John F. Kennedy High School’s student-run school store, The Hawk’s Nest, was recently re-certified by DECA — a non-profit organization that prepares students for careers in marketing, management, finance and hospitality — as a Gold Level Certification recipient. DECA awards school-based enterprise certifications at three levels: gold, silver or bronze. The Hawk’s Nest was among 160 school-based enterprises in the United States to earn a gold marking, and will be recognized for their achievement at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fourteen Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School students recently learned how to cook a healthy snack — vegetable quesadillas. A nutritional expert provided the students with an interactive cooking demonstration with a variety of healthy ingredients, and answered several nutrition-based questions. The students also learned how to read nutrition labels and understand the nutrient breakdown of ingredients.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School Mathlete Team recently participated in the Nassau County Math Tournament that was held at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. The students answered a series of mathematic questions as individuals and in a team format. The mathletes were given 45 problems to solve in three series of events. JFK senior Mustafa Ansari placed in the top 10 of the tournament.
Thirty students from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School recently participated in the Science Olympiad East Nassau Regional Competition. The Plainview-Old Bethpage High School Science Olympiad team won medals in four events. Nikki Almer and Jordan Lewis earned fourth place in the astronomy category, Elizabeth Varghese and Alma Wang placed fourth in chemistry lab, Mustala Ansari and Brian Lau earned fifth place in experimental design and Susan Huang and Illana Luther won fourth place in Green Generation. The JFK students were among 41 high schools who competed in 22 rigorous-based challenges.
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.
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