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  • ALL ABOARD!

    In addition to the bell that starts the school day, the sound of a train whistle called for Wantagh Elementary School kindergarten students to take a proverbial ride on the Polar Express. Polar Express Day relates to Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express” about an old-fashioned steam train that takes children to the North Pole for Santa’s departure.

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  • WEL CELEBRATES THE THANKSGIVING SEASON

    Wantagh Elementary School kindergarten students rang in the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 15 with a vocal performance for parents and staff. Dressed as pilgrims, the students sang “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Turkey Ran Away,” “Turkey Dinner” and “I Ate Too Much” to the delight of the audience.

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  • CANINE READING BUDDIES

    Golden doodle Mojo and his Pet Partners volunteer-owner Susan Benyo sat quietly in the Wantagh Elementary School library as kindergarten students each read a page of their favorite book to their canine reading buddy. Some of the students received an approving nuzzle with a cold wet nose, while others were happy to read and talk to the patient pooch about their story.

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  • FIRST GRADERS RENEW, REUSE AND RECYCLE

    Dressed in homemade shirts reflecting their vision of Earth Day, Wantagh Elementary School first-grade students entertained parents and faculty with a concert to emphasize the importance of recycling on April 24. Under the direction of music teacher Beth Marinis, the students sang “The Recycle Rap,” “The Bag Lady” and “Going Green” and shared the rhythm patterns they have been learning in music classes. After the concert, they played their musical instruments made out of recycled materials.

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  • A WHITE HOUSE TEA

    Wantagh Elementary fifth-graders in Traci Weiss’ class researched and wrote biography reports about noteworthy persons who have made a difference in the world.

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  • WANTAGH STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN WORLD READ ALOUD DAY

    In celebration of World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1, first-graders in Jamie Lyn Celeste’s class at Wantagh Elementary paid a digital visit to Virginia author Sue Fliess. During the video and audio chat, Ms. Fliess read her soon to be released book “Mary Had a Little Lab,” the story of which is based on “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

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  • ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS

    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.

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  • ELA CREATIVE EXPRESSION

    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.

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  • HANDS ON LEARNING THROUGH MAKERSPACE

    During a fun-filled evening of creativity, Wantagh Elementary School students and their families explored the various science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics activities showcased during the school’s annual Maker Fair.

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  • ALL ABOARD THE YANKEE III

    Fifth-grade students in Traci Weiss’ class at Wantagh Elementary School tied in an instructional unit on oceanography to the study of photosynthesis onboard the Captree fleet’s Yankee III.

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  • DEFINING A PROBLEM, IMAGINING A SOLUTION

    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.

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  • ENGINEERING A BETTER LUNCHBOX

    Mushed sandwiches, cracked chips and leaking drinks are a thing of the past as second-grade students in Colleen Conway’s STEAM class at Wantagh Elementary School utilized engineering skills and the design process to build a better lunchbox.

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  • WANTAGH ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ASSIST IN TICK CONTROL

    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.

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  • WANTAGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS EXCEED THEIR PHILANTHROPY GOAL

    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.

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  • REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

    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.

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  • STUDENTS CREATE DIGITAL STORIES

    In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, Wantagh Elementary School first- and second-graders in Henry Chiu’s computer class learned about digital storytelling and the process of creating a video.

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  • BOOKS COME TO LIFE

    In recognition of Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday and in celebration of Wantagh Elementary School’s annual Parents as Reading Partners event, students dressed as a favorite book character. The week’s activities also included a PTA book fair, Read a Shirt Day, Poem in Your Pocket Day and opportunities to dress in crazy socks and pajamas.

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  • GRADE 5 TO GRADE 6 MUSIC SELECTION

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