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John F. Kennedy Middle School

 

500 Broadway,
Bethpage, NY 11714

PRINCIPAL: Mr. Kevin Fullerton

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: Ms. Erin Hayes

DEANS: Mary Padalino and Jill Bennardo

 

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

Extra Help Schedule, 2018-19

 

In the News


21st Century: Jr. Chef Academy

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, students joined Mrs. Klein, Ms. McKweon, and Ms. Napolitano at That Meetball Place in Farmingdale for the 3rd Annual Jr. Chef Academy. It is called "Meetball" because "it's a great place to meet and have a ball"! Managers Jennie and Jeanine had chef hats prepared for all participants. Students were divided into three groups: tour of the restaurant, salad station, and meatball station. Student groups rotated until all students had the opportunity to participate at each station. After completing the Academy, students sat down for lunch, which consisted of their salad, pasta, meatballs, gelato, and a soft drink.  To conclude, all students were presented with a completion certificate!

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21st Century: Sew Much Fun!

Keeping in line with John F. Kennedy Middle School's Mindfulness Program, Ms. McKweon and Mrs. Klein helped students create relaxing heating pads. Students were provided material remnants. They were taught how to thread a needle and how to sew by hand. Then, students filled "inside bags" with rice that they brought with them.  That bag when went inside the material bag. Each bag needed to be sewn closed. Mrs. Klein used the microwave to heat them up.  Essential oils could also be used, if the students chose.  Sew Much Fun was SO MUCH FUN!

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Students hit the right tune in All-County Selections

A total of 23 students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals this upcoming January.

Students were selected based on their NYSSMA scores from last spring and represent the individuals who achieved the highest marks. All the concerts will take place at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LIU Post throughout the second and third weeks of January.

The JFK students set to perform include Joey Baskhker, Sara Bashker, Gayatri Bhat-Viola, John Dong, Haley Flaherty, Olivia Flaherty, Ashley Garner, Sophia Gianfrancesco, Jack Looney, Nicholas Morgan, Leo Miller, Ryan O’Connell and Lauren Zabrowski.

Representing the high school are Madison Buttice, Joyce Choi, Samir Gupte, William Katartzis, Soham Maiti, Valenni Passsaro, Emanuella Tsourous and AJ Vita.

In addition to the All-County achievements, students from both schools were also chosen to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association performances this winter. High school students Suchitha Channapatana, Doreen Dong and Soham Maiti and JFK students Thomas Cuzzo and Svetlana Mughnetyan will take the spotlight at this event. 

The district congratulates all of these talented musicians for their hard work and opportunity to showcase their abilities at the festivals!

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Builders Club Recognized by Town of Oyster Bay

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club and advisors Ronny Ciarniello and Fran Trotter, received a citation from the Town of Oyster Bay for their participation in a DVD collection for our service men and women overseas. Hundreds of DVDs were collected at John F. Kennedy Middle School and will be distributed to troops around the world.  Thank you to everyone who donated DVDs in support of this cause!

 

Raynham House Museum

Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School joined Ms. Klein and Ms. McKweon and visited the Raynham House Museum in Oyster Bay. The participants heard from a true historian about the British, Patriots, spies, slavery, love, friendship, and so much more! 

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Proactive Superintendent’s Day

The District gathered on Nov. 6 for it’s fall Superintendent’s Conference Day, during which the various staff departments participated in presentations, workshops and activities to continue proactive learning and development as educators.

Staff members from the high school and JFK middle school along with Superintendent of School David Schneider attended morning sessions that focused on dynamic issues, led by Lauren Marra and Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD. Marra, a behaviorist who specializes on the topic of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, presented on proactive discipline approaches with students. Dr. Romie is a renowned neurologist that stressed the importance and techniques of mindfulness in education for both students and faculty. 

The afternoon was a time of collaboration as departments at both secondary schools traveled to the Island Trees School District and met with educators in their corresponding building and subject areas. They had opportunities to share ideas and broaden their instructional practices.

At the elementary level, faculty members from Kramer Lane, Charles Campagne and Central Boulevard broke into grade-specific groups to gain training in STEM and other pertinent topics. Led by district administrators and teachers, the STEM workshop demonstrated assorted grade-specific lessons and activities. The journeys session covered content requested by teachers and also provided time for them to discuss and navigate digital tools.

Other aspects of the day included CPR training for nurses and building monitors and the Hofstra Mental Health Conference, which was attended by guidance counselors and social workers. 

The district thanks Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence and all that helped to coordinate and facilitate an educational day for district educators.

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Technology Free Lunch

Students at JFK Middle School have been enjoying lunch periods this year without the use of technology. Instead, they are interacting with one another through friendly competition in various games during what is being called Tech Free Lunch.

An initiative started during the 2017-18 school year provides students with an escape from technology during their lunch periods two times a week. On those days, students are able to select from games such as Connect Four, UNO, Jenga, Trouble, Battleship and many others from a game cart in the school’s cafeteria.

The purpose of the Tech Free Lunch periods is to create an environment of collaboration and fun without the consistent use of technology. The activity also helps to build communication skills as the students enjoy the excitement of a board or card game with one another.

“While we certainly value the use of technology during the school day to enhance the curriculum, it is also essential for our students to ‘disconnect’ every now and then so they can sharpen their interpersonal skills,” said JFK Assistant Principal Erin Hayes.

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21st Century: Scrabble

With Ms. Ahronheim and Ms. Klein as their coaches, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School had the opportunity to participate in a 21st Century: Scrabble activity to learn how to earn more points in the game.  We hope that the participants will use their newfound knowledge in their next game of Scrabble!

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21st Century: Chocolate Duck

Back by popular demand for its fifth year, the 21st Century: Chocolate Duck activity is going strong! It may have been pouring outside, but inside it was raining chocolate! Each participant went home with chocolate pops and six Autumn-themed cupcakes that they created! Based on the smiles and laughter, the students had a 'sweet' time!

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21st Century: Do It Yourself Locker Organizer

On Friday, October 5, 2018, Grade 6 students from John F. Kennedy Middle School were given the opportunity to create their own locker organizers.  Given that this is the first year that Grade 6 students will be using lockers in their academic career, participants used creativity in the design of their organizer.  Special thanks to Ms. Klein and Ms. McKweon for facilitating this 21st Century activity!

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21st Century: Oyster Bay Beach Clean Up

Members of the Marine Science Club along with other environmentally concerned students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School helped to rid our beaches of trash.  The students were greeted by Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, Joe Saladino, who boarded the school bus to personally thank them for their good work. Participants were treated to a hot dog cookout and had the opportunity to try their hand at fishing while the charcoal heated up! Local specimen were collected for the Marine Club's saltwater tank.

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Sophia's Summer at Harvard University

Sophia Passaro attended Harvard University for the Ambassador Leaders Summit during this past summer.  Students who are nominated must "demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership potential, and the ability to take initiative to affect positive change." Sophia was nominated by her teacher, Ms, Balvin and was the perfect candidate! Sophia had the opportunity to stay in a Harvard dorm and tour the university's campus! She spent her time collaborating with peers from around the country creating a charity and she was even nominated to be one of the team's leaders! Way to go, Sophia!

 

21st Century: MakerFaire NYC

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School accompanied Mr. Zabell, Mrs. Marcis, and Mr. Choi to the 9th Annual World MakerFaire New York held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  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." Students got to see various exhibits, participate in several hands-on exhibits, and ask questions to the exhibitors.

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2018-19 JFK Extracurricular Clubs 

A list and description of the extracurricular clubs being offered at John F. Kennedy Middle School for the 2018-19 school year is available below.  Students can learn more about each of these clubs during the Activity Fair on Thursday, September 20, 2018 and Friday, September 21, 2018.  There's something for everyone and we encourage you to get involved!

JFK Extracurricular Club Offerings, 2018-19

 

2018-19 Supply Lists

Student supply lists for the 2018-19 school year for each of the subject areas can be accessed through the links below.

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