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John F. Kennedy Middle School

 

500 Broadway,
Bethpage, NY 11714

PRINCIPAL: Mr. Kevin Fullerton

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: Mr. Nicholas Jantz

DEANS: Mary Padalino and Jill Bennardo

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

 

In the News


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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Literacy Inspired Bookends

The John F. Kennedy Art Club created beautiful literary inspired bookends to brighten up the Library Media Center. Taking inspiration from literacy classics and current favorites, the students painted bookends representing different books. Over forty bookends were created and can be seen when visiting the Library Media Center.

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Pal-O-Mine

Earlier this month, Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Kelly's class spent the day at the Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Ranch in Islandia. The students learned the ins-and-outs of the ranch and most importantly, how to ride a horse! Special thanks to SEPTA, who once again financed this trip for the students.

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Anastasia the Musical

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Mrs. Cooper, Mr. Scarola, and Mr. Levy accompanied students from John F. Kennedy Middle School to see Anastasia the Musical on Broadway.  It was a fantastic show and wonderful experience for all of the participants!

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Q&A with Holocaust Survivors to Cap World War II Study

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Mr. Levy's Grade 8 Social Studies class capped off their unit on World War II through a question and answer session with Mr. Levy's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kochman. Both born in Germany just years before Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Mr. and Mrs. Kochman both lived through the Holocaust. They shared the experience of their escape from Germany as well as their long journey in the midst of World War II as refugees in Italy and China, before finally making it to the United States. The students spent two days in class researching and preparing questions for Mr. and Mrs. Kochman, eagerly anticipating their chance to speak to real survivors of the Holocaust. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Kochman for taking the time out of their schedule to stop by John F. Kennedy Middle School!

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21st Century: Fun with Flags

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a group of John F. Kennedy Middle School students met with Ms. Gutkes and Ms. Maloney for the activity, "Fun with Flags." The activity was inspired by the show, "Big Bang Theory" where Dr. Sheldon Cooper creates a podcast about flags. Students learned flag traditions and etiquette as well as how to properly fold an American flag. Students also discussed the meanings of colors and symbols used on flags and what they each represent. They played a game where they identified different nation's flags and even created their own flag to represent themselves.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

On Friday, June 2, 2017, Mrs. Cooper and Mr. Scarola chaperoned several John F. Kennedy Middle School students to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. This was a delightful treat and a fantastic show!  It was enjoyed by all of the participants!

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That Meetball Place Junior Chef Academy

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, seventeen students from John F. Kennedy Middle School graduated from the Jr. Chef Academy at That Meetball Place in Farmingdale. They were presented with a certificate after completing the following courses: The front of house procedure, the salad station, and the meetball station. While being presented with their certificates, all of the students enjoyed a soft drink, pasta, the salad and meetball they made, and gelato!  See you in the Fall!

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21st Century: Practicing Perseverance

On Tuesday, May 22, 2017 and Thursday, May 24, 2017, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about the character education trait of the month. Special student presenter, Kosta Anagnostou spoke to the students about the meaning about perseverance. Students participated in an ice challenge where they worked with a partner to melt an ice cube and to find a coin inside. We also looked at various books and movie clips that represented perseverance. After discussing famous people who have struggled, students shared their goals and how they will persevere to achieve them.

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Grade 5 Visit

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Grade 5 students from each of the elementary schools visited John F. Kennedy Middle School for a meet-and-greet and tour. The students participated in an interactive game show and were able to ask questions to current middle school students. There was even a special appearance from Joe Eagle! A great time was had by all! See you all in September!

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Spring Concert, III

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, John F. Kennedy's Grade 8 students participated in their last middle school concert. Special thanks to Mrs. Cooper, Mr. Coscette, and Mr. Kay for their years of education and hard work.  All of the student performances sounded great!

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Math Olympiads

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Math Olympiads Club took a trip to the SUNY Old Westbury campus with Ms. Noreman and Ms. Gutkes to compete  in the 11th Annual Nassau County Math Tournament. Our students spent the day working on challenging math problems with 150 students from all over Nassau County. The competitors were Muskan Chhabra, Nicholas El Chami, Nicholas Karaisarides, James McGlynn, Svetlana Mughnetyan, Raymond Ahmadi, Ryan Cook. Brittany Goldberg, Athanasis Panagos, and Umesh Ponugupati. 

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Sand Art Creations

On Friday, May 19, 2017, Ms. Klein facilitated another installment of the 21st Century Sand Art Creations activity. All of the participants got creative and had a great time!

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Spring Concert, II

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Grade 7 students rocked the house during their Spring Concert! Performances from the Band, Jazz Band, and Chorus entertained the packed John F. Kennedy Auditorium. Special thanks to Mr. Kay, Mr. Coscette, and Mrs. Cooper for their hard work in preparing the students for their big night.

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Spring Concerts

On Monday, May 15, 2017, John F. Kennedy Middle School kicked off its Spring Concert Series with Grade 6.  Performances were made by the band, chorus, and orchestra.  A great time was had by all who attended and performed!

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Variety Show

On Friday, May 12, 2017, John F. Kennedy Middle School hosted its Second Annual Variety Show. The night was complete with over a dozen acts, including a big time performance from the John F. Kennedy Faculty & Staff!  All of the proceeds from the Variety Show will benefit the upcoming Special Olympics.

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Boat Trip

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 and Friday, May 12, 2017, sixth graders from John F. Kennedy Middle School braved the seas for their annual fishing boat trip. The students left from Freeport Harbor and spent the day fishing and learning about the local waterways. Special thanks to all of our chaperones!

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Trip to Washington, D.C.

On April 28, 2017, the National Junior Honor Society left for their three-day trip to our nation's capital. The students took a tour of the Capitol Building, attended a New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals baseball game, and visited the Newseum, American History Smithsonian, Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery.  It was an enjoyable trip by all who participated!

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Mrs. Curran, Mrs. Saur, and a group of John F. Kennedy Middle School students celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta fit for a king (or queen)!  The young chefs prepared and feasted on authentic dishes including quesadillas, tacos, guacamole, salsa, chips, and cinnamon-sugar dusted churros with vanilla ice cream. The aroma wafting through the air was scrumptious!

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21st Century Chocolate Duck

On a beautiful spring day, Mrs. McKeown and Mrs. Klein hosted the final Chocolate Duck activity for the school year, The participants enjoyed decorating their six cupcakes and creating their spring and/or summer chocolate molds. We look forward to this activity next school year!

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Art Show

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the John F. Kennedy Gymnasium was transformed into a first class art gallery. Works from Grade 6, 7, and 8 students were displayed for all to see. The event also included musical performances and live art demonstrations. Big thanks to Ms. Noskewicz, Mrs. Bula, and Mrs. Schneider for their dedication to their students and for their hard work setting up the show.

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Tri-M Honor Society

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, John F. Kennedy Middle School hosted its annual Tri-M (Modern Music Matters) Honor Society Induction Ceremony. As in the past, the ceremony included live performances by this year's nominees. Big thanks to Mr. Coscette, Mr. Kay, and Mrs. Cooper for their hard work and dedication.  Congratulations to all of the students on this great achievement!

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Eagle Eye on Broadway

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Mrs. Cooper and the Eagles Voice visited Broadway to see the show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in New York City. They visited Planet Hollywood for dinner prior to watching the show. It was a great experience for everyone who participated.

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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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La Vita e Bella

On March 9, 2017, the 8th Grade Italian classes saw the film "La Vita e Bella" in Italian with English subtitles. Students were exposed to the Italian culture and language. The humorous fable of an Italian Jewish family during the Holocaust swept and captivated the students' attention through humor and tragedy. The restaurant, La Famiglia, served a variety of traditional dishes. Students were grateful for having the opportunity to experience the Italian culture through cinema and cuisine.

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21st Century: That Meetball Place

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, thirty students joined Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKeown for the 1st TMP: Jr. Chef Academy. Miss Jenn, the General Manager and her staff of Chef Tom, Sous Chef Tom, and many others from That Meetball Place in Farmingdale hosted the group. Each student received a chef hat with their name on it. There were three classes that participated in: running a restaurant, making salads, and rolling the meatballs. Each child made their own specialty salad and two meatballs. At the conclusion of the event, each student sat down to enjoy their salads, pasta, meatballs, and gelato while a certificate indicating that they had GRADUATED from the TMP Jr. Chef Academy was issued. A great time was had by all of the junior chefs who participated!

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21st Century: Mason Jar Mugs 

On Friday, March 24, 2017, Miss Jodi from Jodi's Gallery taught eleven students and Mrs. Klein how to pain emojis on their mason jar mug. Since we were a small group, Miss Jodi was able to give each of us personalized attention! We had fun creating some of our favorite and most used emojis! Miss Jodi mentioned the theme for our last event of the year - we will be painting a Fire Island or Montauk lighthouse on our mugs! Fun was had by all who participated!

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Second Quarter Innovative Renegade Awards

We are pleased to announce the Second Quarter recipients of the Innovative Renegade Award! These students were selected by their teachers and guidance counselors for their curiosity, persistence, unique perspective, and ability to find new ways to approach a topic. The winners are:
     Grade 6: Ace Austria & Russell Wetzler
     Grade 7: Andrew Miller & Dimitrios Nerantzinis 
     Grade 8: Erin Lynch

Congratulations to all of the students!

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JFK Pi-Day 2017

John F. Kennedy's annual Pi-Day contest was hosted by Ms. Noreman and Ms. O'Sullivan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  John F. Kennedy students enjoyed singing pi-songs and eating pie! Special thanks to Mr. Titolo for all of his help!  Fourteen brave students recited the digits of pi to be included in our JFK Pi-Club!  Aurrel Bhatia finished in first place and recited 200 digits of pi! Gianna Battaglia was able to recite 72 digits of pi! Samar Singh recited 57 digits of pi. After the contest, we all had a lot of fun finding where our birth date occurs in the digits of pi. Thanks to Ryan Fina for finding the neat website that showed us that!

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8th Annual Math Olympiads Tournament

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, Ms. Noreman accompanied Pawan Pitiranggon, Suchitha Channapatna, Ruchitha Channapatna, Aurrel Bhatia, and Karen Chen to the 8th Annual Middle School Math Olympiads Tournament at Kellenberg Memorial High School. Our John F. Kennedy Team competed very successfully. Suchitha won a 4th place trophy in the Individual Event. Pawan was on a winning team in the Mixed Up Team Event. We are very proud of our team!

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Sand Art

Several John F. Kennedy students participated in a sand art activity with Mrs. Klein. In this session, students created butterflies, music notes, anchors, and flowers. The students' creativity was overflowing!  A fun time was had by all of the participants!

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Cradle of Aviation

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the ENL students from John F. Kennedy Middle School, as well as the other ENL students across Bethpage, traveled to the Cradle of Aviation for a field trip. Students at John F. Kennedy engaged in a month-long "Astronauts and Space" unit in their ENL class and were able to complete that unit with the "Living in Space" workshop at the museum. Students were able to showcase their knowledge at the museum and impressed the Cradle of Aviation group leader! In addition to learning about living in space in a workshop, students were able to sit in a space shuttle seat, look at space food, touch an authentic spacesuit, and best of all - try on a space helmet! What a wonderful, space-filled day!

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21st Century: Banking 101

On Monday, March 6, 2017, a group of John F. Kennedy Middle School students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about banking. Ms. Lina Penuela-Rannazzisi from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union facilitated the financial literacy workshop. Students learned about checking and savings accounts, credit cards vs. debit cards, banking fees, and interest. Students also learned the proper way to write and accept a check.

 

TGIF!

On Friday, March 3, 2017, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School took over Bethpage High School for TGIF! This installment included a Star Wars theme and a viewing of a student-made film. Between the pizza, basketball, ping-pong, karaoke, swimming, and board games, a great time was had by all who attended!

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Kramer Lane Visit

On Friday, March 3, 2017, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited students at Kramer Lane Elementary School to participate in delivering their annual anti-bullying message. The lesson included an activity and tips on how to prevent bullying behaviors. All of the students were engaged and appreciative!

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Read Day 2017

John F. Kennedy Middle School kicked off their Read Across America celebration with a very special JFK Live featuring a brand new reading-related game. During the lunch periods in the library, students were able to make a truffala tree (from Dr. Seuss', The Lorax), review books using only emojis, color their own bookmarks, fold a book fortune teller, and win prizes. The students had fun celebrating reading as well as Dr. Seuss' birthday!

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21st Century: Creating a Budget

On Monday, February 27, 2017, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about creating a budget. Lina Penuela-Rannazzisi from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union came to facilitate this workshop. Each student was given a career and monthly income at random. Through an interactive lesson, students made financial decisions in terms of housing, transportation, clothing, food, and entertainment, while taking into consideration the monthly income that they were given. Students were surprised by all the associated costs and how intricate creating a budget can be. The group had a great time and most importantly learned life lessons about making smart choices when it comes to finances.

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JFK Builders Club Visits Nursing Home

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club and club advisor Mrs. Ciarniello, visited the Central Island Nursing Home in Plainview. They helped some of the residents play Bingo and enjoyed calling the numbers. Finally, they handed out hand-made Valentine's Day cards, which were happily received by the residents. This was a great experience for the Middle School students involved!

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Mathcounts Club Competition

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, John F. Kennedy's Mathcounts Club attended the Mathcounts Long Island Chapter Competition at SUNY Farmingdale. Schools from all over Long Island competed. Mathcounts is a national mathematics enrichment program for middle school students. The competitors from John F. Kennedy Middle School this year included Aurrel Bhatia, Ruchitha Channapatna, Suchitha Channapatna, Sidh Chhabra, Ryan Fina, Bernardo Jimenez, Simoni Khashu, Taebin Son, Theresa Thulasidas, and team captain, Pawan Pitironggon.  Congratulations to all of the students!

 

 

21st Century: Chocolate Duck

The theme for this session was edible Valentine's Day treats that compliment a cup of hot cocoa. The students painted the with colored chocolate and then they filled in their molds with the milk chocolate. While the chocolate was setting, they decorated six cupcakes in "loving" ways. All of the students had a wonderful time!

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Otzi

Back in November, as a part of the Grade 6 curriculum: Ancient Worlds, we studied Otzi the Iceman. During a five-day mini-unit, we hypothesized and created scenarios based on evidence as to what killed Otzi: hypothermia, ritual sacrifice, battle in war, robbery, or assassination. The students enjoyed this unit.

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, thirty-four Grade 6 students ventured out to the DNA labs at Cold Spring Harbor. It was there that they saw the only secondary source of Otzi the Iceman. His mummy was found in 1991 in the Alps bordering Austria and Italy. He had been covered in ice for nearly 4,500 years! At the DNA lab, the students extracted DNA from wheat germ, since scientists extracted DNA from Otzi. They were taught how to do this amazing technique using common household products. Then, they examined pollen under a microscope, since pollen was found in Otzi's stomach. This fact alone can tell you what time of year that Otzi died. Finally, we saw the mummified body and the many artifacts that he left behind. One wouldn't think that the mummy they saw was not real. This was a terrific extension activity to our Grade 6 unit of study!

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Sign Language, Part II

In this session, Ms. Alyssa Syznal continued to teach each of us sign language. She taught us many greetings so that we could conduct a small conversation. We proceeded to practice our newfound knowledge of this foreign language with friends. We found it interesting how we were able to communicate with each other across the classroom and not voice a single word! Our next session will focus on the Family Tree and Holidays!

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Amazing Artists!

John F. Kennedy students Gianna Battaglia and Isabelle Yoon will have their artwork featured in the Colors of Long Isand Exhibit at the Long Island Museum. The exhibit will run for two months and the Nassau County reception is held on April 2, 2017 and will feature select works from Long Island art students. Congratulations to Gianna and Isabelle!

 

Sand Art Creations

On Friday, January 20, 2017, students met with Miss Danielle from Castaway Sand Creations. The refined sand from the North Shore was used to create snowflakes, birds, mittens, and/or snowmen. The students chose their item and decoration. Miss Danielle poured 'liquid milk' into the sand mold and then returned them on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Mrs. Klein's bird can be seen completed. Look for the next one in March 2017!

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Spikeball 

Spikeball fever hit John F. Kennedy on Monday, January 23, 2017 and Tuesday, January 24, 2017. During the Physical Education classes, all students got to learn a new game called Spikeball. It can be played on the beach, outside, and even in the gymnasium. A great time was had by all students!

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John F. Kennedy's CSI's

The sixth grade Academic Exploration students are on the hunt for a suspect that broke into JFK Middle School over the weekend. It has been reported that the suspect stole the band's music sheets for an upcoming competition. In order to solve the crime, the students found evidence and analyzed it for information. It will be their job as crime stoppers to eliminate suspects based on the information they have gathered from the crime scene.  Special thanks to Ms. Moquin and Ms. Walsh for working with the students throughout this investigation!

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21st Century: Diversity Walk

On a brisk, but sunny day, Mrs. Klein, Mrs. McKweon, and seventeen students ventured out for a diversity walk of Little India in Hicksville. The group started out at Patel Brothers, where Mr. Patel treated everyone to complimentary pomegranate drinks. The students went shopping and tried new items. The group then walked to SAI Dresses were Mr. Neel provided everyone with a very in-depth presentation of different Saris and outfits worn at a traditional Indian wedding. Next, they went to Bengali sweet and savory shop where Mr. Raj and Ms. Geeta provided everyone with delicious customary Indian food which the students absolutely loved. The day concluded at Maharajah market, where once again the students tried new items!

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Geography Bee

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, John F. Kennedy Middle School held its annual National Geographic Geography Bee. Over 30 classroom winners participated in the school-wide competition. This year's winner was Patrick Dircks from Mr. Kramer's Grade 6 class. Thanks to all of John F. Kennedy's Social Studies teachers who helped organize and run this event. Congratulations to all of the participants!

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Monster Mash

John F. Kennedy's Academy students created stuffed monsters this month during Art class with Ms. Noskewicz. After using a probability worksheet and dice to help select the characteristics of their monster, students first sketched and colored their design on paper. Next, the pieces were cut from felt using their drawings as a guide. Last, each student sewed the pieces together to create a stuffed monster. During this project, students worked on their sewing skills and fine motor skills.

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Melodic Performance from Binghamton's Pegs

On Friday, January 6, 2017, John F. Kennedy Middle School students enjoyed a performance from Binghamton's all-girl a capella group, the Harpur Harpeggios. The "Pegs", as they are more commonly known, sang a medley of popular songs and spent some time answering questions as well.  Special thanks to the PTA for sponsoring this after school activity and visit!

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Winter Concerts

Over the course of three concerts, each grade level was able to celebrate the holidays by entertaining the school community through our annual Winter Concert Series.  All of the performances were wonderful!  Special thanks to Mrs, Cooper, Mr. Coscette, and Mr. Kay for their hard work in preparing our students for each performance.

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21st Century: Decoupage Memory Box

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, students met with Mrs. Klein and Ms. Noskewitz to create a memory box either for themselves or as a gift. Ms. Noskewitz led demonstrations on how to use decoupage to transfer one of their favorite photos onto their box. Directions were then provided to the students so that they could recreate these at home on their own.

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21st Century: How Much Does it Cost to Run a School District? 

On Monday, December 5, 2016, students at John F. Kennedy participated in a 21st Century event led by Mr. Clark to calculate how much it would cost to run a school district.  The students learned that it costs approximately $82 million to run Bethpage Schools. 

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21st Century: Disney Fun

On December 5, 2016, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Mrs. Pizzuto to celebrate Walt Disney's birthday. Students were engaged in various activities that involved a Disney trivia Internet scavenger hunt, a short bibliography of Walt Disney, puzzles, and no-bake Mickey Mouse cookies! The students had a great time making and decorating Mickey Mouse cookies made with Oreos and melted chocolate!

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21st Century: Students Tackle the 24 Challenge

On November 15, 2016 and November 22, 2016, Grade 6, 7, and 8 students joined Ms. Green and Mrs. O'Sullivan for several challenging and competitive rounds of the math game, 24. Combining creativity and technical skill, students utilized addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills to make the number 24 from four numbers on a card while using each number only once. After honing their skills during the first session, the second session required students to compete against each other and themselves to earn the title, JFK 24 Challenge Champion! Eighth grade student Pawan Pitiranggon earned this honor, but participants agreed that they were ALL winners for having had the experience!

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Finding the Right Fit at the JFK Library

The John F. Kennedy Library was transformed into Bethpage Eagle Outfitters for Grade 7 ELA students shopping for outside reading books (ORBs). Students received a sale flyer detailing the day's promotions (borrow three books, get one free!) and the latest reading trends. First, they browsed books in their size (Lexile or reading level) and then selected books that fit their style (genre and subject matter). Store Managers (Ms. Green, Ms. Balvin, Ms. Greco, Ms. Gutkes, Ms. Trogele, and Mrs. Phillips) provided personal book shopping and consultation services. Students brought the books to private fitting rooms where they could try on their choices while enjoying the comfort of a bean bag chair. When students were ready to make a "purchase", Assistant Store Manager Mrs. Quinn placed the books in a shopping bag along with a Customer Satisfaction Survey. The Google Form questioned the students on strategies for picking a book that fits as well as their comments and suggestions regarding the book shopping experience. For completing the survey, students received coupons for either a free cookie at Panera Bread or a sundae at Applebee's. The students were very enthusiastic about the lesson and excited to begin reading their ORBs.

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Savers

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, students from John F. Kennedy embarked on a trip to Savers in Commack.  Not only did they donate clothes to a needy cause (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island), but they purchased clothes at a discounted amount. The students had a great time!

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Science Research Students Visit the DNA Learning Center 

In 1991, two hikers stumbled upon one of the most astonishing funds of the 20th Century: the mummified remains of a 5,300 year old man, frozen on the mountainside of the Otztal Alps. "Otzi" named in honor of the region where he was found, is the oldest intact natural mummy ever discovered. His body and accompanying artifacts have been expertly preserved.

John F. Kennedy's Grade 7 Science Research students went to the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor to view replicas of Otzi and his artifacts. They explored the Otzi exhibit which included Otzi, his gear, skeletons and skulls showing the evolution of humans from apes, and other topics in genetics.

In addition, the students participated in laboratory experiments including looking at pollen found in Otzi's disgestive system, helping track Otzi's movements in his final hours. They extracted DNA from wheat germ and experimented with enzymes that illustrated Otzi's lactose intolerance! A great time was had by all!

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21st Century: Symmetry in Nature

On Monday, November 7, 2016, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about symmetry. Students discussed line, rotational, and point symmetry. The group went on a nature walk around John F. Kennedy and found symmetry in the leaves, flowers, etc. Students created leaf art work with the leaves they found, created pop-up cards, and created pictures on a coordinate plane to practice what they learned.

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Teacher-Student Badminton Tournament

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the John F. Kennedy Physical Education Department held its first-ever Teacher-Student Badminton Tournament! The tournament consisted of 16 teams of teacher and student pairs battling it out, and raised money for the upcoming Special Olympics. Special thanks to all the teachers, students, and John F. Kennedy staff that participated and helped make this event possible to support a great cause!

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News 12 Studios Visit

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the John F. Kennedy Media Relations Club had the opportunity to visit the News 12 Studios in Woodbury! The students received an extensive tour of the studio, getting a chance to see how all aspects of a professional news broadcast come together. Along the way, the students got the chance to meet numerous News 12 personalities, one of which included meteorologist Rich Hoffman! As we saw last May, Mr. Hoffman is no stranger to the students at John F. Kennedy (video).  Mr. Hoffman took time out of his busy schedule to speak to the students about the technologies involved in a news broadcast, his ascent to success, and how he always had more to learn in the field of meteorology.  Mr. Hoffman reminded the students that they we must always be lifelong learners.  The students and their club adviser, Mr. Levy, were extremely grateful for this opportunity and hope to return again in the future!

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21st Century: Chocolate Duck

On a gorgeous Saturday morning, John F. Kennedy students ventured to the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale to try their hands at making autumn-themed chocolates and decorating cupcakes. All of the students had a great time and enjoyed dipping their fingers into the decadent flavors!

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John F. Kennedy Election

On Monday, November 6, 2016, the students of John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in their very own presidential election. Each student cast their vote during their Social Studies class and the winner was announced over the public address system by Mr. Fullerton during 9th period. A big thanks to Ms. Smith, Ms. Mastellone, Mr. Fisher, Mr. Brace, Mr. Indenbaum, Mrs. Klein, and Mr. Kramer for their hard work.

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Leadership Conference

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, fifteen students from John F. Kennedy attended the 2016 Middle School Leadership Conference at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. The students had an opportunity to engage in a discussion about politics and community activism with Jeff Guillot from Millennial Strategies. His company organizes and runs all aspects of political campaigns including strategy and management, fundraising, event planning, and media buying. Students discussed the attributes of good leaders, our recent political climate, and ways that they can get involved politically within their own community.

 

All County Musicians

Congratulations to the following John F. Kennedy students for making All County:  Joyce Choi, Graziella Conte, Lilly D'Avanzo, Mary Tsiokas, Sophia Passaro, Ashley Garnar, Adriana Lisa, Madison Cross, Lindsay D'Agostino, Svetlana Mughnetyan, Gianna Battaglia, Samir Gupte, and Kyle Kim.  Huge thanks to Mr. Coscette, Mr. Kay, and Mrs. Cooper!

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Sagtikos Manor

On a lovely Saturday morning, Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKeown accompanied students to West Islip to tour the place where George Washington slept while here on Long Island! In 1692, Stephanus Van Cortlandt purchased the original piece of land from the Secatogue tribe (the original deed was recently found). He built the first part of the Manor as a hunting lodge in 1697. During the following years, more land was purchased until the estate was 1200 acres (it is now 10.2 acres). The land was primarily used for farming and the Sagtikos Dairy Farm operated into the 1960's. Two additions were put on the house in 1772 and 1902 when it became one of the fashionable summer estates on the south shore.

During the Revolutionary War, the British Army occupied the Manor. When George Washington toured Long Island, he stayed one night. Rose Kennedy had tea at the Manor when her son was running for President. Sagtikos Manor is the largest house in the Town of Islip and is filled with over 300 years of living history. The house has 42 rooms on 3 floors with a full basement. Outside you will see the Carriage House, weather station, walled garden, potting shed, calling bell, and cemetery. Restoration is ongoing.

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Halloween Dance

On Friday, October 28, 2016, John F. Kennedy's Student Council hosted its annual Halloween Party. The night was highlighted by a DJ, snacks, and a costume contest. Huge thanks to Mrs. Leemon and Mrs. Schneider for planning a great event!

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Pep Rally

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the students of John F. Kennedy Middle School showed their Bethpage pride and spirit by taking part in the annual Pep Rally. The event highlighted the school's talented athletes and singers and also included participants from the upcoming Special Olympics. A great time was had by all.

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Red Ribbon Week

Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited the students at Kramer Lane Elementary School to participate in the annual Ribbon Week lesson. Members of the Grade 8 Honor Society and the "Champion of Choices" club discussed with the elementary school students about how to make good choices.

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Soaring Eagles Day

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, John F. Kennedy Middle School hosted their annual "Soaring Eagles Day". The day was full of character education workshops that were built around the inspirational message from author and speaker, Mark Mero. Mr. Mero is a former football and hockey all-star, a four-time New York State Boxing Champion, a WWE Wrestling Champion, and founder of "Champion of Choices". The day ended with the annual Pep Rally where the John F. Kennedy student body cheered for the student athletic teams as well as local athletes from the Special Olympics. Overall, it was a fantastic day for the John F. Kennedy students and staff.  

John F. Kennedy Live Special "Soaring Eagles Day" Interview with Mark Mero

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Learning the Basics of Sign Language

Bethpage graduate Alyssa Szynal conducted a one-hour session for all students at John F. Kennedy interested in learning the basics of Sign Language. Sign language is a foreign language. Knowledge of the alphabet is a big key to learning sign language. Alyssa taught the attendees the sign language alphabet and from there the students learned to sign their name.  All participants were given a sheet with the alphabet and the hand signs on it. An arts and crafts activity involving the students names was completed followed by a long round of deaf Bingo to reinforce the newfound knowledge!

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Book Tasting

The John F. Kennedy Library Media Center held a "book tasting" in the "Library Cafe" where Grade 8 English students sampled various books on the menu.  Complete with table settings, a roaring "fire", and flowers on the table, the Library Media Center was transformed into a fancy feast for readers. Students enjoyed perusing through Ms. Phillips' suggestions for each course while "dining" with their classmates.  

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21st Century: Math Dice Games

On October 17, 2016, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to practice their math skills through a series of dice games. Students worked in teams and had a wonderful time!

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21st Century: Create Your Own Comic

On October 6, 2016, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to celebrate the anniversary of the famous comic strip, Peanuts. Students examined features of comics such as dialogue and onomatopoeia.  They were able to create their own comic strip either on paper or electronically on their Chromebook. Students created super hero characters and new Peanuts characters as well.

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The Scientific Method

It was all in the name of science! During a lesson on the Scientific Method, 8th grade students at John F. Kennedy Middle School asked the question, "How many rubber bands will it take to make a watermelon explode?" Procedures were created, hypotheses were made, supplies were gathered, and the students took action wrapping rubber bands around a juicy, seedless watermelon. Take a guess before watching the video below as the results were captured in slow-motion!



21st Century: MakerFaire NYC

On Sunday, October 2, 2016, students from John F. Kennedy Middle School accompanied by Mr. Scarola and Mr. Choi, attended the 7th Annual MakerFaire NYC held at the New York Hall of Science.  A MakerFaire is "an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, do-it-yourselfers, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and exhibitors". At MakerFaire NYC, the students got to see various exhibits, ask questions to the exhibitors, engage in hands-on activities, and watch several drone races. In addition, the students got to meet with the Regal Eagles, Bethpage High School's very own Robotics Team, who were exhibitors themselves with their robot in attendance. Under the guidance of the Regal Eagles, John F. Kennedy students were able to control their robot! To end the day, the students met with Mr. Zabell who summarized the various activities that the students took part in from throughout the day!

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School Store Grand Opening

On Friday, September 30, 2016, John F. Kennedy Middle School reopened its School Store. The store was packed with new school supplies and other novelty items. It is open every Wednesday and Friday during lunch periods and is operated by members of the Student Council.

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Pizza with the Principals

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the winners of the Preamble Challenge along with a few friends enjoyed some pizza with Mr. Fullerton and Mr. Jantz. The celebration took place during their lunch periods. Congratulations to Valenni Passaro, Ruchitha Channapatra, and Georgia Karaisarides. 

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Project Adventure

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, the Grade 7 students headed out to Old Brookville to participate in a series of team building exercises at Project Adventure! The weather held out and cooperated and the students and chaperons had a great time!

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Activity Fair

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the John F. Kennedy Cafeteria was transformed into the annual Activity Fair. This gave students an opportunity to view the club offerings for the 2016-17 school year.  As expected, the turnout was great! Have fun this year!

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Preamble Challenge

In order to celebrate the adoption of the United States Constitution, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in the 11th Annual Preamble Challenge.  Students competed against each other in order to see who could recite the Preamble of the Constitution the fastest.  This year's winners are:

Grade 6: Georgia Karaisarides (6.58 seconds)
Grade 7: Ruchitha Channapatra (6.96 seconds)
Grade 8: Valenni Passaro (6.09 seconds)

A big congratulations to our winners and all that participated in the Preamble Challenge!

 

 

Summer Reading Discussion

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! On Thursday, September 8, 2016, students of John F. Kennedy Middle School packed the Library Media Center and other classrooms in order to discuss the books from their summer reading list!

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