A Message From the Principal
April 28, 2017
The Kindergarten students have been reading about holidays in spring, Earth Day, recycling, and plants. In science, students have started learning about parts of plants, animals and insects. The students have been continuing to learn to decode CVC words as well as phoneme segmentation and blending phonemes. We have been using Reader's Notebooks to review CVC words and sounds. Kindergarten students are also learning about verbs in the future tense and past tense, as well as synonyms and antonyms. In math, we have been learning about counting numbers 11 to 20 and composing and decomposing numbers 11 to 19.
First graders greeted the arrival of spring with various writing projects, including graphic organizers, point of view and opinion. Students explored informational text on various topics, including the life cycle of a tree. In math, first graders were measuring objects and comparing lengths. In conjunction with social studies and geography, students participated in a field trip to the Long Island Puppet Theater where they learned about the art of puppetry and enjoyed a puppet show.
What do you get if you combine a STEM classroom lesson, music, skates and excited second graders? You get a day of fun and learning at United Skates.
The Summit Lane second graders recently spent the day learning about the science of roller skating and how music is incorporated into roller skating activities. The students first completed a STEM activity with an instructor and then it was time to lace up their skates. Many of the children had never been on skates before so there was somewhat of a learning curve, but everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. There were some minor bumps and bruises, but being second graders, no one gave up. After a delicious pizza lunch at the facility, the children were exhausted but happy. This was an excellent opportunity for us to combine learning, exercise and fun all rolled in to one field trip.
This past month we visited Nassau County's Safety Town in Eisenhower Park. Safety Town is a program that was created in 1964 to teach and promote early childhood safety education. The children learned how to be a safe pedestrian, a safe bike rider, and how to drive a car! Everyone enjoyed this wonderful, educational trip. The third graders are continuing to write every day with varied purposes. One genre we are currently working on is poetry. We are using descriptive language to help express our wishes for Spring.
This month the NYS ELA State Tests were administered to fourth graders, and currently they are diligently preparing for the upcoming Math State Assessments. Students are also enjoying observing the metamorphosis of live tadpoles in conjunction with our life science unit in Science, as well as using hands on materials to study simple machines. During Superintendent's Conference Day, teachers attended a STEAM PD during which we constructed a windmill. We are very excited to utilize the materials we received with our students for our unit on Energy, Force, and Motion. April is Autism Awareness Month, and staff and students are raising awareness by wearing their light blue shirts in support of Autism Awareness month.
This month the Summit Lane fifth graders began working on a challenging unit of Chemistry! Using hands on activities, they explored chemical and physical properties and chemical and physical changes. They learned about all types of matter and how all matter is made up of a combination of many different elements. Using the Periodic Table of Elements, students learned about the structure of atoms. They made models of different atoms using different colored Skittles to represent protons, neutrons and electrons. They used Styrofoam plates to hold their models! They learned about the Scientific Method as a way to do experiments which would help them observe chemical and physical changes. Using ESP kits provided for them by the district the children did experiments on various powders and crystals and described their observations and findings. These activities will serve the children well as they begin to prepare their own personal Science Fair projects for Summit Lane's annual Science Fair. Being held at the end of May this year, the children will prepare and present their projects to visitors at Summit Lane throughout the day and into the evening!
Kindergarten and first grade are designing patterned rain boots in art class. Second and third grade students have been creating painted Indian elephants using symmetry in their designs. Fourth and fifth grade students are busy creating superheroes
All vocal and instrumental NYSSMA students are continuing to work on their solos, scales, rudiments and sight-reading. NYSSMA extra help was given by Mrs. Giordano before school and during recess periods
The Band, Orchestra, and 3rd ,4th and 5th Grade Choruses are rehearsing for May's Spring Concert. Mrs. Giordano continues to work on Memorial Day Parade music with the Band.
Mrs. Wade continues after-school practices for "Aladdin."
K, 1st & 2nd grade music students have been doing songs and dance from around the world. Fourth grade music students are presenting music history reports/PowerPoints to their classes. Fifth grade music students are presenting reports/PowerPoints on the history of jazz and rock & roll.
Mrs. Wade conducted the All-District chorus in their performance of the Star Spangled Banner at the Met's game at Citifield on Friday, April 21st. Mrs. Wade Continues to help organize and rehearse the All-district 5th grade chorus
The students began the month working on jumping rope. Students had the opportunity to practice with individual jump ropes as well as longer ropes working with partners. They were instructed on proper jumping and rope turning techniques as well as more advanced "tricks" to perform while jumping and turning.
The students also had the opportunity to utilize the school's Traverse Wall during their physical education classes. A Traverse Wall is climbed horizontally, not vertically. The wall is 8' high. The fun and challenge of a Traverse Wall is making it from one side to the other, rather than to the top. Students are never more than a few feet off the floor as they traverse, or climb across, the wall. No ropes or harnesses are needed. The students were also taught how to "spot" their fellow classmates for safety.
The students in grades 3, 4 and 5 were taught the game of Four Suare and began to practice various Field Day events.