A recent maintence project at Westbury Friends School turned into an educational experience, as faculty engaged the two, three and four year olds in ‘tree’ week. A large, old, unhealthy Beech tree adorning the campus of the school needed to come down. Teachers put together a weekful of interactive, exploratory, fun-filled activities to help students understand why the tree was being taken down and learn more about nature.
Members of the Carle Place Union Free School District represented the STAIR (Success Through Applied Instructional Research) program at the Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, held Oct. 6 at Jones Beach Field 5. The annual walk helps generate funds and awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism.
Two Carle Place High School students were recently acknowledged for their outstanding achievements. Francesca Lim was named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is one of the 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for exceptional academic promise demonstrated by performance on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test .
Jesus Rivera has been named a 2013-2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, identifying him as an outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school student. This year, the NHRP is recognizing approximately 5,300 Hispanic/Latino students selected from a pool of more than 259,000 who took the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT/PAA. Students recognized by the NHRP are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino (based on the program’s definition) and have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT score for their region. Students with a junior year cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, like Jesus, are designated as Scholars.
Teachers at Rushmore Avenue School are making the study of current events more immediate with help from Scholastic. Fifth-grade students at the Carle Place school keep up to date on diverse issues via Scholastic News, a weekly publication covering fresh developments in everything from politics and pop culture to social studies and science. For example, the students recently took a closer look at the 50th anniversary of the 1964 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. (Aug. 28) and Constitution Day (Sept. 17).
To make the lessons really “pop,” Scholastic offers interactive online enhancements. One such feature tests the young readers’ knowledge with a Jeopardy!-style quiz game called Know The News.
“It is an enjoyable way to measure how much information the students have retained, rather than just perform a basic question-and-answer session,” says Rushmore fifth-grade teacher Terri Cottell. “It integrates Common Core-connected lessons with technology to make for a dynamic learning experience.”
Students from Powells Lane again won the Stock Market game, sponsored by The Association of Security Dealers. Pupils from Iraida Bodre’s fifth grade dual language class under the direction of Pat Yula won both the fall and spring Stock Market Games. As a result of the students winning, they went to Molloy College and joined with teams from other school districts to present their winning strategies as well as to receive individual medals, certificates and a banner for their schools.
After a long summer of rehearsals and steadfast preparation, the Carle Place Student Run Theatre Company (CPSRTC) kicked off the school year with the lighthearted comedy Legally Blonde: The Musical. Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, the musical made its Carle Place debut to a packed house at the high school auditorium on two consecutive nights.
The curtains parted for the show’s opening number, “Omigod You Guys,” as peppy, fashion-forward sorority girl Elle Woods, played by senior Anjelica Pisacone, expectedly awaited a proposal from her Harvard-bound boyfriend Warner Huntington III, played by senior Nick Castello.
Carle Place High School alum Annemarie Rosano remembers fondly her days performing on the Carle Place High School stage. She was an active part of the drama department, acting in numerous plays and taking on lead roles in productions of My Fair Lady and West Side Story.
Nowadays, as a member of the Manhattan Girls, a swing style vocal group, her audiences are bigger and her stage could be anywhere from Arizona, to England, to the middle of the ocean on a cruise ship. Rosano recently returned to the
Carle Place stage for the first time in 12 years, as part of a benefit fundraiser.
On Sept. 9, the students of the Carle Place School District hopped, skipped and jumped into the first day of school. Superintendent of Schools David Flatley and Principal Thomas DePaola greeted students on the steps of Carle Place Middle and High School. The seniors gathered prior to first period and proceeded into the high school together, a tradition marking the final chapter of their scholastic journey together.
Rushmore Avenue School was the next to start its day. Principal Susan Folkson welcomed students with a smile as they arrived, excited to kick off another year. At Cherry Lane Elementary School, Principal Marilyn Manfredi was first in a receiving line made up of staff and PTA members, who assisted the youngsters in finding their way. Students in grades K to 3 followed neon green frogs painted on the building’s sidewalk to their respective classrooms.
Until this past March, Nicole Buttino was just a regular kid. She enjoyed playing soccer and lacrosse for Carle Place Middle School, quilting and hanging out with her friends. But then around Easter, she got a fever that just wouldn’t go away. She had doctor’s appointment after doctor’s appointment, and was on numerous antibiotics over several weeks before a trip to the ICU led doctors to diagnose her with Good Pastures Syndrome, a rare auto immune disease which causes rapid destruction of the kidneys and lungs.
The Carle Place School District kicked off the new school year with a two-day superintendent’s conference. On Sept. 3, teachers and staff were welcomed by Carle Place Board of Education President Barry Dennis, Superintendent of Schools David Flatley and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Christine Finn.
“As we enter a new academic year, we will focus on what’s most important for our students – the things that will matter most when looking back 10 years down the road,” said Finn, who thanked the faculty for their tireless dedication and commitment.
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