12th Annual Zeus Retires Debates
On Monday, June 1, 2020, students in Mrs. Klein's Social Studies classes participated in the 12th Annual Zeus Retires Debates. While the event has traditionally taken place in person, the current climate forced the debate to take place through the use of a Google Meet. Students selected a Greek god or goddess and using their research and learned knowledge they advocated why they should be Zeus' heir apparent as ruler of Mount Olympus upon his retirement. Zeus was played by Mrs. Klein's father, Mr. Morselli. Each student dressed as their god or goddess, delivered their persuasive speech, and also had the opportunity to pose questions to one another. The students were judged on their costume, their persuasive speech, and their answer to questions posed by their opponents. The winning students will be awarded the coveted golden lightning bolt, which will be delivered by Zeus and Mrs. Klein! Special thanks to Mrs. Klein and Mr. Morselli for continuing this creative project for students to share their learned knowledge.
Video Archive of the 12th Annual Zeus Retires Debates
Distance Learning Virtual Office Hours - Starting on April 13, 2020
To provide additional support for our students during the school closure, John F. Kennedy Middle School has established a set schedule of times for students to check-in with a faculty member for assistance with their academic needs. Students may ask questions and seek help for material they may have difficulty understanding. The schedule is available at: Virtual Office Hours.
French Class Voyage to Quebec
Students in John F. Kennedy Middle School's French 7 and 8 classes visited Quebec with Ms. Jaklitsch, Ms. Costello, Ms. Villanueva, and Mr. Choi. During their voyage which spanned Saturday, March 7, 2020 through Tuesday, March 10, 2020 the students got to participate in many activities, including tobogganing at the Terrasse Dufferin (with a surprising fireworks display in the distant sky),experiencing the life of an 1800's British military soldier at the Martello Tower, tour of Old Quebec, visiting the Hotel de Glace de Quebec (Ice Hotel), snow tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier, walking the suspended bridge above the Montmorency Falls, visiting St. Anne de Beaupre, visiting the L'Atelier Pare (woodcarving shop) to learn about Quebec legends and stories, shopping at the Galeries de la Capitale (mall), dogsledding and snowshoeing at L'Erabliere du Cap, dancing into the evening at the Sugar Shack, and learning how maple syrup is produced. Students also got to try different foods synonymous to the region, including crepes, croissants, and poutine. Special thanks to Ms. Jaklitsch for her dedicated planning and coordination of this trip and allowing the participating students to experience Quebec while practicing their French!
JFK Spirit Week
Students celebrated spirit week with Team Color Day. Sixth grade wore
white, seventh grade blue and eighth grade gold, rounding out the
prideful colors of Bethpage schools. The students participated in other
activities throughout the week, such as crazy hat day and pajama day.
John F. Kennedy Middle School RoboEagles "Soar" at Qualifier Event
On Saturday, February 8, 2020, the John F. Kennedy Middle School RoboEagles participated at the FIRST Lego League City Shaper Qualifier Event at Mineola High School. The RoboEagles had the opportunity demonstrate their robot in three-individual timed rounds and an alliance round to complete as many missions as possible in the City Shaper Challenge. In addition, the RoboEagles presented on their core values, robot design, and innovation project.
The RoboEagles were recipient of the Project Presentation Award, which recognizes a team that effectively communicates the problem that they have identified and their proposed solution to a panel of judges and other potential supporters. In addition, the RoboEagles qualified and earned the right to participate at FIRST Lego League Long Island Championships on Sunday, March 1, 2020!
Congratulations to the John F. Kennedy Middle School RoboEagles and Coach Gatanas on their success at the FIRST Lego League City Shaper Qualifier Event! Special thanks to Ms. Sozio for her assistance and support throughout the day. We wish the RoboEagles continued success at FIRST Lego League Long Island Championships!
JFK Mathcounts Competition
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, John F. Kennedy Middle School's Grade 7 & 8 Mathletes competed in the National Mathcounts Chapter competition. Congratulations to all of the students who showed great mathematical prowess and strength!
CBS and JFK Send Valentines to Troops
Central Boulevard and JFK participated in NY Country 94.7’s collection
of valentines for troops. They created handmade cards to send well
wishes and positive thoughts to military servicemen and women.
JFK students compete in LEGO Challenge
Students from JFK Middle School participated in a lunchtime LEGO
Challenge on Jan. 17. Groups of students signed up in teams and were
given challenges to complete in a short amount of time. They were tasked
with using LEGOs to complete various missions, like building the
tallest structure or constructing a boat. The boats were even tested in
water to ensure they were able to float! The competition allowed
students to work together in a group and apply critical thinking to
achieve a common goal. Library Media Specialist Michelle Phillips
organized the competition and served as the judge for the event.
A Bright Light in Bethpage
Michelle Phillips, a library media specialist from John F. Kennedy Middle School, was honored as a Bright Light Award recipient for Bethpage School District. The award is sponsored by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies (ASSET). She was recognized at an ASSET luncheon on Jan. 9 at the Timer Point Country Club.
Michelle has been the library media specialist at John F. Kennedy for nine years. She was recognized for her work in creatively integrating instructional technology tools to support teaching and learning. Michelle enhances teaching and learning by working collaboratively with administration and instructional staff to promote the resources of the library media center.
“When I first met Michelle during my time as principal at John F. Kennedy, I knew we had somebody very special on staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Dave Schneider. “She became a go-to person for innovation, making the library incredibly inviting and engaging to students.”
Ms. Phillips’s contributions include creating a special reading lounge area in the library, managing the school’s Chromebook initiative and coordinating an inquiry-based Makerspace for students. She also introduced Wellness Wednesdays, in which she leads a breathing exercise or meditation for students in the library.
“I am very honored to be the Bethpage recipient of the Bright Light Award,” said Ms. Phillips. “I love finding ways to help students connect their curriculum and explore their own personal interest through technology.”
The district congratulates Ms. Phillip’s on her achievements and is proud to honor her with the Bright Light Award!
21st Century: Tour of Fire Island Lighthouse
Students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School visited the Fire Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1858. Students climbed 182 steps to the top of the lighthouse, which was the second built in the same location. The previous lighthouse, built in 1826, was too short to effectively warn ships at sea that were approaching land. The top of the lighthouse offered an unobstructed view of the other towns on Fire Island and to the east. When the lighthouse was built, it was on the western edge of the island, near the inlet. Today, due to the actions of the current, known to littoral drift, the inlet is six miles away. Prior to electricity, whale oil lamps provided the light source. The students learned how a first order Fresnel lens magnified and projected lamp light out to sea. This was a great lesson in refraction and physics! Students were also taught how passengers aboard ships that ran aground were rescued.
JFK Students Compete in Geobee
Students at JFK Middle School competed in the National Geographic GeoBee on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Sixth grader Chris Jenal took first place, with Zoe Chinda, grade 8, placing second and Lucas Ferri, grade 7, finishing third.
The GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover geography, ancient and world civilizations, and cultures. More than 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee since its inception in 1989.
JFK’s school competition is the first of three rounds. As the winner, Chris received a medal and a special certificate. He will take a proctored online qualifying test in attempt to qualify for the New York State GeoBee competition, which will take place in March.
The district congratulates Chris and all participants on their achievements. To learn more about the National Geographic Society and the GeoBee, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.
Nassau Scholastic Kickline Competition
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Kickline Team and Bethpage High School's Junior Varsity and Varsity Kickline teams participated in the Nassau Scholastic Competition. John F. Kennedy Middle School's Kickline team competed in the Kick and Pom categories and ranked 4th place in both routines. Bethpage High School's Junior Varsity placed 4th in Team Routine, 4th in Kick, and took home 1st place in the Pom division. The Varsity squad placed 4th in Team Routine, 2nd in Pom, and landed on top with 1st place in the Kick category! Overall, it was a great weekend for the Golden Girls Kickline program! All of the participants were proud of their accomplishments and are looking forward to their next competition!
21st Century: Chocolate Duck
Students at John F. Kennedy took part in another successful Chocolate Duck event in Farmingdale! Participants were taught how to use fondant, a sugary icing in creating six cupcakes. They created owls, love bugs, penguins, a hot chocolate cup, or a snowman. Students had the option of eating their cupcakes or sharing them with family and friends at home. The event concluded with students making chocolate covered Oreos, Rice Krispie treats, pretzels, or graham crackers. A great time was had by all!
21st Century: Sew Much Fun
Students joined Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKweon for Sew Much Fun! Ms. McKweon taught the participating students how to thread a needle and sew a simple stitch. Students created calming pillows filled with rice. Their pillows can be placed in the freezer or microwave to calm any aches and pains. Students had "sew much fun"!
JFK Students Participate in Music Composition Workshop
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School learned basic music production skills in a one-day Music Composition Workshop on Nov. 21.
Computer Music is an elective offered at Bethpage High School and teacher James Stehlik organized the three-hour after-school workshop in an effort to spark interest among future students. Stehlik instructed the students in a hands-on lesson about how to produce music. Students were even able to keep the track they created.
“I really enjoyed presenting this aspect of music to middle school students. The students where actively composing and yielded fantastic results,” Stehlik said. “I hope, in the future, to participate in more composition workshops with these students.”
21st Century: Clipboards
Students met with Ms. McKweon to participate in a 21st Century event in which they designed and painted clipboards with positive messages. The clipboards could be used inside of the student's lockers as an organizational tool or presented as a gift.
Successful Scrimmage: RoboEagles Take Flight
On Sunday, November 17, 2019, John F. Kennedy Middle School's FIRST Lego League Robotics Team, RoboEagles, participated in their first scrimmage of the season at Portledge School where they had the opportunity to compete with eight other teams. In a simplified format of what the team will expect at their qualifiers later this school year, the RoboEagles practiced with their robot to accomplish as many missions as possible and present on their core values. The RoboEagles had a successful day and earned an Alliance Award as a finalist and were also recognized by the judges and event coordinators for their gracious professionalism. Congratulations to all of the students on the RoboEagles and their coach, Ms. Gatanas on their successful day! Special thanks to Ms. Dzenawager for assisting the RoboEagles!
21st Century: Savers
Students met with Mrs. Klein to participate in a 21st Century: Savers trip. Participating students donated unwanted clothing, household items, and toys that were no longer used. These recycled items will be put on the shelf to be bought by other people. Students were given a tour of the facility by the manager, Adria. Students toured the collection room and distribution room. In the distribution room, the students viewed all of the incoming products and learned how they were priced. Then, the students were able to shop for themselves or others. All of the students were given a 20% off coupon and practiced their mathematics while shopping. As they say, one person's trash is another person's treasure!
21st Century: Just on Wheels
On Monday, November 11, 2019, students joined Mrs. Klein and Mrs. McKweon for the ever-popular 21st Century: Just on Wheels! Bethpage's very own Cohen family have hosted this free activity for our students. Due to warmer weather, it was broken up into an indoor and outdoor session. For three hours, participating students demonstrated perseverance by balancing on a unicycle or completing a rotation. Stay tuned for a 21st Century: Just on Wheels offering in the Spring 2020!
John F. Kennedy Middle School Celebrates Soaring Eagles Day
John F. Kennedy Middle School in the Bethpage Union Free School District celebrated Soaring Eagles Day recently. The day centered around two inspiring assemblies, “Socializing without Social Media” by Scott Baker and “Healthy Decisions: Do One Thing Different” by Steve Pinto. The message of the day was dedicated to the importance of possessing good character and the power of making good choices.
Soaring Eagles Day concluded with a pep rally, during which each sports team displayed the special cause that they had brought awareness to during their season. JFK students also surprised and honored their school nurses as “Unsung Heroes” during the pep rally, presenting them with hearts with messages on them from the entire school.
21st Century: Sailing aboard the Christeen
Students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School joined Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for a late October sail through the Oyster Bay Harbor. The participating students had the opportunity to pull ropes to raise the sails! The ample wind filled the sails, allowing all to experience the roll and pitch of sailing. The "Christeen" was constructed in Oyster Bay in the 1800's and worked as an oyster boat for decades! It was found submerged in the Connecticut River and restored, costing over $300,000! Along the sailing journey, Mr. Carroll pointed out historical landmarks. A naturalist introduced the students to creatures that live in the local waters. We hope to offer this 21st Century experience again in the Fall 2020!
21st Century: Chocolate Duck
The ever popular 21st Century: Chocolate Duck made its triumphant return for the 2019-20 school year! Participating students met with Mrs. Klein and Mrs. McKweon at the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale where the students were able to decorate six homemade cupcakes in a fall theme! The students were given the option to dip pretzels, rice cereal treats, Oreos, graham crackers, and marshmallows into chocolate! The students were able to bring home their decorated cupcakes to enjoy!
21st Century: Scrabble
Students joined Mrs. Klein and Mrs. McKweon for two days of Scrabble game play! Experienced Scrabble players assisted rookie players. There's no better way to end the day than with a thrilling game of Scrabble!
21st Century: Positive Messages
Mrs. Klein and Mrs. McKweon hosted a 21st Century Scholars Activity centered around "positive messages". Each student created two positive messages on Popsicle sticks. A magnet was attached on the reverse side of their design so that the message could be hung inside the student's locker. The participating students all had a great time!
Saif's Successful Summer!
John F. Kennedy Middle School student Saif Khalfan participated in the prestigious Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. In July 2019, after being nominated by his teacher, Ms. Green in seventh grade, Saif 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 Saif with a comprehensive and interactive learning experience that introduced him to new friends and provided strategies for becoming a more active and engaged member of the leadership community.
During the summit, Saif participated in leadership simulations, visited monuments and museums, met with Congressmen on the floor of the House of Representatives, and, as part of the My Day in Office simulation, even had the privilege of being elected President of his Leadership Focus Group! He now hopes to return next summer as an Ambassador in the Alumni program!
Bethpage Schools congratulates Saif for his acceptance, participation, and completion of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference and look forward to contributions that he will make to our community and world!
PosiTEEve Tuesdays Returns for Year 2
John F. Kennedy Middle School started off Year 2 of PosiTEEve Tuesdays with a BANG! Each and every Tuesday, staff and students are encouraged to wear a t-shirt with a positive message to inspire one another. The initiative supports both growth mindset and the school's character education program. A bulletin board in the school will proudly display pictures of the t-shirts from PosiTEEve Tuesdays as the year progresses. Special thanks to Mrs. Klein for facilitating this initiative! Stay PosiTEEve!
Bethpage Educational Foundation Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
The District is excited to announce eight inductees for the 2019 Hall of Fame, which will be unveiled during a dinner sponsored by the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The ceremony will be held on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium.
This year’s class includes five district alumni, two retired teachers and a Board of Education trustee. The honorees are Susan Mittermeier Brooks, Class of 1968; Linda Candela, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Dr. Alex Carbo, Class of 1990; John De Guardi, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Thomas Frost, Jr., Class of 1996; Michael Kelly, Board of Education President; Tom Rousakis, Class of 1989; and Colonel Glenn Water, Class of 1984.
All community members are invited to attend the event. The cost to attend is $75 and all proceeds go to the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The foundation supports the district’s schools with scholarships, programs and enhancements.
Past honorees have included journalists, novelists, generals, artists, first responders, former staff members and local politicians and civic leaders. The full list can be viewed at www.bethapge.ws/HOF. For more information about the ceremony, call 516-644-4001.
Golden Eagles Fly into New School Year
The District welcomed students for the start of the 2019-20 school year on Sept. 4 as they begin and continue their educational paths.
Each building’s principal led the welcoming committee as students arrived during the morning drop off. Families at Kramer Lane were treated to a visit from the Golden Eagles mascot during arrival to help inspire a great start to the year.
“I am looking forward to the best year yet,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
Bethpage Ready for New School Year
The Bethpage Union Free School District put the final touches on preparation for the 2019-20 school year during the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider welcomed back staff members as they entered the Bethpage High School auditorium. Mr. Schneider updated the audience on various district news and the exciting educational programs starting this year throughout the district.
Following Mr. Schneider’s message, administrators and teachers returned to their respective buildings for faculty and department meetings for the remainder of the day.
The district is looking forward to another exciting year!
Supply Lists for 2019-20
Classroom supply lists for John F. Kennedy Middle School students are now available. Click on the grade level that you will be enrolled in for the 2019-20 school year below.
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Getting Familiar with New Surroundings
The District welcomed students and parents to become familiar with their new buildings on Aug. 27 and 28 during a trio of orientations.
With the new school year set to begin, administrators welcomed students to Bethpage High School, Kramer Lane Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School for information sessions.
Students entering the ninth grade were afforded the opportunity to tour the hallways of the high school thanks to student council members who led the way. The same student council representatives led groups of freshmen with the Sandy Hook Promise Start with Hello program. The program, according to its website, enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation.
Principal Kerri McCarthy hosted new kindergarten students and parents for a “cruise” of the hallways, classrooms, library and cafeteria of Kramer Lane in addition to a bus ride. As each student completed the sessions of the day, they received a sticker to input into their Kramer Lane passport. Information sessions included the process of lunch, riding a school bus and becoming familiar with the classroom setting.
JFK began the process of welcoming sixth graders into the building with an ice cream social along with buddies from the eighth grade on Aug. 27. Students and parents returned on Aug. 28 for informational sessions and a building tour.
The district looks forward to welcoming all students back for an exciting 2019-20 school year!
Board of Education Completes Reorganization Meeting
The district and Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 9.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider was sworn in for his second year, and re-elected Board members John Lonardo, Christina Scelta and Marie Swierkowski took oaths of office for three-year terms through June 30, 2022.
Behind nominations and unanimous elections, Michael Kelly and Sandra Watson were elected as Board president and vice president, respectively. This will be Kelly’s ninth straight term as president and 10th consecutive year that Watson will serve as vice president.
The district looks forward to another exciting year with the Board of Education.
A STEAM Effort in Bethpage
The district celebrated science, technology, engineering, art and math recently by a hosting Family STEAM Night at both Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne elementary schools.
Kramer Lane welcomed students along with their families on May 29. Teachers and volunteers led in-classroom activities such as space slime, rocket design, sun beads and gravity drop. In addition to the STEAM workshops, students’ art work was on display in an art show gallery in the school’s gymnasium.
Charles Campagne provided a similar evening of fun on May 30 with hands-on and interactive projects for students and families in the STEM lab and throughout the building.
“Thank you to the administrators, teachers, PTA and volunteers that supported Family STEAM Night at Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
Builders Club Brings Spring Flowers
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club, along with PTA volunteer, Christina Dircks, planted beautiful flowers at the school. It was a great group effort to help beautify our school.
Celebrating the Pride of Bethpage
The district celebrated the accolades of staff members and students during a Board of Education meeting on May 28, which was preceded by a tenure reception.
Ten staff members were honored in the high school courtyard for receiving tenure. Superintendent David Schneider congratulated them for their dedication in making Bethpage a special district and reaching this career milestone.
“We are a family in Bethpage and these individuals showcase the commitment to continue to make our district special,” said Mr. Schneider. “Congratulations to all of the honorees for putting in the hard work to be recommended for tenure.”
The district congratulates Renee Balvin, Ashley Blatus, Carmelo Carbone, Andrew Choi, Kayleen Gonyon, Rosemarie Hale, Zachary Levy, Christine McGuire, Danielle Mole and Julianne Tierney for earning tenure.
The Board of Education meeting followed in the high school’s small theatre, where the athletics department’s Captains’ Club was recognized along with students enrolled in the AP Art Studio course.
Art department chairperson Elena Cardo introduced a slide show that featured the work, accomplishments and future educational plans of students in the course. She also invited the Board of Education members and meeting attendees to view the gallery of work stationed in the main lobby.
Next, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health John Franchi welcomed into the theatre the Captains’ Club, a group comprised of the captains for all 30 of the high school’s varsity athletic teams. Each student came to the front to announce the team they represented and share individual and team accomplishments from the past school year. They were then presented with certificates of excellence by Mr. Schneider and Mr. Franchi. The seniors on hand also shared the college they will attend this fall.
The district congratulates all of the evening’s recognitions and thanks all individuals for representing Bethpage with pride!
Builders Club Animal Shelter Visit
On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club, along with club advisor, Madame Ciarniello, visited the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. The students were given a tour of the shelter and also had the opportunity to interact with the kittens and to also see the cats and dogs who were waiting to be adopted.
In addition, the club held a "pet" drive at John F. Kennedy Middle School, where they collected old towels (for the animals' cages), as well as dog and cat food, treats, and toys. The club members also brought home-made treats (containing apples, peanut butter, and yogurt) for the dogs.
The shelter and the animals really appreciated the club's efforts and loved the treats! Many animals are waiting to be adopted, so please give the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter a visit!
Zeus Selects Successors at JFK
The 11th Annual Zeus Retires Debates took place in Monica Klein’s sixth-grade social studies classes at John F. Kennedy Middle School on May 20, with five successors announced.
Zeus, played by Mrs. Klein’s father Ben Morselli, visited each class to determine the next ruler of Olympus as he retires from his throne. The gods, goddesses and heroes in each class held debates on how their attributes and characteristics make for the next great leader of Olympus.
Each participating student dressed the part of a specific mythological figured and delivered persuasive speeches prior. Students also engaged in a peer question forum where they challenged the attributes of their opponents. After a discussion with Mrs. Klein, Zeus determined the next ruler of Olympus by awarding them the Golden Bolt.
Mrs. Klein congratulated all students for their dedication and hard work in preparing their presentations. Special acknowledgement went to the winners from each period: Olivia Greenfield as Themis, Joseph Bashker as Hades, Sara Bashker as Artemis, Dana Scruggs as Artemis and Matthew Cusumano as Ares.
“Another great display of research, presentation and debate skills by our sixth graders in the 11th Annual Zeus Retires Debates,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “Thank you to Mrs. Klein and her father for continuing this tradition at JFK.”
Long Island Science Congress
The Bethpage School community is proud of how our soaring Golden Eagles performed at the Long Island Science Congress. John F. Kennedy Middle School's Ace Austria received a High Honors trophy and the Franco Memorial Award of Excellence for her investigation on the Effects of Corrosion. Svetlana Mughnetyan and Muskan Chhabra teamed up for a High Honors trophy and the Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Behavioral Science for their investigation of the Stroop Effect. Congratulations to these exceptional young scientists!
21st Century Chocolate Duck
On Monday, May 20, 2019, Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKweon hosted the final Chocolate Duck event for the 2018-19 school year. The students used fondue with Rice Krispie treats, pretzels, and marshmallows. Then, they decorated six cupcakes to resemble the spring. All of the participants had fun and brought some scrumptious goodies home to eat!
News 12 Studio Visit and Tour
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, students in John F. Kennedy Middle School's Media Relations Club joined Mr. Levy and Mr. Choi to visit and tour News 12 Studios in Woodbury. Students had the opportunity to see the studio and equipment up close, ask questions to on air personalities, and visit with other teams that support the overall broadcast, such as graphic design and editing. Special thanks to our host, Robin for organizing and leading the tour and to Rich and Rich, two of the on air personalities that took their time to speak with our students!
Glowing Artists on Display
Students at John F. Kennedy Middle School were excited to display their talent during the annual art show on April 30.
Parents, peers and community members had the opportunity to view a range of student-created works, which included celebrity portraits, cartoons, wildlife, beaches and cupcakes. The gallery remained showcased in the school’s gymnasium on May 1 for other students and staff members to enjoy.
“The art department is very proud of the hard work and creations by the students,” said art teacher Jamie Bula. “We hope all attendees enjoyed the special talents of these young artists.”
21st Century: Little India Walk
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, John F. Kennedy Middle School students met Ms. Klein and Mrs. McKweon at Patel Brothers. It was there that the group started their Little India walk. At Patel Brothers, a few of the students were the experts and informed the group about the fruits and vegetables that they saw and what their families may use in their meal preparation. They also informed the group of several snacks that they enjoy. After perusing the aisles of Patel Brothers, the group walked down to the Bengali Sweet Shop. It was there that the group had the opportunity to try sweet and savory items from India. Most of the group tried something new! Next, the group walked down to Maharaja, an Indian supermarket. Once again, students had the opportunity to purchase items that they don't normally buy in a general supermarket.
On Friday, April 12, 2019, the 8th Grade Italian students had an opportunity to attend a walking guided tour of Little Italy, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. During the tour, the students were able to experience history and traditions of the Italian culture. Students met food artisans behind the counter, sampled bread, sopressata, fresh mozzarella, gelato, cannoli, and other pastries. At the end of the tour, students enjoyed lunch which included specialty pizza and panini from the local market. In addition to sampling food, students were able to purchase items to bring back to families from the local authentic shops, such as bread, ravioli, sausage, cheese, pastries, and nutella.
21st Century: Living Legacies
On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Ms. Green and Mrs. Klein accompanied nine sixth and seventh grade students from John F. Kennedy Middle School to the Gurwin Nursing Home for a once in a lifetime visit with Holocaust survivors and their families. During the 90 minute presentation, survivors shared remarkable stories of survival in war torn Europe between 1935-1945. All seven survivors recalled heartbreaking memories of separation from their families, brutality in their communities, and constant fear, all the while reminding the students of the importance of sharing and learning from their painful legacy. John F. Kennedy students exhibited tremendous compassion and respect throughout the visit, asking thoughtful questions and speaking with the survivors as a means of appreciating their own role as bearers of the torch of remembrance. Participants represented the best of John F. Kennedy and look forward to sharing the lessons of tolerance and kindness they learned from the survivors within the John F. Kennedy and Bethpage community.
21st Century: Savers
John F. Kennedy students had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Quinn, Mrs. Dalton, Ms. Landers, and Mrs. Klein to participate in a 21st Century: Savers activity. Donations of unwanted clothes were made and many items were bought. The activity took place just in time for Earth Day! Students learned the importance of recycling and helping a nonprofit organization, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Pennies Speak Awareness
The JFK student council recently donated a check for $1,170.35 to Autism Speaks, thanks to a successful “Penny Wars” fundraiser.
During the school’s annual Spirit Week, held throughout the second week of February, lunch periods competed against each other in a “Penny Wars” competition. It was decided by the student council that the money raised was to be donated to Autism Speaks prior to World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The advocacy organization Autism Speaks sponsors autism research and conducts awareness as well as outreach activities aimed at families, governments and the public.
Students in the seventh-period lunch group raised the greatest amount of funds, and were rewarded with a pancake breakfast hosted by staff members on March 15. Student council advisors Julianna LaLuna and Melissa Mackenzie were extremely proud and thankful to all who got involved and generously participated.
“The competition was a perfect way to bring out the best of our students and help raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks,” said Ms. Mackenzie.
21st Century: Just One Wheel
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School had the opportunity to ride unicycles as a part of the 21st Century: Just One Wheel activity. Special thanks to the Cohen family for allowing us to run this activity for the second straight year! For three hours, the student participants received instruction on how to ride a unicycle. It started with balancing activities and then training wheels! Finally, the students were ready to ride the unicycle itself!
International Day of Happiness
John F. Kennedy Middle School's Kiwanis Builders Club helped to celebrate the International Day of Happiness on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by creating wonderful posters! The posters can be seen in the John F. Kennedy Middle School lobby and main hallway. Great job to all of the Builders Club students!
Cooking Up Pi
The district celebrated Pi Day on Thursday, March 14, 2019 with a contest at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Students sang songs about Pi and watched amazing videos relating to Pi. Of course, everyone enjoyed eating apple and blueberry pie!
Students were tasked with reciting as many correct numbers in a row as possible in the numerical value of Pi. Sixth-grader Joseph Bashker earned top honors in the district for this year by naming 202 digits! Seventh-grader Arsh Singh finished in second place with 132 digits!
Special thanks to Ms. O'Sullivan and Ms. Ahronheim for hosting a wonderful event! Congratulations to all of the participating students for helping to celebrate Pi with this fun contest.
Students Artists on Display
Five students from the Bethpage Union Free School District were selected to have their talents displayed at two shows. They were chosen based on submissions entered by teacher Nancy Noskewicz.
A number of Ms. Noskewicz’s students at Kramer Lane Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School had their work entered for consideration in the Long Island Art Supervisors Association Art Show and Colors of Long Island Art Show.
JFK sixth-grader Matthew Cusumano, along with Kramer Lane fifth-grader Jessica Dexter and third-grader Kaitlyn Corcoran, will have work showcased at the Long Island Art Supervisors Association Art Show on March 10 at Farmingdale State College from noon until 4 pm. Kramer Lane fourth-grader Johanna Scarpella and second-grader Giuliana Viscome currently have their artwork on display at the Colors of Long Island Art Show, which will run at the Long Island Museum until April 7.
“These students showed exceptional creativity and craftsmanship and should be very proud of their accomplishments,” said Ms. Noskewicz.
Read Across America Day
On Friday, March 1, 2019, the John F. Kennedy Library Media Center celebrated Read Across America Day. The event, sponsored by the National Educational Association (NEA) is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.
Students at John F. Kennedy Middle School were invited to visit the Library Media Center during their lunch periods to participate in Seuss and reading inspired activities like Seuss Bingo, Design Your Own Bookmark, Make a Cat in the Hat Photo Prop, and a Cat in the Hat Tower Building Challenge! The John F. Kennedy Library Media Center was busy each period and students left with smiles on their faces!
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On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Bethpage Schools hosted the Harlem Wizards in a fun, exhibition game against the John F. Kennedy Middle School Faculty and Friends in the Bethpage High School Gymnasium. The event was organized by the John F. Kennedy Parent Teacher Association. The Harlem Wizards elicited "oohs" and "ahhs" from the audience with slam dunks, alley-oops, and other fun-filled tricks and games! Special thanks to Ms. Galantini and the John F. Kennedy Parent Teacher Association for organizing the event, John F. Kennedy Middle School's Faculty and Friends for participating in the event, Mr. Schneider for serving as the referee, and all of the other volunteers!
Photo Gallery (Photos Courtesy of Mr. Kelly)
Heroes Against Bullying
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited classrooms at Charles Campagne Elementary School on Feb. 27 to give an anti-bullying presentation.
The JFK students split into groups to visit third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to spotlight anti-bullying. The presentations concentrated on defining bullying, which was followed by discussions about examples of superheroes. The latter component was used to show how students can stand up to bullies in positive and impactful ways and help prevent negative behaviors.
The superhero analogy was also used to show how students can use “super powers” for the good of standing up to a bully. Younger students engaged in an exercise in which they identified super powers that they would use to help stop or prevent bullying. The lesson concluded with students illustrating what they would look like as a superhero standing up to bullying.
The district thanks the JFK students for taking the time to present a very important message on anti-bullying to our younger students.
Full of Spirit at JFK
John F. Kennedy Middle School celebrated school pride with Spirit Week, which was held from Feb. 11-15.
The week kicked off with Pajama Day and Jersey Day, then continued with a full display of Golden Eagle enthusiasm on Feb. 13 during Battle of the Classes.
As a highlight to the celebrations, Battle of the Classes took place at the end of Colors Day. Each grade was designated a school color to represent their class, with sixth-grade in white, seventh-grade in gold and eighth-grade in blue. That afternoon, the three grades came together in the school’s gymnasium for a pep-rally-style event.
Sixth-grader Daniel Anicito, seventh-grader Emily Kossman and eighth-grader Adriana Lisa led the annual occasion as this year’s masters of ceremonies. Sporting their grade’s color, students competed against each other in team activities such as musical chairs, human rock paper scissors and bag toss. Points were tallied throughout the event and members of the eighth-grade class was crowned the winners.
Spirit week continued with Fictional Character Day followed by Band/Music Day as students showed their personalities through each theme.
The district thanks all those that helped to put the spirit of JFK in the spotlight!
Builders Club Nursing Home Visit
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club paid a visit to the Central Island Nursing Home in Plainview. The twelve Builders Club members played Bingo with the residents and took turns calling the numbers. Afterwards, the students handed out homemade Valentine's Day cards to the residents, who were delighted with the cards as well as the visit. It was a wonderful day for the young and old alike!
21st Century: Chocolate Duck
For the first time in the history of John F. Kennedy's 21st Century Chocolate Duck, the event was organized at 4 o'clock in the afternoon! Despite the change in time, all of the spots filled! The theme of this rendition of the Chocolate Duck was "Valentine's Day!". All of the participants had a great time!
Addams Family takes stage at JFK
The 1960s sitcom The Addams Family came to life on the stage of John F. Kennedy Middle School as a musical comedy production by the building’s drama club.
The three-night show opened on Jan. 31 with appeal to an audience of all ages. Teacher Zachary Levy directed the play while collaborating with vocal director Jonathan Wibben, choreographer Kaitlin Gregory and stage crew director Michael Gamman to give guidance to the student actors.
The Addams Family debuted as a cartoon created by Charles Addams for The New Yorker in 1938 before being adapted to a television show in 1964 and a feature film in 1991.
The district congratulates the entire staff and crew for their efforts towards an exceptional production for all ages!
Library Media Center Reaches Milestone!
John F. Kennedy Middle School students are reading in record numbers this school year! The Library Media Center recently checked out the 2,000th book of the school year on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to a 7th grade student who not only when home with a great book, but also won a gift basket full of fabulous prizes!
Modern Pop Art
Artist and author, Michael Albert, conducted a workshop for our students. The students learned about his style and then created their own art pieces! The participating students all had a great time!
21st Century: Savers
Students joined Ms. Klein for their biannual trip to Savers Thrift Superstore. The students learned about recycling clothes to other areas of the world where they can be used. In addition, the students learned how donations of clothes and items in good condition go out into the store. Profits from sales in the store go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Long Island Championships Bound
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, John F. Kennedy Middle School's FIRST Lego League RoboEagles, Team #28779, participated in the FIRST Lego League Long Island Qualifiers at Mineola High School. Competing alongside twenty-nine other teams, the RoboEagles had a successful day and qualified for the FIRST Lego League Long Island Championship event in a few weeks! The team also earned the Innovative Solutions Award! Congratulations to all of the student participants! Special thanks to Coach Walsh for guiding the team in their inaugural season based out of John F. Kennedy Middle School and to Ms. Moquin for chaperoning the trip!
Photo Gallery (Photos courtesy of Mr. Shah)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8
JFK Science Symposium
Sixth grade Academic Exploration classes in conjunction with seventh grade and eighth grade Science Research classes participated in the annual John F. Kennedy Science Symposium. Our proud students were able to display their hard work to fellow students, family, teachers, and administrators in a true community atmosphere. Special thanks to all of the staff members who helped to put this event together and those who came out to support the students!
On Friday, May 25, 2018, the John F. Kennedy Aspire and Academy students went on a trip to the Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Center. Pal-O-Mine uses a therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning, and healing. Students learn how to ride, care for, and how to interact with horses. Students had a fantastic time and expressed interest in returning in the future!
Students in John F. Kennedy's Academy program made volcanoes and watched them erupt! They had a blast with this fun lesson!
10th Annual Zeus Debates
And it came to pass that Zeus, the chief of the ancient Greek gods decided that he grew tired of being in charge. He was most displeased with the constant nagging, bickering, and fighting of his divine family on top of Mount Olympus. The oracle advised Zeus that he should retire and move to Florida in order to enjoy the state's beaches, fishing, year-round amusement parks, and Early-Bird specials! This news, of course, shocked the rest of the gods of Mount Olympus because Zeus decided not to name his successor. Zeus proclaimed that the gods, goddesses, and heroes should use their persuasive abilities to convince him who their new ruler should be. That divine being will be given Zeus' lightning bolt and powers to rule over the universe for eternity! Special thanks to Ms. Klein for organizing this fun and engaging lesson, Mr. Morselli for playing Zeus, Mr. Levy for creating a video highlighting each individual class debate, and the parents/guardians for their support!
21st Century: Discover the Diversity of Little India
The weather forecast did not stop Mrs. Klein, Ms. McKweon, and eight excited students from touring some of Hicksville's Indian-inspired shops. We started at Patel Brothers, where 8th grade students, Ruchitha and Suchitha guided the discussion on the various vegetables used in traditional Indian dishes. From there, we walked to Bengali Sweet Shop. There, we tried both sweet and savory items. Many of the traveling group tried something new. We then walked to a Sari shop, where we were shown beautifully beaded wedding gowns. The brighter the colors, the better. Our tour ended at Maharajah Market. Once again, the students were encouraged to explore and buy. It was a great day!
21st Century: Building a Commemorative Bench
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School had the opportunity to practice the craft of woodworking in building a commemorative bench. The bench was built from scratch to recognize the upcoming Special Olympics being hosted by Bethpage on May 19, 2018. Under the guidance of John F. Kennedy's tech teachers, Mr. Michels and Mr. Wettengel, the students constructed a sturdy bench using specialized ipe lumber. After the Special Olympics, the bench will return to John F. Kennedy Middle School, where it can be enjoyed for years to come! Special thanks to Mr. Michels and Mr. Wettengel, as well as students Luke Boncic, Hannah Forschner, Maggie Lin, Brendan McMorrow, Taebin Son, and Hunter Wile for their participation in this impressive project!
21st Century: Savers
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in a 21st Century: Savers activity with Ms. Klein. The students were excited to help our Earth by donating unwanted items from home instead of throwing them away. By doing so, they would be helping Big Brothers Big Sisters. They were eager to buy "new" items; not only for themselves but also for Mother's Day!
21st Century: Do-It-Yourself Flip-Flops
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in a rather therapeutic, yet satisfying activity under the direction of Ms. Klein. Students created their own couture flip-flops, which will be all the rage this upcoming summer!
National Junior Society Visits Philadelphia
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School's National Junior Honor Society traveled to Philadelphia from Saturday, April 28, 2018 through Monday, April 30, 2018. During the trip, students visited Independence Hall, The Franklin Institute, The National Constitution Center, Museum of the American Revolution, Eastern State Penitentiary, and Valley Forge. Both students and chaperones had a fantastic time!
Arthur Avenue Trip
On Friday, April 27, 2018, 8th grade Italian students had an opportunity to attend a walking guided tour of Little Italy Arthur Avenue Bronx. During the tour, the students were able to experience the history and traditions of the Italian culture. Students met food artisans behind the counter, sampled bread, sopressata, fresh mozzarella, gelato, cannoli, and other pastries. In addition to sampling, students were able to purchase items to bring to their family from the local authentic shops, such as bread, ravioli, sausage, pastries, etc.
21st Century: Sagtikos Manor
In the lat 18th Century, President George Washington slept at the Sagtikos Manor while traveling on Long Island. John F. Kennedy students that participated in this 21st Century event got to observe firsthand all of the pieces in the manor, which are primary sources and originals! Special thanks to Ms. Diane Weiner, John F. Kennedy's retired Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, who was our docent.
Builders Club Visits Animal Shelter
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Builders Club visited the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. Prior to the visit, the club organized a collection of pet food, treats, and toys as well as old towels for the animals' cages. The students also made frozen pet treats, including Dixie cups of peanut butter, yogurt, and applesauce. The dogs loved them! At the shelter, the students saw several cats, dogs, and a pair of two-week old kittens! It was a fun and great experience for everyone!
Kellenberg Mathematics Competition
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, John F. Kennedy Mathletes once again displayed their superior problem-solving skills at the Kellenberg Memorial High School Annual Mathematics Tournament. Our team scored in the Top 25% of the Nassau and Suffolk County schools that competed. Congratulations!
21st Century: Chocolate Duck
With the season changing from Winter to Spring, that could only mean one thing. The Spring edition of the 21st Century: Chocolate Duck activity took place in Farmingdale, New York. Fifteen students learned how to decorate cupcakes with a Spring theme at the Chocolate Duck. The students enjoyed personalizing their edible candy pops!
21st Century: GeoGuessr
Students interested in geography participated in a 21st Century activity called, "GeoGuessr: Let's Explore the World!" The students spent the first session acquainting themselves with the GeoGuessr website, which asks them to figure out where they are in the world. They needed to use clues such as land-forms, street and road signs found in various languages, as well as topography which Ms. Gutkes and Ms. Smith reviewed with the group before playing the game. The activity culminated in the GeoGuessr Challenge where students competed against each other to earn the title of GeoGuessr Champion! Our champion was 7th grader Manolo Jimenez and 7th grader Dean Drosos was our runner-up. Congratulations to all who participated! Special thanks to Ms. Gutkes and Ms. Smith for organizing this fun activity!
21st Century: Sew Much Fun
In keeping with John F. Kennedy's Mindfulness program, students joined Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKweon for a 'relaxing' activity. Students created their very own "calming pillow". Students used needle, thread, scissors that cut through material, and a 32 oz. bag of rice. For many students, this was their first time threading a needle or sewing. Based on the smiling faces after completing the project, the students had a enjoyable time!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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. 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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"!
"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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
21st Century: Disney Fun
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Photo Gallery (Revised: November 1, 2016)
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.
Photo Gallery (Revised: November 1, 2016)
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.
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
Photo Gallery (Revised: November 1, 2016)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Second Annual Socratic Circle
On Monday, June 13, 2016, several students from the Bethpage High School Philosophy Club joined Mrs. Klein's Grade 6 Social Studies classes in the Second Annual Socratic Circle. Mrs. Klein's classes had just finished a unit on Ancient Greece, where the philosopher, Socrates came from. The High School students conducted the lessons. The lessons had the sixth graders thinking and discussing questions such as: Does money buy happiness? Is there evil in the world? If you did something wrong, but no one saw you, is it still wrong? The discussions that took place were amazing! Many shared how their perspective of a particular issue changed. Many saw the point of views of others. It was a successful day!
Popcorn Volume Project
On Friday, June 10, 2016, Grade 7 students in Ms. Noreman's classes made a prediction about which cylinder would have more volume. They used a 9-inch by 12-inch piece of construction paper to make a taller and thinner cylinder and also to make a wider and shorter cylinder. May students thought the two cylinders would have the same volume. After filling one cylinder with popcorn and pouring into the second cylinder, we found out that the shorter and wider cylinder held a lot more popcorn and therefore had a higher volume. Afterwards, the students got to indulge on the popcorn!
21st Century: Praise an Elementary Teacher
A teacher can have a major influence on a child's life. We have a multitude of amazing teachers in Bethpage School District, but there is always one who has instilled in us an incredible work ethic or has taught us to set high standards for ourselves. This activity works nicely with the Character Education program at John F. Kennedy. Each child was asked to think of an elementary school teacher that made a difference in their early school lives. Each brainstormed ideas, reviewed letters of praise and appreciation, and then created a handwritten or typed letter to an elementary teacher. The letters were then sent to each teacher to surprise them.
Science Research Symposium
On May 26, 2016, the Grade 7 science research students and Grade 6 Academic Exploration students were able to show off their hard work at the John F. Kennedy Science Research - Academic Explorations Symposium. Project topics covered many areas including physics, chemistry, behavioral science, cooking chemistry, environmental science, botany, and probability. The students should be proud of their fine scientific and STEM display boards as their peers, teachers, and administrators, and families are of them! Great job!
Grade 5 Visit
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Grade 5 students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane made their annual visit to John F. Kennedy Middle School. The day included a meet-and-greet with their Grade 7 pen pals, a trivia game, and of course a tour of their future school. The Grade 5 students were excited and John F. Kennedy cannot wait to welcome them in the Fall 2016!
21st Century: Sewing Beach Bags
On May 23, 2016 and May 25, 2016, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to practice hand sewing. Each student created a two-layer beach bag to use for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. They were able to choose their fabric and layout and learned how to use a back-stitch and running-stitch. Students stepped up to a challenging activity and walked away with a great finished product.
8th Annual Zeus Retires Debates
In Ms. Klein's Grade 6 classes, it came to pass that Zeus, the chief of the ancient Greek gods, decided that he grew tired of being in charge. He was most displeased with the constant nagging, bickering, and fighting of his divine family on top of Mount Olympus. The oracle advised Zeus that he should retire and move to Florida in order to enjoy the sunshine of the state's beaches, fishing, year-round amusement parks, and Early-Bird specials! Besides, it was a good way to get away from all the nagging, bickering, and fighting. This news, of course, shocked the rest of the gods of Mount Olympus because Zeus decided not to name his successor! Zeus proclaimed that each of the gods, goddesses, and heroes should use their persuasive abilities to convince him who their new ruler should be. That divine being will be given Zeus' lightning bolt and powers to rule over the universe for eternity!
Congratulations to Sabrina Cusumano, who played the roleof Themis being proclaimed as Zeus' successor! See the video of the Period 9 debate below!
Special thanks to Mr. Hennen and Mrs. Phillips for assisting the students in this project; Mr. Attard for the use of the video-recorder; to all of the parents of helping their children with their costumes; and to Mr. Morselli for making the lightning bolts and being a great sport!
Photo Gallery (Period 3; Photos Courtesy of Mrs. Miller)
Photo Gallery (Period 9)
Nassau County Math Tournament
On May 24, 2016, ten of our Grade 6 students competed in the Nassau County Math Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury. Over fifty schools from Nassau County sent teams comprised of Grade 4-6 students to compete against one another as teams and individuals at solving challenging math problems. The students that attended the competition and represented John F. Kennedy were Ruchitha Channapatna, Suchitha Channapatna Aurrel Bhatia, Naomi Rufian, Theresa Thulasidas, James Caporuscio, Brandon Kim, Ryan Gallego, Samar Singh, and Daman Alarcon. Suchitha Channapatna tied for first place in Nassau County! Congratulations to all of the students who participated!
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, students and staff members from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited with each of the Grade 5 classes from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane. The program included student ambassadors from each elementary school building and four representatives from John F. Kennedy. The visit provided incoming Grade 6 students with information about transitioning to middle school as well as a question-and-answer segment. John F. Kennedy is excited to welcome this new group this upcoming September!
Honor Society Trip
On May 14 through May 16, eighty eight students from the National Junior Honor Society traveled to Boston, Massachusetts. During their three-day trip, they visited the Salem Witch Museum, Museum of Science, Boston Tea Party Museum, took a Duck boat tour, went on a dinner cruise, and more! A fantastic time was had by all of the students and chaperons!
On Friday, May 20, 2016, the students of John F. Kennedy Middle School took over Bethpage High School for their last TGIF event of the 2015-2016 school year. As always, the event was well attended and featured events such as dodgeball, board games, ping-pong, karaoke, swimming, and the best of all, PIZZA! A great time was had by all. Special thanks to all of the chaperons and Ms. Higgins and Mrs. Paladino for organizing the charity bake sale. See you next year!
Mrs. Klein and Mrs. McKeown chaperoned students to SAVERS in Commack on a beautiful spring day. This was a wonderful Earth Day-Recycling lesson as well as a Mathematics lesson since each child received a 30% off coupon for donating unwanted items. The students had the opportunity toured the sorting room and enjoyed the behind-the-scenes experience.
Visit from a Meteorologist
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman visited Mrs. Sciglibaglio's Grade 8 Science students. He spoke to them about how he became a meteorologist, Long Island weather, and how he makes the forecast every day. He treated us to a professional forecast in our Eagle Eye studio, with the help from our producer, Mr. Levy. Students were able to use the authentic News 12 live weather graphics to record their own forecasts. Eagle Eye now has access to these resources for future live weather reports. Thank you, Mr. Hoffman for providing us such an authentic experience!
View Rich Hoffman's Weather Forecast from our JFK Studio
Busy Builders Club
The John F. Kennedy Kiwanis Builders Club strives to build leaders by helping others in the community and around the world. This Spring, the Builders Club helped our John F. Kennedy community on several occasions. In April, they placed positive-message post-its on every student's locker or teacher's classroom door. In May, they helped the PTA plant Spring flowers to beautify our school. Everyone seemed very pleased with the post-its and everyone will enjoy the beautiful flowers and plants as they enter the school!
During the morning hours of Monday, May 9, 2016, students at John F. Kennedy Middle School had the opportunity to view a rare astronomical event known as the Transit of Mercury. This occurs when the planet Mercury passes in front of the Sun. The event is so rare, there have been only ninety four transits and only about thirteen transits each century since 1601, when transits were first recorded! The last one occurred in November 2006, and the next transit will not be seen until November 2019! However, the next time a Transit of Mercury will be seen in Bethpage is about 50 years from now! With the help of Mr. Pollatos, Mr. Wettengel, and Mr. Zabell, students viewed the sun through a refracting telescope, a reflecting telescope, and through a pinhole camera. Students could see Mercury as a minuscule black dot, and could identify sunspots as described by each teacher. Thank you to the aforementioned teachers and Mrs. Yale and Mrs. Raia for orchestrating this event!
21st Century SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo)
On Saturday, May 7, 2016, John F. Kennedy students along with Mr. Zabell and Mrs. Phillips, visited Bay Shore Middle School to attend the 2nd Annual SLIME Maker Expo: From Recyclables to Robotics. It was an amazing event that allowed our students the opportunity to make a huge number of "make and take" and "make and donate" cool things like magnetic slime, brush bots, miniature clay food, soda can jewelry, and pet pillows. They also were able to try out all kinds of robots and take part in demonstrations. We look forward to attending this event again in the future and perhaps being exhibitors ourselves!
Inaugural Innovative Renegade Award Recipients
Congratulations to the first winners of the Innovative Renegade Award! These students were chosen by their teachers and guidance counselors for their creativity, willingness to take smart risks, ask insightful questions, and their ability to find new ways to approach a topic. The recipients of the award are Thomas Pelcher (Grade 6), Bernando Jimenez (Grade 6), Sofia Diaz (Grade 7), Emannuella Tsouros (Grade 7), Jack Kemperle (Grade 8), Gaetano Re (Grade 8).
21st Century Chocolate Duck
Although it wasn't "Spring" outdoors, Spring had sprung at the Chocolate Duck. Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKeown met eighteen eager students at the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale for our last session of the year. This session had the students choosing their own chocolate molds. They decorated their cupcakes with soft spring colored frosting and adorable edible decorations. Their creations were amazing! Many said they were giving them to their mothers for Mother's Day.
All About Coins
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to participate in the "All About Coins" activity. During this session, students took a virtual field trip to the United States Mint building. The tour explained the process of how coins are made and showed parts of the building itself. Students worked in groups to play various coin games with their peers that included math concepts such as probability. They even explored the United States Mint website and other websites to play interactive coin games. A fun time was had by all!
Supporting the Lupus Alliance of Long Island
On Friday, April 15, 2016, with the help of the John F. Kennedy's Student Council, 8th grade student Adina Rahman raised money for the Lupus Alliance of Long Island. Lupus Alliance has been helping those with lupus and their families since 1955. Their goal is to serve, educate, and find the cause and cure for lupus, while helping those with lupus live better lives. In addition to all the proceeds from ticket sales to the John F. Kennedy Student Talent Show held on April 15, three gift baskets were raffled off during the show. In total, Adina raised over $1,600! Well done!
John F. Kennedy Art Show
On April 21, 2016, John F. Kennedy Middle School hosted its annual Art Show. On this beautiful spring night, the John F. Kennedy Gymnasium was transformed into an art gallery. The show featured works from John F. Kennedy's 6th, 7th, and 8th grade modern masters. It also included musical performances and a master painter themed photo booth. A huge thank you to Mrs. Schneider, Mrs. Bula, and Ms. Noskewicz.
21st Century Project Runway: Reduce, Reuse, Rewear
In honor of Earth Day, thirteen students participated in 21st Century Project Runway: Reduce, Reuse, Rewear with Mr. Scarola and Mrs. Phillips over the course of two days after school in the John F. Kennedy Library. The students used scraps of fabric, felt, old clothes, and various scavenged odds and ends to design and make something wearable. The students were very enthusiastic and intent on their work. Based on the success of this activity, Mr. Scarola and Mrs. Phillips plan on future Project Runway activities that will allow students to spend more time perfecting their designs. Please check out the slide show to see some of the fashions created!
Visit to Sagtikos Manor
On a gorgeous and sunny Saturday, Mrs. Klein, Ms. McKeown, and Ms. Martens accompanied 14 students to this quaint and historical site on Long Island's South Shore. They were shown all of the rooms in Sagtikos Manor that often are not open to the public. The house was filled with primary sources with everything viewed dating back to the 1600's, 1700s, or early 1900's. We were welcomed by docents Cheryl Theiss and Diane Weiner (retired Bethpage Schools FACS teacher). Sagtikos is a Native American work meaning "head of the hissing snake" and is derived from the sound of a small stream that flows through the neck of land upon which the manor lies. In April 21, 1790, George Washington spent a night at Sagtikos Manor. In 2002, Suffolk County purchased the remaining ten-acre property from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to keep it from being sold to a developer. The Sagtikos Manor Historical Society has a contract with Suffolk County to provide general management of the estate including tours, educational programs, and research.
21st Century Sweet Tooth
Calling All Sweet Tooths! The students participated in this yummy two-day event under the guidance of teachers, Ms. Klein and Ms. Sciara. On Day 1, the students made Apple Pie fries and dipped them in caramel. On Day 2, the students made Cracker Candy. Delicious!
French Weather Dialogues
Sixth grade students in Mme. Jaklitsch's class recently practiced their French speaking skills. The students first used their Google Chromebooks to conduct research on a city in France. The students then wrote their own weather dialogues and were filmed in John F. Kennedy's very own TV studio with the assistance of Monsieur Levy! Great job to all of the participants!
The John F. Kennedy Middle School and Bethpage High School SADD Clubs joined forces with St. Joseph's Hospital to host a military fundraiser. We received so many donations that we were able to divide them to support three Bethpage families! Thank you to those who offered donations and support!
Grade 8 Spanish Trip
On Friday, March 4, 2016, Ms. Carlow and Mrs. Lambot's Spanish classes danced the afternoon away! They were taught the Merengue and Bachata by Dance Manhattan Studio. Later, they enjoyed a delicious meal at Caliente Cab Co. where they were able to show off their Spanish skills to order their meals. It was a fun day!
Grade 8 Italian Trip
On Friday, March 4, 2016, the Grade 8 Italian classes saw the film "La Vita e Bella" in Italian with English subtitles. Students were exposed to 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 served a variety of traditional Italian dishes. Students were grateful for having the opportunity to experience Italian culture through cinema and cuisine.
John F. Kennedy T.G.I.F
On Friday, March 11, 2016, the students of John F. Kennedy Middle School invaded Bethpage High School for T.G.I.F! The evening was filled with fun, games, and most importantly, pizza! Over 250 students attended and fun was had by all!
21st Century Eglevsky Ballet
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Mrs. Klein and 18 girls toured the Eglevsky Ballet School located right in Bethpage! It was an amazing opportunity for the group to speak with instructors and choreographers. We spoke with Mr. Curry, Executive Artistic Director and Choreographer. We met ballerina and author, Janice Barringer, who wrote The Pointe Book. We observed three classes: Beginner Pointe, Level 2 with the little girls, and then Mr. Curry invited us to watch his Level 5 and 6 advanced classes.
Read Across America Day
John F. Kennedy celebrated Read Across America Day on Wednesday, March 2nd; the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. The day started wit a special Read Day broadcast of JFK's Live Morning News Show. Teachers and students prominently displayed signs proclaiming what book they were currently reading. There was a Minute Mystery homeroom competition. Mrs. Califano's homeroom was declared the winner and the students received a bagel breakfast. During lunch periods, there were several activities going on in the library: students listened to an audio book version of Seuss' Bartholomew and the Ooblek while they concocted their own ooblek; several exciting rounds of Dr. Seuss Bingo were played; students were invited to make up their own Seuss-style wacky words; there was a Seuss Selfie station; and students participated in a Cat in the Hat guided drawing.
Visit to the Long Island Aquarium
On Saturday, March 5, 2016, students from Bethpage Schools found out what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Long Island Aquarium. They learned what it's like to manage this enclosed ocean, feeding thousands of animals, constantly monitoring water quality, and maintaining a 120,000 gallon shark tank. Students experienced an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to see firsthand all that is involved in creating a hospitable environment for our aquatic residents and our visitors. Students fed rays, got up close to sharks, local fish, tropical fish, coral, monkeys, lizards, penguins, butterflies, and birds. A great time was had by all!
21st Century Chocolate Duck
On a sunny, but breezy Sunday morning, the third session of Chocolate Duck took place. The session's theme was edible winter cravings that complement a cup of hot cocoa. This activity took place at the Chocolate Duck shop in Farmingdale. The students were given the candy mold choices of penguins, snowflakes, Olafs, and snowmen. They were then instructed to decorate their candy molds and their six cupcakes. They went-to-town on personalizing their creative edible candy pops and cupcakes. They also enjoyed eating the excess chocolate from the tub!
21st Century Wintervention
The girls chased away their winter blues. SCRUBZ, a natural skin care store on Broadway in Bethpage offered them a 90 minute session. They let their inner artist shine, as they created a "snowman" to help them through the harsh winter weather. They personalized and decorated two 2 ounce jars of body scrub and one mini-jar of lip balm that they took home to enjoy.
French Trip to Quebec
From Saturday, February 27th through Tuesday, March 1, John F. Kennedy's 7th and 8th Grade French students enjoyed a fun-filled and educational trip to Quebec with chaperones Madame Ciarniello, Ms. Jaklitsch, Mr. Scarola, and Mr. Choi. Some of our activities included tobogganing, snow tubing, dog-sledding, re-enacting soldiers' lives in the 1800's, visiting the amazing Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel), visiting the beautiful St. Anne's Basilica, and dancing at the Sugar Shack. Of course, we did some shopping and walking around old Quebec City. Students also sampled chocolate croissants, crepes, and "poutines" -- French fries with cheese and brown gravy. Delicieux! This was an amazing and unforgettable trip!
21st Century: Lays Do Us a 'Flavor' Contest
On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Ms. Green and Ms. Okita challenged eighteen of John F. Kennedy's aspiring taste testers to enter the 2016 Lays Flavor Swap contest. During the 90 minute session, participants sampled two new and two familiar Lays flavors (Cheddar and Sour Cream vs. Smoked Gouda and Chive; Honey Barbecue vs. Korean Barbecue) and shared their observations on a Google Survey. All participants made it official by voting for their favorite flavors on the Lays website. Good food, good conversations, and full stomachs were had by all!
21st Century: King Tut Trip
On Saturday, February 27, 2016, some of the students in Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Klein/Mr. Hennen's Social Studies classes went to the Premiere Exhibition in New York City to view the Discovery of King Tut. There are many known pharaohs throughout history, but one of the most well known is King Tut. We wore a special audio microphone system to listen to all the facts. The tour guide showed us videos about Howard Cater and his curiosity with King Tut. The entire museum consists of secondary sources that the students were able to touch! Based on the amount of pictures taken, the smiles on their faces, and the questions asked, the trip was a success. The exhibit can be viewed until May 2016.
The Crayon Initiative
During the month of February, John F. Kennedy's Student Council asked for donations of used, broken, or unwanted crayons to be recycled by The Crayon Initiative. The "new" crayons are then donated to schools and hospitals. Students packaged five boxes of crayons to ship to California, hoping to help add some color and creativity to some children in need.
Ronald McDonald House Visit
On Monday, January 11, 2016, eight members of John F. Kennedy's Student Council, accompanied by Mrs. Schneider and Mrs. Leemon, visited the Ronald McDonald House to participate in the "Little Hands Helping Little Hands" program. During their visit, our John F. Kennedy students baked dozens of chocolate chip cookies and brownies for the residents at the house to enjoy. The students also took a tour of the house and learned about all of the wonderful things that the Ronald McDonald House does for the residents.
Battle of the Classes
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, John F. Kennedy held its annual "Battle of the Classes". This year, students went toe-to-toe against fellow classmates and faculty in events such as "Family Feud", "Human Hungry Hungry Hippos", and a challenging relay race. Due to a tie, the winner had to be decided by a "Rock, Paper, Scissors" challenge between the 6th grade and 7th grade teams. After a riveting best of three rounds, the 7th grade team claimed this year's trophy. Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing you next year!
National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, John F. Kennedy held its annual National Junior Honor Society inductions. The ceremony was led by National Junior Honor Society President, Olivia Hanley, as well as club adviser, Ms. Mastellone and principal, Mr, Fullerton. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work and amazing accomplishment!
Red Carpet Day
On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, students from John F. Kennedy showed their school spirit by participating in Red Carpet Day!
The Lion King, Jr. and a Special Visit
On Monday, February 1, 2016, the start of production week for John F. Kennedy's musical, The Lion King, Jr., students welcomed special guest James Brown-Orleans to their dress rehearsal. James has played Banzai the hyena on Broadway's The Lion King for the last thirteen years! Ms. Strongin, Mr. Wibben, and Mr. Levy first met James when they went to see The Lion King on Broadway to get ideas for producing a junior version of the show. James was extremely excited that we were premiering the show on Long Island and wanted to pay a special visit to our actors and crew!
James enthusiastically watched a dress rehearsal of the production and then offered suggestions and conducted a question and answer session with the student actors and crew. He gave incredible advice about the importance of determination and perseverance when pursuing goals. The Broadway actor was blown away with John F. Kennedy's students and their rendition. He took selfies with the students, signed autographs, and brought his humble, experienced, and outgoing personality to our stage. James Brown-Orleans pumped up the John F. Kennedy Drama Club days before their sold out shows and helped us learn the true meaning of The Circle of Life; professional actors giving back to the school-aged community. Photos can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
On Monday, February 8, 2016, John F. Kennedy students showed their school spirit by participating in Pajama Day! Pictures from the day can be found at the link below.
On Saturday, February 6, 2016, Pawan Pitiranggon, Maya Maciel-Siedman, David Hedquist, Sidh Chhabra, and Ryan Fina accompanied Ms. Noreman to the annual MathCounts competition in Centerport, New York. Our team competed against school teams from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It was a fun and interesting experience to participate with talented peers from other schools across Long Island.
On Monday, February 8, 2016, John F. Kennedy's Grade 8 students participated in the first annual "Leadership Day." The event focused around motivational speaker, Gian Paul Gonzalez who coined the phrase and lifestyle, "All In" that inspired the New York Giants to win Super Bowl 46 in 2012. Throughout the day, the students experienced a variety of leadership themed workshops that will help them make the transition to Bethpage High School. The day was a big hit and we thank Mr. Gonzalez for his powerful message and also our teachers for making the day a success.
21st Century: Sock Snowmen
On Monday, February 1, 2016, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Giacomello to design snowmen made from socks and rice. Students used their creativeness to accessorize their unique snowmen using beads, pom poms, fabric, and more. Each creation had its own personality! All students enjoyed the hands-on activity and it was a great way to embrace the snow!
21st Century: Scrubz Pamper Yourself II
On January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), students joined Ms. Klein at Scrubz on Broadway in Bethpage. Each class offers the students the opportunity to experience a new product and specialize the scent to their liking. During the session, the students experienced making a personalized scent of Lip Scrubz and a complementing lip balm. Fun was had by all!
21st Century: What's the Logic?
A group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 to practice using logic. Students worked individually and in groups to solve logic and KenKen puzzles as well as the game of dots and boxes. They also played a game of M&M's Code Breaker where they had to use clues to determine a specific color pattern. Students also had a great time competing in an intense game of Blokus.
21st Century Trip to the Apple Store
On Monday, January 18, 2016, Ms. Green, Ms. Ahronheim, and District Director of Technology, Mr. Choi, joined sixteen of John F. Kennedy's aspiring film makers for an interactive iMovie Workshop at the Walt Whitman Mall's Apple Store. During the 90 minute session, students utilized iMovie technology to insert titles, add effects, and create a full soundtrack with powerful tools as simple as drag-and-drop. The editing process was continued on personal Apple devices for premiere ready movies just in time for the Oscars!
Student Allison Kennedy has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club. Her poster was among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 28th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International sponsors the content to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Her poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme, "Share Peace." The 1st runner-up for this contest was Karissa Sanfratello; 2nd runner-up was Melissa Diers. Honorable mention went to Olivia Hanley and Carsi Kim. They are pictured with their art teacher, Mrs. Bula, John F. Kennedy Principal, Mr. Fullerton, and Lions Club representative, Ms. Bisca.
21st Century: Arm Knitting
A group of John F. Kennedy students dedicated two afternoons in December 2015 to learn a difficult, new skill. They met with Ms. Okita and Ms. Maloney to learn about arm knitting. During these sessions, students learned knitting techniques using only their own arms and hands, no knitting needles. They put their new skills to use by creating beautiful scarves. All students felt accomplished when they completed their projects and had a great time learning a new skill!
SADD Club Wrapping Party
In a joint effort, the John F. Kennedy SADD Club and Bethpage High School SADD Club raised funds and wrapped holiday gifts for needy families in our community. Santa even got in on the action! Special thanks to Ms. Kennedy, the Bethpage High School SADD Club Coordinator for setting up this event.
The John F. Kennedy Builders Club had a busy holiday season. The students wrote out holiday cards for soldiers, participated in the Bethpage Tree lighting, and even made holiday decorations that were brought to St. Joseph's Hospital to cheer up the patients. It was a wonderful visit and the patients were thrilled!
Sew Much Fun
John F. Kennedy's own Gold Team 6th Graders, Tara Cochrane and Sabrina Cusumano, showed several young ladies how to make their very own pillow from a treasured t-shirt. All learned the how-to's and some even went home to create another. Although threading the needle was challenging, as was the string-breaking, all had a nice afternoon!
On a beautiful Saturday morning, twenty one students met Mrs, Klein, Mrs. Fahrbach, and Ms. McKeweon and headed to Savers located in Commack. Savers is no ordinary thrift store. As a leader and pioneer in the retail thrift industry, they are a place where people from all backgrounds love to shop for great selection, deals, and treasures. But there's also a higher purpose for what they do. Savers pays a local non-profit charity, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, every time you donate. Unsold items are recycled or sent to developing countries rather than landfills. Donations are sorted and the highest quality items are priced and placed on the sales floor. Celebrate our Earth and do good for our planet!
21st Century: Test Your Memory
On November 30, 2015, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to test their memory skills. Students were engaged in activities such as concentration games, Simon, and memory photos. Students were asked to use their memory to identify company logos and draw United States coins. They had a group game of "I am going on a picnic, and I am bringing..." The students all had a wonderful time!
21st Century: Thanksgiving Dinner Budget
On November 19th, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to practice real life math skills. The students worked in groups. Each group was given a Thanksgiving scenario that included an amount of guests and a budget. Students viewed circulars from local supermarkets and used their Google Chromebooks for pricing and serving size information. They were able to comparison shop and design a Thanksgiving dinner that met the requirements they were given. Students had a great time and learned all the hard work and math involved in planning a holiday celebration. Students also brought non-perishable food items to donate to the school's food drive.
21st Century Chocolate Duck #2
On a beautiful Saturday morning, students gathered with Mrs. Klein and Ms. Noskewitz for the second session at the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale (see "21st Century Chocolate Duck" below for information about our first session). They created chocolate leaves, turkeys, and other autumn items. They decorated six homemade cupcakes to their liking. Smiles brightened their faces as they enjoyed sampling their creations.
Ms. Hahn's Math Mall
Ms. Hahn's Grade 6 math students put their new skills calculating discounts and sales tax into real life practice when they went shopping in the Math Mall. Working with Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Phillips, Ms. Hahn setup a shopping experience in the JFK Library where students, with a budget of $100.00, were able to choose gifts to buy for their family and friends. Each gift had an original price and a discount in the form of a percent. Students had to calculate the sale price of each item they selected, add the sale price of each item to get a total, and then calculate and add the sales tax. Their goal was to spend as close to $100.00 without going over. They were able to return and exchange items if the grand total was greater than $100.00. The students practiced newly learned math concepts and had fun at the same time.
On Friday, October 30, 2015, John F. Kennedy's Student Council hosted their annual Halloween "Spooktacular" Dance. The students of JFK came out in force as over 350 students attended and showed off their year's best costumes. The night included a DJ, snacks, and a costume contest. A great time was had by all!
Pizza with the Principals
On October 16, 2015, the three winners from the annual "Preamble Challenge" had pizza lunch with both Mr. Fullerton and Mr. Jantz. The students were able to bring two friends to celebrate their victories with. This year's winners were 6th grader Aurrel Bhatia; 7th grader Vallenni Passaro; and 8th grader Alex Dupree. Fun was had by all!
Duct Tape Creations
John F. Kennedy's own 6th Graders: Macalaya Hodkinson and Lauren Andruzzi were excited to share their duct tape creations! In this one-hour session, the girls taught their peers how to decorate a binder of their choice, which included a place for a picture or their schedule and a decorative rose that sits atop their pencil. Both young ladies asked their participants to bring two rolls of duct tape of their choice: patterned or solid in color. Each needed a binder to decorate. Pencils and clear pocket folders were provided.
John F. Kennedy's annual Bullying Awareness Week took place the last week of October and culminated on Friday, October 30th. This year's theme is multi-dimensional and incorporated the overall message of inclusiveness and awareness.
Anti-Bully Pep Rally
21st Century Halloween Treats
In celebration of Halloween, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Pizzuto to bake Halloween inspired treats. They met after school on October 27th and October 29th to bake cookies and cake balls. On Day 1, students worked together, in teams, to create "spider cookies". They used sugar cookie mix, Rolos, and melted chocolate. On Day 2, students also worked together to make "cake eyeballs". They used cake and frosting for the "cake eyeballs" and decorated them with melted chocolate. Everyone had a great time and brought some treats home for their families.
9/11 Memorial and Museum Visit
On October 12, 2015, thirty students from John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in a 21st Century trip to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The trip included an extensive tour of the Museum and the 'Footprints' of the North and South Towers, as well as viewing the Freedom Tower. The trip was not only educational in nature, but it also gave the students a better understanding and perspective related to the tragic events of 9/11, as well as a 'rebirth' of the World Trade Center.
21st Century Scrubz-Pamper Yourself
A natural skin care store on Broadway in Bethpage offered a 90 minute session to twenty interested young ladies. What young lady doesn't love to be pampered? The owners let the ladies' inner artist shine, as they personalized and decorated an 8 oz. jar. All participants were treated to a pampering hand massage by owner, Roberta. All participants created their own special scent of Scrubz Natural Sugar Body Scrub that they took home to enjoy. The staff ensured a fun and unique experience for all. Light refreshments, along with lemonade, iced tea, and water was served. Another activity is in the making for the winter.
21st Century Chocolate Duck
On a crisp autumn day, thirty students from John F. Kennedy Middle School met at the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale. Their mission: to create Halloween treats to enjoy. Mission accomplished! The friendly staff immediate had the kids fill their six cupcake tins. While the cupcakes were baking, the staff handed out chocolate molds, all Halloween themed, and trays of melted chocolates in a variety of colors. The kids were instructed to 'paint' the surface of their lollipop molds. Then they were given a pint-sized tub of melted milk chocolates with which they needed to fill in their lollipop molds. After filling in the molds, many enjoyed the chocolate as if it were soup! While the chocolates were setting, the cupcakes came out of the oven for decoration. Pumpkins, spider webs, ghosts, and mummies were created. Each child left with chocolate lollipops and six cupcakes, which they created. Fun was had by all!
Earthbound Do It Yourself (DIY) Crayon Pumpkins
The Earthbound DIY Club "re-purposed" broken crayons and used them to create colorfully decorated pumpkins. The crayons were melted down to liquid form and then poured over the pumpkins. Additional sculpting was done using toothpicks and hair dryers. Club members enjoyed their new fall decorations with Ms. Parisi and Ms. Muller.
Peer Tutoring Center Opens at JFK
On Monday, October 19, 2015 during Lunch, John F. Kennedy's "Help Hub" made its debut. Operated by the Honor Society, the Help Hub is JFK's version of a mall kiosk - complete with daily information about clubs, sports, and events while also allowing the students to sign up for peer tutoring sessions.
New Entrant Social
On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Counseling Center hosted its annual New Entrant Social. Seventeen students who entered John F. Kennedy this year spent time in the Cafeteria enjoying ice cream sundaes and chatting with one another about their first six weeks in the building. The Counseling Staff reviewed important information with the students which included: extra-curricular activities, extra help schedules, and the 21st Century Scholars program. Students then played JFK Jeopardy where they worked in groups to answer questions about their new school. A fun time was had by all who attended!
JFK Maker Space Monday Paper Bag Engineering Challenge
The John F. Kennedy Library kicked off its first Maker Space Monday with a Paper Bag Engineering Challenge. Students were given a paper bag containing two toilet paper rolls, paper clips, index cards, popsicle sticks, and a marble and instructed to build a marble run. The marble must travel at least 16 inches. The students were also permitted to use staples, scissors, and sticky tape. About fifty students participated in the challenge. The JFK Maker Space is open whenever the Library is open and is planning to host structured activities every Monday during the student lunch periods. Check out the Marble Run Video: Marble Run
The Grade 6 students recently explored a deciduous forest and freshwater pond, where they classified the organisms found there. Students observed the different stages of ecological succession, while learning how to identify certain plants, such as sassafras and poison ivy. They identified the many habitats and niches of forest animals, while identifying the many insects, fish, and invertebrates found in the pond.
JFK Students Set Sail
John F. Kennedy students sailed aboard the Christeen, a 40-foot gaff rigged sloop, that is the oldest oyster sloop in America and a National Historical landmark. She was originally built in 1883 for Captain William Smith in Glenwood Landing, New York for the purposes of harvesting oysters in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. Over her 125 years, the Christeen served not only as an oyster dredge, but also as a cargo carrier and live-aboard between Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. In 1992, a dedicated group of volunteers worked tirelessly on the restoration of the Christeen, working alongside a full-time shipwright and raising more than $300,000! The Christeen was completely restored and launched in 1999. The Christeen's new mission is to serve as a floating classroom. Her Coast Guard certified captains and experienced crew educate up to 24 passengers about maritime history, marine science, coastal ecology, the oyster industry, and aquaculture.
Five Themes of Geography
While studying the Five Themes of Geography, all five of Ms. Klein's classes used a song created by two Social Studies teachers to help them memorize the themes. The song had the students engaged and wanting to sing more! The video can be accessed in the link below. In the video, a group of students led the class and encouraged others to get involved.
Video: Five Themes of Geography
The Grade 6 Academic Exploration class summed up their study of the human brain unit by creating "brain hats". The students used their knowledge of the brain to demonstrate the location of the four lobes of the cerebrum and their function.
21st Century: Create Your Own Comic
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, JFK students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to celebrate the anniversary of the first Peanuts comic strip. Students discussed elements of comic strips such as action, dialogue, onomatopoeia, and others. They created their very own comic strip using a website on the Google Chromebooks and also had a chance to create a Peanuts character that looks like them! Some students chose to focus their comic strips on anti-bullying situations and how to be an upstander.
The Earthbound DIY Club did its Fall Planting at JFK on Monday, September 28, 2015. With the assistance of Mrs. Deborah Muller, Ms. Valentina Parisi, and Mrs. Christina Dircks, the club created a new garden near the south entrance of JFK (playground door). Students planted all the new foliage and learned about the different types of plans in the new garden. Special thanks to the PTA and Mrs. Dircks for their support in acquiring the plants for this project.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about the Native American tradition of dreamcatchers. They learned about the origin of the tradition and how it was created to protect children of the tribe from bad dreams. Even though the students learned what materials were traditionally used to create them, they used wooden hoops, yarn, and various beads and feathers to create their very own dreamcatcher!
On Friday, September 18, 2015, dozens of JFK students took part in the annual "Preamble Challenge" where they compete to see who can memorize and recite the Preamble of the Constitution the fastest. This year's winners were 6th grader Aurrel Bhatia; 7th grader Vallenni Passaro; and 8th grader Alex Dupree. Great job!
21st Century - Scrap Book Your Summer Vacation
A group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita on Monday, September 21, 2015 to share their summer vacation memories. They created scrapbook layouts with photos they took this summer with family and friends. Students utilized scrapbooking techniques such as layering, collage, choosing complimentary colors, and using borders, captions, and frames. Students enjoyed being creative and sharing their exciting trips and beach days with each other!
On Friday, September 18th students from Grades 6, 7, & 8 were able to participate in the "Preamble Challenge" during their lunch period. Dozens of students participated to see who could recite the beginning to the US Constitution the fastest! Big thanks to our moderators: Mr. Fullerton and Mrs. Klein.
John F. Kennedy Activity Fair
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, John F. Kennedy held its annual Activity Fair after school in the Cafeteria. The students were able to learn about this year's extra-curricular offerings including: Sports Intramurals, Earthbound Club, SAAD, and Student Council.
Summer Reading Extra Help
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and Thursday, September 17, 2015, many students from John F. Kennedy participated in summer reading extra help.
JFK Moving Up Ceremony
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Senior Orchestra Attends Parks Festival
The JFK Middle School Senior Orchestra attended the Music in the
Parks Festival in Westfield, Massachusetts on Friday, June 5. The
orchestra place 2nd with a rating of "Excellent". Students spent all
day at Six Flags New England and had a great time.
Trip to Philadelphia
Students in the National Junior Honor Society took an exciting trip
to Philadelphia, PA under the guidance of Ms. Mastellone. Students
visited many sites including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall,
Eastern State Penitentiary, Valley Forge, and the Constitution Museum.
Students also enjoyed an evening Ghost Tour, DJ Dinner Cruise on the
Delaware River. And a stop at Pat’s and Geno’s for Philly cheesesteaks.
It was a great trip!
Makerspace Grand Opening
On Wednesday, May 13th, a brand new area opened in the JFK Library
called the Makerspace. Makerspaces, sometimes referred to as
hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are DIY (do it yourself) areas
where kids can be creative and tinker with different materials ranging
from modeling clay to K'nex building toys to circuit boards. The JFK
Makerspace is available to students to use everyday during their lunch
period and before school on Thursdays and Fridays. The materials for
the Makerspace were provided through a generous grant from the Bethpage
On Monday, May 11, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club helped to make the
school more beautiful by planting flowers by the entrance. The flowers
were donated by the JFK PTA. Nice job everyone!
21st Century: Cinco de Mayo
On May 4, 2015, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Pizzuto to
celebrate the upcoming celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Students learned
about the meaning of the holiday and how it is celebrated in Mexico.
They listened to Mariachi band music and created their own maraca
instruments. They also designed their very own worry doll to help keep
their worries away.
April was Autism Awareness Month! During this month, JFK students had
the opportunity too participate in a 21st Century activity facilitated
by school social worker, Ms. Hayes & special education teacher,
Mrs. Keller. Participants in this four-session activity learned facts
about autism spectrum disorder, created posters to promote Autism
Awareness Month, watched a movie about Temple Grandin, a world renowned
autism activist and professor of animal science. Students also
participated in a sensory experience to get a better understanding of
what someone who has autism may experience in school. Additionally,
participants helped promote the fundraiser “Kids & Coins for Autism”
by hanging flyers around the school building. The students at JFK
school raised $213.13 for the Autism Speaks foundation with this
21st Century 2015 Beach Clean-Up
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.
In the Fall 2014, 6th grade Social Studies classes read the
novelette, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. After
reading the story of the paper cranes, the students decided to take the
challenge of folding 1,000 paper cranes to honor Sadako’s memory, as
she inspired the students. It took the kids about 5 months to do so but
we met the goal of 1,000 folded cranes and the pride on their faces was
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.
John F. Kennedy Middle School hosted its 25th annual Tri-M Honor
Society Recital and Induction on April 15. Twenty middle school students
were chosen for induction into the society, which requires inductees to
have an A+ average in music and an 85 or better cumulative average. As
part of the ceremony for honored guests, all inductees performed a two-
to three-minute solo piece to showcase their talents for the crowd.
Following the performances, the students pledged to continue meeting the
Journey to India
Mrs. Saur and Mrs. Curran have done it again! In March, they
conducted a two-part 21st Century Scholar activity in which students
explored India by creating a physical map of this fascinating,
subcontinent of Asia. Session One entailed molding homemade clay into
land-forms unique to the region such as the Himalaya Mountains to the
north, the sacred Ganges River, and the Eastern and Western Ghats of the
south. During Session Two, maps were painted and labeled to complete
the journey. The scholars should be commended on a job well-done!
LISEF - SSP Broadcom MASTERS fair
Over the past few weeks, JFK and BHS research students have entered
science fairs to present their studies. Highly competitive, our students
had a great showing at The Honors Program at Nassau Community College
Competition, Long Island Science Congress Jr. Division, and the regional
LISEF - SSP Broadcom MASTERS fair.
The Society for Science and the Public (SSP) partnered with Broadcom
to launch the Broadcom MASTERS™ National Middle School Science and
Engineering Competition for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Congratulations to Soham Maiti who placed 2nd at the Broadcom Masters
fair with his investigation of how temperature affects a magnetic
Under the supervision of Ms. Green and Mrs. O'Sullivan, eighth
graders Bhavika Gharg and Soham Maiti went to Hofstra University on
February 28, 2015 to represent JFK Middle School at the 2015 Long Island
Math Fair. Both mathematicians competed admirably against middle school
students from across Nassau County. Congratulations to both students
for their commendable efforts.
On March 12, the 8th grade Italian classes attended a field trip to
see the movie "La Vita è Bella" at Huntington Cinema Arts Center.
Students were exposed to Italian culture and language. The humorous
fable of an Italian Jewish family during the Holocaust swept and
captivated the student's attention through humor and tragedy. After the
movie the students enjoyed an authentic Italian meal at La Famiglia
Restaurant in Plainview. The restaurant served a variety of traditional
dishes. Students were grateful and appreciative for having the
opportunity to experience Italian culture through cinema and cuisine.
8th Grade Spanish Trip
On Thursday, March 12th Ms. Carlow and Mrs. Lambot’s 8th grade
Spanish classes danced the afternoon away. They were taught the
Merengue by Dance Manhattan Studio. Later, they enjoyed a delicious
meal at Caliente Cab Co. where they were able to show off their Spanish
skills and order in Spanish. It was a fun day had by all!
21st Century: Graphing Battleship
On March 23rd, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita. The
students played the classic game of Battleship but with a twist.
Students used their mathematical knowledge of the coordinate plane, to
place ships on their boards. Students guessed coordinates in the four
quadrants to try to "sink" the ships. Everyone had a great time and
practiced their graphing skills!
On Saturday, March 21, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club visited the Town
of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. We brought bags of blankets and towels as
well as homemade pet treats that we had made at one of our meetings.
Everyone enjoyed seeing the adorable dogs, cats, and kittens, waiting to
be adopted. It was a wonderful visit.
21st Century St. Patrick's Day Treats
On March 16, 2015, JFK students came to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
with Ms. Maloney, Ms. Okita and Ms. Pizzuto. Students created chocolate
pieces and lollipops with shamrock molds. They also created shamrocks
made of pretzels and chocolate. They wrapped their treats in bags and
ribbon to bring home and share with their families for the holiday.
Eglevsky Ballet School
On Friday, March 13th, Mrs. Klein, Mrs. Elmasry and 11 girls were
welcomed by the Eglevsky Ballet school to watch their practices. We sat
in on the advanced and then the beginner ballerinas. What a treat! Each
girl was given a T-shirt from the school's director.
On March 13th, 2015, JFK celebrated Pi-day after school with their
6th annual Pi Day Party. Students sang Pi-day songs, talked about the
meaning of Pi, and recited digits of Pi. This year, Mia Dircks was able
to recite 101 digits of Pi! Jon Friedrich was close behind with 89
digits under his belt. Nichole Licata came in 3rd place with 72 digits!
Special thanks to Mrs. Califano, Mrs. Pizzuto, Mrs. Lang, and the
Academy Class for baking special Pi-cookies for our celebration!
The Potsdam Pitches (featuring an impromptu performance by Kramer
Lane's own Mr. Wibben) was at JFK this past Friday for an amazing a
cappella concert. This JFK PTA-sponsored event lasted about an hour and
was a sight to see! The captivating group performed pop songs sung by
Adele, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Jesse J to name a few. It also included a
Q&A where our students got to ask questions of the group ranging
from their personal musical inspirations to whether they compete
nationally (they do...just like the movie Pitch Perfect!) to how they
all shower and get ready in one house during their tour. It was a great
show enjoyed by all. We certainly hope they stop back next year on their
next tour so we can see them again!
21st Century Dreamcatchers
On February 24th and March 3rd, JFK students met with Ms. Maloney,
Ms. Okita, and Ms. Pizzuto. They learned about the Native American
tradition of the dreamcatcher. After hearing about how the Chippewa
tribe and their legend of the Spider Woman, students created their own
dreamcatchers to protect themselves from bad dreams. They used yarn,
beads, and feathers to weave their own unique designs.
Be The Chemist Competition
Congratulations to Soham Maiti, Alex Maino, Pawan Pitranggon, and
Ujala Dar who did a terrific job of representing JFK Middle School at
the You Be The Chemist local challenge on Saturday! These students
advanced through multiple rounds answering some tough chemistry
questions in the first year of this exciting new competition.
New York Philharmonic Trip
John F. Kennedy Middle School Orchestra students attended a
performance by the New York Philharmonic on Friday, February 27 at
Lincoln Center. The Philharmonic played Brahms and Sibelius and
featured German violinist Frank Zimmermann, who performed on a
Stradivarius violin from 1711.
Beauty and the Beast
On February 5,6,7 JFK Middle School presented Beauty and the Beast
JR. There were over 100 students that participated in this production
and was directed by Michelle Cooper, Ilana Strongin, & Tom Scarola.
A special thank you to the Bethpage Community for your continued
On February 24, 2015, the JFK Mathletes/MathCounts club competed at
the annual MathCounts competition at Hofstra University against other
schools from Nassau County. The following students accompanied Ms.
Noreman to the competition: Soham Maiti, team captain, Emily Cohen,
Bhavika Garg, Nikhil Sanghvi, Rahul Buhsri, Doreen Dong, Bryan Hanley,
Alex Lee, Vignesh Nair, Vasudha Prasad, and Blake Von der Esch.
21st Century Valentine's Day Cookies
On Thursday February 12th, a group of JFK students met with Ms.
Maloney, Ms. Pizzuto, and Ms. Okita. Students worked in groups to create
Valentine's Day treats for loved ones. They worked as a team to bake
chocolate chip and M&M cookies. They also created heart lollipops
with candy canes, chocolate, and sprinkles. Students were able to wrap
their treats in bags and ribbon as gifts for friends and family.
Central Island Nursing Home
On February 14, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club visited the Central
Island Nursing Home in Plainview, where they played Bingo with the
residents and the presented them with homemade Valentine's Day cards. It
was a very heartwarming experience.
21st Century Super Bowl Math
On January 28th, a group of JFK students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms.
Okita to celebrate the upcoming Super Bowl game. Students were engaged
in a scavenger hunt activity where they were able to use their Google
Chromebooks to find out some trivia about the Super Bowl games. They
found out facts such as the cost of the famous Super Bowl ring, the cost
of a commercial, the geometric shape of a football, and how many
tickets each player gets for their families. They also practiced math
skills by calculating the perimeter and area of the field and solving
equations to find out the cost for a NY family to attend the game in
Arizona. Students had a great time!
Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image is the country's only museum dedicated to
the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all
its forms. Mrs. Saur and Mrs. Curran led a group of J.F.K. students who
explored a wide range of subjects, from nineteenth century optical toys
to the latest in digital art, through kid-friendly interactive
exhibitions. Students also participated in a video game design workshop
using programming software to modify a prototype for the very first
home video game system!
JFK Boys Basketball Trip to MSG
On Sunday January 25th, the JFK Boys Basketball team trekked into
Madison Square Garden to watch St. John's take on Duke. All in
attendance witnessed NCAA Basketball history when Duke Head Coach, Mike
Krzyzewski earned his 1,000 career win! What a great experience for the
boys! A big thanks to Coach Suprenant, Mr. Fisher, and Mr. Zito.
Diwan Indian Restaurant
On a cold, slushy Saturday, Mrs Klein and Mrs. Elmasry met nine
students for an adventure in dining at Diwan Indian Buffet in
Hicksville. We all tried new foods: Nan, goat, lentils, eggplant, and
more in exotic sauces. Our bellies were full and we wore huge smiles on
Ronald McDonald House Visit
On December 22, eight students from Student Council visited the
Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The students baked as part of
the “Helping Hands” program. The group also donated over 20 boxes of
toys, games, dolls and stuffed animals they had collected from the
holiday toy drive at JFK. The students at JFK and staff raised $1,800
through various fundraising activities and presented the house with
their generous donation. Ronald McDonald House was very touched by the
amount of donations and support they received this year from JFK.
Thanks to all that donated!
Wrapping Gifts with Cheer
Mrs. Keller's and Mrs. Pizzuto's class has been hard at work
spreading holiday cheer by voluntarily wrapping holiday gifts. Not only
do the gifts look beautiful, but they also deliver! Great job students
and a big thanks to Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Pizzuto.
On December 8th, 10th, and 15th, JFK held its annual three part
Winter Concert Series. Each date included a different grade and
performances by the band, chorus, and orchestra. Great job by all the
talented students and their dedicated teachers: Mr. Kay, Mr. Coscette,
and Mrs. Cooper. Next up, the Spring series!
National Circus Project is the premier interactive circus arts
program. It included a spectacular circus performance and then two
workshops for the students. They were able to try juggling,
plate-spinning, balancing, devil sticks, and diabolos. There were many
thrills and laughs!
Hour of Code
On Thursday 12/11/2014 Mr. Levy and 30 students from JFK joined 100
Million students around the world to complete the "Hour of Code." The
Code Organization has dubbed the event "The largest learning event in
history." During the "Hour of Code", students learned the foundations of
computer programming through fun engaging online games and tutorials. A
big thank you to Mackenzie Pech from BHS for dropping by to assist with
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.
Mrs. Elmasry taught a fun hands-on lesson on Bread Art. Each
participant had theirs hands dirty mixing, kneading, decorating and/or
cleaning. After 2 hours, they left with their bellies full and dough for
a future use.
21st Century: Dog Treats
This month a number JFK students participated in a 21st Century class
where they learned how to make homemade dog treats. The class was run
by JFK's Family Arts and Consumer Science teacher, Mrs. Norton. The
treats were later donated to the Town of Islip Animal Shelter. Great job
students and a big thank you to Mrs. Norton!
Ronald McDonald House
On Monday, November 24th, JFK dropped off hundreds of pounds of
donated canned and non-perishable foods to the Ronald McDonald House in
New Hyde Park. The food was collected by Student Council in homerooms
throughout the month of November. A big thanks to our generous students,
Ms. Smith and Ms. Greco for organizing this amazing event.
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the 201 STACK
UP! More than 3,000 schools and organizations representing 36 countries
from around the world registered for this year's colossal sport stacking
event held on Guinness World Records Day, November 13th. The total
number of stackers worldwide was 579,454!
JFK Middle School has participated in this event for the past 4
years. Students, with the help of Mrs. Deborah Muller and Ms. Hanai
Okita, enjoyed a fun filled afternoon of stacking. The highlight of our
record breaking day was building our Cup pyramid with this year's
special commemorative cup at the top.
Genius Bar Opens!
A Genius Bar officially opened its doors on Nov. 17 at JFK. The
student-run ‘bar’ will operate two days a week during lunch periods for
students with any Google Chromebook issues to seek help and assistance
from their professional peers. Students who work the Genius Bar had to
undergo an extensive application and interview process and will receive
21st Century credit for their leadership.
JFK Library Cozy Corner Has a New Name
To bring some new life to the bean bag area of the JFK Library for
the new school year, a contest was held to rename the popular spot.
Students were able to submit their responses via an online Google Form
or in person in the library. Many ideas were submitted and the library
staff narrowed it to three choices. Over two hundred and fifty students
voted using their Google Chromebooks during lunch periods. When the
last vote was tallied, the winner was Lazy Lounge! The name was
suggested by Jenna DeStefano, Owen Maggio, Jennifer Petersen, and Nikhil
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21st Century: United Nations Day
On October 20th and October 27th, students met after school with Ms.
Maloney and Ms. Okita to celebrate United Nations Day. Students learned
about the United Nations and researched the members through the UN
website. Each student chose a country and researched its history in the
organization, their ambassador, and contributions that the country has
made. They discussed civil rights, peacekeeping, and current issues. All
the students did a great job and their posters will be on display in
21st Century: Dictionary Day
On October 16th, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to
celebrate National Dictionary Day. Students worked in teams to complete a
scavenger hunt through the dictionary. They used a Google Form with
questions such as "Find the first word in the "I" section that is a
conjunction" and "locate the first verb in the "s" section that has
three syllables". Students practiced using a dictionary, parts of
speech, using guide words, syllables, and alphabetical order. The race
was close but the winner was 8th grader, Kyle Saugy.
21st Century: Halloween Candy Bowls
On October 21st and October 28th, students met with Mrs. Pizzuto, Ms.
Walsh, Ms. Okita, and Ms. Maloney. Students brought bowls from home as
molds and used brown paper, newspaper, and mod podge to create their own
candy bowls. They used acrylic paint to design their bowls in Halloween
designs. Students had a great time and showed just how creative they
could be. Happy Halloween to all!
On Friday, October 24th, JFK hosted the 2014 Halloween Spooktacular.
Over 300 students partied the night away with friends while eating candy
and participating in the annual costume contest. A big thanks to
Student Council who helped make this night a blast!
Pen Pal Reunion
On Friday, October 24th, JFK Pen Pals were reunited in the
Auditorium. Last year, in an effort to ease their transition to middle
school, the 5th graders were "buddied" up with upperclassmen from JFK.
At the reunion, the students discussed their experiences thus far and
participated in various ice-breaker activities. A great big thanks to
the Counseling Center for making this event possible!
Kid Wind Challenge:
On Wednesday, October 29th, The Cradle of Aviation Museum hosted the
Kidwind Challenge. The competition is based on students creating the
most efficient, elegant, and highly functional turbine that produces
clean and sustainable energy. Our students placed 3rd out of 47 teams!
Great job JFK and a big thanks to Mr. Ravener and Mr. Perez.
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JFK Students travel to Kramer Lane
On Thursday, October 16th, students from JFK traveled to Kramer Lane
to teach the elementary students about the how to fight bullying by
becoming "Upstanders". The lesson included a video, class discussion,
and a great hands-on activity!
On Tuesday, September 23rd and Wednesday, September 24th, students of
JFK Middle School took part in Nassau BOCES Project Adventure. The
students were put through numerous challenging activities that help
build trust, character, and leadership.
On Wednesday, September 17th, the students of JFK celebrated US
Constitution Day in style with the 9th Annual Preamble Challenge.
Students from all grades were timed to see who could recite the Preamble
of the Constitution the fastest. The three grade level winners were:
Soham Maiti (8), Elizabeth Freedman (7), and Valenni Passaro (6). A big
thanks to Mr. Fullerton and all of the participants!
Photo Gallery - Winners
A.J. Vita, All-County Jazz Band
A.J. was the only guitarist to be selected for the Division 3
All-County Jazz Band. Only 19 students are selected into the Jazz Band
among all of the 7th & 8th graders in Nassau County. Congratulations
On Friday October 10th, Mr. Michels and his 3rd period class launched
the rockets that were donated by the Bethpage Educational Foundation.
Great job students and thanks again to the Bethpage Educational
JFK Historical Marker Unveiled
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.
JFK Rocket Building
Mrs. Keller's and Pizzuto's class worked very hard preparing the
inventory for the upcoming grand re-opening of the JFK School Store.
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information such as the arrival of new books, upcoming activities and
events as well as other library/reading related news. Remind is
available for download for both iOS and Android devices as well as
email-friendly. Both parents and students are encouraged to sign up.
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After school on Wednesday September 17th, the JFK cafeteria was
transformed into the 2014-2015 Activity Fair. The jam packed event
allowed advisors and students to discuss the extra-curricular clubs that
are being offered during this school year.
Students eagerly review for the upcoming Summer Reading Quiz. Some of
the titles included: "Lunch Money", "Al Capone Does My Shirts", and
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!
The 2014 JFK Science Symposium was a great success. Students proudly
presented their research projects to their peers, families, high school
research students and faculty. We are very proud of our students and
happy that a good time was had by all.
Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University
On May 2, 2014, seventh grader SOHAM MAITI represented JFK at the
Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University under the guidance of Mrs.
Gerry O'Sullivan, Ms. Leslie Green, and Director of Mathematics Mr. John
Titolo. Soham's research on the mathematical applications of E=MC2
earned him a Gold Medal and the respect and admiration of the entire JFK
community. Congratulations, Soham! We're proud of you!
High Note Musical Festival
The J.F.K. Middle School Senior Orchestra attended the High Note
Music Festival in Allentown, PA on June 6, 2014. The orchestra placed
first in their division and received a "Superior" rating, the highest
possible. After the festival, the students spent the rest of the day at
N.Y.S. Supreme Court Building Trip
On May 21, 2014, a select group of 24 Academic Explorations students
were accompanied by Ms. Saur and Ms. Moquin to the N.Y.S. Supreme Court
Building located in Mineola, NY. The students observed two civil trials
in session, and had the fortuitous opportunity to participate in a
private question and answer session with Justice Thomas Fieneman.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island opened its doors in New Hyde
Park in 1986. It offers a “home away-from home” for almost 1000
families a year. JFK students and staff chose RMDH as the charity of
choice for our year-long fundraising efforts. In December, eight
members of student council chaperoned by their advisors participated in
the Little Hands Baking Program. The JFK family also presented a check
for $1,400 from numerous fundraising efforts, as well as some toys for
the children of the house donated by local families.
On May 29th, nine faculty members visited the RMDH with boxes of linens
and various cleaning supplies from the house wish list. All the
supplies were collected as part of the student council “Spring Cleaning”
drive. As always, the generosity of our Bethpage families overwhelmed
and touched the staff at the house. JFK staff stayed to cook dinner for
the Meals from the Heart Program. Sixty residents came home to a
lavish BBQ prepared with love and well wishes.
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
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
Kid-Wind Wind Turbine Competition
Five JFK students participated in the New York Kid-Wind Wind Turbine
competition at the Cradle of Aviation with Mr. Perez and Mr. Ravener.
The students won first place (Geoffrey Shamah, Chris Shamah, Andrew
Kayel) AND third place (Sabrina Johnson, Candace Haney) in the
competition vs. other schools on Long Island. The students have
participated in this competition for three consecutive years. They
worked after-school - and on Saturdays - to build their wind turbines
and create their presentation boards. The coaches were very proud of
the students' efforts and how they presented their knowledge of wind
turbines and wind power during the competition. High school students -
Edwin Manj, Samantha Alaimo, Sarah Suazo, Jimmy Lang, and Tommy Lang -
were also helpful in the development of the wind turbine models during
their time at JFK.
Zeus Retires Debates
On Wednesday, May 21st, Zeus visited JFK for the 6th Annual Zeus
Retires Debates. Zeus is retiring from being the leader of Mt. Olympus,
but is not naming his successor. The gods, goddesses and heroes of
Greece needed to persuade Zeus to select them. They made campaign
posters, researched their own strengths and their opponents weaknesses.
They memorized their speeches then debated in front of Zeus. A winner
from each period was selected.
JFK Talent Show
On Friday May 16th JFK Middle School hosted its annual talent show.
The show was hosted and directed by Mr. Scarola, Mr. Syrett and student
host Marco Cunha. The show included 12 student acts and 2 teacher acts.
First place went to Sydney Leary, 2nd to Edella Litvak, and 3rd to
Grace Carney & Amanda O'Neill. This was truly a wonderful event to
see students and teachers come together for an extraordinary evening.
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Congratulations Ms. Smith!
Ms. Smith 7th grade Social Studies teacher was recognized as VFW
Teacher of the Year. The ceremony was held at JFK Middle School during
the Patriot’s Pen Essay Awards Ceremony. Ms. Smith is an incredibly
talented teacher who is well deserving of this honor. JFK Middle School
is proud of Ms. Smith.
JFK Goes to DC
Students in the Junior Honor Society had a great trip to our nation’s
capital under the guidance of Ms. Mastellone! Everyone had a great
time visiting the monuments and taking in all the sights!
On Sat. May 3,2014 12 Students tackled the 32 foot wall. They climbed
with a level of challenge suited to his or her abilities and desires.
They also did the flying squirrel to build upon the group skills and
trust. It was a great trip!
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