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A Positively Purple P.S. I Love You Day in Deer Park

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A perfectly positive P.S. I Love You Day was celebrated in Deer Park on Feb. 14, with the color purple used to symbolize love, acceptance, anti-bullying and suicide prevention. Students and staff at the high school, Robert Frost and JFK were encouraged to wear purple to show their support, purple ribbon was wrapped around trees by the school and notes with positive messages were posted on student lockers.

Founded by West Islip teenager Brooke DiPalma, the event is held annually on the second Friday of February. DiPalma visited Frost this year to meet with the middle school’s student council and talk about why she started P.S. I Love You Day 10 years ago to honor her father, whose tragic suicide inspired the movement.

Frost’s Falconettes Finish Successful Season at Championships

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The Falconettes kickline team from Frost recently finished a terrific season by competing in the Long Island Kickline Championships, earning third place in both the team and pom categories.

Focusing on African American Accomplishments at Frost

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For Black History Month, Robert Frost focused this year on the many contributions made by African Americans throughout the country’s history, including inventions, scientific innovations, entertainment, literature, politics and sports.

Continuing an annual tradition, teacher Lynne Connors and a committee of volunteer students created an informative display case in the main lobby that depicts a history rich in struggle and achievement.

During each day’s morning announcements, volunteer students are reading a list of “Do You Know?" facts to raise awareness of the accomplishments made by African Americans and the obstacles involved with achieving those accomplishments. Music that connects with the morning readings is played during afternoon announcements.

Frost Seventh Graders Develop Board Games and Future Skills

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Seventh graders in Cindy Adriaenssens’ family and consumer science classes at Robert Frost recently created educational board games as a team-building activity. The students developed math games, social studies games, language games and mystery games, using decision-making, critical thinking and math skills as well as knowledge of strategies and problem solving.

“The lesson was extremely educational and entertaining, and taught my students the top three transferable skills that employers want from their employees: communication, teamwork and thinking outside the box,” Adriaenssens said.

Frost Teacher’s WWI "Silent Hero" Research Published

Frost Teacher’s WWI

John Heeg, a social studies teacher at Robert Frost, researched the life and service of Sgt. Neil Evans Wheeler of Oswego, who died in combat in World War I, as part of National History Day’s Memorializing the Fallen program, sponsored by the World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Foundation.

Heeg, currently deployed in Kuwait, was one of only 17 teacher applicants nationwide who was accepted into the Memorializing the Fallen program, in which he was tasked with selecting and researching a “Silent Hero,” a WWI service member who never returned home. Last June, he spent 12 days in Europe, conducting research and visiting cemeteries, battle sites and monuments.

“Since I was a hospital corpsman for the Marines, I selected Sgt. Wheeler, who was killed at the Battle of Belleau Wood,” Heeg said. “What caught my attention about this Marine is that he was killed on June 17, 1918.  June 17 happens to be my birthday and my son’s. Sgt. Wheeler and I also enlisted in the military at the same age, 26.”

Heeg’s eulogy and profile of Sgt. Wheeler was published at NHDSilentHeroes.org. A lesson plan inspired by the Silent Hero research was featured on the WWI page of National History Day’s website and in the upcoming publication “Great War, Flawed Peace, and the Lasting Legacy of World War I.”




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