Good Morning Kramer Lane - Home Edition
On Friday, April 24, 2020, the Kramer Lane Live Grade 5 Student Reporters were back presenting Season #3 and Episode #16 of "Good Morning Kramer Lane"! The episode featured Kramer Lane students, Elizabeth Hoffner, Jack Valente, Erica Boshko, Rebecca Melman, Lily Stissi, and Nayeli Perla and for the first time ever the Kramer Lane student broadcasters reported from their homes! Under the direction of Mr. Wibben and Ms. Schmidt, the Kramer Lane Live Crew reported on recent birthdays, the April Kramer Lane Teacher Car Parade, as well as all of the schoolwork the teachers and students have been working so hard on during this time at home! The episode also featured a school-wide game, as well as a surprise appearance by 2020 American Idol finalist, Julia Gargano! Julia gave the Kramer Lane students a special shoutout, and encouraged them to continue working hard and to practice their instruments during this time of learning at home. The episode can be watched on demand at the link below.
Video Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane: Friday, April 24, 2020
Distance Learning Virtual Office Hours - Starting on April 13, 2020:
To provide additional support for our students during the school closure, Kramer Lane Elementary School has established a set schedule of times for students to check-in with a faculty member for assistance with their academic needs. Students may ask questions and seek help for material they may have difficulty understanding. The schedule is available at: Virtual Office Hours.
Argonauts Visit New York Hall of Science
On Friday, January 24, 2020, students in the Argonauts program at Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the New York Hall of Science for a full day of science and hands-on exploration! Students participated in the Connected Worlds exhibit, which nicely highlighted their recent study of the wetlands. Special thanks to Mrs. Marcis for organizing this great learning experience!
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Kramer Lane Brain Challenge
Students at Kramer Lane Elementary School tested their health and
wellness knowledge during the “Brain Challenge” assembly on Jan. 16.
The students gathered in the school’s auditorium to participate in the
gameshow-like activity. The students were excited to compete in special
challenges including spelling bees, dance offs and hula hooping
Kramer Lane Students Build Gingerbread Houses for The Holidays
Students from Kramer Lane Elementary in the Bethpage School District spread holiday cheer by building gingerbread houses with their parents on Dec. 13.
Students in Allison Schmidt, Margaret Meehan and Mariann Seewald’s first grade classes gathered in the school’s auditorium with sweet treats, frosting and smiles. Students and parents alike were excited to be able to join forces during the school day and complete the festive activity.
Argonauts Visit Caumsett State Park
Students in the Argonauts program at Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School braved the cold weather and visited Caumsett State Park to explore Long Island's very own salt marshes with Mrs. Marcis. Students learned that the salt marsh is a migration rest stop for some birds and had the opportunity to test the salinity. In addition, students learned about how trees decompose and detritus cycle.
Kramer Lane Students Learn The Importance Of Kindness
On Nov. 4, Rich Specht from the ReesSpecht Life Foundation visited Kramer Lane Elementary School to speak to students about cultivating kindness. The assembly focused on the importance of community, compassion, and respect. At the end of the assembly, each student received a cultivate kindness “Pay It Forward” card. The card is a promise for students to pay it forward and complete a random act of kindness. Over 450,000 cards have been distributed to date all over the world. After the assembly, students at Kramer Lane wrote their names as a promise to plant their own seeds of kindness within our school and community.
Kramer Lane Students Journey Back To Colonial Times
Second graders in Andrea Morelli’s class at Kramer Lane Elementary in the Bethpage Union Free School District participated in Nassau BOCES’ Colonial Crafts program on Nov. 8. BOCES naturalists Mary Watros and Bette Bass taught the students about pioneer life hundreds of years ago and brought the supplies to make corn husk dolls. Using just corn husks, yarn and some fabric, the students made their own Colonial-style dolls.
The activity came just in time for Thanksgiving, and the students were excited to have their families use the handmade dolls as decorations. The district thanks Nassau BOCES and the instructors for facilitating this lesson.
Kramer Lane Students Letters to Veterans
This week, second and third graders at Kramer Lane Elementary School wrote over 100 letters thanking veterans for their service. These letters will be sent to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to forge a strong bond among American civilians and Military and First Responders. The letters will be distributed to veterans all over the country.
Start With Hello
Kramer Lane Elementary School, along with thousands of school and youth organizations across the United States, participated in Start With Hello Week. Start With Hello was created by the Sandy Hook Promise Organization to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness. Each day throughout the week there was a different theme and goal that the students had to complete. At the end of the week, students looked back on something nice someone has done for them and wrote down a way they will pay it forward for our Start With Hello Kindness Tree.
21st Century: Escape Room in a Box
On Monday, October 21, 2019, eight students met with Ms. Swicord, Library Media Specialist Extraordinaire and Mr. Choi, Director of Technology to participate in an "Escape Room in a Box". The Halloween-themed "Escape Room in a Box" titled "Trunk or Treat" challenged the participants to use the 4C's -- critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity -- to locate physical elements and hints located around the Library Media Center to open the contents of the locked boxed within forty-five minutes. In a thrilling finish with just over one minute remaining, the participants were successful in cracking the five locks to open the contents of the locked box! Afterwards, the students debriefed with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi and provided feedback on their experience. Happy Halloween!
Interactive Fall Fun at Kramer Lane Elementary School
Students in Ms. Falzarano’s kindergarten class at Kramer Lane Elementary School in the Bethpage Union Free School District learned how to make apple cider in an interactive, hands-on lesson led by Mary Watros and Bette Bass from Nassau BOCES. Students were taught how to crush and strain fresh apples to make apple cider with a traditional cider press in the school’s STEM Lab. During the lesson, the enthusiastic kindergartners pretended to be apple seeds and were taught how they can grow – with some soil, water and lots of sunshine.
While the students were not able to drink the cider they pressed themselves, the kindergartners were treated to some freshly made apple cider from the Jericho Cider Mill. After the activity, students picked which kind of apple treat was their favorite. Among apple sauce, apple cider, apple pie and an apple, apple cider won by only a few votes. The votes will be posted in the STEM lab for other classes to see and compare their preferences.
The activity inspired the students to make apple treats at home, with apple pizza being a very popular choice among them.
Bethpage Educational Foundation Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
The District is excited to announce eight inductees for the 2019 Hall of Fame, which will be unveiled during a dinner sponsored by the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The ceremony will be held on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium.
This year’s class includes five district alumni, two retired teachers and a Board of Education trustee. The honorees are Susan Mittermeier Brooks, Class of 1968; Linda Candela, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Dr. Alex Carbo, Class of 1990; John De Guardi, retired high school art teacher and chairperson; Thomas Frost, Jr., Class of 1996; Michael Kelly, Board of Education President; Tom Rousakis, Class of 1989; and Colonel Glenn Water, Class of 1984.
All community members are invited to attend the event. The cost to attend is $75 and all proceeds go to the Bethpage Educational Foundation. The foundation supports the district’s schools with scholarships, programs and enhancements.
Past honorees have included journalists, novelists, generals, artists, first responders, former staff members and local politicians and civic leaders. The full list can be viewed at www.bethapge.ws/HOF. For more information about the ceremony, call 516-644-4001.
Golden Eagles Fly into New School Year
The District welcomed students for the start of the 2019-20 school year on Sept. 4 as they begin and continue their educational paths.
Each building’s principal led the welcoming committee as students arrived during the morning drop off. Families at Kramer Lane were treated to a visit from the Golden Eagles mascot during arrival to help inspire a great start to the year.
“I am looking forward to the best year yet,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
Bethpage Ready for New School Year
The Bethpage Union Free School District put the final touches on preparation for the 2019-20 school year during the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider welcomed back staff members as they entered the Bethpage High School auditorium. Mr. Schneider updated the audience on various district news and the exciting educational programs starting this year throughout the district.
Following Mr. Schneider’s message, administrators and teachers returned to their respective buildings for faculty and department meetings for the remainder of the day.
The district is looking forward to another exciting year!
Getting Familiar with New Surroundings
The District welcomed students and parents to become familiar with their new buildings on Aug. 27 and 28 during a trio of orientations.
With the new school year set to begin, administrators welcomed students to Bethpage High School, Kramer Lane Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School for information sessions.
Students entering the ninth grade were afforded the opportunity to tour the hallways of the high school thanks to student council members who led the way. The same student council representatives led groups of freshmen with the Sandy Hook Promise Start with Hello program. The program, according to its website, enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation.
Principal Kerri McCarthy hosted new kindergarten students and parents for a “cruise” of the hallways, classrooms, library and cafeteria of Kramer Lane in addition to a bus ride. As each student completed the sessions of the day, they received a sticker to input into their Kramer Lane passport. Information sessions included the process of lunch, riding a school bus and becoming familiar with the classroom setting.
JFK began the process of welcoming sixth graders into the building with an ice cream social along with buddies from the eighth grade on Aug. 27. Students and parents returned on Aug. 28 for informational sessions and a building tour.
The district looks forward to welcoming all students back for an exciting 2019-20 school year!
Board of Education Completes Reorganization Meeting
The district and Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 9.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider was sworn in for his second year, and re-elected Board members John Lonardo, Christina Scelta and Marie Swierkowski took oaths of office for three-year terms through June 30, 2022.
Behind nominations and unanimous elections, Michael Kelly and Sandra Watson were elected as Board president and vice president, respectively. This will be Kelly’s ninth straight term as president and 10th consecutive year that Watson will serve as vice president.
The district looks forward to another exciting year with the Board of Education.
A STEAM Effort in Bethpage
The district celebrated science, technology, engineering, art and math recently by a hosting Family STEAM Night at both Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne elementary schools.
Kramer Lane welcomed students along with their families on May 29. Teachers and volunteers led in-classroom activities such as space slime, rocket design, sun beads and gravity drop. In addition to the STEAM workshops, students’ art work was on display in an art show gallery in the school’s gymnasium.
Charles Campagne provided a similar evening of fun on May 30 with hands-on and interactive projects for students and families in the STEM lab and throughout the building.
“Thank you to the administrators, teachers, PTA and volunteers that supported Family STEAM Night at Kramer Lane and Charles Campagne,” said Superintendent of Schools David Schneider.
Celebrating the Pride of Bethpage
The district celebrated the accolades of staff members and students during a Board of Education meeting on May 28, which was preceded by a tenure reception.
Ten staff members were honored in the high school courtyard for receiving tenure. Superintendent David Schneider congratulated them for their dedication in making Bethpage a special district and reaching this career milestone.
“We are a family in Bethpage and these individuals showcase the commitment to continue to make our district special,” said Mr. Schneider. “Congratulations to all of the honorees for putting in the hard work to be recommended for tenure.”
The district congratulates Renee Balvin, Ashley Blatus, Carmelo Carbone, Andrew Choi, Kayleen Gonyon, Rosemarie Hale, Zachary Levy, Christine McGuire, Danielle Mole and Julianne Tierney for earning tenure.
The Board of Education meeting followed in the high school’s small theatre, where the athletics department’s Captains’ Club was recognized along with students enrolled in the AP Art Studio course.
Art department chairperson Elena Cardo introduced a slide show that featured the work, accomplishments and future educational plans of students in the course. She also invited the Board of Education members and meeting attendees to view the gallery of work stationed in the main lobby.
Next, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health John Franchi welcomed into the theatre the Captains’ Club, a group comprised of the captains for all 30 of the high school’s varsity athletic teams. Each student came to the front to announce the team they represented and share individual and team accomplishments from the past school year. They were then presented with certificates of excellence by Mr. Schneider and Mr. Franchi. The seniors on hand also shared the college they will attend this fall.
The district congratulates all of the evening’s recognitions and thanks all individuals for representing Bethpage with pride!
Argonauts Research Culminates in Incredible Fundraiser and Awareness
The Argonauts from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School researched the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They were shocked and heartbroken by the detrimental effects of plastic on the animals and the environment and how this can affect us all. Fortunately, our Golden Eagles developed a plan to help make a difference! They held a fundraiser to benefit the 4Ocean Organization and the Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation. 4Ocean is a global movement actively utilizing the latest technology to prevent, intercept, and remove trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals to work together for cleaner oceans. The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation is a non-profit organizing developing advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. Their passive drifting systems use the ocean currents to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Argonauts fundraiser was held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Central Boulevard Elementary School, where guests played games created by the Argonauts, shopped the bake sale, and explored a touch tank made possible by Mr. Portuese! The fundraiser was successful due to the planning and efforts of the Argonauts, their parents/guardians, Mrs. Yale, Mr. Titolo, Mrs. Tierney, Mrs. Yansick, Ms. Flaim, Mrs. Caliguri, Ms. Robb, Ms. Olsen, Mrs. Rothwell, Mr. Wibben, Mr. Flanagan, and the custodial staff at Central Boulevard. Special thanks to Omar Cambeiro, Emily Cohen, Taylor D'Agostino, Amari Harper, Nicholas Timoshenko, Gavin Trzcinski, and Michelle Zheng from Bethpage High School who also assisted during the fundraiser!
The fundraiser raised over $1,600! Congratulations to everyone involved and for Mrs. Marcis for facilitating the overall efforts!
Argonauts Homestead Ecology Field Trip
The Argonauts from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School had the opportunity to explore the BOCES Homestead Ecology Program in Brookville. The students explored hands-on learning experiences through participation in Early American craft activities and the nature trail systems.
Stepping into Culture and Dance
Students in the District were treated to a special “American Footsteps” program by Pat Cannon’s Foot and Fiddle Dance Company on April 29 and 30.
The dance company first visited Kramer Lane Elementary School, then brought the performance to Charles Campagne Elementary School the next day. The high energy show welcomed student participation while spotlighting American folk dance and music.
Ms. Cannon and her band brought live fiddle playing, singing and dancing while helping students gain an understanding of the historical and multicultural origins of American folk dance. Featured forms included Appalachian Clogging, Tap Dance, Irish Step Dance and Square Dance. In addition to witnessing the skills of the professionals, students and teachers were invited on stage to take part in a Square Dance rendition.
The district thanks the Foot and Fiddle Dance Company for showcasing the tradition of American folk dance and music while demonstrating the importance of respect and teamwork.
Making a Water Difference
Art classes at Kramer Lane Elementary School and Charles Campagne Elementary School recently participated in the Bethpage Water District’s water conservation poster contest.
Posters were created by students to address the question of “how can I make a difference by conserving water?” The program offers an opportunity to focus student and community attention on the multiple, vital benefits that come from simply cutting back water usage. The contest aims to encourage students to learn more about how they can make a positive impact in the neighborhood.
The students’ projects creatively promoted the conservation of water. Through images and text, they stressed the importance of not leaving water running, turning off appliances and taking steps to save water.
The re-launch of the contest is part of the water district’s celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Prizes will be awarded in June for each participating grade level as well as a special recognition from the Board of Commissioners for the best message.
Portraying the Historical
The second grade at Kramer Lane Elementary School hosted a wax museum on April 12, when students portrayed historical figures.
Students spent time preparing for this event by researching famous individuals to feature. Among those selected were Babe Ruth, Betsy Ross, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart and Barbara Walters.
On the day of the presentation, the second graders lined the school’s all-purpose room while district administrators and parents visited the “museum.” Dressed as their subjects, students wore buttons that attendees could push in order to hear a biography.
The district congratulates these students for planning and executing an informative event about important people in history.
21st Century: Escape Room in a Box
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, seven students in Grade 5 met with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi after school to participate in a Breakout EDU/Escape Room in a Box challenge. Students had participated in a similar challenge during Library Media Center with Ms. Swicord. Students were once again challenged to locate and use clues, hints, and their knowledge to open a locked box and discover its contents. In this edition, the students were tasked to help the Girl Scouts of America unlock the contents of the box in order for them to proceed on a letterboxing journey. While using the 4C's -- critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity -- the students were successful in unlocking the contents of the locked box in 15 minutes and 43 seconds, which is a NEW RECORD! After the challenge, the students participated in a debrief session where they reflected on their challenge. Congratulations to all of the participants!
Bringing the Earth to School
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Kramer Lane Elementary School experienced a large Earth Science experience from guest Mary Watros of BOCES on March 21 and 22.
Ms. Watros brought her lesson on the Earth to life with a 19-foot diameter balloon globe, which was assembled in the school’s gymnasium. Her presentation also included satellite pictures of New York, Long Island and other parts of the planet.
With students able to get a larger view of various continents, oceans and other landmarks, Ms. Watros explained the different climates, landscapes and environments that makes up the Earth. Students also had the opportunity to walk inside the large balloon to gain another perspective.
Kramer Lane thanks Ms. Watros for visiting our school to deliver an interactive presentation on the interesting facts of our planet.
Long Island Recorder Festival
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, select students in Grades 3-5 from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. Wibben and Mr. O'Connor, our students joined over 150 students from schools across Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their parents and the Long Island community.
Students in a Tizzy for Author Visit
The three elementary schools in the District were treated with a special visit from author Sarah Weeks from March 13-15.
Ms. Weeks visited one school per day and spoke to students about the writing process, the fun of writing and her collection of books. She also previewed her upcoming book, “Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day,” to be released on Apr. 2. Additionally, she discussed the differences between an author and an illustrator, her inspirations for writing and her growth into a writer.
Ms. Week has written 59 books to this point in her career and is currently developing the next one. Her book “So B. It” won the 2006 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award as well as the 2007 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award and the William Allen White Children’s Book Award.
The district thanks Ms. Weeks for visiting Bethpage as the entire community looks forward to her next release!
Mind, Body and Health
Instructors from the Karate Academy of Bethpage visited Kramer Lane Elementary School on March 12 as part of the school’s Brown Bag Seminar Series.
Academy teachers Larry Batista, Insaf Abdurrasheed and Raul Sanchez provided an exercise lesson that included stretching, an agility ladder and relay races for students in fourth- and fifth-graders. The instructors volunteered to be a part of the series thanks to some students that attend the academy.
“We came to talk to the kids about the importance of health and fitness and taking care of their bodies and minds,” said Batista. “We also wanted to make sure they’re not bullying and are treating each other kindly, to have a successful and safe school year.”
The goal of the Brown Bag Seminar Series is to introduce students to ideas and information that may inspire them.
“Thank you to the instructors of the Karate Academy of Bethpage for being part of our series and visiting our students,” said Principal Kerri McCarthy.
Students Artists on Display
Five students from the Bethpage Union Free School District were selected to have their talents displayed at two shows. They were chosen based on submissions entered by teacher Nancy Noskewicz.
A number of Ms. Noskewicz’s students at Kramer Lane Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Middle School had their work entered for consideration in the Long Island Art Supervisors Association Art Show and Colors of Long Island Art Show.
JFK sixth-grader Matthew Cusumano, along with Kramer Lane fifth-grader Jessica Dexter and third-grader Kaitlyn Corcoran, will have work showcased at the Long Island Art Supervisors Association Art Show on March 10 at Farmingdale State College from noon until 4 pm. Kramer Lane fourth-grader Johanna Scarpella and second-grader Giuliana Viscome currently have their artwork on display at the Colors of Long Island Art Show, which will run at the Long Island Museum until April 7.
“These students showed exceptional creativity and craftsmanship and should be very proud of their accomplishments,” said Ms. Noskewicz.
The Importance of a Smile
Kramer Lane Elementary School promoted February as Dental Health Month by welcoming associates from Pillar Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics on Feb. 13.
Dentist Dr. Charlie Pillar and orthodontist Dr. Ari Pillar, along with dental hygienist Lynn, supplied an interactive and informative lesson to students in kindergarten and first- and second-grades to stress the importance of a beautiful smile. Dr. Charlie used magic tricks to excite the students and Lynn, with the help of a smiling cow puppet, demonstrated the proper way to brush one’s teeth. Dr. Ari explained the purpose of an orthodontist and how he can straighten teeth with the use of braces that come with fun colors.
The trio also emphasized eating healthy foods to help with dental care in preparation for a dentist visit. Following the playing of the insightful cartoon “Dudley Visits the Dentist,” Dr. Charlie utilized the helped a few students to demonstrate how to floss. With students dressed as teeth, Dr. Charlie and Lynn used extra-long floss to clear out in between each “tooth.”
“Thank you to Dr. Charlie, Dr. Ari and Lynn for once again visiting Kramer Lane to make dental health exciting, fun and educational for our students,” said Principal Kerri McCarthy.
100 Cups Smarter
Students in Carrie Kenney’s kindergarten class at Kramer Lane Elementary School took part in 100 days of school lesson inside the building’s STEM lab on Feb. 13.
Mrs. Kenney and STEM lab teacher Stella Gatanas welcomed the students into the lab for an activity involving 100 cups. Ms. Gatanas first read the book “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires to spark creativity. The story reflects on a little girl that had a wonderful idea to make the most magnificent thing and used the help of her canine assistant to keep trying until everything was just right.
This lesson helped the students as they prepared to create an object with the 100 cups. Groups came up with a plan on how to create their desired project and how to work together to see their accomplishment to the end.
Final creations included using the 100 cups to make a fish shape, a circle, a tower and a fort. Students utilized all of the STEM lab space including the tables, mats and floor to bring their ideas to life.
Good Morning Kramer Lane: Valentine's Day Edition
On Friday, February 15, 2019, students in Kramer Lane Elementary School's Grade 5 Student Council held their fourth episode of "Good Morning Kramer Lane" of the school year! During the broadcast, the student anchors led the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance, shared the day's lunch menu options, announced student birthdays, and recapped what has been happening at Kramer Lane since their last broadcast. A special video segment, "How Well Does Kramer Lane Know Their Presidents" included questions about our United States Presidents asked to some friendly faces around the building. Congratulations to Mrs. Morelli's Grade 2 class for winning the school-wide, Valentine's themed game and the Kramer Cup! Special thanks to Mr. Wibben for facilitating the broadcast and Mr. Gamman for his continued technical support.
Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane; Friday, February 15, 2019
A Plate Full of Colors
Kramer Lane Elementary School is promoting nutrition and wellness awareness with a number of activities during the month of February.
During the week of February 4, 2019 - February 8, 2019, students were encouraged to wear a different color every day to showcase certain food groups. They joined in uniform to sport orange for grains, green for vegetables, red for fruits, white for dairy, and purple or blue for protein.
Also throughout the first week of February was a “Taste Testing Challenge” where students were presented with the opportunity to try a new fruit or vegetable during each class’s lunch period.
“We hope these activities increase our student’s awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle,” said Principal Kerri McCarthy.
Leaping Lesson in STEM Lab
As part of the Brown Bag Series occurring at the Bethpage Union Free School District’s Kramer Lane Elementary School, first- and fourth-grade students enjoyed a demonstration on frogs from volunteer parent Dan Ciccotto on Jan. 24.
Mr. Ciccotto exhibited a personal collection of frogs and a lizard for students while educating the groups on amphibians and reptiles in the building’s STEM lab. He discussed the types of frogs, their living environments, adaptations and many other facts. Students had the chance to view the frogs and lizard up close at the end of the discussion.
The goal of the series is to introduce students to ideas and information that may inspire them. Seminars take place during recess time from December to March with the program in its third year. The lessons are created through the interests, hobbies and expertise of the school’s parents.
Good Morning Kramer Lane - Holiday Edition!
On Friday, December 21, 2018, students in Kramer Lane Elementary School's Grade 5 Student Council broadcasted their third episode of "Good Morning Kramer Lane" of the school year to every classroom in the school! During the broadcast, the student anchors led the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance, shared the day's lunch menu options, and announced student birthdays. The students also recapped what has been happening at Kramer Lane recently, including the Hour of Code, Grade 1's Gingerbread Housemaking, Mrs. Dionne's class visit to News 12 Studios, and the Holiday Concert. A special segment also included interviews of staff and students to learn of their 2019 New Year's Resolutions. Congratulations to Mrs. Dionne's Grade 4 class for winning the school-wide game! Special thanks to Mr. Wibben for facilitating the broadcast and Mr. Gamman for his technical support. Happy Holidays!
Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane; Friday, December 21, 2018
Interviews of Staff and Student 2019 New Year's Resolutions
Coding with the Grinch
Third- through fifth-grade students across the Bethpage Union Free District’s elementary schools displayed their computer science skills during the Hour of Code on Dec. 4.
The lesson was introduced through a live broadcast from the Bethpage High School television studio by Superintendent of Schools David Schneider, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Michael Spence and Director of Technology Andrew Choi. The three administrators explained the purpose of the Hour of Code and described what the students would be doing on their school-issued Google Chromebooks.
Students logged on to Code.org to complete missions with the Grinch. Each student programed the Grinch and his dog Max through coding on the site to collect gifts, throw snowballs and operate a sleigh.
Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, according to its website. The program reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
Through the district’s Hour of Code, students were able to ask questions to Mr. Schneider, Mr. Spence and Mr. Choi via Google Classroom. Prior to Dec. 4, students completed lead-in activities surrounding computer science topics and skills.
“We hope the students enjoyed the Hour of Code and were as excited to collaborate as a district as the administrators were,” said Mr. Schneider. “Helping the Grinch was educational while combining the fun of the holidays!”
Archive of Hour of Code Broadcast on December 4, 2018
Balloons Over Kramer Lane
Inspired by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the book “Balloons Over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet, students at the Bethpage Union Free School District’s Kramer Lane Elementary School came together on Nov. 20 and 21 to create their own balloon animals.
Third-graders in Cynthia Cavallo’s class teamed up with Margaret Meehan’s first-grade students in the STEM lab to coordinate, design and assemble the balloon animal of their choice after watching tutorial videos. Following a brief lesson from Cavallo and Meehan, students paired up to discuss their project direction.
Students utilized Google Chromebooks to help research the proper techniques in constructing their desired animal. With the help of YouTube videos, they were able to break down processes step-by-step in constructing monkeys, sharks, dogs and more. After sketching out their designs, students collected pre-inflated balloons that would help form their finished products. They twisted and connected the balloons, watching their ideas become reality as the lab filled up with animal balloons.
The group effort between the two classes helped build collaborative skills while also putting the imaginations of the students to work. The balloon animals were unique and fun to showcase to the entire school!
Good Morning Kramer Lane - Thanksgiving Special!
On Wednesday, November 22, 2018, students in Kramer Lane Elementary School's Grade 5 Student Council broadcasted their second episode of "Good Morning Kramer Lane" of the school year to every classroom in the school! In this special Thanksgiving-themed edition, the student anchors led the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance, shared the day's lunch menu, and announced student birthdays. The students also recapped what has been happening at Kramer Lane recently, including the New York Islanders visiting Kramer Lane, Mr. Zito leading the students in a great Sports Night, and Mrs. McCarthy getting slimed for a good cause! The students interviewed several special guests to find out what they were thankful for, including Mrs. Marcis, Mrs. McCarthy, Mrs. Kenney, and Mrs. Noskewicz. They even interviewed three players from the New York Islanders to include in the segment! Congratulations to Ms. Oster's Grade 4 class for winning the school-wide game! Special thanks to Mr. Wibben for facilitating the broadcast, Mr. Gamman for his technical support, and Mrs. Swicord for her support. Stay tuned for the next episode of "Good Morning Kramer Lane" which will air on Friday, December 21, 2018!
Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane, Wednesday, November 22, 2018
Tradition of Read to Achieve Continues at Bethpage
Third-grade students from all three elementary schools in the Bethpage Union Free District gathered in the gymnasium at Bethpage High School on Nov. 20 for the annual Read to Achieve program. The annual program is geared towards stressing the importance of reading and sparking the interest of young students with fun activities.
Superintendent of Schools David Schneider opened the event by thanking all who helped coordinate this year’s assembly, including the senior leaders, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Michael Spence, fellow administrators and Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club President George Hannau. Schneider followed by walking around to see the unique and creative books the third-graders brought with them.
Senior leaders split up and guided eight to ten third-graders throughout the gym floor, and each group held interactive dialogues regarding the books brought in. As discussions started to conclude, each student wrote the title of their book, the name of their favorite character and that character’s special traits on paper. The pages were glued to their respective group’s poster boards, which were then hung together on the gymnasium wall to show the variety of characters that interest students.
To conclude the event, the senior leaders introduced themselves as well as illustrations of their favorite pieces of literature. Each attendee received a gift bags containing a dictionary/almanac for their participation, compliments of the Lions Club.
The district thanks all of those that put together this enriching event every year, particularly the Lions Club and President Hannau, for supporting reading and showing why it is important on the road to success.
Grade 1's Thanksgiving Feast
On Friday, November 16, 2018, Kramer Lane Elementary School held their annual First Grade Thanksgiving Feast! Led by Mr. Wibben, the students performed for their parents and loved ones several Thanksgiving songs, such as "The Whacky Gobbler" while wearing sunglasses and "It's Thanksgiving Time" while waving their American flags. In addition to the songs, the students recited lines from memory about the history of Thanksgiving. The students then partnered up, formed longways sets, and performed a traditional Thanksgiving folk dance. The event culminated with a grand feast prepared by the First Grade parents. Special thanks to the custodial staff, Mr. Kevin and Mr. Nick for setting everything up so that the day could run smoothly. Thanks to Ms. Noskewicz for helping the students create their Pilgrim and Native American costumes! Finally, thanks to the First Grade Parents and the amazing First Grade Teachers: Mrs. Seewald, Ms. Schmidt, and Ms. Meehan for all of their help and support! Happy Thanksgiving!
Proactive Superintendent’s Day
The District gathered on Nov. 6 for it’s fall Superintendent’s Conference Day, during which the various staff departments participated in presentations, workshops and activities to continue proactive learning and development as educators.
Staff members from the high school and JFK middle school along with Superintendent of School David Schneider attended morning sessions that focused on dynamic issues, led by Lauren Marra and Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD. Marra, a behaviorist who specializes on the topic of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, presented on proactive discipline approaches with students. Dr. Romie is a renowned neurologist that stressed the importance and techniques of mindfulness in education for both students and faculty.
The afternoon was a time of collaboration as departments at both secondary schools traveled to the Island Trees School District and met with educators in their corresponding building and subject areas. They had opportunities to share ideas and broaden their instructional practices.
At the elementary level, faculty members from Kramer Lane, Charles Campagne and Central Boulevard broke into grade-specific groups to gain training in STEM and other pertinent topics. Led by district administrators and teachers, the STEM workshop demonstrated assorted grade-specific lessons and activities. The journeys session covered content requested by teachers and also provided time for them to discuss and navigate digital tools.
Other aspects of the day included CPR training for nurses and building monitors and the Hofstra Mental Health Conference, which was attended by guidance counselors and social workers.
The district thanks Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence and all that helped to coordinate and facilitate an educational day for district educators.
Good Morning Kramer Lane Season Premiere!
Back by popular demand and the success of the program in 2017-18, students in Kramer Lane Elementary School's Grade 5 Student Council broadcasted their school year season premiere of "Good Morning Kramer Lane" on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 to every classroom in the school! In the Halloween-themed episode, the student anchors led the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance, recapped the message of Red Ribbon Week, and shared lunch menu options. The episode had special guest appearences by Mr. Schneider, Mrs. McCarthy, and Mr. Choi, who all participated in a Halloween-themed game. The episode ended with a school-wide game. Congratulations to Ms. Schmidlapp's Grade 2 class on winning the school-wide game! Special thanks to Mr. Wibben for facilitating the broadcast, Mr. Gamman for his engineering and technical support, and Ms. Swicord for her support. Stay tuned for the next episode which will air on Wednesday, November 21, 2018!
Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane, October 31, 2018
Argonauts Visit Long Island Aquarium
Students in the Argonauts program from Central Boulevard Elementary School, Charles Campagne Elementary School, and Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the Long Island Aquarium. During their visit, they saw the Butterfly Exhibit, watched a Sea Lion Show, and explored an Estuary. Special thanks to Science Enrichment Teacher, Mrs. Marcis for organizing this educational and fun trip!
Kramer Lane Students Present Living Wax Museum
Student John McCarthy has his own telescope at home and enjoys marveling at starry nights and learning about space.
So when it came time for the second-grader in Julie Schmidlapp’s class to select a historical American subject for the Kramer Lane Elementary School Living Wax Museum, it was a no-brainer for him. He chose famous astronomer and NASA contributor Carl Sagan.
“I’m very interested in astronomy and enjoy reading books about him,” McCarthy said.
The museum culminated a second-grade project at the school that enforced students’ skills in research, writing, history and creativity. Once they had selected their historical figures, the students researched them in the school library and online.
“They had to complete an independent report and create a timeline of their subject’s life,” explained second-grade teacher Andrea Morelli. “They also had to write out a first-person summary for the presentation, where they dressed up and delivered a monologue for visitors.”
At the press of a button, museum-goers received an informative monologue from the students about their researched figures. Several dug far back in history for their subject, such as Pahal Sheth, who conducted in-depth research on Harriet Tubman.
“I am even going to be on the $20 bill,” Sheth told visitors.
The event ended on a sweet note for passersby as Milton Hershey – portrayed by Sean Caputo – handed out his beloved Hershey’s Kisses after his monologue.
Author Visit At Kramer Lane
Students at Kramer Lane Elementary School recently received a visit from children’s illustrator and author John Steven Gurney as part of the school’s Pick a Reading Partner celebration.
During the PTA-sponsored visit, Gurney described how he began his career as a children’s book illustrator, collaborating with his editor to figure out what he would draw for the cover of the stories and refining his work through the editing process. He shared some of the techniques and tools he used to add color to his drawings, which were often modeled after his children and friends. He also showed students samples of his artwork and read his famous book, “Dinosaur Train,” that was inspired by his son.
At the conclusion of the visit, all students received autographed copies of Gurney’s books, courtesy of the PTA.
Grade 5 Pianists
During the month of March, Kramer Lane Elementary School's Grade 5 students have been learning how to play the piano in Mr. Wibben's music class. The students have been learning the history of the piano, proper hand position and technique, and how to play several songs. Students are able to hear themselves play their keyboards through their headphones so that they do not distract their peers. They read sheet music, which Mr. Wibben has showed the students how they can access through their Google Chromebooks. Several times during the class, the students are instructed to unplug their headphones and play songs or exercises on the SMART Board aloud as a class. Eventually, the students become confident enough to perform their songs by themselves in front of the entire class for a grade. The keyboards were generously donated by a Kramer Lane family and their generosity is sincerely appreciated by Ms. McCarthy, Mr. Wibben, and the Grade 5 students who enjoy playing them each music class!
Brown Bag Seminar- Cookie the Therapy Dog
Back by popular demand, Cookie the Therapy Dog paid a visit to first grade students as part of the Kramer Lane Brown Bag Series. Students enjoyed learning about Cookie and the great work she does in hospitals, nursing homes and schools across Long Island. In addition, they learned about caring for Cookie and observed her skills in finding treats and performing an assortment of tricks. Thanks Cookie!!
Assembly- Christopher Agostino's StoryFaces
In celebration of PARP month, all students at Kramer Lane enjoyed a visit from "StoryFaces" with Christopher Agostino. Students enjoyed watching stories come to life with wonderful and creative face paintings done on several student volunteers. From traditional Aesop Fables to exciting legends and tales, the students were mesmerized by Mr. Agostino's face painting and storytelling abilities. A wonderful time was had by all.
3rd Grade Valentines for Veterans
Kramer Lane 3rd grade students participated in Nassau County's 'Valentine's For Veterans' with Ms. Noskewicz in art. This program collects handmade valentines from across the county for veterans living in hospitals and nursing homes. Each student included drawings and words of appreciation for the sacrifices that US veterans have made for our country.
Celebrating 100 Days of Learning in Bethpage
Kindergartners throughout the district commemorated their 100th day of learning by participating in a day full of activities on Feb. 13.
To prepare for the day, students created eclectic projects based on the theme of “100.” They fashioned plants using 100 lollipops, glued 100 items – including crayons, stickers and Band-Aids – to T-shirts, and made a large Hershey’s Kiss out of 100 of the bite-sized chocolate candies.
During the celebration, the young students engaged in lessons that incorporated math, literacy and creativity. They practiced counting by tens to craft a monster with 10 different body parts, made necklaces with 100 Froot Loops as beads and built a tower out of 100 plastic cups, among other activities. They also designed “100 Days Smarter” crowns and medals and used their sight words to write about what they have learned in their first 100 days of school.
Carrying the theme over to their wardrobe, the kindergartners paraded through the hallways sporting clothing and accessories that represented the milestone number and dressed as centenarians complete with canes, hair rollers and glasses.
On Friday, February 9, 2018, the Kramer Lane Elementary School PTA hosted a Movie Night open to all grades. All students received popcorn and cookies in their special movie boxes. The children thoroughly enjoyed the showing of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and entered a chance to win prizes by guessing the amount of candy in various jars. The PTA committee did a wonderful job decorating and made sure the kids had a fun night out! Over 200 students and parents enjoyed the movie and snacks courtesy of the PTA. Special thanks to our security guard, Phil, and the Kramer Lane custodial team for helping to make this event a success! What a memorable evening!
Good Morning Kramer Lane Premieres!
On Friday, December 22, 2017, Kramer Lane Elementary School's first-ever live morning broadcast show took place! "Good Morning Kramer Lane" was born and was broadcast to each classroom. Under the direction of Mr. Wibben and production of Mr. Gamman, the show was hosted by the Grade 5 Student Council. During the ten-minute broadcast, the student leaders led the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance, shared lunch menu options, revealed the winner of the Festive Holiday Sweater Contest, and played a trivia game. Congratulations to Ms. Maria on winning the Festive Holiday Sweater Contest and Ms. Schmidt's Grade 1 class for winning the trivia game! Stay tuned for Episode 2 in the future! Happy Holidays!
Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane: Episode 1
Cracking the Code
Across the district, students in grades 3-5 practiced their computer science skills by participating in an Hour of Code on Dec. 6.
According to its website, Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
David Schneider, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Technology, and Andrew Choi, Director of Technology, broadcast live to each third-, fourth- and fifth-grade elementary classroom from the Bethpage High School television studio, where they explained the purpose of the Hour of Code and described the coding students would be doing.
Using their school-issued Chromebooks, students logged on to Code.org to complete missions in Minecraft, programming characters with coding blocks to move through mazes.
21st Century: Origami Basics
On December 4, 2017 and December 6, 2017, students in Grades 4 & 5 from across the district's elementary schools participated in an Origami Basics activity after school under the direction of Mr. Zabell, our district's very own "Origami Swami". Students learned about different types of folding techniques and created models such as a cup, pinwheel, paper balloon, and crane! Students enjoyed their time creating the various models while learning a bit about the history and fine art of Origami.
Parent's Night Out
On Friday, December 1, 2017, Bethpage Schools hosted our first ever "Parent's Night Out". Parents were welcome to drop off their elementary school children to Bethpage High School for an evening of fun activities, board games, karaoke, movies, sports, and of course, pizza! All funds raised will support the Bethpage High School Girl's Softball team. The event could not have run without the organization of Ms. Tierney, several other colleagues, and members of the Girl's Softball team.
Read to Achieve
On Monday, November 20, 2017, Bethpage Schools held its annual Read to Achieve program where all of the Grade 3 students in the school district visit Bethpage High School to listen to our scholar-athlete captains talk about the importance of sportsmanship, doing well in school, and READING! After a demonstration by the Kickline and Cheerleaders and a visit by our Golden Eagle himself, the Grade 3 students got to shoot hoops with the captains! It was a spectacular day! Thanks to everyone involved!
21st Century: Escape Room in a Box #2
On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, ten students in Grade 5 met with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi after school to take part in Kramer Lane Elementary School's second "Escape Room in a Box" challenge. Students were challenged to locate and use clues, hints, and their knowledge to open a locked box to discover its contents. In this challenge, students needed to help the Girl Scouts of America unlock contents of a box in order for them to proceed on a letterboxing journey. While using critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, the students successfully unlocked the contents of the box with over 17 minutes to spare! After the challenge, the students participated in a debrief session where they reflected on their challenge with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi! Congratulations to all of the participants! Stay tuned for new "Escape Room in a Box" challenges in the future!
Kramer Lane Visits News12
Bethpage Schools held its annual Astronomy Night on Friday, November 3, 2017 at John F. Kennedy Middle School. To kickoff the event's festivities, Grade 3 students performed several musical numbers about our planets and solar system under the direction of Mr. Wibben!
21st Century: Escape Room in a Box
On Thursday, November 2, 2017, ten students in Grade 5 met with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi to attempt Kramer Lane Elementary School's first ever "Escape Room in a Box" challenge. Based on concept of the ever popular escape room challenge, students needed to locate and use clues, hints, and their knowledge to open a locked box to discover its contents. This challenge tasked the students to help Ms. Swicord unlock the box to access the "ticket to learning". The participants used the 4C's: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity throughout the challenge. With 87 seconds remaining, the students were successful and unlocked the box! Afterwards, the students participated in a debrief session where they discussed elements of the challenge with Ms. Swicord and Mr. Choi. Congratulations to all of the participants! Stay tuned for new "Escape Room in a Box" challenges in the future!
Grade 3 Writer's Workshop
Across Bethpage Schools, Grade 3 students are engaged in a Writer's Workshop. The students are learning to improve their writing skills going through the various steps of the writing process as taught by Sarah Cordova. Grade 3 students are currently learning about creating personal narratives. They learned how "small moments" in our lives are part of a bigger, narrative story. Mr. Choi, the district's Director of Technology, visited Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class to share with his class about how he had a "small moment" in his life with his thoroughbred racehorse, Away to Me. As authors include "feelings" in stories to make the story come to life, Mr. Choi worked with the students to brainstorm various feelings he felt during different parts of Away to Me's race. The students enjoyed the lesson and we thank Mr. Choi for his visit and sharing his "small moment" with us.
Kramer Lane Students Learn about Respect and Acceptance with Brian Chevalier
Students at Kramer Lane enjoyed their first Character Education Assembly with singer/songwriter Brian Chevalier on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Focusing the presentation on respect, accepting differences, and being an up stander, Mr. Chevalier's presentation reiterated the concepts being taught to Kramer Lane students. Using movement, sign language, call and response and also bringing up volunteers from the audience, Mr. Chevalier kept the audience energized and focused. A wonderful experience was had by all.
High School Musical, Jr.
Students participating in the Elementary Drama Program from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane performed in High School Musical, Jr. under the direction of Mr. Wibben. In this contemporary musical comedy, a popular high school basketball star (Troy) and a shy, academically gifted newcomer (Gabriella) discover that they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar. A short trailer for High School Musical, Jr. is available at VIDEO. Thanks to Mr. Levy for creating this trailer. Special thanks to Mr. Tom Weber for taking pictures during student rehearsals. They are available at Photo Gallery.
Our Day at the Opera!
Students from across the district were the guests of the Metropolitan Opera Company at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as part of their participation in the 21st Century Activity: The MET: HD Live in Schools. The students were met by Education Department and trip organizer, Dan Marshall and two opera house tour guides.
The students, accompanied by their teacher chaperones (Mrs. McGrath, Ms. Kovacs, Ms. Sinisi, and Mr. Wibben) were divided into two groups; elementary students and middle/high school students, and taken on a tour of this huge facility. They were able to view a few minutes of a rehearsal happening on the huge stage of the 3,800 seat opera house and learned about the almost perfect acoustical properties of the house. They also saw the beautiful crystal chandeliers that hang in the lobby and theater, which were a gift from the Australian government for our country's assistance in World War II. They were then taken by elevator to several different floors underground, where they observed the costume shop, wig-makers, special effects machinery, scenery and lighting production, as well as props and paining. In addition, we visited rehearsal studios and learned about the children's chorus and their assigned dressing rooms. They also loved seeing the doors and the animals come through, when used in productions!
Our guides were very knowledgeable and answered many questions. As we passed through the various underground tunnels, we even caught a glimpse of internationally known opera star Placido Domingo in a rehearsal. At the conclusion of our tour, we were taken into The Belmont Room, where we met 2004 Bethpage High School graduate Matt Rubin, the current assistant lighting director at the Met. He hold us about his path to his current career and how he often did work in technology during his high school years in Bethpage. A graduate of Hofstra University, he has traveled extensively and worked his way up to his current position. The students and teachers were able to ask him questions and pose for photographs.
Following a delicious lunch in the Lincoln Square area, the students boarded the bus for the trip home filled with information about this American Arts institution and looking forward to future opera experiences!
ELL Math Night 2017
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Bethpage Schools celebrated their annual "Spring into Math" event with families of English Language Learners. Parents and students engaged in different activities and games that promoted mathematical language and literacy in school and in the home. The focus was on shape recognition, estimation, problem solving, logical thinking, number sense, and fun!
Long Island Recorder Festival
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, thirty-three Bethpage students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Wibben, and Ms. Kovacs, our students joined over 150 students from across New York City and Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their families, friends, and the Long Island community.
Astronomy and STEM Night
Elementary students and their families came out on a chilly Friday evening to Astronomy Night featuring stargazing, starry night planetarium show, and carnival. Mars and the moon as well as deep space nebula and spring constellation were visible in crystal clear skies. The Starnival games created and hosted by JFK members of the Astronomy Club were fun for all ages. The planetarium show shared images and stories of the spring night sky with our youngest astronomers and our more advanced engineers designed and tested model lunar landers. New this year were the Night at the STEM Museum exhibits which included a robotics demonstration and a 3-D printer demonstration as well as many interactive STEM experiences. Students programmed Bee Bot and Milo robots, tried to beat the black hole simulator and learned some fundamental STEM concepts during tabletop activities including Cool Copters, Tumbling Towers, Launchers, Balancing Butterflies and Bridges. Special thanks to the Project Astro astronomers, the Astronomy Night Committee, the BHS and JFK Robotics Clubs, the JFK Astronomy Club, the JFK Tech and Science departments, and all the students, faculty, and administrators who supported this special event!
Argonauts Visit Cold Spring Harbor DNA Center
Students in the Argonauts Program at Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Center. The students studied mutations in fruit flies and extracted wheat germ DNA! The students had a fun and educational experience!
Brain STEAM Ahead!
The Nassau County Math Teachers Association presents Brain STEAM Ahead! Parents and children will participate in hands-on activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The event will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Rushmore Ave School in Carle Place. Have fun exploring and learning while building bridges, kaleidoscopes, paper airplanes, rockets, and much more! For additional information, please refer to the flyer: Brain STEAM Ahead!
21st Century: Learning About the Special Olympics
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, elementary school students from across the district met with Mrs. Tierney and Ms. Tierney to learn about the history and mission of the Special Olympics and a few different types of disabilities. Students also created motivational and encouraging posters to hang up when Bethpage Schools hosts the upcoming Special Olympics on May 20, 2017 and May 21, 2017. A great time was had by all of the participants!
Read to Achieve
Grade 3 students throughout the district gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers, as well as create a mentorship between high school scholar athletes and elementary school students. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators and the scholar athletes regarding their favorite books and a discussion on why reading is so important on the road to success. The students also got the opportunity afterwards to shoot some hoops with the high school scholar athletes!
Grade 1 Students Thanksgiving Performance
On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Kramer Lane's Grade 1 students took a trip out east to Martin Luther Terrace Community Center, a senior living complex located in Kings Park, New York. Directed by Mr. Wibben and accompanied by Mrs. Seewald, Ms. Schmidt, and Ms. Meehan, the students performed Thanksgiving songs and dances for many of the senior citizens. The seniors enjoyed the show and the students were thrilled to share their love of song and dance!
Grade 3 Students Set Sail in STEM Raft Activity
On October 27, 2016, students in Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activity to enhance their study of buoyancy in Science. The purpose of this activity was to determine whether a raft with a larger sail or smaller sail would move faster in a tub of water using a hand-held fan. After an interactive SMART Board introduction, the students worked in cooperative learning groups. Colored illustrations on a laminated Lego activity placard guided students step-by-step in constructing their raft. Students built the Lego raft with a smaller sail and then put the raft into a tub of water and turned on the fan to see how fast the raft would go. Then, the students tried the larger sail using the same procedure. The students learned that the raft with the larger sail was able to catch more of the moving air. After completing the experiment, students worked on their Google Chromebooks to solve problems involving "area". Students also learned what makes an experiment a "fair test" through discussion on constants and variables in the experiment. They also had to think of what could be changed in the given experiment to make a raft travel even faster. The students had a wonderful time completing this STEM activity!
STEAM Museum Visits Kramer Lane
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Kramer Lane's gymnasium was transformed into a hands-on museum for the students. This was a state-of-the-art, hands-on museum focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education. The students had fun at the various workstations to augment classroom lessons and to expose them to high-tech fields of study. Workstations included 3D Printing, Ozobot Workshop, Structures, Gears, Bike Generator, Friction Raceway, Newton's Cradle, Pythagorean Wheel, Build an Arch, and Big Trax. It was a fun and super learning opportunity for everyone involved!
Studying the Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Students in Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class at Kramer Lane Elementary
School recently completed a study on the life cycle of butterflies!
Students had the opportunity to see baby caterpillars turn into
chrysalises and then into adult butterflies! Special thanks to the class
mothers who facilitated the wonderful activity and for all of their
preparation and to Mr. Arettines for creating the video below
memorializing the event!
Bethpage High School held its annual Maritime Festival on May 18, 2016
and May 19, 2016 under the direction of Mr. Portuese. All of the Grade 3
students in the district came to Bethpage High School to learn about
our ecosystem on Long Island. There were all kinds of workshops
including a touch tank, fish painting, scuba diving, making rope, fish
dissection, and Gilligan Island miniature golf! Special thanks to all of
the Grade 3 students who joined us and to all of the Bethpage High
School students who assisted the staff in running the festival! It was a
Kramer Lane Musicians Perform at NYSSMA
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 and Thursday, March 31, 2016, twenty
Grade 5 students from Kramer Lane Elementary School participated in this
year's NYSSMA festival. Students rehearsed their music several days a
week with Mrs. Todor, Dr. Petruzzi, and Mr. Wibben during their music
lessons or recess time. The students performed a solo, several scales,
and had to sight-read a piece of music all in front of a NYSSMA judge.
The judge evaluated the students on criteria such as tone, intonation,
technique, accuracy of the notes/rhythm, tempo, phrasing, expression,
and more! Two Grade 4 Kramer Lane students, Austin Xhong and Benjamin
Friedrich also participated in NYSSMA on the piano earlier in the school
year. Congratulations to all of the students on their hard work,
successful performances, and outstanding scores!
Transforming Recycled Bottle Caps into a Landscape Mural
Students at Kramer Lane Elementary School had the opportunity to
create a recycled mural made out of colorful bottle caps. Ms. Noskewicz
had discussed with the students the importance of recycling and how many
artists find recycled materials and reuse them to create beautiful
artworks. Over the past couple of months, students were asked to bring
in bottle caps from home to contribute to the mural. Along with the help
of Leslie, from the Green Earth Co., over 3,000 bottle caps were used
to create the landscape mural that is permanently displayed in the
hallway at Kramer Lane. The fifth grade classes were able to "leave
their mark" at Kramer Lane by contributing anti-bullying quotes that
were placed in the center of each flower. A fun time was had by all!
Elementary Musicians Perform at the Long Island Recorder Festival
On Saturday, March 19, 2016, select Grade 4 and Grade 5 students from
Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools
participated in this year's Long Island Recorder Festival. The students
had the opportunity to perform alongside the top recorder players from
Nassau and Suffolk County in a concert at Brentwood High School! Mr.
Wibben was one of the special guest-conductors! Special thanks to the
Bethpage PTA's for providing the students' wonderful matching shirts and
to Mrs. Kovacs for chaperoning and helping the day run smoothly!
All County Musicians
Eight fifth grade students from Kramer Lane Elementary School
participated in this year's Division 1 East All County Music Festival.
The students got to perform alongside the top fifth grade musicians
from Nassau County at the C.W. Post Tilles Center for the Performing
Arts in January 2016. Congratulations to Nahla Beltran (Division 1E All
County Orchestra Musician); Emily Betwinek & Sophia Giafrancesco
(Division 1E All County Band Musicians); Elena Vazquez, Victoria
Leogrande, Mary Tsiokas, Anthony Falabella, & Russell Wetzler
(Division 1E All County Chorus Musicians).
Read to Achieve
Bethpage High School welcomed the district's
Grade 3 students for the annual Read to Achieve program. Thanks to all
the Bethpage High School sports team captains, who took the time to talk
about their favorite books and to Joe Tierney for emphasizing academics
in his remarks as emcee. Thanks also to the Cheerleaders and the
Kickline Team who came out to perform. Students received a backpack
with goodies and a Student Dictionary/Almanac compliments of the Lion's
Club and Astoria Bank. All the teachers involved gave a basketball
clinic before the Grade 3 students had the opportunity to shoot hoops
with the BHS students. Thank you to Grade 3 teacher, Mr. Arettines for
creating the slideshow highlighting the event.
The Kramer Lane Student Council along with Mrs. Cano and fifth grade
students held its first car wash in order to raise money for the Relay
for Life event which took place on Saturday, May 31st at the high
school. Between car washes and donations, the students raised over
$500.00 for the cause. Congrats Kramer Lane!!!
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
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Aquarium Field Trip
VFW Voice of Democracy
Kramer Lane was proud and honored as several fifth grade students
were recently recognized as essay winners at the annual VFW Voice of
Democracy Patriot Pen Essay Recognition Ceremony held on Monday, April
28, 2014 at JFK Middle School. Thank you to the VFW for once again
holding the essay contest where students responded to the topic of "What
Patriotism Means to Me." Congratulations to all of the students from
Bethpage who were recognized.
Family Math Day
Bethpage once again hosted the County Family Math Day and over 700
people turned out for a great and exciting event! It was a day of
activities demonstrating the importance and fun of math! Great job to
all the teachers, students and administrators who volunteered and to Mr.
Titolo for organizing the day! Thanks also to our terrific custodial
crew for their hard work!
Students Get Laptops
Bethpage ELL students received laptop computers courtesy of a grant
written by Mrs. Mineiro and Ms. De Napoli. Everyone was very enthused
and they will go to great use!
The Fit and Fun initiative kicked off with a Community Walk. It was a
great first event attended by almost 300 people! More events can be
found on the calendar at: http://www.bethpage.ws/docs/fitness/
Join us as the entire community works together to promote health and wellness
March Music Month
Bethpage Association of Music sponsored a district wide "March is
Music In Our School's Month" activity to raise awareness of the
importance of Music In Our Schools. Students responded to the theme of
"Music Makes Me____". Bethpage Association of Music would like to thank
the music departments for their enthusiasm in decorating the halls and
raising awareness among the students in this activity. Congratulations
to all that participated and to the winners who received a certificate
and I Tunes gift card as follows:
BHS: Melissa Unsal, JFK: Hunter Bedard, CCS: Erin Conway, CBS: Cassandra Astarita, KLS: Kimberly Kraeling
Recognition of Excellence
Bethpage had a special evening as ten graduating seniors chosen by
the BHS faculty paid tribute to an elementary, middle and high school
teacher who had an impact on them. The ten students were chosen for
their all around school spirit and success in school and they did a
great job in their speeches. It was a terrific evening for the students
and their parents as well as the teachers. We are proud of all of
SEPTA Game Night
A good time was had by all during the Annual SEPTA Game Night! Thanks to all the participants and the volunteers!
A Day in the Life of a Penguin
The Kramer Lane first grade students spent "A Day in the Life of a
Penguin Parent". After completing a science unit about penguins in the
Southern Hemisphere each child brought to school a hard boiled egg which
they carried with them at all times throughout the day with the
challenge of not cracking the egg. The children were able to experience
how difficult it is for a penguin mom and dad to keep their egg safe
under the most grueling of weather conditions. Most of the children
were quite successful maintaining a crack-free egg by day's end.
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Jack at Carnegie Hall
JFK student Jack Kemperle recently performed a piano solo at Carnegie
Hall’s Weill Hall. Playing pieces from Mozart, Jack wowed the audience
with his performance! Congratulations!
All County Music
Congratulations to the 39 Bethpage students who participated in the
All-County Music Festival at the Tilles Center. It was a fantastic
Islanders Players Visit Kramer Lane
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Martin Luther Terrace Community
On Thursday, November 21st Kramer Lane's 1st Grade students took a
trip out east to Martin Luther Terrace Community Center, a Senior living
complex in Kings Park, NY. Accompanied by Mr. Wibben, Mrs. Siegel, Mrs.
Seewald and Mrs. Cavallo, the students performed Thanksgiving songs and
dances for over 60 senior citizens. The seniors enjoyed the show and
the students were thrilled to share their love of music.
Congratulations to Mr. Wibben and the Kramer Lane 1st Grade students
on their outstanding Thanksgiving Feast Performance. The singing,
dancing, and costumes were adorable! Well done!
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Fourth Graders Attend the 11th Annual PEAK Festival
On Saturday, November 16th, twelve fourth graders, chosen by their
music teachers at Central Boulevard and Charles Campagne, attended the
11th Annual All-County PEAK Festival at Freeport High School. The
morning was filled with workshops such as Chorus, Hand Chimes, African
Drumming, Time for Orff, and Just Dance, where students learned about
music making and working together. Bryanna Ackerman, Damon Alarcon,
Lauren Andruzzi, Ruchitha Channapatra, Suchitha Channapatra, Santina
Lonardo, Brian Lunetto, Gianna Mirabelli, Shane Nikas, Thomas Pelcher,
Alyssa Perez, and Sadhika Singh want to thank Ms. Kovacs and Mr.
O'Connor for such an unforgettable day!
Kramer Students Sing for Islanders
119 Kramer Lane students performed American the Beautiful for a big
crowed at the Nassau Coliseum. The crowd loved the performance!
Everything was arranged by our terrific music teacher Mr. Wibben.
Thanks to him and the students for a great show!
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Kramer Lane students participated in the annual "Preamble Challenge"
as a celebration of Constitution Day on September 17, 2013. Students
successfully recited the preamble challenge for Ms. McCarthy and
recieved a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.
New Teacher Orientation
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!
Kramer Lane Moves On
Congratulations to our Fifth Graders on their Moving On Ceremony!
Everything was terrific and the teachers and Mrs. McCarthy are very
proud of them! We wish them all the best at JFK!
Teddy Bear Picnic
Kindergarten students at Kramer Lane enjoyed their annual "Teddy Bear
Picnic" on Friday, June 14th. Students, along with their classmates
and parents, had an opportunity to stuff and decorate their very own
bear. In addition, students sang several songs under the direction of
Kramer Lane's music teacher Mr. Wibben which featured solo appearances
by a few of our kindergarten students. A special thank you to Kramer
Lane kindergarten teachers Mrs. Cavallo, Mrs. Kenney, and Ms. Sarube. A
wonderful time was had by all.
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The Bethpage Council of PTA's held a beautiful dinner for new
officers and to honor many people for their long service to the students
of Bethpage. The dinner was coordinated by Mrs. Lena Ritchie and Mrs.
Carmela Ambrosio. They honored Mrs. Lisa Mastanduno with a special
lifetime service award and she was joined by her family. Earlier in the
evening Mrs. Mastanduno gave a moving speech about how the entire
school community assisted her in raising her children and how grateful
she was. She will be missed in PTA! PTA Council also honored retiring
Board of Ed members Tom Frost and Joel Dauman for their years of service
and then honored Mr. DeTommaso for his dedication to Bethpage. Each
PTA honored retirees including Billie Rothberg, Leslie Schreiber,
Nanette Girolamo, Maddy Landau, Linda Link and Carol Leonardi. It was a
terrific evening. Thanks to Bethpage PTA!
If you ever plan on putting out grass seed wait until the Maritime
festival dates are announced, you'll be sure to have rain! Despite the
weather the Maritime Festival docked at Bethpage High School last week.
The Forensic Science students put mysteries aside to change gears and
become instructors in Marine Science. It was an opportunity for many
high school seniors to gain experience as teachers. They did a
phenomenal job educating all the district's third graders about the sea
life found around our beautiful island. Mr. Hack (aka SCUBA Steve)
amazed the visitors in our pool, while Mrs. Rankin and her students
taught the third graders all about plankton and the marine food web. A
highlight of the day was a 34" stripped bass caught by Mr. Carroll.
Hats off to all the high school custodial and maintenance staff that
help to make this yearly event such a success.
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Democracy in Action
Talented students from around the district showed off their
considerable talents in the Annual Democracy in Action showcase.
Singers, musicians, dancers and artists were all involved. They were
fantastic! Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who assisted
in the planning of the event. Thanks to those who contributed to the
Great American Bake Sale and thanks also to the PTA for organizing the
book sale. It was a wonderful celebration of democracy!
Argonaut Field Trip to Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center
Prior to our visit educators from the Cold Spring Harbor DNA center
visited each of the elementary schools and we explored what DNA was as
well as created our own Baggy cells out of gelatin, beans, string, and
spaghetti. Each item represented parts of the cell. During our visit to
the center, we extracted DNA from bacterial cells and used microscopes
to identitfy the genetic mutations of fruit flies. It was an
informative and thought provoking, fabulous day!
Our chaperones Mrs. Marcis, Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs. Sedeita and Mrs. McGuire had a great time as well.
On Wednesday, May 8th, Kramer Lane held its annual Science Fair.
This year students in grades kindergarten through second grade presented
an experiment done within the classroom under the direction of the
classroom teachers. Students in grades three through five completed
either individual or group experiments outside the classroom with the
help and direction of their classroom teachers. All were presented for
viewing in the evening for parents and families to admire. Additionally
this year, the third through fifth grade classes presented their
experiments to the kindergarten through second grade classes within the
classrooms. This provided the older students the opportunity to discuss
and present their experiments in front of an audience while providing
the younger children a look ahead into their science fair future. The
students thoroughly enjoyed the sharing experience. Congratulations to
all of the students and teachers for a job well done!
Aidan’s World Tournament
Aidan Considine recently competed at the Karate World Tournament in
Quebec where he did very well. Aidan was later interviewed for
television and spoke with great poise and maturity. You can click here
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Every year the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County,
Inc holds a county-wide Trivia Challenge event. Trivia Challenge is an
academic fundraising event that combines education, philanthropy and a
good time. Trivia Challenge, currently celebrating its 28th Anniversary,
takes place on the Elementary, Junior High, and High School levels. It
is one of UCPN’s most successful and exciting fundraisers. The
competition is known as the event “where students with great minds and
good hearts raise funds for UCPN.” Participating students, in teams of
four, take the 100-question Trivia Challenges written test. It covers a
wide variety of subjects from academics to popular culture. The test
takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Students raise money for
UCPN by asking their family and friends to sponsor them to take the test
and we offer students many exciting fundraising prizes. The highest
scoring team from each school is then invited to compete in the
county-wide Trivia Challenge Championship held at their agency. This
year, the following students from Kramer Lane, under Mrs. Caliguri's
guidance, entered the contest:
Fourth graders came in 3rd place in Nassau County with David Hedquist, Anthony Ippolito, and Jonathan Friedrich.
Fifth graders came in 7th place in Nassau County with Jacklyn Lacroix, Karissa Sanfratello, Juzer Vasi and Alex Dupre (CBS).
We are proud of their accompishment
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Ace the Fox Visits Kramer Lane
Students at Kramer Lane were pleasantly surprised on Tuesday, March
5, 2013 with a visit from "Ace the Fox," Bethpage's food service company
Aramark's mascot. In celebration of Nutrition Month, Ace paid a visit
to students to share the message that making healthy food choices and
excercise are the key ingredients to a healthy life. Many students
received small give-aways reiterating Ace's message. The students loved
As part of the district's annual "Anti-Bully Week," Kramer Lane
students in grades 3-5 were visited by the middle school students and
faculty on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 for an informative presentation.
Small groups of middle school students along with two faculty members
presented a program to each class of Kramer students on the effects of
bullying and how to be an upstander. After their presentation, students
worked on an activity together which is displayed in Kramer Lane's main
hallways. The elementary students enjoyed their visit from the middle
school. In turn, the elementary students in grades K-2 were then
visited by the students in grades 3-5 later in the week to read a book
and take part in an activity. Overall students loved working and
learning from their older peers. A great time was had by all!!! Thank
Family Math Day
Thanks to all the teacher, administrator, parent and student
volunteers who made Family Math Day such a success! Bethpage was proud
to host this event. Congratulations to our Math Director Mr. Titolo for
the quality of the event. Thanks to our food service, custodial and
In celebration of Dental Health Month, Kramer Lane kindergarten and
first grade students were surprised with a visit from Dr. Charlie Pillar
from Dentistry for Children and Adolescents in Plainview on Thursday,
February 21st. Dr. Charlie along with his assistant Lynn, discussed
proper dental health care, the importance of eating healthy foods, and
what happens during a visit to the dentist. Dr. Charlie's magic tricks
were not only impressive but had the children excited and amazed. Thank
you Dr. Charlie!
Kramer Lane is proud to announce this year's winners for the annual
"Reflections" contest sponsored by the National PTA. The winners in the
area of literature were John Tangel from Mrs. Wessinger's class and
Ryan Gallego from Mr. Arettines's class. In the area of visual arts,
the winners were Elena Vazquez from Mrs. Wessinger's class and Amanda Li
from Mrs. Morelli's class. Each winner received a letter from the
Nassau Region PTA, a gift card from the Kramer Lane PTA, a certificate
of participation, and a blue ribbon. Each winner has their work
displayed in the Kramer Lane showcase outside the main office. Please
stop by to take a look. We are very proud of not only our winners but
of all those students who participated in the contest this year. Kramer
Lane had over ninety participants. Great work Kramer!!!
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The Bethpage Challenger Basketball team was treated to a day of
training and practice with the Wizards, a professional basketball team
that will be playing in Bethpage later this school year. The Wizards
were great instructors and we learned a lot! The big home game for the
Challenger Team is February 26. Everyone is invited to attend!
Congratulations to the 47 Bethpage students who participated in the
recent Nassau Music Educators Association All County Music Festival held
at the Tilles Center. We were proud of our student performers as well
as Mr. Eric Kay who was chairperson of the orchestra. Nice going!
Cradle of Aviation
On January 12, 2012, 21 fourth and fifth graders from Kramer Lane
participated in a model airplane competition at the Cradle of Aviation
Museum. Participants gathered for a presentation on aerodynamics and
tips for flying the model airplanes. The presentation was presented by
engineers from the Long Island section of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). After the presentation, each team
of three students built one model airplane together, with each member
working on a part. The planes are the Delta Dart model and are made of
balsa wood and craft paper. It is powered by a wound rubber band. There
is gluing, measuring and cutting with scissors involved. Since this was a
team building experience, the goal was for students to accomplish the
task independent of adult help, and they did an excellent job.
The teams then participated in the competition, which consisted of
four tasks. The 4 stations were Endurance (how long the plane stays in
the air), Navigation (fly the plane through an obstacle course), Target
(fly the plane to hit the target), and Runway (try to fly and land the
plane on a runway.)
We had one team that placed second in the competition, and they
received trophies for their hard work: Alexis Guarino, Jesse Flanagan,
and Olivia Solano. Congratulations to the girls and to all of the
students for their hand work and participation in a fun-filled day.
Thank you to the teachers and monitors who helped make the day possible:
Mrs. Yale, Mrs. Dionne, Mrs. Cano, Ms. Tracy, Mrs. Marotta, and Mrs.
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The Kramer Lane Kindergartners sponsored their Annual Holiday Toy
Drive during the month of December. Each year they collect new,
unwrapped toys that are distributed to children right here on Long
Island. This year, more than ever, Long Island families needed our
support. The toys went to The Lexibean Foundation for their Annual
Holiday party at Cohen's Children's Hospital and to an agency that holds
an annual holiday party for Long Island's homeless children that is run
by Kathy Liguori. We thank the community for all of their donations.
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Kramer Lane students worked diligently to create Anti-drug/Making
Healthy Choices posters during our Annual Red Ribbon Week. The students
in the photo are the winners of the contest. Thanks to the Kramer Lane
PTA each student received a gift card to Target. Nice work everyone."
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Athletes Helping Athletes
Athletes Helping Athletes Student Leaders visited the 5th graders at
Kramer Lane. This photo was taken today during a presentation which
focused on - the acquisition of 'life skills' and values through our
Student Leaders participation in sports, as well as discussing how they
are applied in other aspects of their lives. Student Leaders also
engaged the 5th graders in a series of 'Ice Breaking' activities with
the 5th grade students. It was an enjoyable day for everyone!
Bethpage held its 9th Annual Astronomy Night and it was a huge
success! Thanks to the students who volunteered to run the workshops
and worked side by side with the teachers and administrators! Thanks to
Mrs. Yale, Mr. Pollatos, Mr. Zabell and all the teachers who came out.
For number ten, we promise to have great weather!
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Kramer Lane students participated in the annual "Preamble Challenge"
during the celebration of Constitution Day on Friday, September 14,
2012. All of the students were successful in reciting the preamble.
Congratulations to all who participated.
21st Century students attended a polo match at Bethpage State Park.
Everyone had a good time watching the “Sport of Kings.” A beautiful
rainbow appeared during the match and students enjoyed the “stomping of
the divots” at half-time. The game’s announcer gave a big shout out to
the Bethpage students for attending!
National Peace Day
In celebration of "National Peace Day" on Friday, September 21, 2012,
fourth graders at Kramer Lane celebrated by creating peace pinwheels
which included writing their hope for peace on the wheels. The
pinwheels were displayed on the walkway outside the main lobby entrance
to Kramer Lane for viewing by families at dismissal time.
Moving On Ceremony
"Special Person's Day
Kramer Lane held its annual "Special Person's Day" on Friday, May 18,
2012. As part of the celebration, all second graders performed in "Once
Upon a Lily Pad," a story of acceptance and fitting in. Led and
directed by Kramer Lane's music teacher, Mr. Wibben, students performed
songs with dances, held individual speaking parts, and created costumes
to fit their roles. With the assistance of several classroom teachers,
Ms. Rossini, Mrs. Letter, Mrs. Oster, and Mrs. Dionne, and along with
art teacher, Mrs. Norris, all came together for a fantastic performance.
A special thank you to Mr. Wibben for his time, coordination, and hard
work in putting this performance together. Wonderful job second grade!
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Kramer Lane held its annual Art Show on April 3, 2012. Under the
direction of Kramer Lane's art teacher, Mrs. Norris, every student from
the building had at least one piece of artwork on display. Many parents
and individuals from the community visited the show and appreciated the
hard work of our students.
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 at Kramer Lane assisted in helping to
plant fresh annuals in the front beds in an effort the add beautiful
color to the front grounds of the school. With the help and assistance
from Kramer Lane PTA members, Mrs. Vasi and Mrs. Palzer-Lee, students
volunteered their recess time to give a helping hand. The beds look
terrific and are ready to welcome all those who will be attending our
"Special Person's Day" on Friday, May 18, 2012. Thank you to all those
who volunteered their time.
The 4th grade students at Kramer Lane participated in an
International Feast on Thursday May 3rd. After the students researched a
country of their ancestry, they created PowerPoint presentations about
their counties to share with their parents. Under the direction of Mr.
Wibben, the music teacher, students in Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs. Dionne and
Mrs. Swartz's classes performed dances from around the world. The
students and their guests then sampled foods from around the world at
the feast. All the students and guests had a wonderful time and enjoyed
"traveling around the world" without ever leaving Bethpage!
Recognition of Excellence Dinner
At our Annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner, nine Bethpage High
School students chose an elementary, middle and high school teacher who
had a positive influence on them. It was a great night as the students
spoke with great poise and maturity and the teachers were recognized for
their long hours and dedication to assisting children. Thanks to
everyone including the BHS Jazz Ensemble for their stellar performance!
The parents had much to be proud of on this evening!
Youth Lacrosse Clinic
Over 250 youngsters came out to participate in the Battle at Bethpage
Youth Lacrosse Clinic. Youngsters were treated to small group
instruction on lacrosse skills from the talented players of Drexel and
UMass. Thanks to all the college players for helping us with our game.
Special thanks to Drexel Coach Voelker and UMass Coach Canella for
coming out with their teams and talking to the children about athletics
and the importance of good school habits. We also appreciate all the BHS
athletes who assisted with the event! It was fantastic!
The Bethpage elementary schools welcomed famous children's author
Jerry Pallotta for their recent annual Author Visit. Jerry Pallotta is
an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative
fiction. All students received their own personal copy of one of Mr.
Pallotta's books from each building's PTA organization. He was a
wonderful presenter and the children enjoyed him very much.
5-A-Day Nutrition Challenge
All Kramer Lane students participated in a 5-A-Day Nutrition
Challenge to promote Nutrition/Wellness Awareness Month. Students were
asked to try new fruits and vegetables for five days and fill out chart
listing what they have tried. All students who completed the challenge
were entered into a contest to win a gift card to Target. Two students
from each class were chosen as winners who are pictured above. We would
like to congratulate all of the Kramer Lane students for trying new and
healthy choices of food.
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Voice of Democracy
Congratulations to the winners of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest.
The students created works on patriotism that were reviewed by the
veterans. We congratulate our winners and appreciated the service of all
Students at Kramer Lane Elementary School were visited by a special
guest today during their lunch periods to mark the kick-off of Health
and Nutrition month. "Luke the Lion," one of the district's food service
company Whitson's mascots, was the hit of the day as he spent time
during the lunch periods visiting the students while promoting healthy
eating. The students were very excited and took part in the word
challenges which were promoted and offered by Whitsons. Thanks for the
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Reading Across Bethpage
On March 2, 2012, all the district's schools celebrated the joy of
reading in our annual "Read Across Bethpage Day." Students in all five
buildings enjoyed a number of fun and exciting activities from author
visits to reading with younger classmates to listening to our wonderful
guest readers. It was a great day for everyone!
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Students and faculty at Kramer Lane took part in a number of
activities during our recent district focused Anti-Bully week. Students
in grades 3, 4, and 5 visited the younger students in grades K, 1, and 2
and acted out the story "One" by Kathryn Otoshi which focused on the
concept of being an upstander versus a bystander in a bully type
situation. After the older students acted out the story, they were
paired together with a younger student and worked together to create an
anti-bully poster based on the story. The students enjoyed collaborating
together and the older students certainly enjoyed being role models for
the younger ones. The teachers and students worked diligently to
prepare their presentations for the younger grades prior to the day. Job
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Arts Alive 2012
On Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th students from
Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, Kramer Lane, and JFK Middle School
attended the annual Arts Alive Conference at the LI Boces Cultural Arts
Center in Syosset. Students took classes in dance, musical theater,
physical theater, lighting, writing, painting, fashion design,
composing, and acting with professionals and educators from NYC and Long
Island. All of the students learned a lot about the arts and a
Holiday Sing Along
On Thursday, December 22nd fourth and fifth graders from Kramer Lane
Elementary School enjoyed a 21st Century event as they traveled to The
Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Plainview for a holiday sing-a-long.
Accompanying the students were Kramer Lane teachers Mrs. Caliguri, Mrs.
Cavallo, and Ms. Sarube. The children sang holiday songs and gave the
residents candy canes. The holiday spirit was felt by all!
Toys for Tots
The Kindergarten classes at Kramer Lane once again sponsored a school
wide toy drive. The donated toys were forwarded to Toys for Tots to be
distributed to needy families on Long Island. Pictured here with their
classes are kindergarten teachers Mrs. Peggy Cahill, Mrs. Cynthia
Cavallo, Mrs. Deborah Sarube and Mrs. Carrie Kenney (not pictured).
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On November 19th, students from Central Blvd. Elementary School,
Charles Champagne Elementary School, Kramer Lane Elementary School, and
JFK Middle School attended the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Program.
Accompanying the students for this 21st Century trip were Mrs. McGrath
and Ms. Austin. We saw Glass’s Satyagraha at the Westbury UA Theater.
For many of the participants it was their first Opera. We were all truly
captivated by this performance despite the lack of subtitles. Many
audience members complimented the Bethpage students on their spectacular
behavior and interest in opera. They were also thrilled to hear that we
are the only school district in Long Island that participates in the
Metropolitan Opera partnership. Everyone is looking forward to the next
Opera, which will be held in December.
News 12 Field Trip
Students in Mrs. Dionne, Mrs. Caliguri, and Mrs. Swartz's fourth
grade classes visited the News 12 Studios during the month of November.
They were taken on a tour of the studio, where they got to see the
control room, newsroom, graphics studio, and news studio. Graphic
artists, editors, program directors, and on-air talent gave the children
a glimpse into how a newscast is put together and what role they play
in making it a success. Students got to speak to the weather reporter
and even got to test out the blue screen where he does his weather
forecast. It was a great learning experience and the students had a
All first graders at Kramer Lane Elementary School enjoyed a
wonderful celebration at their Annual Thanksgiving Feast held on Friday,
November 18, 2011. The students, under the direction of Kramer's very
own music teacher Mr. Wibben, performed three Thanksgiving songs with
movement and enthusiasm. Dressed in costume, all students then had the
opportunity to feast on the traditional foods served on Thanksgiving
Day. A very special thank you to first grade teachers Mrs. Siegel, Mrs.
Seewald, and Ms. Schmidlapp for their help in organizing such a
wonderful celebration and all of the families who donated their time in
preparing the foods. A wonderful time was had by all. Happy
Lions Club Dictionary Project
Kramer Lane third graders recently received personal student
dictionaries from the Vice-President of the Plainview-Bethpage Lions
Club, Mr. George Hannau. In cooperation with Astoria Federal Savings
Bank, Mr. Hannau helped to secure the books for our students. The
dictionaries were presented to each student by Mr. Clark, Mr. Hannau,
and Ms. Kaur from Astoria Federal Savings Bank. Students were extremely
excited and expressed their gratitude for Mr. Hannau's gift.
Safe Halloween at BHS
Congratulations to the Bethpage PTA for another outstanding Safe
Halloween Party! There were over 1,000 people who attended! Thanks to
all our volunteers, including all the students, parents and teachers who
assisted. Thanks also to our Custodial Crew which had to clean up our
big mess! It was a great evening. And a little scary!
600-Minute Summer Reading Contest
Over the summer, many Kramer Lane students participated in
the "600-Minute Summer Reading Contest." Upon their return to the new
school year, those who participated in the contest were acknowledged
with a certificate and prize, provided by the Kramer Lane P.T.A.
Pictured along with the participants are Kramer Lane's principal, Ms.
McCarthy, and Reading Specialist, Mrs. Tina. Congratulations to all
those who participated!
Cool at School: Kramer Lane Students Make Applesauce
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National Peace Day
Students in Ms. Caliguri's fourth grade class at Kramer Lane
celebrated National Peace Day by publically singing to the Kramer Lane
faculty and student body the song "A Time for Peace." Our very own new
music teacher, Mr. Wibben, spent time teaching the song to the students
and proudly performed alongside them in the Kramer Lane main office over
the PA system. A peaceful day was had by all.
Bethpage's Newest Teachers
Congratulations to the new faculty members of the Bethpage School
District. They all attended the New Teacher Orientation program where
they learned a great deal about our community. Then they took a bus tour
narrated by Superintendent Terrence Clark with stops at Cablevision and
Northrop-Grumman. The day was arranged by Ms. Lavelle, Assistant
Superintendent for Human Resources and everyone is looking forward to
the new school year!
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Bethpage Means Business
21st Century students learned about economics first hand from some of
our town’s business leaders. Students visited Cablevision, Bethpage
Federal Credit Union and Central Ave. Deli and asked questions about the
corporate structure, impact of the recession, major costs of doing
business and what was the key to success. Our hosts at each stop were
very gracious and provided the students with promotional goods and food!
The students were accompanied by Mr. Clark, Mr. DeTommaso, Mrs. Marcis
and Mr. Schneider, the new Principal of JFK Middle School. It was a
The Kramer Lane family remembered our dear friend Lexie Falabella at a
ceremony attended by hundreds of people. A bench in Lexie's honor was
dedicated at the front entrance of Kramer Lane. Lexie was a special
person who touched the lives of many people. On hand were her parents,
siblings and grandmother as well as classmates, teachers and Mrs. Costa.
Lexie's family has started the Lexiebean Foundation to assist families
and children battling cancer.
It was a fitting tribute to our friend Lexie whom we miss very much.
Moving On Ceremony
Everyone enjoyed the 5th Grade Moving Up ceremony today.
Congratulations to all our students and thanks to the parents, teachers
and staff! The JFK faculty is really looking forward to having you all
at the middle school next year!
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Argonauts Trip Caumsett State Park
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Relay For Life
The Bethpage community once again came together to raise funds via
the annual Relay for Life. Over $90,000 was raised. Thousands of
people showed up on a beautiful evening and worked to defeat cancer.
There was a special remembrance of our friend Simon Jambrone, BHS Senior
who recently passed away. We all miss him very much. Congratulations
to Judy Wichter and her incredible team that includes Kevin, Lenny,
Alicia, Jen and many, many others. Thanks to all the students and
parents who came out to support the cause and thanks to Mr. Healy for
his bagpipe performance. It was a great evening! Special thanks to
Robbie Rosen from American Idol for stopping by and singing the national
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