The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Stratford Road Elementary School recently welcomed children’s author Andrew Lieberman to speak to second and fourth grade students about his science fiction book, The Silversix. Lieberman read an excerpt from his book, explained how he was inspired to write and the importance of becoming a good communicator. The students also presented their own writing ideas to Lieberman, and worked on improving their reading and writing skills with the author.
Student Jamie Liebman (center) presents her writing samples
to her classmates as children’s author Andrew Lieberman (left)
and teacher Maria Costanza (right) provide feedback.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District recently bestowed top awards on two of its seniors, with Reva Butensky named valedictorian and Nicolette Almer receiving salutatorian honors in John F. Kennedy High School’s class of 2014.
“Reva’s success has been driven by her determination and continuous desire to learn in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “Reva has accomplished a tremendous amount in her four years at the John F. Kennedy High School and we are confident that she will succeed in her future endeavors.”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School Class of 2014 recently participated in the school’s first “College Decision Day” event. Hundreds of students proudly wore shirts and sweatshirts signifying where they will attend college next year. The soon-to-be high school graduates filled out paper leaves, writing their college of choice, and placed it on the school’s college decision tree, located in front of the school. JFK administrators and teachers also wore shirts representing their alma maters.
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Three female students on the John F. Kennedy High School’s Science Research Team were recently awarded “grand prize” distinction at the 2014 New York Institute of Technology Connect to Tech Fair.
More than 25 Long Island high school teams presented research and engineering-based projects to a panel of expert judges, and three grand prize awards were distributed to the most deserving presenters.Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District students Kimia Ziadkhanpour and Nicolette Almer were awarded second place and a $800 prize for their stem cell tissue research and engineering project. Meanwhile, Reva Butensky won third place and $600 for her project on the reverse engineering of a biological redox cell.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District John F. Kennedy High School Moot Court Club recently won first place at the Nassau County Bar Association Tournament. The students competed against 47 public and private high schools throughout Nassau County, and will compete in the state wide competition on May 18-20, 2014 in Albany.
A team of seven seventh- and eighth-grade female students from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School recently qualified to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals. The team won first place in the Long Island finals for acting out the problem, “The Not so Haunted House.”
Four Plainview-Old Bethpage School District’s John F. Kennedy student-musicians were recently accepted into the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) program based on their exceptional talent and musical accomplishments.
As part of the NYSSSA program, the students will study and enhance their skills from members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The District congratulates the following students for earning this tremendous honor: Crystal Kim, cello; Matthew Leo, percussion; Jessica Herman, violin; and Max Naftol, bass instrument.
A local Plainview student wowed officials and won first place at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair recently.
Hannah Stewart was honored for her research efforts on the Lyme disease tick at Hofstra University with the university’s biology department chairman, Dr. Russell Burke. The research-based project, “Host Preferences of Wild Northern and Southern Lxodes Scapularis,” delves deep into the the complicated world of disease and the human response.
Stewart now advances to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California, set for Hannah will advance to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California in May.
More than 130 John F. Kennedy High School business and marketing students recently competed in the New York State DECA competition in Rochester. DECA is an international educational program that prepares students to be leaders and entrepreneurs in the marketing, finance, hospitality and managements fields.
A team of seventh and eighth grade students from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School recently won first place in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition held in Wantagh. The students were assigned to create a problem replicating an adventure in a haunted forest. The problem solving-based international competition encourages students to enhance their creativity, critical thinking and artistic abilities.
Following their win, the team of seven girls qualified to represent the Long Island region in the state competition in Binghamton, NY.
The District congratulates the following team members for their outstanding achievement: Briana Garil, Melanie Roth, Vidushi Dugar, Jenna Turini, Sydney Schmidt, Sam Coleman, and Gabrielle Calderon.
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