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In2Books Pen Pal Program Celebrates 5 Years

On June 2, over 400 students gathered in the Island Trees High School gymnasium to share their love of literacy through the In2Books pen pal program, now in its fifth successful year.

 

This year, Mrs. Marks was once again joined by her enthusiastic colleagues Mrs. Link, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Egert, Mrs. Reens, Mrs. Kane, and Mrs. Durando to offer the In2Books program to all of their third grade students at Stokes Elementary. 

 

At the high school, Mrs. Christensen was joined by the equally enthusiastic Mrs. Chios, Mrs. Primrose, Mr. Kohl, and Mr. Wimmer and their outstanding high school juniors and seniors. 

 

In2Books is designed to promote literacy and positive academic exchanges through shared reading and writing experiences. After students in both schools were paired up and assigned a shared novel, they began by introducing themselves and writing about their reactions and predictions about their reading through a letter exchange. This provided a wonderful communication opportunity for the high school students, as they had to write for an elementary audience and take into account their pen pals’ background knowledge, vocabulary, and experience.

 

For the much-awaited visit, the excited 3rd graders journeyed to the high school to meet their pen pals, share conversation and laughter, and enjoy one another’s company. To see the gym filled with chatting pen pals sharing a cool bottle of water and a tasty snack is to witness a wonderfully authentic learning experience. We would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Roemer’s art students who designed beautiful, welcoming signs for our visiting friends from Stokes Elementary School.

 

With some potential ideas planned for next year (including In2Books Post Cards and a possible high school visit to Stokes), the program will continue to thrive as a result of the hard work of our devoted staff here at Island Trees.

 

— Submitted by Elizabeth Roemer, Administrator for Educational Programs, Literacy, and Staff Development


News

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.”

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artist Donnie Klang

and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

 

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said

LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”

 

The Loft Studio, located at 1530 Old Country Road, already has a list of achievements, including protégé Madison Beer, who got attention after Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. She is currently signed to a record deal on Bieber’s label in Los Angles.


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


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