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VIDEO: Fitness Fridays


Check out this video to see how John F. Kennedy Elementary School is keeping its students physically active every Friday.

Second-Grader Moves to States in Reflections Contest

Second-Grader Moves to States in Reflections Contest photo
Sadie Searage, a second-grader at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, was recently named a Suffolk County winner in the Parent-Teacher Association’s annual Reflections contest. This year’s theme was “Within Reach.” Her poem, “My Dreams,” now moves on to the state level of the contest. 

J.F.K. School Kicks Off Parents As Reading Partners

Learning to read is thesingle most important activity in a child’s education. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education.

PARP is a program that asks parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. The choice of reading materials can vary from books to anything with printed words. The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens the parent/child relationship. Note: The term ‘parents’ may be interpreted broadly to include all adults who play an important role in a child’s life.

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2018-19 Budget Preparations Underway

2018-19 Budget Preparations Underway image
The administration has presented its first draft of the proposed 2018-19 school budget and has discussed anticipated revenues, state aid estimates and the proposed tax levy during recent Board of Education meetings. 

According to Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, the district’s goals for the 2018-19 school year include maintaining all student programs while remaining within the state-mandated tax levy cap. 

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2018-19 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to cast their vote on May 15 to help determine the future of the district.

Tuesday, March 13: Board of Education meeting; board review/discussion of budget draft No. 2 development, 7 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 27: Presentation of budget draft No. 2, 7 p.m. 
Tuesday, April 10: Board of Education meeting; final review and adoption of the 2018-19 proposed budget, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1: Board of Education meeting; public hearing of 2018-19 proposed school budget, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15: School budget vote and trustee election, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

J.F.K. Family Gym Night

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

First-graders in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School celebrated Read Across America day in honor of Dr. Seuss on March 2. Students wore festive Seuss wear, read many Dr. Seuss books and completed Seuss-inspired activities.

Owl Pellets

Third graders dissected owl pellets as part of their unit of study on the food chain. The day was a “hoot!”


Steve Fratello shares his adventures in the rain forest and his collection of butterflies with fifth grade students.