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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

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


Writer's Workshop

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.

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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!

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Reader's Theatre

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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Author Celebration

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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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 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 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. 

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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.  

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Halloween 2017

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"!

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