You’ve probably heard of all of the outreach programs that professional and regional orchestras do for elementary kids. The kids either get on a bus and travel to a concert hall or the orchestra may even come to the school auditorium and perform at an assembly designed to educate the youngsters about the full symphony orchestra (strings, winds, brass, percussion) medium and to garner interest in classical music.
At Searingtown Elementary School, the full symphony orchestra performing for the students are the students themselves.
The fourth, fifth-and sixth-grade Math Enrichment students of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District recently displayed their independent research projects at the Garden City Park School. Math Enrichment teacher Mrs. Fiorillo, had been working on their research projects since January with the students.
After winning the New York City Regional Championship, students from the Sewanhaka Central School District travelled to St. Louis, MO to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships at the Edward Jones Dome. The top 128 out of a total of 2,500 teams from around the world were present and students from Sewanhaka finished in 23rd place in their division with a record of 5-3 in round robin competition.
The annual FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together all ages for the ultimate Sport for the Mind. The three-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion in front of a roaring crowd of 25,000.
Rachel J. Kim competed in the New York State Finals of National History Day on April 29. Among tough competition, the Herricks Middle School eighth-grader took third place in the state for her individual performance titled “Separate is NOT Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.”
This is the first time a Herricks Middle School student has advanced to the New York State Finals and Kim’s project reflected a great deal of time, research and dedication.
Her ten-minute performance, in which she portrayed three different characters, addressed the struggles of integration at Little Rock Central High School in 1957 as well as current day issues surrounding integration. Kim’s research and script stood out among contributions from other schools around the state.
Herricks High School recently hosted its 4th annual jazz festival. Each year bands from around Long Island perform in the Herricks High School auditorium for family, friends, peers, as well as receive a clinic from a renowned jazz musician and educator.
This year’s clinician was saxophonist Dave Pietro, a New York City based musician who has performed with countless jazz luminaries all over the world. The day concluded Mr. Pietro performing with the Herricks High School Blue Jazz band, under the direction of Geoffrey Taylor.
Most of the bands that performed have been to the festival all four years of its existence.
Evangeline Giannopoulos of Girl Scout Troop 620, will receive a Gold Award in June for her workshop, which addressed the issue of women being undermined in the world of science. The project involved science workshops for young girls in the New Hyde Park community and is being sustained through a Facebook group.
At Center Street School in Herricks, fourth-grade students created an exciting project. The Gemini program at Herricks supports talented and gifted students with challenging curriculum.
These students established the United Bank of Gemini Students. They were assigned a department of the bank to work in as part of a team.
Andrew Lee, a junior at Herricks High School, has been announced as a 2013 finalist in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP). He will compete in Houston, Texas from May 8–12.
The Herricks Middle School staff organized a volleyball fundraiser for the students, parents, and teachers to raise money for Project REACH. Reclaiming Every Affected Child’s Happiness is a program that evolved from the collective desire of the school community to make a difference in the lives of children in areas severely impacted by Super Storm Sandy and the school shooting in Newtown, CT.
Nassau BOCES and Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network Center for College and Career Success recently unveiled a major pilot of new measures of college readiness.
Herricks Middle School students were among the first to pilot the new computer program. This initiative is part of a major research and development project to develop a methodology for large-scale, innovative, computer-based approaches for the assessment of college and career readiness.
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