Students at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Kindergarten Center welcomed the new school year with enthusiasm from the minute students walked through the door Sept. 3. The students reunited with friends, teachers and faculty, and participated in several activities throughout the day. Classes were fun-packed as the students began their lessons with excitement and a whole bunch of crayons.
In an effort to provide the best possible education, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District is busy inspecting its facilities in order to decide where improvements are needed the most.
The school district’s Facilities Upgrades and Improvements Advisory Committee and the Board of Education took tours of each District school building to inspect and assess the improvements suggested for each building by the District’s architectural firm, BBS Architecture.
Lucca DeOliveira, a Plainview-Old Bethpage UFSD senior, graduated from Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts on June 11.
Next year, DeOliveira, who studied theater at LIHSA, will attend Pace University where he received a $72,000 scholarship. In addition, DeOliveira was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Student Achievement, which is presented to students who have maintained an average of 90 and have been on the Principal’s Honor Roll for each quarter of the school year.
— Herald Staff
No argument here — the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School mock trial team defeated 45 schools in the courtroom to win the Nassau County Championship in the 2014 New York State Mock Trial tournament.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District congratulates students enrolled in Mattlin Middle School’s sixth-grade band and John F. Kennedy High School’s string and chamber orchestras for participating and earning distinction in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization Festival at Hofstra University.
JFK High School’s chamber orchestra earned level six gold with distinction, JFK’s string orchestra was awarded level give gold honors, and Mattlin Middle School’s sixth-grade band was honored with level two gold.
The festival hosts students throughout New York State to perform three separate pieces in front of expert judges. The judges assess the student music groups on their tone, intonation, technique, accuracy, interpretation and additional musical elements.
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.
— Herald Staff
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.
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