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450 County Line Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6500
Grades: 1-3

Principal: Ms. Kathleen Hyland

Assistant Principal: Ms. Sonia Rodrigo
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



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Northwest Students Float Their Ideas

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The floats of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade inspired a STEM activity in third grade classrooms at Northwest Elementary School. Students in Adrienne Hartung’s and Julie Kirschen’s classes built models of parade floats with balloons.

After reading “Balloons Over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet, watching video footage of the famed parade and studying simple machines in science, students got to work on their projects. Working in groups, they brainstormed ideas and planned out their designs before building. In addition to balloons, the young engineers had plastic and wooden sticks to support their floats which had to rise above a flat cardboard surface. 

The task incorporated problem-solving strategies as children overcame different challenges, such as the balloons popping when connecting the sticks, to successfully complete their floats. 

Completed floats included Mickey Mouse, a teddy bear, a snowman, an ice cream sundae and more. Ms. Hartung and Ms. Kirschen said that they were very impressed with the creativity of the students. 

Second Graders Study Autumn

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After declaring themselves as scientists, second graders at Northwest Elementary School went on an autumn walk to make observations about nature.

Students in Kerrin Faulkner and Jenny Smith’s class ventured outside on Oct. 16 to study their surroundings. Attached to each of their clipboards was an observation sheet so children could document the weather, any animals they saw and what they saw, heard, smelled and felt in their nature exploration.

As part of the autumn walk, students were asked to find leaves that had changed color and fallen off the trees. They brought these leaves back to the classroom for a science lesson on chlorophyll and to observe them more closely using magnifying glasses. 
Friday, December 13, 2019