Bringing the Robots to Water
High school studetns surrounded the building’s pool to participate in a robotics underwater submersion challenge on June 11.
The engineering class and the AP Physics 2 class came together with several groups competing for the top robot. Prior to testing the robots, students wore 1940s era Navy diving helmets as they explored the shallow and deep ends of the building’s pool to experience neutral buoyancy – an important concept in underwater ROV design.
To execute the successful design and build of a successful robot, the teams had to employ a high level of collaboration and communication in addition to implementing physics and math concepts. Robots were built through materials such as polyvinyl chloride piping, tape and Velcro that could pick up and retrieve objects from the pool floor. Drivers were only allowed to view their robots on a monitor to mimic real conditions researchers face when working deep below the ocean’s surface.
Teachers Christopher Hayes and Joseph Inghilterra congratulate the students on their hard work and innovation.
Dodge For a Cure
The Bethpage High School Student Civic Key Club held their fourth annual Dodge for a Cure Dodgeball Tournament. The tournament raises funds for the Winthrop Children's Hospital Cancer Center for Kids. The Student Civic Key Club presented Winthrop with a check for $1,500.00 from this year's tournament and have been able to raise over $5,000.00 since the tournament's inception! Special thanks to Mr. Fazio and all of the student participants in the dodgeball tournament!
June 2019 Testing Schedule
The testing schedule for June 2019 (Monday, June 17, 2019 through Wednesday, June 26, 2019) can be found at the link below.
June 2019 Testing Schedule
Golden Eagles Set to Soar Following Graduation
The sun shined on the Bethpage Athletic Complex on the evening of June 22 as Bethpage High School honored the Class of 2019 with the 64th annual commencement ceremony.
The graduation also marked the conclusion of the first year for Superintendent of Schools David Schneider, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence and High School Principal Nicholas Jantz in their new roles within the district.
“Thank you to the Class of 2019 for your commitment to excellence,” said Mr. Schneider during his speech to the graduates. “You have all represented your class and school with great distinction. We know you will carry on the great tradition of being Golden Eagle alumni.”
Mr. Schneider’s remarks kicked off a number of inspirational speeches delivered throughout the night to congratulate and thank the graduates, their family, friends and community. Mr. Jantz reflected on how his time in Bethpage began with this graduating class as eighth graders at John F. Kennedy Middle School, and how the students helped to ease his transition into his role as high school principal.
“Thank you for making my first year [in the high school] so special,” Jantz said. “Wherever you go next year, please remember to not only bring the knowledge you’ve learned here in Bethpage, but more importantly the lessons, morals and experiences that have made you into the person you are today.”
As tradition, senior class president David Campos, student council president Donald Pesonen, salutatorian Soham Maiti and valedictorian Stacy Kappel delivered poignant remarks. All of them thanked their families and friends that aided in shaping their paths, while also encouraging their classmates to embrace the future.
“We have the responsibility to not only make our parents and everyone else that has supported us proud, but to also set an example for the future graduates of Bethpage,” said Stacy.
Following the presentation of diplomas, Mr. Jantz officially pronounced the Class of 2019 graduates. The ceremonial cap toss put an exclamation point on not only the evening, but the 13 years of education for the graduates in the district.
Bethpage congratulates the entire class and reminds them that “Once a Golden Eagle, Always a Golden Eagle!”
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.
Walt Whitman Trip
Students in the ENL Program at Bethpage High School visited Walt Whitman's Birthplace on Friday, May 31, 2019. The students' Whitman inspired poetry stayed on display for the entire Whitman Bicentennial Birthday Weekend Celebration. Special thanks to Ms. DeNapoli for organizing the trip and educational experience!
Philosophy Club Visits John F. Kennedy
On Thursday, May 23, 2019, Bethpage High School students from Ms. Way's Philosophy Club visited John F. Kennedy Middle School to talk Philosophy with Ms. Klein's Grade 6 Social Studies classes. They recently studied philosophy while learning about Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle during their Ancient Greece unit. The high school students presented the sixth graders with philosophical questions and a comfortable conversation ensued. This collaboration between Ms. Way and Ms. Klein's classes has taken place for the last five years! Ms. Klein hopes that this will inspire her Grade 6 students to be more philosophical and promote ethics and academic integrity among all Bethpage students.
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!
Accepting the challenge of heroes
The Bethpage High School hockey team was honored at the Fourth Annual Long Island Sports Impact Awards Dinner, held at the Jericho Terrace on May 20, for their achievement as first-place winners of the 2018 Team Up 4 Community Holiday Sports Heroes Challenge.
Congratulations to all involved in this exceptional fundraising and community effort!
Bethpage High School Science Research Awards
Our Bethpage High School Science Research students participated in two research award ceremonies this past week and earned extremely high placement rankings along with monetary awards.
- The Engineering Design Challenge
Maya Maciel-Seidman, Grade 10: Arduino-Powered Dehydration Sensor: A Novel Device to Save Lives - 1st Place
- Long Island Science Congress (LISC)
Aurrel Bhatia, Grade 9: A Time Series Analysis of the Temperature Variance Since the 1980's - Most Distinguished Categorical Project and State Congress Nominee
Dimitrios Nerantzinis, Grade 9: Effect of Hydrocarbon Combustion in Microbial Fuel Cell on Growth of Brassica oleracea- Most Distinguished Categorical Project and State Congress Nominee
Theresa Thulasidas, Grade 9 and Ava Zingone, Grade 9: The Effect of Different Reflective Material on the Amount of Solar Energy Produced When Using Optimal Pigmentation - Most Distinguished Categorical Project
Ruchitha Channapatna, Grade 9: The Effect of Different Environmental Factors on the Amount of Polyethylene Plastic by Galleria mellonella Larvae: A Focused Study on the Optimal Temperature and pH - High Honors Ranking and Micro-Optics Award (Microscope)
Samar Singh, Grade 9 and Sukjraj Singh, Grade 9: The Effect of Different Aerodynamic Designs on the Altitude of a Poly-lactic Acid Sugar Rocket - Honors Ranking
Special thanks to Mr. Pollatos and Ms. Papetti for their continued guidance and support of their students and their research.
The Bethpage Schools community congratulates all of these students on their hard work and accomplishments!
18th Annual Maritime Festival
The Bethpage High School seniors, who attended the Maritime Festival when they were in 3rd Grade, did an outstanding job inviting and educating the 3rd Graders from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School. They enjoyed taking on the role of educators in the six stations. Participants had a great educational experience and a bunch of laughs!
Special thanks to Mr. Hack for doing the scuba, Ms. Papetti for facilitating the plankton station, Mr. Stroh for assisting with the collection of sea water at dawn, Mr. Keelan and Mr. Santiago for their assistance with the setup and breakdown of the event, Mr. Carroll for proving the aquatic holding pens, and Mr. Portuese for his continued assistance in planning the successful event. We also want to acknowledge M. Flower and Son of Oyster Bay and L and L Bait of Bayshore for the touch tank creatures.
The festival is dedicated in memory of Mr. Frank Portuese, who cherished his time out on the waters and instilled a love and fascination with creatures from our local shores. There would not be a Maritime Festival without him.
Student Continues to Fundraise Against Lupus
For four years now, Bethpage High School junior Adina Rahman has been helping those diagnosed with Lupus. She recently provided a donation of $650 to the Lupus Alliance of Long Island/Queens.
To date, Adina has garnered a total of $2,250 for the Alliance. She presented a check to Patricia D’Accolti, Executive Director of the Lupus Alliance of Long Island/Queens chapter, on May 16. Ms. D’Accolti congratulated Adina for her efforts and presented her with a certificate of excellence.
Adina’s passion for this cause generates from family members that have been affected by the disease and a drive to make a difference in finding a cure. To raise the money, she held raffles at musicals and other school shows throughout the year. She is also actively involved in the SADD Club.
The district salutes Adina for her passion and dedication to raising money for the Lupus Alliance.
AIDS Walk New York City
The Bethpage High School Safe Space participated in the AIDS Walk New York City in Central Park on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Our team raised $1,890 to benefit the more than thirty charities the walk directly supports. The team had a beautiful and powerful day walking alongside thousands of people to support and bring awareness to an important cause!
World Language Honor Society Induction
The 6th Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Center for the Performing Arts. A total of seventy-eight students were inducted into the three language Honor Societies: eleven students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; twenty-one students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and forty-six students into the Loyola Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. Seniors Amanda Rigby, Sophia Suazo, and Aidan Pech also spoke about their language experiences throughout the years. Special thanks to Brody Paola for helping to induct the Spanish students. Congratulations to all of the inductees on this special accomplishment!
Celebrating a Fiesta
The high school Spanish Club welcomed administrators, staff members and students to the Eighth Annual Fiesta on May 3.
The club invited their guests to join them in celebrating Hispanic culture, music and food. Activities included a photo booth, a buffet featuring various Hispanic cuisines, a DJ and decorations that transformed the cafeteria.
“Thanks to our students and staff for a wonderful celebration,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. “Great food, song and dance for all.”
Tri-M Honor Society Welcomes New Inductees
On Thursday, April 4, 2019, the Tri-M Music Honor Society held their annual induction ceremony. The evening began with the inductees performing in a recital, followed by the presentation of certificates, and then refreshments. Congratulations to all of the students that were inducted!
Top of Bethpage
With the end of the school year nearing, Bethpage High School recently announced seniors Stacy Kappel and Soham Maiti as the Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.
A pair of students that have been recognized for academic achievements throughout the school year, Stacy and Soham were both identified among the 15,000 finalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program in March after being named semifinalists in September.
Stacy is a member of the National Honor Society and Italian Honor Society at the high school. She plans to major in engineering when she begins college in the fall.
Soham intends on majoring in economics when he begins his collegiate studies. At Bethpage, he is the president of the Philosophy Club, team captain of the Ethics Club, an All-State musician, a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra, a Mathlete and a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies.
“Stacy and Soham are great examples and role models for future graduates to look up to,” said Principal Nicholas Jantz. “Congratulations to them on being named the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of this year’s graduating class.”
A Standard and Example Set
The Regal Eagles robotics team is set for a challenge at the For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition World Championship, to be held in Detroit, Mich. from April 24-26. This marks the third straight year that the Regal Eagles are contenders in this event.
Seniors Blake von der Esch and Morgan Heller have been part of all three previous trips to the FIRST World Championships as four-year members of Team #2869. Both students have witnessed the growth of robotics and science at school and in regional events. There were 54 participating teams at the New York City Regional on April 6 and 7, including groups from China, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
“Robotics has definitely helped me develop as a person,” said Blake. “There are things we have learned outside of the classroom including team work, working on real world problems and working on time crunches.”
“Being a part of the robotics team has given me a non-technical point of view of how many companies operate,” Morgan explained.
The Regal Eagles experience has helped each student individually prepare for college and beyond. Blake has enrolled at Northeastern University for the fall with plans on majoring in mechanical engineering. Morgan will major in business management at nearby SUNY Farmingdale.
While the team built the robot during a six-week window in January and February, members meet year-round to discuss methods and strategies. The intense six-week-long preparation period involved after school work, sometimes until almost 9 p.m., and students also dedicated the majority of their Saturdays. The work ethic and dedication demonstrated are just two of the values learned by students and alumni of Regal Eagles.
“It is such a unique experience being part of FIRST Robotics that you will never experience anywhere else,” said Blake. “The program is expanding massively.”
The goals of the team at the championships are to continue to fix the flaws of their robot, reach the Einstein level once again and improve upon their success and results from last year. However, no matter the outcome, Blake, Morgan and the entire team have set a standard of excellence for future robotic teams and students in the district.
“Blake and Morgan’s contributions have been more than just the development of the robot,” said Director of Technology Andrew Choi. “This team has pushed through adversity and put together a body of work this year to earn a place in Detroit.”
The district wishes the Regal Eagles the best of luck during the FIRST World Championships!
Long Island Science Congress
Ten freshmen students from Bethpage High School competed at the Long Island Science Congress at St. Anthony's High School on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 after months of hard work and efforts abound! Awards will take place Monday, May 20, 2019. Good luck to Aurrel Bhatia, Ruchitha Channapatna, Suchitha Channapatna, Bernardo Jimenez, Nimrit Manj, Demitrios Nerantzinis, Samar Singh, Sukhraj Singh, Theresa Thulasidas, and Ava Zingone! Great job!
High school Principal Nicholas Jantz congratulated Will Katartzis, middle left, A.J. Vita, middle right, and Soham Maiti, far right, for receiving their New York State School Music Association All-State certificates on April 8.
Regal Eagles Soar at New York City Regional and World Championship Bound
The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, FIRST Robotics Competition Team #2869 participated at the New York City Regional on Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Sunday, April 7, 2019. They were among fifty-four participating teams, some having traveled from as far as China, Turkey, and the United Kingdom to participate in this prestigious regional event. The Regal Eagles put together a string of strong performances during their qualification matches, to the tune of a 7-3 record. In the playoffs, the Regal Eagles were seeded in the #2 ranked alliance with the Ossining High School O-Bots (Team #4122) and Bronx High School of Science SciBorgs (Team #1155). During their best-of-three quarterfinals match-up, the Regal Eagles and their alliance were successful and prevailed, 2 games to 1. In their best-of-three semifinals match-up, the Regal Eagles and their alliance were again successful winning, 2 games to 0. In the finals, the Regal Eagles and their alliance fell to the #1 overall alliance, 2 games to 0, however still earned the right to participate at FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships later this month in Detroit, Michigan. This now marks the third straight year that the Regal Eagles will participate at FIRST World Championships!
Congratulations to the Regal Eagles and their team advisors, Dr. Kay and Mr. LaSpina on their accomplishments at the New York City Regional and from throughout the school year.
The district wishes the Regal Eagles much success on their journey to Detroit, Michigan!
Bethpage High School Student Publishes Philosophy Article
Bethpage High School senior, Soham Maiti recently had a philosophy article published in the magazine, Questions: Philosophy for Young People. The magazine is unique because it publishes the work of K-12 students interested in philosophical issues. Soham felt that his experiences taking philosophy class with Ms. Way, serving as President of the Philosophy Club, and Captain of the Ethics Bowl Team gave him a great foundation to analyze how ancient philosophy affects the modern world. His article, "The Allegory of the Digital Cave" explores whether the pursuit of truth sill matters in our society. The district congratulations to Soham on this excellent accomplishment!
Students Turn Back in “Bye, Bye Birdie”
The high school Masquers’ Guild produced three captivating performances of “Bye, Bye Birdie” at the Bethpage Center for Performing Arts from March 28-30.
Families, administration, staff and community members enjoyed each of the three performances directed and choreographed by Ilana Strongin, produced by Michelle Marino and under the vocal direction of Jessica Sinisi. The play marked the final district musical for many of the seniors in the cast and crew.
The show is inspired by the popularity of singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The musical features rock-and-roll idol Conrad Birdie, played by Joseph Colavolpe, being drafted into the U.S. Army and his agent Albert Peterson, portrayed by William Katartzis, creating a farewell performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The farewell performance is hoped to also save Almaelou Records from going under.
“We would like to thank the cast and crews for all of their hard work to make ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ a success,” said Ms. Strongin. “We could not have done this performance without the help and support of our custodial, administrative and building staff.”
Student Leaders of Women’s History
Students of Bethpage High School had the opportunity to participate in a special Women’s History Month event, held at the nearby Altice Corporate Office on March 22.
Twenty-two student leaders attended this panel discussion that featured County Executive Laura Curran, District Attorney Madeline Singas Carol Silva of News12 and Altice executives. The students spoke to the panelists about leadership, confidence and empowerment.
The district thanks Altice for bringing together this panel and for having the high school’s student leaders.
AP Examination Schedule
For any students enrolled in an Advanced Placement course, AP Examinations will take place between Monday, May 6, 2019 and Friday, May 17, 2019. Please refer to the schedule available at the link below.
AP Examination Schedule, 2018-19
Members of the Italian Club at Bethpage High School collaborated with teachers and parent-volunteers to host the 47th Annual Festa Italiana on March 15.
Students transformed the school’s auxiliary gymnasium into an Italian Haven with posters, flags, streamers, a photo booth and a wide variety of Italian dishes. The samples of Italian cuisine included zeppolis, cheeses, pastas, pizzas and desserts prepared by parents, teachers and students.
Students, staff members and administrators enjoyed the day as a way to celebrate the Italian heritage and the feast day of St. Joseph on March 19.
LISEF and JV LISEF
Bethpage High School Research students competed in the 2018-19 LISEF and JV LISEF fair.
-- Savannah Boncic (10) - The Effect of Detergent Types on Eisenia fetida Survival
-- Soham Maiti (12) - Derivation and Applications of Lorentz's Transform and Association with Einstein's E=MC^2
-- Scott Merforgel (12) - The Effect of Distance and Angles on Light Intensity
-- Adina Rahman(11) - The Effect of Different pH Level Environments on the Release of Mercury in Dental Amalgam
-- John Schmidt (12) - The Effect of Pitch Counts on the Outcome of a Major League Baseball Game
Congratulations to Soham Maiti for placing 4th at LISEF in his category! He was also the recipient of the Mu Alpha Theta Award for the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics.
Special thanks to Mr. Pollatos for his continued guidance and support of the Research students!
Cooking Up Pi
The district celebrated Pi Day on Thursday, March 14, 2019 with contests at Bethpage High School.
Students were tasked with reciting as many correct numbers in a row as possible in the numerical value of Pi. Freshman Gulam Abbas was the individual winner at the high school with 130 digits in a row! In an additional contest, students embraced the challenge of going around in a circle naming one digit at a time. Junior Geanna Koulouris was the final contestant standing to earn a t-shirt along with Gulam. Of course, everyone enjoyed eating apple and blueberry pie!
Congratulations all of the participating students for helping to celebrate Pi with this fun contest.
Special Thanks from the Bethpage Eagles Varsity Hockey Team
The Bethpage Eagles Varsity Hockey Team would like to thank the community for all of their support for the Stick It Cancer Benefit for Cohen's Children's Hospital. In addition to the $21,016 donation made in January, the team will be attending the Team Up for Community Awards Dinner in May where they will receive their 1st Place award of $3,000 from the foundation to add to their fundraising effort. The team would also like to specially mention alumni, Brian Schmier for lending his videography talents to this cause.
Bracelets for Wildlife
Students in the high school ACE program took on the initiative of supporting the World Wildlife Fund.
During lunch periods on March 7 and 8, the ACE Science Exploration class sat outside the school’s cafeteria to promote their efforts to save endangered animals. Students handcrafted bracelets and sold the creations for a $1.
“Thank you to our ACE students for raising awareness and money for endangered animals,” said Principal Nicholas Jantz.
Italian Educators Recognized
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Mrs. Calio and Mrs. Sagarese were honored by Bernardo Paradiso, the President of IACE for their tireless promotion of the Italian language over the past years. IACE is an organization founded in 1975 for the purposes of promoting the study of the Italian language and culture within the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. IACE is made possible primarily through an Italian government grant and operates under the supervision of Consulate General of Italy in New York. The district congratulates both Mrs. Calio and Mrs. Sagarese on this great recognition!
Italian Club Cooking Class
On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Italian Club students from Bethpage High School decided to test their cooking skills at A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook. Students were divided into small groups, each working as a team to create a different course. Dishes included bruschetta, polenta with broccoli rabe, gnocchi pomodoro, chicken piccata, and tiramisu for dessert. Once finished, everyone was able to enjoy a delicious dinner they prepared together!
Mardi Gras 2019
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Bethpage High School French classes, along with Madame Ciarniello, celebrated Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in the beautifully decorated Bethpage High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. We enjoyed a variety of ethnic foods, some typical Mardi Gras foods (jambalaya and beignets), as well as some French foods (ratatouille, Brie cheese, Madeleine cookies, and of course freshly-made crepes with Nutella and fruit)! Special thanks to our crepe-maker, Monsieur Tony Ciarniello, and a special welcome to our littlest guest -- Austin, Madame's grandson! Everything was "tres delicieux" and "un jour fantastique!"
Seniors Selected as National Merit Finalists
Seniors Stacy Kappel and Soham Maiti have been honored as finalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The pair have advanced in the competition after being named semifinalists in September.
Stacy and Soham have been counted among the nation’s 15,000 finalists. They had to submit a detailed scholarship application that included their academic records and list of extracurricular activities, community service, leadership roles, employment and past honors. Additionally, their SAT scores had to be equivalent to or better than their PSAT scores while also maintaining prestigious academic performance. A recommendation from a high school official was also written on their behalf.
Stacy aspires to major in engineering when she begins college in the fall. The senior recently applied to local universities and is excited to decide on a college in the near future. At Bethpage, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Italian Honor Society. Outside of school, she has been a dancer for 14 years.
The president of the Philosophy Club and the team captain of the Ethics Club, Soham is also an All-State musician. He was also one of the founding members of the school’s Chamber Orchestra while also being part of the Mathletes and National and Spanish Honor Societies. He intends on majoring in economics in college.
“Congratulations to Stacy and Soham on becoming finalists in such a prestigious program,” said Principal Nicholas Jantz. “The entire district wishes them the best of luck as they advance!”
On Monday, March 4, 2019, Ms. Sinisi and Mrs. Marino attended a day of music education advocacy on behalf of NYSSMA. Both Ms. Sinisi and Mrs. Marino sat in on meetings with some of Nassau County's state senators and assembly members. At the conclusion of the day, there was a reception for all teachers, administrators, and politicians featuring live music from the All County Jazz Band, featuring Bethpage High School senior, AJ Vita! AJ also got to meet Senator James Gaughran.
Voices of Democracy
High School freshmen Lauren Hawley and Shane Nikas were celebrated as winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest, presented through the Plainview Veterans of Foreign Wars, during a ceremony on Feb. 28.
According to the VFW website, the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW’s premier scholarship program since 1947. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Why My Vote Matters.” The contest is open to all high school students.
Lauren was honored as the first-place winner from the high school while also taking second place in the county. Meanwhile, high school second-place honors went to Shane for his essay. Contestants were judged on both content in the written essay and delivery heard through the audio.
“Congratulations to Lauren and Shane for their hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said teacher Jacquelyn Keane.
Long Island Ethics Bowl
The 10th Annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University in February 2019. An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative yet competitive event, in which two teams are presented with a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and are asked to analyze them and students are judged on the basis of their analyses. Twenty-six teams from fourteen different Long Island high schools matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included allocation of liver donations, bringing extinct species back to life, gerrymandering, and buying followers on social media. The Bethpage team of Andrew Sciglibaglio, Nichole Licata, Soham Maiti, Jessica O'Keefe, and Samantha Salerno took 2nd place while the team of Nichole Zacchia, Ujala Dar, Erica Marciance, and Eirini Drosos took 3rd place! This qualifies both teams for the Prindle Institute National High School Ethics Bowl in June, which will take place in Indianapolis! Congratulations to all of the students that participated!
Bethpage Dance Team Repeat at Nationals!
The Bethpage Dance Team won its second consecutive National Championship in Orlando, Florida! The Varsity Golden Girls and Company Kickline traveled to Orlando to compete at the NDA Dance Nationals over the February Mid-Winter Recess. The team competed in four categories and made it to finals in three of the dances. The team ended the weekend:
-- 12th in SV Jazz
-- 11th in MV Team Performance
-- 2nd in SV Pom (winning the specialty award for Innovative Choreography)
-- National Champions in SV Kick (also won the specialty award for Technical Excellence)
The team was also nominated for a Sportsmanship Award by the competition staff members!
Congratulations to the Bethpage Kickline Team for their amazing and memorable season! Best wishes to team seniors: Captain Grace Carney; Captain Giavanna Novelli; and Team Officer Madeline Schmidt. The team will miss them greatly next year and wishes them well in their future endeavors!
The Bethpage Union Free School District Board of Education welcomed members of the Bethpage High School Virtual Enterprise program to the Feb. 26 meeting to share their growth as a class.
Students involved in the two companies, MiSport and STEALTH Fitness, have enjoyed successful growth that resulted in awards at the January VE Trade Show hosted by LIU Post. At the Board meeting, the leaders of each company had the special opportunity to present their businesses. Superintendent of Schools David Schneider spoke about the growing VE program in the high school, then Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence introduced the students and the work they have done.
“We are very proud of the efforts, dedication and hard work of these students as they have treated their companies as real-world professionals,” said Mr. Spence.
MiSport was built to offer personal training to all athletes through state-of-the art sporting equipment. The equipment provides real-time evaluations and feedback that guides users to the corrected form and technique specialized in their desired sport. Meanwhile, STEALTH Fitness is a subscription-based company where customers have access to diet plans, workout routines and supplement products. Each package is personally tailored to the customer for age, weight and goal.
The members of each VE company shared the various details of their venture from the start to present, including the awards won at the LIU Post Trade Show. The students also had the opportunity to express how the experience in the VE program at Bethpage has helped influence the career path they will look to study in college.
“The work done by each of these groups is impressive and should be saluted as the program grows under the leadership of teachers Nancy Simpson and Anthony Murray,” said Mr. Schneider. “We are excited for the future of these companies, students and the program.”
In Line for Victory
The Bethpage High School varsity kickline team was crowned the National Dance Alliance High School National Champion for the second straight year in the small varsity kick division.
The team, which competed in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 24, earned the title of NDA National Champion in kick while finishing 11th in team performance, 12th in the jazz category and second in the pom division. The group also earned awards for innovative choreography in pom and technical excellence in kick, and was recognized with the sportsmanship award for members’ positive attitudes and support of other teams.
Upon returning to the high school on Feb. 25, the team was greeted by district and building administrators as well as an excited group of family and friends.
“This is a remarkable accomplishment for a second straight year and we are very proud of these Golden Eagles,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
2nd Annual Regal Eagle Rampage: Week 0 Event
On Sunday, February 17, 2019, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, FIRST Robotics Competition Team #2869, hosted their second annual Week 0 Event. A Week 0 Event allows teams from across our region to come together for calibration and practice matches in order to get a sense of how each team's robot will perform during upcoming regionals, but before teach team's mandatory "stop build" deadline on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. The Regal Eagles hosted ten other robotics teams from the region in their event in the Bethpage High School Gymnasium that featured a robotics field built to the same dimensions as what each team will face during their regional competition challenge called "Deep Space".
Special thanks to the Regal Eagles, team advisors, Dr. Kay and Mr. LaSpina, the army of parents/guardians for their donations of food, beverages, basket raffle items, assistance with construction and field setup/breakdown and time, the custodial engineers, facilities/maintenance staff, technicians, and volunteers. Also, the district thanks FIRST Long Island (also known as the School Business Partnerships of Long Island) for their continued support of the Regal Eagles and all robotics teams and programs across Long Island and Mackenzie Pech, Bethpage Schools alumnus and former Regal Eagles captain, who served as game announcer throughout the day!
The Regal Eagles will participate in their first regional event at the School Business Partnerships of Long Island Regional at Hofstra University on March 26, 2019 and March 27, 2019. They will also participate at the New York City Regional on April 5, 2019, April 6, 2019, and April 7, 2019 at the Armory.
Photo Gallery (courtesy of Mrs. Cetin)
Freshmen students in Ms. Papetti's Period 1 and Period 9 Living Environment classes applied their knowledge of the mitosis stages to a hands-on activity with Play Doh. They worked in groups of four to illustrate the entire process of mitosis.
Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF)
Six of our Bethpage High School Science Research students participated at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 and did an exemplary job!
-- Bhavika Garg, Grade 12 -- Ozone Sauna Therapy for the Enhancement of Women's Fertility
-- Soham Maiti, Grade 12 -- Derivation and Applications of Lorentz's Transform and Association with Einstein's E=MC^2
-- Andrew Tarabokija, Grade 12 -- The Effect of Electromagnet Strength on the Distance a Stainless Steel Metallic Bearing Travels
-- Curtis Dalsass, Grade 11 -- The Effect of Lake Water Acidity on Water Lilies
-- Sarah D'Arrigo, Grade 10 -- The Effect of Rainwater pH on Local Crop Growth of Long Island, New York
-- Maya Maciel-Seidman, Grade 10 -- Arduino-Powered Dehydration Sensor: A Novel Device to Save Lives
Congratulations to Soham Maiti for advancing to Round 2 of LISEF on March 14, 2019.
Long Island Champions!
The Bethpage High School Varsity Kickline team completed at the Nassau Scholastic Championship on Sunday, February 3, 2019. After a long day of four performances, the team walked away ranked 4th in Jazz; 2nd in Kick; 2nd in Pom; and 2nd in Team Performance. The team was also named "Champion of Champions" in the Team Performance category. This title is given to the team that competes at all local competitions and has the highest cumulative score in that dance category (combining scores from all size divisions).
Special recognition to the Varsity Kickline team Seniors: Captain Grace Carney, Captain Giavanna Novelli; and Team Officer Madeline Schmidt. Each of these girls has made a huge impact on the team these past few years and they had beautiful performances at their final local competition!
Best wishes to the team for their upcoming trip to Orlando, Florida to attend Dance Nationals!
Regional Dance Champions!
The Bethpage High School Varsity Kickline program competed at the NDA Regionals this past weekend at Walt Whitman High School. After a long day, the team finished 5th in Jazz; 2nd in Pom; 2nd in Team Performance; and Regional Champions in the Small Varsity Kick category. They also took home the Specialty Award-Technical Excellence in Kick! The team is excited about the season and cannot wait to see what the future will hold!
French Club Haiti Fundraiser
In December, the Bethpage High School French Club had a fundraiser, raising $250 for the children of Haiti, specifically for the Mission Grandbois. Grandbois is a small rural town in Haiti that has no electricity or running water. The people of Grandbois are very poor. On January 3, 2019, Madame Margarett Alexandre, who was born in the town of Grandbois and is a registered nurse in the United States with a doctorate in nursing visited the French Club during their meeting. She gave a wonderful presentation on her work in Haiti. She also presented the club with certificates, thanking them for their generous efforts.
Award Winning Weekend for Bethpage Dance
The Bethpage Varsity Kickline, Golden Girls and Company, competed at the second Nassau Scholastic competition of the season on Sunday, January 6, 2019. The team placed in all four of their competitive dances, ending the day 3rd in the jazz category, 2nd in both pom and kick, and 1st in their team performance category! It was an exciting day and the team has so much to be proud of!
Italian Trip to New York City
On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Italian students from Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day enjoying the sights 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 cuisine at Carmine's Restaurant. The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the renowned Rockefeller Christmas Tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue!
The Bethpage High School Art Club made Holiday cards for a local nursing home. Special thanks to Ms. Stagliano and the Art Club for their special thoughts and sentiments. Happy Holidays!
Bethpage Community ‘Sticks it to Cancer’
It was far from a normal night of hockey at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Rink in Bethpage, as four local teams came together for a “Stick it to Cancer” fundraiser to raise money for Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Dec. 19.
The first game featured Port Washington/Great Neck/Herricks vs. Farmingdale, while the nightcap included Bethpage hosting Oceanside. Hockey was surely the backstory in what was an emotional evening for those in attendance. The fundraiser touched close to home, as Bethpage High School junior and hockey player Derek Zacchino has been battling a brain tumor since being diagnosed in September. While Zacchino was hoping to be well enough to participate in the puck drop at the beginning of the game, he got better news than he could imagine, as he was cleared to play in the game the morning of Dec. 19.
“I just couldn’t believe it, and I couldn’t be happier,” Zacchino said. “I am so excited to be out there with my teammates.”
Prior to the game, guest speakers included Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Superintendent of Schools David Schneider. Syosset Hockey presented Zacchino with a signed jersey by former New York Islander Pat LaFontaine. Zacchino’s girlfriend and fellow Bethpage High School student Bridget Pfeifer performed the national anthem.
"Thank you to everyone who is here to support such a wonderful cause," Schneider said. "I couldn't be prouder of our staff members who planned and organized this fantastic event and our entire community who eagerly participated in order to raise money and awareness for the great work [Cohen Children's Medical Center] does for our children."
Outside the rink, volunteers sold T-shirts, sweatshirts, cupcakes and raffle tickets to collect money for the cause. All in all, the event raised more than $16,000 to be donated to Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
To cap things off, Schneider announced that the Bethpage Hockey Team won first place in the Team Up 4 Community Service Challenge for the hockey game initiative, which drew a monstrous ovation from the crowd. On the ice, Bethpage prevailed against Oceanside with a 4-3 victory.
“The highlight of the evening was watching Derek join his teammates on the ice as his last minute clearance from his doctor allowed him to play in his first game since his diagnosis and surgery,” Schneider added. “To see the joy on his face as he was introduced to the standing room only crowd was something I will always remember”
Festive Sweaters for Charity!
On Friday, December 21, 2018, the Bethpage High School Faculty & Staff donned their best "festive sweaters" to raise funds for the Cycle for Survival charity. Through their collection, over $1,000 was raised to support this charity. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to this cause. Happy Holidays from the Bethpage High School Faculty & Staff!
Holiday Caroling with the Chorus
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, members of the Bethpage High School Chorus and Chorale sang holiday carols at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center. Junior Bridget Pfeifer also performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem!
Student Athletes Make College Commitments
On Dec. 11, eight Bethpage High School seniors declared their commitments for the fall of 2019 by signing National Letter of Intent to continue athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Joined by Superintendent of School David Schneider, Director of Athletics John Franchi and Principal Nicholas Jantz as well as their coaches, parents and siblings, the seniors made their future paths in college athletics official.
The seniors signing fall NLIs were:
• Brandon Bestany – McDaniel College, men’s lacrosse
• Madison Buttice – SUNY Purchase, women’s lacrosse
• Richard Gennero – Molloy College, baseball
• Alex Keener – St. Joseph’s University, men’s lacrosse
• Kevin Leon – SUNY Geneseo, men’s lacrosse
• Nicholas Leung – SUNY Old Westbury, men’s lacrosse
• Amanda O’Neill – Long Island University, women’s lacrosse
• Peter Schimmel – St. Thomas Aquinas, baseball
“We are super proud of our student-athletes as these eight seniors sign their National Letter of Intent to continue athletic careers in college,” said Mr. Schneider.
Stick It to Cancer Fundraiser
The Bethpage Hockey Team participated in the 2018 Long Island Holiday Sports Hero Video Challenge. Please click on the link below to support their fundraiser, Stick It to Cancer. You can vote ONE TIME EVERY DAY through Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The Bethpage Hockey Team can be awarded funds to support their cause (Cohen's Children's Research Hospital).
The Benefit Hockey Game, Oceanside vs. Bethpage, will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Town of Oyster Bay Bethpage Rink. A raffle auction will be held at the game.
Bethpage Hockey Team Video
UPDATE (12/19/18): The Bethpage Hockey Team learned prior to their Benefit Hockey Game that their Stick It to Cancer video received the MOST votes in the 2018 Long Island Holiday Sports Hero Video Challenge! As a result, the team will be awarded an additional $3,000 to support their cause (Cohen's Children's Research Hospital).
Varsity Kickline Places First!
On Sunday, December 9, 2018, the Varsity Golden Girls and Company Kickline competed in their first local competition at Nassau Community College. The team danced in four categories (jazz, team performance, pom, and kick) and placed with each routine! The team ended the day in 3rd for jazz; 2nd for kick; and 1st for both team performance and pom!
Congratulations to the Varsity Golden Girls and Company and a special congratulations to team seniors: Gracie Carney, Giavanna Novelli, and Madeline Schmidt!
Aspiring Veterinarian Off to Quick Start
Junior Alexander Dupree has turned his love for animals into a potential career at the beginning of this school year. He enrolled in the BOCES Veterinarian Science program at Barry Tech, where he was recently named Student of the Quarter.
Alexander earned this honor as an acknowledgement of being the top student in the class in terms of participation, grades and excellence. The Veterinarian Science program’s curriculum is dedicated to building upon the connections between animal health and well-being as well as environmental and ecosystem health. Students such as Alexander have been able to get a head start on a possible and exciting career path.
“The course gives myself and other students hands-on experience,” said Alexander. “We get to run our own veterinarian clinic every Tuesday that assists us in gaining real life experience while still being students.”
The district congratulates Alexander on being named Student of the Quarter at BOCES and look forward to future milestones.
Students hit the right tune in All-County Selections
A total of 23 students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals this upcoming January.
Students were selected based on their NYSSMA scores from last spring and represent the individuals who achieved the highest marks. All the concerts will take place at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LIU Post throughout the second and third weeks of January.
The JFK students set to perform include Joey Baskhker, Sara Bashker, Gayatri Bhat-Viola, John Dong, Haley Flaherty, Olivia Flaherty, Ashley Garner, Sophia Gianfrancesco, Jack Looney, Nicholas Morgan, Leo Miller, Ryan O’Connell and Lauren Zabrowski.
Representing the high school are Madison Buttice, Joyce Choi, Samir Gupte, William Katartzis, Soham Maiti, Valenni Passsaro, Emanuella Tsourous and AJ Vita.
In addition to the All-County achievements, students from both schools were also chosen to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association performances this winter. High school students Suchitha Channapatana, Doreen Dong and Soham Maiti and JFK students Thomas Cuzzo and Svetlana Mughnetyan will take the spotlight at this event.
The district congratulates all of these talented musicians for their hard work and opportunity to showcase their abilities at the festivals!
Student Spotlight Bright at Board Meeting
The Board of Education meeting on Nov. 27 was a time to recognize and honor the exceptional accomplishments being achieved by students from Bethpage High School.
The Board and entire district salute these exceptional students and wish them continued success!
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.
Bethpage Thrills in “Clue: On Stage”
The Bethpage High School Masquers’ Guild put on several riveting performances of “Clue: On Stage” at the Bethpage Center for Performing Arts from Nov. 15-17. Audiences comprised of administrators, students and community members attended and applauded the first show of the year.
Directed by Ms. Ilana Strongin, the guild debuted the play during a dress rehearsal for JFK Middle School students and select community members on Nov. 14. Official opening night for the public was held on Nov. 15, and was followed by two more performances over the next two days.
The play is based on the cult classic film and the popular board game. With the theater taking the setting of a dark and stormy night, the show played to a madcap comedy that kept the audience guessing until the final twist.
The district congratulates the entire cast and crew for their outstanding performances. The entire community looks forward to the guild’s next performance of “Bye Bye Birdie” in March!
French Club Unlocks Gulliver's Gate
The Bethpage High School French Club had "un voyage fantastique en ville de New York" on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Their first stop was "Gulliver's Gate," an exhibition of famous cities from all around the world all in miniature model size! The attention to detail was amazing! Students loved seeing La Tour Eiffel, L'Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysees! Their second stop was the French restaurant, Cafe Un, Deux, Trois, where the students enjoyed many French foods, such as chicken cordon bleu, steak-frites, crepes, and escargot. Don't forget the delicious desserts including creme brulee, sorbet, and mousse au chocolat! Absolument delicieux! Special thanks to Madame Ciarniello for organizing this experience!
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.
Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild Presents "Clue: On Stage"
Come see the Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild perform the High School edition of "Clue: On Stage"! You may be familiar with the movie or board game version of the classic story. Tickets are $8.00 each. The show runs three nights: Thursday, November 15, 2018; Friday, November 16, 2018; Saturday, November 17, 2018; at 7:00 PM at the Bethpage Center for the Performing Arts (at Bethpage High School).
Tickets are available for purchase at the door or from Mrs. Marino ahead of time.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Strongin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Marino (email@example.com).
Bethpage Takes Top Spots in Philosophy Essay Competition
Congratulations to Valenni Passaro, Adina Rahman, and Erica Marciante whose essays took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in the National Kids Philosophy Slam Essay Competition. Plato would be extremely proud! The Kids Philosophy Slam was created by John Davis to provide a powerful opportunity to help students grapple with life's big issues. Each year, a different question is chosen that requires students to think about a major philosophical idea that is relevant in their lives and society. This year's essay topic was "truth or deceit, which has a greater impact on society"? The winning essays can be found at the link below. Any Bethpage High School student who is interested in entering the 2019 Kids Philosophy Slam Essay Competition should see Ms. Way for details.
2018 Kids Philosophy Slam National Award Winners
Varsity Cheerleaders Host 3rd Annual Dance
On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Bethpage High School Varsity Cheerleaders hosted the 3rd Annual Little Lady-Special Person Dance. The dance was held in the Bethpage High School Gymnasium and was a huge hit this year with close to 400 guests in attendance! Little ladies from Grades K-6 attended the dance with their special guests, including mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and more! They enjoyed a night of music, dancing, pizza, and snacks! Thanks to everyone who came out to support the cheerleaders!
Students in Ms. Pepetti's Living Environment classes at Bethpage High School performed some hands-on learning during their laboratory experiment, "Diffusion Through a Membrane". The students were very excited to pose with their artificial cells!
French Club's Safe Halloween
The Bethpage High School French Club took part in Safe Halloween with the theme of Rataouille! The French Club members dressed up as chefs, rats, and servers and played some fun games with the visiting children. It was a busy evening, but a lot of fun!
Happy Halloween from Bethpage High School
Staff members at Bethpage High School got into the Halloween Spirit! Please enjoy the pictures available in the link below! Happy Halloween!
Jazz Combo Volunteers at the ACLD Benefit Dinner
On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Bethpage High School Jazz Combo, comprised of AJ Vita, Jessica O'Keefe, Soham Maiti, and Andrew Sciglibaglio, performed at the Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) Annual Benefit Dinner at the Garden City Hotel. The students were extremely proud and honored to be able to volunteer their time and talent for an important cause.
Newsday Band Festival
On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the Bethpage High School Marching Band, Varsity Kickline, and Junior Varsity Kickline took part in the 56th Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival at Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, New York. The Newsday Band Festival takes place over three nights where marching bands from both Nassau and Suffolk County get to showcase their dedication, hard work, and talent. Special thanks to our chaperones for ensuring that the night ran smoothly, our drum majors, Jessica O'Keefe, John Schmidt, Sophia Suazo, and AJ Vita for leading such a talented group of musicians, and our kickline captains, Gracie Carney and Gia Novelli for helping to put together another dazzling performance!
Italian Club Visits Arthur Avenue
On Thursday, October 11, 2018, students in the Bethpage High School Italian Club spent the afternoon strolling along Arthur Avenue. The club advisors, Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio, guided the students along the historical area known as "Little Italy" of the Bronx. Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety of 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. The group ended their trip with a wonderful meal at Trattoria Zero Otto Nove, enjoying Italian specialties such as pizza margherita, lasagna, gelato, and tartufo. Squisuto!
Bethpage Kickline Makes Strides in the Fight Against Cancer
On Sunday, October 21, 2018, the Varsity and Junior Varsity Kickline teams participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach. The teams walked with hundreds of others in support of those who have battled and are still battling cancer. In addition, the teams raised $825.00 for the American Cancer Society. Fantastic job to the Bethpage Kickline programs!
AP Environmental Students Visit Marine Nature Study Center
Students in Mrs. Sciglibaglio's AP Environmental classes performed a field study at the Marine Nature Study in Oceanside, New York. During the trip, they learned about the history and significance of the marsh system to Long Island, studied the marsh food web, tested the water quality, did a transect survey of the marsh plant species, and cast nets to collect and survey the marine species. Students were able to connect their classroom learning in an authentic setting.
Regal Eagles: Defending Champions at the Hudson Valley Rally
The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, the Regal Eagles (Team #2869) participated in their first off-season competition of the year at the Hudson Valley Rally on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. The competition was based on the FIRST Power Up game, pitting the Regal Eagles against fifteen other teams. The Regal Eagles were ranked #3 going into the playoff matches and won their semi-finals matches, 2 games to 0. In the finals, the Regal Eagles worked alongside Stuyvesant High School and Townsend Harris High School. After dropping the first match of the best-of-three finals, the three-team alliance successfully completed their comeback, taking both of the remaining matches to prevail in the finals, 2 games to 1! The Regal Eagles successfully defended their championship, having won this off-season competition in 2017-18. Congratulations to the Regal Eagles on the victory and to Coach Zabell and Coach Kay!
21st Century: Oyster Bay Beach Clean Up
Members of the Marine Science Club along with other environmentally concerned students from Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School helped to rid our beaches of trash. The students were greeted by Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, Joe Saladino, who boarded the school bus to personally thank them for their good work. Participants were treated to a hot dog cookout and had the opportunity to try their hand at fishing while the charcoal heated up! Local specimen were collected for the Marine Club's saltwater tank.
French Club Car Wash
On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Bethpage High School French Club held its annual car wash to raise money for their trips. Everyone did a fantastic job and the weather was cooperative! There was even a surprise visit from Madame Ciarniello's "grand-fils" (grandson) and some adorable puppies! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the French Club!
Band Camp 2018
Bethpage High School's band students participated in Band Camp in Monticello, New York. The band came together and learned an amazing show that will be showcased during halftime at all of the football games. Special thanks to Mr. Stehlik for planning the weekend's logistics and to our drum majors, Jess O'Keefe, John Schmidt, Sophia Suazo, and AJ Vita for directing an amazing show! Also, thanks to our chaperones, Mr. Wibben, Mrs. Sinisi, Mrs. Marino, Mr. Pollatos, Mr. Sciacca, Mrs. Kallmeyer, Mr. Neuman, Mrs. Agnesini, and Mr. Schmidt for helping to make things run smoothly!
Summer Assignments for 2018-19
Summer Assignments for Advanced Placement, Pre-AP, and Philosophy courses are now available. They can be accessed by selecting "AP Summer Assignments 2018-19" in the left menu or by clicking on the link below.
Summer Assignments for 2018-19
National Honor Society Supports Winthrop Children's Hospital
The National Honor Society made a donation to the Winthrop Children's Hospital Cancer Center for Kids. The students raised $2,500.00 through two intramural fundraisers in Dodgeball and European Handball, which students of all grades participated. Pictured below is Ashley Carlo (left), manager from the Cancer Center for Kids who visited Bethpage High School to accept the donation. Also pictured are the students from the winning team of our European Handball fundraiser. Special thanks to the National Honor Society, all of our student participants in the intramural fundraisers, and Mr. Fazio for coordinating the efforts!
Italian Club Pasta Cook Off
On Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Italian Club held their 2nd Annual Pasta Cook Off. The judges, Mr. Clark, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Spence, Mr. Healy, Mrs. Falcone, Yolanda Caso, and Mr. Santiago, along with numerous Bethpage students and faculty, all had the opportunity to feast upon homemade pasta dishes cooked by Italian club members. The club collected funds to donate to the Bethany House of Long Island. The winners of the cook off were:
-- 1st Prize: AJ Vita
-- 2nd Prize: Natalie Rich, Julia Bradley, and Sam Goldman
-- 3rd Prize: Anthony Ippolito and Peter Arrabito
Congratulations to Bethpage High School senior Clayton Santiago who was victorious in the Division 1 Boys 800 meter during the Nassau County State Qualifiers on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at North Shore. The victory qualified Clayton for the outdoor state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 8 & 9. Earlier this school year, Clayton ran in both the cross country and indoor track state championships. Bethpage Schools wishes Clayton all the best at the upcoming outdoor state championships and all of his future endeavors!
(photo courtesy: Newsday)
Bethpage High School Art Show was on display in the lobby of the high school on Thursday, May 28, 2018. Congratulations to the students and teachers who both brought the beautiful presentations of effort, passion, and imagination to fruition.
Italian Club Visits "Eataly"
On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Italian Club spent the afternoon in Manhattan visiting and exploring the Italian marketplace, Eataly. The idea of Eataly is to celebrate Italian biodiversity and offer high quality food to all. Everyone was able to shop and learn, all while relishing in the tasty foods. Students applied their language skills to read labels, decipher menus, and order in the target language!
International Science & Engineering Fair
This past week in Pittsburgh, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories were awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for $4 million in prizes at the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). Intel ISEF united these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists reviewed and judged their work.
Bethpage High School's Smiti Shah placed 3rd in her category of Environmental Engineering, with her study titled "Solar Powered Nanotech Water Filtration Device with Personal Robotic Transport System." She will be presenting her study at this year's Bethpage Research Symposium in the Bethpage High School Auditorium on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Bethpage Schools would like to congratulate Smiti on this extraordinary accomplishment and wishes her success as she continues her studies at Duke University after graduation!
National College Decision Day
Bethpage High School celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2018 on National College Decision Day. On May 1, 2018, high school seniors wore the colors of the college that they have committed to attend in the Fall. Congratulations to all of the seniors on this major milestone. Bethpage Schools wishes the Class of 2018 success in all of their future endeavors!
Art Club Makes Portraits for The Memory Project
The Bethpage High School Art Club members joined The Memory Project's, Portraits of Kindness mission to make art for children in Puerto Rico who were recently affected by Hurricane Maria. The Art students who made portraits included Ashley Ro, Michelle Zheng, Camila DaSilva, Marlyn Ortiz, Saray Ortiz, Amari Harper, Francesca Vangi, and Alyssa Dacosta. The portraits were delivered to the children on Friday, May 18, 2018. The Art Club members enjoyed creating art that would put a smile on a young child's face, especially those who lost all of their personal belongings and are still going through hard times in Puerto Rico. Members were looking forward to using their artistic talents to provide happiness and to share their love of art with others.
The Memory Project is a non-profit organization that provides photos of children from all over the world who face substantial challenges in their life such as neglect, abuse, loss, violence, and poverty. The Memory Project have now created more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries.
Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced
Bethpage High School’s Class of 2018 will be led by valedictorian Smiti Shah and salutatorian Gillian O’Boyle.
With a long list of awards and recognitions, Smiti has earned the honor of valedictorian this year. As captain of the Regal Eagle robotics team, she has played an integral role in what has been the team’s best season yet and earned the 2018 Fred Breithut Award (MVP Award) at a recent competition. In addition to robotics, she is past-president of the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy, which is an outreach program that represents more than 700 international students. Among Smiti’s list of accolades is being named an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commended Student and a Regeneron STS semifinalist. She also placed first at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, earning a spot to represent Long Island at the international competition. Smiti plans to attend Duke University to study electrical and computer engineering with a minor in finance. While there, she hopes to continue pursuing her water filtration research, as well as additional women-in-STEM initiatives.
Graduating with more than 60 college credits, Gillian O’Boyle is an active and accomplished member of the high school community. Not only has she earned designation as an AP Scholar with Distinction, but she has also been named an All-County basketball player and an All-Class and Scholar-Athlete in soccer. Gillian served as captain of the school’s varsity lacrosse and varsity basketball teams and as senator for the senior class. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Student Civic Club, Spanish Club and Athletes Helping Athletes. In her spare time, she volunteers as an assistant coach for CYO volleyball and a seventh-grade PAL lacrosse team. Gillian will be attending Molloy College’s Honors Program for nursing on a full tuition scholarship for academics.
Regal Eagles Finish Successful Season
Bethpage High School congratulates its Regal Eagles Robotics Team, including advisors Eric Kay and Dan Zabell, on recently finishing a highly successful 10th season.
After earning several awards at the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University – including team captain Smiti Shah being voted as MVP by the judges and teammate Morgan Heller receiving the Dean's List Award – the team earned the opportunity to attend the World Championships in Detroit this April.
At the competition, the team placed first in their division and third in a round robin tournament. More than 400 teams worldwide competed in the World Championship event.
Drawing and Painting Classes Visit the Guggenheim Museum
On Friday, April 27, 2018, Ms. Stagliano's Drawing and Painting classes explored the Guggenheim Museum and later sketched in the Conservatory Gardens at Central Park. Painting students learned about the history of the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and analyzed the conceptual installations of contemporary artist, Danh Vo. Students also studied the late 19th Century and early 20th Century paintings of Vasily Kadinsky, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Gaugin, Paul Cezanne, Edouard Vuillard, and Edouard Manet. Thanks to Ms. D'Amico for joining us on the artistic journey throughout New York City!
Regal Eagles Soar to New Heights at FIRST World Championships
Bethpage High School Robotics, Regal Eagles Team #2869 participated at the FIRST World Championships in Detroit, Michigan from April 26, 2018 through April 28, 2018. The students earned the right to participate in the FIRST World Championships by earning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the School Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI) regional earlier in the month with NASA generously funding their registration costs.
After their qualification matches, the Regal Eagles were members of top-seeded alliance in the Tesla Sub-Division Playoffs and joined forces with OP Robotics (Stoney Creek, Ontario) and Theory 6 Robotics (Mississauga, Ontario). Their alliance rolled through the best-of-three formatted quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals in their division to a 6-1 record and won the Tesla Sub-Division! From there, the Regal Eagles and their alliance partners played in the Einstein round-robin style tournament against the other five sub-division winners. After the round-robin tournament, the Regal Eagles and their alliance partners finished 3rd (among 405 participating teams from around the globe)! This marked the first time since 2002 that any Long Island robotics team has participated into the Einstein round-robin tournament at FIRST World Championships (East Islip).
While in the Motor City, Regal Eagles participated in a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, where the students learned about the history of Ford Motor Company, watched an actual assembly line in progress, and learned about the innovative features in the Ford F-150. For their team-building exercise, the Regal Eagles split up into two teams to tackle the challenges of an Escape Room. In a thrilling finish, both teams were successful and managed to 'escape the room' in under the allotted 60 minutes!
Congratulations to the Regal Eagles on this remarkable accomplishment! Special thanks to mentors/coaches Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, the parents/guardians for their unwavering support, Ms. Popkin for assisting with planning every detail of the travel itinerary, and Mr. Clark for traveling to meet the team in Detroit to support them throughout the event!
Tesla Sub-Division Playoffs
Einstein Round Robin Playoffs
"Best in Town" Photograph Contest Finalists
Bethpage High School students Anna Hughes, Bridget Michie, and Megan Russo were finalists in Senator Kemp Hannon's "Best in Town" Photography Contest. Their artwork was spectacular! Congratulations to Anna, Bridget, and Megan on their accomplishment!
Successful Science Fair
Congratulations to Savannah Boncic (Grade 9) who placed FIRST in her Behavioral Category at LISC Jr. Division! In addition, Savannah was one of only ten students nominated to move onto the State Congress Fair and represent Long Island students that will compete against students across New York State! The State Congress Fair will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Buffalo, New York.
Lifeguards Honored in Bethpage
At the April 24 meeting of the Board of Education, the Board and district administration honored three lifeguards and their instructor, Jeff Hack, for their service.
Thirteen current and former students who have completed their lifeguard certification training serve as lifeguards for the swimming pool at Bethpage High School as part of the many year-round programs for students and the community. During a recent program, the three lifeguards on duty tested their training skills when a real-life situation unfolded. Each of those on duty handled themselves so calmly and professionally that many on site didn’t know a situation had occurred.
For their exemplary service, graduates Miguel Almanzar and Lorenzo Cusumano, together with current senior Monique Souza and Hack, were honored.
Varsity Softball Supports Autism Awareness
On Friday, April 20, 2018, the Bethpage Varsity Softball Team hosted its first Autism Awareness Game. The Golden Eagles played a league game against East Rockaway at home for this special day. The honorary first pitch was thrown by Coach Tierney's student, Jack Hopper! He did such a fantastic job! The Golden Eagles defeated East Rockaway 6-5, in a thrilling eleven inning game! Sophomore pitcher, Sofia Sozio had twenty strikeouts in the game! It was a great team win and the girls raised money for a great cause!
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Mrs. Garvey and mathematics students from Bethpage High School attended the Yes2Math Conference at Nassau Community College. Students attended workshops where they learned about cybersecurity, how data is used to make decisions in baseball, patterns in SAT results, and marathon training. Congratulations to the many student contest winners!
Fashion Trip to Macy's NYC
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Ms. Stagliano's Fashion Design class toured Macy's Department Store in Herald Square, Manhattan during their Spring Flower Show. Fashion students observed the creative window displays constructed out of real flowers. Students learned about Rowland Hussey Macy, the beginning of R.H. Macy & Co. in 1858 and how it became the "World's Largest Store". They learned different marketing strategies used to attract customers and increase sales. Fashion students also discovered current spring trends and rode the original wooden escalators throughout the tour. Special thanks to Ms. Indenbaum for joining us on this special trip! It was a great day in New York City!
PetPair's Presence in NYC
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Ms. Mole's Virtual Enterprise Class, PetPair, went to the 2018 Youth Business Summit at Pier 92 in New York City. At this event, students from PetPair had the opportunity to sell their products to students from all around the world. The students created business deals with other companies from Florida, California, Tennessee, Bermuda, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, and many more! Our students dressed as business professionals and conducted themselves in a very mature manner all day long. They even experienced what it feels like to be in traffic in New York City during the rush hour commute! Overall, it was a very exciting experience and successful day for PetPair who made many, many sales. These students are going to be assets one day in the business field and any organization would be lucky to have them! Thanks to Ms. Mole for organizing this great learning experience!
French Club Cooking School
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the Bethpage High School French Club attended A La Carte Cooking School, where everyone took part in making and eating a five-course French meal, including a Nicoise salad, goucheres (a kind of cheese puff), pissaladiere (a type of French onion pizza-tart), herb poulet (chicken), and crepes with Nutella. Tres, tres delicieux!
Varsity Kickline Wins NDA National Championship
Bethpage High School’s varsity kickline team, Golden Girls and Co., has accomplished a first in school history by competing in all four final rounds of the 2018 National Dance Alliance High School National Championship and earning first place in the small varsity kick division. They also won the Innovative Choreography Award for their kick routine.
Leading up to nationals, which were held in Orlando, Florida in early March, the team submitted a video of their routine that qualified them for the competition. In January, Golden Girls and Co. scored highly at the NDA Regional Competition at Walt Whitman High School, taking home first place in kick, second in pom, and third in both jazz and team performance.
“We’ve been hoping for this [win] since we were on JV,” said senior Gabby McGlynn. “Not a lot of seniors get to say they won nationals, and it feels like fate that we got to be those seniors to lead the team there.”
Senior Francesca Conte, one of the team’s captains, recalled the hard work, determination and perseverance she put forth in pushing her team along the way to nationals. “We had two minutes to prove ourselves,” she said. “You have to put it out there and leave it all on the floor.”
The team continued its winning streak at the Nassau Scholastic Kickline Championships at Nassau Community College, where they won the Grand Championship in the kick category and earned second place in pom and jazz, and fourth in team performance. The Grand Championship award is given to the team that has the highest cumulative score from three previous Scholastic competitions in a specific category.
“From the beginning of the year, the team’s goal was to make it to the finals in all four categories at nationals,” said coach Ashley Ioveno. “We wanted them to set goals, work to achieve them, push themselves, and reap the benefits of hard work.”
The district congratulates the team and Coaches Ioveno and Jeanna Martino for a remarkable season and an NDA National Championship title.
Remarkable Season for Varsity Ice Hockey Team
The district congratulates the Bethpage High School Golden Eagles varsity ice hockey team on an outstanding season.
The Golden Eagles, under the guidance of coaches Jeff Schmier and Rich Dzurus earned first place in the Nassau County High School Hockey League Michelino East Conference, earning a bid to compete in the New York State Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held in Jamestown, NY. The last time the team earned a first-place county win was in 2004.
In the county championship, the Golden Eagles evened the best-of-three county finals against the Long Beach High School Marines, causing the game to go into a decisive 10-minute mini-game that ended in a 2-0 defeat for Bethpage.
“This is the most amazing team I’ve ever coached,” said Schmier. “These players gave it their all, from the beginning of September to the end of March. They always persevered, put in hard work and competed together as a family.”
Team captains Kevin Drucker, Gavin Hulser and Spyro Markoulis commended their teammates for their tenacious attitude, reiterating the team’s motto of “huge saves and big hits.”
Regal Eagles Recognized & World Championships Bound!
The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, competed at the School Business Partnerships of Long Island Regional from April 9, 2018 through April 11, 2018. Their robot had a solid performance and the team earned several highly regarded recognitions.
Team Captain Smiti Shah was awarded the 2018 Fred Breithut Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding performance in the FIRST Robotics Program on Long Island. Morgan Heller was the recipient of the 2018 Dean's List Awardfor her work increasing awareness of FIRST and its mission, while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment. The Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award that recognizes a team that advances respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school organization and greater community. By earning this award, the Regal Eagles have earned the right to participate at World Championships later this month in Detroit, Michigan! NASA will generously fund the registration fee for the Regal Eagles to participate in this event!
Congratulations to all of the Regal Eagles! Special thanks to team mentors/coaches, Mr. Zabell, Mr. Kay, and all of the parents for their ongoing support!
Senior Signs Letter of Intent
Surrounded by proud family members, school district administrators, and his coach, Bethpage High School senior Michael Lane signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at St. Joseph’s College Patchogue.
In his volleyball career, Michael has earned All-County and All-Tournament titles and made it to the county finals with his team. Along with taking Advanced Placement and college-level courses, he is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, Student Civic, and the National and Foreign Language Honor Societies. He also runs spring track. In addition to playing volleyball, he intends to study accounting at St. Joseph’s College.
The district congratulates Michael and wishes him success in his academic and athletic pursuits in college.
Bethpage High School Junior Named National Hispanic Scholar
Thomas Bachmeier, a junior at Bethpage High School, has been named a 2017 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.
Established in 1983 through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the NHRP honors about 5,000, or 2.5 percent, of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Qualifications for recognition are based on critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores on the PSAT/NMSQT and a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Although there is no financial reward, Scholars receive a certificate and the NHRP sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities.
Thomas excels academically and athletically and gives back to his community. In school, he is a member of the National Honor Society, sits on the honor roll, and is enrolled in numerous college-level and Advanced Placement courses. On the field, is a multi-sport athlete, competing on the varsity football, wrestling, and winter track teams. He also volunteers at his local fire department.
The district congratulates Thomas on this exceptional award and wishes him a successful senior year.
Varsity Kickline Recognized by Town of Oyster Bay
The Bethpage Golden Girls and Company Varsity Kickline team was invited to the Town of Oyster Bay Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 to be honored for their achievements at the NDA Dance Nationals. The Town Supervisor spoke highly of the team and the efforts made leading up to this momentous event. Each team member received an individual Certificate of Achievement and Bethpage High School was presented with an Official Citation.
The team attended the NDA Dance Nationals a few weeks ago where they made finals in all four of their competition routines and won the National Championship in the Small Varsity Kick Division! The team also took home the Innovation Choreography Award for their kick routine!
La Festa Italiana
On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Italian Club along with Ms. Sagarese and Ms. Calio celebrated the 46th Annual Festa Italiana. With the help of Ms. Jill-Rito and many parent volunteers, the Bethpage High School Auxiliary Gymnasium was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes, delicious desserts, and some photo booth fun with Italian props and accessories! Over 300 students, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced "la dolce vita".
Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild Presents "The Wedding Singer"
Join us back in 1985 New Jersey when professional wedding singer, Robbie Hart gets his heart broken by the woman he loves. Now he's all alone, living in his grandma's basement, and ruining others' weddings. How will Robbie bounce back? Come find out and enjoy big hair, bright colors, and rockin' tunes as the Bethpage High School Masquers' Guild performs the hit musical comedy, "The Wedding Singer" on Thursday, March 22; Friday, March 23; and Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 PM at the Bethpage High School Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $5.00 for students/senior citizens; $10.00 for adults and can be purchased at the door.
Kickline National Champions!
This past weekend, the Bethpage Varsity Golden Girls and Company Kickline team competed at the NDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida. The competition lasted three days and at the end, the Bethpage team placed in all four of their performance routines -- the first time in the history of the school's program! The weekend concluded with the team earning:
-- 17th in Jazz
-- 9th in Team Performance
-- 6th in Pom Division
-- Champions in Small Varsity Kick
-- Most Innovative Choreography Award
Congratulations to the entire team on a job well done! Special congratulations to team seniors; Captain Francesca Conte; Captain Julianna Griffin; Officer Gabby McGlynn; and Officer Heather Palmer. We wish these seniors best of luck on all of their future endeavors. Special thanks to Coach Martino for her support and guidance!
Golden Eagle at Track State Championships
Clayton Santiago has qualified for State Championships, which will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Clayton will be competing in the 1000-meter event, in which he has gone undefeated against Nassau County competitors this school year. Congratulations to Clayton on his achievements, as well as to Coach Posch and Coach Ravener for their support. Bethpage Schools wishes Clayton continued success at the State Championships and his future endeavors!
Congratulations to AP Art students Ashley Ro and Katelyn Stork for being featured in the Advanced Visions 14 Exhibit at CW Post! The exhibit includes AP artists of excellence from across Long Island, focusing on concept, form, and method in art-making!
Bethpage High School French Students Celebrate Mardi Gras
In observance of the Carnival season, Ronny Ciarniello’s French classes at Bethpage High School recently celebrated Mardi Gras.
The students prepared for Fat Tuesday by learning about its history and traditions, as well as exploring the celebrations held in various French-speaking countries and New Orleans.
On Feb. 13, the students received beads in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Donning their colorful necklaces, they enjoyed a variety of French cuisines in the auxiliary gymnasium, which had been decorated for the festive occasion with masquerade masks, banners and centerpieces.
Golden Eagles Represented at LISEF 2018
Students from Bethpage High School recently competed at the 2018 Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF).
-- Ujala Dar (Grade 10) - The Effect of Sintered Sodium Polyacrylate on Water Filtration
-- Bhavika Garg (Grade 11) - Examining TLR-4 Deficient Murine Macrophage Cell Lines By Measuring Inflammatory Cytokines: A Path Towards Improved Treatment of Infectious Diseases
-- Candace Haney (Grade 12) - The Effect of Landfill Conditions on the Styrofoam Consumption of Mealworms
-- Shreyasi Saha (Grade 12) - The Effect of Harsh Conditions on the Growth of Specific Healing Plants: Aloe barbadensis and Phyllanthus emblica
-- Smiti Shah (Grade 12) - Solar Powered Nanotech Water Filtration Device with Personal Robotic Transport System
All of the students put forward an amazing effort at the competition and represented Bethpage High School proudly! Smiti's study was one of the projects selected by the LISEF judges to move onto Day 2 of LISEF, which will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Congratulations to all of the students on all of their hard work and their advisor, Mr. Pollatos for his guidance and support!
Mardi Gras Celebration
Students in French classes and in French Club at Bethpage High School held their annual Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Students were treated to a variety of different international foods, including crepes with Nutella, croissants, quiches, and an assortment of dessert options! The celebration even featured music, courtesy of DJ Anderson Zabala. Special thanks to Madame Ciarniello for organizing the celebration and to Monsieur Ciarniello for his support!
Regal Eagle Rampage at LIU Post
Congratulations to the Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, for their incredible ability to construct a mock setup of this year's FIRST Robotics Competition field in order for twelve Long Island teams to practice for their upcoming FIRST Regional Competition. Students and their advisors, Mr. Zabell, Mr. Kay, and additional parent mentors, built a wooden replica of this year's challenging set. Teams from across Long Island were invited to attend. Thanks to the students, teachers, and parents who helped to make this happen! Special thanks to Long Island University for generously lending us the Pratt Recreation Center for the day! The Regal Eagles will next compete at the FIRST Hudson Valley Regional on March 22-25 and the School Business Partnerships of Long Island Regional on April 8-11.
Photo Gallery (courtesy of Ms. Cetin)
Bethpage High School Recognized By NYSED As A Reward School
Bethpage High School has been named a Reward School by the New York State Education Department for demonstrating an exemplary standard of high academic achievement during the 2016-17 school year.
The SED identifies Reward Schools as those ranking among the top 20 percent of schools in English language arts and mathematics assessment performance, having a graduation rate above 80 percent, and obtaining the most progress and/or highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement.
Bethpage High School is among 155 schools statewide and one of only 24 schools on Long Island to earn this distinction from Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia.
“We are proud that Bethpage High School is ranked among the highest performing schools in Nassau County, which is certainly a reflection of the high level of instruction taking place in our K-12 classrooms,” said Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark. “However, we are even more pleased that we are able to balance academic success with our programs in art, music, drama, athletics, 21st-century learning and technology. The students, parents, faculty, staff and Board of Education really do work together to provide an engaging learning environment.”
Bethpage High School will receive a certificate of recognition from Elia to commemorate this achievement.
Bethpage HS Girls Volleyball Teams Recognized For Sportsmanship
The Bethpage High School girls junior and varsity volleyball teams received the Nassau County Volleyball Officials Association Sportsmanship Award. This honor recognizes student-athletes who encourage players on and off the court and help teammates improve their skills for the betterment of the team. These Golden Eagles have also been seen complimenting other teams, regardless of the result of the game.
The district congratulates the junior and varsity girls volleyball teams for demonstrating exceptional character and excellence on the court.
Bethpage High School Senior Received NFF & College Hall Of Fame Jay Fiedler Top Scholar-Athlete Award
Bethpage High School senior and quarterback Jason Seiter received the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Nassau County Chapter Jay Fiedler Top Scholar-Athlete Award at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Dec. 6. He was also inducted into the NFF’s “Golden 11” team for Nassau County.
Jason received this recognition for his excellent academic standing and outstanding ability as a football player, and for demonstrating strong leadership and citizenship on and off the field.
Alongside this prestigious award, Jason became a Golden 11 member for demonstrating a continued dedication to both academics and athletics, maintaining Scholar-Athlete status and attaining All-County accolades. Golden 11 inductees are also good citizens in their school and respected members of the local community. Only one student-athlete from each school can be nominated, and selections are made by a committee of coaches from each conference.
A three-sport athlete, Jason also plays basketball and lacrosse. He is a member of student civic, Athletes Helping Athletes, and the Spanish and National honor societies, and is enrolled in Advanced Placement and college-level courses.
The district congratulates Jason on his athletic prowess and academic success for earning this remarkable distinction.
Bethpage High School Senior Named NCGSCA Goalie Of The Year
Bethpage High School senior Veronica Scruggs was recognized as the Conference AB Goalkeeper of the Year and earned All-County status for the 2017 season from the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association.
Having finished the season with 164 saves, Veronica is also the Nassau County leader for most goals saved.
The district commends Veronica on this outstanding athletic accomplishment.
Bethpage High School Students Sign Letters Of Intent
Five Bethpage High School seniors pledged to continue their athletic pursuits in college by signing National Letters of Intent during the school’s Commitment Day for athletes on Dec. 7. Proud parents, siblings, coaches and school administrators surrounded each of these students, celebrating the athletic accomplishments that had earned them selection to college teams.
The district congratulates the following seniors:
• Kelly Hughes – LIU Post, lacrosse
• Bill Murphy – Misericordia University, volleyball
• Ryan O’Neill – New York Institute of Technology, lacrosse
• Joe Poggio – Mercy College, lacrosse
• Max Vera – SUNY Purchase, baseball
Bethpage High School Kickline Shines!
The Bethpage Varsity Golden Girls and Company competed at the NDA Regional Championship on Saturday, January 20, 2018 held at Walt Whitman High School. The team placed in all of their divisions finishing the day with the following awards:
-- Regional Champions in Small Kick
-- 2nd in Medium Pom
-- 3rd in Small Jazz
-- 3rd in Medium Team Performance
Congratulations to the entire team on a job well done!
Bethpage High School All-County Student-Musicians
Seven Bethpage High School students were invited to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in January.
This year’s performers included juniors Madison Buttice (soprano), Will Katartzis (tenor), Josephine Kim (viola) and AJ Vita (guitar); sophomores Doreen Dong (violin) and Katelyn Harold (soprano); and freshman Joyce Choi (flute).
These student-musicians received this honor based on their performances at the New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival and teacher recommendations.
The district congratulates these students on their musical achievements.
Visiting the Lighthouse
Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School students that attended this trip had a rare treat! Two of the light keepers (retired Navy engineers) were onsite and gave the students a tour of not only the lighthouse, but also the basement and actual lens house. In the basement, the engineers explained how they rigged all of the automated systems that regulate both the interval and rotation of the twin spotlights. Up in the lens house, the keepers demonstrated how they maintain the electrical systems that keep the light operating smoothly. The top of this structure provided clear, breathtaking views of Fire Island.
The students were shown how shipwrecked passengers were rescued in the old days utilizing a makeshift pulley system, delivered by cannon! They also learned how a Fresnel lens amplified an oil lamp into a beam that could shine out into the ocean. This technology was state-of-the-art prior to electric lights. The four ton, first order Fresnel lens was recovered from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is now proudly on display in its own building.
Special thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for organizing this great experience!
Varsity Hockey Nets First Place!
The Bethpage Varsity Ice Hockey team clinched first place in the Michelino East Conference of the Nassau County High School Hockey League with a 6-0 shutout over Massapequa on Monday, January 15, 2018. The win secured their bid for the New York State Tournament in Jamestown in March, where they will compete in the small school division. Led by senior captains, Gavin Hulser (C) and Will Dixon (D), alternate captain Kevin Drucker (D) and two-time league MVP goaltender Spyro Markoulis, the Golden Eagles aspire to sweep their remaining games as they head into the county playoffs.
Catch the Golden Eagles final home games on Tuesday, January 23, 2018; 4:00 PM versus Cold Spring Harbor and Senior Night on Tuesday, January 30, 2018; 8:15 PM versus Glen Cove. The semifinal playoff game will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2018; 7:15 PM at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Rink in Bethpage.
January 2018 Testing Schedule
Bethpage High School mid-year testing will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018 through Thursday, January 25, 2018. The testing schedule is available at the link below.
January 2018 Testing Schedule
Senior Smiti Shah Named a 2018 Regeneron STS Scholar
Congratulations to Bethpage High School senior Smiti Shah for being recognized as a scholar in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search. This program is considered to be the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition for high school students.
According to its website, the Regeneron STS is a program of the Society for Science and the Public that recognizes and empowers the most promising young scientists in the U.S. who are creating the ideas and solutions to solve our most urgent challenges.
The district congratulates Smiti for achieving this honorable distinction and wishes her tremendous success as she finishes her senior year and pursues her interests in college.
Virtual Enterprise Attends the Long Island Trade Show
On Monday, January 8, 2018, students in Ms. Mole's Virtual Enterprise Class attended the Long Island Trade Show at Farmingdale College. The Chief Executive Officer in addition to the five Vice Presidents of Bethpage High School's company, PetPair, had the opportunity to present their 23-page business plan to a panel of judges. The students were extremely professional and did an awesome job! The Human Resources Department received a Gold Prize for their outstanding work on the creation of an Employee Manual for PetPair. In addition, the entire class had the opportunity to sell their products to companies from different schools across Long Island. An impressive amount of sales were made, and valuable business connections were established. PetPair is looking forward to the upcoming International Trade Show in New York City!
Outstanding Physical Education Student Awards
Bethpage High School Seniors, Gillian O'Boyle and Jason Steier, were honored at the Nassau Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Physical Education Student Awards Dinner, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Monday, December 11, 2017. This prestigious award recognizes one young woman and one young man in the graduating class who exemplifies outstanding physical performance, scholastic ability, and leadership qualities.
BHS News Visits News 12
On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, students enrolled in the Television News Production class had the opportunity to visit the News 12 Studios in Woodbury! Accompanied by Mr. Malossi and Mr. Choi, the students got a tour of the studio and got a close look at the various equipment and technology used during their broadcast. Students met meteorologist Rich Hoffman who spoke to the students about his rigorous work schedule and how each of the students can create broadcasts from their own home using their smartphones and televisions. Then, the students met senior designers in the graphics department who shared how they create the graphics used during the broadcast and the legality of using images found online. The tour ended with our guide, Leslie, sharing suggestions about a course of studies for students interested in broadcasting. Special thanks to News 12 for hosting us this morning!
Bethpage HS Runner Breaks School Record
Bethpage High School senior Clayton Santiago recently broke the school’s 5K record at Bethpage State Park, which qualified him for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships. Clayton is the first Bethpage student since 2005 to qualify for the state championship.
Shedding seven seconds off the previously held Bethpage High School record, Clayton made school history with a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds and placed among the top 50 of 150 runners at the state level competition. He also received the 2017 NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Award.
A well-rounded student, Clayton is enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement courses, runs winter and spring track, is a member of the marine fitness and marine science clubs, and volunteers for the Bethpage P.A.L track program.
The district congratulates Clayton on breaking the school record and qualifying for states.
Wreaths Across America (Featuring Boy Scout Troop 46)
Several students and staff members participated in laying wreaths at the headstones of servicemen and women who are buried at Pinelawn National Cemetary as a part of National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 16, 2017. National Wreaths Across America Day has been established in order to Remember, Honor, and Teach as well as recognize the service and sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women whom have given all in order to preserve the freedoms and way of life that we as Americans possess as citizens of the United States. 45,000 wreaths were laid by more than 600 volunteers at Pinelawn. When a wreath is placed at a veteran's grave, the veteran's name is spoken aloud, and they are thanked for their service and sacrifice. This ceremony had been repeated throughout the United States as millions of wreaths were placed by thousands of volunteers at veteran's graves. Bethpage students, Simeon Kim, Joseph McDonald, and David Yorke who are members of Boy Scout Troop 46 braved the cold and snow to participate. Ms. Schroeder and Mr. Franchi also had the privilege of laying wreaths. It is refreshing that our veterans are remembered and not forgotten on this important day.
Sports Marketing Visits the World's Most Famous Arena
On December 4, 2017, Mrs. Syrett's Sports Marketing Class was given an all-access tour of Madison Square Garden. The highlight of the trip and tour was seeing the locker rooms. A legendary venue widely known as the "World's Most Famous Arena", today Madison Square Garden includes some of the most recognized brands in professional sports and the Sports Marketing Class was fortunate enough to get an insider look. Special thanks to Mr. DeStefano, who co-chaperoned the trip and took many of the pictures!
Italian Club Invades New York City
On Friday, December 8, 2017, Italian Club students at Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day enjoying the sights 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 cuisine at Carmine's Restaurant. The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue.
Kickline's Award Winning Weekend!
The Bethpage Junior Varsity and Varsity Kickline teams competed at the Nassau Scholastic Competition this past weekend. The Varsity program placed 1st in their Pom division; 2nd in Kick; 4th in Team Performance; and 4th in Jazz. The Junior Varsity program placed 3rd with their Team Performance routine. Congratulations to both teams on a successful weekend!
Ms. Cooper and Ms. Syrett invited some lucky John F. Kennedy Middle School students to get a sneak preview of the Bethpage High School Masquers Guild performance of "The Outsiders". The students were able to ask questions to the student actors and actresses and gain an inside look at the Masquers Guild.
French Club Visits NYC
The Bethpage High School French Club enjoyed a wonderful trip to New York City under the supervision of Madame Ciarniello and Mr. Choi. They first visited Ripley's Believe it or Not, where students were tasked to look for fun facts related to French. Then, the group visited the Rockefeller Center and saw the Christmas Tree, which was spectacular! Finally, the group ate a scrumptious dinner at Cafe Un Deux Trois, where the chocolate mousse was "tres delicieux"! It was "un voyage fantastique"!
World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Bethpage High School community congratulates Smiti Shah for being invited to speak at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the New School University Center in Manhattan. As the youngest speaker invited, Smiti spoke to the summit's 200 participants about the generational divide in conversations regarding humans and machines. Please join us in congratulating Smiti for this accomplishment!
ARTICLE (courtesy: Newsday)
Innovation Technology Roadshow
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, students from Bethpage High School's AP Computer Science class, AP Computer Science Principles class, and the Regal Eagles were invited to the Innovation Technology Roadshow hosted at Altice Headquarters in Bethpage. Students got to see a demonstration on artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) and where this technology is prevalent in our everyday lives. Students learned of how this technology can impact the farming/agricultural industries. In addition, InfoSys demonstrated how this technology is being used to support the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to provide game-like simulations as well as data points for each tennis player on the world tour. Some of the students even got to experiment with the technology first hand! Special thanks to Altice for the invitation!
Little Lady - Special Persons Dance
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Bethpage Varsity Cheerleading Team hosted the 2nd Annual Little Lady - Special Persons Dance at Bethpage High School. Girls from kindergarten through sixth grade came to the dance accompanied by their special person. They enjoyed an evening of desserts, dancing, and more! All of the little ladies looked absolutely beautiful! Special thanks to everyone who came out for a fun night while supporting the cheerleading team!
Celebration of Mathematics
On Friday, November 3, 2017, Ms. Garvey and students from Bethpage High School attended the 16th annual Celebration of Mathematics at Queens College. Students took part in interactive workshops about the mathematics involved in card tricks, board games, and deciphering encrypted messages. Some students were able to attend a workshop by a professional billiards trick shot champion! He performed amazing billiards shots and then spoke to the students about the math and physics behind each shot.
On Friday, October 27, 2017, Ms. Mole's Virtual Enterprise Class (PetPair) went to the Virtual Enterprise Business & Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference at LIU Post. At this conference, the students had the opportunity to hear from Alfred Kahn, the CEO of CraneKahn. The students also sat in panel discussions based on their respective departments (Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, Administration, Design & IT, and Accounting/Finance). Lastly, and definitely the most exciting, the students participated in the Elevator Pitch Competition. Marco Cunha was the representative from Bethpage Virtual Enterprise. Marco finished TOP 3 out of nearly 80 schools on Long Island! As a result, Bethpage took home a monetary prize from LIU Post of $250 for their firm. It was a very excited day for PetPair!
21st Century Sailing aboard a National Historical Landmark
The last sail of the season about The Christeen was taken by Bethpage High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School students. The 40-foot ship built in 1883 (the oldest oyster sloop in America) carried our students from the harbor to the mouth of the Long Island Sound. Participants experienced raising the sails and dredging the bottom of the ocean for local marine life. They also learned about President Theodore Roosevelt and some of the fascinating history of Oyster Bay. Special thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for organizing this trip!
Dig Pink 2017
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball Teams held a Dig Pink event. They played a game against MacArthur High School to raise money for the Side Out Foundation to support breast cancer awareness. The girls sold t-shirts and baked goods and raised a total of $2,300! Thank you to everyone who supported this great cause! Tougher than Cancer, Stronger Together!
Freshman Participate in Character Education Assembly
On Thursday, October 26, 2017, retired police office Paul Failla spoke to the Grade 9 students at Bethpage High School. His entertaining program encouraged students to be people with good character. Officer Failla emphasized the importance of recognizing and appreciating each other's differences. His message of being tolerant, respectful young men and women resonated with our Grade 9 students.
Kickline Teams Participate in Jones Beach Walk
The Bethpage High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Kickline teams participated in the 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Together, the two teams raised over $800 for the American Cancer Society. The team walked in support and memory of many loved ones. They wore shorts to honor the memory of Barbara Donovan.
Regal Eagles in Ronkonkoma
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) showcased their robot and promoted their overall passion for robotics in general at the 7th Annual Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival in Ronkonkoma. The festival was organized to support people impacted by mental illness and at-risk and homeless veterans. Despite the inclement weather, the event had a nice turnout and the Regal Eagles did a magnificent job to promote robotics and their club. Special thanks to team advisers, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, team captain Smiti, Aidan, Gianna, Maya, and Michael for their participation in the event!
21st Century Special Effects Makeup Workshop
On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Bethpage High School students learned how to use professional makeup products to create the illusion of an open wound on their arm. Bethpage High School senior, Gabby McGlynn, did an amazing job demonstrating how to create a variety of realistic special effects using liquid latex, synthetic modeling wax, sutures, eye shadow, fake blood, and face paint.
Italian Club Explores Arthur Avenue
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful afternoon strolling along Arthur Avenue. The club advisors, Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as "Little Italy of the Bronx". Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety of authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip. We ended our trip with a wonderful demonstration and a meal at Mike's Deli. Students learned the history of mozzarella making, and enjoyed samples of hot mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, fresh mozzarella with tomato, roasted scamorza, and fresh ricotta. Students enjoyed other Italian specialties such as prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata, and pesto pasta salad. Squisito!
Marine Biology Students Visit Fire Island and Sunken Forest
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Regal Eagles Reign Supreme in the Hudson Valley Rally
Coming off of a banner year in 2016-17, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team, the Regal Eagles (Team #2869) participated in their first off-season competition of the year at the Hudson Valley Rally on Saturday, September 30, 2017 held at the Yonkers Police Athletic League Center. Based on the FIRST Steamworks framework, the competition matched the Regal Eagles against fourteen other teams. After a strong string of qualification matches, the Regal Eagles were ranked #2 going into the round-robin style playoffs, and earned a spot in the best-of-three championship matches and served as the alliance captain working with John Dewey High School and Xaverian High School. The three-team alliance played two strong championship matches, taking the finals 2 games to 0! The championship marks the first team victory in the history of the Regal Eagles. Congratulations to the Regal Eagles on the all-around team win and to Coach Zabell and Coach Kay!
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Golden Eagles are "All In"
The Golden Eagles welcomed the New York Giants' motivational speaker, Gian Paul Gonzalez to Bethpage High School on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Mr. Gonzalez spent the day in Bethpage to talk to the students and athletes about commitment, leadership, and remembering to thank the people who helped them along the way. He spoke to the students just like he did for the New York Giants and explained the importance of not only being "all in" but staying "all in" for everything you do in life - on and off the field or court. Commitment is key for success.
To demonstrate the importance of connection, Mr. Gonzalez had high school student athletes come up to the stage and hold hands. This created a connection needed to complete a circuit that lit a small light. When any of the people in the circle let go of the hand they were holding, the light went off. In sports, Gonzalez said, "It's not about the wins and losses, it's about the relationship."
After telling an inspirational story about gratitude in the military, Gian Paul Gonzalez asked the students to think about the people in their lives that helped them to get to where they are now and let the students know that those are the people that packed their parachutes. He stressed that it was so important to thank these people while you have the chance. Gonzalez then invited the student athletes to cut pieces of the parachute so they could give them to the people in their life that made an impact.
The students loved this experience with Gian Paul Gonzalez. It was great to listen and learn from such an inspirational and motivational speaker. The Bethpage Golden Eagles are "ALL IN!"
The Statistics classes, taught by Mrs. Garvey and Mrs. Kallmeyer, put their knowledge of experimental design and the scientific method to use as they tried to replicate the experiment that was completed by the MythBusters to see what would happen if Mentos were dropped into a bottle of soda. The classes analyzed the variables, stated a hypothesis, and tested to see if their hypothesis was accurate.
Sports Marketing Class Welcomes Guest Speaker
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Michael Caruso, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Advantage Sports and Fitness, visited Bethpage High School to speak to Mrs. Syrett's sports marketing students. He spoke to students about his personal background and passion for fitness, athletics, and health and how he turned that passion into a lucrative career as a businessman. Students learned a great deal about what is out there, career-wise, in the field of sports.
Summer Assignments for 2017-18
Summer Assignments for Advanced Placement, Pre-AP, and Philosophy courses are now available. They can be accessed by selecting "AP Summer Assignments 2017-18" in the left menu or by clicking on the link below.
AP Summer Assignments 2017-18
The Bethpage High School Art Show was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The artwork displayed in the Main Lobby showcased a variety of outstanding student work ranging from Advanced Placement Studio Art, College Pottery, Fine Arts, Sculpture, Drawing & Painting, Digital Art, Animation, Fashion Design, Digital Photography, and Studio in Art. Thanks to all of the student artists and their teachers for their hard work!
Under the direction of Ms. Moscola, students working towards their CDOS credentials raised $336.00 for the Autism Society of American Nassau/Suffolk Chapter. The students took care of all of the fine details, including selling hearts, counting the money, and taping each heart to a poster.
Italian Club Pasta Cook Off
On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Italian Club held the first annual Pasta Cook Off. The judges were Mr. Spence, Mr. Healy, Mr. Rodriguez, Mrs. Falcone, and Yolanda Caso, along with numerous Bethpage students and faculty, all had the opportunity to feast upon homemade pasta dishes cooked by Italian club members. The Italian Club raised $200 to donate to earthquake victims in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The winners of the Pasta Cook Off were:
1st Prize -- Caterina Rubino and Emily Kingston
2nd Prize -- Natalie Rich, Julia Bradley, and Sam Goldman
3rd Prize -- Savannah Cagna
Italian Club Visits Rizzoli Bookstore
On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Italian Club spent the afternoon in Manhattan visiting the Italian bookstore, Rizzoli. It is considered the most beautiful literary landmark in Manhattan, specializing in illustrated and foreign language books. Students explored Italian literature, magazines, and newspapers offered throughout the bookstore. Then, the Italian Club made their way to Eataly to explore the market and relish in all of the tasty foods! The evening concluded in Madison Square Park to enjoy some Shake Shack, Madison Square Eats, and the beautiful weather, all while playing some Italian card games.
On Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017, Madame Ciarniello organized Bethpage residents and students to speak in various languages at Saint Martin of Tours Church in Bethpage for the celebration of Pentecost. Among the students were senior Anthony Hernandez, who spoke in Spanish and freshmen Kevin Groom and Jack Kemperle, who both spoke in French. Madame Ciarniello and Monsieur Ciarniello spoke in French, Italian, and Spanish. All of the participants spoke eloquently and impressed the congregation.
French Club Dinner
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, members of the Bethpage High School French Club enjoyed their annual end of year dinner at Cassis Brasserie in Plainview. Accompanied by Madame Ciarniello, the students dined on "salade, soupe a l'oignon, steak-frites, poulet roti (roasted chicken), and the delicious desert, profiteroles" (French pastry filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream). Everything was fantastique!
Nassau County Science Competition
On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Bethpage High School students Alyssa D'Arrigo, Marianna Neranzitnis, Brian McCarthy, Smiti Shah. Elisabeth Freedman, and Bryan Hanley completed in the Nassau County Science Competition (NCSC), which was hosted at Freeport High School. Smiti medaled for "Best Display and Presentation" and Elisabeth won first place in her category as well as 3rd place overall among all projects. Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the NCSC!
National Honor Society Induction
The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Bethpage High School Center for Performing Arts. The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Bethpage Chapter welcomed in 100 new members, each of whom embody those aforementioned traits. Congratulations to our 2017 inductees! Special thanks to the Bethpage Dad's Club for all of their efforts in coordinating the National Honor Society Banquet, which followed the ceremony.
Students from Bethpage High School traveled to Hofstra University for a special program beginning with an informational session about careers in engineering followed by a keynote with an engineer from Lockheed Martin who shared his journey into engineering and specifics regarding the $2 billion dollar communications satellite program which ran into complications only teamwork and creative thinking could solve. Hofstra students in the engineering program then escorted the students across the beautiful South Campus for a tour of the engineering classrooms and laboratories sharing short explanations and demonstrations of ethical hacking, a supersonic wind tunnel, a specially designed go-cart, and a robotic arm. Special thanks to Hofstra University for hosting and arranging this interesting program for some future engineers!
BHS Orchestra Visits Nation's Capital
The Bethpage High School Orchestra traveled to Washington, D.C. from May 11, 2017 through May 13, 2017 to participate in the Music in the Parks Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. The students placed second in the overall competition. While at the nation's capital, the group toured the White House, the Capitol Building, and the National Mall. The students concluded their visit at Six Flags America. A great time was had by all!
World Language Honor Society Induction
The 5th Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in the Center for Performing Arts. A total of fifty-six students were inducted into the three Language Honor Societies - six students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; twenty-seven students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and twenty-three students into the Loyola Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. The keynote address, "Communication, Languages, and Art in Today's World" was given by sculptor and artist, Guido Dettoni della Grazia. Bethpage High School seniors Mike Sweeney, Sean Ganley, and Anthony Hernandez also spoke about their language experiences throughout the years. Congratulations to all of the students on this accomplishment!
Regal Eagles Participate in FIRST Robotics World Championships
The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, recently qualified and participated in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the first time in the nine-year history of Bethpage High School Robotics that the entire team qualified for FIRST Robotics World Championships! The event brought together more than 15,000 students and over 400 teams from across the United States and more than 30 other countries! Outside of participating in the competition, the Regal Eagles visited the City Museum, Old Courthouse (known for the Dred Scott decision), Gateway Arch (and took a tram ride to the top of the Arch), and successfully conquered the Mastermind Escape Room! Special thanks to Mr. Zabell, Mr. and Mrs. von der Esch, and Regal Eagles alum, Ray Katigbak for their support of the team throughout the trip.
Congratulations to all of the students and team coaches, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, on an outstanding season!
Bethpage Ranks Among "America's Most Challenging High Schools"
According to Jay Matthews, Educational Columnist of the Washington Post, Bethpage High School is ranked #565 among "America's Most Challenging High Schools", moving up from #698 in 2016. The rankings are based on how well the nation's top high schools successfully challenge their students with only 12% of United States high schools making the cut. Jay Matthews' column and rankings can be accessed at the links below.
America's Most Challenging High Schools: A 30-year project that keeps growing
America's Most Challenging High Schools
Bethpage Takes 2nd Place at the Northeast Region Ethics Bowl
The Northeast Invitational Ethics Bowl took place at Manhattanville College on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Sixteen teams were invited from the northeast regional ethics bowls that took place in February including Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and Westchester County. These teams matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included reparation payments for the ancestors of slaves, the use of animals in biomedical testing, and the banning of religious clothing in order to maintain national security. The Bethpage team won all three of the preliminary rounds and the semi-final round which allowed them to complete in the final round against Dwight Englewood High School from New Jersey. It was a tough fight, with Bethpage earning 2nd place honors. The Bethpage team was represented by Jack Lewis, Andrei Aziz, Hajarah Dar, Josh Danziger, Jason Katz, Marissa Parisi, and Jessica O'Keefe. Congratulations to all of the students that competed!
Long Island Science Congress
Eighteen science research students in Grades 9-12 attended the Long Island Science Congress (LISC) competition which was held in April at St. Anthony's High School. Bethpage High School had a great turn-out in regards to student rankings. Some notable rankings include:
LISC Junior Division
-- Ysabella Bachmeier, Grade 9 - "Honors" Rank
-- Gaetano Re, Grade 9 and Joseph Colavolpe, Grade 9 - "Achievement" Rank
LISC Senior Division
-- Smiti Shah, Grade 11 - "Honors" Rank
-- Rahul Busri, Grade 9 - Recipient of the Robert Nelson Monetary Award
-- Marianna Nerantzinis, Grade 12; Ujala Dar, Grade 9; Avery Mack, Grade 12; Bryan Hanley, Grade 9;
Nicole Zacchia, Grade 9 - "Achievement" Rank
Penn Relay Qualifiers
The Bethpage High School 4x800 Relay Team qualified for the Penn Relays held at Franklin Field of the University of Pennsylvania. The relay team is comprised of Dan Midgette, Clayton Santiago, Justin Cano, and Aidan Pech. Congratulations on this accomplishment!
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!
Regal Eagles in the News!
The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) recently competed in the Hudson Valley Regional at Rockland County Community College and the SBPLI Long Island Regional at Hofstra University.
Altice USA documented the Regal Eagles six-week build season leading up towards their competitions. It is available at: VIDEO
At the SBPLI Long Island Regional, the Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Chairman's Award, the MOST prestigious award presented at FIRST which is awarded to the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Regal Eagles qualified for the FIRST World Championships later this month in St. Louis!
Congratulations to all of the students and team advisors, Mr. Zabell & Mr. Kay! Special thanks to Altice USA for documenting the Regal Eagles journey this season!
Regal Eagles Compete in FIRST Steamworks!
The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) competed in their second competition of the year in the SBPLI (School Business Partners of Long Island) FIRST Steamworks Long Island Regional hosted at Hofstra University. The competition ran from March 30, 2017 through April 1, 2017.
The link below is a video of a match that the Regal Eagles (Team #2869) participated in on March 31, 2017 as a member of the Red Alliance. VIDEO
At the competition, the Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Chairman's Award, the MOST prestigious award presented at FIRST, which is awarded to the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The team qualifies for the FIRST World Championships later this month in St. Louis!
Congratulations to all of the Regal Eagles and team advisors, Mr. Zabell & Mr. Kay!
In the JV LISEF competition, six students from Bethpage High School attended. They were Adina Rahman, Rahul Busri, Ujala Dar, Candace Haney, Avery Mack, and Alyssa D'Arrigo. In the category of Environmental Studies, Candace ranked 2nd and Alyssa ranked 4th out of a total of 38 projects.
In LISEF Round 2, Soham Maiti placed 4th in the Math category. Smiti Shah placed 3rd in the Environmental Engineering category out of a total of 28 projects! Congratulations to all of the students that participated on their accomplishments!
La Festa Italiana
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Italian Club along with Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio celebrated the 45th annual Festa Italiana. With the help of Ms. Jill-Rito and many parent volunteers, the Bethpage High School Auxiliary Gym was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes, delicious desserts, and photo-booth fun with Italian props and accessories. Over 300 students, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced "la dolce vita."
Bethpage Competes in the Long Island Ethics Bowl
The 8th Annual Long Island Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University on Saturday, February 11, 2017. An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative, yet competitive event, in which two teams are presented with a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and are asked to analyze them; they are then judged on the basis of their analyses. Twenty six teams from fourteen Long Island high schools matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included banning religious clothing, having a baby in order to use it for organ donation, and the use of nudge marketing to entice consumers to buy products. Teams competed in four preliminary rounds and the top four teams went onto the semi-finals in order to ultimately determine the top two teams. The Bethpage team of Andrei Aziz, Marco Cunha, Hajarah Dar, Andrew Sciglibaglio, and Ari Kranias placed 8th while the second team of Jack Lewis, Josh Danziger, Samantha Herman, Katelin Leavey, and Jason Katz placed 16th. Congratulations to all of the students who competed. The Long Island Ethics Bowl is sponsored by the Square Family Foundation. The foundation was founded by Long Island native Gary Squire, an advocate for more philosophical instruction at the pre-college level.
SADD Club Visits The INN
Students in the Bethpage High School SADD Club visited The INN on Thursday, March 9, 2017. They prepared lunch for over 300 guests, sorted clothes and prepared the boutique for the guests to shop, stocked food for the guests to take home for the weekend, and made goodie-bags for them for dinner. They did it all with a smile and the guests were very appreciative!
New Balance Nationals for Winter Track & Field
The Bethpage High School Winter Track & Field team will have student-athletes competing in the 4 x 800 meter relay at the National Championships in New York City on Friday, March 10, 2017. The relay team consists of Aidan Pech, Clayton Santiago, Justin Cano, and Dan Midgette. Congratulations to these student-athletes on their achievement and we wish them the best at the New Balance Nationals! Special thanks to their coaches, Coach Ravener and Coach Posch!
To watch the replay of the New Balance Nationals and our student-athletes competing in the 4 x 800 meter relay, click on the following link: VIDEO.
SPEC Makes Valentine's Day Special!
The members of SPEC (Students Putting an End to Cancer) helped make Valentine's Day extra special by distributing hundreds of red, pink, and white carnations throughout the high school community on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The beautiful flowers were donated by the wonderful staff at Bethpage Florist -- our warmest thanks to them for their generosity! Club members met to sell, tag, and deliver the Valentine's Day greetings. Special recognition to the enthusiastic club officers: Seniors Alyssa D'Arrigo, Emily Guida, Sam Herman, and Lauren Nani for their dedication and hard work! They truly encapsulate the SPEC mission and their efforts are impressive and inspiring!
Golden Eagles at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair
Five students from Bethpage High School proudly represented the school community in this year's Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. The students and their topics were:
- Julie Grzybowki - "The Effect of Biodiversity on Plant Growth and Productivity"
- Anthony Hernandez - "Sindonology: Vehicle for and Against Authenticity of the Turin Shroud"
- Soham Maiti - "The Derivation and Applications of Special Relativity"
- Brian McCarthy - "Robot Assistant: Picking Up Objects for the Vision Impaired"
- Smiti Shah - "Efficient Nano-Based Water Filter: A Novel Application of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles (AgNP) and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Ink with Applied Electrical Current"
The students competed against more than 400 other Long Island students. Soham and Smiti were selected to move on to LISEF's Round 2 Regional Fair, with the opportunity to compete in this year's international fair!
Congratulations to all of the students on their accomplishments and hard work!
Student Leadership Conference
Bethpage High School students Jason Steier, Gillian O'Boyle, Kelly Hughes, Irena Tsavaris, Ryan O'Neill, and Jason Seiter attended a Student Leadership Conference at Hofstra University on February 2nd. They were accompanied by Mr. Franzke, Ms. Tierney, Principal Spence and Athletic Director Mr. Franchi.
Gian Paul Gonzalez was an inspiring guest speaker at this event.
2017-18 Course of Studies Guide
The Bethpage High School 2017-18 Course of Studies Guide is now available. Click on the link below to access the guide.
17-18 Course of Studies **Revised: 01-18-17**
Regal Eagles Featured in Altice Connects Coverage of Robotics Invitational
On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) completed in the Half Hollow Hills Invitational. Altice documented this event with a short video featuring Mr. Dan Zabell, Coach of the Regal Eagles and Smiti Shah, Student Co-Captain of the Regal Eagles. The entire team is looking forward to the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition hosted at Hofstra University in the Spring 2017 and the upcoming build season! Click on the link below to access the video.
Italian Voyage to New York City
On December 2, 2016, the Italian students from Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day enjoying the sights 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 cuisine 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. Patrick's Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue.
Bethpage Black Belt
Congratulations to Bethpage High School junior Ryan Morano for earning his Black Belt in Karate on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Busto's Martial Arts Center in Plainview. Ryan's Black Belt encompassed over nine years of dedicated training. Ryan's parents and several family members attended his Black Belt ceremony. Mr. Fenster and Mr. Levy were also in attendance to support Ryan's accomplishments. One of Ryan's instructors, Russell Cranor, is a graduate of Bethpage High School. In addition to Karate, Ryan is also a member of the Varsity Winter and Spring Track teams as well as a dedicated participant in the High School Weight Training program.
BHS Halloween Costumes Care
On Monday, October 31, 2016, Bethpage High School faculty joined the student body in the Halloween spirit while raising money for charity. This year, the faculty raised over $200 for the Long Island Special Olympics to be hosted here at Bethpage High School on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Tireless SPEC Club
The members of SPEC have been very busy since the club was revamped in September. In addition to making and mailing dozens of Halloween cards to the children at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, our club meetings also highlight visits from professions "in the field". On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Ms. Jaime Pacheco spoke to us about the remarkable work of PALS - Patient Airlift Services. Ms. Pacheco explained that PALS helps individuals access the best possible treatment for the best possible outcome. Operating out of Farmingdale's Republic Airport, volunteer pilots donate time, expertise, and aircrafts - with no compensation - to benefit others. There is never a cost to the patient.
Italian Club Trip to Arthur Avenue
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful afternoon strolling along Arthur Avenue. The club advisers, Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as "Little Italy" of the Bronx. Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety of authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip. We ended our trip with a wonderful meal at Mario's Italian Restaurant, enjoying Italian specialties such as ravioli con polpette, parmigiana, and pollo al francese. Squisito!
Successful Junior Academy Scientist
Bethpage High School's Smiti Shah has been participating in the online, virtual program called "The Junior Academy". Smiti and her team recently won first place in the International Global Innovation Challenge hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences under the category of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Wearable Technology Development. Working with an international team comprised of students from Macedonia, Scotland, and the United States with a mentor from India, Smiti and her team developed a water filtration device able to purify water consisting of many chemical and biological contaminants. Her team, "AquaeVitae" worked tirelessly over 70 days and well over 300 hours creating this prototype.
Smiti was also invited to speak about her experience at The Junior Academy over the past year and introduce a guest speaker. The archived video presentation can be watched at VIDEO. Specifically, Smiti can be seen at the following time stamps:
-- 00:39 -- 04:09 --> Smiti speaks about her experience in The Junior Academy and introduces Mr. Eric Mortensen
-- 39:11 -- 48:22 --> Team AquaeVitae's Presentation
-- 48:30 -- 50:33 --> Awards Presentation
An article highlighting the Junior Academy International Global Innovation Challenge can be found here: ARTICLE.
Smiti and her team's experience was also published on Elsevier Connect. The article can be found here: ARTICLE.
Smith and Team AquaeVitae were interviewed by the New York Academy of Sciences. The interview can he found here: VIDEO.
Smiti hopes to continue her work with The Junior Academy and continue working to solve these global challenges.
Congratulations to Smiti and Team AquaeVitae on their success and achievements!
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!
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!
World Language Badminton
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!!
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
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.”
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.
BHS TV Featured on News 12 Long Island
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.
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.
Grease Performing NOW
Catch the Bethpage High School performance of Grease this weekend! March 17-19.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 Nove, enjoying Italian specialties such as pizza margherita, lasagna, gelato, and tartufo. Squisito!
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"
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!
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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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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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,
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
BHS Art Show
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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'.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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