MAY 2016


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Fifth Grade Drama Production

The Denton Avenue Drama Club delighted audiences with their fast-paced, humorous production of “The Trials of Alice in Wonderland.” Based on one of the most popular works in children’s literature, the musical is set in Wonderland’s Courtroom, where Alice is on trial. The cast portrayed the popular and quirky characters in the book – the Queen of Hearts as the judge, the Mad Hatter, Caterpillar and White Rabbit as witnesses, Tweedledee and Tweedledum as the attorneys, and the deck of cards as the jury. The cast delighted the audience with their highly energetic and comedic delivery of one of the show’s musical highlights - Off with Her Head! When Alice finally wakes up from her dream, the cast and the audience were disappointed that the show had ended. The directors, Ms. Alexa Brown and Mrs. Nicole Metthe, were thrilled and proud of the impressive debt by their young cast of actors and vocalists. Congratulations to all!
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Anti-Bullying Poster Contest


Writing Celebration

The first graders in Ms. Kamali’s, Mrs. Karo’s and Mrs. Mirabella’s classes had a writing celebration to share their fiction stories with their families. The celebration began with the children explaining all the steps they took to create these realistic fiction stories. The authors’ got inspiration for their stories from realistic fiction they are reading and their own life experiences. They started each story giving their reader a BIG FAT HINT, which gives the reader a clue about the problem in the story. After the hint, they thought of possible realistic solutions to their problem. After a few failed attempts, the problem was solved.To bring the stories to life, the authors added dialogue, speech bubbles, thought bubbles, character feelings, character actions and a story lesson. Many of the young authors put their character in a series of stories. They all added blurbs and an author page. Parents and guests were impressed with the caliber of our young author's writing skills and creativity!

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LIU Post Chamber Music Festival

Megan Cheng (Band), Carolyn Lau (Band) and Kailey Simons (Orchestra) received the NMEA Scholarship to attend the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival. Also, Jeylin Lee (Orchestra) was awarded the LISFA Scholarship to attend the Herricks Summer Music Festival.

Spring Concert

The Denton Avenue Music Department offers a wide variety of educational experiences for its students. This was shown with the wonderful Spring Concert Celebration. This month the school Orchestra, led by Ms. Lanuto performed

  • Cripple Creek conducted by student teacher Kailyn Tropeano
  • Victory March
  • Gaelic Castle
  • Tribal Dance


  • Chattanooga Choo Choo

    by Harry Warren

    and Mack Gordon

  • Over the Rainbow

    by Harold Arlen and the lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

  • Tailor of Gloucester

    folk song from England


  • Procession of Heroes by Robert W. Smith
  • Chrysalis by Michael Story
  • Armed Forces March by Michael Sweeney
  • Shadows Unleashed by Brian Balmages


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A special thanks to our PTA Book Fair Chair, Saba Ahmed, and her team of PTA volunteers who helped make the BOGO Book Fair a huge success. Students and staff enjoyed exploring the wonderful selection of books and picking the perfect one to read and enjoy over summer vacation.

Denton Avenue Orchestra Earns Gold With Distinction

The mission of the New York State School Music Association NYSSMA is to advance music education across New York State for its membership and students in member school programs. Under the direction of Ms. Stephanie Lanuto, the students in our orchestra impressed the NYSSMA judges with the caliber of their performance. Congratulations!


The Denton Avenue Student Council sends a HUGE THANK YOU to the students, their families, and staff who participated in the Math-a-thon for the St. Jude Childrens Hospital. Many of our students wore hats for our “Caps for Cancer” day and completed the Math-a-thon booklet, both to benefit the children of St. Jude. Special recognition and a thank you to Mrs. Kamali’s first grade class and Mrs. Roulett’s fifth grade class for collecting the most donations in the school. We are blessed to have such a generous Denton school family.
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