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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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JFK’s Candy-Coated Fun

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Prior to the holiday recess, the second graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School invited special guests to come to school to create gingerbread houses together. The students and their guests got creative as they designed their houses and covered them with different types of candy. All the second graders had a sweet treat to take home with them during the break.

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Date Added: 1/11/2023

Coding with a College Student at JFK

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Students at John F. Kennedy Elementary School were engaged in computer science lessons to celebrate Computer Science Week in early December. West Babylon alumni Charlie DeGennaro, a senior at SUNY New Paltz as a computer science major, visited with these classes to lead the lessons. Mrs. Rosen’s second graders participated in an unplugged lesson using Boolean logic, where students learned how computers make decisions. Mr. DeGennaro taught coding fundamentals to fourth and fifth grade enrichment students. Students even made a game using these skills.

Date Added: 1/9/2023

Rewarding Good Choices at JFK

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At John F. Kennedy Elementary School, students can earn special awards for making good choices, being kind and displaying positive character qualities. Students can earn Eagle Grams or be chosen to receive the monthly Eagle Wings award based on a specific character trait. This year, any student receiving one of these awards is entered into a monthly drawing to receive the Principal's Choice Award. If a student receives this award, he or she can choose a special experience or prize from the Principal’s Choice menu of options. Congratulations to Miss Leo, who received this award and served as Principal for the Hour.

Date Added: 12/16/2022

Creative Costumes Camouflage Turkeys at JFK

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After reading “Turkey Trouble” with their class, the students in Ms. Rosen’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School did their best to disguise their turkeys so they wouldn’t end up on the dinner table this Thanksgiving. The students camouflaged their turkeys in some creative costumes and wrote stories on why they choose that particular disguise.

Date Added: 11/30/2022