A North Merrick Minute
An e-newsletter from the North Merrick Schools: Spring 2021
Update from the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cynthia Seniuk
Please take a minute to view the budget presentation video (below), which looks back at this momentous year. Then scroll through the rest of the e-newsletter to learn more about activities and events that have taken place since the fall, as well as registration links for upcoming spring and summer programs.
Field of Flags will also return, hosted this year by Old Mill Road Student Council, and the flyer and order form to sponsor a flag are linked as well. It will be especially beautiful to see the flags waving on the Fayette front lawn this May and June!
North Merrick's Hometown Hero
Ms. Boyle was featured in The 2020 Hometown Heroes Yearbook, a special section of The Herald published in January. Ms. Boyle was among 400 people "who remind us that amidst uncertainty and tragedy, our neighbors rose to the occasion." Ms. Boyle was recognized for her unwavering support of North Merrick students and families, faculty and staff, at all times, but especially during this period of unprecedented crisis. "Deidre Boyle is so caring, and she has made a lasting impact on our community," says Dr. Seniuk.
World Read-Aloud Day
North Merrick School District once again participated in World Read-Aloud Day in February with over a dozen authors, illustrators and poets from around the country visiting virtually with K-6 classes to talk about their careers and books. For instance, author Robin Yardi interacted with sixth grade students in Ms. Castle's class at Harold D. Fayette School from her sunny garden in California, as the students looked outside at 14 inches of snow! Ms. Yardi had an in-depth discussion with the students and answered their questions about her middle-level mystery novel, Owl's Outstanding Donuts. "It was an inspirational and eventful day of reading for our students," says Christine Talbot, the district's instructional technology coordinator, who arranges this event each year. The World Read-Aloud virtual format was one that North Merrick students were already familiar with, way before remote learning.
High School Student Mentors
In response to New York State’s Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education Initiative, Christina Moser, ENL teacher at Old Mill Road School, has collaborated with Heather Glick, Calhoun High School teacher, and her students. The high school students have facilitated "Book Talks" to discuss a rich variety of literature and promote the message that we all have qualities that make us unique. This partnership also gives our students the opportunity to interact with high school students who serve as role models and mentors. The books selected for the project focus on character growth, social acceptance, friendship, self-esteem, and diversity. In addition, students learn how to use and communicate through various technology platforms such as Buncee, Canva for Education, and Seesaw. For example, the elementary students drew self-portraits they compiled into a Buncee presentation as well as created inspirational posters in Canva. "Our students really look up to the high school students," says Ms. Moser, who is sharing this project with colleagues throughout the district.
Alumni Author Meet and Greets
Spring Saturday Spanish Academy for Grade 6
Summer Learning Adventures Are Taking Off
Camp Invention: Spark the imagination with hands-on STEM activities for students entering kindergarten to grade 6. There are two sessions: 7/19-30 and 8/02-13, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students may enroll in one or both sessions. Location TBD.
SCOPE Recreation: Stay active with fun-filled activities including games, sports, yoga, science, music, and arts and crafts for students entering kindergarten to grade 6. The program runs 7/6-30, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Old Mill Road School.
Summer Spanish Academy: Learn about Spanish language and culture for students entering grades 5 and 6. The program runs 7/6-26 (Monday-Thursday) from either 9-10 a.m. or 10-11 a.m. at H.D. Fayette.
Summer Instrumental Music: Practice makes perfect when playing musical instruments for students entering grades 5 and 6. The program runs 7/6-26 (Monday-Thursday) with the ensemble meeting from 10-11 a.m. followed by lessons from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at H.D. Fayette.
Field of Flags
Thursday, May 20th, 4pm
1075 Merrick Avenue
In honor of our veterans, past and present...In memory of those lost in the pandemic...in tribute to all hospital and essential workers...
Sponsor an American flag to fly on the front lawn of Fayette School from May 20-June 14, 2021, to commemorate Memorial Day and Flag Day.
The event will be hosted this year by Old Mill Road Student Council. Please see the attached flyer and order form.