Susan Bonner

Kelly Benson
Associate Principal,
Curr, Inst. and Assess.

Shaun McLeod
Associate Principal,
Oper. and PPS

Dr. Danielle Sheridan
District Administrator,
Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Shaun McLeod
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4310


Upcoming Events

February 6 - 10, 2017: JFK READ Week
February 10, 2017:
JFK Father-Daughter Dance 7:00 PM
February 16, 2017:
JFK PFC Mtg. & Student of the Month 7:00 PM
February 20 - 24, 2017:
Midwinter Recess, School Closed
February 27, 2017:
Harlem Wizards Ticket Pre-Sale Begins
February 28, 2017:
BOE Regular Open Mtg. @ District Office 8:00 PM
March 3, 2017:
JFK Variety Show 7:00 PM
March 10, 2017: JFK Auction 7:00 PM

WE C.A.R.E. AT JFK!!!!



Deer Park Hires Two Special Ed Administrators


The district recently announced two new administrative positions in special education. Brian Norton was named district administrator of secondary special education, while David Renahan was named district administrator of elementary special education.

“The special education position was split in order to better serve the students, their parents and the teachers as well,” said James Cummings, the district’s assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services. “Having experts on both the elementary and secondary level will make our program more efficient and more effective.”

Norton had most recently served as an associate principal at Deer Park High School beginning in 2014, after five years as an associate principal in the South Country School District. He began his educational career in 1998 as a special education teacher in the Northport-East Northport School District. A Stony Brook resident and graduate of Stony Brook University, he earned a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College and a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from the College of Saint Rose.

“I look forward to serving the students and families of the Deer Park community in this new capacity,” said Norton.

Renahan previously worked for 12 years in the Riverhead Central School District, most recently as that district’s assistant director of special education. He was a special education teacher in Riverhead for eight years, after teaching third grade in the Connetquot Central School District. A resident of Centereach, he earned his bachelor’s degree in child study at St. Joseph’s College in 2004, his master’s degree in literacy from Long Island University in 2006, and an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University in 2013.

Caring with Candy at JFK’s ‘Lolli-tine' Fundraiser


The student government at JFK held a creative candy fundraiser on Feb. 13 and 14, selling gift lollipops outside the school’s cafeteria during lunch periods. The students then delivered the “lolli-tines” in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day.

According to adviser Patricia Katz, the money raised will be used to support school improvements and community charities chosen by student government representatives.

Dynamic Developments in ENL Program


Deer Park’s educators have met the challenges brought by the state’s recent move to an integrated co-teaching model of ENL instruction. More proficient learners are integrated into the mainstream classroom to be delivered language instruction with the support of two teachers, instead of one, while  students who are newcomers still receive language services in the small group learning setting that best fits their needs.

Ashley Lovett, the first-grade ENL teacher at May Moore, said, “The change has been really helpful for a lot of the kids who are ‘expanding’. They’re right on the precipice of exiting the program, so instead of me pulling them out and taking them out of learning content and literacy in their classroom, I push in and give them that little bit of support that they need, which ends up benefiting them greatly. Conversely, the students who are at the ‘entering/emerging’ level, who need a little more support, will see me in their classroom, and then they’ll also come to me for a quieter environment and more explicit language instruction.”

“Our ENL teachers are able to adjust, pre-teach, or revisit and reinforce the concepts that are being taught to the entire class to help every student learn to their fullest potential,” said JQA Principal Christopher Molinelli.

Robert Frost ELA/ENL teacher Michelle Champlin said, “The most influential consequence that came from this shift was the way it changed my thinking. These students are not just my students – they are all of our students, and the responsibility to deliver language instruction is a team effort. Regardless of the seemingly ever-changing acronyms for my profession, one common theme has remained: We must be advocates for those who have not ‘found’ their voice yet in the English language.”

The state’s mandate to integrate content with the ENL program has continued to be rolled out in various positive ways.

“A primary focus of my class is vocabulary, which is needed in order to obtain the proper math skills,” said Frost math/ENL teacher Kevin Dluginski. “Not only is this vocabulary used in math class, but it can be transferred to any subject area and into their daily lives.  My students are using the same material that the mainstream students are learning, just at a slower pace, with more visuals and hands-on materials to ensure the most success.”

Lovett noted last year’s Peace Pole project, a unit on peace and tolerance, and this past fall’s ENL field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, which incorporated study of vocabulary, adjectives, grammar, speaking and listening.

“It’s shifting from let me just help you speak English, to let me help you speak English while also teaching you content at the same time, and promoting this global awareness for the kids,” Lovett said.

According to JFK ENL teacher Kimberly Essig, another main goals for the district’s ENL programs this year is to enhance parent involvement. Along with the ENL parent liaison committee and the Thursday night Parent Academy, a primary tool to achieve this is the new Propio phone service, which the district has made available to teachers, counselors and administration at every school. Staff can call a special number for the services of a live translator in approximately 80 different languages.

“Propio has been fantastic in removing language barriers when calling parents,” said Essig. “We are creating a community and making the parents feel welcome to come, instead of intimidated.”

A ‘Soup-er’ Contest at JFK Aids Food Bank

JFK students participated in a  “Soup-er Bowl” charitable initiative, bringing in cans of soup and depositing them in one of two boxes in the school lobby representing their team pick, either the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots. The box holding the most soup cans on the last school day before the Feb. 5 NFL Super Bowl would be declared the winner.

“The Atlanta Falcons won our contest by a landslide, although that did not play out in the actual Super Bowl,” joked Patricia Katz, JFK’s student government adviser.

The collected soup cans were donated to the St. Cyril’s Food Bank in Deer Park.

JFK’s ‘Little Doctors’ Collect 43 Pints at Blood Drive

John F. Kennedy Intermediate School recently held a blood drive in coordination with Long Island Blood Services, collecting a total of 43 pints. Students who gathered names for at least 10 possible donors were invited to assist during the drive as LIBS “Little Doctors.” All fifth-graders at the school also attended an assembly that explained the circulatory system and the importance of donating blood.

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