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Our Primary School houses students K-2, with an enrollment of 225 children. Students enjoy a program that brings out the best in each of them. Music, art, library and physical education enhance the core program, which promotes literacy, critical thinking and ethical values.

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Coming Together to Create Success

More than 130 people attended the district’s Bilingual Nights, an event that brings the community together and offers support to Spanish-speaking families to make them feel more comfortable being part of their children’s school lives.
The two-night event was organized and moderated by teaching assistant Cyndy Ergen, who translates documents into Spanish for the school district and communicates with Spanish-speaking families on behalf of the schools. Held at Bayville Primary School on March 13 and at Locust Valley Intermediate School on March 14, this year’s turnout was far greater than those held in the past four years.
“As word gets out about how helpful these programs are, more Spanish-speaking families want to attend,” Ms. Ergen said. She explained that the information offered helps parents understand the support available in the schools for them and for their children. “We explain how to use the website and how to translate the website into Spanish, who to call with various questions and who is in charge of different departments.”
Administrators representing areas such as special education, curriculum and health education spoke to the attendees, with Ms. Ergen translating their presentations into Spanish as they spoke.
Representatives from the local libraries provided information on their services, and various businesses donated items such as bags, reusable water bottles, toothbrushes and keychains.
“These presentations prove that bringing the community together is beneficial for everyone,” Ms. Ergen said. “The families are very thankful that we want to help them become more involved in their children’s education.”

As Henry Ford once said about teamwork, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”

STEAM Skills Beat the Trickiness of Leprechauns

Three student build a leprechaun trap.

Leprechauns don’t stand a chance against the STEAM skills of kindergarten students. The young inventors used science, technology, engineering, artand math skills to create leprechaun traps. Hoping the leprechauns would lead them to a pot of gold, the traps used all the things the students thought would attract the mythical creatures in Irish folklore.

Teachers and students read books about leprechauns that taught them that these little bearded men love mischief, shiny objects and rainbows. They used this knowledge to build traps from cardboard boxes that contained glitter, slides and rainbow collages. Some even had beds inside to keep the leprechauns happy once caught.

Ann MacArthur Primary School teacher Candice Pellicane said the kindergarten classes have been learning about problem-solving with academic work and real-world situations. The students have learned to plan out the solution to their problem before designing it.

“This project not only prompted them to use the problem-solving skills they have learned in kindergarten, but also required them to use higher-order thinking,” Ms. Pellicane said. “It is amazing to watch the students really communicate with their peers and for us as educators to be able to see their thinking process.”

Ms. Pellicane said that the students faced challenges when building the traps that they had planned out on paper. This required them to figure out what was wrong with their plan and how to correct the problem.

Bayville Primary School teacher Kelsey Burns had her students build the leprechaun traps using the same method of planning it out on paper first. She said that the project was a wonderful way to incorporate the STEAM curriculum into a hands-on activity. Her class worked in groups of four to create each trap, and as they presented their finished products to the rest of the class, they shared the challenges and the successes they had while doing the actual building.

“My students learned to take a step back and evaluate their plans to see what they could do better,” Ms. Burns said. “In the end, they all felt their traps would catch the leprechauns!”


Author Offers Writing Inspiration

Visiting author poses with students and teachers.
Author Joe McGee stood in front of Bayville Elementary School students and asked them to close their eyes and imagine a yellow room with a table and a red tablecloth and a cage with a fuzzy, white bunny.
“I just created an image in all of your heads,” Mr. McGee said. “That is the magic of storytelling.” He told the auditorium full of students that storytellers are like magicians. “We take words and create characters, and it’s like magic.”
Mr. McGee visited Bayville Primary and Intermediate Schools for Author’s Day, sponsored by the Bayville PTA in coordination with the schools’ librarians Paige Coppola and Stefanie Lipsey.
Ms. Lipsey said that having an author visit and talk to the children about writing encourages them to write more. “They see firsthand how writing can be fun, and they learn tricks of the trade that they can use in the classroom,” she said.
“My goal is for each of you to use your imagination,” Mr. McGee said. He went on to explain that ideas come from observing, daydreaming, being curious, reading, playing, listening and asking “What if?” He said asking questions and finding the answers helps in writing amazing stories. “Anything you want to do, you can absolutely do it,” he said.
After sharing details on how he became a writer, including that he started writing his own stories in fourth grade, Mr. McGee read his book, “Peanut Butter & Aliens.” 

Many thanks to the Bayville PTA for bringing this special guest to Bayville Elementary Schools!

100 Days of Learning

Four girls are dressed like 100-year-old ladies.

Primary school students can count to 100 by fives, tens and twenties and they proved it during assemblies celebrating the 100th day of school at Ann MacArthur and Bayville Primary Schools.

Students in kindergarten through second grade sang songs that included counting to 100, listened to a story about the 100th day of school and celebrated the number 100. The 100th student to enter the school that day, students who were present for all 100 days of school and those that correctly guessed the number of treats in a jar were all recognized. 

“While the 100th day of school may not be an official holiday, it is an opportunity to reinforce math skills through collaboration with reading, music and movement,” said Locust Valley Elementary Schools Principal Dr. Sophia Gary.