Kramer Lane Elementary School
1 Kramer Lane
Plainview, NY 11803
PRINCIPAL: Ms. Kerri McCarthy
In the News
Good Morning Kramer Lane: Season Finale with Special Grade 5 Tribute
On Friday, June 12, 2020, Season #3, Episode #8 of "Good Morning Kramer Lane" premiered. This final episode of the 2019-2020 school year honored the Grade 5 students who will be moving up to John F. Kennedy Middle School in the Fall. The episode takes a walk down memory lane with some highlights of this class through their six years at Kramer Lane and includes a special "virtual yearbook" with messages for the students from the Kramer Lane teachers. Watch the episode on demand by accessing the link below. Special thanks to Mr. Wibben and Ms. Schmidt for their efforts to ensure the continuity of Good Morning Kramer Lane from a distance!
Video Archive of Good Morning Kramer Lane: Friday, June 12, 2020
2020-21 Grade 4 Band/Orchestra
Attention Incoming 4th Grade Students! Be a part of the Band or Orchestra! All incoming Grade 4 students are invited and encouraged to join our Instrumental Music Program! We provide weekly group instruction to develop playing skills and proficiency, as well as prepare students for concert performances at the end of the year. Please click the link below to access the registration form and demonstration videos that will help you and your child explore all of the instrument choices that our program has to offer!
Students are able to rent all instruments from their elementary school for a $50.00 annual fee. We are excited to start this musical journey with you, and for your child to experience the lifelong benefits of instrumental music. Sign up today!
4th Grade Band and Orchestra
Welcome to Kramer Lane: Virtual Tour
Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Kramer Lane Elementary School has created a virtual tour of the school building for any incoming Kindergarteners to get acquainted with their new school! We look forward to welcoming you to Kramer Lane!
2020-21 Grade 3 Violin Program
3rd Grade Students! Learn to play the violin! All incoming Grade 3 students are invited to sign up for violin lessons next year! This is a great introduction to the Bethpage instrumental music program, which continues with Band and Orchestra in Grade 4 and Grade 5. Please click on the link below for more registration information and program details!
Students who participate in the Grade 3 Violin Program will be able to rent an instrument from their elementary school for a $50.00 annual fee. Children will receive group instruction weekly and will be able to participate in a public performance in the spring.
3rd Grade Violin Program
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.