The month of September was very busy month for the students at the Searingtown Elementary School in the Herricks School District. The month was filled with many fun and interesting things that kept students busy and active.
Students Donates to Rhame Avenue Elementary
Rhames Avenue Elementary School, part of the East Rockaway School District, received free books and a book scanner for their library recently. Last year, Superstorm Sandy took a huge toll on East Rockaway School District. The Rhame Avenue Elementary School sustained significant damage, including heavy damage to their library. When Searingtown librarian Karen Kliegman found out, she was able to arrange for Follett Books to donate books and a scanner to their library.
Students Exploring New Words Everyday
Students in Mr. Adam Dugger's fourth class are exploring new words every day using dictionaries to expand their vocabulary. Students first explored traditional print dictionaries paying attention to features like guide words, parts of speech, and multiple definitions. They then each used an iPad to explore an online dictionary site making connections and noting both the similarities and differences between the online and print versions.
Searingtown Celebrates International Dot Day 2013
Searingtown School celebrated International Dot Day 2013 all week during the week of September 16. Ms. Elizabeth Guercin gave every classroom a copy of the book The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. The book is about a reluctant student that “makes her mark” with a simple dot on a piece of paper. With her teacher’s encouragement, she overcomes her self-perception from that of someone who can’t draw to that of a daringly creative individual. Since 2009, educators have been celebrating September 15 as International Dot Day, the date which marks the anniversary of the publication of The Dot and a day during which classes explore the story’s powerful themes of bravery, creativity, and self-expression.
Students created a dot at home and brought their dots to school to be part of a huge dot mural in the hallway. In the library, every class participated in a dot activity. To end the celebration, everyone wore dots on Friday.