Northside School was represented by 28 entries this year at the Piano Festival in March, held at Nassau Community College, and at the Spring Solo Evaluation Festival in May, held in our own Levittown School District at Jonas Salk Middle School. These festivals are sponsored by the New York State School Music Association known as NYSSMA.
Members of Northside's student council 2016-2017, their Executive Board and outgoing 5th grade members, pictured with facilitators Mrs. Nizinski (R) and Mrs. Cosgrove (L), celebrated a successful year together with a bagel and fruit breakfast at which awards were presented.
Twenty three third graders from Northside School were selected to participate in the "Word Masters Challenger". Word Masters is a national competition similar to "Mathletes", but instead of solving Math problems, the competitors solve word analogies.
Students at Northside School celebrated "Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, in various ways. Some learned the history of that day in 1862 when the Mexican Army won the hard fought Battle of Puebla over French forces.
During the May 3 Board of Education meeting, Northside School students Izabella Alix, Cian Gormley, Noreen Hafez, Alison LaTorre, Aaria Mody, Carly Perez, Jaxon Sotomayor, Alice Suh and Amanda Vota were recognized for their participation in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County music festival.
Monday evening, May 1, 2017, hundreds of families gathered at Division Avenue High School to attend Levittown Public Schools "District Instrumental Music Night." Elementary School students from second, third and fourth grade and their parents heard introductions by Curriculum Associate for Music, Mr. Vincent D'Ulisse and musical performances by students from the high school Orchestra, led by Mr. Mark Martufi and the Band, led by Mr. Michael Bastone.
Students and teachers at Northside School participated in "Healthy Snack Day" and discussed developing healthier attitudes towards food. PTA chairpersons Diane Maiorana and Jill Pinner organized the annual event at which many parents prepared trays filled with assorted fruits and vegetables for all the students, staff and teachers.
"Music in Our Schools month" has been celebrated at Northside School by Instrumental music teacher, Jill Castillo and Vocal/General Music teacher, Isabella McClancy with all the students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
Three students from Northside School. Second grader Mackenzie Krattinger and fifth graders Eshal Anis and Karina Khindri, were selected by their art teacher, Mrs. Nikki Kessler, as exceptional artists.
Students at Northside School celebrated St. Patrick's Day by wearing green shirts, dresses or blouses, green jewelry, scarves and hats and some even wore orange colored beards to look like leprechauns, the elf of Irish folklore.
Ten Northside School students participated with eleven entries in the Reflections Program, a statewide arts contest sponsored by the PTA. Children from kindergarten through fifth grade explored their "inner artist" in the areas of Visual Arts, Literature and Music Composition. This year's theme was "What Is your Story?"
Students at Northside School, parents and staff participated in its 25th annual "Toys for Children" holiday drive organized by John Theissen and coordinated with the PTA. Over 800 new toys and games were donated for distribution to children in local hospitals.
The Northside Instrumental Ensemble, directed by Jill Castillo and The Fourth Grade Northside Holiday Singers, directed by Isabella McClancy performed at the Levittown Senior Center in collaboration with Ron Castillo, a music teacher from the New York City Schools.
The Northside Instrumental Ensemble directed by Jill Castillo and the Northside Holiday Singers led by student teacher, Jacqueline Saunier, shared their gifts of music with the Levittown Community when they performed Monday night, December 6th at the Holiday Tree Lighting at Veteran's Memorial Park.
Kindergarten students at Northside School celebrated "Fall Fun Day" with their teachers and parent volunteers. Northside's four Kindergarten teachers planned activities that enabled the children to use their fine motor skills while learning about the season. The children rotated through the four classrooms throughout the day and engaged in various projects with each teacher.
Parents of Northside School students were invited to "Back to School Night" in September. They were welcomed by Principal, Mr. Frank Mortillaro and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Jami Anspach, as well as their classroom teachers and special teachers.
Twenty four students from Northside School took part in the Levittown Summer Music Program 2016. Some began studies on a newly chosen musical instrument, getting a head-start at learning to play for the coming school year.
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