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Grundy Avenue Explores Emerging Tech Tools

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Patience and problem-solving were key components of a recent lesson at Grundy Avenue Elementary School as fifth grade students explored Sphero, a programmable educational robot. 

As part of the introductory lesson led by library media specialist Melissa Lawler, students learned to navigate the controls of the device as they worked collaboratively to guide their group’s robot. Concluding the activity, students participated in races showcasing their new skills. 
 

Grundy Avenue Steers Clear of Bullies

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Combating bullying was the focus of a recent two-day program at Grundy Avenue Elementary School as fourth and fifth grade students attended the Steer Clear of Bullies program presented by Child Abuse Prevention Services. 


During the activities, students shared their feelings and practiced identifying expressions associated with specific feelings. Additionally, students went over the ways that feelings are shown, such as physical, verbal and situational, and learned the signs of cyberbullying and strategies to avoid those situations. 


As the program concluded, students were encouraged to be good friends, classmates and family members and always spread kindness.

Chamber of Commerce Honors Student’s Dedication to Community

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Sachem High School East senior Nicolas Gesuele was recently recognized for his outstanding commitment to community service and dedication to helping others by the Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce as he was named an honorary member.

Nicolas was honored as the first recipient of this distinct honor at the chamber’s meeting on Oct. 2. 

Seneca Students Explore the Science of Mixtures

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Sixth grade students at Seneca Middle School in Brian Bartalomy’s science class recently participated in a lab activity identifying parts of a mixture and accomplishing the separation of the mixture by physical means. 

To begin, students reviewed the six ways to separate a mixture: filtering, evaporation, distillation, magnetism, picking the mixture apart or using a centrifuge. Students then worked collaboratively to observe and identify the characteristics of several mixtures, including iron shavings, sugar, white rice and beans, and separated the mixtures. 

After completing the lab activity, students answered questions about the methods they used, further solidifying their newfound scientific knowledge on mixtures. 






Sachem Board of Education Honors Distinguished Retiree

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At the most recent meeting of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, the Board honored retiree Sue Tuttle for her dedicated service to the district as the director for student services.