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Tuesday
Feb212017

SHSE Student Leading High Jumper In U.S.

Jumping to new heights

 

Smithtown High School East student-athlete Daniel Claxton has been named the leading high school high jumper in the United States this year. On Jan. 28, Claxton beat his own record by jumping 7 feet at the Ocean Breeze Invitational, setting a new meet record, school record and Suffolk County record. Claxton has been named league champion, large school champion and was the top finisher at the state qualifier meet. He will be competing in the state championships on March 4.  

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Feb212017

Science Students At Branch Brook Elementary Create Snowstorm In A Jar

An indoor science snowstorm 

Budding scientists at Branch Brook Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District created a snowstorm in a jar during a science experiment with their buddies on Feb. 15. 

Using baby oil, warm water, glitter and Alka-Seltzer, the students predicted whether or not oil and water would mix if they added pressure to their jars. Third-graders in Annamarie Polito’s class paired up with their kindergarten buddies in Sharon Weissman’s class to predict their results and record their observations. 

Photo Caption: At Branch Brook Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District, third-graders in Annamarie Polito’s class paired up with their kindergarten buddies in Sharon Weissman’s class to create a snowstorm in a jar.

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Friday
Feb172017

Hauppauge SD Scores Big In Lightsail 25 Challenge

FOREST BROOK TOPS NATION & BRETTON WOODS ROUNDS OUT TOP 10 IN THE LIGHTSAIL 25 CHALLENGE
Individual Students Score 1
st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Place in Nation as Readers

(Hauppauge, New York) Forest Brook hosted an assembly to reveal to the school’s fourth and fifth grade students that they won the First Place Elementary School and First Place Student Reader in the nation in the LightSail 25 Challenge. Bretton Woods Elementary School also was the proud winner of 10th place among all the elementary schools in the nation that participated in the Challenge.

The LightSail 25 Challenge was held from January 9, 2017 to February 10, 2017. It was open to fourth and fifth grade students in classrooms across the United States uniting them with the common goal of reading as much as possible during each day of the Challenge. Approximately 126 fourth and fifth grade Forest Brook students participated in the contest, logging in 173,004 minutes of reading a whopping average of 1,373 minutes (nearly 23 hours) of reading per student to secure the School’s first place win! Bretton Woods Elementary School students logged an impressive 125,335 total minutes of reading during the Challenge period to win 10th place in the nation.

Forest Brook Fifth Grade Student Max O. was the top individual reader in the LightSail 25 Challenge with 5,662 total minutes of reading. The following Forest Brook and Bretton Woods students also scored extraordinary rankings among the Top 50 Readers in the Nation in the LightSail 25 Challenge: ●Max O., Forest Brook, 1st Place ●Andrew M., Bretton Woods, 2nd Place ●Sadiq S., Bretton Woods, 4th Place ●Alex O., Forest Brook, 5th Place ●Ashleigh G., Forest Brook, 9th Place ●John M., Forest Brook, 12th Place ●Vincent C., Forest Brook, 29th Place ●Sara C., Forest Brook, 38th Place ●Michael R., Forest Brook, 49th Place

Forest Brook and Bretton Woods students used their digital devices to read engaging books that were customized to their reading levels for the LightSail 25 Challenge. Reading took place in a game-type atmosphere with real-time feedback that today’s children crave. Students received daily recognition in a playing field equalized not by ability, but by using grit and perseverance to put in the time. Classroom teachers also received real-time access to meaningful data about the studentsreading behavior, comprehension and growth during the Challenge period.

Forest Brook and Bretton Woods teachers also achieved impressive rankings in the LightSail 25 Challenge placing in the Top 20 in the Nation in the contest: Eileen Gatto and Kristin Huber, Forest Brook, 4th Place
●Eileen Doda, Forest Brook, 6th Place ●Donna Garvey, Forest Brook, 7th Place ●Jeanine Brusca and Bill Boehle, Forest Brook, 8th Place ●Deborah Fiorini and Carrie Pecoraro, Forest Brook, 10th Place ●Karen Karpowicz, Bretton Woods, 12th Place●Dolores Behme, Forest Brook, 13th Place ●Barbara Leventhal, Bretton Woods, 19th Place

“Our class embraced the LightSail 25 Challenge with its usual exuberance,” said Forest Brook Fifth Grade Teacher Eileen Doda. “Students checked on their progress minutes every morning and were extremely proud to display these minutes on our chart. How awesome it is to also have the Number One reader in the nation in our class! The LightSail 25 proved to build the stamina or every one of my students as a reader. I am so proud of my students’ reading accomplishment as they worked together to reach a common goal.”

As the LightSail 25 Challenge winner, Forest Brook Elementary School will be awarded $3,000 worth of ebooks from the LightSail organization. 

Friday
Feb172017

Dogwood Students Celebrate 100 Days Of School

Celebrating being 100 days smarter

 

Students at Dogwood Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District celebrated being 100 days smarter on Feb. 14 in recognition of the first 100 days of school. Dressed as if they were 100 years old, kindergartners spent the morning in different activity stations using 100 stickers in a craft, making 100 gumball designs inside a gumball art creation, and counting in 10 frames up to 100. 

 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Feb132017

Matthew Redlein Crowned Geography Bee Champion 

Geo Bee winner lands on top

Six finalists from Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District competed for the title of Geography Bee champion on Jan. 25. Matthew Redlein (second from left) was named the winner and will take a qualifying exam to become eligible to move on to the next round of state winnersSix finalists vied for the first-place title when Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District held its Geography Bee on Jan. 25. 

After successfully winning their team competition, Kiera Bowden, Kevin Hernandez-Urias, Philip Impastato, Abigail Reavis, Matthew Redlein and Matthew Zodda moved on the finals. After many intense rounds, Redlein prevailed and was crowned the Geography Bee champion. 

Redlein will take part in an online qualifying competition to see if he will be among the 100 top-rated students in New York and become eligible to represent Nesaquake at the New York State Geography Bee on March 31.

If successful at the state level, Redlein will advance to National Geographic’s Geography Bee in Washington, D.C. The designated state champions attend the national championship round from May 15-17 and compete for a $50,000 scholarship.

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Tuesday
Feb072017

KPSD Gets Fueled Up With New Pumps

Kings Park CSD Cuts Ribbon for New Fuel Pumps 

Center of Picture (left to right): Mr. Rich Lasnier, CSEA Local President; Mr. Steve Lee, Transportation Supervisor; and Dr. Timothy Eagen, Superintendent of SchoolsOn January 27, 2017, the Kings Park Central School District cut the red ribbon to officially open their new fuel pumps at their bus garage.  This work was funded through the school district’s bond project.    Mr. Rich Lasnier, CSEA Local President; Mr. Steve Lee, Transportation Supervisor; and Dr. Timothy Eagen, Superintendent of Schools were joined by several CSEA members for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  According to Dr. Eagen, “The old pumps were outdated and in disrepair.  Our fuel levels were measured manually and fuel accountability was an issue.  The new pumps are now monitored electronically with sensors, and fuel usage can be electronically tracked and reconciled.  Individual pin codes ensure that fuel usage is associated with a particular employee and vehicle.”  Mr. Lasnier and Mr. Lee expressed appreciation and thanks to the Town of Smithtown Highway Department and Mr. Robert Murphy for allowing the district to fuel up at a town facility for the past few months.  “Without the help of the Town of Smithtown, we could have never made this important upgrade,” added Dr. Eagen.  “We are very grateful for their assistance and support.”    

Monday
Feb062017

Branch Brook Students Conduct Hands-On Experiments

Candy cane science experiments

Kindergarten students in Sharon Weissman’s class and third-graders in Annamarie Polito’s class at Branch Brook Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District put their leftover candy canes to good use when they conducted various hands-on science experiments on Jan. 27.

The third-graders worked with their kindergarten buddies to test whether or not candy canes would sink or float in water. Next, the students hypothesized what liquid will cause the candy canes to dissolve the fastest. Each group placed candy canes in water, vinegar and either soda or lemonade. After letting the experiment continue over the weekend, the students observed, charted and discussed the results.

Photo Caption: How soluble are candy canes in different liquids? Kindergartners in Sharon Weissman’s class and third-graders in Annamarie Polito’s class at Branch Brook Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District conducted experiments to see on Jan. 27. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District

Monday
Feb062017

Hauppauge AP Chemistry And Physics Students Explore Electrons And Copper At Stony Brook

HAUPPAUGE STUDENTS INVESTIGATE ELECTRONS AND COPPER AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY LAB

 

(Hauppauge, New York) – Hauppauge High School students in Carolyn Heck’s AP Chemistry and Dennis Petercsak’s AP Physics C classes recently were invited to perform laboratory investigations at Stony Brook University (SBU). The AP Chemistry students completed a five-hour, college level lab in which copper was transformed into different compounds with various color changes before ultimately returning back to solid copper. According to their teacher, “this laboratory investigation was directly correlated to the AP Chemistry Curriculum and will aid the students in their preparation for the AP Chemistry exam.” 

The AP Physics C students worked with the SBU’s high-tech equipment to calculate the mass of an electron. The Physics students also had an opportunity to tour the tandem Van de Graaff accelerator, which is located in Stony Brook University’s Physics Building.

 

Saturday
Feb042017

Smithtown HSE Art Students Work Included In LIU Post Advanced Visions

Smithtown student-artists have ‘Vision’

Smithtown High School East Advanced Placement art students Samantha Cheng and Luke Gelfman had their artwork chosen to be included in the LIU Post Advanced Visions 13 art exhibit. Gelfman’s mixed media ink drawing was chosen as an honorable mention in an awards ceremony on Jan. 18 by the LIU Post art department. 

The annual exhibition of student work acknowledges the high-quality, superior work being done by high school students in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate throughout the Long Island.

Photo: Smithtown High School East Advanced Placement art students Samantha Cheng and Luke Gelfman recently had their artwork chosen for display in the LIU Post Advanced Visions 13 art exhibit.

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District 

Saturday
Feb042017

Tackan Kindergartners Go To The Arctic

Arctic activities promote in hands-on learning

As a culminating activity for their unit on Arctic animals and penguins, kindergartners at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District rotated through different Arctic centers on Jan. 27.

The different activities helped reinforce lessons learned during the unit. Students went ice fishing for the number of fish labeled on their bins. Since polar bears have a keen sense of smell, students had to use their senses to guess the different items in covered cups. In the polar bear estimation station, the kindergartners had to predict the number of cotton balls that would cover their polar bear and then cover their polar bear with cotton and compare their predictions.

During model magic, they used their artistic skills to sculpt an arctic animal of their choice, such as a snowy owl, walrus, polar bear, arctic fox or penguin. In the drenched and dry station, kindergartners used a crayon to color a penguin and then added water to show how a penguin’s feathers keep it warm and dry. They recorded their observations on a lab sheet. 

Photo: Kindergartners at Tackan Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District participated in hands-on activities during their Arctic stations on Jan. 27. 

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District