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National Excellence in Teaching Philosophy Award

Ms. Wendy Way was one of four teachers nationwide to be awarded the National Excellence in Teaching Philosophy Award by P.L.A.T.O. (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization). This award is given annually to classroom teachers in the United States to recognize and award them for excellence in introducing students to philosophy in elementary, middle, and high school. Ms. Way added, "I have worked extremely hard to grow the philosophy program over the last thirteen years and to have that work be recognized is a great honor."  The philosophy program includes not just the philosophy class, but also the Philosophy Club and Ethics Bowl Competition Team. As a result of winning this award, Ms. Way has been invited to be a guest speaker at the P.L.A.T.O. Conference which will be held in June 2016 in Chicago!  Congratulations!

Philosophical Student

Congratulations to freshman Nicholas Timoshenko for being chosen as a national finalist in the Kids Philosophical Slam Essay Content. The contest received over 4,000 essays this year and Nick placed fourth in the entire country! The essay contest challenges students to think about a major philosophical topic. This year's essay topic was "Imagination or Knowledge, which has a greater impact on society?" The Kids Philosophical Slam was created by John Davis to provide a powerful opportunity to help students grapple with life's big issues.  Plato would be very proud! Congratulations, Nick!

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World Language Badminton

On Wednesday, June 1, the World Language students had a fundraising badminton tournament, in which 26 teams participated. Each team (of 2) paid $10 per team.  $266 was raised (which included some generous donations), and the winning team of Melissa Cao and Joaane Kim decided to donate the money to the charity of their choice: Alzheimer's Association. A special thanks to Mr. Rodriguez for organizing the teams into a double-elimination competition. The students had a great time and the competition was fierce. Congratulations to all who participated.

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Italian Club Trip

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Italian Club along with Ms. Calio and Ms. Piazza spent a fun afternoon cooking an authentic Italian meal at A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook. The students were broken down into teams and collaborated on creating a full menu featuring antipasti, primi e secondi piatti e anche un bel dolce! Some of the dishes students prepared were bruschetta, gnocchi con pomodoro, pollo piccata, and tiramisu! The students even shared the task of cleaning up after all of their hard work preparing each dish. It was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again next year!

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Recognition of Excellence

Nine Bethpage High School seniors celebrated their most influential teachers in a special ceremony in May. An annual tradition celebrating its 12th year, the Recognition of Excellence dinner was designed to honor teachers who have inspired their students during their educational career in Bethpage. Seniors who participate in this tradition are selected by high school faculty, and each senior chooses one teacher from their elementary, middle and high school who was a mentor and had a positive impact on them. The evening included music from the high school jazz band, a buffet dinner and a presentation of plaques from each student to their teachers.

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Explorers Club Pays Tribute to Our Armed Forces

As we close out a very successful year with the Explorers Club, we wanted to remember and honor our servicemen and women.  As a nation, we recognize the sacrifice of those who have died to protect us on Memorial Day - Monday, May 30, 2016.  The Explorers Club drew, colored, and created a banner as their way of expressing their gratitude. We are proud of our country!

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Best in Town

Bethpage High School’s Casey Collette and Emily Marczak both received an honorable mention at Senator Kemp Hannon's 2016 "Best in Town" photography contest. Casey Collette received an honorable mention for the "people" category and Emily Marczak for "places." Both students attended the exhibition held on Thursday, April 7th at the Levittown Library. Over 400 students applied for this contest and only 36 were chosen for a variety of awards under four main categories.

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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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Explorers Club Learns About Crystals and Minerals

After-school hours continue to be busy ones for the students in the Explorers Club! Along with the club advisors, Mrs. Spears, Ms. D'Alleva, and Mr. Destefano, we most recently focused time on minerals and crystals growing. Upon learning about minerals and how they "grow", we created solutions, poured them into various containers, and monitored their "growth". We were all delighted with the final products!

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National Honor Society Induction

The Bethpage Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 106 juniors were inducted and recognized for their outstanding academic achievements, and for honoring the qualities of character, leadership, and service. Congratulations to our new inductees and new officers: President Cormac Foley; Vice President of Tutoring Shanaz Deen and Jack Lewis; Vice President of Fundraising Nicole Kopetz; and Secretary Avery Mack. Special thanks to the retiring officers and the Class of 2016 for helping to facilitate the ceremony and to the Dad's Club for sponsoring the delicious dinner.

21st Century Live Reptiles

On May 18, 2016, members of the 21st Century Scholars' Program participated in a live Reptile Show at Bethpage High School. Erik Callendar of Erik's Reptile Edventures visited the Bethpage High School students bringing with him a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, some Marine Toads, an American Alligator named Wally, an African Spur Thighed Tortoise, an Iguana, a Tegu, a Chameleon, and a Burmese Python named Twinkie.

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Long Island Science Congress Awards Ceremony

The Long Island Science Congress held their science research awards ceremony on May 16, 2016. Students who had research projects that scored in the Top 25% at the LISC Science Fair were invited to the ceremony and given recognition. Congratulations to Ali Ahmadi & Lynne Richardson (Grade 12; The Effect of Time Variables on the pH Levels of Horseshoe Crab Clutches); Smiti Shah (Grade 10; The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Raphanus sativus); and Isabella Ingenito (Grade 9; The Effect of Different Types of Music on Bread Mold Growth Rate) for their well-deserved recognition!

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Child Study Workshop Visits SUNY Old Westbury

In April 2016, the Child Study Workshop students at Bethpage High School had a personalized visit to SUNY Old Westbury. They saw presentations on the Honors Program, Classroom Management, Literacy, and College Credit obtained in High School. Dr. Amy Hsu was the driving force behind this experience. The trip ended with a personalized tour of the campus. It was a great event enjoyed by all of the students.

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Bethpage High School Celebrates National College Decision Day

On Friday, May 6, 2016, Bethpage High School celebrated National College Decision Day, which is the United States deadline for college-bound students to make their choice and commit to a school. This is a fun tradition at many high schools allowing the students to wear the t-shirt of the college they have selected. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 for all of their achievements! 

 

ACE and GOAL Programs Visit to CitiField

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, students from Bethpage High School's ACE and GOAL programs visited CitiField for Education Day. The students saw an interactive lesson and presentation from the channel PIX 11 weather experts, Mr. G and Linda Church. Following the presentation, the students were invited to stay for the game to watch the New York Mets take on the Atlanta Braves. The students had the opportunity to see Steven Matz, a fellow Long Islander, pitch an awesome game that ended in an 8-0 Mets win! The students definitely enjoyed their afternoon at the ballpark! The trip was a homerun!

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World Language Students Visit New York City Football Club (NYCFC)

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, eight Bethpage High School students from the French 5H, College Spanish, and Journalism classes went to the training facilities of the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) to interview a pair of NYCFC's international players. The senior French students used their French skills to interview defender Frederic Brillant.  The senior Spanish students used their Spanish skills to interview midfielder Mikey Lopez. The students also met and took photos with a variety of other top players from the first team.

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Fashionable Friday

On Friday, April 1st fashion and accounting students received a tour of the Fairytale Fashion and History of Denim exhibition on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum. This exhibition featured garments from a variety of well known labels such as Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Marchesa and Prada. In addition, students learned about the upcoming fashion trends and marketing tips at Macy's Herald Square.

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World Language Honor Society Induction

The Third Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the Center for Performing Arts.  A total of fifty-two students were inducted into the three Language Honor Societies -- eleven students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; sixteen students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and twenty-five students into the Loyola Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica.  Congratulations to all on their accomplishment!

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Explorer's Club Study of Volcanic Eruptions

There has been lots of learning going on for the students in the Explorer's Club.  The students meet regularly after school and enjoy a great variety of activities prepared by Mrs. Spears, Ms. D'Alleva, and Mr. Destefano.  Recently, the students learned about mountains and volcanoes. They built their own classroom volcano model, painted it, and created "volcanic eruptions" illustrating the flow of lava moving out from the vent.  Photo Gallery.  Check out the video of the volcanic eruption below. 

 

FIRST Video Content

The Bethpage High School Regal Eagles recently filmed and submitted a video for a contest on how they would create sustainable communities for the future. The grand prize for this contest is a $5,000 grant and if awarded, it will be put towards starting initiatives for women and minorities in STEM.  Please support the Regal Eagles by watching their video submission and voting in the link below.  You are eligible to vote once every 24 hours through April 24, 2016. 

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Italian Poetry Contest

On Friday, April 8, 2016, Bethpage High School Juniors, Steven Coyle and Jessica Nardulli accompanied by Ms. Calio, competed in the 15th Annual Long Island Association of Italian Teachers Poetry Contest held at SUNY Old Westbury.  Both Steven and Jessica were praised for their excellent effort and will be back next year!  Bravi!!

 

Top Programmers

The Bethpage Invitation Coding Competition was held at Bethpage High School on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  In this coding competition, teams of three students had two hours to solve a set of six challenging problems.  The problems challenged students to analyze various scenarios, parse and manipulate data, reason mathematically, and exercise their algorithmic skills.  Tim Ogden and Sam Sergio led the Bethpage team to victory over Oceanside and Seaford!  Congratulations!

Eagle Meets Google 

Smiti Shah, a sophomore at Bethpage High School, recently had the opportunity to meet Bill and Melinda Gates. As part of the prestigious, worldwide Junior Academy, Smiti and 49 other students worldwide were selected to participate in the private event. Held in February, the pair answered questions from the students based on the topics in their annual address. Following the 90-minute conversation, students mingled and spoke directly with the Gates. After the event, Smiti was able to arrange a separate meeting with key engineers at Google, who offered guidance and support to the Bethpage High School robotics team.

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Journalism & Broadcast Journalism Students Tour News 12 Long Island Studios

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, students in Mr. Malossi and Mr. Davis' Journalism and Broadcast Journalism classes visited News 12 Long Island studios in Woodbury.  Some highlights of the one hour tour included experiencing the view from the anchor desk, seeing some of the equipment used during the broadcast, getting to see the effect of green-screen or blue-screen technology, visiting the engineering room, and speaking with graphic designers in their work space.  News 12's very own meteorologist Rich Hoffman graciously spoke to the students about his experience in television broadcasting and his demanding work schedule. Additional photos from our visit are available at: Photo Gallery 


Festa Italiana

The Italian Club along with Miss Piazza and Ms. Calio recently celebrated the 44th annual Festa Italiana.  With the help of Ms. Rito and many parent volunteers, the auxiliary gym was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes and delicious desserts. The featured guest this year was Thomas Wharf, who is the defense player and vice-captain of the Long Island Rough Riders.  Over 300 students, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced “la dolce vita.”

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BHS TV Featured on News 12 Long Island

Students in Journalism and Broadcast Journalism have participated in creating a daily morning show that is broadcast live during homeroom.  The morning show is run by the students under the guidance of Mr. Malossi and Mr. Davis and provides school announcements, upcoming events, weather reports, sports reports, and lunch menu items!  The morning show was featured on News 12 Long Island on March 28 and March 29.

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LISEF Round 2 and JV LISEF

Congratulations to sophomore Smiti Shah for her Honorable Mention achievement in the Material Science category at LISEF. She was also a recipient of the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award!  Freshmen Bhavika Garg, Andrew Tarabokija, Brody Paola, Emily Cohen, Alexandria Olanick, Soham Maiti, and Aamaan Rampurawala also did an outstanding job with their presentations at JV LISEF.

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Regal Eagles Visits Google

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, some students from the Regal Eagle Robotics Team accompanied by the team co-adviser, Mr. Zabell, visited Google Headquarters in New York City for a meeting with some lead engineers. After a brief presentation on the club and what they hope to accomplish in the future, the team got to drive their robot, Scattershot.  The team later sat down with the engineers to discuss improvements that could be made on the robot, and some technology that could be implemented on future robots. After discussing the mechanical aspects of the robot, they spoke to Katy Kasmai, founder of Team Exponent, on how to effectively prototype and create high impact teams.  The Regal Eagles hope to be able to work closely with some of the highly driven engineers and program managers they met during their visit for future build seasons. 

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Grease Performing NOW

Catch the Bethpage High School performance of Grease this weekend! March 17-19.

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LIU Post Honors Top Art Students

LIU Post recently honored local high school art students in their annual exhibit, “Advanced Visions 12: High School Artists of Excellence”.  Of all the participating artists only 3 received awards by Jurors, and one of those recipients was senior Kate Walker.  Senior Deanna Lazo received an honorable mention.  Bethpage High School was the only school with two award recipients.  Both students are currently enrolled in AP Studio Art with Ms. Young.

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21st Century Trip

Spanish and Italian students at BHS went to Manhattan after school to discover Gramercy Park and Union Square, and feast on cuisine from Spain and Italy. Italian students went to Eataly to explore the market and relish in all the tasty foods. Spanish students dined at an authentic Spanish restaurant, ordering tapas and paella. Both groups applied their language skills to read labels, decipher menus, and order in the target language. Fun was had by all!

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Senior Class Prevails at the 2016 Battle of the Classes!

Congratulations to the Senior Class on winning the 2016 Battle of the Classes.  This annual activity is full of fun events that allow students to exhibit their school spirit while engaging in a healthy dose of competition. The four classes and the faculty participated in a number of events including musical chairs, scooter races, an eating competition, and tug of war. The Penny War fundraising event was won by the Juniors and the total amount raised for charity was $1,600.  The competition was pretty close most of the night, but the Seniors were able to defeat the Juniors in the final event to take the trophy. The Sophomores came in third, the faculty fame in fourth, and the Freshmen took fifth. A great evening was enjoyed by all!

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21st Century Trip to the MoMA

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, 21st Century students joined Ms. D'Alleva and Mr. Destefano for our highly anticipated trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Many of us were captivated by the famous and not-so-famous works of art - paintings, sculpture, architecture, photography, electronic media, and much more.  Widely considered to be the most influential museum of modern art in the world, MoMA  did not disappoint. It was a "picture perfect" day all around!

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Teaching Diverse Learners

During the month of February, the Bethpage High School Child Study Workshop students had two guest speakers visit.  Dr. Foxworth, Professor of Special Education at SUNY Old Westbury came and introduced us to teaching diverse learners. Dr. Hsu, Chair of Childhood Education and Literacy at SUNY Old Westbury came and introduced us to "What is Literacy?" and techniques to use to teach literacy.  Both of their presentations were interesting and helpful. We hope to use these strategies when preparing our own lesson units starting in March. We are incredibly grateful for both Dr. Foxworth and Dr. Hsu's time.

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Smiti and Bill Gates

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Smiti Shah was one of thirty students internationally that were invited to take part in a truly memorable day.  The students first met at The Club Quarters on Wall Street for breakfast and had the opportunity to listen to the President of the New York Academy of Sciences and founder of the Junior Academy, an online course part of a STEM program run by the Global STEM Alliance in which Smiti is currently enrolled.  Students then traveled to the YouTube Space in Chelsea Market to have lunch and speak to other students in the Junior Academy. The students then had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with Bill and Melinda Gates, moderated by John Green. Afterwards, there was a reception in which the students got to meet and have conversations with the aforementioned personalities!  The archived Q&A can be HERE. We are extremely proud of Smiti and glad that she got to participate in this event! 

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Gabby, Madeline, and the Piano Man!

Gabby McGlynn had the unique opportunity to attend a Master Class with Billy Joel! Mr. Joel was trying to draw attention to the Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA), a school dedicated to music, dance, and theatrical arts. He appeared at the Hillwood Theater at the Tilles Center and answered questions from students and sang some songs. He was funny and entertaining. Gabby was chosen by lottery that included the four Bethpage High School students scheduled to attend LIHSA in 2016-17. Madeline Kuhlke currently attends LIHSA for dance and had the great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to meet him! It was a great event!

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Intel LISEF

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, students from Bethpage High School joined 507 other students at LISEF.  Over 412 projects were represented.  Among the students and projects represented from Bethpage High School were:

  • Melissa Cao: Role of MINT2 Gene in Neuronal Development and Pathogenesis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
  • Lynne Richardson and Ali Ahmadi: The Effect of Time Variables on the pH Levels of Horseshoe Crab Clutches
  • Ali Khambati, Jillian Leavey, and Thomas D'Agostino: Comparison of pH Between Long Island North and South Shore Intertidal Regions and its Effect on Artificial Limulus Polyphemus Clutches
  • Smiti Shah: The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Raphanus sativus

Smiti qualified to move on and compete in LISEF's 2nd Round on March 10, 2016.  Congratulations to all of the students involved!

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Italian Trip to NYC

The Italian students from Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day, enjoying the sites and sounds of Manhattan during the holiday season.  After indulging in some delicious pastries and espresso from Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy, the students feasted on delectable Italian dishes at Carmine's Restaurant.  The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patricks Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays on 5th Avenue.

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Bronx Zoo Adventure

On Saturday, November 14th, thirty Bethpage High School students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. Destefano, and Ms. Kryoglou for the ride to the Bronx for the 21st Century Bronx Zoo Adventure.  We were the first to arrive and the first of the day to begin the zoo hike through America's largest urban zoo - one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the world.  We explored nearly all of the park's 265 acres, in which we were able to view more than 600 species of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects hailing from Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  A really amazing day with a truly wonderful group!

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Spanish Fiesta

Since the beginning of this school year the Spanish Club and Ms. Hauschild have been busy planning the 4th annual Spanish Fiesta. ACE students in Mr. Syrett's class were also given an introductory food lesson by Ms. Hauschild to help them when they cooked some spanish dishes and to better experience the upcoming Fiesta. On Monday, November 9th with the help of Mrs. Oak, Ms. Costello, Ms. Piazza, Mr. Rodríguez and many parent volunteers, the cafeteria was transformed into a Latin music and food oasis. Over 500 students, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed the day. See more student photos on Twitter using #bhsfiesta15.

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Challenge Day 2015

We are pleased to announce our annual Challenge Day fundraiser on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  Come and cheer on your favorite team as the John F. Kennedy teachers go up against the Bethpage High School teachers in what should prove to be an exciting volleyball game.  The game is at Bethpage High School and will start at 6:00 PM in the Gymnasium.  Raffles and refreshments will be sold.  All proceeds will go towards our Challenge Day Program at Bethpage High School.

Red Ribbon Week

The Bethpage High School SADD Club spent some time in our elementary school classrooms during the month of October. Our students facilitated lessons for Grade 4 and 5 students and helped to teach about healthy choices. Each class created a tree of life that could only keep growing if each leaf had a healthy choice on it.  The trees are displayed in each classroom for the students to reflect on.

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Character Education Assembly

Grade 9 students at Bethpage High School attended a character education assembly with presenter and retired police officer/actor Paul D. Failla.  Drawing on real-life experiences and historic events, Failla employed humor, drama, and role-playing to engage the students in the exploration of topics including destructive decisions, diversity, dignity and respect, values, leadership, profiling, racism, and ridicule.  

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The Martian

About thirty 21st-Century students met Ms. D'Alleva, Mr. DeStefano and Mr. Inghilterra at the Loew's threatre in Levittown on Monday afternoon, October 19th, for a very special, private showing of the movie "The Martian”. This movie, starring Matt Damon, depicts one astronaut's determination to survive on Mars, while waiting to be rescued. Scientifically accurate, with lots of action and excellent imagery, this movie poses the question..."Can we survive on the Red Planet?” We'd like to thank movie manager Ben Goodman, assistant manager Stephanie and the rest of the Loew's staff for a great afternoon!

 

Stadium Soccer

On Sunday Oct. 25, 2015, fifty-seven French, Italian and Spanish language students along with Ms. Hauschild, Ms. Calio,  Ms. Piazza and Mr. Rodríguez enjoyed an beautiful afternoon of NYCFC soccer at Yankee Stadium. The game began with a West Point Paratrooper exhibition and a moment of silence for a fallen NYPD officer. The home team came up a bit short in the end but it was still a great game. Thanks to Mr. Schneider for the great seats!

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Italian Club Trip

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful day strolling along Arthur Avenue.  The club advisors, Ms. Piazza and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as the Little Italy of the Bronx.  Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety if authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip.  Vendors were also impressed to see that our students were up for the challenge of practicing their Italian skills as they searched and paid for their items.  We ended our trip with a wonderful meal at Trattoria Zero Otto Noveenjoying Italian specialties such as pizza margherita, lasagna, gelato, and tartufo.  Squisito!

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Kemp Hannon "Best in Town" Photo Contest

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

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2015 National Honors Orchestra

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

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Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Association

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

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Maritime Festival

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Music in the Parks Festival

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

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AIDS Walk NYC

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

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Bethany House in Roosevelt, LI

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

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Stop, Think, and Click

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

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21st Century 2015 Beach Cleanup

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

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

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NYSSMA Adjudication Festival

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

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15th Annual Yes 2 Math Conference

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

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Chemistry Olympiad

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

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Spanish Club Visits A la Carte Cooking School

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

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Hellenic Day

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

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Family Math Day

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

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French Cooking

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

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New York Philharmonic

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

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Battle of the Classes

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

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Poetry Outloud Competition

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

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Mardi Gras

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

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Visit

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

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21st Century Guidance Career Corner: Featuring Michael Martin

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

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Cartwheel for a Cure

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

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Cabaret Night

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

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American Museum of Natural History

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

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Poetry Out Loud

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

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

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

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Italian Trip - NYC

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

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

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

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

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Interstellar

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

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

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United For Thanksgiving

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

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Honor Society Trip

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

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Father of the Bride

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

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Mercy Inn Kitchen

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

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A Day in the Arts

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

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Ripley's Believe it or Not!

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

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Safe Halloween

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Lupus Walk

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

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Hunger 101

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

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Jazz Combo at Enviable Life Ball

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

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Aviation Fair

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

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21st Century Sailing aboard the “Christeen”

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

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Welcome New Students

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

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Pep Rally

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

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French Club Car Wash

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

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Bethpage Welcomes New Staff

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

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The Alice Young Hoffman Young Writers Retreat

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Skyler Paccio, Junior in Bethpage High School. His Teen Literature teacher Maria Whalen entered one of Skyler's creative writing pieces to The Alice Hoffman Young Writers Retreat at Adelphi University in July for 1 week to work with professional writers. It was an amazing opportunity. Out of a couple of hundred Nassau County applicants, only 30 Juniors were selected. Skyler was 1 of 30 selected student and he earned a full scholarship (all expenses paid). Way to Go Skyler!!!

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College Visit

On August 5th and 6th over 60 seniors jump-started their college search process with the help of Mr. Kenny, Director of Guidance and Mr. Lynch, Senior Seminar teacher. The "Summer College Prep Workshop" at BHS explored the college search process, discussed the application essay and included demonstrations about the Common Application and Naviance. The rising seniors were even able to begin their applications. A visit to SUNY Albany and Siena College took place the next day. Information sessions, campus tours and even lunch on campus helped the group discover what colleges have to offer.

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French Club Dinner

On June 11, the French Club, along with advisor Madame Ciarniello, held its end of year dinner at the Cassis Brasserie French Restaurant in Plainview. Everyone enjoyed "une salade, soupe à l'oignon, steak-frites or poulet (chicken)" along with a most delicious dessert--"profiteroles"--a tasty pastry filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with chocolate sauce. (See picture!) It was a lovely way to end the year.

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Pentecost

On Sunday, June 8, Pentecost Sunday, at Saint Martin of Tours in Bethpage, current Bethpage students (Madeline Kuhlke, Jillian Leavey and Jillian Perota), former students (Kelly Ryan and Lianna Perota) as well teacher, Ronny Ciarniello, spoke at different masses in various languages. All spoke beautifully in French, Italian and Spanish.

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Music in the Garden

BHS Tri-M Music Honor Society "Music in the Garden", Spring Chamber Music Recital. All the students had the opportunity to perform and showcase their talents. The evening was led by Tri-M Music Honor Society advisors, Mr. & Mrs. Stehlik. It was an amazing evening filled with beautiful classical pieces performed by talented students.

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Skyler Wins Award

Congratulations! Skyler Paccio, Bethpage HS Junior. His entry was chosen as the only Nassau County 11th grade winning selection in the Nassau Reading Council’s 2014 Young Author’s Contest. His family and friends attended the Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM in the theatre at the Wilbur Arts Center at Molloy College. Each winner K-12 read his or her entry to an enthusiastic audience. Skyler, along with other Nassau County winners went on to attend a reception following. Way to go!

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Speaking Competition

Congratulations to Charlie Bachmeier and Chris Dane, who competed in the finals of Theodore Roosevelt Speaking Competition last Thursday. 44 students across schools from Long Island competed in this contest and participants were charged with creating an original speech focusing on some aspect of the life of Theodore Roosevelt. Students then had to recite the speech in front of an audience without using any notes. Both Charlie and Chris did an exceptional job and were recognized for their public speaking efforts when they were selected as finalists for the contest. Charlie focused on Theodore Roosevelt's efforts at conservation while Chris spoke about Roosevelt's role as Police Commissioner. BHS is proud of both Charlie and Chris!

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Pre-Prom Assembly

On Tuesday, June 4th, a pre prom program was held for the Senior Class. Motivational speaker and retired Suffolk County Police Officer, Paul Failla spoke to our students for 2 periods about making good decisions as they finish their high school career. Officer Failla also discussed the importance of having good character as students move on to college, the military and the world of work.

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BHS Art Show

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LOTE Honor Society

The LOTE Department held a very nice induction ceremony for students entering the LOTE Honor Society. Mr. Rodriguez emceed the event and everyone was impressed with Mr. Spence's Spanish! Congratulations to all the students and their teachers!

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Victory Games

BHS students raised over $10,000 for the Victory Games and students in Mr. Lynch’s CORE program and Mr. Granieri’s CDOS program assisted to run the event. Everyone was amazed at the talented athletes who competed!

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BHS Gymnastics

Congratulations to the BHS Gymnastics team which was named the New York State Scholar Athlete Team of the year. That means as a team, they had the highest average of any gymnastics team in the state! How impressive! It was a great season on many fronts! Congratulations to Coach Kim and Coach Vicki!

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Science Symposium

BHS students in Mr. Pollatos’s Science Research Class conducted a Science Symposium to share their findings and research. It was a very impressive evening! Thanks to alumnus Chelsea Levy for coming back and sharing some of the work she is doing at MIT. It was a great evening!

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Future Teacher Tina Rapaglia

Congratulations to future teacher Tina Rapaglia for winning the first ever Bethpage Retired Teachers Award. Tina will be studying to be a Special Education teacher at Marist in the fall and we thank all the retired teachers who made this scholarship happen! She is pictured with Mrs. Blau and Mrs. Axelrad.

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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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Choir and Orchestra Concert

Congratulations to all the musicians and singers who participated in the wonderful BHS Choir and Orchestra Concert! It was a great display of talent. Congratulations to Mrs. Stehlik and Mr. Kay for a great performance!

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Maritime Festival

Third graders from the district’s three elementary schools had the opportunity to connect with Long Island’s Maritime history. The graduating class of Bethpage High School did a phenomenal job hosting the annual Maritime Festival. The elementary students made rope the old fashioned way; learned all about the parts of a fish, saw a SCUBA demonstration by Mr. Hack, learned about plankton with Mrs. Rankin, and produced a “Gyotaku” style fish print. A Special thanks goes out to Mr. Carroll for helping acquire the rich diversity of sea life displayed in the touch tanks.

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High Note Music Festival

The Bethpage High School orchestra attended the High Note Music Festival in South Hadley, MA on Friday, May 23. The orchestra earned a "Superior" ranking, the highest possible, and came in first place. The orchestra spent the day in Six Flags New England and took a walking tour of Boston on Saturday, May 24. Students had a great time at Quincy Market and saw the U.S.S. Constitution, the Bunker Hill National Monument, and Paul Revere's house.

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Teaching To Give

Lessons learned come from all types of resources, but one of the best ways is through experience. Theresa Gervasi Schneider understands this and as teacher for the BHS Child Study program has put it into practice.

On Thursday May 22, 2014, Adelphi University Education Professors Anne Mungai, (Special Education) and Professor Diana Feige, (Service-Learning) visited Mrs. Schneider's classes to witness the joy and learning in her program and to accept the gifts that her BHS students made for the Mungai Orphanage in Kenya, Africa.

Mrs. Schneider's classes created babies' bibs and shoulder sacks for the children to carry their school supplies from T-shirts a concept which included recycling materials in consideration of the environment. BHS Student Civic donated pencils and supplies to fill the shoulder sacks. Professor Mungai mentioned how precious pencils were to children in the orphanage since they are very difficult to find and expensive, furthering the point that a little level of awareness can help make enormous changes. She will be bringing supplies to Kenya this summer including the handmade creations from Bethpage High School.

Mrs. Schneider's students and children posed happily for photos and both Adelphi Professors were so impressed with the positive results of the project that they opened consideration of a mentoring program with Adelphi and Bethpage High School students. Thanks to all the students and children for participating in this project and for enriching lives in 'giving to others'.

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AIDS Walk

Congratulations to the students and staff who participated in the Annual AIDS Walk. The Bethpage team under the direction of Ms. Bertolotti raised $1,785 for this great cause! Great job to all!

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Mackenize Honored

Congratulations to Mackenzie Pech for being honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology at the Bloomberg Center in Manhattan. Mackenzie was one of 29 female students recognized for their interest and ability in technology. Mackenzie is an accomplished computer programmer as well as a member of the BHS Robotics Team. She was honored with one of the Bloomberg Aspiration awards at a ceremony attended by her family and Superintendent Mr. Clark.

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Jiu Jitsu

Bethpage was honored to host a Jiu Jitsu class thanks to Mr. Sagarese and his good friend former UFC welterweight champion Matt "The Terror" Serra. Lots of people came out to participate in this Fit and Fun activity. We are grateful to both of them

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21st Century Oyster Bay Beach Cleanup

Rainy skies gave way to beautiful sunshine as the Bethpage armada landed on the shores of Oyster Bay Harbor. An energetic group of Middle School and High School students of the Marine Science Club removed hundreds of pounds of debris from the shoreline. For many of the students it was their first time visiting Center Island and they were impressed by its elegant beauty and diversity of wildlife. Besides improving the environment our students learned about an endangered bird, the piping plover. This tiny bird lays its eggs directly on the sand without building a formal nest. Their strategy is camouflage, the coloring of their eggs mimics the sand. Several protective zones were established to prevent people from stepping on the eggs. The group also experienced ospreys, egrets, terns, herons, cormorants and a well-deserved B-B-Q.

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Congressman Steve Israel Comes to BHS

Congressman Steve Israel came to BHS to announce his sponsorship of a bill that supports a $500 tax credit for college preparation costs that include costs for AP, IB, SAT, ACT and SAT Subject tests as well as preparation courses that students take. The Congressman was surrounded by members of the Bethpage PTA and parent Len O’Donnell spoke in favor of the bill along with administrators from the district and BHS Senior Conor Nimmo who serves on the Congressman’s Youth Cabinet. The Congressman was very complimentary of Bethpage and the excellent schools we have.

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NYSSMA Recital for Orchestra

Members of the BHS and JFK orchestras participated in a recital in the Little Theatre, Monday evening, April 28. These students will be attending NYSSMA at Bethpage next week. Pictured are (l to r): Ms. Yen Yen Haas (piano accompanist); Michael Coyle (seated); Mr. Kay; Drew Maggio; Emily Liang; Christopher Bello; Nichole Zacchia; David Campos; Christopher Stronstad; Antonio Bello; George Campos (seated); and Attilio Vosilla.

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Bethpage High School Art Department Exhibits

Every April, the Bethpage High School Art Department exhibits selected works at the Bethpage Public Library. This year the show includes work from the AP Studio Art, Fine Arts and Sculpture classes. An opening reception was held on April 3. The students enjoyed the opportunity to show their work and receive the many guests who came to view the show.

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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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