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Dear Fellow JFK Alumni & Parents,

As proud alumni of Kennedy High School, we are pleased to share with you some of the exciting things that are taking place at our beloved Cougar Nation. 

In the past few years, the Alumni Association has supported and enhanced many school programs, including providing the funding to begin a state of the art robotics program, beautification of the school grounds, the electronic message board at the entrance to the school as well as providing many scholarships that are given annually at the Senior Awards Program. 

 We are currently in the process of another wonderful new project. As many of you know, longtime Kennedy Principal, Lorraine Poppe, passed away in April after a twenty-two month battle with cancer. Lorraine led Kennedy High School for twenty-three years and had hoped to complete a few more projects before she would retire. The main project she wished to accomplish was to turn the courtyard into a functional area where ceremonies, concerts and performances could be held, as well as give the students and faculty a place to “chill”.


We are proud to announce that beginning last year, work on that project began! The plans include all new brickwork, plantings, sod, a pavilion and a rock garden/waterfall. Several benches will also be installed. This project will provide opportunities for students and staff, as well as being a fitting tribute to Ms. Poppe’s legacy.

 The Alumni Association is in the midst of raising money to complete this project, as well as initiate several others to help current and future students.

We are seeking the support of each graduating class to help us in our endeavors. All we are asking is for everyone to make a donation....$5, $10, $25 or more will make these dreams become a reality. Each class that reaches a class total of $1000 will have a plate added to a plaque to commemorate the class. There is no better way to celebrate all that you have received from Kennedy by paying it forward and supporting current and future students! 


To help us reach our total goal of $50,000, we are asking that you take a moment today and consider donating to this wonderful cause.

 Please use this link to make a donation in ANY AMOUNT that you are comfortable with.



You may use your PayPal account or credit or debit card to make the donation via this link.

 Please also list your year of graduation so we can keep track of the years of graduation for the plaque to commemorate your class’s donation.

IMPORTANT, on the 2nd page under the amount you select to donate, there is a field  “Add a note” please click on this  to-write your year of graduation in that field.

For those of you that want to mail in a check, please make the check payable to:

Bellmore JFK Alumni, Inc


Place your year of graduation and the word Poppe Courtyard in the memo area.

 Mail it to:

John F Kennedy High School

Attn: Alumni Association

3000 Bellmore Avenue

Bellmore, NY  11710

 Thank you for your willingness to participate in this project. Many small donations will lead to great results! We hope we can count on you to be part of the energy of “PAYING IT FORWARD”.

 Go Cougars!

Bellmore JFK Alumni Board & Committee 

2019 Hall Of Fame

Wall of Honor

Friends of Kennedy 


.... friends, alumni, family and business associates that would like to attend the event and honor the inductees and to purchase tickets, advertise in the journal and become a sponsor of the event please use the info below to print out the forms.
These are the 2019 inductees
Dr. Joseph Etzel
’83 – Renowned Clinical Faculty Practioner-St. John’s University School of Pharmacy
Rick Farber ‘78 – Senior Advisor for Financial Markets, United States Treasury
Neil Grover ’73 – Percussionist, Boston Symphony
Steph Hammerman ’08 – Adaptive Cross Fit Athlete and Trainer/ Entrepreneur Motivational Speaker
Dr. Jack Krauser ’69 – Renowned Periodontist/ Officer of International College of Oral Implantologists
Lee Mandel ’99- CEO of Intralogic Solutions
Dr. Thomas Pappas ’74 – Director of Cardiac Catherization, St. Francis Hospital
Seth Pitlake ’77 – Realtor, President of Merrick Kiwanis
Jackie Stone ’86 – Chief Marketing Officer of MiMedia
Dr. Aren Skolnick ’01 – Endocrinologist, Northwell Health, Asst. Professor, Zucker
School of Medicine (Hofstra University)
Steven Wunderlich ‘71 – Founding Executive Board /Executive Director of PREVAIL/ JFK Wrestler
Lorraine Poppe, Principal (1995-2018)
Eileen Connolly, Assistant Principal (1996-2015)
John Schaefer, Original Staff Member/Famed Wrestling Coach
Janet Goller Brooke Jones Louise Maxworthy

A Message from Eileen Connolly & the JFK Alumni Association

Last Friday marked the end of an incredible 44 year career in education for my good friend and colleague, Lorraine Poppe. Lorraine spent 21 years in Baldwin as a teacher of English, coach, department aide, dean of students and assistant principal. In 1995, Lorraine was named as the fourth principal of John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore.....a position she held with great distinction for the last 23 years. In recognition of Lorraine's retirement, outstanding service and dedication to the students and families of Kennedy, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School Board of Education has graciously supported that the soon-to-be renovated courtyard be dedicated to and named in honor of Lorraine.....certainly a wonderful and fitting tribute.The Kennedy High School Alumni Association, along with district and school personnel have raised a significant portion of the funding needed to begin this project, with the brick walkways being started this week. In addition to the brickwork, plans have been formulated to add gardens, lighting and a pavilion in the courtyard, an entity to be used and enjoyed by the students and staff for years to come.To fund this project, the Alumni Association in continuing to collect monies from friends, colleagues, parents and former students as a way of recognizing Lorraine's outstanding efforts and as a "thank you" for her boundless energy and commitment to the thousands of students whose lives she has touched.Individuals, families and groups who wish to donate may do so by sending checks, payable to Bellmore JFK Alumni, Inc. to:Bellmore JFK Alumni AssociationJohn F. Kennedy High School3000 Bellmore AvenueBellmore, New York 11710
Please be sure to indicate "Courtyard" on the memo line of your check. Your donation Is tax deductible.I am asking Bellmore-Merrick and Baldwin friends to help spread the word of this request by sharing this post with your contacts. Thank you in advance for your support of this project and for recognizing the outstanding contributions of an outstanding educator- Lorraine Poppe.

50 Year  History of 

Bellmore JFK High School

Book written by the JFK Students

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Hall Of Fame Journal

May 6, 2017

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Cougar Alumni Edition May 2014.pdf


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The bottom line is: please support John F. Kennedy High School and the Alumni Association. It was these strong roots that created your paths in life and put you on your road to success; now you can help us do the same for others.  We will be in contact with you about future events, programs, scholarships, as well as informal and formal get-togethers.  Below you will find a link to our first newsletter. We hope you enjoy it. Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!


Kennedy Cougar Alumni Edition Newsletters


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May 2014 Edition

Cougar Alumni Edition May 2014.pdf

July 2013 Edition

Alumni Edition July 2013.pdf

November 2012 Edition

Cougar Alumni Edition November Issue Final.pdf


July 2012  Edition

          The Kennedy Cougar Alumni Edition.pdf


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Alma Mater
Oh Kennedy we pledge thee our loyalty
Our lives shall tell of all you’ve taught
Our spirit sings thy name.
With courage and honor, we’ll praise alma mater
Oh grey and green we hail thee
... Banners waving high.
For Kennedy, we shall proclaim
Our love shall never die


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