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Tooker Students Try to Escape

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Lynnmarie Gendron’s fifth-grade students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School participated in an escape room experience on Feb. 2. The teams worked together to solve puzzles and math problems that involved context clues. Once the team correctly answered the problem, they had the four-digit code to open each treasure chest. The goal was to figure out the combination to the key chest, which allowed the team to escape the classroom.

Tooker Celebrates 100 Days of Learning Fun

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Dressed in their pajamas, kindergarten students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school in mid-February. The students created projects using 100 items, read “100 Hungry Ants” and “100th Day Worries,” designed booklets by stamping their way to 100 and counted to 100 by 10s and ones. The kindergartners also enjoyed a 100th  day ice cream party courtesy of the Parent-Teacher Association.

Junior FBI Agents Crack the Case

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The FBI agents in Mrs. Gendron's class at Tooker Avenue Elementary were broken up into teams. Each team was given a historical mystery to solve. They discussed the clues, wrote and organized notes using inference and critical thinking skills. Each team was able to solve the mystery.

Second-Graders Take Second in Poster Contest

Second-Graders Take Second in Poster Contest photo
Second-graders Brandon Krutys (left) and Bradyn Lewis from Tooker Avenue Elementary School were recently named second-place winners in the West Babylon Fire Department’s annual fire prevention poster contest. They are pictured with Tooker Avenue Principal Charles Germano and second-grade teacher Annmarie Ayerle. 

Random Acts of Kindness

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First graders in Laura Fitzgerald’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School celebrated February with random acts of kindness. Students filled a heart with their names for each act of kindness. 

Reading Together

At Tooker Avenue Elementary School, Mrs. Lambert's fourth- and fifth-grade reading students celebrated National Read Across America Day on March 2 by reading aloud to first- and second- grade students.

2018-19 Budget Preparations Underway

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The administration has presented its first draft of the proposed 2018-19 school budget and has discussed anticipated revenues, state aid estimates and the proposed tax levy during recent Board of Education meetings. 

According to Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, the district’s goals for the 2018-19 school year include maintaining all student programs while remaining within the state-mandated tax levy cap. 

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2018-19 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to cast their vote on May 15 to help determine the future of the district.

Tuesday, March 13: Board of Education meeting; board review/discussion of budget draft No. 2 development, 7 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 27: Presentation of budget draft No. 2, 7 p.m. 
Tuesday, April 10: Board of Education meeting; final review and adoption of the 2018-19 proposed budget, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1: Board of Education meeting; public hearing of 2018-19 proposed school budget, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15: School budget vote and trustee election, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Groundhog Day

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Students in Mrs.Goodwin’s class at Tooker Avenue voted to predict whether or not the groundhog would see its shadow on Feb. 1. If the groundhog sees a shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter but if it doesn’t, the spring season should arrive sooner.

That’s a Matter of Opinion

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First-graders at Tooker Avenue Elementary School are using their literacy skills to share their own opinion writing pieces. The students are sharing everything including what they think about vegetables to whether or not a pigeon should drive a bus. 

Literacy Celebration

Mrs. Kozak's 3rd Grade class ended Unit 2- informational writing with a small classroom Literacy celebration.

During the Expert Share: Students paired with their Reading Buddy and took turns reading their own book to their partner. Meanwhile, the buddy listening was instructed to construct a graphic organizer we learned about in reading (pros/cons, sim/diff, boxes& bullets, compare& contrast, or write 2-3 things he/she learned) on post-it notes based on their buddy's expert topic. The Expert Share took about 20 minutes.

After, 3 students were chosen to play the Expert Author. During this time, each chosen student was allowed time to read their self written book to the whole class. Time was allowed for questions, comments, and conversation between the Expert Author and peers about his/her topic. Students also shared what they learned from each Expert Author's topic.

"I was very proud and excited to have this for the children today. I felt this activity unified and brought an exciting closure to both the Reading & Writing Units of Study! It also brought excitement to our classroom learning and instilled students with pride in their work!" (Diana Gorman, Substitute Teacher for Mrs. Kozak)