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JFK Students Show Their Individuality on Dot Day

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JFK celebrated Dot Day on Sept. 15, inspired by the Peter Reynolds book “The Dot,” which was published Sept. 15, 2003. Teacher Briana Nussbaum worked with all of her art classes on Dot Day collaborative projects.

In the story, the character Vashti felt like she couldn’t draw, but her art teacher encouraged her to “just make a mark, and see where it takes you.” She marked her paper with a small dot, which was displayed the next day on the classroom wall, leading to her creation of many different dot drawings. The lesson of the book is that while a dot might be small, it is a powerful way to show individuality and creativity.

“Ms. Nussbaum helped build confidence in her students, to inspire them to be unique and brave,” said Principal Kelly Benson.




Vanessa Langdon Appointed as Social Studies Curriculum Associate

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The district has appointed Vanessa Langdon as the new social studies curriculum associate, replacing Heather Stewart. Langdon had previously served as a social studies teacher at Deer Park High School since September 2001.

A resident of Island Park, Langdon earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Pace University and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Stony Brook University.

“Teaching at Deer Park High School for the past 20 years has provided me with lasting memories and experiences that I will always hold dear to my heart,” Langdon said. “I am very excited to begin working with my colleagues in a new capacity as curriculum associate. My goal is to support our teachers, community and students, ensuring a collaborative learning environment that celebrates our students’ diversity and achievements while preparing them to be civic-minded global citizens of the 21st century.”

Five from Deer Park HS Recognized as Remarkable Scholars

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Five high school students were recently honored by the College Board based on their remarkable academic achievements and outstanding performance on PSAT or AP exams. Tovia Manning, Sydney Pottinger and Lindsay Williams were designated as National African American Recognition Program Scholars, and Megan Bush, Pottinger and Gabriel Villacres were designated as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.



Megan Bush Named Long Island Scholar-Artist

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The high school’s Megan Bush has been named a Long Island Scholar-Artist in the area of theater. Bush was one of only such honorees chosen for the 2021-2022 school year. The Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar-Artist program annually recognizes students who excel academically and in the areas of either music, visual arts, dance, theater or media arts.

“Our department is extremely proud of Megan for earning this prestigious designation and honor,” said Bradley Murphy, the district administrator for fine and performing arts.

Deer Park Students Plant Flags and Show Kindness in Memory of 9/11

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Clad in patriotic colors, students at Deer Park’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School, John Quincy Adams Primary School and May Moore Primary School participated in annual flag planting ceremonies on Sept. 10 in remembrance of those who gave their lives on 9/11.

“Our students were excited to wear their finest red, white and blue last Friday,” said May Moore Principal Tammy Alcalde.

“We also asked our students to do an act of kindness for a family member, friend or even a stranger in honor of those lost on Sept. 11,” said JFK Principal Kelly Benson.