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LI schools fall for apples and pumpkins

In West Islip, second-graders at Oquenock Elementary School

In West Islip, second-graders at Oquenock Elementary School made predictions on how many seeds were inside their pumpkins before counting them. Credit: West Islip School District

The fruits of fall have made learning extra appetizing for students.

Long Island schools hosted everything from apple-themed art projects to pumpkin-related science experiments in recent weeks to bring fall into classrooms.

Second-graders at Commack Road Elementary School in Islip, second-graders at Oquenock Elementary School in West Islip and fourth-graders at St. James Elementary School predicted how many seeds were in pumpkins based on their weight, height and circumference. They then tallied the seeds and compared them with their estimates. The St. James pupils later carved their pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.

“The children really loved this, and many of them said it was the best day ever,” said Commack Road special education instructor Taylor Kruger.

In Lindenhurst, first-graders at Albany Avenue Elementary School donned apple-colored clothing — red, yellow and green — as they made crockpot applesauce. They also read apple-themed books, explored what prevents apples from turning brown, and penned pieces explaining their preferred applesauce: jarred or homemade.

In Copiague, kindergartners at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School tasted different types of apples and graphed their favorites. They also dipped apple halves in different colors to create apple art and later made an “apple alphabet.”

In Deer Park, preschoolers at John Quincy Adams Primary School made decorative pumpkin candleholders using glass jars, colored tissues and glue.


New principal

Eastport-South Manor Central School District has appointed Thomas Dick to the new position of middle school principal. The move came after the district’s Board of Education approved a recommendation by interim Superintendent Peter Scordo to abolish the junior high school’s assistant principal position and create one for a middle school principal.

Dick had been the district’s director of math and science for the past three years.

“It is our belief that this administrative configuration will better serve our goal of continuing to grow and foster the middle school philosophy for both students and staff,” Scordo said.


Veterans Day

Dozens of schools honored veterans in their communities this month with activities in recognition of Veterans Day.

In Copiague, Susan E. Wiley Elementary School hosted an “Honor a Hero” ceremony in the gym, which was decorated with red poppies, American flags and thank-you notes from fifth-graders. Attending veterans also received “hero” certificates and answered student questions about their service.

In Deer Park, kindergartners at May Moore Primary School created a Wall of Heroes featuring photos of loved ones who served or are currently serving. They also crafted heartfelt messages and a poster of hands traced into a heart that was delivered to Babylon Town Hall.

In North Babylon, William E. DeLuca Elementary School had an inaugural parade in which vets were paired with pupils for a march around the school.


Students of the Year

Fourteen Long Island students are candidates in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s first-ever Students of the Year campaign, which will challenge them to raise the most money for blood cancer research in six weeks starting Feb. 9. They were chosen based on their leadership, community service, and passion for a cure.

The students and their high schools are: Ledis Benitez, Wyandanch; Austin Coven and Audrey Zhong, Jericho; Amanda Epp and Anthony Sica, Paul D. Schreiber; Jordan Heller, Syosset; Katherine Heller, Bay Shore; Evan Jaslow, Roslyn; Maya Kovic, Deer Park; Clara Leyendecker, Valley Stream North; Avi Nessim, North Shore Hebrew Academy; Jordan Ozley, Half Hollow Hills West; Catherine Rice, Hauppauge; and Vanessa Shapiro, Fusion Academy of Woodbury.

The student raising the most will win a $2,500 scholarship. Three others will win a $500 Citizenship Scholarship Award.


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