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Chinese New Year Celebration Marches On at May Moore

Chinese New Year Celebration Marches On at May Moore

Students at May Moore continued a beloved annual tradition by marching loudly through the halls to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Feb. 5 parade was punctuated by percussion and enlivened by colorful paper dragons. The festivities concluded with a luncheon of Chinese food.

 



May Moore’s Math and Science Carnival Spurs Thinking Skills

May Moore’s Math and Science Carnival Spurs Thinking Skills

May Moore and the school’s Parent Faculty Club hosted the school’s annual Math and Science Carnival on Jan. 28. For this year’s event, students visited five different stations: Radical Reactions, I-Math, Marshmallow Geometry, Bouncing Buoyancy and Patterns. The festivities concluded on Feb. 1 with a fun assembly program by scientist Hector Von Vector.

“Our students engaged in applying higher order thinking skills throughout the Carnival,” said Principal Alicia Konecny. “They utilized skills such as estimating, making predictions and recording their findings. They also received prizes for completing each station. Many thanks to our wonderful math lab teachers and the many parent volunteers who made this academic opportunity a reality.”





May Moore Parent Honored for Aiming Higher Donation

 May Moore Parent Honored for Aiming Higher Donation
 May Moore Parent Honored for Aiming Higher Donation 2

The district recognized community member and parent Rashika Hettiarachchi at the Jan. 22 board of education meeting for her $800 donation to teacher Christine Garcett’s Aiming Higher enrichment program at May Moore Primary School. Hettiarachchi received a certificate of appreciation from Garcett and May Moore Principal Alicia Konecny.

The Aiming Higher program, which Hettiarachchi’s son Nicholas attends, meets for weekly sessions in the school library, learning basic coding and participating in fiction and nonfiction book discussions while also working on higher order comprehension skills. The donated funds will be used to purchase materials that require students to think critically, problem solve and collaborate with peers.


STEAM Lab Grand Opening Brings Innovation to May Moore

STEAM Lab Grand Opening Brings Innovation to May Moore
May Moore celebrated the grand opening of its new STEAM lab on Jan. 14, which will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics lessons. The initiative started in September, when a committee began to work to create a learning space for the students that requires them to think critically and creatively, collaborate and communicate, integrate technology and become global citizens.

“We are thrilled to bring 21st-century learning skills to the primary level,” Assistant Principal Heather Levine said. “We had our STEAM lab committee visit other STEAM labs and makerspaces across Long Island. We took the best of what we saw and attempted to replicate amazing teaching practices here in our lab.”

“Starting this afternoon, each and every class will visit the STEAM lab weekly to create, innovate and problem-solve for the future,” Principal Alicia Konecny told the assembled students and staff.

Second-grader Nate Fahl served as student spokesman, describing the lab and the STEAM concept. Guided by music teacher Kristen Lombardo, a group of May Moore students then sang a special STEAM-themed song, followed by a ribbon cutting, which was administered by three students.

Once the lab was deemed open for business, selected students from each grade and classroom in the building swarmed the five stations – a light table, an art area, a Lego wall, a tech station with an Osmo game system and Code & Go Robot Mouse, and a magnetics and Keva planks section – to demonstrate various STEAM activities.

The event also featured a colorful robot cake and the conclusion of the “Most Magnificent Thing” challenge for Deer Park’s administrators, who had been tasked to brainstorm and create their own working object using materials provided in a paper bag, with the winner being Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Marguerite Jimenez.  

Deer Park Savors the Sweet Season with Gingerbread Traditions

 Deer Park Savors the Sweet Season with Gingerbread Traditions

Across the district, students, families and teachers savored the season with enduring gingerbread traditions.

In Paula Behrens’ family and consumer science class at Robert Frost, eighth-graders continue an annual tradition of exploring gingerbread making from scratch, learning dough manufacturing and piping. The students  baked their own gingerbread pieces, cut their own bases, and figured out how many batches of dough to make for the class, then finished with piping and decorating.

“I had never made gingerbread from scratch before, so I really enjoyed it,” said Mya Perkins. “I also learned which icing to use.”

At both JQA and May Moore, kindergartners were visited by family members for a festive morning of decorating gingerbread houses.

“It’s great to have all the families together, working with their young ones to enjoy the season,” said JQA teacher Joe Bottino.

“This is an all-time favorite holiday activity and has become one of the most anticipated holiday traditions in my classroom,” said May Moore teacher Tammy Cotrone. “The students and their families love building and decorating gingerbread houses. For us adults, it gives us a little bit of our childlike wonder back. Just because we’re grown up doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy the ‘sweet’ things in life.”

 

 

Fun, Festive May Moore Sing-along Proves Charming

May Moore Sing-along

May Moore kicked off the winter break in style, holding its festive annual holiday sing-along. Staff and visiting family members got into the spirit of the season along with the students, dressing in festive apparel. Graced by the jovial presence of Santa and Mrs. Claus, the young students sang and danced to songs like “Snowman Jump,” “I Want to Be an Elf” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”; one youngster even provided his own revised lyrics for “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” charming all in attendance.

Busy Brass Ensemble Brings Holiday Sounds to Primary Schools

Busy Brass Ensemble Brings Holiday Sounds to Primary Schools
Busy Brass Ensemble Brings Holiday Sounds to Primary Schools 2
Busy Brass Ensemble Brings Holiday Sounds to Primary Schools 3
The busy brass ensemble from the high school, led by director Jerry Cannarozzo, traveled through the district on a rainy Dec. 21, bringing joyous holiday sounds to the halls of JQA and May Moore.
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