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Mission Statement

The path to our dreams begins with the partnership between our school and families working collaboratively to ensure a safe and caring environment. Varied educational experiences at Mt. Pleasant Elementary school offer students the tools necessary to embrace diversity, become independent lifelong learners, and compassionate global citizens.

 

Mt. Pleasant Monthly - March 2021

 

Biographies Come to Life at Mt. Pleasant

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The fourth graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School are learning all about biographies in March. As a culminating activity, the students researched a famous person of their choice. Following their research, the students presented 10 of the most interesting facts about the figure. They could also dress the part of the famous person and bring it artifacts that tell more of their story. After each presentation, the class had time for a question-and-answer period.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, the students at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School wrote about what is worth more than gold to them and what they would do if they found a pot of gold. They sang St. Patrick’s Day poems and created beautiful rainbows.

Parent University Workshops Offer Solutions, Strategies During Pandemic

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More than 250 parents, students and staff members participated in Smithtown Central School District’s virtual Parent University on March 8. Parent University is hosted by the district’s Wellness Committee. The evening, themed “Responding to this Moment,” featured more than a dozen workshops for participants in two different sessions.

Workshops were facilitated by both community members, professionals and staff. Mental health counselor Ron Villano addressed how to manage concerns for students during this time such as anxiety, stress, feeling trapped and mental health, and school performance. Dietitian/nutritionist Colleen McDermott talked about different nutrition components to lead a healthy lifestyle, while registered sleep technologist Brendan Duffy spoke about how to protect and improve sleep.

Smithtown’s administrator for guidance and related student services Kevin Colon provided strategies for effective communication between parents and teenagers. Nesaquake Middle School reading teacher Julianne DeSilva spoke about how to encourage reading at home with ideas for how parents can engage with reading with their children and model good reading habits.

Dr. Beth Forhman’s workshop offered evidence-based suggestions to foster family and children’s resiliency during this challenging time. Dr. Marissa Abram also spoke about the impact of mental health during the pandemic and how to create self-care plan. Psychologist and therapist Craig O’Brien addressed biological stress reactions and strategies for managing anxieties.

Lesson on Chinese Culture Inspires New Challenge

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The third grade classes from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School are learning about Chinese culture. Students read about how Chinese people use chopsticks and the etiquette associated with their use. The students all tried their hand at using the chopsticks. They learned trying something new can be challenging to master but fun to learn.

Coding with Ozobots

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As an introduction to computer programming, Mrs. Smerechniak worked with the fifth graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. The students learned about some of the basic features of the mini robots, Ozobot. Ozobot is a robot that blends physical and digital worlds and identifies lines, colors and codes on iPads and paper.

Rocking Kindness at Mt. Pleasant

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Mr. Costigliola’s fifth graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School recently created a kindness rock garden for their classroom. Students painted rocks with words of inspiration, motivation and encouragement on them.

Smithtown Receives Portion of Smart Start Grant

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Smithtown is one of nine schools districts to be included in the recent Smart Start grant received by Western Suffolk BOCES. The purpose of the Smart Start grant is to develop, implement and share innovative programs that provide professional development and support to increase expertise in computer science, engineering and/or educational technology among teachers in grades K-8.

Smithtown was one of the component districts that expressed interest in participating in the grant. Western Suffolk BOCES was awarded $500,000 a year for each of the next five school years (2021-2022 through 2025-2026). The money allocated to each district will be based on the student population. Smithtown’s portion of the funds will support 115 teachers in computer science professional development. Beginning this summer, the district will be able to open up the training to 23 teachers per year.

Teachers will be involved in four days of professional development during the summer months and two-and-a-half days during the school year. Teachers will be trained in computer science by the company Mouse. “Our goal is to further enhance our computer science offerings here in Smithtown as well as support teachers in the delivery of our Project Lead the Way program,” said Paul Strader, assistant superintendent for curriculum and assessment.

This summer, the district will offer the training to interested K-5 STEM specialists, K-8 library media specialists, middle school math teachers and K-5 elementary classroom teachers. They will continue to expand the pool of teachers offered the professional development each school year. Teachers will receive a stipend from grant for their participation. Following the training, the teachers will be delivering at least 15-20 computer science-based lessons.

Mt. Pleasant Celebrates 100 Days of Learning

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Mt. Pleasant Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 25. Using their walkers and canes, the kindergarten students came to school dressed as if they were 100 years old. Throughout the day, the students participated in activities centered around the number 100. Kindergartners counted to 100 using ice cream cones and the first graders created 100 day shirts and hats.