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Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

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Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration held their second meeting of the year with the 2016-17 Superintendent’s Student Cabinet to follow up on earlier discussions and to hear additional feedback from students representing every Syosset school in order to identify ways to further improve the education program for them. 

The Superintendent’s Student Cabinet is comprised of student ambassadors from Syosset High School; Harry B. Thompson and South  Woods Middle Schools; and all seven district elementary schools.

Some of the key issues addressed included high school cabinet members being asked whether they felt there were benefits to changing school start times to allow for additional sleep (opinions were mixed); middle school students providing their thoughts on sharing assignments using Google Drive (mostly positive); and elementary students’ thoughts about Chromebook use in the classroom (with the real time help provided by teachers proving to be a great benefit). 

“We constantly take what we learn each year and refine it for future years,” said Dr. Rogers. “These students are the pioneers of new technology offerings and their feedback will help guide us on the best use of devices and applications as well as many other significant issues to improve the quality of education and quality of life in all of our schools.”
 

How’s the Weather Over There?

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First-grade classes at Robbins Lane Elementary School welcomed News 12 meteorologist Michael Rizzo to the school library for a fun, hands-on demonstration on how different weather events occur.

Also known as “Meteor Mike,” Rizzo conducted engaging experiments to simulate how tornados develop using attached two-liter bottles and how snow forms water. He even brought some funs instruments to illustrate different weather, including a plasma light globe to show students the atmospheric phenomenon that causes lightening and a hand-held device that creates wind gusts. Meteor Mike also reviewed some important tips on how to react to potentially dangerous weather situations, including “when thunder roars, stay indoors.”

The visit was arranged by Robbins Lane teacher Laura Perfetti.

Music is Golden at Robbins Lane where Syosset's Award-Winning District Begins with Music Literacy in the Elementary Schools

Music is one of the district's strengths, and students in jazz band, orchestra, concert band, string ensemble and chorus showcased that strength by performing a sophisticated, multicultural and multiple-genre program in May. That amazing concert was followed by Gold ratings for both band and orchestra at the New York State Schools Music Association Majors Festival, and a choral performance at Bethpage Ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks baseball team.

The third-grade orchestra performed a special concert for family members and second graders who are deciding on their instruments for next year. Kindergartners also performed a show with songs and rhymes, singing in English, French, Russian and also performing in sign language.  First graders performed a Unity in the Community concert, reminding the audience that one of Syosset's strengths is its diversity and acceptance of all cultures.

Students of the Game…and Life

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As an extension of their English Language Arts nonfiction unit of study and their work on biographies, Robbins Lane third graders visited Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to get a close-up look into a historical figure and pioneer of the game of baseball and human rights.

As a part of their biography studies, students read about the life of Jackie Robinson, the first player of color to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson's groundbreaking accomplishments transcended beyond the baseball diamond, having a profound influence on society as he endured racism from baseball fans and players and faced death threats on a regular basis before breaking baseball’s color barrier. Students had the opportunity to visit the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at the stadium’s main entrance, an area that celebrates his life and achievements.             

The students also visited the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum, the team clubhouse, the dugout, the field, television production areas and the spectator suites.

Robbins Lane International Night 2017

On Friday March 31, 2017 Robbins Lane Elementary School held its first International Night, a program in the works since the beginning of the school year.

Thirteen countries were represented through informational booths set up throughout the perimeter of the school gymnasium. Parents took the initiative to plan these booths and the structure the event. Children had an opportunity to visit the booths and learn about the cultures of different countries. Upon arrival, students received a “passport” which was stamped at every booth they visited. In addition, there were cultural presentations, dances and performances from a number of countries. The “Cultural Food Court” provided an opportunity for students and parents to sample food from a number of countries. Three dishes were created from each represented country, providing a wide variety of food to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! Children were so enthusiastic to try out new flavors and parents were thrilled to have their children expanding their food repertoire!!!

By the end of the event, many parents and students agreed that this was one of Robbins Lane’s best events and they were grateful for the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the cultures of the world. A special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to the event, Robbins Lane principal, staff and PTA.




Sunday, June 25, 2017