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Workshops Offer Resources for ELL Parents

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Smithtown Elementary School held two information workshops for parents of English language learners on Feb. 8 and 12 to help them better understand community resources and the support services that Smithtown Central School District provides them.

“We felt the need to get more information to parents so that their children can become actively involved in sports organizations, library programs, and for the parents, gain a better understanding of our adult education opportunities,” said Principal Janine Lavery. 

The workshops were a collaborative effort led by the Smithtown Elementary School faculty, with support from the ENL department, community resources, Parent-Teacher Association and translators. Parents learned about the school-family connection and parent portal. Attendees could sign up for PTA notifications regarding events and volunteer opportunities. 

The Smithtown Library issued cards to families, and the St. Patrick’s Youth programs spoke about some of their offerings. The adult education director’s presentation sparked several parents to register for English classes. 

Mindfulness Training

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Students at Smithtown Elementary have been focusing on mindfulness training. This training increases their ability to monitor and regulate their emotions, especially during challenging times. They practice these skills through breathing and other grounding techniques. Mindfulness has been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling, which improves students' awareness of others and helps them build positive relationships. It is also a way to increase focus and ability to learn in a supportive environment.

Special Person Day

First graders at Smithtown Elementary recently had Special Person Day. Students interviewed their special person and enjoyed making a craft, reading a book and eating a snack together.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Smithtown Elementary School’s Kindergarten classes had a special visit from Stony Brook Hospital’s nursing students. The children learned about rules before crossing the street, bike and helmet safety and the importance of hand washing. The children also enjoyed an interactive Teddy Bear Clinic to care for stuffed animals.


Elementary Schools Recognized for PLTW Programs

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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. 

Sledding Students Pull Their Weight

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Even during the winter months, Smithtown Elementary School physical education teacher Kurt Margraf knows how to get students to stay active. As part of his weekly before school sports program, Margraf is teaching his students about the Iditarod sled dog race. The two-week race takes place annually each March in Alaska. Fourth-graders were taught facts about the race, and necessary clothes they need to wear before trying to mimic the race by pulling one another on sleds.

Hands-On Learning with Puzzle Activity

Hands-On Learning with Puzzle Activity
Fifth-graders at Smithtown Elementary School recently completed a jigsaw activity using the novel “Esperanza Rising.” The activity emphasized cooperative learning by providing students with an opportunity to actively help each other build comprehension. Each group member was responsible for becoming an expert on one section of the assigned material and then teaching it to the other members of the team.