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Northwest Students Love a Good Book

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Second-graders at Northwest Elementary School District spent Valentine’s Day learning to love. Love reading, that is. 

Teacher Adeline Karniewich hosted Love a Book Day on Feb. 14. Her goal was to teach children that books are their friends. The students selected books and read independently and with partners. There were also guest readers throughout the day. Principal Kathleen Hyland got in Valentine’s Day spirit by reading “Love” by Matt de la Pena.

Northwest Instructional Coach Honored by ASSET

Northwest Instructional Coach Honored by ASSET photo
Lorie Beard, the instructional coach at Northwest Elementary School, was recognized at the annual Bright Lights luncheon hosted by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies.  

As the instructional coach for the past three years at Northwest, Ms. Beard works with teachers on all facets of the curriculum, with technology integration becoming an increasing part of her role. She supports the district’s first-, second- and third-grade classes by helping teachers grow their technology skills through classroom support and professional development opportunities. 

Chromebooks have become a popular learning tool and Ms. Beard has worked with teachers to create technology-based lessons. She uses Google’s GSuite as a method for communication and collaboration on all academic fronts and also uses technology to share and manage student data to help drive instructional decisions.  

Ms. Beard has been working to create “one place access” for Northwest’s English language arts curriculum. The expanding Google Document includes links to the standards, lessons and useful resources for teachers. 

“It’s definitely an honor and nice to be recognized,” she said of the Bright Lights award. “Sometimes you’re just doing your thing, and this gives you a moment to pause and reflect, and realize that you are doing good work.”

Ms. Beard was nominated by Carole Polney, the assistant superintendent for technology and administrative services, a past president of ASSET. They serve as co-chairs of Amityville’s Technology Committee.

“Lorie is an invaluable member of the staff at her building and always supports district technology efforts with enthusiasm,” Ms. Polney said. “She works with teachers so they can empower each other, as well as their students.” 

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.”

Learning has a Winter Twist at Northwest

Learning has a Winter Twist at Northwest photo

More than 100 students, along with family members, came out to the Winter Wonderland family learning night at Northwest Elementary School in the Amityville Union Free School District on Jan. 18.

Children participated in literacy, math, science and art activities. The program began with a group singalong before students went into classrooms to work on various projects. They made snowman thermometer crafts and ornaments filled with fake snow, with help from volunteers from the National Junior Honor Society at Edmund W. Miles Middle School. Teachers read aloud winter-themed books and led snowman math games on the Smart Board. 

Each student was able to take home a goodie bag and a free book, in addition to their crafts. Parents left with educational resources so they could do reading and math activities with their children at home. The evening was coordinated by the Winter Wonderland committee led by librarian Christine Bloom, social worker Debra Lee and art teacher Lydia Robinson.

Friday, March 23, 2018