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200 Forest Avenue,

West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: 631-376-7300

Principal: Mrs. Gayle Manchisi

gmanchisi@wbschools.org

 

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Forest Avenue Mission Statement

At Forest Avenue, our mission is to celebrate our students’ uniqueness and appreciate each and every child for who he or she is in a safe and supportive environment.  In addition, our goal is to embrace all learning styles and maximize abilities to attain excellence, as we prepare our students  to become college and career ready.  Our mission involves educating them to be productive citizens in the world and succeeding in the 21st century as they continue to be lifelong learners.

 

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Announcements

Getting Creative with Outdoor Learning

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Throughout the district, teachers are taking learning outside the walls of the classroom and finding creative ways to teach their students outdoors in this new learning environment.

The social distancing requirements are changing the way teachers conduct lessons and they are adapting by finding new methods. Bringing lessons outdoors has made for more hands-on learning as well. At John F. Kennedy Elementary School, students went on a leaf hunt. First, they discussed playing the role of scientists as they looked for different kinds of leaves. The students investigated the leaves carefully and collected just a few of each type. They went back to the classroom and sorted the leaves by shape and category.

At South Bay Elementary School, students did a science walk outside to determine if things were warm. At Forest Avenue, students did a math lesson utilizing Math and Movement number line hopping mats. Math and Movement is a program that uses multi-sensory learning approaches to teach students skills to succeed in math. This year, the fourth grade students at Forest Avenue will be focusing on looking at the subject areas holistically. “Math and Movement are the beginning steps toward taking our students ‘outside’ traditional learning, providing them with choice, and fostering a sense of ownership and awareness in the different pathways we take as life-long learners,” the teachers said.

At Santapogue Elementary School, fifth graders recently went outdoors for a lesson based on the book “Mr. Peabody’s Apples.” They learned an important lesson: glitter is like gossip; once you say something, you can’t take it back. At Tooker Avenue Elementary, students in Mrs. Kozak’s and Mrs. Valdemira's class are learning about the parts of speech as part of their ELA curriculum. They were able to enjoy the fresh air as they went on a noun hunt. When they went back to the classroom, they separated the nouns into categories. As an extension activity, they went on to write stories using some of the nouns they found outside.

Senior High School and Junior High School students are socially distanced and enjoying the great outdoors in their language arts classes. It was a great way to stay safe, get some sunshine and feel inspired while writing their personal narratives.

District Plans Address Students’ SEL Needs

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Addressing students’ social-emotional needs is an area that was top of mind as the district reopened its doors in September. The district created an SEL committee that began working during the summer on a variety of topics.

“The social emotional committee was formed to address the needs of our students and to integrate student engagement, mental health and students/staff social responsibilities as part of classroom instruction,” said director of guidance Gina Curcio. Committee members were from central administration, guidance, building administrators and faculty.

A subcommittee was also formed to create the framework to support teachers and students. “We targeted transitioning students, such as incoming kindergartners, sixth and ninth graders,” Ms. Curcio said. “Additionally, we created a tier 1 intervention for all students in a teacher framework that consisted of SEL lesson plans that were age appropriate for all students K-12. Every teacher was trained on the framework, including warning signs, and how to report anything alarming. They were also given a tool kit with a variety of resources for all of their students.”

Reorientation was a focus, so students and staff could get reacclimated. The SEL committee focused on making students feeling safe and understanding what was going on around them. “Learning how to be academically successful is crucial to their success but they also need to learn how to deal with stress and what school expects from them,” she said. Teachers were trained to provide students with strategies to self-regulate and implementing structures that motivate them to learn.

The SEL committee created a teacher framework for the first two weeks of school. “The first two weeks were crucial to engaging and fostering social emotional wellbeing as well as administering academic assessments to obtain baseline data on how to develop the whole child,” Ms. Curcio said. The lesson plans were narrowed down into different themes: community, regulation, stress, resilience and empathy.

The framework for these lessons was then broken up into different tiers, depending on if students needed further intervention from members of the district’s mental health team.

Throughout the district’s schools, psychologists, social workers and counselors have been working on creating virtual interventions of their program. Sessions with students have been held via Google Meet or in person with safety precautions being followed. The first priority for counselors was scheduling students, and providing interventions for any concerns, Ms. Curcio added.

Pictured here are lessons from Kristen Scheriff, elementary guidance counselor. She has been implementing a live and remote guidance curriculum to her students. The pictures were from lessons she created and implemented on friendship so as to assist students with social relationships

Movement and Math Equals Success

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Students in Mrs. Shortall and Mrs. Saxer’s fourth grade STEM classes at Forest Avenue Elementary School in the West Babylon School District practiced multiples utilizing Math and Movement number line hopping mats. Math and Movement is a program that uses multi-sensory learning approaches to teach students skills to succeed in math.

Math and Movement is a kinesthetic multi-sensory approach to teaching math. This year, the fourth grade students at Forest Avenue Elementary School will be focusing on looking at the subject areas holistically. The students attend STEM class and humanities class with each of their teachers. They will be focusing on applying and connecting their learning to the world around them and focusing on becoming student advocates. “Math and Movement are the beginning steps toward taking our students ‘outside’ traditional learning, providing them with choice, and fostering a sense of ownership and awareness in the different pathways we take as life-long learners,” the teachers said.

Feeling Like Fall at Forest Avenue

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On Sept. 22, students in Mrs. Graziosa’s second grade class at Forest Avenue Elementary School officially welcomed in fall and the start of the autumn equinox. During their class with librarian Andrea Francisco, students discussed the lifecycle of a tree followed by a compare and contrast between summer and fall. The class used their five senses to identify their similarities and differences. They even pretended to grow like a tree and lose their leaves in the wind.

Forest Avenue Students Have Fun on Dinosaur Island

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Students at Forest Avenue Elementary School were recently transported to “dinosaur island” during their physical education class. The activity, according to physical education teacher Mr. Rayola, starts with students spread out in a circle as the “tourists.” Inside the middle of the circle is a hula hoop with the “dinosaur.” The objective is for the tourists to become the next dinosaur on dinosaur island but they can only move when the dinosaur isn’t making eye contact with them. If the dinosaur does make eye contact with a tourist who moves, they have to return to their original starting point. The activity keep students continuous moving while social distancing.   
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