The March 12th Education Committee Meeting Changed to March 18th
The March 12 Education Committee Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 at 10 AM has been changed to: TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014 AT 11 AM in the Board Room at James A. Dever School.
Howell Road School Celebrates Chinese New Year
Kindergarten students at Howell Road School celebrated Chinese New Year on Feb.7th, dressing in red and marching in a grand parade around the school.
During the event, the students learned the concept of tradition, and that different groups of people celebrate holidays unique to them. The students decorated the school hallways with signs that read “Gung hay fat choy,” which translates to “Best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good new year.” They also sang songs in celebration of the holiday season and paraded around the school with a traditional paper “dragon,” a popular symbol of Chinese New Year that represents strength, goodness and good luck. The event culminated a week of learning in which students were taught several of the traditions of Chinese New Year, including the handing down of beliefs, legends and customs from generation to generation. Students learn about the twelve animals on the Chinese Zodiac calendar. This year they celebrated the year of the Horse.
Parents Attend Common Core Math Workshop
In the latest in a series of workshops, designed to educate parents about the New York State Common Core Learning Standards, the district hosted a evening workshop entitled Helping Your Child with Math: A Program for Parents and Guardians of Children in Grades Three, Four and Five.
The workshop was well attended as parents throughout the district gathered at Howell Road School to learn more about the math curriculum in grades three, four and five. Teachers Matthew Constantino, Corinne Cortes, Danielle Dodge, Cathy Ricchiuti and Kelly Wilcha conducted the workshops.
Students Create Valentine’s Day Greetings for Veterans
James A. Dever Elementary School students in Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen created heartfelt Valentine’s Day greetings for the armed forces veterans who served our country. “It’s our way of showing our gratitude to the people who defended our freedoms so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have,” said James A. Dever Elementary School principal Darren Gruen. Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen schools have a long tradition of creating these Valentine’s for Veterans greetings.
The Valentine’s greetings were handed over to Town of Hempstead Councilmen Edward A. Ambrosino and James Darcy for delivery to the veterans around Feb. 14. Ambrosino’s daughter Clara is a fifth-grade student at Dever. Two representatives from each class assembled in the lobby of the school to deliver the greetings to the councilmen.