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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Thoughtful Thursdays

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.

Maritime Festival

Bethpage High School held its annual Maritime Festival on May 18, 2016 and May 19, 2016 under the direction of Mr. Portuese. All of the Grade 3 students in the district came to Bethpage High School to learn about our ecosystem on Long Island. There were all kinds of workshops including a touch tank, fish painting, scuba diving, making rope, fish dissection, and Gilligan Island miniature golf! Special thanks to all of the Grade 3 students who joined us and to all of the Bethpage High School students who assisted the staff in running the festival! It was a great success!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Exploding Polyhedrons

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)!

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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!

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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."

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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.

 

Museum Visit

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!

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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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Maritime Festival

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Read to Achieve

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Stand-Up Assembly

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!

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4th Grade International Luncheon

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Wonderful World 2

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CBS Art Show

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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 Parade!

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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 terrific event!

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Aquarium Field Trip

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Statue of Liberty Trip

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Patriot's Pen / Voice of Democracy Awards Ceremony

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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!

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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!

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Community Walk

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

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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

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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 them.

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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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Author Visit

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PARP

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ListServ Announcements

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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 evening!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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PTA Dinner

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!

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Memorial Day

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Maritime Festival

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Stomp

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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Book Buddies

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Pop Tabs

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Skype Chat

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Author Day

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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 security staff!

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PARP

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.

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Family Math Day

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Challenger Basketball

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!

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Music Festival

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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News 12: Hurricane Sandy Coverage

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Astronomy Night

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!

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Read to Achieve

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Safe Halloween

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Bethpage Polo

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!

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Moving On Ceremony

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Memorial Day

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!

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Creative Ties

Ms. Tracy read the book, Mr. Tanen's Ties to Mrs. Lullo's class in Library. They designed their own creative ties.

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SEPTA Celebrate Reading

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Democracy in Action

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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!

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Youth Lacrosse Clinic

Over 250 youngsters came out to participate in the Battle at Bethpage Youth Lacrosse Clinic. Youngsters were treated to small group instruction on lacrosse skills from the talented players of Drexel and UMass. Thanks to all the college players for helping us with our game. Special thanks to Drexel Coach Voelker and UMass Coach Canella for coming out with their teams and talking to the children about athletics and the importance of good school habits. We also appreciate all the BHS athletes who assisted with the event! It was fantastic!

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Science Fair

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!

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Celebrating Nationalities

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!

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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 our veterans!

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ASSET Presentation

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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Family Math Day

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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 it all!

Thank you Mr. Symons, for arranging this special visit for us!

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Read Across Bethpage

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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 wonderful time.

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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.

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Metropolitan Opera

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.

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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!

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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 a solution.

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Homecoming

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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!

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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 great day!

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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 anthem.

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