SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:00 PM
I am finding it hard to believe that it is now December. Time is flying by at a rapid rate. This week I will not be meeting with my Sixth Grade Class or my Fourth Grade Class due to Parent / Teacher Conferences.
Please make sure to scroll down a week or two to see information about Gifted and Talented Conferences, Report Cards and Grades. If your child did not get their Gifted and Talented Report Card, please send me an e-mail and I will send home another copy.
Since I see so many families, please understand if there is a line. The afternoon conferences tend to be less crowded. Again, I will only meet with family members of students who are currently in the Gifted and Talented Program during official conference sessions.
The second part of the schedule will be posted before classes resume in January.
Here are some recent highlights from our classes:GRADE 6 - ROBOTICS CONSTRUCTION
The Sixth Grade Robotics Unit is well underway and two teams were able to send their motorized bases all the way down the corridor to the Art Room. Here were some highlights of the early construction sessions:
This is the base unit of a "Claw Bot." The arms, claw and payload section will attach to it when it is complete. Remember as always, it is more important to be accurate than fast.
The blueprints help the students follow directions. Once a full understanding of how the parts work has been mastered, the children will be allowed to build without instructions.
Each robot team has a maximum of three members. They were randomly selected by the "Deck of Doom."GRADE 5 - QUICK BRIDGE CHALLENGE
The Fifth Grade class has started their Bridges Unit. The first task was simple, build a bridge that will span a gap of 6 inches using a maximum number of 15 K'nex rods and clips.
This bridge was the winning structure. It held over nine and a half pounds of weight without breaking. GREAT JOB KIDS!
Now the children will build scale models of classic bridges while they research their chosen topic. The models will be part of their presentations.
GRADE FOUR - NATIVE AMERICAN PROJECTS
The presentation date is fast approaching and the children are working hard to complete their research, index cards, slide shows, posters, locus sheets, replicated artifacts, work cited pages and distribution of work sheets. They should also start rehearsing their presentations.
During our lunch break on November 30, some of the children continued to work on Phase Three of the Puzzle Project.
"I'm looking for the striped sliver piece."
"So am I."
"So am I."
By the way...we got a shipment of the pieces that were missing for Phase Two from the puzzle company. Unfortunately, we are still missing one piece. I put in a second request and we should receive it shortly.
Have a great week. I look forward to seeing you this week for Parent / Teacher Conferences.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:00 AMBLEAK FRIDAY - DISASTER IN ROOM #8!
Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Fourth Grade class discovered that one of the sections of "Phase 2" of our Puzzle Project was MISSING! Here is the photo...
As you can see, this section is incomplete. I contacted the company that creates these puzzles and provided a list of the 8 missing pieces. I hope to hear from them in 3 - 4 weeks. In the meantime, we will start to assemble "Phase Three" sections. We will return to the second phase if and when the replacement parts are delivered. We have to be more careful kids!
Scroll down to last week's entry for information about conferences and report cards.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving break.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:25 PMINFORMATION ABOUT PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7 at the Howell Road School in Room #8.
This is the schedule:
December 6: Afternoon Conferences: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
December 6: Evening Conferences: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
December 7: Afternoon Conferences: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Please note that I am unable to accept personal appointment requests due to the large number of families that I serve in all four district buildings.
When you arrive, please sign in and wait for your turn. I apologize if the line is long.
Evening conferences tend to be more crowded. I will do what I can to keep the line moving. Please be patient.
These conferences are most effective when your child attends with his or her adult family members.
Please note that during official conference times, I will only meet with families who have children in my Fourth, Fifth or Sixth Grade Pull-out program. If you would like to meet with me and your child is not in the Pull-out program, please leave a note in my mailbox at Howell Road or call the office at Howell and leave me a message. I will get back to you as soon as possible.INFORMATION ABOUT GRADES AND REPORT CARDS
My students will get a separate report card for the Gifted and Talented class inside their regular report card envelope. Remember that there are only grades of 1, 2 and 3 in the program. Children are graded in six subject areas:
If your child did not get his or her report card, simply send me an e-mail and let me know. I will provide you with another copy. If you would like another copy of the grading rubric that I distributed at "Open House" let me know. They are also available for download at the links for 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Students.SIX GRADE HISTORY ALTERATIONS
We were finally able to complete the Six Grade History Alteration Projects. Here were some highlights:
Quite a bit of history would have been changed if J.F.K. was able to recover from his assassination attempt.
The Incas were discussed by this young man's history alteration.
We still might be able to enjoy shuffleboard on the Lido Deck if the Titanic was able to steer away from the iceberg.
Airships would be a more popular mode of travel if the Hindenburg traveled without incident.
It's hard to deny that global warming is effecting life on Earth.
"Lookie here!" We actually found Amelia Earhart.
Along the same lines, our waters would be considerably cleaner if the BP (British Petroleum) spill never occurred.
If Mt. Vesuvius never erupted, their society would have continued to grow and prosper.
If the Japanese Tsunami never took place, it would have avoided a horrific loss of life and property.
If Rosa Parks gave up her seat, she would not have been a positive catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
In a way, I'm kind of glad that we no longer have to deal with a velociraptor. I would not want to be eaten by one while I am waiting in line for a bagel.
The children did a great job on their projects!PUZZLE UPDATES
Another section of buildings is ready for the grid.
"I feel like Godzilla. When I shake the bottom, I can make an earthquake."
"And if your look very closely, you can see the most valuable piece of land in the city...a parking spot."
To those who do not know...the box of pieces looks like a pile of foam confetti.
The Fourth Grade Class is working on the second phase of the Puzzle Project now. Sort and file...sort and file...sort and file...LUNCHBOX FOUND!
One of my students left a blue lunchbox behind. It looks like its has fish characters on it. Please claim it. There were also some "Tupperware" bowls left behind.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my students and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. May you be surrounded by family and friends. We all have so much to be Thankful for. May you always have love at your table and peace in your heart.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:00 PMGEN MEETING
On Election Day, I attended an annual meeting of the Gifted Education Network (GEN) in Islip. The groups is comprised mainly of teachers of Gifted students with the intent to share resources and to advocate for our population. It was a very inspiring day! GRADING REPORTS & REPORT CARDS
The Fifth Grade children were given Grading Reports for their Human Rights Projects on November 10. The Sixth Graders still have a few more History Alteration Projects to share. Their Grading Reports will be going home on November 22.
All students will receive their Gifted and Talented Class Report Cards as a separate sheet in their regular report card envelopes in December.BUILDING VERTICAL
The first of our four three dimensional puzzles are almost complete. Here is proof of our progress:
This is a close-up of the first building lot.
Another city block is placed onto the grid.
When all else fails...consult the blueprints.
This building was not an easy task. All of the main window pieces look alike and it had to align correctly. Great job kids!
THANK YOU VETERANS!
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:55 PMMORE INFORMATION ABOUT KIDSDAY
It looks as though we are going to be starting our 6th Grade Kidsday Project in January. Apparently there is a different lead time for the articles and the publication dates and if we started in March or April, the issues wouldn't appear in the newspaper until October of 2017. We will do the best we can with the weather and I will start to put together some special opportunities for the children. If any of my Sixth Grade parents have any ideas or special access for us, please let me know as soon as possible.
Remember that there will be a mandatory parent meeting for the children who cover each story during an off-campus event.
ALL CHILDREN ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER THE KIDSDAY ART CONTEST. THE DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 19 AND ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS LISTED ON THE COMPETITIONS AND CONTESTS SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE. GOOD LUCK!PUZZLE PROGRESS
Completion of the first three-dimensional puzzle is well underway. The children in grades 4, 5 and 6 have been working on it during their lunch period. Here are some highlights:
"We sort. We file. We sort. We file. This isn't a lunch period...it's a prison sentence."
This young man is holding one of may small sections. They will be placed into the streets and form the skyline of New York City.FIFTH GRADE BRIDGES
The Fifth Graders began their work on the Bridges Project. The first task was to create a "Quick-Bridge" using only 15 K'nex rods and clips. The bridges will be tested next week.
Before the children can build, they need to plan their designs.
Aside from the collection of standard K'nex parts, we have a fine collection of "metallic" parts. They are the same size, shape and weight of the original parts, they just have metallic colors.PLEASE ADJUST YOUR CLOCKS
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM today. Please adjust your clocks accordingly. This is also a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide units. These messages are frequently heard this time of the year, but if it save only one life, it is more than worth it.
Here is a song that relates to Daylight Saving Time. It is from 1958 and I won't tell you the artist, but try to guess who it is. (Even though this song is appropriate for all ages, the children won't know.) There will not be a prize, but honorable mention on the website next week. Enjoy the song...or try to.Daylight-Savings-Time----1958.mp3
We will not be meeting on Tuesday, November 8 due to Election Day. There is no school on Friday, November 11 due to Veterans Day. Thank you to everyone who served our country.
Finally, speaking of Election Day...a few of my children are running for Student Council offices in several buildings. I want to both wish everyone good luck and I want to thank all of them for running a campaign that is in many cases more mature than the adults who are running for office.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:45 AMOPEN HOUSE
I would like to thank my parents and family members for attending the Gifted and Talented Open House on Thursday evening. It was a pleasure to meet many of you for the first time. I hope it was informational and valuable for you. I would once again like to thank Valley Stream District #13 Board of Education Vice President Vinny Pandit, for attending our annual event.
Many parents attended the Gifted and Talented Open House. It was important for the parents to get to know each other as their children will be working together for a long time.
One item that I did not address is your child's privacy. While I post media content from me classes on this website, I will NEVER intentionally mention your child using their full names in a caption for a photo or video.
These are the Fourth Grade Work Groups for the Native American Project (Listed using initials only):
Group One: MS - MG - HK
Group Two: IP - NK - TS
Group Three: MA - AT - EL - CD
Group Four: SR - JC - AO - AR
The groups were formed randomly using the official "Deck - of - Doom."HUMAN RIGHTS PRESENTATIONS
Earlier that same day the Fifth Grade G&T Students shared their Human Rights Projects. The group offered a variety of topics which were mostly well-researched, carefully written and presented well. Here were some highlights...
Religious freedom is vital to a free society.
This young man offered a very enthusiastic presentation.
Without free speech, the truth can be silenced.
Elanor Roosevelt was influential in promoting Human Rights.
Unfortunately, the right to be innocent until proven guilty is not practiced in all countries.
One of the missions of The United Nations is to promote Human Rights internationally.
Sadly, there have been and continue to be Human Rights violations in areas all over the world.
The Cyrus Cylinder was one of the first documents (Clay tablets) to address Human Rights.PUZZLE NEWS
The four 3-D puzzles have arrived. The Sixth Graders opened up the first box.
Some of the Fourth Graders began the task of creating the streets and road for puzzle # 1.
I hope that everyone who participates has a great Halloween. Remember all of the basics: Let your parents inspect your loot before you eat it. Wear costumes that can be seen in the dark. Please do not try to frighten young children and the elderly. And finally...forget the "Fun Size" candy. Go for the 5 pound bag. "THAT'S THE FUN SIZE!"
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 PMTHIS JUST IN
I am delighted to report some wonderful news.
Earlier in the week I received notification that the Interschool P.T.A. has granted the Gifted and Talented Program a special mini grant of two hundred dollars to purchase a series of foam-backed three-dimensional puzzles. These puzzles will replicate the New York City skyline featuring the Freedom Tower. The children will be able to work on the puzzles during our lunch breaks. My hope is that the entire project will be complete by April so that we can display this as a tribute to first responders at Lights-on for Education. I will accept this mini-grant at the next Valley Stream 13 Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 25.
On behalf of my students and their parents, I would like to thank the Interschool P.T.A. all of the building P.T.A.s for their support of my project. If you have not already done so, please consider joining the P.T.A. of your child's school.LOST AND FOUND
Earlier this week one of my students left behind a blue digital watch. I also found a flash drive that someone left behind. If either of these items belong to your child, please let me know and they will be returned.OPEN HOUSE
Again, I look forward to seeing many of you at our Open House this Thursday, October 27 at Howell. Project samples will be displayed at 6:00 and my presentation will begin at 6:30. This will take place in the General Purpose Room. Please let me know if you will be able to attend.ART CONTEST
The Kidsday Art Contest (Open to every child) is underway and deadlines are quickly approaching. If your child would like to participate, please see the link for Competitions and Contests on the right side of this web page. Good luck to all participants!
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 PM
The October series of school holidays are now behind us and I will be meeting with all of my classes for the next couple of weeks.
Here are some due dates to keep in the back of your mind:
Grade 5 - Human Rights Projects - Due Thursday, October 27, 2016 (This is the same date as our Open House.)
Grade 6 - History Alteration Projects - Due Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Grade 4 - Native American Projects - Due Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Enjoy the beautiful early fall weather and try not to get lost in a corn maze. Please let me know via e-mail or returning the form that I sent home if you will be attending my Open House. Thanks!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:30 PM
Good Evening Everyone!
Earlier in the week I attempted to call all of the parents and family members of my students who are new to the program. The purpose of the phone call was to welcome everyone, distribute my school e-mail address, mention this web site and personally invite the new families to the Open House that is being held on October 27 at Howell. (Notes were also sent home to all parents about this event.)
If for some reason I was only able to leave you a voice message and you still need to contact me, please call the building secretaries at Howell Road during regular business hours at (516) 569 - 6130 and I will call you back with the information that you need.
There are a few school closings this week due to holidays, so I will not be meeting with my Fourth Graders this week. The children should gather texts and on-line materials to bring to their groups on October 19.
In honor of "Columbus Day" here is a classic little ditty from Lou Monte. It was released in 1962: (Just click on the link to play it.)Please-Mr-Columbus.mp3
Finally, congratulations to the New York Mets. No, they didn't make it to the Division Series, but they only fell an inning short. Remember, nobody wins all the time.
Have a great week!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:45 PM
I would like to invite the parents and guardians of all of my Gifted and Talented Students to attend our annual "Open House."
This will be held at Howell Road on Thursday, October 27. The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM and there will be a series of sample projects to view starting at 6:00 PM.
The Gifted and Talented Open House offers quite a bit of information to the parents of my Fourth Grade students since they are new to the program.
This year there have been some changes to Kidsday, so I am urging my Six Grade Parents to attend as well. Of course, all are welcome!
I will provide the location once I know how many people will be attending. It will most likely take place in the Library or the General Purpose Room.
If you need to bring your child to the Open House, I will save a table or two so that they can do their homework or study while I am talking to the adults.
And as a final incentive...back by popular demand....FREE PRETZELS!
A letter about this event will be sent home.
Have a great week!
Mr. RosenfeldJulie L. Floch 1960 - 2016 (A really great person who will be missed.)
Here are some recent photos highlighting our new Fourth Grade Students:
The G&T Bus delivers a new set of children to Howell Road. Notice the smile. That's a happy rider!
"This looks like an enthusiastic kid.....WAIT...Oh my gosh...and is that Yoenis Cespedes?"
As soon as the children walked in, they began to learn about the program. This young lady is intensely working on her first challenge.
This young man is treating his challenge very seriously. He has also learned how to levitate his hands.
"Ok...I know this may seem a little weird,...but I just can't help it...I feel like my lunchbox is staring at me?"
"Hey wait a minute...I think he is trying to trick us."
This young lady is taking her first survey. By the end of the year, she will be crafting her own and gathering information on her Independent Study.
Lunchtime at G&T is a nice intermission. The children, can bring in their own lunch or order from the lunchroom - just as they would at their own schools. On the left side of the photo, there is a group of children playing "Quarto" a very cool strategy game.
Here is a close-up of the game. Each piece has four properties (Color, shape, size and mass). The goal is to line up four pieces in a row with one common trait. The cool part is that you do not select your own piece. That is chosen by your opponent. This looks like a tough battle.
This is the puzzle challenge. The first team to complete it wins...if they follow ALL
of the rules.
This team is using a few strategies to solve their puzzle.
"I found the missing piece...I found the missing piece!"
"We're almost done...we just have to exchange a few prisoners of war."
Thank you for a great first day. I hope you have a fantastic school year. Remember to have your parents complete their survey and form and also bring in your own surveys and goal sheets next week.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:05 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone!
The G&T Bus will be rolling this week!
6th Graders meet every Tuesday.
4th Graders meet every Wednesday.
5th Graders meet every Thursday.
A more detailed schedule is posted on another page of this website. Simply click on the "2016-2017 Schedule" link. It's on the left-hand side of the page.
The children can bring their parent-permission forms to class when they attend. These should arrive by mail from the District Office.
SAVE THE DATE
The Gifted and Talented Open House will take place on Thursday, October 27 at Howell. More information will be coming soon.
One last reminder that Maker Faire takes place at the New York Hall of Science on October 1 and October 2. It's a fantastic experience for all family members. Once again, here is the link to the website: http://makerfaire.com/
Enjoy the Weekend!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:50 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone!
If you are a parent or guardian of a Fourth Grade student, please note that the screening process is almost complete.
If your child met the district criteria to participate in the program, you will receive a parent consent form from the district by the end of the week. These will be mailed home.
I expect to meet my new Fourth Graders for the first time on Wednesday, September 28.
If you are the parent of a student who was in the program last year, you will also receive a permission form in the mail.
I posted the first part of the 2016-2017 schedule:
On Tuesdays, I will see my Sixth Graders, Wednesday's will be for the Fourth Grade classes and Thursday is reserved for Fifth Grade.
Have a great day!