First-graders in Kelly Collett’s class at St. James Elementary School
are hard at work doing math and sharing their “just right” books.
Prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Smithtown Central School District’s three middle schools – Accompsett, Great Hollow and Nesaquake – held orientations for their incoming sixth-grade class.
During the last week of August, all of the schools welcomed students to the buildings for orientation to meet with their teachers and explore their new surroundings. Administrators and faculty members were on hand to answer questions and help ease the transition to their new school. After a brief presentation, students were given their schedules and locker information.
Following the orientations, students were able to walk through their schedule, find their lockers, meet their new classmates and reconnect with friends.
Fourth-graders in Wendy Herman’s at Smithtown Elementary School are learning about neuroscience and the important functions of the brain. The students sculpted and created their own model brains using Play-Doh. During the next few weeks, the class will focus on the science to set intentions that can improve their own executive functioning/organizational, as well as emotional regulation skills.
Third graders in Marcie Krause’s class at Smithtown Elementary are using
think marks as they read to keep their brain focused on the text.
Third graders are doing a carousel activity on the first day of school.
The students are working in teams to brainstorm ideas on how they can
make this a successful school year.
Sept. 5 was the official kickoff to the 2018-2019 school year in
Smithtown. Check out some of our first-day photos by clicking on the
slideshow. More photos will be added throughout the day so be sure to
check back later.
Academic goals and social-emotional learning in a small group setting are emphasized in Smithtown Central School District’s six-week Extended School Year Program. This summer, 95 students in grades 1-8 are enrolled in the program housed at Smithtown Elementary for six weeks.
The theme for this year’s program is “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” and students have been engaged in academic activities that reinforce the theme. Students participated in a friendship picnic and friendship games for Field Day. Throughout the program, students have physical education and computer lab periods in their weekly schedules. There’s also a musical presentation and a visit from librarians at the Smithtown Public Library.
Also housed at Smithtown Elementary is the district’s summer reading program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, which ran from July 9 through Aug. 2. With more than 100 students enrolled, the program focuses on reading, writing and comprehension. The overall goal is to help students maintain their reading skills throughout the summer months in preparation of the new school year.
The C.A.M.P. (Character, Education, Mindset, Preparedness) program gives middle school students the opportunity to work on academics as well as their own social-emotional needs during the summer months.
Housed at Accompsett Middle School in July, students in grades 7-9 focus on positive actions including self-care and the science behind it, self-regulation and nutrition. Students learn about how their actions and reactions effect their academic performance.
Working in small groups, students rotate to different workshops throughout the day which vary by week. Students work on their creativity during Genius Hour, a project-based learning initiative that allows students to explore their passions. To help make a mind-body connection, students participate in yoga, meditation and other mindfulness activities.
Accompsett Middle School Principal Paul McNeil shared a passion and his
personal “why” on being a firefighter and EMT. During the
demonstrations, the students saw how a patient is treated after a
traumatic injury. Afterwards, Mr. McNeil shared why he is chose to
become a firefighter and EMT with the students.
Throughout July, young musicians from the district looking to enhance their skills have the opportunity to participate in the district’s music program, sponsored by the Smithtown Friends of Music and housed at Accompsett Middle School. Whether they are looking to learn a new instrument or just fine-tune their skills, the program allows for small group or individual lessons for elementary-age student-musicians. Shown here is program director Anthony Dazzo and Friends of Music president Gina Barnett with students.
Twenty students enrolled in the summer life skills program at High School West are spending the school break working on their job skills, academics and even learning how to garden. Outside in the courtyard of the school, students planted and cared for a garden and then enjoyed their bounty of vegetables. They spend the first half of the school day concentrating on academic work and also attend a weekly music therapy session. In the afternoon, older students head to job sites while the younger students have the opportunity to work on their pre-vocational skills.
Smithtown’s Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 12. Jeremy Thode was unanimously re-elected and sworn in to serve as president of the board of education. Michael Saidens was unanimously re-elected and sworn in to serve as vice president. District Clerk Maureen O’Connor swore in the board officials.
Mandi Kowalik and Mr. Thode were each elected to three-year seats on the board of education in May.
The district is once again hosting the SCOPE Summer Explorations program during July at Accompsett Middle School. Open to students entering kindergarten to sixth grade, the program offers an enriching learning experience combined with hands-on activities.
In the edible science course, students in grade 1-3 have a chance to participate in different science-based experiments, such as constructing the different layers of the earth using pudding and cookies and creating their own gummy bears. In the spotlight on theater class, students can create and act out their own commercials, act out different books and perform for their peers.
Those enrolled in the young engineers class create projects that involve designing, building and testing, such as airplanes, rockets and simple machines. For students who are entering kindergarten in the fall, there is a STEAM program, designed to bridge the gap between pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and a summer reading program.