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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

May 23, 2017:

BOE Regular Open Meeting @ DPHS 8:00 PM

May 24 - June 2, 2017:

Grade 4 NYS Science Performance Assessments

May 26 & 29, 2017:

Employee Appreciation/Memorial Day Recess, School Closed

May 31, 2017

MM Gr. 2 Visits JFK 10:00 AM
Gr. 4 & 5 Girls and Gr. 5 Boys Maturity Night 6:30 PM

June 1, 2017:

JQA Gr. 2 Visits JFK 10:00 AM
JFK Staff Appreciation Lunch

June 2, 2017:

Grade 3 End of Year Trip to Elwood Cinemas

June 5, 2017:

Grade 4 NYS Science Written Assessment

June 5-6, 2017:

Grade 4 NYS Science Written Assessment Make-ups

​June 6, 2017: District Retirement Tea 2:30 PM
BOE Work Session @ District Office 7:30 PM

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



JFK Staff and Students Recognized for Altruistic "Heart"


Via such initiatives as Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart, physical education teachers at Deer Park’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School have raised more than $165,000 for the American Heart Association over the past dozen years, including $12,716 this year alone. This fundraising each year earns vouchers for JFK to purchase useful physical education equipment.

Recognizing the school’s altruism, AHA representative Eve Pyser visited the school during the opening ceremony of JFK’s annual Field Day, presenting awards to teachers and top fundraisers.

Dynamic Drip Painter Brings Excitement to STEAM Expo


Deer Park’s districtwide STEAM Expo, an annual event at the high school held on budget vote night, showcases student achievement in art, music, science and technology. During this year’s Expo on May 16, an expanding crowd of visiting voters, families and community members were electrified by an exciting live demonstration of celebrity portrait “drip painting” by sophomore artist Vincenza Grippe.

After taking Rita Murphy’s mural painting class in her freshman year, Grippe was ready to take her work to the next level.

“On the first day of school in September, Vincenza came to my drawing and painting class and stated that she loved art,and wanted to work on her art skills as much as possible,” said teacher Joseph Mucci. Before long, she had been recommended to paint an outer space mural at STAT Health’s childrens unit. Then came the genesis of her unique technique.

“One day in my drawing and painting class, Vincenza came to me and said she wanted to try a new style of portrait painting that involved drip and splatter techniques,” said Mucci. “We stretched some canvases, and she started painting away. She had some black paint and a few old palette knives. She started basic and small, but the outcome was remarkable. In a few quick weeks, she was painting masterful drip portraits featuring iconic personalities like, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, Biggy Smalls, Frida Kahlo and John Lennon.”

Grippe has recently done other live drip painting demonstrations at events like the Staten Island Art Festival, and has sold several paintings and received numerous commissions. She is currently painting a mural for local paintball facility NYZ Apocalypse. Next year, she plans to enroll in Deer Park’s Advanced Placement portfolio art course.

“Vincenza is one of the best art students I have ever had in almost 17 years of teaching,” said Mucci. “Her talent and work ethic is professional and unmatched. She is mature beyond her years and has a kind heart. She has come a long way in such short time, and her optimism, smile and overall character only add to her unbelievable ability. I truly believe that Vincenza is at the beginning of her creative career as a professional artist.”

Other STEAM Expo highlights included lively and elegant music by the Robert Frost Middle School Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra; dramatic performances by high school actors excerpting works like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Cinderella”; and a “Evening at the Improv” performance by Robert Frost eighth-grade theater arts students. Middle school science fair projects were on display in the cafeteria, and technology demonstrations throughout the building included seventh-grade dragster races, AP chemistry projects, and displays of 3D printing, CAD, metals, robotics, home improvement, woodworking, animation and architecture.

JFK Third-Graders Test Postal Packing Skills in Egg Challenge

Students in Ann Bullis’ third-grade class at JFK wondered if an uncooked egg could be shipped through the mail. Testing their packaging skills in this “egg challenge,” they mailed their uncooked eggs to the school, hoping that the eggs would go through the post office and arrive at the JFK building unscathed. The third-graders then opened the packages and categorized the types of materials that they had utilized to protect their eggs.  

Sharing Cultural Pride at the International Poetry Fest


At the districtwide International Poetry Festival on April 27, students of all ages from the ENL and world language programs recited original poems in their native languages and sang songs like “It’s a Small World” and “Love Train” using sign language, cultural props and their individual countries’ flags. Some students even came dressed in their countries’ traditional attire.

“It is so important that our students feel proud of their heritage and are given the opportunity to share their culture and thoughts with their peers,” said ENL teacher Marcella Biordi.

“The Poetry Festival was the perfect place to bring poetry and song together," said ENL teacher Vanessa Pizzo.

View a video excerpt here.


JFK’s Scientists of the Future


The annual school science fair at JFK resulted in nine winners who wowed educators with their creative, well-researched projects. For the third grade, Nicola Cespe finished in first, John Holland in second and Caiden Boltz in third. Fourth-grade winners were Aiden Magali in first, Efti Chowdhury in second and Julia Castro in third. The top fifth-graders were Mia Skoubas in first, Julia Holland in second and Ava Giutierrez in third.

The winners went on to participate alongside students from other Suffolk County schools in the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair on May 6.

“I am so proud of our students who received recognition for a job well done,” said science lab coordinator Joyce Carmen. “Their curiosity in asking big questions, and their research finding conclusions for their topics took dedication and hard work. Our scientists of the future created projects that were informative and their displays were wonderful.”

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