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2017-2018

National Honor Society Supports Winthrop Children's Hospital

The National Honor Society made a donation to the Winthrop Children's Hospital Cancer Center for Kids.  The students raised $2,500.00 through two intramural fundraisers in Dodgeball and European Handball, which students of all grades participated. Pictured below is Ashley Carlo (left), manager from the Cancer Center for Kids who visited Bethpage High School to accept the donation.  Also pictured are the students from the winning team of our European Handball fundraiser.  Special thanks to the National Honor Society, all of our student participants in the intramural fundraisers, and Mr. Fazio for coordinating the efforts!

 

 

Italian Club Pasta Cook Off

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Italian Club held their 2nd Annual Pasta Cook Off. The judges, Mr. Clark, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Spence, Mr. Healy, Mrs. Falcone, Yolanda Caso, and Mr. Santiago, along with numerous Bethpage students and faculty, all had the opportunity to feast upon homemade pasta dishes cooked by Italian club members. The club collected funds to donate to the Bethany House of Long Island. The winners of the cook off were:
   -- 1st Prize: AJ Vita
   -- 2nd Prize: Natalie Rich, Julia Bradley, and Sam Goldman
   -- 3rd Prize: Anthony Ippolito and Peter Arrabito

Buon appetito!

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Congratulations Clayton!

Congratulations to Bethpage High School senior Clayton Santiago who was victorious in the Division 1 Boys 800 meter during the Nassau County State Qualifiers on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at North Shore.  The victory qualified Clayton for the outdoor state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 8 & 9.  Earlier this school year, Clayton ran in both the cross country and indoor track state championships. Bethpage Schools wishes Clayton all the best at the upcoming outdoor state championships and all of his future endeavors!

 

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Amazing Artistry 

Bethpage High School Art Show was on display in the lobby of the high school on Thursday, May 28, 2018. Congratulations to the students and teachers who both brought the beautiful presentations of effort, passion, and imagination to fruition.

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Italian Club Visits "Eataly"

On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Italian Club spent the afternoon in Manhattan visiting and exploring the Italian marketplace, Eataly. The idea of Eataly is to celebrate Italian biodiversity and offer high quality food to all. Everyone was able to shop and learn, all while relishing in the tasty foods. Students applied their language skills to read labels, decipher menus, and order in the target language!

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International Science & Engineering Fair

This past week in Pittsburgh, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories were awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for $4 million in prizes at the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). Intel ISEF united these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists reviewed and judged their work.

Bethpage High School's Smiti Shah placed 3rd in her category of Environmental Engineering, with her study titled "Solar Powered Nanotech Water Filtration Device with Personal Robotic Transport System." She will be presenting her study at this year's Bethpage Research Symposium in the Bethpage High School Auditorium on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Bethpage Schools would like to congratulate Smiti on this extraordinary accomplishment and wishes her success as she continues her studies at Duke University after graduation! 

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National College Decision Day

Bethpage High School celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2018 on National College Decision Day.  On May 1, 2018, high school seniors wore the colors of the college that they have committed to attend in the Fall. Congratulations to all of the seniors on this major milestone. Bethpage Schools wishes the Class of 2018 success in all of their future endeavors!

 

 

Art Club Makes Portraits for The Memory Project

The Bethpage High School Art Club members joined The Memory Project's, Portraits of Kindness mission to make art for children in Puerto Rico who were recently affected by Hurricane Maria. The Art students who made portraits included Ashley Ro, Michelle Zheng, Camila DaSilva, Marlyn Ortiz, Saray Ortiz, Amari Harper, Francesca Vangi, and Alyssa Dacosta. The portraits were delivered to the children on Friday, May 18, 2018. The Art Club members enjoyed creating art that would put a smile on a young child's face, especially those who lost all of their personal belongings and are still going through hard times in Puerto Rico. Members were looking forward to using their artistic talents to provide happiness and to share their love of art with others.

The Memory Project is a non-profit organization that provides photos of children from all over the world who face substantial challenges in their life such as neglect, abuse, loss, violence, and poverty. The Memory Project have now created more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries.

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Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced 

Bethpage High School’s Class of 2018 will be led by valedictorian Smiti Shah and salutatorian Gillian O’Boyle.

With a long list of awards and recognitions, Smiti has earned the honor of valedictorian this year. As captain of the Regal Eagle robotics team, she has played an integral role in what has been the team’s best season yet and earned the 2018 Fred Breithut Award (MVP Award) at a recent competition. In addition to robotics, she is past-president of the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy, which is an outreach program that represents more than 700 international students. Among Smiti’s list of accolades is being named an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commended Student and a Regeneron STS semifinalist. She also placed first at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, earning a spot to represent Long Island at the international competition. Smiti plans to attend Duke University to study electrical and computer engineering with a minor in finance. While there, she hopes to continue pursuing her water filtration research, as well as additional women-in-STEM initiatives.

Graduating with more than 60 college credits, Gillian O’Boyle is an active and accomplished member of the high school community. Not only has she earned designation as an AP Scholar with Distinction, but she has also been named an All-County basketball player and an All-Class and Scholar-Athlete in soccer. Gillian served as captain of the school’s varsity lacrosse and varsity basketball teams and as senator for the senior class. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Student Civic Club, Spanish Club and Athletes Helping Athletes. In her spare time, she volunteers as an assistant coach for CYO volleyball and a seventh-grade PAL lacrosse team. Gillian will be attending Molloy College’s Honors Program for nursing on a full tuition scholarship for academics.

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Regal Eagles Finish Successful Season

Bethpage High School congratulates its Regal Eagles Robotics Team, including advisors Eric Kay and Dan Zabell, on recently finishing a highly successful 10th season.

After earning several awards at the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University – including team captain Smiti Shah being voted as MVP by the judges and teammate Morgan Heller receiving the Dean's List Award – the team earned the opportunity to attend the World Championships in Detroit this April.

At the competition, the team placed first in their division and third in a round robin tournament. More than 400 teams worldwide competed in the World Championship event. 

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Drawing and Painting Classes Visit the Guggenheim Museum

On Friday, April 27, 2018, Ms. Stagliano's Drawing and Painting classes explored the Guggenheim Museum and later sketched in the Conservatory Gardens at Central Park. Painting students learned about the history of the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and analyzed the conceptual installations of contemporary artist, Danh Vo. Students also studied the late 19th Century and early 20th Century paintings of Vasily Kadinsky, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Gaugin, Paul Cezanne, Edouard Vuillard, and Edouard Manet. Thanks to Ms. D'Amico for joining us on the artistic journey throughout New York City!

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Regal Eagles Soar to New Heights at FIRST World Championships

Bethpage High School Robotics, Regal Eagles Team #2869 participated at the FIRST World Championships in Detroit, Michigan from April 26, 2018 through April 28, 2018.  The students earned the right to participate in the FIRST World Championships by earning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the School Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI) regional earlier in the month with NASA generously funding their registration costs.

After their qualification matches, the Regal Eagles were members of top-seeded alliance in the Tesla Sub-Division Playoffs and joined forces with OP Robotics (Stoney Creek, Ontario) and Theory 6 Robotics (Mississauga, Ontario).  Their alliance rolled through the best-of-three formatted quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals in their division to a 6-1 record and won the Tesla Sub-Division!  From there, the Regal Eagles and their alliance partners played in the Einstein round-robin style tournament against the other five sub-division winners.  After the round-robin tournament, the Regal Eagles and their alliance partners finished 3rd (among 405 participating teams from around the globe)!  This marked the first time since 2002 that any Long Island robotics team has participated into the Einstein round-robin tournament at FIRST World Championships (East Islip).

While in the Motor City, Regal Eagles participated in a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, where the students learned about the history of Ford Motor Company, watched an actual assembly line in progress, and learned about the innovative features in the Ford F-150.  For their team-building exercise, the Regal Eagles split up into two teams to tackle the challenges of an Escape Room. In a thrilling finish, both teams were successful and managed to 'escape the room' in under the allotted 60 minutes!

Congratulations to the Regal Eagles on this remarkable accomplishment!  Special thanks to mentors/coaches Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, the parents/guardians for their unwavering support, Ms. Popkin for assisting with planning every detail of the travel itinerary, and Mr. Clark for traveling to meet the team in Detroit to support them throughout the event!

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Tesla Sub-Division Playoffs

Einstein Round Robin Playoffs

 

"Best in Town" Photograph Contest Finalists

Bethpage High School students Anna Hughes, Bridget Michie, and Megan Russo were finalists in Senator Kemp Hannon's "Best in Town" Photography Contest.  Their artwork was spectacular!  Congratulations to Anna, Bridget, and Megan on their accomplishment!

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Successful Science Fair

Congratulations to Savannah Boncic (Grade 9) who placed FIRST in her Behavioral Category at LISC Jr. Division!  In addition, Savannah was one of only ten students nominated to move onto the State Congress Fair and represent Long Island students that will compete against students across New York State!  The State Congress Fair will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Buffalo, New York.

 

Lifeguards Honored in Bethpage

At the April 24 meeting of the Board of Education, the Board and district administration honored three lifeguards and their instructor, Jeff Hack, for their service. 

Thirteen current and former students who have completed their lifeguard certification training serve as lifeguards for the swimming pool at Bethpage High School as part of the many year-round programs for students and the community. During a recent program, the three lifeguards on duty tested their training skills when a real-life situation unfolded. Each of those on duty handled themselves so calmly and professionally that many on site didn’t know a situation had occurred. 

For their exemplary service, graduates Miguel Almanzar and Lorenzo Cusumano, together with current senior Monique Souza and Hack, were honored.

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Varsity Softball Supports Autism Awareness

On Friday, April 20, 2018, the Bethpage Varsity Softball Team hosted its first Autism Awareness Game.  The Golden Eagles played a league game against East Rockaway at home for this special day.  The honorary first pitch was thrown by Coach Tierney's student, Jack Hopper!  He did such a fantastic job!  The Golden Eagles defeated East Rockaway 6-5, in a thrilling eleven inning game!  Sophomore pitcher, Sofia Sozio had twenty strikeouts in the game!  It was a great team win and the girls raised money for a great cause!

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Yes2Math Conference

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Mrs. Garvey and mathematics students from Bethpage High School attended the Yes2Math Conference at Nassau Community College. Students attended workshops where they learned about cybersecurity, how data is used to make decisions in baseball, patterns in SAT results, and marathon training.  Congratulations to the many student contest winners!

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Fashion Trip to Macy's NYC

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Ms. Stagliano's Fashion Design class toured Macy's Department Store in Herald Square, Manhattan during their Spring Flower Show.  Fashion students observed the creative window displays constructed out of real flowers. Students learned about Rowland Hussey Macy, the beginning of R.H. Macy & Co. in 1858 and how it became the "World's Largest Store". They learned different marketing strategies used to attract customers and increase sales. Fashion students also discovered current spring trends and rode the original wooden escalators throughout the tour. Special thanks to Ms. Indenbaum for joining us on this special trip!  It was a great day in New York City!

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PetPair's Presence in NYC

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Ms. Mole's Virtual Enterprise Class, PetPair, went to the 2018 Youth Business Summit at Pier 92 in New York City. At this event, students from PetPair had the opportunity to sell their products to students from all around the world. The students created business deals with other companies from Florida, California, Tennessee, Bermuda, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, and many more! Our students dressed as business professionals and conducted themselves in a very mature manner all day long. They even experienced what it feels like to be in traffic in New York City during the rush hour commute! Overall, it was a very exciting experience and successful day for PetPair who made many, many sales. These students are going to be assets one day in the business field and any organization would be lucky to have them!  Thanks to Ms. Mole for organizing this great learning experience!

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French Club Cooking School

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the Bethpage High School French Club attended A La Carte Cooking School, where everyone took part in making and eating a five-course French meal, including a Nicoise salad, goucheres (a kind of cheese puff), pissaladiere (a type of French onion pizza-tart), herb poulet (chicken), and crepes with Nutella.  Tres, tres delicieux!

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Varsity Kickline Wins NDA National Championship 

Bethpage High School’s varsity kickline team, Golden Girls and Co., has accomplished a first in school history by competing in all four final rounds of the 2018 National Dance Alliance High School National Championship and earning first place in the small varsity kick division. They also won the Innovative Choreography Award for their kick routine.   

Leading up to nationals, which were held in Orlando, Florida in early March, the team submitted a video of their routine that qualified them for the competition. In January, Golden Girls and Co. scored highly at the NDA Regional Competition at Walt Whitman High School, taking home first place in kick, second in pom, and third in both jazz and team performance. 

“We’ve been hoping for this [win] since we were on JV,” said senior Gabby McGlynn. “Not a lot of seniors get to say they won nationals, and it feels like fate that we got to be those seniors to lead the team there.” 

Senior Francesca Conte, one of the team’s captains, recalled the hard work, determination and perseverance she put forth in pushing her team along the way to nationals. “We had two minutes to prove ourselves,” she said. “You have to put it out there and leave it all on the floor.” 

The team continued its winning streak at the Nassau Scholastic Kickline Championships at Nassau Community College, where they won the Grand Championship in the kick category and earned second place in pom and jazz, and fourth in team performance. The Grand Championship award is given to the team that has the highest cumulative score from three previous Scholastic competitions in a specific category.   

“From the beginning of the year, the team’s goal was to make it to the finals in all four categories at nationals,” said coach Ashley Ioveno. “We wanted them to set goals, work to achieve them, push themselves, and reap the benefits of hard work.”

The district congratulates the team and Coaches Ioveno and Jeanna Martino for a remarkable season and an NDA National Championship title.  
 

 

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Remarkable Season for Varsity Ice Hockey Team   

The district congratulates the Bethpage High School Golden Eagles varsity ice hockey team on an outstanding season. 

The Golden Eagles, under the guidance of coaches Jeff Schmier and Rich Dzurus earned first place in the Nassau County High School Hockey League Michelino East Conference, earning a bid to compete in the New York State Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held in Jamestown, NY. The last time the team earned a first-place county win was in 2004.  

In the county championship, the Golden Eagles evened the best-of-three county finals against the Long Beach High School Marines, causing the game to go into a decisive 10-minute mini-game that ended in a 2-0 defeat for Bethpage. 

“This is the most amazing team I’ve ever coached,” said Schmier. “These players gave it their all, from the beginning of September to the end of March. They always persevered, put in hard work and competed together as a family.” 

Team captains Kevin Drucker, Gavin Hulser and Spyro Markoulis commended their teammates for their tenacious attitude, reiterating the team’s motto of “huge saves and big hits.”   

 

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Regal Eagles Recognized & World Championships Bound!

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, competed at the School Business Partnerships of Long Island Regional from April 9, 2018 through April 11, 2018.  Their robot had a solid performance and the team earned several highly regarded recognitions. 

Team Captain Smiti Shah was awarded the 2018 Fred Breithut Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding performance in the FIRST Robotics Program on Long Island.  Morgan Heller was the recipient of the 2018 Dean's List Awardfor her work increasing awareness of FIRST and its mission, while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment. The Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award that recognizes a team that advances respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school organization and greater community.  By earning this award, the Regal Eagles have earned the right to participate at World Championships later this month in Detroit, Michigan!  NASA will generously fund the registration fee for the Regal Eagles to participate in this event!

Congratulations to all of the Regal Eagles!  Special thanks to team mentors/coaches, Mr. Zabell, Mr. Kay, and all of the parents for their ongoing support!

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Senior Signs Letter of Intent   

Surrounded by proud family members, school district administrators, and his coach, Bethpage High School senior Michael Lane signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at St. Joseph’s College Patchogue. 

In his volleyball career, Michael has earned All-County and All-Tournament titles and made it to the county finals with his team. Along with taking Advanced Placement and college-level courses, he is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, Student Civic, and the National and Foreign Language Honor Societies. He also runs spring track. In addition to playing volleyball, he intends to study accounting at St. Joseph’s College.

The district congratulates Michael and wishes him success in his academic and athletic pursuits in college. 

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Bethpage High School Junior Named National Hispanic Scholar 

Thomas Bachmeier, a junior at Bethpage High School, has been named a 2017 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.
 
Established in 1983 through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the NHRP honors about 5,000, or 2.5 percent, of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Qualifications for recognition are based on critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores on the PSAT/NMSQT and a minimum GPA of 3.5. 

Although there is no financial reward, Scholars receive a certificate and the NHRP sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities.

Thomas excels academically and athletically and gives back to his community. In school, he is a member of the National Honor Society, sits on the honor roll, and is enrolled in numerous college-level and Advanced Placement courses. On the field, is a multi-sport athlete, competing on the varsity football, wrestling, and winter track teams. He also volunteers at his local fire department.  

The district congratulates Thomas on this exceptional award and wishes him a successful senior year.   

 

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Varsity Kickline Recognized by Town of Oyster Bay

The Bethpage Golden Girls and Company Varsity Kickline team was invited to the Town of Oyster Bay Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 to be honored for their achievements at the NDA Dance Nationals. The Town Supervisor spoke highly of the team and the efforts made leading up to this momentous event. Each team member received an individual Certificate of Achievement and Bethpage High School was presented with an Official Citation. 

The team attended the NDA Dance Nationals a few weeks ago where they made finals in all four of their competition routines and won the National Championship in the Small Varsity Kick Division! The team also took home the Innovation Choreography Award for their kick routine!

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La Festa Italiana

On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Italian Club along with Ms. Sagarese and Ms. Calio celebrated the 46th Annual Festa Italiana. With the help of Ms. Jill-Rito and many parent volunteers, the Bethpage High School Auxiliary Gymnasium was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes, delicious desserts, and some photo booth fun with Italian props and accessories! Over 300 students, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced "la dolce vita".

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Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild Presents "The Wedding Singer"

Join us back in 1985 New Jersey when professional wedding singer, Robbie Hart gets his heart broken by the woman he loves. Now he's all alone, living in his grandma's basement, and ruining others' weddings.  How will Robbie bounce back? Come find out and enjoy big hair, bright colors, and rockin' tunes as the Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild performs the hit musical comedy, "The Wedding Singer" on Thursday, March 22; Friday, March 23; and Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 PM at the Bethpage High School Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets are $5.00 for students/senior citizens; $10.00 for adults and can be purchased at the door.

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Kickline National Champions!

This past weekend, the Bethpage Varsity Golden Girls and Company Kickline team competed at the NDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida. The competition lasted three days and at the end, the Bethpage team placed in all four of their performance routines -- the first time in the history of the school's program! The weekend concluded with the team earning:

   -- 17th in Jazz
   -- 9th in Team Performance
   -- 6th in Pom Division
   -- Champions in Small Varsity Kick
   -- Most Innovative Choreography Award

Congratulations to the entire team on a job well done! Special congratulations to team seniors; Captain Francesca Conte; Captain Julianna Griffin; Officer Gabby McGlynn; and Officer Heather Palmer.  We wish these seniors best of luck on all of their future endeavors.  Special thanks to Coach Martino for her support and guidance!

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Golden Eagle at Track State Championships

Clayton Santiago has qualified for State Championships, which will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Clayton will be competing in the 1000-meter event, in which he has gone undefeated against Nassau County competitors this school year.  Congratulations to Clayton on his achievements, as well as to Coach Posch and Coach Ravener for their support.  Bethpage Schools wishes Clayton continued success at the State Championships and his future endeavors!

 

Artists Acknowledged!

Congratulations to AP Art students Ashley Ro and Katelyn Stork for being featured in the Advanced Visions 14 Exhibit at CW Post! The exhibit includes AP artists of excellence from across Long Island, focusing on concept, form, and method in art-making!

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Bethpage High School French Students Celebrate Mardi Gras 

In observance of the Carnival season, Ronny Ciarniello’s French classes at Bethpage High School recently celebrated Mardi Gras.

The students prepared for Fat Tuesday by learning about its history and traditions, as well as exploring the celebrations held in various French-speaking countries and New Orleans. 

On Feb. 13, the students received beads in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Donning their colorful necklaces, they enjoyed a variety of French cuisines in the auxiliary gymnasium, which had been decorated for the festive occasion with masquerade masks, banners and centerpieces. 




Golden Eagles Represented at LISEF 2018

Students from Bethpage High School recently competed at the 2018 Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF).  

   -- Ujala Dar (Grade 10) - The Effect of Sintered Sodium Polyacrylate on Water Filtration
   -- Bhavika Garg (Grade 11) - Examining TLR-4 Deficient Murine Macrophage Cell Lines By Measuring Inflammatory Cytokines: A Path Towards Improved Treatment of Infectious Diseases
   -- Candace Haney (Grade 12) -  The Effect of Landfill Conditions on the Styrofoam Consumption of Mealworms
   -- Shreyasi Saha (Grade 12) - The Effect of Harsh Conditions on the Growth of Specific Healing Plants: Aloe barbadensis and Phyllanthus emblica
   -- Smiti Shah (Grade 12) - Solar Powered Nanotech Water Filtration Device with Personal Robotic Transport System

All of the students put forward an amazing effort at the competition and represented Bethpage High School proudly!  Smiti's study was one of the projects selected by the LISEF judges to move onto Day 2 of LISEF, which will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  Congratulations to all of the students on all of their hard work and their advisor, Mr. Pollatos for his guidance and support!

 

Mardi Gras Celebration

Students in French classes and in French Club at Bethpage High School held their annual Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Students were treated to a variety of different international foods, including crepes with Nutella, croissants, quiches, and an assortment of dessert options! The celebration even featured music, courtesy of DJ Anderson Zabala.  Special thanks to Madame Ciarniello for organizing the celebration and to Monsieur Ciarniello for his support!

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Regal Eagle Rampage at LIU Post

Congratulations to the Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, for their incredible ability to construct a mock setup of this year's FIRST Robotics Competition field in order for twelve Long Island teams to practice for their upcoming FIRST Regional Competition. Students and their advisors, Mr. Zabell, Mr. Kay, and additional parent mentors, built a wooden replica of this year's challenging set. Teams from across Long Island were invited to attend. Thanks to the students, teachers, and parents who helped to make this happen!  Special thanks to Long Island University for generously lending us the Pratt Recreation Center for the day! The Regal Eagles will next compete at the FIRST Hudson Valley Regional on March 22-25 and the School Business Partnerships of Long Island Regional on April 8-11.

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Bethpage High School Recognized By NYSED As A Reward School

Bethpage High School has been named a Reward School by the New York State Education Department for demonstrating an exemplary standard of high academic achievement during the 2016-17 school year.

The SED identifies Reward Schools as those ranking among the top 20 percent of schools in English language arts and mathematics assessment performance, having a graduation rate above 80 percent, and obtaining the most progress and/or highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement.

Bethpage High School is among 155 schools statewide and one of only 24 schools on Long Island to earn this distinction from Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia. 

“We are proud that Bethpage High School is ranked among the highest performing schools in Nassau County, which is certainly a reflection of the high level of instruction taking place in our K-12 classrooms,” said Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark. “However, we are even more pleased that we are able to balance academic success with our programs in art, music, drama, athletics, 21st-century learning and technology. The students, parents, faculty, staff and Board of Education really do work together to provide an engaging learning environment.” 

Bethpage High School will receive a certificate of recognition from Elia to commemorate this achievement.  

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Bethpage HS Girls Volleyball Teams Recognized For Sportsmanship 

The Bethpage High School girls junior and varsity volleyball teams received the Nassau County Volleyball Officials Association Sportsmanship Award. This honor recognizes student-athletes who encourage players on and off the court and help teammates improve their skills for the betterment of the team. These Golden Eagles have also been seen complimenting other teams, regardless of the result of the game.

The district congratulates the junior and varsity girls volleyball teams for demonstrating exceptional character and excellence on the court. 

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Bethpage High School Senior Received NFF & College Hall Of Fame Jay Fiedler Top Scholar-Athlete Award

Bethpage High School senior and quarterback Jason Seiter received the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Nassau County Chapter Jay Fiedler Top Scholar-Athlete Award at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Dec. 6. He was also inducted into the NFF’s “Golden 11” team for Nassau County. 

Jason received this recognition for his excellent academic standing and outstanding ability as a football player, and for demonstrating strong leadership and citizenship on and off the field.  

Alongside this prestigious award, Jason became a Golden 11 member for demonstrating a continued dedication to both academics and athletics, maintaining Scholar-Athlete status and attaining All-County accolades. Golden 11 inductees are also good citizens in their school and respected members of the local community. Only one student-athlete from each school can be nominated, and selections are made by a committee of coaches from each conference. 

A three-sport athlete, Jason also plays basketball and lacrosse. He is a member of student civic, Athletes Helping Athletes, and the Spanish and National honor societies, and is enrolled in Advanced Placement and college-level courses.

The district congratulates Jason on his athletic prowess and academic success for earning this remarkable distinction.   

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Bethpage High School Senior Named NCGSCA Goalie Of The Year

Bethpage High School senior Veronica Scruggs was recognized as the Conference AB Goalkeeper of the Year and earned All-County status for the 2017 season from the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association. 

Having finished the season with 164 saves, Veronica is also the Nassau County leader for most goals saved. 

The district commends Veronica on this outstanding athletic accomplishment.

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Bethpage High School Students Sign Letters Of Intent

Five Bethpage High School seniors pledged to continue their athletic pursuits in college by signing National Letters of Intent during the school’s Commitment Day for athletes on Dec. 7. Proud parents, siblings, coaches and school administrators surrounded each of these students, celebrating the athletic accomplishments that had earned them selection to college teams.

The district congratulates the following seniors: 
Kelly Hughes – LIU Post, lacrosse
Bill Murphy – Misericordia University, volleyball 
Ryan O’Neill – New York Institute of Technology, lacrosse
Joe Poggio – Mercy College, lacrosse
Max Vera – SUNY Purchase, baseball 



 


Bethpage High School Kickline Shines!

The Bethpage Varsity Golden Girls and Company competed at the NDA Regional Championship on Saturday, January 20, 2018 held at Walt Whitman High School. The team placed in all of their divisions finishing the day with the following awards:

   -- Regional Champions in Small Kick
   -- 2nd in Medium Pom
   -- 3rd in Small Jazz
   -- 3rd in Medium Team Performance

Congratulations to the entire team on a job well done!

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Bethpage High School All-County Student-Musicians

Seven Bethpage High School students were invited to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in January.

This year’s performers included juniors Madison Buttice (soprano), Will Katartzis (tenor), Josephine Kim (viola) and AJ Vita (guitar); sophomores Doreen Dong (violin) and Katelyn Harold (soprano); and freshman Joyce Choi (flute).   
   
These student-musicians received this honor based on their performances at the New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival and teacher recommendations.

The district congratulates these students on their musical achievements.

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Visiting the Lighthouse

Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School students that attended this trip had a rare treat! Two of the light keepers (retired Navy engineers) were onsite and gave the students a tour of not only the lighthouse, but also the basement and actual lens house. In the basement, the engineers explained how they rigged all of the automated systems that regulate both the interval and rotation of the twin spotlights. Up in the lens house, the keepers demonstrated how they maintain the electrical systems that keep the light operating smoothly. The top of this structure provided clear, breathtaking views of Fire Island. 

The students were shown how shipwrecked passengers were rescued in the old days utilizing a makeshift pulley system, delivered by cannon! They also learned how a Fresnel lens amplified an oil lamp into a beam that could shine out into the ocean. This technology was state-of-the-art prior to electric lights. The four ton, first order Fresnel lens was recovered from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is now proudly on display in its own building. 

Special thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for organizing this great experience! 

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Varsity Hockey Nets First Place!

The Bethpage Varsity Ice Hockey team clinched first place in the Michelino East Conference of the Nassau County High School Hockey League with a 6-0 shutout over Massapequa on Monday, January 15, 2018. The win secured their bid for the New York State Tournament in Jamestown in March, where they will compete in the small school division. Led by senior captains, Gavin Hulser (C) and Will Dixon (D), alternate captain Kevin Drucker (D) and two-time league MVP goaltender Spyro Markoulis, the Golden Eagles aspire to sweep their remaining games as they head into the county playoffs.

Catch the Golden Eagles final home games on Tuesday, January 23, 2018; 4:00 PM versus Cold Spring Harbor and Senior Night on Tuesday, January 30, 2018; 8:15 PM versus Glen Cove. The semifinal playoff game will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2018; 7:15 PM at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Rink in Bethpage. 

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January 2018 Testing Schedule

Bethpage High School mid-year testing will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018 through Thursday, January 25, 2018.  The  testing schedule is available at the link below.

January 2018 Testing Schedule

 

Senior Smiti Shah Named a 2018 Regeneron STS Scholar 

Congratulations to Bethpage High School senior Smiti Shah for being recognized as a scholar in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search. This program is considered to be the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition for high school students. 

According to its website, the Regeneron STS is a program of the Society for Science and the Public that recognizes and empowers the most promising young scientists in the U.S. who are creating the ideas and solutions to solve our most urgent challenges.

The district congratulates Smiti for achieving this honorable distinction and wishes her tremendous success as she finishes her senior year and pursues her interests in college.


Virtual Enterprise Attends the Long Island Trade Show

On Monday, January 8, 2018, students in Ms. Mole's Virtual Enterprise Class attended the Long Island Trade Show at Farmingdale College. The Chief Executive Officer in addition to the five Vice Presidents of Bethpage High School's company, PetPair, had the opportunity to present their 23-page business plan to a panel of judges. The students were extremely professional and did an awesome job! The Human Resources Department received a Gold Prize for their outstanding work on the creation of an Employee Manual for PetPair.  In addition, the entire class had the opportunity to sell their products to companies from different schools across Long Island. An impressive amount of sales were made, and valuable business connections were established. PetPair is looking forward to the upcoming International Trade Show in New York City!

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Outstanding Physical Education Student Awards

Bethpage High School Seniors, Gillian O'Boyle and Jason Steier, were honored at the Nassau Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Physical Education Student Awards Dinner, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Monday, December 11, 2017. This prestigious award recognizes one young woman and one young man in the graduating class who exemplifies outstanding physical performance, scholastic ability, and leadership qualities. 

 

BHS News Visits News 12

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, students enrolled in the Television News Production class had the opportunity to visit the News 12 Studios in Woodbury! Accompanied by Mr. Malossi and Mr. Choi, the students got a tour of the studio and got a close look at the various equipment and technology used during their broadcast. Students met meteorologist Rich Hoffman who spoke to the students about his rigorous work schedule and how each of the students can create broadcasts from their own home using their smartphones and televisions. Then, the students met senior designers in the graphics department who shared how they create the graphics used during the broadcast and the legality of using images found online. The tour ended with our guide, Leslie, sharing suggestions about a course of studies for students interested in broadcasting.  Special thanks to News 12 for hosting us this morning!

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Bethpage HS Runner Breaks School Record

Bethpage High School senior Clayton Santiago recently broke the school’s 5K record at Bethpage State Park, which qualified him for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships. Clayton is the first Bethpage student since 2005 to qualify for the state championship.  
 
Shedding seven seconds off the previously held Bethpage High School record, Clayton made school history with a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds and placed among the top 50 of 150 runners at the state level competition. He also received the 2017 NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Award.

A well-rounded student, Clayton is enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement courses, runs winter and spring track, is a member of the marine fitness and marine science clubs, and volunteers for the Bethpage P.A.L track program. 

The district congratulates Clayton on breaking the school record and qualifying for states.

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Wreaths Across America (Featuring Boy Scout Troop 46)

Several students and staff members participated in laying wreaths at the headstones of servicemen and women who are buried at Pinelawn National Cemetary as a part of National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 16, 2017. National Wreaths Across America Day has been established in order to Remember, Honor, and Teach as well as recognize the service and sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women whom have given all in order to preserve the freedoms and way of life that we as Americans possess as citizens of the United States. 45,000 wreaths were laid by more than 600 volunteers at Pinelawn. When a wreath is placed at a veteran's grave, the veteran's name is spoken aloud, and they are thanked for their service and sacrifice. This ceremony had been repeated throughout the United States as millions of wreaths were placed by thousands of volunteers at veteran's graves. Bethpage students, Simeon Kim, Joseph McDonald, and David Yorke who are members of Boy Scout Troop 46 braved the cold and snow to participate. Ms. Schroeder and Mr. Franchi also had the privilege of laying wreaths.  It is refreshing that our veterans are remembered and not forgotten on this important day.

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Sports Marketing Visits the World's Most Famous Arena

On December 4, 2017, Mrs. Syrett's Sports Marketing Class was given an all-access tour of Madison Square Garden. The highlight of the trip and tour was seeing the locker rooms. A legendary venue widely known as the "World's Most Famous Arena", today Madison Square Garden includes some of the most recognized brands in professional sports and the Sports Marketing Class was fortunate enough to get an insider look. Special thanks to Mr. DeStefano, who co-chaperoned the trip and took many of the pictures!

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Italian Club Invades New York City

On Friday, December 8, 2017, Italian Club students at Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day enjoying the sights and sounds of Manhattan during the holiday season. After indulging in some delicious pastries and espresso from Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy, the students feasted on delectable Italian cuisine at Carmine's Restaurant. The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue. 

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Kickline's Award Winning Weekend!

The Bethpage Junior Varsity and Varsity Kickline teams competed at the Nassau Scholastic Competition this past weekend. The Varsity program placed 1st in their Pom division; 2nd in Kick; 4th in Team Performance; and 4th in Jazz. The Junior Varsity program placed 3rd with their Team Performance routine. Congratulations to both teams on a successful weekend!

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The Outsiders

Ms. Cooper and Ms. Syrett invited some lucky John F. Kennedy Middle School students to get a sneak preview of the Bethpage High School Masquers Guild performance of "The Outsiders".  The students were able to ask questions to the student actors and actresses and gain an inside look at the Masquers Guild.

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French Club Visits NYC

The Bethpage High School French Club enjoyed a wonderful trip to New York City under the supervision of Madame Ciarniello and Mr. Choi. They first visited Ripley's Believe it or Not, where students were tasked to look for fun facts related to French. Then, the group visited the Rockefeller Center and saw the Christmas Tree, which was spectacular! Finally, the group ate a scrumptious dinner at Cafe Un Deux Trois, where the chocolate mousse was "tres delicieux"! It was "un voyage fantastique"!

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World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Bethpage High School community congratulates Smiti Shah for being invited to speak at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the New School University Center in Manhattan.  As the youngest speaker invited, Smiti spoke to the summit's 200 participants about the generational divide in conversations regarding humans and machines.  Please join us in congratulating Smiti for this accomplishment!

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Innovation Technology Roadshow

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, students from Bethpage High School's AP Computer Science class, AP Computer Science Principles class, and the Regal Eagles were invited to the Innovation Technology Roadshow hosted at Altice Headquarters in Bethpage.  Students got to see a demonstration on artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) and where this technology is prevalent in our everyday lives. Students learned of how this technology can impact the farming/agricultural industries. In addition, InfoSys demonstrated how this technology is being used to support the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to provide game-like simulations as well as data points for each tennis player on the world tour.  Some of the students even got to experiment with the technology first hand! Special thanks to Altice for the invitation!

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Little Lady - Special Persons Dance

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Bethpage Varsity Cheerleading Team hosted the 2nd Annual Little Lady - Special Persons Dance at Bethpage High School. Girls from kindergarten through sixth grade came to the dance accompanied by their special person. They enjoyed an evening of desserts, dancing, and more! All of the little ladies looked absolutely beautiful! Special thanks to everyone who came out for a fun night while supporting the cheerleading team!

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Celebration of Mathematics

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Ms. Garvey and students from Bethpage High School attended the 16th annual Celebration of Mathematics at Queens College. Students took part in interactive workshops about the mathematics involved in card tricks, board games, and deciphering encrypted messages. Some students were able to attend a workshop by a professional billiards trick shot champion! He performed amazing billiards shots and then spoke to the students about the math and physics behind each shot.

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Virtual Enterprise

On Friday, October 27, 2017, Ms. Mole's Virtual Enterprise Class (PetPair) went to the Virtual Enterprise Business & Entrepreneurship  Leadership Conference at LIU Post. At this conference, the students had the opportunity to hear from Alfred Kahn, the CEO of CraneKahn. The students also sat in panel discussions based on their respective departments (Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, Administration, Design & IT, and Accounting/Finance). Lastly, and definitely the most exciting, the students participated in the Elevator Pitch Competition. Marco Cunha was the representative from Bethpage Virtual Enterprise. Marco finished TOP 3 out of nearly 80 schools on Long Island! As a result, Bethpage took home a monetary prize from LIU Post of $250 for their firm. It was a very excited day for PetPair!

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21st Century Sailing aboard a National Historical Landmark

The last sail of the season about The Christeen was taken by Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School students. The 40-foot ship built in 1883 (the oldest oyster sloop in America) carried our students from the harbor to the mouth of the Long Island Sound. Participants experienced raising the sails and dredging the bottom of the ocean for local marine life. They also learned about President Theodore Roosevelt and some of the fascinating history of Oyster Bay.  Special thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for organizing this trip!

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Dig Pink 2017

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball Teams held a Dig Pink event. They played a game against MacArthur High School to raise money for the Side Out Foundation to support breast cancer awareness. The girls sold t-shirts and baked goods and raised a total of $2,300! Thank you to everyone who supported this great cause! Tougher than Cancer, Stronger Together! 

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Freshman Participate in Character Education Assembly

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, retired police office Paul Failla spoke to the Grade 9 students at Bethpage High School. His entertaining program encouraged students to be people with good character. Officer Failla emphasized the importance of recognizing and appreciating each other's differences. His message of being tolerant, respectful young men and women resonated with our Grade 9 students.

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Kickline Teams Participate in Jones Beach Walk

The Bethpage High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Kickline teams participated in the 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Together, the two teams raised over $800 for the American Cancer Society. The team walked in support and memory of many loved ones. They wore shorts to honor the memory of Barbara Donovan.

 

 

Regal Eagles in Ronkonkoma

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) showcased their robot and promoted their overall passion for robotics in general at the 7th Annual Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival in Ronkonkoma. The festival was organized to support people impacted by mental illness and at-risk and homeless veterans. Despite the inclement weather, the event had a nice turnout and the Regal Eagles did a magnificent job to promote robotics and their club.  Special thanks to team advisers, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, team captain Smiti, Aidan, Gianna, Maya, and Michael for their participation in the event!

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21st Century Special Effects Makeup Workshop

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Bethpage High School students learned how to use professional makeup products to create the illusion of an open wound on their arm. Bethpage High School senior, Gabby McGlynn, did an amazing job demonstrating how to create a variety of realistic special effects using liquid latex, synthetic modeling wax, sutures, eye shadow, fake blood, and face paint.

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Italian Club Explores Arthur Avenue

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful afternoon strolling along Arthur Avenue. The club advisors, Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as "Little Italy of the Bronx". Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety of authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip. We ended our trip with a wonderful demonstration and a meal at Mike's Deli. Students learned the history of mozzarella making, and enjoyed samples of hot mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, fresh mozzarella with tomato, roasted scamorza, and fresh ricotta. Students enjoyed other Italian specialties such as prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata, and pesto pasta salad. Squisito!

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Marine Biology Students Visit Fire Island and Sunken Forest 

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Regal Eagles Reign Supreme in the Hudson Valley Rally

Coming off of a banner year in 2016-17, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team, the Regal Eagles (Team #2869) participated in their first off-season competition of the year at the Hudson Valley Rally on Saturday, September 30, 2017 held at the Yonkers Police Athletic League Center.  Based on the FIRST Steamworks framework, the competition matched the Regal Eagles against fourteen other teams.  After a strong string of qualification matches, the Regal Eagles were ranked #2 going into the round-robin style playoffs, and earned a spot in the best-of-three championship matches and served as the alliance captain working with John Dewey High School and Xaverian High School.  The three-team alliance played two strong championship matches, taking the finals 2 games to 0!  The championship marks the first team victory in the history of the Regal Eagles. Congratulations to the Regal Eagles on the all-around team win and to Coach Zabell and Coach Kay!

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Golden Eagles are "All In"

The Golden Eagles welcomed the New York Giants' motivational speaker, Gian Paul Gonzalez to Bethpage High School on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Mr. Gonzalez spent the day in Bethpage to talk to the students and athletes about commitment, leadership, and remembering to thank the people who helped them along the way. He spoke to the students just like he did for the New York Giants and explained the importance of not only being "all in" but staying "all in" for everything you do in life - on and off the field or court. Commitment is key for success.

To demonstrate the importance of connection, Mr. Gonzalez had high school student athletes come up to the stage and hold hands. This created a connection needed to complete a circuit that lit a small light. When any of the people in the circle let go of the hand they were holding, the light went off. In sports, Gonzalez said, "It's not about the wins and losses, it's about the relationship."

After telling an inspirational story about gratitude in the military, Gian Paul Gonzalez asked the students to think about the people in their lives that helped them to get to where they are now and let the students know that those are the people that packed their parachutes. He stressed that it was so important to thank these people while you have the chance. Gonzalez then invited the student athletes to cut pieces of the parachute so they could give them to the people in their life that made an impact.

The students loved this experience with Gian Paul Gonzalez. It was great to listen and learn from such an inspirational and motivational speaker. The Bethpage Golden Eagles are "ALL IN!"

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Statistical Mythbusters

The Statistics classes, taught by Mrs. Garvey and Mrs. Kallmeyer, put their knowledge of experimental design and the scientific method to use as they tried to replicate the experiment that was completed by the MythBusters to see what would happen if Mentos were dropped into a bottle of soda. The classes analyzed the variables, stated a hypothesis, and tested to see if their hypothesis was accurate.

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Sports Marketing Class Welcomes Guest Speaker

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Michael Caruso, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Advantage Sports and Fitness, visited Bethpage High School to speak to Mrs. Syrett's sports marketing students. He spoke to students about his personal background and passion for fitness, athletics, and health and how he turned that passion into a lucrative career as a businessman. Students learned a great deal about what is out there, career-wise, in the field of sports.

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Summer Assignments for 2017-18

Summer Assignments for Advanced Placement, Pre-AP, and Philosophy courses are now available.  They can be accessed by selecting "AP Summer Assignments 2017-18" in the left menu or by clicking on the link below.

AP Summer Assignments 2017-18

 

2016-2017

Art Show

The Bethpage High School Art Show was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The artwork displayed in the Main Lobby showcased a variety of outstanding student work ranging from Advanced Placement Studio Art, College Pottery, Fine Arts, Sculpture, Drawing & Painting, Digital Art, Animation, Fashion Design, Digital Photography, and Studio in Art.  Thanks to all of the student artists and their teachers for their hard work!

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Autism Awareness

Under the direction of Ms. Moscola, students working towards their CDOS credentials raised $336.00 for the Autism Society of American Nassau/Suffolk Chapter.  The students took care of all of the fine details, including selling hearts, counting the money, and taping each heart to a poster.  

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Italian Club Pasta Cook Off

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Italian Club held the first annual Pasta Cook Off. The judges were Mr. Spence, Mr. Healy, Mr. Rodriguez, Mrs. Falcone, and Yolanda Caso, along with numerous Bethpage students and faculty, all had the opportunity to feast upon homemade pasta dishes cooked by Italian club members. The Italian Club raised $200 to donate to earthquake victims in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The winners of the Pasta Cook Off were:
   1st Prize -- Caterina Rubino and Emily Kingston
   2nd Prize -- Natalie Rich, Julia Bradley, and Sam Goldman
   3rd Prize -- Savannah Cagna
Buon appetito!

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Italian Club Visits Rizzoli Bookstore

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Italian Club spent the afternoon in Manhattan visiting the Italian bookstore, Rizzoli. It is considered the most beautiful literary landmark in Manhattan, specializing in illustrated and foreign language books. Students explored Italian literature, magazines, and newspapers offered throughout the bookstore. Then, the Italian Club made their way to Eataly to explore the market and relish in all of the tasty foods! The evening concluded in Madison Square Park to enjoy some Shake Shack, Madison Square Eats, and the beautiful weather, all while playing some Italian card games.

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Pentecost

On Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017, Madame Ciarniello organized Bethpage residents and students to speak in various languages at Saint Martin of Tours Church in Bethpage for the celebration of Pentecost. Among the students were senior Anthony Hernandez, who spoke in Spanish and freshmen Kevin Groom and Jack Kemperle, who both spoke in French. Madame Ciarniello and Monsieur Ciarniello spoke in French, Italian, and Spanish.  All of the participants spoke eloquently and impressed the congregation.  

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French Club Dinner

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, members of the Bethpage High School French Club enjoyed their annual end of year dinner at Cassis Brasserie in Plainview. Accompanied by Madame Ciarniello, the students dined on "salade, soupe a l'oignon, steak-frites, poulet roti (roasted chicken), and the delicious desert, profiteroles" (French pastry filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream).  Everything was fantastique!  

 

Nassau County Science Competition

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Bethpage High School students Alyssa D'Arrigo, Marianna Neranzitnis, Brian McCarthy, Smiti Shah. Elisabeth Freedman, and Bryan Hanley completed in the Nassau County Science Competition (NCSC), which was hosted at Freeport High School. Smiti medaled for "Best Display and Presentation" and Elisabeth won first place in her category as well as 3rd place overall among all projects.  Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the NCSC!

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National Honor Society Induction

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Bethpage High School Center for Performing Arts. The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Bethpage Chapter welcomed in 100 new members, each of whom embody those aforementioned traits. Congratulations to our 2017 inductees! Special thanks to the Bethpage Dad's Club for all of their efforts in coordinating the National Honor Society Banquet, which followed the ceremony.

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Future Engineers

Students from Bethpage High School traveled to Hofstra University for a special program beginning with an informational session about careers in engineering followed by a keynote with an engineer from Lockheed Martin who shared his journey into engineering and specifics regarding the $2 billion dollar communications satellite program which ran into complications only teamwork and creative thinking could solve. Hofstra students in the engineering program then escorted the students across the beautiful South Campus for a tour of the engineering classrooms and laboratories sharing short explanations and demonstrations of ethical hacking, a supersonic wind tunnel, a specially designed go-cart, and a robotic arm. Special thanks to Hofstra University for hosting and arranging this interesting program for some future engineers!

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BHS Orchestra Visits Nation's Capital

The Bethpage High School Orchestra traveled to Washington, D.C. from May 11, 2017 through May 13, 2017 to participate in the Music in the Parks Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. The students placed second in the overall competition. While at the nation's capital, the group toured the White House, the Capitol Building, and the National Mall.  The students concluded their visit at Six Flags America. A great time was had by all!

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World Language Honor Society Induction

The 5th Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in the Center for Performing Arts. A total of fifty-six students were inducted into the three Language Honor Societies - six students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; twenty-seven students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and twenty-three students into the Loyola Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. The keynote address, "Communication, Languages, and Art in Today's World" was given by sculptor and artist, Guido Dettoni della Grazia.  Bethpage High School seniors Mike Sweeney, Sean Ganley, and Anthony Hernandez also spoke about their language experiences throughout the years. Congratulations to all of the students on this accomplishment!

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Regal Eagles Participate in FIRST Robotics World Championships

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, recently qualified and participated in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.  This was the first time in the nine-year history of Bethpage High School Robotics that the entire team qualified for FIRST Robotics World Championships!  The event brought together more than 15,000 students and over 400 teams from across the United States and more than 30 other countries!  Outside of participating in the competition, the Regal Eagles visited the City Museum, Old Courthouse (known for the Dred Scott decision), Gateway Arch (and took a tram ride to the top of the Arch), and successfully conquered the Mastermind Escape Room!  Special thanks to Mr. Zabell, Mr. and Mrs. von der Esch, and Regal Eagles alum, Ray Katigbak for their support of the team throughout the trip.

Congratulations to all of the students and team coaches, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, on an outstanding season!

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Bethpage Ranks Among "America's Most Challenging High Schools"

According to Jay Matthews, Educational Columnist of the Washington Post, Bethpage High School is ranked #565 among "America's Most Challenging High Schools", moving up from #698 in 2016.  The rankings are based on how well the nation's top high schools successfully challenge their students with only 12% of United States high schools making the cut.  Jay Matthews' column and rankings can be accessed at the links below.

America's Most Challenging High Schools: A 30-year project that keeps growing

America's Most Challenging High Schools

 

Bethpage Takes 2nd Place at the Northeast Region Ethics Bowl

The Northeast Invitational Ethics Bowl took place at Manhattanville College on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Sixteen teams were invited from the northeast regional ethics bowls that took place in February including Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and Westchester County. These teams matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included reparation payments for the ancestors of slaves, the use of animals in biomedical testing, and the banning of religious clothing in order to maintain national security. The Bethpage team won all three of the preliminary rounds and the semi-final round which allowed them to complete in the final round against Dwight Englewood High School from New Jersey. It was a tough fight, with Bethpage earning 2nd place honors. The Bethpage team was represented by Jack Lewis, Andrei Aziz, Hajarah Dar, Josh Danziger, Jason Katz, Marissa Parisi, and Jessica O'Keefe. Congratulations to all of the students that competed!

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Long Island Science Congress

Eighteen science research students in Grades 9-12 attended the Long Island Science Congress (LISC) competition which was held in April at St. Anthony's High School. Bethpage High School had a great turn-out in regards to student rankings. Some notable rankings include:

LISC Junior Division
   -- Ysabella Bachmeier, Grade 9 - "Honors" Rank
   -- Gaetano Re, Grade 9 and Joseph Colavolpe, Grade 9 - "Achievement" Rank

LISC Senior Division
   -- Smiti Shah, Grade 11 - "Honors" Rank
   -- Rahul Busri, Grade 9 - Recipient of the Robert Nelson Monetary Award
   -- Marianna Nerantzinis, Grade 12; Ujala Dar, Grade 9; Avery Mack, Grade 12; Bryan Hanley, Grade 9;
      Nicole Zacchia, Grade 9 - "Achievement" Rank

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Penn Relay Qualifiers

The Bethpage High School 4x800 Relay Team qualified for the Penn Relays held at Franklin Field of the University of Pennsylvania. The relay team is comprised of Dan Midgette, Clayton Santiago, Justin Cano, and Aidan Pech. Congratulations on this accomplishment!

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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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Regal Eagles in the News!

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) recently competed in the Hudson Valley Regional at Rockland County Community College and the SBPLI Long Island Regional at Hofstra University.

Altice USA documented the Regal Eagles six-week build season leading up towards their competitions.  It is available at: VIDEO

At the SBPLI Long Island Regional, the Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Chairman's Award, the MOST prestigious award presented at FIRST which is awarded to the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Regal Eagles qualified for the FIRST World Championships later this month in St. Louis!

Congratulations to all of the students and team advisors, Mr. Zabell & Mr. Kay! Special thanks to Altice USA for documenting the Regal Eagles journey this season!

 

Regal Eagles Compete in FIRST Steamworks!

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) competed in their second competition of the year in the SBPLI (School Business Partners of Long Island) FIRST Steamworks Long Island Regional hosted at Hofstra University.  The competition ran from March 30, 2017 through April 1, 2017.

The link below is a video of a match that the Regal Eagles (Team #2869) participated in on March 31, 2017 as a member of the Red Alliance.  VIDEO

At the competition, the Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Chairman's Award, the MOST prestigious award presented at FIRST, which is awarded to the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.  The team qualifies for the FIRST World Championships later this month in St. Louis!

Congratulations to all of the Regal Eagles and team advisors, Mr. Zabell & Mr. Kay!

 

LISEF Accomplishments

In the JV LISEF competition, six students from Bethpage High School attended.  They were Adina Rahman, Rahul Busri, Ujala Dar, Candace Haney, Avery Mack, and Alyssa D'Arrigo.  In the category of Environmental Studies, Candace ranked 2nd and Alyssa ranked 4th out of a total of 38 projects.  

In LISEF Round 2, Soham Maiti placed 4th in the Math category.  Smiti Shah placed 3rd in the Environmental Engineering category out of a total of 28 projects! Congratulations to all of the students that participated on their accomplishments!

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La Festa Italiana

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Italian Club along with Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio celebrated the 45th annual Festa Italiana. With the help of Ms. Jill-Rito and many parent volunteers, the Bethpage High School Auxiliary Gym was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes, delicious desserts, and photo-booth fun with Italian props and accessories. Over 300 students, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced "la dolce vita."

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Bethpage Competes in the Long Island Ethics Bowl

The 8th Annual Long Island Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University on Saturday, February 11, 2017. An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative, yet competitive event, in which two teams are presented with a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and are asked to analyze them; they are then judged on the basis of their analyses. Twenty six teams from fourteen Long Island high schools matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included banning religious clothing, having a baby in order to use it for organ donation, and the use of nudge marketing to entice consumers to buy products. Teams competed in four preliminary rounds and the top four teams went onto the semi-finals in order to ultimately determine the top two teams. The Bethpage team of Andrei Aziz, Marco Cunha, Hajarah Dar, Andrew Sciglibaglio, and Ari Kranias placed 8th while the second team of Jack Lewis, Josh Danziger, Samantha Herman, Katelin Leavey, and Jason Katz placed 16th. Congratulations to all of the students who competed. The Long Island Ethics Bowl is sponsored by the Square Family Foundation. The foundation was founded by Long Island native Gary Squire, an advocate for more philosophical instruction at the pre-college level.

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SADD Club Visits The INN

Students in the Bethpage High School SADD Club visited The INN on Thursday, March 9, 2017. They prepared lunch for over 300 guests, sorted clothes and prepared the boutique for the guests to shop, stocked food for the guests to take home for the weekend, and made goodie-bags for them for dinner. They did it all with a smile and the guests were very appreciative!

 

New Balance Nationals for Winter Track & Field

The Bethpage High School Winter Track & Field team will have student-athletes competing in the 4 x 800 meter relay at the National Championships in New York City on Friday, March 10, 2017. The relay team consists of Aidan Pech, Clayton Santiago, Justin Cano, and Dan Midgette. Congratulations to these student-athletes on their achievement and we wish them the best at the New Balance Nationals!  Special thanks to their coaches, Coach Ravener and Coach Posch! 

To watch the replay of the New Balance Nationals and our student-athletes competing in the 4 x 800 meter relay, click on the following link:  VIDEO.

 

SPEC Makes Valentine's Day Special!

The members of SPEC (Students Putting an End to Cancer) helped make Valentine's Day extra special by distributing hundreds of red, pink, and white carnations throughout the high school community on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.  The beautiful flowers were donated by the wonderful staff at Bethpage Florist -- our warmest thanks to them for their generosity! Club members met to sell, tag, and deliver the Valentine's Day greetings. Special recognition to the enthusiastic club officers: Seniors Alyssa D'Arrigo, Emily Guida, Sam Herman, and Lauren Nani for their dedication and hard work! They truly encapsulate the SPEC mission and their efforts are impressive and inspiring!

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Golden Eagles at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair 

Five students from Bethpage High School proudly represented the school community in this year's Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.  The students and their topics were:

  • Julie Grzybowki - "The Effect of Biodiversity on Plant Growth and Productivity"
  • Anthony Hernandez - "Sindonology: Vehicle for and Against Authenticity of the Turin Shroud"
  • Soham Maiti - "The Derivation and Applications of Special Relativity"
  • Brian McCarthy - "Robot Assistant: Picking Up Objects for the Vision Impaired"
  • Smiti Shah - "Efficient Nano-Based Water Filter: A Novel Application of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles (AgNP) and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Ink with Applied Electrical Current"

The students competed against more than 400 other Long Island students.  Soham and Smiti were selected to move on to LISEF's Round 2 Regional Fair, with the opportunity to compete in this year's international fair!

Congratulations to all of the students on their accomplishments and hard work!

 

Student Leadership Conference

Bethpage High School students Jason Steier, Gillian O'Boyle, Kelly Hughes, Irena Tsavaris, Ryan O'Neill, and Jason Seiter attended a Student Leadership Conference at Hofstra University on February 2nd. They were accompanied by Mr. Franzke, Ms. Tierney, Principal Spence and Athletic Director Mr. Franchi.

Gian Paul Gonzalez was an inspiring guest speaker at this event.

2017-18 Course of Studies Guide

The Bethpage High School 2017-18 Course of Studies Guide is now available.  Click on the link below to access the guide.

17-18 Course of Studies **Revised: 01-18-17**

 

Regal Eagles Featured in Altice Connects Coverage of Robotics Invitational

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) completed in the Half Hollow Hills Invitational. Altice documented this event with a short video featuring Mr. Dan Zabell, Coach of the Regal Eagles and Smiti Shah, Student Co-Captain of the Regal Eagles.  The entire team is looking forward to the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition hosted at Hofstra University in the Spring 2017 and the upcoming build season!  Click on the link below to access the video.

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Italian Voyage to New York City

On December 2, 2016, the Italian students from Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day enjoying the sights and sounds of Manhattan during the holiday season. After indulging in some delicious pastries and espresso from Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy, the students feasted on delectable Italian cuisine at Carmine's Restaurant. The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue.  

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Bethpage Black Belt

Congratulations to Bethpage High School junior Ryan Morano for earning his Black Belt in Karate on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Busto's Martial Arts Center in Plainview. Ryan's Black Belt encompassed over nine years of dedicated training. Ryan's parents and several family members attended his Black Belt ceremony. Mr. Fenster and Mr. Levy were also in attendance to support Ryan's accomplishments. One of Ryan's instructors, Russell Cranor, is a graduate of Bethpage High School. In addition to Karate, Ryan is also a member of the Varsity Winter and Spring Track teams as well as a dedicated participant in the High School Weight Training program.

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BHS Halloween Costumes Care 

On Monday, October 31, 2016, Bethpage High School faculty joined the student body in the Halloween spirit while raising money for charity. This year, the faculty raised over $200 for the Long Island Special Olympics to be hosted here at Bethpage High School on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

 

Tireless SPEC Club

The members of SPEC have been very busy since the club was revamped in September. In addition to making and mailing dozens of Halloween cards to the children at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, our club meetings also highlight visits from professions "in the field". On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Ms. Jaime Pacheco spoke to us about the remarkable work of PALS - Patient Airlift Services. Ms. Pacheco explained that PALS helps individuals access the best possible treatment for the best possible outcome. Operating out of Farmingdale's Republic Airport, volunteer pilots donate time, expertise, and aircrafts - with no compensation - to benefit others. There is never a cost to the patient.

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Italian Club Trip to Arthur Avenue

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful afternoon strolling along Arthur Avenue. The club advisers, Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as "Little Italy" of the Bronx. Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety of authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip. We ended our trip with a wonderful meal at Mario's Italian Restaurant, enjoying Italian specialties such as ravioli con polpette, parmigiana, and pollo al francese. Squisito!

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Successful Junior Academy Scientist

Bethpage High School's Smiti Shah has been participating in the online, virtual program called "The Junior Academy". Smiti and her team recently won first place in the International Global Innovation Challenge hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences under the category of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Wearable Technology Development. Working with an international team comprised of students from Macedonia, Scotland, and the United States with a mentor from India, Smiti and her team developed a water filtration device able to purify water consisting of many chemical and biological contaminants. Her team, "AquaeVitae" worked tirelessly over 70 days and well over 300 hours creating this prototype.

Smiti was also invited to speak about her experience at The Junior Academy over the past year and introduce a guest speaker. The archived video presentation can be watched at VIDEO.  Specifically, Smiti can be seen at the following time stamps:

 -- 00:39 -- 04:09 --> Smiti speaks about her experience in The Junior Academy and introduces Mr. Eric Mortensen
 -- 39:11 -- 48:22 --> Team AquaeVitae's Presentation
 -- 48:30 -- 50:33 --> Awards Presentation

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An article highlighting the Junior Academy International Global Innovation Challenge can be found here:  ARTICLE.

Smiti and her team's experience was also published on Elsevier Connect.  The article can be found here:  ARTICLE.

Smith and Team AquaeVitae were interviewed by the New York Academy of Sciences.  The interview can he found here: VIDEO.

Smiti hopes to continue her work with The Junior Academy and continue working to solve these global challenges.  

Congratulations to Smiti and Team AquaeVitae on their success and achievements!

 

2015-2016

National Excellence in Teaching Philosophy Award

Ms. Wendy Way was one of four teachers nationwide to be awarded the National Excellence in Teaching Philosophy Award by P.L.A.T.O. (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization). This award is given annually to classroom teachers in the United States to recognize and award them for excellence in introducing students to philosophy in elementary, middle, and high school. Ms. Way added, "I have worked extremely hard to grow the philosophy program over the last thirteen years and to have that work be recognized is a great honor."  The philosophy program includes not just the philosophy class, but also the Philosophy Club and Ethics Bowl Competition Team. As a result of winning this award, Ms. Way has been invited to be a guest speaker at the P.L.A.T.O. Conference which will be held in June 2016 in Chicago!  Congratulations!

Philosophical Student

Congratulations to freshman Nicholas Timoshenko for being chosen as a national finalist in the Kids Philosophical Slam Essay Content. The contest received over 4,000 essays this year and Nick placed fourth in the entire country! The essay contest challenges students to think about a major philosophical topic. This year's essay topic was "Imagination or Knowledge, which has a greater impact on society?" The Kids Philosophical Slam was created by John Davis to provide a powerful opportunity to help students grapple with life's big issues.  Plato would be very proud! Congratulations, Nick!

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World Language Badminton

On Wednesday, June 1, the World Language students had a fundraising badminton tournament, in which 26 teams participated. Each team (of 2) paid $10 per team.  $266 was raised (which included some generous donations), and the winning team of Melissa Cao and Joaane Kim decided to donate the money to the charity of their choice: Alzheimer's Association. A special thanks to Mr. Rodriguez for organizing the teams into a double-elimination competition. The students had a great time and the competition was fierce. Congratulations to all who participated.

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Italian Club Trip

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Italian Club along with Ms. Calio and Ms. Piazza spent a fun afternoon cooking an authentic Italian meal at A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook. The students were broken down into teams and collaborated on creating a full menu featuring antipasti, primi e secondi piatti e anche un bel dolce! Some of the dishes students prepared were bruschetta, gnocchi con pomodoro, pollo piccata, and tiramisu! The students even shared the task of cleaning up after all of their hard work preparing each dish. It was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again next year!

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Recognition of Excellence

Nine Bethpage High School seniors celebrated their most influential teachers in a special ceremony in May. An annual tradition celebrating its 12th year, the Recognition of Excellence dinner was designed to honor teachers who have inspired their students during their educational career in Bethpage. Seniors who participate in this tradition are selected by high school faculty, and each senior chooses one teacher from their elementary, middle and high school who was a mentor and had a positive impact on them. The evening included music from the high school jazz band, a buffet dinner and a presentation of plaques from each student to their teachers.

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Explorers Club Pays Tribute to Our Armed Forces

As we close out a very successful year with the Explorers Club, we wanted to remember and honor our servicemen and women.  As a nation, we recognize the sacrifice of those who have died to protect us on Memorial Day - Monday, May 30, 2016.  The Explorers Club drew, colored, and created a banner as their way of expressing their gratitude. We are proud of our country!

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Best in Town

Bethpage High School’s Casey Collette and Emily Marczak both received an honorable mention at Senator Kemp Hannon's 2016 "Best in Town" photography contest. Casey Collette received an honorable mention for the "people" category and Emily Marczak for "places." Both students attended the exhibition held on Thursday, April 7th at the Levittown Library. Over 400 students applied for this contest and only 36 were chosen for a variety of awards under four main categories.

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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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Explorers Club Learns About Crystals and Minerals

After-school hours continue to be busy ones for the students in the Explorers Club! Along with the club advisors, Mrs. Spears, Ms. D'Alleva, and Mr. Destefano, we most recently focused time on minerals and crystals growing. Upon learning about minerals and how they "grow", we created solutions, poured them into various containers, and monitored their "growth". We were all delighted with the final products!

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National Honor Society Induction

The Bethpage Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 106 juniors were inducted and recognized for their outstanding academic achievements, and for honoring the qualities of character, leadership, and service. Congratulations to our new inductees and new officers: President Cormac Foley; Vice President of Tutoring Shanaz Deen and Jack Lewis; Vice President of Fundraising Nicole Kopetz; and Secretary Avery Mack. Special thanks to the retiring officers and the Class of 2016 for helping to facilitate the ceremony and to the Dad's Club for sponsoring the delicious dinner.

21st Century Live Reptiles

On May 18, 2016, members of the 21st Century Scholars' Program participated in a live Reptile Show at Bethpage High School. Erik Callendar of Erik's Reptile Edventures visited the Bethpage High School students bringing with him a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, some Marine Toads, an American Alligator named Wally, an African Spur Thighed Tortoise, an Iguana, a Tegu, a Chameleon, and a Burmese Python named Twinkie.

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Long Island Science Congress Awards Ceremony

The Long Island Science Congress held their science research awards ceremony on May 16, 2016. Students who had research projects that scored in the Top 25% at the LISC Science Fair were invited to the ceremony and given recognition. Congratulations to Ali Ahmadi & Lynne Richardson (Grade 12; The Effect of Time Variables on the pH Levels of Horseshoe Crab Clutches); Smiti Shah (Grade 10; The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Raphanus sativus); and Isabella Ingenito (Grade 9; The Effect of Different Types of Music on Bread Mold Growth Rate) for their well-deserved recognition!

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Child Study Workshop Visits SUNY Old Westbury

In April 2016, the Child Study Workshop students at Bethpage High School had a personalized visit to SUNY Old Westbury. They saw presentations on the Honors Program, Classroom Management, Literacy, and College Credit obtained in High School. Dr. Amy Hsu was the driving force behind this experience. The trip ended with a personalized tour of the campus. It was a great event enjoyed by all of the students.

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Bethpage High School Celebrates National College Decision Day

On Friday, May 6, 2016, Bethpage High School celebrated National College Decision Day, which is the United States deadline for college-bound students to make their choice and commit to a school. This is a fun tradition at many high schools allowing the students to wear the t-shirt of the college they have selected. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 for all of their achievements! 

 

ACE and GOAL Programs Visit to CitiField

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, students from Bethpage High School's ACE and GOAL programs visited CitiField for Education Day. The students saw an interactive lesson and presentation from the channel PIX 11 weather experts, Mr. G and Linda Church. Following the presentation, the students were invited to stay for the game to watch the New York Mets take on the Atlanta Braves. The students had the opportunity to see Steven Matz, a fellow Long Islander, pitch an awesome game that ended in an 8-0 Mets win! The students definitely enjoyed their afternoon at the ballpark! The trip was a homerun!

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World Language Students Visit New York City Football Club (NYCFC)

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, eight Bethpage High School students from the French 5H, College Spanish, and Journalism classes went to the training facilities of the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) to interview a pair of NYCFC's international players. The senior French students used their French skills to interview defender Frederic Brillant.  The senior Spanish students used their Spanish skills to interview midfielder Mikey Lopez. The students also met and took photos with a variety of other top players from the first team.

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Fashionable Friday

On Friday, April 1st fashion and accounting students received a tour of the Fairytale Fashion and History of Denim exhibition on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum. This exhibition featured garments from a variety of well known labels such as Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Marchesa and Prada. In addition, students learned about the upcoming fashion trends and marketing tips at Macy's Herald Square.

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World Language Honor Society Induction

The Third Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the Center for Performing Arts.  A total of fifty-two students were inducted into the three Language Honor Societies -- eleven students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; sixteen students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and twenty-five students into the Loyola Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica.  Congratulations to all on their accomplishment!

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Explorer's Club Study of Volcanic Eruptions

There has been lots of learning going on for the students in the Explorer's Club.  The students meet regularly after school and enjoy a great variety of activities prepared by Mrs. Spears, Ms. D'Alleva, and Mr. Destefano.  Recently, the students learned about mountains and volcanoes. They built their own classroom volcano model, painted it, and created "volcanic eruptions" illustrating the flow of lava moving out from the vent.  Photo Gallery.  Check out the video of the volcanic eruption below. 

 

FIRST Video Content

The Bethpage High School Regal Eagles recently filmed and submitted a video for a contest on how they would create sustainable communities for the future. The grand prize for this contest is a $5,000 grant and if awarded, it will be put towards starting initiatives for women and minorities in STEM.  Please support the Regal Eagles by watching their video submission and voting in the link below.  You are eligible to vote once every 24 hours through April 24, 2016. 

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Italian Poetry Contest

On Friday, April 8, 2016, Bethpage High School Juniors, Steven Coyle and Jessica Nardulli accompanied by Ms. Calio, competed in the 15th Annual Long Island Association of Italian Teachers Poetry Contest held at SUNY Old Westbury.  Both Steven and Jessica were praised for their excellent effort and will be back next year!  Bravi!!

 

Top Programmers

The Bethpage Invitation Coding Competition was held at Bethpage High School on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  In this coding competition, teams of three students had two hours to solve a set of six challenging problems.  The problems challenged students to analyze various scenarios, parse and manipulate data, reason mathematically, and exercise their algorithmic skills.  Tim Ogden and Sam Sergio led the Bethpage team to victory over Oceanside and Seaford!  Congratulations!

Eagle Meets Google 

Smiti Shah, a sophomore at Bethpage High School, recently had the opportunity to meet Bill and Melinda Gates. As part of the prestigious, worldwide Junior Academy, Smiti and 49 other students worldwide were selected to participate in the private event. Held in February, the pair answered questions from the students based on the topics in their annual address. Following the 90-minute conversation, students mingled and spoke directly with the Gates. After the event, Smiti was able to arrange a separate meeting with key engineers at Google, who offered guidance and support to the Bethpage High School robotics team.

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Journalism & Broadcast Journalism Students Tour News 12 Long Island Studios

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, students in Mr. Malossi and Mr. Davis' Journalism and Broadcast Journalism classes visited News 12 Long Island studios in Woodbury.  Some highlights of the one hour tour included experiencing the view from the anchor desk, seeing some of the equipment used during the broadcast, getting to see the effect of green-screen or blue-screen technology, visiting the engineering room, and speaking with graphic designers in their work space.  News 12's very own meteorologist Rich Hoffman graciously spoke to the students about his experience in television broadcasting and his demanding work schedule. Additional photos from our visit are available at: Photo Gallery 


Festa Italiana

The Italian Club along with Miss Piazza and Ms. Calio recently celebrated the 44th annual Festa Italiana.  With the help of Ms. Rito and many parent volunteers, the auxiliary gym was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes and delicious desserts. The featured guest this year was Thomas Wharf, who is the defense player and vice-captain of the Long Island Rough Riders.  Over 300 students, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced “la dolce vita.”

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BHS TV Featured on News 12 Long Island

Students in Journalism and Broadcast Journalism have participated in creating a daily morning show that is broadcast live during homeroom.  The morning show is run by the students under the guidance of Mr. Malossi and Mr. Davis and provides school announcements, upcoming events, weather reports, sports reports, and lunch menu items!  The morning show was featured on News 12 Long Island on March 28 and March 29.

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LISEF Round 2 and JV LISEF

Congratulations to sophomore Smiti Shah for her Honorable Mention achievement in the Material Science category at LISEF. She was also a recipient of the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award!  Freshmen Bhavika Garg, Andrew Tarabokija, Brody Paola, Emily Cohen, Alexandria Olanick, Soham Maiti, and Aamaan Rampurawala also did an outstanding job with their presentations at JV LISEF.

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Regal Eagles Visits Google

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, some students from the Regal Eagle Robotics Team accompanied by the team co-adviser, Mr. Zabell, visited Google Headquarters in New York City for a meeting with some lead engineers. After a brief presentation on the club and what they hope to accomplish in the future, the team got to drive their robot, Scattershot.  The team later sat down with the engineers to discuss improvements that could be made on the robot, and some technology that could be implemented on future robots. After discussing the mechanical aspects of the robot, they spoke to Katy Kasmai, founder of Team Exponent, on how to effectively prototype and create high impact teams.  The Regal Eagles hope to be able to work closely with some of the highly driven engineers and program managers they met during their visit for future build seasons. 

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Grease Performing NOW

Catch the Bethpage High School performance of Grease this weekend! March 17-19.

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LIU Post Honors Top Art Students

LIU Post recently honored local high school art students in their annual exhibit, “Advanced Visions 12: High School Artists of Excellence”.  Of all the participating artists only 3 received awards by Jurors, and one of those recipients was senior Kate Walker.  Senior Deanna Lazo received an honorable mention.  Bethpage High School was the only school with two award recipients.  Both students are currently enrolled in AP Studio Art with Ms. Young.

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21st Century Trip

Spanish and Italian students at BHS went to Manhattan after school to discover Gramercy Park and Union Square, and feast on cuisine from Spain and Italy. Italian students went to Eataly to explore the market and relish in all the tasty foods. Spanish students dined at an authentic Spanish restaurant, ordering tapas and paella. Both groups applied their language skills to read labels, decipher menus, and order in the target language. Fun was had by all!

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Senior Class Prevails at the 2016 Battle of the Classes!

Congratulations to the Senior Class on winning the 2016 Battle of the Classes.  This annual activity is full of fun events that allow students to exhibit their school spirit while engaging in a healthy dose of competition. The four classes and the faculty participated in a number of events including musical chairs, scooter races, an eating competition, and tug of war. The Penny War fundraising event was won by the Juniors and the total amount raised for charity was $1,600.  The competition was pretty close most of the night, but the Seniors were able to defeat the Juniors in the final event to take the trophy. The Sophomores came in third, the faculty fame in fourth, and the Freshmen took fifth. A great evening was enjoyed by all!

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21st Century Trip to the MoMA

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, 21st Century students joined Ms. D'Alleva and Mr. Destefano for our highly anticipated trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Many of us were captivated by the famous and not-so-famous works of art - paintings, sculpture, architecture, photography, electronic media, and much more.  Widely considered to be the most influential museum of modern art in the world, MoMA  did not disappoint. It was a "picture perfect" day all around!

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Teaching Diverse Learners

During the month of February, the Bethpage High School Child Study Workshop students had two guest speakers visit.  Dr. Foxworth, Professor of Special Education at SUNY Old Westbury came and introduced us to teaching diverse learners. Dr. Hsu, Chair of Childhood Education and Literacy at SUNY Old Westbury came and introduced us to "What is Literacy?" and techniques to use to teach literacy.  Both of their presentations were interesting and helpful. We hope to use these strategies when preparing our own lesson units starting in March. We are incredibly grateful for both Dr. Foxworth and Dr. Hsu's time.

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Smiti and Bill Gates

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Smiti Shah was one of thirty students internationally that were invited to take part in a truly memorable day.  The students first met at The Club Quarters on Wall Street for breakfast and had the opportunity to listen to the President of the New York Academy of Sciences and founder of the Junior Academy, an online course part of a STEM program run by the Global STEM Alliance in which Smiti is currently enrolled.  Students then traveled to the YouTube Space in Chelsea Market to have lunch and speak to other students in the Junior Academy. The students then had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with Bill and Melinda Gates, moderated by John Green. Afterwards, there was a reception in which the students got to meet and have conversations with the aforementioned personalities!  The archived Q&A can be HERE. We are extremely proud of Smiti and glad that she got to participate in this event! 

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Gabby, Madeline, and the Piano Man!

Gabby McGlynn had the unique opportunity to attend a Master Class with Billy Joel! Mr. Joel was trying to draw attention to the Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA), a school dedicated to music, dance, and theatrical arts. He appeared at the Hillwood Theater at the Tilles Center and answered questions from students and sang some songs. He was funny and entertaining. Gabby was chosen by lottery that included the four Bethpage High School students scheduled to attend LIHSA in 2016-17. Madeline Kuhlke currently attends LIHSA for dance and had the great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to meet him! It was a great event!

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Intel LISEF

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, students from Bethpage High School joined 507 other students at LISEF.  Over 412 projects were represented.  Among the students and projects represented from Bethpage High School were:

  • Melissa Cao: Role of MINT2 Gene in Neuronal Development and Pathogenesis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
  • Lynne Richardson and Ali Ahmadi: The Effect of Time Variables on the pH Levels of Horseshoe Crab Clutches
  • Ali Khambati, Jillian Leavey, and Thomas D'Agostino: Comparison of pH Between Long Island North and South Shore Intertidal Regions and its Effect on Artificial Limulus Polyphemus Clutches
  • Smiti Shah: The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Raphanus sativus

Smiti qualified to move on and compete in LISEF's 2nd Round on March 10, 2016.  Congratulations to all of the students involved!

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Italian Trip to NYC

The Italian students from Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day, enjoying the sites and sounds of Manhattan during the holiday season.  After indulging in some delicious pastries and espresso from Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy, the students feasted on delectable Italian dishes at Carmine's Restaurant.  The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patricks Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays on 5th Avenue.

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Bronx Zoo Adventure

On Saturday, November 14th, thirty Bethpage High School students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. Destefano, and Ms. Kryoglou for the ride to the Bronx for the 21st Century Bronx Zoo Adventure.  We were the first to arrive and the first of the day to begin the zoo hike through America's largest urban zoo - one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the world.  We explored nearly all of the park's 265 acres, in which we were able to view more than 600 species of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects hailing from Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  A really amazing day with a truly wonderful group!

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Spanish Fiesta

Since the beginning of this school year the Spanish Club and Ms. Hauschild have been busy planning the 4th annual Spanish Fiesta. ACE students in Mr. Syrett's class were also given an introductory food lesson by Ms. Hauschild to help them when they cooked some spanish dishes and to better experience the upcoming Fiesta. On Monday, November 9th with the help of Mrs. Oak, Ms. Costello, Ms. Piazza, Mr. Rodríguez and many parent volunteers, the cafeteria was transformed into a Latin music and food oasis. Over 500 students, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed the day. See more student photos on Twitter using #bhsfiesta15.

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Challenge Day 2015

We are pleased to announce our annual Challenge Day fundraiser on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  Come and cheer on your favorite team as the John F. Kennedy teachers go up against the Bethpage High School teachers in what should prove to be an exciting volleyball game.  The game is at Bethpage High School and will start at 6:00 PM in the Gymnasium.  Raffles and refreshments will be sold.  All proceeds will go towards our Challenge Day Program at Bethpage High School.

Red Ribbon Week

The Bethpage High School SADD Club spent some time in our elementary school classrooms during the month of October. Our students facilitated lessons for Grade 4 and 5 students and helped to teach about healthy choices. Each class created a tree of life that could only keep growing if each leaf had a healthy choice on it.  The trees are displayed in each classroom for the students to reflect on.

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Character Education Assembly

Grade 9 students at Bethpage High School attended a character education assembly with presenter and retired police officer/actor Paul D. Failla.  Drawing on real-life experiences and historic events, Failla employed humor, drama, and role-playing to engage the students in the exploration of topics including destructive decisions, diversity, dignity and respect, values, leadership, profiling, racism, and ridicule.  

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The Martian

About thirty 21st-Century students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. DeStefano and Mr. Inghilterra at the Loew's threatre in Levittown on Monday afternoon, October 19th, for a very special, private showing of the movie "The Martian”. This movie, starring Matt Damon, depicts one astronaut's determination to survive on Mars, while waiting to be rescued. Scientifically accurate, with lots of action and excellent imagery, this movie poses the question..."Can we survive on the Red Planet?” We'd like to thank movie manager Ben Goodman, assistant manager Stephanie and the rest of the Loew's staff for a great afternoon!

 

Stadium Soccer

On Sunday Oct. 25, 2015, fifty-seven French, Italian and Spanish language students along with Ms. Hauschild, Ms. Calio,  Ms. Piazza and Mr. Rodríguez enjoyed an beautiful afternoon of NYCFC soccer at Yankee Stadium. The game began with a West Point Paratrooper exhibition and a moment of silence for a fallen NYPD officer. The home team came up a bit short in the end but it was still a great game. Thanks to Mr. Schneider for the great seats!

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Italian Club Trip

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful day strolling along Arthur Avenue.  The club advisors, Ms. Piazza and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as the Little Italy of the Bronx.  Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety if authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip.  Vendors were also impressed to see that our students were up for the challenge of practicing their Italian skills as they searched and paid for their items.  We ended our trip with a wonderful meal at Trattoria Zero Otto Noveenjoying Italian specialties such as pizza margherita, lasagna, gelato, and tartufo.  Squisito!

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Kemp Hannon "Best in Town" Photo Contest

BHS Digital Photography students Meghan Lunetto and Samantha Alaimo, were finalists in the Kemp Hannon "Best in Town" Photo Contest. Both students attended a special ceremony on Thursday, June 4th at the Levittown Public Library. Meghan Lunetto received 2nd in the "Places" category and Samantha Alaimo was given an Honorable Mention the "Nature" category.

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Art Show

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2015 National Honors Orchestra

BHS junior Melissa Cao was selected to participate in the 2015 National Honors Orchestra. The orchestra will perform at the annual conference of the National Association for Music Education in Nashville, TN on October 28. The Honors Orchestra is extremely selective, with hundreds of applicants from every region of the United States. We are very proud of Melissa and wish her well!

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Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Association

Last night, the Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Association celebrated their awards dinner at Crest Hollow Country Club. Five Bethpage lacrosse players were honored from left to right - Taylor Hannaberry- Unsung Hero Award; Alexa Ritchie-All-County; Isabella Bradley-Scholar-Athlete; Luana Barbazano-All Conference; and Stephanie Roach- All Conference. Also awarded Last night was Coach Kate Danowski who won coach of the Year for Conference 4.

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Maritime Festival

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Music in the Parks Festival

The Bethpage High School Orchestra attended the Music in the Parks Festival in Williamsburg, VA on May 30. The orchestra won first place! Students spent the day at Busch Gardens and visited Colonial Williamsburg on Sunday, May 31!

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AIDS Walk NYC

33 students participated in the 30th annual AIDS Walk NYC on Sunday, May 17, 2015. We walked 10k in and around Central Park, joining over 30,000 other walkers for this great cause. Our team raised $1,295 to benefit over 40 local charities. Students United for Tolerance and 21st Century Scholars joined together to make a stellar team! Ms. Bertolotti, Ms. Del Vecchio, Ms. Bellairs, and Ms. Lohsen are proud of our students and their efforts.

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Bethany House in Roosevelt, LI

Once again, BHS Student Civic Key Club offered an evening of arts & crafts, pizza, cake, and fun to mothers and children at Bethany House in Roosevelt, LI. Though the evening was chilly and a bit gloomy, the hearts and minds of the children were light with laughter, conversation, creativity, and interaction. Club members left after 8:00 pm amid waves, hugs, and thank-yous with remembrances of a memorable evening. Thanks to all participants!

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Stop, Think, and Click

Students were taught to Stop, Think, and then Click during Police Officer Groshan's assembly on Sexting, Texting, and the Data Divide. They saw the impact one "Click" could have on someone's life, including their own.

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21st Century 2015 Beach Cleanup

On Saturday April 25th, our students performed community service by removing litter from the shores along the Long Island Sound, near Oyster Bay. They also had the opportunity to learn about the salt marsh ecosystem and observe many of its inhabitants. They observed several osprey searching the shallow waters for fish. They learned about the piping plover and why their nesting areas are fenced off from the public. They also observed snowy egrets, a greater yellow legs, found raccoon tracks,  and held mud snails.

When you revisit a natural setting it’s never the same experience twice. The cloud cover, the angle of the Sun, the wind and tide are never quite the same. You also never know what you’ll encounter, there’s always surprises. This year we removed the largest item we've ever found along the beach, a cement mixer most likely washed away by Super Storm Sandy. The participants were treated to lunch, compliments of the Marine Science Club. I trust many will be back to volunteer again next year.

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NYSSMA Adjudication Festival

Students in the JFK and BHS orchestras participated in a recital to prepare for the upcoming NYSSMA adjudication festival. Pictured (L to R) are David Campos, George Campos, Gianna Battaglia, Sarah Larrea, Nicole Zacchia, Daniel Yeu, Christopher Bello, and Joaane Kim.

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15th Annual Yes 2 Math Conference

On Friday, April 17th a group of Bethpage High School juniors and seniors attended the 15th Annual Yes 2 Math Conference at Nassau Community College. The day focused on the applications of Math and Science in our "Virtual World." Students created mathematical models to predict the weather and stock market, analyzed earthquakes through statistics, used geometry to help locate and understand planets, and took a virtual walk on the coastline of Cape Cod as they learned about beaches and coastlines of the area. The students also competed in contests with the other schools that attended.

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Chemistry Olympiad

Bethpage High School was well represented at the Chemistry Olympiad at Adelphi University on Saturday, March 7th. The competition, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, is a rigorous qualifying exam and a select few will then compete at the National Level in Colorado. Congratulations team on a job well done!

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Spanish Club Visits A la Carte Cooking School

Members of the Spanish club went to A la Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook to learn how to prepare dishes from Spain and Mexico. They prepared paella, tortilla de patata, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas/quesadillas, and arroz con leche. After their hard work, they enjoyed the feast they had prepared.

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Hellenic Day

On March 25th, Bethpage High School students attended the 21st Century Event "Hellenic Day" where they enjoyed an afternoon celebrating Greek Independence Day. They sampled delicious Greek food and desserts, listened to traditional and pop music, and learned about the Greek culture. Opa!

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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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French Cooking

On Friday, March 14, the French club had a wonderful visit to A La Carte Cooking School, where we worked in groups, made a five-course meal, and then happily ate it! We prepared and enjoyed a Niçoise salad, cheese puffs, a "pissaladière", (a pizza-type quiche), chicken with herbs, and an apricot "tarte"for dessert. Très très délicieux!

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New York Philharmonic

Bethpage High School orchestra students attended a performance by the New York Philharmonic on Friday, March 20 at Lincoln Center. The Philharmonic played Ravel, Debussy, Richard Strauss, and a recent composition by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The soloist was Israeli pianist Inon Barnaton.

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Battle of the Classes

The faculty and the grade level classes participated in a week long series of events such as hall decorating, penny war fundraising, and dressing up for spirit week which culminated on February 27th when BHS held its annual Battle of the Classes. The teams fought it out by taking part in musical chairs, scooter races, dance competitions, and tug of war. The Seniors won first place, the Juniors came in second, the faculty and sophomores tied for third place, and the freshmen came in fourth. A great time was had by everyone!

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Poetry Outloud Competition

Ninth grader, Smiti Shah and 11th grader Greg llinas both participated in the Regional competition for Poetry Outloud at Farmingdale State College on Friday evening in which they memorized and recited three poems each. They both did a tremendous job representing Bethpage High School at this competition. The judges congratulated both on their poise and eloquence!

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Mardi Gras

On February 13, the French classes celebrated Mardi Gras, though actually it was Vendredi Gras (Fat Friday) since the schools were on vacation for the actual Mardi Gras. Various foods were enjoyed, such as homemade crepes, quiches, creole rice, king cake, Madeleine cookies, and many other delicious treats. Of course, Madame Ciarniello was in full regalia and Mr. Healy was quite festive in his purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras colors. It was une fête très amusante.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Visit

Members of the Spanish Club visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to see special exhibits celebrating the works of El Greco and Pablo Picasso. After the museum visit, we ate authentic Spanish tapas for dinner.

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21st Century Guidance Career Corner: Featuring Michael Martin

Our students learned from Mr. Martin himself about his METEORIC RISE IN broadcasting, from college intern to sports anchor and programmer for SNY’S Geico Sportsnite, covering the Mets, Jets, and UConn Sports, among others.

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Cartwheel for a Cure

Bethpage Gymnasts joined forces with Cold Spring Harbor to raise over $2,200 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!Congratulations to both teams for their work for a very worthy cause!

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Cabaret Night

Congratulations to all the talented performers at the Bethpage High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Cabaret Night held on January 22, 2015. It was a fun filled evening emceed by Tri-M President Lauren Conway as students performed their favorite songs from Broadway. Thank you to the BHS Tri-M advisors, Mr. & Mrs. Stehlik along with Ms. Kovacs, Mrs. McGrath, and Mrs. McCarthy for accompanying the performers.

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American Museum of Natural History

On Saturday, January 17th, 35 students joined Ms. D'Alleva and Mr. Fazio on a city trip to the American Museum of Natural History. Our day began in the Rose Center for Earth and Space where we viewed actual meteorites, images of stars and were treated to a film inside the domed planetarium entitled the Dark Universe. We learned about the origins and possible future of our place in space. After a café lunch, we spent the afternoon touring the museum's vast collections of artifacts depicting mammals, endangered species, ocean wonders, and of course prehistoric life. All agreed that it was a GREAT outing!!

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Poetry Out Loud

On December 9, Bethpage students took part in a school competition of Poetry Out Loud. Participating students had to memorize and recite two poems. The winners of the school level competition will go on to the regional level competition in February. Congratulations to winners Greg Llinas and Smiti Shah! Thanks to all the participants and those who showed up to cheer them on.

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21st Century trip to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum

On Saturday, December 6th, a group of 38 students from Bethpage H.S. and J.F.K. Middle School attended a 21st Century trip to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Although it was a somewhat somber and emotional day for the students, they were able to gain a greater understanding towards the tragic events which occurred on September 11, 2001. The students were able to see the ‘Footprints’ of the North and South towers and the Memorial identifying the nearly 3,000 innocent people whose lives were lost on 9/11. They saw the spectacular ‘Freedom Tower’ and gained a better understanding related to its relevance and symbolism signifying the freedoms and values that we as Americans are afforded. In addition, we took an extensive tour of the 9/11 Museum. The museum was a central focus of the trip. The exhibits and displays within the museum, gave our students a historical and educational perspective of the events in and around September 11. The students also spent an extensive period of time within the ‘Memorial’ section of the museum, where they viewed photographs and researched information provided for each victim. Mr. Fenster directed and facilitated this trip. Ms. DelVecchio, Ms. DeTillio, and Ms. Bellairs accompanied our students during our visit.

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Italian Trip - NYC

Driving with the coach bus through Downtown Manhattan, most of the kids from Bethpage High School's Italian Club Trip were agog with lights, the hustle & bustle of the holiday feeling as trucks unloaded crates of food and wire-wrapped Christmas trees stacked thin and straight against chainlink fences, waiting for someone to take them home to decorate. Kids are usually totally caught in between the dazzling lights and the excitement of the season. Today was no different.

A walk around a still-quiet Little Italy gave our students a taste of cappuccino at Ferrara's and a pashmina or two on sale from the street vendors. Arriving at Carmine's after a brief visit downtown and the usual holiday traffic in Midtown and up the West Side, students began to feel the twinges of hunger as the Italian perfumes of garlic, tomatoes, and warm bread swept outside with the opening of the front door. Everyone was seated, glasses were tinkling being filled with water, pitchers of soda, trays of thickly-sliced bruschetta, and the pasta platters and then the chicken parmigiana and chicken francese made their way to the table. Smiling waiters, eager kids, a festive atmosphere, a lit Christmas tree, gentle music and simple, good home-style Italian food all served to make the day memorable.

On to the Metropolitan Museum - the "presepio" and the Christmas tree there, the Medieval Gregorian chants and the masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods enlightened students in a festive way. Then on to Midtown for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, St. Patrick's Cathedral and shopping in a variety of directions. Some groups did Fifth Avenue, others Times Square and still others the small shops at Bryant Park. By the time the students piled into the bus on the return trip home to Long Island, every kid's range of friendship had swelled as much as their smiles, as well it should not just during the holiday season, but throughout the years. Definitions like friendship, love, giving and receiving can and must take on a new perspective as we grow and learn more about life and the differences we can make for the better .

And in the middle of a "no-school" day full of new experiences and adventures of friendship, education, travel, food, culture, and just plain fun, there was an added bonus. That bonus was the awareness that the delicious leftover food unable to be finished by one hundred people will grace the table of those who have none. That gift of awareness will undoubtedly over time, prove to be the most worthwhile gift of all!

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Interstellar

On December 4, 40 Science (and other interested) students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. Granieri, and Mr. Pollatos at the newly renovated Loew's movie theatre on Hempstead Turnpike to view the space thriller "Interstellar". Treated to comfortable recliners and an incredible newly installed sound system, all found the 21st century outing to be a great experience! Especially at the bargain ticket price of $5!!!

Our thanks to the Loew's Theatre management team for all of their help in accommodating us and for offering us this terrific opportunity!

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United For Thanksgiving

Bethpage High School Student Civic Key Club joined with LIFNB at Hempstead Train Station on a bright Sunday afternoon, November 23, 2014 for a Thanksgiving Banquet and Food Share. Along with all the good volunteers of Long Island Food Not Bombs, were college fraternities and sororities, the young, and not-so-young, Civic members past and present served hot foods to throngs of people who would have otherwise been a little or a lot more hungry. BHS Class of 2014 graduate and former Civic president Deena Hadhoud joined the current Civic Executive Board, Civic members, and Child Psychology teacher Mrs. Theresa Schneider to give their free time in a gesture of gratitude. Giving to others is the first step in the full realization in counting our own blessings. Civic members and their parents who attended the event remarked on its scope and magnitude.. And to think that the LIFNB Food Share is done weekly...gives pause and consideration that this is just one of many small "miracles" of noteworthy goodness. Thanks for the participation and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Honor Society Trip

The Bethpage Chapter of the National Honor Society recently visited Washington D.C. 48 seniors and five chaperones had a truly memorable trip. The group enjoyed the Newseum, including a moving look at the events of 9/11 and seeing parts of the Berlin Wall. Later in the day seeing the Space Shuttle and numerous Grumman planes,built right here in Bethpage, excited everyone. Visits to the National Zoo to see the pandas, all the major monuments, and Ford's Theater were fantastic. At Arlington Cemetary, the group was honored to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For many the highlight of the trip was a visit to Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. A great time was had by all!

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Father of the Bride

Congratulations to the Masquer’s Guild for their outstanding production of Father of the Bride! Kudos for a superb performance! The acting, the stage design, and the lighting/sound were all quite professional. Thanks to everyone involved and to Mrs. Stehlik for her excellent direction!

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Mercy Inn Kitchen

BHS Student Civic Key Association spent Veterans' Day 2014 in service offering a hot, nutritious meal to one hundred guests at Mercy Inn Kitchen from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. BHS students joined forces with students from Wyandanch High School and helped prepare the meals, made sandwiches to take home, helped set-up and clean-up for lunch. Students were surprised to hear that this procedure takes place by all volunteers from Monday through Friday lunches and serves approximately one hundred people every day. As psychologist Carl Jung said, "“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.” and on Veterans' Day 2014, Long Island high school students showed that they are committed to making a difference in the world. Thank you to all for your participation and continued service for others!

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A Day in the Arts

Members of the new BHS Theater Arts class attended "A Day in Arts" at Adelphi University on Friday, October 17th. The students took workshops in musical theater, classical voice, prop design, lighting, acting with accents, improvisation, dance, stage combat, painting, and stage makeup. The students heard several musical theater selections along with a question and answer session with actor Christopher Sieber, currently starring in Broadway's "Matilda." The students learned a great deal and had a terrific experience.

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Ripley's Believe it or Not!

On Saturday, 10/25/14, an adventurous group of Bethpage High School students made their way to the weird and wonderful at the Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum in New York City. Led by high school teachers Ms. D'Alleva and Mr. Fazio, all were amazed and intrigued by the displays, exhibits, anecdotes, and features in this unique 21st Century outing. The museum fun was followed by a choice of lunch stops before the bus ride back to Bethpage.

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Safe Halloween

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Lupus Walk

On a beautiful autumn Sunday morning, BHS Student Civic met at Eisenhower Park to participate in the annual Walk-A-Long for Lupus. Civic members Ailin Yu, Kate Walker, Anndrika Bhatia, Lyana Sayilar, and Amy Zheng walked with crowds of other high schools from Long Island and Queens to raise awareness and funds for this auto-immune disease. Raffles, lunch, live music, and Z-100 celebrities were on site to complete an inspiring day of exercise, consciousness-raising, and togetherness together for a good cause. Much appreciation to everyone!

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Hunger 101

On Thursday October 16th, at 2:40pm, BHS Student Civic and BHS Family and Consumer Science hosted Christina Brown from Long Island Cares - Harry Chapin Food Bank to present a workshop for interested Bethpage High School students. The workshop was entitled, Hunger 101 and introduced important causes and questions concerning hunger on Long Island. 

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Jazz Combo at Enviable Life Ball

On Thursday, October, 9th, the BHS Jazz Combo volunteered their time and talent to perform at the Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) annual "Enviable Life Ball" fundraiser held at Oheka Castle in Huntington. It was a fantastic evening and the students received many compliments on their performance. After performing, they dined on filet mignon and checked out the castle.

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Aviation Fair

In coordinating this trip, we afforded 40 of our students the opportunity to learn about STEM careers associated with aviation through speakers and hands on experiences at Republic Airport. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are the foundation of industry and commerce across the nation. Careers in S.T.E.M. related industries are vital for our economy, therefore early exposure, inclusion and encouragement should be a high priority in education. The future of American economics rests on the success of our S.T.E.M. education efforts in schools across Long Island. The educational foundations laid in middle and high school are critical to the interest levels, proficiency, and test scores of high school students preparing to enter the work force.

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21st Century Sailing aboard the “Christeen”

On September 23rd, students from both the middle and high school sailed aboard a nationally registered historical landmark. The weather was spectacular and Oyster Bay Harbor was breathtaking. Participants were educated about the local history, President Theodore Roosevelt, the Spanish-American War, and local marine life. As a special treat, our students had the unbelievable opportunity to see a wild seal! Harbor seals are usually not seen in the area until the winter. This one arrived early to gorge itself on the abundant supply of fish and to claim a choice basking rock. Our students had a memorable afternoon experiencing a truly unique corner of the world so close to home.

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Welcome New Students

BHS held an ice cream bash welcoming new students to our great school! Lots of people helped out, but special thanks goes to our Social Worker, Ms. Kennedy for making the arrangements. It was great to meet everyone!

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Pep Rally

On Friday night, a huge crowd gathered for BHS's Pep Rally on the Athletic Field. Mr. Franchi greeted the crowd and then introduced Lauren Conway to sing the National Anthem. Captains of each team spoke, all excited for the upcoming year. BHS Cheerleaders and Kickline performed outstanding routines. At the conclusion of the Pep Rally, many faculty members participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for this worthy cause. Students were selected from the audience to come down to the field to douse their teachers. A great time was had by all in attendance. Best of luck to all of our teams for a very successful season!

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French Club Car Wash

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the French Club held its annual car wash. In spite of a cloudy day, with impending rain, many people came out to support us.

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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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The Alice Young Hoffman Young Writers Retreat

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Skyler Paccio, Junior in Bethpage High School. His Teen Literature teacher Maria Whalen entered one of Skyler's creative writing pieces to The Alice Hoffman Young Writers Retreat at Adelphi University in July for 1 week to work with professional writers. It was an amazing opportunity. Out of a couple of hundred Nassau County applicants, only 30 Juniors were selected. Skyler was 1 of 30 selected student and he earned a full scholarship (all expenses paid). Way to Go Skyler!!!

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College Visit

On August 5th and 6th over 60 seniors jump-started their college search process with the help of Mr. Kenny, Director of Guidance and Mr. Lynch, Senior Seminar teacher. The "Summer College Prep Workshop" at BHS explored the college search process, discussed the application essay and included demonstrations about the Common Application and Naviance. The rising seniors were even able to begin their applications. A visit to SUNY Albany and Siena College took place the next day. Information sessions, campus tours and even lunch on campus helped the group discover what colleges have to offer.

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French Club Dinner

On June 11, the French Club, along with advisor Madame Ciarniello, held its end of year dinner at the Cassis Brasserie French Restaurant in Plainview. Everyone enjoyed "une salade, soupe à l'oignon, steak-frites or poulet (chicken)" along with a most delicious dessert--"profiteroles"--a tasty pastry filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with chocolate sauce. (See picture!) It was a lovely way to end the year.

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Pentecost

On Sunday, June 8, Pentecost Sunday, at Saint Martin of Tours in Bethpage, current Bethpage students (Madeline Kuhlke, Jillian Leavey and Jillian Perota), former students (Kelly Ryan and Lianna Perota) as well teacher, Ronny Ciarniello, spoke at different masses in various languages. All spoke beautifully in French, Italian and Spanish.

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Music in the Garden

BHS Tri-M Music Honor Society "Music in the Garden", Spring Chamber Music Recital. All the students had the opportunity to perform and showcase their talents. The evening was led by Tri-M Music Honor Society advisors, Mr. & Mrs. Stehlik. It was an amazing evening filled with beautiful classical pieces performed by talented students.

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Skyler Wins Award

Congratulations! Skyler Paccio, Bethpage HS Junior. His entry was chosen as the only Nassau County 11th grade winning selection in the Nassau Reading Council’s 2014 Young Author’s Contest. His family and friends attended the Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM in the theatre at the Wilbur Arts Center at Molloy College. Each winner K-12 read his or her entry to an enthusiastic audience. Skyler, along with other Nassau County winners went on to attend a reception following. Way to go!

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Speaking Competition

Congratulations to Charlie Bachmeier and Chris Dane, who competed in the finals of Theodore Roosevelt Speaking Competition last Thursday. 44 students across schools from Long Island competed in this contest and participants were charged with creating an original speech focusing on some aspect of the life of Theodore Roosevelt. Students then had to recite the speech in front of an audience without using any notes. Both Charlie and Chris did an exceptional job and were recognized for their public speaking efforts when they were selected as finalists for the contest. Charlie focused on Theodore Roosevelt's efforts at conservation while Chris spoke about Roosevelt's role as Police Commissioner. BHS is proud of both Charlie and Chris!

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Pre-Prom Assembly

On Tuesday, June 4th, a pre prom program was held for the Senior Class. Motivational speaker and retired Suffolk County Police Officer, Paul Failla spoke to our students for 2 periods about making good decisions as they finish their high school career. Officer Failla also discussed the importance of having good character as students move on to college, the military and the world of work.

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BHS Art Show

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LOTE Honor Society

The LOTE Department held a very nice induction ceremony for students entering the LOTE Honor Society. Mr. Rodriguez emceed the event and everyone was impressed with Mr. Spence's Spanish! Congratulations to all the students and their teachers!

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Victory Games

BHS students raised over $10,000 for the Victory Games and students in Mr. Lynch’s CORE program and Mr. Granieri’s CDOS program assisted to run the event. Everyone was amazed at the talented athletes who competed!

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BHS Gymnastics

Congratulations to the BHS Gymnastics team which was named the New York State Scholar Athlete Team of the year. That means as a team, they had the highest average of any gymnastics team in the state! How impressive! It was a great season on many fronts! Congratulations to Coach Kim and Coach Vicki!

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Science Symposium

BHS students in Mr. Pollatos’s Science Research Class conducted a Science Symposium to share their findings and research. It was a very impressive evening! Thanks to alumnus Chelsea Levy for coming back and sharing some of the work she is doing at MIT. It was a great evening!

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Future Teacher Tina Rapaglia

Congratulations to future teacher Tina Rapaglia for winning the first ever Bethpage Retired Teachers Award. Tina will be studying to be a Special Education teacher at Marist in the fall and we thank all the retired teachers who made this scholarship happen! She is pictured with Mrs. Blau and Mrs. Axelrad.

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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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Choir and Orchestra Concert

Congratulations to all the musicians and singers who participated in the wonderful BHS Choir and Orchestra Concert! It was a great display of talent. Congratulations to Mrs. Stehlik and Mr. Kay for a great performance!

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Maritime Festival

Third graders from the district’s three elementary schools had the opportunity to connect with Long Island’s Maritime history. The graduating class of Bethpage High School did a phenomenal job hosting the annual Maritime Festival. The elementary students made rope the old fashioned way; learned all about the parts of a fish, saw a SCUBA demonstration by Mr. Hack, learned about plankton with Mrs. Rankin, and produced a “Gyotaku” style fish print. A Special thanks goes out to Mr. Carroll for helping acquire the rich diversity of sea life displayed in the touch tanks.

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High Note Music Festival

The Bethpage High School orchestra attended the High Note Music Festival in South Hadley, MA on Friday, May 23. The orchestra earned a "Superior" ranking, the highest possible, and came in first place. The orchestra spent the day in Six Flags New England and took a walking tour of Boston on Saturday, May 24. Students had a great time at Quincy Market and saw the U.S.S. Constitution, the Bunker Hill National Monument, and Paul Revere's house.

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Teaching To Give

Lessons learned come from all types of resources, but one of the best ways is through experience. Theresa Gervasi Schneider understands this and as teacher for the BHS Child Study program has put it into practice.

On Thursday May 22, 2014, Adelphi University Education Professors Anne Mungai, (Special Education) and Professor Diana Feige, (Service-Learning) visited Mrs. Schneider's classes to witness the joy and learning in her program and to accept the gifts that her BHS students made for the Mungai Orphanage in Kenya, Africa.

Mrs. Schneider's classes created babies' bibs and shoulder sacks for the children to carry their school supplies from T-shirts a concept which included recycling materials in consideration of the environment. BHS Student Civic donated pencils and supplies to fill the shoulder sacks. Professor Mungai mentioned how precious pencils were to children in the orphanage since they are very difficult to find and expensive, furthering the point that a little level of awareness can help make enormous changes. She will be bringing supplies to Kenya this summer including the handmade creations from Bethpage High School.

Mrs. Schneider's students and children posed happily for photos and both Adelphi Professors were so impressed with the positive results of the project that they opened consideration of a mentoring program with Adelphi and Bethpage High School students. Thanks to all the students and children for participating in this project and for enriching lives in 'giving to others'.

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AIDS Walk

Congratulations to the students and staff who participated in the Annual AIDS Walk. The Bethpage team under the direction of Ms. Bertolotti raised $1,785 for this great cause! Great job to all!

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Mackenize Honored

Congratulations to Mackenzie Pech for being honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology at the Bloomberg Center in Manhattan. Mackenzie was one of 29 female students recognized for their interest and ability in technology. Mackenzie is an accomplished computer programmer as well as a member of the BHS Robotics Team. She was honored with one of the Bloomberg Aspiration awards at a ceremony attended by her family and Superintendent Mr. Clark.

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Jiu Jitsu

Bethpage was honored to host a Jiu Jitsu class thanks to Mr. Sagarese and his good friend former UFC welterweight champion Matt "The Terror" Serra. Lots of people came out to participate in this Fit and Fun activity. We are grateful to both of them

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21st Century Oyster Bay Beach Cleanup

Rainy skies gave way to beautiful sunshine as the Bethpage armada landed on the shores of Oyster Bay Harbor. An energetic group of Middle School and High School students of the Marine Science Club removed hundreds of pounds of debris from the shoreline. For many of the students it was their first time visiting Center Island and they were impressed by its elegant beauty and diversity of wildlife. Besides improving the environment our students learned about an endangered bird, the piping plover. This tiny bird lays its eggs directly on the sand without building a formal nest. Their strategy is camouflage, the coloring of their eggs mimics the sand. Several protective zones were established to prevent people from stepping on the eggs. The group also experienced ospreys, egrets, terns, herons, cormorants and a well-deserved B-B-Q.

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Congressman Steve Israel Comes to BHS

Congressman Steve Israel came to BHS to announce his sponsorship of a bill that supports a $500 tax credit for college preparation costs that include costs for AP, IB, SAT, ACT and SAT Subject tests as well as preparation courses that students take. The Congressman was surrounded by members of the Bethpage PTA and parent Len O’Donnell spoke in favor of the bill along with administrators from the district and BHS Senior Conor Nimmo who serves on the Congressman’s Youth Cabinet. The Congressman was very complimentary of Bethpage and the excellent schools we have.

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NYSSMA Recital for Orchestra

Members of the BHS and JFK orchestras participated in a recital in the Little Theatre, Monday evening, April 28. These students will be attending NYSSMA at Bethpage next week. Pictured are (l to r): Ms. Yen Yen Haas (piano accompanist); Michael Coyle (seated); Mr. Kay; Drew Maggio; Emily Liang; Christopher Bello; Nichole Zacchia; David Campos; Christopher Stronstad; Antonio Bello; George Campos (seated); and Attilio Vosilla.

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Bethpage High School Art Department Exhibits

Every April, the Bethpage High School Art Department exhibits selected works at the Bethpage Public Library. This year the show includes work from the AP Studio Art, Fine Arts and Sculpture classes. An opening reception was held on April 3. The students enjoyed the opportunity to show their work and receive the many guests who came to view the show.

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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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