The Sixth Grade History Alteration Projects are due on Tuesday, November 10.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 AM
I am proud to announce that we made the district web site this week. Quite a few photos from some of our STEM Projects were shared on-line with the entire district community. Nice job kids!
Gifted and Talented - "Legal Issues"
No we haven't been sued, but we have been discussing some very interesting court cases over the last few weeks. Some of them include a Little League coach who sued one of his players, a pro-football cheerleading squad who fought for higher salaries and a pastor who sued a restaurant chain in Missouri that is famous for throwing rolls to its customers. She is seeking damages for an eye injury incurred by a wayward toss. We spoke directly with a representative of the restaurant and the law firm representing the injured party about the case.
I would like to remind my Fifth Grade Students that their Bridges projects and presentations are due this Thursday - February 11. Remember to rehearse your presentation before taking the stage.
I hope that the Super Bowl is exciting and that the team you are rooting for plays a great game. (I am writing this well before the initial kick-off.)
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:00 AM
By now most of the children in all of my classes have selected their Independent Study topics. Work on these projects can begin at any time. It is a good idea to start your projects by gathering source materials and designing a survey. These projects are be due towards the end of the school year, and other projects will be assigned along the way - but if you and your child want to get a head start - now is a good time.
The Fourth Graders are working on their Simple Machine Projects. All of the parts and blueprints have been distributed. If additional parts are required, send me an e-mail and I will ship them where they need to go. (Howell Road students can simply stop by.) Regular rods and clips are always housed in my room, but the special parts (gears, wheels, etc.) are in my basement.
Fifth Grade students are working on their Bridges Project which are due next week and the Sixth Grade students are working on their second robots.
Please remember that we are always collecting the water bottle caps and empty copier and printer cartridges.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:40 AM
I told you that winter would get here. Well, here it is. Lots of snow, lots of wind and all of the headaches that come with it. I hope that all of my students and their families are hunkering down, staying warm and keeping safe. While you can't use your hover-board on the snow, you can instead work on the "Challenge of the Week" and enjoy some photos from our last two classes.
This young lady is not injured. She is working hard to attach the roadbed to her bridge. She is very determined to get it right.
This Fourth Grader is working on the edge of the Ferris Wheel. It is now long enough to reach the motor.
We get a lot of stuff done during our lunch break.
The ride inspectors are going to be here in ten minutes. You better hurry up with that last section.
The frame is complete! It is eight feet tall.
Now the Fifth Graders are attaching the gondolas to the frame. They will swing and pivot as the wheel rotates.
Stay warm and have a great week!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:20 PM
The Fourth Graders were able to extend the Ferris Wheel to the Second phase of the core.
This construction brings the wheel to the second third of its length.
The Fifth Graders capped off this level using decorative edge parts.
The Fifth Graders are also in the middle of their Bridges Unit. Some of the models are complete - including this one by a young lady who crafted a series of arch bridges to make an aqueduct.
This team built a model of Scotland's famous Firth of Forth Bridge.
Though not yet complete, this arch bridge is almost ready to be anchored.
The Sixth Graders are in the second part of the robotics unit. This young man is using on-line blueprints to create a gear driven base.
It is my hope that everyone will make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a purposeful day of service.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:20 PM
Even though we have only been back to school for one week, there were several wonderful happenings in the Gifted and Talented Program.
Here were some highlights:
The 6th Grade had their first Robotics Competition. The goal for each team was to place as many cubes as possible into the winning side - while preventing their opponent from doing the same.
Stacking a cube on the target base would double the score.
The Fourth Graders were able to complete the frame on our mystery structure:
"If we line it up correctly, it will be very sturdy."
"This is exciting! It's HUGE! I wonder what this is going to be?"
The Fifth Graders began to work with the hub:
"Now we have a connection across the top."
"HEY! IT'S GOING TO BE A FERRIS WHEEL!"
I wanted to let the parents of all of my classes know that the Independent Study has been introduced this week. The final project of the year is still due at the end of May or the beginning of June. Of course, there will be other projects along the way...including those that have already been assigned: such as the Bridges Project in Fifth Grade and the Simple Machines Project in Fourth Grade which will be discussed this week.
Having the Independent Study guidelines set in place will help families prepare for it in the middle of other scheduled and unforeseen end-of-the-year activities such as concerts, field days, class & music trips, school picnics, etc.
Some "class time" for the Independent Studies will be provided for this endeavor starting in March. All that I am asking from the students now is their topic so that I can approve it.
Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail and I will be happy to provide the information that you need.
Have a great week!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:45 AM
I hope that everyone is enjoying their vacations. In the middle of creating schedules, grading reports and working on this web-site, I have been very busy doing some unusual things. My son was able to feed the sharks at the Atlantis Aquarium and I got to play dj again.
This is the only photo of myself that I will put on this website and I tend to post a similar one each year. This photo was taken on Christmas Day when I was "On the air" at Lite FM. I have been playing holiday music for the tri-state area for the past 32 years.
In between the songs, I was grading the Fourth Grade Native American Projects...which by the way, were quite impressive!
Here were some highlights:
Here one team is sharing their PowerPoint presentation.
This duo declared war on their audience. Easy does it gentlemen.
"This dream catcher didn't work. I woke up and learned that we are still stuck in Mr. Rosenfeld's class. Perhaps we need more feathers."
This is one of the display posters that the children crafted for their assignment.
This game - using burnt peach pits - was played by Native Americans.
"I already lost won twenty bucks from another group - and one of the custodians owes me a fifty."
Costumes are a wonderful extra step. [Please note that this photo should be viewed sideways.]
Teamwork was essential for success.
This diorama depicted life in a longhouse.
The teams were formed randomly in order to make everything fair.
Please note that the grading reports for this project will be distributed to the Fourth Grade Students on Wednesday, January 6.
Also note that I uploaded the schedule for January, February and March. It is available by clicking the link on the upper-left side of this web page.
5th Graders take heart in knowing that your Bridge Project was moved up two weeks. (We lost too much time to concerts.)
The Sixth Graders have also been working on the "Massive - Mystery - Project." This young lady is showing one element that needed to be replicated 95 times in order for the project to work. I wonder what this huge build is going to be.....
Enjoy the rest of your vacation and I will see everyone in 2016.
DECEMBER 20 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:50 PM
Even though we are knee-deep in the holiday rush, we have been very busy here in "Gifted and Talented Land." The Fourth Graders have been getting ready for their projects and presentations that are going to take place on Wednesday. The Fifth Graders have been working away on their bridge projects and the Sixth Graders will soon be ready for the competition stages of their Robotics Unit.
Many of my children are involved in a "Mystery - Massive - Build." They are working on a huge project, though they do not know what it is or for. All will be revealed in time.
I apologize, but this photo should be viewed sideways. In addition to my huge supply of regular K'nex parts, we use the metallic pieces for the Bridges Unit to make them look even more authentic.
My students, including these Fourth Graders, are really taken with The Settlers of Catan. It is complicated game of trade, skill, luck and patience.
The premise of this game is to settle an uncharted island in the age of sail to use its natural resources to grow settlements and cities. The mountains provide ore, the forest provides wood, the fields produce grain, the hills yield bricks and the pastures nurture sheep. Of course there is a robber who steals from you and the board is different each time you play.
There is a great (and free) application that is available for the I-phone and for Android called "Catan Game Assistant" that you might want to download so your children who are interested can see it. It is published by Mayfair games.
Please note that I will post the schedule for January, February and March on this website during the upcoming vacation.
Finally, I always like to post a song for many of holidays that offers either a fun aspect or a reflective moment. Here is why I chose the song I posted this year:
On Saturday, I took my son out for the afternoon to see a movie - which I rarely do. We ended up stuck in heavy traffic by the Roosevelt Field Mall and we missed the movie's starting time.
We ended up going to see another film - the new Star Wars movie. (Which was good, but not great in my opinion.) (The movie, not my kid.)
In any case the reason for the delay was the HORRIBLE traffic near the mall and in the parking garage. My son started complaining - which teenagers often do - about the traffic and pollution and missing the movie we intended to see.
I explained that at least it was only a movie and that we weren't on line for something serious like a hospital visit or a real emergency.
To that end, I would like to share the following Christmas song (that never gets played on the radio) even though it should:
I wish all of my students and their families a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Peace to all!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:45 PM
It is the middle of December and it is 65 degrees outside. It just doesn't seem right as songs about Rudolph, Frosty and Dominick are playing non-stop in every mall, store or radio. At least we are not shoveling snow. Trust me...it's coming! It may not get here until January or February, but it's coming.
It was great to see so many of my parents and family members during last week's Parent / Teacher Conferences. Thank you to those of you from Dever, Wheeler and Willow for driving over to see me. Also thank you for your patience if you had to wait longer than expected.
This coming week, many of the children will be taking part in their concerts both during the day and in the evening. If your child is involved in a concert, they should perform and then drive over to Howell (If possible) after the performance.
My Fourth Graders should be working hard on their Native American Projects. There is a lot to do, but you have had a lot of time. Make it great and remember to rehearse your presentations.
Have a fantastic week! (And save a spot for me on the beach blanket!)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:20 PM
Earlier in the week my Fifth Graders enjoyed taking part in the "Quick-Bridge Challenge."
I can't believe that it is already December! Time is moving at a rapid rate.
By now you should have received your child's Gifted and Talented Report Cards. If you did not, kindly send me an e-mail and I will send you another copy as soon as possible. Please note that the number grades are for the subject areas and not for the sub-titles. Each child receives six number grades and some comments. (Number grades in the Gifted and Talented Program are from "1" to "3.")
Please keep an eye on your child's schedule as there are quite a few days where we will not be meeting due to Parent / Teacher Conferences and Several Winter Concerts. If your child is participating in a concert on a day that we meet, he or she can be driven to Howell by a parent at the end of the show.
This is a reminder for my Fourth Grade Parents: Remember that the Native American Presentations are taking place on Wednesday, December 23. All materials (Posters, PowerPoints, Artifact Collection, Locus Sheets, Works Cited Pages, etc.) are due on that day. The children should be well-rehearsed and ready to go. Some of the children will be missing class due to concerts, but the due date is firm as the class had over two months to prepare for this.
The schedule for January through April will be posted during the Christmas Vacation.
I hope to see many of my parents during our conferences this week. Information about them was posted on my entry from November 28.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:30 PM
Greetings Everyone! I hope that all of my families enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving. If you are still carving pieces off of the turkey bone, I hope that by now it doesn't taste too "dried-out" like sawdust. Even gravy has its limitations.
This week we will resume our regular schedule, but be on the lookout for upcoming concerts, cancellations and Parent / Teacher Conferences.
Please note that the G&T Report Cards will be distributed soon and should be inside your child's regular report card envelope. If for some reason you do not receive one, let me know and I will get it to you via e-mail. Please note that in G&T we only offer number grades from 1 to 3. The scores will be explained on the report card.
Parent / Teacher Conferences are coming up and I wanted to review how I handle them because my parents come from all four district schools.
All G&T Parent / Teacher Conferences for will be held in Room # 8 at Howell. (It's the large building at the end of Howell Road. You can't miss it!)
On Wednesday, December 9, I will meet with parents from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
On Thursday, December 10, I will meet with parents from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM and later in the evening from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Because of the large number of parents who want to meet with me, I am unable to arrange individual appointment times. Simply come on down, sign-in and I will see everyone in turn.
I have always felt that having your child with us during Parent / Teacher Conferences is important. Please bring your child with you if it is at all possible.
Please note that in addition to my Gifted and Talented Class families, I also meet with the parents from my Mathematics A.I.S. groups. I will do my best to keep the line moving.
I would like to shine the spotlight on my Sixth Grade Students, who began their Robotics Unit this week. Here were some of the highlights:
We have lots of parts to choose from. All of the pieces are organized into bins.
These young men are building an engine assembly.
This team is using blueprints to make sure their base is correct.
Yes it's STEM. Yes it's challenging. Yes it's fun!
This team from Dever is matching the parts that they need with the layout. If it doesn't work, they will have to troubleshoot. If it does work, they have been known to break out in a victory dance.
This team is very intense. They have to make sure that even the small parts are perfectly aligned or their robot will be unbalanced.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:15 PM
In the middle of projects, papers, presentations and reports, please allow me to take a moment to wish you and your families a peaceful, meaningful and heart-felt Thanksgiving. It is truly a holiday that we all can share - regardless of our different ages, beliefs and backgrounds.
If you are able to find a quiet moment of solitude, please take a moment to enjoy a simple song of the season.
Information about Parent / Teacher Conferences, Report Cards will be coming soon.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:30 PM
Please enjoy some of the photos taken from our 5th Grade Human Rights Presentations:
This young lady is sharing information about the Indian Caste System.
This student is sharing her research about marriage and family rights.
This project was about the rights of workers.
This young lady was sharing her report about how Human Rights are violated.
Even in 2015, not all countries of the world accept equal rights for women.
Sadly, the rights to a quality education are sometimes neglected and ignored.
Eleanor Roosevelt was dedicated to promoting Human Rights for everyone.
The Right to Trial is an important Human Right.
Some of the worst Human Rights offenders throughout history were Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights were originally promoted by the United Nations.
This week my Fifth Grade Students will begin their Bridges Unit and my Sixth Grade Students will start complete their History Alteration Presentations and start their Robotics Unit.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:50 PM
This is busy week in the Gifted and Talented Program. The Sixth Graders will be presenting their History Alteration Projects on Tuesday and my Fifth Grade students will be presenting their Human Rights Projects on Thursday.
There is no school on Wednesday because of the Veterans Day holiday, so I will not be meeting with my Fourth Grade students on November 11.
The deadline for anyone interested in entering the (Optional) Kidsday Art Contest is Friday, November 22. This is open to all students and is not related to the Kidsday project that the Sixth Graders will undertake later in the school year. The information for this was posted on September 20, 2015 and you can still see the requirements if you scroll down.
In honor of Veterans Day, please enjoy the following song:
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:15 PM (Sixth Inning)
It appears as if our district mail server is down. Usually when this happens over a weekend, it gets fixed by Monday morning. If you need to e-mail me and are unable to, please be patient and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:00 PM
It was a pleasure to meet everyone who attended my Gifted and Talented Orientation on Thursday evening. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at any time, and I promise that I will get back to you within twenty-four hours. Also information about my program (Including schedules and projects) are always available on this web-site, which I tend to update each weekend.
Please note that school is closed for all students on Tuesday, November 3rd, so I will not be meeting with my Sixth Graders that day. Also remember to mover your clocks ahead on Saturday evening, October 31.
Deadlines are coming for my 5th and 6th Graders:
The Fifth Grade Human Rights Projects are due on Thursday, November 12.
Finally, please remember to follow all Halloween safety practices if you take part in the festivities: Please insure that your children stay in an adult-supervised group, inspect all candy before allowing your kids to eat anything, wear costumes that make everyone visible to motorists and don't get caught stealing treats from your child's collection!
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:40 PM
GIFTED AND TALENTED ORIENTATION
The Gifted and Talented Orientation is slated for parents of children who are new to the program. It will take place on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 PM at the Howell Road School. We will meet in Room # 8.
At the Parent Orientation, I will introduce you to the program, review expectations, share sample projects of student work and answer any questions that you have.
Please note that this meeting is for parents and adult family members only. If you need to bring your children, they may work on their projects or homework in the Computer Lab.
I look forward to seeing all of my parents who are new to the program on Thursday evening.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:30 AM
At this point I have attempted to reach out to all of my families who have children who are new to the program.
Here are additional information and suggestions about the Fourth Grade Project:
1. Please note that every student will be working on this project with a partner and that the requirements are per team not per student.
2. Some time is provided during each class session for your child and his or her partner to plan and work on their assignment.
3. You child will need to bring in his or her books, sources, index cards and flash drives to class each Wednesday. It is hard to plan and use the materials if they are not in class.
4. As we get closer to the deadline there will need to be a few times where the children will have to meet with each other either at a child's home or public places like the Elmont or Valley Stream Libraries. This will help the teams finalize everything and rehearse before presenting. Please allow your child to exchange phone numbers with his or her partner(s) to arrange for mutually convenient appointments. If you need me to help facilitate this, I will be more than happy to help you with this. I realize that we all have different schedules and various after-school responsibilities, but as we get closer to the deadline the children will need some time to get together.
5. If you or your child has any questions, please do not wait until we meet as a class to ask them. Feel free to e-mail me at any time and I will get back to you with the information that you need. Also note that I will not accept ANY e-mail communication from children. All electronic correspondence must be from adults. This is for everyone's protection and it also keeps the parents in the loop.
6. In a week or two you will hear information about our annual Gifted and Talented Open House. At the Open House you will get a full over-view of the program and sample projects from the past. I encourage every family to attend.
7. I received a few questions came up about Parent / Teacher Conferences. I will conduct all of my conferences at Howell Road in Room # 8 for the fall and spring series of concerts. Due to the the fact that I have many parents coming from different schools with different schedules I am unable to make or accept individual appointments. During conference hours (I extend mine due to the number of students that I see) simply sign-in and wait and I will see everyone in turn. Please note that in addition to my Gifted and Talented classes I also have several students who are in my Math A.I.S. (Academic Intervention Services) Classes.
Again, if there are any questions, please send me an e-mail.
Have a great week!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015
As of now all of my Gifted and Talented Classes have been assigned their first research project. If you need additional copies, you can download them in Microsoft Word Format on this web site. Simply click on your child's grade and you will have access to the files.
If you have questions about the assignments, please send me an e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
In honor of Columbus Day, please feel free to listen to this classic song from Lou Monte:
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015
The new school year is off to a nice start. My students from James A. Dever, Wheeler Avenue and Willow Road arrived on time and I am pleased to say that we have the same careful and considerate bus drivers as last year. Our children who wanted to were able to purchase lunch from the Howell Road lunchroom without a hitch.
Please return all parent surveys and forms this week.
The Fifth and Sixth graders were assigned their first projects of the year and the 4th graders will learn about their first large task next week.
For those of you who are new to the program, I usually update this website every weekend. We will send home information about our Gifted and Talented Open House as soon as we confirm the date and time.
On a personal note, I want to remind everyone that we collect used copier and printer ink cartridges as well as the clear caps from water bottles.
Here are some photos to welcome my new students:
This young lady is working on her first challenge.
These students are hard at work on their first survey.
These boys are deep in thought. By the end of the Sixth Grade they will have worked on several projects together.
These two gentlemen are working on one of their in-class assignments.
"Hmmmm....Let's see...if I carry the ten thousands and regroup with the hundred thousands I will be able to figure out the answer to this problem."
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
I will be meeting with the children of the Gifted and Talented Program this week. The bus and the schedule has been posted as a separate page on this website.
If you haven't already done so, please sign and return the parent permission slips as soon as possible.
I look forward to a wonderful school year.
The schedule for the first part of the school year has been posted.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
The Gifted and Talented Program will begin next week. The bus will transport the children to and from Howell Road starting on Tuesday, September 29.
I look forward to seeing everybody!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
Good evening everyone!
We are still in the process of screening the candidates who will be joining the Gifted and Talented Program.
I want to make everyone aware of two events that are open to ALL students.
First, I always remind the children and their families who are interested in technology, art or crafting to attend Maker Faire each year. This incredible event is being held on September 26 and September 27 at the New York Hall of Science.
Here is information for anyone who is interested in attending.
Also, I received some information from our friends at Kidsday.
The Kidsday art contest is taking place and any child who is interested is encouraged to submit their samples to this worthwhile contest.
Here is your chance to show off your amazing drawing talents! It’s time to enter Kidsday’s 37th (2015) Annual Art Contest. We also encourage art classes and teachers to submit your students’ artwork for the contest.
Compete within your age group for prizes of Kidsday T-shirts and the chance to have your artwork appear in Kidsday. Your artwork will be judged by some of Kidsday’s very best artists and reporters.
Winners in each category will have their work featured in the Sunday, Dec. 27, issue of Kidsday. Even if you don’t win, your drawings may appear in a future issue of Kidsday.
HERE ARE THE RULES
1. Kids through age 16 may enter.
2. Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 22. Each drawing must include your name, age, address, phone number, T-shirt size and category.
3. Drawings can be done in color. Use crayons, coloring pens, whatever you think will make your drawing look fantastic!
4. Enter as many categories and drawings as you like, but label each entry with the category, your name, age, address and telephone number.
5. Make your drawings on white, unlined 8-by-11-inch paper. Do not make drawings larger than this. (Hint: Don’t “fill” the entire page with your artwork.)
6. All drawings must be original. No copying allowed.
7. In each category, prizes of Kidsday T-shirts will be awarded in these four age groups: to age 6, ages 7 to 9, ages 10 to 12 and ages 13 through 16.
8. Artwork will not be returned.
ANIMALS: Draw your favorite animals, house pets, zoo animals and wildlife.
CARTOONS: Create your own comic characters; illustrate your favorite jokes. Think of space or fantasy characters, too. Do not draw famous
comic-strip or cartoon characters. Be original. You can do one panel boxes or comic strips.
GETTING ALONG: Everyday situations, including family gatherings, schoolyards, kids playing, romance, brothers and sisters, friendships, etc.
MUSIC: Draw musical instruments, your favorite rock, classical, dance, rap or country musicians, people dancing, DJs, CDs or kids listening to music on their iPods.
PORTRAITS: Draw your favorite celebrity, comedian, politician, actor or sports star. You can even draw yourself!
SPORTS: People playing a sport, equipment, fans, seasonal sports, recreational sports, sports stars in action.
SEND YOUR DRAWINGS TO:
Kidsday Art Contest, Kidsday, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747.
Remember to include your name, age, address, telephone number and T-shirt size on every drawing. Good luck!
Our schedule this year will be the following:
Fourth Grade - Wednesdays
Fifth Grade - Thursdays
Sixth Grade - Tuesdays
Classes will begin soon.
Have a great week!