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Keeping Our Beaches Clean

Beach Clean-Up 2017

Last Saturday Mr. Portuese with the help of Ms. Gatanas supervised the Marine Science Club as they participated in the Town of Oyster Bay Beach Clean-Up.  Our students worked hard to rid a mile stretch of Center Island of plastic bottles, soda cans and other miscellaneous trash.  One of the more interesting finds was a 1950’s vintage upper half of a boat engine.  We theorize that it was from a boat that sank years ago and was washed ashore by Superstorm Sandy’s surge.  It was covered by sand as the waters retreated.  Wind erosion over the years exposed the motor enough to be seen.  Our students dug the rest of it up so that it could be removed.  The weather wasn’t the greatest but the BBQ was!  Samples of local marine life were collected for our classroom tank.

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Youth Ambassador Leader

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John F. Kennedy Middle School student Santina Lonardo participated in the elite Ambassador Leadership Summit at Harvard University in July 2017.  After being nominated by Ms. Green in seventh grade, Santina participated in the exclusive summer program for middle school and high school students representing all fifty states and several countries! The program, which focuses on leadership development, community service, global awareness, and college preparation, provided Santina with a comprehensive and interactive learning experience that introduced her to new friends and provided strategies for becoming a more active and engaged member of the Bethpage community. During the Summit, Santina created a community action plan that focused on partnering with the Long Island Cares Foundation as a way to bridge the gap between needy families and school sports teams in Bethpage. Congratulations to Santina for participating in the program! 

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Bethpage High School’s Vita Named NYSSMA All-State Alternate

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Bethpage High School junior AJ Vita has been selected by the New York State School Music Association as an All-State alternate for guitar and bass. The All-State festival is part of NYSSMA’s 83rd annual Winter Conference, which will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.  

More than 6,500 sophomores and juniors in New York State performed in NYSSMA solo evaluation festivals last spring in the hopes of being selected for All-State. Qualifying students had to receive a score between 98 and 100 on their solo performance, judged by a NYSSMA All-State adjucator.  

The district commends AJ on his exceptional talents and dedication to music.
 

French Club Car Wash

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On Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 10AM to 3PM, the Bethpage High School French Club and JFK Middle School French classes, along with teacher, Madame Ciarniello, held a very successful car wash to help raise money for the JFK trip to Quebec and the BHS trip to the city. Our superintendent, Mr. Terry Clark, surprised us with a visit, as did the Bethpage Fire Department. How exciting it was to see the fire truck coming down the street and pull into the parking lot! Washing the fire truck was quite an undertaking.  It was our best turn turnout ever- 25 students attended, and we raised over six hundred dollars! Everyone worked hard, some people went home drenched, but we all had a great time!

9/11 Memorial

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On Tuesday, September 12, a very beautiful 9-11 memorial was hosted by the Bethpage Chamber of Commerce and was assisted by the Bethpage Kiwanis Club and the Bethpage Fire Department. JFK Builders Club members: Amalia Lal (and her little sister, Steffy), Gabriela Carchi, and Ciara O'Toole helped out by handing out candles to all those attending. Also shown is Tim Ciarniello, former BHS graduate and a proud member of the Bethpage volunteer department.

BHS Band is Ready!

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Mr. Stehlik took the band up to Monticello, NY for band camp on September 8th to September 10th. The kids had a lot of fun learning the music and the show, sitting around the camp fire singing and laughing, and making new friendships. A great time was had by all! A special thank you to the faculty chaperones Ms. Kovacs, Mrs. Sinisi, Mr. Coscette, Mr. Wibben, and Mr. Neuman, and our parent chaperones Mr. Virgil, Mr. Schmidt, and Mrs. Daniel. 

Welcome Back Students

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Students across the Bethpage School District soared into their respective schools on Sept. 5 for the first day of the 2017-18 school year. Administrators, teachers and faculty were on hand to guide the students to their classes after welcoming them off the buses. The hallways at all five schools teemed with enthusiasm and excitement as students reconnected with friends and became acquainted with their teachers.

The district wishes all students and staff a very successful year.

2017 Inductees to Hall of Fame

 Click here for the invitation and details.

The Bethpage Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2017:

Colonel Timothy Cloonan
Bethpage High School Class of 1958

FDNY Captain Brian Hickey
Bethpage High School Class of 1972

Novelist Barbara Keiler
Bethpage High School Class of 1970

Dr. Antoinette MacLeod
Bethpage High School Principal 1986-2003

Dr. Charles Melone
Bethpage High School Class of 1960

Salutatorian/Teacher Rosalie Walsh Niemczyk
Bethpage High School Class of 1956

U.S. Intelligence Senior Analyst Frank Procida
Bethpage High School Class of 1993

Teacher/Coach Al Blau and the 1968-69 Wrestling Team

The dinner in their honor will be held on Saturday, October 21 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.  

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 www.bethpage.ws/HOF

 Click here for the invitation and details.

District Welcomes Its Newest Educators

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The district welcomed 25 new members to its educational community with a detailed orientation program on Aug. 28. The day was designed to ensure a smooth transition for the educators into their new positions by familiarizing them with the district’s tradition of excellence and demonstrating ways to implement that tradition.
 
The daylong orientation began with breakfast and welcoming remarks from central administrators and district directors in the high school senior courtyard. Each new instructional member received a Bethpage School District tote bag filled with informational materials for a successful school year. 

The program included a bus tour of the community, with stops at local businesses such as Altice and Gold Coast Studios, where faculty toured the set of the CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait.” 

Concluding the day, the new educators explored their respective schools to become acquainted with their buildings and principals. 

The district welcomes the following individuals to its instructional staff: Tyler Arnone, Melissa Biscardi, Joan Chiarello, Erin Duignan, Daniella Flaim, Angela Formica, Jon Hatzfeld, Lindsay Johnson, Mara Karfinkel, Jennifer Lindkvist, Kaitlyn Lynch, Scott Mattera, Karen Mayal, Mary Ellen McEntee, Denise Moerler, Jillian Mulholland, Megan O’Brien, Alexandria Olsen, Jennifer Panzner, Basmattie Passaro, Thomas Piccirillo, Kristin Rochford, Antonia Ryan, Dylan Sloane and Victoria Yegelwel.

Beauty and the Beast- Summer Production

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Congratulations to all the actors, singers, dancers, directors and stage crew for the wonderful production of our elementary summer school's Beauty and the Beast!  It was wonderful to watch!

Athletic Wall of Fame

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Congratulations to Debbie Dorsch and the late Joe Disanza for being honored at the Annual Wall of Fame ceremony!  Debbie was a four sport athlete who was a member of several championship teams and was often MVP!  Joe was the beloved Athletic Director and before that a teacher and coach.  It was a very nice ceremony that was followed up the next day by the Annual Howie Vogts Golf Tournament that raised funds for scholarships for Bethpage students.  Great job to John Coumatos and Bobby Zuk for all the arrangements!

Robots School the Board of Ed

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The Bethpage Robotics Team- the Regal Eagles- came in one evening during the summer to demonstrate their fantastic robot to the Bethpage Board of Education.  The students talked about their remarkable year and then did a hands-on demonstration, allowing audience members to drive the robot.  The students along with advisors Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay all had a great year!

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.

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!

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!