Hundreds of educators, community leaders, distinguished New York State elected officials and parents attended the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Legislative Breakfast held on Saturday, Feb. 1. The event was organized by the PTA, teachers and administrators’ unions of the Syosset and Plainview-Old Bethpage School Districts. The open forum focused on several issues impacting the ability of districts on Long Island to sustain a high quality of education that has become the standard for the region. Issues highlighted include the excessive use of testing and its impact on students as well as the reduction in state aid.
Student Samantha Weiser was recently honored for her photography submission in the St. Joseph’s Hospital Photography Contest. Samantha, an avid member of the school’s Photography Club, was awarded with an Honorable Mention status for her entry, “Peter Pan.”
Samantha participated in the competition with various professional and amateur photographers throughout the Long Island region. Samantha was honored at the competition’s award reception as her artwork was displayed for participants and attendees to see. Her art teacher, Linda Curran and the District’s Director of Arts Judith Chen were also in attendance to congratulate Samantha on her accomplishment.
One hundred twenty-six Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District high school and middle school students recently participated in the Nassau Educators Music Association All-County Music Festival. The students were selected to represent their community in the festival based on teacher recommendations as well as their previous performances in the New York State School Music Association Solo Festival.
The student-musicians had the unique opportunity to rehearse with guest conductors and musicians from the entire state and performed at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School students from the WPOB radio station and club advisor Adam Weinstock recently hosted a holiday-collection drive to send goods to U.S. Army Private Jarrett Woolley, a Plainview-Old Bethpage graduate who is currently stationed on the Kuwait-Iraq border. Weinstock and the students packed more than 60 boxes of food and personal items for Jarrett and members of his platoon. Additional student clubs also raised funds to help pay for the shipping costs to get the boxes to their destination in time for the holidays.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District is proud to announce that John F. Kennedy High School student Reva Butensky has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.
Reva earned the highly prestigious honor for the outstanding research in medicine and health that she conducted at Michigan State University during the summer of 2013.“We are extremely proud of Reva’s accomplishment. It is a shining outcome for the exceptional efforts demonstrated by students and staff in our research program,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “We are fortunate to have a community that fully supports great programs for our students.”
Cross Country Team Wins Sportsmanship Award
The girls’ Cross Country team from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School was recently awarded the 2013 Nassau County Track Coaches Association (NCTCA) Sportsmanship Award; this is the second time the team has been awarded this honor in three years. The team was recognized for their exemplary display of sportsmanship during the season. Coaches throughout the county vote every year for student-athletes who exude positive-attitude during all competitions while displaying a high level of respect for the sport and opponents.
Plainview-Old Bethpage fifth graders learned about economic basics from their high school peers. Thirty-six Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School juniors and seniors recently participated in the District’s 4th annual Financial Literacy Day. The student-volunteers served as mentors to fifth grade students from Mattlin Middle School and Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, and educated them on budgeting basics, money saving tips and young entrepreneur skills. The day was coordinated by DECA student club members Derek Ash, Zachary Pokorny and Adam Stern.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School recently implemented the HAWK (Helping All With Kindness) Program to help students develop exemplary social skills. The program recognizes students who exhibit positive attitudes and random acts of kindness in their classrooms. The students are also recognized with personalized star stickers that are displayed in the school’s bulletin board along with a HAWK certificate.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District John F. Kennedy (JFK) High School student Angela Bolletieri recently signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at Molloy College. As a dedicated student-athlete, Angela was a shinning “Hawk” on and off the field. Angela signed her letter of intent alongside her family, coaches and mentors.
Twelve Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District John F. Kennedy High School students, District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorna Lewis and JFK High School Assistant Principal Sharon Lasher recently participated in the United Nations Children’s Funds’ (UNICEF) announcement naming award-winning pop star Katy Perry as the newest Goodwill Ambassador.
The students learned about UNICEF and the organization’s initiative to provide underprivileged children around the world with equal opportunities. The students had the opportunity to meet and speak with Katy Perry, and also watched footage from her recent trip around the world to work with children as part of her UNICEF mission.
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