John F. Kennedy Middle School
Bethpage, NY 11714
PRINCIPAL: Mr. Kevin Fullerton
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: Mr. Nicholas Jantz
DEANS: Brian Hennen and Jill Bennardo
In the News
National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, John F. Kennedy held its annual National Junior Honor Society inductions. The ceremony was led by National Junior Honor Society President, Olivia Hanley, as well as club adviser, Ms. Mastellone and principal, Mr, Fullerton. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work and amazing accomplishment!
Red Carpet Day
On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, students from John F. Kennedy showed their school spirit by participating in Red Carpet Day!
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The Lion King, Jr. and a Special Visit
On Monday, February 1, 2016, the start of production week for John F. Kennedy's musical, The Lion King, Jr., students welcomed special guest James Brown-Orleans to their dress rehearsal. James has played Banzai the hyena on Broadway's The Lion King for the last thirteen years! Ms. Strongin, Mr. Wibben, and Mr. Levy first met James when they went to see The Lion King on Broadway to get ideas for producing a junior version of the show. James was extremely excited that we were premiering the show on Long Island and wanted to pay a special visit to our actors and crew!
James enthusiastically watched a dress rehearsal of the production and then offered suggestions and conducted a question and answer session with the student actors and crew. He gave incredible advice about the importance of determination and perseverance when pursuing goals. The Broadway actor was blown away with John F. Kennedy's students and their rendition. He took selfies with the students, signed autographs, and brought his humble, experienced, and outgoing personality to our stage. James Brown-Orleans pumped up the John F. Kennedy Drama Club days before their sold out shows and helped us learn the true meaning of The Circle of Life; professional actors giving back to the school-aged community. Photos can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
On Monday, February 8, 2016, John F. Kennedy students showed their school spirit by participating in Pajama Day! Pictures from the day can be found at the link below.
On Saturday, February 6, 2016, Pawan Pitiranggon, Maya Maciel-Siedman, David Hedquist, Sidh Chabra, and Ryan Fina accompanied Ms. Noreman to the annual MathCounts competition in Centerport, New York. Our team competed against school teams from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It was a fun and interesting experience to participate with talented peers from other schools across Long Island.
On Monday, February 8, 2016, John F. Kennedy's Grade 8 students participated in the first annual "Leadership Day." The event focused around motivational speaker, Gian Paul Gonzalez who coined the phrase and lifestyle, "All In" that inspired the New York Giants to win Super Bowl 46 in 2012. Throughout the day, the students experienced a variety of leadership themed workshops that will help them make the transition to Bethpage High School. The day was a big hit and we thank Mr. Gonzalez for his powerful message and also our teachers for making the day a success.
21st Century: Sock Snowmen
On Monday, February 1, 2016, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Giacomello to design snowmen made from socks and rice. Students used their creativeness to accessorize their unique snowmen using beads, pom poms, fabric, and more. Each creation had its own personality! All students enjoyed the hands-on activity and it was a great way to embrace the snow!
21st Century: Scrubz Pamper Yourself II
On January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), students joined Ms. Klein at Scrubz on Broadway in Bethpage. Each class offers the students the opportunity to experience a new product and specialize the scent to their liking. During the session, the students experienced making a personalized scent of Lip Scrubz and a complementing lip balm. Fun was had by all!
21st Century: What's the Logic?
A group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 to practice using logic. Students worked individually and in groups to solve logic and KenKen puzzles as well as the game of dots and boxes. They also played a game of M&M's Code Breaker where they had to use clues to determine a specific color pattern. Students also had a great time competing in an intense game of Blokus.
21st Century Trip to the Apple Store
On Monday, January 18, 2016, Ms. Green, Ms. Ahronheim, and District Director of Technology, Mr. Choi, joined sixteen of John F. Kennedy's aspiring film makers for an interactive iMovie Workshop at the Walt Whitman Mall's Apple Store. During the 90 minute session, students utilized iMovie technology to insert titles, add effects, and create a full soundtrack with powerful tools as simple as drag-and-drop. The editing process was continued on personal Apple devices for premiere ready movies just in time for the Oscars!
Student Allison Kennedy has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club. Her poster was among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 28th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International sponsors the content to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Her poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme, "Share Peace." The 1st runner-up for this contest was Karissa Sanfratello; 2nd runner-up was Melissa Diers. Honorable mention went to Olivia Hanley and Carsi Kim. They are pictured with their art teacher, Mrs. Bula, John F. Kennedy Principal, Mr. Fullerton, and Lions Club representative, Ms. Bisca.
21st Century: Arm Knitting
A group of John F. Kennedy students dedicated two afternoons in December 2015 to learn a difficult, new skill. They met with Ms. Okita and Ms. Maloney to learn about arm knitting. During these sessions, students learned knitting techniques using only their own arms and hands, no knitting needles. They put their new skills to use by creating beautiful scarves. All students felt accomplished when they completed their projects and had a great time learning a new skill!
SADD Club Wrapping Party
In a joint effort, the John F. Kennedy SADD Club and Bethpage High School SADD Club raised funds and wrapped holiday gifts for needy families in our community. Santa even got in on the action! Special thanks to Ms. Kennedy, the Bethpage High School SADD Club Coordinator for setting up this event.
The John F. Kennedy Builders Club had a busy holiday season. The students wrote out holiday cards for soldiers, participated in the Bethpage Tree lighting, and even made holiday decorations that were brought to St. Joseph's Hospital to cheer up the patients. It was a wonderful visit and the patients were thrilled!
Sew Much Fun
John F. Kennedy's own Gold Team 6th Graders, Tara Cochrane and Sabrina Cusumano, showed several young ladies how to make their very own pillow from a treasured t-shirt. All learned the how-to's and some even went home to create another. Although threading the needle was challenging, as was the string-breaking, all had a nice afternoon!
On a beautiful Saturday morning, twenty one students met Mrs, Klein, Mrs. Fahrbach, and Ms. McKeweon and headed to Savers located in Commack. Savers is no ordinary thrift store. As a leader and pioneer in the retail thrift industry, they are a place where people from all backgrounds love to shop for great selection, deals, and treasures. But there's also a higher purpose for what they do. Savers pays a local non-profit charity, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, every time you donate. Unsold items are recycled or sent to developing countries rather than landfills. Donations are sorted and the highest quality items are priced and placed on the sales floor. Celebrate our Earth and do good for our planet!
21st Century: Test Your Memory
On November 30, 2015, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to test their memory skills. Students were engaged in activities such as concentration games, Simon, and memory photos. Students were asked to use their memory to identify company logos and draw United States coins. They had a group game of "I am going on a picnic, and I am bringing..." The students all had a wonderful time!
21st Century: Thanksgiving Dinner Budget
On November 19th, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to practice real life math skills. The students worked in groups. Each group was given a Thanksgiving scenario that included an amount of guests and a budget. Students viewed circulars from local supermarkets and used their Google Chromebooks for pricing and serving size information. They were able to comparison shop and design a Thanksgiving dinner that met the requirements they were given. Students had a great time and learned all the hard work and math involved in planning a holiday celebration. Students also brought non-perishable food items to donate to the school's food drive.
21st Century Chocolate Duck #2
On a beautiful Saturday morning, students gathered with Mrs. Klein and Ms. Noskewitz for the second session at the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale (see "21st Century Chocolate Duck" below for information about our first session). They created chocolate leaves, turkeys, and other autumn items. They decorated six homemade cupcakes to their liking. Smiles brightened their faces as they enjoyed sampling their creations.
Ms. Hahn's Math Mall
Ms. Hahn's Grade 6 math students put their new skills calculating discounts and sales tax into real life practice when they went shopping in the Math Mall. Working with Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Phillips, Ms. Hahn setup a shopping experience in the JFK Library where students, with a budget of $100.00, were able to choose gifts to buy for their family and friends. Each gift had an original price and a discount in the form of a percent. Students had to calculate the sale price of each item they selected, add the sale price of each item to get a total, and then calculate and add the sales tax. Their goal was to spend as close to $100.00 without going over. They were able to return and exchange items if the grand total was greater than $100.00. The students practiced newly learned math concepts and had fun at the same time.
On Friday, October 30, 2015, John F. Kennedy's Student Council hosted their annual Halloween "Spooktacular" Dance. The students of JFK came out in force as over 350 students attended and showed off their year's best costumes. The night included a DJ, snacks, and a costume contest. A great time was had by all!
Pizza with the Principals
On October 16, 2015, the three winners from the annual "Preamble Challenge" had pizza lunch with both Mr. Fullerton and Mr. Jantz. The students were able to bring two friends to celebrate their victories with. This year's winners were 6th grader Aurrel Bhatia; 7th grader Vallenni Passaro; and 8th grader Alex Dupree. Fun was had by all!
Duct Tape Creations
John F. Kennedy's own 6th Graders: Macalaya Hodkinson and Lauren Andruzzi were excited to share their duct tape creations! In this one-hour session, the girls taught their peers how to decorate a binder of their choice, which included a place for a picture or their schedule and a decorative rose that sits atop their pencil. Both young ladies asked their participants to bring two rolls of duct tape of their choice: patterned or solid in color. Each needed a binder to decorate. Pencils and clear pocket folders were provided.
John F. Kennedy's annual Bullying Awareness Week took place the last week of October and culminated on Friday, October 30th. This year's theme is multi-dimensional and incorporated the overall message of inclusiveness and awareness.
Anti-Bully Pep Rally
21st Century Halloween Treats
In celebration of Halloween, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Pizzuto to bake Halloween inspired treats. They met after school on October 27th and October 29th to bake cookies and cake balls. On Day 1, students worked together, in teams, to create "spider cookies". They used sugar cookie mix, Rolos, and melted chocolate. On Day 2, students also worked together to make "cake eyeballs". They used cake and frosting for the "cake eyeballs" and decorated them with melted chocolate. Everyone had a great time and brought some treats home for their families.
9/11 Memorial and Museum Visit
On October 12, 2015, thirty students from John F. Kennedy Middle School participated in a 21st Century trip to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The trip included an extensive tour of the Museum and the 'Footprints' of the North and South Towers, as well as viewing the Freedom Tower. The trip was not only educational in nature, but it also gave the students a better understanding and perspective related to the tragic events of 9/11, as well as a 'rebirth' of the World Trade Center.
21st Century Scrubz-Pamper Yourself
A natural skin care store on Broadway in Bethpage offered a 90 minute session to twenty interested young ladies. What young lady doesn't love to be pampered? The owners let the ladies' inner artist shine, as they personalized and decorated an 8 oz. jar. All participants were treated to a pampering hand massage by owner, Roberta. All participants created their own special scent of Scrubz Natural Sugar Body Scrub that they took home to enjoy. The staff ensured a fun and unique experience for all. Light refreshments, along with lemonade, iced tea, and water was served. Another activity is in the making for the winter.
21st Century Chocolate Duck
On a crisp autumn day, thirty students from John F. Kennedy Middle School met at the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale. Their mission: to create Halloween treats to enjoy. Mission accomplished! The friendly staff immediate had the kids fill their six cupcake tins. While the cupcakes were baking, the staff handed out chocolate molds, all Halloween themed, and trays of melted chocolates in a variety of colors. The kids were instructed to 'paint' the surface of their lollipop molds. Then they were given a pint-sized tub of melted milk chocolates with which they needed to fill in their lollipop molds. After filling in the molds, many enjoyed the chocolate as if it were soup! While the chocolates were setting, the cupcakes came out of the oven for decoration. Pumpkins, spider webs, ghosts, and mummies were created. Each child left with chocolate lollipops and six cupcakes, which they created. Fun was had by all!
Earthbound Do It Yourself (DIY) Crayon Pumpkins
The Earthbound DIY Club "re-purposed" broken crayons and used them to create colorfully decorated pumpkins. The crayons were melted down to liquid form and then poured over the pumpkins. Additional sculpting was done using toothpicks and hair dryers. Club members enjoyed their new fall decorations with Ms. Parisi and Ms. Muller.
Peer Tutoring Center Opens at JFK
On Monday, October 19, 2015 during Lunch, John F. Kennedy's "Help Hub" made its debut. Operated by the Honor Society, the Help Hub is JFK's version of a mall kiosk - complete with daily information about clubs, sports, and events while also allowing the students to sign up for peer tutoring sessions.
New Entrant Social
On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Counseling Center hosted its annual New Entrant Social. Seventeen students who entered John F. Kennedy this year spent time in the Cafeteria enjoying ice cream sundaes and chatting with one another about their first six weeks in the building. The Counseling Staff reviewed important information with the students which included: extra-curricular activities, extra help schedules, and the 21st Century Scholars program. Students then played JFK Jeopardy where they worked in groups to answer questions about their new school. A fun time was had by all who attended!
JFK Maker Space Monday Paper Bag Engineering Challenge
The John F. Kennedy Library kicked off its first Maker Space Monday with a Paper Bag Engineering Challenge. Students were given a paper bag containing two toilet paper rolls, paper clips, index cards, popsicle sticks, and a marble and instructed to build a marble run. The marble must travel at least 16 inches. The students were also permitted to use staples, scissors, and sticky tape. About fifty students participated in the challenge. The JFK Maker Space is open whenever the Library is open and is planning to host structured activities every Monday during the student lunch periods. Check out the Marble Run Video: Marble Run
The Grade 6 students recently explored a deciduous forest and freshwater pond, where they classified the organisms found there. Students observed the different stages of ecological succession, while learning how to identify certain plants, such as sassafras and poison ivy. They identified the many habitats and niches of forest animals, while identifying the many insects, fish, and invertebrates found in the pond.
JFK Students Set Sail
John F. Kennedy students sailed aboard the Christeen, a 40-foot gaff rigged sloop, that is the oldest oyster sloop in America and a National Historical landmark. She was originally built in 1883 for Captain William Smith in Glenwood Landing, New York for the purposes of harvesting oysters in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. Over her 125 years, the Christeen served not only as an oyster dredge, but also as a cargo carrier and live-aboard between Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. In 1992, a dedicated group of volunteers worked tirelessly on the restoration of the Christeen, working alongside a full-time shipwright and raising more than $300,000! The Christeen was completely restored and launched in 1999. The Christeen's new mission is to serve as a floating classroom. Her Coast Guard certified captains and experienced crew educate up to 24 passengers about maritime history, marine science, coastal ecology, the oyster industry, and aquaculture.
Five Themes of Geography
While studying the Five Themes of Geography, all five of Ms. Klein's classes used a song created by two Social Studies teachers to help them memorize the themes. The song had the students engaged and wanting to sing more! The video can be accessed in the link below. In the video, a group of students led the class and encouraged others to get involved.
Video: Five Themes of Geography
The Grade 6 Academic Exploration class summed up their study of the human brain unit by creating "brain hats". The students used their knowledge of the brain to demonstrate the location of the four lobes of the cerebrum and their function.
21st Century: Create Your Own Comic
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, JFK students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to celebrate the anniversary of the first Peanuts comic strip. Students discussed elements of comic strips such as action, dialogue, onomatopoeia, and others. They created their very own comic strip using a website on the Google Chromebooks and also had a chance to create a Peanuts character that looks like them! Some students chose to focus their comic strips on anti-bullying situations and how to be an upstander.
The Earthbound DIY Club did its Fall Planting at JFK on Monday, September 28, 2015. With the assistance of Mrs. Deborah Muller, Ms. Valentina Parisi, and Mrs. Christina Dircks, the club created a new garden near the south entrance of JFK (playground door). Students planted all the new foliage and learned about the different types of plans in the new garden. Special thanks to the PTA and Mrs. Dircks for their support in acquiring the plants for this project.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to learn about the Native American tradition of dreamcatchers. They learned about the origin of the tradition and how it was created to protect children of the tribe from bad dreams. Even though the students learned what materials were traditionally used to create them, they used wooden hoops, yarn, and various beads and feathers to create their very own dreamcatcher!
On Friday, September 18, 2015, dozens of JFK students took part in the annual "Preamble Challenge" where they compete to see who can memorize and recite the Preamble of the Constitution the fastest. This year's winners were 6th grader Aurrel Bhatia; 7th grader Vallenni Passaro; and 8th grader Alex Dupree. Great job!
21st Century - Scrap Book Your Summer Vacation
A group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita on Monday, September 21, 2015 to share their summer vacation memories. They created scrapbook layouts with photos they took this summer with family and friends. Students utilized scrapbooking techniques such as layering, collage, choosing complimentary colors, and using borders, captions, and frames. Students enjoyed being creative and sharing their exciting trips and beach days with each other!
On Friday, September 18th students from Grades 6, 7, & 8 were able to participate in the "Preamble Challenge" during their lunch period. Dozens of students participated to see who could recite the beginning to the US Constitution the fastest! Big thanks to our moderators: Mr. Fullerton and Mrs. Klein.
John F. Kennedy Activity Fair
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, John F. Kennedy held its annual Activity Fair after school in the Cafeteria. The students were able to learn about this year's extra-curricular offerings including: Sports Intramurals, Earthbound Club, SAAD, and Student Council.
Summer Reading Extra Help
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and Thursday, September 17, 2015, many students from John F. Kennedy participated in summer reading extra help.