Bethpage High School
10 Cherry Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714
|PRINCIPAL: Mr. Nicholas Jantz
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Mr. Kevin Healy, Mr. Ralph Tocco
Extra Help (Quarter 3):
Art, Business, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies
English, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health, Math, Reading, World Languages
In the News
2020 National Center for Women & Information Technology Award
Congratulations to Bethpage High School Grade 11 student Maya Maciel-Seidman for being a recipient of the National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing. Maya was one of forty national award winners out of an applicant pool of over 4,700 from all fifty states and the only winner from New York State! She was recognized for her academic excellence, leadership, and future goals for women in computing and technology.
Maya received a beautiful trophy from the Aspirations in Computing Team. She was also acknowledged by New York State with a Certificate of Recognition for her great achievement!
Bethpage Schools congratulates Maya on this wonderful achievement and wishes her continued success going into her senior year!
Summer Assignments for 2020-21
Summer Assignments for Advanced Placement, Grade 9 Pre-AP, and College Philosophy courses are now available. They can be accessed by selecting "AP Summer Assignments 2020-21" in the left menu or by clicking on the link below.
AP Summer Assignments for 2020-21
Bethpage High School Class of 2020 Graduation: June 27, 2020
For an archive of the Bethpage High School Class of 2020 Commencement Exercises and Graduation, please refer to the links below. Congratulations to all of the students in the Class of 2020! The district wishes you success in all of your future endeavors! Once an eagle, always an eagle!
Bethpage High School; Graduation/Commencement #1: June 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Bethpage High School; Graduation/Commencement #2: June 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Bethpage High School; Graduation/Commencement #3: June 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Bethpage High School; Graduation/Commencement #4: June 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Bethpage High School; Graduation/Commencement #5: June 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Bethpage High School Class of 2020 Graduation
Please click on the link below which is a letter from Mr. Jantz that details the Class of 2020 Commencement Exercises and Graduation on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
Bethpage High School Class of 2020 Graduation
Bethpage High School Virtual Art Show
Please click on the link below to access Bethpage High School's Virtual Art Show, showcasing many of the student's work from throughout the school year. Special thanks to Ms. Cardo, Mr. DeStefano, Ms. Sonnenfeld, and Ms. Young for their guidance and support of our art students throughout the school year!
Bethpage High School Virtual Art Show
Class of 2020
Please refer to the letters below for the Class of 2020 pertaining to End of Year activities.
End of Year Events
BHS News Salutes the Class of 2020
The Bethpage High School News Team created a tribute to the Class of 2020. Please click on the link below to check out their tribute video.
BHS News Salutes the Class of 2020
Italian Club from Home
Bethpage High School's Italian Club students kept busy during the Coronavirus quarantine by making new friends in Bergamo, Italy! Bergamo was the epicenter of the Coronavirus in Italy, and many students suffered great loss throughout the past few months. Bethpage students wrtote encouraging e-mails and even compared their distance learning experiences. Signora Calio, one of the Italian Club's advisors, also asked the club's officers to write to her cousin, a head nurse in one of Milan's main hospitals. Ms. Calio commented, "My cousin read the e-mails before starting her team briefings, and the nurses and doctors were so touched by the kindness of the American students! It is these little things we do that make a difference!" The club also participated in "Hope for Heroes". Great job, BHS Italian Club!
For any students that meet the age requirement that are interested in obtaining their working paper card, please refer to the application and letter from Mr. Jantz below outlining the process.
Application for Employment Certificate
Letter from Mr. Jantz: Process for Obtaining Working Paper Card
Physical Fitness Certification
Senior Superlative Show 2020
Please click on the link below to check out the Class of 2020 Senior Superlatives. Special thanks to all of the Bethpage High School faculty members that contributed to this show.
Class of 2020 Senior Superlatives
10th Annual Research Symposium
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Bethpage High School hosted their 10th Annual Research Symposium in a "virtual" format. Students presented their research and posed questions to their peers using Google Meet videoconferencing technology. The six presentations were:
- Nicole Zacchia, Grade 12 -- The Golden Ratio: An Assessment of Facial Beauty Through Proportional Analysis
- Rahul Busri, Grade 12 -- Comparing the Effectiveness of Organic Herbicides to Glyphosate-Based Herbicides
- Curtis Dalsass, Grade 12 -- The Effect of Lake Water Acidity on Water Lilies
- Aurrel Bhatia, Grade 10 -- Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Create Accurate Climate Prediction Models Through a Time Series Analysis of Historical Data
- Theresa Thulasidas, Grade 10 & Ava Zingone, Grade 10 -- Dye Sensitized vs. Monocrystalline: Most Cost Efficient Method for Energy Production
- Maya Maciel-Seidman, Grade 11, Ruchitha Channapatna, Grade 10, & Suchitha Channapatna, Grade 10 -- Soil Moisture Sensing Robot: A Novel Agricultural Device
Bethpage Schools commends all of the participating students on their hard work and dedication in their research. Special thanks to Mr. Pollatos and Ms. Papetti for their unwavering guidance and support of our research students.
An archive of the 10th Annual Research Symposium can be accessed at the link below.
10th Annual Research Symposium
Welcome to Bethpage High School: Grade 8 to Grade 9 Virtual Orientation
Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Bethpage High School has created a virtual orientation for any incoming students and new entrants to get acquainted with their new school! We look forward to welcoming you to Bethpage High School!
Letter from Mr. Jantz
Decision Day 2020
Check out where the Bethpage High School Class of 2020 will be headed next after their commencement ceremonies! Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on all of their achievements! Bethpage Schools would like to wish all of the seniors continued success in their future endeavors and to remember, "once an eagle, always an eagle!" #WeAreBethpage
Video: Decision Day 2020
Please refer to the letter from Mr. Jantz below covering Mental Health, Trip/Event Refunds, Access to the Building, 4th Quarter Progress Reports, and Senior Events.
Letter - May 8, 2020
Distance Learning Virtual Office Hours - Starting on April 13, 2020
To provide additional support for our students during the school closure, Bethpage High School has established a set schedule of times for students to check-in with a faculty member for assistance with their academic needs. Students may ask questions and seek help for material they may have difficulty understanding. The schedule is available at: Virtual Office Hours.
Long Island Ethics Bowl
The 11th Annual Long Island Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University where teams were presented with a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and are asked to analyze them and debate the moral outcomes. Twenty-six teams from fourteen different high schools across Long Island matched wits over these ethical cases whose topics included forced chemotherapy, teacher strikes, forgiving student loan debt, and neutralizing our carbon footprint. Both Bethpage High School teams placed in the Top 5, which qualifies them for the Prindle Institute National High School Ethics Bowl in June 2020, which will be held in Indianapolis. Congratulations to all of the students that competed!
Success at LISEF
Bethpage High School had two projects that earned the right to advance to Round 2 of the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. There, the projects earned 1st and 2nd place in their respective categories across all of Long Island!
- In the category of Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design - Theresa Thulasidis (Grade 10) and Ava Zingone (Grade 10)
Dye Sensitized vs. Monocrystalline: Most Cost Efficient Method for Energy Production - 2nd Place
- In the category of Earth & Environmental Sciences - Maya Maciel-Seidman (Grade 11), Ruchitha Channapatna (Grade 10), and Suchitha Channapatna (Grade 10)
Soil Moisture Sensing Robot: A Novel Agricultural Device - 1st Place
Maya, Ruchitha, and Suchitha have now qualified to have their project enter the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which will be held in May.
Congratulations to all of the student participants in Round 2 of LISEF on all of their hard work, research, and achievement on their respective projects. Special thanks to Mr. Pollatos for his support of our science scholars!
Varsity Kickline at Nationals Cap Memorable Season
The Golden Girls Varsity Kickline had an amazing weekend at the 2020 NDA National Competition in Orlando, Florida! The Golden Girls competed against over forty-five teams from over thirty states in the biggest Nationals Dance-Off to date! The team reached all of their goals and advanced to the finals in all four of their routines! They ranked 20th in Pom; 12th in Game Day; and 8th in Routine. The Varsity Kickline group also earned 2nd place in the Kick category with their highest score ever (93.56)! The squad was awarded for their superior sportsmanship in their Kick routine and was also recognized for their good sportsmanship throughout the weekend.
The Varsity Kickline team had an amazing time and went onto the stage to perform with their heads held high and walked off with them even higher! This group displayed so much heart and the trip capped a very memorable season!
Bethpage Schools congratulates the Golden Girls and wishes senior team members Olivia Hanley, Tara Varricchio, Emily Wilson, and Jillian Zapata best of luck in all of their future endeavors and thanks them for all of their contributions!
Bethpage High School Visits Broadway
Members of the Bethpage High School Orchestra and Tri-M Club attended a performance of Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Along the way, they ran into Jordan Fisher (Dear Evan Hansen) at the Starbucks on 45th Street! Everyone enjoyed the performance and the students are looking forward to next year's Broadway trip!
3rd Annual Regal Eagle Rampage
The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, will be hosting their third annual Regal Eagle Rampage event on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Bethpage High School Gymnasium from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Please stop by to check out over a dozen of the finest local FIRST Robotics Competition teams practice before their upcoming regional events. There will be a variety of breakfast and lunch food options available for purchase. There is no admission charge! Come and support the Regal Eagles as they begin another successful competition season!
Game Animation of FIRST Robotics Competition Challenge: Infinite Recharge
Bethpage High School Tri-M Donation
The Bethpage High School Tri-M Club met with Ms. Jacqueline Coston, Director of YOUTH, a Brooklyn youth orchestra program. YOUTH is dedicated to providing violin instruction to young musicians from schools in New York City that do not provide instrumental music instruction. The Bethpage High School Tri-M club donated $160 and violins they had collected during a drive held from October 2019 to December 2019. If you would like to donate a violin to YOUTH, please contact Dr. Eric Kay, Bethpage UFSD Coordinator of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regal Eagles Honored with Special Congressional Visit and Recognition
On Friday, February 7, 2020, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, were paid a special visit from guests at Altice USA and Mr. Mike Florio, Congressman Tom Suozzi's Chief of Staff. The Regal Eagles proudly shared their progress working towards their Week 0 Event and this year's FIRST Robotics Competition, Infinite Recharge and their passion for robotics. Mr. Florio, who is a Bethpage High School Class of 1997 graduate, presented the Regal Eagles with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition on behalf of Congressman Suozzi.
The Bethpage Schools community would like to thank Altice USA for their continued support of the Regal Eagles and Congressman Suozzi and Mr. Florio for the special recognition. We wish the Regal Eagles continued success in their build season as they work towards their Week 0 Event and Regional Events.
Long Island Science and Engineering Fair
Students from Bethpage High School proudly participated and represented Bethpage High School in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.
- Theresa Thulasidas (Grade 10) and Ava Zingone (Grade 10)
Dye Sensitized vs. Monocrystalline: Most Cost Efficient Method for Energy Production
- Aurrel Bhatia (Grade 10)
Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Create Accurate Climate Prediction Models through a Time Series Analysis of Historical Data
- Savannah Boncic (Grade 11)
The Effect of "Eco-Friendly" Detergents on the Growth and Survival of Different Soil-Dwelling Organisms (Eisenia fetida and Cucumis sativus)
- Maya Maciel-Seidman (Grade 11), Ruchitha Channapatna (Grade 10), and Suchitha Channapatna (Grade 10)
Soil Moisture Sensing Robot: A Novel Agriculture Device
Congratulations to Theresa Thulasidas, Ava Zingone, Maya Maciel-Seidman, Ruchitha Channapatna, and Suchitha Channapatna, whose research studies are moving on to Round 2 of the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair in March!
Bethpage High School Orchestra Visits Lincoln Center
On Friday, January 31, 2020, the Bethpage High School Orchestra visited Lincoln Center to hear the New York Philharmonic perform. The participating students heard a great performance!
BHS Honored by Local Politicians
Local politicians gathered at a special Board of Education meeting last
week to congratulate Bethpage School District administrators and staff
on Bethpage High School being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon
School. Town of Hempstead Council Member Dennis Dunne and Nassau County
Legislators Laura Schaefer and Rose Walker awarded Superintendent Dave
Schneider and Bethpage High School Principal Nick Jantz with
certificates of recognition for the impressive achievement.
A Musical Evening In Bethpage
The Bethpage High School Tri-M Music Honor Society presented their Cabaret Night on Jan. 16. Eight students performed a variety of songs, from top hits to Broadway tunes.
Katelyn Harold, a senior at Bethpage High School, served as the master of ceremonies for the musical occasion. The singers were accompanied by Choral Director Michelle Kovacs on the piano, while Director of Music Dr. Eric Kay was there to offer support.
The participants were: Alexa Fylstra, Abby Immediato, Julia Maggio, Callie Maino, Jaclyn Matheos, Gianna Mirabelli, Athanasia Panagos, Gaetano Re, Bonnie Stern, Jessica Tusa, and Isabelle Yoon.
BHS Blue Ribbon Breakfast
Superintendent Dave Schneider and Board President Mike Kelly hosted a breakfast for the staff and faculty at Bethpage High School on Jan. 24 in recognition of BHS being named a National Blue Ribbon school. Mr. Schneider and Mr. Kelly welcomed everyone with words of gratitude and handed out special lanyards and pins adorned with the Blue Ribbon recognition.
Bethpage Shines At Business Competition
Bethpage High School students competed in the Virtual Enterprise International Long Island Regional Business Competition & Exhibition on Jan. 9 at LIU Post. Virtual Enterprise is an organization that partners with schools to provide meaningful hands-on career experiences with a task-based curriculum.
Two companies from Anthony Murray and Nancy Simpson’s Virtual Enterprise classes at Bethpage High School competed: A.C.E.S. and Food for Thought. A.C.E.S is a subscription-based company to help teens fight vaping addiction and provides access to addiction counselors, personalized advice and self-help. Food for Thought is a party planning and catering company with a focus on allergy-friendly food options.
Student members of A.C.E.S include Jake Bonelli, Daniel Cunningham, Bryan Hanley, Anthony Ippolito, Erica Marciante, Justin Patlias, Gibron Rahman, Maxim Safranov, John Santoro and Bryan Weber.
Student members of Food for Thought include: Aaliyan Ahmad, Peter Arrabito, Rodney Colon, Patrick Dalton, Samuel Donohue, Nicholas Firth, Nicholas Griffin, Victor Guidotti, Patrick Hanley, Carly Issing, Emily Miller, Isabella Raber, Nicolas Ragusa and Jillian Zapata.
Bethpage was recognized with gold awards in the sales materials and employee manual categories, as well as silver in the company branding competition. The district congratulates the students on their achievements!
21st Century: Tour of Fire Island Lighthouse
Students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School visited the Fire Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1858. Students climbed 182 steps to the top of the lighthouse, which was the second built in the same location. The previous lighthouse, built in 1826, was too short to effectively warn ships at sea that were approaching land. The top of the lighthouse offered an unobstructed view of the other towns on Fire Island and to the east. When the lighthouse was built, it was on the western edge of the island, near the inlet. Today, due to the actions of the current, known to littoral drift, the inlet is six miles away. Prior to electricity, whale oil lamps provided the light source. The students learned how a first order Fresnel lens magnified and projected lamp light out to sea. This was a great lesson in refraction and physics! Students were also taught how passengers aboard ships that ran aground were rescued.
Bethpage Seniors Make College Commitments
Ten Bethpage High School seniors signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level in the fall of 2020. Alongside their families, the students proudly solidified the next step of their journey.
The students who signed their National Letters of Intent are:
• Cristian Castles - Mercy College - Lacrosse
• Kyle Gabrinowitz - Mercy College – Lacrosse
• Kevin Groom – University at Albany - Lacrosse
• Bryan Hanley - Babson College - Lacrosse
• Anna Hughes - Long Island University - Lacrosse
• Shannon Hughes - Western Connecticut State University - Lacrosse
• Patrick Kerrigan - DeSales University - Lacrosse
• Chris McGuggart - New York Institute of Technology - Baseball
• Kevin Mouton – SUNY Geneseo - Lacrosse
• Brian O'Boyle - Long Island University - Baseball
The entire Bethpage School District is extremely proud of the student athletes and wishes all of them success in their future endeavors.
Nassau Scholastic Kickline Competition
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, the John F. Kennedy Middle School Kickline Team and Bethpage High School's Junior Varsity and Varsity Kickline teams participated in the Nassau Scholastic Competition. John F. Kennedy Middle School's Kickline team competed in the Kick and Pom categories and ranked 4th place in both routines. Bethpage High School's Junior Varsity placed 4th in Team Routine, 4th in Kick, and took home 1st place in the Pom division. The Varsity squad placed 4th in Team Routine, 2nd in Pom, and landed on top with 1st place in the Kick category! Overall, it was a great weekend for the Golden Girls Kickline program! All of the participants were proud of their accomplishments and are looking forward to their next competition!
The Bethpage High School Faculty and Staff organized an ugly sweater fundraiser on Friday, December 20, 2019. Special thanks to Ms. Kennedy for her efforts to organize the fundraiser.
We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season with family and friends and best wishes for the upcoming new year!
Outstanding Physical Education Students
Congratulations to seniors Rahul Busri and Nicole Jenal on receiving the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Student Award. Pictured with Bethpage High School Physical Education teacher, Tom Piccirillo, the students were honored on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Crest Hollow Country Club for their outstanding physical performance, scholastic ability, and leadership qualities. Great job, Rahul and Nicole!
Student Athletes Sign Letter of Intent
Congratulations to our ten Class of 2020 Senior Student Athletes who will continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level. The entire Bethpage Schools community is extremely proud of how they have represented the Bethpage Golden Eagles over the years.
-- Cristian Castles / Mercy / Lacrosse
-- Kyle Gabrinowitz / Mercy
-- Kevin Groom / Albany / Lacrosse
-- Bryan Hanley / Babson College / Lacrosse
-- Anna Hughes / Long Island University / Lacrosse
-- Shannon Hughes / Western Connecticut State / Lacrosse
-- Patrick Kerrigan / DeSales / Lacrosse
-- Chris McGuggart / New York Tech / Baseball
-- Kevin Mouton / Geneseo / Lacrosse
-- Brian O'Boyle / Long Island University / Baseball
Bethpage HS Masquers Guild Displays Talent in Production of “Almost, Maine”
Members of the Bethpage High School Masquers Guild, Stage Crew and Audio-Visual Club staged a production of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” on Nov. 21, 22 and 23.
“Almost, Maine” is a play comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. The production crew was comprised of Bethpage High School teachers. They were: Anthony Murray, director; Michelle Kovacs, producer; Michael McCourt, stage designer; and Robert Verdi, technical director.
The cast and crew included approximately 50 students ranging from grades 9-12. The show was a great success and proudly displayed the many talents of the Bethpage students.
JFK Students Participate in Music Composition Workshop
Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School learned basic music production skills in a one-day Music Composition Workshop on Nov. 21.
Computer Music is an elective offered at Bethpage High School and teacher James Stehlik organized the three-hour after-school workshop in an effort to spark interest among future students. Stehlik instructed the students in a hands-on lesson about how to produce music. Students were even able to keep the track they created.
“I really enjoyed presenting this aspect of music to middle school students. The students where actively composing and yielded fantastic results,” Stehlik said. “I hope, in the future, to participate in more composition workshops with these students.”
Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild Presents "Almost, Maine"
Come see the Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild performance of "Almost, Maine", which is a play comprising nine short stories that explore love and other adventures in a remote, mythical, almost-town called Almost, Maine. Shows are on Thursday, November 21, 2019; Friday, November 22, 2019; and Saturday. November 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Bethpage High School Center for the Performing Arts (Auditorium). Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased at the door.
Performance Trailer for Almost, Maine
Bethpage High School faculty and staff members are in the Halloween spirit! We wish everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween 2019!
Trick-Or-Treaters Fill The Halls Of Bethpage High School
Hundreds of children in the Bethpage community dressed up in costumes to attend Bethpage High School’s Safe Halloween, sponsored by the school’s PTA, on Oct. 25.
Sports teams, clubs and other organizations from the high school were invited to create themes and decorate classrooms for the trick-or-treaters to visit. The classrooms were adorned with spooky decorations, fun activities and, of course, treats for the younger children. The district thanks the PTA, students, faculty and parents who gave time and resources to make the event a success for all those involved.
Hall of Fame Inductees Honored in Bethpage
The Bethpage Union Free School District held its annual Hall of Fame dinner, sponsored by the Bethpage Educational Foundation, on Oct. 26. This year’s honorees included five district alumni, two retired teachers and the board of education president. The honorees are Susan Mittermeier Brooks, Class of 1968; Linda Candela, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Dr. Alex Carbo, Class of 1990; John De Guardi, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Thomas Frost Jr., Class of 1996; Michael Kelly, board of education president; Tom Rousakis, Class of 1989; and Colonel Glenn Water, Class of 1984.
The evening began with a performance of the national anthem by Bethpage High School’s All-State musician, Katelyn Harold. It was followed by welcome remarks by Superintendent of Schools David Schneider and Terrence Clark, Bethpage Educational Foundation member and former superintendent of schools.
The district congratulates all of the honorees and their families. It also wishes to thank to all the guests who came out to support the Bethpage Educational Foundation and to Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer for their continued support of the district.
21st Century: Sailing aboard the Christeen
Students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School joined Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for a late October sail through the Oyster Bay Harbor. The participating students had the opportunity to pull ropes to raise the sails! The ample wind filled the sails, allowing all to experience the roll and pitch of sailing. The "Christeen" was constructed in Oyster Bay in the 1800's and worked as an oyster boat for decades! It was found submerged in the Connecticut River and restored, costing over $300,000! Along the sailing journey, Mr. Carroll pointed out historical landmarks. A naturalist introduced the students to creatures that live in the local waters. We hope to offer this 21st Century experience again in the Fall 2020!
Bethpage Takes 4th Place in National Philosophy Essay Competition
Congratulations to Sami Ahmed whose essay took 4th Place in the National Kids Philosophy Slam essay competition. Plato would be very proud! The Kids Philosophy Slam was created by John Davis to provide a powerful opportunity to help students grapple with life's big issues. Each year, a different question is chosen that requires students to think about a major philosophical idea that is relevant in their lives and in society. This year's essay topic was "love or hate, which has a greater impact on society"? The winning essays, including Sami's submission can be found on the National Kids Philosophy Slam website.
Any student who is interested in entering the 2020 Kids Philosophy Slam essay competition should see Ms. Way for details.
Ms. D'Alleva Among 17th Assembly District's 'Woman of Distinction'
On September 7, 2019, Ms. Donna D'Alleva was among eleven other women in the New York State 17th Assembly District to be recognized as a 'Woman of Distinction'. Ms. D'Alleva has been a science educator at Bethpage High School for 23 years and prepared hundreds of students for academic success. Part of her nomination read,
"Countless hours of extra help, preparation, and genuine dedication to our youth are just some of her qualities recognized by students, staff, administrators, and parents. We are truly honored to have a woman of distinction educating our children."
Bethpage Schools congratulates Ms. D'Alleva on her well-deserved recognition.
Students Among National Merit Scholarship Honorees
Senior Eirini Drosos was recently named a semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
Eirini is one of 16,000 semifinalists that have been chosen to compete for a finalist spot. From there, 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million will be awarded. Students around the nation qualified by taking last year’s PSAT/NMSQT test.
An active member of the high school community, Eirini is a member of the pep band, swim team, ethics team and the philosophy club. Additionally, she is the treasurer of the senior class. Outside of school she volunteers at a local animal shelter.
In addition to Eirini being named a semifinalist, five students were named Commended Students in the program. The district congratulates Rahul Busri, Michael D’Avanzo, Doreen Dong, Matthew Fantry and Jessica Kneller for their recognitions.
National Merit Finalists will be named later this year, and winners of scholarships will comprise about half of the finalists.
Bethpage Educational Foundation Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
The District is excited to announce eight inductees for the 2019 Hall of Fame, which will be unveiled during a dinner sponsored by the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The ceremony will be held on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium.
This year’s class includes five district alumni, two retired teachers and a Board of Education trustee. The honorees are Susan Mittermeier Brooks, Class of 1968; Linda Candela, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Dr. Alex Carbo, Class of 1990; John De Guardi, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Thomas Frost, Jr., Class of 1996; Michael Kelly, Board of Education President; Tom Rousakis, Class of 1989; and Colonel Glenn Water, Class of 1984.
All community members are invited to attend the event. The cost to attend is $75 and all proceeds go to the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The foundation supports the district’s schools with scholarships, programs and enhancements.
Past honorees have included journalists, novelists, generals, artists, first responders, former staff members and local politicians and civic leaders. The full list can be viewed at www.bethapge.ws/HOF. For more information about the ceremony, call 516-644-4001.
Golden Eagles Fly into New School Year
The District welcomed students for the start of the 2019-20 school year on Sept. 4 as they begin and continue their educational paths.
Each building’s principal led the welcoming committee as students arrived during the morning drop off. Families at Kramer Lane were treated to a visit from the Golden Eagles mascot during arrival to help inspire a great start to the year.
“I am looking forward to the best year yet,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
Bethpage Ready for New School Year
The Bethpage Union Free School District put the final touches on preparation for the 2019-20 school year during the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider welcomed back staff members as they entered the Bethpage High School auditorium. Mr. Schneider updated the audience on various district news and the exciting educational programs starting this year throughout the district.
Following Mr. Schneider’s message, administrators and teachers returned to their respective buildings for faculty and department meetings for the remainder of the day.
The district is looking forward to another exciting year!
Getting Familiar with New Surroundings
The District welcomed students and parents to become familiar with their new buildings on Aug. 27 and 28 during a trio of orientations.
With the new school year set to begin, administrators welcomed students to Bethpage High School, Kramer Lane Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School for information sessions.
Students entering the ninth grade were afforded the opportunity to tour the hallways of the high school thanks to student council members who led the way. The same student council representatives led groups of freshmen with the Sandy Hook Promise Start with Hello program. The program, according to its website, enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation.
Principal Kerri McCarthy hosted new kindergarten students and parents for a “cruise” of the hallways, classrooms, library and cafeteria of Kramer Lane in addition to a bus ride. As each student completed the sessions of the day, they received a sticker to input into their Kramer Lane passport. Information sessions included the process of lunch, riding a school bus and becoming familiar with the classroom setting.
JFK began the process of welcoming sixth graders into the building with an ice cream social along with buddies from the eighth grade on Aug. 27. Students and parents returned on Aug. 28 for informational sessions and a building tour.
The district looks forward to welcoming all students back for an exciting 2019-20 school year!
Golden Eagles Earn Placement on Wall
The District and community gathered on July 21 for a ceremony to welcome the sixth group of inductees into the Bethpage Athletic Wall of Fame.
This year’s class included 1978 graduate Fran Brown along with former coaches Samuel Prioleau, Harry Settino, Jr. and Donna Weikman.
Fran Brown was a four-sport athlete and represented the Golden Eagles in field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball. She was part of many league and divisional championships in volleyball, basketball and softball in addition to being captain and the most valuable player of the county champion field hockey team. She went on to play volleyball at Slippery Rock University.
Samuel Prioleau was a beloved teacher, mentor and coach in Bethpage for 35 years. He holds one of the highest winning percentages on Long Island as a baseball coach and led the Golden Eagles to a county championship. Under his guidance, the junior varsity football team achieved many undefeated seasons. As a mentor, he encouraged students to fight for what they believed in and made them believe they could accomplish anything.
Harry Settino, Jr., had a positive impact on many student athletes during his 23 years in Bethpage. He was a “jack of all trades” by coaching varsity football, varsity baseball, girls’ varsity track and field and boys’ varsity bowling. He also went on to officiate basketball and baseball in addition to being a Nassau County lifeguard supervisor.
Donna Weikman was a symbol of excellence for the Bethpage girls’ bowling program for 43 years with 400 compiled wins, 21 conference championships and two county championships. She began her career in Bethpage in 1969 as a physical education and health teacher in addition to her role as a coach. Donna coached the field hockey team for 17 years that included five division championships, six conference championships and three county championships. She also led the badminton team for 28 years with a total of 312 wins and 11 conference championships.
“We are very proud to welcome these four inductees into the Bethpage Athletic Wall of Fame,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “They are proud Golden Eagles.”
Distinguished Scholar Athletes in Bethpage
Bethpage High School is one of 35 schools in the state to be recently named a New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction Award winner.
Bethpage earned the School of Distinction status by having 100% of its 28 varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. The purpose of the awards is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. The number of recognitions by NYSPHSAA is the highest total since the award was established since 2002-03.
The district congratulates the entire athletic department for this prestigious honor and academic success.
Board of Education Completes Reorganization Meeting
The district and Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 9.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider was sworn in for his second year, and re-elected Board members John Lonardo, Christina Scelta and Marie Swierkowski took oaths of office for three-year terms through June 30, 2022.
Behind nominations and unanimous elections, Michael Kelly and Sandra Watson were elected as Board president and vice president, respectively. This will be Kelly’s ninth straight term as president and 10th consecutive year that Watson will serve as vice president.
The district looks forward to another exciting year with the Board of Education.
A SHIELD of honor
Bethpage High School junior Alexandra Midgette was recently announced as a recipient of the Nassau County District Attorney’s SHIELD Award.
SHIELD stands for service, honesty, integrity, excellence, leadership and duty. The award was created by District Attorney Madeline Singas and is presented to a student who shows outstanding strength of character, commitment to self-growth and the spirit and initiative to bring about a positive change in their community.
The district congratulates Alexandra on this honor and for being an example for other Golden Eagles.
Summer Assignments for 2019-20
Summer Assignments for Advanced Placement, Grade 9 Pre-AP, and Philosophy courses are now available. They can be accessed by selecting "AP Summer Assignments 2019-20" in the left menu or by clicking on the link below.
AP Summer Assignments 2019-20