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John F. Kennedy Elementary School

Address: 175 Brookvale Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704
Main Office: (631) 376-7801
Attendance Office: (631) 376-7875
Fax: (631) 376-7809
Principal: Ms. Denisha Van Liew
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"We are on our way with J.F.K."

John F. Kennedy Elementary School in West Babylon, New York, is a kindergarten through fifth grade public school. The school opened its doors, for the first time in September 1965. The school was named for the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963.

Our mission statement reads, "The community of John F. Kennedy Elementary School is committed to encouraging, empowering and engaging children as they are valued, for their individuality, and diverse capabilities. We emphasize the individual needs of the whole child while enhancing learning. We will provide a safe, nurturing learning environment while inspiring children to achieve academic potential as life long learners." The school's motto, "We're On Our Way With J.F.K." was suggested by the students of West Babylon, not long after the building opened.

The JFK staff works as a team to deliver high quality instruction that is aligned with our state learning standards. We are extremely proud of our school which has a well deserved reputation for excellence and friendliness. Please use this website as a resource for you, and your child.


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Contact Information

To contact a teacher, find out the teacher's extension in the Staff Directory. (631) 376-7800, press 9, and then follow with the extension number. If the teacher is not available, leave a message on his/her voice mail.

To report a student absence, call (631) 376-7875


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Two JFK Sisters Head to Brookhaven Science Fair

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John F. Kennedy Elementary School held its annual science fair day on April 29. Two students, who are also sisters, were selected to represent their school at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Science Fair in June.

Fourth grader Brooke Leo and second grader Mallory Leo have been chosen to represent John F. Kennedy Elementary School, where their projects will be judged against other students from across Suffolk County. Brooke’s project, “The Power of Words,” explored the concept of how positive/negative feedback impacts confidence and performance. Mallory’s project, “Can You Hear Me Know?,” explored sound and whether sound can travel through all materials or only certain materials.

Date Added: 5/17/2024

The JFK Garden Club Blossoms

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Date Added: 5/13/2024

JFK Fifth Grader Named Poster Contest Winner

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Congratulations to fifth grader Aariz Chaudry from John. F. Kennedy Elementary School, who was named a winner in the 2024 Bicycle Safety Poster Contest sponsored by Suffolk County. Chaudry’s poster was one of two chosen to represent District 15. He was recently presented a certificate from Legislator Jason Richberg for his participation. He is pictured with John F. Kennedy Elementary School Principal Denisha Van Liew.

Date Added: 5/3/2024

Fifth Graders Are ‘Racing’ to the Top

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The fifth graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School are working hard on their short responses during the English language arts lesson. The students are using the RACE strategy (Restate the Question, Answer the Question, Cite the Evidence and Explain the Evidence) to create their short-response texts. In Ms. Cardone’s class, students worked cooperatively in groups to compose an exemplar response to a text-based prompt using the RACE strategy and the New York State two-point rubric. Upon completion of their responses, students swapped their papers with another group and used the rubric to grade their classmates’ papers.

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Date Added: 4/10/2024