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.
JFK Moving Up Ceremony
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Senior Orchestra Attends Parks Festival
The JFK Middle School Senior Orchestra attended the Music in the
Parks Festival in Westfield, Massachusetts on Friday, June 5. The
orchestra place 2nd with a rating of "Excellent". Students spent all
day at Six Flags New England and had a great time.
Trip to Philadelphia
Students in the National Junior Honor Society took an exciting trip
to Philadelphia, PA under the guidance of Ms. Mastellone. Students
visited many sites including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall,
Eastern State Penitentiary, Valley Forge, and the Constitution Museum.
Students also enjoyed an evening Ghost Tour, DJ Dinner Cruise on the
Delaware River. And a stop at Pat’s and Geno’s for Philly cheesesteaks.
It was a great trip!
Makerspace Grand Opening
On Wednesday, May 13th, a brand new area opened in the JFK Library
called the Makerspace. Makerspaces, sometimes referred to as
hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are DIY (do it yourself) areas
where kids can be creative and tinker with different materials ranging
from modeling clay to K'nex building toys to circuit boards. The JFK
Makerspace is available to students to use everyday during their lunch
period and before school on Thursdays and Fridays. The materials for
the Makerspace were provided through a generous grant from the Bethpage
On Monday, May 11, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club helped to make the
school more beautiful by planting flowers by the entrance. The flowers
were donated by the JFK PTA. Nice job everyone!
21st Century: Cinco de Mayo
On May 4, 2015, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Pizzuto to
celebrate the upcoming celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Students learned
about the meaning of the holiday and how it is celebrated in Mexico.
They listened to Mariachi band music and created their own maraca
instruments. They also designed their very own worry doll to help keep
their worries away.
April was Autism Awareness Month! During this month, JFK students had
the opportunity too participate in a 21st Century activity facilitated
by school social worker, Ms. Hayes & special education teacher,
Mrs. Keller. Participants in this four-session activity learned facts
about autism spectrum disorder, created posters to promote Autism
Awareness Month, watched a movie about Temple Grandin, a world renowned
autism activist and professor of animal science. Students also
participated in a sensory experience to get a better understanding of
what someone who has autism may experience in school. Additionally,
participants helped promote the fundraiser “Kids & Coins for Autism”
by hanging flyers around the school building. The students at JFK
school raised $213.13 for the Autism Speaks foundation with this
21st Century 2015 Beach Clean-Up
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.
In the Fall 2014, 6th grade Social Studies classes read the
novelette, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. After
reading the story of the paper cranes, the students decided to take the
challenge of folding 1,000 paper cranes to honor Sadako’s memory, as
she inspired the students. It took the kids about 5 months to do so but
we met the goal of 1,000 folded cranes and the pride on their faces was
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.
John F. Kennedy Middle School hosted its 25th annual Tri-M Honor
Society Recital and Induction on April 15. Twenty middle school students
were chosen for induction into the society, which requires inductees to
have an A+ average in music and an 85 or better cumulative average. As
part of the ceremony for honored guests, all inductees performed a two-
to three-minute solo piece to showcase their talents for the crowd.
Following the performances, the students pledged to continue meeting the
Journey to India
Mrs. Saur and Mrs. Curran have done it again! In March, they
conducted a two-part 21st Century Scholar activity in which students
explored India by creating a physical map of this fascinating,
subcontinent of Asia. Session One entailed molding homemade clay into
land-forms unique to the region such as the Himalaya Mountains to the
north, the sacred Ganges River, and the Eastern and Western Ghats of the
south. During Session Two, maps were painted and labeled to complete
the journey. The scholars should be commended on a job well-done!
LISEF - SSP Broadcom MASTERS fair
Over the past few weeks, JFK and BHS research students have entered
science fairs to present their studies. Highly competitive, our students
had a great showing at The Honors Program at Nassau Community College
Competition, Long Island Science Congress Jr. Division, and the regional
LISEF - SSP Broadcom MASTERS fair.
The Society for Science and the Public (SSP) partnered with Broadcom
to launch the Broadcom MASTERS™ National Middle School Science and
Engineering Competition for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Congratulations to Soham Maiti who placed 2nd at the Broadcom Masters
fair with his investigation of how temperature affects a magnetic
Under the supervision of Ms. Green and Mrs. O'Sullivan, eighth
graders Bhavika Gharg and Soham Maiti went to Hofstra University on
February 28, 2015 to represent JFK Middle School at the 2015 Long Island
Math Fair. Both mathematicians competed admirably against middle school
students from across Nassau County. Congratulations to both students
for their commendable efforts.
On March 12, the 8th grade Italian classes attended a field trip to
see the movie "La Vita è Bella" at Huntington Cinema Arts Center.
Students were exposed to Italian culture and language. The humorous
fable of an Italian Jewish family during the Holocaust swept and
captivated the student's attention through humor and tragedy. After the
movie the students enjoyed an authentic Italian meal at La Famiglia
Restaurant in Plainview. The restaurant served a variety of traditional
dishes. Students were grateful and appreciative for having the
opportunity to experience Italian culture through cinema and cuisine.
8th Grade Spanish Trip
On Thursday, March 12th Ms. Carlow and Mrs. Lambot’s 8th grade
Spanish classes danced the afternoon away. They were taught the
Merengue by Dance Manhattan Studio. Later, they enjoyed a delicious
meal at Caliente Cab Co. where they were able to show off their Spanish
skills and order in Spanish. It was a fun day had by all!
21st Century: Graphing Battleship
On March 23rd, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita. The
students played the classic game of Battleship but with a twist.
Students used their mathematical knowledge of the coordinate plane, to
place ships on their boards. Students guessed coordinates in the four
quadrants to try to "sink" the ships. Everyone had a great time and
practiced their graphing skills!
On Saturday, March 21, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club visited the Town
of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. We brought bags of blankets and towels as
well as homemade pet treats that we had made at one of our meetings.
Everyone enjoyed seeing the adorable dogs, cats, and kittens, waiting to
be adopted. It was a wonderful visit.
21st Century St. Patrick's Day Treats
On March 16, 2015, JFK students came to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
with Ms. Maloney, Ms. Okita and Ms. Pizzuto. Students created chocolate
pieces and lollipops with shamrock molds. They also created shamrocks
made of pretzels and chocolate. They wrapped their treats in bags and
ribbon to bring home and share with their families for the holiday.
Eglevsky Ballet School
On Friday, March 13th, Mrs. Klein, Mrs. Elmasry and 11 girls were
welcomed by the Eglevsky Ballet school to watch their practices. We sat
in on the advanced and then the beginner ballerinas. What a treat! Each
girl was given a T-shirt from the school's director.
On March 13th, 2015, JFK celebrated Pi-day after school with their
6th annual Pi Day Party. Students sang Pi-day songs, talked about the
meaning of Pi, and recited digits of Pi. This year, Mia Dircks was able
to recite 101 digits of Pi! Jon Friedrich was close behind with 89
digits under his belt. Nichole Licata came in 3rd place with 72 digits!
Special thanks to Mrs. Califano, Mrs. Pizzuto, Mrs. Lang, and the
Academy Class for baking special Pi-cookies for our celebration!
The Potsdam Pitches (featuring an impromptu performance by Kramer
Lane's own Mr. Wibben) was at JFK this past Friday for an amazing a
cappella concert. This JFK PTA-sponsored event lasted about an hour and
was a sight to see! The captivating group performed pop songs sung by
Adele, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Jesse J to name a few. It also included a
Q&A where our students got to ask questions of the group ranging
from their personal musical inspirations to whether they compete
nationally (they do...just like the movie Pitch Perfect!) to how they
all shower and get ready in one house during their tour. It was a great
show enjoyed by all. We certainly hope they stop back next year on their
next tour so we can see them again!
21st Century Dreamcatchers
On February 24th and March 3rd, JFK students met with Ms. Maloney,
Ms. Okita, and Ms. Pizzuto. They learned about the Native American
tradition of the dreamcatcher. After hearing about how the Chippewa
tribe and their legend of the Spider Woman, students created their own
dreamcatchers to protect themselves from bad dreams. They used yarn,
beads, and feathers to weave their own unique designs.
Be The Chemist Competition
Congratulations to Soham Maiti, Alex Maino, Pawan Pitranggon, and
Ujala Dar who did a terrific job of representing JFK Middle School at
the You Be The Chemist local challenge on Saturday! These students
advanced through multiple rounds answering some tough chemistry
questions in the first year of this exciting new competition.
New York Philharmonic Trip
John F. Kennedy Middle School Orchestra students attended a
performance by the New York Philharmonic on Friday, February 27 at
Lincoln Center. The Philharmonic played Brahms and Sibelius and
featured German violinist Frank Zimmermann, who performed on a
Stradivarius violin from 1711.
Beauty and the Beast
On February 5,6,7 JFK Middle School presented Beauty and the Beast
JR. There were over 100 students that participated in this production
and was directed by Michelle Cooper, Ilana Strongin, & Tom Scarola.
A special thank you to the Bethpage Community for your continued
On February 24, 2015, the JFK Mathletes/MathCounts club competed at
the annual MathCounts competition at Hofstra University against other
schools from Nassau County. The following students accompanied Ms.
Noreman to the competition: Soham Maiti, team captain, Emily Cohen,
Bhavika Garg, Nikhil Sanghvi, Rahul Buhsri, Doreen Dong, Bryan Hanley,
Alex Lee, Vignesh Nair, Vasudha Prasad, and Blake Von der Esch.
21st Century Valentine's Day Cookies
On Thursday February 12th, a group of JFK students met with Ms.
Maloney, Ms. Pizzuto, and Ms. Okita. Students worked in groups to create
Valentine's Day treats for loved ones. They worked as a team to bake
chocolate chip and M&M cookies. They also created heart lollipops
with candy canes, chocolate, and sprinkles. Students were able to wrap
their treats in bags and ribbon as gifts for friends and family.
Central Island Nursing Home
On February 14, the JFK Kiwanis Builders Club visited the Central
Island Nursing Home in Plainview, where they played Bingo with the
residents and the presented them with homemade Valentine's Day cards. It
was a very heartwarming experience.
21st Century Super Bowl Math
On January 28th, a group of JFK students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms.
Okita to celebrate the upcoming Super Bowl game. Students were engaged
in a scavenger hunt activity where they were able to use their Google
Chromebooks to find out some trivia about the Super Bowl games. They
found out facts such as the cost of the famous Super Bowl ring, the cost
of a commercial, the geometric shape of a football, and how many
tickets each player gets for their families. They also practiced math
skills by calculating the perimeter and area of the field and solving
equations to find out the cost for a NY family to attend the game in
Arizona. Students had a great time!
Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image is the country's only museum dedicated to
the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all
its forms. Mrs. Saur and Mrs. Curran led a group of J.F.K. students who
explored a wide range of subjects, from nineteenth century optical toys
to the latest in digital art, through kid-friendly interactive
exhibitions. Students also participated in a video game design workshop
using programming software to modify a prototype for the very first
home video game system!
JFK Boys Basketball Trip to MSG
On Sunday January 25th, the JFK Boys Basketball team trekked into
Madison Square Garden to watch St. John's take on Duke. All in
attendance witnessed NCAA Basketball history when Duke Head Coach, Mike
Krzyzewski earned his 1,000 career win! What a great experience for the
boys! A big thanks to Coach Suprenant, Mr. Fisher, and Mr. Zito.
Diwan Indian Restaurant
On a cold, slushy Saturday, Mrs Klein and Mrs. Elmasry met nine
students for an adventure in dining at Diwan Indian Buffet in
Hicksville. We all tried new foods: Nan, goat, lentils, eggplant, and
more in exotic sauces. Our bellies were full and we wore huge smiles on
Ronald McDonald House Visit
On December 22, eight students from Student Council visited the
Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The students baked as part of
the “Helping Hands” program. The group also donated over 20 boxes of
toys, games, dolls and stuffed animals they had collected from the
holiday toy drive at JFK. The students at JFK and staff raised $1,800
through various fundraising activities and presented the house with
their generous donation. Ronald McDonald House was very touched by the
amount of donations and support they received this year from JFK.
Thanks to all that donated!
Wrapping Gifts with Cheer
Mrs. Keller's and Mrs. Pizzuto's class has been hard at work
spreading holiday cheer by voluntarily wrapping holiday gifts. Not only
do the gifts look beautiful, but they also deliver! Great job students
and a big thanks to Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Pizzuto.
On December 8th, 10th, and 15th, JFK held its annual three part
Winter Concert Series. Each date included a different grade and
performances by the band, chorus, and orchestra. Great job by all the
talented students and their dedicated teachers: Mr. Kay, Mr. Coscette,
and Mrs. Cooper. Next up, the Spring series!
National Circus Project is the premier interactive circus arts
program. It included a spectacular circus performance and then two
workshops for the students. They were able to try juggling,
plate-spinning, balancing, devil sticks, and diabolos. There were many
thrills and laughs!
Hour of Code
On Thursday 12/11/2014 Mr. Levy and 30 students from JFK joined 100
Million students around the world to complete the "Hour of Code." The
Code Organization has dubbed the event "The largest learning event in
history." During the "Hour of Code", students learned the foundations of
computer programming through fun engaging online games and tutorials. A
big thank you to Mackenzie Pech from BHS for dropping by to assist with
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.
Mrs. Elmasry taught a fun hands-on lesson on Bread Art. Each
participant had theirs hands dirty mixing, kneading, decorating and/or
cleaning. After 2 hours, they left with their bellies full and dough for
a future use.
21st Century: Dog Treats
This month a number JFK students participated in a 21st Century class
where they learned how to make homemade dog treats. The class was run
by JFK's Family Arts and Consumer Science teacher, Mrs. Norton. The
treats were later donated to the Town of Islip Animal Shelter. Great job
students and a big thank you to Mrs. Norton!
Ronald McDonald House
On Monday, November 24th, JFK dropped off hundreds of pounds of
donated canned and non-perishable foods to the Ronald McDonald House in
New Hyde Park. The food was collected by Student Council in homerooms
throughout the month of November. A big thanks to our generous students,
Ms. Smith and Ms. Greco for organizing this amazing event.
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the 201 STACK
UP! More than 3,000 schools and organizations representing 36 countries
from around the world registered for this year's colossal sport stacking
event held on Guinness World Records Day, November 13th. The total
number of stackers worldwide was 579,454!
JFK Middle School has participated in this event for the past 4
years. Students, with the help of Mrs. Deborah Muller and Ms. Hanai
Okita, enjoyed a fun filled afternoon of stacking. The highlight of our
record breaking day was building our Cup pyramid with this year's
special commemorative cup at the top.
Genius Bar Opens!
A Genius Bar officially opened its doors on Nov. 17 at JFK. The
student-run ‘bar’ will operate two days a week during lunch periods for
students with any Google Chromebook issues to seek help and assistance
from their professional peers. Students who work the Genius Bar had to
undergo an extensive application and interview process and will receive
21st Century credit for their leadership.
JFK Library Cozy Corner Has a New Name
To bring some new life to the bean bag area of the JFK Library for
the new school year, a contest was held to rename the popular spot.
Students were able to submit their responses via an online Google Form
or in person in the library. Many ideas were submitted and the library
staff narrowed it to three choices. Over two hundred and fifty students
voted using their Google Chromebooks during lunch periods. When the
last vote was tallied, the winner was Lazy Lounge! The name was
suggested by Jenna DeStefano, Owen Maggio, Jennifer Petersen, and Nikhil
2014 Long Island String Festival Association
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21st Century: United Nations Day
On October 20th and October 27th, students met after school with Ms.
Maloney and Ms. Okita to celebrate United Nations Day. Students learned
about the United Nations and researched the members through the UN
website. Each student chose a country and researched its history in the
organization, their ambassador, and contributions that the country has
made. They discussed civil rights, peacekeeping, and current issues. All
the students did a great job and their posters will be on display in
21st Century: Dictionary Day
On October 16th, students met with Ms. Maloney and Ms. Okita to
celebrate National Dictionary Day. Students worked in teams to complete a
scavenger hunt through the dictionary. They used a Google Form with
questions such as "Find the first word in the "I" section that is a
conjunction" and "locate the first verb in the "s" section that has
three syllables". Students practiced using a dictionary, parts of
speech, using guide words, syllables, and alphabetical order. The race
was close but the winner was 8th grader, Kyle Saugy.
21st Century: Halloween Candy Bowls
On October 21st and October 28th, students met with Mrs. Pizzuto, Ms.
Walsh, Ms. Okita, and Ms. Maloney. Students brought bowls from home as
molds and used brown paper, newspaper, and mod podge to create their own
candy bowls. They used acrylic paint to design their bowls in Halloween
designs. Students had a great time and showed just how creative they
could be. Happy Halloween to all!
On Friday, October 24th, JFK hosted the 2014 Halloween Spooktacular.
Over 300 students partied the night away with friends while eating candy
and participating in the annual costume contest. A big thanks to
Student Council who helped make this night a blast!
Pen Pal Reunion
On Friday, October 24th, JFK Pen Pals were reunited in the
Auditorium. Last year, in an effort to ease their transition to middle
school, the 5th graders were "buddied" up with upperclassmen from JFK.
At the reunion, the students discussed their experiences thus far and
participated in various ice-breaker activities. A great big thanks to
the Counseling Center for making this event possible!
Kid Wind Challenge:
On Wednesday, October 29th, The Cradle of Aviation Museum hosted the
Kidwind Challenge. The competition is based on students creating the
most efficient, elegant, and highly functional turbine that produces
clean and sustainable energy. Our students placed 3rd out of 47 teams!
Great job JFK and a big thanks to Mr. Ravener and Mr. Perez.
Breakfast Now Available for Students and Staff
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JFK Students travel to Kramer Lane
On Thursday, October 16th, students from JFK traveled to Kramer Lane
to teach the elementary students about the how to fight bullying by
becoming "Upstanders". The lesson included a video, class discussion,
and a great hands-on activity!
On Tuesday, September 23rd and Wednesday, September 24th, students of
JFK Middle School took part in Nassau BOCES Project Adventure. The
students were put through numerous challenging activities that help
build trust, character, and leadership.
On Wednesday, September 17th, the students of JFK celebrated US
Constitution Day in style with the 9th Annual Preamble Challenge.
Students from all grades were timed to see who could recite the Preamble
of the Constitution the fastest. The three grade level winners were:
Soham Maiti (8), Elizabeth Freedman (7), and Valenni Passaro (6). A big
thanks to Mr. Fullerton and all of the participants!
Photo Gallery - Winners
A.J. Vita, All-County Jazz Band
A.J. was the only guitarist to be selected for the Division 3
All-County Jazz Band. Only 19 students are selected into the Jazz Band
among all of the 7th & 8th graders in Nassau County. Congratulations
On Friday October 10th, Mr. Michels and his 3rd period class launched
the rockets that were donated by the Bethpage Educational Foundation.
Great job students and thanks again to the Bethpage Educational
JFK Historical Marker Unveiled
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.
JFK Rocket Building
Mrs. Keller's and Pizzuto's class worked very hard preparing the
inventory for the upcoming grand re-opening of the JFK School Store.
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The JFK Library is using a free app called Remind to share
information such as the arrival of new books, upcoming activities and
events as well as other library/reading related news. Remind is
available for download for both iOS and Android devices as well as
email-friendly. Both parents and students are encouraged to sign up.
Further instructions can be found by clicking the link below.
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After school on Wednesday September 17th, the JFK cafeteria was
transformed into the 2014-2015 Activity Fair. The jam packed event
allowed advisors and students to discuss the extra-curricular clubs that
are being offered during this school year.
Students eagerly review for the upcoming Summer Reading Quiz. Some of
the titles included: "Lunch Money", "Al Capone Does My Shirts", and
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 2014 JFK Science Symposium was a great success. Students proudly
presented their research projects to their peers, families, high school
research students and faculty. We are very proud of our students and
happy that a good time was had by all.
Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University
On May 2, 2014, seventh grader SOHAM MAITI represented JFK at the
Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University under the guidance of Mrs.
Gerry O'Sullivan, Ms. Leslie Green, and Director of Mathematics Mr. John
Titolo. Soham's research on the mathematical applications of E=MC2
earned him a Gold Medal and the respect and admiration of the entire JFK
community. Congratulations, Soham! We're proud of you!
High Note Musical Festival
The J.F.K. Middle School Senior Orchestra attended the High Note
Music Festival in Allentown, PA on June 6, 2014. The orchestra placed
first in their division and received a "Superior" rating, the highest
possible. After the festival, the students spent the rest of the day at
N.Y.S. Supreme Court Building Trip
On May 21, 2014, a select group of 24 Academic Explorations students
were accompanied by Ms. Saur and Ms. Moquin to the N.Y.S. Supreme Court
Building located in Mineola, NY. The students observed two civil trials
in session, and had the fortuitous opportunity to participate in a
private question and answer session with Justice Thomas Fieneman.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island opened its doors in New Hyde
Park in 1986. It offers a “home away-from home” for almost 1000
families a year. JFK students and staff chose RMDH as the charity of
choice for our year-long fundraising efforts. In December, eight
members of student council chaperoned by their advisors participated in
the Little Hands Baking Program. The JFK family also presented a check
for $1,400 from numerous fundraising efforts, as well as some toys for
the children of the house donated by local families.
On May 29th, nine faculty members visited the RMDH with boxes of linens
and various cleaning supplies from the house wish list. All the
supplies were collected as part of the student council “Spring Cleaning”
drive. As always, the generosity of our Bethpage families overwhelmed
and touched the staff at the house. JFK staff stayed to cook dinner for
the Meals from the Heart Program. Sixty residents came home to a
lavish BBQ prepared with love and well wishes.
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
Kid-Wind Wind Turbine Competition
Five JFK students participated in the New York Kid-Wind Wind Turbine
competition at the Cradle of Aviation with Mr. Perez and Mr. Ravener.
The students won first place (Geoffrey Shamah, Chris Shamah, Andrew
Kayel) AND third place (Sabrina Johnson, Candace Haney) in the
competition vs. other schools on Long Island. The students have
participated in this competition for three consecutive years. They
worked after-school - and on Saturdays - to build their wind turbines
and create their presentation boards. The coaches were very proud of
the students' efforts and how they presented their knowledge of wind
turbines and wind power during the competition. High school students -
Edwin Manj, Samantha Alaimo, Sarah Suazo, Jimmy Lang, and Tommy Lang -
were also helpful in the development of the wind turbine models during
their time at JFK.
Zeus Retires Debates
On Wednesday, May 21st, Zeus visited JFK for the 6th Annual Zeus
Retires Debates. Zeus is retiring from being the leader of Mt. Olympus,
but is not naming his successor. The gods, goddesses and heroes of
Greece needed to persuade Zeus to select them. They made campaign
posters, researched their own strengths and their opponents weaknesses.
They memorized their speeches then debated in front of Zeus. A winner
from each period was selected.
JFK Talent Show
On Friday May 16th JFK Middle School hosted its annual talent show.
The show was hosted and directed by Mr. Scarola, Mr. Syrett and student
host Marco Cunha. The show included 12 student acts and 2 teacher acts.
First place went to Sydney Leary, 2nd to Edella Litvak, and 3rd to
Grace Carney & Amanda O'Neill. This was truly a wonderful event to
see students and teachers come together for an extraordinary evening.
In Honor of Earth Day
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Congratulations Ms. Smith!
Ms. Smith 7th grade Social Studies teacher was recognized as VFW
Teacher of the Year. The ceremony was held at JFK Middle School during
the Patriot’s Pen Essay Awards Ceremony. Ms. Smith is an incredibly
talented teacher who is well deserving of this honor. JFK Middle School
is proud of Ms. Smith.
JFK Goes to DC
Students in the Junior Honor Society had a great trip to our nation’s
capital under the guidance of Ms. Mastellone! Everyone had a great
time visiting the monuments and taking in all the sights!
On Sat. May 3,2014 12 Students tackled the 32 foot wall. They climbed
with a level of challenge suited to his or her abilities and desires.
They also did the flying squirrel to build upon the group skills and
trust. It was a great trip!
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