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2016-2017 Northside School News

Northside Students Participate in "Piano Festival"
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.

Fourteen Northside School students, two parents and two teachers, Mrs. Julia Ramirez and Mrs. Mary McNerney, participated in the Levittown School District's "Cutting for a Cause" event (See photo).

Armaan Singh, a fifth grader at Northside School, presented his Principal, Mr. Frank Mortillaro, with a gift of his poem entitled,

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 in the Third Grade at Northside School studied the life cycle of the butterfly in their science unit. They learned about metamorphosis during this life-science project.

Northside students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are preparing for their annual Spring Concert On May 31st. The children are participating in their last few rehearsals.

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.

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.