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Deer Park Celebrates Poetry Month with Fabulous Festival

Deer Park Celebrates Poetry Month with Fabulous Festival

On April 27, Deer Park held its fourth annual International Poetry Festival, a multicultural celebration of National Poetry Month. Performing poets came from all five of Deer Park’s schools, originate from countries all over the globe and speak a multitude of languages. Students recited poetry in multiple languages, sang songs demonstrating poetic rhythm and performed dances representing various cultures.

“We hold this festival each year, as we have such a wonderfully diverse group of students in our programs,” said Ashley Rosenberg, district administrator for ENL and world languages. “Deer Park celebrates Poetry Month by integrating poetry instruction into curriculum districtwide. Our department places a particular emphasis on poetry because we strive for our students to practice language and deepen their understanding of culture through poetry, song and dance.”

JFK’s Luppy Sisters Appointed Babylon Junior Beautification Ambassadors

JFK’s Luppy Sisters Appointed Babylon Junior Beautification Ambassadors

Sisters Arianna Luppy and Giovanna Luppy, both students at JFK, were recently selected by Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer to be appointed as Junior Beautification Ambassadors for their leadership skills and dedication to the betterment of the community. Arianna and Giovanna attended an induction ceremony on May 14 at the Argyle Theatre in Babylon Village, where they were presented with certificates of appreciation.

The Beautification Program was designed to help educate the community about the importance of keeping Babylon clean and beautiful. The appointed Junior Beautification Ambassadors assist with program initiatives while gaining an understanding of issues impacting the town’s neighborhoods, sharing acquired knowledge with their peers and helping to organize interactive volunteer events.

“We honor Giovanna and Arianna for their volunteerism and stewardship, which has greatly contributed to the success of the Town of Babylon Beautification Program,” said Schaffer.

NAMM Honor Proves Deer Park Music Program Is a Soaring Success

NAMM Honor Proves Deer Park Music Program Is a Soaring Success

The NAMM Foundation has again recognized the Deer Park School District’s music program, awarding it the prestigious 2018 Best Communities for Music Education designation. The annual award, now in its 19th year, honors outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“We are extremely proud to be designated as one of the best communities for music education by NAMM for 2018,” said Bradley Murphy, the district’s curriculum associate for fine and performing arts. “Our board of education, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and students foster an incredible atmosphere and culture to let the arts soar in Deer Park.”


Students Learn Responsibility During Dog Ability Visit

Students Learn Responsibility During Dog Ability Visit

Life skills classes at JFK and Frost, guided by teacher Rachel Burkel, recently visited the Dog Ability Center in Syosset, where the students learned about the responsibilities of taking care of a dog.

The Dog Ability Center uses certified activity therapy dogs that encourage and entertain community members of all abilities. The students were able to ask the owners about their dogs while observing tricks and grooming activities.

“The students loved learning how to take care of the dogs by brushing them, teaching them tricks and assisting with activities,” said teacher Heather Ciurleo. “Some of the students were very fearful when we first arrived, but by the end of the trip, they all had the biggest smiles on their faces. The volunteers at Dog Ability Center were able to make the children feel comfortable while teaching them how to appropriately interact with the dogs.”



Future Scientists Showcase Projects at JFK

Future Scientists Showcase Projects at JFK
With projects ranging from erosion and static energy to displays of electronic brains, young scientists at Deer Park’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School showcased their research at the annual school science fair.

This year’s winners included third-graders Sidney Dumaresq (first place), Joseph Reina (second place) and Malak Oztimurlenk (third place); fourth-graders Nicola Cespe (first), Valentina Plaza (second) and Taylor Gabel (third place); and fifth-graders Colin Taylor (first), Sabrina Chawdhury (second) and Za’Riah Mowatt (third).

The first- and second-place winners for each grade will move on to participate alongside students from other Suffolk County schools in the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair on May 5.

“Our winners displayed projects that were creative and informative, the result of extensive planning, experimentation and understanding, and I am very proud of their achievement,” said science lab coordinator Joyce Carmen. “Keep up the great work, future scientists!”

Fifth-Grader Breaks a Slimy Guinness World Record

Fifth-Grader Breaks a Slimy Guinness World Record
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Ciela Villa, a fifth-grader at JFK, was recently acknowledged by Guinness World Records for breaking the record for the longest distance in stretching home-made slime in 30 seconds. Villa completed the slimy science feat during class with teacher Mike Capobianco.

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JFK and Robert Frost ‘Beat the Odds’ Again

 JFK and Robert Frost ‘Beat the Odds’ Again
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For the second consecutive year, two of Deer Park’s schools – Robert Frost and JFK – were recognized by the Better Outcomes organization for their outstanding work in boosting the achievement of economically disadvantaged students via the “Beating the Odds and Building Opportunities” study of New York State demographic data and ELA assessments. Out of 1,128 New York State public schools that had 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students, Frost and JFK had 25 percent or more score 3 or 4 in 2016 ELA and 65 percent scoring 2, 3 or more.

The district honored both schools at the March 27 Board of Education meeting, presenting certificates to the principals of both schools, Susan Bonner of JFK and Dr. Eliana Levey of Frost.

“My congratulations to both principals for achieving this, it’s quite a feat,” said Superintendent of Schools Eva Demyen. “My thanks to the teachers, also.”

“We are humbled to be honored and recognized for the hard work our students and teachers put in every day toward success,” said Levey.

“At JFK, we have increased our Academic Intervention Services in reading and mathematics, where necessary, to service more students,” said Bonner. “Teachers in the building have also increased extra help time and some of our AIS teachers now push into classrooms, which also provides opportunities to reach and support a larger amounts of students. Classroom teachers have large leveled libraries in their classrooms to support the diverse reading needs of students. These libraries allow for students to be reading on their level and in a topic of their choice.”


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