“Hate is not a Wheatley value.” That was one of the slogans cast members donned on the large pins they wore to school attached to black outfits to signal the premier of their play The Laramie Project, which recently took place at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury.
This was no run-of-the-mill, happy-go-lucky, elaborate musical. Rather, it was an incredibly serious undertaking, especially for high schoolers.
Veteran James Cear Jr., father of Rushmore Avenue School teacher Alexis Krummenacker, recently spoke to third-grade students about his experiences with the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard. During his presentation, Cear showed students personal artifacts from his travels and described his involvement as pilot, senior vice president and portfolio manager of Angel Flight Northeast.
This semester, fifth and sixth grade students in Rushmore Avenue School’s Engineering Club in the Carle Place School District have been taking an in-depth look at astronomy and aerospace engineering. Under the direction of club adviser and sixth grade teacher Jim Cunningham, the students have been studying and developing miniature parachutes.
“I was excited to see if my design would work — if I could actually get my parachute to fly,” said sixth grader Max Buck, who used a paper airplane as the foundation of his design.
Eighth-grade students in Jennifer Bambino and Cherie Gisondi’s Social Studies and English classes at Carle Place Middle School hosted a multicultural fair on Nov. 22. More than 35 countries were represented at the event, where guests were invited to taste student-made signature dishes. The recipes were displayed with historical information about the country of origin. Some students even chose to dress in traditional garb.
Classroom assignments became a lot more memorable for Westbury Middle School students last week, as sixth graders got a visit from a wolf.
Students gathered in the auditorium for an assembly, where educator Alex Spitzer from the Wolf Conservation Center first gave a presentation on wolves. He explained different wolf behaviors, how they hunt, their diet, habitat and development. Atka, an 11-year-old wild gray arctic wolf, then came into the assembly, much to the delight of students. Atka (who was on a leash) roamed through the aisles of the auditorium and onto the stage, sniffing around and exploring his surroundings. Students asked Spitzer questions, enthralled as what they had been learning about in their classrooms came to life. Ms. Leckler’s sixth grade class was sitting front and center during the assembly, and students were captivated by the wolf.
Second-grade students at Cherry Lane Elementary School put the “treat” in trick-or-treat this Halloween by donating a portion of their collected candy to the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead. The INN provides various services to Long Island families in need, including food, emergency shelter, long-term housing, veterans housing, supportive assistance and more.
“The students have been discussing character education and how to be more caring and helpful toward others,” said second-grade teacher Mary Donnelly. “The candy donation is just one example of a small act of kindness through which students can show their generosity.”
If you entered Westbury High School on a Wednesday during the month of October, you might have thought that the school colors had changed to pink, pink and more pink. That’s because Wednesdays were deemed “Wear Pink Days” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each Wednesday, students and staff wore something pink, whether it was a shirt, bracelet, or another accessory. Oct. 16 was “Pink-Out Day” at the high school. All around the school, students and staff were wearing pink shirts in order to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Cherry Lane Elementary School students kicked off Fire Prevention Week with visits from members of the Carle Place Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 23 and 25. The firehouse representatives arrived in a fire truck with their fire apparel, equipment and safety hose to give demonstrations and a lesson about what to do during a fire-related emergency. Students were even given the opportunity to use the fire truck’s hose and sit in the cabin. Sparky the Fire Dog, an animatronic Dalmatian who helps children and their families learn about fire safety, whirled around the school’s entrance, making for an exciting day. The visit also served as a launching point for the Cherry Lane Fire Safety Poster Contest.
It’s not everyday that you get a plaque for learning, but that was the case for Westbury Middle School students who placed second last week in the KidWind Challenge at the Cradle of Aviation.
Under the instruction of faculty advisors William Gray and Richard Canalini, over 20 students worked together to submit four wind turbines, made out of materials such as pipes, wood, styrafoam, cans, gears and concrete bases. The turbines were tested in front of a big fan and voltage was measured. Westbury Middle School came away from the competition victorious, winning second place in knowledge of subject matter, and energy produced, with 13,500 milliwatts.
This was Westbury’s first time in the competition, and they faced off against teams from districts such as Bethpage, Seaford and Lawrence.
Drexel Avenue School held a Farmer’s Market on Oct. 23, where students and staff were able to enjoy a fun day learning about nutrition and financial literacy. The event was a follow-up to the school’s kick-off assembly program in September — “Healthy Foods = Happy Hearts,” which was an introduction to Drexel Avenue’s new health initiative where a different food group is highlighted each month. The new initiative was made possible by a grant awarded to the school by the organization, Action for Healthy Kids.
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