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Moving Up and Graduation Photos
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, July 1, 2019, 4:39 PM

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Greenvale Moving Up Ceremony:

Greenvale fifth-graders reached a milestone Wednesday Night as they moved up to Eastchester Middle School.

The students stood proudly on stage and received their certificates, the tangible sign that they are starting a new chapter in their lives.

Principal Darrel Stinchcomb, who started at Greenvale when the children were second-graders, choked up as he spoke about the transition he has observed this year. “You had grown up and now you were no longer the babies in the building, but had actually become the old folks. You were preparing to leave me.”

Students also reminisced about their elementary school years and recited a poem that hi-lighted events and memories.

School Superintendent Dr. Walter Moran congratulated the fifth-graders and thanked their families for their encouragement, love and support. He told them Greenvale provided them with a strong foundation for the years ahead at Eastchester Middle School.

At the end of the ceremony, the fifth-graders walked off the stage to applause and cheers.

Anne Hutchinson Moving Up Ceremony:

Fifth-graders remembered Anne Hutchinson as a kind place where their teachers helped them and where they made friends.

The students recalled these sentiments during their Moving Up Ceremony on June 21, where they shared memories and ...

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Tools for Life's Challenges
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, June 20, 2019, 1:52 PM

All students in Eastchester Middle School receive a social and emotional curriculum taught by Guidance Counselor Kristin Spillane called TLC, Tools for Life's Challenges, where they learn a variety of topics about mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, kindness and civility.

After each month's lesson, students have the opportunity to complete an optional enrichment assignment related to the month's lesson. Those who completed and submitted every month's assignment for the year won the TLC award.  

“The TLC curriculum is very skill based, and much of what is taught can be generalized and immediately put to use throughout a student's school day or at home,” said Spillane. “I tell the students that the purpose of TLC lessons is to help you live a happier life.” Spillane explained the benefits of practicing these skills directly leads to increased performance, better quality communication and relationships, more of an ability to self-regulate and, in turn, more happiness.

The TLC enrichment assignments ask students to put what they learned into real-life situations and reflect upon what they noticed. “I really believe that this content will contribute to raising the emotional IQ of students, and middle school is an essential time for this learning!” she said.

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Author Shares Insights
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, June 20, 2019, 1:49 PM

The author speaking to the classAuthor Peter Lourie returned to the Eastchester School District on June 11 to share his experiences and expertise with young writers.

During an assembly, Lourie met with the entire student body at Anne Hutchinson and then he worked with individual fifth-grade classes. He provided the children with writing tips to connect with readers and said at this age, they are ripe to learn better writing techniques.

Class attentively listening“I try to give them opportunities to explore, to make mistakes and to find order.”

Students looked at a picture and observed its details as they wrote a description. The author also played a tape recording of his travels in the Amazon to demonstrate how sound helps a writer remember details.

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Landmark Museum
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, June 20, 2019, 1:48 PM

Student with model of landmarkGreenvale students in Regina Dillulio’s class explored the culture, geography and landmarks of different countries and used what they learned to create a Landmark Museum.

They displayed the 3D structures to the community on June 11 and explained what they discovered.

Two students with models of landmarks“I wanted to see how the snow melts down the mountains,” said student Leah Lipman who created the Andes Mountains.

Standing next to her was Owen Deades, who took classmates to Argentina with Tren a Las Nubes – The Train to the Clouds. He said he wanted to find out more about the country where his uncle was born.

The students researched the projects, created a Google slide show and sampled foods from different regions before they created the museum. They utilized technology and math and improved their public speaking skills.

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Anne Hutch Science Fair
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, June 20, 2019, 1:47 PM

Student displaying Science ProjectHave you ever wondered why things happen?

Fifth-graders from Anne Hutchinson put their curiosity to the test as they completed their science fair projects this week.

Science FairThe students chose a variety of topics that included music and your heart rate, the impact of video games and stress and how the mass of a bat affects a baseball. They also asked questions. Does the temperature of water make a plant grow better? What does soda do to your teeth? They studied the themes using the scientific method where they observed, explored and experimented with the world around them.

Gianna Simonette wanted to find out which fruit molds faster. She placed fruit in a refrigerator for two weeks and her hypothesis was correct – the berries perished more quickly than others.

The fifth-graders said they enjoyed presenting their research to the younger students who might have similar questions and to the parents who visited Anne Hutchinson on June 13.

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Greenvale Fourth and Fifth Grade Awards
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, June 20, 2019, 1:46 PM

Two students with awardsAs the school year winds down we take this time to recognize our students who have met and exceeded their personal best in service, scholarship, sportsmanship and performance.

Greenvale Principal Darrel Stinchcomb presented awards to fourth and fifth-graders today for their achievements.

Moere students with awardsAmong the honors presented were the Presidential Award for Excellence, the Presidential Award for Achievement, NYS Attorney General Triple “C” Award for Character, Courage, and Commitment.

Students received music awards for their participation in the school chorus, the New York State Music Association and the All County Music Festival. The Student Council members and Safety Patrol volunteers also received certificates.

The following Graduation Awards were presented to fifth-graders who will attend their moving up ceremony this evening.

John A. Huneke Memorial Award: Valentino Marini; Harold J. Dunn Sportsmanship Award: Ciara Kelly and Aiden LaSalle; Jill Nowak Memorial Award: Anabelle Sheahan; Gabriel J. Rescigno Memorial Award: Erika Lunenfeld, Frances Siciliano Memorial Award: Alexander Poulos and the Frances K. Foster Memorial Award: Brian LaMons.

Congratulations to all the award recipients!

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Westward Expansion
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, June 17, 2019, 9:18 AM

Working on projectWestward Expansion marked an important time in our country’s history and Greenvale fifth-graders explored the topic on June 5 during their Westward Expansion Day.

Colonial dressThe students reenacted the experiences they learned about in their social studies, science and ELA classes as they participated in different activities.

Some of the students dressed in period costumes as they made pomanders from oranges and spices and turned corn husks into dolls. The children learned about music from the 1800’s and discovered how dances allowed the settlers to leave the fields and spend time with others.

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Advanced Science Research Symposium
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, June 17, 2019, 9:17 AM

Parents admiring student workEastchester High School students enrolled in the Advanced Science Research Program presented their work to the community on June 4 during the Advanced Science Research Symposium.

The ASR program allows students to choose a topic of their interest and then become experts through research. The students learn the vocabulary associated with the project, search for information, study current research and contact a mentor as they prepare to present their findings during competitions.

Dr. MoranSome of the projects this year included: The Relationship between the Risk of Mental Illness, Familial Relationship, and Perfection in High-Achieving High School Students; A Comprehensive Comparison of Galaxy Morphology and Star Formation; The Effect of Calcium on the Self-Healing Properties of Concrete; Survival Time Analysis Based on Size: Canines with Cancer.

42 freshman will join the program next year and will work with ASR Coordinator Christian Gorycki.

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Jazz Co.
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, June 10, 2019, 10:28 AM

Jazz Co!Our youngest Jazz Co. dancers from Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale lit up the stage on May 16 performing for their families.

Director Stephanie Leone coordinates the after school program that provides a foundation for dance and high school instructors teach routines with the assistance of supervisors. The dancers learn basic choreography and movement that evolve into the routines executed on stage.

Jazz co performersFor some children, this is their first experience with dance. “It’s amazing to watch the dancers’ evolution from February through May as well as from fourth grade through high school. The true beauty of the program occurs when the students become the teachers and the high school dancers return to choreograph and teach the middle school numbers,” said Leone.

Many of the dancers continue in Jazz Co. through Eastchester Middle School and Eastchester High School and they describe the experience as belonging to a second family.

DancingOn May 21, the EMS Jazz Co. company performed for their classmates during a school assembly and then presented their show to family and friends in the evening.

The performances would not be possible without the support of the Eighth Grade & Boys Supervisor - Stacy Monteiro, Seventh Grade Supervisor - Samantha Kearns, Sixth Grade Supervisor - Mary Kate Martucci, Anne Hutchison and Greenvale Supervisor - Mary Kate Martucci, and Support Staff - Alyssa Massi and Kaitlyn Anderse

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Social Skills Ceremony
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 12:33 PM

Social Skills CeremonyWhen Jayanth Das searched for a school for her son Rohan, she wanted a nurturing environment. The Eastchester mother discovered that at Greenvale in the Social Skills Program.

Students posing“It was not easy in the beginning but his peer mentor helped. He was able to play at recess and his peer mentors opened up another social environment.” Four years later, Rohan is ready to move up to Eastchester Middle School.

It was a bittersweet moment for Das and other families on May 31, when their children received certificates at Greenvale’s Social Skills Ceremony. Throughout the school year, children are paired with   peer mentors and enjoy free time on the playground or inside during inclement weather.

More studentsMatthew McDonough said one of the games showed him how to understand emotions. “This has taught me lessons that I will take through my entire life.”

“I enjoy playing with people and getting to know their unique personalities,” remarked Samantha Messina.

Other students spelled out the word ‘Friend’ with pictures they painted and explained what makes a good friend.

Colette Donato and Jessica Stern are the Directors of the Social Skills Program at Greenvale.

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