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What do 1st graders do when they return from a class trip to see a bridge (Tappan Zee) under construction?

Central School 1st graders learn about the Tappan Zee Bridge Project on a class trip.

They go back to their classroom to build one themselves!

May, 2016

District Highlights:

  • STEM, STEM & More STEM: From STEM-tastic Saturday to Original Science Research Symposium/Awards, to Exciting Elementary Initiatives
  • Theme for this year's BOE Visits to Schools: Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  • Music in May: Two Dozen+ District Performances, Including Some Exciting News Just In
  • Thursday, May 26th: Kemper Memorial Park Contest Awards Ceremony
  • Coming in June: Community Celebration of Education & Our Schools Throughout History
  • A Sampling of Standout Learning Experiences This Month
  • In the News: The Class Trip that Almost Didn't Happen, and Central's Bike Rally

STEM, STEM & More STEM:

STEM-Tastic Saturday Bigger and Better Than Ever!

The 3rd Annual STEM-Tastic Saturday put on by the STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, in collaboration with/support from the Mamaroneck School District, was a huge success again this year! The festival is the largest hands-on STEM festival for all ages in the lower Hudson region and gets bigger and better every year. "Thousands of Bubbles, 2000 Engaged Attendees, 340 Experts & Exhibitors, 175 Generous Volunteers, 70+ Hands-On Experiences, 30 Professional & Student Vendors, 11 Awesome Sponsors, 3 Major Corporations, and 1 Unique Keynote".

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80 MHS Students Participated in Original Science Research Symposium; Many of our Students Being Recognized with Awards for their Research

Our students, who had been practicing their presentations for weeks, sounded like true scientists as they explained their research work to hundreds of attendees.

A total of 80 Mamaroneck High School students in grades 10-12 participated in the 21st Annual Annual Original Science Research (OSR) Symposium earlier this month, presenting research highlights of their three-year, professional-level scientific research projects...From Biology, Medicine, Psychology, Astronomy, Environmental Science and Computer Science, to other fascinating science topics. The Symposium drew a strong turnout, including many parents with younger children in elementary school catching a glimpse of “what’s ahead”, The students enjoyed sharing their research and answering questions from attendees. Junior Ali Mann, who presented her project in the Plant Science Category titled "Benefits of Cover Crops for Corn based on Cover Crop and Weed Biomass", just returned from the the International Science & Engineering Fair, where she presented alongside 1,700 students from over 75 countries. Ali conducted her work at the Cornell University Agricultural Research Station Willsboro Research Farm in Willsboro, NY.

Also this month, OSR student Michael Albert presented his science research project at the American Association of Cancer Researchers’ Annual Meeting held in New Orleans. He was the subject of a nice write-up.

MHS Students Griffin Williamson & Yi Zhao were selected among students from science research programs throughout Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield counties to receive the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award and were honored recently at a special County ceremony with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. The Award is given out as part of an ongoing effort to promote STEM education in Westchester County.

Murray Avenue School 3rd graders, below, participated in an “electrical engineering” unit, with a day of hands-on exploration constructing circuits in creative ways and deepening their understanding of electricity and the components around it. Students manipulated and tested different objects in the computer lab using Makey Makeys and in classrooms created glow bugs, squishy circuits, and magnetism/static electricity projects. What a great way to celebrate our students’ love of science!

BOE Visits Put Spotlight on Ways in Which Technology is Enhancing Learning at All Levels

Each year, the Board of Education during the course of a few weeks in the spring visits each of our district's six schools to sit in on classroom lessons and teacher & administrator discussions, and visit with students. The theme of this year's visits: "Technology-Enhanced Innovations in Teaching and Learning”. The Board saw everything from elementary coding to high school engineering. For example, shown below at Murray, BOE members worked with students in the computer lab coding, observed and spoke to students about virtual writing conferences and learned about Smart TV/iPad technology use.

At Chatsworth Ave. School, Board members heard about the computer science/robotics curriculum being designed and implemented to supplement the basic skills curriculum in grades 3-5 and watched how Google tools help students collaborate and enrich the classroom learning experience in a variety of ways, including gathering research for the 5th grade Capstone Project and other classroom assignments.

Mamaroneck was Filled with Music in May!

District elementary, middle and high school music ensembles presented more than two dozen performances this month with beautiful music from bands, choruses and orchestras.

The MHS Symphony Orchestra (10-12 grade) participated at the NYSSMA Majors Organization Festival at Fox Lane High School in Bedford today, receiving the highest rating: "GOLD with DISTINCTION". The orchestra, under the direction of Elyse Gellert, was ecstatic to perform a very challenging and exciting program of string repertoire ranging from Handel to Brahms. This is a wonderful end to their musical season as they approach their final Spring Concert tomorrow evening. Please join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 26th, for an evening of music presented by the high school Orchestra, Chorus and Band. The ensembles have prepared diversified repertoire from all genres. They will be highlighting some of the music that they performed in April at the Boston Symphony Hall.

Mamaroneck High School Orchestra students received the highest rating -- "Gold with Distinction" -- at today's NYSSMA Majors at Fox Lane High School in Bedford!
The MAS chorus performance, featured above, was a highlight of the Spring Concert on May 18th.
Last week, MHS vocal groups including In Treble, MAC (Male A Cappella, shown above) and Swing Choir performed at the Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center. The students had a wonderful time performing jazz and classic popular music for the senior citizens.
Two hundred and fifty 6th, 7th and 8th grade Hommocks Band students will march in the Larchmont Memorial Day Parade (above, from last year) tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 26th. Come watch a ‘sea of orange’ as they step off at 7 pm from the Larchmont Train Station and proceed on Chatsworth, then turn right on Palmer, and left on Larchmont Avenue to the Larchmont Fire Station.

Richard M. Kemper Contest/Memorial Day Awards Ceremony is TOMORROW, Thursday, May 26, 3 pm

Drop by the high school tomorrow at 3 pm if you can! MHS students participating in the Richard M. Kemper Contest/Memorial Day Awards Ceremony were asked to submit entries in the form of an essay, a poem, short film, musical composition or a work of visual art addressing the following question: Why are memorials important in America Today? The question was derived from the statement by former Secretary of State Colin Powell: “Take the time to remember the good souls whose memories are a blessing to you and your family. Take your children to our memorial parks and monuments.”

Join in this important community event; come see and hear the winning entries read aloud. The ceremony will begin in the Tiered Classroom off the lobby of the main entrance to Mamaroneck High School and then move outside to Kemper Memorial Park.

Bicentennial Celebration for Original Mamaroneck Schoolhouse Planned for Sunday, June 12th at Harbor Island

Many of our schools' music groups will be participating in the Bicentennial School House Community Celebration!

Have you driven past the little schoolhouse located at Harbor Island Park and wondered more about its history? Well, the 1816 schoolhouse was not always located there. The building was located in the village of Mamaroneck, right where Smashburger sits today! A Mamaroneck family bought the schoolhouse in 1855 when it became too small to hold all students, and they moved it down the Avenue. In 1993 the family’s descendants donated the school back to the Village, and with the help of the Mamaroneck Historical Society, preserved the schoolhouse.

A Sampling of the Standout Learning Experiences Taking Place in Our District This Month:

Larchmont Holocaust survivor Dr. Salomea Kape visits with students to share her personal stories.

MHS sophomores were grateful to welcome 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Dr. Salomea Kape (a Larchmont resident) to English and History classes to hear about her life story in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland. It was a powerful presentation and discussion for students currently reading and studying “Night”. English teacher Evan Madin -- who arranged for her day-long schedule of visits -- said, "When we are unable to take students outside of class to experience authentic learning, we do everything we can to think outside the box and bring people in who can provide these kind of authentic experiences for our students. This is living history. In 5-1O years time, students their age will not get to experience what these guys did today."

“A Fire Truck Called Red” author Randall de Sève visits with 1st Grade classes at Murray.
CHAT Learning Buddies pairs Chatsworth Ave. School 1st graders with 5th graders to navigate the research process together, including how to take notes for the non-fiction animal fact books the 1st graders created.
2nd graders work w/MHS students in PACE (Performing Arts Curriculum Experience) each year for just over a month to prepare for a performance focusing on either music, theater or dance…Cycling through the elem schools, this year was Murray’s turn. Always a wonderful collaboration!
5th graders at MAS, as well as the other elementary schools, learn about the complex topic of Fair Trade. Above, MAS students share their ideas about Fair Trade with parents, administrators, teachers and peers. After examining various economic systems in the Western Hemisphere, the students compared and contrasted the practices, advantages and disadvantages of each. They looked at Fair Trade as a model of trade that was created to help poor farmers and workers in developing countries be able to participate in the global marketplace. During literacy time, the students read and discussed articles and books and watched videos about the Fair Trade system. They evaluated the pros and cons of Fair Trade and eventually took a stance to answer the question: “Is Fair Trade Effective?” Students were required to state a claim, provide evidence, and develop arguments to support their position. They spent weeks drafting, revising, editing their work, and citing their sources.
In art class, 5th graders at Chatsworth Ave. School glazed their ANGRY BIRDS (upper left), and Kindergartners worked on their WILD THINGS!

In the News:

Check out this WCBS Newsradio 880 piece about the MHS English class trip to see "The Crucible" on Broadway and how it almost didn't happen! Many thanks to the show's producers and WCBS for saving the day.

WCBS-TV features Central School's Bike Rally in a segment on the importance of teaching young cyclists the rules of the road.

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