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Standing as Influencers

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Second graders at Charles Campagne Elementary School welcomed staff, parents and community members to a living wax museum on June 11.

Students dressed as and spoke about influential figures in history that they researched prior to the event. Featured personalities included Mike Piazza, Cleopatra, Stan Lee, Taylor Swift, Mother Teresa, Michael Jordan, John F. Kennedy and Neil Armstrong.

The three second grade classes gathered throughout the building’s STEM Lab, all-purpose room and a classroom to create three museums to tour. Decked out in costumes and apparel to represent their subject, students wore buttons for attendees to push to encourage the students to speak about the figure.

The district congratulates the students and teachers for their preparation and execution in creating a museum full of biographical figures.

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Celebrating as Americans

Celebrating as Americans

Second graders at Central Boulevard Elementary School showcased their knowledge about the state nation when they shared projects, presentations and an “Americans We” performance on June 7.

Each student showcased their state fair assignments that included fun facts, climate information, famous people and more as a large gallery in the school’s gymnasium. Next, the entire grade came together to perform Teresa Jennings’ musical revue “Americans We” to conclude the patriotic topic. 

“Americans We” is a celebration of the people, by the people and for the people. Through song, movement and dialogue the revue focuses on the American people and the roles that are served. The assembly concluded with the “Fifty States” song.

Central Boulevard congratulates all of the performers on a job well done!

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Elementary Masquers' Guild Presents Willy Wonka, Jr!

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The Bethpage Elementary Masquers' Guild will be presenting their fourth-annual Spring Musical, Willy Wonka, Jr!  The show will feature ninety-two Grade 4 and Grade 5 students across Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School.

The performances are on Thursday, June 13, 2019 (7:00 PM); Friday, June 14, 2019 (7:00 PM); and Saturday, June 15, 2019 (2:00 PM) at the Bethpage High School Center for the Performing Arts.  

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8.00.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jonathan Wibben at jwibben@bethpage.ws.

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Expert Level Knowledge

Expert Level Knowledge

Fourth grade students at Central Boulevard Elementary School recently expanded their knowledge of certain topics by taking part in a Be an Expert project.

This past winter, students were each given a Be an Expert bag that contained several books on an area of focus. They completed assignments for each book that equipped them with information and facts. The culmination of the students’ work was presented on June 5, when they shared their finished projects. Themes included the American Revolution, auto racing, inventors and Ellis Island. 

Students had the choice of creating a trifold or a powerpoint demonstration to communicate the knowledge that might qualify them as experts. Following presentations, classmates added questions, comments and remarks based on the individual’s assignment.

Congratulations to the fourth graders that put in the effort to become experts! 

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A STEAM Effort in Bethpage

A STEAM Effort in Bethpage

The district celebrated science, technology, engineering, art and math recently by a hosting Family STEAM Night at both Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne elementary schools.

Kramer Lane welcomed students along with their families on May 29. Teachers and volunteers led in-classroom activities such as space slime, rocket design, sun beads and gravity drop. In addition to the STEAM workshops, students’ art work was on display in an art show gallery in the school’s gymnasium.

Charles Campagne provided a similar evening of fun on May 30 with hands-on and interactive projects for students and families in the STEM lab and throughout the building.

“Thank you to the administrators, teachers, PTA and volunteers that supported Family STEAM Night at Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.

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Philosophy Club Visits John F. Kennedy

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On Thursday, May 23, 2019, Bethpage High School students from Ms. Way's Philosophy Club visited John F. Kennedy Middle School to talk Philosophy with Ms. Klein's Grade 6 Social Studies classes. They recently studied philosophy while learning about Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle during their Ancient Greece unit. The high school students presented the sixth graders with philosophical questions and a comfortable conversation ensued. This collaboration between Ms. Way and Ms. Klein's classes has taken place for the last five years!  Ms. Klein hopes that this will inspire her Grade 6 students to be more philosophical and promote ethics and academic integrity among all Bethpage students.

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Accepting the Challenge of Heroes

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The Bethpage High School hockey team was honored at the Fourth Annual Long Island Sports Impact Awards Dinner, held at the Jericho Terrace on May 20, for their achievement as first-place winners of the 2018 Team Up 4 Community Holiday Sports Heroes Challenge.

Congratulations to all involved in this exceptional fundraising and community effort! 

Celebrating the Pride of Bethpage

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The district celebrated the accolades of staff members and students during a Board of Education meeting on May 28, which was preceded by a tenure reception.

Ten staff members were honored in the high school courtyard for receiving tenure. Superintendent David Schneider congratulated them for their dedication in making Bethpage a special district and reaching this career milestone.

“We are a family in Bethpage and these individuals showcase the commitment to continue to make our district special,” said Mr. Schneider. “Congratulations to all of the honorees for putting in the hard work to be recommended for tenure.”

The district congratulates Renee Balvin, Ashley Blatus, Carmelo Carbone, Andrew Choi, Kayleen Gonyon, Rosemarie Hale, Zachary Levy, Christine McGuire, Danielle Mole and Julianne Tierney for earning tenure. 

The Board of Education meeting followed in the high school’s small theatre, where the athletics department’s Captains’ Club was recognized along with students enrolled in the AP Art Studio course.

Art department chairperson Elena Cardo introduced a slide show that featured the work, accomplishments and future educational plans of students in the course. She also invited the Board of Education members and meeting attendees to view the gallery of work stationed in the main lobby.

Next, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health John Franchi welcomed into the theatre the Captains’ Club, a group comprised of the captains for all 30 of the high school’s varsity athletic teams. Each student came to the front to announce the team they represented and share individual and team accomplishments from the past school year.  They were then presented with certificates of excellence by Mr. Schneider and Mr. Franchi. The seniors on hand also shared the college they will attend this fall.

The district congratulates all of the evening’s recognitions and thanks all individuals for representing Bethpage with pride!

Science Research Awards

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Our Bethpage High School Science Research students participated in two research award ceremonies this past week and earned extremely high placement rankings along with monetary awards.

  • The Engineering Design Challenge
       Maya Maciel-Seidman, Grade 10: Arduino-Powered Dehydration Sensor: A Novel Device to Save Lives - 1st Place
  • Long Island Science Congress (LISC)
       Aurrel Bhatia, Grade 9: A Time Series Analysis of the Temperature Variance Since the 1980's - Most Distinguished Categorical Project and State Congress Nominee
       
    Dimitrios Nerantzinis, Grade 9: Effect of Hydrocarbon Combustion in Microbial Fuel Cell on Growth of Brassica oleraceaMost Distinguished Categorical Project and State Congress Nominee
       Theresa Thulasidas, Grade 9 and Ava Zingone, Grade 9: The Effect of Different Reflective Material on the Amount of Solar Energy Produced When Using Optimal Pigmentation - Most Distinguished Categorical Project
       Ruchitha Channapatna, Grade 9: The Effect of Different Environmental Factors on the Amount of Polyethylene Plastic by Galleria mellonella Larvae: A Focused Study on the Optimal Temperature and pH - High Honors Ranking and Micro-Optics Award (Microscope)
       Samar Singh, Grade 9 and Sukjraj Singh, Grade 9: The Effect of Different Aerodynamic Designs on the Altitude of a Poly-lactic Acid Sugar Rocket - Honors Ranking

Special thanks to Mr. Pollatos and Ms. Papetti for their continued guidance and support of their students and their research. 

The Bethpage Schools community congratulates all of these students on their hard work and accomplishments!

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Ethical Sharing

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Students in the high school’s Ethics Club visited Monica Klein’s JFK’s sixth grade social studies classes to host the Fifth Annual Ethics Socratic Circle on May 23.

The Ethics Club members spoke to five classes and presented an open-ended question to spark comfortable conversations. Students listened closely to the comments of their peers, discussed their own views and held an open dialogue with no right or wrong answers. The visit followed the sixth-graders’ recent completion of a philosophy lesson covering Socrates, Plato and Aristotle that was part of an ancient Greece unit. 

“It was my hope to promote ethics and academic integrity among all Bethpage students,” said Mrs. Klein. “I also hope that the sixth graders may become to inspired to join the Ethics Club when they join the high school in a few years.”

Mrs. Klein thanked seniors Soham Maiti and Jessica O’Keefe, junior Ujala Dar, Liz Freedman, Erica Marciante and Nicole Zacchie and freshman Bernardo Jimenenz for taking the time to engage and educate her classes.

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Collecting Crayons

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The “Thoughtful Thursday” monthly series continued at Central Boulevard Elementary School as students learned about the Crayon Initiative on May 23.

Created by Bryan Ware in 2011, the Crayon Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools and homes from across the country. Once gathered, the original crayons are melted, remanufactured and distributed to art programs at children’s hospitals across the United States.

To help with this cause, students at Central Boulevard will be collecting used crayons from June 3-14. This month’s Thoughtful Thursday focused on decorating collection boxes as well as making signs to promote the school-wide donation drive.

Patricia Tierney’s second grade class welcomed the help of Bethpage High School students as they created signs. The second graders buddied with the high school students to illustrate designs and text to promote their cause. 

Central Boulevard looks forward to collecting donated crayons to help with this thoughtful charity.

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18th Annual Maritime Festival

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The Bethpage High School seniors, who attended the Maritime Festival when they were in 3rd Grade, did an outstanding job inviting and educating the 3rd Graders from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School. They enjoyed taking on the role of educators in the six stations.  Participants had a great educational experience and a bunch of laughs! 

Special thanks to Mr. Hack for doing the scuba, Ms. Papetti for facilitating the plankton station, Mr. Stroh for assisting with the collection of sea water at dawn, Mr. Keelan and Mr. Santiago for their assistance with the setup and breakdown of the event, Mr. Carroll for proving the aquatic holding pens, and Mr. Portuese for his continued assistance in planning the successful event.  We also want to acknowledge M. Flower and Son of Oyster Bay and L and L Bait of Bayshore for the touch tank creatures.

The festival is dedicated in memory of Mr. Frank Portuese, who cherished his time out on the waters and instilled a love and fascination with creatures from our local shores.  There would not be a Maritime Festival without him.

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Builders Club Animal Shelter Visit

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club, along with club advisor, Madame Ciarniello, visited the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. The students were given a tour of the shelter and also had the opportunity to interact with the kittens and to also see the cats and dogs who were waiting to be adopted. 

In addition, the club held a "pet" drive at John F. Kennedy Middle School, where they collected old towels (for the animals' cages), as well as dog and cat food, treats, and toys. The club members also brought home-made treats (containing apples, peanut butter, and yogurt) for the dogs.  

The shelter and the animals really appreciated the club's efforts and loved the treats! Many animals are waiting to be adopted, so please give the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter a visit!

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Zeus Selects Successors at JFK

Zeus Selects Successors at JFK

The 11th Annual Zeus Retires Debates took place in Monica Klein’s sixth-grade social studies classes at John F. Kennedy Middle School on May 20, with five successors announced.

Zeus, played by Mrs. Klein’s father Ben Morselli, visited each class to determine the next ruler of Olympus as he retires from his throne. The gods, goddesses and heroes in each class held debates on how their attributes and characteristics make for the next great leader of Olympus. 

Each participating student dressed the part of a specific mythological figured and delivered persuasive speeches prior. Students also engaged in a peer question forum where they challenged the attributes of their opponents. After a discussion with Mrs. Klein, Zeus determined the next ruler of Olympus by awarding them the Golden Bolt.

Mrs. Klein congratulated all students for their dedication and hard work in preparing their presentations. Special acknowledgement went to the winners from each period: Olivia Greenfield as Themis, Joseph Bashker as Hades, Sara Bashker as Artemis, Dana Scruggs as Artemis and Matthew Cusumano as Ares.

“Another great display of research, presentation and debate skills by our sixth graders in the 11th Annual Zeus Retires Debates,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “Thank you to Mrs. Klein and her father for continuing this tradition at JFK.”

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Recognition of Excellence

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Bethpage High School held their 15th Annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner where ten Bethpage High School seniors, chosen to be recognized by the faculty, were asked to recognize the staff.  Each student was asked to choose an elementary, middle, and high school teacher who they wished to honor for having made the lasting impact, their willingness to go above and beyond, and their ability to connect with the students. Congratulations to all of the students and staff members nominated!

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Student Continues to Fundraise Against Lupus

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For four years now, Bethpage High School junior Adina Rahman has been helping those diagnosed with Lupus. She recently provided a donation of $650 to the Lupus Alliance of Long Island/Queens. 

To date, Adina has garnered a total of $2,250 for the Alliance. She presented a check to Patricia D’Accolti, Executive Director of the Lupus Alliance of Long Island/Queens chapter, on May 16. Ms. D’Accolti congratulated Adina for her efforts and presented her with a certificate of excellence. 

Adina’s passion for this cause generates from family members that have been affected by the disease and a drive to make a difference in finding a cure. To raise the money, she held raffles at musicals and other school shows throughout the year. She is also actively involved in the SADD Club.
The district salutes Adina for her passion and dedication to raising money for the Lupus Alliance. 

Budget Approved

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Congratulations to John Lonardo on winning the Board election.


Felicitaciones a John Lonardo por ganar la elección de la Junta.




Congratulations to Christina Scelta on winning the Board election.


Felicitaciones a Christina Scelta por ganar la elección de la Junta.




Congratulations to Marie Swierkowski on winning the Board election.


Felicitaciones a Marie Swierskowski por ganar la elección de la Junta.




Early American Lessons

Early American Lessons

The Argonauts from all three elementary schools had the opportunity to explore the BOCES Homestead Ecology Program in Brookville on May 6.

Students were fortunate to take part in hands-on learning experiences through participation in Early American craft activities such as broom making, blacksmithing and pioneer construction. The group also explored the property’s nature trail systems. The program helps students to develop an appreciation of the colonial lifestyle and comparative technologies.

The district thanks the BOCES program coordinators for allowing the Argonauts to take a step back in time with these informative activities.

Pennies Pile up for Patients

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Charles Campagne Elementary School students and staff members raised a total of $8,010.14 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Pennies for Patients campaign. The district as a whole has raised over $15,000 for the society this year.

LLS campaign manager Kerianne Stein visited Charles Campagne on May 14 to deliver the fundraising news to the students and thank them for their efforts. This served as a follow up to her initial presentation on Feb. 28, which focused on students being “superheroes” with the start of the campaign. 

Pennies for Patients is a science-based, service learning program that allows students to work together as a class, grade, and building to reach goals of fundraising. LLS connects schools with local blood cancer patients in addition to providing tangible life skills to participants and allowing students to see the impact they are making in the lives of others.

“Congratulations to Charles Campagne and the entire district for this extraordinary fundraising effort,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “Incredible job by our students, staff and PTA to support a great cause.”

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Not a Plane, It’s a Bird

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First grade classes at Charles Campagne Elementary School welcomed Donna Waldenburg of the Long Island Center for Arts and Sciences for the “It’s a Bird” program on May 8.

Ms. Waldenburg spoke to the first graders about the various types of birds and how each one serves different purposes on the planet. She discussed the different environments and diets of the species and allowed each student to examine a turkey feather and observe its appearance and touch.

After learning about birds such as penguins, woodpeckers, peafowls, cardinals and many more, students had the opportunity to create bird feeders. Using a pine cone and other supplies distributed by Ms. Waldenburg, each student added their own personal touches and constructed bird feeder to bring home.

Charles Campagne thanks Ms. Waldenburg for educating the first grade classes on the importance of birds and how they can play a part in supporting local bird species.

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Celebrating a Fiesta

Celebrating a Fiesta

The high school Spanish Club welcomed administrators, staff members and students to the Eighth Annual Fiesta on May 3.

The club invited their guests to join them in celebrating Hispanic culture, music and food. Activities included a photo booth, a buffet featuring various Hispanic cuisines, a DJ and decorations that transformed the cafeteria.

“Thanks to our students and staff for a wonderful celebration,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “Great food, song and dance for all.”

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Glowing Artists on Display

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Students at John F. Kennedy Middle School were excited to display their talent during the annual art show on April 30.

Parents, peers and community members had the opportunity to view a range of student-created works, which included celebrity portraits, cartoons, wildlife, beaches and cupcakes. The gallery remained showcased in the school’s gymnasium on May 1 for other students and staff members to enjoy.

“The art department is very proud of the hard work and creations by the students,” said art teacher Jamie Bula. “We hope all attendees enjoyed the special talents of these young artists.”

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Stepping into Culture and Dance

Stepping into Culture and Dance

Students in the District were treated to a special “American Footsteps” program by Pat Cannon’s Foot and Fiddle Dance Company on April 29 and 30.

The dance company first visited Kramer Lane Elementary School, then brought the performance to Charles Campagne Elementary School the next day. The high energy show welcomed student participation while spotlighting American folk dance and music.

Ms. Cannon and her band brought live fiddle playing, singing and dancing while helping students gain an understanding of the historical and multicultural origins of American folk dance. Featured forms included Appalachian Clogging, Tap Dance, Irish Step Dance and Square Dance. In addition to witnessing the skills of the professionals, students and teachers were invited on stage to take part in a Square Dance rendition.

The district thanks the Foot and Fiddle Dance Company for showcasing the tradition of American folk dance and music while demonstrating the importance of respect and teamwork.

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Importance of Being Green

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First graders at Charles Campagne Elementary School enjoyed a “Go Green” program presented by Long Island Center for Arts and Sciences representative Lynn Quigley on April 29.

Ms. Quigley emphasized the three important “R” words of keeping the Earth safe for all – reuse, recycle and reduce. Using illustrations, she demonstrated ways that small changes to daily activities can make a big difference in preserving water and recycling, and identified materials that can be used more than once. These methods showed each student how they can shrink their carbon footprint and help better the planet.

Students were also fortunate enough to create their own recycled flower pots using old newspapers, in which they each planted a sunflower seed. Students brought their plants home with the goal of nurturing them to grow.

The district thanks Ms. Quigley for visiting Charles Campagne to further the first grade’s knowledge on best practices of going green.



Top of Bethpage

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With the end of the school year nearing, Bethpage High School recently announced seniors Stacy Kappel and Soham Maiti as the Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.

A pair of students that have been recognized for academic achievements throughout the school year, Stacy and Soham were both identified among the 15,000 finalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program in March after being named semifinalists in September.

Stacy is a member of the National Honor Society and Italian Honor Society at the high school. She plans to major in engineering when she begins college in the fall.

Soham intends on majoring in economics when he begins his collegiate studies. At Bethpage, he is the president of the Philosophy Club, team captain of the Ethics Club, an All-State musician, a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra, a Mathlete and a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies.

“Stacy and Soham are great examples and role models for future graduates to look up to,” said Principal Nicholas Jantz. “Congratulations to them on being named the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of this year’s graduating class.” 

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A Standard and Example Set

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The Regal Eagles robotics team is set for a challenge at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition World Championship, to be held in Detroit, Mich. from April 24-26. This marks the third straight year that the Regal Eagles are contenders in this event.

Seniors Blake von der Esch and Morgan Heller have been part of all three previous trips to the FIRST World Championships as four-year members of Team #2869. Both students have witnessed the growth of robotics and science at school and in regional events. There were 54 participating teams at the New York City Regional on April 6 and 7, including groups from China, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

“Robotics has definitely helped me develop as a person,” said Blake. “There are things we have learned outside of the classroom including team work, working on real world problems and working on time crunches.”

“Being a part of the robotics team has given me a non-technical point of view of how many companies operate,” Morgan explained.

The Regal Eagles experience has helped each student individually prepare for college and beyond. Blake has enrolled at Northeastern University for the fall with plans on majoring in mechanical engineering. Morgan will major in business management at nearby SUNY Farmingdale. 

While the team built the robot during a six-week window in January and February, members meet year-round to discuss methods and strategies. The intense six-week-long preparation period involved after school work, sometimes until almost 9 p.m., and students also dedicated the majority of their Saturdays. The work ethic and dedication demonstrated are just two of the values learned by students and alumni of Regal Eagles.

“It is such a unique experience being part of FIRST Robotics that you will never experience anywhere else,” said Blake. “The program is expanding massively.”

The goals of the team at the championships are to continue to fix the flaws of their robot, reach the Einstein level once again and improve upon their success and results from last year. However, no matter the outcome, Blake, Morgan and the entire team have set a standard of excellence for future robotic teams and students in the district.

“Blake and Morgan’s contributions have been more than just the development of the robot,” said Director of Technology, Andrew Choi. “This team has pushed through adversity and put together a body of work this year to earn a place in Detroit.”

The district wishes the Regal Eagles the best of luck during the FIRST World Championships! 

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Making a Water Difference

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Art classes at Kramer Lane Elementary School and Charles Campagne Elementary School recently participated in the Bethpage Water District’s water conservation poster contest.

Posters were created by students to address the question of “how can I make a difference by conserving water?” The program offers an opportunity to focus student and community attention on the multiple, vital benefits that come from simply cutting back water usage. The contest aims to encourage students to learn more about how they can make a positive impact in the neighborhood. 

The students’ projects creatively promoted the conservation of water. Through images and text, they stressed the importance of not leaving water running, turning off appliances and taking steps to save water. 

The re-launch of the contest is part of the water district’s celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Prizes will be awarded in June for each participating grade level as well as a special recognition from the Board of Commissioners for the best message.

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