 25th students from the 11th Grade attended the program Choices and Consequences. The program delivered a powerful message about the consequences of drunk or drugged driving. Students listened to a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney discuss specific cases that ended in tragedy because of poor choices by individuals behind the wheel of a car. A Nassau County Police Officer also was on hand to detail how law enforcement deals with reckless driving. In addition, students heard first hand accounts from people who made bad decisions on the roads that led to terrible situations. Choices and Consequences is part of our overall effort to help students be smart, safe and responsible young drivers.
Long Island String Festival Orchestra
Bethpage High School orchestra students will perform in the Long Island String Festival Orchestra on November 18th at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School. Pictured (L to R) are Gary Liang, Melissa Cao, Jonathan Kim, Mr. Spence, and Joaane Kim.
BHS Election Day
On Election day, BHS held a school-wide Presidential election. With 303 votes for Romney, and 395 votes for Obama, Bethpage High School students decided to reelect President Obama to a second term. Special thanks to Mrs. Whalen's 9th period AP class for creating informative posters and announcements, and for counting the votes.
BHS Marching Band
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On a very cold Friday night the Bethpage community came out to watch the 5th annual Powder Puff Football game. Both the varsity cheerleaders and varsity kickline teams left their supporting roles on the sidelines to play a game of flag football; senior and sophomores vs. juniors. For the 5th straight year the seniors walked away victorious. Both teams undoubtedly played great because of the very enthusiastic coaching staffs compromised of the varsity football team. Members of the football team played the roles of announcer and referee as well. It was a great night of fun for all involved and all proceeds that were collected at the door will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Over $400.00 was collected that night, so thank you to all who came out to support the students and a great cause.
At a ceremony at the County Executive Office Building, County Executive Ed Mangano kicked off Italian Heritage week and recognized the efforts of the Bethpage Italian Department. Thanks to our super Italian teachers for achieving this honor! Joining us was Signor Maio, recently retired, but singled out by Mr. Mangano for his influence in spreading Italian culture.
21st. Century Trip Egypt
Prior to the trip, students answered questions regarding historical facts and opinions while they looked over the artworks. We then arrived at the Met and the students searched through the Egyptian exhibition for an hour and a half or so. They responded to the worksheets and answered the questions thoughtfully. The group then headed down to the Metropolitan Museum's Restaurant for lunch.
Marine Science Club
On October 3rd students from the Middle School and High School members of the Marine Science Club had the opportunity to sail the "Christeen". The Christeen, a 40-foot gaff rigged sloop, is the oldest oyster sloop in America and a National Historic Landmark. She was originally built in 1883 for the purpose of harvesting oysters in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. Over her 125 years, the Christeen served not only as an oyster dredge but also as a cargo carrier and live-aboard between Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. In 1992 a dedicated group of volunteers worked tirelessly on the restoration of the Christeen. The Christeen's new mission is to serve as a floating classroom, educating students about maritime history, marine science, coastal ecology, the oyster industry and aquaculture. Mr. Carroll entertained the group with local folklore and fishing strategies. The students assisted in raising and lowering the sails, they handled several local marine species and collected live specimen's for Mr. Portuese's classroom tank
Vote for BHS- Best of LI
Bethpage High School has been nominated for Best School Spirit in the Long Island Press’s Best of Long Island series! Vote for us now by going to:
Scroll down to High School Spirit and Bethpage is the first one on the list! Everyone can vote once a day from a computer! Let’s show them the Golden Eagle spirit!
Students from BHS remembered their good friend Sasha Safranov in a dedication ceremony organized by Mr. DeStefano and Mrs. Ciarniello. We are grateful to Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto for permitting the placement of a memorial bench in the new skateboard park in Bethpage and for providing comfort to the audience with his kind remarks. Friends and teachers gathered around Sasha’s family as the new bench was unveiled. The first person to sit on the new bench was Sasha’s brother Maxim. Funds were raised by students to pay for the bench and to remember their friend who was active in Stage Crew, French Club and Marine Fitness. Thanks to everyone for their assistance. We will always remember Sasha.
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On Thursday, September 20th, the high school hosted a night time college fair for seniors and juniors as well as their parents. The fair was a great opportunity for students and parents to meet with college representatives, discuss the college application process, hear about the college essay and receive assistance with using the Naviance website.
Colleges in attendance included: SUNY and CUNY schools, Adelphi University, Hofstra University, Dowling College, Drexel University, East Stroudsburg Unviersity, Fairleigh Dickensen University, Iona College, Lincoln Tech, LIU-Post, Marist College, Molloy College, NYIT, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Pace University, College of St. Rose, College of New Jersey, Quinnipiac University, RIT, Sacred Heart University, Siena College, St. John's University, St. Joseph's College, Syracuse University, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, University of Scranton and Wagner College.
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Bethpage Takes Third Place at the Stevens Ethics Bowl!
The 5th annual Stevens Institute High School Ethics Bowl took place at Stevens Institute of Technology on Thursday, May 31st. Twenty eight teams from the tri-state area matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included internet privacy, sweatshop labor in China, genetic manipulation, and the building of the Keystone pipeline. Teams competed in two preliminary rounds earning points to ultimately determine the top three teams. The Bethpage team of Michelle Cirillo, Akash Dagur, Chang Jeong, and Nisha Shah took on Perth Amboy in the first round and Clarkstown in the second round. After two hours of intense presentation, commentary and rebuttal Bethpage ultimately outscored both teams to take third place. 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
Seaford Dance for ACE
Inaugurating the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged Victory Games, Bethpage High School Student Civic Events Coordinator Deena Hadhoud and member Suzanne Grigorian attended the Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening, May 31st 2012. This year as last year, Student Civic contributed $200 to sponsor a student athlete to defray costs of the athlete's participation in these challenging but inspiring games.
Teams of student athletes arrived at the "Parade of Athletes" at Nassau County's Mitchel Athletic Complex from all over Nassau County as well as parts of New York City to participate in a variety of athletic events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Everyone cheered as the student athletes were introduced and made their way to greet patrons, sponsors, legislators and community leaders in support of the event. Police officer color guards, student Olympic torch bearers and signers performing from St. Joseph School for the Deaf contributed their discipline and talent to the Opening Ceremony.
BHS Student Civic members met with County Executive Edward Mangano and exchanged their thoughts and ideas with many of the community leaders present. They were inspired by the courage of the participating athletes and had photos taken to commemorate the evening and their attendance at the event.
Donating to help sponsor an athlete, volunteering, and promoting events such as these are ways in which BHS Student Civic introduces our high school students to help build stronger communities through awareness and efforts.
The annual Italian Student of the Month dinner took place on Tuesday, June 5th at La Famiglia Restaurant in Plainview. Present (and some former) students from BHS Italian classes taught by Signora Marinaccio and Signora Rito were served Italian specialties from a delicious list of choices. Bruschetta, Pollo alla Francese, Melanzana alla Parmigiana, Penne alla Vodka or Rigatoni con Broccoli, Aglio ed Olio were the main course choices with Caesar or House Salad and a Sundae Cup of Ice Cream became the fare for the evening. Satisfying food, good conversation and lasting memories completed the evening and the 2012 Year for Italian! Grazie a tutti!
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New York City Center for Space Science Education
The Life Skills class along with some other helpful peers, visited the New York City Center for Space Science Education. This amazing facility allowed our students the opportunity to explore how the aviation program works and how astronauts work together in Space to achieve success.
Hot Chelle Rae/Karmin at BHS
BHS Most Philosophical School
Once again, Bethpage High School earned the distinction of being the Most Philosophical School in America! Congratulations to all our philosophers, especially Akash Dagur who ranked third most philosophical student in America, and their advisor Ms. Way! We are all honored!
Democracy in Action
The ACE students, along with the help of some friends, created some delicious "sushi," using Peeps, Rice Krispie treats and Fruit Roll-ups. We had a great afternoon together celebrating spring.
Bethpage HS Gold Medal Winner
U.S. News released its list of Best High Schools in America and BHS ranked 494 out of 22,000 schools! We were a gold medal winner in the rankings. Congratulations to the faculty and staff and to the students who have enrolled in rigorous courses that the rankings are based on. See the entire listing at: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings
FIAT Visits Bethpage
On Friday May 4, FIAT representative Michael Germana visited the Italian classes of Bethpage High School to talk and demonstrate the new FIAT cars, designed in Italy and manufactured in Michigan. Mr. Germana spoke to a group of more than fifty high school students from the classes of Signor Vincenzo Maio and Signora Jacqueline Jill Rito interested in discovering more about Italian design, marketing and imports.
After speaking to the students and showing a video in the Little Theater, the classes went outside to see the 2012 FIAT 500 Sport POP, climb inside and feel the new reliability that FIAT and Chrysler now represent since its re-entry into the American market in 2011 with a totally new product after years of research and development. Students asked questions, sat in the car and after Mr. Germana's expert talk on the advantages of the FIAT 500, such as superb safety features and gas mileage of 44 miles per gallon, students reassessed their ideas about smaller cars and some even considered further investigation into their first car as a FIAT.
Our gratitude to Mr. Germana and FIAT of Westbury for their collaboration in bringing a little bit of Italy to our students!
Honors Living Environment students attend a histotechnology career day field trip. Students observed tissue fixed in alcohol that could be prepared for viewing under the microscope. They then got to do some hands-on embedding of buttons in paraffin and placed these materials into a microtome, turned the wheel and used forceps to pull sections after cutting to place in a water bath. Students got to make prepared slides just like histotechnologists do. The staining process was explained and we viewed slides under super powered microscopes of images of particular tissues. We were able to see the difference between what is normal verses abnormal (cancer cells). The students really enjoyed the trip and said how informative the presentation and activities were.
Recognition of Excellence Dinner
At our Annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner, nine Bethpage High School students chose an elementary, middle and high school teacher who had a positive influence on them. It was a great night as the students spoke with great poise and maturity and the teachers were recognized for their long hours and dedication to assisting children. Thanks to everyone including the BHS Jazz Ensemble for their stellar performance! The parents had much to be proud of on this evening!
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On April23, BHS Students once again arrived at Bethany House in Roosevelt to offer pizza, an arts and crafts session and a sheet cake to the women and children guests. After everyone had their fill of the pizza, which is always a treat for them, BHS Civic students, Amanda Arnold, Lisa Coletta, Deena Hadhoud and Rebecca Massone helped the children make sparkly bookmarks to use for school. Children delighted in decorating and personalizing their own bookmarks. There were enough supplies donated for each mother to also make a bookmark for themselves as well. Finally a vanilla-mousse sheetcake with milk topped off the evening! Before leaving, children shouted the names of the students with a big "THANK YOU". Amid plenty of smiles, BHS students returned home knowing that twenty content children had a happy ending to a perfect day!
Trip to St. Patrick's
21st Century students were able to take an architectural tour of St.Patrick's Cathedral in NYC under the direction of Mr. DeStefano with help from Mr. Fazio and Mrs. D'Alleva. It was a great day that also explored lots of art at the Onassis Cultural Center as well. Thanks to our teachers for making this happen!
Senior Citizen Prom
Over 260 Senior Citizens came out for the 23rd Annual Senior Citizen Prom at Bethpage High School! It was another great success thanks to all the teachers and students who worked so hard! Everyone enjoyed the music, the dancing, the food and especially the company! Great job to all!
The Junior Class held a fantastic and fun-filled Banquet and everyone had a great time! Thanks to all the students, the class officers and our faculty advisors- Ms. Sherry and Ms. Amodia- for all their hard work!
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Youth Lacrosse Clinic
Over 250 youngsters came out to participate in the Battle at Bethpage Youth Lacrosse Clinic. Youngsters were treated to small group instruction on lacrosse skills from the talented players of Drexel and UMass. Thanks to all the college players for helping us with our game. Special thanks to Drexel Coach Voelker and UMass Coach Canella for coming out with their teams and talking to the children about athletics and the importance of good school habits. We also appreciate all the BHS athletes who assisted with the event! It was fantastic!
FBI presents at BHS
On Wednesday, March 28th, students at the high school signed up through our 21st Century Scholars program to attend a presentation on the FBI with Special Agents Scott Kerns and Laura Spence. The presentation focused on the history of the FBI and the path both individuals took to become FBI agents. Special attention was given to areas of the agents' expertise. Students learned about the process to become an agent, the difficulty of training at Quantico and the policing of white collar crime. The FBI agents also spoke about why and how they conduct electronic surveillance. In addition, students listened to how the FBI combats crimes against children. After the presentation, students had many questions for the agents.
Battle at Bethpage 2012
Two great lacrosse teams squared off at the Battle at Bethpage II. Drexl took on UMass in a fantastic game which UMass won 8-6. There were four thousand people at the game which was sponsored by the Bethpage Educational Foundation and the Town of Oyster Bay. Thanks to all the fans and the many volunteers!
A Chorus Line
The BHS Masquers’ Guild put on a fantastic production of A Chorus Line. The singing, the choreography, the acting and the music were all terrific! Congratulations to all the actors and to Mr. DeStefano and Ms. Lishansky for a great show! Thanks also to all the students involved in stage, lighting and sound. The audience loved it all!
21st Century: Fire Island Lighthouse
On Saturday March 31st Mr. Carroll and Mr. Portuese conducted a 21st Century trip to the Fire Island Lighthouse(built in 1858). Although the weather was a bit on the damp side, the experience was inspirational. Participants had the opportunity to climb the 190 steps to the top via the original spiral staircase. The students were also given a historical demonstration on how passengers were rescued from stranded ships. Another highlight was the newly build structure housing the old Fresnel lens that created the light beacon prior to electric lights. This new addition contained informative displays and interactive exhibits. The staff at the lighthouse were very friendly and knowledgeable making our experience truly memorable.
16 Word Poetry Contest
Congratulations to the winners of the 21st Century 16 Word Poetry contest: Kristen Chiofalo, Deena Hadhoud and Mackenzie Pech. Thank you to all who participated! Ms. Bertolotti would also like to thank Mrs. Gagliardi and Ms. Cardo for helping to judge the contest.
Bethpage High School at a United Nations Conference
On March 30, 2012, Leila Dastgheib-Beheshti and Michelle Mason proudly represented Bethpage High School at a United Nations Conference focusing on Methodology in a Multicultural World involving educators, professors, students, representatives from NGOs from the Northeast and videoconferencing with educators from British Columbia, Canada, Mexico City, Mexico and Manila, Philippines. Co-sponsored and organized by the NGO Global Education Motivators from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and Adelphi University, the conference on Teaching for Peace and Human Rights brought global ideas and discussions to light in simultaneous videoconferencing.
Leila and Michelle met other high school and college students, professors, and teachers. They listened attentively to discussions and participated by offering practical details about programs that can help change perspectives and improve international relationships. These actions are in an effort to bring people closer together and solve problems with concrete projects that offer potential solutions. The participation in active listening, reflection and action is exactly what the BHS students have begun with their continuing participation in the Global Days of Listening, the program they presented at the United Nations as a concrete way to connect with youth globally.
Making a difference globally always begins with one small and persistent step after another. Congratulations to Leila and Michelle for an excellent presentation and outstanding example of the leadership that we as a community of active citizens - parents, educators, administrators and students - seek to build.
BHS students went on a 21st Century trip to Sacred Heart University in Connecticut to get the flavor of college life. Students toured the campus, from the Division I athletic complex to the innovative classrooms, learned about the diverse extra-curricular activities on and off campus and enjoyed a hearty lunch in the dining hall. Our friendly tour guide Meg and our outstanding group of Bethpage students made for a wonderful day.
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New York Philharmonic
Music department and ACE students attended a performance by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in New York on Friday, March 16. Guest conductor David Zinman led the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Symphonies 1 and 3. Violin soloist Gil Shaham performed Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Concerto Funebre.
Congratulations to Stefanie Diers who received a scholarship from the Nassau County Art Supervisors’ organization! Stefanie was honored at the annual art show held at Adelphi University. Mrs. Candela was there to support her! Congratulations on this prestigious award!
On March 8, the Bethpage Varsity Golden Girls Kickline traveled to Myrtle Beach to compete in the ECDA Dance Nationals competition. The girls took home 5 trophies and 2 plaques from the weekend including the titles; National Kick Champions and National Variety Champions. They also won the award for "Best Kick Sequence".
It was a great weekend and the girls have much to be proud of!
A special acknowledgment to seniors: Gabby Micciche, Jennifer Pilarte, Alyssa Szynal, Taylor Ilasi (Captain), Monica Mitrache (Captain) and Marissa Nani (Captain).
Athletes Helping Athletes
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The JFK Middle School and Bethpage High School Orchestras rocked the house before a crowd of 800 people under the direction of Mark Wood. Mark was a founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Students played a number of great songs along with his electronic violin. Thanks to Mark and all the student performers. Thanks to Mr. Kay for making all the arrangements. Mark donated an electronic violin he makes and Moms and Dads raffled it off and raised $1,100 for the orchestra program.
It was a great evening! Visit Mark’s website at: http://www.markwoodmusic.com
Artist in Residence
Students were treated to a private showing of work by renowned local artist Dan Cristoffel at the Huntington Arts Center. Mr. Cristoffel is our Artist-in-Residence and his show consisted of his works of Lincoln and Whitman. He introduced each piece to the students and what his motivation was for each and then he talked about the crafting of each piece. He was terrific as he is in class when working with students. Thanks to Mrs. Candela and Ms. Cardo for making the arrangements! Check out the Huntington Arts Council’s website at http://www.huntingtonarts.org/
Skating with Mentors
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BHS sent four gymnasts to the state meet outside Albany. That is quite an accomplishment! Congratulations to the girls, their teammates (County Champs) and to Coach Rhatigan! Mr. Clark had to see it for himself, so he joined the girls upstate to cheer them on.
Bethpage Takes Second Place at the Long Island Ethics Bowl!
The 3rd annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl took place at Molloy College on Saturday, February 11th. Twenty two teams from the tri-state area matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included bullfighting, the use of torture, and corporate advertising in public schools. Teams competed in three preliminary rounds earning points to ultimately determine the top two teams. The Bethpage team of Lauren Birck, Michelle Mason, Jeremy Roller, Kelly Chan, and Usman Asif made it to the final round against Ramapo High School from New Jersey. After an hour of intense presentation, commentary and rebuttal Bethpage ultimately took second place. The final score was 215 to 203. Another Bethpage team consisting of Akash Dagur, Chang Jeong, Nisha Shah, Andrew Aquino, and Michelle Cirillo came in 4th place. Congratulations to all of the students who competed! The Long Island Ethics Bowl is sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation. The foundation was founded by Long Island native Gary Squire, an advocate for more philosophical instruction at the pre-college level. 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; they are then judged on the basis of their analyses.
Reading Across Bethpage
On March 2, 2012, all the district's schools celebrated the joy of reading in our annual "Read Across Bethpage Day." Students in all five buildings enjoyed a number of fun and exciting activities from author visits to reading with younger classmates to listening to our wonderful guest readers. It was a great day for everyone!
Athletes Helping Athletes Vist
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The Middle School and High School French classes celebrated Mardi Gras on Feb. 28th (a week late, due to the February vacation). We enjoyed croissants and home-made crepes with everyone's favorite filling--Nutella. The students also received Mardi Gras beads and made colorful masks.
County Executives Office
Thirty Leadership class students were invited by County Executive Edward Mangano to tour the Nassau County offices, the Police Museum and to meet with Mr. Mangano and Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker. The County Executive welcomed the group into his blue and gold office for a very interesting Q and A session.
Human Rights Awareness Conference
BHS Student Civic Association attended the Nassau County Human Rights Awareness Conference on 9 February 2012 at Adelphi University. BHS seniors Michelle Mason, Leila Dastgheib-Beheshti, Holly Josephs, Jerry Kim, Nicole Scagliola and Christina Wing facilitated a workshop based on the connection made at BHS with the Afghan Youth Volunteers. High school and university students from across Nassau County along with their teachers and professors took part in an informational workshop testing their real knowledge of the situation in Afghanistan. Through the Global Days of Listening, students had the opportunity to ask questions directly to Dr. Hakim and the group of volunteers in Afghanistan with a SKYPE connection. Dialogues flowed between the American students and the Afghan Youth. Representatives of various peace and social justice groups witnessed the discussions as observers. Each workshop lasted about an hour and hosted more than 100 students total. At the end of the conference, BHS students remained with a renewed sense of the strength there is in knowledge and the ability to reach out to others to affect positive change. It is hoped that BHS Student Civic will be presenting more workshops to other interested universities in the near future.
Read Across Bethpage
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BHS Full of Cheer
Congratulations to the Bethpage Cheerleading team which hosted a major cheerleading competition! It was a huge undertaking. Congratulations to all the participants from the many schools that joined us. Thanks to Coach Tavolacci for all the hard work as well as all the parents who assisted with day!
21st Century: Career Corner
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Annual Train Show
The Bethpage High School PTSA held its annual Train Show for kids of all ages! It was a fantastic event! Thanks to our PTSA parents for being so involved!
The Bethpage Wrestling Alumni honored those past BHS wrestlers who went on to state competition. It is quite an accomplishment. Thanks to the Candito brothers for organizing the event!
The Mentoring Program at BHS did a great job getting toys for kids in need. Congratulations to all of them along with Advisor Ms. Kennedy and to Santa!
BHS Challenge Day
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Trip to Museum of Natural History - Spanish Club
Child Psychology Class
On Friday December 16th, Mrs. Chiddo came and spoke to the students of the Child Psychology classes. She has 35 years of experience as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park. She brings not only her stories, but many props to show the students how fragile a premature babies life is. She also touched on topics such as Safe Havens, and Shaken Baby Syndrome, which the students just learned about this week. We thank her for her expertise and time.
BHS on MSG Varsity: Challenge Day
BHS Winter Concert
Congratulations to all the BHS performers in the Annual Winter Concert! It was a terrific evening for everyone involved!
Bethpage Varsity Cheerleaders
The Bethpage Varsity Cheerleaders traveled to Kutztown University in Pennsylvania this weekend to attend the UCA Northeast Regional Qualifier Competition. This is where each team must compete in order to attempt to earn a bid to UCA Nationals in February. Each division winner receives an automatic bid and all other teams have an opportunity to receive an at-large bid based upon their scores. The Bethpage cheerleaders won their division and received an automatic bid to Nationals in February. They are the 2011 Northeast Regional Champions! Congratulations to all of the girls.
New York Aquarium Adventure
Students from JFK had an amazing time at the New York Aquarium. They enjoyed a Sea Lion Show, had the opportunity to talk to trainers at the Walrus, Sea Otter, Penguin, and Shark feedings, and participated in a fun Scavenger Hunt through the exhibits such as the Coral Reefs, Sea Cliffs, Alien Stingers, Explore the Shore, and the Shark Tank.
A Christmas Carol at BHS
The Masquers Guild of BHS did a fantastic job with their production of A Christmas Carol! Congratulations to all the performers and their authentic accents! Thanks to Stage and Lighting Crews! And special thanks to Mr. DeStefano and Ms. Lishansky for all their hard work!
On Friday, December 2nd a group of writing/drama students visited the set of the TV show "Blue Bloods". The students first spoke with Tom Kelly, a writer and producer on the show. Then they toured the stage area, visiting several of the sets where the show is filmed. As an added treat, the students were able to visit a set during a break in filming and saw many of the show's stars, including Will Estes, Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck.
Nassau County Football Dinner
Read to Achieve
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It was another great Astronomy Night at BHS! Hundreds of students participated at all levels along with dozens of teachers and administrators. Highlights included Starnival and Big Bang: The Musical! Thanks to everyone for helping out!
Students performed some great numbers at our Annual Cabaret Night! Thanks to all involved!
BHS Receives Optimum Grant
Bethpage High School has today been awarded $10,000 as one of eleven Long Island schools recognized by Optimum Lightpath as part of its Transforming Education with Technology grant program. The program was created to award $100,000 in grants to Long Island schools to fund technology-driven learning programs in the classroom. With more than 150 grant applicants, Bethpage High School was selected based on how it would use technology in innovative ways to enhance education. The $10,000 check was presented on November 16th at an education technology themed event held at Cablevision Headquarters in Bethpage, NY. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano spoke at the event and presented award checks to the grant winners.
Bethpage High School will use the $10,000 grant from Optimum Lightpath to create a new course that explores the use of Geographic Information Systems that combine maps and statistics to visually represent societal trends. A key focus of the program is local projects that connect students to technology and their communities. The result is improved spatial thinking and project management skills through real world applications and simulations as they begin the transition to higher education. Professional GIS software will be used to drive the program.
On the 15th and 16th of November 109 Forensic Science students visited the CSI: Discovery Times Square exhibit. There were three different crime scenes scenarios for the students to explore and solve. A special thanks to the teachers and parents that made this trip possible.
We had some great singers at karaoke and great dodgeball tournaments at our TGIF event!
Bethpage Places Third in Moorestown Bio-Ethics Bowl!
The 1st annual Moorestown Bio-Ethics Bowl took place at Moorestown Friends Academy in New Jersey on Saturday, October 22nd. Sixteen teams from the tri-state area matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included “win-a-baby,” NFL disclosure of concussion dangers, forced vaccinations, and convicts donating organs for a lesser sentence. After three rounds, four final teams were announced and Bethpage’s team consisting of Lauren Birck, Usman Asif, Michelle Mason, Jeremy Roller, and Chang Jeong took on Moorestown Friends Academy from New Jersey in the final round After an hour of intense commentary and rebuttal Bethpage ultimately took third place. Congratulations! 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; they are then judged on the basis of their analyses.
Bethpage Philosophy Club Holds Discussion at the Long Island Ethical Humanist Society
The BHS Philosophy Club was invited by the Long Island Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City to discuss their experiences competing in ethics bowl. The discussion began with Ms. Roberta Israeloff, director of the Squire Family Foundation, who discussed the importance of high school students participating in ethics bowls and asking the audience to consider being “ambassadors” for their schools to create an interest in ethics and forming teams to compete in future ethics bowls. Next, Ms. Way spoke about the philosophy program at Bethpage H.S. and introduced the members of the ethics bowl teams that had just competed in a bowl the day before. The students discussed their experiences competing, what they like about it, what they have learned from it, and the types of cases that they have debated. The discussion was followed by a lively question and answer period and a meet and greet over pizza and salad.
BHS Philosophy Club Experiences Socrates Last Day!
Students from the BHS Philosophy Club took part in a Plato Study Day at the School of Practical Philosophy in Manhattan on Sunday, October 30th. The school sponsors this event twice a year which allows participants and professors to do an intensive study of one of Plato’s works. This year the focus was on Plato’s Phaedo which deals with Socrates last day on earth before he drinks the poison hemlock. The students looked at the dialogue in depth by breaking into small groups led by two instructors and followed Socrates’ discussion of how, facing death, Socrates imparts how to live a good life to his students. After the study day was over the students enjoyed a catered Greek lunch, watched the 1950s episode of You Are There: The Death of Socrates (hosted by Walter Cronkite), and enjoyed a humorous piano and song parody of events from Plato’s writings. The professors were very impressed with the students (they were the youngest people in attendance) and gave them a special introduction during the summary portion of the event which was a wonderful way to end a wonderful day!
Students Visit Northrop Grumman
We Mourn Together
The Bethpage school community mourns the loss of Oleksandr (Sasha) Safronov. Sasha was a vibrant young man with many, many friends. In addition to being a good student, his artistic talents were on full view in the work he created for our drama productions and he was a dedicated athlete. His life deeply touched his fellow students, teachers and staff members at Bethpage High School.
High School counselors and teachers are meeting with his many friends to offer comfort and grief counseling. Students at Central Blvd. where Sasha's brother attended are also being counseled.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Safronov family
21st Century: WTC Visit
Choices and Consequences
On Friday, October 28th, Nassau County Assistant District Attorney, James Cole, presented the program Choices and Consequences to the 11th grade. The program highlighted for students the dangers of drugged, drunk and reckless driving. The assistant district attorney described in great detail actual cases on Long Island and the tragic results. As part of the program, a Nassau County police officer explained to students the consequences associated with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This program delivered a very powerful message to students to be safe and wise behind the wheel of an automobile.
Safe Halloween at BHS
Congratulations to the Bethpage PTA for another outstanding Safe Halloween Party! There were over 1,000 people who attended! Thanks to all our volunteers, including all the students, parents and teachers who assisted. Thanks also to our Custodial Crew which had to clean up our big mess! It was a great evening. And a little scary!
BHS Girls' Tennis: Conference Champs!
Congratulations to the BHS Girls' Tennis Team for their victory over Wantagh for the Conference Championship! We are proud of all the athletes and Coach LaRochester!
Newsday Band Festival
Mayor Paul Pontieri at Bethpage High School
BHS to Mercy Inn Soup Kitchen
While many were enjoying the Columbus Day parades or just the beautiful fall weather before school resumes again, BHS students were giving of their time, talents and smiles to help those less fortunate. How fitting on a day steeped in celebration of exploration, BHS students "discovered" a different world so close to home. Led by Ms. Rito, Kanza Ahmad, Joe Agnese, Nick Broughton, Wilfred Cheung, Deena Hadhoud, Jeanne Lavalle, Michelle Mason, John Saugy and Samantha Virgil prepared sandwiches, bagged grapes, served food to guests of Mercy Inn Soup Kitchen in Wyandanch, one of Long Island's poorest areas.
Mercy Inn is located in the basement of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wyandanch and serves hot lunches to guests from Monday through Friday. It is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, community-based organization which believes that all human beings are interdependent and that society heals itself by caring for the least of its brethren.
The Mercy INN is an affiliate of The Interfaith Nutrition Network, Inc. operating autonomously from that organization, maintains its own bank accounts, and is responsible for its own income and expenses. The Mercy INN operates a single soup kitchen in Wyandanch, Long Island, NY, serving over 25,000 free, hot noontime meals per year to the homeless and working poor of the community. No questions are asked of our guests, and no proselytizing, counseling or outside publicity is permitted. The Mercy INN has no paid employees, except for a part-time custodian. Almost all food served is donated by local hospitals, restaurants and community groups, or purchased through annual grants.
If the smiles are any indicator of "having a good time", it's evident that BHS students spent a morning and afternoon well worth their time. If you would like to know more about what is needed or what you can do for Mercy Inn, please call 631-422-1420 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 631-422-1420 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or see Ms Rito at Bethpage High School.
Thank you to each and every Volunteer!
This past Saturday (October 8th) members of the Marine Science Club experienced the Nissequogue River by canoeing it's 5.5 miles, from "the bull" to Old Dock Road. Students began their trip from the rivers fresh water source to the Long Island Sound. The estuary that they traveled through, where salt and fresh water meet, was teeming with a rich diversity of life. They encountered great blue herons, swans and two large nesting sites; one for American Egrets and the other for cormorants. The trip ended with a riverside B-B-Q and a collection of local fish for the club's tank. The weather was spectacular and the cheeseburgers were pretty good too!
BHS Students Interview a Giant
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BHS Welcomes New Entrants
BHS Social Worker Ms. Kennedy organized a New Entrant Ice Cream Bash for students new to BHS. The students enjoyed getting to know other students in a supportive environment. Welcome one and all to a great school!
A community remembered those lost on 9-11 with a ceremony in downtown Bethpage hosted by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Rose Walker. They were joined by Supervisor John Venditto. The event was emceed by Terrence Clark, Superintendent of the Bethpage Schools. The names of the 128 Town of Oyster Bay residents who were killed on that day were read by students from Bethpage High School and JFK Middle School. Thanks to everyone who participated including our own Mr. Kevin Healy who played the bagpipes. Thanks to the Bethpage 9-11 Memorial Committee who organized the event and did a great job. Thanks also to the our own first responders, the Bethpage Fire Department, for all they do and for acquiring a piece of World Trade Center steel for our town that will reside at Rotary Circle. It was an emotional event.
Those who perished are always in our thoughts.
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Band Camp Weekend
Bethpage's outstanding Marching Band and the Kickline team all went away for Band Camp Weekend. They practiced all their numbers and routines and are ready for an exciting season! Thanks to Mr. Stehlik and Ms. Novelli as well as all the chaperones who attended.
BHS Students Visit Gander
Bethpage students along with Mr. Fenster, NYC Firefighter Bill Seiter all visited Gander, Canada to help commemorate 9-11. Mr. Fenster invited a team from Gander to visit New York last December and Constable Os Fudge wanted to return the favor. The Bethpage contingent participated in the national ceremonies and met U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson during their visit. Everyone had a fantastic time. The people of Gander lived up to their reputation for incredible hospitality. Thanks to Mr. Fenster for making all the arrangements! He did an incredible job!
Here is a link to a Canadian television story on the event and the Bethpage connection: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/09/10/nl-rex-murphy-gift-gander-video.html
CORE at NUMC
Students in the CORE program at BHS, with great assistance from advisor Jon LaRochester, renovated the Pediatric Room at Nassau County Medical Center. The students raised $20,000 in the past two years and received a $5,000 donation from Cablevision. The students painted the room, assembled furniture they had purchased and provided lots of high tech equipment like computers and iPads. There are lots of smiling kids in the Pediatric Center as a result of all their hard work.
Bethpage's Newest Teachers
Congratulations to the new faculty members of the Bethpage School District. They all attended the New Teacher Orientation program where they learned a great deal about our community. Then they took a bus tour narrated by Superintendent Terrence Clark with stops at Cablevision and Northrop-Grumman. The day was arranged by Ms. Lavelle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and everyone is looking forward to the new school year!
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Philosophy Club Discuss the Great Stories
The BHS Philosophy Club journeyed into the city on July 20th to spend an evening at the School of Practical Philosophy enjoying one of their summer series offerings, “Stories That Can Change Your Life; Stories From the Great Masters.”
The storytelling guide for the evening was Cliff Henderson, who has fast become one our favorite philosophers in residence! It was also a special philosophy club event because we had a mixture of Bethpage graduates and current philosophy club members. The students were guided through two great stories and the discussion revolved around the concept of “perception” and whether perception has the power to transform us. Throughout the telling of each story the audience had the opportunity to share their own thoughts, stories, and interpretations. The students enjoyed sharing the conversation and laughter with the other members of the school. Bethpage Philosophy Club continues to enjoy the relationship we have created with this very special group of people and we look forward to many future endeavors.
Bethpage High School held its 2011 Commencement indoors and had a very distinguished ceremony. We were honored to have Senator Charles Schumer as our guest speaker. Repeatedly throughout the ceremony, the memory of Simon Jambrone was invoked as someone who worked hard and lived life to the fullest. We are proud of the Class of 2011 and their 98% Regents Diploma rate. Valedictorian Lauren Piulson, Salutatorian Jasdeep Singh and Senior Class President Jillian Skuza all gave great speeches. Congratulations to to the Class of 2011!
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BHS students interned at Northrop-Grumman this spring and a ceremony was held to honor them and their mentors. It was a great experience for these students who plan on being future engineers.
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N.Y. State Games for the Physically Challenged
Students from BHS cheer on fellow classmate Philip Formica as he competes in the 27th annual N.Y. State Games for the Physically challenged.
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Bellmore-Merrick Challenge Day
Students from JFK and BHS compete at Bellmore-Merrick Challenge Day. Students had a great day making new friends while competing in basketball, long jump, running, cup stacking, hockey, bean bag toss, and the obstacle course. All students received a certificate, and some students even received trophies for their athleticism.
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BHS students assist elementary students as they make fish prints during the Maritime Festival
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On Tuesday evening, June 14, 2011, Bethpage High School Italian students celebrated their end of the school year success with Mrs. Rabeno and Ms. Rito at La Famiglia in Plainview. Forty-three participating "Students of the Month" and those with an average of 90 and above in Italian for the academic year gathered for a delicious family-style choice of primo piatto, caesar salad, bruschetta and a special cannoli cake for dessert. The Italian classes were joined by Mrs. Don Rosentel and Italian middle school teacher, Mrs. Marinaccio. Tanti auguri and mille grazie to those students and parents who helped make the year an enjoyable success. A special thanks to Sal and La Famiglia staff for the great food and impeccable service - more reasons of excellence to show that "Italian is not just pizza."
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St. Martin of Tours - Pentecost
On Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th, several JFK and Bethpage HS students, former students and myself joined other Bethpage residents by participating in church services at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, by reading responsorials psalms in French, Italian, and Spanish at 6 different services. (This was done as a special celebration for Pentecost.) The Middle School students were: Michelle Cirillo, Jillian Perrota, and Madeline Kuhlke. The High School students were Amanda Arnold, Tim Wakely, and Mary-Kate Colletta. The alumni were Tim Ciarniello and T.J. Hynes. (The teacher was me.)The kids did a great job, and the congregations was very pleased and impressed.
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Child Study Graduation
On Thursday, June 2nd The students of the 2010-2011 Child Study Workshop had their Graduation Ceremony. It was a beautiful day all around. The "big friends" have spent the past 12 weeks preparing and teaching lessons to our "little friends" based on different topics. The topics included numbers, letters and the five senses. Our little friends sang songs, received diplomas, and enjoyed refreshments in the Senior Courtyard on a breath taking day. Laura Coletta received the New York State Family and Consumer Science Educators Excellence in Family and Consumer Science award. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone involved
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PTA Dinner 2011
The Bethpage Council of PTA held its annual dinner and installation of new officers. The evening was organized by Lena Ritchie and was a great success. Thanks to the BHS Jazz Ensemble for providing the entertainment. Congratulations to all the new officers and thank you for you willingness to serve on behalf of our students. We will miss all the outgoing officers and particularly Liz Cotton and Linda Mangano who have dedicated years of their lives to making our schools are more inviting environment for our children. Congratulations to the recipients of special awards- Karen Fikar, Jackie LaRose and Pam Puglisi.
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Laptops for ELL Students
The ELL teachers applied for a grant that provided laptops to all students in the district. Congratulations to Ms. Lishansky and Mrs. Miniero for all their hard work. A ceremony was held to give out the laptops and parents and students were very excited!
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Congratulations to Lauren Piulson for being the BHS 2011 Valedictorian and to Jasdeep Singh for being the 2011 Salutatorian. Both are tremendous scholars and have worked hard during their academic careers. They have earned the awards and the respect of the BHS faculty and staff. Lauren will be attending the College of William and Many and Jasdeep will be attending Stony Brook University. They were honored at a recent Nassau County Superintendents’ Breakfast which they attended with family members. Both will be speaking at the upcoming Commencement Ceremony.
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Science Research Symposium
Bethpage Research scholars presented their findings to a large audience at Bethpage High School. The evening was organized by Mr. Chris Pollatos who directs the Science Research Program at BHS. Dr. Allan Ludman, Geology Professor and Department Chairperson at Queens College, provided a fascinating keynote address and told the students to pursue their passions. Students made presentations in the Auditorium before an audience of 350 people and in the Gym where guests reviewed their poster boards and asked many questions. The JFK and BHS Robotics Teams had their latest creations on display and Mr. Zabell, Mr. Wettengel and Mr. Granieri were instrumental in organizing that portion of the program. Thanks to all the JFK and BHS and also to Mrs. Sciglibaglio, Ms. Kruzynski and Ms. Basford for their mentoring the JFK Science Program.
It was a fascinating evening that demonstrated 21st Century learning in Bethpage. Great job to all!
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Relay For Life
The Bethpage community once again came together to raise funds via the annual Relay for Life. Over $90,000 was raised. Thousands of people showed up on a beautiful evening and worked to defeat cancer. There was a special remembrance of our friend Simon Jambrone, BHS Senior who recently passed away. We all miss him very much. Congratulations to Judy Wichter and her incredible team that includes Kevin, Lenny, Alicia, Jen and many, many others. Thanks to all the students and parents who came out to support the cause and thanks to Mr. Healy for his bagpipe performance. It was a great evening! Special thanks to Robbie Rosen from American Idol for stopping by and singing the national anthem.
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