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Lakesiders Volunteer to Help Hewlett House

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In conjunction with the Lakeside Student Council, third graders have been helping to make a difference. Over the past couple of days, students found inspirational quotes and then used them, along with other embellishments, to decorate tissue boxes for people at the Hewlett House. The Hewlett House is a support center for cancer patients and provides them with resources at no charge.

Date Added: 5/17/2024

Future Anchors in Training at Chatterton

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Chatterton fourth graders dove into broadcast journalism with creative fake news segments during technology class with teacher Mackenzie Venezia.

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Date Added: 5/14/2024

Merrick Hosts NYSSMA Festival

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On May 8-9, the Merrick School District held the area New York State School Music Association festival at Chatterton Elementary School.

Coordinated by Dr. Rich Nasto with assistance from Jennifer DiGangi and Robert Normandeau, as well as fellow music department colleagues Liz Comito, Paul Graham, Jeff Glembowski, Marcia Miller, and Thomas Velsor, the district hosted 900 performers from local area districts, including 111 from Merrick.

Students from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District students also provided support by volunteering their time to help the festival run smoothly.

“The students performed beautifully, earning accolades from adjudicators across all musical groups,” said Dr. Nasto. “They should all be so proud of themselves. The music department would like to recognize and thank all administration, staff, custodians, security, and the community for their continued support year after year.”

Date Added: 5/10/2024

Birch Writing Club Earns First Place Poetry Award

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Members of the Writing Club at Birch School are now published authors after they placed first in their grade-level category in the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 38th annual Student Poetry Contest.

Eight fourth graders in the Writing Club drew inspiration from Whitman’s poem, “Song of the Open Road,” and penned their own pieces.

The anthology of individual poems earned first place out of nearly 5,000 submissions and were later published in a book. On May 5, the students were invited to the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington Station to read their poems aloud and were presented with an award. Students were able to tour the grounds and exhibits at the house where Walt Whitman was born in 1819.

The Writing Club began earlier this year and is advised by teacher Crystal Lopez.

“I wanted the club to provide writing enrichment as well as self-discovery,” she explained. “And I wanted to give them tools and the creative space to write about personal experiences.”

Fourth grader Josh said he feels comfortable when at the club “both physically and mentally.”

“I really want to thank Ms. Lopez and my writing peers for all of their support in my writing this year,” he added.

Lopez said she offers student in the Writing Club, which is a mix of second and fourth graders, a chance to explore creative writing channels such as poetry and personal narratives.

“I write poetry outside of teaching, so this is a way for me to share that part of my life with them,” she added.

Fourth grader Brynn said she really enjoys the club, which started earlier this school year.

“It can be different each time we meet,” she explained. “It’s not like normal writing that we do during class time.”

Oliver, a second grader, added that he enjoys the after-school club because he is able ‘”to write poetry and comics.”

Date Added: 5/9/2024

Chatterton Lego Club Builds Flags from Around the World

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First graders at Chatterton explored different types of world flags and then built and replicated them in Lego form during Ms. Venezia's Lego Club.

 

Date Added: 5/7/2024