Grand Olympics Brings School Spirit to New Heights
Students at Grand Avenue Middle School celebrated their annual spirit week from March 3-7 with a variety of events meant to cultivate a strong sense of school pride. Each day of the week ran under a different theme – encouraging students to dress accordingly – including Favorite Team Day on Monday, Mix-n-Match Day on Tuesday and School Color Day on Wednesday.
On March 6 and 7, seventh- and eighth-graders competed with their academic teams in the much-anticipated Grand Olympics. Donning their own team colors, the Rice-a-Ronies, A-Team, Rice-A-Maniacs and Dynamite participated in the seventh-grade competition, with teams Legacy, Discovery, Ice and Taco going head-to-head in the eighth-grade competition. Teams competed in relays such as the slip and slide, switch and balance, scoot and balloon pop, as well as hockey shot, football throw and three-point shot. Additionally, each team was asked to perform a team cheer from their bleacher seats, with cheers being judged on creativity and participation.
51 Students Entered in All-County Art Exhibition
Demonstrating the district’s commitment to a well-rounded education in academics, athletics and the arts, 51 Bellmore-Merrick students from Calhoun, Kennedy, Mepham, Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue have been entered into the Art Supervisors Association 10th annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition, which will take place on March 16 from 12-4 p.m. at the Ruth S. Harley University Center at Adelphi University in Garden City. Prior to the exhibition at 11 a.m., ASA will present scholarships to one outstanding senior from every member high school in a special ceremony. Additionally, one outstanding professional artist-educator will be recognized.
The exhibition, which is free of charge, will honor more than 1,200 students in kindergarten through 12th grade for demonstrating excellence in a range of two-dimensional mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, computer graphics and photography. Students, parents, art educators, administrators and community members are encouraged to attend.
In order to be considered for this exhibition, each art educator is limited to nominating three student entries. More than 400 art educators from 200 schools in 45 districts countywide submitted work to this prestigious exhibition.
The following Grand Avenue students were selected to participate:
February Citizens of the Month
Grand Avenue Middle School’s February Citizens of the Month are: Alexandra Fastlich, Sara Goldstein, Amanda LaRossa, Matthew Logozzo, Anthony Novello, Zoe Rossiter, Devon Schroeder and Kaylee Wurster.
Students are selected by their team teachers for this honor by displaying the tenets of the school’s CARES motto (compassionate, accountable, respectful, equitable and strong). Principal Carlo Conte explained it is not about being the best athlete or having the highest grade; Citizen of the Month is about “doing the little things when no one is watching.”
‘Into the Woods Jr.’ Coming to Grand Avenue
Students in the Drama Club at Grand Avenue Middle School will present “Into the Woods Jr.” on March 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students/children and $6 for adults, and they will be sold at the door. Senior citizens are invited to attend a free dress rehearsal on March 19 at 11 a.m.
“Into the Woods Jr.” is a unique take on some of the classic fairytales. The junior play is an abridged, middle school-level appropriate version of those same timeless stories. Dive into a world filled with favorite characters including Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, the Big, Bad Wolf and the rest of the fairytale creatures who inhabit the woods. For more information, call 516-992-1100.
Middle School Parent Letter Regarding State Assessments
This letter is being written to remind you that your child will soon be taking the New York State Assessment Exams in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The 7th and 8th grade ELA State Assessments will be administered Tuesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 3, 2014. Make-ups will be administered Friday, April 4 – Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
The 7th and 8th grade Mathematics Assessments will be administered Wednesday, April 30 – Friday, May 2, 2014. Make-ups will be administered Monday, May 5 – Wednesday, May 7, 2014. As explained previously, this does not include 8th grade students who are enrolled in Algebra. Both ELA and Math exams will be administered during periods 1 – 4.
The 8th grade New York State Science Performance Assessment will be administered in the latter part of May, and the written portion on Monday, June 2, 2014.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the test administrations, please feel free to contact your child’s guidance counselor or building Assistant Principal.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our schools.
for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment