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.