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Central Boulevard Elementary School

60 Central Blvd.
Bethpage, NY 11714

PRINCIPAL: Mr. Steven Furrey

Main Office:
516-644-4300 (Phone)
516-644-4309 (Fax)

In the News

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.

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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.  

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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 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, 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!”

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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


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