West’s TruBlue Technologies Moves On in VE Competition

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The School of Business virtual enterprise class– TruBlue Technologies – at High School West taught by Mr. Como participated in the 2021 VE National Business Plan Competition. The team placed against more than 2,900 other firms and scored 4.4 out of 5.0 to move on to the next round of the competition. TruBlu Technologies also placed in the VE National Human Resource Competition created by the human resource department. The human resource department spent countless days working to perfect their employee handbook for the 2021 competition. TruBlu placed in the top 25% in the VE National Elevator Sales Pitch Competition. Congratulations to the following team members pictured: Claudia Buergert (CMO); Matthew Bieber (CFO); Brendan Hickey (sales representative); Brenden Carmella (sales representative); Connor Byrne (sales representative); Brayden Graffeo (accounts payable clerk); and Brianna Donnarumma (accounts receivable clerk).

St. James Students Keep their Stuffed Animals Safe

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Kindergartners at St. James Elementary School recently participated in a virtual teddy bear clinic sponsored by Stony Brook University Trauma Center Students pretended to be doctors and nurses and helped care for their stuffed animals.

The clinic teaches the kindergartners about safety and how to do their part to stay injury free. It also helps ease the process of doctor and hospital visits by showing students how to be caregivers. The students learned about buckling up their seatbelts to stay safe in vehicles and to always wear their helmet when riding a bike to keep safe.

Students cared for their injured stuffed animals, tended to and bandaged them and gave them instructions on how long to rest. They also wrote down how they could be safer next time to prevent injuries.

Flying Reindeer at Tackan

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Fourth graders from Tackan Elementary School recently read “Dasher” by Matt Tavaras during their library class with Mrs. Robinson. The book tells the story of how Santa’s sleigh came to be driven by reindeer. Students were tasked with building a reindeer out of paper cups, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and masking tape. The reindeer then had to “fly” using Sphero Bolt and Sphero Mini robots.

HSE Students Advance in National Finance Competition

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The School of Business virtual enterprise class taught by Mr. Costello at High School East had their accounting department advance to the second round in the National Finance Competition. The event consisted of creating financial statements and highlights for the virtual business as well as future sales projections. This year’s company, “SeasonAll,” focused on creating environmentally friendly and cost-effective lawn care devices. Their newest product includes the auto-Scape, an automatic electric lawn mower. Pictured are High School East’s Emily Schrier and Joseph Mingione.

All About Kindness at Accompsett Elementary

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The fourth graders at Accompsett Elementary School have been working on a writing centered around words of kindness this Valentine’s Day. Students created bookmarks for their classmates filled with different positive adjectives. They used Pear Deck to write an essay on why their hearts are full. They first brainstormed different ideas using a graphic organizer. After filling out the graphic organizer, students wrote topic sentences using supporting detail before completing their essay. Some of the fourth graders even created virtual Valentine’s Day cards for their classmates, incorporating pictures and a compliment.