Three Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School students attended Molloy College’s “Business Boot Camp” over the summer. Ashley Hilfman, Angela Bollettieri and Richard Sadick participated in an intensive, five-day program meant for high-achieving juniors who are seriously considering a career in business. The students learned about current events in the world of business and various business career paths. They attended lectures on how to hone their skills in fields including entrepreneurship, accounting, public speaking, business etiquette and the stock market. Prestigious professors from Molloy College and Columbia University led many of the lectures.
The Molloy College “Business Boot Camp” is an informative and inspirational event that provides participants with the tools they need as they continue on the path toward a successful business career.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer team recently played their first game on the school’s new turf field. During halftime, a Plainview-Old Bethpage U-8 girls’ soccer team and their coach, Mark Silverman, went onto the field, kicked around a few soccer balls and completed some drills. The young girls were thrilled to be on the high school field and enjoyed cheering for the Lady Hawks from the stands.
Tickets are now on sale for Our Lady of Mercy’s American Girl Fashion Show® that will take place at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, Oct. 18 to Oct. 20. Fashion show tickets are $37 and can be purchased online at www.americangirlfashionshows.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
A total of four two-hour fashion shows will be held highlighting the American Girl historical characters and their individual stories, as well as showcasing contemporary fashions. Each fashion show will include tea-party style refreshments, raffles, souvenirs, and door prizes. Proceeds from the fashion show will be used to benefit Our Lady of Mercy School.
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School senior Kimia Ziadkhanpour has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2013-14 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Ziadkhanpour was recognized for her outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam. In order to earn this esteemed title, she had to score in the top third of 50,000 students nationwide who qualified for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program.
The academically talented Ziadkhanpour will now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for over 8,300 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs was an invited guest at Parkway School in Plainview to Honor Wounded Warriors on September 10. The children from grades K through 4th grade were all given small American flags, which they placed in the ground to honor all of the men an women serving this country.
On hand to honor the wounded warriors were members of various veteran groups, the Plainview Fire Department and the Second Precinct. Special guest Chris Levi, who was devastatingly injured during his tour of duty following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, spoke to the children about why it is important to care for one another. Levi is now enrolled at LIU Post and is working toward his degree.
More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds.
This summer, local teen volunteers tended the Bea Shacknow Memorial Garden in the fifth year of the very successful program. The vegetable and herb garden, located at the back of the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library is a memorial to Bea Shacknow, a beloved member of the Family Center staff. The produce grown was all donated to the food pantry at Our Lady of Mercy in Hicksville.
Young adults from the middle school and high school watered, tended, weeded, pruned and picked a wide variety of produce, all cultivated from seeds. This year’s participants were particularly dedicated and diligent in their efforts. For their time, the students received community service credits, useful to fulfill school requirements as well as for their resumes for college.
The conclusion of the popular Summer Reading Program at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library came on Sunday, August 11. This program has become a highlight of the summer for many of the district’s students and this year has been no exception. This year’s enrollment of 1,581 participants broke records with a new all-time high. There were 5,153 books read by the younger participants and 287,091 pages read by students entering Grades 5 through 12 and participating in a prize incentive program.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education presented a slideshow update on the new turf field being constructed at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School during a school board meeting last Monday, which was unamiously approved by the Town of Oyster Bay earlier this year.
The project is entirely funded by the Town, and will replace a natural grass surface. According to Assistant Superintendent for Business Ryan Ruf, the district has not been notified of a price for the project, however the Town projects to come in on budget, which was stated back in March to be approximately $2 million dollars. This represents the total cost of the turf field.
Long Island students in grades three through eight saw their New York State test scores plummet by 40 percent compared to last year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret because this year doesn’t compare to last year.
Instead, the scores create a new benchmark for measuring student performance going forward. This test was the first based on the “common core learning standards,” developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in conjunction with state education officers, and voluntarily adopted by the NYS Board of Regents in 2010.
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