The District’s elementary schools were a sea of red, white and blue as Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh Elementary School students celebrated Flag Day on June 12. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American flag in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress and is a time to reflect on the importance of this symbol.
First graders at Wantagh Elementary School are more in tune with preserving the planet’s important resources after a daylong Earth Day celebration. They discussed the slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle” and the ways in which humans can reduce waste. Students in each of the classes were instructed to create a t-shirt to match their classrooms’ themes, which they proudly modeled. The students wrote about how they can improve the environment and placed their writings on a classroom poster.
Fifth-grade students in Ms. Weiss’s class, in collaboration with Horizons teacher Renee MacDermott, participated in an enriching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity by building roller coasters. The students first learned important physics lessons about gravity, kinetic energy, potential energy, momentum, centripetal acceleration and centrifugal force. They were then instructed to design and build a safe and thrilling roller coaster ride, while having to stay within budget parameters.
Horizons Program students recently attended Horizons Conference Day at Wantagh Elementary School. The annual enrichment day was an opportunity for students enrolled in the gifted and talented program to partner with their parents while engaging in various hands-on activities. During the rigorous workshop offerings, students and their parents were challenged to think and perform at a high level while exploring topics such as primitive technology, engineering design, alchemical technology, fingerprint analysis and Minecraft engineering.
Wantagh Elementary School’s student council believes that Valentine’s Day is a time to show care and concern for others. Members held a toy drive to benefit the John Theissen Children’s Foundation by collecting toy donations in the school’s main lobby and at the annual Cupcake Dance. Advisor Nicole Friedman noted that the students wanted to show their spirit after the traditional giving season had ended.
Wantagh Elementary students celebrated the first 100 days of school with a variety of math and reading activities that reinforced the skills learned in the first half of the 2014-15 school year. In addition to the handcrafted 100 Day shirts, the students wrote 100 recognizable words and stacked 100 red cups. They made Fruit Loop necklaces and even dressed up like centenarians. Some classes charted 100 steps in the hallway with a paper footprint and predicted where their 100 steps would end.
Wantagh Elementary School fourth-grader Natasha Meagher achieved individual national honors in the annual WordMasters Challenge. Through the district’s Horizons Program, Natasha competed in the Gold Division and received a perfect score of 20 in the first challenge of the school year. Nationally, only 18 students achieved this result.
Kindergarten classrooms at Wantagh Elementary School and first-grade classrooms at Mandalay Elementary School were abuzz with a variety of activities on two separate Polar Express Days. Dressed in pajamas, the students had their tickets punched, boarded the proverbial train and listened eagerly to the reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express” about an old-fashioned steam train that takes children to the North Pole to see Santa off on his annual sleigh ride.