Students at Syosset’s Village Elementary School recently celebrated National Nutrition Month with activities that satisfied their appetite for fun. They wore glow-in-the-dark bracelets embossed with the words “Eat Right Be Bright,” a variation on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 slogan: “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”
Students sampled various healthy food options each Friday at lunch, such as smoothies, carrots with ranch dip, and Greek yogurt.
Third-grade students at J. Irving Baylis Elementary School, Syosset, recently learned math lessons about area and perimeter, but they learned it through a hands-on approach on the school’s playground.
Students used square-foot carpet tiles, spray-painted along the edges, to create rectangles with varying areas while maintaining the same perimeter. The third-graders also constructed rectangles with specific areas that had different shapes. For the final assignment, the entire class was given detailed criteria and asked to create a shape with an area of 36 inches and a perimeter of 24 inches.
In addition to re-enforcing important math skills, this activity emphasized the need for teamwork and cooperation in a group setting.
Ninth-grade Peer Educators from Syosset High School recently visited third-grade classes at Walt Whitman Elementary School to talk to students about social skills and character development. For four days, the peer educators focused on friendship, accepting others, bullying and the steps of conflict resolution. The program opened with the high school students reading “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson. Third-graders had the opportunity to role-play conflict resolution strategies on the last day.
The peer educators visit all seven of the district’s elementary schools as part of the program throughout the winter and spring. The ninth-graders participate in a full year-long class, part of a four-year series, where they learn crucial communications, public speaking and leadership skills, as well as teamwork and confidence-building.
To be considered for the class, a student must apply, obtain teacher recommendations, and go through a panel interview.
Children’s author Suzy Kline recently visited the second graders at Jericho’s Cantiague Elementary School. The morning assembly kicked off with Kline discussing the seeds and tools writers use to create stories. She spoke about several experiences during her time as an elementary school teacher that inspired her Horrible Harry book series. A Herbie Jones skit performed by various staff members, including the second grade teachers, Principal Antony Sinanis and Superintendent Henry Grishman, elicited a great deal of laughter from the students. Later, the second graders took part in a creative writing activity led by Kline.
South Grove Elementary School recently held its third annual Multicultural Explore-A-Rama, where students in kindergarten through third grade were able to explore different cultures through a variety of workshops. Over 40 different workshops covered cultures from across the globe. Students had an opportunity to try out Jewish folk and Irish step dancing, in addition to making Italian pizza, French crepes, Irish soda bread and German pretzels. Fifth-graders led a workshop, under faculty supervision, on Native American games featuring lacrosse.
Students at Thompson Middle School in Syosset traveled around the world during the school’s annual Multicultural Expo by exploring the languages, games, food, drinks and music, in addition to many other characteristics, of a variety of cultures.
The students, individually or in groups of up to four, prepared poster board presentations and representative elements from a culture of their choice to showcase during the expo. Many brought in traditional food or drinks from a specific region, while others offered customary games and other symbolic items.
The South Woods Middle School Drama Club recently presented its musical production of Bye Bye Birdie. The South Woods production was directed by Alan Rubinstein, with choreography by Samantha Gonzalez and the musical direction of Jeanne Chung.
First-graders at Robbins Lane Elementary School were given a hands-on experience to better understand the characteristics of matter when an educator from the Science Museum of Long Island, located in Plandome, recently visited the school. The students tested a variety of items to see if they would float, sink or suspend in water. One by one, the first-graders predicted what an object would do when immersed in water, dropping in coffee beans, split peas and corn kernels to test their hypotheses. Using an assortment of rocks, they also observed how varying compositions of the same item can affect buoyancy.
Five Jericho High School students recently participated in the fourth annual Long Island Ethics Bowl, which was sponsored by the Squire Foundation held at Molloy College.
The High School Ethics Bowl is a competitive yet collaborative event in which students analyze and discuss real-life, and timely, ethical issues. The team was coached by social studies teacher and debate coach, Mary Moran.
On the team is Morgan Smiley, Anuhita Basavaraju, Jasdeep Kaur, Ben Kronengold and Ken Aizawa. They deliberated all day with students representing many other Long Island High Schools. The team was awarded first place and will be representing Long Island at the National Ethics Bowl at the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 19 and 20. This is the first year that Jericho students participated in this deliberative event.
The students and faculty of Robert Seaman Elementary School continue to support Long Beach’s West Elementary School, months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed West’s first floor. Since the 2012 storm, West has been sharing space at East Elementary and are now at Lindell School. They are still waiting for their home school’s repairs and renovations to be completed.
West Elementary School Principal Sandra Schneider was welcomed by the Seaman family and presented with supplies and donations which included books, classroom supplies, gift cards for Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target of over $4,000. The Peer Leaders of Robert Seaman Elementary organized the bounty of supplies donated by Seaman families and presented a short presentation to show their love.
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