In addition to learning core academic skills, Mandalay students have been brushing up their manners with the Manners of the Month program. During this yearlong program, students focused on one key “manner” per month including choosing words carefully, saying thank you and sorry, watching their tone of voice, demonstrating patience, complementing peers, greeting others and saying excuse me.
Mandalay students were eager to try their hands in a number of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics workshops as they partnered with parents during the school’s inaugural STEAM Night. During the event, each student was enrolled in two creative and challenging activities, which emphasized the district’s instructional approach to guide students in dialogue, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and inquiry.
A cold day in January could not stop the enthusiasm of Mandalay first grade students during Cheryl Schwartz and Hope Rubinstein’s lesson on making vanilla ice cream. This activity applied principles learned about measurements, as well as the differences between a liquid, solid and gas.
Students and staff at Mandalay and Forest Lake elementary schools dressed in hockey jerseys and donned blue and orange to welcome four members of the New York Islanders hockey team. On Islanders Day each year, schools are chosen to receive a visit from the players, who speak about teamwork, motivation, a healthy lifestyle and the key to academic success. The players also take the time to sign autographs.