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John F. Kennedy High School

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

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Daniel Jantzen
Ms. Marie A. Netto
Mr. Vincent Pisano

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Duo Gains Real-Life Courtroom Experiences

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Two juniors in the Central High School District are receiving real-life experience in the judicial system.  

Callie Burns of Kennedy High School and Emma DeOliveira of Mepham High School are volunteer advocates for Nassau County’s Adolescent Diversion Program.

“This experience really shows us different aspects of the law and allows us to experience in a courtroom setting,” DeOliveira said.

The goal of Adolescent Diversion is to reduce convictions and recidivism rates among this vulnerable age group. In Nassau County, all 16- and 17-year-old respondents who are facing non-violent criminal charges in Nassau County are immediately referred to ADP. 

Burns, who is working on her Advanced Science Research project, is investigating the suspension and expulsion rates in high school students throughout Long Island. 

“Instead of juvenile correction, I act as a prosecutor and study police reports, similar cases, and meet with the client,” she explained. “Then I work with the team to present the case, as well as opening and closing remarks, to a judge. The judge is either a senior advocate in the program as well or a real court judge.”

The defense, also comprised of a panel of high school advocates, then offers a sentence that does not involve incarceration. 

“It can be community service or them serving on juries for other cases,” added DeOliveira.

The Nassau County Courts then takes over to see that the defendant completes their sentence.

“If he doesn’t comply then his case is put into real court and he has the potential of serving time in juvenile detention,” explained Burns.

Both Burns and DeOliveira agreed that most of the defendants they’ve come into contact with choose to use the experience as a learning process.
“The process shows you that kids really do change from this program,” DeOliveira.

Kennedy Promotes Mental Health With Wellness Week

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Students at Kennedy High School recently spent time with trained and certified therapy dogs, thanks to the nonprofit organization Therapy Dogs Long Island on Feb. 12.

In collaboration with Kennedy's Wellness Week, a Goldendoodle named Kheiron and his handler visited for a student "stress buster" where students were able to sit with, pet, and hold the dog for stress relief and mood improvement. Some of the other activities that students participated in during Wellness Wednesday included, mandala coloring, yoga and make your own stress ball.

“Studies show that dogs can help to improve mental and physical well-being, relieve anxiety, and improve learning and empathy,” said library media specialist Kristen Mogavero, a co-organizer of the event, along with math chair David Prince. 

“This experience hit on all of the senses to initiate destressing,” added Prince. “I am very grateful for the support of the administration in bringing the therapy dogs into school and being open minded towards opportunities that benefit our students,” added Mogavero.

Throughout the rest of the week, each grade level was able to participate in assemblies, including Cyber Safety and Social Media Use for ninth graders, Substance Abuse and Brain Development for tenth graders, Teen Mental Health and Coping Skills for eleventh graders and What to Expect in College for 12th graders.

On Friday, the Key Club continued their tradition of making a “Take What You Need Wall,” with kind messages for students to take with them. 

“Each period of the day also included a kindness challenge, asking students to complete acts of kindness for another person in the building,” explained Principal Gerard Owenburg. “I truly hope the positivity seen around our building continues throughout the remainder of the school year.”

Kennedy Team Wins Nassau County Trivia Challenge

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A team of students from Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District won the Nassau County Trivia Challenge to benefit the Cerebral Palsy Foundation on Feb. 27.

They include Katherine St George, Sal Bernadini, Jonathan Ivers and Avtar Jassal.

Now in its 34th year, the Trivia Challenge fundraising event brings students with great minds and good hearts together to help raise funds to benefit the programs and services the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County provides for more than 1,500 children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.

Kennedy Robotics Team Advances to States

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The Kennedy High School Robotics B team advanced to the state championships after a Feb. 8 competition and will now advance to the upcoming New York State-level VEX competition in March. 

Team members include Brandon Lin, Kai Rodger, James LeSalle, Arsal Zafar, Michael Liu and Dylan Schecter. Coaches are science teachers Deanna Ocampo and Helmut Schleith.

Kennedy Team Named National Finalist in REACH Challenge

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A team of Advanced Science Research students from Kennedy High School  have been named national finalists in the REACH Challenge.

The REACH Challenge is a contest sponsored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). The REACH Challenge is an impactful Adaptive & Assistive Technology (AT) design-thinking project for middle school, high school, and college level STEM students. The Team developed and 3D printed a device they called "Helping Hands" to assist a woman suffering from Fibromyalgia. 

“Their innovative project demonstrates how our students use their STEM skills for social good, making a real-world difference in the lives of those around them,” explained Robert Soel, District Science Department Chairman and STEM Education.

The 10 team members are sophomores and juniors and include; Julia Levine, Danielle Kacaj, Callie Burns, Brandon Lin, Chris Luisi, Michelle Brown, Sophia Warren, Georgia Karantenislis, Sarah Suss and Kai Rodge.

Teams and their teachers are also invited to ITEEA's 82nd Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD on March 13, 2020, where the top teams will receive grants to support their STEM programs, as well as a STEM Swag Bag.

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