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Third Graders Get Hands-On Building Simple Machines

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Third graders in Ms. Beard’s class at Tackan Elementary School are learning how to create simple machines during a hands-on Project Lead the Way lesson on Jan. 7. Using Vex kits and working in small groups, the students are working on a unit on stability and motion. During the lesson on simple machines and forces, the students had to find all the parts in the kit and then follow step-by-step instructions on the iPad to complete the build. 

Science Comes to Life

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Science students from High School East and High School West had the opportunity to see exciting science experiments happen right before their eyes during a visit from Dave Maiullo and his off-Broadway production of “That Physics Show” on Jan. 8 in the High School East auditorium. 
During the two performances, Mr. Maiullo, along with assistance from college students from Rutgers University, showed off laws of science with an hour-long production. Mr. Maiullo will demonstrate a variety of experiments that showcase segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and more. 
The hands-on experiments showcased many of the different laws of science. As a grand finale, Mr. Maiullo even engaged members of the audience for his bed of nails demonstration, having two students stand on top of him while on a bed of nails.

Amendment to Smithtown SCD District Wide School Safety Plan

The District-Wide School Safety Plan provides for the safety, health and security of both students and staff and is part of a comprehensive planning effort that addresses risk reduction and prevention, response and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies that may occur at the District. The District-Wide School Safety Plan is required by law to be made available for public comment prior to its adoption. 

You can review the proposed amendment to the District-Wide School Safety Plan by following the links below. If you have any questions or feedback on the amendment to the District-Wide School Safety Plan, please submit it to by February 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. In addition, the Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing at the Joseph M. Barton Building, 26 New York Avenue, Smithtown, New York on February 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. regarding the amendment to the District-Wide School Safety Plan. During the public hearing, school personnel, parents, students and any other interested parties will be given the opportunity to participate and be heard.


Winter Fun at Tackan

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Just prior to the winter holiday break, the second graders at Tackan Elementary School participated in hands-on activities during their winter work centers. Rotating through the four different classrooms, the students participated in making different art projects, such as a penguin made out of hearts, a snow globe, fingerprint snowmen and gingerbread men using glyphs to decode the different parts of the body. Along with the art projects, the second graders wrote about the wintertime and what it means to them. 

East Students Learn Engineering, Building

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High School East students in Dave Savage’s design and drawing for production class recently finished a trebuchet design project. The students were tasked with going through the engineering design process to design, build and test their own trebuchet, a type of catapult.