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As a culmination to their unit on the geographic and cultural influence of different countries, fourth-graders at Kramer Lane Elementary School hosted an International Celebration. Students presented their projects in PowerPoint format for parents and guests in the classroom, then came together with the other fourth-grade classes to perform several cultural dances, including Israel’s Od Lo Ahavti Dai and Ireland’s Irish Washerwoman. The celebration concluded with students and their guests enjoying foods from each of the countries they had studied. The event is an annual tradition at Kramer Lane.

BHS Supports AIDS Walk

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Our 21st Century Scholars trip to the AIDS Walk NYC was a huge success!  29 students, accompanied by Ms. Bertolotti, Mrs. Gagliardi and Ms. Prager, walked 6.2 miles in and around Central Park and raised $1,650 for this worthy cause!  Thank you to all of our caring supporters.  Great job to all!

Special Olympics Success in Bethpage

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Bethpage School District successfully hosted the Long Island Special Olympics North Division with the help of over 400 volunteers!  While we would have preferred better weather, the day was still a great success for the athletes who still came out to compete and persevere!  The spirit of the day was fantastic and everyone had a great time!  Thanks to the volunteers, the corporate sponsors, the Town of Oyster Bay and special guests TOBAY Supervisor Joe Saladino and Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer.  Congratulations to all the athletes for showing us how to compete with such grace!

Click here for a video made by the JFK Eagles Eye students and advisor Zach Levy.

Bethpage Budget Passes

Thank you to all residents who voted in the 2018-19 budget vote and trustee election. Residents approved the budget by a vote of 734 to 158.

Residents also approved the second proposition authorizing the district to spend money from its capital reserve fund for security enhancements at all schools. The proposition was approved by a vote of 784 to 100.

Additionally, James McGlynn, Christina Scelta and Sandra Watson were elected to the Board of Education. The vote totals were:

James McGlynn: 652 votes
Christina Scelta: 632 votes
Sandra Watson: 653 votes

Thank you to all residents who participated in this important vote and for your continued support of the Bethpage School District!

Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

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Bethpage High School’s Class of 2018 will be led by valedictorian Smiti Shah and salutatorian Gillian O’Boyle.

With a long list of awards and recognitions, Smiti has earned the honor of valedictorian this year. As captain of the Regal Eagle robotics team, she has played an integral role in what has been the team’s best season yet and earned the 2018 Fred Breithut Award (MVP Award) at a recent competition. In addition to robotics, she is past-president of the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy, which is an outreach program that represents more than 700 international students. Among Smiti’s list of accolades is being named an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commended Student and a Regeneron STS semifinalist. She also placed first at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, earning a spot to represent Long Island at the international competition. Smiti plans to attend Duke University to study electrical and computer engineering with a minor in finance. While there, she hopes to continue pursuing her water filtration research, as well as additional women-in-STEM initiatives.

Graduating with more than 60 college credits, Gillian O’Boyle is an active and accomplished member of the high school community. Not only has she earned designation as an AP Scholar with Distinction, but she has also been named an All-County basketball player and an All-Class and Scholar-Athlete in soccer. Gillian served as captain of the school’s varsity lacrosse and varsity basketball teams and as senator for the senior class. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Student Civic Club, Spanish Club and Athletes Helping Athletes. In her spare time, she volunteers as an assistant coach for CYO volleyball and a seventh-grade PAL lacrosse team. Gillian will be attending Molloy College’s Honors Program for nursing on a full tuition scholarship for academics.

Regal Eagles Finish Successful Season

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Bethpage High School congratulates its Regal Eagles Robotics Team, including advisors Eric Kay and Dan Zabell, on recently finishing a highly successful 10th season.

After earning several awards at the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University – including team captain Smiti Shah being voted as MVP by the judges and teammate Morgan Heller receiving the Dean's List Award – the team earned the opportunity to attend the World Championships in Detroit this April.

At the competition, the team placed first in their division and third in a round robin tournament. More than 400 teams worldwide competed in the World Championship event. 

Outstanding Jazz Soloists

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Congratulations to Bethpage High School juniors Sohan Maiti and A.J. Vita for earning the Outstanding Jazz Soloist awards at Festival Disney in Orlando this April. The annual musical performance festival brings together musicians from across the nation. Bethpage High School’s jazz band performed under the direction of Jim Stehlik and featured both student-musicians on their respective instruments – A.J. on guitar and Sohan on bass.  The band itself also received an excellent rating for both its jazz band and wind ensemble performances.

JFK Raises Autism Awareness

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In honor of April as Autism Awareness Month, students from the National Junior Honor Society, Social Club, Champions of Choice Club and the Siblings with Special Needs Support Group hung blue ribbons and flyers advertising a Kids and Coins for Autism fundraiser at John F. Kennedy Middle School.  As part of the efforts, seventh-grader Kate Clyne donated the blue ribbons and provided Autism Awareness bracelets for all students and staff to wear for the month. Additionally, sxith-grader Lauren O’Brien sold hand-made bracelets to students and staff during lunch periods, raising more than $1,000 for the cause

21st C: Trip to NY Aquarium

On Saturday students from BHS visited the New York Aquarium that is still recovering from super storm Sandy.  Many of the animals are in temporary enclosures waiting for the scheduled July re-opening of several main exhibit halls.  The visit began with a guided tour by an aquarium specialist.  This was followed by an amazing sea lion show in the aqua theater.  Participants had time to revisit their favorite exhibits before lunch on the world famous boardwalk including the iconic Coney Island Nathan’s.  Several of the photos below were taken by Bethpage’s own aspiring photographer Daniel Wilson.

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Signs of Inspiration for Special Olympics

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As one of the Bethpage School District’s monthly Thoughtful Thursday community service projects, Central Boulevard Elementary School fifth-graders took out their pens and honed their design skills to make inspirational posters. The artwork will be on display during the Special Olympics, to be held at Bethpage High School on May 19. The students decided that messages of inspiration would assist the participating athletes in their goal to complete or win their event.

In addition to these signs, kindergarten and first-grade students colored inspirational ribbons, second-graders wrote messages on rainbow cutouts, and third- and fourth-graders wrote thank-you notes to all of the volunteers.

“This has been a wonderful schoolwide effort,” social worker Sarah Glassman said. “The students are looking forward to seeing their efforts make a difference during the Special Olympics in May.”

Jazz at Disney!

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The Bethpage High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band went down to Walt Disney World from April 26th to April 29th to compete in the 2018 Disney Performing Arts Festival. Both ensembles performed extremely well and both earned a rating of Excellent for their performance. In addition to the wonderful performances, AJ Vita and Soham Maiti were awarded Outstanding Jazz Soloist awards for their performances. Congratulations to all performers and a special thank you to the chaperones that helped to make the trip memorable! 

Sophomore Raises Money for Lupus Alliance of LI

Sophomore Raises Money for Lupus Alliance of LI
Adina Rahman, a Bethpage High School sophomore, raised $600 to benefit the Lupus Alliance of Long Island/Queens. This is the third year Adina has collected money for this worthy organization, garnering a total of $1,600 over that time. Adina said she was motivated to raise money for the alliance because of family members who struggle with the disease.

Patricia D’Accolti, executive director of the alliance, thanked Adina for her generous donation and explained that the funds will contribute to the alliance’s efforts to promote education and public awareness as well as provide support-based programs for those living with lupus.

Regal Eagles Soar to New Heights at FIRST World Championships

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Bethpage High School Robotics, Regal Eagles Team #2869 participated at the FIRST World Championships in Detroit, Michigan from April 26, 2018 through April 28, 2018.  The students earned the right to participate in the FIRST World Championships by earning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the School Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI) regional earlier in the month with NASA generously funding their registration costs.

After their qualification matches, the Regal Eagles were members of top-seeded alliance in the Tesla Sub-Division Playoffs and joined forces with OP Robotics (Stoney Creek, Ontario) and Theory 6 Robotics (Mississauga, Ontario).  Their alliance rolled through the best-of-three formatted quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals in their division to a 6-1 record and won the Tesla Sub-Division!  From there, the Regal Eagles and their alliance partners played in the Einstein round-robin style tournament against the other five sub-division winners.  After the round-robin tournament, the Regal Eagles and their alliance partners finished 3rd (among 405 participating teams from around the globe)This marked the first time since 2002 that any Long Island robotics team has participated into the Einstein round-robin tournament at FIRST World Championships (East Islip).

While in the Motor City, Regal Eagles participated in a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, where the students learned about the history of Ford Motor Company, watched an actual assembly line in progress, and learned about the innovative features in the Ford F-150.  For their team-building exercise, the Regal Eagles split up into two teams to tackle the challenges of an Escape Room. In a thrilling finish, both teams were successful and managed to 'escape the room' in under the allotted 60 minutes!

Congratulations to the Regal Eagles on this remarkable accomplishment!  Special thanks to mentors/coaches Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, the parents/guardians for their unwavering support, Ms. Popkin for assisting with planning every detail of the travel itinerary, and Mr. Clark for traveling to meet the team in Detroit to support them throughout the event!

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Tesla Sub-Division Playoffs

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Lifeguards Honored in Bethpage

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At the April 24 meeting of the Board of Education, the Board and district administration honored three lifeguards and their instructor, Jeff Hack, for their service. 

Thirteen current and former students who have completed their lifeguard certification training serve as lifeguards for the swimming pool at Bethpage High School as part of the many year-round programs for students and the community. During a recent program, the three lifeguards on duty tested their training skills when a real-life situation unfolded. Each of those on duty handled themselves so calmly and professionally that many on site didn’t know a situation had occurred. 

For their exemplary service, graduates Miguel Almanzar and Lorenzo Cusumano, together with current senior Monique Souza and Hack, were honored.
 

Varsity Softball Supports Autism Awareness

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On Friday, April 20, 2018, the Bethpage Varsity Softball Team hosted its first Autism Awareness Game.  The Golden Eagles played a league game against East Rockaway at home for this special day.  The honorary first pitch was thrown by Coach Tierney's student, Jack Hopper!  He did such a fantastic job!  The Golden Eagles defeated East Rockaway 6-5, in a thrilling eleven inning game!  Sophomore pitcher, Sofia Sozio had twenty strikeouts in the game!  It was a great team win and the girls raised money for a great cause!

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Nicholas Jantz Appointed New Principal of Bethpage High School

Nicholas Jantz Appointed New Principal of Bethpage High School

At the April 24 business meeting, the Bethpage Board of Education appointed Nicholas Jantz as the new principal of Bethpage High School, effective July 1. Jantz replaces current Principal Michael Spence, who will assume the role of assistant superintendent for instruction for the district.

Jantz has been the assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School since the fall of 2014. Prior to working in Bethpage, he served as a social studies teacher for 10 years in the East Meadow School District. He has been deeply involved in the entire school program at JFK and the Bethpage school community through his role in supporting students and teachers. While at JFK, he has focused on improving school and community relations and the district’s social and emotional learning.  

“We are pleased to appoint Nicholas Jantz as the next principal of Bethpage High School,” said Board of Education President Michael Kelly. “Since arriving in Bethpage, Mr. Jantz has become an important member of our administrative team, and we look forward to his continued success in this next step in his career at Bethpage.”

Incoming Superintendent of Schools David Schneider added, “Mr. Jantz will be a great asset to our high school and district by now providing that ongoing support to all of our high school students, parents and staff.” 

Jantz holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and secondary education from Saint Peter’s University, a Master of Science in teaching literacy from Touro College, and a school building leader certificate from The College of Saint Rose.

 

Builders Club Visits Animal Shelter

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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!

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Honoring Bud Steubing

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The New York Yankees honored Bethpage resident Lawrence "Bud" Steubing as their Veteran of the Game this past Saturday!  Bud has been a frequent guest in the Bethpage Schools over the years to talk about his service in World War II.  His children and many of his grandchildren attended Bethpage Schools and he loves the Golden Eagles!  Congratulations to Bud and his family!

Golden Eagles Honored at LI Math Fair

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On Friday, April 20, 2018, five Bethpage students were honored at the Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University.

  • Aurrel Bhatia (Grade 8) earned a silver medal for her presentation, A Mathematical Approach to Predicting More Revenues using Machine Learning and Linear Regression.
  • Ruchitha Channapatna (Grade 8) and Suchitha Channapatna (Grade 8) earned gold medals in the team division for their topic, Playing with Probability.
  • Theresa Thulasidas (Grade 8) earned a bronze medal for her presentation, Gothic Architecture.
  • Soham Maiti (Grade 11) earned a gold medal for his topic, Group Theory.

Congratulations to all of the honorees and special thanks to Ms. O'Sullivan for her hard work with supporting these students!

29th Annual Senior Citizen Prom

Bethpage High School held the school's 29th Annual Senior Citizen Prom!  Hundreds of senior citizens danced and dined the night away while mingling with high school students who served them a full dinner!  It was a great event!  Thanks to Ms. Way, Ms. Sestak, Ms. Feyrer and Mr. Long for all their hard work!  Thanks to the custodial and chefs (Yolanda and Grace) for their assistance!  And thanks to the students who worked hard all evening to make this a memorable event!

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Kramer Lane Students Present Living Wax Museum

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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. 

Students Create Community Connections

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Community came alive for second-grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School as they enjoyed a number of enriching presentations led by community members of multiple professions during Community Helper Day.

The annual event introduced students to the various positions held by community members within the district. Composed of a collection of parent and community volunteers, students attended presentations by dental hygienists, the local fire department, nurses, pediatricians, police officers and a veterinarian, among others.

The all-day event served as an excellent connection to the curriculum unit on communities. 

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Varsity Kickline Wins NDA National Championship

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Bethpage High School’s varsity kickline team, Golden Girls and Co., has accomplished a first in school history by competing in all four final rounds of the 2018 National Dance Alliance High School National Championship and earning first place in the small varsity kick division. They also won the Innovative Choreography Award for their kick routine.   

Leading up to nationals, which were held in Orlando, Florida in early March, the team submitted a video of their routine that qualified them for the competition. In January, Golden Girls and Co. scored highly at the NDA Regional Competition at Walt Whitman High School, taking home first place in kick, second in pom, and third in both jazz and team performance. 

“We’ve been hoping for this [win] since we were on JV,” said senior Gabby McGlynn. “Not a lot of seniors get to say they won nationals, and it feels like fate that we got to be those seniors to lead the team there.” 

Senior Francesca Conte, one of the team’s captains, recalled the hard work, determination and perseverance she put forth in pushing her team along the way to nationals. “We had two minutes to prove ourselves,” she said. “You have to put it out there and leave it all on the floor.” 

The team continued its winning streak at the Nassau Scholastic Kickline Championships at Nassau Community College, where they won the Grand Championship in the kick category and earned second place in pom and jazz, and fourth in team performance. The Grand Championship award is given to the team that has the highest cumulative score from three previous Scholastic competitions in a specific category.   

“From the beginning of the year, the team’s goal was to make it to the finals in all four categories at nationals,” said coach Ashley Ioveno. “We wanted them to set goals, work to achieve them, push themselves, and reap the benefits of hard work.”

The district congratulates the team and Coaches Ioveno and Jeanna Martino for a remarkable season and an NDA National Championship title.  
 

Recognition of Excellence

Bethpage held its annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner where ten high school seniors each recognize an elementary, middle and high school teacher who had an impact on them during their K-12 career in the Bethpage School District.  The students were poised, humorous and touching in their comments about their teachers.  The ten were chosen by the faculty of Bethpage High School for their success in all areas of our school community.  Congratulations to the students and the exemplary teachers they honored!  Special thanks to Mr. Stehlik and the BHS Jazz Ensemble for adding a touch of class to the evening.  They were fantastic!

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Remarkable Season for Varsity Ice Hockey Team

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The district congratulates the Bethpage High School Golden Eagles varsity ice hockey team on an outstanding season. 

The Golden Eagles, under the guidance of coaches Jeff Schmier and Rich Dzurus earned first place in the Nassau County High School Hockey League Michelino East Conference, earning a bid to compete in the New York State Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held in Jamestown, NY. The last time the team earned a first-place county win was in 2004.  

In the county championship, the Golden Eagles evened the best-of-three county finals against the Long Beach High School Marines, causing the game to go into a decisive 10-minute mini-game that ended in a 2-0 defeat for Bethpage. 

“This is the most amazing team I’ve ever coached,” said Schmier. “These players gave it their all, from the beginning of September to the end of March. They always persevered, put in hard work and competed together as a family.” 

Team captains Kevin Drucker, Gavin Hulser and Spyro Markoulis commended their teammates for their tenacious attitude, reiterating the team’s motto of “huge saves and big hits.”   

Senior Signs Letter of Intent

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Surrounded by proud family members, school district administrators, and his coach, Bethpage High School senior Michael Lane signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at St. Joseph’s College Patchogue. 

In his volleyball career, Michael has earned All-County and All-Tournament titles and made it to the county finals with his team. Along with taking Advanced Placement and college-level courses, he is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, Student Civic, and the National and Foreign Language Honor Societies. He also runs spring track. In addition to playing volleyball, he intends to study accounting at St. Joseph’s College.

The district congratulates Michael and wishes him success in his academic and athletic pursuits in college. 

Luck of the Leprechaun Trap

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A creative project at Central Boulevard Elementary School brought grade levels together as Debra Lange and Linda DeMaria’s first-grade class collaborated with Barbara Cataldi’s fourth-graders to engineer a leprechaun trap using recycled materials.

Working in teams, the students drafted blueprints of their designs and identified which materials they would use to trap the cunning character of Irish folklore. To build their contraptions, they brought in materials from home such as cereal boxes, tissue boxes and shoeboxes.

After drawing up their plans, the teams constructed the traps out of their everyday items, adding decorative touches with glitter, stickers, construction paper and pipe cleaners. They presented their devices to their peers, explaining how the levers, axles and doors would capture the leprechaun. Many projects included gold coins to lure the Irish fairy into the trap.

Bethpage High School Junior Named National Hispanic Scholar

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Thomas Bachmeier, a junior at Bethpage High School, has been named a 2017 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.
 
Established in 1983 through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the NHRP honors about 5,000, or 2.5 percent, of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Qualifications for recognition are based on critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores on the PSAT/NMSQT and a minimum GPA of 3.5. 

Although there is no financial reward, Scholars receive a certificate and the NHRP sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities.

Thomas excels academically and athletically and gives back to his community. In school, he is a member of the National Honor Society, sits on the honor roll, and is enrolled in numerous college-level and Advanced Placement courses. On the field, is a multi-sport athlete, competing on the varsity football, wrestling, and winter track teams. He also volunteers at his local fire department.  

The district congratulates Thomas on this exceptional award and wishes him a successful senior year.   

Marking A Page For Kindness

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In honor of National Library Week, students in grades K-5 at Central Boulevard Elementary School created bookmarks for their monthly “Thoughtful Thursday” project.

Donning “Thoughtful Thursday” T-shirts, the Bethpage School District students colored and decorated bookmarks to be displayed and distributed for use in the school library and Bethpage Public Library.

In addition, some of the bookmarks were donated to Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. 

Jumping To The Heartbeat

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In honor of American Heart Month, students of Central Boulevard and Charles Campagne elementary schools participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

According to the AHA’s website, Jump Rope for Heart assists in the battle against heart disease and stroke by promoting physical activity, heart healthy living and community service.

Divided into groups during their gym classes, students exercised their heart muscles by jumping rope to popular pop music. They also hula-hooped, played basketball and learned about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, all while raising money for the community. 
 
Collectively, the two schools raised more than $7,000 to assist in heart disease research. 



Sprinkling Kindness At Central Boulevard

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Vera Shumsky’s kindergartners at Central Boulevard Elementary School ended a writing project with a sprinkling of creativity. After writing about being kind and spreading kindness to friends, family and teachers, they tossed pieces of tissue paper symbolzing sprinkles, on a large doughnut, demonstrating how wonderful the world would be if everyone sprinkled it with kindness.

Author Visit At Kramer Lane

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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.



Art Supervisors' Exhibition

Congratulations to the hundreds of artists whose work was displayed at the Nassau County Art Supervisors' Exhibition at Farmingdale College.  Dozens of Bethpage students were among those chosen to have their work shown at the exhibit!  Congratulations to them and thanks to their art teachers who worked quite hard to ready the show!

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Challenger Basketball- RED HOT!

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Bethpage Hockey- Heading for States

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Congratulations to the Bethpage Hockey Team for an outstanding season!  We took a picture of them just as they were heading to the state competition!  They gave us some thrilling games this year!!!  Congratulations to the team and Coach Schmier! 

Harlem Wizards Put on a Show!

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Thanks once again to the Harlem Wizards for coming to Bethpage and putting on a great game!  The CBS PTA did a great job organizing the event and thanks to Mrs. Wodicka and her team of volunteers!  Thanks also to the Bethpage teachers, administrators and staff for agreeing to play in the game!  A great time was had by all!

Regal Eagle Rampage at LIU Post

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Congratulations to the BHS Regal Eagles for their incredible ability to construct a mock setup of this year's FIRST Robotics Competition field in order for 12 Long Island teams to practice for the upcoming FIRST Competition at Hofstra!  What an undertaking!  Students and their advisors- Mr. Zabell, Mr. Kay, and additional parent mentors- built a wooden replica of this year's challenging set.  Teams from around Long Island were invited to attend.  Thanks to the students, teachers and parents who helped to make this happen!  Thanks to Mr. Choi for all his help and thanks also to LIU Post for generously giving us their gym for the day! The Regal Eagles will next compete at the FIRST Hudson Valley Regional on March 22-25 and the School Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI) Regional on April 8-11.

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Valentines Day Celebration

Students in Charles Campagne, JFK Middle School and Bethpage High School came together to celebrate Valentine's Day!  There was lots of hearts and tasty goodies!  Thanks to the students and teachers for sharing the love!

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District Fashion Show

Congratulations to everyone involved in this year's Fashion Show!  District Social Workers organized the event to raise funds for mental health organizations around Long Island.  Students showed off fashions and performed memorable musical numbers!  Faculty and staff wore beautiful gowns and suits as they showed off the latest fashions!  It was a very successful evening.  Thanks to Ms. Kennedy and Mr. Gallagher for all their efforts with organizing the evening!

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Kickline Wins Again!

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The JV and Varsity Kickline teams spent this past Sunday (February 4th) at Nassau Community College competing in the Nassau Scholastic Kickline Championship.

 JV ended the morning with a 3rd place finish in both of their routines (Kick and Team Performance).

 The Varsity competed in the afternoon session earning 1st place in kick, 2nd in pom, 2nd in jazz and 4th in team performance.  The highlight of the day, however, was winning the Grand Championship in the kick category.  That award is given to the team who has the highest cumulative score for the 3 previous Scholastic competitions in a specific category.

 A special congratulations to the four seniors on Varsity; Captain Francesca Conte, Captain Julianna Griffin, Team Officer Gabby McGlynn, and Team Officer Heather Palmer.   The seniors had a fantastic day and a great ending to their local competition season.  The Varsity team is excited to showcase their routines at Nationals in Orlando, Florida in a few weeks.

 Congratulations Golden Girls and Company!

Kickline Shines!

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BETHPAGE KICKLINE - REGIONAL CHAMPIONS!

The Bethpage Varsity "Golden Girls and Co." competed at the NDA Regional Championship this past Saturday held at Walt Whitman High School. The team placed in all of their divisions finishing the day with the following awards:

Regional Champions in Small Kick,

2nd in Medium Pom

3rd in Small Jazz

3rd in Medium Team Performance

 Congratulations to the team on a job well done!

Gymnasts for a Cause

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Bethpage Gymnasts spent their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day giving back by participating in an event with gymnasts from around Long Island to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.  Thanks to all who participated along with Coach Kim Rhatigan!

Visiting the Lighthouse

The High School and Middle School students that attended this trip had a rare treat.  Two of the light keepers (retired Navy engineers) were on site and gave us a tour of not only the lighthouse but the basement and the actual lens house.  In the basement the engineers explained how they rigged all 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.

Our students were shown how ship wrecked 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, 1st order Fresnel lens was recovered from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is now proudly on display in its own building.

Thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for making this happen!

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Binghamton A Cappella Singers

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The Binghamton University A Cappella group performed a 21st Century concert at Bethpage HS for students and families from across Bethpage and Long Island.  They were mesmerizing and everyone enjoyed the performance!  Thanks to all the singers for sharing their talent and creativity!

Mr. Wibben at Barclays Center

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Kramer Lane Music Teacher recently sang the national anthem at the Islander Game at the Barclays Center!  Mr. Wibben has become a regular singer there and always gives a powerful performance!  We are very proud of him!

Honors for Mr. Benjamin

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Congratulations to Mr. James Benjamin for being honored as an Everyday Hero by the Bethpage-Central Park Kiwanis Club!  Mr. Benjamin received the award to recognize his quick action to act as a first responder to assist community members involved in a local automobile accident in 2017 in addition to his years of helping students in his role as a guidance counselor at Bethpage High School.  He was surrounded by his family.  Thanks to the Kiwanis Club for making the award possible and congratulations to all the other recipients- Frank Ceglio and the Bethpage Junior Fire Fighters, John Coumatos, George Hudak, Francis Meehan, and Laura Smith.

They all make Bethpage a great community!

Parent Night Out

A great time was had by all at our first ever Parents Night Out event!  Parents were welcome to donate to the BHS Girl's Softball team and drop their child off at BHS for a night of fun activities as organized by Ms. Tierney and several other colleagues.  It was a fantastic evening- full of fun and smiling faces!

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ACE Celebrates Thanksgiving!

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We just wanted to thank Mrs. Vollmuth and the students in the ACE Program for having us for the Thanksgiving feast. It was such a great time and the students enjoyed it and the food was delicious. Good job to all!

Read to Achieve

Bethpage held its annual Read to Achieve program where all the third graders in the district come up to 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 the Cheerleaders and a visit by the Eagle himself, the third graders got to shoot hoops with the Captains!  It was a great day.  Thanks to everyone involved!

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Kramer Lane Celebrates Thanksgiving

Kramer Lane first graders celebrated at their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 17, 2017. Students performed several songs under the direction of music teacher Mr. Wibben and ended the show with a traditional folk dance. After the show, both students and family guests enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the trimmings. A wonderful time was had by all!!! A special thank you to the Kramer Lane first grade teachers Mrs. Seewald, Ms. Meehan, and Ms. Schmidt and Mr. Wibben for all of their work and dedication to such a special event. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Food Drive

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BHS students asssited the Lions Club with their annual food drive.  65 boxes of food were sent to local families to provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner.  The Lions were very impressed with the student volunteers!  Thanks to all!

Jazz Band Entertains

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On November 2nd, the Bethpage High School Jazz Combo performed at the Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities(ACLD) annual Enviable Life Ball held at the Garden City Hotel. The group was well received and the students were proud to be a part of this positive and uplifting event.

PTSA Safe Halloween

It was a goulish Halloween with lots of candy, costumes and fun activities!  Thanks to the PTSA for once again sponsoring a great evening!  Thanks to the parents, the teachers, the staff, the student volunteers and the custodians for all their help!  It was a fun evening!

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Texas Comes to Bethpage

On a beautiful evening a little bit of Texas came to Bethpage as we celebrated Country Night!  Mr. Wibben organized the entire evening and it was a great event that included food, dancing, music, dunk tank, mechanical bull and the Fire Department!  Thanks to all the teachers and staff who assisted.  Special thanks to the teachers who agreed to be dunked- Ms. Huerta-Strongin, Ms. O'Brien, Mrs. Caliguri and Mr. Choi!  Thanks to Texas Roadhouse and BullI BBQ for donating the delicious food!  We could not have done it without Classic Country which donated the band, the DJ and the dancers who showed us the moves!  We are always grateful to the Bethpage Fire Department and they came out with trucks and the Safety House that kids could explore.  Thanks to Jump Around Party Rentals for donating the mechanical bull, Creative Games Inc. for donating the face painting and dunk tank and Twinkle Town Entertainment for donating the bounce house!

And thanks to Mr. Lisa and the custodial crew for all their hard work preparing the event and then cleaning up after us so BHS could be ready for Homecoming on Saturday!

It was a great night!  Thanks Mr. Wibben for organizing the event.  We raised a lot of money that will go to assist our friends in Dickinson!  The Bethpage Congress of Teachers donated $1,000 for the cause!  How generous of them!  The BHS Girls' Soccer Team helped to pack up all the supplies along with the Rufrano family!  Thanks to all!

Click here to see pictures of all the events related to Dickinson!

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