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Vocabulary Studies Are Crucial

Over the past three years, various research studies have been conducted across our country regarding the effect that academic vocabulary plays in a student’s comprehension and understanding of content across the disciplines. Additional studies done by researcher

Robert Marzano, involving 50 studies over the past five years, point to the fact that every school has a responsibility for selecting and teaching students specific vocabulary to help them understand content and questions on everyday teacher made and standardized tests.

 

He has provided educators with a six step strategy for us to work with our students in the acquisition of that academic vocabulary. Each of our principals continues to decide with his/her teachers how to select the vocabulary words and use Marzano’s Six Step

Strategy listed below. As an entire community let’s all build our vocabulary to enrich the conversations and learning taking place in our schools, jobs, libraries and home by following these six steps.

 

Step 1—Provide a description, explanation or example of the new term. The traditional look it up in the dictionary “has not” been a useful tool for teaching academic vocabulary according to research.

 

Step 2—Ask students (or the learner) to restate the description, explanation or example in their own words.

 

Step 3—Ask the learner to construct a picture, symbol or graphic representing the word.

 

Step 4—Engage the learner periodically in activities that help them and add to their knowledge by writing the word in a journal and using it at least eight times.

 

Step 5—Periodically ask students to discuss the word with one another. Example: If the word is democracy, they could discuss how they benefit from living in a government that is a democracy.

 

Step 6—Allow students to play games that allow them to interact with the vocabulary word (Hangman, Jeopardy, Word Search, Bookworm and many other free apps.)

 

Our goal in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is never to remain at status quo when it comes to our students’ education and therefore, we constantly look to implement research driven, academic vocabulary strategies from Marzano.


News

James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.

 

Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines. 

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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