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Setauket Students Perform ‘Peter Pan’

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Fifth and sixth graders at Setauket Elementary School stepped on stage for a wonderful performance of “Peter Pan.” The musical brought the audience to Neverland where the student-actors embraced adventure and let imaginations wander.

The cast put on a total of four performances in front of live audiences made up of their peers, friends and family.

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Date Added: 1/26/2023

Sixth Grade Animators Create Films

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Sixth graders at Setauket Elementary School are learning about animation through a hands-on project. Ms. Michele Muzzonigro recently introduced the art of stop motion animation to her students.

Students worked in small groups to create sets and 3D characters for their own stop motion films. They learned the techniques of pointing and shooting before using iPads to begin filming. Once filming is complete, students will be able to edit their films and add in elements including a title sequence, audio and special effects. This is the first time iPads have been introduced at the elementary art level.

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Date Added: 1/25/2023

Teachers Honored by Regional Organization

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The Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recognized two Three Village Central School District staff members as teachers of the year at a recent conference. Congratulations to Jeanne LaLima who was named the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and to Kerry Diana, named the Elementary Health Teacher of the Year.

“Both Ms. LaLima and Ms. Diana are dedicated, motivated and extraordinary teachers who go above and beyond for our students, department and district,” said Kevin Finnerty, Three Village executive director of health, physical education, recreation and athletics.

During the award ceremony, Ms. LaLima and Ms. Diana were supported by their fellow colleagues and administrators from Nassakeag and Minnesauke elementary schools. The district congratulates Ms. LaLima and Ms. Diana for their outstanding work as educators in the health and physical education field.

Date Added: 1/25/2023

Celebrating Lunar New Year

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Across the district, students and staff celebrated Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit through events, activities and schoolwide displays.

Nassakeag Elementary School held a parade led by Mr. Prinzo’s sixth grade class. Students created a large dragon puppet that they carried through the halls. In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes good luck, strength and health. The sixth graders marched along to the beat of drums and gongs, which are traditional instruments in Chinese New Year celebrations. After the parade, classes held their own festivities where families were invited to help students make crafts. One class created rabbit puppets and wore red, a color to represent prosperity.

Mrs. Kane’s kindergarten class at W.S. Mount Elementary School learned about Lunar New Year traditions. Students learned about the meaning of the color red and what the Year of the Rabbit symbolizes. They created a display for the school’s main hallway that reads “Gung Hey Fat Choy,” wishing everyone happiness and prosperity. Additionally, the kindergartners made smaller signs that say, “Xin Nian Kuai Le,” or “Happy New Year,” as well as paper lanterns. The class dedicated the display to Hui Jing Eggleston.

Arrowhead Elementary School students learned about Lunar New Year through the morning announcements. Two fifth graders, Olivia and Vivian, celebrate the holiday and wrote an essay about its meaning and traditions. They read their essay aloud to the entire building.

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Date Added: 1/24/2023

The Great Kindness Challenge Kicks Off

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Elementary schools across the district held events to kick off The Great Kindness Challenge on Jan. 20. The Great Kindness Challenge is a worldwide campaign to promote kindness in schools in order to create a culture of caring, positivity and respect. This year, it runs from Jan. 23-27 and the theme is “grow kindness.”

It marks the fifth year Minnesauke Elementary School is participating in the week. Students gathered in the building’s auditorium for a kickoff assembly where they were introduced to a checklist of kind acts that they can participate in. Throughout the week, there will be schoolwide events including creating a kindness paper chain and a Coins for Cancer fundraiser, which donates money to local families.

Arrowhead Elementary School also held a kickoff assembly. Students participated in a singalong and happy dance with their teachers on stage. Throughout the week, students will be able to participate in kindness stations in the cafeteria where they can write kind notes and fill a mitten tree with acts of kindness.

It’s the first year W.S. Mount Elementary School is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge. Similar to the other buildings, Mount Elementary School will be hosting a spirit week where students and staff will dress up in different themes to promote unity. Additionally, the building is conducting a “Pack the Pantry” event and collecting donations for its food pantry.

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Date Added: 1/23/2023