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Parent University Flyer

Ugly Truth Flyer

Fifth Grade Report Card Letter


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Town of Smithtown
YOUTH BUREAU

Parent Study Group (Parenting skills program)
Starting this Thursday, March 23rd - FREE of charge. Register ASAP.


Provided at the Town of Smithtown Horizons Center/Youth Bureau
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Topics include:
Encouraging Responsibility & Cooperation in the Family

Changing Behavior by Changing Parent Response

Replacing Power Struggles & Conflict with a More Democratic Family Environment

How Consequences Replace Punishment
Click here to view the Parent Study Group flyer


PLEASE feel free pass this information on to any parents who may be interested in participating.

Contact Karen Aldrich kaldrich@tosgov.com - 631-360-7595 for further information and/or registration.

 

 

Parent University Addresses Safety, Security

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To address the safety and security of students and staff throughout the district, the Smithtown Central School District invited parents and community members to its spring Parent University School Safety Forum on May 7 at Smithtown High School West.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane spoke about the safety and security practices in place including the visitor management system, security entrances and vestibules, security cameras and routine evacuation/fire/lockdown drills. 

District, county and law enforcement representatives were on hand to discuss the district’s emergency planning and responses in the event of a threat to school safety. Jack Blaum, the district’s security consultant, and Joe Rizzo, chief of security, spoke about the district’s safety measures, practices and procedures. They addressed concerns about keeping buildings secure, preventative measures, fire evacuation procedures and ongoing security upgrades.

Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services Mona Tobin addressed the audience regarding communication with parents and community members and reunification plans in the event of an emergency.



St. James Elementary School 80th Anniversary Celebration

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Fourth-Graders Help Feed Local Families

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Fourth-graders throughout the district recently tied their learning activities in with donating to a local cause. As part of a Project Lead the Way activity, the fourth-graders were tasked with designing and modeling a system to unload boxes of food at a community food pantry. The students came up with different prototypes of systems to best deliver and unload the food. 

After completing the activity, Project Lead the Way coach Kelly Bigliani asked the fourth-grade class to participate in a local food drive led by area Stop and Shop supermarkets called Feeding Our Families. The elementary schools collected more than 700 pounds of nonperishable food items, which will be delivered to Island Harvest. On April 29, the Smithtown High School East girls varsity softball team also collected donations, a total of 3,000 pounds, along with Bigliani at the Stop and Shop in South Setauket.  

Fourth-Grade Recorder Concert

Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea

Kyle Dine Allergy Awareness Program

‘Tote’-ally Caring for the Environment

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In recognition of Earth Day, fourth-graders in Jen Goldman’s class at St. James Elementary School showed they care about the environment. The students brought in old T-shirts from home and recycled them by turning them into tote bags. 

Fifth Grade Broadway Production

Hands-On Learning at Bull STEAM Ahead

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Showing off the many interactive, hands-on learning experiences available throughout the district, the Maker Space Club from High School East invited students and their families to Bull STEAM Ahead evening on April 20.

Maker Space activities ¬– with topics covering science, technology, engineering, art and math – were offered for students to experience. They checked out 3-D printing technology, made their own math origami, worked with circuits, videoed themselves on a green screen and used virtual reality glasses. 

Technologies of the past also made an appearance, and some students had fun learning to use a typewriter. STEM professionals from local businesses were on hand to answer questions, and the Mechanical Bulls robotics team set up outside the cafeteria to showcase their creations. Admission was free with a nonperishable food donation, which the Maker Space Club will collect for a local food pantry.  



Fourth-Grade Coders Get Inside Look at Minecraft

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Fourth-graders at St. James Elementary School went on a virtual field trip to the headquarters of Minecraft in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 9. Lydia Waters, one of the brand directors, gave students a virtual tour of the facilities. 

During the visit, the fourth-graders Skyped with Agnes, one of the developers who is creating a new release into the Minecraft game. She explained her job function and showed the students the lines of code used to create the “turtle.”

Following the virtual tour, students learned some basic coding functions. The Microsoft team members guided each student through the coding lesson on how to code through command lines. They were taught that code is a set of instructions that tells a computer to do something and Make Code uses event-driven, block coding to start an action in Minecraft. Each student was then able to change the number of times to spawn animals, change the spawn of animal types and change the location of the spawning of the animal. 
 

2018 Torch Recipients

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Each year, the Torch Award is presented to Smithtown teachers who have significantly contributed to the growth and professional development of their teacher colleagues. This year’s Torch Award recipients are: Kelly Bigliani, Kathleen DeBono, Doreen Kelly, Amanda LaComb, Gillian Winters, Denise Cardinal, Diana Lanze, Kristi Hoenes and Sallie Culloton.

The Smithtown Teacher Center hosted a reception to honor all Torch Award recipients and nominees on April 23 at the Branch Brook Elementary library.

Respect is Recognized at St. James Elementary

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St. James Elementary School held a character education assembly on April 13 to highlight the character trait of respect. Throughout March, the school reinforced how to respect one another and yourself. Two students from each class were recognized for regularly exhibiting high levels of respect for themselves, their peers and teachers and the St. James community. They received certificates and T-shirts, courtesy of the Parent-Teacher Association. April’s character trait, compassion, was introduced at the end of the assembly. 

Let’s Play Ball

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Fourth-graders at St. James Elementary School celebrated the opening day of baseball by engaging in activities centered on the sport on March 29.

In the day filled with baseball-themed lessons, students listened to the famous comedy act “Who’s On First” by Abbott and Costello and had to answer questions about who was at each position. They read and answered questions about the poem “Casey at the Bat.” The fourth-graders listened to the song “The Greatest” by Kenny Rogers and discussed its lessons as a mindfulness/take away activity. 

The student-artists designed their own baseball pennants and budding musicians wrote their own versions of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to share with the class. For their hands-on science lesson, students predicted, tested and measured the bounce of a baseball, tennis ball, whiffle ball and golf ball. 

Fourth-graders also honed their baseball skills during physical education classes and stretched their muscles in class during the seventh-inning stretch. Students read books about different baseball legends and practiced baseball-related math problems.



Storybook Characters Come to Life

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Dozens of classic nursery rhyme characters came to life on stage at Dogwood and St. James elementary schools on March 27 and 28 as the kindergarten students presented “An Adventure in Mother Goose Land.” The kindergartners performed first for the school, with an encore show for family and friends.

When Mother Hubbard loses her dog’s bone, she enlists the help of different characters to help find it. Along with Mother Goose, Mother Hubbard asks for help as kindergartners, dressed as their storybook character, come to the stage. At the end of the play, the bone is finally recovered by the mouse in the grandfather clock  from “Hickory, Dickory, Dock.”

Nature Visits During In-School Field Trip

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During an in-school field trip, Sweetbriar Nature Center visited with first-graders in Kelly Collett's class at St. James Elementary School. Students learned about various animals that live on Long Island and their adaptations. They observed and touched many of the animals including a walking stick (stick bug), turtle, snake, owl and rabbit. The first-graders learned the differences between mammals, reptiles and insects, how animals camouflage themselves, and what they should do if they encounter these animals in nature.