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High School Musical, Jr.

Students participating in the Elementary Drama Program from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane performed in High School Musical, Jr. under the direction of Mr. Wibben. In this contemporary musical comedy, a popular high school basketball star (Troy) and a shy, academically gifted newcomer (Gabriella) discover that they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar. A short trailer for High School Musical, Jr. is available at VIDEO. Thanks to Mr. Levy for creating this trailer. Special thanks to Mr. Tom Weber for taking pictures during student rehearsals. They are available at Photo Gallery

 

 

Our Day at the Opera!

Students from across the district were the guests of the Metropolitan Opera Company at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as part of their participation in the 21st Century Activity: The MET: HD Live in Schools. The students were met by Education Department and trip organizer, Dan Marshall and two opera house tour guides.

The students, accompanied by their teacher chaperones (Mrs. McGrath, Ms. Kovacs, Ms. Sinisi, and Mr. Wibben) were divided into two groups; elementary students and middle/high school students, and taken on a tour of this huge facility. They were able to view a few minutes of a rehearsal happening on the huge stage of the 3,800 seat opera house and learned about the almost perfect acoustical properties of the house. They also saw the beautiful crystal chandeliers that hang in the lobby and theater, which were a gift from the Australian government for our country's assistance in World War II. They were then taken by elevator to several different floors underground, where they observed the costume shop, wig-makers, special effects machinery, scenery and lighting production, as well as props and paining. In addition, we visited rehearsal studios and learned about the children's chorus and their assigned dressing rooms. They also loved seeing the doors and the animals come through, when used in productions!

Our guides were very knowledgeable and answered many questions.  As we passed through the various underground tunnels, we even caught a glimpse of internationally known opera star Placido Domingo in a rehearsal. At the conclusion of our tour, we were taken into The Belmont Room, where we met 2004 Bethpage High School graduate Matt Rubin, the current assistant lighting director at the Met. He hold us about his path to his current career and how he often did work in technology during his high school years in Bethpage. A graduate of Hofstra University, he has traveled extensively and worked his way up to his current position. The students and teachers were able to ask him questions and pose for photographs.

Following a delicious lunch in the Lincoln Square area, the students boarded the bus for the trip home filled with information about this American Arts institution and looking forward to future opera experiences! 

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ELL Math Night 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Bethpage Schools celebrated their annual "Spring into Math" event with families of English Language Learners. Parents and students engaged in different activities and games that promoted mathematical language and literacy in school and in the home. The focus was on shape recognition, estimation, problem solving, logical thinking, number sense, and fun!

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Long Island Recorder Festival

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, thirty-three Bethpage students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Wibben, and Ms. Kovacs, our students joined over 150 students from across New York City and Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their families, friends, and the Long Island community.

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Astronomy and STEM Night

Elementary students and their families came out on a chilly Friday evening to Astronomy Night featuring stargazing, starry night planetarium show, and carnival. Mars and the moon as well as deep space nebula and spring constellation were visible in crystal clear skies. The Starnival games created and hosted by JFK members of the Astronomy Club were fun for all ages. The planetarium show shared images and stories of the spring night sky with our youngest astronomers and our more advanced engineers designed and tested model lunar landers. New this year were the Night at the STEM Museum exhibits which included a robotics demonstration and a 3-D printer demonstration as well as many interactive STEM experiences. Students programmed Bee Bot and Milo robots, tried to beat the black hole simulator and learned some fundamental STEM concepts during tabletop activities including Cool Copters, Tumbling Towers, Launchers, Balancing Butterflies and Bridges. Special thanks to the Project Astro astronomers, the Astronomy Night Committee, the BHS and JFK Robotics Clubs, the JFK Astronomy Club, the JFK Tech and Science departments, and all the students, faculty, and administrators who supported this special event!

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Argonauts Visit Cold Spring Harbor DNA Center

Students in the Argonauts Program at Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Center. The students studied mutations in fruit flies and extracted wheat germ DNA! The students had a fun and educational experience!

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Brain STEAM Ahead!

The Nassau County Math Teachers Association presents Brain STEAM Ahead! Parents and children will participate in hands-on activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The event will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Rushmore Ave School in Carle Place.  Have fun exploring and learning while building bridges, kaleidoscopes, paper airplanes, rockets, and much more!  For additional information, please refer to the flyer:  Brain STEAM Ahead!


21st Century: Learning About the Special Olympics

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, elementary school students from across the district met with Mrs. Tierney and Ms. Tierney to learn about the history and mission of the Special Olympics and a few different types of disabilities. Students also created motivational and encouraging posters to hang up when Bethpage Schools hosts the upcoming Special Olympics on May 20, 2017 and May 21, 2017. A great time was had by all of the participants!

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Read to Achieve

Grade 3 students throughout the district gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers, as well as create a mentorship between high school scholar athletes and elementary school students. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators and the scholar athletes regarding their favorite books and a discussion on why reading is so important on the road to success. The students also got the opportunity afterwards to shoot some hoops with the high school scholar athletes!

 

Grade 1 Students Thanksgiving Performance

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Kramer Lane's Grade 1 students took a trip out east to Martin Luther Terrace Community Center, a senior living complex located in Kings Park, New York.  Directed by Mr. Wibben and accompanied by Mrs. Seewald, Ms. Schmidt, and Ms. Meehan, the students performed Thanksgiving songs and dances for many of the senior citizens. The seniors enjoyed the show and the students were thrilled to share their love of song and dance!  

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Grade 3 Students Set Sail in STEM Raft Activity

On October 27, 2016, students in Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activity to enhance their study of buoyancy in Science. The purpose of this activity was to determine whether a raft with a larger sail or smaller sail would move faster in a tub of water using a hand-held fan. After an interactive SMART Board introduction, the students worked in cooperative learning groups. Colored illustrations on a laminated Lego activity placard guided students step-by-step in constructing their raft.  Students built the Lego raft with a smaller sail and then put the raft into a tub of water and turned on the fan to see how fast the raft would go.  Then, the students tried the larger sail using the same procedure. The students learned that the raft with the larger sail was able to catch more of the moving air. After completing the experiment, students worked on their Google Chromebooks to solve problems involving "area". Students also learned what makes an experiment a "fair test" through discussion on constants and variables in the experiment. They also had to think of what could be changed in the given experiment to make a raft travel even faster.  The students had a wonderful time completing this STEM activity!

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STEAM Museum Visits Kramer Lane

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Kramer Lane's gymnasium was transformed into a hands-on museum for the students.  This was a state-of-the-art, hands-on museum focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education. The students had fun at the various workstations to augment classroom lessons and to expose them to high-tech fields of study. Workstations included 3D Printing, Ozobot Workshop, Structures, Gears, Bike Generator, Friction Raceway, Newton's Cradle, Pythagorean Wheel, Build an Arch, and Big Trax. It was a fun and super learning opportunity for everyone involved!

 

 

 

Studying the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Students in Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class at Kramer Lane Elementary School recently completed a study on the life cycle of butterflies!  Students had the opportunity to see baby caterpillars turn into chrysalises and then into adult butterflies! Special thanks to the class mothers who facilitated the wonderful activity and for all of their preparation and to Mr. Arettines for creating the video below memorializing the event!

 

 

 

 

Maritime Festival

Bethpage High School held its annual Maritime Festival on May 18, 2016 and May 19, 2016 under the direction of Mr. Portuese. All of the Grade 3 students in the district came to Bethpage High School to learn about our ecosystem on Long Island. There were all kinds of workshops including a touch tank, fish painting, scuba diving, making rope, fish dissection, and Gilligan Island miniature golf! Special thanks to all of the Grade 3 students who joined us and to all of the Bethpage High School students who assisted the staff in running the festival! It was a great success!

 

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Kramer Lane Musicians Perform at NYSSMA

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 and Thursday, March 31, 2016, twenty Grade 5 students from Kramer Lane Elementary School participated in this year's NYSSMA festival. Students rehearsed their music several days a week with Mrs. Todor, Dr. Petruzzi, and Mr. Wibben during their music lessons or recess time. The students performed a solo, several scales, and had to sight-read a piece of music all in front of a NYSSMA judge. The judge evaluated the students on criteria such as tone, intonation, technique, accuracy of the notes/rhythm, tempo, phrasing, expression, and more! Two Grade 4 Kramer Lane students, Austin Xhong and Benjamin Friedrich also participated in NYSSMA on the piano earlier in the school year. Congratulations to all of the students on their hard work, successful performances, and outstanding scores!

 

Transforming Recycled Bottle Caps into a Landscape Mural

Students at Kramer Lane Elementary School had the opportunity to create a recycled mural made out of colorful bottle caps. Ms. Noskewicz had discussed with the students the importance of recycling and how many artists find recycled materials and reuse them to create beautiful artworks. Over the past couple of months, students were asked to bring in bottle caps from home to contribute to the mural. Along with the help of Leslie, from the Green Earth Co., over 3,000 bottle caps were used to create the landscape mural that is permanently displayed in the hallway at Kramer Lane. The fifth grade classes were able to "leave their mark" at Kramer Lane by contributing anti-bullying quotes that were placed in the center of each flower. A fun time was had by all!

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Elementary Musicians Perform at the Long Island Recorder Festival

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, select Grade 4 and Grade 5 students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools participated in this year's Long Island Recorder Festival. The students had the opportunity to perform alongside the top recorder players from Nassau and Suffolk County in a concert at Brentwood High School! Mr. Wibben was one of the special guest-conductors! Special thanks to the Bethpage PTA's for providing the students' wonderful matching shirts and to Mrs. Kovacs for chaperoning and helping the day run smoothly!

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All County Musicians

Eight fifth grade students from Kramer Lane Elementary School participated in this year's Division 1 East All County Music Festival.  The students got to perform alongside the top fifth grade musicians from Nassau County at the C.W. Post Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in January 2016.  Congratulations to Nahla Beltran (Division 1E All County Orchestra Musician); Emily Betwinek & Sophia Giafrancesco (Division 1E All County Band Musicians); Elena Vazquez, Victoria Leogrande, Mary Tsiokas, Anthony Falabella, & Russell Wetzler (Division 1E All County Chorus Musicians).

 

Read to Achieve

Bethpage High School welcomed the district's Grade 3 students for the annual Read to Achieve program.  Thanks to all the Bethpage High School sports team captains, who took the time to talk about their favorite books and to Joe Tierney for emphasizing academics in his remarks as emcee.  Thanks also to the Cheerleaders and the Kickline Team who came out to perform.  Students received a backpack with goodies and a Student Dictionary/Almanac compliments of the Lion's Club and Astoria Bank.  All the teachers involved gave a basketball clinic before the Grade 3 students had the opportunity to shoot hoops with the BHS students.  Thank you to Grade 3 teacher, Mr. Arettines for creating the slideshow highlighting the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Car Wash

The Kramer Lane Student Council along with Mrs. Cano and fifth grade students held its first car wash in order to raise money for the Relay for Life event which took place on Saturday, May 31st at the high school. Between car washes and donations, the students raised over $500.00 for the cause. Congrats Kramer Lane!!!

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Memorial Day Parade

Bethpage gathered to honor those who sacrificed so much for our nation. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Memorial Day Parade!

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Democracy In Action

The Bethpage School District thanks everyone who participated in our annual Democracy in Action program. Our student performers were wonderful and their teachers and parents should be very proud! Thanks to the PTA for organizing the Book Sale and to those who contributed to the Great American Bake Sale (especially Mrs. Marcis). It was a terrific event!

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Butterfly Video

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Aquarium Field Trip

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VFW Voice of Democracy

Kramer Lane was proud and honored as several fifth grade students were recently recognized as essay winners at the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Patriot Pen Essay Recognition Ceremony held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at JFK Middle School. Thank you to the VFW for once again holding the essay contest where students responded to the topic of "What Patriotism Means to Me." Congratulations to all of the students from Bethpage who were recognized.

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Family Math Day

Bethpage once again hosted the County Family Math Day and over 700 people turned out for a great and exciting event! It was a day of activities demonstrating the importance and fun of math! Great job to all the teachers, students and administrators who volunteered and to Mr. Titolo for organizing the day! Thanks also to our terrific custodial crew for their hard work!

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Students Get Laptops

Bethpage ELL students received laptop computers courtesy of a grant written by Mrs. Mineiro and Ms. De Napoli. Everyone was very enthused and they will go to great use!

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Community Walk

The Fit and Fun initiative kicked off with a Community Walk. It was a great first event attended by almost 300 people! More events can be found on the calendar at: http://www.bethpage.ws/docs/fitness/

Join us as the entire community works together to promote health and wellness

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March Music Month

Bethpage Association of Music sponsored a district wide "March is Music In Our School's Month" activity to raise awareness of the importance of Music In Our Schools. Students responded to the theme of "Music Makes Me____". Bethpage Association of Music would like to thank the music departments for their enthusiasm in decorating the halls and raising awareness among the students in this activity. Congratulations to all that participated and to the winners who received a certificate and I Tunes gift card as follows:

BHS: Melissa Unsal, JFK: Hunter Bedard, CCS: Erin Conway, CBS: Cassandra Astarita, KLS: Kimberly Kraeling

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Recognition of Excellence

Bethpage had a special evening as ten graduating seniors chosen by the BHS faculty paid tribute to an elementary, middle and high school teacher who had an impact on them. The ten students were chosen for their all around school spirit and success in school and they did a great job in their speeches. It was a terrific evening for the students and their parents as well as the teachers. We are proud of all of them.

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SEPTA Game Night

A good time was had by all during the Annual SEPTA Game Night! Thanks to all the participants and the volunteers!

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A Day in the Life of a Penguin

The Kramer Lane first grade students spent "A Day in the Life of a Penguin Parent". After completing a science unit about penguins in the Southern Hemisphere each child brought to school a hard boiled egg which they carried with them at all times throughout the day with the challenge of not cracking the egg. The children were able to experience how difficult it is for a penguin mom and dad to keep their egg safe under the most grueling of weather conditions. Most of the children were quite successful maintaining a crack-free egg by day's end.

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Read Day

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Jack at Carnegie Hall

JFK student Jack Kemperle recently performed a piano solo at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Playing pieces from Mozart, Jack wowed the audience with his performance! Congratulations!

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All County Music

Congratulations to the 39 Bethpage students who participated in the All-County Music Festival at the Tilles Center. It was a fantastic evening!

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Islanders Players Visit Kramer Lane

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Martin Luther Terrace Community

On Thursday, November 21st Kramer Lane's 1st Grade students took a trip out east to Martin Luther Terrace Community Center, a Senior living complex in Kings Park, NY. Accompanied by Mr. Wibben, Mrs. Siegel, Mrs. Seewald and Mrs. Cavallo, the students performed Thanksgiving songs and dances for over 60 senior citizens. The seniors enjoyed the show and the students were thrilled to share their love of music.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving

Congratulations to Mr. Wibben and the Kramer Lane 1st Grade students on their outstanding Thanksgiving Feast Performance. The singing, dancing, and costumes were adorable! Well done!

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Read to Achieve

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Fourth Graders Attend the 11th Annual PEAK Festival

On Saturday, November 16th, twelve fourth graders, chosen by their music teachers at Central Boulevard and Charles Campagne, attended the 11th Annual All-County PEAK Festival at Freeport High School. The morning was filled with workshops such as Chorus, Hand Chimes, African Drumming, Time for Orff, and Just Dance, where students learned about music making and working together. Bryanna Ackerman, Damon Alarcon, Lauren Andruzzi, Ruchitha Channapatra, Suchitha Channapatra, Santina Lonardo, Brian Lunetto, Gianna Mirabelli, Shane Nikas, Thomas Pelcher, Alyssa Perez, and Sadhika Singh want to thank Ms. Kovacs and Mr. O'Connor for such an unforgettable day!

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Kramer Students Sing for Islanders

119 Kramer Lane students performed American the Beautiful for a big crowed at the Nassau Coliseum. The crowd loved the performance! Everything was arranged by our terrific music teacher Mr. Wibben. Thanks to him and the students for a great show!

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Preamble Challenge

Kramer Lane students participated in the annual "Preamble Challenge" as a celebration of Constitution Day on September 17, 2013. Students successfully recited the preamble challenge for Ms. McCarthy and recieved a certificate recognizing their accomplishment. Congratulations!!!"

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New Teacher Orientation

Welcome to the newest staff members in Bethpage! An orientation day was organized by Ms. Lavelle and featured a bus tour of Bethpage with Mr. Clark as the tour guide and it included a stop at Cablevision. We wish all our new teachers and teaching assistants the best as they join a terrific faculty and staff!

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Kramer Lane Moves On

Congratulations to our Fifth Graders on their Moving On Ceremony! Everything was terrific and the teachers and Mrs. McCarthy are very proud of them! We wish them all the best at JFK!

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Kindergarten students at Kramer Lane enjoyed their annual "Teddy Bear Picnic" on Friday, June 14th. Students, along with their classmates and parents, had an opportunity to stuff and decorate their very own bear. In addition, students sang several songs under the direction of Kramer Lane's music teacher Mr. Wibben which featured solo appearances by a few of our kindergarten students. A special thank you to Kramer Lane kindergarten teachers Mrs. Cavallo, Mrs. Kenney, and Ms. Sarube. A wonderful time was had by all.

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Safety Town

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PTA Dinner

The Bethpage Council of PTA's held a beautiful dinner for new officers and to honor many people for their long service to the students of Bethpage. The dinner was coordinated by Mrs. Lena Ritchie and Mrs. Carmela Ambrosio. They honored Mrs. Lisa Mastanduno with a special lifetime service award and she was joined by her family. Earlier in the evening Mrs. Mastanduno gave a moving speech about how the entire school community assisted her in raising her children and how grateful she was. She will be missed in PTA! PTA Council also honored retiring Board of Ed members Tom Frost and Joel Dauman for their years of service and then honored Mr. DeTommaso for his dedication to Bethpage. Each PTA honored retirees including Billie Rothberg, Leslie Schreiber, Nanette Girolamo, Maddy Landau, Linda Link and Carol Leonardi. It was a terrific evening. Thanks to Bethpage PTA!

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Maritime Festival

If you ever plan on putting out grass seed wait until the Maritime festival dates are announced, you'll be sure to have rain! Despite the weather the Maritime Festival docked at Bethpage High School last week. The Forensic Science students put mysteries aside to change gears and become instructors in Marine Science. It was an opportunity for many high school seniors to gain experience as teachers. They did a phenomenal job educating all the district's third graders about the sea life found around our beautiful island. Mr. Hack (aka SCUBA Steve) amazed the visitors in our pool, while Mrs. Rankin and her students taught the third graders all about plankton and the marine food web. A highlight of the day was a 34" stripped bass caught by Mr. Carroll. Hats off to all the high school custodial and maintenance staff that help to make this yearly event such a success.

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Family Math Night

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Democracy in Action

Talented students from around the district showed off their considerable talents in the Annual Democracy in Action showcase. Singers, musicians, dancers and artists were all involved. They were fantastic! Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who assisted in the planning of the event. Thanks to those who contributed to the Great American Bake Sale and thanks also to the PTA for organizing the book sale. It was a wonderful celebration of democracy!

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Argonaut Field Trip to Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center

Prior to our visit educators from the Cold Spring Harbor DNA center visited each of the elementary schools and we explored what DNA was as well as created our own Baggy cells out of gelatin, beans, string, and spaghetti. Each item represented parts of the cell. During our visit to the center, we extracted DNA from bacterial cells and used microscopes to identitfy the genetic mutations of fruit flies. It was an informative and thought provoking, fabulous day!

Our chaperones Mrs. Marcis, Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs. Sedeita and Mrs. McGuire had a great time as well.

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Science Fair

On Wednesday, May 8th, Kramer Lane held its annual Science Fair. This year students in grades kindergarten through second grade presented an experiment done within the classroom under the direction of the classroom teachers. Students in grades three through five completed either individual or group experiments outside the classroom with the help and direction of their classroom teachers. All were presented for viewing in the evening for parents and families to admire. Additionally this year, the third through fifth grade classes presented their experiments to the kindergarten through second grade classes within the classrooms. This provided the older students the opportunity to discuss and present their experiments in front of an audience while providing the younger children a look ahead into their science fair future. The students thoroughly enjoyed the sharing experience. Congratulations to all of the students and teachers for a job well done!

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Aidan’s World Tournament

Aidan Considine recently competed at the Karate World Tournament in Quebec where he did very well. Aidan was later interviewed for television and spoke with great poise and maturity. You can click here to watch: http://tva.canoe.ca/emissions/salutbonjour/chroniques/sbwe/extras/188086/un-jeune-prodige-en-studio#.UX6TTVC2oO0.email

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Trivia Challenge

Every year the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc holds a county-wide Trivia Challenge event. Trivia Challenge is an academic fundraising event that combines education, philanthropy and a good time. Trivia Challenge, currently celebrating its 28th Anniversary, takes place on the Elementary, Junior High, and High School levels. It is one of UCPN’s most successful and exciting fundraisers. The competition is known as the event “where students with great minds and good hearts raise funds for UCPN.” Participating students, in teams of four, take the 100-question Trivia Challenges written test. It covers a wide variety of subjects from academics to popular culture. The test takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Students raise money for UCPN by asking their family and friends to sponsor them to take the test and we offer students many exciting fundraising prizes. The highest scoring team from each school is then invited to compete in the county-wide Trivia Challenge Championship held at their agency. This year, the following students from Kramer Lane, under Mrs. Caliguri's guidance, entered the contest:

Fourth graders came in 3rd place in Nassau County with David Hedquist, Anthony Ippolito, and Jonathan Friedrich.

Fifth graders came in 7th place in Nassau County with Jacklyn Lacroix, Karissa Sanfratello, Juzer Vasi and Alex Dupre (CBS).

We are proud of their accompishment

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Reading Day

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Ace the Fox Visits Kramer Lane

Students at Kramer Lane were pleasantly surprised on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 with a visit from "Ace the Fox," Bethpage's food service company Aramark's mascot. In celebration of Nutrition Month, Ace paid a visit to students to share the message that making healthy food choices and excercise are the key ingredients to a healthy life. Many students received small give-aways reiterating Ace's message. The students loved his visit!!!

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Anti-Bully Week

As part of the district's annual "Anti-Bully Week," Kramer Lane students in grades 3-5 were visited by the middle school students and faculty on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 for an informative presentation. Small groups of middle school students along with two faculty members presented a program to each class of Kramer students on the effects of bullying and how to be an upstander. After their presentation, students worked on an activity together which is displayed in Kramer Lane's main hallways. The elementary students enjoyed their visit from the middle school. In turn, the elementary students in grades K-2 were then visited by the students in grades 3-5 later in the week to read a book and take part in an activity. Overall students loved working and learning from their older peers. A great time was had by all!!! Thank you JFK!

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Family Math Day

Thanks to all the teacher, administrator, parent and student volunteers who made Family Math Day such a success! Bethpage was proud to host this event. Congratulations to our Math Director Mr. Titolo for the quality of the event. Thanks to our food service, custodial and security staff!

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Dr. Charlie

In celebration of Dental Health Month, Kramer Lane kindergarten and first grade students were surprised with a visit from Dr. Charlie Pillar from Dentistry for Children and Adolescents in Plainview on Thursday, February 21st. Dr. Charlie along with his assistant Lynn, discussed proper dental health care, the importance of eating healthy foods, and what happens during a visit to the dentist. Dr. Charlie's magic tricks were not only impressive but had the children excited and amazed. Thank you Dr. Charlie!

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Reflections

Kramer Lane is proud to announce this year's winners for the annual "Reflections" contest sponsored by the National PTA. The winners in the area of literature were John Tangel from Mrs. Wessinger's class and Ryan Gallego from Mr. Arettines's class. In the area of visual arts, the winners were Elena Vazquez from Mrs. Wessinger's class and Amanda Li from Mrs. Morelli's class. Each winner received a letter from the Nassau Region PTA, a gift card from the Kramer Lane PTA, a certificate of participation, and a blue ribbon. Each winner has their work displayed in the Kramer Lane showcase outside the main office. Please stop by to take a look. We are very proud of not only our winners but of all those students who participated in the contest this year. Kramer Lane had over ninety participants. Great work Kramer!!!

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Family Math Day

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Challenger Basketball

The Bethpage Challenger Basketball team was treated to a day of training and practice with the Wizards, a professional basketball team that will be playing in Bethpage later this school year. The Wizards were great instructors and we learned a lot! The big home game for the Challenger Team is February 26. Everyone is invited to attend!

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Music Festival

Congratulations to the 47 Bethpage students who participated in the recent Nassau Music Educators Association All County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center. We were proud of our student performers as well as Mr. Eric Kay who was chairperson of the orchestra. Nice going!

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Cradle of Aviation

On January 12, 2012, 21 fourth and fifth graders from Kramer Lane participated in a model airplane competition at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Participants gathered for a presentation on aerodynamics and tips for flying the model airplanes. The presentation was presented by engineers from the Long Island section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). After the presentation, each team of three students built one model airplane together, with each member working on a part. The planes are the Delta Dart model and are made of balsa wood and craft paper. It is powered by a wound rubber band. There is gluing, measuring and cutting with scissors involved. Since this was a team building experience, the goal was for students to accomplish the task independent of adult help, and they did an excellent job.

The teams then participated in the competition, which consisted of four tasks. The 4 stations were Endurance (how long the plane stays in the air), Navigation (fly the plane through an obstacle course), Target (fly the plane to hit the target), and Runway (try to fly and land the plane on a runway.)

We had one team that placed second in the competition, and they received trophies for their hard work: Alexis Guarino, Jesse Flanagan, and Olivia Solano. Congratulations to the girls and to all of the students for their hand work and participation in a fun-filled day. Thank you to the teachers and monitors who helped make the day possible: Mrs. Yale, Mrs. Dionne, Mrs. Cano, Ms. Tracy, Mrs. Marotta, and Mrs. Shea.

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Toy Drive

The Kramer Lane Kindergartners sponsored their Annual Holiday Toy Drive during the month of December. Each year they collect new, unwrapped toys that are distributed to children right here on Long Island. This year, more than ever, Long Island families needed our support. The toys went to The Lexibean Foundation for their Annual Holiday party at Cohen's Children's Hospital and to an agency that holds an annual holiday party for Long Island's homeless children that is run by Kathy Liguori. We thank the community for all of their donations.

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Red Ribbon

Kramer Lane students worked diligently to create Anti-drug/Making Healthy Choices posters during our Annual Red Ribbon Week. The students in the photo are the winners of the contest. Thanks to the Kramer Lane PTA each student received a gift card to Target. Nice work everyone."

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Guessing Game

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Athletes Helping Athletes

Athletes Helping Athletes Student Leaders visited the 5th graders at Kramer Lane. This photo was taken today during a presentation which focused on - the acquisition of 'life skills' and values through our Student Leaders participation in sports, as well as discussing how they are applied in other aspects of their lives. Student Leaders also engaged the 5th graders in a series of 'Ice Breaking' activities with the 5th grade students. It was an enjoyable day for everyone!

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Astronomy Night

Bethpage held its 9th Annual Astronomy Night and it was a huge success! Thanks to the students who volunteered to run the workshops and worked side by side with the teachers and administrators! Thanks to Mrs. Yale, Mr. Pollatos, Mr. Zabell and all the teachers who came out. For number ten, we promise to have great weather!

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Safe Halloween

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Preamble Challenge

Kramer Lane students participated in the annual "Preamble Challenge" during the celebration of Constitution Day on Friday, September 14, 2012. All of the students were successful in reciting the preamble. Congratulations to all who participated.

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Bethpage Polo

21st Century students attended a polo match at Bethpage State Park. Everyone had a good time watching the “Sport of Kings.” A beautiful rainbow appeared during the match and students enjoyed the “stomping of the divots” at half-time. The game’s announcer gave a big shout out to the Bethpage students for attending!

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National Peace Day

In celebration of "National Peace Day" on Friday, September 21, 2012, fourth graders at Kramer Lane celebrated by creating peace pinwheels which included writing their hope for peace on the wheels. The pinwheels were displayed on the walkway outside the main lobby entrance to Kramer Lane for viewing by families at dismissal time.

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Moving On Ceremony

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"Special Person's Day

Kramer Lane held its annual "Special Person's Day" on Friday, May 18, 2012. As part of the celebration, all second graders performed in "Once Upon a Lily Pad," a story of acceptance and fitting in. Led and directed by Kramer Lane's music teacher, Mr. Wibben, students performed songs with dances, held individual speaking parts, and created costumes to fit their roles. With the assistance of several classroom teachers, Ms. Rossini, Mrs. Letter, Mrs. Oster, and Mrs. Dionne, and along with art teacher, Mrs. Norris, all came together for a fantastic performance. A special thank you to Mr. Wibben for his time, coordination, and hard work in putting this performance together. Wonderful job second grade!

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Democracy in Action

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Science Fair

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Art Show

Kramer Lane held its annual Art Show on April 3, 2012. Under the direction of Kramer Lane's art teacher, Mrs. Norris, every student from the building had at least one piece of artwork on display. Many parents and individuals from the community visited the show and appreciated the hard work of our students.

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Planting

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 at Kramer Lane assisted in helping to plant fresh annuals in the front beds in an effort the add beautiful color to the front grounds of the school. With the help and assistance from Kramer Lane PTA members, Mrs. Vasi and Mrs. Palzer-Lee, students volunteered their recess time to give a helping hand. The beds look terrific and are ready to welcome all those who will be attending our "Special Person's Day" on Friday, May 18, 2012. Thank you to all those who volunteered their time.

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International Feast

The 4th grade students at Kramer Lane participated in an International Feast on Thursday May 3rd. After the students researched a country of their ancestry, they created PowerPoint presentations about their counties to share with their parents. Under the direction of Mr. Wibben, the music teacher, students in Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs. Dionne and Mrs. Swartz's classes performed dances from around the world. The students and their guests then sampled foods from around the world at the feast. All the students and guests had a wonderful time and enjoyed "traveling around the world" without ever leaving Bethpage!

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Recognition of Excellence Dinner

At our Annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner, nine Bethpage High School students chose an elementary, middle and high school teacher who had a positive influence on them. It was a great night as the students spoke with great poise and maturity and the teachers were recognized for their long hours and dedication to assisting children. Thanks to everyone including the BHS Jazz Ensemble for their stellar performance! The parents had much to be proud of on this evening!

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Youth Lacrosse Clinic

Over 250 youngsters came out to participate in the Battle at Bethpage Youth Lacrosse Clinic. Youngsters were treated to small group instruction on lacrosse skills from the talented players of Drexel and UMass. Thanks to all the college players for helping us with our game. Special thanks to Drexel Coach Voelker and UMass Coach Canella for coming out with their teams and talking to the children about athletics and the importance of good school habits. We also appreciate all the BHS athletes who assisted with the event! It was fantastic!

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Author Visit

The Bethpage elementary schools welcomed famous children's author Jerry Pallotta for their recent annual Author Visit. Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. All students received their own personal copy of one of Mr. Pallotta's books from each building's PTA organization. He was a wonderful presenter and the children enjoyed him very much.

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5-A-Day Nutrition Challenge

All Kramer Lane students participated in a 5-A-Day Nutrition Challenge to promote Nutrition/Wellness Awareness Month. Students were asked to try new fruits and vegetables for five days and fill out chart listing what they have tried. All students who completed the challenge were entered into a contest to win a gift card to Target. Two students from each class were chosen as winners who are pictured above. We would like to congratulate all of the Kramer Lane students for trying new and healthy choices of food.

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Boat Show

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Voice of Democracy

Congratulations to the winners of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest. The students created works on patriotism that were reviewed by the veterans. We congratulate our winners and appreciated the service of all our veterans!

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Lion Visit

Students at Kramer Lane Elementary School were visited by a special guest today during their lunch periods to mark the kick-off of Health and Nutrition month. "Luke the Lion," one of the district's food service company Whitson's mascots, was the hit of the day as he spent time during the lunch periods visiting the students while promoting healthy eating. The students were very excited and took part in the word challenges which were promoted and offered by Whitsons. Thanks for the visit Luke!

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Family Math Day

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Reading Across Bethpage

On March 2, 2012, all the district's schools celebrated the joy of reading in our annual "Read Across Bethpage Day." Students in all five buildings enjoyed a number of fun and exciting activities from author visits to reading with younger classmates to listening to our wonderful guest readers. It was a great day for everyone!

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Anti-Bullying

Students and faculty at Kramer Lane took part in a number of activities during our recent district focused Anti-Bully week. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 visited the younger students in grades K, 1, and 2 and acted out the story "One" by Kathryn Otoshi which focused on the concept of being an upstander versus a bystander in a bully type situation. After the older students acted out the story, they were paired together with a younger student and worked together to create an anti-bully poster based on the story. The students enjoyed collaborating together and the older students certainly enjoyed being role models for the younger ones. The teachers and students worked diligently to prepare their presentations for the younger grades prior to the day. Job well done

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Read Across Bethpage

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Arts Alive 2012

On Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, Kramer Lane, and JFK Middle School attended the annual Arts Alive Conference at the LI Boces Cultural Arts Center in Syosset. Students took classes in dance, musical theater, physical theater, lighting, writing, painting, fashion design, composing, and acting with professionals and educators from NYC and Long Island. All of the students learned a lot about the arts and a wonderful time.

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Holiday Sing Along

On Thursday, December 22nd fourth and fifth graders from Kramer Lane Elementary School enjoyed a 21st Century event as they traveled to The Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Plainview for a holiday sing-a-long. Accompanying the students were Kramer Lane teachers Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs. Cavallo, and Ms. Sarube. The children sang holiday songs and gave the residents candy canes. The holiday spirit was felt by all!

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Toys for Tots

The Kindergarten classes at Kramer Lane once again sponsored a school wide toy drive. The donated toys were forwarded to Toys for Tots to be distributed to needy families on Long Island. Pictured here with their classes are kindergarten teachers Mrs. Peggy Cahill, Mrs. Cynthia Cavallo, Mrs. Deborah Sarube and Mrs. Carrie Kenney (not pictured).

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Metropolitan Opera

On November 19th, students from Central Blvd. Elementary School, Charles Champagne Elementary School, Kramer Lane Elementary School, and JFK Middle School attended the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Program. Accompanying the students for this 21st Century trip were Mrs. McGrath and Ms. Austin. We saw Glass’s Satyagraha at the Westbury UA Theater. For many of the participants it was their first Opera. We were all truly captivated by this performance despite the lack of subtitles. Many audience members complimented the Bethpage students on their spectacular behavior and interest in opera. They were also thrilled to hear that we are the only school district in Long Island that participates in the Metropolitan Opera partnership. Everyone is looking forward to the next Opera, which will be held in December.

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News 12 Field Trip

Students in Mrs. Dionne, Mrs. Caliguri, and Mrs. Swartz's fourth grade classes visited the News 12 Studios during the month of November. They were taken on a tour of the studio, where they got to see the control room, newsroom, graphics studio, and news studio. Graphic artists, editors, program directors, and on-air talent gave the children a glimpse into how a newscast is put together and what role they play in making it a success. Students got to speak to the weather reporter and even got to test out the blue screen where he does his weather forecast. It was a great learning experience and the students had a memorable time!

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Giving Thanks

All first graders at Kramer Lane Elementary School enjoyed a wonderful celebration at their Annual Thanksgiving Feast held on Friday, November 18, 2011. The students, under the direction of Kramer's very own music teacher Mr. Wibben, performed three Thanksgiving songs with movement and enthusiasm. Dressed in costume, all students then had the opportunity to feast on the traditional foods served on Thanksgiving Day. A very special thank you to first grade teachers Mrs. Siegel, Mrs. Seewald, and Ms. Schmidlapp for their help in organizing such a wonderful celebration and all of the families who donated their time in preparing the foods. A wonderful time was had by all. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Lions Club Dictionary Project

Kramer Lane third graders recently received personal student dictionaries from the Vice-President of the Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club, Mr. George Hannau. In cooperation with Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Mr. Hannau helped to secure the books for our students. The dictionaries were presented to each student by Mr. Clark, Mr. Hannau, and Ms. Kaur from Astoria Federal Savings Bank. Students were extremely excited and expressed their gratitude for Mr. Hannau's gift.

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Safe Halloween at BHS

Congratulations to the Bethpage PTA for another outstanding Safe Halloween Party! There were over 1,000 people who attended! Thanks to all our volunteers, including all the students, parents and teachers who assisted. Thanks also to our Custodial Crew which had to clean up our big mess! It was a great evening. And a little scary!

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Homecoming

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600-Minute Summer Reading Contest

Over the summer, many Kramer Lane students participated in the "600-Minute Summer Reading Contest."   Upon their return to the new school year, those who participated in the contest were acknowledged with a certificate and prize, provided by the Kramer Lane P.T.A.  Pictured along with the participants are Kramer Lane's principal, Ms. McCarthy, and Reading Specialist, Mrs. Tina.  Congratulations to all those who participated!

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Cool at School: Kramer Lane Students Make Applesauce

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Constitution Day

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Preamble Challenge Winners

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National Peace Day

Students in Ms. Caliguri's fourth grade class at Kramer Lane celebrated National Peace Day by publically singing to the Kramer Lane faculty and student body the song "A Time for Peace." Our very own new music teacher, Mr. Wibben, spent time teaching the song to the students and proudly performed alongside them in the Kramer Lane main office over the PA system. A peaceful day was had by all.

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Bethpage's Newest Teachers

Congratulations to the new faculty members of the Bethpage School District. They all attended the New Teacher Orientation program where they learned a great deal about our community. Then they took a bus tour narrated by Superintendent Terrence Clark with stops at Cablevision and Northrop-Grumman. The day was arranged by Ms. Lavelle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and everyone is looking forward to the new school year!

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Bethpage Means Business

21st Century students learned about economics first hand from some of our town’s business leaders. Students visited Cablevision, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Central Ave. Deli and asked questions about the corporate structure, impact of the recession, major costs of doing business and what was the key to success. Our hosts at each stop were very gracious and provided the students with promotional goods and food! The students were accompanied by Mr. Clark, Mr. DeTommaso, Mrs. Marcis and Mr. Schneider, the new Principal of JFK Middle School. It was a great day!

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Remembering Lexie

The Kramer Lane family remembered our dear friend Lexie Falabella at a ceremony attended by hundreds of people. A bench in Lexie's honor was dedicated at the front entrance of Kramer Lane. Lexie was a special person who touched the lives of many people. On hand were her parents, siblings and grandmother as well as classmates, teachers and Mrs. Costa. Lexie's family has started the Lexiebean Foundation to assist families and children battling cancer.

It was a fitting tribute to our friend Lexie whom we miss very much.

Moving On Ceremony

Everyone enjoyed the 5th Grade Moving Up ceremony today.  Congratulations to all our students and thanks to the parents, teachers and staff!  The JFK faculty is really looking forward to having you all at the middle school next year!

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Argonauts Trip Caumsett State Park

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Maritime Festival

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Relay For Life

The Bethpage community once again came together to raise funds via the annual Relay for Life.  Over $90,000 was raised.  Thousands of people showed up on a beautiful evening and worked to defeat cancer.  There was a special remembrance of our friend Simon Jambrone, BHS Senior who recently passed away.  We all miss him very much.  Congratulations to Judy Wichter and her incredible team that includes Kevin, Lenny, Alicia, Jen and many, many others.  Thanks to all the students and parents who came out to support the cause and thanks to Mr. Healy for his bagpipe performance.  It was a great evening!  Special thanks to Robbie Rosen from American Idol for stopping by and singing the national anthem.

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