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John F. Kennedy Middle School


500 Broadway,
Bethpage, NY 11714

PRINCIPAL: Mr. Kevin Fullerton


DEANS: Mary Padalino and Jill Bennardo

Main Office:
516-644-4200 (Phone)
516-937-0540 (Fax)


In the News

French Trip to Quebec

Students in John F. Kennedy Middle School's Grade 7 & 8 French classes had the opportunity to visit Quebec with chaperones Madame Ciarniello, Mr. Hatzfeld, and Mr. Choi.  During the four-day trip that spanned March 10, 2018 through March 13, 2018, students experiences included tobogganing, a tour of Old Quebec, visiting the Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel), snow tubing, seeing the Montmorency Falls, visiting Saint Anne's Basilica, reenacting soldiers' lives in the 1800's, dog-sledding, dancing at the Sugar Shack, and learning how maple syrup is produced! Students also tried different foods, including chocolate croissants, crepes, and poutine! The trip was a memorable experience for all who attended! Special thanks to Madame Ciarniello for organizing the educational trip and allowing the students to experience the culture in Quebec!

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Visit to the Queens Zoo

Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School's ENL program spent a fun and educational day at the Queens Zoo! The students had a great time!  During the Ecosystem and Biomes workshop, they were truly 'star' students! Special thanks to Ms. Schmieder and Ms. DiNapoli for organizing this trip!

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Pi-Day 2018

John F. Kennedy's 9th annual Pi-Day contest was hosted by Ms. Noreman and Ms. O'Sullivan on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Students enjoyed singing pi-songs and eating pie! Special thanks to Mr. Titolo for all of his help!  Twenty-one brave students recited the digits of pi to be included in our John F. Kennedy Pi-Club! Samar Singh finished in first place and recited 69 digits of pi. In second place was Arsh Singh, who recited 61 digits of pi.  Caitlyn Filardi recited 60 digits of pi. The students had a lot of fun talking about pi and listening to pi-songs!

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Golden Eagle at Track Nationals

John F. Kennedy Middle School student-athlete, Tyler Sparke had the opportunity to compete at the New Balance Indoor Nationals Junior High Mile Race on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City. The event invites the Top 30 junior high school students to compete from states as far as Alabama, Colorado, Florida, and Texas. At the event, Tyler ran his best time (5:01:48) and finished 14th in the nation! Tyler has been running on the Bethpage High School Winter Track team for the past two seasons.  Special thanks to Coach Ravener and Coach Posch for their support! Bethpage Schools congratulates Tyler on his accomplishment and wishes him success in all of his future endeavors!  


Battle of the Classes at JFK  

Students of John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in the school’s Battle of the Classes on Feb. 15.

Sporting their team colors, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students gathered in the gymnasium to compete against each other in team activities such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, Human Rock Paper Scissors, obstacle courses, Letter Game and Pin Dodgeball.  

Spectators made up of parents, teachers and students cheered on the classes as they battled for the title of champion. 

The district extends a special thank-you to John F. Kennedy eighth-graders Kaitlin Ackerly and Nick Costanzo for emceeing the festivities and explaining the rules of each game.

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JFK Builders Club Visits Nursing Home

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the John F. Kennedy Kiwanis Builders Club, along with club advisor, Mrs. Ciarniello, visited the residents of the Central Island Nursing Home in Plainview. The students played Bingo alongside the residents and also called numbers. The residents really enjoyed the company of the young and friendly students. At the end of the Bingo session, the students handed our Valentine's cards to all of the residents on the floor. It was a wonderful experience for both the residents and the students!

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21st Century: Otzi The Iceman

On Friday, February 23, 2018, eleven students from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor to learn about Otzi The Iceman as well as have the opportunity to extract DNA.  Under the direction of Dolan DNA Learning Center teacher, Mr. Paul, students analyzed different pollen types under a microscope, extracted DNA from wheat grain, learned about our ancient ancestors, and hypothesized about Otzi's final days.  The Dolan DNA Learning Center has one of two known 3D replicas of the Otzi mummy and the only one outside of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.  Special thanks to Ms. Klein for organizing the trip!

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21st Century: Socks for Jocks

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Ms. Balvin and Ms. Zizzo took a group of students to the St. Joseph's Men's basketball game at St. Joseph's College. Their wonderful Athletic Director took the students on a tour though the athletic complex, where she gave out prizes and beverages. Students were able to see what it is like to be a college athlete as they toured the pool, the fitness center, the trainer's room, and even a classroom! The best part was the one-on-one attention the players and coaches gave the students after the game when they signed autographs and answered questions. In addition, each student brought a pair of socks that have been donated to athletes in need on Long Island. Special thanks to St. Joseph's for being so gracious to our students!

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Mathletes Show Their Prowess

Eighth grade Mathletes: Richitha Channapatna, Suchitha Channapatna, Theresa Thulasidas, Bernardo Jimenez, Aurrel Bhatia, Brandon Kim, Samar Singh, and Dimitrios Nerantzinis participated in the Nassau/Suffolk Mathcounts Competition on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Great Neck North Middle School.  Congratulations to all of the students for performing well in this National Competition!


Annie, Jr.

Annie, Jr. plays this weekend at John F. Kennedy Middle School on Thursday, February 1, 2018 (7 PM); Friday, February 2, 2018 (7 PM); and Saturday, February 3, 2018 (2 PM). 

Annie is the story of an orphan living in an orphanage run by the evil Miss Hannigan.  Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake and are coming back for her. When a rich man named Oliver Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home for the holidays, Annie is selected. Warbucks is dubious at first about Annie, but grows to love her as his own very quickly. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. Warbucks announces a coast-to-coast, nationwide search for them and a reward, which brings out some frauds. 

John F. Kennedy's Annie, Jr. has a star-studded cast, which includes the likes of Superintendent Clark playing the role of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Tickets are only $6 and are selling fast! Don't be one of the few who miss out on seeing this incredible production!


Winter Party

On Friday, January 26, 2018, John F. Kennedy Middle School's PTA hosted their annual Winter Party. This year featured more than fifteen table games, a variety of delicious snacks, and awesome prizes! Over 275 students came out and had a great time! Special thanks to all of our teachers, PTA volunteers, and especially Mrs. Galantini, Mrs. Klein, and Ms. Falco for all of their hard work!

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Screen Free Fridays

Each Friday during the month of January, students at John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in "Screen Free Fridays" during their lunch period. Instead of using their Google Chromebooks, students had the opportunity to go to the Library Media Center for a STEM activity or play board games with their friends. So far, the program has been a popular change!

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Two-Time Geography Bee Winner Named At JFK Middle School

Patrick Dircks, a seventh-grader at John F. Kennedy Middle School is the winner of his school’s Geography Bee for the second consecutive year. 

Prior to the competition on Jan. 10, every social studies class held its own bee to determine the finalists from each grade for the schoolwide contest. 

Officiated by Principal Kevin Fullerton, 33 finalists in Grades 6-8 gathered in the auditorium to answer questions covering multiple facets of U.S. and world geography.

Patrick will join students from across the country in taking an online written test as part of the next round of the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. The top 100 scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship rounds in Washington, D.C., where they will have the chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.

The district wishes Patrick much success as he continues in the competition.

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21st Century: Just One Wheel

John F. Kennedy's Character Education trait of "Perseverance" was alive and kicking at the Driftwood Day Camp on Saturday, January 20, 2018, where students participated in the Just One Wheel. It is a unicycle program run by Bethpage residents, Mr. and Mrs. Cohen. 

The morning began with bagels and water courtesy of the Cohen family. The student participants and chaperones were introduced to the tight rope to practice balance. They experienced the patented trainers for the unicycle to practice peddling and turning. Then, they experienced the mini-cycles for balance. Each participant was given their own 20" unicycle for 90 minutes to try riding it!  Every student persevered and never gave up! 

Special thanks to the Cohen family and Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKweon for chaperoning this unique event!

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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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21st Century Scholars Participate in Junior Chef Academy

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in the Junior Chef Academy hosted by That Meetball Place in Farmingdale. Each student received their own personalized chef hat before preparing their own meatballs and salad. Students got a behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant and had the opportunity to ask questions.  Afterwards, students got to eat lunch which included pasta, salad and two meatballs (which they prepared earlier), and gelato for dessert! At the end of the session, each student received a personalized certificate commemorating their successful completion of the Junior Chef Academy! Special thanks to Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKweon for chaperoning the event and to our friends at That Meetball Place: General Manager Miss Jenn, Miss Jennie, Chef Tom, and Sous Chef Tom for hosting us on Saturday morning! 

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Escape the Room: Birthday Break-In

Students in Mr. Scarola's Family & Consumer Sciences classes participated in an Escape the Room activity called "Birthday Break-In." Students were challenged to open five various locks in order to open a box containing the kitchen equipment necessary to make a cake for their friend's birthday. To open each lock, students had to use critical thinking skills and multiple intelligence to obtain the combination of each lock. Topics included recipe recommendations, kitchen safety, kitchen equipment, common abbreviations, and vocabulary.   The students had a great time with this challenge!

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21st Century: Chocolate Duck 

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, students joined Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKweon at the Chocolate Duck. In this activity, students created individual chocolates and decorated cupcakes based on the theme of winter and Valentine's Day. It was enjoyable to see the participants' creations and the smiles on their faces during the activity.

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JFK Live Celebrates Second Anniversary

On Friday, December 22, 2017, John F. Kennedy's Morning Show, "JFK Live" broadcast their 75th show and celebrated their second anniversary! Under the direction of Mr. Levy, the show, which is produced, engineered, and anchored by students, is broadcast to each and every classroom. During the weekly broadcast, the student anchors lead the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance, share news about upcoming events, promote character education traits, play a trivia game, and spotlight happenings in classrooms around the building.  The second anniversary episode featured Superintendent of Schools Mr. Clark visiting to renew the morning show's contract for another year and opened the voting of the building's annual Ugly Sweater Contest. Happy Holidays!

Archive of JFK LIVE: Episode 75


Spongebob on Broadway

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Mrs. Cooper, Mr. Scarola, and Mrs. Sciara accompanied thirty students in Grades 7 & 8 to see "Spongebob The Musical" on Broadway! It was an amazing show. The students enjoyed the music, costumes, and sets and spending a wonderful evening in New York City!

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Badminton Battle

Students and staff at John F. Kennedy Middle School took to the badminton court on Friday, November 3, 2017 to raise more than $500 for the Special Olympics. From October 26, 2017 through November 1, 2017, students could purchase raffle tickets during their lunch periods to join the badminton tournament. At the end of the purchasing period, those with winning tickets could ask a John F. Kennedy faculty member to be on their team. On the day of the tournament, a total of 23 participants, dressed in matching uniforms, enjoyed an afternoon of friendly competition, exercise, and community involvement. Special thanks to physical education teacher, Ms. Kildare for organizing the tournament!

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Movie Editing Mathematics

Math is all around us! On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Mrs. LaLuna and Mrs. Mulholland's Grade 6 math class learned about some of the math required in movie editing. The class has been discussing ratios and percents. During the lesson, the students watched clips from Moana, The Secret Life of Pets, and other animated films. They spoke about the percent of time various sections of the clip compared to the entire scene. The students left class with a great appreciation of the wonderful applications of mathematics.

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Raynham Hall Museum Visit

Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKweon chaperoned eleven students to the Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay. This old colonial home is rich in Revolutionary War history and is reputed to be the place where the first Valentine's Day poem was written in the United States! There are ties to the Washington Spy Ring featured in the recent AMC television series, "Turn," and the house gives more detailed sense of what life was like during the Colonial Era.  A visit here will give you more information about American History than you might obtain in one of the more well known museums!

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Soaring Eagles Day at John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy Middle School students participated in Soaring Eagles Day, an annual character education program at the school on Monday, October 23, 2017. Kicking off the day, students in Grades 6-8 attended two assemblies, "Everyday Hero" by Chris Poulos and "Creating the Champion Within" by Molly Kennedy, where they learned about positive mindset thinking, perseverance, self-discipline, and responsibility. Following, teachers administered a variety of classroom lessons, during which students shared their reactions to the assemblies, played team building games, and wrote inspirational messages to athletes of the Special Olympics, which the district will host in May. The day concluded with a pep rally in the gymnasium, where the students cheered for and applauded the middle school's athletic teams.


21st Century: Fall Castaway Sand Art

Students at John F. Kennedy Middle School met with Ms. Klein to participate in their seasonal sand art activity.  Students exhibited creativity in crafting their designs.  The students' final products are still solidifying.  All of the participants had a great time.  Please stay tuned for our next sand art offering in the winter!

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John F. Kennedy Celebrates Halloween

John F. Kennedy Middle School held its annual Halloween Party with lots of great costumes, music, and dancing! Over 400 students came to the party along with lots of teachers and staff who were dressed up as board games. A great time was had by all who attended!

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21st Century: Paint on Canvas

Paint on Canvas was a huge success! All of the participating students had a fun time and learned to paint a beautiful and seasonal autumn-themed picture! 

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21st Century Sailing aboard a National Historic 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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Passionately Pink

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, students and staff at John F. Kennedy Middle School supported breast cancer research by wearing pink. Many faculty members also made donations that will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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On Friday, October 6, 2017, students and staff of John F. Kennedy Middle School took over Bethpage High School for the start of the annual TGIF recreational night. Over 350 students attended and had a great time singing karaoke, playing basketball, swimming, watching movies, playing board games, and eating pizza!  A great time was had by all who attended!

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Book Talks

Weekly "Book Talks" are happening at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Mrs. Muller and Ms. Maloney's Grade 7 English class. As part of their ORB (outside reading book) project, students present their books to the class and explain the plot, characters, and events in their book. Every week at "Book Talk", students update the class on what they have read. Students enjoy hearing about new books from their classmates! And as with every good "Book Talk", snacks and beverages are served!

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Save the Baby Eagle

Grade 6 students recently visited the John F. Kennedy Library Media Center with their literature workshop teachers, Ms. Forgione and Ms. McNally, to learn about the Library Media Center through a "breakout/escape the room" style lesson. Students were shown a video from a "birdnapper" who had stolen the library mascot eagle's baby. The students were charged with solving clues and puzzles in order to gain access to a locked box and the final hint which would allow for the baby's rescue. The activities all centered on information intended to familiarize students with the library media center like reading a map of the room and finding books on the shelves. The students were very enthusiastic and determined to save the eaglet! Special thanks to our fantastic library media specialist, Ms. Phillips, for organizing this creative lesson!

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Project Adventure

On Thursday, October 5, 2017 and Friday, October 6, 2017, 7th grade students from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited Project Adventure in Glen Head. The students spent the day participating in a series of team building activities. A great time was had by all who participated!

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Caring Cups Fundraiser

Students in Mr. Levy's Period 6 Academy class held a "Caring Cups" fundraiser.  The fundraiser is scheduled on select days throughout the month of October and November.  Students prepare beverages and hand-deliver them with all proceeds donated to Hurricane Harvey relief.  Wonderful job to Mr. Levy and his students!


Preamble Challenge 2017

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the winners of this year's Preamble Challenge enjoyed a pizza party with Mr. Fullerton and Mr. Jantz. A great time was had by all. The Preamble Challenge 2017 winners were:

 -- Grade 6: Sean Hothan
 -- Grade 7: Georgia Karaisarides
 -- Grade 8: Aurrel Bhatia& Peter Georgatos

Good luck next year!

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21st Century MakerFaire New York

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School and Grade 5 students across the district's elementary schools accompanied Mr. Zabell and Mr. Choi to the 8th Annual MakerFaire New York held at the New York Hall of Science.  A MakerFaire is "an all ages gathering of technology enthusiasts, artists, authors, crafters, do-it-yourselfers, educators, engineers, exhibitors, hobbyists, science clubs, students, and tinkerers."  At the MakerFaire, the students got to see various exhibits, ask questions to the exhibitors, and engage in hands-on activities.  We hope that the students left with seeing firsthand the many innovative creations that were at one point an idea and see how it has developed and they too, can be "makers"!

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"All In" on Character Education

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, John F. Kennedy Middle School was visited by Mr. Gian Paul Gonzalez for the second time. Mr. Gonzalez shared his message of leadership, commitment, and determination with the Grade 8 students.  John F. Kennedy looks forward to Mr. Gonzalez's next visit to Bethpage!

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Youth Ambassador Leader

John F. Kennedy Middle School student Santina Lonardo participated in the elite Ambassador Leadership Summit at Harvard University in July 2017.  After being nominated by Ms. Green in seventh grade, Santina participated in the exclusive summer program for middle school and high school students representing all fifty states and several countries! The program, which focuses on leadership development, community service, global awareness, and college preparation, provided Santina with a comprehensive and interactive learning experience that introduced her to new friends and provided strategies for becoming a more active and engaged member of the Bethpage community.  During the Summit, Santina created a community action plan that focused on partnering with the Long Island Cares Foundation as a way to bridge the gap between needy families and school sports teams in Bethpage. Congratulations to Santina for participating in the program! 

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