3000 South Bellmore Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
Ms. Lorraine Poppe

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Mr. Jon LaRochester
Mr. Gerard Owenburg
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Another Successful Food Drive for Kennedy’s Student Government

Each year, the John F. Kennedy High School Student Government runs its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit members of the Bellmore-Merrick community.  
“With the help of Stop & Shop, Student Government was able to continue this annual tradition as well as its dedication to community service,” said Brad Seidman, a social studies teacher, Senior Experience coordinator and co-faculty advisor to the Kennedy student Government.

The Student Government set up outside of the North Bellmore Stop & Shop in mid-November in help maximize donations. Shoppers were asked to pick up a few extra cans of vegetables, boxes of stuffing, cake mixes, etc. and leave them with the Student Government members who were stationed outside the door.  

“Some shoppers even helped by donating frozen turkeys, a staple at the Thanksgiving dinner table,” Seidman added.

Students at Kennedy High School were also encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items during the week to help contribute to the food collection efforts. Club members then gathered a few days later after school to organize and package the food. More than 40 boxes were neatly packaged and wrapped, as well as more than 20 turkeys.

Cougars Boys Volleyball Nab County Title

The Kennedy Cougars boys volleyball team recently defeated Jericho to win the Nassau County Class B title. This is the sixth time in the past eight years that Kennedy’s boys volleyball has earned the Nassau County Championship.

They won in straight sets — 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19.

“There was a great crowd cheering for the team…that definitely made the gym feel like it belonged to the Cougar Nation,” said Principal Lorraine Poppe.

Michael Ianniello was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Harrison Ivers was named All-County Tournament Honorable Mention and Jonah Zeitlin and Josh Levine were named to the All-County Tournament Team. Other team members include Tyler Anderson, Dylan Judd, Josh Kaplan, Mitchell Mass, Steve Carlson, Jordan Kappel, Garrett Krassner, Jeff Lowell, Owen Bradley, Shawn Linzer, Evan Rothchild, Peter Cuttitta, Harrison Marcus and Jonah Zeitlin.

Kennedy Announces October Students of the Month

The administration and staff at Kennedy recently named a student from each academic department to receive Student of the Month recognition.

 This honor highlights their achievements and/or efforts for the month of October.

Among those selected were: Michael Molzon (Science); Samantha Klein (Math); Hunter Moran; (Physical Education); Nicole Rezak (World Languages); Brian Needle (Business); Dylan Judd (World Languages); Matthew Alexander (Vocal Music); Kayla Braccio (Health); Anna Kuznetsova (Instrumental Music); Ashley Bardhan (Art) and Nicholas Pandolfi (Social Studies); Jocelyn Cohn (English) and Katelyn McCormick (Family & Consumer Science).

Kennedy Opens Halloween Fun House for Younger Kids


The halls and classrooms at Kennedy were transformed into a Halloween fun house recently for younger children in the district.

Children from Reinhard Early Childhood Center – future Cougars themselves - were treated to a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, superhero cape creating, mummy wrapping and more.

This service-learning project made possible by Kennedy seniors and the social studies department became a cooperative community endeavor as students reached out to local businesses in the area for donations of decorations, candy and costumes.

“Government teachers, Mrs. McManus, Mrs. Scherer and Mr. Seidman spent months planning the event,” said Social Studies Chairperson Karen McGuinness. 

Mr. Digiovanni and his students from the Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program (C.H.A.M.P.) baked over 300 cookies for decorating.
 “We are trying to host more events like this to help the kids who will eventually be attending school here identify with the building,” Assistant Principal Gerard Owenburg said, who initiated the project.


Kennedy Fires Up Homecoming Festivities


With a pep rally, outdoor festival and toasty bonfire, John F. Kennedy High School kicked off Homecoming in full force.

Under the bright Friday night lights, the Cougars took on New Hyde Park, coming out victorious, 28-21. Prior to the game, various school clubs fundraised by selling homemade chocolates, snacks and even the opportunity to throw a pie at a teacher.

“In the gym, the crowds gathered to watch the girls’ varsity volleyball team, badminton team, and boys’ junior varsity volleyball team all play exciting matches,” Principal Lorraine Poppe said.

Local bands took to the temporary stage and food trucks gathered in the parking lot behind the bleachers.

A safely lit bonfire burned on the baseball field, under the direct supervision of Bellmore volunteer firefighters. This annual tradition serves as a warm union for the students, staff and community. The marching band kept fans upbeat in the stands throughout the game and the cheerleaders and kickliners were brimming with school spirit.

“It was a wonderful week – one filled with lots of school spirit and a high level of participation,” Poppe said. “It was a great week for the Cougar Nation.”