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Scientific Safety

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Students enrolled in Nadya Kauter’s kindergarten class at Sycamore Avenue Elementary School were treated to a special presentation on safety when Gina Hale recently visited.

Mrs. Hale, whose nephew Lucas Shyman is in the class, is a safety officer in Boston, Massachusetts, and spoke with the students about personal safety, including tips for staying safe at home, while playing outside and traveling in the family car. She then questioned them about fire safety tactics, stressed the importance of riding bikes with helmets and reminded them to stay away from chemicals and abrasive materials.

Mrs. Hale explained to the students that her job involves keeping citizens in her city safe and she often is called upon to help clean up dangerous chemical spills, flooded areas and, occasionally, to examine suspicious packages. She explained her work in great detail to the attentive students, along with the protective clothing that her job requires. 

As part of the presentation, students were given work overalls resembling HazMat suits, along with sets of protective eyewear. They were ecstatic to learn that they could bring those suits and glasses back home to show their families at the conclusion of Mrs. Hale’s engaging presentation. 

Sharing Knowledge with Distinguished Guests

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In an effort to preview some of the wonderful computer science and engineering and literacy initiatives taking place throughout the district, members of the Board of Education were recently invited to step into the learning taking place at Sycamore Avenue Elementary School.

While attending, the distinguished guests were joined by district administrators as they sat down with kindergarten and third-grade students to learn about their journeys to become impressive writers and readers. The students are currently taking part in the Writers Workshop of the Units of Study in Writing Program, and the visitors saw firsthand how the students have strengthened their reading and writing skills so far this school year. 

Additionally, with assistance from computer science and engineering specialist Patrick Brennan, students showcased the skills they have amassed this school year while in the Innovation Labs. The district’s recently implemented Innovation Labs serve as multipurpose spaces where students can practice engineering and programming activities at a young age, developing critical thinking, problem-solving and key communication skills.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

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In an effort to spread holiday cheer, second-grade students from Sycamore Avenue Elementary School recently sang loud and clear with their “Grandfriends” from The Arbors Assisted Living at Bohemia. Under the direction of music teacher Rachel White, the students sang holiday classics such as “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” Additionally, they put their own unique spin on “To Grandmother’s House We Go” by replacing “Grandmother’s House” with “Grandfriends’ House.”

Keeping in Tune at Tuba Day

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The district is thrilled to announce that two Sycamore Avenue Elementary School students recently participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s annual Tuba Day held at Central Islip High School.  

Baritone tuba players Gavin Olsen and Maria Argueta-Dinucci both performed in the mass ensemble with approximately 100 other baritone and tuba players from throughout Suffolk County. During the evening, they performed songs such as "Auld Lang Syne" and "Here I Go TUBAgain," both arranged for low brass. 

Both Sycamore Avenue Elementary School music teacher Deborah Guiney and the district are incredibly proud of the students for their accomplishment.

Singing Songs with “Grandfriends”

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In recognition of Thanksgiving Day around the corner, students from Sycamore Avenue Elementary School recently shared the joy of music with their “Grandfriends” from the Arbors Assisted Living Facility at Bohemia. Under the direction of music teacher Rachel White, the students first performed an “Autumn Rap,” which was accompanied by instruments such as tubanos, guiros and claves. The children then joined their “Grandfriends” to sing “The Visiting Turkey” in honor of the upcoming holiday. Before saying goodbye to their visitors, Mrs. White introduced the concept of down beat to the young musicians, as she sang “I's the B’y,” a traditional Newfoundland folk song.