Students in Ms. Brafman’s fourth grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School reviewed math concepts in the form of a “Jeopardy”-style game on Oct. 15. As practice for an upcoming test, they formed two teams and took turns choosing questions from a “Jeopardy” board that was displayed on a smartboard screen. Students were challenged to answer questions in the categories of place value, addition and subtraction, estimation, comparing numbers and movement. They solved problems on paper and showed their work, then locked in their answers by sounding a buzzer.
A crystal clear fall afternoon was the backdrop for W.T. Clarke High School’s homecoming festivities held on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Prior to the game against the Locust Valley Falcons, Netflix-themed floats were led down Stewart to Washington Avenues with the marching band and Grand Marshalls Hon. Arthur M. Diamond and Dr. Thomas Vassel in tow. This is the first time the high school has held a homecoming parade in recent memory, and the community came out in force to show their support. Prior to the parade, the select chorale, under the baton of Kaitlyn Melker, entertained residents, while student Robert Twible announced each parade participant. The festivities concluded on the steps of the high school, where the marching band and flag corps continued to perform to the delight of the community.
Prior to the much-anticipated football game, the district held its bi-annual Hall of Fame. Celebrated were New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond (Class of 1970) and Carman Drugs owner Dr. Thomas Vassel (Class of 1993). Both were recognized for having demonstrated outstanding ability, leadership, character and dedication and for serving as an inspiration to the W. T. Clarke High School community.
The homecoming game commenced with the singing of the national anthem by members of the choir and an opening cheer by the varsity cheerleaders at the Coach Jack Boyle Memorial Stadium. In addition to a stellar performance by the marching band and stunts by the cheerleaders, the homecoming royal court was announced and included King and Queen George Pagiatis and Isabella Posillico, Prince and Princess Kevin Henning and Serenity Herdes, Count and Countess Brian Themistocle and Maya Abate and Duke and Duchess David Bouchra and Molly Grassini.
The Rams lived up to their name and reputation with a 34-22 victory over the Falcons.
Eighth-graders at Woodland Middle School were taught an important lesson on Oct. 8 about the lasting effects of bullying and the impact it has on students and their families.
John Halligan shared an emotional story about how he lost his 13-year-old son Ryan to suicide on Oct. 7, 2003. He recalled the devastating phone call from his wife at 6 a.m. while away on a business trip. “I was never prepared for that phone call,” he said. “My life, my family’s life, will never be the same.”
As a slideshow of Ryan’s photos played in the background, Mr. Halligan shared details of the struggles and bullying that his son faced from fifth to eighth grade. To conclude the program, Mr. Halligan left the students with a positive message. He encouraged each of them to stand up for others and to treat others with kindness and respect. He also reminded them that they are all loved.
“Don’t ever believe for a second that you don’t matter. That no one would miss you if you were gone,” Mr. Halligan said. “All of you are loved beyond belief.”
Students at Bowling Green Elementary School received a cultural and historic experience on Oct. 4, when the Journeys into American Indian Territory program provided an in-school field trip.
The mission of those at Journeys into American Indian Territory is to bring an authentic Native American experience to children and adults alike, where ancient teachings meet the modern world.
The day kicked off with an initial assembly for all students, which was followed by educational workshops. The gym and cafeteria were transformed into museums filled with artifacts, clothing, equipment and more. The guest educators discussed lifestyles, activities, community and other characteristics of the Eastern Woodlands, and students had opportunities to tour a mini longhouse, play musical instruments, grind corn, participate in traditional American Indian games and hear stories.
In the afternoon, all students received a lesson about Iroquois government, expressed their creativity in a clay workshop and got moving with music and dancing. The event tied in with the curriculum and brought it to life with engaging, interactive resources.