Foxy Socks at South Bay

Foxy Socks at South Bay
In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day on March 2, students in Mary-Ellen Paparella’s fourth-grade class at South Bay Elementary wore their “foxiest socks” and brought in their favorite Dr. Seuss book to read with a partner.


Literacy Around the World

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March is Pick a Reading Partner month at South Bay, and this year's theme is “Read Around the World.”

As part of this year’s PARP program, each K-5 class has received its own reading passport, filled with blank pages. The pages in the passport are “stamped” with colorful stars when any student in the class participates in “Passport with the Principal.” To participate, the students sign up for a time to read with Principal JoAnn Scott, who then stamps their passport. Each stamp earns extra mileage points for their whole class.

South Bay Student Selected for SCMEA

SCMEA
Fifth-grader Xiang Xi Lin from South Bay Elementary was chosen for the Suffolk County Music Educators’ All-County orchestra. Lin, along with other select musicians from Suffolk County, participated in the SCMEA Division I West Orchestra concert on March 12 at Hauppauge High School. He is pictured here with South Bay Elementary School instrumental music teacher Dominique Powers (left) and South Bay Elementary School Principal JoAnn Scott.

Tower of Hearts

Tower of Hearts

Students at South Bay Elementary School worked together in groups on a Valentine’s Day STEM activity to engineer a tower made of gummy hearts and toothpicks.



Go Red Day

Go Red Day
South Bay donated $429.50 to the American Heart Association as a result of the school’s Go Red Day on Feb. 3. This amount exceeds their highest donation raised by nearly $100. The effort was spearheaded by fourth-grade teacher Mary-Ellen Paparella, the South Bay Student Council and Nicole Torres.

Ringing in Chinese New Year

Ringing in Chinese New Year

Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay celebrated the Chinese New Year on Jan. 27. Students learned about the differences and similarities in the cultures and created dragons, lanterns and zodiac signs.



Structural Designs Hold Strong Against Big Bad Wolf

Structural Designs Hold Strong Against Big Bad Wolf

First-graders in Mr. Galletta’s class at South Bay were challenged with designing and creating a structure that could withstand the wrath of the Big Bad Wolf.

Students were tasked with creating structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows, strong enough to withstand the huff and puff of the Big Bad Wolf. They worked in teams and collaborated on how to design and build their structures.

Honoring Service

Thomas Duffy, South Bay head custodian, was selected as a recipient of SCOPE’s Support Staff Service Award. Individuals receiving this award were nominated by their school district for having provided outstanding service to the district. Mr. Duffy will be honored at SCOPE's 16th annual School District Awards Dinner on March 20.

Nonfiction Writers Showcase Their Work

Nonfiction Writers Showcase Their Work

Second-graders at South Bay recently concluded their nonfiction writing unit with a celebration of their learning. Students from different classes joined together to share, comment on and learn from each other’s work. The writing assignments included a wide range of topics from dinosaurs to fire engines to penguins.

The second-grade students utilized the document camera and interactive whiteboard to showcase nonfiction text features in their writing, such as bold words, diagrams and glossaries.

Writers on Display

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The writing of 58 South Bay fifth-graders on the topic of Westward Expansion is currently on display at the West Babylon Public Library.

Connecting Lessons with Cultural Activities

Connecting Lessons with Cultural Activities

Tying into the third-grade social studies curriculum on China and in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, students at South Bay tried their hands in Chinese writing and crafts on Jan. 26.

Maggie Chen from the Little Chinese Dragon School visited South Bay and taught students about the origin of Chinese writing and its characters. Ms. Chen spoke with students about the similarities and differences between Chinese and American culture. One difference is how characters (not letters) are used to represent a word or idea.

Using their brushes and inkpads, students learned to artfully write their good wishes for the New Year using Chinese calligraphy and completed a paper cutting activity which the Chinese hang outside for New Year blessings.

Spreading Messages of Positivity

Spreading Messages of Positivity

In recognition of No Name Calling Week from Jan. 16-20, members of student council at South Bay spearheaded an initiative to spread positive messages throughout the building. The students created and displayed inspirational messages around the school to remind everyone about the importance of using kind words, and the damage that can be done to a person’s feelings when words are used carelessly.





Challenged to Learn

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Fifth-graders in Kelly DeCarlo’s class at South Bay recently had to use their social studies knowledge to solve a break out challenge on Jan. 23.  
As part of their social studies curriculum on westward expansion, the students used facts they learned in class to unlock the breakout gaming box.
Working in groups, the students used critical thinking, collaboration and creativity to try to solve the clues and unlock the box. In a breakout, students must decipher clues to discover how to open locks, and use hidden contraptions, timers, keys and other “diversion hardware” to solve the challenge.

Mrs. DeCarlo's Class Aztec and Mayan Reports

Mrs. DeCarlo's fifth grade class at South Bay School presenting their reports about Aztec and Mayan Civilizations.