Kindergarteners at Frances K Sweet practice classifying

Kindergarteners at Frances K Sweet practice classifying

Kindergartners in Kristin Griffin’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School practiced sorting and classifying leaves. After finding that the leaves could be sorted in a couple of different ways, the students were then asked to sort and classify in their favorite way, color, size, or shape. Jayna Baptiste, left, picked color and Cedric Garvin, Jr. picked shape.

F. K. Sweet students work with place value

F. K. Sweet students work with place value

Students in Dorian Newbern’s first grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary are learning about place value. From left, pictured are Katelyn Foster, Kanari’l Tolbert, and Ethan Belulovich working together to make numbers using ones and 10s blocks. Later on in the lesson, the students were able to compare their numbers by using the blocks as a reference.

Northport embraces a bully free culture

Northport embraces a bully free culture

Northport K-8 School community “walked the walk” and “talked the talk” recently at the school’s second annual Unity Day. Students made posters, banners, flags and signs and walked a route marked by the physical education instructors to offer support and to empower students against the harmful effects of bullying. Third grade teachers Melanie Polascak and Diana Lankow appeared on the morning announcements with important messages about bullying, teen girls painted their pinkie fingers blue in unity against girl bullies, classes watched clips about bullying and important lessons filtered the school classrooms about bullying. Several parents came to join their own children and their classmates in solidarity against bullying. The message at Northport K-8 School is clear and on point:  bullying will not be tolerated by administration, teachers, staff or by students at the school. Empowerment is the key word at Northport! Pictured, from left, are students Okyia Mclean, Daniela Recinos and teacher Susan Smith.

Garden City students enjoy theatre on the go

Garden City students enjoy theatre on the go

Garden City Early Learning Academy (GCELA) students in grades Pre-K through two recently experienced live theatre through a new program developed by Riverside Children’s Theatre. The program is called “Theatre on the Go” and is designed to take live theatre to the schools in the area. The performance of “Scrambled Stories”, adapted by Kevin Qullinan and Angelo Cerniglia, were favorite stories that were cracked, broken and scrambled by the silly Professor Scattergood. The students participated by helping unscramble “Goldilocks”, “The Ugly Duckling”, and “The Three Little Pigs”. Students had to help get them back to where they belong through audience participation. The students have been working hard in music class with Mrs. Quillinan, as well as with their classroom and other resource teachers. They are learning about proper audience etiquette which was demonstrated during the performance, as they were a wonderful audience! Great appreciation goes to Kevin and Deborah Quillinan for making this possible for GCELA students. Pictured, from left, are Kaitlyn Schirard and Chelsea Swearingen from the children’s theatre, GCELA teacher Karen Alarie, and Jacob Cummings from children’s theater.