The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District recently implemented a community-wide “Family Night” initiative to alleviate student stress related to homework, school-related assignments and standardized testing. District Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis, the District Board of Education, staff and the community’s Parent-Teachers Association collaborated on making the evening of Nov. 12 free from all school events and activities, including no assigned homework, co-curricular or athletic activities, in order for families to spend quality-time together.
The district also agreed not to assign quizzes, tests, assessments and not have research-based assignments due on Nov. 13 in order for students to be able to fully participate in “Family Night.” The local religious groups also participated, giving their students a night off from their studies as well.
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School music students recently performed in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library’s 15th Annual Friends of the Library Recital. The student performance included sections of vocal, piano and guitar music, as well as Chinese zither selections. The event also featured a Chinese yo-yo segment performed by members from the Plainview Chinese Cultural Center. This year’s recital was dedicated in memory of a Plainview-Old Bethpage ‘Friend of the Library’ community member, Rosemary Stewart.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School students and staff members recently wore purple to show their support for the LGBT community as part of the National Gay-Straight Alliance “Coming Out Day.” The day-long event celebrated individuals of bisexual, gay, lesbian or transgender sexual orientation and embraced individuality equality in the school community.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District congratulates John F. Kennedy High School students Brian Coakley, Erin Norris, Kristen Wallach and Mallory Goodman for being selected as high-achieving scholars in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. The National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes outstanding Hispanic/Latino-heritage high school students who achieve a high score in the PSATs and maintain 3.0 grade point average or higher through the conclusion of their junior year of high school.
Farmingdale State College sophomore Lisa Millstein, a Professional Communications major and Plainview resident, was recently awarded a Muhammad Ali Global Citizens Scholarship of $10,000. She was recognized for her commitment to the “Six Core Principles” of humanitarianism espoused by the former boxer.
Millstein received the award as part of a star-studded gala ceremony held recently in Louisville, Kentucky. The event marked the inauguration of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, which were created by the former Heavyweight Boxing champion and his wife, Lonnie, to honor humanitarian achievements by people around the globe.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Pasadena Elementary School and Parkway Elementary School’s first and second graders recently participated in fire safety week. The Plainview Volunteer Fire Department visited the elementary schools to give a presentation to students about fire safety and prevention. Students also learned what to do in the case of an emergency, what a first responder looks like and how to “Stop, Drop and Roll.” The day included many fun activities for the students including the chance to dress up like a firefighter.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Kindergarten Center recently welcomed approximately 300 students and their families at their annual Open House. The kindergarten students visited their classrooms, cafeteria and playground, and also received a lesson on the importance of school bus safety. Principal Ms. Leiboff and Assistant Principal Mrs. Kang joined the students and their parents to answer questions and welcome the 2013-14 class. Members of the PTA executive board were also in attendance to address the children and their families.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has announced that 16 POB-JFK High School students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Students in the 2013-14 competition.
POBJFK students Nicolette Almer, Mustafa Ansari, Reva Butensky, Trisha Chabria, Benjamin Chasan, Brian Coakley, Corey Cohen, Ryan Gillman, Amanda Hedgecock, Ashley Hilfman, Henry Levine, Isabel Ren, Alexander Resnick, Vincent Song, Hannah Stewart and Alma Wang were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying (PSAT/NMSQT) Exam.
These academically talented high school seniors received this commendation for scoring in the top 50,000 out of the 1.5 million students who participated in the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October.
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