Mills Pond Elementary School recognized Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday by engaging and promoting a week full of peaceful activities from Oct. 2 organized by the school’s Shanti Fund committee.
To start the week, each classroom took a pledge of nonviolence. During morning announcements, fourth-grade students read a peace quote and also displayed quotes on the easel in the lobby. On Oct. 2, all students were asked to bring in a special small rock to decorate with a peaceful message to be placed in the school’s rock garden.
Each class crafted a colored lantern, labeled with different words about what peace means to them on Oct. 3. Lanterns were displayed in each of the classes throughout the building. Activities on Oct. 4 included reading, analyzing and commenting on thoughts of peace leaders from around the world.
On Oct. 5, Mills Pond students dressed in blue and white and participated in an outdoor peace walk together. There was also a run for peace during respective physical education classes. To close out the week, students dressed in Mills Pond spirit wear or peace symbols/words to show their school unity in standing together for peace.
It was a week full of Smithtown pride leading up to the homecoming football games at High School East and High School West on Oct. 7. Students and staff celebrated during spirit week and both schools enjoyed a pep rally the day before the game.
High School West held a community carnival featuring a bull ride and rock climbing wall prior to the football game. During the game, the robotics club – the Mechanical Bulls – shot T-shirts into the crowd from a launcher they built and controlled with a laptop computer. HSW varsity football team faced off against the Huntington Blue Devils. Despite their best efforts, the Bulls fell just short of a win. Kamryn Bernard and Joe Pilewski were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively, at halftime following a performance by the varsity cheerleaders and the Whisperettes.
East’s homecoming kicked off with a parade from St. James Elementary to the high school led by the marching band. Members of various high school clubs, the youth football and cheerleading leagues followed the band down the parade route.
The East Bulls took on Bay Shore for the big game but couldn’t pull together for the victory. Jacque Moon and James Fanning were named homecoming queen and king, respectively, during the halftime show, followed by performances by the Whisperettes and varsity cheerleaders.
For their recent Project Lead the Way unit, fifth-graders learned how
germs can be spread using a powder that only revealed itself using a
black light. In this cycle, students identified behaviors that promote
good health and performed an investigation using a "glow germ" lotion.
They tested various ways of washing their hands to determine the most
There’s so many ways to learn using apples. Students measured and
weighed apples, tasted different varieties and learned about an apple
lifecycle. Using the scientific method, students compared the amount of
seeds inside different kinds and types of apples.
Sixth-grade technology education students throughout the district participated in a tasty lesson on Sept. 15. The students made their own ice cream as part of their science of technology module of Project Lead the Way.
At Great Hollow Middle School, sixth-graders in Brian Costello’s technology class learned about atoms and molecules as an introduction to chemistry. The class then studied chemical engineering and how it is used in food production.
Using ice, salt, sugar, vanilla and heavy cream, the students learned how the salt disrupts the frozen water molecules causing the ice to melt into a cold liquid. Using different mixing methods, the groups measured the temperatures of the cold liquid that eventually turned into a frozen ice cream mixture. Students had the option to add chocolate or strawberry syrup and enjoy their frozen treat.
Dressed in red, white and blue, the students at Mills Pond Elementary School celebrated Constitution Day by signing classroom constitutions on Sept. 15. Each class pledged to follow a set of classroom rules and each member of the class – with a quill pen in hand – signed the constitution to uphold those rules throughout the school year.
Throughout the district, each of the schools remembered and recognized Sept. 11 by engaging in different observances and activities.
Many schools started the day with a moment of silence prior to morning announcements. At Great Hollow Middle School, the morning announcements throughout the week included relevant character education messages. Students at Accompsett Middle School displayed flags outside the building and Principal Paul McNeil delivered a message over the public announcement system to all students.
Smithtown Elementary School held a moment of silence and spoke about the importance of honoring the bravery of those who help others, such as firefighters and police. At Dogwood Elementary School, fifth-graders read an article, held age-appropriate class discussions and wrote essays and poems on why they are proud to be an American. Dogwood fourth-grade students created a project on their heroes. The outside walkways and lawn of the St. James Elementary School were filled with flags placed by students at the start of the school day on 9/11.
High School East lessons examined 9/11 from different viewpoints. Some teachers explored the history and impact of 9/11 since most students were not alive when the event happened. Psychology classes examined the toll traumatic events like 9/11 can have on a country and its people. Government classes assessed the impact 9/11 had on civil liberties in the United States. Some history courses explored the variety of changes that took place in the aftermath of the attacks. Furthermore, they examined the lessons that can be learned from 9/11. Some teachers chose to discuss how we could find hope in despair by choosing to be of service to the community in which they live.
Smithtown Central School District welcomed back students and staff on
Sept. 7 to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. The first day of school
was bustling with activity. Check out our slideshow to see some first
day of school highlights.
Great Hollow Middle School held an orientation for incoming sixth-grade students on Aug. 29. The soon-to-be sixth graders had a chance to meet to their teachers, receive their schedules, student agendas and locker information. The students were given tours of the buildings by upperclassmen.
The following day, the sixth-graders, along with their parents, had a chance to walk through their schedules and drop off their school supplies during an open house. Great Hollow sixth-graders are ready for the first day of school on Sept. 7.