The sound of a train whistle could be heard throughout the kindergarten wing of Wantagh Elementary as students prepared to participate in activities related to Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express.” Upon blowing the whistle, Principal Dr. Randee Bonagura and Assistant Principal Jessica Zimmer punched each student’s ticket as they took a proverbial ride with their teachers throughout the school’s hallways while dressed in snuggly pajamas.
Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were infused into English language arts lessons at Wantagh Elementary School. Fifth-grade students in Traci Weiss’ class participated in a STEAM activity related to R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder” and a reading buddy activity with Patty Magaloff’s kindergarten students.
At Wantagh Elementary School, fifth-grade students in Traci Weiss’ class thought like engineers to create a new technology for a defined problem. The activity took place during the school’s science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics class where students utilized imagination, communication and collaboration skills to fix individual problems such as pencils falling off desks, patching holes in clothing, preventing cuts while searching for a utensil and more.
Wantagh Elementary’s fourth-grade students utilized their English language arts, mathematics and science skills to assist in the hatching of bobwhite quail, which are used by environmental agencies to control the tick population on Long Island.
During the May 4 Board of Education meeting, Wantagh Elementary School Student Council members were recognized for their participation and collection of more than $5,000 during the Pennies for Patients campaign. Under the direction of advisers Mary Ko and Angela Savella, the students exceeded their $3,000 collection goal for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and learned the importance of philanthropy.
Every day is Earth Day at Wantagh Elementary School as kindergarten students in Sarah Danziger’s class reused various plastic containers to create planters for flowers and vegetables. Under the direction of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) teacher Kaitlin Dayton, the students learned that taking something old and making it into something new is the perfect way to recycle.