Distance Learning Virtual Office Hours - Starting on April 13, 2020:
To provide additional support for our students during the school closure, Central Boulevard Elementary School has established a set schedule of times for students to check-in with a faculty member for assistance with their academic needs. Students may ask questions and seek help for material they may have difficulty understanding. The schedule is available at: Virtual Office Hours
ENL Math Night
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, all elementary English Language Learners were invited to Central Boulevard Elementary School to attend a "Spring into Math" night. All students and their families participated in engaging mathematics activities such as making animals with pattern blocks, adding and multiplying with dice, and building shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows. The event was enjoyed by all and we appreciate everyone who volunteered, including the English Language Learners from John F. Kennedy Middle School and Bethpage High School!
Students at Central Boulevard Elementary School were challenged to memorize as many digits of Pi as possible! Our top finishers were Hibba Farhan (65 digits), Pashmina Afridi (69 digits), and Ryan Bruno (84 digits). Great work and congratulations!
Argonauts Visit New York Hall of Science
On Friday, January 24, 2020, students in the Argonauts program at Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the New York Hall of Science for a full day of science and hands-on exploration! Students participated in the Connected Worlds exhibit, which nicely highlighted their recent study of the wetlands. Special thanks to Mrs. Marcis for organizing this great learning experience!
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CBS and JFK Send Valentines to Troops
Central Boulevard and JFK participated in NY Country 94.7’s collection
of valentines for troops. They created handmade cards to send well
wishes and positive thoughts to military servicemen and women.
CBS Sends Valentines to Senior Citizens
Kindergarten students from Kristen Ghison’s class at Central Boulevard
Elementary School made valentines for senior citizens as part of their
monthly Thoughtful Thursday activity on Jan. 23. The cards will be sent
to nursing homes to with recipients a happy Valentine’s Day. Thoughtful
Thursday is a monthly activity at Central Boulevard in which students
partake in acts of kindness for others.
Staying Afloat At Central Boulevard
Third grade students from Central Boulevard Elementary School in the Bethpage School District conducted an experiment on buoyancy in the school’s STEM lab on Nov. 26.
As part of the lesson, students were challenged to create a boat at home to test in the lab. Surface area, volume and mass all had to be considered when designing and building their creations. Several experiments were conducted to test the buoyancy and strength of the homemade boats.
Students used pennies to add weight and excitedly waited for their boats to either stay afloat or sink. The interactive activity allowed students to create, learn and use experimental strategies to come to a conclusion.
CBS students celebrate giving for Thoughtful Thursday
Fourth graders in Maureen Luca’s class at Central Boulevard School in the Bethpage Union Free School District celebrated Thoughtful Thursday by decorating placemats for Meals on Wheels Recipients on Nov. 21. Thoughtful Thursday is a monthly activity that allows students to contribute to their local community through various acts of kindness.
For November, students decorated Thanksgiving placemats with colorful drawings and positive messages for local Meals on Wheels recipients. Meals on Wheels provides meals for members of the community who have trouble preparing them themselves. This activity is a continuation of the #ChooseKind theme for Thoughtful Thursday and the fourth-grade students were excited to be able to spread positivity with their creations.
Argonauts Visit Caumsett State Park
Students in the Argonauts program at Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School braved the cold weather and visited Caumsett State Park to explore Long Island's very own salt marshes with Mrs. Marcis. Students learned that the salt marsh is a migration rest stop for some birds and had the opportunity to test the salinity. In addition, students learned about how trees decompose and detritus cycle.
The Central Boulevard Elementary School faculty and staff dressed in their western best to celebrate Halloween! We wish everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween 2019! Yee-haw!
Bethpage Educational Foundation Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
The District is excited to announce eight inductees for the 2019 Hall of Fame, which will be unveiled during a dinner sponsored by the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The ceremony will be held on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium.
This year’s class includes five district alumni, two retired teachers and a Board of Education trustee. The honorees are Susan Mittermeier Brooks, Class of 1968; Linda Candela, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Dr. Alex Carbo, Class of 1990; John De Guardi, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Thomas Frost, Jr., Class of 1996; Michael Kelly, Board of Education President; Tom Rousakis, Class of 1989; and Colonel Glenn Water, Class of 1984.
All community members are invited to attend the event. The cost to attend is $75 and all proceeds go to the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The foundation supports the district’s schools with scholarships, programs and enhancements.
Past honorees have included journalists, novelists, generals, artists, first responders, former staff members and local politicians and civic leaders. The full list can be viewed at www.bethapge.ws/HOF. For more information about the ceremony, call 516-644-4001.
Golden Eagles Fly into New School Year
The District welcomed students for the start of the 2019-20 school year on Sept. 4 as they begin and continue their educational paths.
Each building’s principal led the welcoming committee as students arrived during the morning drop off. Families at Kramer Lane were treated to a visit from the Golden Eagles mascot during arrival to help inspire a great start to the year.
“I am looking forward to the best year yet,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
Bethpage Ready for New School Year
The Bethpage Union Free School District put the final touches on preparation for the 2019-20 school year during the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider welcomed back staff members as they entered the Bethpage High School auditorium. Mr. Schneider updated the audience on various district news and the exciting educational programs starting this year throughout the district.
Following Mr. Schneider’s message, administrators and teachers returned to their respective buildings for faculty and department meetings for the remainder of the day.
The district is looking forward to another exciting year!
Board of Education Completes Reorganization Meeting
The district and Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 9.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider was sworn in for his second year, and re-elected Board members John Lonardo, Christina Scelta and Marie Swierkowski took oaths of office for three-year terms through June 30, 2022.
Behind nominations and unanimous elections, Michael Kelly and Sandra Watson were elected as Board president and vice president, respectively. This will be Kelly’s ninth straight term as president and 10th consecutive year that Watson will serve as vice president.
The district looks forward to another exciting year with the Board of Education.
Bubbling up thoughts
The final installation of Central Boulevard Elementary School’s monthly “Thoughtful Thursday” series generated new ideas on June 20.
As the last exercise of the school year, students reflected on the projects and activities they participated in throughout the entire year. The teachers then led a class discussion and completed a “Thought Bubble” that summarized the engaging discussions.
After looking back on the service already completed, students generated new project ideas for next year. Topics included creating care packages, writing letters and drawing pictures of support to those in need, and collecting donations for charities and animal shelters.
“Thank you, the students, teachers and families, for the ongoing support and cooperation in making this another successful and enriching year of Thoughtful Thursdays,” said second grade teacher Patricia Tierney.
A Feeding Collaboration
First and fourth grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School worked together in the building’s STEM lab to create bird feeders for the surrounding environment.
During the week of June 10, first grade classes studied bird feeders and their importance, then were joined by fourth grade classes to create homemade bird feeders from several household and purchased products. Under the instruction of STEM teacher Mara Karfinkel, the students used milk cartons, food containers, donut boxes, tape and tree branches to manufacture feeders.
The design for each feeder was illustrated by a first grade student. Fourth graders helped in bringing the sketches to life, using the materials offered in the STEM lab to construct functional bird feeders to bring home.
“Thank you to the fourth graders for coming to assist the first grade classes in creating their bird feeders,” said Ms. Karfinkel.
Celebrating as Americans
Second graders at Central Boulevard Elementary School showcased their knowledge about the state nation when they shared projects, presentations and an “Americans We” performance on June 7.
Each student showcased their state fair assignments that included fun facts, climate information, famous people and more as a large gallery in the school’s gymnasium. Next, the entire grade came together to perform Teresa Jennings’ musical revue “Americans We” to conclude the patriotic topic.
“Americans We” is a celebration of the people, by the people and for the people. Through song, movement and dialogue the revue focuses on the American people and the roles that are served. The assembly concluded with the “Fifty States” song.
Central Boulevard congratulates all of the performers on a job well done!
Expert Level Knowledge
Fourth grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School recently expanded their knowledge of certain topics by taking part in a Be an Expert project.
This past winter, students were each given a Be an Expert bag that contained several books on an area of focus. They completed assignments for each book that equipped them with information and facts. The culmination of the students’ work was presented on June 5, when they shared their finished projects. Themes included the American Revolution, auto racing, inventors and Ellis Island.
Students had the choice of creating a trifold or a powerpoint demonstration to communicate the knowledge that might qualify them as experts. Following presentations, classmates added questions, comments and remarks based on the individual’s assignment.
Congratulations to the fourth graders that put in the effort to become experts!
Congratulations to Gavin Cha and Anderson Maziero, who led an Origami workshop for their peers as a 21st Century project. The students enjoyed learning from their instructors and are sad it ended so soon! Gavin and Anderson have inspired the participants to create new projects at home. Well done to all of the participants!
A STEAM Effort in Bethpage
The district celebrated science, technology, engineering, art and math recently by a hosting Family STEAM Night at both Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne elementary schools.
Kramer Lane welcomed students along with their families on May 29. Teachers and volunteers led in-classroom activities such as space slime, rocket design, sun beads and gravity drop. In addition to the STEAM workshops, students’ art work was on display in an art show gallery in the school’s gymnasium.
Charles Campagne provided a similar evening of fun on May 30 with hands-on and interactive projects for students and families in the STEM lab and throughout the building.
“Thank you to the administrators, teachers, PTA and volunteers that supported Family STEAM Night at Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
Celebrating the Pride of Bethpage
The district celebrated the accolades of staff members and students during a Board of Education meeting on May 28, which was preceded by a tenure reception.
Ten staff members were honored in the high school courtyard for receiving tenure. Superintendent David Schneider congratulated them for their dedication in making Bethpage a special district and reaching this career milestone.
“We are a family in Bethpage and these individuals showcase the commitment to continue to make our district special,” said Mr. Schneider. “Congratulations to all of the honorees for putting in the hard work to be recommended for tenure.”
The district congratulates Renee Balvin, Ashley Blatus, Carmelo Carbone, Andrew Choi, Kayleen Gonyon, Rosemarie Hale, Zachary Levy, Christine McGuire, Danielle Mole and Julianne Tierney for earning tenure.
The Board of Education meeting followed in the high school’s small theatre, where the athletics department’s Captains’ Club was recognized along with students enrolled in the AP Art Studio course.
Art department chairperson Elena Cardo introduced a slide show that featured the work, accomplishments and future educational plans of students in the course. She also invited the Board of Education members and meeting attendees to view the gallery of work stationed in the main lobby.
Next, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health John Franchi welcomed into the theatre the Captains’ Club, a group comprised of the captains for all 30 of the high school’s varsity athletic teams. Each student came to the front to announce the team they represented and share individual and team accomplishments from the past school year. They were then presented with certificates of excellence by Mr. Schneider and Mr. Franchi. The seniors on hand also shared the college they will attend this fall.
The district congratulates all of the evening’s recognitions and thanks all individuals for representing Bethpage with pride!
Congratulations to all fifty students who participated in the Math Olympiad at Central Boulevard Elementary School this year! Students took part in five contests throughout the year and answered a total of twenty-five challenging questions from September and March. Ava Morgan earned a top score of 17 correct responses! There was a three-way tie for second place between Daniella Hoosack, Caroline O'Connell, and Megan Rebosa, with a total score of 14 correct responses. Ms. Robb is extremely proud of all of the participants and is looking forward to next year!
Argonauts Research Culminates in Incredible Fundraiser and Awareness
The Argonauts from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School researched the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They were shocked and heartbroken by the detrimental effects of plastic on the animals and the environment and how this can affect us all. Fortunately, our Golden Eagles developed a plan to help make a difference! They held a fundraiser to benefit the 4Ocean Organization and the Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation. 4Ocean is a global movement actively utilizing the latest technology to prevent, intercept, and remove trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals to work together for cleaner oceans. The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation is a non-profit organizing developing advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. Their passive drifting systems use the ocean currents to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Argonauts fundraiser was held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Central Boulevard Elementary School, where guests played games created by the Argonauts, shopped the bake sale, and explored a touch tank made possible by Mr. Portuese! The fundraiser was successful due to the planning and efforts of the Argonauts, their parents/guardians, Mrs. Yale, Mr. Titolo, Mrs. Tierney, Mrs. Yansick, Ms. Flaim, Mrs. Caliguri, Ms. Robb, Ms. Olsen, Mrs. Rothwell, Mr. Wibben, Mr. Flanagan, and the custodial staff at Central Boulevard. Special thanks to Omar Cambeiro, Emily Cohen, Taylor D'Agostino, Amari Harper, Nicholas Timoshenko, Gavin Trzcinski, and Michelle Zheng from Bethpage High School who also assisted during the fundraiser!
The fundraiser raised over $1,600! Congratulations to everyone involved and for Mrs. Marcis for facilitating the overall efforts!
Argonauts Homestead Ecology Field Trip
The Argonauts from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School had the opportunity to explore the BOCES Homestead Ecology Program in Brookville. The students explored hands-on learning experiences through participation in Early American craft activities and the nature trail systems.
Special and Thoughtful Ribbons
The “Thoughtful Thursday” monthly series at the Central Boulevard Elementary School continues, and a special activity was held on April 11 with the intention of helping others. Exactly one month shy of the Long Island Special Olympics, students created artwork for the local event.
Grade levels were tasked with different activities that led to a collaborative compilation of decorations to support the Special Olympics participants. Kindergarten and first grade classes colored and cut out inspirational ribbons, while second graders prepared rainbows displaying special messages. Third and fourth grade classes wrote thank you notes for volunteers and the fifth graders illustrated posters for athlete encouragement.
The district will host more than 500 athletes for the Long Island Special Olympics, which will take place at the high school’s athletic fields on May 11.
Two Milos Better Than One
Third graders at the Central Boulevard Elementary School utilized resources in the STEM lab to create Mars rovers named “Milo.”
“Milo” is a robot constructed from legos and programmed through the WeDo 2.0 application. Students worked with partners to build their “Milos,” then programmed them on an iPad to be controlled via Bluetooth capability.
Each pair controlled their “Milo” in an attempt to pull a lego flower. On the following day, two groups combined their rovers to double the strength and create an easier pull. Additionally, using two “Milo” rovers allowed for turning and moving that was unavailable with just one.
The lesson incorporated technology and engineering while adding the fun of how scientists and astronauts use rovers in outer space.
Students at Central Boulevard Elementary School enjoyed an evening of fun and educational activities at the first annual STEM Night on Monday, April 15, 2019. They participated in grade-level lessons in classrooms and the STEM Lab and enjoyed demonstrations by the John F. Kennedy Middle School FIRST Lego League Robotics Team, RoboEagles and the Bethpage High School FIRST Robotics Competition Team, Regal Eagles. They even had the opportunity for hands-on practice with the robots in the Library Media Center.
Save the Bees
Second graders at Central Boulevard Elementary School increased their knowledge of pollination with a “Save the Bees” lesson inside the school’s STEM lab.
Students were tasked with a fictional experiment of moving pollen from one flower to another to help the dying bees. Paper flowers created by each student included labels for the pollen, stamen, stigma, nectar and petal sections. Using a “pollinator” constructed from pipe cleaner, cotton and tape, students moved colored dust representing pollen from one flower to another as a hands-on test.
The experimentation capped off a lesson about the importance of bees in the growth of all flowers and plants that include fruits and vegetables.
Leaving a Thoughtful Mark
The “Thoughtful Thursday” series at Central Boulevard Elementary School continued on March 28 as students created bookmarks in honor of National Library Week. Held from April 7-13, this initiative recognizes the value libraries provide every day as valuable tools and resources for all ages.
Students colored and decorated bookmarks that will be displayed and distributed to children at local libraries including the Bethpage Public Library. Additional bookmarks are also being sent to the Book Fairies in Freeport, which helps to connect less fortunate schools and organizations with donated books and accessories to foster a love of reading in children.
The district thanks the students for being thoughtful in helping others while also celebrating National Library week.
Celebrating Reading with Dr. Seuss
The primary remedial reading teachers at Central Boulevard Elementary School held a Dr. Seuss themed reading celebration for students on March 22. They welcomed students to a set of four activities set up in the school’s all-purpose room.
Students rotated stations that featured Dr. Seuss’s famous books and characters. They created hats from Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat,” went “fishing for words” that they read aloud, visited a table full of books that they read to one another and enjoyed a Dr. Seuss board game that encouraged counting spaces.
The district congratulates these students for their reading progress and looks forward to their continued improvement.
Authors Sharing with Authors
Students in Patricia Tierney’s second-grade class at Central Boulevard Elementary School joined members of Barbara Cataldi’s fourth-grade class to celebrate writing achievements on March 21.
Mrs. Tierney’s students brought their recently created advertisements to Ms. Cataldi’s classroom to share with her students. The second-graders presented their ideas, which included advertisements on popcorn chicken, nachos, soccer and others as part of their second unit on the writing process.
Ms. Cataldi’s class also shared a recent writing assignment on the book “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. Students were tasked with paraphrasing an argument for a specific crayon color from the novel about how their color is the most used and popular.
The students had the opportunity to walk around the classroom and share their projects with their peers. Ms. Cataldi’s class created an “author’s chair” to help the second-graders feel comfortable while presenting their projects.
“Both classes worked very hard throughout the writing process and were very excited to share their assignments,” said Mrs. Tierney.
How to Help the Community
Second-grade classes at Central Boulevard Elementary School were treated to visits from various community leaders on March 15, during the annual Community Helper Day.
The annual event put community leaders in front of students with enriching presentations and activities. The guests included parents and community volunteers who serve as fire department members, detectives, restaurant managers, nurses, fishermen and more.
The event serves as an excellent opportunity for students to connect with the local community leaders and professionals.
Long Island Recorder Festival
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, select students in Grades 3-5 from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. Wibben and Mr. O'Connor, our students joined over 150 students from schools across Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their parents and the Long Island community.
Students in a Tizzy for Author Visit
The three elementary schools in the District were treated with a special visit from author Sarah Weeks from March 13-15.
Ms. Weeks visited one school per day and spoke to students about the writing process, the fun of writing and her collection of books. She also previewed her upcoming book, “Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day,” to be released on Apr. 2. Additionally, she discussed the differences between an author and an illustrator, her inspirations for writing and her growth into a writer.
Ms. Week has written 59 books to this point in her career and is currently developing the next one. Her book “So B. It” won the 2006 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award as well as the 2007 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award and the William Allen White Children’s Book Award.
The district thanks Ms. Weeks for visiting Bethpage as the entire community looks forward to her next release!
Museum of Mathematics
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, fifth grade students from Central Boulevard Elementary School visited the Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan. The group enjoyed a workshop called "Mobius Madness" and explored the museum afterwards. Students were eager to participate in activities that were hands-on and required different problem solving strategies. Special thanks to all of our enthusiastic chaperones for making the day such a success!
Students in Mrs. Corcoran and Mrs. Rufrano's Grade 4 class took the month of February to highlight "friendship". Each day during the month, students wrote a letter to one classmate letting them know why they are a great friend. At the end of the month, each student's letters were combined into a book. The students enjoyed writing letters to their friends and loved reading the letters that they received!
Drop and Read
Students at Central Boulevard Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day on March 1 to honor Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.
Throughout classrooms and the library, students could be found reading Dr. Seuss books throughout the day while also engaging in fun literacy activities. Additionally, the entire school participated in a “Drop Everything and Read” event for 15 minutes as students gathered in the school’s gymnasium and all-purpose room. Students also wore Cat in the Hat-inspired headwear to honor the birthday celebration.
The students brought the fun out of reading while celebrating the birthday of one of their favorite authors, Dr. Seuss!
Thoughtful Get Well Wishes
Students at Central Boulevard Elementary School continued the Thoughtful Thursday monthly series with the creation of “get well” cards and pictures.
The cards and pictures were designed throughout the school to help send best wishes to adults and children at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Little St. Nick Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. Cards included colorful drawings as well as sentiments such as “get well soon,” “thinking of you,” “warm wishes” and “sending smiles to brighten the day.”
“We hope our student-created cards will help to brighten the day of many patients, friends and families,” said second-grade teacher Patricia Tierney.
Students at Central Boulevard Elementary School celebrated "Read Day Across America", in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. They read Dr. Seuss books in their classrooms and the library media center and completed fun activities. Classes followed along with the Reader's Oath, which was read over the loudspeaker. Everyone went into the Gymnasium and All Purpose Room to "Drop Everything and Read" for 15 minutes. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Thoughtful Community Meal Mats
The series of Thoughtful Thursday at Bethpage Union Free School District’s Central Boulevard Elementary School continued on Jan. 24 as students decorated placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients.
Throughout the day, students put together illustrations of food and beverage on placemats to be distributed during Meals on Wheels deliveries. They also added short positive messages surrounding the drawings.
Meals on Wheels is represented in almost every community in America as the company is committed to supporting senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes. The core of the service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of the seniors.
“We hope to brighten the day of our neighbors and spread some cheer with our decorated placements,” said second-grade teacher Patricia Tierney.
Grade 5 Chorus Trip
On Monday, December 17, 2018, the Central Boulevard Elementary School Grade 5 Chorus attended a performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The students were great audience members!
Decorating the Kindness Tree for the Holidays
The Kindness Club at Central Boulevard Elementary School joined PTA members after school on Dec. 4 to decorate a Kindness Tree with a variety of symbols and ornaments. The tree serves as a symbol of acceptance and unity throughout the entire school year.
Members of the Kindness Club crafted the decorations in the weeks leading up to the event. The PTA’s Grounds Beautification Committee helped to organize, sort and hang the items on the tree along with the students.
The Kindness Club is an organization led by second-grade teacher Patricia Tierney and is comprised of third-grade students. Central Boulevard thanks the students and PTA members for adding reminders of acceptance and good will to the Kindness Tree during the holiday season.
Coding with the Grinch
Third- through fifth-grade students across the Bethpage Union Free District’s elementary schools displayed their computer science skills during the Hour of Code on Dec. 4.
The lesson was introduced through a live broadcast from the Bethpage High School television studio by Superintendent of Schools David Schneider, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Michael Spence and Director of Technology Andrew Choi. The three administrators explained the purpose of the Hour of Code and described what the students would be doing on their school-issued Google Chromebooks.
Students logged on to Code.org to complete missions with the Grinch. Each student programed the Grinch and his dog Max through coding on the site to collect gifts, throw snowballs and operate a sleigh.
Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, according to its website. The program reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
Through the district’s Hour of Code, students were able to ask questions to Mr. Schneider, Mr. Spence and Mr. Choi via Google Classroom. Prior to Dec. 4, students completed lead-in activities surrounding computer science topics and skills.
“We hope the students enjoyed the Hour of Code and were as excited to collaborate as a district as the administrators were,” said Mr. Schneider. “Helping the Grinch was educational while combining the fun of the holidays!”
Archive of Hour of Code Broadcast on December 4, 2018
Illustrations and Messages Spreading Holiday Positivity
Central Boulevard Elementary School continued its monthly “Thoughtful Thursday” series on Nov. 29, when students prepared uplifting lunch bag donations for local food banks.
Students used their creativity and positive thinking to decorate brown paper bags in an effort to help spread holiday cheer. Many students illustrated rainbows, emojis and smiley faces on their bags while others colored messages of happy thoughts.
The focus of the activity was to demonstrate how the smallest acts can have the biggest impact within the community. As a result of every classroom’s participation, more than 500 lunch bags were created.
“Thoughtful Thursday” occurs on the last Thursday of every month, when students and teachers wear “Choose Kindness” shirts and participate in activities to help reinforce the importance of being kindhearted and thoughtful.
Tradition of Read to Achieve Continues at Bethpage
Third-grade students from all three elementary schools in the Bethpage Union Free District gathered in the gymnasium at Bethpage High School on Nov. 20 for the annual Read to Achieve program. The annual program is geared towards stressing the importance of reading and sparking the interest of young students with fun activities.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider opened the event by thanking all who helped coordinate this year’s assembly, including the senior leaders, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Michael Spence, fellow administrators and Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club President George Hannau. Schneider followed by walking around to see the unique and creative books the third-graders brought with them.
Senior leaders split up and guided eight to ten third-graders throughout the gym floor, and each group held interactive dialogues regarding the books brought in. As discussions started to conclude, each student wrote the title of their book, the name of their favorite character and that character’s special traits on paper. The pages were glued to their respective group’s poster boards, which were then hung together on the gymnasium wall to show the variety of characters that interest students.
To conclude the event, the senior leaders introduced themselves as well as illustrations of their favorite pieces of literature. Each attendee received a gift bags containing a dictionary/almanac for their participation, compliments of the Lions Club.
The district thanks all of those that put together this enriching event every year, particularly the Lions Club and President Hannau, for supporting reading and showing why it is important on the road to success.
21st Century: Ocean Odyssey
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, a group of Central Boulevard Elementary School students visited the National Geographic Ocean Odyssey exhibit in Times Square. Students took a virtual dive beneath the ocean to learn about endangered species, coral reefs, kelp forests, and aquatic predators. Near the end of the tour, visitors participated in hands-on activities to learn about pollution and issues related to plastic usage from around the world! Special thanks to Ms. Robb for organizing this great learning experience and to the chaperones and participating students for making the day so special and memorable!
Proactive Superintendent’s Day
The District gathered on Nov. 6 for it’s fall Superintendent’s Conference Day, during which the various staff departments participated in presentations, workshops and activities to continue proactive learning and development as educators.
Staff members from the high school and JFK middle school along with Superintendent of School David Schneider attended morning sessions that focused on dynamic issues, led by Lauren Marra and Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD. Marra, a behaviorist who specializes on the topic of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, presented on proactive discipline approaches with students. Dr. Romie is a renowned neurologist that stressed the importance and techniques of mindfulness in education for both students and faculty.
The afternoon was a time of collaboration as departments at both secondary schools traveled to the Island Trees School District and met with educators in their corresponding building and subject areas. They had opportunities to share ideas and broaden their instructional practices.
At the elementary level, faculty members from Kramer Lane, Charles Campagne and Central Boulevard broke into grade-specific groups to gain training in STEM and other pertinent topics. Led by district administrators and teachers, the STEM workshop demonstrated assorted grade-specific lessons and activities. The journeys session covered content requested by teachers and also provided time for them to discuss and navigate digital tools.
Other aspects of the day included CPR training for nurses and building monitors and the Hofstra Mental Health Conference, which was attended by guidance counselors and social workers.
The district thanks Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence and all that helped to coordinate and facilitate an educational day for district educators.
Christopher Congratulated By Town of Oyster Bay
Central Boulevard Elementary School student Christopher McCarthy was recognized by the Town of Oyster Bay this past summer. Students were challenged to read for fifteen minutes everyday for forty days! Christopher met and surpassed the challenge! Everyone who participated was provided a certificate with the Town of Oyster Bay inviting Christopher for a special photo opportunity! Congratulations to Christopher and all of the students that participated in the challenge!
Teaching and Learning from Central Boulevard Elementary School's STEM Lab
Students in Ms. Robb and Ms. McGuire's Grade 5 class are currently involved in a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) unit where they are building structures to help humans survive or prevent damage during natural disasters. The lesson is taking place in the one of three brand new Elementary STEM Lab Classrooms across the district. Using Lego WeDo 2.0 Kits, students built a flood gate that can be programmed to open and close when the water level reaches a certain height. In addition, students were tasked with the added challenge of using a motion sensor. As a follow up to this activity, students will also construct a rescue helicopter that can drop off supplies for people in need of rescue. The lesson was featured on FiOS 1 News and Newsday Online and can be accessed at the links below. Special thanks to Ms. Robb, Ms. McGuire, Ms. Marcis, and Ms. Karfinkel for the development of the hands-on lesson and support of their students!
FiOS 1 News Feature
Newsday Online Feature
Students in Ms. Tierney's Grade 2 class celebrated their third unit in Writer's Workshop by sharing their biographies with their friends in Grade 1.
Long Island Music Festival
On Friday, June 1, 2018, students in the Select Chorus participated in the Long Island Music Festival and performed in front of a panel of adjudicators. They were graded on a rubric and received a "Superior" grade, which is the highest distinction! Afterwards, the students went on to have a fun-filled afternoon at the Cradle of Aviation Museum! Special thanks to Ms. Kovacs for coordinating and supporting our Select Chorus students!
Students in Ms. Lonergan's class used a Reader's Theatre model to practice reading with fluency and expression. This also supported the students' comprehension of the story and objective of students being able to identify who is telling the story at various points in a text and reading with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension! The students had a lot of fun!
Argonauts Visit Long Island Aquarium
Students in the Argonauts program from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the Long Island Aquarium. During their visit, they saw the Butterfly Exhibit, watched a Sea Lion Show, and explored an Estuary. Special thanks to Science Enrichment Teacher, Mrs. Marcis for organizing this educational and fun trip!
Central Boulevard State Fair
On Friday, May 11, 2018, the Grade 2 students at Central Boulevard Elementary School presented the production of "Americans We" in conjunction with their state fair. The students sang songs and read poetry that celebrated the United States of America!
Congratulations to Grade 5 student Joey Bashker, who competed in the final round of MathCON in Chicago on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Joey earned the right to advance to the finals after coming in 19th in the Northeast Region during the online competition administered at school. Joey represented Central Boulevard Elementary School and the entire Bethpage Schools community with pride! Great job, Joey!
Creating Digital Avatars
Central Boulevard Elementary School students in Grade 5 created digital avatars in the Library Media Center/Maker Space. With the support of Library Media Specialist, Ms. Tracy, some students created typical portraits and others created aliens and other alter-egos!
Students Create Community Connections
Community came alive for second-grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School as they enjoyed a number of enriching presentations led by community members of multiple professions during Community Helper Day.
The annual event introduced students to the various positions held by community members within the district. Composed of a collection of parent and community volunteers, students attended presentations by dental hygienists, the local fire department, nurses, pediatricians, police officers and a veterinarian, among others.
The all-day event served as an excellent connection to the curriculum unit on communities.
Mrs. Tierney and Ms. Formica's Grade 2 class celebrated all of their hard work on Friday, April 13, 2018 with the publishing of their Advertisements, our second unit of Writers Workshop. Room 110 sends a warm thank you to our special guests for joining us for our celebration!
Luck of the Leprechaun Trap
A creative project at Central Boulevard Elementary School brought grade levels together as Debra Lange and Linda DeMaria’s first-grade class collaborated with Barbara Cataldi’s fourth-graders to engineer a leprechaun trap using recycled materials.
Working in teams, the students drafted blueprints of their designs and identified which materials they would use to trap the cunning character of Irish folklore. To build their contraptions, they brought in materials from home such as cereal boxes, tissue boxes and shoeboxes.
After drawing up their plans, the teams constructed the traps out of their everyday items, adding decorative touches with glitter, stickers, construction paper and pipe cleaners. They presented their devices to their peers, explaining how the levers, axles and doors would capture the leprechaun. Many projects included gold coins to lure the Irish fairy into the trap.
Marking A Page For Kindness
In honor of National Library Week, students in grades K-5 at Central Boulevard Elementary School created bookmarks for their monthly “Thoughtful Thursday” project.
Donning “Thoughtful Thursday” T-shirts, the Bethpage School District students colored and decorated bookmarks to be displayed and distributed for use in the school library and Bethpage Public Library.
In addition, some of the bookmarks were donated to Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York.
Jumping To The Heartbeat
In honor of American Heart Month, students of Central Boulevard and Charles Campagne elementary schools participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.
According to the AHA’s website, Jump Rope for Heart assists in the battle against heart disease and stroke by promoting physical activity, heart healthy living and community service.
Divided into groups during their gym classes, students exercised their heart muscles by jumping rope to popular pop music. They also hula-hooped, played basketball and learned about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, all while raising money for the community.
Collectively, the two schools raised more than $7,000 to assist in heart disease research.
Sprinkling Kindness At Central Boulevard
Vera Shumsky’s kindergartners at Central Boulevard Elementary School ended a writing project with a sprinkling of creativity. After writing about being kind and spreading kindness to friends, family and teachers, they tossed pieces of tissue paper symbolzing sprinkles, on a large doughnut, demonstrating how wonderful the world would be if everyone sprinkled it with kindness.
Presidential Campaign Cups
Grade 4 students at Central Boulevard Elementary School have been studying the United States Presidents and writing reports. In the Library Media Center/Makerspace, the students designed Presidential Campaign Coffee Cups and viewed them in 3-D using an augmented reality iPad application. Thanks to Ms. Tracy for designing this fun lesson!
Author & Illustrator Visit
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, guest author and illustrator John Steven Gurney visited Central Boulevard Elementary School. He is the author of a picture book, Dinosaur Train, and graphic novel, Fuzzy Baseball, as well as the illustrator of several chapter book series, including the A to Z Mysteries and Calendar Mysteries. Special thanks to John Steven Gurney for his visit as well as Ms. Tracy and the Central Boulevard Parent Teacher Association for their support!
CBS Students Send Cards to Pediatric Patients
As part of Thoughtful Thursday, a schoolwide community service initiative, students of Central Boulevard Elementary School created get well cards for hospitalized children. All cards will be distributed through the Little Saint Nick Foundation.
According to its website, the Little Saint Nick Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help relieve the fear, anxiety and isolation that children can experience during hospital stays and the recovery process through entertainment, education and activities.
Donning “Thoughtful Thursday” T-shirts, students in grades K-5 crafted get well cards with positive messages and cheerful illustrations to brighten the day of children in need.
Celebrating 100 Days of Learning in Bethpage
Kindergartners throughout the district commemorated their 100th day of learning by participating in a day full of activities on Feb. 13.
To prepare for the day, students created eclectic projects based on the theme of “100.” They fashioned plants using 100 lollipops, glued 100 items – including crayons, stickers and Band-Aids – to T-shirts, and made a large Hershey’s Kiss out of 100 of the bite-sized chocolate candies.
During the celebration, the young students engaged in lessons that incorporated math, literacy and creativity. They practiced counting by tens to craft a monster with 10 different body parts, made necklaces with 100 Froot Loops as beads and built a tower out of 100 plastic cups, among other activities. They also designed “100 Days Smarter” crowns and medals and used their sight words to write about what they have learned in their first 100 days of school.
Carrying the theme over to their wardrobe, the kindergartners paraded through the hallways sporting clothing and accessories that represented the milestone number and dressed as centenarians complete with canes, hair rollers and glasses.
Spreading Love To The Elderly
For the school’s monthly Thoughtful Thursday activity, students of Central Boulevard Elementary School created valentines and wrote acrostic poems to spread happiness and love to residents of local assisted living and nursing homes this Valentine’s Day.
Established a few years ago, Thoughtful Thursday is a schoolwide community service initiative in which the entire school dedicates one Thursday a month to bettering the community through a project. The initiative reinforces the school’s message of “character builds success.”
Students in grades K-2 colored Valentine’s Day graphics, including cupcakes, hearts, cherubs and messages such as “Happy Valentine’s Day” and “Be My Valentine.” Third- through fifth-grade students wrote acrostic poems using the letters in “heart” to warm residents’ hearts and let them know Central Boulevard is thinking about them.
National Geographic Ocean Odyssey
On Monday, January 15, 2018, a group of students from Central Boulevard Elementary School and chaperones attended the National Geographic Encounter Ocean Odyssey Exhibit in Times Square. Students were transported to different locations around the world where they learned about coral reefs, bio-luminescence, bait balls, various predators, and the effects of pollution on the ecosystem. The hands-on nature of this exhibit kept visitors engaged and provided a unique and immersive learning experience for all!
Grade 4 Writer's Workshop Celebration
Fourth grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School published their Porquoi writing from the first unit of Writer's Workshop. They celebrated by having each author rotate through all fourth grade classrooms to read different versions of Porquois. Congratulations to all of the published student authors!
Cracking The Code
Across the district, students in grades 3-5 practiced their computer science skills by participating in an Hour of Code on Dec. 6.
According to its website, Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
David Schneider, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Technology, and Andrew Choi, Director of Technology, broadcast live to each third-, fourth- and fifth-grade elementary classroom from the Bethpage High School television studio, where they explained the purpose of the Hour of Code and described the coding students would be doing.
Using their school-issued Chromebooks, students logged on to Code.org to complete missions in Minecraft, programming characters with coding blocks to move through mazes.
21st Century: Origami Basics
On December 4, 2017 and December 6, 2017, students in Grades 4 & 5 from across the district's elementary schools participated in an Origami Basics activity after school under the direction of Mr. Zabell, our district's very own "Origami Swami". Students learned about different types of folding techniques and created models such as a cup, pinwheel, paper balloon, and crane! Students enjoyed their time creating the various models while learning a bit about the history and fine art of Origami.
Parent's Night Out
On Friday, December 1, 2017, Bethpage Schools hosted our first ever "Parent's Night Out". Parents were welcome to drop off their elementary school children to Bethpage High School for an evening of fun activities, board games, karaoke, movies, sports, and of course, pizza! All funds raised will support the Bethpage High School Girl's Softball team. The event could not have run without the organization of Ms. Tierney, several other colleagues, and members of the Girl's Softball team.
Read to Achieve
On Monday, November 20, 2017, Bethpage Schools held its annual Read to Achieve program where all of the Grade 3 students in the school district visit Bethpage High School to listen to our scholar-athlete captains talk about the importance of sportsmanship, doing well in school, and READING! After a demonstration by the Kickline and Cheerleaders and a visit by our Golden Eagle himself, the Grade 3 students got to shoot hoops with the captains! It was a spectacular day! Thanks to everyone involved!
Beautification Committee Brightens Central Boulevard!
Mrs. Glassman and Mrs. Tierney's Kindness Club at Central Boulevard Elementary School helped the PTA's Beautification Committee by planting in front of their school. The dedicated group of Grade 3 students worked very hard to plant bulbs to enhance the school's grounds. Special thanks to Mrs. Dircks and Mrs. Dziurka for assisting with this planting project!
On Friday, November 10, 2017, students from Central Boulevard Elementary School visited MoMath, the Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan. Students were part of a Tessellation workshop, during which they worked together to create geometric patterns without gaps between shapes. Afterwards, they were free to tour the museum with their individual groups and enjoyed a variety of exhibits. Students appreciated the hands-on nature of the museum and were challenged to think about mathematics while using their imaginations. Special thanks to Ms. Robb and all of the chaperones for keeping everyone safe and engaged!
Tenement Museum Visit
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, a group of students from Central Boulevard Elementary School visited the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Students met Victoria Confino, a 14-year old immigrant who lived at 97 Orchard Street in 1916. They asked her questions about transitioning to life in America and the challenges her family faced in finding work and supporting their six children. Students enjoyed two educator-led sessions before meeting Victoria and exploring her family's home. It was a meaningful learning experience and a great day enjoyed by all. Thanks to all of the teacher chaperones for being so enthusiastic and attentive and Ms. Robb for organizing this great learning experience for the students!
The Central Boulevard Elementary School faculty and staff celebrated Halloween! This year, they dressed up as minions! Happy Halloween!
21st Century MakerFaire New York
On Saturday, September 23, 2017, students from Grade 5 across the district's elementary schools and John F. Kennedy Middle School accompanied Mr. Zabell and Mr. Choi to the 8th Annual MakerFaire New York held at the New York Hall of Science. A MakerFaire is "an all ages gathering of technology enthusiasts, artists, authors, crafters, do-it-yourselfers, educators, engineers, exhibitors, hobbyists, science clubs, students, and tinkerers." At the MakerFaire, the students got to see various exhibits, ask questions to the exhibitors, and engage in hands-on activities. We hope that the students left with seeing firsthand the many innovative creations that were at one point an idea and see how it has developed and they too, can be "makers"!
Rubik's Cube Workshop
A group of Central Boulevard Elementary School students recently met to discuss strategies and solutions for the Rubik's Cubes! Since this has become a popular lunchtime activity in recent months, students were given an opportunity to come together to collaborate and compete! The children were excited to answer trivia questions and discuss algorithms while timing one another! The excitement was contagious! Special thanks to Ms. Robb for facilitating this two-day morning workshop!
High School Musical, Jr.
Students participating in the Elementary Drama Program from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane performed in High School Musical, Jr. under the direction of Mr. Wibben. In this contemporary musical comedy, a popular high school basketball star (Troy) and a shy, academically gifted newcomer (Gabriella) discover that they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar. A short trailer for High School Musical, Jr. is available at VIDEO. Thanks to Mr. Levy for creating this trailer. Special thanks to Mr. Tom Weber for taking pictures during student rehearsals. They are available at Photo Gallery.
Cultivating Seeds of Kindness in our own Backyard
Mrs. Glassman and Mrs. Tierney held a 21st Century activity at Central Boulevard Elementary School. The students helped the PTA's Beautification Committee with planting at Central Boulevard. By doing so, they performed an act of kindness for our very own school! Special thanks to Mrs. Dircks and Mrs. Dziurka for all of their help and guidance!
Our Day at the Opera!
Students from across the district were the guests of the Metropolitan Opera Company at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as part of their participation in the 21st Century Activity: The MET: HD Live in Schools. The students were met by Education Department and trip organizer, Dan Marshall and two opera house tour guides.
The students, accompanied by their teacher chaperones (Mrs. McGrath, Ms. Kovacs, Ms. Sinisi, and Mr. Wibben) were divided into two groups; elementary students and middle/high school students, and taken on a tour of this huge facility. They were able to view a few minutes of a rehearsal happening on the huge stage of the 3,800 seat opera house and learned about the almost perfect acoustical properties of the house. They also saw the beautiful crystal chandeliers that hang in the lobby and theater, which were a gift from the Australian government for our country's assistance in World War II. They were then taken by elevator to several different floors underground, where they observed the costume shop, wig-makers, special effects machinery, scenery and lighting production, as well as props and paining. In addition, we visited rehearsal studios and learned about the children's chorus and their assigned dressing rooms. They also loved seeing the doors and the animals come through, when used in productions!
Our guides were very knowledgeable and answered many questions. As we passed through the various underground tunnels, we even caught a glimpse of internationally known opera star Placido Domingo in a rehearsal. At the conclusion of our tour, we were taken into The Belmont Room, where we met 2004 Bethpage High School graduate Matt Rubin, the current assistant lighting director at the Met. He hold us about his path to his current career and how he often did work in technology during his high school years in Bethpage. A graduate of Hofstra University, he has traveled extensively and worked his way up to his current position. The students and teachers were able to ask him questions and pose for photographs.
Following a delicious lunch in the Lincoln Square area, the students boarded the bus for the trip home filled with information about this American Arts institution and looking forward to future opera experiences!
Autism Awareness Dodgeball Champions
Congratulations to the Central Boulevard Elementary School faculty who rallied and won the Second Annual Autism Awareness Dodgeball Tournament! Thanks to faculty and staff from all of the schools that participated and everyone who attended this event to support and educate others about autism awareness. A grand total of $2,540 was raised and donated to the Piece by Piece charity. Special thanks to Julianne Tierney for coordinating this successful event!
21st Century: Helping Our Planet
Ms. Austin, Mrs. Holt, and Mrs. Tierney recently held a 21st Century activity to instruct fourth and fifth grade students about the negative impact that plastic bags have on the environment. Students learned how to do their part to save the Earth by decorating reusable canvas bags. Upon completion of the activity, the students went home to share the message with their family and friends!
ELL Math Night 2017
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Bethpage Schools celebrated their annual "Spring into Math" event with families of English Language Learners. Parents and students engaged in different activities and games that promoted mathematical language and literacy in school and in the home. The focus was on shape recognition, estimation, problem solving, logical thinking, number sense, and fun!
Cradle of Aviation
On Friday, March 10, 2017, the ENL Department went on a visit to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Students from Central Boulevard Elementary School engaged in units of study about Kites and Robotics in their ENL classes in preparation for their visit to the museum. At the museum, the students had the opportunity to tour and explore the history of aviation and space as well as participate in hands-on workshops. This was a invaluable learning experience as the students were able to put their STEM skills to work!
Long Island Recorder Festival
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, thirty-three Bethpage students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Wibben, and Ms. Kovacs, our students joined over 150 students from across New York City and Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their families, friends, and the Long Island community.
Author Visit to Central Boulevard
Author and illustrator Dan Yaccarino visited Central Boulevard Elementary School. He showed the students how he writes and illustrates his books, and how they change through the editing process. As well as reading his books, many Central Boulevard students worked on literacy response projects to prepare for his visit.
Astronomy and STEM Night
Elementary students and their families came out on a chilly Friday evening to Astronomy Night featuring stargazing, starry night planetarium show, and carnival. Mars and the moon as well as deep space nebula and spring constellation were visible in crystal clear skies. The Starnival games created and hosted by JFK members of the Astronomy Club were fun for all ages. The planetarium show shared images and stories of the spring night sky with our youngest astronomers and our more advanced engineers designed and tested model lunar landers. New this year were the Night at the STEM Museum exhibits which included a robotics demonstration and a 3-D printer demonstration as well as many interactive STEM experiences. Students programmed Bee Bot and Milo robots, tried to beat the black hole simulator and learned some fundamental STEM concepts during tabletop activities including Cool Copters, Tumbling Towers, Launchers, Balancing Butterflies and Bridges. Special thanks to the Project Astro astronomers, the Astronomy Night Committee, the BHS and JFK Robotics Clubs, the JFK Astronomy Club, the JFK Tech and Science departments, and all the students, faculty, and administrators who supported this special event!
Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart was held at Central Boulevard Elementary School on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. During this school-wide event, each grade level participated at different times throughout the day. Students got to visit different stations such as jump rope, hopscotch, and a trampoline. They also took part in art, library, and music stations. All of the children signed a heart that was part of the Cultivating Kindness initiative and is displayed in our hallway. Together, Central Boulevard raised over $7,500 to benefit the American Heart Association! A heart-pumping time was had by all on this Valentine's Day!
Brain STEAM Ahead!
The Nassau County Math Teachers Association presents Brain STEAM Ahead! Parents and children will participate in hands-on activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The event will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Rushmore Ave School in Carle Place. Have fun exploring and learning while building bridges, kaleidoscopes, paper airplanes, rockets, and much more! For additional information, please refer to the flyer: Brain STEAM Ahead!
STEAM Museum Visits Central Boulevard
Central Boulevard Elementary School hosted a visit from the STEAM Museum. Students enjoyed interactive activities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). These included gears and building blocks, a wind machine, a bicycle that generated energy, programmable vehicles, a friction roller coaster, a Newton's cradle, and magnetic fluid. They also enjoyed a demonstration of 3D printing and a humanoid robot named NAO. The students had a great time learning!
21st Century: Learning About the Special Olympics
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, elementary school students from across the district met with Mrs. Tierney and Ms. Tierney to learn about the history and mission of the Special Olympics and a few different types of disabilities. Students also created motivational and encouraging posters to hang up when Bethpage Schools hosts the upcoming Special Olympics on May 20, 2017 and May 21, 2017. A great time was had by all of the participants!
Read to Achieve
Grade 3 students throughout the district gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers, as well as create a mentorship between high school scholar athletes and elementary school students. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators and the scholar athletes regarding their favorite books and a discussion on why reading is so important on the road to success. The students also got the opportunity afterwards to shoot some hoops with the high school scholar athletes!
Ecology Experts visit the Greentree Foundation
On October 18, 2016, Ms. Austin and Ms. Robb's "Ecology Experts" attended a field trip at the Greentree Foundation. The Greentree Foundation allowed the "Ecology Experts" of Central Boulevard to roam through the woodland trail, visit the Palm Garden and Greenhouse, where gardeners grow many plants from other countries, journey through the Wall Garden to explore the native grasses as well as observe the bug hotel, and conclude the visit with observations of Shelter Rock. The students were complimented on their fine behavior and observations throughout the visit. Special thanks to Mrs. Yale, Mrs. Kemman, and Ms. Badolato for accompanying the students and teachers on the trip. Everyone had a fantastic day! Thanks to the Greentree Foundation for allowing the students to visit!
Central Boulevard Elementary School was featured on the Optimum Community website for their lessons on giving and performing acts of kindness. Now in its fourth year, the school-wide initiative was started by Ms. Glassman and Ms. Tierney. A printer-friendly version of the article is available here.
Bethpage High School held its annual Maritime Festival on May 18, 2016
and May 19, 2016 under the direction of Mr. Portuese. All of the Grade 3
students in the district came to Bethpage High School to learn about
our ecosystem on Long Island. There were all kinds of workshops
including a touch tank, fish painting, scuba diving, making rope, fish
dissection, and Gilligan Island miniature golf! Special thanks to all of
the Grade 3 students who joined us and to all of the Bethpage High
School students who assisted the staff in running the festival! It was a
EmBARK on a DogAbility Adventure
Some fourth and fifth grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School got to participate in a two-part activity involving some canine friends! On March 30, 2016, students learned about different types of dogs, the helpful things they do, and how to care for them. On April 6, 2016, the students visited DogAbility Center located in nearby Hicksville. The DogAbility Center is the first of its kind on Long Island to invite participants to visit an all-inclusive location where a specialized canine-interactive experience is aligned with a participant's needs. DogAbility offers multiple canine-assisted activities, utilizing certified therapy dogs who engage with our participants in a one-on-one experience.
Central Boulevard CARES
Mrs. Glassman and Mrs. Tierney's C.A.R.E. (Character Attributes Reap Excellence) Program at Central Boulevard Elementary School in Bethpage helped the PTA's Beautification Committee by planting in front of their school. This dedicated group of Grade 5 students worked very hard to plant a variety of flowers to enhance the school's grounds. A special thank you to Mrs. Dircks and Mrs. Dziurka for their planning associated with this planting project.
Central Boulevard Math Olympiads
This school year, 44 Grade 5 students participated in Math Club and Math Olympiads through MOEMS. MOEMS is a nonprofit public foundation which provides the chance for students to engage in creative problem solving activities that develop a student's ability to reason, to be logical, to be resourceful, and occasionally to be ingenious. The children participate in five contests throughout the year and answered a total of twenty-five challenging questions. Svetlana Mughnetyan (center) came in First Place with sixteen correct answers; James McGlynn (left) came in Second Place with fifteen correct answers; and Mackenzie Bracken (right) came in Third Place with twelve correct answers. Congratulations to all!
Author Visits Central Boulevard
Central Boulevard Elementary School hosted guest author Daniel Kirk, the author and illustrator of the Library Mouse series and 40 other books. He showed the students many of his books and illustrations, and discussed the creative and editing processes. Students have been reading his books for weeks in the library and classrooms and working on literary response projects. The Central Boulevard School PTA generously presented each student with a free book!
Fifth grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School studying polyhedrons in math class incorporated a technology component. In the library, Ms. Tracy showed them several websites where they could take the geometric solids apart and view their faces. Students colored flat layouts of the solids (called "nets") and scanned them with the iPad app, Quiver. The flat shapes exploded into 3-D polyhedrons (with cool lightning special effects)!
Elementary Musicians Perform at the Long Island Recorder Festival
On Saturday, March 19, 2016, select Grade 4 and Grade 5 students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools participated in this year's Long Island Recorder Festival. The students had the opportunity to perform alongside the top recorder players from Nassau and Suffolk County in a concert at Brentwood High School! Mr. Wibben was one of the special guest-conductors! Special thanks to the Bethpage PTA's for providing the students' wonderful matching shirts and to Mrs. Kovacs for chaperoning and helping the day run smoothly!
Read Day 2016
Central Boulevard Elementary School celebrated Read Day on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classroom teachers read the newly discovered Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? Students read to their stuffed animals, in lieu of live pets. They drew pictures or wrote persuasive essays about the type of pet they would get. Ms. Tracy put a display of potential pets outside of the library, along with facts about why they would be good choices. Other literary activities included playing Dr. Seuss matching games and onomatopoeia puzzles. The entire school recited the Readers Oath, which begins: "I promise to read each day and night. I know it's the key to growing up right."
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve Trip
ENL students went on a field trip to Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove to learn about Native Americans and Dinosaurs.
Read to Achieve
Bethpage High School welcomed the district's Grade 3 students for the annual Read to Achieve program. Thanks to all the Bethpage High School sports team captains, who took the time to talk about their favorite books and to Joe Tierney for emphasizing academics in his remarks as emcee. Thanks also to the Cheerleaders and the Kickline Team who came out to perform. Students received a backpack with goodies and a Student Dictionary/Almanac compliments of the Lion's Club and Astoria Bank. All the teachers involved gave a basketball clinic before the Grade 3 students had the opportunity to shoot hoops with the BHS students. Thank you to Grade 3 teacher, Mr. Arettines for creating the slideshow highlighting the event.
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, an enthusiastic group of 21st Century Scholars from Central Boulevard visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. They demonstrated their top-notch commuting skills by taking the Long Island Railroad and subway to 81st Street. They remained alert and well-balanced throughout their journey! The group had the opportunity to walk around the museum and view a fantastic 3D movie entitled "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean." Highlights included tours of the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, the Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, and of course, the dinosaurs! Their day ended on a high note with the ultimate compliment from the Long Island Railroad conductor: they were the best-behaved school group he had ever seen! Way to go, Bethpage!
Veterans Day Activity
To celebrate Veterans Day at Central Boulevard School, fourth and fifth graders read the book, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Military Alphabet, in the Library. Ms. Tracy gave them secret messages to decode using military signal flags (that each represented a letter). The students were then able to spell our their names on the SMART Board.
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Argonaut trip to Caumsett State Park
Our Argonauts got down in the sand and got their feet wet while
exploring Caumsett State park on Monday, May 11th. Students found
slipper shells, whelk shells and seed casings, as well as muscles
attached to rocks and shells via byssus threads. During our walk along
the sandy beach, they viewed erosion in the cliffs and the effects of
glaciers on the north shore on Long Island. They even used magnets in
the sand to remove the mineral magnetite. It was a fabulous, hands-on
field experience had by all Argonauts.
Family Math Day
Thanks to all the teachers from all five Bethpage Schools who
volunteered to facilitate some fun family math activities at the Annual
Family Math Day! Lots of students and parents showed up to participate
and it was a great math day for all! Math was fun and educational!
Cradle of Aviation
The Argonauts of Bethpage schools enjoyed STEAM activities at the
Cradle of Aviation on Monday, March 16th. They participated in various
small group hands-on activities incorporating STEM and the arts and well
as engaged in multiple workshop presentations. They experienced an
IMAX film documenting the migration patterns of whales. A fun and
educational day was enjoyed by all.
Read to Achieve
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Students at CBS had a Stand UP against bullying assembly this
afternoon. Fifth grade students acted out the story, One, By Kathryn
Otoshi. All students were provided with a STAND UP tee-shirt courtesy of
the CBS PTA!
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Bethpage Welcomes New Staff
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!
4th Grade International Luncheon
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Wonderful World 2
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CBS Art Show
Memorial Day Parade
Bethpage gathered to honor those who sacrificed so much for our
nation. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Memorial Day
Democracy In Action
The Bethpage School District thanks everyone who participated in our
annual Democracy in Action program. Our student performers were
wonderful and their teachers and parents should be very proud! Thanks
to the PTA for organizing the Book Sale and to those who contributed to
the Great American Bake Sale (especially Mrs. Marcis). It was a
Aquarium Field Trip
Statue of Liberty Trip
Patriot's Pen / Voice of Democracy Awards Ceremony
CBS Kindergarten Celebrates Earth Day
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Family Math Day
Bethpage once again hosted the County Family Math Day and over 700
people turned out for a great and exciting event! It was a day of
activities demonstrating the importance and fun of math! Great job to
all the teachers, students and administrators who volunteered and to Mr.
Titolo for organizing the day! Thanks also to our terrific custodial
crew for their hard work!
Students Get Laptops
Bethpage ELL students received laptop computers courtesy of a grant
written by Mrs. Mineiro and Ms. De Napoli. Everyone was very enthused
and they will go to great use!
The Fit and Fun initiative kicked off with a Community Walk. It was a
great first event attended by almost 300 people! More events can be
found on the calendar at: http://www.bethpage.ws/docs/fitness/
Join us as the entire community works together to promote health and wellness
March Music Month
Bethpage Association of Music sponsored a district wide "March is
Music In Our School's Month" activity to raise awareness of the
importance of Music In Our Schools. Students responded to the theme of
"Music Makes Me____". Bethpage Association of Music would like to thank
the music departments for their enthusiasm in decorating the halls and
raising awareness among the students in this activity. Congratulations
to all that participated and to the winners who received a certificate
and I Tunes gift card as follows:
BHS: Melissa Unsal, JFK: Hunter Bedard, CCS: Erin Conway, CBS: Cassandra Astarita, KLS: Kimberly Kraeling
Recognition of Excellence
Bethpage had a special evening as ten graduating seniors chosen by
the BHS faculty paid tribute to an elementary, middle and high school
teacher who had an impact on them. The ten students were chosen for
their all around school spirit and success in school and they did a
great job in their speeches. It was a terrific evening for the students
and their parents as well as the teachers. We are proud of all of
SEPTA Game Night
A good time was had by all during the Annual SEPTA Game Night! Thanks to all the participants and the volunteers!
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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
Read to Achieve
Everyone had a great time at our Annual Read to Achieve Day. All the
district's third graders came up to Bethpage High School for a
discussion on the importance of reading. Captains from all the BHS
teams spoke about their favorite books and how reading is critical to
their academic success. Mr. Clark, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Spence, Dr.
Hannon, Mr. Titolo and Ms. Yale all talked about reading. Mr. Franchi
told everyone how proud he was of our Scholar-Athlete teams. Then we
all played a little basketball that highlighted some great local
talent! Thanks to the Kickline and the Cheerleaders for ther
performances and to all the third grade teachers who had a great time!
It was a fun day!
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Fourth Graders Attend the 11th Annual PEAK Festival
On Saturday, November 16th, twelve fourth graders, chosen by their
music teachers at Central Boulevard and Charles Campagne, attended the
11th Annual All-County PEAK Festival at Freeport High School. The
morning was filled with workshops such as Chorus, Hand Chimes, African
Drumming, Time for Orff, and Just Dance, where students learned about
music making and working together. Bryanna Ackerman, Damon Alarcon,
Lauren Andruzzi, Ruchitha Channapatra, Suchitha Channapatra, Santina
Lonardo, Brian Lunetto, Gianna Mirabelli, Shane Nikas, Thomas Pelcher,
Alyssa Perez, and Sadhika Singh want to thank Ms. Kovacs and Mr.
O'Connor for such an unforgettable day!
Honoring our Friend Tim
CBS had a terrific ceremony honoring our friend and former custodian
Timmy Walsh. Timmy was a big part of our school community for a long
time. He worked harder than anyone and always had a smile on his face.
He loved coming to school at CBS each and every day and he had many,
many friends who counted on him. He touched many lives. Thanks to the
teachers and PTA for organizing this event with Mr. Furrey. The whole
school participated. It was a good way to remember our friend!
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!
CBS Moves On
Congratulations to our Fifth Graders on their Moving On Ceremony!
Everything was terrific and the teachers and Mr. Furrey are very proud
of them! We wish them all the best at JFK! Thanks to Kyle Tengco for
speaking at our ceremony!
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!
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.
Family Math Night
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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!
C.A.R.E. Program - Planting
Ms. Austin and Mrs. Tierney’s C.A.R.E. (Character Attributes Reap
Excellence) Program at Central Boulevard Elementary School in Bethpage
helped the PTA’s Beautification Committee by planting in front of their
school. This dedicated group of 5th graders worked very hard to plant a
variety of plants and flowers to enhance the school’s grounds. A special
thank you to Mrs. Dircks and Mrs. Logan form the CBS PTA for all their
help with this planting project.
Argonaut Field Trip to Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center
Prior to our visit educators from the Cold Spring Harbor DNA center
visited each of the elementary schools and we explored what DNA was as
well as created our own Baggy cells out of gelatin, beans, string, and
spaghetti. Each item represented parts of the cell. During our visit to
the center, we extracted DNA from bacterial cells and used microscopes
to identitfy the genetic mutations of fruit flies. It was an informative
and thought provoking, fabulous day!
Our chaperones Mrs. Marcis, Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs. Sedeita and Mrs. McGuire had a great time as well.
CBS 21st Century students went to see Stomp and had a great time!
Thanks to Mrs. Pace, Mrs. Marcis and Mr. Regan for arranging the trip
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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
The CBS students will embark on a “Journey through Books” from
February 25-March 22. CBS’s PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) kick-off
began with a bag pipe greeting from BHS’s Assistant Principal Kevin
Healy. The design of the program is for CBS students and their
caregivers to make a commitment, with a reading contract, to log and
read at least 15 minutes each night throughout the duration program. The
"journey" will include student lead morning announcements with
greetings in 24 different languages, a brand new book for each student, a
“Books on the Move” grocery bag decorating contest, Hat’s Off to
Reading Day, Travel Tee Shirt Day, Guest Community Reader Day, Poem in
Your Pocket day, incentives to visit the Bethpage Public Library and
prizes for minutes read as well as Mr. Furrey’s school-wide Principal’s
Challenge of 250,000 minutes read.
Family Math Day
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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!
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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Bethpage held its 9th Annual Astronomy Night and it was a huge
success! Thanks to the students who volunteered to run the workshops and
worked side by side with the teachers and administrators! Thanks to
Mrs. Yale, Mr. Pollatos, Mr. Zabell and all the teachers who came out.
For number ten, we promise to have great weather!
Read to Achieve
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21st Century students attended a polo match at Bethpage State Park.
Everyone had a good time watching the “Sport of Kings.” A beautiful
rainbow appeared during the match and students enjoyed the “stomping of
the divots” at half-time. The game’s announcer gave a big shout out to
the Bethpage students for attending!
Moving On Ceremony
Fourth Graders celebrated Memorial Day by inviting family members who
were veterans of a war to the classroom. Mr Rohde from the Marine Corps
was in the Korean War and Mr. Murphy was a sailor in the navy during
WW11. They captured the students' interest as they spoke about their
lives during their time of service. They were asked to share their role
in the service, the dates they served, their fondest memory etc. This
was a wonderful experience for all!
Ms. Tracy read the book, Mr. Tanen's Ties to Mrs. Lullo's class in Library. They designed their own creative ties.
SEPTA Celebrate Reading
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Mother's Day at CBS
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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!
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!
CBS held its annual Science Fair. The projects were very professional
and academic in nature. Stopping by to review them was former CBS
student and now Dr. Jason Schneiderman. Dr. Schneiderman has a PhD and
works in neural imaging working with former NFL players on brain
injuries. He says his interest in science began at CBS and he was very
impressed with the work of the students! Congratulations to all!
CBS Fourth graders celebrated American diversity at their annual
Nationalities Day! There were delicacies from all different nations.
Thanks to all the students, teachers and the parents who assisted!
Voice of Democracy
Congratulations to the winners of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest.
The students created works on patriotism that were reviewed by the
veterans. We congratulate our winners and appreciated the service of all
Mrs. Cataldi, Ms. Sieben and Dr. Hantzidiamantis had a poster session
on the topic of Patterns and Relations at the ASSET Conference at the
Huntington Hilton. They highlighted how they use the SmartBoard in their
teaching of important Common Core topics. Their students are very lucky
to have such dedicated teachers!
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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!
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Homeland Security Trip
On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Mrs. Cohen’s 5th grade class from
Central Boulevard Elementary School, visited the Morrelly Homeland
Security Building, in Bethpage.
Mr. Symons, a lawyer who has had a genuine interest in meteorology
for a very long time, welcomed us to Homeland Security with the purpose
of discussing the topic of weather and showing us the Doppler radar
computer screen, but we learned so much more!
First, we sat in a very large conference room with four huge computer
screens displayed on the walls. Mr. Symons held an interesting
discussion with the children about the formation of thunderstorms and
hurricanes, and the seasons and places in the world they occur.
Next, Mr. Symons showed us a video clip of a hurricane in action with a visual of the damage this hurricane caused.
Mr. Robert Mangano then explained his work in safety management and
evacuation procedures. He handed out an informative pamphlet explaining
the importance of storm preparation – be ready at all times, do not wait
until the last moment because supplies in the stores will be limited.
Police Officer Horn was then introduced. He explained his work with
the canine and mounted patrol units. The dogs are used to chase and
capture bad people and horses are used for crowd control situations. He
passed around a bullet proof vest for the children to view, touch, and
lift. They were surprised at how heavy the bullet proof vest really was!
Mr. Beebe gave us a mini tour of parts of the building we were
permitted to see. He took us through double locked doors. The first set
of doors must be closed before the second door is able to be unlocked.
He showed us an alarm pad in which a code is punched in on a keypad, and
hand identification is needed before entering a restricted area.
Once inside the computer room, the computer tech logged onto the
Central Boulevard Elementary School security cameras. The children were
able to see the outside perimeter of the school building, including the
playground, field, and parking lot!
We all learned a lot about what the different federal Homeland
Security departments do to help keep Americans safe, and were amazed by
Thank you Mr. Symons, for arranging this special visit for us!
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Arts Alive 2012
On Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th students from
Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, Kramer Lane, and JFK Middle School
attended the annual Arts Alive Conference at the LI Boces Cultural Arts
Center in Syosset. Students took classes in dance, musical theater,
physical theater, lighting, writing, painting, fashion design,
composing, and acting with professionals and educators from NYC and Long
Island. All of the students learned a lot about the arts and a
The Pencil Project
Mrs. Parascondola's class collected pencils for a program called "The
PencilProject." This program aims to place pencils in the hands of
students all over the USA. The pencils collected were donated to a
school in Long Island City, New York.
On November 19th, students from Central Blvd. Elementary School,
Charles Champagne Elementary School, Kramer Lane Elementary School, and
JFK Middle School attended the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Program.
Accompanying the students for this 21st Century trip were Mrs. McGrath
and Ms. Austin. We saw Glass’s Satyagraha at the Westbury UA Theater.
For many of the participants it was their first Opera. We were all truly
captivated by this performance despite the lack of subtitles. Many
audience members complimented the Bethpage students on their spectacular
behavior and interest in opera. They were also thrilled to hear that we
are the only school district in Long Island that participates in the
Metropolitan Opera partnership. Everyone is looking forward to the next
Opera, which will be held in December.
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!
Peace Out to Drugs
Thanks to all the students and staff members who helped out with our
Peace Out to Drugs program. The students were encouraged to wear
clothing of the 1960's and learned the message of how to drugs are never
Dr. Farkas Honored
Central Blvd.'s Dr. Farkas was honored by the Nassau County Chapter
of the New York State School Psychologists Association for his
outstanding work with Bethpage youngsters for many years. A huge crowd
showed up to congratulate him on this award. No one deserves it more
than our own Dr. Farkas! Thanks for eveything!
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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Bethpage Means Business
21st Century students learned about economics first hand from some of
our town’s business leaders. Students visited Cablevision, Bethpage
Federal Credit Union and Central Ave. Deli and asked questions about the
corporate structure, impact of the recession, major costs of doing
business and what was the key to success. Our hosts at each stop were
very gracious and provided the students with promotional goods and food!
The students were accompanied by Mr. Clark, Mr. DeTommaso, Mrs. Marcis
and Mr. Schneider, the new Principal of JFK Middle School. It was a
Moving On Ceremony
Everyone enjoyed the 5th Grade Moving Up ceremony today.
Congratulations to all our students and thanks to the parents, teachers
and staff! The JFK faculty is really looking forward to having you all
at the middle school next year!
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Argonauts Trip Caumsett State Park
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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
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