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140 Park Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6300
Grades: 4-6
School Hours: 8:10 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.


Principal: Robyn Shockley-Santiago
Assistant Principal: Dennis Ricci





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Author Inspires Park Avenue readers and writers

Author Inspires Park Avenue readers and writers photo

Author Peter Catalanotto visited Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on June 13 to share his expertise as both a writer and illustrator.

Mr. Catalanotto spoke to students about how he generates ideas for stories. When he first became a professional writer, he remembered advice from his elementary school teachers: write about something you know about or care about. That led to his first book, “Dylan’s Day Out,” inspired by his dog.

“Writing is about exploring ideas and finding your best idea,” he said in telling students that brainstorming is an integral part of the process.

He talked about how he was an illustrator for other authors before publishing his own books. Students excitedly watched as Mr. Catalanotto drew a face, demonstrating and explaining the steps he takes to created detailed facial features.

The author visit was sponsored by the Amityville Parent Teacher Council and organized by Library Media Specialist Timothy Quinn. The goal was to get students excited about reading before summer break, and staff from the Amityville Public Library also visited to talk about summer reading programs for children and teens. The school also hosted a book fair in the days prior to Mr. Catalanotto’s visit.





Moving on Up in Amityville

Moving on Up in Amityville Photo

Elementary and middle school students celebrated their academic achievements during moving up ceremonies, which were held in the days leading up to the high school graduation.

A trend-setting class graduated from Edmund W. Miles Middle School, and they did so at the place where they will spend the next three years of their educational journey. During the ninth-grade awards ceremony at the high school on June 22, Principal Edward Plaia reviewed all the “firsts” that the class experienced. They were the first ninth graders in the district to take Advanced Placement courses and to build Lego robots. The 180 members of the class received their promotion certificates, and numerous awards were handed out.

Middle school now awaits the sixth-graders who graduated from Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on June 22. Principal Robyn Santiago said that while they have great achievements to celebrate, they should strive to do even better next year. She reminded the youngsters that they don’t always have to follow the crowd and should always make good choices, even when no one is looking.

The 238 third-graders at Northwest Elementary School completed another step in their educational journeys when they were recognized for their achievements at the moving-up ceremony on June 21. Following a video in which students shared their memories of Northwest, teachers from each class announced their graduates and handed out completion certificates. Principal Kathleen Hyland reminded the students that “what’s worth learning is worth working for.”

Kindergartners completed one of their first major milestones when they graduated from Northeast Elementary School on June 20. The youngsters performed songs for their family members and Principal Dr. Pauline Collins presented perfect attendance awards. The students will comprise Amityville Memorial High School’s Class of 2029.

Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly wished the students luck as they head to their next schools. She encouraged them to continue reading over the summer and said the public library has a lot of good books available.

Edmund W. Miles Middle School Ninth-Grade Moving Up

Miles Middle School Ninth-Grade Moving Up

Northwest Third-Grade Moving Up

Northeast Kindergarten Moving Up




Video: Character Counts at Park Avenue

Video: Character Counts at Park Avenue

Learn how students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School live by the six pillars of character.

 

Park Avenue Student Makes His Own Music

Park Avenue Student Makes His Own Music Photo
Donovan Graham, a student at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, recently took his interest in music to the next level when he composed a piece that was played at the school’s spring concert.

The fifth-grader used music-writing software Noteflight, to create a ballad-style piece, “Bird Song,” approximately two and a half minutes long. Donovan conducted a woodwind ensemble comprised of teachers and fellow students, which he named Super Sound.

Music teacher Jolene Maccarone said she was very impressed when he brought her the music, and very few changes were made before the performance. She said this was the first time in her 23 years teaching at Park Avenue that a student-written piece was included in a school concert.

“His enthusiasm and his passion for music stimulates his creativity,” she said. “He’s a great musician. Donovan has only been playing for two years and he can play two instruments beyond his level.”

Donovan plays bass clarinet in the fifth-grade band and clarinet in the sixth-grade band. He is now composing a piece for a brass ensemble that he hopes will be performed at a school concert next year.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017