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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


Have a Great Summer! 


Upcoming Events

July 15, 2017:

Summer School Begins @ May Moore School

July 10-14, 2017:

Camp Invention @ Abraham Lincoln

August 15, 2017:

Summer School Ends

August 24, 2017:

Grade 3 Summer Visit 12 - 1 PM

August 31, 2017:

Superintendent's Conference Day

September 5, 2017:

First Day of School


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



JFK Receives Tanger Grant for Innovation Lab

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At a recent Board of Education meeting, Tanger Outlets General Manager Nancy Larson presented a grant check for $2,000 to JFK Principal Susan Bonner. The funding, part of the TangerKIDS grants program, will support the school’s upcoming STEM Innovation Lab project.

“Our school strives to meet the challenge of the 21st century STEM curriculum,” said Bonner. “We believe that all JFK students are capable of solving problems through hands-on activities that embrace deep thinking and problem solving strategies. Through the implementation of the Innovation Lab, it is our hope to foster these skills in our students. We plan to create and organize a classroom in the school in which teachers can bring their classes to experience the Innovation Lab. The room will be transformed into a learning environment with critical thinking stations, computers for coding and a green screen filming area.”

JFK Fun Club Brings Good Luck for Frost Softball Team

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Uniting two Deer Park schools, the JFK Fun Club, organized by teacher Marie Tortorici, recently attended a Frost softball game to show their support for the team and coach Keri Schumacher.

“Their presence brought the Falcons some good luck to get the win that day,” said Schumacher.

JFK Fifth-Graders Look Ahead to Middle School

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For fifth-graders at JFK, the morning for moving up arrived on June 20, closing one chapter in their schooling and looking ahead to middle school.

“The moving up ceremony is always a bittersweet day for both the teaching and administrative staff,” said Principal Susan Bonner. “We look at how far the children have grown academically over the three years they have been with us and hope we have made an impact on their lives. We send them off to the middle school where they will continue to become well prepared to be productive citizens of our Deer Park community.”

The event began with a rendition of the national anthem by Julia Kotliar and Angelique Jean-Pierre, followed by welcoming speeches by Bonner and fifth-grade Student Government President Julia Holland. Prior to the students’ receiving their moving up certificates, several fifth-graders were presented with awards.

Andrew Ellner won the New York State Comptrollers Achievement Award, presented to a student who demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service, while Tatiana Arezzo and Jackson Lamanna were the winners of the Amanda Malloy Memorial Award, created to honor students who lead and value a healthy lifestyle.

The D.C. Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund was created as a tribute to Chief Downey’s legacy. Jessica Miranda and Alec Tchinnis were honored on behalf of the Downey family,

Thomas Sweeny from the country executive’s office presented the County Executive Public Service Award, which recognizes a student who has successfully combined academic success with a commitment to the community. Branden Raines was this year’s recipient.

The Kathy Miller Award is given in memory of Robert Frost Middle School special education teacher Kathleen Miller to students who are children of SEPFC members. According to Bonner, the recipients of this award – Anaya Cruz, Anthony L. Gotay, Preston Punger and Alec Tchinnis – are conscientious, motivated and respectful to their peers and staff, having faced obstacles and worked hard to overcome them in order to succeed.   

“All of these young people are the definition of hard work, dignity and perseverance,” Bonner said.

A joyous version of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was sung by the entire class. Rihanna Sayed, the fifth-grade Student Government vice president, then delivered farewell remarks, and the students joined their families to celebrate this momentous next step in their educations.

Poetry, Posters and Patriotism: JFK Celebrates Flag Day

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JFK held a wide-ranging Flag Day celebration this year, coordinated by fifth-grade teacher Audrey Schulter. She was assisted by band teacher Lou Nicolosi, who assembled a special Flag Day Band to provide the accompanying music for the ceremony.

Serving as honored guests this year were Col. Stephen Labate , a U.S. Army Reserve officer and father of fifth-grader twins Maria Labate and Michael Labate Jr., and Sgt. Charles Bianculli, an Army veteran who was presented with a hand-print American flag by JFK’s Let’s Make a Difference Club. Local Girl Scouts from Troop 801 presented a flag-folding demonstration, while Eagle Scout Michael Charumaneeroj spoke to the students about patriotism.

Schulter had earlier run a schoolwide poetry contest, asking students to write a poem about what the flag means to them. One winner from each grade level was selected and read their poem at the Flag Day ceremony. Fifth-grade students from each classroom also created posters to reflect Ruth Apperson Rous’ patriotic poem “I Am The Flag.” As the students came up to present their posters, they each read a stanza from the poem to the audience.

Using Comedy to Alleviate Poverty at JFK’s Red Nose Day


Through a partnership with a local Walgreens, JFK held its own Red Nose Day event on June 1, with students dressing up in clown noses and raising a total of $575 to help alleviate child poverty in 50 states and more than 25 countries.

“Walgreen store manager Mike Cusmano was a great support, and praised us for being well organized and energized over the fundraiser,” said Principal Susan Bonner.

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