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BMX Riders Share Bike and Life Skills

The BMX riders share how to master any skill, one must be determined and willing to put in the time and the effort.  thumbnail143227
The BMX riders share how to master any skill, one must be determined and willing to put in the time and the effort.
Stimson Principal Mr. Smith and Assistant Principal Ms. Sansotta are briefed before the riders take flight off the ramp and over their heads.  thumbnail143228
Stimson Principal Mr. Smith and Assistant Principal Ms. Sansotta are briefed before the riders take flight off the ramp and over their heads.
Thank you to the PTA for providing our students with an exciting show! thumbnail143229
Thank you to the PTA for providing our students with an exciting show!

Earlier this Fall, Stimson had an array of exciting assemblies for our middle school students. Thanks to the PTA, performers from Dialed Action Sports made a special appearance to talk to students about the importance of getting a good education, while also showing off some of their incredible BMX skills. The BMX riders showed off their collection of tricks, thrilling all in attendance on that incredible morning. Students learned the names of each trick as they watched the riders fly from the ramps and flip mid air. The BMX performers explained how mastering these tricks take immense amounts of hard work and dedication, and by having a hard working attitude helps to excel in other real life experiences. Without the proper education, they explained how they would be unable perform to the same ability. With persistence and determination, the BMX riders at Dialed Action Sports displayed the incredible heights we can reach with the right attitude and effort. To end the show, the skilled bike riders showed off to the students by landing a backflip over Stimson Principal Mr. Smith and Assistant Principal Mr. Sansotta. Everyone was in awe! Thank you to our PTA for organizing this special assembly and to the Dialed Action Sports Team for sharing your bike and life skills with our students!

Career Day at Stimson

Birchwood PTA President Ms. Dayna Cioffi provided students with a look into her job working in the fashion industry.  thumbnail139471
Birchwood PTA President Ms. Dayna Cioffi provided students with a look into her job working in the fashion industry.
Students listen attentively as they learn the ins and outs about nanotechnology from a working engineer. thumbnail139472
Students listen attentively as they learn the ins and outs about nanotechnology from a working engineer.
Mr. Martino from Autologic brought in automotive technologies for students to interact with.  thumbnail139473
Mr. Martino from Autologic brought in automotive technologies for students to interact with.
Representatives from Estee Lauder share their various beauty products with students and discuss the research that takes place in their labs when developing these products.  thumbnail139474
Representatives from Estee Lauder share their various beauty products with students and discuss the research that takes place in their labs when developing these products.
Furniture sales are big on Long Island and this career presenter came in with designs and fabric samples to give students an added sensory experience.  thumbnail139475
Furniture sales are big on Long Island and this career presenter came in with designs and fabric samples to give students an added sensory experience.
While cute, Police dogs require special training before they can be on patrol. thumbnail139476
While cute, Police dogs require special training before they can be on patrol.
Walt Whitman Alumni Ms. Rattu answered questions about her involvement in the U.S. Army, as well as sharing her journey in earning the title of Miss Crown City 2019.  thumbnail139477
Walt Whitman Alumni Ms. Rattu answered questions about her involvement in the U.S. Army, as well as sharing her journey in earning the title of Miss Crown City 2019.

Stimson hosted Career Day recently, introducing different fields of work to our middle school students. Various employees from all lines of work came to talk to our students in Stimson’s library, sharing their backgrounds and how they got started working in their careers. Students had the opportunity to meet a court Judge, Automotive companies, representatives from Bait and Tackle, Contractors, Police Dog Trainers, employees from Estee Lauder, Furniture salespeople, a nanotechnology engineer, and Ms. Rattu from the U.S. Army. Students sat down with each employer as they shared their journey in choosing their career paths and students asked questions to gain more insight on the jobs they work hard at every day. It was a valuable learning experience for our middle school students as they learned about the many different job opportunities and take notice of which fields peek their own interests.

Thank you to all of our career presenters that shared their experiences with our students: Ms. Cioffi, Mr. Dowling, Mr. Martino, Mr. Pierantoni, Mr. Leaver, Ms. Rattu, Mr. Camacho, Mr. Avella, Mr. Loomis, Mr. Leaver, Ms. Dearborn, and Mr. Tavera.

Courtyard Complete Thanks to Lowes

Thank you to the volunteers at Lowes of Hicksville for transforming Countrywood’s outdoor space! thumbnail143094
Thank you to the volunteers at Lowes of Hicksville for transforming Countrywood’s outdoor space!
Volunteers uprooted bushes and trees and added fresh coats of colorful paint to the courtyard’s benches.  thumbnail143095
Volunteers uprooted bushes and trees and added fresh coats of colorful paint to the courtyard’s benches.
Fresh mulch readied the space for new flowers to grow. thumbnail143096
Fresh mulch readied the space for new flowers to grow.
These two volunteers added a fresh coat of paint to the perimeter to brighten the space.  thumbnail143097
These two volunteers added a fresh coat of paint to the perimeter to brighten the space.
This hand built bench will get plenty of use! thumbnail143098
This hand built bench will get plenty of use!
The new bright and colorful fence is sure to boost student creativity. thumbnail143103
The new bright and colorful fence is sure to boost student creativity.
Lowes of Hicksville donated their time, tools, and supplies to bring new life to this outdoor area.  thumbnail143104
Lowes of Hicksville donated their time, tools, and supplies to bring new life to this outdoor area.
Having an outdoor area accessible to our students provides fresh and new learning opportunities.  thumbnail143101
Having an outdoor area accessible to our students provides fresh and new learning opportunities.
New landscaping and a small pond add to the courtyard’s aesthetics. thumbnail143102
New landscaping and a small pond add to the courtyard’s aesthetics.
The courtyard is located right outside of Ms. Workman’s classroom, where students enjoyed watching the design plans unfold.  thumbnail143105
The courtyard is located right outside of Ms. Workman’s classroom, where students enjoyed watching the design plans unfold.
The space has transformed into an inviting place to learn for our Countrywood students.  thumbnail143106
The space has transformed into an inviting place to learn for our Countrywood students.
Board of Education Vice President Laura Carey thanks all of the hard working volunteers from Lowes alongside Countrywood Principal Mitch Levy and Assistant Prinicipal Kellie Njenga.  thumbnail143107
Board of Education Vice President Laura Carey thanks all of the hard working volunteers from Lowes alongside Countrywood Principal Mitch Levy and Assistant Prinicipal Kellie Njenga.

Ms. Workman’s class partnered up with Lowes of Hicksville to revamp Countrywood’s central courtyard this Fall. The project began in October when Ms. Workman’s second graders spent an afternoon pulling weeds, raking leaves, and turning the soil to prepare the courtyard for tulip bulbs and colorful fresh flowers to bring new life to the space. They arranged where flowers would be planted and where benches would be set in anticipation of the work to be done by our volunteers from Lowe’s.

Spearheaded by Lowes managers and project captains Sara Petter and Shanna Walsh, the courtyard renovation was com­pleted in just a few days. Sara Petter, mother of Camden in Ms. Workman’s second-grade class, offered a very generous donation of gardening supplies to bring the plan into fruition. From mulch and fresh flowers to wooden fences painted to look like colorful pencils, the donations were beyond what anyone could have expected for the Primary school’s cen­tral space. Thanks to the hard working volunteers, the space experienced a transformation that built on the courtyard’s aesthetics and helped create a unique community bond.

Thank you to our volunteers Sara Petter, Shanna Walsh, Christina Billy, Michael Direnzo, Michael Locavare, John Daly, John Demartinis, Edna Vieira-Riehl, Dave Sobolow, and Les Seaman for all of your hard work and dedication to making this courtyard remodel such a wonderful success! It is with our deepest appreciation that our students have access to such a colorful and vibrant outdoor space where they can continue learning beyond the classroom and understand the value of coming together to create something beautiful.

Winter Wonderland Highlights

Everyone was all smiles as they lined up to have their picture taken with Santa Claus in the winter-themed room. thumbnail143415
Everyone was all smiles as they lined up to have their picture taken with Santa Claus in the winter-themed room.
It was a beautiful snowstorm inside thanks to the Art Honor Society’s skillful decorating.  thumbnail143416
It was a beautiful snowstorm inside thanks to the Art Honor Society’s skillful decorating.
Students from the Latino Heritage Club helped visiting children create beautiful holiday crafts.  thumbnail143417
Students from the Latino Heritage Club helped visiting children create beautiful holiday crafts.
Volunteers from the Huntington Muslim Youth Group spread cheer with temporary tattoos of meaningful words and symbols thumbnail143418
Volunteers from the Huntington Muslim Youth Group spread cheer with temporary tattoos of meaningful words and symbols
Gingerbread decorating was a hit, both creative and delicious! thumbnail143419
Gingerbread decorating was a hit, both creative and delicious!
Festive children wrote heart felt letters to be sent to our troops this holiday.  thumbnail143420
Festive children wrote heart felt letters to be sent to our troops this holiday.
The Girls Leaders Organization helped Winter Wonderland visitors create unique ornaments and capture joyful memories in their snowy photo booth.  thumbnail143421
The Girls Leaders Organization helped Winter Wonderland visitors create unique ornaments and capture joyful memories in their snowy photo booth.
(left to right) Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joe Centamore, Board of Education Trustee Sidney Joyner, Board Trustee Linda Lacara, Board Vice President Laura Carey, and Board President Nick Ciappetta stand with local religious leaders who all joined in to help light the ceremonial Christmas tree and Menorah, welcoming in the holiday season as one.  thumbnail143422
(left to right) Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joe Centamore, Board of Education Trustee Sidney Joyner, Board Trustee Linda Lacara, Board Vice President Laura Carey, and Board President Nick Ciappetta stand with local religious leaders who all joined in to help light the ceremonial Christmas tree and Menorah, welcoming in the holiday season as one.

On Saturday November 30th, South Huntington hosted the second annual Winter Wonderland that brought the spirit of the holiday season to the district children, families, and all those involved in making this day such a success. With over 600 people joining in this new favorite holiday tradition, it is no secret that numerous parents, staff members, and students were impressed by the decorated halls and holiday activities put together by our staff and volunteers. The event gave district children of all ages the opportunity to sing songs, create holiday cards for our troops, and enjoy hot chocolate and decorating gingerbread cookies in honor of this special season. Students and their families had the chance to have their photo taken with Santa, our brightly lit Menorah, and winter-themed backgrounds created by the Art Honor Society as a way of remembering this joyful event and celebrating the holiday season.

Thank you to Hidden Smiles Orthodontics for sponsoring this year’s event! We also would like to offer special thanks to the numerous faculty and staff members who dedicated their time to this special event, and are particularly grateful to SEPTA, as well as our Latino Heritage Club, Art Honor Society, Girls Leaders Organization, and Huntington Muslim Youth Group for the countless hours that they spent preparing the Wonderland and entertaining our excited preschool and elementary-aged guests. It is amazing to note what can be accomplished when great teachers, administrators, staff, and students are given the room they need to create something special.

Following the day’s festivities, everyone was invited to join us in our Christmas tree lighting and Menorah recognition. Local religious leaders from all denominations came to honor and bring light to this tradition, embracing the holiday spirit as a tight-knit community.

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The Nutcracker Visits Oakwood

The Nutcracker appears, just before coming to life! thumbnail143118
The Nutcracker appears, just before coming to life!
Oakwood students played large roles in depicting the famous Christmas tale.  thumbnail143119
Oakwood students played large roles in depicting the famous Christmas tale.
The special performance made everyone excited for the coming holiday season.  thumbnail143120
The special performance made everyone excited for the coming holiday season.
The Mouse King leads these cute critters in a battle against the Nutcracker. thumbnail143121
The Mouse King leads these cute critters in a battle against the Nutcracker.
This morning featured beautiful dance performances.  thumbnail143122
This morning featured beautiful dance performances.
Oakwood music teacher Ms. Pinelli joined in on the holiday story telling. thumbnail143123
Oakwood music teacher Ms. Pinelli joined in on the holiday story telling.
Students were in awe of our performers. thumbnail143124
Students were in awe of our performers.
Having the students be part of the show made the morning all the more fun.  thumbnail143125
Having the students be part of the show made the morning all the more fun.
Thank you to the Cultural Arts PTA for an amazingly interactive and entertaining show! thumbnail143126
Thank you to the Cultural Arts PTA for an amazingly interactive and entertaining show!

Our Kindergarten students took center stage as the Nutcracker performance came to life at Oakwood Primary Center! Thanks to the Cultural Arts PTA, students at Oakwood enjoyed both spectating and participating in this interactive performance that brought excitement to the start of this holiday season. Our youngest students dressed up in colorful costumes, danced and twirled their way around the room as they retold the story of the Nutcracker, a fantasy about a girl who befriends a nutcracker and battles against an evil mouse king. To prepare for the performances, students rehearsed and perfected their routines with professional dancers during the day and showed their talents at an afternoon performance for their first and second grade friends. 

A special thanks to the Oakwood PTA, Oakwood’s Music Educator, Ms. Luella Pinelli, our Kindergarten Teachers and all of our Kindergarten students for sharing your talents with the Oakwood Family. It was certainly a wonderful and magical event!

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