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!!!!



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.

JFK Teacher Chipkin Selected to Work on State Assessments


JFK teacher Lauren Chipkin applied to be a passage reviewer for the upcoming state assessments and was selected to work with both the New York State Education Department and Questar, the creator of this year’s tests. She is also applying to be an item writer for the assessments.

Chipkin’s educational excellence was previously recognized by the state in 2012, when she was highlighted for her expertise in teaching literacy. The state sent a video crew to the school to work with several teachers to create videos that were used on the EngageNY website as exemplary models of teaching practices.

“Lauren is considered to be a leader among her peers in literacy and teaching methods, techniques and strategies,” said JFK Principal Susan Bonner of Chipkin, who has taught third grade and reading at JFK for 16 years. 

JFK Students Give Back with Holiday Care Packages


Students in the JFK classrooms of teachers Heather Ciurleo, John Colford, Jenny Dixon, Joseph Verdicchio and Jennifer Zylberberg spent time last month creating care packages for those in need during the holidays.

The students decorated bags, which were filled with scarves, gloves, hats, toothbrushes, toothpaste, chips and hand sanitizer. They also wrote notes to include in the packages. The bags were later donated to Community Presbyterian Church in Deer Park.

“We wanted the children to realize how important it was to also give back to the community during the holidays,” said Ciurleo.

Deer Park School District