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Accompsett Middle School actively promotes achievement, manners, and spirit by providing a safe and supportive learning environment which nurtures each student’s academic, social, emotional, and physical development while challenging them to reach their full potential. Achievement – we will reach our academic goals Manners – we will model polite behavior Spirit – we will demonstrate commitment to our school at Accompsett Middle School, the faculty, staff, administrators, and parents collaborate to provide a learning community which meets the needs of young adolescents.
Just in time for Earth Day, Accompsett Middle School was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Long Island Regional Planning Council as part of the Long Island Water Quality Challenge. The challenge was a STEM competition which encourages young students to reduce runoff and nitrogen pollution on school grounds and incorporate those projects into ongoing educational programs.
Local politicians and members of the conservation and preservation community gathered outside Accompsett Middle School to present the check to teachers Amy Olander and Lou Mincieli. Senator Mario Matterra, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Suffolk County Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning Natalie Wright, Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta and Town of Smithtown Senior Environmental Analyst in the Dept of Environment and Waterways Stephanie Hurd were in attendance for the Earth Day celebration.
At Accompsett Middle School, students proposed a native plant and pollinator garden for the front entrance of the school, which will serve as an ongoing “classroom” for both middle school and elementary school students on how native plants and natural pollinators, such as birds and bats, can reduce the use of chemicals or overwatering.
“Our pollinator garden has given students the opportunity to see how nature can help to solve the nitrogen problem on Long Island,” said Accompsett Middle School teacher Amy Olander. “By getting the students involved in planning and implementing the garden, they see how the STEM disciplines are used to turn an idea into reality. Students are also learning that by planting native species, we help our pollinators and birds so our environment can be healthy and sustainable. We are grateful for the chance to show the community that even small changes in our own yards can help the environment.”
The Long Island Water Quality Challenge was first offered in 2019 to all schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties serving grades 6,7 and 8 with an invitation to develop and design projects for their school grounds which will either reduce the use of fertilizers/pesticides and water consumption, or devise methods to collect and treat water runoff from the school property. A panel of water quality experts served as evaluators of the projects and awarded grants.
“Excess nitrogen presents a serious threat to the health and sustainability of our ground and surface waters all across Long Island,” said John Cameron, LIRPC chairman. “We can take positive steps today to instill a sense of urgency in our students – who are the leaders and stewards of tomorrow – about the need to reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and how to prevent harmful runoff from reaching our waterways.”
Wheels are spinning while students get in some exercise and also focus on their social emotional well-being in the library at Accompsett Middle School. In March, two new FitDesk/FitStudent bikes were set up in the library. The school purchased the bikes through book fairs and other fundraising efforts. Students can use the bikes during research class and can also sign up for access during recess/lunch time.
Accompsett Middle School art students are studying the works of different artists during their lessons this month. The students are learning about an artist and then using their work as inspiration for their own art project. They are taking one of their works and changing the colors, forms or shapes to make it their own.
Using Earth Day as their inspiration, the eighth grade student-artists at Accompsett Middle School recently created animals in their habitat with a landscape painting featured within each animal’s silhouette. The students used various watercolor painting techniques to create their one-of-a-kind designs.