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450 County Line Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6500
Grades: 1-3

Principal: Ms. Kathleen Hyland

Assistant Principal: Ms. Sonia Rodrigo
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.





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Northwest Celebrates Young Authors

Northwest Celebrates Young Authors photo

Writing is a reason for celebration at Northwest Elementary School. Students in Jenny Smith and Kerrin Faulkner’s second-grade class shared their recently completed works at a publishing party.

Children spent the last two months writing narrative stories and selected one to turn into a book. They were tasked with creating pieces, four or five pages long, that elicited feeling and thinking from small moments in their lives. Following weeks of editing and illustrating, parents and special guests were invited to come to the classroom on Nov. 9 and read the stories. Each book was bound and included a cover page and about the author page. 

The theme of the event was “Donut Miss the Party.” The visitors were encouraged to “sprinkle” compliments around the room by writing positive messages on the last page of each child’s book. There was also a short video presentation, which featured photos of the children in the writing process, as well as the youngsters talking about new writing techniques they used in their stories. 

The assignment was part of Writer’s Workshop through Teacher’s College, Columbia University, an initiative that gives students greater choice in selecting topics to write about. Next, the students will write informational stories before moving on to opinion writing.

“The students need to feel like accomplished authors to gain a sense of confidence about their writing,” Ms. Faulkner said. “They should know that their writing is important.”

Northwest Students Get in Character

Northwest Character Counts 1
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“Character Counts” was the theme at Northwest Elementary School during the week of Oct. 16-20, with different activities that focused on the six pillars of character.

During Spirit Week, each day focused on a different character trait and students were asked to wear the color associated with that trait, such as red for caring and yellow for respect. The goal was to create unity among students in the school and show that they share the same values. 

Each class created its own friendship flower in art class with teacher Lydia Robinson. Students decorated petals with colorful drawings and positive messages. Ms. Robinson read students “The Little Bully” by Beth Bracken to teach them about the value of friendship and treating others kindly.

Librarian Christine Bloom read books relating to each of the six pillars of character such as “Pigsty” by Mark Teague, which taught students about personal responsibility. She also had them complete related assignments like when students had to identify ways they could be responsible at home, at school and on the bus.

In physical education classes, children learned about good sportsmanship, and in music they sung an anti-bullying song. Social Worker Debra Lee, who organized Spirit Week, said the message was to teach children “to be a buddy not a bully.”

Making Reading Cozy at Northwest

Making Reading Cozy at Northwest photo

Young readers are making themselves comfortable at Northwest Elementary School, as teachers have taken a new approach in helping children develop a love for literature.

Students are no longer confined to just their desks, as many teachers have reconfigured their classrooms to provide alternate settings to read. First-grade teacher Kristee Lovett has designed her classroom to look like a campsite with a tent, camping chairs and log-themed pillows and seat cushions. 

“Ms. Lovett’s Happy Campers” visit the classroom library to select books on their level, and then spread out around the room for independent reading. She visits each of them during this time for individual conferences to assess how each child is growing as a reader. 

Second-grade co-teachers Jennie Smith and Kerrin Faulkner have brought alternative seating into their classroom for reading time. Students can choose an option that is right for them, selecting from gaming chairs, large pillows, beanbag chairs, yoga mats, rubber donuts and scoop rockers. 

Ms. Faulkner said that children need to move in order to focus, and all the seating choices allow them to do so. She added that if students are in a comfortable spot, they are more likely to read for a longer period of time.

“Reading is an experience in which we want students engaged,” she said, “so we encourage them to find a comfy spot, just like they would at home.”

Monday, December 11, 2017