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Field Day Awards at Landing

Field Day Awards at Landing

Landing School’s Field Day was held on May 22. During the event, this year’s New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Excellence in Physical Education awards were given to NaSean Barnes and Siena Scagliola. Exceptional-fitness physical education trophies were given to students Sarah Ayiku, Ziyauni Chandler, Kalia Edwards, Arden Jimenez, Marco Johnson, Joseph Leftwich, Kasey Miller, Miguel Rivera Flores, Jordan Robinson, Sebastian Sadowski, Rose Tursi and Leybis Villatoro. Joshua Kunzel and Mia Lupinksi were awarded the Courage Trophy, which is given to a student who demonstrates superior courage throughout the school year. In addition, Jr. NBA winners were celebrated, as was Kalia Edwards, who raised $1,200 – the most money in school history – during the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

Fitness plays a big role in the physical education program at Landing School. Students try to improve their fitness levels by participating in various activities throughout the academic school year. Students take baseline and summative fitness tests to document individual improvements. A number of students achieved 80 sit-ups on both their prefitness and postfitness tests for curl-ups. That is an incredible achievement. Congratulations to those students and to all those who achieved 80 curl-ups! 





Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting

Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
District students are enjoying a delicious, nutritious treat thanks to the Farm to School program funded by a grant from the NYS Dept of Agriculture.
 
According to district Child Nutrition Director Kim Coopersmith, the students’ first tasting was asparagus and the next will be spinach. 

“We will be bringing in different crops based on what’s in season over the next two years for the students to taste. Hopefully, these relationships we are building with the local farms will be a lasting relationship, and we hope to incorporate some of the favorites into our regular menus,” Coopersmith said.

At each school, students are taking part in conversations with Farm to School Coordinator Bhavani Jaroff about the taste of “green foods,” the nutritional value of asparagus, and are learning the plant is a perennial.

According to the National Farm to School Network, Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.

The voluntary taste test began at Landing School on May 28. It will continue to all district schools before wrapping up on June 4.
 

Sun and Fun at Landing Field Day

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The students were smiling and the sun was shining when Landing School held its annual Field Day celebration on May 22.

Organized by physical education teacher Karen Serani, students participated in a water balloon toss, a three-legged race, a variety of different relay events and more. Throughout the event, students were entertained by music and were excited to have representatives from the New York Islanders in attendance. The New York Islanders provided a bouncy house, an obstacle course and a hockey shot for the youngsters to enjoy. 

Ms. Serani expressed her gratitude to the New York Islanders organization, as well as the parents and volunteers who made the day one the students will never forget! 

 

Landing Students Learn the Importance of Memorial Day

Landing Students Learn the Importance of Memorial Day photo
Landing students in Ms. Courtney McCord’s AIS classes displayed their depth of knowledge mastery, while honoring our fallen veterans for the upcoming Memorial Day. Students in grade 3 read a fiction story about a boy visiting his grandmother for Memorial Day weekend and learning many exciting facts about the reason he had off from school for the holiday. The students shared the author's perspective on various pages of the text.

Students in grades 4-5 read a nonfiction text describing how and why Americans recognize Memorial Day as a national holiday. The students demonstrated various ELA skills including determining the main idea and supporting details of a text, connecting text and visuals, and comparing and contrasting organizational text structures.
 

Landing Students Showcase Their Study of Brazil

Landing Students Showcase Their Study of Brazil photo

Landing Elementary School third graders recently participated in the Communities Around the World Project. The students learned about Brazilian culture and the political, social and economic components that define Brazil, and were tasked with creating posters and carnival masks to showcase their learning.

The children read two articles from the National Geographic Ladders Social Studies series “Welcome to Brazil.” They worked collaboratively in their reading groups to stop and jot notes from “Into the Rain Forest” by David Holford and “Let’s Go to Carnival” by Hugh Westrup. Using the information they learned, they then constructed posters that included important facts, animals, celebrations, traditions and landmarks significant to Brazilian culture. They also designed carnival masks that were inspired by their learning. Finally, the children shared their projects with each other and watched a video about carnival celebrations around the world.  Students were able to compare and contrast the different celebrations and make a common connection to communities around the world. They learned that we may all come from different backgrounds and cultures, but we are all part of the same human race.

Thank you to all our third grade teachers, Mrs. Tenke and Ms. Oliveira, ICT teachers Ms. Conte and Mrs. Cornelis, and teaching assistants Ms. Gomez and Mrs. Glaviano, who prepared and planned this project, and the third grade students who participated in this activity.



Landing Students Use Technology to Create Reading Projects

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Students in Ms. Simeone’s fifth grade class at Landing Elementary School just finished reading “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz. The students used the program Storyboard on their Chromebooks to develop events utilizing descriptive details and event sequences. Students incorporated narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations. On May 3, the class presented their projects to Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel.
 

Landing Students Share Writing With Peers

Landing Students Share Writing With Peers photo
Fourth and fifth graders in Mrs. Mendrino’s and Ms. Harechmak’s classes at Landing School met to share their informational writing, as part of the Readers and Writers Workshop program. 

Fourth graders shared their finished projects on the American Revolution and then listened to the fifth graders present their e-books on westward expansion, which they created using Book Creator. All of the students were genuinely interested and focused on the presenter and showed tremendous respect for each other. In attendance during the writing share were Ms. Alexa Doeschner, interim principal of Landing, and Ms. Thomas, security personnel at Landing. Collaboration such as this is rewarding for all of the students because they can take pride in their work, while reinforcing the information they have learned.
 

Landing Students Raise Thousands for American Heart Association

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Landing Elementary School raised $11,003 during its Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, which took place during February in correlation with the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month.

Congratulations to Kalia Edwards, who raised $1,200 thanks to the generosity of her family and friends. Her accomplishment is the highest, all-time fundraising record for a single student at Landing Elementary School. In addition to Kalia, other top fundraisers were:

Nathan Rup: $600
Elianna Cavese: $400
Sal Totino: $375
Arden Jimenez: $350
David Jimenez: $350
Paige Jimenez: $350

Through the Jump Rope for Heart program, students secure donations to jump rope during their physical education class to raise awareness about heart health. There were 137 Landing students who participated in this fundraiser, as well as staff members Ms. Caminiti, Ms. LeDonne, Mrs. Martinovic, Mrs. Muzante, Mrs. Reynolds, Ms. Serani and Ms. Thomas. Every participant raising money received a lanyard and a “Heart Hero,” which was placed on a “Hearty Hero” team poster at school. 

Thanks to Mrs. Muzante and Mr. Grazioso, who helped distribute more than 200 prizes to the participating students. A special thanks to all of the Landing families who participated in this event and all those who donated. Each year we are thankful and appreciative of the incredible support throughout this fundraiser. 
 

Landing Student-Girl Scout Gives the Gift of Reading

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As part of her Girl Scout Bronze Award, Landing School fifth grader Stephania Martinez donated the book “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly to her fifth grade peers.  

Stephania has been a Girl Scout in Troop 1420 for the past five years. She loves to read and decided to share that love with others as part of her Bronze Award. During a recent lunch period, she explained her community service to fellow students.  

“I have been reading and teaching kids in day care centers, after-school clubs and schools because I love reading,” Stephania said. 

In addition to reading to younger students, Stephania has been holding a book drive to collect books for children in need and fundraised to purchase books for her fellow students.

“Please take good care of the book you’re receiving, and after you’re done, pass it along, share it with a friend or donate,” she said.

City of Glen Cove Councilwoman Marsha Silverman attended the event on behalf of Mayor Tim Tenke and commended Stephania for her good works. 

“We love to hear stories like this of great work being done around the community, promoting the love of reading and love of books and just doing all around good for each other,” Councilwoman Silverman said.