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High School Students Named AP Scholars

High School Students Named AP Scholars photo
A total of 77 students from the high school have been honored by the College Board as AP Scholars as a result of their outstanding success on Advanced Placement exams. The exams were taken in May after students completed college-level courses in a variety of subjects. 

According to the College Board website, the AP program offers willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. 

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on these exams, including AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Scholar with Honor and National AP Scholar.

The high school had 43 students acknowledged as AP Scholars after these students received a score of three or higher on three or more exams. AP Scholar with Distinction was presented to 17 students for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken as well as scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams. Additionally, 17 students were named AP Scholars with Honor by earning an average score at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams. 

The district commends these students for their hard work and impressive academic achievements. 

District Earns High Rankings

District Earns High Rankings photo
The district is proud to have three schools that are ranked within the top 60 on recent lists published by

John F. Kennedy Middle School, Charles Campagne Elementary School and Kramer Lane Elementary School, as well as the district as a whole, all received A+ ratings from Niche. JFK earned the highest rank with a No. 15 showing in the latest list of Best Middle Schools in New York. Meanwhile, Charles Campagne and Kramer Lane earned respective rankings of No. 31 and No. 59 among the state’s best elementary schools. The district has been scored as No. 32 on the list of Best School Districts in New York.

The data for Niche is analyzed based on information from the U.S. Department of Education and over 60 million K-12 school reviews and survey responses. The 2019 rankings are based on analysis of academic and student life date from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. 

Senior Composer Selected for NYSSMA Showcase

Senior Composer Selected for NYSSMA Showcase photo
Bethpage High School senior Nicholas Timoshenko has been chosen to perform in the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Electronic Music Composition Showcase at the annual Winter Conference this November. 

Nicholas’s musical composition was one of eight chosen by judges from a large pool of submissions from across New York. In addition to his performance on Nov. 30, he has been asked to give a brief discussion about his composition to the audience. 

Principal Nicholas Jantz and the entire school district congratulate Nicholas on this selection and wish him luck in November!

Regal Eagles: Defending Champions at the Hudson Valley Rally


Regal Eagles: Defending Champions at the Hudson Valley Rally

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, the Regal Eagles (Team #2869) participated in their first off-season competition of the year at the Hudson Valley Rally on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.  The competition was based on the FIRST Power Up game, pitting the Regal Eagles against fifteen other teams. The Regal Eagles were ranked #3 going into the playoff matches and won their semi-finals matches, 2 games to 0.  In the finals, the Regal Eagles worked alongside Stuyvesant High School and Townsend Harris High School.  After dropping the first match of the best-of-three finals, the three-team alliance successfully completed their comeback, taking both of the remaining matches to prevail in the finals, 2 games to 1!  The Regal Eagles successfully defended their championship, having won this off-season competition in 2017-18.  Congratulations to the Regal Eagles on the victory and to Coach Zabell and Coach Kay!

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Teaching and Learning from Central Boulevard Elementary School's STEM Lab


Teaching and Learning from Central Boulevard's Elementary School STEM Lab

Students in Ms. Robb and Ms. McGuire's Grade 5 class are currently involved in a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) unit where they are building structures to help humans survive or prevent damage during natural disasters. The lesson is taking place in one of three brand new Elementary STEM Lab Classrooms across the district.  Using Lego WeDo 2.0 Kits, students built a flood gate that can be programmed to open and close when the water level reaches a certain height.  In addition, students were tasked with the added challenge of using a motion sensor.  As a follow up to this activity, students will also construct a rescue helicopter that can drop off supplies for people in need of rescue.  The lesson was featured on FiOS 1 News and Newsday Online can be accessed at the links below.  Special thanks to Ms. Robb, Ms. McGuire, Ms. Marcis, and Ms. Karfinkel for the development of the hands-on lesson and support of their students!

FiOS 1 News Feature

Newsday Online Feature

Bethpage Shines at Homecoming

Bethpage Shines at Homecoming photo

A sun-filled day set the perfect stage for the district to host homecoming on Sep. 29, and was highlighted by a victory against Floral Park for the varsity football team.

The day started as members of the community lined Stewart Avenue for the annual parade. A Bethpage fire department truck led the march as local organizations and student representatives from each class as well as the band, cheerleaders and kickline team drew energy from those in attendance. This year’s homecoming king and queen, Alex Kavazis and Amanda Imbriale, waved to the crowd as the last part of the procession.

Former Superintendent of Schools Terry Clark drove in a golf cart with Director of Athletics John Franchi during the parade to greet those lining the streets. Meanwhile, current Superintendent of Schools David Schneider marched alongside high school principal Nicholas Jantz ahead of the class floats. 

Following the parade were class skits in the front of the high school. This year’s themes included “Toy Story Seniors,” “Jingle Bell Juniors,” “Storytime Sophomores,” and “Fifties Freshmen” as the grades performed next to their decorated floats. The band continued to play as attendees made their way to the athletic complex prior to the start of the game. 

The Golden Eagles varsity football team claimed a 15-7 win against Floral Park to put a cap on the day’s festivities. In addition to enjoying the outcome of the game, fans at the athletic complex were treated to halftime performances by the marching band, the kickline team and the cheerleading squad before the football team posted a shutout in the second half towards the triumph.

Reinforcing Kindness

Reinforcing Kindness photo

Central Boulevard Elementary School of the Bethpage Union Free School District carried an old tradition into a new school year when it held its first Thoughtful Thursday of 2018-19 on Sept. 27. This month’s lesson focused on ways to “choose kind.”

Teachers led their classes in discussions about the way to be kind to each other and the community. The book “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio was the focus of discussion in Kristen Ghisone’s kindergarten class. Meanwhile, Barbara Cataldi and her fourth-grade class worked in groups to create banners on five ways to be kind as a class, then decorated individual balloons on how to be kind as a person.

The entire school came together to wear Thoughtful Thursday shirts with #ChooseKind on the back to spread the theme of the month. 

21st Century: Oyster Bay Beach Clean Up


21st Century: Oyster Bay Beach Clean Up

Members of the Marine Science Club along with other environmentally concerned students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School helped to rid our beaches of trash.  The students were greeted by Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, Joe Saladino, who boarded the school bus to personally thank them for their good work. Participants were treated to a hot dog cookout and had the opportunity to try their hand at fishing while the charcoal heated up! Local specimen were collected for the Marine Club's saltwater tank.

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Promising Future for Bethpage Junior

Promising Future for Bethpage Junior photo
After representing the Bethpage School District and Bethpage High School as well as New York State at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston this past June, Bethpage High School junior Rahul Busri was presented an official Award of Excellence by the National Leadership Academies. The award certifies his successful completion of the Congress.

At the Congress, Rahul was surrounded by many fellow high school students that share his passion, ability and potential. He was among the delegates that were able to help new friends reach aspiring dreams while also having the opportunity to collaborate with potential future colleagues.

Part of the experience allowed Rahul to watch live surgery and ask the surgeon questions in real time. Some of the greatest living minds in medicine and winners of the world’s most prestigious international prizes were among the teachers.

The National Leadership Academies supports America’s high-achieving high school students through career and focus-area programs and services. All Congresses are highly-selective and have strict requirements as all attendees are nominated by teachers or the Academy based on proven academic excellence and a demonstrated desire to achieve the very best.

Bethpage High School Principal Nicholas Jantz presented the award to Rahul on Sept. 27 and the entire district congratulates him on a remarkable accomplishment and bright future.

Sophia's Summer at Harvard University

Sophia's Summer at Harvard University

Sophia Passaro attended Harvard University for the Ambassador Leaders Summit during this past summer.  Students who are nominated must "demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership potential, and the ability to take initiative to affect positive change." Sophia was nominated by her teacher, Ms, Balvin and was the perfect candidate! Sophia had the opportunity to stay in a Harvard dorm and tour the university's campus! She spent her time collaborating with peers from around the country creating a charity and she was even nominated to be one of the team's leaders! Way to go, Sophia!

French Club Car Wash


On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Bethpage High School French Club held its annual car wash to raise money for their trips. Everyone did a fantastic job and the weather was cooperative!  There was even a surprise visit from Madame Ciarniello's "grand-fils" (grandson) and some adorable puppies! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the French Club!

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Seniors Earn National Merit Commended Student Honors

Seniors Earn National Merit Commended Student Honors photo
Bethpage High School seniors James Prince and Bhavika Garg have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The two are among an approximate 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Principal Nicholas Jantz presented Letters of Commendation to both Prince and Garg on the morning of Sept. 21. The district congratulates the two seniors on a job well done!

JFK Students Take on Preamble Challenge

JFK Students Take on Preamble Challenge photo

Students at John F. Kennedy Middle School honored Constitution Day on Sept. 17 by participating in the school’s annual Preamble Challenge.

In a challenge created by Principal Kevin Fullerton, each student had the opportunity to memorize and recite all of the words in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Those students willing to participate gathered in a classroom during the final 15 minutes of their lunch period to recite the Preamble in front of the judge – Mr. Fullerton.

The student from each grade who recited all of the words correctly in the shortest amount of time is rewarded a special lunch with their Social Studies teacher as well as Mr. Fullerton and Assistant Principal Erin Hayes.

The district congratulates the winners and all participants! This year’s winners are sixth-grader Matthew Cusumano, seventh-grader Adrienne Blonder and eighth-grader Georgia Karaisarides. The school’s overall runner-up is sixth-grader Marco Perla. 

Bethpage trio selected for NYSSMA All-State

Bethpage trio selected for NYSSMA All-State photo
Three high school students have been chosen to perform in the New York State School Music Association’s All-State ensembles at the Annual Winter Conference after being recognized by NYSSMA for music excellence. The conference will be held in Rochester from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. 

The three musicians selected are Will Katartzis, voice, A.J. Vita, guitar, and Soham Maiti, double bass. 

More than 6,500 sophomores and juniors within the state performed in NYSSMA solo evaluation festivals last spring with the hopes of being selected for All-State. Students who received a score between 98 and 100 after being evaluated by a NYSSMA All-State judge on their solo performance would qualify.

The district commends Will, A.J. and Soham on their accomplishments and selections.

Bethpage Senior Best Among Scholar Artists

Bethpage Senior Best Among Scholar Artists photo

In addition to being one of only 20 students to earn a Scholar-Artist designation by the Long Island Arts Alliance, high school senior Michelle Zheng was honored with the highest overall score for her portfolio. The prestigious award carries with it the highest possible level of media attention for students and for their district art programs.

Zheng was the top of art students on Long Island that met the criteria of an unweighted average of at least 90 and a portfolio submission containing 10 works of art. The portfolio must demonstrate both technical and conceptual skill in addition to a written essay. 

The portfolio submitted by Zheng contained work created in Courtney Young’s fine arts class at the high school in addition to independent projects. The Long Island Arts Alliance held its annual Scholar-Artist Gala on Sept. 12 at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts on the campus of LIU Post.

Dittrich Honored with Bethpage PTA Honorary Life Award

Dittrich Honored with Bethpage PTA Honorary Life Award photo
The Central Boulevard Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association of the Bethpage Union Free School District honored kindergarten teacher Jennifer Dittrich on Sept. 13 with the Honorary Life Award for her dedication and enthusiasm in the district for the past 17 years.

Ms. Dittrich was nominated for and presented with the PTA award, voted on annually by the parents of Central Boulevard, based on many variables that include her positivity, energy, understanding, perseverance and hard work. 

After spending the better part of four years as a first-grade inclusion teacher in the East Flatbush school district, Ms. Dittrich came to Bethpage in 2001. She earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree in special education from LIU Post. 

On the night of the award ceremony, Central Boulevard PTA President Theresa Re praised Ms. Dittrich. “This evening we celebrate a truly amazing woman and teacher, someone who has been a pillar of support over the last 17 years with our school,” she said.

The district congratulates Ms. Dittrich on this well-deserved honor and recognition!

Seniors Honored as National Merit Semifinalists

Students Named National Merit Semifinalists photo
Two seniors from Bethpage High School were selected as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Bethpage Union Free School District congratulates Stacy Kappel and Soham Maiti for this outstanding achievement.

A total of 16,000 U.S. semifinalists have been chosen to compete for finalist status and ultimately, 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. They were filtered from an initial pool of 1.6 million U.S. students who took last year’s PSAT/NMSQT, a qualifying test.

This year’s semifinalists scored in the top one percent nationally on the exam. Winners of the National Merit Scholarships will be named this spring.

Bethpage Educational Foundation Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Bethpage Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018:

Steven Furrey
Bethpage High School, Class of 1973

Dr. Brian McGrath
Bethpage High School, Class of 1992

Pamela Puglisi
Bethpage Director of Guidance, Retired

Robert Sarli
Bethpage High School English Teacher, Retired

Dr. Bernard Schutz
Bethpage High School, Class of 1964

Colonel Michael Trotter
Bethpage High School, Class of 1990

Sandra Watson
Board of Education Trustee

2013 Girls Gymnastics Team with 
Coaches Kim Rhatigan-Drexler & Vicky Vitale 
(with support from former longtime Coach Debbie Rut)

The dinner in their honor will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 7PM at Bethpage High School.  All community members are invited.  The cost to attend is $75 and all proceeds go to the Bethpage Educational Foundation which supports our schools with scholarships, programs and enhancements.  To attend, click on the PDF of the invitation, print it out and mail your check with the RSVP to the address listed.

Past honorees have included journalists, novelists, generals, artists, first responders, former staff members and local politicians/civic leaders.  We have many distinguished alumni.  You can see all the past inductees at  If you need more information about the upcoming ceremony, call 516-644-4001.


Bethpage Opens New School Year

Bethpage Opens New School Year photo

Students worked through warm temperatures to bring in supplies, backpacks and books for the first day of school as the district began the 2018-19 school year on Sept. 5.

First-year Superintendent of Schools David Schneider was part of the welcoming committee at all five buildings to greet and encourage all students throughout the morning drop offs.

The district wishes all elementary, middle and high school students all the best throughout the school year and encourages the entire community to make it the best year yet!

Superintendent’s Conference Day Kicks Off School Year

Superintendent’s Conference Day Kicks Off School Year photo

Staff and faculty from the District kicked off the 2018-19 school year with the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day, for which they gathered in the high school’s auditorium on Sept. 4.

First-year Superintendent of Schools David Schneider began on a light note by asking the teachers to pick a photo on their phone and share a story about it with a nearby staff member. The room erupted into chatter and laughter as the teachers swapped summer stories and learned more about their colleagues. Congratulations were extended to those who celebrated marriages, children and retirements, while the new teachers and administrators in attendance were acknowledged. 

Schneider moved matters to updated school safety and security practices the district is undertaking. With regard to curriculum, a mental-health component will be added to all health classes in grades 6 through 10. The district also added a school psychologist in order to provide the support students may need. 

“We want kids to have emotional and social success as well as academic success,” Schneider noted.

Schneider also challenged the teachers to continue to grow and learn themselves. He asked them, “What are you going to do this year to take ownership of your own journey? What do you want to learn? And also what do you need to learn? That’s what being a professional is and that’s what we have in this room.”

In conclusion, the superintendent encouraged the teachers to take chances and expressed enthusiasm for a great school year.

JFK Moving Up

Congratulations to all our 8th Graders who had a terrific Moving Up ceremony today!  BHS is looking forward to your arrival!

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Ms. Sciara- Teacher of the Month!


Abby Ouslander an 8th grader at JFK middle school nominated Ms.Sciara on K98.3’s Teacher of the month competition. Ms. Sciara went against one other teacher on Long Island where everyone was able to vote once a day. At the end of the month Ms. Sciara won and is now taking 25 students to a Long Island Ducks game on June 17th where she also gets the throw the first pitch! 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Breakfast

Bethpage was honored to be represented at the Nassau County celebration of academic excellence by 2018 BHS Valedictorian Smiti Shah and BHS Salutatorian Gillian O'Boyle.  All the valedictorians and salutatorians in the county were present.  Mr. Spence and Mr. Clark were proud to stand alongside Smiti and Gillian and their parents!  Congratulations to both and thanks for being such fine students!

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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Honoring Bud Steubing

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!

Harlem Wizards Put on a Show!

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!
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