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Kramer Lane Elementary School

1 Kramer Lane
Plainview, NY 11803

PRINCIPAL: Ms. Kerri McCarthy

Main Office:
516-644-4500 (Phone)
516-933-4639 (Fax)



In the News

Argonauts Visit Long Island Aquarium

Students in the Argonauts program from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the Long Island Aquarium. During their visit, they saw the Butterfly Exhibit, watched a Sea Lion Show, and explored an Estuary.  Special thanks to Science Enrichment Teacher, Mrs. Marcis for organizing this educational and fun trip!

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Kramer Lane Students Present Living Wax Museum

Student John McCarthy has his own telescope at home and enjoys marveling at starry nights and learning about space.

So when it came time for the second-grader in Julie Schmidlapp’s class to select a historical American subject for the Kramer Lane Elementary School Living Wax Museum, it was a no-brainer for him. He chose famous astronomer and NASA contributor Carl Sagan.

“I’m very interested in astronomy and enjoy reading books about him,” McCarthy said.

The museum culminated a second-grade project at the school that enforced students’ skills in research, writing, history and creativity. Once they had selected their historical figures, the students researched them in the school library and online.

“They had to complete an independent report and create a timeline of their subject’s life,” explained second-grade teacher Andrea Morelli. “They also had to write out a first-person summary for the presentation, where they dressed up and delivered a monologue for visitors.”

At the press of a button, museum-goers received an informative monologue from the students about their researched figures. Several dug far back in history for their subject, such as Pahal Sheth, who conducted in-depth research on Harriet Tubman.

“I am even going to be on the $20 bill,” Sheth told visitors.

The event ended on a sweet note for passersby as Milton Hershey – portrayed by Sean Caputo – handed out his beloved Hershey’s Kisses after his monologue. 

Author Visit At Kramer Lane 

Students at Kramer Lane Elementary School recently received a visit from children’s illustrator and author John Steven Gurney as part of the school’s Pick a Reading Partner celebration.

During the PTA-sponsored visit, Gurney described how he began his career as a children’s book illustrator, collaborating with his editor to figure out what he would draw for the cover of the stories and refining his work through the editing process. He shared some of the techniques and tools he used to add color to his drawings, which were often modeled after his children and friends. He also showed students samples of his artwork and read his famous book, “Dinosaur Train,” that was inspired by his son.  

At the conclusion of the visit, all students received autographed copies of Gurney’s books, courtesy of the PTA.


Grade 5 Pianists 

During the month of March, Kramer Lane Elementary School's Grade 5 students have been learning how to play the piano in Mr. Wibben's music class.  The students have been learning the history of the piano, proper hand position and technique, and how to play several songs. Students are able to hear themselves play their keyboards through their headphones so that they do not distract their peers. They read sheet music, which Mr. Wibben has showed the students how they can access through their Google Chromebooks. Several times during the class, the students are instructed to unplug their headphones and play songs or exercises on the SMART Board aloud as a class. Eventually, the students become confident enough to perform their songs by themselves in front of the entire class for a grade.  The keyboards were generously donated by a Kramer Lane family and their generosity is sincerely appreciated by Ms. McCarthy, Mr. Wibben, and the Grade 5 students who enjoy playing them each music class!



Brown Bag Seminar- Cookie the Therapy Dog

Back by popular demand, Cookie the Therapy Dog paid a visit to first grade students as part of the Kramer Lane Brown Bag Series. Students enjoyed learning about Cookie and the great work she does in hospitals, nursing homes and schools across Long Island. In addition, they learned about caring for Cookie and observed her skills in finding treats and performing an assortment of tricks. Thanks Cookie!!

Assembly- Christopher Agostino's StoryFaces

In celebration of PARP month, all students at Kramer Lane enjoyed a visit from "StoryFaces" with Christopher Agostino. Students enjoyed watching stories come to life with wonderful and creative face paintings done on several student volunteers. From traditional Aesop Fables to exciting legends and tales, the students were mesmerized by Mr. Agostino's face painting and storytelling abilities. A wonderful time was had by all.

3rd Grade Valentines for Veterans

Kramer Lane 3rd grade students participated in Nassau County's 'Valentine's For Veterans' with Ms. Noskewicz in art. This program collects handmade valentines from across the county for veterans living in hospitals and nursing homes. Each student included drawings and words of appreciation for the sacrifices that US veterans have made for our country.

Celebrating 100 Days of Learning in Bethpage

Kindergartners throughout the district commemorated their 100th day of learning by participating in a day full of activities on Feb. 13. 

To prepare for the day, students created eclectic projects based on the theme of “100.” They fashioned plants using 100 lollipops, glued 100 items – including crayons, stickers and Band-Aids – to T-shirts, and made a large Hershey’s Kiss out of 100 of the bite-sized chocolate candies.

During the celebration, the young students engaged in lessons that incorporated math, literacy and creativity. They practiced counting by tens to craft a monster with 10 different body parts, made necklaces with 100 Froot Loops as beads and built a tower out of 100 plastic cups, among other activities. They also designed “100 Days Smarter” crowns and medals and used their sight words to write about what they have learned in their first 100 days of school. 

Carrying the theme over to their wardrobe, the kindergartners paraded through the hallways sporting clothing and accessories that represented the milestone number and dressed as centenarians complete with canes, hair rollers and glasses. 

Movie Night

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the Kramer Lane Elementary School PTA hosted a Movie Night open to all grades. All students received popcorn and cookies in their special movie boxes. The children thoroughly enjoyed the showing of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and entered a chance to win prizes by guessing the amount of candy in various jars. The PTA committee did a wonderful job decorating and made sure the kids had a fun night out! Over 200 students and parents enjoyed the movie and snacks courtesy of the PTA. Special thanks to our security guard, Phil, and the Kramer Lane custodial team for helping to make this event a success! What a memorable evening!

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Good Morning Kramer Lane Premieres!

On Friday, December 22, 2017, Kramer Lane Elementary School's first-ever live morning broadcast show took place! "Good Morning Kramer Lane" was born and was broadcast to each classroom.  Under the direction of Mr. Wibben and production of Mr. Gamman, the show was hosted by the Grade 5 Student Council.  During the ten-minute broadcast, the student leaders led the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance, shared lunch menu options, revealed the winner of the Festive Holiday Sweater Contest, and played a trivia game.  Congratulations to Ms. Maria on winning the Festive Holiday Sweater Contest and Ms. Schmidt's Grade 1 class for winning the trivia game!  Stay tuned for Episode 2 in the future!  Happy Holidays!

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Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane: Episode 1

Cracking the Code

Across the district, students in grades 3-5 practiced their computer science skills by participating in an Hour of Code on Dec. 6.

According to its website, Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Computer Science Education Week and that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. 

David Schneider, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Technology, and Andrew Choi, Director of Technology, broadcast live to each third-, fourth- and fifth-grade elementary classroom from the Bethpage High School television studio, where they explained the purpose of the Hour of Code and described the coding students would be doing.

Using their school-issued Chromebooks, students logged on to to complete missions in Minecraft, programming characters with coding blocks to move through mazes. 


21st Century: Origami Basics

On December 4, 2017 and December 6, 2017, students in Grades 4 & 5 from across the district's elementary schools participated in an Origami Basics activity after school under the direction of Mr. Zabell, our district's very own "Origami Swami".  Students learned about different types of folding techniques and created models such as a cup, pinwheel, paper balloon, and crane!  Students enjoyed their time creating the various models while learning a bit about the history and fine art of Origami. 

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Parent's Night Out

On Friday, December 1, 2017, Bethpage Schools hosted our first ever "Parent's Night Out". Parents were welcome to drop off their elementary school children to Bethpage High School for an evening of fun activities, board games, karaoke, movies, sports, and of course, pizza!  All funds raised will support the Bethpage High School Girl's Softball team.  The event could not have run without the organization of Ms. Tierney, several other colleagues, and members of the Girl's Softball team.  

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Read to Achieve

On Monday, November 20, 2017, Bethpage Schools held its annual Read to Achieve program where all of the Grade 3 students in the school district visit Bethpage High School to listen to our scholar-athlete captains talk about the importance of sportsmanship, doing well in school, and READING! After a demonstration by the Kickline and Cheerleaders and a visit by our Golden Eagle himself, the Grade 3 students got to shoot hoops with the captains! It was a spectacular day! Thanks to everyone involved!

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21st Century: Escape Room in a Box #2

On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, ten students in Grade 5 met with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi after school to take part in Kramer Lane Elementary School's second "Escape Room in a Box" challenge. Students were challenged to locate and use clues, hints, and their knowledge to open a locked box to discover its contents.  In this challenge, students needed to help the Girl Scouts of America unlock contents of a box in order for them to proceed on a letterboxing journey. While using critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, the students successfully unlocked the contents of the box with over 17 minutes to spare! After the challenge, the students participated in a debrief session where they reflected on their challenge with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi! Congratulations to all of the participants! Stay tuned for new "Escape Room in a Box" challenges in the future!

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Kramer Lane Visits News12


Blast Off!

Bethpage Schools held its annual Astronomy Night on Friday, November 3, 2017 at John F. Kennedy Middle School. To kickoff the event's festivities, Grade 3 students performed several musical numbers about our planets and solar system under the direction of Mr. Wibben!


21st Century: Escape Room in a Box

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, ten students in Grade 5 met with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi to attempt Kramer Lane Elementary School's first ever "Escape Room in a Box" challenge. Based on concept of the ever popular escape room challenge, students needed to locate and use clues, hints, and their knowledge to open a locked box to discover its contents. This challenge tasked the students to help Ms. Swicord unlock the box to access the "ticket to learning". The participants used the 4C's: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity throughout the challenge. With 87 seconds remaining, the students were successful and unlocked the box!  Afterwards, the students participated in a debrief session where they discussed elements of the challenge with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi.  Congratulations to all of the participants! Stay tuned for new "Escape Room in a Box" challenges in the future!

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Grade 3 Writer's Workshop

Across Bethpage Schools, Grade 3 students are engaged in a Writer's Workshop. The students are learning to improve their writing skills going through the various steps of the writing process as taught by Sarah Cordova. Grade 3 students are currently learning about creating personal narratives. They learned how "small moments" in our lives are part of a bigger, narrative story. Mr. Choi, the district's Director of Technology, visited Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class to share with his class about how he had a "small moment" in his life with his thoroughbred racehorse, Away to Me. As authors include "feelings" in stories to make the story come to life, Mr. Choi worked with the students to brainstorm various feelings he felt during different parts of Away to Me's race.  The students enjoyed the lesson and we thank Mr. Choi for his visit and sharing his "small moment" with us.


Kramer Lane Students Learn about Respect and Acceptance with Brian Chevalier

Students at Kramer Lane enjoyed their first Character Education Assembly with singer/songwriter Brian Chevalier on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Focusing the presentation on respect, accepting differences, and being an up stander, Mr. Chevalier's presentation reiterated the concepts being taught to Kramer Lane students. Using movement, sign language, call and response and also bringing up volunteers from the audience, Mr. Chevalier kept the audience energized and focused. A wonderful experience was had by all.

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