Kindergarten students at Great Neck Road Elementary School played doctor to their stuffed animals thanks to the Teddy Bear Clinic sponsored by the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on Nov. 28.
The hands-on program helps to ease the fear of doctors and hospitals and also teaches the students about injury prevention. Stony Brook Children’s Hospital representative Erin Zazzara first spoke to the classes about different safety tips, such as wearing a helmet during sporting activities, keeping safe in the car and always wearing a seatbelt.
The students – who were dressed in their scrubs and equipped with their masks – then performed proper medical treatments on a “sick” stuffed animal or doll they had brought in from home.
After visiting the waiting room, they worked to diagnose their stuffed companions; first checking their weight and temperature before applying bandages and dispensing proper medicines based on their conditions. The students each performed different job functions, such as doctor, nurse, receptionist or pharmacist, throughout the workshop.
Fourth-graders at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School recently completed their English Language Arts module on the Iroquois.
The students in Jennifer Spizuco’s class and Jennifer Kelly’s class showed off their creativity and design capabilities when they were tasked with building their own longhouses as part of an extra credit assignment. The students displayed their creations – and spoke about different longhouse facts – during a gallery walk in the cafeteria on Nov. 21.
Dressed in their pajamas, students in grades 3-5 at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School participated in a Family Literacy Night on Nov. 1.
The theme, “Read With Me,” carried over from the K-2 Family Literacy Night held last month. Students joined teachers in their classrooms to learn reading tactics such as “Read, Cover, Remember, Retell,” the “3-2-1 Strategy” and the “Two-Word Strategy.”
Students partnered with a friend and took turns reading to one another. At the end of the evening, students received a “we both read” book to bring home, where students and their parents can read together using higher-level texts for parents and age-appropriate texts for the students.
While the students read together in the classrooms, parents learned about the different reading strategies and the importance of reading together at home.
Twenty-two eighth-graders from Copiague Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society during a ceremony held in the school’s auditorium on Oct. 25.
In order to be eligible for the National Junior Honor Society, students must maintain a cumulative average of 92 or above, be involved in community service/volunteer activities, have faculty recommendations and write an essay along with their application.
National Junior Honor Society advisers Francesa Walker and Paul Harvey welcomed students and their families to the induction. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon praised the students on their achievements. “This is a tremendous accomplishment,” she said. “The academic path you have set for yourselves has set you up to be highly successful.”
Members spoke about the four pillars of the National Junior High School – leadership, service, character and scholarship – before lighting a candle to symbolize each characteristic. Guest speaker and Copiague Middle School choral director Kaitlin Schneekloth offered words of advice for the newest members of the society.
Principal Andrew Lagnado presented certificates to each inductee before they recited the National Junior High School pledge. The district congratulates the following inductees: Amarelys Aguilera; Jacqueline Balzano; Arda Bilbay; Roman Burrus; Jakub Dobrowolski-Kosoir; Joseph Falco Jr.; Katelyn Gonzalez; Sophia Gonzalez; Johnell Hankerson II; Keilyn Hernandez-Bonilla; Adriana Jimenez-Bonilla; Tierra Jones; Gwendolyn Neger; Valeria Padilla; Sahil Parikh; Devonie Rhoden; Cathrine Sakin; Michelle Seizeme; Deep Shah; Kuba Szulejko; Klara Thelusma and Natalie Unger.
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School students learned about energy and effective practices to conserve it during a PSEG Long Island-sponsored assembly by the Energized Guyz on Oct. 25.
The program incorporated multiple characters and explored four main topics: defining energy, the uses of energy, how energy is wasted and ways to conserve it. Throughout the show, students were taught about various energy conservation methods and tactics to cut down energy waste around their homes by superhero Nikki Neutron.
“It is important that we educate and help children and their families understand the importance of energy and how to use it safely and wisely,” said Dan Eichhorn, vice president, customer services, PSEG Long Island. “The Energized Guyz performance is an opportunity to engage students while teaching them that their energy choices can make a difference in the world and for their environment.”
In addition to live performances, the program includes print and digital student playbooks, teacher guides, e-books, and digital games and activities that align with the lessons. Following the presentations, teachers reinforced topics learned during the performance with classroom activities on energy.
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School had a special visit from volunteers at the Copiague Fire Department on Oct. 18. As part of National Fire Prevention Month, the firefighters and EMT workers spoke with the students about fire safety tips, what to do in an emergency, mapping out escape routes and keeping smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the home. At the end of the assembly, students asked questions about their work in the local community.
The Halloween spirit was soaring throughout district as students, staff and administrators celebrated in a variety of ways.
At the elementary schools, students participated in different fall-themed activities, including math/science pumpkin centers and making jack-o-lanterns. Parents cheered on as the students marched in their school’s parade to show off their costumes.
At Deauville Gardens West, there was a best pumpkin-decorating contest and students had the opportunity to trick or trick for a book throughout the day. Great Neck Road’s Halloween parade featured a medley of Halloween-themed tunes played by the school’s band. Susan E. Wiley students dressed up as their favorite storybook character. Deauville Gardens East staff dressed up as construction workers to help students “build the foundation” to a successful future.
Kindergartners in Natalia Brite’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary School recently participated in a multi-disciplinary hands-on lesson using pumpkins.
The students began by painting a picture of a pumpkin using the colors red and yellow to make orange. After reading “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” they learned how pumpkins grow in all different shapes and sizes.
The young artists then became scientists, as they examined and identified the different parts of the pumpkin. Using a magnifying glass, they looked at the seeds and examined the inside of the pumpkin, touching the pulp and using different adjectives to describe the pumpkin to their classmates.
As part of National Fire Prevention Month, Great Neck Road Elementary School had a visit from the Copiague Fire Department on Oct. 17. Gathered in the cafeteria, each grade participated in the fire safety assembly conducted by volunteer members of the fire department and EMS.
Students learned fire safety tips, best practices, what to do in the event of an emergency and how to be prepared in your home with an escape route and functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They learned how firefighters use their tools for rescue in an emergency and watched a fireman dress up in his gear.
Thanks to the generosity of the PTA, each student at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School picked their own pumpkin on Oct. 13. Class by class, students filed outside to the pumpkin patch and selected their own pumpkin to take home and decorate. After picking out the perfect pumpkin, each class lined up for a group photo.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School spent the week of Oct. 9 campaigning to be a part of the school’s student government club.
To become part of the club, students were first elected class representatives by their classmates. Those running for the position had to give speeches to their individual classes for election. Once elected into the club by their peers, students then campaigned for several administrative positions, including president, vice president, treasurer and reporter.
After a week of campaigning and making posters touting their skills, students delivered speeches to their respective grade levels on Oct. 13, who then voted to elect the 2017-2018 class officers.