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Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald - Schools

Summer Reading Succeeds

Written by Wendy Kaplan, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

The conclusion of the popular Summer Reading Program at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library came on Sunday, August 11. This program has become a highlight of the summer for many of the district’s students and this year has been no exception. This year’s enrollment of 1,581 participants broke records with a new all-time high. There were 5,153 books read by the younger participants and 287,091 pages read by students entering Grades 5 through 12 and participating in a prize incentive program.


New POB JFK Turf Field Update

Written by Michael Scro, Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

BOE reviews

construction progress

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education presented a slideshow update on the new turf field being constructed at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School during a school board meeting last Monday, which was unamiously approved by the Town of Oyster Bay earlier this year.

The project is entirely funded by the Town, and will replace a natural grass surface. According to Assistant Superintendent for Business Ryan Ruf, the district has not been notified of a price for the project, however the Town projects to come in on budget, which was stated back in March to be approximately $2 million dollars.  This represents the total cost of the turf field.


Scores Tumble On New Standardized Test

Written by Michael Scro, Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Educators assure parents

“new baseline” will pay off

Long Island students in grades three through eight saw their New York State test scores plummet by 40 percent compared to last year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret because this year doesn’t compare to last year.

Instead, the scores create a new benchmark for measuring student performance going forward. This test was the first based on the “common core learning standards,” developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in conjunction with state education officers, and voluntarily adopted by the NYS Board of Regents in 2010.


College Success News: July 26, 2013

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Jeremy A. Levine, of Plainview has been named to first honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Spring 2013 semester.

To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s).

More than 2,000 high-achieving students have been named to the Hofstra University Dean’s List for Spring 2013. Students who began their studies before Fall 2012 must earn at least a 3.4 grade point average to qualify. Those who entered the university after Fall 2012 must earn a grade point average of 3.5. Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Herman A. Berliner congratulates these students on their impressive academic achievement.


College Success News: July 19, 2013

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

The following local students have been named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester:

Christine Ryan, Plainview is a member of the Class of 2014 and is majoring in Communication.

Daniel Ventricelli, Woodbury is a member of the Class of 2014 and is majoring in Communication.


Plainview Student Graduates On Top

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Joshua Wurtzel of Plainview graduated first in the 2013 graduating class of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY.  Joshua won the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Award for having the highest GPA in the entire graduating class of 399 students. 


College Success News

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

The following students were named to the Dean’s List of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2013 spring semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.85 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean’s List.


POB 2013 Senior Prom

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00
The Planview-Old Bethpage JFK graduating class of 2013 road off to Floral Terrance in Floral Park for their senior prom last month on Thursday evening, June 20.  The students arrived dressed like movie stars, ready to dance the night away in one of their final gatherings before graduation.

College Success News: June 14, 2013

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The University of Scranton has announced its Dean’s List, which recognizes students for academic excellence during the 2013 spring semester. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours to make the Dean’s List. The list includes students from the Jesuit university’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management, the Panuska College of Professional Studies and the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. More than 1,490 students were named to the 2013 spring semester Dean’s List, including the following area residents.

Stefanie Pia of Plainview is a freshman with a nursing major in Scranton’s Panuska College of Professional Studies


Foreign Language Students Are Inspired

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Visit By Local Eye Surgeon Educates Students

The Italian and Spanish Honor Societies at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School recently hosted a visit from Dr. Joseph Bacotti, a local eye surgeon affiliated with Lion’s Club International. Dr. Bacotti told the students all about his volunteer work abroad with those in need of eye care, and how his ability to speak three languages empowered him to better serve and understand the cultures in which he was immersed. 

The Italian and Spanish Honor Societies collaborated to run a drive to collect eyeglasses for the needy, and were successful in collecting two large boxes full of used eyeglasses. The glasses were donated to Dr. Bacotti to be used towards his volunteer efforts.


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