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Educators Become Students at Connolly School

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Connolly School teachers took part in professional development with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff developer Amanda Denmore on April 23. 

Glen Cove educators have been receiving ongoing training in the program, which is new to the district this year. According to Connolly School Principal Julie Mullan, Ms. Denmore shares teaching strategies and best practices with the educators in narrative writing, research-based writing and other topics. In their most recent session, teachers went over on-demand quick assessments. The teachers were tasked with producing a writing sample based on a specific prompt in an allotted time. Ms. Denmore modeled the assignment for the teachers, discussed the theory behind it and described what the lesson should look like in the classroom. 

As for the students, Mrs. Mullan said the new curriculum has excited students and sparked a deeper love for writing.  

Connolly K-Kids Raise Money for Autism Speaks

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The Connolly School K-Kids held an autism awareness event to begin the month of April. Students and teachers were encouraged to “Light it up Blue.” Assisted by special education teacher Kathleen Madigan, the K-Kids encouraged the student body to wear blue and purchase blue bracelets to promote awareness and acceptance of students with autism. Teachers got in the act as well, purchasing T-shirts, which they will wear each Tuesday throughout the month. The Connolly family of students, teachers and staff helped the K-Kids raise $305 dollars to donate to the organization Autism Speaks.

Connolly Lights It Up Blue

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Connolly teachers will be wearing autism awareness T-shirts throughout the month of April to raise awareness of the disorder. Each donated $10 for the T-shirts to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support. 

Connolly Students Collect Pennies for a Good Cause

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Connolly students supported Pennies for Patients throughout the month of March to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In all, they raised $327 to help children suffering from leukemia and lymphoma. Those who participated received a small collection box and saved as much as they could in a week’s time.

Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13