Central Boulevard Elementary School
60 Central Blvd.
Bethpage, NY 11714
PRINCIPAL: Mr. Steven Furrey
In the News
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!
Autism Awareness Dodgeball Champions
Congratulations to the Central Boulevard Elementary School faculty who rallied and won the Second Annual Autism Awareness Dodgeball Tournament! Thanks to faculty and staff from all of the schools that participated and everyone who attended this event to support and educate others about autism awareness. A grand total of $2,540 was raised and donated to the Piece by Piece charity. Special thanks to Julianne Tierney for coordinating this successful event!
21st Century: Helping Our Planet
Ms. Austin, Mrs. Holt, and Mrs. Tierney recently held a 21st Century activity to instruct fourth and fifth grade students about the negative impact that plastic bags have on the environment. Students learned how to do their part to save the Earth by decorating reusable canvas bags. Upon completion of the activity, the students went home to share the message with their family and friends!
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!
Cradle of Aviation
On Friday, March 10, 2017, the ENL Department went on a visit to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Students from Central Boulevard Elementary School engaged in units of study about Kites and Robotics in their ENL classes in preparation for their visit to the museum. At the museum, the students had the opportunity to tour and explore the history of aviation and space as well as participate in hands-on workshops. This was a invaluable learning experience as the students were able to put their STEM skills to work!
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.
Author Visit to Central Boulevard
Author and illustrator Dan Yaccarino visited Central Boulevard Elementary School. He showed the students how he writes and illustrates his books, and how they change through the editing process. As well as reading his books, many Central Boulevard students worked on literacy response projects to prepare for his visit.
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!
Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart was held at Central Boulevard Elementary School on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. During this school-wide event, each grade level participated at different times throughout the day. Students got to visit different stations such as jump rope, hopscotch, and a trampoline. They also took part in art, library, and music stations. All of the children signed a heart that was part of the Cultivating Kindness initiative and is displayed in our hallway. Together, Central Boulevard raised over $7,500 to benefit the American Heart Association! A heart-pumping time was had by all on this Valentine's Day!
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!
STEAM Museum Visits Central Boulevard
Central Boulevard Elementary School hosted a visit from the STEAM Museum. Students enjoyed interactive activities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). These included gears and building blocks, a wind machine, a bicycle that generated energy, programmable vehicles, a friction roller coaster, a Newton's cradle, and magnetic fluid. They also enjoyed a demonstration of 3D printing and a humanoid robot named NAO. The students had a great time learning!
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!
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!
Ecology Experts visit the Greentree Foundation
On October 18, 2016, Ms. Austin and Ms. Robb's "Ecology Experts" attended a field trip at the Greentree Foundation. The Greentree Foundation allowed the "Ecology Experts" of Central Boulevard to roam through the woodland trail, visit the Palm Garden and Greenhouse, where gardeners grow many plants from other countries, journey through the Wall Garden to explore the native grasses as well as observe the bug hotel, and conclude the visit with observations of Shelter Rock. The students were complimented on their fine behavior and observations throughout the visit. Special thanks to Mrs. Yale, Mrs. Kemman, and Ms. Badolato for accompanying the students and teachers on the trip. Everyone had a fantastic day! Thanks to the Greentree Foundation for allowing the students to visit!