Bethpage High School

10 Cherry Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714

PRINCIPAL: Mr. Michael Spence

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Mr. Kevin Healy, Mr. Ralph Tocco

Main Office:
516-644-4100 (Phone)
516-644-4110 (Fax)
Extra Help:
Monday/Wednesday:
Art, Business, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies

Tuesday/Thursday:
English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health, Math, Reading, World Languages

In the News


Kemp Hannon "Best in Town" Photo Contest

BHS Digital Photography students Meghan Lunetto and Samantha Alaimo, were finalists in the Kemp Hannon "Best in Town" Photo Contest. Both students attended a special ceremony on Thursday, June 4th at the Levittown Public Library. Meghan Lunetto received 2nd in the "Places" category and Samantha Alaimo was given an Honorable Mention the "Nature" category.

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Art Show

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2015 National Honors Orchestra

BHS junior Melissa Cao was selected to participate in the 2015 National Honors Orchestra. The orchestra will perform at the annual conference of the National Association for Music Education in Nashville, TN on October 28. The Honors Orchestra is extremely selective, with hundreds of applicants from every region of the United States. We are very proud of Melissa and wish her well!

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Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Association

Last night, the Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Association celebrated their awards dinner at Crest Hollow Country Club. Five Bethpage lacrosse players were honored from left to right - Taylor Hannaberry- Unsung Hero Award; Alexa Ritchie-All-County; Isabella Bradley-Scholar-Athlete; Luana Barbazano-All Conference; and Stephanie Roach- All Conference. Also awarded Last night was Coach Kate Danowski who won coach of the Year for Conference 4.

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Maritime Festival

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Music in the Parks Festival

The Bethpage High School Orchestra attended the Music in the Parks Festival in Williamsburg, VA on May 30. The orchestra won first place! Students spent the day at Busch Gardens and visited Colonial Williamsburg on Sunday, May 31!

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AIDS Walk NYC

33 students participated in the 30th annual AIDS Walk NYC on Sunday, May 17, 2015. We walked 10k in and around Central Park, joining over 30,000 other walkers for this great cause. Our team raised $1,295 to benefit over 40 local charities. Students United for Tolerance and 21st Century Scholars joined together to make a stellar team! Ms. Bertolotti, Ms. Del Vecchio, Ms. Bellairs, and Ms. Lohsen are proud of our students and their efforts.

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Bethany House in Roosevelt, LI

Once again, BHS Student Civic Key Club offered an evening of arts & crafts, pizza, cake, and fun to mothers and children at Bethany House in Roosevelt, LI. Though the evening was chilly and a bit gloomy, the hearts and minds of the children were light with laughter, conversation, creativity, and interaction. Club members left after 8:00 pm amid waves, hugs, and thank-yous with remembrances of a memorable evening. Thanks to all participants!

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Stop, Think, and Click

Students were taught to Stop, Think, and then Click during Police Officer Groshan's assembly on Sexting, Texting, and the Data Divide. They saw the impact one "Click" could have on someone's life, including their own.

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21st Century 2015 Beach Cleanup

On Saturday April 25th, our students performed community service by removing litter from the shores along the Long Island Sound, near Oyster Bay. They also had the opportunity to learn about the salt marsh ecosystem and observe many of its inhabitants. They observed several osprey searching the shallow waters for fish. They learned about the piping plover and why their nesting areas are fenced off from the public. They also observed snowy egrets, a greater yellow legs, found raccoon tracks,  and held mud snails.

When you revisit a natural setting it’s never the same experience twice. The cloud cover, the angle of the Sun, the wind and tide are never quite the same. You also never know what you’ll encounter, there’s always surprises. This year we removed the largest item we've ever found along the beach, a cement mixer most likely washed away by Super Storm Sandy. The participants were treated to lunch, compliments of the Marine Science Club. I trust many will be back to volunteer again next year.

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NYSSMA Adjudication Festival

Students in the JFK and BHS orchestras participated in a recital to prepare for the upcoming NYSSMA adjudication festival. Pictured (L to R) are David Campos, George Campos, Gianna Battaglia, Sarah Larrea, Nicole Zacchia, Daniel Yeu, Christopher Bello, and Joaane Kim.

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15th Annual Yes 2 Math Conference

On Friday, April 17th a group of Bethpage High School juniors and seniors attended the 15th Annual Yes 2 Math Conference at Nassau Community College. The day focused on the applications of Math and Science in our "Virtual World." Students created mathematical models to predict the weather and stock market, analyzed earthquakes through statistics, used geometry to help locate and understand planets, and took a virtual walk on the coastline of Cape Cod as they learned about beaches and coastlines of the area. The students also competed in contests with the other schools that attended.

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Chemistry Olympiad

Bethpage High School was well represented at the Chemistry Olympiad at Adelphi University on Saturday, March 7th. The competition, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, is a rigorous qualifying exam and a select few will then compete at the National Level in Colorado. Congratulations team on a job well done!

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Spanish Club Visits A la Carte Cooking School

Members of the Spanish club went to A la Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook to learn how to prepare dishes from Spain and Mexico. They prepared paella, tortilla de patata, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas/quesadillas, and arroz con leche. After their hard work, they enjoyed the feast they had prepared.

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Hellenic Day

On March 25th, Bethpage High School students attended the 21st Century Event "Hellenic Day" where they enjoyed an afternoon celebrating Greek Independence Day. They sampled delicious Greek food and desserts, listened to traditional and pop music, and learned about the Greek culture. Opa!

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Family Math Day

Thanks to all the teachers from all five Bethpage Schools who volunteered to facilitate some fun family math activities at the Annual Family Math Day! Lots of students and parents showed up to participate and it was a great math day for all! Math was fun and educational!

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French Cooking

On Friday, March 14, the French club had a wonderful visit to A La Carte Cooking School, where we worked in groups, made a five-course meal, and then happily ate it! We prepared and enjoyed a Niçoise salad, cheese puffs, a "pissaladière", (a pizza-type quiche), chicken with herbs, and an apricot "tarte"for dessert. Très très délicieux!

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New York Philharmonic

Bethpage High School orchestra students attended a performance by the New York Philharmonic on Friday, March 20 at Lincoln Center. The Philharmonic played Ravel, Debussy, Richard Strauss, and a recent composition by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The soloist was Israeli pianist Inon Barnaton.

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Battle of the Classes

The faculty and the grade level classes participated in a week long series of events such as hall decorating, penny war fundraising, and dressing up for spirit week which culminated on February 27th when BHS held its annual Battle of the Classes. The teams fought it out by taking part in musical chairs, scooter races, dance competitions, and tug of war. The Seniors won first place, the Juniors came in second, the faculty and sophomores tied for third place, and the freshmen came in fourth. A great time was had by everyone!

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Poetry Outloud Competition

Ninth grader, Smiti Shah and 11th grader Greg llinas both participated in the Regional competition for Poetry Outloud at Farmingdale State College on Friday evening in which they memorized and recited three poems each. They both did a tremendous job representing Bethpage High School at this competition. The judges congratulated both on their poise and eloquence!

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Mardi Gras

On February 13, the French classes celebrated Mardi Gras, though actually it was Vendredi Gras (Fat Friday) since the schools were on vacation for the actual Mardi Gras. Various foods were enjoyed, such as homemade crepes, quiches, creole rice, king cake, Madeleine cookies, and many other delicious treats. Of course, Madame Ciarniello was in full regalia and Mr. Healy was quite festive in his purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras colors. It was une fête très amusante.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Visit

Members of the Spanish Club visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to see special exhibits celebrating the works of El Greco and Pablo Picasso. After the museum visit, we ate authentic Spanish tapas for dinner.

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21st Century Guidance Career Corner: Featuring Michael Martin

Our students learned from Mr. Martin himself about his METEORIC RISE IN broadcasting, from college intern to sports anchor and programmer for SNY’S Geico Sportsnite, covering the Mets, Jets, and UConn Sports, among others.

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Cartwheel for a Cure

Bethpage Gymnasts joined forces with Cold Spring Harbor to raise over $2,200 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!Congratulations to both teams for their work for a very worthy cause!

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Cabaret Night

Congratulations to all the talented performers at the Bethpage High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Cabaret Night held on January 22, 2015. It was a fun filled evening emceed by Tri-M President Lauren Conway as students performed their favorite songs from Broadway. Thank you to the BHS Tri-M advisors, Mr. & Mrs. Stehlik along with Ms. Kovacs, Mrs. McGrath, and Mrs. McCarthy for accompanying the performers.

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American Museum of Natural History

On Saturday, January 17th, 35 students joined Ms. D'Alleva and Mr. Fazio on a city trip to the American Museum of Natural History. Our day began in the Rose Center for Earth and Space where we viewed actual meteorites, images of stars and were treated to a film inside the domed planetarium entitled the Dark Universe. We learned about the origins and possible future of our place in space. After a café lunch, we spent the afternoon touring the museum's vast collections of artifacts depicting mammals, endangered species, ocean wonders, and of course prehistoric life. All agreed that it was a GREAT outing!!

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Poetry Out Loud

On December 9, Bethpage students took part in a school competition of Poetry Out Loud. Participating students had to memorize and recite two poems. The winners of the school level competition will go on to the regional level competition in February. Congratulations to winners Greg Llinas and Smiti Shah! Thanks to all the participants and those who showed up to cheer them on.

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21st Century trip to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum

On Saturday, December 6th, a group of 38 students from Bethpage H.S. and J.F.K. Middle School attended a 21st Century trip to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Although it was a somewhat somber and emotional day for the students, they were able to gain a greater understanding towards the tragic events which occurred on September 11, 2001. The students were able to see the ‘Footprints’ of the North and South towers and the Memorial identifying the nearly 3,000 innocent people whose lives were lost on 9/11. They saw the spectacular ‘Freedom Tower’ and gained a better understanding related to its relevance and symbolism signifying the freedoms and values that we as Americans are afforded. In addition, we took an extensive tour of the 9/11 Museum. The museum was a central focus of the trip. The exhibits and displays within the museum, gave our students a historical and educational perspective of the events in and around September 11. The students also spent an extensive period of time within the ‘Memorial’ section of the museum, where they viewed photographs and researched information provided for each victim. Mr. Fenster directed and facilitated this trip. Ms. DelVecchio, Ms. DeTillio, and Ms. Bellairs accompanied our students during our visit.

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Read to Achieve

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Italian Trip - NYC

Driving with the coach bus through Downtown Manhattan, most of the kids from Bethpage High School's Italian Club Trip were agog with lights, the hustle & bustle of the holiday feeling as trucks unloaded crates of food and wire-wrapped Christmas trees stacked thin and straight against chainlink fences, waiting for someone to take them home to decorate. Kids are usually totally caught in between the dazzling lights and the excitement of the season. Today was no different.

A walk around a still-quiet Little Italy gave our students a taste of cappuccino at Ferrara's and a pashmina or two on sale from the street vendors. Arriving at Carmine's after a brief visit downtown and the usual holiday traffic in Midtown and up the West Side, students began to feel the twinges of hunger as the Italian perfumes of garlic, tomatoes, and warm bread swept outside with the opening of the front door. Everyone was seated, glasses were tinkling being filled with water, pitchers of soda, trays of thickly-sliced bruschetta, and the pasta platters and then the chicken parmigiana and chicken francese made their way to the table. Smiling waiters, eager kids, a festive atmosphere, a lit Christmas tree, gentle music and simple, good home-style Italian food all served to make the day memorable.

On to the Metropolitan Museum - the "presepio" and the Christmas tree there, the Medieval Gregorian chants and the masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods enlightened students in a festive way. Then on to Midtown for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, St. Patrick's Cathedral and shopping in a variety of directions. Some groups did Fifth Avenue, others Times Square and still others the small shops at Bryant Park. By the time the students piled into the bus on the return trip home to Long Island, every kid's range of friendship had swelled as much as their smiles, as well it should not just during the holiday season, but throughout the years. Definitions like friendship, love, giving and receiving can and must take on a new perspective as we grow and learn more about life and the differences we can make for the better .

And in the middle of a "no-school" day full of new experiences and adventures of friendship, education, travel, food, culture, and just plain fun, there was an added bonus. That bonus was the awareness that the delicious leftover food unable to be finished by one hundred people will grace the table of those who have none. That gift of awareness will undoubtedly over time, prove to be the most worthwhile gift of all!

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Interstellar

On December 4, 40 Science (and other interested) students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. Granieri, and Mr. Pollatos at the newly renovated Loew's movie theatre on Hempstead Turnpike to view the space thriller "Interstellar". Treated to comfortable recliners and an incredible newly installed sound system, all found the 21st century outing to be a great experience! Especially at the bargain ticket price of $5!!!

Our thanks to the Loew's Theatre management team for all of their help in accommodating us and for offering us this terrific opportunity!

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United For Thanksgiving

Bethpage High School Student Civic Key Club joined with LIFNB at Hempstead Train Station on a bright Sunday afternoon, November 23, 2014 for a Thanksgiving Banquet and Food Share. Along with all the good volunteers of Long Island Food Not Bombs, were college fraternities and sororities, the young, and not-so-young, Civic members past and present served hot foods to throngs of people who would have otherwise been a little or a lot more hungry. BHS Class of 2014 graduate and former Civic president Deena Hadhoud joined the current Civic Executive Board, Civic members, and Child Psychology teacher Mrs. Theresa Schneider to give their free time in a gesture of gratitude. Giving to others is the first step in the full realization in counting our own blessings. Civic members and their parents who attended the event remarked on its scope and magnitude.. And to think that the LIFNB Food Share is done weekly...gives pause and consideration that this is just one of many small "miracles" of noteworthy goodness. Thanks for the participation and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Honor Society Trip

The Bethpage Chapter of the National Honor Society recently visited Washington D.C. 48 seniors and five chaperones had a truly memorable trip. The group enjoyed the Newseum, including a moving look at the events of 9/11 and seeing parts of the Berlin Wall. Later in the day seeing the Space Shuttle and numerous Grumman planes,built right here in Bethpage, excited everyone. Visits to the National Zoo to see the pandas, all the major monuments, and Ford's Theater were fantastic. At Arlington Cemetary, the group was honored to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For many the highlight of the trip was a visit to Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. A great time was had by all!

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Father of the Bride

Congratulations to the Masquer’s Guild for their outstanding production of Father of the Bride! Kudos for a superb performance! The acting, the stage design, and the lighting/sound were all quite professional. Thanks to everyone involved and to Mrs. Stehlik for her excellent direction!

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Mercy Inn Kitchen

BHS Student Civic Key Association spent Veterans' Day 2014 in service offering a hot, nutritious meal to one hundred guests at Mercy Inn Kitchen from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. BHS students joined forces with students from Wyandanch High School and helped prepare the meals, made sandwiches to take home, helped set-up and clean-up for lunch. Students were surprised to hear that this procedure takes place by all volunteers from Monday through Friday lunches and serves approximately one hundred people every day. As psychologist Carl Jung said, "“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.” and on Veterans' Day 2014, Long Island high school students showed that they are committed to making a difference in the world. Thank you to all for your participation and continued service for others!

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A Day in the Arts

Members of the new BHS Theater Arts class attended "A Day in Arts" at Adelphi University on Friday, October 17th. The students took workshops in musical theater, classical voice, prop design, lighting, acting with accents, improvisation, dance, stage combat, painting, and stage makeup. The students heard several musical theater selections along with a question and answer session with actor Christopher Sieber, currently starring in Broadway's "Matilda." The students learned a great deal and had a terrific experience.

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Ripley's Believe it or Not!

On Saturday, 10/25/14, an adventurous group of Bethpage High School students made their way to the weird and wonderful at the Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum in New York City. Led by high school teachers Ms. D'Alleva and Mr. Fazio, all were amazed and intrigued by the displays, exhibits, anecdotes, and features in this unique 21st Century outing. The museum fun was followed by a choice of lunch stops before the bus ride back to Bethpage.

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Safe Halloween

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Lupus Walk

On a beautiful autumn Sunday morning, BHS Student Civic met at Eisenhower Park to participate in the annual Walk-A-Long for Lupus. Civic members Ailin Yu, Kate Walker, Anndrika Bhatia, Lyana Sayilar, and Amy Zheng walked with crowds of other high schools from Long Island and Queens to raise awareness and funds for this auto-immune disease. Raffles, lunch, live music, and Z-100 celebrities were on site to complete an inspiring day of exercise, consciousness-raising, and togetherness together for a good cause. Much appreciation to everyone!

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Hunger 101

On Thursday October 16th, at 2:40pm, BHS Student Civic and BHS Family and Consumer Science hosted Christina Brown from Long Island Cares - Harry Chapin Food Bank to present a workshop for interested Bethpage High School students. The workshop was entitled, Hunger 101 and introduced important causes and questions concerning hunger on Long Island. 

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Breakfast Now Available for Students and Staff

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Jazz Combo at Enviable Life Ball

On Thursday, October, 9th, the BHS Jazz Combo volunteered their time and talent to perform at the Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) annual "Enviable Life Ball" fundraiser held at Oheka Castle in Huntington. It was a fantastic evening and the students received many compliments on their performance. After performing, they dined on filet mignon and checked out the castle.

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Aviation Fair

In coordinating this trip, we afforded 40 of our students the opportunity to learn about STEM careers associated with aviation through speakers and hands on experiences at Republic Airport. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are the foundation of industry and commerce across the nation. Careers in S.T.E.M. related industries are vital for our economy, therefore early exposure, inclusion and encouragement should be a high priority in education. The future of American economics rests on the success of our S.T.E.M. education efforts in schools across Long Island. The educational foundations laid in middle and high school are critical to the interest levels, proficiency, and test scores of high school students preparing to enter the work force.

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21st Century Sailing aboard the “Christeen”

On September 23rd, students from both the middle and high school sailed aboard a nationally registered historical landmark. The weather was spectacular and Oyster Bay Harbor was breathtaking. Participants were educated about the local history, President Theodore Roosevelt, the Spanish-American War, and local marine life. As a special treat, our students had the unbelievable opportunity to see a wild seal! Harbor seals are usually not seen in the area until the winter. This one arrived early to gorge itself on the abundant supply of fish and to claim a choice basking rock. Our students had a memorable afternoon experiencing a truly unique corner of the world so close to home.

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Welcome New Students

BHS held an ice cream bash welcoming new students to our great school! Lots of people helped out, but special thanks goes to our Social Worker, Ms. Kennedy for making the arrangements. It was great to meet everyone!

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Pep Rally

On Friday night, a huge crowd gathered for BHS's Pep Rally on the Athletic Field. Mr. Franchi greeted the crowd and then introduced Lauren Conway to sing the National Anthem. Captains of each team spoke, all excited for the upcoming year. BHS Cheerleaders and Kickline performed outstanding routines. At the conclusion of the Pep Rally, many faculty members participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for this worthy cause. Students were selected from the audience to come down to the field to douse their teachers. A great time was had by all in attendance. Best of luck to all of our teams for a very successful season!

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French Club Car Wash

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the French Club held its annual car wash. In spite of a cloudy day, with impending rain, many people came out to support us.

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Bethpage Welcomes New Staff

Welcome to the newest staff members in Bethpage! An orientation day was organized by Ms. Lavelle and featured a bus tour of Bethpage with Mr. Clark as the tour guide and it included a stop at Cablevision. We wish all our new teachers and teaching assistants the best as they join a terrific faculty and staff!

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