Read Across America Day at Connolly

Connolly

Connolly students in Susan Gielbeda’s, Nancy Gorman’s and Kathleen Madigan’s classes participated in Read Across America Week and celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.

First, the students listened to a read aloud of “Bartholomew and the Oobleck,” while enjoying green eggs. They then completed a science project creating oobleck of their own using water, corn starch and food coloring. They tested various materials to see if they would float or sink and everyone was excited to see the oobleck show properties of both solids and liquids.

At the conclusion of the celebration, the students broke into groups to read some of Dr. Seuss' most popular stories. They enjoyed the activities and were happy to work as a team.





Connolly Hosts Fifth-Grade Science Fair

Fair

Connolly School fifth-graders demonstrated their knowledge of the scientific method during the school’s annual Science Fair on Feb. 3.

The fair featured projects that covered a wide range of topics, including the movement of balloons, expanding gummy bears and whether or not plants can grow without soil. According to fifth-grade teacher Maureen Hellman, the students started brainstorming ideas for their projects prior to the holiday recess. Once their topic was approved, each class reviewed the steps of the scientific method, discussing hypotheses and variables. They also learned to make charts and graphs using the data they collected.

Upon completion of their science projects, students were given an opportunity to demonstrate their work for classmates and teachers at the fair.




Connolly Students Create Simple Machines

Machines

Connolly third-graders in Lucretia Simone’s class utilized what they learned about simple machines to build their own unique devices. Using only materials found at their homes, they developed a  product with one or two simple machines. The class then displayed their inventions at an Inventor’s Museum on Jan. 19. Connolly students from all grades and their parents had an opportunity to see and hear presentations on each invention.


Students’ Artwork Selected for PARP Logo

Students’ Artwork Selected for PARP Logo
The beautiful artwork of Connolly School fifth-grader Natalia Monsale and Landing School fifth-grader Taylor Enrile were chosen as the official designs for the district’s Pick A Reading Partner program.
 
The students’ illustrations centered around this year’s PARP theme, “Peace, Love and Reading.” The artwork was featured on all of the PARP materials distributed throughout the district’s elementary buildings. PARP is a statewide PTA program that encourages parents to read with their children for at least 15 minutes daily.