Twelve Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District John F. Kennedy High School students, District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorna Lewis and JFK High School Assistant Principal Sharon Lasher recently participated in the United Nations Children’s Funds’ (UNICEF) announcement naming award-winning pop star Katy Perry as the newest Goodwill Ambassador.
The students learned about UNICEF and the organization’s initiative to provide underprivileged children around the world with equal opportunities. The students had the opportunity to meet and speak with Katy Perry, and also watched footage from her recent trip around the world to work with children as part of her UNICEF mission.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School student Ben Chasan was recently selected as one of 122 semifinalists to participate in the New York State Senate Youth Program. As a semifinalist, Ben will participate in an interview session in Albany by a panel of state education department officials. Two candidates will then be chosen as finalists to represent New York State during the two week long program in Washington, DC.
Plainview Old-Bethpage Central School District’s Parkway Elementary School students recently participated in a holiday-themed food drive in conjunction with the Plainview Lion’s Club. Students brought in non-perishable items from home to give to local families in need for Thanksgiving. The annual event allowed students to learn about sharing, generosity and how to provide assistance to others.
John F. Kennedy High School students enrolled in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Child Development class recently participated in an ‘arts and crafts’ activity as part of a lesson on encouraging young children to express their creativity, coordination and imagination. During the activity, the students were educated on the importance of visual learning techniques. Throughout the year, Child Development students learn how to properly interact with children while enhancing the younger students’ developmental skills — topics include discipline, health and safety and to how to play and read to young children.
Thirty-one Plainview-Old Bethpage sixth grade science students recently attended the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials to become scientists for a day and learn about nanotechnology — the study of manipulating matter at an atomic or molecular level. Students had the opportunity to meet nanoscientists, tour the state-of-the-art facility and participated in a hands-on laboratory session.
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.
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