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Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Student Painting

Locust Valley Elementary School students and their families celebrated diverse cultures during the International Food Festival on Nov. 6, sponsored by the Locust Valley Parents’ Council. Gathering in the Locust Valley Intermediate School cafeteria, the potluck-style dinner included dishes that represented the cultural origins of the families in attendance.

The cafeteria was decorated with flags of various countries and artwork made by students representing those countries. Culturally diverse activities were available for the children, who enjoyed getting their faces painted with Egyptian, Indian and Mexican designs and creating aboriginal dot paintings. 

World-class Russian violinist Anton Polezhayev performed “Gypsy Airs” by Pablo de Sarasate and the Hungarian dance song “Csárdás” by Vittorio Monti. Parents’ Council members Sara Maragos and Heather Siegel organized the event and said they were thrilled to have Polezhayev perform, as he has played in some of the world’s top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. “We were treated that night,” said Siegel.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of the Parents’ Council in organizing this event that brings the entire school population together as one,” said Locust Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Amy Watson. “It was a beautiful night celebrating that which makes each of us unique.”


STEM Aids Ghostbusters

Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Second-graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School used their science, technology, engineering and math skills to transport a group of ghosts from a graveyard to the sky so they could fly away.

Students were required to design and build a pulley system that would lift the ghosts (cotton balls) from the graveyard (floor) using only yarn, binder clips, binder rings, tape, paper plates, magnet clips and pipe cleaners. They were not allowed to lift or pull the system with their own hands.

This STEM project was part of the collaborative math station where students, in heterogeneous groups, work collaboratively on activities. Working in teams, the students needed to use their STEM skills to solve the problem over the course of one week. 

Kimberley Ferina, District Coordinator of Math, K-12, said the activity was an excellent way to teach the children to use their math skills to solve a problem. “This helps them to apply mathematics and the use of simple machines to real-world applications.” 

Thankful and Showing It

Students Dressed as Native Americans
Elementary school children across the district celebrated Thanksgiving with feasts, singing and messages of thanks.

At Locust Valley Intermediate School, third graders gave thanks for acts of kindness performed in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The students were asked to write down these good deeds that were done by them or for them on a heart-shaped piece of paper. All of the hearts were then hung on a giant heart in the cafeteria for all to see during their annual Thanksgiving Feast. The students read a poem about kindness before staring their feast. Third-grade teacher Shari Zindman said, “We are thankful for all of the things we have done for each other.”

Ann MacArthur Primary School kindergarteners dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans and performed songs for their families to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday. Following their performance, they joined together to enjoy soup that the students made in their classrooms earlier in the week. 

Bayville Primary School students enjoyed a school-wide Thanksgiving Feast which included traditional holiday foods such as turkey and cranberry sauce. These children also dressed in traditional costumes and had fun with Thanksgiving-themed coloring activities. High school student volunteers helped run the feast. The entire school also had a Thanksgiving sing later in the day, which included a special turkey dance. 

Fall Drama Was a Hit

Cast and Crew

High school thespians took to the stage to share pieces of wisdom with the audience as they performed the drama All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The performance was impressive, leaving the audience laughing and nodding in agreement.

Based on a book of essays by Robert Fulghum, the show highlights lessons learned in kindergarten that are important to remember throughout life. The cast and crew created a professional-quality show, led by directors Allison Hungate Wood and Whitney Stone-Gillard.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on a fabulous performance. The spring musical March16-18 is sure to be a hit!