Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:12
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District (POBCSD) recently hosted a community forum at John F. Kennedy High School. Parents joined the board of education, school leaders, and their neighbors for a night of roundtable discussions, during which the 135 members of the school community in attendance were given the opportunity to share their opinions and contribute their thoughts and ideas. The goal of the forum was to allow community members to work together with the district to better achieve educational goals.
“I was extremely encouraged to see so many community members turn out to take an active role in shaping the future of our school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis. “The feedback that we received was extremely helpful, and will most certainly affect the policies and goals of our school district moving forward. The success of this forum is a testament to the strength of the Plainview community.”
The school board gathered ideas and identified areas for growth by moving about the tables and conducting small group discussions. Refreshments were provided by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Prior to the forum, the district distributed a survey to all community members asking for their thoughts on the strengths, weaknesses and highest priorities for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. Over 350 people completed the survey, with the majority indicating satisfaction with their school district. Academic excellence was most frequently selected as the greatest strength of Plainview-Old Bethpage schools.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:49
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.