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Mrs. Sultana Inspires Creativity

Ms. Sultana’s Reading groups recently explored the characteristics of narrative and expository text. During the lesson students learned that expository text contains facts and provides information to the reader, whereas, narrative text is made up, has characters, and often includes dialogue. 

 

In December, Ms. Sultana needed to have surgery on her right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff and bicep. Who could have guessed that her injured arm would inspire the idea for her students to write their own narratives, each explaining what had “really” caused the injury. Some of the stories fell within the realm of realistic fiction, while others could be categorized as tall tales. In one selection, Ms. Sultana was chased through the jungle by a hungry elephant; in another, she suffered the injury during a championship boxing match. But, what they all had in common, was that they were creatively written. 

 

Although this activity began as a contest, since all of the students worked so hard on it, Ms. Sultana decided to have a “literacy lunch” to celebrate. Ms. Sultana provided pizza for her creative writers, while students enjoyed sharing their stories with each other. Every student also received a book of all the short stories.  

 

— Submitted by the Island Trees School District


News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


Columns

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