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School News: January 23, 2014

Students Join Collection Drive For Former Student

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.

Students Spread Holiday Cheer To Local Senior Citizens

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School Community Service Club recently hosted local senior citizens for an afternoon tea. The students served the elders coffee, tea and cookies, as well as sold raffle tickets and distributed various prizes. Members of the John F. Kennedy High School’s student choir additionally provided holiday cheer by singing a varietyof holiday songs.

Superintendent Highlight Of The Week

Let me introduce you to one of many outstanding students participating in our Science Research program. Reva Butensky, a senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.  Reva earned the highly prestigious honor for the outstanding research she conducted at Michigan State University during the summer of 2013. She is one of 300 semi-finalists from across the country to receive this prestigious honor.

All semifinalists, including Reva, will receive a $1,000 award for their research. Forty finalists from the current group of semifinalists will be invited to the 2013 Intel Finalist stage in Washington, D.C. in March 2014. The students will have their research displayed to the public and judged in the final round. In addition, the students will meet with notable scientists and compete for the top award of $100,000. We wish her all the best.

Her research on the Evaluation of Novel Polyacrylamide Gel for Studies on Biological Redox Reactions is quite a mouthful but if you want to know more about it, please join us at the Jan. 13 Board of Education meeting where Reva, along with other students, will be recognized for their accomplishments.  

Reva is one of those scholars that we hope all students will become as she has immersed herself into the life of the school. She is currently on JFK HS’s Executive Board of Student Government and Vice President of the High School, Varsity Captain of the Quiz Bowl Team, President of the National Honor Society, Managing Editor of the Hawkeye School Newspaper, Co-President of the Science Honor Society, Secretary of the Mathletes Team, Mechanical Engineer of the F.I.R.S.T Robotics & Engineering Club and a member of the Drastic Measures A Cappella Group and the Spanish Honor Society. She has already been accepted early action to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a fine institution for her to continue her research.  

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. We are fortunate to have a community that fully supports great programs for our deserving student body.

— Plainview Schools Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, Aug. 28

Take A Book On Vacation

Through Aug. 30

Knitting Circle

Tuesday, Sept. 2



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