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Spring Music

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Students in Mrs. Fitzgerald’s second grade class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School were playing xylophones and triangles to the song “Everything Spring,” led by music teacher Laura Bracco.

Tooker Celebrates is Rock Star Readers

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Click here to see the video from this year’s PARP initiative.

Tooker Students Get Slimy During Dr. Seuss Lesson

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Students in Mrs. Mele-Bova's class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School recently created oobleck as part of their lesson on Dr. Seuss after reading “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” The students followed step by step directions to create their own slimy concoctions. 

Music In Our Schools Month

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Young Engineers at Tooker Avenue

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The enrichment club at Tooker Avenue Elementary School recently completed a bridge-building activity. The students were tasked with designing bridges that were not only strong but aesthetically pleasing. The students tried different techniques to see how their bridges could hold the most weight. They learned to think like engineers and the activity gave them insight into different career options.  

Tooker Teachers, Students Join the Fight

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When the Junior High School hosted its St. Baldrick’s event on March 1, Tooker Avenue Elementary School decided to join forces with the Bald Eagles of West Babylon. The West Babylon community raised more than $47,000 for the cause, and Tooker contributed more than $9,000. Several teachers and students braved the shave including Principal Charles Germano.



Tooker’s Reading Rockstars

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Students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School showed they really rock when it comes to reading during the school’s Pick a Reading Partner initiative held March 4-15. Sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, this year’s theme was “Reading Rockstars.”

The “Battle of the Bands” celebration began with each class represented by the name of a different rock band. Students earned points for their bands by reading a certain number of minutes outside of school during the two-week program. Each evening, the students recorded how many minutes they spent reading. For every 30 minutes, the students earned 10 points toward their class total. 

Students also had the chance to earn bonus points by completing the “high notes” activity sheet. Some of the 3-point bonus activities included reading a recipe and cooking with someone, building a fort and reading in it, reading about their favorite music star, reading with a friend or neighbor, reading with someone on the phone or FaceTime, reading the lyrics from their favorite song and reading as a family.

“The goal of PARP is to really get the parents, PTA and community involved,” said Barbara Kalinowski, Tooker kindergarten teacher who worked with the PTA on this year’s event. “Reading is fun, and we wanted to show our students just how fun it could be.” 

Throughout the two-week period, different PARP events were scheduled for each day. Some of the activities included Buddy Reading Day, Flashlight Friday, Music Idol Day, Mystery Reader Day, Pajama Day and Read a Shirt Day. The book fair also took place during the day and evening to further encourage reading. On the final day of PARP, the school gathered together for a rock-and-roll Mother Goose assembly. Each student who participated was also gifted a pair of headphones, courtesy of the PTA. 
 
 

Tooker Celebrates Music in Our Schools

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As part of their Music in Our Schools month celebration, first-graders in Laura Fitzgerald’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School learned about the months of the year, brainstormed special events/holidays for each one and then sang the “Months of the Year” song during their music class with teacher Mrs. Bracco. 

Presidential Research at Tooker Avenue

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Students in Cristina Carbonaro’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School worked hard during the February break to complete President’s Day reports. Each student chose a president they were interested in, researched and wrote reports on their president and presented it to their classmates. 

VIDEO: STEM Night

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Watch West Babylon students gets hands-on during STEM Night last month. Click here to see the video.

 

Polar Dioramas

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First grade students at Tooker Avenue completed their nonfiction units of study by researching and reporting on an arctic animal and creating a diorama of its habitat.
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