Mandalay kindergarten and first-grade students painted rocks to resemble unique and colorful fish after reading Linda Kranz’s “Only One You” about a fish who appears to look different. PTA parent Kim Sandoval noted that the custodial staff will display the rocks in front of the school for the community to see.
Inside a fish tank at Mandalay Elementary School are 500 tiny horseshoe crab eggs that are being observed and researched by academically talented Horizon’s program students.
Third-grade students in Arlene Berman’s and Ann Marie Sallustro’s classes at Mandalay are learning to adopt a growth mindset. This will assist them in positively changing and adapting their attitudes toward frustrations, school work, feelings and other personal challenges that may crop up during the school year.
As the District’s staff and students began the 2017-2018 school year, their hearts and hands turned to a relief effort, sponsored by Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads, for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which pummeled southeast Texas in August.
Collaboration was key for students as they participated in Mandalay’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) Day in the gymnasium. Under the direction of STEAM consultants Joan Soldano and Brianna Paul, and with supplies donated by the school’s PTA, students in each grade lent their ideas to the completion of specific tasks that honed the engineering and design processes.
In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Mandalay students are taking a closer look at what they are eating during lunch. During March, the school goal is for students to become more mindful when choosing food items, to incorporate more lean proteins, whole grains and vegetables and to limit sugars and processed foods.
Summertime seems to move faster than we would hope for, and before you know it I will be greeting all of the Mandalay children back to school on September 5th. The start of a school year marks new beginnings, and memories to be made. I am pleased to know each child’s name that is returning to Mandalay, and eager to learn about our incoming kindergartners and new students to the district. One of the greatest joys of my job is gaining a small glimpse of the children each day while they are at school.
I look forward to a successful school year.