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Students Tapped for Local Music Festivals

Students Tapped for Local Music Festivals photo

A dozen students were selected to represent the district at a pair of music festivals.

Eleven students will participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County festival in March. Choral students Shacquan Swaby and Jordan Tobin were chosen from Amityville Memorial High School. Performers from Edmund W. Miles Middle School will include vocalists Jeff Cruz and Keiry Martinez, and violinist Kayla Marrero. 

From Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, band students Donovan Graham Martinez (bass clarinet) and Tatiana Martinez (oboe) were selected. Alanna Gayle will play the violin with the All-County orchestra, and Cherice Quintyne-Best, Katya Ramos Rojas and Madeline Shingleton will join the chorus. 

Kayla and Madeline, as well as Edmund W. Miles Middle School ninth-grader Alex Diaz, all participated in the Long Island Strings Festival in January. Alex played the viola with the secondary school orchestra, Kayla played the violin with the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, and Madeline was a cellist with the sixth-grade orchestra. 

“We congratulate these fine young musicians, along with their parents and music teachers, on being selected to participate and perform in these prestigious festivals,” said Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez. 

Amityville students bring kindness to their peers

Amityville students bring kindness to their peers photo

Students teaching students was the basis of a character education lesson that recently took place at Northwest Elementary School.

A group of about 30 ninth-graders from Edmund W. Miles Middle School made the short journey to Northwest on Jan. 12. They split into teams and visited third-grade classrooms to present their Positive Interactions program. The middle school students emphasized friendship, integrity, kindness and respect to their younger peers. 

The presentation included videos on bullying and cyberbullying. The ninth-graders also led small-group discussions in which they presented various scenarios to the third-graders, and talked about how to handle each situation. The scenarios were circumstances that could happen inside or outside of school, and included topics such as how to deal with being teased, how to handle untrue rumors and how to stick up for friends.

The program was organized by ninth-grade social studies teacher Jack Zider and third-grade teacher Jennifer Flyntz-Zider. Student facilitators were chosen from the National Junior Honor Society and from teacher recommendations. 

Ms. Flyntz-Zider said the hope is that the message will stay in the hearts and minds of the students as they get older so that they “treat each other the right way.”

Robotics Competition a First for Middle School Team

Robotics Competition a First for Middle School Team photo
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The robotics club at Edmund W. Miles Middle School recently took part in its first competition. The Amityville Robot Warriors competed against teams from across Long Island at the Lego First event at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset on Jan. 21.

The team finished ninth out of 15 teams. Amityville students spent approximately 20 hours working afterschool in the three weeks leading up to the competition. They had to built robots, then program them to complete missions without any human intervention. 

Teams were given a problem facing communities and had to incorporate a solution into their designs. This year’s theme was hydro dynamics, and students had to explore the location, use, storage and movement of water. 

Amityville also received the Judges Award, a special recognition given to a team that stands out for reasons other than the performance of its robot, such as perseverance, dedication and overcoming adversity. 

Team members included seventh-graders Wilnory Bouzy, Jose Hernandez, Hasslyn Hurtado, Luca Mazzilli and Kaya McCloud and eighth-graders Alex Hargrove, Randy Jerez and Jiovani Saint Jean, under the direction of their coach, technology teacher John Rodriguez.

“The team worked extremely hard and dedicated themselves to the process,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “Each team member enjoyed the experience as the competition hall was buzzing with excitement and activity. There were teams that have been competing for years, and the Amityville Robot Warriors finished ahead of six more experienced teams. The community should be proud.”
Friday, March 23, 2018