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2016-2017 Northside School News

Northside Peer Leadership Club Help Make A Difference
The Northside Peer Leadership Club, facilitated by teacher, Ms. Ryan Shaw, has twenty members from the fourth and fifth grades who help others and make a difference in the school community.


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.

On the brink of Levittown's 70th birthday, students in the school district have been taking tours at the Levittown Museum, located in the Levittown Memorial Education Center.

"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?"

On March 2nd, students at Northside School celebrated the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, with motivating activities.

Students at Northside School celebrated their 24th year of the PTA sponsored reading incentive program called PARP, an acronym for Parents as Reading Partners.

Kindergarten students at Northside School are now smarter for having attended the first 100 days of the school year.

Northside School's student council held its annual "Souper Bowl of Caring" to benefit the Wisdom Lane Food Pantry. The Pantry serves all families in the Levittown community.

Northside School held its annual Scholastic Book Fair at the end of January for two days during school hours and one evening from 6:30pm-8:00pm to accommodate parent's availabilities.

Northside students from kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the Valentines for Vets program originally initiated by Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta.

During the Jan. 11 Board of Education public meeting, Northside School students presented two completed projects to the trustees, central administration and community members.

Kindergarten teachers at Northside School instructed their students in many exciting and educational holiday activities during the week before the Holiday Recess.

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.

Nine music students from Northside School were selected to perform at Nassau Music Educators Association 
All-County Music Festival on January 8, 2017 At Tilles Center, C.W. Post College.

Northside School held its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive in November with the help of the teachers, staff, students and their families.

Students at Northside School gained first-hand knowledge about the democratic process when candidates for Executive Board positions on Student Council 2016-2017 campaigned for positions.

Kindergarten students at Northside School enjoyed their Fall Festival study unit of Science and learning about the season, apples and pumpkins.

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.

Northside School students were excited to attend a high energy performance by "Hip Pickles" that educated them against bullying.

Northside School students learned about fire prevention and precautions when members of the Levittown Fire Department gave an informative demonstration.

Recording observations of living specimens found in pond water and not readily seen with the naked eye resulted in excitement and awe for Northside School fourth-grade students.

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.