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Sparking Interest in Energy Conservation

The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys

An energizing performance starring superhero characters taught fourth graders at Bayville Intermediate School and Locust Valley Intermediate School about the importance of conserving energy and offered important tips for doing so as part of an assembly sponsored by PSEG Long Island.

The program featuring the Energized Guyz was performed by actors from the National Theater for Children and focused on defining energy, the uses of energy, how energy is wasted and ways to conserve it. The show was centered around an energy crisis that the superheroes needed to stop. Important lessons on energy conservation methods and tactics to cut down energy waste at home were incorporated into the story. Children learned that turning off lights and computers are vital to energy conservation, as well as using energy efficient light bulbs and conserving water. They also learned about renewable and non-renewable resources.  

“It’s really important that we educate and help children and their families understand the importance of our natural resources and using energy wisely,” said George Coburn, customer experience manager for PSEG Long Island. “Even young students can understand that they have energy choices. The younger they begin learning, the more likely they will retain these concepts throughout their life.”

The fourth-grade curriculum includes a unit on energy, making this presentation timely for the students.

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.”


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!