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On June 5 and 6, third-graders at Tackan Elementary School enjoyed in a hands-on science lesson thanks to Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The students participated in a two-hour program to learn about the lifecycle of insects. They examined local pond water and the various insects that live in it. Using microscopes connected to laptop computers, the students observed the insects and identified them using a key.
Fifth-graders at Tackan Elementary School became real-life science detectives as part of a hands-on lesson provided by Mad Science of Long Island on May 29.
The students stepped into the role of detective and learned how forensic science is used to solve crimes. The students analyzed a crime scene, identified objects found at the scene and used their observation skills to help solve a crime. During the hands-on portion of the program, the fifth-graders created and analyzed fingerprints and teeth impressions. They also had to recreate a composite sketch of a witness and use the clues found at the scene. Students even got their own personal profile kits to create at home.
As a tie-in to their recent history unit, fourth-graders at Tackan Elementary School learned about the spy ring set up by Gen. George Washington on Long Island thanks to a presentation from Donna Smith, education coordinator from the Three Village Historical Society on May 21 and 22. Smith visited each of the fourth-grade classes to speak about the key players in the Culper spy ring and life on Long Island under British occupation. The students decoded letters written by Washington’s spies and wrote with invisible ink using quill pens, just like the spies.
On May 11 and 12, 208 fifth-grade student-musicians from throughout the district came together to participate in the Elementary Music Festival at High School West. The music departments in each of the district’s elementary schools worked collaboratively to prepare for this enrichment program’s concert.
It was a unity that was always meant to be for the letters Q and U. The kindergarten students at Tackan Elementary School celebrated the marriage of the two letters during a ceremony on May 25.
Invited guests, friends and family, as well as all of the letters of the alphabet, came out to join the two letters as they officially tied the knot. Tackan Elementary School Principal Dr. Allyn Leeds served as the officiant.
Since the beginning of the school year, the kindergartners have been learning the sounds that letters make together and that letters, such as Q and U, appear together in most words.
The kindergarten students performed a variety of songs, concluding with “Forever Young” to a slideshow of photos from their first year of school.
Students at Tackan Elementary School spent the week of May 14 working on the third and final piece in a collection that has been in the making for the last three school years. The artwork is a mosaic project with artist-in-residence Esther Tollen. Sponsored by the PTA Arts in Education, each student had the opportunity to participate in creating the tile project. The three works represent earth, wind and fire and will be displayed together in the school’s hallways upon completion.
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.