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2018-2019


A Rising Technology Star 

First grade teacher Kristin Rochford from Charles Campagne Elementary School was the named the district’s recipient of the Nassau Association of School Technologies Award at the year-end Nassau Association of School Technologies Conference on June 13.

NASTARs are chosen for their innovation, their ability to seamlessly integrate technology to the curriculum, and for their exemplary technology leadership. Ms. Rochford was selected as Bethpage’s NASTAR Award recipient for her creative and innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning in her classroom.

Ms. Rochford has expanded the walls of her classroom with her use of technology in projects such as establishing pen pals with students outside of the district. She continues to remain open to learning and adding new tools of technology to support students. 

Ms. Rochford has also supported the district’s initiative of using Twitter to promote and showcase the great lessons taking place in her classroom and around the community.

“I am so honored, humbled and lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school family and community,” said Ms. Rochford. “I am grateful for the support from the district, school and first grade team.”

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Sharing Younger Expertise

Fifth grade classes at Charles Campagne Elementary School welcomed Bethpage High School seniors as an audience for their Be an Expert project presentation.

Fifth graders recently took part in the construction of projects that they held “expertise” in. Students started research and studying on topics after Be an Expert materials were distributed a few weeks prior. Categories included baseball, the planets, the civil war, the ocean and Resistance Fighters.  Students read books to grow their knowledge of the specific theme.

The culmination of the projects came on June 17 as high school students visited classrooms to witness their younger peers’ learning and growth. The seniors were also able to join the fifth graders in participating in Kahoot quizzes, which tested them on the newly acquired information following the presentations.

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Standing as influencers

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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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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Celebrating the Pride of Bethpage 

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!


Pennies Pile up for Patients 

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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Argonauts Research Culminates in Incredible Fundraiser and Awareness

The Argonauts from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School researched the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They were shocked and heartbroken by the detrimental effects of plastic on the animals and the environment and how this can affect us all. Fortunately, our Golden Eagles developed a plan to help make a difference! They held a fundraiser to benefit the 4Ocean Organization and the Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation. 4Ocean is a global movement actively utilizing the latest technology to prevent, intercept, and remove trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals to work together for cleaner oceans. The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation is a non-profit organizing developing advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. Their passive drifting systems use the ocean currents to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 

The Argonauts fundraiser was held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Central Boulevard Elementary School, where guests played games created by the Argonauts, shopped the bake sale, and explored a touch tank made possible by Mr. Portuese! The fundraiser was successful due to the planning and efforts of the Argonauts, their parents/guardians, Mrs. Yale, Mr. Titolo, Mrs. Tierney, Mrs. Yansick, Ms. Flaim, Mrs. Caliguri, Ms. Robb, Ms. Olsen, Mrs. Rothwell, Mr. Wibben, Mr. Flanagan, and the custodial staff at Central Boulevard. Special thanks to Omar Cambeiro, Emily Cohen, Taylor D'Agostino, Amari Harper, Nicholas Timoshenko, Gavin Trzcinski, and Michelle Zheng from Bethpage High School who also assisted during the fundraiser!

The fundraiser raised over $1,600!  Congratulations to everyone involved and for Mrs. Marcis for facilitating the overall efforts!

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Argonauts Homestead Ecology Field Trip

The Argonauts from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School had the opportunity to explore the BOCES Homestead Ecology Program in Brookville. The students explored hands-on learning experiences through participation in Early American craft activities and the nature trail systems.

 

Not a Plane, It’s a Bird 

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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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 

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.



 

 

Making a Water Difference

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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Flying into Spring 

Kindergarteners at the Charles Campagne Elementary School celebrated the start of a new season with a spring craft activity on April 12.

Parent volunteers joined the students and teachers in the school’s all-purpose room to craft butterflies using various materials. Students colored the wings of their butterflies, which they decorated with jewels, and used clothespins to form the bodies and faces. The volunteers encouraged each student to share their creation as a special gift for a loved one.

The district thanks the parents for bringing this special activity to the kindergarten classes. 

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Testing Wind Strength 

The force and strength of student-created wind turbines were put to the test during a fifth grade STEM lab lesson at the Charles Campagne Elementary School.

As part of a recent three-day lesson, students worked in groups to construct wind turbines using a base of wood in addition to various forms of paper and tape to generate the machine’s blades. The following day, STEM teacher Srividya Sridharan tested each group’s work by using a classroom fan at different speeds. From there, students modified their turbines to move at all velocities.

The true evaluation of strength came when a bucket of marbles was attached to each turbine’s rotator. The experiment revealed the combination of strength and movement of the turbines and whether the machines could move at the low speed of the fan with weight. Students continued to add marbles to test the durability of their projects.

“The students really enjoyed this project as the lesson combined education and a sense of competition and excitement between groups,” said Mrs. Sridharan.

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Sprung into Music

The Charles Campagne Elementary School music department was proud to present the 2019 Spring Concert on April 10 with a pair of shows.

The musical groups first performed for their peers and teachers with an in-school concert during the day, and later welcomed parents, families and community members to the John F. Kennedy Middle School for an evening show. Performers included the school’s chorus ensemble, band, recorder ensemble and orchestra.

“Charles Campagne has such talented students,” said Principal Erin Lindsay-DiFiglia. “I am proud to work with them as they teach me something every day.”

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Protecting from the Sun 

Kindergarten classes at Charles Campagne Elementary School explored the importance of sun safety in a fun way, thanks to a “Sunshine on My Shoulders” experiment held in the STEM lab during the week of April 2.

Each class and teacher participated in a two-day exercise with STEM teacher Vidya Sridharan. The focus was on how sunblock can protect from the sun’s ultraviolet rays that cause sunburn. Students created bracelets with six sun-changing beads attached. On the first day, students went outside to see how the beads changed colors almost instantly when in the sun. On day two, sunblock was applied to three of the beads. When the sun shone on them this time, the protected beads did not change color, indicating that the sunblock was effective.

The students finished the lesson by recording their results, including the colors that appeared on the beads when exposed to the sun.

“This was a fun and educational way to demonstrate to the students how powerful the sun can be and how protection such as sunblock can help on a sunny day,” said Mrs. Sridharan.

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Long Island Recorder Festival

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, select students in Grades 3-5 from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. Wibben and Mr. O'Connor, our students joined over 150 students from schools across Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their parents and the Long Island community.

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Students in a Tizzy for Author Visit

The three elementary schools in the District were treated with a special visit from author Sarah Weeks from March 13-15.

Ms. Weeks visited one school per day and spoke to students about the writing process, the fun of writing and her collection of books. She also previewed her upcoming book, “Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day,” to be released on Apr. 2. Additionally, she discussed the differences between an author and an illustrator, her inspirations for writing and her growth into a writer.

Ms. Week has written 59 books to this point in her career and is currently developing the next one. Her book “So B. It” won the 2006 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award as well as the 2007 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award and the William Allen White Children’s Book Award.

The district thanks Ms. Weeks for visiting Bethpage as the entire community looks forward to her next release!

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Heroes Collecting Pennies for Patients

Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School kicked off their Pennies for Patients campaign, held in association with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, with a special assembly on February 28, 2019.

LLS campaign manager, Kerianne Stein spoke to students about the campaign and how they can be “superheroes” by fundraising for the charity and its patients. She inspired the students by saying how their efforts, no matter how small, can be impactful.

Pennies for Patients is a science-based, service learning program that allows schools 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’re making in the lives of others.

Charles Campagne looks forward to seeing the results of this program as students and staff members dedicate themselves to making a difference! 

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Shooting Star 

Student Hannah Diamond of Charles Campagne Elementary School represented the district during the recent Elks National Hoop Shoot. The contest is a free throw program for children between the age of 8-13.

Sponsored by the Hicksville Elks Club, Hannah participated in three rounds that resulted in her claiming second place at the regional final on Feb. 9 at West Haverstraw City Hall. The first round was held on Jan. 12 at the district’s John F. Kennedy Middle School and was followed by the division finals at Valley Stream High School on Jan. 26.

“Congratulations to Hannah on her success and for representing Bethpage with pride,” said physical education teacher Betty Bohringer.

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Heroes Against Bullying 

Students from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited classrooms at Charles Campagne Elementary School on Feb. 27 to give an anti-bullying presentation.

The JFK students split into groups to visit third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to spotlight anti-bullying. The presentations concentrated on defining bullying, which was followed by discussions about examples of superheroes. The latter component was used to show how students can stand up to bullies in positive and impactful ways and help prevent negative behaviors. 

The superhero analogy was also used to show how students can use “super powers” for the good of standing up to a bully. Younger students engaged in an exercise in which they identified super powers that they would use to help stop or prevent bullying. The lesson concluded with students illustrating what they would look like as a superhero standing up to bullying.

The district thanks the JFK students for taking the time to present a very important message on anti-bullying to our younger students.

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Heartful Jumping

In honor of American Heart Month, Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser on Feb. 15.

According to the Association’s website, Jump Rope for Heart assists in the battle of against heart disease and stroke by promoting physical activity, heart-healthy living and community service.

Organized by physical education teacher Betty Bohringer, students exercised during their recess time by participating in various jump rope stations while enjoying popular music. Other activities such as basketball and hula-hooping were also available for students waiting to jump.

The district congratulates Charles Campagne for raising $1,005 for the American Heart Association!

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Parading Around With 100th Day Excitement

With Charles Campagne Elementary School celebrating 100 days of school on Feb. 13, kindergarten students paraded through the hallways and classrooms with projects based on the theme.

Leading up to the 100th day of school, kindergarten classrooms created “100 something” projects that included pennies, Skittles, logos, stickers, cotton balls and many other imaginative ideas. The four kindergarten classes brought their projects around the building and into all of the classrooms to help boost excitement for 100 days of school.

In addition to the kindergarten projects, students throughout first- and second-grade classrooms dressed in clothes they would wear if they were 100 years old as a symbol of being 100 days smarter. Classes also focused on lessons they have learned at this point in the school year to demonstrate their growth while also incorporating the number 100 into activities.

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Celebrating the Pig

Kindergarten students at Charles Campagne Elementary School were treated to a special assembly on Jan.23, thanks to a parent volunteer that shared details about the upcoming Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year officially begins on Feb. 5 to symbolize the change to the Year of the Pig, one of the 12 zodiac animals celebrated in the Chinese culture.

District parent Anna Chan along with her daughters, kindergarten student Lauren and second-grader Alanna, led the kindergarten classes in lessons and activities surrounding the celebration. Mrs. Chan showcased various decorations and common attire worn during the traditional ceremonies and activities.

Following a discussion about the different ways to celebrate, Mrs. Chan and her daughters taught the students how to create a paper fish with a red envelope. The color red symbolizes good luck and the evenlopes are presented at social and family gatherings.

The assembly concluded with the explanation of the 12 zodiac animals and the order in which they are celebrated.

Principal Erin Lindsay-DiFiglia thanks Mrs. Chan and her daughters for educating the kindergarten students on the culture of the Chinese New Year!  

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Special Night at December Board Meeting

The Dec. 18 Board of Education meeting featured a pair of special presentations.

The Bethpage Education Foundation presented a donation of $10,000 to the Board that will be used towards STEM projects and equipment in the district. The Educational Foundation is an organization that seeks to provide meaningful assistance to the educational program in the district.

“The support from the Educational Foundation is unmatched,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “This donation will help to further the growing STEM program in our district for our students and teachers.”

Author and Charles Campagne Elementary School fourth-grader Sophia Marullo also sat in front of the Board to speak about her recently published book “Sophia N.R. Marullo and the Crazy Days.” Sophia started writing the book when she was seven years old and was published when she was eight years old and in third grade at Charles Campagne.

The book is written and illustrated to describe the zany adventures of Sophia’s imagination! Inspired by the Junie B. Jones series, Sophia chronicles her crazy days at home and school. 
Sophia was generous enough to sign a book for each Board member that was distributed by Schneider at the end of her presentation.

“We look forward to reading Sophia’s first book and look forward to her next adventures,” said Schneider.

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Constructing Holiday Homes

First-grade students at Bethpage Union Free School District’s Charles Campagne Elementary School welcomed special guests on Dec. 14 during a gingerbread house-making activity.

Each student had the opportunity to invite an adult in their life to join them for the seasonal gathering. The pairs were given their own gingerbread house kit along with glue, scissors and decorations. Superintendent of Schools David Schneider, Director of Technology Andrew Choi and Principal Erin Lindsay-DiFiglia were all on hand to see the holiday-themed creations and welcome the visitors to Charles Campagne.

The district thanks the adults for taking the time out of their schedules to participate in this holiday activity, which also served as a lesson in architecture and engineering for the students!

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A Teamwork Lesson from Sparky

The New York Islanders’ mascot Sparky was on hand to give a lesson in teamwork at Charles Campagne Elementary School during an Islanders’ sponsored school assembly program On Dec. 5.

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Coding with the Grinch

Third- through fifth-grade students across the Bethpage Union Free District’s elementary schools displayed their computer science skills during the Hour of Code on Dec. 4.

The lesson was introduced through a live broadcast from the Bethpage High School television studio by Superintendent of Schools David Schneider, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Michael Spence and Director of Technology Andrew Choi. The three administrators explained the purpose of the Hour of Code and described what the students would be doing on their school-issued Google Chromebooks. 

Students logged on to Code.org to complete missions with the Grinch. Each student programed the Grinch and his dog Max through coding on the site to collect gifts, throw snowballs and operate a sleigh.

Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, according to its website. The program reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Through the district’s Hour of Code, students were able to ask questions to Mr. Schneider, Mr. Spence and Mr. Choi via Google Classroom. Prior to Dec. 4, students completed lead-in activities surrounding computer science topics and skills.

“We hope the students enjoyed the Hour of Code and were as excited to collaborate as a district as the administrators were,” said Mr. Schneider. “Helping the Grinch was educational while combining the fun of the holidays!”

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Archive of Hour of Code Broadcast on December 4, 2018 

 

Tradition of Read to Achieve Continues at Bethpage

Third-grade students from all three elementary schools in the Bethpage Union Free District gathered in the gymnasium at Bethpage High School on Nov. 20 for the annual Read to Achieve program. The annual program is geared towards stressing the importance of reading and sparking the interest of young students with fun activities.

Superintendent of Schools David Schneider opened the event by thanking all who helped coordinate this year’s assembly, including the senior leaders, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Michael Spence, fellow administrators and Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club President George Hannau. Schneider followed by walking around to see the unique and creative books the third-graders brought with them.

Senior leaders split up and guided eight to ten third-graders throughout the gym floor, and each group held interactive dialogues regarding the books brought in. As discussions started to conclude, each student wrote the title of their book, the name of their favorite character and that character’s special traits on paper. The pages were glued to their respective group’s poster boards, which were then hung together on the gymnasium wall to show the variety of characters that interest students.

To conclude the event, the senior leaders introduced themselves as well as illustrations of their favorite pieces of literature. Each attendee received a gift bags containing a dictionary/almanac for their participation, compliments of the Lions Club.

The district thanks all of those that put together this enriching event every year, particularly the Lions Club and President Hannau, for supporting reading and showing why it is important on the road to success.

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Proactive Superintendent’s Day

The District gathered on Nov. 6 for it’s fall Superintendent’s Conference Day, during which the various staff departments participated in presentations, workshops and activities to continue proactive learning and development as educators.

Staff members from the high school and JFK middle school along with Superintendent of School David Schneider attended morning sessions that focused on dynamic issues, led by Lauren Marra and Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD. Marra, a behaviorist who specializes on the topic of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, presented on proactive discipline approaches with students. Dr. Romie is a renowned neurologist that stressed the importance and techniques of mindfulness in education for both students and faculty. 

The afternoon was a time of collaboration as departments at both secondary schools traveled to the Island Trees School District and met with educators in their corresponding building and subject areas. They had opportunities to share ideas and broaden their instructional practices.

At the elementary level, faculty members from Kramer Lane, Charles Campagne and Central Boulevard broke into grade-specific groups to gain training in STEM and other pertinent topics. Led by district administrators and teachers, the STEM workshop demonstrated assorted grade-specific lessons and activities. The journeys session covered content requested by teachers and also provided time for them to discuss and navigate digital tools.

Other aspects of the day included CPR training for nurses and building monitors and the Hofstra Mental Health Conference, which was attended by guidance counselors and social workers. 

The district thanks Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence and all that helped to coordinate and facilitate an educational day for district educators.

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Field Day 2018

Despite the weather, we had an exciting day at Charles Campagne Elementary School! All grades participated in Field Day related activities followed by a trivia game show after lunch! 

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Argonauts Visit Long Island Aquarium

Students in the Argonauts program from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the Long Island Aquarium. During their visit, they saw the Butterfly Exhibit, watched a Sea Lion Show, and explored an Estuary.  Special thanks to Science Enrichment Teacher, Mrs. Marcis for organizing this educational and fun trip!

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Fun in the Sun

Kindergarten students at Charles Campagne Elementary School learned how to fish, crab, camp, and kayak as well as about life jacket safety and fire safety during their Physical Education classes on Thursday, May 17, 2018.  Special thanks to Physical Education teachers, Mr. Posch and Mrs. Bohringer for facilitating this fun and interactive lesson!

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Mystery Place Group Finds Hidden Locations

Several Grade 5 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in a Mystery Place Contest through the Journey North website.  A few students were selected from each Grade 5 class to work with Librarian, Ms. Ivers, on this project. These students made up the Mystery Place team.

Since February, these students with the help of Ms. Ivers, have been recording sunrise and sunset times for the ten hidden places around the world. They also used a difficult formula to figure out the longitude of the places and mapped this information. Starting at the end of March, they began to receive clues about the history, government, and culture of these ten secret places. They used the Internet, encyclopedia, and atlases to solve the mysteries. 

The group correctly guessed all ten of the mysteries!  The students were gold medal winners! They worked very hard and should be proud of themselves for solving all of the Mystery Places! The places were located in: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Neenah, Wisconsin; Toamasina, Madasgascar; Bonn, Germany; Port Lincoln, Australia; Kolkata, India; Toll Research Base in Antarctica; Tokyo, Japan; and Dili, East Timor.  In the next few weeks, students will find out more about the people and culture of these places.  The students' medal can be found at: LINK.

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Pen Pals Unite and Participate in STEM Activities

Ms. Rochford's Grade 1 class has been collaborating with Mrs. Holkhamp's Kindergarten class from West Hempstead as Flipgrid pen pals!  In the Fall, both Ms. Rochford and Mrs. Holkhamp decided to use Flipgrid as a way to open up classroom walls and connect students together virtually as pen pals. Both classes were working on a persuasive writing unit as a part of Writer's Workshop.  The students have been able to connect through content but also build a relationship at the same time.

After the holiday break, students have been paired up and have written letters to each other.  The classrooms conducted virtual introduction videos on Flipgrid so that the students could connect face-to-face. Both classes also taught an opinion Writer's Workshop mini-lesson on 'Which is better, an ice cream party or a pizza party?' to practice their opinion writing skills.

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, both Ms. Rochford and Ms. Holkhamp's class met at Molloy College and united in person!  The classes participated in a collaborative STEM activity, Lego WeDo 2.0, with the help of a Molloy College undergraduate class.  Both classes had an absolute blast and are looking forward to more collaboration in the future!  

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Jumping To The Heartbeat 

In honor of American Heart Month, students of Central Boulevard and Charles Campagne elementary schools participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

According to the AHA’s website, Jump Rope for Heart assists in the battle against heart disease and stroke by promoting physical activity, heart healthy living and community service.

Divided into groups during their gym classes, students exercised their heart muscles by jumping rope to popular pop music. They also hula-hooped, played basketball and learned about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, all while raising money for the community.  
 
Collectively, the two schools raised more than $7,000 to assist in heart disease research. 

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Author Visit

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, author and illustrator John Steven Gurney visited Charles Campagne Elementary School. Mr. Gurney is the author and illustrator of the picture book series, Dinosaur Train and the graphic novel, Fuzzy Baseball.  In addition, Mr. Gurney is the illustrator for the Bailey School Kids series, A-Z Mysteries series, and the Calendar Mysteries. Students created projects during their Library Media Center time with Ms. Ivers and during Art with Ms. Hermann that were displayed throughout the school.

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Reading Day at Charles Campagne 

On Friday, March 2, 2018, the students and teachers at Charles Campagne celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday and Reading Day! School events, planned by Ms. Ivers, included Buddy Reading by the older students to the younger children as well as building-wide "Drop Everything and Read" time in the hallways. Students also participated in activities in their classrooms and the Library. Special thanks to Ms. Ivers as well as Ms. Hermann for decorating the building for this special day!

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Seuss Centers!

Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School had the opportunity to work in Seuss Centers, which consisted of various STEM activities and photo props in the Library Media Center.  Special thanks to Ms. Ivers to organizing the Seuss Centers and the activities!

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Celebrating 100 Days of Learning in Bethpage

Kindergartners throughout the district commemorated their 100th day of learning by participating in a day full of activities on Feb. 13. 

To prepare for the day, students created eclectic projects based on the theme of “100.” They fashioned plants using 100 lollipops, glued 100 items – including crayons, stickers and Band-Aids – to T-shirts, and made a large Hershey’s Kiss out of 100 of the bite-sized chocolate candies.

During the celebration, the young students engaged in lessons that incorporated math, literacy and creativity. They practiced counting by tens to craft a monster with 10 different body parts, made necklaces with 100 Froot Loops as beads and built a tower out of 100 plastic cups, among other activities. They also designed “100 Days Smarter” crowns and medals and used their sight words to write about what they have learned in their first 100 days of school. 

Carrying the theme over to their wardrobe, the kindergartners paraded through the hallways sporting clothing and accessories that represented the milestone number and dressed as centenarians complete with canes, hair rollers and glasses. 


Charles Campagne Celebrates the 100th Day of School

Students at staff members at Charles Campagne Elementary School celebrated their 100th Day of School -- in style!

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Cracking the Code

Across the district, students in grades 3-5 practiced their computer science skills by participating in an Hour of Code on Dec. 6.

According to its website, Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. 

David Schneider, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Technology, and Andrew Choi, Director of Technology, broadcast live to each third-, fourth- and fifth-grade elementary classroom from the Bethpage High School television studio, where they explained the purpose of the Hour of Code and described the coding students would be doing.

Using their school-issued Chromebooks, students logged on to Code.org to complete missions in Minecraft, programming characters with coding blocks to move through mazes. 


Charles Campagne Students Construct Cornhusk Dolls

Under the guidance of Nassau BOCES instructors, second-graders at Charles Campagne Elementary School learned about the history and craftsmanship of early American settlers during the Colonial Era by making their own cornhusk dolls.
 
Naturalists Bette Bass and Mary Watros explained how early settlers utilized resources from the land to survive, describing how they made clothing, fashioned pots and utensils, and built their homes. 

Working in pairs, the students created cornhusk dolls, a common toy from the era. After tying string around layers of cornhusk to construct a head, body and limbs, they dressed the dolls in fabric, creating ponchos, shirts and dresses.

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Star Wars MakerSpace

Students in Grades K-5 and ABA got to participate in a Star Wars themed MakerSpace during their Art and Library classes.  All of the students used their "force" to make various creations!  Special thanks to Ms. Ivers and Mrs. Hermann for planning this themed event!

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21st Century: Origami Basics

On December 4, 2017 and December 6, 2017, students in Grades 4 & 5 from across the district's elementary schools participated in an Origami Basics activity after school under the direction of Mr. Zabell, our district's very own "Origami Swami".  Students learned about different types of folding techniques and created models such as a cup, pinwheel, paper balloon, and crane!  Students enjoyed their time creating the various models while learning a bit about the history and fine art of Origami. 

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Parent's Night Out

On Friday, December 1, 2017, Bethpage Schools hosted our first ever "Parent's Night Out". Parents were welcome to drop off their elementary school children to Bethpage High School for an evening of fun activities, board games, karaoke, movies, sports, and of course, pizza!  All funds raised will support the Bethpage High School Girl's Softball team.  The event could not have run without the organization of Ms. Tierney, several other colleagues, and members of the Girl's Softball team.  

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Read to Achieve

On Monday, November 20, 2017, Bethpage Schools held its annual Read to Achieve program where all of the Grade 3 students in the school district visit Bethpage High School to listen to our scholar-athlete captains talk about the importance of sportsmanship, doing well in school, and READING! After a demonstration by the Kickline and Cheerleaders and a visit by our Golden Eagle himself, the Grade 3 students got to shoot hoops with the captains! It was a spectacular day! Thanks to everyone involved!

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STEAM-ed Thanksgiving Pattern Blocks

During Library with Ms. Ivers, Charles Campagne Elementary School students in Grades K & 1 used pattern blocks to create different symbols for Thanksgiving. In student pairs, the students created turkeys, pilgrims, Native Americans, the Mayflower, and more! The students also worked on a challenging turkey symbol! Happy Thanksgiving!

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STEAM-ed Turkeys

During Library with Ms. Ivers, students at Charles Campagne Elementary School worked together in groups to design turkeys using pattern blocks. As a group, they developed a plan, discussed options, and designed their turkey. The students enjoyed this fun activity!

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21st Century: Mathematics and Music

In the second week of the Math Fun 1 with Crazy 8's, students used math to talk about and create music. Ms. Lukasik and Ms. Ivers helped participants to learn about pitch and decibels. Students used colored straws to create sounds and then measured and cut the straws to make their own instruments. We also used a decibel app to record sound and watch the sound decibels go up as the students got progressively louder!

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Buddy Reading for Book Character Dress-Up Day

Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School celebrated Halloween with Book Character Dress-Up Day which was planned by Ms. Ivers, Librarian. As a part of this day, students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 buddy read to the students in Grades K, 1, and 2 and the ABA programs.

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21st Century: Glow Geometry

Students in Grades 4 and 5 at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in Glow-in-the-Dark Glow Geometry as a part of the 21st Century Crazy 8's Fun with Math 1 activity. This was the first week of a three-week mathematics program taught by Ms. Ivers and Ms. Lukasik. Students created individual shapes as well as shapes as a team. The activity got 'glowing' reviews! Stay tuned for additional 21st Century Crazy 8's Fun activities in the future!

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Student Architects 

Students in Grades 4 and 5 read Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty in the Library.  Under the guidance of Ms. Ivers, the students showed off their architectural skills to create ways for Iggy and his classmates to get off the island.  

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Symbolic Butterflies Fly to Mexico

The Grade 3 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School are observing the migration of butterflies going south. With the help of Ms. Ivers, the librarian, the children are following the fall migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico.  The students are using the Journey North website to learn about butterfly migration. As part of this project, students have participated in a "symbolic" migration of paper butterflies. During Art, Mrs. Hermann worked with the Grade 3 students to create symmetrical paper butterflies. In early October, the paper butterflies began their migration to Mexico. They were mailed to Journey North. From there, they will be sent to the children in Mexico who live near to where the real butterflies migrate. In the Spring, new paper butterflies will "migrate" to us.

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Fire Safety

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Lt. Tierney and Lt. McGoldrick paid a visit to Charles Campagne Elementary School to give a presentation on fire safety to Ms. Tierney and Ms. Gonyon's class and Mrs. Vollmuth's class from Bethpage High School. Lt. McGoldrick spoke to the students about the importance of fire safety and Lt. Tierney put the uniform on and showed the students how the equipment works. Students had the opportunity to look through the Thermal Imaging Camera, use the radio, and spray the fire extinguisher. The lieutenants brought the students their own hats, bracelets, and FDNY activity books. Special thanks to Lt. Tierney and Lt. McGoldrick for visiting Bethpage for the third year in a row and sharing their knowledge on fire safety!

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21st Century MakerFaire New York

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, students from Grade 5 across the district's elementary schools and John F. Kennedy Middle School accompanied Mr. Zabell and Mr. Choi to the 8th Annual MakerFaire New York held at the New York Hall of Science.  A MakerFaire is "an all ages gathering of technology enthusiasts, artists, authors, crafters, do-it-yourselfers, educators, engineers, exhibitors, hobbyists, science clubs, students, and tinkerers."  At the MakerFaire, the students got to see various exhibits, ask questions to the exhibitors, and engage in hands-on activities.  We hope that the students left with seeing firsthand the many innovative creations that were at one point an idea and see how it has developed and they too, can be "makers"!

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Solar Powered Cars

At the end of June, Grade 5 students in Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Seidita, and Mrs. Yansick's classes built their own solar cars. Students worked with a partner to build the cars, following multi-step directions and modifying the design as needed to help the cars drive smoothly. On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, students went outside for a test run! At this point, many students found that further modifications were needed. Using scientific reasoning, changes were made to help the cars move smoothly, to travel in straight lines rather than in a circle, and to maximize solar power. After trial and error, the solar cars were a success! Students also held races to see whose cars were the fastest!

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Afternoon Artistry on Display at Charles Campagne

Fourth and fifth grade students at Charles Campagne Elementary School enjoyed their last 21st Century activity with Mrs. Buonaiuto and Mrs. Groom. The students painted an evening sunset!  Marvelous job to all of the student artists!

 

 

High School Musical, Jr.

Students participating in the Elementary Drama Program from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane performed in High School Musical, Jr. under the direction of Mr. Wibben. In this contemporary musical comedy, a popular high school basketball star (Troy) and a shy, academically gifted newcomer (Gabriella) discover that they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar. A short trailer for High School Musical, Jr. is available at VIDEO. Thanks to Mr. Levy for creating this trailer. Special thanks to Mr. Tom Weber for taking pictures during student rehearsals. They are available at Photo Gallery

 

 

Mystery Place for the Web

Several fifth grade students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in a Mystery Places contest through the Journey North website. A few students were selected from each fifth grade class to work with Mrs. Ivers on the project. These students comprised the Mystery Place team.  

Since February, these students have been recording sunrise and sunset times for the ten hidden places around the world with Mrs. Ivers' assistance.  They also used a difficult formula to figure out the longitude of the places and mapped this information.

Starting at the end of March, they began to receive clues about the history, government, and culture of these ten secret places. They used the Internet. encyclopedias, and atlases to solve the mysteries.  

The Mystery Place team corrected solved eight of the ten mysteries! The students were declared bronze medal winners! The children worked very hard and should be proud of themselves for solving so many of the Mystery Places.  

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Our Day at the Opera!

Students from across the district were the guests of the Metropolitan Opera Company at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as part of their participation in the 21st Century Activity: The MET: HD Live in Schools. The students were met by Education Department and trip organizer, Dan Marshall and two opera house tour guides.

The students, accompanied by their teacher chaperones (Mrs. McGrath, Ms. Kovacs, Ms. Sinisi, and Mr. Wibben) were divided into two groups; elementary students and middle/high school students, and taken on a tour of this huge facility. They were able to view a few minutes of a rehearsal happening on the huge stage of the 3,800 seat opera house and learned about the almost perfect acoustical properties of the house. They also saw the beautiful crystal chandeliers that hang in the lobby and theater, which were a gift from the Australian government for our country's assistance in World War II. They were then taken by elevator to several different floors underground, where they observed the costume shop, wig-makers, special effects machinery, scenery and lighting production, as well as props and paining. In addition, we visited rehearsal studios and learned about the children's chorus and their assigned dressing rooms. They also loved seeing the doors and the animals come through, when used in productions!

Our guides were very knowledgeable and answered many questions.  As we passed through the various underground tunnels, we even caught a glimpse of internationally known opera star Placido Domingo in a rehearsal. At the conclusion of our tour, we were taken into The Belmont Room, where we met 2004 Bethpage High School graduate Matt Rubin, the current assistant lighting director at the Met. He hold us about his path to his current career and how he often did work in technology during his high school years in Bethpage. A graduate of Hofstra University, he has traveled extensively and worked his way up to his current position. The students and teachers were able to ask him questions and pose for photographs.

Following a delicious lunch in the Lincoln Square area, the students boarded the bus for the trip home filled with information about this American Arts institution and looking forward to future opera experiences! 

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Activities in the Library Media Center

Grade 5 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in various STEAM activities on the United States of America during Library with Ms. Ivers. The students worked on a United States floor jigsaw puzzle as well as an artistic state coloring sheet.  

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ELL Math Night 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Bethpage Schools celebrated their annual "Spring into Math" event with families of English Language Learners. Parents and students engaged in different activities and games that promoted mathematical language and literacy in school and in the home. The focus was on shape recognition, estimation, problem solving, logical thinking, number sense, and fun!

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Long Island Recorder Festival

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, thirty-three Bethpage students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Wibben, and Ms. Kovacs, our students joined over 150 students from across New York City and Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their families, friends, and the Long Island community.

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Imagination Stations at Charles Campagne

Students in Grade 4 experienced the Charles Campagne Imagination Station, a Makerspace in the school library media center. Librarian Ms. Ivers set up the Imagination Stations for the students to visit. The stations were (1) Code Monkey; (2) Card Creation; (3) Coloring Relaxation; and (4) Learn to Draw. The goal was for the students to create and have fun!

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Author and Illustrator Dan Yaccarino Visits Charles Campagne!

Students at Charles Campagne met Dan Yaccarino on Monday, March 13, 2017. They learned about being an author, illustrator, and TV show producer and creator. Mr. Yaccarino showed students a video of his studio in New York City as well as trailers for many of his books. He inspired students to be authors and illustrators. To prepare for his visit, students created projects in Library with Mrs. Ivers and in Art with Mrs. Hermann. Charles Campagne and the library were decorated with these special projects!

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Astronomy and STEM Night

Elementary students and their families came out on a chilly Friday evening to Astronomy Night featuring stargazing, starry night planetarium show, and carnival. Mars and the moon as well as deep space nebula and spring constellation were visible in crystal clear skies. The Starnival games created and hosted by JFK members of the Astronomy Club were fun for all ages. The planetarium show shared images and stories of the spring night sky with our youngest astronomers and our more advanced engineers designed and tested model lunar landers. New this year were the Night at the STEM Museum exhibits which included a robotics demonstration and a 3-D printer demonstration as well as many interactive STEM experiences. Students programmed Bee Bot and Milo robots, tried to beat the black hole simulator and learned some fundamental STEM concepts during tabletop activities including Cool Copters, Tumbling Towers, Launchers, Balancing Butterflies and Bridges. Special thanks to the Project Astro astronomers, the Astronomy Night Committee, the BHS and JFK Robotics Clubs, the JFK Astronomy Club, the JFK Tech and Science departments, and all the students, faculty, and administrators who supported this special event!

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Reading Day at Charles Campagne

The students at Charles Campagne Elementary School enjoyed celebrating Reading Day with their teachers and classmates. Mrs. Ivers presided over library activities, which included the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activity, Dr. Seuss Building Hat and several other fun and educational activities. Buddy reading, in which an older student reads to a younger student, took place throughout the day. Everyone in the building participated in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time in the halls at the end of the day.

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DogAbility

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, several Grade 4 & 5 students from Charles Campagne visited DogAbility in Hicksville with Ms. Tierney and Ms. Gonyon. The students had the opportunity to work with and learn all about therapy dogs. The students had a great time!

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Earthquake Waves

Mrs. Kelly's Grade 5 class has been studying Earthquakes in Science for the law few weeks. Just recently, the students completed a project where they were able to create their own P-Waves which are the primary waves of an earthquake. They are the fastest moving waves and the first to be identified on a seismograph! The students used everyday household items to complete this activity. After they experimented within their own classroom, the students were then able to pass on their newfound knowledge to Ms. Peters' Grade 3 class. Mrs. Kelly's students were now experts on this topic and were able to share their knowledge about Earthquakes! Ms. Peter's class thoroughly enjoyed learning about Earthquakes as much as Mrs. Kelly's class!

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Brain STEAM Ahead!

The Nassau County Math Teachers Association presents Brain STEAM Ahead! Parents and children will participate in hands-on activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The event will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Rushmore Ave School in Carle Place.  Have fun exploring and learning while building bridges, kaleidoscopes, paper airplanes, rockets, and much more!  For additional information, please refer to the flyer:  Brain STEAM Ahead!


Earthquake Study

Students in Mrs. Seidita's Grade 5 class learned about earthquakes. The students studied causes of earthquakes, how they are measured, and their effects. The students read an article by National Geographic titled Safe Houses. The class learned about different areas around the world that are prone to earthquakes. From the article, the students discussed different resources that countries have in order to design homes that can withstand an earthquake. The students used marshmallows and toothpicks to design a structure. The class then tested their structures in a pan of jello. The jello acted as earthquake waves! The groups of students made changes to their structures and re-tested them! The class had a great time learning about earthquakes and engineering!

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21st Century: Learning About the Special Olympics

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, elementary school students from across the district met with Mrs. Tierney and Ms. Tierney to learn about the history and mission of the Special Olympics and a few different types of disabilities. Students also created motivational and encouraging posters to hang up when Bethpage Schools hosts the upcoming Special Olympics on May 20, 2017 and May 21, 2017. A great time was had by all of the participants!

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Trapping Gingerbread Babies

Grade 1 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School spent several Library classes designing and creating safe traps to catch the gingerbread baby. Ms. Ivers shared the story "The Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett. The children then used a Library class to work in groups to create a design or blueprint to safely catch the gingerbread baby using supplies such as paper plates, paper cups, paper clips, sticks, and straws. Over the next two weeks with the guidance of Ms. Ivers and their teachers, the children used supplies to build gingerbread baby traps in the Library. The children learned that sometimes designs had to be revised and adjusted. Many gingerbread babies were safely caught!

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21st Century: Scrapbooking

Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in a six week 21st Century scrapbooking program under the direction of Ms. Ivers, Mrs. Groom, and Mrs. Buonaiuto. Students designed and created a 12x12 scrapbook as a holiday gift for someone special. The children enjoyed learning about scrapbooking and being creative and artistic to create their special album. The participants will leave the final class with a wrapped scrapbook as a gift.

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Read to Achieve

Grade 3 students throughout the district gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers, as well as create a mentorship between high school scholar athletes and elementary school students. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators and the scholar athletes regarding their favorite books and a discussion on why reading is so important on the road to success. The students also got the opportunity afterwards to shoot some hoops with the high school scholar athletes!

 

Argonauts Research of Oil Spills

The Argonauts at Charles Campagne Elementary School tried their hand at removing oil from water as they recreated an oil spill. They researched what occurred during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They also explored the effects on the environment as a result of these disasters. Argonauts designed their own experiments to explore which materials would most effectively remove the oil.

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Book Character Dress Up Day!

Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in the Book Character Dress Up Day on October 31, 2016. This event was planned by the librarian, Ms. Ivers. Children in Grades K-5 came to school dressed as their favorite book character. The Charles Campagne staff also dressed in costumes. Some costumes included: superheroes, witches, sports players, princesses, Pokemon, and much more! As part of the celebration, the students in Grades 3-5 read to the children in Grades K-2 and the ABA classes. It was a great day to share books, costumes, and meet new friends!

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Happy Halloween from Charles Campagne!

The superhero staff at Charles Campagne Elementary School would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween! 

 

"Symbolic" Butterflies Fly to Mexico

The Grade 3 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School are observing the migration of butterflies going south. With the help of Ms. Ivers, the librarian, the children are following the fall migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico. The students are using the Journey North website to learn about butterfly migration. As part of this project, children have participated in a "symbolic" migration of paper butterflies. During Art, Mrs. Hermann worked with the Grade 3 students to create symmetrical paper butterflies. In early October, the paper butterflies began their migration to Mexico. They were mailed to Journey North. From there, they will be sent to the children in Mexico who live near to where the real butterflies migrate. In the Spring, new paper butterflies will "migrate" to us.

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Kindergarten Students Buzz Using Bee Bots to Explore STEM

Kindergarten students at Charles Campagne Elementary School were the first to participate in a NEW initiative across Bethpage Schools designed to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) experiences to all elementary school students. Students in Mrs. Bedney and Mrs. Fink's kindergarten classes explored Bee Bots.  A Bee Bot is a tool for teaching estimation, sequencing, and problem solving! Under the direction of Mrs. Marcis, students eagerly and enthusiastically worked alongside Mr. Clark, Superintendent of Schools; Mr. Schneider, Assistant Superintendent; Mrs. Yale, Director of Science; Mr. Titolo, Director of Mathematics; and Mrs. Lindsay-DiFiglia, Principal to program the Bee Bots to turn 90-degrees left or 90-degrees right and move forward or backward. Students practiced programming their Bee Bots to reach a "flower" on a grid. These though-provoking activities are just the first steps in the district's initiative to bring STEM to all Bethpage students!

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Grade 5 Students Perform God Bless America

As a part of the Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony at Charles Campagne Elementary School, the students sang "God Bless America" and performed sign language to go along with the lyrics. 

 

 

Authors' Celebration

The first grade students, teachers, and Mrs. Saltzman celebrated 70 published authors of non-fiction books! Our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Clark, and Director of English Language Arts, Dr. Hannon, were here to learn new facts from the experts themselves! The childrens' books consisted of a Table of Contents, three chapters, photos with captions, a Parts of a Page, Fun Facts, and a Glossary.  Congratulations to all of our young authors!

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Butterflies Migrate to Charles Campagne

The students of Charles Campagne Elementary School received packages with paper butterflies designed by students from all over the United States, a few from Canada, a few from Mexico, and one from Germany! With the help of our librarian, Mrs. Ivers, the Grade 3 students participated in the fall symbolic migration of the butterflies South by making their own paper butterflies to send to Mexico. In the spring, they received new paper butterflies from students all over the United States who also sent butterflies to Mexico. The symbolic migration mimics the actual migration of the monarch butterflies. Each packet came with a letter written in Spanish from a teacher in Mexico. All of the paper butterflies had messages written to students in Spanish as well.  The students enjoyed looking at these creative and colorful butterflies. They also enjoyed trying to translate the Spanish message into English. Students used the Google Chromebooks and the Journey North website to put our butterflies on the map.

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Learning About Culture through Dance

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, an interactive cultural arts program called "Dance Around the World" came to perform for the students at Charles Campagne. Dance and dance stories from Spain, India, Egypt, Latin America, and North America were woven into a dynamic display of expressive movements, powerful rhythms, and rich colorful costumes. We all had a great time listening and dancing to music from around the globe. In the afternoon, Grade 3 students participated in a dance workshop with the artist, Ramzi El-Edlibi. Ramzi is a graduate of the Lebanese School of Dance and has a degree in Classical Ballet from the Conservatoria de Madrid. He has choreographed, performed, and taught through the United States and in the Middle East, France, Russia, Spain, and Japan! The students had a wonderful time learning the modern Indian dance from Bollywood.

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Maritime Festival

Bethpage High School held its annual Maritime Festival on May 18, 2016 and May 19, 2016 under the direction of Mr. Portuese. All of the Grade 3 students in the district came to Bethpage High School to learn about our ecosystem on Long Island. There were all kinds of workshops including a touch tank, fish painting, scuba diving, making rope, fish dissection, and Gilligan Island miniature golf! Special thanks to all of the Grade 3 students who joined us and to all of the Bethpage High School students who assisted the staff in running the festival! It was a great success!

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Art Contest Winner

Students in Grades 2-5 participated in Senator Marcellino's Earth Day Poster Contest with Mrs. Hermann in Art and Ms. Ivers in the Library. Claire Lim (Grade 2) was the winner of the contest. You can visit Senator Marcellino's page on the New York State Senate website to see Claire's poster as well as the other student entries submitted from Charles Campagne Elementary School. 

Hurricane Preparedness

On May 17, 2016, Charles Campagne fifth grade students participated in a live webinar about hurricanes. The presentation was facilitated by Mrs. Janice Yale, the Director of Science K-12 and featured scientists from the University of Rhode Island and NOAA National Weather Hurricane Center. Students were able to see what the eye of a hurricane looks like, learn how hurricanes are named, and to virtually tour the planes used to fly into hurricanes in order to record scientific data. The classes were also able to ask questions of the scientists and learn how to be better prepared in the event of a hurricane.

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Austim Awareness Month

On Saturday, April 2, 2016 (World Autism Awareness Day), students from Charles Campagne Elementary School and Central Boulevard Elementary School participated in a 21st Century activity to decorate the halls and fence at Charles Campagne for Autism Awareness Month. Students worked hard to make puzzle pieces and put them on every classroom door.  They also decorated the lobby with blue Autism Speaks donation cards.  Students put blue cups on the fence outside of Charles Campagne to make three ribbons in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Ms. Tierney, Mrs. Fishbein, Ms. Gonyon, and Ms. Marvullo would like to thank all of the great participants for all of their hard work. We hope everyone continues to "Light it up Blue" this month!

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Elementary Musicians Perform at the Long Island Recorder Festival

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, select Grade 4 and Grade 5 students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools participated in this year's Long Island Recorder Festival. The students had the opportunity to perform alongside the top recorder players from Nassau and Suffolk County in a concert at Brentwood High School! Mr. Wibben was one of the special guest-conductors! Special thanks to the Bethpage PTA's for providing the students' wonderful matching shirts and to Mrs. Kovacs for chaperoning and helping the day run smoothly!

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Read to Achieve

Bethpage High School welcomed the district's Grade 3 students for the annual Read to Achieve program.  Thanks to all the Bethpage High School sports team captains, who took the time to talk about their favorite books and to Joe Tierney for emphasizing academics in his remarks as emcee.  Thanks also to the Cheerleaders and the Kickline Team who came out to perform.  Students received a backpack with goodies and a Student Dictionary/Almanac compliments of the Lion's Club and Astoria Bank.  All the teachers involved gave a basketball clinic before the Grade 3 students had the opportunity to shoot hoops with the BHS students.  Thank you to Grade 3 teacher, Mr. Arettines for creating the slideshow highlighting the event.

 

Halloween Kindness

Teachers at CCS dressed up as "The Kindness Police" for Halloween. The costumes kept with the school's character education theme of "Choose To Be Kind."

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Memorial Day Parade

Bethpage gathered to honor those who sacrificed so much for our nation. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Memorial Day Parade!

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Democracy In Action

The Bethpage School District thanks everyone who participated in our annual Democracy in Action program. Our student performers were wonderful and their teachers and parents should be very proud! Thanks to the PTA for organizing the Book Sale and to those who contributed to the Great American Bake Sale (especially Mrs. Marcis). It was a terrific event!

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First Grade Authors

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Aquarium Field Trip

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Mystery Place

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In The Garden

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Guest Artist

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Veteran Essay Contest Winners

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Family Math Day

Bethpage once again hosted the County Family Math Day and over 700 people turned out for a great and exciting event! It was a day of activities demonstrating the importance and fun of math! Great job to all the teachers, students and administrators who volunteered and to Mr. Titolo for organizing the day! Thanks also to our terrific custodial crew for their hard work!

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Students Get Laptops

Bethpage ELL students received laptop computers courtesy of a grant written by Mrs. Mineiro and Ms. De Napoli. Everyone was very enthused and they will go to great use!

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Community Walk

The Fit and Fun initiative kicked off with a Community Walk. It was a great first event attended by almost 300 people! More events can be found on the calendar at: http://www.bethpage.ws/docs/fitness/

Join us as the entire community works together to promote health and wellness

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Raising Money to Fight Leukemia

On April 10, 2014, the Bethpage High School Life Skills class and the Charles Campagne Student council joined forces to sell loom bracelets for a worthy cause.

This project was created by Mrs. Ceccoli, Speech –Language Pathologist and Mrs. Ardezzone, Teacher of Special Education. The project began with the Life Skills students making over three hundred colored loom bracelets that represented different charities and sports teams with the idea of selling them for a charity. The goal was to provide the Life Skills students with practical experiences using cash register skills and communication strategies to successfully interact with customers. Teaching assistants

Mrs. Spears and Mrs. Vezzi also provided support for students during the fundraiser. On Friday April 11, 2014, the Student Council students at Charles Campagne sold the leftover bracelets as the students requested an additional day to complete the fundraising project. The Charles Campagne school community surpassed expectations and generously raised $ 804. Thank you to everyone that supported this successful fundraiser.

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March Music Month

Bethpage Association of Music sponsored a district wide "March is Music In Our School's Month" activity to raise awareness of the importance of Music In Our Schools. Students responded to the theme of "Music Makes Me____". Bethpage Association of Music would like to thank the music departments for their enthusiasm in decorating the halls and raising awareness among the students in this activity. Congratulations to all that participated and to the winners who received a certificate and I Tunes gift card as follows:

BHS: Melissa Unsal, JFK: Hunter Bedard, CCS: Erin Conway, CBS: Cassandra Astarita, KLS: Kimberly Kraeling

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Recognition of Excellence

Bethpage had a special evening as ten graduating seniors chosen by the BHS faculty paid tribute to an elementary, middle and high school teacher who had an impact on them. The ten students were chosen for their all around school spirit and success in school and they did a great job in their speeches. It was a terrific evening for the students and their parents as well as the teachers. We are proud of all of them.

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SEPTA Game Night

A good time was had by all during the Annual SEPTA Game Night! Thanks to all the participants and the volunteers!

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Author Visit

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Lift up Long Island

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Iditarod

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Dr. Seuss' Birthday

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Power Of One

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Acts of Kindness

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Anti Bullying Week

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Second Grade Authors

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Science Fair

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Authors' Celebration

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All County Music

Congratulations to the 39 Bethpage students who participated in the All-County Music Festival at the Tilles Center. It was a fantastic evening!

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St. Jude's Children's Hospital Charity Event

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Gingerbread

First graders attended the Annual Gingerbread House and Train workshop along with their parents and grandparents! Great gingerbread houses and trains were constructed by all! This annual tradition is the hard work of the Campagne staff and everyone looks forward to it! Special thanks this year to the 5th graders who performed under the direction of Mrs.Todor.

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Guest Reader: Dr. Hannon

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Islanders visit Charles Campagne

The Islanders@School visited Charles Campagne on October 29 presenting their Orange & Blue + You Assembly, which teach students the importance of teamwork, a good education and hard work. It was a great presentation that all of the children enjoyed!

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Anti Bullying

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Read to Achieve

Everyone had a great time at our Annual Read to Achieve Day.  All the district's third graders came up to Bethpage High School for a discussion on the importance of reading.  Captains from all the BHS teams spoke about their favorite books and how reading is critical to their academic success.  Mr. Clark, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Spence, Dr. Hannon, Mr. Titolo and Ms. Yale all talked about reading. Mr. Franchi told everyone how proud he was of our Scholar-Athlete teams.  Then we all played a little basketball that highlighted some great local talent!  Thanks to the Kickline and the Cheerleaders for ther performances and to all the third grade teachers who had a great time!  It was a fun day!

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Fourth Graders Attend the 11th Annual PEAK Festival

On Saturday, November 16th, twelve fourth graders, chosen by their music teachers at Central Boulevard and Charles Campagne, attended the 11th Annual All-County PEAK Festival at Freeport High School. The morning was filled with workshops such as Chorus, Hand Chimes, African Drumming, Time for Orff, and Just Dance, where students learned about music making and working together. Bryanna Ackerman, Damon Alarcon, Lauren Andruzzi, Ruchitha Channapatra, Suchitha Channapatra, Santina Lonardo, Brian Lunetto, Gianna Mirabelli, Shane Nikas, Thomas Pelcher, Alyssa Perez, and Sadhika Singh want to thank Ms. Kovacs and Mr. O'Connor for such an unforgettable day!

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"Symbolic" Butterflies Fly to Mexico

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Book Character Dress Up Day

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Fire Safety

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Preamble Challenge

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New Teacher Orientation

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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Campagne Moves On

Congratulations to our Fifth Graders on their Moving On Ceremony! Everything was terrific and the teachers and Mrs. Cintado are very proud of them! We wish them all the best at JFK! Thanks to Nisha Shah for speaking at our ceremony!

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Nutrition - Magic of 5-a-Day

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PTA Dinner

The Bethpage Council of PTA's held a beautiful dinner for new officers and to honor many people for their long service to the students of Bethpage. The dinner was coordinated by Mrs. Lena Ritchie and Mrs. Carmela Ambrosio. They honored Mrs. Lisa Mastanduno with a special lifetime service award and she was joined by her family. Earlier in the evening Mrs. Mastanduno gave a moving speech about how the entire school community assisted her in raising her children and how grateful she was. She will be missed in PTA! PTA Council also honored retiring Board of Ed members Tom Frost and Joel Dauman for their years of service and then honored Mr. DeTommaso for his dedication to Bethpage. Each PTA honored retirees including Billie Rothberg, Leslie Schreiber, Nanette Girolamo, Maddy Landau, Linda Link and Carol Leonardi. It was a terrific evening. Thanks to Bethpage PTA!

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Strawberries From Our Garden

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Maritime Festival

If you ever plan on putting out grass seed wait until the Maritime festival dates are announced, you'll be sure to have rain! Despite the weather the Maritime Festival docked at Bethpage High School last week. The Forensic Science students put mysteries aside to change gears and become instructors in Marine Science. It was an opportunity for many high school seniors to gain experience as teachers. They did a phenomenal job educating all the district's third graders about the sea life found around our beautiful island. Mr. Hack (aka SCUBA Steve) amazed the visitors in our pool, while Mrs. Rankin and her students taught the third graders all about plankton and the marine food web. A highlight of the day was a 34" stripped bass caught by Mr. Carroll. Hats off to all the high school custodial and maintenance staff that help to make this yearly event such a success.

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Family Math Night

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Democracy in Action

Talented students from around the district showed off their considerable talents in the Annual Democracy in Action showcase. Singers, musicians, dancers and artists were all involved. They were fantastic! Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who assisted in the planning of the event. Thanks to those who contributed to the Great American Bake Sale and thanks also to the PTA for organizing the book sale. It was a wonderful celebration of democracy!

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Argonaut Field Trip to Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center

Prior to our visit educators from the Cold Spring Harbor DNA center visited each of the elementary schools and we explored what DNA was as well as created our own Baggy cells out of gelatin, beans, string, and spaghetti. Each item represented parts of the cell. During our visit to the center, we extracted DNA from bacterial cells and used microscopes to identitfy the genetic mutations of fruit flies. It was an informative and thought provoking, fabulous day!

Our chaperones Mrs. Marcis, Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs. Sedeita and Mrs. McGuire had a great time as well.

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Butterflies

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Mystery Place

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Nutrition Workshop

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Art Show

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VFW Awards Ceremony

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21st Century Iditarod

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Guest Reader

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Author Visit

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Community Reader Day

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Bully Prevention Awareness Week

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Reading Is Everywhere Poster

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Read Across Bethpage Day

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Family Math Day

Thanks to all the teacher, administrator, parent and student volunteers who made Family Math Day such a success! Bethpage was proud to host this event. Congratulations to our Math Director Mr. Titolo for the quality of the event. Thanks to our food service, custodial and security staff!

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Hurricane Sandy Stories

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First Grade Authors

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Science Fair

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Family Math Day

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Challenger Basketball

The Bethpage Challenger Basketball team was treated to a day of training and practice with the Wizards, a professional basketball team that will be playing in Bethpage later this school year. The Wizards were great instructors and we learned a lot! The big home game for the Challenger Team is February 26. Everyone is invited to attend!

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Music Festival

Congratulations to the 47 Bethpage students who participated in the recent Nassau Music Educators Association All County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center. We were proud of our student performers as well as Mr. Eric Kay who was chairperson of the orchestra. Nice going!

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Winter Perfomance

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Authors

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Health Lessons

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Astronomy Night

Bethpage held its 9th Annual Astronomy Night and it was a huge success! Thanks to the students who volunteered to run the workshops and worked side by side with the teachers and administrators! Thanks to Mrs. Yale, Mr. Pollatos, Mr. Zabell and all the teachers who came out. For number ten, we promise to have great weather!

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Read to Achieve

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Student Council Food Drive for Sandy

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2012 Election

Students at Charles Campagne exercised their right to vote for President. At CC, President Obama won more votes than Mitt Romney.

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Safe Halloween

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Bethpage Polo

21st Century students attended a polo match at Bethpage State Park. Everyone had a good time watching the “Sport of Kings.” A beautiful rainbow appeared during the match and students enjoyed the “stomping of the divots” at half-time. The game’s announcer gave a big shout out to the Bethpage students for attending!

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Preamble Challenge

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Moving On Ceremony

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Student Council

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Reflections Winner

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In the Gazebo

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Beekeeper

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Democracy in Action

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Mystery Place

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Recognition of Excellence Dinner

At our Annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner, nine Bethpage High School students chose an elementary, middle and high school teacher who had a positive influence on them. It was a great night as the students spoke with great poise and maturity and the teachers were recognized for their long hours and dedication to assisting children. Thanks to everyone including the BHS Jazz Ensemble for their stellar performance! The parents had much to be proud of on this evening!

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Youth Lacrosse Clinic

Over 250 youngsters came out to participate in the Battle at Bethpage Youth Lacrosse Clinic. Youngsters were treated to small group instruction on lacrosse skills from the talented players of Drexel and UMass. Thanks to all the college players for helping us with our game. Special thanks to Drexel Coach Voelker and UMass Coach Canella for coming out with their teams and talking to the children about athletics and the importance of good school habits. We also appreciate all the BHS athletes who assisted with the event! It was fantastic!

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Author Visit

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Second Grade Authors

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Art Show

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Voice of Democracy

Congratulations to the winners of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest. The students created works on patriotism that were reviewed by the veterans. We congratulate our winners and appreciated the service of all our veterans!

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Charles Campagne Garden

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21st Century: Students Race to the Finish

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Athletes Helping Athletes

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Girl Scouts - 100th Anniversary

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Family Math Day

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Reading Across Bethpage

On March 2, 2012, all the district's schools celebrated the joy of reading in our annual "Read Across Bethpage Day." Students in all five buildings enjoyed a number of fun and exciting activities from author visits to reading with younger classmates to listening to our wonderful guest readers. It was a great day for everyone!

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Science Fair

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Athletes Helping Athletes Vist

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Anti-Bullying

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Read Across Bethpage

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Arts Alive 2012

On Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, Kramer Lane, and JFK Middle School attended the annual Arts Alive Conference at the LI Boces Cultural Arts Center in Syosset. Students took classes in dance, musical theater, physical theater, lighting, writing, painting, fashion design, composing, and acting with professionals and educators from NYC and Long Island. All of the students learned a lot about the arts and a wonderful time.

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Student Council - Toy Drive

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Math Club - Pumpkin Muffins

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Metropolitan Opera

On November 19th, students from Central Blvd. Elementary School, Charles Champagne Elementary School, Kramer Lane Elementary School, and JFK Middle School attended the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Program. Accompanying the students for this 21st Century trip were Mrs. McGrath and Ms. Austin. We saw Glass’s Satyagraha at the Westbury UA Theater. For many of the participants it was their first Opera. We were all truly captivated by this performance despite the lack of subtitles. Many audience members complimented the Bethpage students on their spectacular behavior and interest in opera. They were also thrilled to hear that we are the only school district in Long Island that participates in the Metropolitan Opera partnership. Everyone is looking forward to the next Opera, which will be held in December.

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Safe Halloween at BHS

Congratulations to the Bethpage PTA for another outstanding Safe Halloween Party! There were over 1,000 people who attended! Thanks to all our volunteers, including all the students, parents and teachers who assisted. Thanks also to our Custodial Crew which had to clean up our big mess! It was a great evening. And a little scary!

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Homecoming

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First Grade Author

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“Symbolic” Butterflies fly to Mexico

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Preamble Winner

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21st Century: Garden

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Remembering 9-11

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Bethpage's Newest Teachers

Congratulations to the new faculty members of the Bethpage School District. They all attended the New Teacher Orientation program where they learned a great deal about our community. Then they took a bus tour narrated by Superintendent Terrence Clark with stops at Cablevision and Northrop-Grumman. The day was arranged by Ms. Lavelle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and everyone is looking forward to the new school year!

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Bethpage Means Business

21st Century students learned about economics first hand from some of our town’s business leaders. Students visited Cablevision, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Central Ave. Deli and asked questions about the corporate structure, impact of the recession, major costs of doing business and what was the key to success. Our hosts at each stop were very gracious and provided the students with promotional goods and food! The students were accompanied by Mr. Clark, Mr. DeTommaso, Mrs. Marcis and Mr. Schneider, the new Principal of JFK Middle School. It was a great day!

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Garden' Bounty

Our garden is in full force and now we are getting fresh vegetables!  Tomatoes, scallions, squash, cucumber along with herbs like basil and dill are all now ripe for picking!  Thanks to all our student volunteers for their work along with our custodial staff, Mrs. Cintado and Mrs. Yale!  Special thanks to Chris Stratis, our soon to be Eagle Scout, for making benches and a fountain to accompany our garden!

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Moving On Ceremony

Everyone enjoyed the 5th Grade Moving Up ceremony today.  Congratulations to all our students and thanks to the parents, teachers and staff!  The JFK faculty is really looking forward to having you all at the middle school next year!

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Amanda O'Neill Contest Winner

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Poetry Tea

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Remembering Lexie

The Kramer Lane family remembered our dear friend Lexie Falabella at a ceremony attended by hundreds of people.  A bench in Lexie's honor was dedicated at the front entrance of Kramer Lane.  Lexie was a special person who touched the lives of many people.  On hand were her parents, siblings and grandmother as well as classmates, teachers and Mrs. Costa.  Lexie's family has started the Lexiebean Foundation to assist families and children battling cancer.

It was a fitting tribute to our friend Lexie whom we miss very much.

Argonauts Trip Caumsett State Park

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Laptops for ELL Students

The ELL teachers applied for a grant that provided laptops to all students in the district. Congratulations to Ms. Lishansky and Mrs. Miniero for all their hard work. A ceremony was held to give out the laptops and parents and students were very excited!

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Annie from Charles Campagne

Charles Campagne students performed a terrific produciton of Annie as a 21st Century event.  The musical was perfect with great acting and stage direction.  Thanks to the BHS students for their assistance.  Special thanks to our phenomenal directors- Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Lazaridis.  Everyone put in a lot of work to make this production come alive!

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Relay For Life

The Bethpage community once again came together to raise funds via the annual Relay for Life.  Over $90,000 was raised.  Thousands of people showed up on a beautiful evening and worked to defeat cancer.  There was a special remembrance of our friend Simon Jambrone, BHS Senior who recently passed away.  We all miss him very much.  Congratulations to Judy Wichter and her incredible team that includes Kevin, Lenny, Alicia, Jen and many, many others.  Thanks to all the students and parents who came out to support the cause and thanks to Mr. Healy for his bagpipe performance.  It was a great evening!  Special thanks to Robbie Rosen from American Idol for stopping by and singing the national anthem.

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