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.

Jump Rope for Heart

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Jump Rope for Heart was held at Central Boulevard Elementary School on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. During this school-wide event, each grade level participated at different times throughout the day. Students got to visit different stations such as jump rope, hopscotch, and a trampoline. They also took part in art, library, and music stations. All of the children signed a heart that was part of the Cultivating Kindness initiative and is displayed in our hallway. Together, Central Boulevard raised over $7,500 to benefit the American Heart Association! A heart-pumping time was had by all on this Valentine's Day!

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Penguin Parents

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First-grade students in Mrs. Seewald, Ms. Schmidt and Ms. Meehan's classes at Kramer Lane served as penguin parents for the day. Each child brought in a hard boiled egg and designed a carrier which would keep their egg free of cracks. The children were responsible for carrying their egg everywhere as they went throughout the day with the hopes of not cracking it. The objective of this experiment was for the children to experience the difficult task a penguin has when trying to keep their egg safe and warm in the harshest of weather. Thankfully, most students were successful in maintaining their "crack free" eggs.

STEAMing for Valentines

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Allison Robb’s fifth-graders mentored Erin Austin’s first-graders in a series of STEAM-related stations centered around Valentine’s Day at Central Boulevard School. Stations included students working together to make: heart houses out of marshmallows and toothpicks; valentine-themed slime; heart shapes out of Legos; boats that can hold the most candy hearts; and frozen baking soda hearts that react with vinegar.

Golden Eagles at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair

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Five students from Bethpage High School proudly represented the school community in this year's Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.  The students and their topics were:

  • Julie Grzybowki - "The Effect of Biodiversity on Plant Growth and Productivity"
  • Anthony Hernandez - "Sindonology: Vehicle for and Against Authenticity of the Turin Shroud"
  • Soham Maiti - "The Derivation and Applications of Special Relativity"
  • Brian McCarthy - "Robot Assistant: Picking Up Objects for the Vision Impaired"
  • Smiti Shah - "Efficient Nano-Based Water Filter: A Novel Application of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles (AgNP) and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Ink with Applied Electrical Current"

The students competed against more than 400 other Long Island students.  Soham and Smiti were selected to move on to LISEF's Round 2 Regional Fair, with the opportunity to compete in this year's international fair!

Congratulations to all of the students on their accomplishment and hard work!

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.

Dental Health

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In honor of Dental Health Month, dental hygienists from Vitagliano Orthodontics visited students at Charles Campagne Elementary School .
Students learned about the important of brushing and flossing their teeth and why it’s important to visit the dentist every six months. For their participation, each student received a toothbrush, toothpaste and informational booklet to bring home.

Celebrating Young Authors

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Kindergarten students from Central Boulevard School attended the Jan. 31 Board of Education meeting to celebrate the completion of their narrative writing projects. As part of a new K-2 writing initiative, students studied the works of author Todd Parr and reflected his style of writing and illustrating in their own work. At the meeting, which was part of the students’ author celebrations, they read their Parr-inspired original works and explained how they went through the seven stages of the writing process.

Athletes Helping Athletes

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Student-athletes in the Bethpage High School’s Athletes Helping Athletes program serve as positive mentors and role models to fifth- and sixth-grade students throughout the district. Several times throughout the year, the high school athletes visit their younger counterparts and work with them to foster sportsmanship, civility and healthy choices through interactive workshops and exercises. Members of Athletes Helping Athletes are pictured with students during a workshop at Kramer Lane Elementary School.

Amazing Artists!

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John F. Kennedy students Gianna Battaglia and Isabelle Yoon will have their artwork featured in the Colors of Long Island Exhibit at the Long Island Museum. The exhibit will run for two months and the Nassau County reception is held on April 2, 2017 and will feature select works from Long Island art students. Congratulations to Gianna and Isabelle!

 

All-County Musicians

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Nine Bethpage High School students were selected to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festivals that were held in January. The district congratulates the following students on this outstanding musical accomplishment: Andrei Aziz, Madison Buttice, Dana Chan, Keana Lee, Emily Liang, Michelle Luo, Adina Rahman, Carly Sesti and AJ Vita.

All-National Honor

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Congratulations to senior Keana Lee, who performed at the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles Conference held in Grapevine, Texas Nov. 10-13. She performed as part of the All-National Chorus, which is the highest level of recognition that a musician can receive for participating in a school music program.

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!!!!

Honors Musicians

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Congratulations to Emily Liang, Keana Lee, Michelle Luo and Carly Sesti who have been accepted into the 2017 National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern Honor Choir and Orchestra. Their acceptance was based on their perfect score of 100 at the New York State School Music Association All-State Festival last spring, in addition to their state ranking which is done by the NYSSMA judges. The students will represent the music department and perform in Atlantic City as part of this prestigious ensemble in April.

Fashion Friendzy

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The district hosted its third annual Bully Prevention Fashion Show, which featured both students and faculty performing and modeling from each of the school buildings. Set to the theme of Fashion “Friend”zy, the event raised more than $2,200 with more than 400 in attendance to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services, YES Community Counseling Center, Pride for Youth, and the district’s own bullying prevention programs. Thank you to all of those who attended and made contributions to this event, held at Bethpage High School’s Center for Performing Arts.

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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Geography Bee Winner

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John F. Kennedy Middle School held its annual Geography Bee after school on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Dozens of students competed for first place but none could beat sixth-grade student Patrick Dircks from Mr. Kramer’s class. Congratulations Patrick!

Fashion Show

Faculty, staff and students came from around the district for the Annual Fashion Show that combines haute couture with fundraising for bully prevention activities.  Faculty and staff looked pretty awesome dressed in the latest designs and students performed musical numbers.  A special appearance from our friend Sal Valentinetti was a highlight!

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Glassman, Mrs. Marcucci and Mrs. Hayes for arranging the evening!

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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!

STEAM Museum at CBS

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The STEAM Museum rolled into CBS and students had the hands-on opportunity to work with robots, generators, building blocks and computer tablets while learning about concepts of gravity, force and electrical charges.  It was enlightening for all!

Colors of Long Island

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Congratulations to Kramer Lane students Grace Greco and Daniella Palmeri for having their artwork displayed at the Long Island Museum's Colors of Long Island Art Exhibition. Colors of Long Island is an annual student art exhibition that gives students in grades kindergarten through 12 a chance to show their artwork in a museum setting. They will be honored April 2 at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY.

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!

Ugly Sweaters Appear at BHS

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The BHS faculty and staff came together in an Ugly Sweater Fundraiser to help adopt 36 people from our community.  These families will now have gifts to open and food to help celebrate the holidays.  We are very fortunate to work with a group of people that put the needs of others first and it sure showed during this fundraiser.  Thanks to Ms. Kennedy for organizing the event!  Happy Holidays to all!

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!

Season of Kindness

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Tying in with the schoolwide initiative for planting the seeds of kindness, students and staff at Central Boulevard have been donating warm winter accessories, toys and games. The seasonal donation drive was named Cultivating the Season Of Kindness and all donations will be given to the John Theissen Children's Foundation, Birthday Wishes of LI, and The Interfaith Nutrition Network.

Yoga for Recess

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Kramer Lane has been offering some more unique recess activities for its students. Called the Brown Bag Lunch series, Principal Kerri McCarthy has requested parent volunteers to share a skill with students. Once parents agree to a session, students of appropriate grade levels are offered the opportunity to take that program in place of their traditional indoor recess. Pictured are kindergarten students participating in a yoga workshop led by a parent who is a certified yoga instructor.

Matt at NYSSMA

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Congratulations to Matt Michelson who recently had his musical composition, Forbidden Jungle, performed at the NYSSMA Music Festival.  Matt’s composition was one of only eleven selected in the entire state to be performed!  His composition was reviewed and discussed by the selection committees.  In addition to composing, Matt plays both piano and saxophone.

Congratulations to Matt for his accomplishments! 

 

 

 

 

Tech Presentation by Alumnus

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Bryan Bende, BHS Alumnus Class of 2001, returned to Bethpage to give a very technical presentation at Altice Headquarters.  Bryan's topic was about Data Flow Using Nifi and MiNiFi.  Before a very tech savvy audience of software engineers, Bryan spoke about and demonstrated the software before answering questions from the audience.  Everyone was quite impressed!  Superintendent Clark was there to offer support for someone who worked in Bethpage as a student tech back in the early 2000's.  

Eight Athletes Signing

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Bethpage High School held its Commitment Day for athletes on Nov. 21. Eight of the Bethpage School district’s most distinguished student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the collegiate level. Each of the students donned college gear and signed their Letter of Intent in front of family, coaches and special guests.

Congratulations to the following seniors:

· Kierstin Bloom – New York Institute of Technology, softball

· Alyssa Firth – Yale University, gymnastics

· Thomas Galgano – Binghamton University, lacrosse

· Taylor Hannaberry – Misericordia University, lacrosse

· Jessica Losquadro – St. Bonaventure University, lacrosse

· Patrick Luzzi – Misercordia University, lacrosse

· Alexa Ritchie – Ithaca College, lacrosse

· Kristen Suran – DeSales University, softball


Update on Exemptions

A Public Hearing on the issue of Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans and Volunteer Firefighters/Ambulance Workers was held on November 22.  The Board listened that night to public comments and received written letters from the public as well.  The following week the Board discussed the issue in public session.

-Here is the presentation made on November 22.

-Here is the listserv message that explains the Board's decision.

More information and public meetings will be held in the spring as we get closer to the time for a referendum.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in this process.

 

Jazz Ensemble at ACLD

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BHS Jazz Ensemble played the Enviable Life Ball to assist for ACLD.  The affair was held at the Garden City Hotel and the musicians were appreciated for adding a great cultural element to the evening!  Thanks to them and to our fantastic leader Mr. Stehlik!

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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Read to Achieve

Third-grade students throughout the district gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers, as well as create a mentorship between high school scholar-athletes and elementary schoolers. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators regarding their favorite books and discussion on why reading is so important on the road to success.

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Porquoi at Kramer Lane

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Kramer Lane fourth graders wrote some creative "porquoi?" stories and then read them to listeners who were very interested in how they all turned out!  Great job to all the students and teachers!

Lions Club Food Drive

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Bethpage Schools once again assisted the Lions Club with their Annual Food Drive.  Lions gathered an enormous amount of donated food for local families, including some great turkeys!  BHS students from Ms. Way's class volunteered to box of lots of stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables and soups.  Lots of local families will enjoy Thanksgiving as a result of everyone's hard work!

BHS Thanksgiving

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Congratulations to the Student Civic Key Club for a successful Thanksgiving Festival that raised funds and food for Island Harvest!  Over 180 students participated in the event and brought cans and boxes of food.  It was a fun evening and thanks to all the teachers, students, staff and parents who participated and to Mr. Lynch for organizing the event!  Thanks to Kiwanis and Legislator Rose Walker for always being there for us!

CBS STEAM

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CBS students in the classroom of Mrs. Rufrano and Corcoran jumped right into building robots with Milo the Rover kits!  We definitely have some future engineers and computer programmers in the class!

Update on Water Quality Testing

Bethpage Schools continues to monitor water quality in our schools via testing done by our independent environmental consultant J.C. Broderick.  We have two faucets in the district that have tested over the EPA threshold.  They have been turned off since early June.  All other faucets fall below the EPA threshold.

Click here for an explanation of the testing and actions.

Click here for a summary of the Broderick report.

French Club at Madame Tussaud

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On Monday, November 7th, the French students along with Madame Ciarniello and Mademoiselle Jakltitch (and special guest, Tony Ciarniello)  went to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Times Square and then to Café Un Deux Trois, a French restaurant on 44th St. Everyone enjoyed posing with the life-like wax figures, which was followed by a delicious French meal, including une mousse au chocolat for dessert.

BHS Spanish Fiesta

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Students in BHS Spanish classes all participated in the Annual Spanish Fiesta.  Everyone loved the great dishes from around the world.  Thanks to the students and parents who made so much of the food themselves!  And thanks to our teachers who organized the entire event!  We also appreciate the help of our custodians who cleaned up after us all!  It was a great day!

Public Hearing on Property Tax Exemptions

***Notice of Public Hearing on Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans and Volunteer Firefighters***

The Bethpage Board of Education will be holding a Public Hearing on the issue of property tax exemptions for Veterans and Volunteer Firefighters. The public is welcome to attend and express opinions.

The Public Hearing will be on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30PM in the Little Theater of Bethpage High School.

Please note that this affects ALL residents and taxpayers. The exemptions are not paid by New York State nor the school district. The exemptions are paid by other residents in Bethpage via property taxes.

If you cannot make it but wish to be heard, you can send a letter to:

Bethpage Board of Education
10 Cherry Ave.
Bethpage, NY 11714

We look forward to hearing everyone's opinion on this issue.

Kramer Lane's Halloween

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Teachers at Kramer Lane dressed up as their favorite Emoji. Our students were treated to a Halloween Carnival during recess courtesy of our amazing KL PTA and we had a school wide parade in the afternoon. Teachers, staff, students and parents had a fun filled day!

Halloween at JFK

JFK had an outstanding Halloween Party with almost 500 students attending in some great costumes!  Teachers and Staff also got in the spirit with some imaginative outfits!  Congratulations to everyone!

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21st C- Wicked!

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Elementary 21st Century students had a great time seeing the Broadway show Wicked!  Thanks to the teachers for making all the arrangements and spending a Sunday with us!

Campagne Celebrates Halloween

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The Campagne faculty really are SUPERHEROES!  Everyone is in the spirit!

PTA Safe Halloween

Congratulations to the Bethpage HS PTA for its tremendous Safe Halloween Party!  Hundreds of younger students came out to celebrate and the PTA was assisted by dozens of clubs and civic organizations and lots and lots of secondary students who wanted to participate in this fun event!  Thanks to everyone who participated and made this a memorable event!

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Choices and Consequences

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Thanks to the offices of Nassau DA Singas and the Nassau County Police Department, BHS Juniors were able to attend an assembly on Choices and Consequences.  Thanks to the SADD Club and Ms. Kennedy for making this happen for us.

Soaring Eagles at JFK

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On Thursday, October 27, 2016 JFK Middle School hosted their annual “Soaring Eagles Day”. The day was full of character education workshops that were built around inspirational author and speaker Marc Mero’s message. Mr. Mero is a former football and hockey all-star, a four time NYS Boxing champion, a WWE Wrestling Champion and the founder of “Champion of Choices”. The day ended with the annual Pep Rally where the JFK student body cheered for the middle school athletic teams as well as local athletes from the Special Olympics. Overall, it was a fantastic day for the JFK teachers, staff and students. 

Exploring Yoga

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On Tuesday 10/25, Gina Califano, yoga, stress-reduction & meditation coach, donated her time to work with our Explorations Club.  Gina led the students through a series of positive thought affirmations, chair and gentle yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxing mediations that students can incorporate into their daily lives.  She was assisted by Marie McGluckin who is a member of Students United for Tolerance.  Thanks to all for a wonderful experience!

Putt Putt at CBS

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Bethpage is known for great golf courses and a new one was set up at CBS by Phys Ed teachers Mrs. Agovino and Mr. Braglia.  Students played various holes in Putt Putt format with a Halloween theme!  It was lots of fun for all involved!  For some, just as tough as Bethpage Black!

Red Ribbon Week

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Bethpage Schools celebrated Red Ribbon Week with BHS students visiting our elementary schools to discuss topics of importance to children.  Thanks to the Social Workers for setting this up and to Christine Kennedy for making all the arrangements.  

Book Tasting at JFK

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Our JFK librarian, Ms. Phillips, held a “book tasting” in the “Library Cafe,” where 8th grade English students sampled various books on the menu. Complete with table settings, a roaring “fire,” and flowers on the table, the library was transformed into a fancy feast for readers. Students enjoyed perusing through Ms. Phillips’ suggestions for each course while “dining” with their classmates. 

Bethpage Hall of Fame

Bethpage held its annual Hall of Fame Dinner and this year honored: Anita Disanza, Joie Tyrrell, Bobby Macholz, Len Mulqueen, Signor Maio, Judith Claire Mitchell and the 1996 Boys Lacrosse Team on the anniversary of their State Championship.  Congratulations to all of them and thanks to all the guests who came out to support the Bethpage Educational Foundation.  Thanks to Rose Walker, Laura Schaefer and County Executive Ed Mangano for joining us for the evening!

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BHS Homecoming

Weather held out for a great BHS Homecoming Parade that included our Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Kickline, Classes and Clubs as well as lots of participants from the PAL and from JFK!  It was very festive!  Special guests included members of the Class of 1956 who are holding their 60th Reunion today!  Congratulations to all!

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TGIF for JFK

JFK held its first TGIF of the year and it was an energetic success with over 450 students attending!  Everyone had a great time playing basketball, dodgeball, ping pong, board games, swimming, watching movies and eating over 60 pizzas!  Thanks to all the teachers and staff who volunteered to join us on a great Friday night!

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TOBAY Beach

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On Saturday September 24th members of the Marine Science Club participated in the Town of Oyster Bay Fall Beach Cleanup.  Our students scoured a large section of Center Island beach, along both the Long Island Sound and the harbor.  A myriad of items were collected and catalogued for the "Friends of the Bay" annual survey.

Participants learned about Long Island geography and had a hands on experience collecting samples of local marine life which will be displayed the Club's fish tank.

The volunteers were treated to a BBQ and an opportunity to try their hand at fishing.  All members left with a greater appreciation of beautiful Oyster Bay, a unique and special place so close to home.

French Club Car Wash

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On Sept. 17, the French Club held its annual car wash. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a lot of fun. We raised over $400 which will help fund the club's trips.  Thanks to everyone who participated and to Madame Ciarniello! 

21st C to Sands Point Preserve

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21st Century students spent a beautiful afternoon at the Sands Point Preserve.  They were able to tour Hempstead House, see Castle Gould and then walk the grounds with a staff biologist!  It was all terrific!  Thanks to staff members Leah and Eric for being our guides.

21st C: Nassau Museum of Art

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21st Century students visited the Nassau County Museum of Art and had a personalized tour of the Feast for the Eyes exhibit that featured works of art centered around the theme of food.  Afterwards they toured the sculpture garden and the forma gardens.  It was a great day!  Thanks to Mr. Jantz and Mr. Clark for taking us!