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Susan Bonner Send an email to

Kelly Benson Send an email to
Associate Principal,
Curr, Inst. and Assess.

Shaun McLeod Send an email to

Associate Principal,
Oper. and PPS


Dr. Danielle Sheridan Send an email to
District Administrator,
Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Shaun McLeod
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4310



Upcoming Events

March 12, 2019:

BOE Work/Budget Session 1 @ District Office 7:30 PM

March 18, 2019

Parent-Teacher Conference Online Scheduler Open

March 19. 2019:

Science Fair 5:30 PM

PFC Meeting & Class of the Month 6:30 PM

March 26, 2019:

BOE Open Mtg./Work/Budget Session 2 @ District Office 8 PM

March 27-29, 2019:

Early Dismissal 10:45 AM
Parent-Teacher Conferences 11:15 AM - 3:15 PM

March 28, 2019:
JFK Parent-Teacher Evening Conferences 5 - 8 PM
April 2-3, 2019: Grs. 3-5 ELA Assessments
April 4-9, 2019: Grs. 3-5 ELA Assessment Make-ups

     WE C.A.R.E. AT JFK!!!!



Kelly Benson Named New Principal of JFK

Kelly Benson Named New Principal of JFK

Kelly Benson has been named the new principal of JFK, replacing Susan Bonner, who will retire at the end of this school year.

For the past three years, Benson has served as an associate principal at JFK. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher in the Sachem School District and as a New York City police officer. The Wading River resident earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Iona College, her master’s degree in elementary education from Dowling College, and her post-master’s advanced certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.

“I am very excited to accept the position of JFK principal,” said Benson. “Over the past three years as associate principal, I have built many meaningful relationships with the students, faculty, parents and the Deer Park community. I look forward to continuing to build these relationships in my new capacity. Together we will empower students to develop the skills they need to be able to thrive in society. We will work together to help every child reach their fullest potential and become global citizens. I am committed to provide a safe environment for all students to thrive and grow.”

Learning to Keep Smiles Healthy at JFK

Learning to Keep Smiles Healthy at JFK

Third-graders in Heather Buksa’s and Jennifer Zylberberg’s classes at JFK recently learned about the importance of taking care of their teeth. A dental hygienist from West Islip’s Vitagliano Orthodontics visited the school, giving the students a chance to ask questions and practice caring for their teeth with hands-on activities. The students were also excited to receive “bunny ears” supplies to help achieve healthy smiles.

Valentine Zipline Delivery at JFK

Valentine Zipline Delivery at JFK

While working on STEM activities prior to Valentine’s Day, fourth-graders at JFK used the engineering process to plan, design and build ziplines out of different materials to “deliver” Valentines.

JFK Kicks Off Black History Month with Cultural Assembly

JFK Kicks Off Black History Month with Cultural Assembly

Black History Month came to JFK with an array of educational activities designed to spark awareness. The school kicked off the monthlong celebration with an interactive music and dance assembly from the multicultural Phyllis Rose Dance Company, exploring the roots of African and African-American culture.

“JFK is doing some great things to celebrate Black History Month,” said Associate Principal Kelly Benson. “Our students are learning about different African Americans who have impacted our history, and we are spreading Dr. Martin Luther King’s message by spreading kindness around the building, with students are being recognized for small acts of kindness that they do throughout the day.”

Winter Crafts Created at JFK’s ENL Culture Night

Winter Crafts Created at JFK’s ENL Culture Night

JFK had its largest turnout ever for 2019’s ENL Culture Night. Following a "Winter Wonderland” theme, students in attendance made winter-themed crafts with their families, created “snow” out of baking soda and shaving cream, and posed in a larger-than-life snow globe photo booth. The students also debuted their winter-themed video at the event; with the help of their ENL teachers, the children filmed themselves answering questions about winter in their native countries.

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