Two Lynbrook Teams Earn Honorable Mention Awards

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Six fifth grade students from the Voyager Program were recently recognized as ExploraVision honorable mention winners in the 2019-2020 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition. Giovanna Cerino (West End) and Lauren Comegna (Waverly Park) were commended for their project entitled “Allergy Prevention Technology,” while Evan Cao (Marion Street), Sebastian Damiani (West End), Annie Murray (West End) and Delia Kirkpatrick (West End) were honored for their project, “Cancer Killer.” Receiving the honorable mention award places them among the top 10% of all ExploraVision projects submitted to the competition this year.

Open to students in grades K-12, the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition challenges students to test their science and technology skills by designing a technological device for the future. Under the guidance of Voyager teacher Corinne Teichman, five teams of Lynbrook Voyager students participated in the competition. The two teams that received honorable mention were selected for demonstrating innovative thinking in their exploration of science and its impact on technology and the future. 

Giovanna and Lauren's “Allergy Prevention Technology” project highlighted a medical device that could protect allergy sufferers affected by potential deadly reactions. Evan, Sebastian, Annie and Delia focused their research project on treatments to fight or kill cancer in an individual’s body. They created P.I.A. Nano Chemo, also known as the Cancer Killer. Unlike chemotherapy that not only kills cancer cells but also good cells, their treatment could cure cancer and help good cells stay healthy and strong during treatment.

The district congratulates the two teams on this outstanding achievement!

West End Students and Staff Continue to Connect

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Administrators and staff members across the district are embracing remote learning and are finding new ways to connect with students. Below are some examples of how staff members at West End Elementary School are building their relationships with students while schools are closed. 

PowerPoint

Mrs. Gaddy sent mail in the form of a PowerPoint to one of her students for their exceptional participation in reading. The PowerPoint featured two slides that looked like a postcard. Mrs. Gaddy praised her student by writing on the ‘postcard’ and by including an audio clip of her voice for a personal touch.

Ms. D’Amato has used PowerPoint to teach different writing strategies (with audio recording) such as how to write an introduction and body paragraph. Aside from PowerPoint, Ms. D’Amato has also created audio clips of her reading different articles for students to follow and has continued to provide helpful feedback on student writing.

Ms. Terzi helped her students who were struggling on educational platforms such as Math Kahoot by taking a screenshot of incorrect answers and creating a PowerPoint just for them to offer guidance on how to solve the problems.

Ms. Jaret has found PowerPoint useful to help not only students but their parents on the material. She has created PowerPoints for students to review different math problems that might be challenging. To further help her students, Ms. Jaret has also included audio in some of her PowerPoints so that she can read the problems aloud. 

Flipgrid
This video sharing platform helps students interact with their peers and their teachers. 

Mrs. Mahouski created Flipgrid videos of her reading. Here is a Flipgrid of her reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault: https://flipgrid.com/3d826a28

Principal Dr. Cindy Lee created a Flipgrid video for the entire student body to check in on how they are doing with their social and emotional health. If they reached out, Dr. Lee responded with a personal video. 

Ms. Bonacasa used Flipgrid to introduce poetry to her students. She posted a video of herself reading a poem and then posed some verbal questions for them to answer in their own Flipgrid videos. Ms. Bonacasa then replied with feedback either through another Flipgrid recording or through an email. To watch her Flipgrid, click here: https://flipgrid.com/5a69db0c 

Ms. Mattera has been recording videos of herself reading books on Flipgrid and sharing inspirational messages. In addition, she has reached out by phone to check in on her students.

YouTube
West End students are staying connected to their physical education teachers through YouTube videos. Here are a few that Mr. Brosokas and Mrs. Mrs. Marquardt have shared: 

Mr. Brosokas: 
https://youtu.be/XgnRKpOU7uQ
https://youtu.be/iL6exQDaaik
https://youtu.be/tJWJ_AIMM-o

Mrs. Marquardt: 
https://youtu.be/oUu1LTGaSm8
https://youtu.be/q6ns_5qaGRI
https://youtu.be/xTE7-vJwAHw