Future Scientists get Colorful with Chromatography
Friday, September 20, 2019—What type of change do you get when you combine water with a coffee filter? You probably don't notice too much of a change. But, let's say your coffee filter now has some colorful design created by a second grade Atom? Well, let's find out what happened, as Ms. Peryea's class did just that. After carefully putting their artistic skills to work, Atoms dove right into the scientific method to determine how a colorful coffee filter will stand up to the addition of water. The conclusion that our astute scientists drew was colors will begin to "climb" when water is added to the coffee filter. What a great experiment to receive a hands-on learning experience about chromatography.
A Quick Sneak Beak on an Upcoming PBL Project
Thursday, September 26, 2019—Owl in a days work, 7th grade PBL Atoms gear up for a project that is egg-sighting. Students will be tasked with researching and designing their own bird nesting box. To prepare for the project, we invited ornithology expert, Peter from Lime Hollow Nature Center who shared with the students information on native birds of New York who use bird boxes, various elements needed to make their own nesting box, as well as, bird predators and how to design the optimal box to ensure the safety of the birds. Thank you, Peter, for sharing your expertise with the Atoms.
Ms. Quinn joins Kindergarten Atoms for Story Time
Tuesday, September 24, 2019—Many of our elementary school Atoms enjoy visiting the Betts Branch Library for a field trip. However, today was much different. Instead, they received a special visit from one of their favorite librarians, Ms. Quinn, who joined them for story time. Ms. Quinn, shared with the kindergarten class her favorite book and she also made it come to life through the incorporation of various story book character stuffed animals. Thank you, Ms. Quinn, and we look forward to having you join us each month!
September's Character Trait - Responsibility
Wednesday, September 25, 2019—Each month we celebrate our Atom's character traits, accomplishments and achievements during our Student of the Month ceremony. The character trait for the month of September is responsibility. The students selected for the Student of the Month demonstrated responsibility throughout their daily school activities. Keep up the great work, Atoms!
Atom Selected to Sing the National Anthem
Thursday, August 15, 2019—One of our talented Atoms with an incredible vocal range was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the New York State Fair Reception, an event that was organized by the New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli. Such an honor, congratulations, Kennedy, on being selected.
Atoms are the Best Pick of the Apple Orchard
Friday, September 20, 2019—Ripe for the picking, third grade Atoms visit one of the top apple orchards in the country, Beak and Skiff. On a quintessential crisp fall day, this fifth generation orchard was the perfect outing for a field trip. Students learned not only about the orchard itself, but about the variety of apple trees they grow, what apples are in season and ready to be picked and how they continue to make Beak and Skiff the ultimate apple picking experience. Atoms enjoyed a timeless wagon ride to the picking location for the day, which was of course followed by picking Honeycrisp apples. After a morning of picking, students gathered together for a picnic style lunch. Thank you Beak and Skiff for a great day and awesome field trip!
Fun Times were had at the Welcome Back BBQ
Thursday, September 12, 2019—A live band cranked up the jams at this year's Welcome Back BBQ. Atoms and their families enjoyed an evening filled with festivities, games, raffles and more. Needless to say this event was a huge hit and wouldn't have been possible without the help of many faculty and staff members. Thank you, as well, to all the families who were able to attend. Also, a special shout out and thanks to Frank Stepanek and the band for providing some wonderful tunes throughout the evening. For more pictures of the Welcome Back BBQ, please visit our Facebook page.
New York University visits with Junior and Senior Atoms
Tuesday, September 10, 2019—Looking to take a "bite out of the big apple," and to make New York City your campus? Junior and Senior Atoms find out how they could do just that if applied to New York University. Assistant Director of Admissions, Aurora Kearney, shared NYU's rich history, campus life, degree and course study, and much more! Thank you, NYU for visiting and speaking with our Atoms about these awesome opportunities.
Just a 'Heads Up' You are About to Start Laughing
Wednesday, July 31, 2019—Ellen DeGeneres' game Heads Up is the game of the game of the summer and a favorite amongst Atoms. On the last day of school, 6th grade Project Based Learning students partook in the challenge and submitted their video to Ellen … and they won! Atoms make an appearance on EllenTube and are thrilled to be selected. Thank you, Ellen, and way to go Atoms!
First Grade Atoms 'Studied Abroad' in Turkey
Friday, July 19, 2019—Atoms have some summer fun as they learn about countries from around the world. After reading a story about the country Turkey, students use their imagination as they gear up for a 'trip abroad.' Atoms learned about mosques and how they are a place of Muslim worship. No trip is ever complete without an arts and crafts project. Students used paint, paper bowls, and Popsicle sticks to create their own mosques, and they also learned how to write their name in Arabic. A trip around the world in one afternoon.