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Fall Drama Was a Hit


High school thespians took to the stage to share pieces of wisdom with the audience as they performed the drama All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The performance was impressive, leaving the audience laughing and nodding in agreement.

Based on a book of essays by Robert Fulghum, the show highlights lessons learned in kindergarten that are important to remember throughout life. The cast and crew created a professional-quality show, led by directors Allison Hungate Wood and Whitney Stone-Gillard.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on a fabulous performance. The spring musical March16-18 is sure to be a hit! 



Learning the Native American Way of Life


Fourth-graders at Bayville Intermediate School were recently treated to a fun-filled day that focused on the New York Native American way of life. There were many hands-on activities for the students that included game playing, pottery making and Native American dancing and singing. The fourth-grade curriculum includes a unit on the Eastern Woodland (New York) Native Americans.

Students had the opportunity to walk through a longhouse, touch beaver and deer skins, dress like the Native Eastern Woodland Indians and hold weapons that this tribe used to hunt and fish.  

To start the experience, two members of the Comanche tribe showed the fourth-graders an abundance of Native American artifacts and discussed the Iroquois culture and its history. “It was also a great lesson on how our own United States government was established since the United States Constitution is based on the Iroquois Great Law of Peace,” explained fourth-grade teacher Maureen Pedersen. “It was a wonderful day for the children, experiencing the Eastern Woodlands culture firsthand and having fun while learning.”

Exploding with Knowledge


Fourth-graders at Bayville Intermediate School used their knowledge of science to create replicas of volcanoes, making each one erupt with red flowing lava.

Teaching Assistant Lisa Mellillo guided the students on how to create just the right eruption. Baking soda, food coloring, dish soap and vinegar were combined to mimic the flow of lava. The volcanoes were first created with flour, salt and water, painted and then filled with the magic formula to make them erupt.

Ms. Mellillo said that having the students create the volcanoes reinforces the lessons they’ve learned and because they’re having fun, they are more likely to remember the scientific facts. “The students were engaged in the lesson, making it easy for them to absorb the information,” she said.

Halloween Costumes Teach Lessons

Bayville Intermediate Staff
Halloween at Bayville Intermediate School was more intellectual than it was spooky. Teachers and teaching assistants dressed in costumes that served as clues to a school-wide geography contest. 

Each staff member represented a different state and provided clues so students could guess which state it was. The adults paraded onto the stage in the school’s auditorium to present their clues one at a time. The students wrote down their guesses and teachers revealed the answers following the assembly.

Principal Scott McElhiney wore a giant foam finger that said #1 and told the students he was the first state (Delaware). There was a Statue of Liberty (New York), Steamboat (Mississippi), a Hershey’s kiss (Pennsylvania) and a red chicken (Rhode Island) among the costume clues. Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without a witch (Massachusetts). 

“The teachers and the students had a lot of fun with this creative geography lesson,” said Mr. McElhiney. “We know that on Halloween children this age group is not focused on their lessons. The teachers came up with a successful way to incorporate learning into the day while letting the students enjoy Halloween at the same time.”