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John F. Kennedy High School

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3000 South Bellmore Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Gerard Owenburg

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Jeff Cronk
Mr. Daniel Jantzen
Mr. Vincent Pisano

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Kennedy Named ITEEA STEM School of Excellence

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Kennedy High School has been named an International Technology and Engineering Educators Association 2023-24 STEM School of Excellence.

As winners of this international distinction, Kennedy High School joins an outstanding group of schools that are impacting and making a significant difference in the lives of students though Integrative STEM (I-STEM) literacy. The ITEEA's STEM School of Excellence Award recognizes superior K-12 and Post-Secondary STEM programs from schools all around the world.

Chosen schools show outstanding commitment to providing a robust Integrative experience through STEM programs and serve as a model and inspiration to their communities.

“At Kennedy High School, this award acknowledges the amazing work done by students and teachers in our engineering classes, computer science classes, and ninth grade DDP and STEAM classes,” explained Rob Soel, the district’s STEAM chairperson. “Beyond our innovative STEM curriculum, we are so proud of our award winning VEX Robotics Teams, AFA CyberPatriot Teams, Science Olympiad Teams, Esports Club and Coding Club.

Kennedy students have a wide variety of opportunities and success in STEM.

“In 2023, our students participated in STEM projects for community service by designing adaptive technology to assist students with disabilities, completed STEM research projects in ASR and explored STEM careers with local professionals in major school events such as our annual STEAM Career Fair,” Soel further explained.

“Kennedy High School is a hub of STEM excellence in the district, and we are so proud to have earned this high honor,” Principal Gerard Owenburg added. “In March of 2024, Kennedy will be recognized at the annual ITEEA professional conference in Memphis, and we will receive a STEM School of Excellence banner to display proudly in our main hallway.”

This video, produced by Cougar TV, highlights some of the STEM programs and student experiences at Kennedy.

Date Added: 2/13/2024

Kennedy Reach Teams Create Adaptive Designs

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One REACH Challenge team from John F. Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District was named a finalist while another team is a semifinalist in the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association STEM Competition.

Jack Levit, Mark Prainito, Jayden Simon, Mason Tso, Evan Kolberg, Ellie Gelman, Cole Wasserman, Maxwell Frank and Kyle Wasserman were named REACH finalists after they created Portion Pal, which helps children from overstuffing their mouths with food.

Daniel Lin, Brendan Chiu, Aaron Khan and Joleen Shau were named semifinalists for their creation of the Click Clack Knapsack, which aims to help individuals with mobility challenges access materials from their backpack easier.

The REACH Challenge is an impactful Adaptive & Assistive Technology design-thinking project for middle school, high school and college level STEM programs.

The teams will receive gift cards for the school’s advanced science research program.

REACH Challenge team leads are invited to receive their award at ITEEA's 86th Annual Conference, March 6-9 in Memphis, TN.

To learn more about their projects, tune in here

Date Added: 2/13/2024

Girls Who Code Form Group at Kennedy

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A group of students at Kennedy High School who share a passion for coding formed a school club last year, dubbed Girls Who Code.

Faculty adviser and computer science teacher Carla Petroro oversees activities that are planned by four board members.

At their Jan. 11 meeting, board members Jaclyn Cohen and Cailyn Puig explained specific checklist of items for attendees to create a Scratch game. These included loops and variables such as scoring and restart options and conditionals such as winning messages, thus ending the game.

“I have learned more about myself through this club,” Puig said. “I enjoy learning the activities ahead of the meetings and find it encouraging and fun to help others execute their coding skills.”

Goals of the club include helping students further their knowledge of computer science, software development, and games design. No prior knowledge of coding is required to join their monthly meetings. While members do not compete as a club, individual students have enrolled in Hackathons.

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Date Added: 1/29/2024

Five CHSD Students Named Regeneron Scholars

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Three seniors from Mepham High School and two from Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District were named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 10.

This is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. They are among 300 students chosen nationwide for this distinction.
The scholars completed three years of independent research in their respective school’s Advanced Science Research Program.

At Mepham, Christiana Foufas, who is also the class of 2024 valedictorian, investigated Adapting to Pressure: The Bone Structure-Function Relationship in the Rabbit Talus. Foufas studied how trabecular bone tissue models under conditions of tension and compression to better understand the bone structure-function relationship and its role in osteoporosis and recovery after amputation. 

Salutatorian Matt Yang, studied the MultiFormer: Single-Cell ATAC to RNA Prediction Framework. His research concentrated on predicting RNA expression resulting from chromatin (DNA) accessibility.

Molly Graff worked on Think Fast: An Assessment of Cognitive Processing in Relation to Smartphone Proximity. This investigation holds the potential to enable early detection of cancer and hereditary diseases.

Their teachers are Dr. David Kommor, Neeru Partap and Jeannettee Spargifiore. 

“This honor exemplifies the unwavering commitment to excellence and tireless efforts both they and their teachers display on a daily basis,” noted Heather Bizewski, a science chairperson assigned to Mepham. “Their work has elevated the entire educational community here at Mepham. We are so very proud of our students and their teachers on this remarkable accomplishment. It is a testament to their passion, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence. We applaud their achievements and look forward to witnessing their continued success as they inspire others to reach new heights.”

Kennedy’s Cole Wasserman, also the class of 2024 salutatorian, investigated APC-Mediated Expansion of hPSC-Derived Natural Killer Cells. His research concerned cell signaling pathways in the human immune system. 

Claire Schwartz focused on The Administration of Sulforaphane via Broccoli Sprouts Ameliorates Parkinson's Disease Phenotypes in a Drosophila melanogaster Model. She investigated the effect of diet on Parkinson's disease.

Their teachers are Barbi Frank and Alexis Vandergoot.

“Their research findings are novel and make meaningful contributions to medical research within the scientific community,” added Robert Soel, science chairperson assigned to Kennedy and the district’s STEM chairperson. “They have consistently demonstrated grit, academic talent, and passion for their independent science research projects. Our ASR seniors are innovative young scientist who serve as role models for all the students.”

Each of the Regeneron Scholars is awarded $2,000 for themselves and $2,000 to support science and research at their respective schools.

From that select pool of scholars, 40 student finalists to be selected on Jan. 24 are invited to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000. 


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