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Connetquot to Officially Unveil Renovated School Libraries

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Connetquot Board of Education trustees, administrators, faculty and students unveiled the district’s newly renovated library media centers at Oakdale-Bohemia and Ronkonkoma middle schools and John Pearl and Sycamore Avenue elementary schools during individual ribbon-cuttings, held on Nov. 29. The renovations were part of the 2019 community-approved capital project.

Last year, the district unveiled newly renovated library media centers at Connetquot High School and Cherokee Street, Edith Slocum, Edward J. Bosti and Idle Hour elementary schools. There are plans to renovate the Helen B. Duffield library media center in the near future.

At each of the schools’ ribbon-cutting ceremonies, library media specialists provided a tour of the new surroundings. Although the arrangement of space might be different from library to library, the elements are similar and include classroom instructional space, a Makerspace section, reading nooks and comfortable furniture for reading, class meeting areas and controlled light dimmers for whiteboard instruction. Each of the district’s 10 library media spaces also include new 3D printers.

Director of English Language Arts Michelle Laux explained that school libraries are no longer simply repositories of books, but instead yield student-friendly, accessible learning environments. Every component of these renovated spaces was designed with student learning in mind. They feature a combination of the traditional and the flexible, including accessible shelving, inviting furnishings and adaptable, adjustable learning spaces.

“These refurbished library media centers have been transformed from simple book repositories to central hubs of learning and space for creativity,” Ms. Laux explained. “The library spaces also assist teachers in supporting curriculum.”

Date Added: 12/2/2022

Sycamore Avenue Students Collect Food for School Families

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Sycamore Avenue students and faculty, in collaboration with the PTA, collected food for school families in need of some Thanksgiving cheer this holiday. PTA Vice President Arlyne West reported that nine of the school’s families will receive nonperishable items, a turkey donated from the faculty, a $50 gift card donated from Aldi Supermarket and fresh produce donated by the PTA for the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

Date Added: 11/23/2022