The introduction of “growth mindset” activities has been changing the way fifth-graders at Barnum Woods Elementary School approach learning.
Following her research on achievement and success, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck coined the term “growth mindset” to refer to the underlying belief that one is able to learn and grow mentally by training and strengthening their brain. This is in contrast to a “fixed mindset,” in which one believes that they cannot learn new things and basic traits such as intelligence, character and personality are predetermined. When equipped with a growth mindset, students confront uncertainties and setbacks, see failure as an opportunity to learn, put forth a greater effort to learn and accept criticism as a way to change and grow.
During an English Language Arts lesson, fifth-graders were asked to use their non-dominant hand to write their names and the date, draw a self-portrait, and cut and paste objects onto a separate piece of paper. Limited at first by a fixed mindset, the students reported feeling frustrated and unconfident when trying to finish the assignment. When they switched to a growth mindset, however, they embraced the challenge and persevered by understanding that effort and attitude make all the difference.
Fifth-grade teachers Laurette Tamburello and Lissette Pellegrino explained that when students believe they can rewire their brains and boost their intelligence, they become more interested in learning and less afraid of facing failure.
In honor of Unity Day, East Meadow students wore orange and united against bullying by promoting kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
The Jack Boyle Memorial Stadium was a sea of maroon and grey as students, faculty and members of the community watched the W.T. Clarke High School Rams verse the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks at homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 14
With the changing of seasons underway, students of Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow School District recently gathered to beautify their school by sprucing up the landscape surrounding the school.
Working alongside teachers, parents and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card Jr., students enhanced the school’s garden by planting tulip bulbs, garden mums, pansies and perennials. The project came to fruition with the help of the Bowling Green PTA.
In preparation for the New York City and Long Island Columbus Day parades, the marching bands of East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High Schools practiced their routines with the help of marching band clinicians.
Each school’s band and color guard set aside a full day at the end of September to improve their tone, accuracy, rhythm and marching technique.
To perfect their routine, W.T. Clarke’s students received assistance from marching band and color guard instructor Meaghan Neary, school band teachers Steve Barbieri and Molly Tittler, and percussion teacher Steve Blutman.
The East Meadow High School students worked with Dr. Christopher Parks, director of athletic bands at Stony Brook University, as well as high school music chairperson Stephen Engle and music teachers Zachary Robason and Gregory Sisco.
Dr. Parks also conducted leadership workshops that motivated and inspired the students to give their best in every performance.
Fourth-graders at Parkway Elementary School traveled back more than 2,000 years with the help of Journeys into American Indian Territory to learn about the civilization of American Indians.
The in-school field trip immersed students in American Indian culture with a museum display of tools and clothing that helped communities gather food, hunt, build shelters, and protect themselves from wild animals and extreme weather conditions. Students also walked through a wigwam, tried on tradition American Indian clothing, beat on drums and crushed corn to create grain.
Guided by presenters Maddi Cheers and Richie Cornacchio, students established their own Iroquois government among their classmates. They were divided into groups and asked to select one leader based on the qualities of kindness, equality and open-mindedness to assist in leading their village.
Additionally, fourth-graders re-enacted the lives of American Indian children by playing games, reading authentic stories, creating clay pots and dancing to traditional music.
In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, students in grades 9-12 at East Meadow High School discussed the historical impact of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center during their social studies classes.
Teachers unfolded the tragic events of that day as they spoke about the innocent victims, police officers, firefighters and first responders who lost their lives, and the nation’s pledge to never forget their sacrifices.
Following the lessons, the classes had an opportunity to contribute to the Twin Towers Lego display, constructed by members of the school’s Model Congress and Social Studies Honor Society. Each student added to the structure with a red, white or blue color Lego, symbolizing the FDNY firefighters, civilians and NYPD officers who were involved.
The students also paid a visit to a 9/11 memorial outside the Mathematics corridor, that was created seven years ago through a partnership between Model Congress, the Social Studies Honor Society and the social studies department. The memorial features two juniper trees representing the Twin Towers and a piece of debris from the attacks, encircled by American flags.
Despite a light rain, students throughout the district donned bright smiles and backpacks full of school supplies as they began the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 6.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., administrators and faculty were on hand to greet students as they disembarked from their buses and walked to class.
At all nine schools, hallways were alive and bustling as students reunited with friends and were warmly greeted by their teachers for another exciting new school year.
The district wishes all families, students and staff a successful school year and looks forward to a wonderful year ahead!
The district held its annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 1 and 5, during which administrators, teachers and staff participated in workshops led by academic professionals and district faculty to enhance their instructional practices for another successful school year.
In his welcoming remarks, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., expressed his enthusiasm for the school year and encouraged the attendees to continue giving their best to their students.
“The opening of school is always the greatest time, as it is filled with promise, possibility and new opportunities to learn, grow and inspire,” Dr. Card said. “This year, our focus will be to provide, as you have done so well in the past, quality instruction, effective communication with parents, a safe environment for both staff and students, and a continued focus on literacy and technology integration. You have my gratitude and full support as we strive to guide every one of our students on a pathway of success.”
The conference was rounded out with teachers convening in their respective buildings to discuss and learn effective strategies for helping every student reach his or her highest potential.