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Class of 1978 Reconnects For 40th Reunion

Class of 1978 Reconnects For 40th Reunion
The Bethpage High School Class of 1978 returned to campus on Aug. 10 to take a walk down memory lane as part of the 40th reunion weekend.

“It was a thrill to meet these Golden Eagle alumni and show them how their school has changed and yet remained the same,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “Their faces were beaming with pride as we walked through the entire campus, with many of them returning for the first time in several years.”
The alumni walked the halls and toured the pool, auditorium, courtyard and football field while observing many other facility upgrades. Most importantly, they reconnected with former classmates, near and far.

“I hope they enjoyed their reunion weekend and continue to remember their time growing up in Bethpage fondly,” Schneider added.  
 

Bethpage Inducts New Group Into Athletic Wall of Fame

Bethpage Inducts New Group Into Athletic Wall of Fame photo

A new cohort of distinguished individuals was inducted into the Bethpage School District Athletic Wall of Fame during a July 22 ceremony on the high school’s football field. This year’s group of honorees, who were the fifth to be inducted, included Anne DiPrima; “The Three Amigos” Thomas Cilmi, Frank DeCicco and Vincent Valenti; and the 1971 men’s high school track team.

DiPrima earned her place on the honorary wall as a pioneer for interscholastic sports at the middle school and high school levels since joining the district in 1970 as a teacher and coach. As the high school softball coach, she won 406 games in 34 seasons before retiring from the helm in 2014. As the current high school volleyball coach, she has accumulated 594 victories, the most in Nassau County history. 

Dubbed “The Three Amigos,” Cilmi, DeCicco and Valenti exemplify the meaning of a Golden Eagle as strong supporters of the high school football team. The trio received their nickname during the 1970s by the high school football coaching staff for their dedication to the program and their attendance at every game, home and away. The three supporters have 22 children and grandchildren altogether who have attended district schools.

The men’s high school track team of 1971 was named the top team in the state by the New York State Scholastic Track Association after going undefeated and winning the North Shore Championship. The group edged out Mount Vernon, Boys and Archbishop Molloy high schools in the closest decision in the history of state track selections. The Fred Meder-coached team also won the Mid Island Meet and the prestigious Eddy Meet during the 1971 season. 

Among the speakers at the event were current Superintendent of Schools David Schneider and recently retired Superintendent Terrence Clark, who served as master of ceremonies. Schneider concluded the ceremony with a presentation of a plaque to Clark from the athletic department for his support and dedication as superintendent. 




Bethpage Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting

Bethpage Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting photo

Newly appointed Superintendent of Schools David Schneider was sworn into his new position as the leader of the Bethpage School District during the Board of Education’s annual reorganization meeting on July 10.

Along with Schneider’s swearing-in, re-elected Board members James McGlynn and Sandra Watson took oaths for new three-year terms. 

Following their nominations and unanimous elections, Michael Kelly and Watson were sworn in as Board president and vice president, respectively. The elections mark the eighth straight term as president for Kelly, while Watson will serve her ninth consecutive year as vice president. 



Bethpage high school celebrates Class of 2018

BHS Celebrates 63rd Annual Commencement photo

Bethpage High School celebrated its 63rd annual commencement on June 22 to honor the Class of 2018 on a near-perfect evening at the Bethpage Athletic Complex. 

The ceremony was the final for Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark as he prepares for retirement after 32 years in the district, spending the last nine as superintendent. 

“I have loved every minute of being your superintendent,” Clark told the Class of 2018. “I was honored when you dedicated your yearbook to me. I will cherish that forever.” 

Clark’s was among several speeches throughout the night, including the final commencement speech as principal from Michael Spence, who is transitioning to the role of assistant superintendent for instruction for the district.

“Don’t live a life of should have and could have. Your possibilities are endless, your reach far and wide,” Spence said to the graduates. “Don’t doubt yourself – and if you do, which is natural, go forward anyway. Failure is okay; your attempt builds character, grit and ultimately where you need to be.”

Joshua Danzinger, senior class president, and Marco Cunha, student council president, delivered opening remarks before handing off to the class’s salutatorian, Gillian O’Boyle, and valedictorian, Smiti Shah.

“There’s more to standing out in the world than natural talent or being a genius. It is my firm belief that to achieve any success, it is critical to work hard,” Shah proclaimed. “Persistence is far more valuable than any notion of talent; there is no substitution for hard work.” 

Each student was presented with a diploma and pronounced graduates before the traditional cap toss ended the evening and put a punctuation on the tenure of the Class of 2018. 

The district congratulates its newest alumni and wishes them the best of luck in the future!

2018-19 Summer Assignments

Summer Assignments for Bethpage High School's Advanced Placement, Pre-AP, and Philosophy courses are now available.  They can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Summer Assignments for 2018-19

Bethpage Debuts STEM Lab

Bethpage Debuts STEM Lab photo

Anticipated since the spring 2016, the first of three new STEM labs in the Bethpage School District debuted on June 19 with a formal public ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was held at the first lab to be completed, at Charles Campagne Elementary. The other two labs, at Central Boulevard and Kramer Lane, are scheduled to be finished in the near future.

Held as part of the district’s monthly Board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark delivered opening remarks that included thanking all those who helped in the development and construction of the labs.

The project was approved by the public in May 2016 with goal of completion before Clark’s retirement as superintendent. The district was able to get ready for the opening of each STEM lab by having a team of teachers attend workshops and conferences of their interest in addition to developing a curriculum.

Select fifth-graders from each elementary school were invited to the ceremony to help cut the ribbon in addition to demonstrating STEM experiments. The Bethpage High School robotics team, which claimed third place at the FIRST Robotics Competition in Detroit this past April, was also on hand to demonstrate how the advancement in STEM curriculum can benefit current and future students. 



Elementary Moving Up

Congratulations to all our 5th graders who are Moving Up!  Today's three ceremonies were all terrific!  Enjoy the summer!  JFK is looking forward to having you as students next year!!

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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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Central Boulevard Students Raise and Release Quail

Central Boulevard Students Raise and Release Quail photo

The students in Erin Austin’s first-grade class at Bethpage’s Central Boulevard Elementary School delved into a hands-on, ecological adventure through a citizen science class project involving Northern bobwhite quail, a species native to the area. This marks the second straight year that Austin’s class has completed the assignment in conjunction with the Islip-based Seatuck Environmental Association.

The adventure started on May 1 with a 25-day incubation and observation period. Once the seven quail eggs hatched, the students were tasked with maintaining optimal temperatures inside the brooder, in addition to providing food and water. 

The experience culminated on June 15 with a class trip to the Suffolk County Environmental Center at the Scully Estate in Islip. During the trip, the group hiked through a salt marsh and examined microorganisms in the pond behind Scully Mansion before releasing the quail into their natural habitat. 

The interactive project gave the students an up-close look at the stages of the quail’s life cycle. They also gleaned the importance of the species’ impact on the local environment, as Northern bobwhite quail eat ticks, which were at a record high last year.



Maritime Festival at BHS

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This year’s Maritime Festival is dedicated to our longtime friend and educator Sue Rankin.  Mrs. Rankin has onboard from the very first year, teaching the third grader’s all about the marine food web and the vital role of plankton.  This Maritime Festival was her last, she’s retiring in June and we wish her great happiness.  Mrs. Rankin’s energy, creativeness and love of all things related to the sea will be missed.  A special thanks to all the building and grounds, custodial, clerical and teaching staff who help make this event possible every year.

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Ms. Sciara- Teacher of the Month!

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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! 

Honoring Joey

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Congratulations to Joey Gilio for being recognized as the Long Island Student of the Year by LISEA.  It was a great honor and Joey gave a great speech thanking his family and all his teachers!  Joey works hard and deserves this honor!

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Breakfast

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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!

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.

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

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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!

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!
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