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Combining lessons in cultural arts and mathematics, the fifth graders at Tackan Elementary School celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a hypothetical trip to explore Ireland. Students were given a budget of $3,500 to plan a trip to Ireland. There were certain purchases in their budget that they needed to make, such as a passport, airline tickets, lodging and at least budget for two meals per day. They also were required to budget for one activity per day, as well as transportation to and from that activity. Students were given a choice of different lodging options, souvenirs and a variety of excursions to plan during their weeklong stay in Ireland.
As part of their lessons on physical properties and how they change, the fifth grade students at Tackan Elementary School conducted a St. Patrick’s Day-themed slime making experiment. Using laundry detergent and shaving cream, along with some gold glitter, the students each made their own bucket of slime as they learned about how the properties of the ingredients changed during the experiment.
The kindergartners at Tackan Elementary School turned into caregivers for their stuffed animals during a virtual teddy bear clinic held on March 5.
Kristi Ladowski of the Stony Brook University Trauma Center connected remotely with the students to teach them about safety and how to do their part to stay injury free. The clinic helps ease the process of doctor and hospital visits by showing students how to be caregivers. They learned about buckling up their seatbelts to stay safe in vehicles and to always wear their helmet when riding a bike to keep safe.
Students cared for their injured stuffed animals, tended to and bandaged them and gave them instructions on how long to rest. They also wrote down how they could be safer next time to prevent injuries.
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.
Fourth graders from Tackan Elementary School recently read “Dasher” by Matt Tavaras during their library class with Mrs. Robinson. The book tells the story of how Santa’s sleigh came to be driven by reindeer. Students were tasked with building a reindeer out of paper cups, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and masking tape. The reindeer then had to “fly” using Sphero Bolt and Sphero Mini robots.