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Fifth Grade Report Card Letter

 

Student Oath

I promise to be an honest, hard working student
To obey our school rules
To respect people and property
To take pride in our school
To be a role model for fellow students
And to be a good citizen at all times

 

Mills Pond Students Travel Back in Time

Mills Pond Students Travel Back in Time pic

Second-graders in Barbara Haining’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School traveled back in time to celebrate Thanksgiving like communities from long ago on Nov. 21.

The students have been learning about communities from different centuries and comparing them to communities today. Via pictures and discussions, the students have been comparing schools, the cost of living, changes in transportation, and rural and urban communities.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, the second-graders started their day by making their own pancakes. Using the skills learned in their recent math-measuring unit, they mixed the ingredients to make pancakes. Next, they made their own butter to top their pancakes using heavy cream. 

After feasting on their homemade breakfast, the students each created their own slate board to practice spelling their words of the week using chalk like the children would have done hundreds of years ago. Toys from long ago were also very different and the students made a ball and cup toy. 




Learning Through Links

Learning Through Links pic
Every Friday, fifth-graders in Jennifer Baumeister’s class and third-graders in Annamarie Polito’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School team up for different hands-on STEM activities.

The students work together with their buddy to strategize, communicate and problem-solve the different activities presented each week. On Nov. 17, the students gathered together to determine the best way to construct the longest paper chain link. After getting two pieces of construction paper, a ruler, scissors and just 12 inches of tape, students were given 10 minutes to plan their design along with their buddy. They then had 15 minutes to construct the longest chain, being careful to make sure each link was secure before the teachers measured it. Some groups constructed chains of more than 70 inches long. 
  

Second-Graders Pen Letters to Local Vets

Second-Graders Pen Letters to Local Vets photo
Second-Graders Pen Letters to Local Vets photo 2
Second-graders in Elizabeth Ozol’s and Barbara Haining’s classes at Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District wrote letters thanking veterans for their service to the country. They also collected goods – such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, magazines and puzzle books – for local veterans. The letters and items were sent to the Northport VA Medical Center. 

A Race to Run the Forest

A Race to Run the Forest Pic

After learning about Election Day, first-graders at Mills Pond Elementary School learned about the electoral process during a forest election on Nov. 6.

Three candidates - Bartholomew Bear, Betsy Beaver and Fitzgerald Fox – were all vying for the position to be the head of the forest. The students listened to each candidate’s platform and learned why they would be the best one to run the forest. The first-graders then cast their vote for their favorite candidate. 

Resources, Workshops Provide Tools for Success

Resources, Workshops Provide Tools for Success

The district and its Parent-Teacher Associations, in partnership with the Smithtown Youth Bureau, Horizons Counseling and Education, Suffolk County Police Department and the Counter Drug Task Force, presented a Parent/Student University focusing on current drugs trends on Nov. 1 in the High School West auditorium.

Community members, parents and students came out to listen to the presentation on topics such as the dangers of alcohol abuse and vaping, social host laws, and what’s happening in the local community by Suffolk County Police Officer George Lynagh, Town of Smithtown youth services coordinator Kelly DeVito, Horizon Counseling and Education Center assistant director Patrice Levy and National Guard Counterdrug Task Force senior airman Gabriel Manzueta.  

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of Family and Children’s Association, spoke to attendees about prevention, recovery and support resources. Before and after the presentation, community resources were available from local agents such as Project Presence, Inc., Families Anonymous, Tobacco Coalition of Long Island, LICADD, St. Patrick Youth, WellLife Network and YMCA Family Services. 

“It is an honor to work in a school district with such an invested community of parents, faculty and students,” said Siobhán Cassidy, Project Presence, Inc.’s director of professional development and practice. 

Throughout the evening, social-emotional workshops were conducted to offer parents tools to better connect. Parents learned about Smithtown Central School District’s social-emotional learning initiative and how they can partner with the schools at home. A parent/child yoga workshop gave participants the opportunity to increase body awareness and strengthen the parent/child connection. A mindfulness workshop taught parents how to be more present in their relationships with their child. The eating for energy workshop focused on how to reduce cravings, detoxify and find the top food categories for increasing energy.

A Special Halloween Visit

A Special Halloween Visit photo

Fifth-graders from Mills Pond Elementary School paid a Halloween visit to the St. James Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Residents handed out candy as the fifth-graders trick-or-treated through the hallways.




‘SITE’ Set High

‘SITE’ Set High photo

A group of High School East students visited with students in Missy Taylor’s fourth-grade class at Mills Pond Elementary School on Oct. 12 as part of a new mentoring program recently launched in conjunction with the Rotary Club.

Via the Spreading Inspiration Through Education program, spearheaded by High School East student Meleni Sarantos, the high schoolers visit with the younger students on a weekly basis and work on different project-based learning activities together. The High School East students also offer extra help to those younger students who maybe in need of tutoring.




Try A Sample

Fifth-graders at Mills Pond recently participated in a book tasting in the school’s library. Students read book jacket summaries of different books and wrote down on their “menus” the books that they would like to read.

Celebrating Unity, Peace at Mills Pond

Celebrating Unity, Peace at Mills Pond photo

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.