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Learning to Address Global Issues Through Model UN

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22 Students from Northport High School participated in this year’s Model United Nations Conference at Hofstra University on March 13. Participants from thirteen high schools across Long Island took on the roles of different countries across six different committees. Students worked together to develop resolutions to address a myriad of issues, including the potential colonization of Mars, the treatment and placement of refugees, the future of the global oil market, agricultural development and food security in the developing world, and more.

Additionally, NHS students Katie Meadows and Nick Bertos received honorable mentions, and Isabella DeBrino was named “Outstanding Delegate” at the conference. Well done, students!

Advisors Mr. Jensen, Mrs. Moore, and Mr. Krahel commend all of this year’s participants for dedicating time and dedication towards developing a better understanding of global problems, and broadening their understanding of how diplomacy can be used to address such a wide range of issues.

Students for 60,000 Community Forum - March 27

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Scholar Athletes Teams

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Northport High School’s winter varsity athletic teams have once again all been named New York State Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York Stat Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). In order to achieve this distinction, 75% of each team must hold a 90.0 average or above.

“We are so proud of our student-athletes,” said District Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics Mark Dantuono. “They’re equally as dedicated to their education as they are to athletics.”

Notice of Special Executive Meeting - March 28, 2019

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Business Students Attend Lunch and Learn

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Students enrolled in the NHS Academy of Finance (AOF) program recently attended a “Lunch and Learn” seminar at KPMG, a global network of finance firms, to learn business etiquette in all aspects of the workplace. Along with learning from lectures, students practiced role playing in a variety of simulations in order to understand etiquette required in business settings. Topics covered included how to properly interview for a job, networking, office protocol, business emailing, and more. Students left with useful knowledge and bolstered confidence that they will take with them after high school and beyond.

Business-World Ready

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Thirty-three business students from Northport High School recently traveled to Rochester in order to compete in the DECA State Career Development Conference. While each state-qualifying participant competed against more than 2,500 other students, Northport students Olivia Caulfield, Faith Gillin, Ayla Lerner, Tage Oster and Katerina Wettengel were each named one of the top ten in their category.

DECA, a nationwide business club, prepares student leaders and emerging entrepreneurs to be business-world ready. This conference included competitive events by specific areas of focus: business management and administration, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and tourism, marketing, and personal financial literacy.

NHS Mini College Fair

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On March 11, 55 colleges and universities visited NHS to visit with students looking to explore options for their future. The mini college fair was a tremendous success thanks to the immense student interest and teacher involvement! Many students were able to make connections with college admissions reps, learn about admissions criteria, college majors and generous scholarships. The next college fair will be on April 11th at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Parents are invited to attend this fair along with their children.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

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Parent Workshop

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The NPENP district, in partnership with Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, will be hosting a parent workshop on April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Northport High School Auditorium. The presentation, entitled Children and Screens: Guidelines for your Tech-Savvy Child, will feature presentations by:

Dr. Pam Hurt-Della Pietra, the president of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, who seeks to empower our society with the tools necessary to maximize children’s benefits from digital media and minimize their risks. Dr. Della Pietra has used her medical degree, non-profit experience, and long-standing interest in media and children, to become one of the field’s leading conveners, curators, and grant-makers, and will be sharing her knowledge with workshop-attendees.

Dr. Lauren Hale, a local Northport mom, is a professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine and core faculty in the public health program at Stony Brook University. In her federally funded research, she studies the social patterning of sleep and how it contributes to disparities in health and well-being, and will be summarizing existing research on screens and teen sleep health.

Video: Creating Time to Read at Northport Middle School

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Board Letter to Local Legislators re: Governor's Proposed Executive Budget

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ENMS Raises over $20,000 for St. Baldrick’s

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East Northport Middle School held a St. Baldrick’s event on March 8 in an effort to raise funds to support childhood cancer research and treatment. A group of 39 students and staff members volunteered to participate in the event’s head-shaving statement and, backed by the surrounding community, raised over $20,000 dollars.

This year, the event was held in honor of four past and present ENMS students who have battled childhood cancer, including sixth-grader Charlotte Stuertz. Even though Charlotte has been bravely fighting leukemia, she volunteered to participate in the event’s shaving and to stand alongside her classmates.

With the entire school community, family members, and loved ones in the audience, volunteers walked on stage to have their heads shaved. With each completion, those in attendance cheered in support. Each student exited the stage to receive a hand-knitted hat and a St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” t-shirt to forever remind them the cause.

“East Northport Middle School’s outpouring of support for St. Baldrick’s Day is emblematic of the compassionate and generous hearts of the greater Northport-East Northport community,” said Assistant Principal Angelo Cocchiola, “and we are so thankful for all they’ve done to aid childhood cancer treatment and research.”

Transformation Tetris

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Students in Ms. Jenelle Sykes’ class recently learned about composite transformations by way of the popular game Tetris.

Students were divided into groups to compete against each other. Teams took turns in solving the best possible location for a falling Tetris piece. After being shown their piece and where it would fall, each group then had two minutes to agree upon a composition of transformations that would situate the piece in a way that they felt would better their odds of eliminating a row. In order to keep teams accountable, each student needed to have the composition recorded on their paper before the final move was locked in.

Once the piece was locked in, all groups in the class were to record the move as well and sketch the piece on their own personal game board. With each group that approached the task, the class as a whole became better at the game.

Any team that was able to eliminate a row would earn one point for the group—and students got competitive.

“A lot of the students were really intrigued by the game, and as a result, knew what was going to be expected of them in the upcoming lessons,” said Ms. Sykes. “During the game, lot of them seemed to want to complete every challenge, and not just their individual teams’. It was wonderful seeing them so engaged in a lesson.”

Invention Convention

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The Gifted and Talented Parents' Association (GTPA) recently hosted a district-wide Invention Convention for grades K-6. Students were encouraged to come up with invention ideas and showcase them at the event, whether by a model, fold out presentation or simply a paper sketch. On Feb. 27, school principals, families of the students, Superintendent Banzer and the Board of Eduation came came together on the evening of the convention to celebrate the young minds of these students.

Each student was given an invention “patent” certificate and a ribbon recognizing their hard work and creativity.

Additionally, the evening featured raffle with items from local donors, including local summer camps, golf, restaurant and museum passes, and a wonderful night was had by all.

Toddler Program Lottery

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The high school's early childhood education program has 16 available openings for the two-year-old toddler program! If selected, each toddler will be paired with a student from Northport’s Family and Consumer Science class, where students will be studying toddler development twice a week.

Applications can be found here, and are due by no later than May 3.

For more information, call the office of Assistant Principal Richard McAllister at 631-262-6670.

Children and Screens: Guidelines for Your Tech-Savvy Child

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April 13th STEM Fair / Challenges for Elementary through High School Scientists and Engineers!

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Kindergarteners Aid “Empty Bowls” Efforts

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In preparation for Northport High School’s annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser on March 19, students have been sculpting, painting, glazing, and firing ceramic bowls to donate to the cause. This event, which is in its 7th consecutive year, is organized by the high school art club. Each year, attendees pay to buy a hand-made bowl and a homemade meal, and the money is donated to benefit a local Northport food pantry. Part of the event’s goal is to educate people regarding issues of poverty and hunger in the community as well.

This year, kindergarteners from Ocean Avenue Elementary were invited to assist the community outreach by painting some of the pre-sculpted bowls. Art teacher and club facilitator Mrs. Linda Johansen explained the mission of the project to the kindergarteners, who were all thrilled to help.

“It’s good to help people,” said kindergartener Avery, as she thoughtfully she dipped her brush in blue paint. “When you have a lot of happiness, you should give some of it to others.”

Investigating Careers in Civil Engineering

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Fourth-graders in the Investigate program recently met with civil engineers from a private firm to culminate a unit on structural engineering. This program, overseen by Mrs. Frangitsa Bertos and Mrs. Brianne Furstein, is comprised of approximately 30 students across the district who show an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—providing them with in-depth opportunities to explore those areas.

Professional engineers from Manhattan-based firm Stantec, Maqbool Mohammed and Chris Yorlano, visited the students to discuss bridge inspection and repair process procedures, as well as the rules and regulations that effect inspection work conducted by the company.

The engineers conducted a demonstration of equipment used in the field to inspect and repair bridges, and selected two students to try on pieces of equipment that are necessary to complete rope access inspection work. The students learned that using a harness and other safety equipment when working and inspecting bridges at great heights is known as the “fall arrest system.”

The students also learned about bridge inspection work in the tri-state area, how often all bridges whether big or small need to be inspected, and about Stantec’s available high school mentorships.

Students enjoyed the visit and some even vocalized envisioning civil engineering careers in the future!

Northport High School News12 Scholar Athlete

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NHS senior Sydnie Rohme has been selected as a News12 Scholar-Athlete! This program, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, spotlights outstanding student athletes across Long Island that display leadership as well as both academic and athletic achievement. Sydnie has been named an all-state pentathlete and an all-county volleyball player and is a well-deserving recipient of this honor.

“Sydnie is an embodiment of leadership and achievement in the classroom, as well as on the track and field and volleyball teams,” said District Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics Mark Dantuono.

She is now the 20th selection of 30 student-athletes chosen from both public and private high schools across Long Island. As a winner, Sydnie received a $1,000 scholarship check from Bethpage Federal Credit Union and was featured on News12. Congratulations Sydnie!

Medical Mission Through Artistic Expression

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Northport High School senior Sofia Sawchuk has been volunteering at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown for the past two years and recently helped the hospital bring their medical mission to life through art. Their core value, I-CARE—an acronym for integrity, compassion, accountability, responsibility, and excellence—was expressed by way of Sofia’s artistic design, and hung in the medical office’s executive board room.

Her mission-driven artwork was honored at a special gathering on Feb. 15. The hospital expressed their gratitude towards Sofia and all of her creative and volunteering efforts.

“I thought about the mission statement and considered what images would best marry to each piece,” said Sofia. “The design is what they mean to me and how I hope they would speak to others who may visit the hospital...and I’m so thrilled to see this project come to life.”

Pollution solutions at Pulaski

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At Pulaski Avenue Elementary, fifth-graders in Courtney Groelinger and Valerie Conn’s classes reached into the creative depths of their imaginations to design machines that could help solve the problem of ocean pollution.

Using both artistic and found materials, each group of students designed machines with unique elements. Some proposed using solar panels for energy, while others suggested using metal teeth to crunch and store garbage in the mechanism.

“We wanted them to be creative and take risks when designing their machines,” said Ms. Conn. “The more confidence they build now, the more confident they’ll be to tackle difficult projects in their future, professional lives.”

One book, One School at Fifth Avenue

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Fifth Avenue Elementary School recently kicked off their annual Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program with a school-wide celebration. This year the school is focusing on the theme “One Book, One School” for the first time. For two weeks, all staff, students and families will be reading the same book. Students will have the opportunity to participate in trivia contests and have in-class discussions to encourage consistent reading.

The book, Fenway and Hattie by Victoria E. Coe, is told from a dog’s point of view and helps children learn to see things from one another's perspectives—and to always show kindness.

Students have enjoyed reading the novel as a school and have even began incorporating some of the book’s phrases into their everyday conversation—calling themselves “short humans” just as Fenway, the dog, refers to children in the book.

Part of the mission of PARP is to open up communication between students and their parents, as well as their teachers.

“My mom and I have been reading it every night” said Sienna, a fifth-grader at Fifth Avenue, “and I really like it. I think we’re going to start reading more books out loud together.”

To connect with the book and bring community involvement a step further, the Student Council will conduct a fundraiser for a local animal shelter to show kindness to animals in need.

National Merit Finalists

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Northport High School seniors Madeleine Kestler-DeWan, Katie Sierra, and Nathaniel E. Wang were recently named National Merit Scholarship Competition Finalists! Each of the three students will now be competing with the top one percent of finalists nationwide for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. These scholarships are given to the nation’s scholastic champions and are worth more than $31 million cumulatively. National Merit Scholarship recipients will be notified between the spring and summer months of 2019. Congratulations, students!

CANDIDATE PACKETS FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

District Residents who are interested in seeking election to the Board of Education can pick up Candidate Packets from the District Clerk at the Administrative Building, 158 Laurel Avenue. Please call the District Clerk (262-6608) for further information. Minimum Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the District for one year, and a qualified voter of the District. The deadline for submission of completed packets is 5:00 pm on April 22, 2019.

Kind Acts Can Change the World

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During the last week of January, the Leadership club at Dickinson Avenue Elementary declared the school’s participation in the Great Kindness Challenge. The Leadership Club is made up of the fifth-grade class and focuses on serving the school and local communities throughout the year, and spearheaded this project in particular.

This challenge, which has been accepted by over 19,000 schools nationwide, is a week-long celebration that seeks to create cultures of kindness.

Dickinson’s goal was to reach 2,000 kind acts by the end of the week, and each student received a checklist of potential kind deeds they could perform to get the ball rolling.

Students showed kindness by talking to students they didn’t know, making a point of smiling at people in the hallway, going out of their way to treat their family members with respect, and more.

By the end of the week, the school had reached a total 5,626 kind deeds—more than double of what they set out to accomplish.

“How we treat people is important,” said Elana, a fifth-grade Leadership Club member. “You don’t know what some kids are going home to, and your kindness could change their whole day.”

While the students were proud of surpassing number of deeds, they knew it was about more than just the number.

“It really comes down to how we treat each other,” said Aidan, another Leadership Club member, “not just how many acts we do!”

In response to the great success of this week, Dickinson Avenue has decided to challenge other schools in the district, as well as other districts in the surrounding area, to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge and see what happens to the culture of their school.

“Just imagine what our world would look like if everyone sought to treat each other with kindness,” said Principal Laurie Storch. “Our efforts, as small as they may seem, can make a difference in the culture of our world.”

Watch the video challenge Dickinson created here: https://vimeo.com/319537266

Crafting Cold-Weather Blankets at Northport Middle

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In response to the cold winter weather and a desire to give back to those in need, the Northport Middle School Community Service Club spent the afternoon of Feb. 13 making fleece blankets for local homeless and pet shelters.

Thanks to the coordination of fleece blanket donations by sixth-grade teacher Ms. Jen Petrie, groups of students gathered together after school to learn how to cut and tie the fleece blankets with club advisor Mrs. Linda Dillon. Each group was given the materials to make one to two blankets.

“It’s been such a cold winter, and it means a lot to know that our efforts will be keeping some people, and animals, warm,” said Makayla, one of the club’s regular members.

“This club something fun to do after school, but it’s also something that actually helps others,” said other club member Patrick, at sixth-grader at Northport Middle.

All completed blankets will be donated to Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative and the Little Shelter Animal Rescue in Huntington.

Spreading the Love with Kindness Rocks

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Northport High School’s Virtual Enterprise (VE) class recently pledged to participate in the Kindness Rocks Project. This national movement encourages people to beautify rocks with inspiring and encouraging messages to leave along the path of life. Students painted rocks with phrases such as “you are unique”, “spread the love”, and “you can never dream too big.” They plan to leave them in common areas outside the high school as well as around the community.

The VE firm at NHS, Port Pride, is participating in this project as a part of the class’ social responsibility initiative—which reinforces the idea that corporations should balance profit-making with efforts that benefit society.

“Sometimes the smallest gestures can make a big impact,” said student Rachel Ricciuti.

VE classes teach students to become business professionals by bringing the workplace into the classroom. Some of those enrolled in the class, taught by Mrs. Kristen Cogan, vocalized how much they value the unique niche the class fills in their education.

“This class takes you out of the “norm” of high school and puts you in an experience-based setting where we learn to be truly good civil servants,” said student Will Lober.“We’re given the opportunity to learn how to make a difference, and it’s such an invaluable experience.”

Students for 60,000 Help the Homeless

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The Students for 60,000 club at NHS, which is dedicated to helping the homeless, is preparing to take its first service trip to West Virginia to work in some of the most impoverished, opioid-stricken communities in the United States.

Before leaving for the trip during February break, students attended the County Executive's forum on the opioid epidemic. Additionally, the club presented the work they have been doing for the homeless, as well as what they will be doing on their service trip.

Students for 60,000 began in 1987 as a school club dedicated to assisting the homeless. The name of the club came from the approximate number of 60,000 homeless in New York City in the 1980s. Over the years, the club has turned into a program that organizes fundraisers, raising over hundreds of thousands of dollars, and raising awareness for those in need.

“This will be a chance for the students to see first-hand that, while our states may be very different, we are all still human and are all equally vulnerable to the disease of addiction,” said social studies teacher and club advisor Darryl St. George. “This trip is a continuation of seeking to fulfill our mission: helping those in need.”

NHS Students Create Peaceful Outlets for Painful Memories

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Students in Northport High School’s fashion club recently created a large art panel dedicated to the Parkland High School victims. The panel, entitled “Flowers of Love”, consists of 17 beautiful interconnected felt flowers to represent the innocent lives lost.

The students employed the Nuno Felting technique which uses wool and silk woven together. This technique was taught to them by local textile artist Oksana Danzinger, who volunteered earlier in the school year to teach the students.

“Through the process of creating a beautiful piece of art students find a peaceful outlet for painful memories of this most tragic event,” said art teacher and club facilitator Mrs. O'Neill-Gonzalez.

On Feb. 4, students presented their work at the Northport Public Library. Additionally, the high school tour choir and IB dance students dedicated a performance to the victims of the tragedy.

“This project is also adding to our effort to create a community event where young people can openly, and in a positive way, discuss issues of their generation,” said Mrs. O’Neill-Gonzalez.

This project was made possible with funds from the New York state Council on the Arts, and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.

World Read Aloud Day

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On Feb. 1st, Fifth Avenue celebrated World Read Aloud Day, which is a nationwide call to attention of the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories, and the idea of literacy as a human right. Faculty and staff surprised students by putting on a special reader’s theatre performance of “A Bad Case of the Stripes” in the all-purpose room. Later in the day, students and staff engaged in a school-wide activity where every class stopped everything to read. Some titles read included “Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”, “Holes”, “Number the Stars”, “Wayside School is Falling Down”, and more.

“Reading aloud to children every day can put them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read-alouds,” said Andrea Ferrari, one of the school’s librarians.

“And reading aloud not only helps develop literacy skills,” added librarian Rosemary Becker, ”but also builds community and connects us to each other.”

Pulaski Pride Dominates Paper Football Tournament

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The fifth-graders of Pulaski Road Elementary School were recently challenged to the ultimate face-off by News 12 Anchor Kevin Maher—a paper football tournament.

Each year, Kevin challenges a different school to provide a paper football champion for him to challenge. After the fifth-graders faced off with each other, the champion emerged: Carmine Montanino.

Kevin talked a big game, posting a Facebook video where he smack-talked the fifth-graders the week before the tournament. The students of Pulaski sent a rebuttal, claiming that they would be the victors—and, in the utmost mature manner possible, indicated that they ruled and Kevin drooled.

On the day of the tournament, students came to school decked out in Northport gear and pumped with energy. Forming a tunnel for the two opponents to run through, Carmine’s peers cheered wildly for him as he approached the football table, followed by the Northport Tiger—but Kevin wasn’t as popular with the crowd.

Though the competition was fierce, and the game was close, Carmine came out victorious, scoring a whopping 41 points to Kevin’s 31. The crowd went wild for their classmate, and Kevin sulked in defeat.

Carmine was named the tournament champ, and Kevin, the tournament chump—better luck next year!

Northport Science Students Place Impressively in Science Olympiad!

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Recently, both of Northport High School’s Science Olympiad Teams competed at the Division C - Eastern Long Island Regional competition on Jan. 26 and earned 14 top 10 medals. The New York State Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization that aims to engage and challenge students in different areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by hosting competitive team tournaments throughout the state.

Five groups of Northport’s students placed impressively, ranking second and third in the following five different categories:

Second place in Astronomy: seniors LeeAnn Chu and Beck Mamus
Third place in Circuit Lab: seniors Nathaniel Wang and Jack Pagoaga
Third place in the Duct Tape Challenge: sophomores Gavin Murdock and Nicole Foster
Second place in Geologic Mapping: sophomore Mia Pancari and freshman Esther Loring
Second in Parasitology: junior Isabella DeBrino and freshman Matthew Holm

Additionally, one of Northport’s two teams finished twelfth overall out of 52 teams. Great work, students!

STEAM time at Ocean Avenue

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First-graders in Mrs. Sharon Stummer’s class at Ocean Avenue have the opportunity to use their imaginations first thing in the morning during the class’ newly-instated STEAM Time. Three days a week, students engage in hands-on activities as though the creative possibilities are endless.

Once students are settled in for the day, each group is permitted to select one material to experiment with. Materials include dominos, Legos, Play-Dough, Velcro-laden popsicle sticks for bridge building, and more. Some dream big, resolving to build the longest popsicle stick bridge in existence, while others let their imagination take over, building and sculpting things like a swimming pool for tiny Lego-people or a family of deer grazing in a field.

“It feels like it’s stretching out my brain,” said Julia, a student in Mrs. Stummer’s class, as she put the finishing touches on a Play-Dough bird’s nest.

Starting with creativity first thing in the morning helps students be less afraid to take risks throughout the rest of the school day with challenges like spelling, math problems, or writing a story.

“The students like the fact that there’s no wrong answers in being creative,” said Mrs. Stummer, “and without even realizing it, they’re growing in the areas of observation and empathy. When sharing their projects with one another, classmates will exclaim ‘I can see how you did that!’ or “I couldn’t see what it was until you explained it, but now I understand.’”

“Launching” science at Bellerose Avenue

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Students at Bellerose Avenue Elementary School teamed with Northport High School students on Jan. 22 to kick off the third year of the ever-popular Science Club.

High school science teacher Mr. Greg Guido, along with high school science honor students, introduced this year’s Science Club Fluor Challenge to the third- through fifth-grade club members. The task for the elementary students was to create a catapult in order to launch a paper projectile, as well as constructing a device to catch the projectile.

Broken into groups, the elementary school students used materials such as paper, clips, craft sticks, rubber bands and plastic spoons to construct the catapults and catchers. High school students supervised while adding insight as well as tape to hold the projects together.

Groups began testing their contraptions by launching the projectiles towards the catchers throughout the school’s all-purpose room. Through repetitions and corrections, students started to find the right launch angle, distance and force to have the projectiles land in the catchers.

This event was a great opener as the science club will follow up with weekly meetings and unique contests throughout the remainder of the school year.

Learning to Babysit at ENMS

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East Northport Middle School 6th grade students recently learned to care for infants in Mr. Robert’s family and consumer science class. During this babysitting unit, students were taught how to perform tasks including to change a baby's diaper, how to feed and burp the child, and more. Students also learned important pieces of information for the child’s safety, such as why it’s necessary to support a newborn’s head and neck.

The unit culminated with the students creating tri-fold brochure which advertises what they learned, and why they would make a great babysitter.

Video: A Note from Pulaski Street Students to News 12 Anchor Kevin Maher

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Pulaski Road School’s Note to News 12 Anchor Kevin Maher’s Paper Football Tournament challenge. For Kevin’s original video to Pulaski, click here.

VIDEO: Books and Cooks at Norwood Avenue

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Investigate Students Against Straws

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At the end of December, ENMS sixth-graders Isabela Endler, Evan Liu, Blake Johnson and Michaela Tumsuden met and interviewed the Mayor of Sea Cliff, Mr. Edward Lieberman. As part of the district’s Investigate program, students take part in a semester long assignment called “Project Citizen.” For this project, students identify an issue of public policy in their community that concerns them and take action—researching, interview community members with regards to the issue, and identifying potential solutions.

This particular group of students were deeply affected by a viral video of a sea turtle suffering as a result of a plastic straw becoming lodged in its nose, and decided to select plastic straw use as their issue to research. After discovering that the village of Sea Cliff had very recently passed legislation to outlaw the use of all single use plastics in their community, including straws, Styrofoam containers, coffee stirrers, and cutlery, they immediately emailed Mr. Lieberman, requesting an interview.

Mr. Lieberman spoke with the students at length about the importance of taking care of the environment, and the negative influences of plastic on our oceans and sea life. He shared that plastics can last over 500 years in our oceans. The students learned about the steps Mr. Lieberman and his trustees took in study the problem and to pass the legislation. Together, Mr. Lieberman and the students discussed potential solutions to the issue, and possible alternatives to plastics in our lives, including paper and bamboo straws, and cutlery made of corn.

Student Blake Johnson questioned, “Why should restaurants just give out plastic straws? They shouldn’t give them out if someone didn’t ask for one,” and Mr. Lieberman agreed. Although the problem can seem overwhelming at times, given the presence of plastic in our lives, Mr. Lieberman shared some sage advice.
“A journey starts with a single step,” he told them, “but the second step is going out and changing the world!”

Ms. Brianne Furstein, one of Investigate’s facilitators, echoed his sentiments. “The future belongs to these passionate young students,” she said, “and they are the ones who will make our world a better place.”

The students found his expertise and advice to be an invaluable part of their research. They look forward to presenting their findings and making recommendations to legislators at Touro Law Center later this school year.