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
Second Annual Socratic Circle
On Monday, June 13, 2016, several students from the Bethpage High School Philosophy Club joined Mrs. Klein's Grade 6 Social Studies classes in the Second Annual Socratic Circle. Mrs. Klein's classes had just finished a unit on Ancient Greece, where the philosopher, Socrates came from. The High School students conducted the lessons. The lessons had the sixth graders thinking and discussing questions such as: Does money buy happiness? Is there evil in the world? If you did something wrong, but no one saw you, is it still wrong? The discussions that took place were amazing! Many shared how their perspective of a particular issue changed. Many saw the point of views of others. It was a successful day!
Popcorn Volume Project
On Friday, June 10, 2016, Grade 7 students in Ms. Noreman's classes made a prediction about which cylinder would have more volume. They used a 9-inch by 12-inch piece of construction paper to make a taller and thinner cylinder and also to make a wider and shorter cylinder. May students thought the two cylinders would have the same volume. After filling one cylinder with popcorn and pouring into the second cylinder, we found out that the shorter and wider cylinder held a lot more popcorn and therefore had a higher volume. Afterwards, the students got to indulge on the popcorn!
21st Century: Praise an Elementary Teacher
A teacher can have a major influence on a child's life. We have a multitude of amazing teachers in Bethpage School District, but there is always one who has instilled in us an incredible work ethic or has taught us to set high standards for ourselves. This activity works nicely with the Character Education program at John F. Kennedy. Each child was asked to think of an elementary school teacher that made a difference in their early school lives. Each brainstormed ideas, reviewed letters of praise and appreciation, and then created a handwritten or typed letter to an elementary teacher. The letters were then sent to each teacher to surprise them.
Science Research Symposium
On May 26, 2016, the Grade 7 science research students and Grade 6 Academic Exploration students were able to show off their hard work at the John F. Kennedy Science Research - Academic Explorations Symposium. Project topics covered many areas including physics, chemistry, behavioral science, cooking chemistry, environmental science, botany, and probability. The students should be proud of their fine scientific and STEM display boards as their peers, teachers, and administrators, and families are of them! Great job!
Grade 5 Visit
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Grade 5 students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane made their annual visit to John F. Kennedy Middle School. The day included a meet-and-greet with their Grade 7 pen pals, a trivia game, and of course a tour of their future school. The Grade 5 students were excited and John F. Kennedy cannot wait to welcome them in the Fall 2016!
21st Century: Sewing Beach Bags
On May 23, 2016 and May 25, 2016, a group of John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to practice hand sewing. Each student created a two-layer beach bag to use for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. They were able to choose their fabric and layout and learned how to use a back-stitch and running-stitch. Students stepped up to a challenging activity and walked away with a great finished product.
8th Annual Zeus Retires Debates
In Ms. Klein's Grade 6 classes, it came to pass that Zeus, the chief of the ancient Greek gods, decided that he grew tired of being in charge. He was most displeased with the constant nagging, bickering, and fighting of his divine family on top of Mount Olympus. The oracle advised Zeus that he should retire and move to Florida in order to enjoy the sunshine of the state's beaches, fishing, year-round amusement parks, and Early-Bird specials! Besides, it was a good way to get away from all the nagging, bickering, and fighting. This news, of course, shocked the rest of the gods of Mount Olympus because Zeus decided not to name his successor! Zeus proclaimed that each of the gods, goddesses, and heroes should use their persuasive abilities to convince him who their new ruler should be. That divine being will be given Zeus' lightning bolt and powers to rule over the universe for eternity!
Congratulations to Sabrina Cusumano, who played the roleof Themis being proclaimed as Zeus' successor! See the video of the Period 9 debate below!
Special thanks to Mr. Hennen and Mrs. Phillips for assisting the students in this project; Mr. Attard for the use of the video-recorder; to all of the parents of helping their children with their costumes; and to Mr. Morselli for making the lightning bolts and being a great sport!
Photo Gallery (Period 3; Photos Courtesy of Mrs. Miller)
Photo Gallery (Period 9)
Nassau County Math Tournament
On May 24, 2016, ten of our Grade 6 students competed in the Nassau County Math Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury. Over fifty schools from Nassau County sent teams comprised of Grade 4-6 students to compete against one another as teams and individuals at solving challenging math problems. The students that attended the competition and represented John F. Kennedy were Ruchitha Channapatna, Suchitha Channapatna Aurrel Bhatia, Naomi Rufian, Theresa Thulasidas, James Caporuscio, Brandon Kim, Ryan Gallego, Samar Singh, and Daman Alarcon. Suchitha Channapatna tied for first place in Nassau County! Congratulations to all of the students who participated!
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, students and staff members from John F. Kennedy Middle School visited with each of the Grade 5 classes from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane. The program included student ambassadors from each elementary school building and four representatives from John F. Kennedy. The visit provided incoming Grade 6 students with information about transitioning to middle school as well as a question-and-answer segment. John F. Kennedy is excited to welcome this new group this upcoming September!
Honor Society Trip
On May 14 through May 16, eighty eight students from the National Junior Honor Society traveled to Boston, Massachusetts. During their three-day trip, they visited the Salem Witch Museum, Museum of Science, Boston Tea Party Museum, took a Duck boat tour, went on a dinner cruise, and more! A fantastic time was had by all of the students and chaperons!
On Friday, May 20, 2016, the students of John F. Kennedy Middle School took over Bethpage High School for their last TGIF event of the 2015-2016 school year. As always, the event was well attended and featured events such as dodgeball, board games, ping-pong, karaoke, swimming, and the best of all, PIZZA! A great time was had by all. Special thanks to all of the chaperons and Ms. Higgins and Mrs. Paladino for organizing the charity bake sale. See you next year!
Mrs. Klein and Mrs. McKeown chaperoned students to SAVERS in Commack on a beautiful spring day. This was a wonderful Earth Day-Recycling lesson as well as a Mathematics lesson since each child received a 30% off coupon for donating unwanted items. The students had the opportunity toured the sorting room and enjoyed the behind-the-scenes experience.
Visit from a Meteorologist
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman visited Mrs. Sciglibaglio's Grade 8 Science students. He spoke to them about how he became a meteorologist, Long Island weather, and how he makes the forecast every day. He treated us to a professional forecast in our Eagle Eye studio, with the help from our producer, Mr. Levy. Students were able to use the authentic News 12 live weather graphics to record their own forecasts. Eagle Eye now has access to these resources for future live weather reports. Thank you, Mr. Hoffman for providing us such an authentic experience!
View Rich Hoffman's Weather Forecast from our JFK Studio
Busy Builders Club
The John F. Kennedy Kiwanis Builders Club strives to build leaders by helping others in the community and around the world. This Spring, the Builders Club helped our John F. Kennedy community on several occasions. In April, they placed positive-message post-its on every student's locker or teacher's classroom door. In May, they helped the PTA plant Spring flowers to beautify our school. Everyone seemed very pleased with the post-its and everyone will enjoy the beautiful flowers and plants as they enter the school!
During the morning hours of Monday, May 9, 2016, students at John F. Kennedy Middle School had the opportunity to view a rare astronomical event known as the Transit of Mercury. This occurs when the planet Mercury passes in front of the Sun. The event is so rare, there have been only ninety four transits and only about thirteen transits each century since 1601, when transits were first recorded! The last one occurred in November 2006, and the next transit will not be seen until November 2019! However, the next time a Transit of Mercury will be seen in Bethpage is about 50 years from now! With the help of Mr. Pollatos, Mr. Wettengel, and Mr. Zabell, students viewed the sun through a refracting telescope, a reflecting telescope, and through a pinhole camera. Students could see Mercury as a minuscule black dot, and could identify sunspots as described by each teacher. Thank you to the aforementioned teachers and Mrs. Yale and Mrs. Raia for orchestrating this event!
21st Century SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo)
On Saturday, May 7, 2016, John F. Kennedy students along with Mr. Zabell and Mrs. Phillips, visited Bay Shore Middle School to attend the 2nd Annual SLIME Maker Expo: From Recyclables to Robotics. It was an amazing event that allowed our students the opportunity to make a huge number of "make and take" and "make and donate" cool things like magnetic slime, brush bots, miniature clay food, soda can jewelry, and pet pillows. They also were able to try out all kinds of robots and take part in demonstrations. We look forward to attending this event again in the future and perhaps being exhibitors ourselves!
Inaugural Innovative Renegade Award Recipients
Congratulations to the first winners of the Innovative Renegade Award! These students were chosen by their teachers and guidance counselors for their creativity, willingness to take smart risks, ask insightful questions, and their ability to find new ways to approach a topic. The recipients of the award are Thomas Pelcher (Grade 6), Bernando Jimenez (Grade 6), Sofia Diaz (Grade 7), Emannuella Tsouros (Grade 7), Jack Kemperle (Grade 8), Gaetano Re (Grade 8).
21st Century Chocolate Duck
Although it wasn't "Spring" outdoors, Spring had sprung at the Chocolate Duck. Mrs. Klein and Ms. McKeown met eighteen eager students at the Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale for our last session of the year. This session had the students choosing their own chocolate molds. They decorated their cupcakes with soft spring colored frosting and adorable edible decorations. Their creations were amazing! Many said they were giving them to their mothers for Mother's Day.
All About Coins
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, John F. Kennedy students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to participate in the "All About Coins" activity. During this session, students took a virtual field trip to the United States Mint building. The tour explained the process of how coins are made and showed parts of the building itself. Students worked in groups to play various coin games with their peers that included math concepts such as probability. They even explored the United States Mint website and other websites to play interactive coin games. A fun time was had by all!
Supporting the Lupus Alliance of Long Island
On Friday, April 15, 2016, with the help of the John F. Kennedy's Student Council, 8th grade student Adina Rahman raised money for the Lupus Alliance of Long Island. Lupus Alliance has been helping those with lupus and their families since 1955. Their goal is to serve, educate, and find the cause and cure for lupus, while helping those with lupus live better lives. In addition to all the proceeds from ticket sales to the John F. Kennedy Student Talent Show held on April 15, three gift baskets were raffled off during the show. In total, Adina raised over $1,600! Well done!
John F. Kennedy Art Show
On April 21, 2016, John F. Kennedy Middle School hosted its annual Art Show. On this beautiful spring night, the John F. Kennedy Gymnasium was transformed into an art gallery. The show featured works from John F. Kennedy's 6th, 7th, and 8th grade modern masters. It also included musical performances and a master painter themed photo booth. A huge thank you to Mrs. Schneider, Mrs. Bula, and Ms. Noskewicz.
21st Century Project Runway: Reduce, Reuse, Rewear
In honor of Earth Day, thirteen students participated in 21st Century Project Runway: Reduce, Reuse, Rewear with Mr. Scarola and Mrs. Phillips over the course of two days after school in the John F. Kennedy Library. The students used scraps of fabric, felt, old clothes, and various scavenged odds and ends to design and make something wearable. The students were very enthusiastic and intent on their work. Based on the success of this activity, Mr. Scarola and Mrs. Phillips plan on future Project Runway activities that will allow students to spend more time perfecting their designs. Please check out the slide show to see some of the fashions created!
Visit to Sagtikos Manor
On a gorgeous and sunny Saturday, Mrs. Klein, Ms. McKeown, and Ms. Martens accompanied 14 students to this quaint and historical site on Long Island's South Shore. They were shown all of the rooms in Sagtikos Manor that often are not open to the public. The house was filled with primary sources with everything viewed dating back to the 1600's, 1700s, or early 1900's. We were welcomed by docents Cheryl Theiss and Diane Weiner (retired Bethpage Schools FACS teacher). Sagtikos is a Native American work meaning "head of the hissing snake" and is derived from the sound of a small stream that flows through the neck of land upon which the manor lies. In April 21, 1790, George Washington spent a night at Sagtikos Manor. In 2002, Suffolk County purchased the remaining ten-acre property from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to keep it from being sold to a developer. The Sagtikos Manor Historical Society has a contract with Suffolk County to provide general management of the estate including tours, educational programs, and research.
21st Century Sweet Tooth
Calling All Sweet Tooths! The students participated in this yummy two-day event under the guidance of teachers, Ms. Klein and Ms. Sciara. On Day 1, the students made Apple Pie fries and dipped them in caramel. On Day 2, the students made Cracker Candy. Delicious!
French Weather Dialogues
Sixth grade students in Mme. Jaklitsch's class recently practiced their French speaking skills. The students first used their Google Chromebooks to conduct research on a city in France. The students then wrote their own weather dialogues and were filmed in John F. Kennedy's very own TV studio with the assistance of Monsieur Levy! Great job to all of the participants!
The John F. Kennedy Middle School and Bethpage High School SADD Clubs joined forces with St. Joseph's Hospital to host a military fundraiser. We received so many donations that we were able to divide them to support three Bethpage families! Thank you to those who offered donations and support!
Grade 8 Spanish Trip
On Friday, March 4, 2016, Ms. Carlow and Mrs. Lambot's Spanish classes danced the afternoon away! They were taught the Merengue and Bachata by Dance Manhattan Studio. Later, they enjoyed a delicious meal at Caliente Cab Co. where they were able to show off their Spanish skills to order their meals. It was a fun day!
Grade 8 Italian Trip
On Friday, March 4, 2016, the Grade 8 Italian classes saw the film "La Vita e Bella" in Italian with English subtitles. Students were exposed to Italian culture and language. The humorous fable of an Italian-Jewish family during the Holocaust swept and captivated the students' attention through humor and tragedy. The restaurant served a variety of traditional Italian dishes. Students were grateful for having the opportunity to experience Italian culture through cinema and cuisine.
John F. Kennedy T.G.I.F
On Friday, March 11, 2016, the students of John F. Kennedy Middle School invaded Bethpage High School for T.G.I.F! The evening was filled with fun, games, and most importantly, pizza! Over 250 students attended and fun was had by all!
21st Century Eglevsky Ballet
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Mrs. Klein and 18 girls toured the Eglevsky Ballet School located right in Bethpage! It was an amazing opportunity for the group to speak with instructors and choreographers. We spoke with Mr. Curry, Executive Artistic Director and Choreographer. We met ballerina and author, Janice Barringer, who wrote The Pointe Book. We observed three classes: Beginner Pointe, Level 2 with the little girls, and then Mr. Curry invited us to watch his Level 5 and 6 advanced classes.
Read Across America Day
John F. Kennedy celebrated Read Across America Day on Wednesday, March 2nd; the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. The day started wit a special Read Day broadcast of JFK's Live Morning News Show. Teachers and students prominently displayed signs proclaiming what book they were currently reading. There was a Minute Mystery homeroom competition. Mrs. Califano's homeroom was declared the winner and the students received a bagel breakfast. During lunch periods, there were several activities going on in the library: students listened to an audio book version of Seuss' Bartholomew and the Ooblek while they concocted their own ooblek; several exciting rounds of Dr. Seuss Bingo were played; students were invited to make up their own Seuss-style wacky words; there was a Seuss Selfie station; and students participated in a Cat in the Hat guided drawing.
Visit to the Long Island Aquarium
On Saturday, March 5, 2016, students from Bethpage Schools found out what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Long Island Aquarium. They learned what it's like to manage this enclosed ocean, feeding thousands of animals, constantly monitoring water quality, and maintaining a 120,000 gallon shark tank. Students experienced an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to see firsthand all that is involved in creating a hospitable environment for our aquatic residents and our visitors. Students fed rays, got up close to sharks, local fish, tropical fish, coral, monkeys, lizards, penguins, butterflies, and birds. A great time was had by all!
21st Century Chocolate Duck
On a sunny, but breezy Sunday morning, the third session of Chocolate Duck took place. The session's theme was edible winter cravings that complement a cup of hot cocoa. This activity took place at the Chocolate Duck shop in Farmingdale. The students were given the candy mold choices of penguins, snowflakes, Olafs, and snowmen. They were then instructed to decorate their candy molds and their six cupcakes. They went-to-town on personalizing their creative edible candy pops and cupcakes. They also enjoyed eating the excess chocolate from the tub!
21st Century Wintervention
The girls chased away their winter blues. SCRUBZ, a natural skin care store on Broadway in Bethpage offered them a 90 minute session. They let their inner artist shine, as they created a "snowman" to help them through the harsh winter weather. They personalized and decorated two 2 ounce jars of body scrub and one mini-jar of lip balm that they took home to enjoy.
French Trip to Quebec
From Saturday, February 27th through Tuesday, March 1, John F. Kennedy's 7th and 8th Grade French students enjoyed a fun-filled and educational trip to Quebec with chaperones Madame Ciarniello, Ms. Jaklitsch, Mr. Scarola, and Mr. Choi. Some of our activities included tobogganing, snow tubing, dog-sledding, re-enacting soldiers' lives in the 1800's, visiting the amazing Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel), visiting the beautiful St. Anne's Basilica, and dancing at the Sugar Shack. Of course, we did some shopping and walking around old Quebec City. Students also sampled chocolate croissants, crepes, and "poutines" -- French fries with cheese and brown gravy. Delicieux! This was an amazing and unforgettable trip!
21st Century: Lays Do Us a 'Flavor' Contest
On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Ms. Green and Ms. Okita challenged eighteen of John F. Kennedy's aspiring taste testers to enter the 2016 Lays Flavor Swap contest. During the 90 minute session, participants sampled two new and two familiar Lays flavors (Cheddar and Sour Cream vs. Smoked Gouda and Chive; Honey Barbecue vs. Korean Barbecue) and shared their observations on a Google Survey. All participants made it official by voting for their favorite flavors on the Lays website. Good food, good conversations, and full stomachs were had by all!
21st Century: King Tut Trip
On Saturday, February 27, 2016, some of the students in Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Klein/Mr. Hennen's Social Studies classes went to the Premiere Exhibition in New York City to view the Discovery of King Tut. There are many known pharaohs throughout history, but one of the most well known is King Tut. We wore a special audio microphone system to listen to all the facts. The tour guide showed us videos about Howard Cater and his curiosity with King Tut. The entire museum consists of secondary sources that the students were able to touch! Based on the amount of pictures taken, the smiles on their faces, and the questions asked, the trip was a success. The exhibit can be viewed until May 2016.
The Crayon Initiative
During the month of February, John F. Kennedy's Student Council asked for donations of used, broken, or unwanted crayons to be recycled by The Crayon Initiative. The "new" crayons are then donated to schools and hospitals. Students packaged five boxes of crayons to ship to California, hoping to help add some color and creativity to some children in need.
Ronald McDonald House Visit
On Monday, January 11, 2016, eight members of John F. Kennedy's Student Council, accompanied by Mrs. Schneider and Mrs. Leemon, visited the Ronald McDonald House to participate in the "Little Hands Helping Little Hands" program. During their visit, our John F. Kennedy students baked dozens of chocolate chip cookies and brownies for the residents at the house to enjoy. The students also took a tour of the house and learned about all of the wonderful things that the Ronald McDonald House does for the residents.
Battle of the Classes
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, John F. Kennedy held its annual "Battle of the Classes". This year, students went toe-to-toe against fellow classmates and faculty in events such as "Family Feud", "Human Hungry Hungry Hippos", and a challenging relay race. Due to a tie, the winner had to be decided by a "Rock, Paper, Scissors" challenge between the 6th grade and 7th grade teams. After a riveting best of three rounds, the 7th grade team claimed this year's trophy. Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing you next year!
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!
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 Chhabra, 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.