Shore Road School

Grades 5 - 6

Principal:  Ms. Patrice Matthews
School Secretary: Mrs. Nancy Sosnowski

2801 Shore Road

Bellmore, NY 11710










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Bellmore Students Utilize the Scientific Method

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Fifth grade students demonstrated their sharpened science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics skills in addition to their ability to apply the scientific method during Shore Road’s annual fifth grade science fair held on Jan. 14.    
In accordance with the scientific method, the students identified a problem, formulated a hypothesis and developed a method to facilitate their experiment. After the experiments were conducted, the students collected data to document their results, analyzed their findings and drew academically sound conclusions. 
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Joanne Dacek noted that in addition to using the scientific method, students employed the district’s core values and leadership principles to complete their experiments. “The students demonstrated leadership in science through working together, picturing the end in mind and putting first things first to see their experiments to completion,” Dr. Dacek said.
Principal Patrice Matthews was excited about the diverse experiments, which clearly demonstrated hard work and determination. “The science fair ties into the ideals of inquiry-based learning and provides personal leadership opportunities for all of the participants,” she said. “These are important skills for lifelong learning.”

Paper Chain Challenge

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Shore Road students lined the fifth grade wing to tape their multicolored construction paper chains to the floor, testing to see whose was the longest. The activity was the culmination of an engineering design unit to see which team can design and create the longest chain out of construction paper and 12 inches of masking tape.

Teacher Jody Leibowitz explained that through the new state science standards, students have been concentrating on engineering design. Working in teams, the students were provided the same materials. In the end, however, the length and width of the links were the determining factors in the resulting length of each chain.

After the students measured their chains and a winner was determined, the students were instructed to explain their design strategy and the changes they would make to their overall designs. The students collectively agreed that thinner strips for the links would result in longer chains.

An Hour of Code

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Throughout the District, Shore Road, Winthrop Avenue and Reinhard students participated in an hour of coding on Dec. 10 with technology teacher Lauren McHale.

The Hour of Code is an annual, worldwide event that coincides with Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 9–15 and was initially started as a movement to demystify computer science and to introduce and strengthen coding skills throughout the world.
During the activity, students logged onto and chose from variety of coding opportunities to utilize their coding skills learned during computer coding lessons already taught in class.

Shoebox Memoirs

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Nicole Osterhoudt’s fifth grade class at Shore Road collected their memories of the holidays and special family traditions in a shoebox and presented them to loved ones during an interdisciplinary activity called Shoebox Memoirs.

The students have been studying memoir writing in their English language arts lessons and, prior to winter break, were instructed to recall a favorite holiday memory or tradition. After their writing was edited several times and perfected, they placed their memoirs in a shoebox and wrapped it in paper to take home as a gift. Some of the students took extra steps to decorate the shoebox with symbols and drawings in order to make the gift more festive.

Synergy and Teamwork the Ingredients in Holiday Concerts

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Prior to the winter break, students at Bellmore’s Winthrop Avenue School and the Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center entertained their families, faculty and peers during concerts to celebrate the impending holiday season.

Under the direction of Maria Martucci, Winthrop Avenue School third graders sang their favorite holiday tunes including “Bring on the Snow,” “Santa Claus Rocks,” “Hanukkah-Shalom,” “There is Peace,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” At the conclusion of the program and under the baton of Erica Glikos, third grade orchestra and recorder club students took the stage to play “Jingle Bells,” asking those in the audience to sing along.
Under the direction of Randi Andersen and with expert choreography by Mallory Aronoff, individual first grade classes sang a special holiday tune. Ms. Andersen remarked prior to the performances that synergy and teamwork were essential for success. Lining up on the auditorium stage, Angela Coogan’s class sang “It’s a Snow Day,” followed by David Reilly’s class singing “Santa’s Coming” and Dawn McCardell’s class performing “The Lights.” Cathy Schriver’s students followed with a performance of “Must Be Santa,” while Laura Siniski’s class sang “Hanukkah Medley.” The concert concluded with Katelynn King’s class singing “Snow Music.”
Principal Patricia Castine explained that the first graders worked all of December to learn to be leaders on the stage and in music. “This performance gave the students the confidence to do other things as well,” Ms. Castine said.