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College Commitment Day!

CHS seniors donned their college and military branch apparel during a gathering in the school's courtyard before classes began on Friday.

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Posted Friday, May 17, 2024

Burr Students Open Wax Museum

Third graders at Burr channeled their inner Madame Tussaud, opening up their own “wax museum” Thursday and Friday morning in Keri Cestaro and Meredith Collins’ classroom. 

Each student was tasked with reading a biography and writing a short report about their subject. Rather than simply hand it in, students had the chance to dress up as their subject and present them to their classmates and parents in attendance. 

Some of the included historical figures included Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Derek Jeter, Betsy Ross and Taylor Swift. 

At the conclusion of the presentations, the students had their own paparazzi moment, and posed for photos.

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Posted Friday, May 17, 2024

Rolling Hills Supports Helen Keller Services

Nancy Carillo’s first-grade class at Rolling Hills had parents and other sponsors donate money for each book the students read.

And on Friday, visitors from the Helen Keller Services for the Blind — including guide dog Mocha — visited the class to accept the donation, offer their gratitude and share information about guide dogs and even sign language.

The class raised $250 for the foundation, and Carillo matched the donation to double it.

The foundation is near and dear to her heart, because her father used tools for the vision impaired.

Helen Keller Services for the Blind is an organization that helps people of all ages with visual impairments to live their lives the best way possible. By either providing special equipment, tools or training, the staff members of Helen Keller Services do remarkable things for our friends with low-vision issues.

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Posted Friday, May 17, 2024

Burr Fourth Graders Learn from Guest Author

Commack Schools parent and accomplished author Jill-Lynette Piazza visited Burr Intermediate School on Friday to read from her book, “Belly Rise.”

Piazza joined Michelle Dick’s fourth-grade class.

The book is all about overcoming nerves and anxiety.

Piazza is a former elementary educator with 14 years of experience. She earned a master’s degree in reading. 

She also discussed the writing process with the students.

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Posted Friday, May 17, 2024

Burr Welcomes Ride for Life

Burr Intermediate has enjoyed a relationship with the ALS Association for 24 years. It’s hard to imagine any moment during that span could have topped Thursday.

The ALS Ride for Life made its annual stop at Burr. And the event, moved inside because of the rainy weather, turned into a pep rally in the school’s auditorium.

The entire school greeted several Long Islanders who are battling ALS with signs and pompoms. Burr then presented a check for more than $5,000 to the association to help combat the disease.

In an emotional moment, Commack resident Desi Kessler — who has lost her ability to speak due to ALS — thanked the students for their support using computer-generated audio, which she typed with her eyes using an Eyegaze computer.

“You all give us hope and strength,” Kessler told the students.

Burr students have raised more than $100,000 for the ALS Association during the 24-year relationship. This year, the donation came from proceeds from the fifth-grade play, a basketball tournament, readathon, loose change and three students selling lemonade (which raised $131).

Principal Daniel Ciccone reminded the students about the importance of supporting their community.

“We are stronger and better when we all work together,” Ciccone said.

The event closed with the students in unison singing the ALS Association’s Anthem, “Ride for Life.”

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Posted Thursday, May 16, 2024

Visiting Arts Offers Tips to CHS Students

CHS students in Robert Raeihle’s Studio in Digitial Media Arts classes had the opportunity to create gel print artwork on Tuesday and Wednesday with guidance from an accomplished visitor.

Via the Boces Arts in Education program, illustrator and designer Moriah Ray visited Raeihle’s classes to discuss the Gelli Plate art technique.

The tutorial — which involves applying acrylic paint to gelatin plates and then transferring images, similar to how a printing press would function — fit in well with the Studio in Digital Media Arts coursework. The class generally focuses on skills with digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop, but the hands-on arts lesson similarly utilized layers to create art.

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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Burr Students Awarded For Digital Leadership

Executive Director of Instructional Technology Alise Pulliam surprised Ashley Kennedy's class at Burr Wednesday afternoon with a special presentation to recognize their achievements in using the Book Creator program. Each student in the class worked on creating a book within the platform, and was presented with a certificate for showing excellence in writing and using Book Creator.

The students each were given the opportunity to share their favorite part of using the book creator platform. Many students cited the easiness of the platform, while others thought that the photo search feature was unlike any other.

"You're not finding these images on Google images," one student remarked. "The results that are given when we search a photo are so specific and it's amazing."

One student even took it upon herself to draw illustrations throughout her book, and then published her book into a physical copy. 

"I'm so proud of the amazing work that you've done and will continue to do in Book Creator," Pulliam told the class. "You all truly are digital leaders and should be proud of yourselves."

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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2024

North Ridge Debuts Novel Vending Machine

A new vending machine at North Ridge dispenses healthy reading options.

Principal Katherine Rihm and superintendent Dr. Jordan Cox participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new book vending machine in the primary school's lobby on Monday morning.

The vending machine is compliments of the school's PTA.

Second graders will have the chance to choose one complimentary book before the end of the school year, since they are graduating and moving on to Burr.

Beginning in 2024-25, all students at North Ridge will select two complimentary books a school year, including one on their birthday.

Painted on the wall atop the vending machine is a fitting message: "A book is a gift you can open again and again."

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Posted Monday, May 13, 2024

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