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Second-Graders Prepare to Host Living Museum

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Forest Road Elementary School second-graders in Joanna Eckert’s class recently began a creative hands-on biography project in preparation for their living museum, which will take place once the projects are complete. The event will allow other classes, families and administrators to learn more about the historical individuals that the students have been studying through memorized speeches and handmade puppets.

Each student picked an influential figure and conducted research on their person’s accomplishments and obstacles. They then completed a graphic organizer with their findings, wrote a speech and created a puppet of their chosen person. 

Students picked figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Walt Disney. On Feb. 8, the students finished their speeches, which was a first person narrative biography, with the information that they obtained through reading and research. Ms. Eckert reviewed each student’s writing as they prepared to memorize their speeches.
The class also began working on their puppets with the help of Forest Road PTA member and parent Natalie Cange and STEAM aide Deborah Thomas. Using a paper bag, students were able to pick basic materials such as felt, cloth, buttons, foil and construction paper to create their puppet. Each student designed their puppet with symbols representing the person they are exploring. The class is looking forward to sharing their projects with the school community. 

Forest Road Filmmakers Put Creativity on Display

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Sixth-graders are turning into filmmakers at Forest Road Elementary School in preparation for the school’s first film festival this May. Students began working on their film projects in mid-January and are continuing to brainstorm, formulate a script, storyboard, film and edit their creations during the next few months in class.

The students had the option to pick a topic of interest for their film, with teacher approval. Using iPads, the sixth-graders are in the beginning stages of filming, acting and editing their projects using the program, iMovie. 

“I like the freedom that this project gives us,” said sixth-grader Sanai Roberts. “You get to pick what you want to focus on.”

Groups produced films on a variety of different topics, from a social studies lesson, to the school’s social-emotional learning theme of the month. Some of the students expressed how they enjoyed working on their own films and hoped that their peers will be inspired by what they create. 

“We hope that they learn something,” said sixth-grader Daniel Laurent. “And get a lot of laughs out of it,” added one of his film partners, Jovarly Rosemond. 

Daniel and Jovarly are working with their classmate, Bryce Douglas, on a film inspired by Robby Novak, also known as Kid President on YouTube. Their video titled, “Top 10 Things We Should Say More Often,” focuses on daily acts of kindness. The idea was sparked due to Jovarly resembling the popular YouTube star.  

The film project correlates with Valley Stream District 30’s theme of the year, You and MEdia, as students are strengthening their writing and organization skills while embracing the technical and creative aspects of filmmaking. Once the films are completed in May, the sixth grade teachers are planning on hosting the film festival for students, administrators, staff and loved ones to view the students’ hard work. 

Forest Road Students Give the Gift of a Good Night’s Rest

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Student council members at Forest Road School celebrated the season of giving by facilitating a school-wide pajama drive to support the Pajama Program’s Good Night Bill of Rights. The Pajama Program helps communities deliver a quality bedtime routine and a good night’s rest to those in need.
With the help of student council advisor Sonya Jackson, students collected children’s books and pajamas for four weeks and donated approximately 160 books and 15 sets of pajamas to the cause. The generous donations were given to families to ensure that all children feel safe at bedtime. The drive also aligned with the school’s December character trait of generosity. 

The Season of Giving at Forest Road School

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Connecting with the school’s December character trait of generosity, staff members at Forest Road School decided to give back this past holiday season with a Giving Tree project. Third-grade teacher Crystan Serra and school psychologist Sonya Jackson, implemented the project with the help of afternoon aide Carmen Sucich, to make the tree. The Giving Tree project allowed staff members from throughout the building to sponsor a family during the holiday season. Through their generosity, staff members donated gifts to six families from Forest Road School. They focused on each family as a whole, providing items such as toys, clothing, shoes, books and gift cards. 

Singing into the New Year

Singing into the New Year
During the district's recent Board of Education meeting, the community and board received a taste of Forest Road School’s winter concert as the school’s chorus, led by director Sarah Fernandez, performed two songs. The community and board also heard about district technology plans through Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Lewner and Administrative Director for 21st Century Learning Susan Rodriguez, and commended administrative assistant Annette Rosa-McDonald for her service as she embarks on retirement at the end of the 2018-19 school year. 

Through their technology presentation, Ms. Lewner and Ms. Rodriguez showcased how far the district has come with new tools, software and programs to enhance student success, professional development for staff and communication within the district. Among the many talking points was the recent expansion of technology into the physical education classes in all three buildings which has brought new physical fitness experiences to students. Ms. Lewner and Ms. Rodriguez also highlighted the 2019-20 technology focal points. This included a refresh cycle on student personal computers, an iPad and Chromebook refresh, continued support for the integration of technology, streaming and video recording for instruction and more.