We know that spring is right around the corner at Stewart School when the third- graders participate in the annual Fashion Show. Over the last few weeks, third grade students in Señora Gutierrez’s class have been learning the Spanish vocabulary words for clothing. They learned to describe what they were wearing, what a classmate is wearing, the color of the clothing, what body part the clothing is worn on, and the clothing worn in specific weather. The culminating activity to this unit is the annual fashion show. The students are partnered, and each one describes in writing the clothing their partner is wearing. Then as he/she walks down the cat walk, the partner describes the outfit to the audience. Each student is photographed, and all the photos are displayed in the third grade hallway.
The fifth-graders were busy learning adjectives to describe their appearance and personality. Activities included describing the physical traits of celebrities, and the physical and personality of a classmate, then trying to guess who was described. As a culminating activity, fifth-graders in both Stewart and Stratford schools wrote pen pal letters to each other. In the letters, the students described themselves, places they like to visit, their favorite food, day of the week, and information about their pets. The letters were exchanged, and the students recorded facts about their new pal and shared them with the class. In addition, fifth- graders at Stewart created a “Yo soy …” (“I am”) Quilt. Each student was given a rectangular piece of paper and wrote descriptive words around the rectangle, and then drew a self-portrait. These rectangles were then mounted on a large banner to resemble a quilt.
Fifth-graders at Stewart School presented The Tales of Hoffman, an opera by composer Jacques Offenbach in which a sensitive poet searches for true love only to have it slip away. He recounts his misadventures through song with reenactments of the circumstances of three lost loves. Congratulations to the two casts for a wonderfully entertaining opera, to director Amy Fletcher, musical director Kelly Grace, Robert Townsend on sound, Michele White for the beautiful backdrop, the students on the stage crew, and to the parents for costumes and support of Stewart’s 75th opera production.
“Look at that handwriting!” many parents gasp in horror when their children take pen in hand. “When I was your age, I wrote in beautiful script.”
While Mom and Dad may be “mis-remembering” their own youth, there is some truth behind their consternation. After all, the need for proficiency in penmanship has diminished with the rise of technology. Laptops, iPads and smart phones have made communication so easy, that for many students, traditional handwriting has been relegated to the land of dinosaurs.
Garden City’s Waldorf School has announced that Andrew Fallu, Waldorf’s music and choral teacher – and his a capella singing group Satellite Lane – will perform and compete in the March 30 New York Regional competition of the Harmony Sweepstakes.
“Out of the 100+ groups that applied for the New York regional this year, only ten were chosen to compete,” said Fallu. “My friends and I in Satellite Lane are so proud to be one of them.”
A total of 80 Garden City music students who were selected for this year’s Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) All-County and/or Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) concerts. A rigorous selection process makes the All-County designation an important one for young musicians. The concerts bring together students from across Nassau County to perform in various specialized groups at the Tilles Center and Hillwood Commons, L.I.U. Post.
Just like the older kids that make up the more senior Garden City robotics teams, the members of Team Fun and Crazy Creators, GCRL’s two Jr. FLL teams, participated in the 5th Annual Jr. FLL Expo held at Longwood High School in Middle Island on Sunday March 3. The event is sponsored by The School Business Partnerships of Long Island. Longwood Central School District hosted the event and is one of the event sponsors. Team Fun won the Team Spirit Award and The Crazy Creators won the Teamwork Award.
The Crazy Creators, all third-graders, are Charlie Ambach, Julian Bubniak, Riley Sanz, Max Sclafani and Nicholas Stamidis and are coached by Ken Ambach and Constantine Stamidis.
The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is once again participating in the Garden City High School scholarship program this spring. The Association will continue to award two scholarships of $500 each. While one will remain named as a WPOA scholarship, the second will continue to be awarded in memory of WPOA past presidents, John F. Traxler and Paul J. Muscarella.
Student candidates must:
The Garden City school board held a budget session on Tuesday, March 5, where a presentation on the district’s tax certiorari was held by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.
The meeting’s topic came as a result of the Nassau County Appellate Court’s decision to reverse Nassau County’s tax certiorari shift of liability for settlements to schools districts.
Jacquelyn Seskin and Neil Quigley became the latest Garden City High School students to be elevated to finalist status of the National Merit Scholarship competition. With the addition of these two scholars, Garden City High School has had 17 finalists and 40 commended students named in the highly competitive program since the 2009 school year.
Garden City High School has advanced to the second round of MSG Varsity’s, The Challenge, and took on Valley Stream North on Sunday, March 10. Garden City was joined by 15 other Nassau County schools as they progressed through the Regional Rounds in trying to qualify for the Tri-State Championship Playoffs. Host Jared Cotter, of MSG Varsity’s Talent Show, was moderator. The Challenge includes 192 high schools from the entire tri-state area, with Long Island being represented by 32 high schools from Nassau County and 32 high schools from Suffolk County. A new match-up can been seen every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 pm, on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s Optimum Channel 14.
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