Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake Board of Education Meeting was held on Wed., Mar. 13. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Cohen and Board of Education President Susan Selser welcomed the crowd and began with the approval of the minutes from the February business meeting.
G.L. Elementary School: New Recess Options
Principal Dianne Connolly presented updates on recent happenings at the Greenwood Lake Elementary school.
The second Exploration Day was held with all students choosing topics of interest.
New recess options at the school have been instituted. Students in third grade have three options: choose to participate in traditional recess; go to the library for creative Makerspace or independent reading activities; or go to the music room to practice playing their recorders. These options are available every day for third graders.
Students in kindergarten through second grade have the option of recess or Makerspace once during the four-day cycle currently, but this will increase in the future. Principal Connolly stated that these offerings are a big hit.
A celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s Annual Read Across America event was held on Fri., Mar. 8. The entire school participated in D.E.A.R. time (Drop Everything and Read for sheer pleasure).
During a Superintendent Conference Day, several teachers led various courses for their peers.
Connolly said, “We thank the Board of Education and the community at large for recognizing the importance and supporting the inclusion of such days into the school year calendar.”
G.L. Middle School: 6th Grade Parent Meeting
Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick provided updates on activities at the G.L. Middle School.
A parent meeting was hosted earlier in the evening. The meeting was for current sixth grade parents to discuss programming for seventh grade. Some of the topics discussed included: honors classes, athletics and National Junior Honor Society. Principal Golubchick was delighted to have approximately 25 sixth grade families in attendance.
Principal Golubchick also reported that the District has joined the Orange County Green Star Schools program. The first weigh-in of the school’s trash will take place on Thurs., Mar. 14. Members of the Ecology elective have already been weighing the trash from the lunchroom in order to begin graphing the data.
Band members in grades six through eight will take a field trip to Lincoln Center in New York City on Fri., Mar. 22. Chorus members in grades six through eight will take a trip to Albany on Tues., Mar. 26.
PTSA President Melissa Apuzzo provided the following updates:
- The monthly meeting has been moved to Wed., Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Elementary School.
- Box Tops: Keep clipping! The PTSA is initiating a contest for kindergarten through eighth grade. Please send box tops to your student’s homeroom teacher. The one class from each school with the most tops by Mon., Jun. 3 will win an ice cream party.
- The Scholastic Book Fair will be held at the Middle School the week of Mar. 18 with a family event on Wed., Mar. 20. The Elementary School will hold their fair the following week with a family event on Wed., Mar. 27.
- Class Act: Xtreme Team, a trampoline acrobatic slam dunk show will take place on Fri., Apr. 5. Doors will open at 5:15 pm with the show beginning in at 6 p.m. There will be food, snacks, drinks, and spirit wear items for sale. Tickets are $10 for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and $15 for all others.
A Board of Education Workshop with the Superintendent’s Budget Presentation and Recommendations will be held on Wed., Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd., Greenwood Lake.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wed., Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd., Greenwood Lake.