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?
Goosehill is always bustling with excitement on the 100th Day of school! Kindergartners can barely contain their excitement to sing songs that they have practiced for weeks with music teacher Donna Zarrabi; what a show they put on! Parents and families were invited to join in on the fun at the morning assembly and then they were in for a treat as their children strutted the red carpet for a 100-Day tee shirt fashion show!
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.
You heard it right! Students in Ms. Riggles class received their official word detective badges, and oh my, the excitement could be heard seeping into the hallways! You might ask how did they become proud word detectives? Well, they began by noticing a problem to solve, looking very closely from start to end, and double checking - slowly!
First grade students were so excited to “Light Up their Circuits” in the Creative Learning Lab with Library Media Specialist, Marissa Urso. Gathered around tables to engineer their very own “light up greeting card” by building their own circuit, the students in Ms. Andreacchi’s class were wide-eyed at the wonder of their creations. They learned about positive and negative charges, that LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes that glow when powered, and they watched their LED stickers do just that! Most made a Valentine card, while others rendered their own creative designs.
Happy Chinese New Year! Also known as the Lunar New Year, it is celebrated for 15 days marking the end of the coldest days. In 2024, February 10 will mark the start of “The Year of the Dragon.” At Goosehill, classes had a chance to learn the meaning of the Lunar New Year, and make a lion mask craft under the direction of Educator Jennifer Henriquez from the Long Island Children’s Museum. There was so much to learn, and so many questions! Most importantly, that lunar means moon.
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
Each month, the district comes together in preparation of specific school-wide initiatives collaborating together for CSH Unites. Various administrators are charged with coordinating efforts and providing age-appropriate books or projects to coincide with monthly themes which have included: Unity Day & Bullying Prevention, Red-Ribbon Week, World Kindness and a “Month of Giving.” In January, each school celebrated Martin Luther King Jr., Day and honored the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance with age-appropriate grade level learning, ranging from story time, art, song, discussion, research, literature, service learning and a guest speaker presentation.
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 GHPTG Meeting
8:00 AM Daylight Saving Time Begins