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Monday
Oct152018

SHSE Students Do Research At Short Beach 

East researchers collaborate in river study

Smithtown High School East research students recently worked on a hands-on, collaborative research study at Short Beach in Nissequogue, led by Smithtown High School East research coordinator Maria Zeitlin. Short Beach was selected for its relevance to Smithtown High School East students as citizen science is inspired when students look into their own backyards.

“This collaborative ecosystem monitoring project is designed to celebrate the river and estuary ecosystems and educate participants on the uniqueness of Long Island’s wild and scenic rivers,” said Zeitlin. “On a single day, environmental education partners and students all along the Nissequogue river simultaneously collected scientific information, analyzed it and shared it to portray the status of the river and estuary ecosystem.”

Students use hands-on field techniques to perform scientific data collection to assess the health of this part of the river. They sample fish populations using seine nets, perform chemical analysis of water samples including phosphate, nitrate, and oxygen levels. They inventory site descriptions by drawing pictures and using photography. Students examine the physical attributes of the site with data collection relating to wind speed and direction, current flow, as well as sedimentation and turbidity of the water. Upon return to school, data was uploaded to a central website for comparison and analysis with the nine other districts that collaborated on the study.

Photos: Smithtown High School East research students recently completed a study at Short Beach in Nissequogue, where they collected data and compared their findings with nine other districts on Long Island. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Saturday
Oct132018

Smithtown's Mechanical Bulls Win At Invitational

Smithtown’s Bulls start season off right

During the weekend of Sept. 29, the Smithtown Central School District robotics team – the Mechanical Bulls – competed in the seventh annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational. This was their first competition since March, and it provided a great opportunity to introduce new members to competition and test out new drivers. 

Together with Team 871, the West Islip Robotechs, Team 2875, the Cold Spring Harbor Cyberhawks, and Team 6423, the Ward Melville Iron Patriots, they were able to make the finals and win the invitational. 

The team is now beginning their global build and competition season where they receive a game challenge and six weeks to design, fabricate, wire, program and test a new robot from scratch to compete in regional events.

Photos: Smithtown Central School District’s robotics team joined together with other local teams to win won the Half Hollow Hills Invitational during the weekend of Sept. 29. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central  School District

Wednesday
Oct102018

Great Hollow Students Test Newton's Law Of Motion

Putting Newton’s Law to the test

Eighth-graders in Katerina Dicpinigaitis’ science class at Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District tested Newton’s First Law of Motion – an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force – during a hands-on station demonstration lab on Oct. 4. 

With more than a dozen different stations, students rotated around the room and recorded their findings about how the different laws of motion worked. Some of the many hands-on activities included trying to catch a penny off their elbows, stacking bowls and getting them to drop together, spinning an egg, simulating a car accident using toy cars, pulling a tablecloth out from under a stack of dishes and trying to get a Lego figure to drop into a beaker. 

Photos: Science students at Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District tested Newton’s First Law of Motion.Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Thursday
Oct042018

Tackan Students Hit The Track For PTA

Tackan hits the track to raise money for PTA

Having fun, keeping active and helping to raise funds for its Parent-Teacher Association, students at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District participated in a Boosterthon Fun Run on Oct. 3.

Dressed in their school spirit wear, the students went outside to run the race course. Students garnered pledges from family and friends for each lap they ran. The money raised, more than $15,000 in total, will be used to benefit the PTA’s Cultural Arts programs. 

As the students ran the course, teachers marked off each lap completed on the back of their shirt. Since the school exceed their fundraising goal, the students had the chance to duct tape Tackan Principal Dr. Allyn Leeds to the wall. 

Photo caption: Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District raised money for their Parent-Teacher Association during a Boosterthon Fun Run on Oct. 3. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Oct022018

Nesaquake joins the battle against childhood cancer

Nesaquake joins the battle against childhood cancer

Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District helped raised money to fight childhood cancer by going gold on Sept. 28. Students are pictured with Assistant Principal Matthew Furey (left) and Principal Daniel McCabe.Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District is doing its part to help fight the battle against childhood cancer. In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, the school participated in a number of fundraising and awareness efforts.

To kick off the fundraising efforts, the middle school’s sports teams “laced up” to fight cancer, sporting gold laces during their athletic functions. On Sept. 28, students, faculty and staff were encouraged to “Go Gold,” dressing in the color and purchasing gold hearts that were hung throughout the building. Later that evening, the fundraising continued at the school’s street fair. 

Nesaquake seventh-grader Sarah Schrier spearheaded the school’s effort as part of her Girl Scout project. Schrier also has some fellow classmates who were affected by the disease and wanted to raise awareness to support the cause. All of the school’s efforts tie into the district’s goals of social-emotional learning, empathy and citizenship. 

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association was also selling hearts as part of a districtwide effort to “whip pediatric cancer.” In total, the school raised approximately $400 for the cause. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Sep282018

Commack SD Announces Six 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

rincipal Leslie Boritz (left), Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jordan Cox and Director of Guidance Nicole Kregler.Six Commack High School seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The PSAT serves as the  initial screening of program entrants in each state.

Congratulations to Kathy Cao, Gabriel Chan, Joshua Lee, Delina Levine, Deniz Sinar, and Kyle Spinelli. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. Winners will be announced in the spring and will share in scholarships totaling more than $31 million.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Photo courtesy of the Commack School District.

Friday
Sep282018

Smithtown's Swim Team Raises $9,000 For Cancer Research

Smithtown swimmers support cancer research

The Smithtown High School East/West combined girls swimming team recently raised approximately $9,000 for cancer research by participating in Swim Across America. Joined by the girls swimming team from Harborfields High School, the athletes raised money for the Nassau/Suffolk chapter of the organization. Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, lung cancer clinical trials at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, pediatric brain cancer research at Feinstein Institute of North Shore and pediatric oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Sep242018

Egg-cellent Learning Opportunities At St James Elementary

‘Egg’-cellent learning opportunities

 

Students at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District are engaged in an outdoor, hands-on learning experience thanks to a new chicken coop and three chickens purchased by the school’s Parent Teacher Association. The coop is housed in an enclosed courtyard area that has floor to ceiling glass walls, so the chickens can be observed at all times.

The outdoor learning space will be used for the study and care of the chickens. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will participate in observing, learning about and caring for our chickens. They will also collect eggs daily, which parents can pick up and bring home. 

 “We hope this outdoor learning experience will help serve as a concrete example of the life cycle, a closer connection to our food (eggs) and the important role students will have in caring for animals,” said St. James Elementary Principal MaryGrace Lynch. 

The chickens have been named for the three character traits the school will highlight throughout the year – Aretha (for respect), Teresa (after Mother Teresa for compassion) and Mickey (after John McCain for courage). 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Saturday
Sep222018

Arbor Day Poster Contest For Fifth Grade Students

New York State Announces Arbor Day Poster and Artwork Contests

“Habitats for Bats” Themed Posters Must Be Submitted by December 21, 2018

Original Artwork Entries Must Be Received by December 31, 2018

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the start of DEC’s annual 2019 State Arbor Day poster and artwork contests. New York’s fifth graders are invited to showcase their artistic talents and help to increase public awareness about trees by participating in the 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The Arbor Day Planning Committee will also be accepting original art and photography submissions to be selected as the New York State Arbor Day Poster.

“Trees play a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers and are an important part of our ecosystem and quality of life,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I encourage all fifth graders to join in on our celebration of trees to showcase why trees are important in our daily lives and to submit art or photos that depict the beauty of New York’s trees.”

The winner/s will have his or her artwork replicated as the official 2019 New York State 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster and the official 2019 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster. The winning artists will be announced and honored at the annual Arbor Day celebration, held the last Friday in April. Last year, New York printed more than 200,000 Arbor Day posters for distribution at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations throughout the State.

Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “New York State is home to nearly 19 million acres of forest. That’s nearly two-thirds of our land. We have a remarkable history of protecting this natural resource. Arbor Day celebrations and this poster contest help remind us how trees not only drive our economy but enhance our outdoor recreation and improve our quality of life.”

Promote Arbor Day with your Artwork

The Arbor Day Committee includes DEC, Empire State Forest Foundation, NYS Arborist Association, State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM), as well as the International Paper Company.

DEC will accept artwork on behalf of the committee through December 31, 2018. Original artwork entries should be sent to arborday@dec.ny.gov. For more information about the contest, visit DEC’s website or email arborday@dec.ny.gov. To obtain past NYS Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.

5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

The annual 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC, DAM, and Education. Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year’s contest theme: “Habitats for Bats.”

Posters must be submitted by December 21, 2018 to your local DEC regional office to allow time for judging and printing of the artwork. The contest is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. For more information, contact Mary Martin, DEC’s Arbor Day 5th Grade Poster Contest coordinator, at (518) 402-9428, or visit DEC’s website.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html

 

Wednesday
Sep192018

Upholding the Classroom Constitution at Mills Pond

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District recognized Constitution Day on Sept. 17. During morning announcements, students learned facts about the U.S. Constitution. Throughout the day, students spoke about the U.S. Constitution  and the Bill of Rights.Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Clad in red, white and blue, students worked with their classroom teachers to set up a list of their class rules. After penning their rules for the year, each member of the class signed their names to uphold their constitution throughout the school year. The school’s computer lab was decorated and used as a meeting place for the constitution signing. The rules and signatures will be prominently displayed in each classroom.

Students at Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District recognized Constitution Day on Sept. 17 by signed their own classroom constitutions.