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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: Ms. Robyn Shockley-Santiago
Assistant Principal: Mr. Dennis Ricci


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A History Exploration at Park Avenue

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After studying famous explorers, fourth-graders at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School made life-size versions of these historical figures.

Students in Kelly Darling and Alexia Nyholm’s class learned about European explorers including Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Henry Hudson, Giovanni de Verrazzano and Samuel de Champlain. They split into groups, with each responsible for depicting one of those five explorers. Materials included construction paper, tin foil and yarn. 

Each group also had to create a manifest that included the explorer’s sponsoring country, planned destination and actual destination, along with a map of their route. Students learned about landmarks or natural features in the United States named for those pioneers. 

Park Avenue Musicians Make an Impression

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Young musicians from Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School recently took part in a pair of events hosted by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association.

Three fourth-grade students participated in SCMEA’s PEAK Music Festival at Northport High School. Krystal Gomez, Deanna Murray and Madisyn Parachico were chosen based on the recommendation of their music teacher, Megan Ashe. They were able to take part in various music learning experiences such as world drumming, chorus, folk dancing, recorder, musical theater and ukulele throughout the day with their parents. 

Sixth-grader Katya Ramos-Rojas attended the SCMEA Day of Tuba and Euphonium at Central Islip High School. She was selected for the performance, in which she played the baritone tuba, by her band teacher, Jolene Maccarone. 

“Congratulations to all of these students and their music teachers on these outstanding achievements,” said Dr. Fran Fernandez, director of fine arts. 

Professionals Share Their Expertise at Park Avenue

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People from all walks of life visited Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on Nov. 3 to give students a glimpse of the future. More than three dozen professionals visited classrooms at the 10th annual Career Day.

Many of the speakers were parents of Park Avenue students while others came from local businesses. The school partnered with the Amityville Chamber of Commerce and Amityville Parent-Teacher Council to bring in presenters. The guests represented a variety of professions including law enforcement, the military, business and finance, medicine, engineering, human resources and retail. 

The speakers discussed the responsibilities and challenges of their jobs, as well as the necessary qualifications to work in their respective fields. They also took questions from the curious students. 

Guidance counselor Kimberly Balducci, who organized the event, said that although the students are only in fourth through sixth grades, it is never too early for them to start thinking about their futures. By interacting with successful professionals, children understand the importance of education and recognize that working hard in school can positively affect their ability to achieve their goals. 

The event was the culmination of College and Career Week, which began with a kickoff assembly on Oct. 30. Keynote speaker Felicia Fleitman from Savvy Hires motivated students with four important messages: the word “can’t” should not exist in their vocabulary, failure is an opportunity, there is no substitute for hard work, and be a good person.  

Supporting Reading and Writing at Park Avenue

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A consultant from Teachers College, Columbia University recently visited Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School to support teachers with the continued implementation of the Reading and Writing Project.

Instructional coach Anna Sheehan spent time with fourth- through sixth-grade teachers in an effort to support the literacy initiative that Amityville first adopted two years ago. Ms. Sheehan modeled a group lesson in one classroom at each grade level, as all English Language Arts teachers from that grade observed. She then demonstrated small-group and individual conferences with students, to discuss their reading and writing progress. 

After each model lesson, Ms. Sheehan met with the teachers from that grade for a debriefing session. Park Avenue teachers were able to ask questions based on their own classroom experiences. 

Principal Robyn Santiago said that Ms. Sheehan will visit 10 times during the school year for in-house professional development. This builds upon the four-day Reading and Writing Institute that was held in the district in the summer of 2016, attended by more than 100 Amityville teachers. In between Ms. Sheehan’s visits, Park Avenue Instructional Coach Melissa Wiederhold provides support to the teachers.

The purpose of the literacy initiative is to have students more engaged in reading and writing through individual choices. Teachers work with students to find “just right” books — literature that a child finds interesting, is on his or her reading level and is not too hard but not too easy. 

“Every child has a different book in their hands,” Ms. Santiago. “They’re reading books that they’re interested in. Children have to read every single day because that is how they get better.”

Students keep reading logs to document the stories they read, how many pages at a time, how many minutes and whether it is at school or at home. These logs provide teachers with valuable information during the one-on-one conferences.  

Ms. Santiago noted that the improvements in reading and writing abilities are already being noticed within the school as a majority of students have moved up two or more reading levels within the past year. It is also contributing to improved performance in other subject areas, as Ms. Santiago said math teachers are seeing improved comprehension of word problems. 
Monday, December 11, 2017