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John F. Kennedy High School

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

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Jon LaRochester
Ms. Marie A. Netto
Mr. Vincent Pisano

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Composer/Conductor Makes Music with Kennedy Students

Composer photo

On May 1, orchestra, band and vocal students at Kennedy High School worked with composer/conductor Stephen Melillo ahead of their evening concerts.

One of the most internationally recognized composers for wind band music, Melillo  is known for his techniques in concert music, revolutionizing the video game industry in terms of how they use music, film scores, TV shows, as well as multiple Pulitzer nominations for his music.

“The transformation my students had in a total of less than four hours with Stephen Melillo was absolutely incredible,” said JFK Band Director Walter Avellaneda. “They understood passion and they understood how to play their instrument with beauty and intensity at such an intense level. They played from their hearts in such a way that I have been silent and speechless about it since then.”

“It’s always a meaningful experience when our students have the opportunity to work with professional musicians,” said Cheryl Fontana, the district’s director of the fine & performing arts. “We are so grateful to Mr. Melillo for sharing his knowledge and passion with our young musicians.”

A special highlight of the event is that the music department commissioned a piece by Melillo, honoring Lorraine Poppe, the school’s late former principal. The piece, “to Love & be Loved,” will soon be released worldwide. 

“We were able to send a recording of the work to Ms. Poppe and her family a few weeks ago,” explained Avellaneda. “Her sister said it was the last piece of music that she was listening to as she passed. They were playing it over and over for her; it brought their family much comfort during a difficult time.”

Avellaneda said it was an honor to play for Poppe’s family who attended the evening concert. “Without her vision, the music program would have never flourished,” he added. “And now we are lucky to have the same endless support by Principal Gerard Owenburg who encourages these types of experiences; it is truly fitting that the piece was premiered on National Principal's Day,” he added.

Bellmore-Merrick District STEAM Career Fair Engages Crowd

Bellmore-Merrick District STEAM Career Fair Engages Crowd photo

Hundreds of district students and families connected with more than 70 professionals to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics at the Central High School District’s STEAM Career Fair in the Kennedy High School gymnasium on April 11.

Visitors enjoyed interactive displays at the career presentation tables while they engaged in conversations about college and career options and networked with leaders and experts in the STEAM industries. 

“Bringing so many experts, leaders and role models together for one evening has an enormous impact on our school community,” said Science/STEM Chair Robert Soel. “I was so energized walking around the fair and seeing our students engaged in conversations about medicine, engineering, forensics, computer science, graphic arts, meteorology, and so many more."

Attendees were able to meet several professionals including Erica Grow, a Storm Team 4 meteorologist from NBC, Mike Spisak, an IBM Distinguished engineer and master inventor, and Toni Sabatino, an award-winning interior designer. 

“Connecting with a professional can be an inspiring and pivotal moment in a student’s life,” added Soel. “Sometimes one conversation can set students on a path to discovering  a college major or career they may never have known they would have a passion for.”

Along with inspiring career connections, the newly-formed high school VEX Robotics team hosted an in-district VEX competition among Kennedy’s 4 VEX-EDR robots and between both of Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools VEX -IQ teams.

“Students displayed creative builds which included 3D printed parts such as scoops and horns,” said teacher/coach Michelle Biancardo. 

The Robotics team students were given 3D printed awards of VEXellence.

“The district’s STEAM initiatives in engineering, robotics and coding, have become incredibly successful; a career fair truly helps us to extend our classrooms and show kids what is possible in today’s cutting edge STEAM industries,” added Soel. 

An favorite, the career fair also hosted the district’s sixth annual Medical Scrabble fundraiser which quickly became a heated competition and “spell-a-bration” of medical terms.    

Overall, the career fair was a fun and inspiring night where students and families explored STEAM and unlocked the door to a world of future possibilities in the 21st century. 

Kennedy Team SPARKS a First Place Win

Kennedy Team SPARKS a First Place Win photo
Four Northwell SPARK teams from Kennedy High School competed April 11 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

The Glen Cove Hospital operating room team won first place for representing the profession of surgical technician and won $4,000. 

The team was comprised of Kenar Gelman, Randi Finkelstein, Pierce Infuso, Jake Levine, Peter Giannaris, David Frank, Claudia Dreyer, Whitney Sussman, Jonathan Mashal, Hunter Moran, Noah Kava, Ashley Camisso and team artist Lauren Rhakimov. 

Kennedy Students Talk Social Media With Grubhub/Seamless

Kennedy Students Talk Social Media With Grubhub/Seamless photo
Kennedy Students Talk Social Media With Grubhub/Seamless photo 2
Kennedy students in the Social Media and Virtual Enterprise classes had the opportunity to video conference with Mallorie Rosenbluth, Head of Content, Social Media, and Influencer Marketing at Grubhub/Seamless. 

Rosenbluth is a leader in the field of Social Media marketing and spoke to students about her role in the company, what it's like working for a billion dollar company, and how she interacts with social media. Students and staff members were able to ask questions and check out the Grubhub office space in NYC. 

Thank you to Mrs. Zocchia, Mrs. Rojas, Ms. Leonardo, Mrs. DiGennaro, and Mrs. Mogavero for participating, and to Grubhub who was generous enough to donate gift cards to the school which will be raffled off throughout the remainder of the school year. 

Kennedy Library Dedication

Kennedy Dedicates Library to Michael Dubin photo
Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District recently held the official dedication of their new library to former teacher Michael Dubin. 

Dubin, a 30-year social studies teacher, posthumously bequeathed a donation to cover the cost of the library renovations.

“When I hear people talk about Mr. Dubin’s passion for history and teaching I can’t help but think of how well he would fit in with our current social studies department,” said Principal Gerard Owenburg. “Clearly, Kennedy High School meant a great deal to Mr. Dubin and his generous gift will impact a generation of students that were born after his retirement.” 

Kristen Mogavero, the library media specialist at Kennedy High School, boasted about the latest offerings, including charging stations, a large smartboard that broadcasts school announcements and a library classroom with shared monitor desks and a smartboard. 

“We also now have flexible seating options to promote collaborative group work, including rolling chairs and a high-top counter seating,” Mogavero added.

The library also includes a new humanities research center that has been dedicated in his name. 

“We, as a staff, can take great pride in how this donation symbolizes how much it means to each and every one of us to be a Kennedy teacher,” added Owenburg.

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