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Parent University Flyer

Ugly Truth Flyer

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


Pucker Up

Pucker Up photo

When Ireen Westrack, principal at Mills Pond Elementary School, makes a promise to students, she keeps it. In the beginning of February, Ms. Westrack challenged the school to read 50,000 minutes during Parents As Reading Partners month.

If they met that challenge, Ms. Westrack promised to kiss a pig. Not only did the school meet her challenge, but they far exceeded the goal. On March 1, local 700-pound hog Bruce made the trip to the school and Ms. Westrack delivered on her promise in front of the whole school.

Elementary Schools Recognized for PLTW Programs

Elementary Schools Recognized for PLTW Programs photo
All seven of the district’s elementary schools have been recognized as Project Lead The Way Distinguished Schools for the 2017-18 school year. 

Smithtown’s elementary schools represent seven of the 22 New York State schools identified. “This recognition is certainly representative of all of the hard work that has gone into our successful implementation on the part of the many staff and faculty members involved,” said Paul Strader, executive director of curriculum. “It is one of just 97 elementary schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.”

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, schools must offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. 

Mills Pond Kicks Off Fundraising Like Royalty

Mills Pond Kicks Off Fundraising Like Royalty photo

To kick off fundraising efforts for its upcoming Boosterthon Fun Run to benefit the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Mills Pond Elementary School held an assembly on Feb. 26. Themed “Castle Quest,” the PTA set up the entrance of the school as a castle and each student was outfitted with a crown. The fun run will take place in the gym on March 7.

Mills Pond Makes Wishes Come True

Mills Pond Makes Wishes Come True photo
Fourth-graders in the Cares Club at Mills Pond Elementary School held a healthy snack sale and sold artwork from sick children to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in December. The club raised more than $600, and the money helped grant a wish for a sick child to attend the Super Bowl.

Kindergartners Celebrate 100 Days of Learning

Kindergartners Celebrate 100 Days of Learning photo

Kindergartners at Mills Pond Elementary School celebrated being 100 days smarter on Feb. 15. Students made necklaces with 100 beads, made a structure using 100 cups and counted to 100 in different ways.

Mills Pond 100th Day of School

Mills Pond Winter Concert

Curling Rocks

Students in Melissa Taylor’s fourth-grade class and Joanne Ciappa’s third grade class used the Next Generation Science Standards to create rocks as seen in the Olympic event of curling.


Even Pennies Can Make a Difference

Even Pennies Can Make a Difference photo
As part of a library lesson, third-graders at Mills Pond Elementary collected pennies to purchase flocks of chicks through Heifer International.
The inspiration for this project came about when the students read the book “One Hen” by Katie Smith Milway in library class. The story – based on the true life of  Kwabena Darko – is about a young boy from Ghana, Kojo, who buys one brown hen with a small loan from the families in his village. Darko, 75, now owns the largest agricultural farm in Ghana and supplies eggs and chickens to many countries of western Africa.

After sharing this inspiring story, the third-graders and librarian Louise Prescott decided to help a family in need. They chose Heifer International as the donor organization and began to collect pennies to purchase a flock of chicks. The students counted and rolled the coins. They raised $60 in pennies and had enough funds to pay for three flocks of chicks.