Students at Robbins Lane Elementary School worked to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the school’s annual walk-a-thon, sponsored by the student council. On May 17, student council members had an opportunity to present the money to Caitlyn McFeely, a representative from St. Jude, as well as ask questions about the hospital and its work. The students raised a total of $4,721.20 from the walk-a-thon.
The walk-a-thon took place over two mornings, on Feb. 26 and 28. Students walked laps around the school, with each lap earning them one straw. They then totaled their straws at the end of the event and entered that number on the sponsor sheet, which was taken home and returned with their donation. Each year, the students select a different child-related charity to donate the proceeds of the walk to, with the class representatives bringing the ideas to the student council. In the past, Robbins Lane has raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Sunrise Day Camp and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Every student at Robert Seaman Elementary School recently brought home a tree sapling donated by the Jericho Brookville Lions Club. The students will plant the trees at home and help replenish the ecosystem that was devastated during Superstorm Sandy.
Abhinuv Allu, Melinda Blumenstock, Justin Cohen, Mathew Herman, Varun Jauhar, Justin Lee, Max Liu and Justin Smith—all from South Woods Middle School in Syosset—received medals ranging from gold to bronze at the final round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair last month.
At this year’s Robbins Lane Carnival, third grader Emma won a raffle to be ‘Principal for the Day.’
She arrived at the school in time to make morning announcements, and said she was “happy to say Words of Wisdom over the loudspeaker – what a great experience.”
Students at Syosset’s Village Elementary School recently celebrated National Nutrition Month with activities that satisfied their appetite for fun. They wore glow-in-the-dark bracelets embossed with the words “Eat Right Be Bright,” a variation on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 slogan: “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”
Students sampled various healthy food options each Friday at lunch, such as smoothies, carrots with ranch dip, and Greek yogurt.
Third-grade students at J. Irving Baylis Elementary School, Syosset, recently learned math lessons about area and perimeter, but they learned it through a hands-on approach on the school’s playground.
Students used square-foot carpet tiles, spray-painted along the edges, to create rectangles with varying areas while maintaining the same perimeter. The third-graders also constructed rectangles with specific areas that had different shapes. For the final assignment, the entire class was given detailed criteria and asked to create a shape with an area of 36 inches and a perimeter of 24 inches.
In addition to re-enforcing important math skills, this activity emphasized the need for teamwork and cooperation in a group setting.
Ninth-grade Peer Educators from Syosset High School recently visited third-grade classes at Walt Whitman Elementary School to talk to students about social skills and character development. For four days, the peer educators focused on friendship, accepting others, bullying and the steps of conflict resolution. The program opened with the high school students reading “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson. Third-graders had the opportunity to role-play conflict resolution strategies on the last day.
The peer educators visit all seven of the district’s elementary schools as part of the program throughout the winter and spring. The ninth-graders participate in a full year-long class, part of a four-year series, where they learn crucial communications, public speaking and leadership skills, as well as teamwork and confidence-building.
To be considered for the class, a student must apply, obtain teacher recommendations, and go through a panel interview.
Children’s author Suzy Kline recently visited the second graders at Jericho’s Cantiague Elementary School. The morning assembly kicked off with Kline discussing the seeds and tools writers use to create stories. She spoke about several experiences during her time as an elementary school teacher that inspired her Horrible Harry book series. A Herbie Jones skit performed by various staff members, including the second grade teachers, Principal Antony Sinanis and Superintendent Henry Grishman, elicited a great deal of laughter from the students. Later, the second graders took part in a creative writing activity led by Kline.
South Grove Elementary School recently held its third annual Multicultural Explore-A-Rama, where students in kindergarten through third grade were able to explore different cultures through a variety of workshops. Over 40 different workshops covered cultures from across the globe. Students had an opportunity to try out Jewish folk and Irish step dancing, in addition to making Italian pizza, French crepes, Irish soda bread and German pretzels. Fifth-graders led a workshop, under faculty supervision, on Native American games featuring lacrosse.
Students at Thompson Middle School in Syosset traveled around the world during the school’s annual Multicultural Expo by exploring the languages, games, food, drinks and music, in addition to many other characteristics, of a variety of cultures.
The students, individually or in groups of up to four, prepared poster board presentations and representative elements from a culture of their choice to showcase during the expo. Many brought in traditional food or drinks from a specific region, while others offered customary games and other symbolic items.
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