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Click the link below to watch the 2017 Bethpage High School Commencement Ceremony live at 7PM.

Watch here.

Moving On from CBS

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Congratulations to the 5th Graders of Central Blvd. on their Moving On Day!  We are proud of all their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them at JFK Middle School next year!

Solar Cars

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Fifth-grade students in Mrs. Kelly's class, Mrs. Seidita's class and Mrs. Yansick's classes built their own solar cars. Students worked with a partner to build the cars, following multistep directions and modifying the design as needed to help the cars drive smoothly. On June 20th, students went outside for a test run. At this point, many students found that further modifications were needed. Using scientific reasoning, changes were made to help the cars move smoothly, to travel in straight lines rather than in a circle, and to maximize solar power. After trial and error, the cars were a success! Students also held races to see whose cars was the fastest.


Moving On from Kramer Lane

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Congratulations to the 5th Graders of Kramer Lane on their Moving On Day!  We are proud of all their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them at JFK Middle School next year!

Moving On from JFK

Congratulations to all the 8th graders who celebrated their Moving On ceremony today!!!  Three years at JFK are over and we are left with great memories!  Bethpage High School eagerly awaits!  Thanks to the teachers, staff and administrators for a great year!

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Moving On from Charles Campagne

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Congratulations to the 5th Graders of Charles Campagne on their Moving On Day!  We are proud of all their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them at JFK Middle School next year!

Hockey Alumni Game

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Bethpage Varsity Hockey Team held their annual Alumni Game on June 17 at the Bethpage Ice Rink.  We had 40 alumni come down and play, our oldest player from the hockey team was from 1988, but our oldest alumni was from 1983.

Buddy Bench

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Charles Campagne Elementary School completed the installation of a Buddy Bench. Located in the playground area, the bench is meant to encourage friendships and to make sure all students have someone to play with at recess. Donated by the school’s PTA, school psychologist Dr. Ricci met with all of the students and explained the meaning of the Buddy Bench prior to its installation.

Environmental Testing

Mr. Clark discussed results of environmental testing within the Bethpage School District at the May 30 Board of Education meeting.  As everyone knows, the school district initiated environmental tests on its own.  We shared them recently with the Department of Environmental Conservation.  All documents related to environmental testing will be posted to the link below and update periodically.

Posting of all documents related to plume/air quality in Bethpage.

 

Italian Club Pasta Cook Off

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On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Italian Club held the first annual Pasta Cook Off. The judges were Mr. Spence, Mr. Healy, Mr. Rodriguez, Mrs. Falcone, and Yolanda Caso, along with numerous Bethpage students and faculty, all had the opportunity to feast upon homemade pasta dishes cooked by Italian club members. The Italian Club raised $200 to donate to earthquake victims in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The winners of the Pasta Cook Off were:

   1st Prize -- Caterina Rubino and Emily Kingston
   2nd Prize -- Natalie Rich, Julia Bradley, and Sam Goldman
   3rd Prize -- Savannah Cagna
Buon appetito!

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Italian Club Visits Rizzoli Bookstore

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On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Italian Club spent the afternoon in Manhattan visiting the Italian bookstore, Rizzoli. It is considered the most beautiful literary landmark in Manhattan, specializing in illustrated and foreign language books. Students explored Italian literature, magazines, and newspapers offered throughout the bookstore. Then, the Italian Club made their way to Eataly to explore the market and relish in all of the tasty foods! The evening concluded in Madison Square Park to enjoy some Shake Shack, Madison Square Eats, and the beautiful weather, all while playing some Italian card games.

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Spirit of America

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In honor of Flag Day, kindergarten through second-grade students at Charles Campagne were treated to a patriotic and interactive program titled Spirit of America. The program reinforced the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as each of the 50 states in a fun and interactive manner.

Q&A with Holocaust Survivors to Cap World War II Study

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On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Mr. Levy's Grade 8 Social Studies class capped off their unit on World War II through a question and answer session with Mr. Levy's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kochman. Both born in Germany just years before Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Mr. and Mrs. Kochman both lived through the Holocaust. They shared the experience of their escape from Germany as well as their long journey in the midst of World War II as refugees in Italy and China, before finally making it to the United States. The students spent two days in class researching and preparing questions for Mr. and Mrs. Kochman, eagerly anticipating their chance to speak to real survivors of the Holocaust. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Kochman for taking the time out of their schedule to stop by John F. Kennedy Middle School!

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Hatching a Lesson

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Students in Erin Austin's first-grade class at Central Boulevard participated in a citizen science project to help the environment. Working with the Seatuck Environment Association's Quail program the class hatched Northern Bobwhite Quail, which are a native species to our area. Once released into the wild the Northern Bobwhite Quail will eat ticks, which are at a record high this year. The experience reinforced the stages of the life cycle, including a 23-day incubation period and the emerging of the baby quails from their eggs. The quail will be released on June 16th.

Young Writers Conference

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BHS students, Anastasia Castelli, Bhavika Garg, and Emily Cohen(not pictured), attended the Young Writer's Conference at Champlain College over this past Memorial Day weekend in which they participated in workshops and craft sessions taught by college professors and published writers.  They needed to submit sample pieces in order to be accepted into the program. 

In addition, Anastasia Castelli and Matt Mandolese both submitted short stories and were accepted to Adelphi University's weeklong summer writing course taught by college professors and graduate students.

We recognize these students for not only their writing abilities but also their willingness to share their talents with others, and ultimately to hone their skills.  We look forward to seeing future poetry and short stories from all of these writers. 

Nassau County Science

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Six BHS students [seniors Alyssa D'Arrigo, Marianna Neranzitnis, and Brian McCarthy; junior Smiti Shah; freshmen Elisabeth Freedman and Bryan Hanley] competed in the Nassau County Science Competition which was hosted this year at Freeport HS.

Smiti medaled for "Best Display and Presentation" and Elisabeth won first place in her category as well as 3rd place overall (amongst all projects)!

Captains Honored

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Congratulations to the varsity team captain who were recently recognized for their special athletic accomplishments throughout the year, as well as their exemplary leadership abilities throughout the season. Congratulations also to all of the Bethpage High School varsity team, who have all received the designation of a Scholar-Athlete Team from New York State!

Relay for Life

Once again the Bethpage community came together to support the fight against cancer.  For the 11th year in a row, BHS hosted Relay for Life.  In that time the residents of Bethpage have raised over $1 million.  Congratulations to everyone!  Special thanks to  Lenny O'Donnell and Jen Payne for again organizing such a great event!

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Honoring Shanaz & Anthony

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Shanaz Deen and Anthony Hernandez represented Bethpage at the County breakfast for Valedictorians and Salutatorians!  Their proud parents were there to watch and Mr. Spence and Mr. Clark were honored to be there as well.  Shanaz will be attending Princeton University and Anthony will be attending Molloy.  Congratulations to them!

High School Musical, Jr!

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The Bethpage Elementary Drama Program presents High School Musical, Jr! Over sixty students in Grade 4 and 5 from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools take part in this production!

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!

Performances are on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Bethpage High School Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door.

A short trailer for High School Musical, Jr. is available at the link:  VIDEO.  Thanks to Mr. Levy for creating the trailer!

Special thanks to Mr. Tom Weber for taking pictures during student rehearsals.  They are available at the link:  Photo Gallery

Marine Fitness- Tops in Nation

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Congratulations to the Marine Fitness Team for an outstanding season!  Everyone was impressive during the year in the various competitions including the one hosted at BHS.  Then in the national competition in California, the team really excelled.  The Girls were FIRST in the nation and took spots 1-5 and 7 in the individual rankings.  The Boys were SECOND in the nation and took places 2 and 6 in the individual rankings!  All very impressive!  Congratulations to all the members of the team and to Coaches Como and Rut!

 

 

Zeus Retires

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For the ninth consecutive year, sixth-graders in Monica Klein’s social studies classes at JFK decided which god, goddess or hero would become the new ruler of Olympus when Zeus, played by Mrs. Klein’s father Ben Morselli, retires from the throne. Each student dressed the part of their chosen god and gave a speech that highlighted why they deserved to be the new ruler of Olympus.

Maritime Festival

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Once again the Maritime Festival provided all the district’s 3rd graders with a close encounter of the marine kind!  The high school seniors did an outstanding job of welcoming and educating the elementary students.  Mrs. Rankin thrilled the children with her underwater videos and close up observations of the smaller creatures in the sea.  Mr. Hack demonstrated all the equipment used in SCUBA diving and performed an actual dive in the pool retrieving items thrown into the pool by the visitors.  This year we had a big fish fry and the seniors got to feast on the fish from the dissection station.  Many thanks to Mrs. Yale, Mr. Carroll, the custodial staff, buildings and grounds, the students of the ACE program and all the people who help make this possible.

Record Breaking Point

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Congratulations to senior Alexa Ritchie who recently scored her 200th point for the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team. She scored this record-breaking point in a game against Mepham High School on April 24. Alexa has been playing lacrosse since the third grade and was ranked in Newsday’s Top 100 student athletes. Serving as captain of the team, she is a two-time All-County Athlete and two-time All-Conference Athlete. The team is coached by Tim Brace and assistant coach Kate Danowski-Wright. Alexa plans to continue playing lacrosse at Ithaca College this fall, while pursuing a physical therapy degree.

BHS Joins AIDS Walk

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The members of Students United for Tolerance and participants in the 21st Century Scholars program raised $1,790 and participated in the AIDS Walk NYC on Sunday May 21st, 2017.  Our Bethpage team of 33 students and 3 teachers walked over 6 miles through Central Park in support of people living with HIV/AIDS and to protect public health for everyone. The Walk was a beautiful experience for all.  Ms. Bertolotti and the Tolerance Club are grateful to all who walked, donated and supported our team.  Special thanks to Mr. Levy and Mrs. Gagliardi for joining us!

Long Island Special Olympics

The Long Island Special Olympics held an outstanding competition in Bethpage with 600 athletes being assisted by over 90 coaches and 500 volunteers!  It was an amazing day for everyone!  Lots of memories were made!  Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks to the corporate sponsors as well as the Town of Oyster Bay for partnering with the Bethpage Schools!  We are already looking forward to next year!

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Busy Builders Club

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The JFK Kiwanis Builders Club has had a busy and productive April and May.

 

In April, our incoming president, Bryanna Ackerman, and incoming vice-president, Gabriela Carchi, along with advisor, Mrs. Ciarniello, attended the Long Island Divisional Kiwanis dinner and meeting at Domenico's in Levittown. Many clubs from various elementary, middle and high schools reported on their activities throughout the year.

 

In April and May, the Builders Club held a drive for the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter, collecting towels, dog biscuits, and cans of cat foods. We also made frozen treats, such as peanut-butter covered apples and yogurt-applesauce cups, to bring to the shelter.

 

On May 13, we brought these items to the shelter, had a lovely tour, and we also got to hold some kittens and see the dogs.

 

On May 16, several members helped Mrs. Dircks (from the JFK PTA) plant lovely spring flowers by the JFK entrance. The garden looks colorful and beautiful

Touring Washington

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Forty-six students from Bethpage High School visited Washington, DC in May after placing second at the Music in the Parks Festival in Silver Spring, MD. Under the supervision of music teacher Eric Kay, students took fascinating tours of the White House and the Capitol and a walking tour of the National Mall.

Regal Eagles

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The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) completed a bustling stretch that saw them compete in three competitions in six weeks. The team competed at the Regional at Hofstra University where they were recipients of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Chairman's Award, which is the most prestigious award presented to the team that best represents a model for other teams. That qualified them for the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. More than 15,000 students and over 400 teams from across the United States and more than 30 other countries gathered for the competition. Congratulations to all of the Regal Eagles and team advisors, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay on an outstanding season!

Battle at Bethpage

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The Bethpage High School Howard C. Vogt Field was home to the fifth Battle at Bethpage event on May 7. The event, which is held in conjunction with the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, raises money for the Bethpage Educational Foundation and this year also raised money for the Daler Educational Foundation. More than 1,000 spectators came out to witness the Division I college lacrosse teams of Duke University vs. Boston University.

The pregame ceremonies, emceed by Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark, also featured brief speeches by varous representatives from Town of Oyster Bay, as well as from the Daler Educational Foundation. The Bethpage School District’s elementary choir performed the National Anthem for the opening of the game.

Duke Lacrosse Clinic

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The Duke Men's Lacrosse team conducted a free clinic for children in grades K-8 in advance of the Battle at Bethpage.  Dozens of students went through drills with the Duke team and everything was watched over by legendary Duke Coach John Danowski.  It was a great event.  Thanks to Coach and all the Duke players!

Val & Sal

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Congratulations to the Class of 2017’s Valedictorian Shanaz Deen and Salutatorian Anthony Hernandez. Both students have excelled in all aspects of their education and have earned this prestigious designation. Shanaz will attend Princeton University to study molecular biology in the fall and Anthony will be attending Molloy College for adolescent education – history. We wish them the best of luck after graduation!

Explorers Support Special Olympics

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The BHS Explorers Club set their minds to raise funds for the upcoming Long Island Special Olympics.  Collecting change in the high school cafeterias, they raised over $77 to support the games!  Many of the students will be joining us as athletes on that day.  Thanks to their advisor Ms. Srsic for always being there for them.  The students came over and talked to Mr. Clark and Mr. Schneider about the games and how excited they are!

Disability and Differences Day

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In honor of Disability and Differences Day at Kramer Lane Elementary School, two of its students gave a presentation to the entire school on what it is like to have a learning disability. After much positive feedback, Bailey Horowitz and Grace Severin were asked to share their presentation with members of the community and Board of Education at the April 25 Board of Education meeting.

Lupus Donation

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Freshman Adina Rahman presented a check for $500 to representatives of the Lupus Alliance of LI/Queens. Motivated by family and close friends with the disease, Adina and her mother held a raffle fundraiser during the school’s annual play. Adina is pictured presenting the check with BHS SADD advisor Christine Kennedy to the organization’s Executive Director Patricia D’Accolti and President of the Board of Directors Patrick Geraghty.

Senior Citizen Prom

BHS Student Council hosted the 27th Annual Senior Citizen Prom and everyone had a great time celebrating the Under the Stars theme!  There was lots of good music, dancing and food as students waited on their guests and served them a full course meal!  Congratulations to everyone who attended and thanks to all the students who volunteered their time.  Special thanks to the teachers- Ms. Way and her husband Mr. Long (our key chef!), Ms. Sestak, Ms. Comunale  and Ms. Feyrer.  Everyone said they cannot wait until next year's prom!

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Junior Banquet 2017

Congratulations to the Junior Class Officers for staging a great Junior Banquet!  A good time was had by all!  Congratulations to Ms.Molé and Mr. Russo for being great advisors!

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Photo Contest Winners

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Congratulations to the local winners of Senator Hannon's Photo Contest!  Thanks to Senator Hannon for organizing the event and to Mr. DeStefano for his guidance in our participation!  The winners were:

First Place: Hunter Bedard
Honorable Mention: Emily McGlynn
Honorable Mention: Polina Jimenez

Recognition of Excellence

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Bethpage held its annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner where BHS Seniors chosen by the faculty choose an elementary, middle and high school teacher who impacted their lives.  It was a great evening for the students and their parents and for the teachers honored!  Thanks to the BHS Jazz Ensemble for making it such a classy event under the direction of Mr. Stehlik!  The students spoke with incredible poise and were very impressive!

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KL Lip Sync

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Kramer Lane Lip Sync!  It was a tremendous success!  The PTA did an awesome job and there were some very talented students, parents and staff!

21st Century Visit to Fire Island Lighthouse

On March 25th twenty Bethpage students made the 170 step climb, up the spiral staircase, to the top of the Fire Island Lighthouse.  This 168 foot lighthouse was commissioned in 1857 to replace the original 74 ft one that was too small.  The views from the top of the mainland and the barrier island were incredible.  Student learned of the history of the area and what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family in the 19th century.  Participants were showed how passengers were rescued off of stranded ships using ropes and pulleys.  Prior to electricity the beam of light emitted from lighthouses was from whale oil lambs.  To magnify the intensity of the oil lamp it was placed inside a Fresnel lens.   The lens concentrated the light into a single beam that was cast out to sea to guide ships.  The workings of the lamp and lens have been preserved and are there to explore.  Thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for making this all possible!

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Robotics in Rockland

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This year the BHS Robotics Team took on two competitions.  The first was in Rockland County and the next will be at Hofstra.  The robot looked to be in great shape during the meet!  Good luck to the team and to advisors Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay!

Builders Bake

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The JFK Kiwanis Builders Club, with help from the French classes, held a bake sale on March 16th to help raise money for the families in Bethpage whose house had a fire last month. We want to thank faculty, staff, and students for purchasing the delicious home-baked goods and also for the generous donations to this worthy cause. We are happy to have raised $362!

Dodgeball for Cure

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The Dodge for a Cure Dodgeball Tournament raised money to help fight childhood cancer. It was sponsored by the National Honor Society. Students from all grades competed and helped to raise $2,000.00 that was donated to the Winthrop-University Hospital's Children's Cancer Center for Kids. Thanks to the students and Mr. Fazio for making all the arrangements!

All-County Art Show

Congratulations to all the students in grades K-12 from all five Bethpage Schools who had their work displayed at the Annual All-County Art Exhibition!  The level of the work displayed was impressive!  Thanks to all the teachers involved and to Ms. Cardo who is the Co-Chair of the entire event!

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Kickline at NDA

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The Bethpage Varsity "Golden Girls" Kickline traveled to Orlando, Florida this past weekend to compete in the NDA National Dance Competition.  The girls had a great time in Florida earning three top ten scores.  They ended their season with the following awards:

4th place in Small Varsity Kick

6th place in Large Varsity Team Performance

9th place in Medium Varsity Pom

Special recognition to the team Seniors: Captain Kimberly Foley, Captain Julie Grzybowski, Lauren Kerwin, Captain Nicole Malatestinic, Bryanna Portaro, Kayla Schnabel and Jackie Verdi.  The team wishes their 7 amazing Seniors the best of luck in the future.

Challenger Basketball

The Bethpage Challenger Basketball team had a great game against Seaford!  A HUGE crowd came out to root for our hometown heroes!  Bethpage was well-coached by Mrs. Greco, Mrs. D'Orazio and Mr. Russo with help form Ms. Tierney and Ms. Gonyon.  Thanks to the BHS Cheerleaders and the White Tee's for coming out in such large numbers!  Thanks also to the great referees lead by Gannon Kenny-McGowan who raised $1,265 for the Challenger Team in a Homerun Derby!  The team will put those funds to good use!

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Builders Celebrate Valentines

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On Saturday, Feb. 18, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club and advisor, Mrs. Ciarniello,  visited the Central Island Nursing Home in Plainview. There, they helped some of the residents play Bingo, and they also enjoyed calling the numbers. Finally, they handed out hand-made Valentine cards, which were happily received by the residents. This was a great experience for Middle School students.

BHS Mardi Gras!

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The French Classes held their annual Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 28. In our beautifully decorated room, we served home-made crepes, quiche, French bread pizza, French onion soup, and a variety of international foods. There were also delicious desserts--homemade macaroons, madeleine cookies, Mardi Gras colored cupcakes and many other goodies. All the students wore their new French Club t-shirts, and everyone had a great time.  Thanks to Madame Ciarniello for making it all such a terrific event!

JFK Student Learn Finance

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On Monday February 27, 2017, a group of students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about creating a budget. Lina Penuela- Rannazzisi, from Bethpage Federal Credit Union came to facilitate this workshop. Each student was given a career and monthly income at random. Through an interactive lesson, students made financial decisions in terms of housing, transportation, clothing, food, and entertainment, while taking into consideration the monthly income they were given. Students were surprised by all the associated costs and how intricate creating a budget can be. The group had a great time and most importantly learned life lessons about making smart choices when it comes to finances. 

Windpower at CBS

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Students in Ms. Robb's class learned a great deal about power from wind.  Students designed their own wind turbines and had to lift buckets of cubes.  There were lots of variables (pitch, weight, volume, wind speed) they had to account for and they did a great job explaining it all to Mr. Clark and Mr. Schneider when they stopped by for a lesson.  Ms. Robb did a fantastic job putting together this lesson.

BHS Alumnus Writes for NY Times

Congratulations to former BHS student Zach Wichter for being hired as a journalist for the New York Times!  He is a proud product of Bethpage and a former Journalism student for the Eagles Cry!  He has made BHS and Mr. Malossi very proud.

Click here to read his recent featured article.

Kickline Champs!

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The Bethpage Golden Girls Varsity Kickline competed at the NDA Regional competition at Walt Whitman high school on January 21st.  The team took home 1st place trophies in all four of their competition routines; jazz, pom, kick and team performance.  They also took home the Superior Showmanship award.  Congratulations to the team on a job well done!   Thanks to Coach Martino for all she does for BHS!!!!

BHS Virtual Enterprise

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Students enrolled in the BHS course Virtual Enterprise presented at the regional showcase.  Each team presented their business proposal- including idea, marketing plan, cost and sales projections, risk assessment- to a distinguished panel.  BHS teams Petropolitan and Surge Wear did very well.  Congratulations to the team and to their advisor/teacher, Ms. Molé.  

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State of State

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BHS students were invited to Governor Cuomo's State of the State address.  The speech in Farmingdale highlighted the Governor's priorities for the upcoming year.  Students were excited to be among the VIP's able to attend!

Visiting Bethpage Credit Union

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JFK 21st Century students visited Bethpage Federal Credit Union over the holiday break and got a tour of the facilities and the opportunity to meet lots of employees and CEO Wayne Grosse.  Everyone was very kind and talked about their career paths.  Students visited each division of the bank and also visited the vault where they got see what $100,000 in cash looks like!  It was all very interesting and BFCU employees put the students through some mock loan interviews.  Thanks to everyone at BFCU for being such good neighbors and hosts!

40th Anniversary of SEPTA

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Forty years ago a group of parents in Bethpage got together to form the Special Education PTA.  It was a pioneering move in a time when all too many students were forgotten.  Times have certainly changed!  Those pioneers came back to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Bethpage SEPTA with current SEPTA officers and our terrific Special Education teachers and administrators.  We were joined by a couple of Board of Education members who were instrumental in making sure we serve all students in our district.

Congratulations to SEPTA on their 40th Anniversary and thanks for always putting children first!

Honor Society in DC

BHS students in the National Honor Society recently visited Washington D.C. making stops at the Newseum, Udvar Hazy Hangar, Ford's Theater, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery and the D.C. Zoo.  Everyone had a great time and thanks to all our teachers and particularly Mr. Fazio for making all the arrangements.

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