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Reading Goggles Rock

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First-graders at Tooker Avenue Elementary School have been busy reading Ezra Jack Keats books during their library classes. Tooker Avenue librarian Kathleen Murray read “Goggles” and discussed with the students some of the story themes, such as friendship and bullying. The students then created their own set of goggles. 

Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night

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The Senior High School’s Math & Science Honor Society, National Technology Honor Society, Robotics Club and the Science Club presented the third-annual Family STEM Night on Nov. 8.

Students in grades K-8, along with their families, were invited to the STEM event to enjoy hands-on activities including games, experiments, mini-labs and robotics demonstrations. 

The Math & Science Honor Society ran science and math activities on the third floor of the high school. With close to 30 different stations, students had plenty from which to choose including activities like “Taste the Rainbow,” “Slime Time,” “Strawberry DNA” and “M&M Survival.” Brookhaven National Laboratory conducted a microscope activity and Mad Science performed dry ice experiments with small groups of students. “Be An Einstein” station let students decorate their own lab coats to wear for all their STEM activities. 

In the technology wing, the National Technology Honor Society and Robotics Club showed off their robots, 3-D printers and printing pens, and woodworking capabilities. In the lobby, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County had a small pool with marine creatures in touch tanks for the students. All of the proceeds from the evening are used toward student scholarships. 

Tooker Authors Share Veteran Stories

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Students in Cristina Carbonaro’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School have been reading and writing about veterans in November. They had a special visit from Valerie Pfundstein, author of “Veterans: Heroes In Our Neighborhood.” The students shared personal stories of veterans close to their own hearts with the author and chatted about her book. West Babylon students (from left) Dominick Gagnon, Gino Gargiulo, Sean Austin and Jaden Jusino with author Valerie Pfundstein.

50 Days of School

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Tooker Avenue's 5th Grade classes celebrated the 50th Day of School with Mr. DeBicarri, Mrs. Gendron and Mrs. Valdemira. The day focused on activities involving the number 50. They also had a Sock Hop, where they had a hula hoop and bubble gum blowing contest.

Balloon Craze

After reading the book "Balloons Over Broadway" by Melissa Sweet, third-grade library students designed and created their own balloons.

Celebrating Veterans

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Students interviewed veterans from their families. Biographies were hung in the lobby. Author Valerie Pfundstein visited the school and shared her stories of veterans from her neighborhood in the book, "Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood." Pictured with the students are paraprofessionals on the Tooker staff who are also veterans.

Librarian Workshops

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All of the district’s librarians participated in the Western Suffolk BOCES school library seminar on Nov. 7 at Farmingdale Public Library. The librarians attended workshops on topics such as “Establishing a Makerspace,” “Poetry Slam Activities in Middle School and High Schools,” and “Appropriate Graphic Novels for Middle and High Schools."

Tokens of Appreciation for Board of Education

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The district acknowledged the commitment and dedication of its board of education prior to its meeting on Oct. 24. In celebration of New York State School Boards Recognition Week, members of the Board of Education were presented with certificates by the office of Suffolk County Leg. Kevin McCaffrey, Town of Babylon Councilman Antonio Martinez and Western Suffolk BOCES. Artwork from students throughout the district adorned the board workroom to show their appreciation. The Senior High School select string ensemble performed “Ashokan Farewell” before refreshments were served courtesy of the PTAs and PTA Council. 

Spooky Spider Lesson

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Mrs. Ward and Ms. Mele's class at Tooker Avenue read "How Spider Saved Halloween" and followed up with a spider/hat activity. The class discussed that spiders have eight legs and they are arachnids.

Lessons in Fire Safety

Students in Heather Paganica’s third-grade class at Tooker Avenue had a visit from a volunteer firefighter who taught them about fire safety. The students learned about making an escape plan in case of fire, how to get down low on the floor to avoid smoke inhalation and how to escape a room safely, among many other safety rules. The students received helmets and a coloring book.

A Perfect Pumpkin Lesson

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Third-graders in Heather Paganica’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School had fun learning with pumpkins. After picking out their orange gourd at the PTA-sponsored pumpkin patch, the students engaged in different science and math lessons. They observed their pumpkins and wrote their characteristics on a data sheet. Next, they measured the circumference and height of their fall festive fruit and recorded any unique markings they found. Finally, the students drew a picture of their pumpkins and shared their findings with one another. 

Red Ribbon Week

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As part of Red Ribbon Week, students were asked to dress up for "what you dream of being when you grow up.” Pictured is Mrs. Fitzgerald’s first-grade class.