Lessons from Long Ago at Mills Pond

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Second graders in Barbara Haining’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School learned how children made meals, toys and learned during a hands-on lesson on Nov. 19.

After learning about Thanksgiving traditions from long ago, the students used their math skills to make homemade pancakes. Of course, pancakes are better with butter, so the students made their own butter by shaking a container filled with heavy cream and salt until it solidified. Thanks to the help of the parent volunteers, the students feasted on their pancakes together. 

While the pancakes were cooking, the students made a cup and ball game similar to what children from long ago would use during playtime. Lastly, the second graders painted their own slateboards using chalk paint, which they used for spelling and math lessons later in the day.

Letters of Gratitude

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Second graders in Elizabeth Ozol’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School wrote letters of gratitude with their fifth grade buddy class to veterans. Many families sent in books, magazines, notecards and toiletries, which will be packed with the delivery to a local veterans’ home. 

Trick-or-Treating with Local Nursing Home Residents

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To help spread some smiles to the residents of the St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center across the street from their school, fifth graders from Mills Pond Elementary School went trick-or-treating on Halloween. Dressed in their most creative Halloween costumes, the students received candy from the residents, many of whom dressed up to hand out candy as well. 

Pumpkin Math Adds Up to Hands-On Learning

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Second grade students in Kimberly Passmonte’s class teamed up with their buddy fifth graders in Seth Paster’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School for some hands-on math lessons with pumpkins on Oct. 25. Both the fifth and second graders worked together to estimate the weight, circumference and number of seeds for a pumpkin in cooperative learning groups. They then used tape measures, scales and counting skills to discover the actual numbers.  

Schools Come Together to Thank BOE

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To celebrate New York State School Board Recognition Week from Oct. 21-25, the Smithtown Central School District came together to show their appreciation for their board of education during the Oct. 22 meeting.

To kick off the meeting, the High School East select choral group sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Smithtown Elementary School’s ENL also serenaded the board members by singing a thank-you song in 11 different languages. Nesaquake Middle School’s select chorus also showcased their skills by singing “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”

Dogwood Elementary School’s students created posters featuring the top 10 things they love about the district. Mt. Pleasant Elementary School students created a tree of appreciation to present to the board featuring every student’s fingerprints.

Tackan Elementary School students purchased books at its recent book fair and donated them back to the school’s library in the board’s name. Accompsett Elementary School’s fifth grade classes created a poster board of thanks, while Mills Pond Elementary presented each board member with a pen and flashlight because they light the way for the district. Student in Karen Dennis’s fourth grade class at St. James Elementary School created their own Flip Grid thank-you video for the board members.

Members of the National Junior Honor Society at Accompsett Middle School created a thank-you card and Great Hollow Middle School students gifted each board member with a drawstring bag. Members of the National Honor Society at High School West gave each board member a “Support Our Troops” shirt and Athletes Helping Athletes gifted them with Smithtown athletic spirit wear. Members of the Career and Technology Education department presented the board members with handcrafted wood nameplates for their board table, water bottles, tote bags, homemade muffins and pillowcases. To end the evening, the school’s central administration showed a thank-you video featuring faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the district.