Finally got to Washington DC for the first time in my life. Most memorable was the 9-11 Pentagon memorial, Viet Nam War memorial and back in NY, the WTC 9-11 memorial. Made it an educational summer filled with experiences to share with students and staff members and others.
I took a district Smart-Board class so I could learn how to use my brand-new board. I also developed Science Rules for Writing in a district class to help support the Common Core. Finally, I helped create two new science preassessments to be used as a baseline for student growth under the new APPR guidelines.
Over the summer I took a SMART Board Certification Training course to become a certified SMART teacher. This course provided me with the necessary tools to further integrate technology into my daily lessons. My learned skills will definitely enhance my classroom instruction!!!
I took a course on Jr. Great Books which is a program our district endorses. It will be intertwined within my ELAINE curriculum to enhance my instruction. I also took a course be become more familiar with Smartboards and how they can enrich my students in all curriculum areas.
I worked our (HHH) Adapted Physical Education program as well as took PDP's such as CPI training etc..
Started the summer with a great five day STEM Digital workshop at UMass Amherst. The focus was on using Advanced Digital Imaging to analyze things such as the amount of arsenic in soil or rice and just about anything that has color. Great application for the science classroom. Also, Namrata Dixit and I were chosen [...]
The HHH SEPTA hosted its 2nd Annual Night of The Shining Stars Gala to support its scholarship fund given to IEP and 504 students on April 8th. The HHH Education community was spotlighted and thanked for their impact on ALL of our district’s children. Steve Muraco and Mrs. Lori Levine were recognized for their [...]
Attending the English as a New Language Lesson Writing Grant provided by NYSUT was a truly rewarding and meaningful experience. Meeting teachers, not only in my field of ENL, but across the subject areas who were willing to share their expertise, provided a positive experience for all who attended. Our facilitator Betsy Weinman, an ENL [...]
With new academic standards ratcheting up literacy expectations, many teachers are looking for ways to engage students more deeply in writing and reading assignments. Lauren Leigh Kelly, an English teacher at Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills, N.Y., and an adjunct English instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, has found that incorporating [...]
Half Hollow Hills HS West educator, Linda Davidson, was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT Excite Award. This award is given annually to a select group of educators across the country who have applied to receive a Lemelson- MIT InvenTeam grant for the following school year and have been selected as a finalist. Award recipients participate in [...]