It was an unforgettable night of wonder, exploration and engagement, with the perfect blend of STEAM combined with a deep dive into the Humanities! In fact, this districtwide K-8 initiative offered so many exciting booths and activities to navigate – that each family received a map to begin their quest. It was a little like Dorothy following the yellow brick road, at every turn you didn’t know what would jump out at you next?
Principal Massimo and the student council kicked off a Valentine Celebration of heartfelt wishes from the students to the staff as a farewell sendoff before the winter break. By the look of excitement on the student’s faces, they certainly enjoyed the “act of spreading kindness” perhaps more than the teachers upon receiving these giant handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards!
During the month of February, #CSH Unites spearheaded the project “PS I Love You Day” which was celebrated on February 9. This special day was created by Brooke and Jamie DePalma, West Islip graduates, who lost their father to suicide in 2010 while both were students at West Islip High School. PS I Love You Day started as a local initiative and has grown to include schools all over Long Island, New York state, and the country.
Ricitos de Oro los Tres Ositos aka the Spanish production of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” took place in Senora Tassani’s 5th grade Spanish classes at West Side and Lloyd Harbor. Earlier this year, students created murals for each scene of the play in art class with Ms. Andria McLaughlin. Students then worked in learning stations to prepare for their performance recording their plays in front of a green screen at their respective schools.
Thank you to the administrative team at the Jr./Sr. High School for visiting Lloyd Harbor and West Side grade 6 classrooms in early February. The team explained the many choices and opportunities these students will encounter when they enter junior high next fall, and already forms were distributed to fill out interests for language, music and art class choices to think about. The counselors also spoke about the transition process and the support they will receive to help with any questions and concerns.
It's unclear who enjoyed the day more - Principal Massimo or her Principal Ambassadors for the day! This is the third exciting year students had the opportunity to shadow both Principal Valerie Massimo and Assistant to the Principal Brent Chiarello. This opportunity was part of the annual school fundraiser "Lloyd Harbor Unites," auction where three third grade students: twins Jack and Charlie O’Brien (aka Principal O’Brien) and Chloe Saunders (aka Assistant Principal Saunders), learned the ropes of administrative duties.
Madame Tassani and Madame Koob visited West Side and Lloyd Harbor school sixth graders to introduce them to French classes at the Junior High. Next year, students can choose to take either French or Spanish classes as a foreign language, and the sixth graders loved the opportunity on January 29 to hear all about French courses and the French Club! They had lots of questions, and were very impressed by the trip to Québec with a stay at Le Château Frontenac and a visit to a hotel made of ice that melts in April, only to be completely rebuilt each year.
It wasn’t a concert tour, but these music students showed our sixth graders a different type of tour, introducing them to the world of music choices next year when they enter junior high. Accompanied by music teachers Daniel Santangelo and Amanda Segale, these advanced string musicians and choir members wowed their once “younger selves” as they sang the National Anthem and an incredible string melody from Beauty and the Beast
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Board of Education Executive Session 6 PM - District Office
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education Meeting 8 PM (District Office)
9:30 AM LHSPTG Meeting