Monday, August 4, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:55 AM
I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation. I am and I thought I would post a few highlights....
Brickfest was a mini-convention of LEGO fans that was held in July at the Meadowlands Expositon Center in New Jersey. Some of the displays were very impressive...
This was a construction site.
There are several organizations dedicated to working LEGO train layouts. This is just a small sample from a Pennsylvania fan group.
One whole area was dedicated to ships and tankers. These original models were created by one master builder.
This custom model of the Staten Island Ferry is worthy of "awe."
I contributed a G&T "Thumbs Up."
During the summer I got to see an old friend that I hadn't seen in almost a decade. It was a great reunion. This photo shows the Delaware River. Pennsylvania is on the left and the overlook where I stood to take this photo is in Port Jervis, New York.
I got to do some much-needed fishing over the last few weeks. This is part of the Sheepshead Bay fleet in Brooklyn, New York.
Snappers are baby bluefish. They are fun to catch on light rods and reels. I get them at Jones Beach, Magnolia Pier in Long Beach and The piers at Captree. Anywhere there is protected water such as a bay or inlet is a good spot. I caught this little guy from the pier before my boat left the dock and I used him for bait....
Bluefish have no trouble eating their young. It's a lot cheaper than sending the snappers to college. Actually I caught quite a few of these and they all put up a nice fight.
This is a little hard to see, but along the way, we ran into a school of porpoises. Who needs to go to Seaworld. Seaworld came to us!
This is some more snapper fishing from the pier in Keansburg, New Jersey. The bird was very good company.
And yes...that's a waterpark at the end of the pier. Big Fun!
Sunset at most piers is spectacular.
We share out planet with many interesting creatures. We found this guy in my backyard. He was eating part of my tomato plant. We are going to have to start charging him rent.
And finally...there was almost a celebrity sighting. Apparently the Nesquick Bunny has a custom made car. I hope those ears can fit beneath the underpasses on the Southern State Parkway!
Enjoy your summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
I miss you!
Friday, June 20, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:45 AM
It was a pleasure to meet many of my "future parents" at last Tuesday's meeting. It will be an honor to welcome your children to the program next year as we move our Gifted and Talented operations to Howell Road. Welcome Aboard!
Normally I would erase the information on this web site to prepare for the next year, but I am leaving it intact for you so you can get a strong sense of what the program is about.
And as new students enter our program, it's hard to say goodbye to the children who will be leaving as they graduate.
These wonderful children are my graduates from the James A. Dever School.
These fantastic children are my Wheeler Avenue students.
In the words of The Giver by Lois Lowry, "Thank you for your childhood."
I would like to wish everyone a joyous and restful summer vacation.
Personally, I intend to spend most of my time fishing, amusement parking, and spending some time with Mrs. Rosenfeld and our son. If you see me at Splish Splash or at Jones Beach, stop by and say "Hello."
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:15 AM
First, I would like to wish all of my class dads a "Happy Father's Day!" At least we had decent weather.
As we are winding down, this will be a busy week. My Fourth Grade Students will continue their quest to create knee braces for their virtual patients. My Fifth Graders will be launching their parachutes and my Sixth Graders will continue to build and expand their robot bases.
On Tuesday, I look forward to meeting some of my parents who will have students attending the Gifted and Talented Program for the first time next year. WELCOME ABOARD!
Have a great week!
Wednesday, June 12, 2014 - EARLY EDITION - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:40 PM
"On the road again. I just can't wait to be on the road again..."
The Fifth and Sixth Grade Gifted and Talented Students enjoyed two separate trips earlier in the week. My Sixth Graders had a great time at the Museum of Mathematics and the Fifth Graders enjoyed a fantastic visit to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Here are some highlights:
Square wheels and a curved road make for a fun ride.
"I can't turn this anymore, I am running out of room."
This electronic floor has interactive challenges that change every twenty minutes.
The building challenge requires each structure to be tall and stable.
Even though these plastic shapes aren't spheres, the cart easily travels over them.
The shapes on this puzzle table roll in unusual patterns. We had a great time at the Math Museum.
The Fifth Graders are about to go into the Sony Wonder Technology Lab.
When you enter, each student needs to enter their information in order to become part of the "network."
Here the photos for the billboards are being manipulated.
A photo is added to the temporary "Billboard."
One of my students is performing virtual surgery on a pixilated patient. When you are only pretending, you are safe from malpractice lawsuits.
The television studio has teleprompters near the lens. This allows the talent to read their lines while looking into the camera.
The Chroma Key effect allows the reporter to appear on the scene, even though she is really in the studio. This is used constantly in movies and television.
This student has pre-programed his robot and is running the program in a simulation. We will be doing a lot of this next year.
In the Sound Lab, the children can alter the mix of a pre-recorded audio track.
I Would like to thank Mrs. Risolo from The James A. Dever School and Mrs. Miano from the Willow Road School for helping to make these trip a success. Also, thank you to my parent chaperones for their help and dedication to the Gifted and Talented Program.
Sunday, June 8, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:55 PM
Good Evening Everybody,
This is going to be a special week even though there will be numerous changes to the schedule.
On Monday, June 9 my Sixth Graders will be taking a trip into the city to visit the Museum of Mathematics. On Tuesday, my Fifth Graders are off to explore the Sony Technology Wonder Lab.
On Wednesday and Thursday, I will be in meetings to plan for next year's Gifted and Talented Program.
My regular class schedule will resume on Friday.
Please note that all Independent Study Grading Reports were sent home last week. Many of them were spectacular!
Have a great week!
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 4:00 PM
I'm about to turn the page on our official school calendar and I notice that our year is moving at a very rapid pace.
Don't forget that In June we have a 6th Grade Gifted and Talented trip scheduled for Monday, June 9 and a trip for my 5th Grade students on Tuesday, June 10.
If you did not receive your child's grading report for the Independent Study, it should be completed by the end of the week.
All of my students are involved with their STEM projects and I have included a couple of photos to show you some of the children in action:
These fourth graders are designing knee braces on their student-created leg models.
These Sixth Graders have put some of the finishing touches on their robot bases. The new materials are fantastic!
Congratulations to all of my students for doing a wonderful job at Music In the Parks.
Have a great week!
Monday, May 26, 2014 - (MEMORIAL DAY) - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:15 PM
I just got home from my local town's Memorial Day Parade. It was very nice and meaningful. I want to thank all of my students who were part of Valley Stream's Memorial Day Parade as a member of the marching band, a member of a scout troop or as a spectator on the sidelines. In recent history many small towns have had to cancel their parades due to a lack of interest. That makes me sad. Thank you to all who have served our country.
I have sent home permission slips for our Fifth Grade Gifted and Talented Trip on Tuesday, June 10 and the Sixth Grade Gifted and Talented trip on Monday, June 9. Please make sure that all checks and permission slips are given to me by Thursday, May 29. Your child can leave this for me in an envelope for me. The envelope can be placed in my mailbox in each school. If you need another form, send me an e-mail and let me know.
This week my Sixth Graders will continue their Robotics Unit. My Fifth Grade Students will design and improve their parachute projects and my Fourth Grade Students will use their their bio-medical skills to create their knee models and brace designs.
I want to wish all of my Dever students good luck at Music In The Parks on Friday. I have dibs on the first ride on Talon. I also want to wish all my students at Wheeler good luck at their Music In The Parks trip on Friday. When you get to Nitro, mention my name and they will give you a good seat.
Grading reports on all projects will be completed in a week or two. The last students to present went last Friday.
Have a great week!
A Song For Memorial Day - "Traveling Soldier"
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:45 PM
I want to thank all of my 4th and 5th Grade parents who came to our parent meeting last Monday. I also want to thank our Board of Education and our administration for supporting the changes to our program that will most likely take place during the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
Our Explorations Event from a couple of weeks ago is featured in the current issue of the Valley Stream Herald. To view an on-line version of the story, please click the following link:
I am delighted to announce that most of our brand new robotics materials arrived at the end of last week. Our Sixth Graders are going to begin working with them as early as this week.
In related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) news, the Fourth Grade Students began their unit on Biomedical Engineering (Designing a Knee Brace) and the Fifth Graders will begin their parachute explorations.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:50 PM
I would like to start this week's entry by wishing all of my "Class Mothers" a happy and joyous Mother's Day. While a big thunder storm is passing through as I am typing this, tomorrow should be fantastic. You deserve it!
Parents with children who are currently in Grades 4 and 5 should be receiving a note to join us for our parent meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00 PM at Howell Road. The meeting will be held in either Room #8 or the Library. Mrs. Sells-Asch will discuss some of the changes in the program that we are considering for next year. We hope you can join us.
Have a great week!
MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:15 PM
EXPLORATIONS WAS ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS!
I would like to thank everyone for coming to Explorations earlier in the evening. The workshops were of very high quality, the pizza was good and the company was fantastic!
Here are a few photos to celebrate our big night:
These students are adjusting the camera for their stop-motion animation movie.
This young man is interacting with his robotic pal.
Another happy mother-daughter planning session.
The producers are setting up the big car chase scene.
"HEY! Stop knocking over my Lego people and I'll stop knocking over your Lego people."
The students and their parents are working on their robotic programs.
Over at "Origami Central", the children and their parents made art that moves!
Special thanks to our Board of Education, Superintendent Robb-Fund and Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Lisa Sells-Asch for enthusiastically supporting the Gifted and Talented Program. Also there was quite a bit of behind-the-scenes help from Ms. O'Geary and Mrs. Arata, Mrs. Berlin and Mr. Andrew Hackmack from the Valley Stream Herald.
This year our presenters were as follows:
Mr. Vincenzo La Ruina - Lego Movie Making
Ms. Rona Harris - Design Workshop
Mr. David Dickman - Robotics
Ms. Leah Bernstien - Math and Origami
Thanks again for a memorable event!
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:10 PM
Just a reminder about our Explorations event on Monday, May 5, 2014.
Please join us at Dever starting at 4:15.
I expect a wonderful evening and an exciting series of workshops!
SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:30 PM
THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM ANNOUNCES EXPLORATIONS 2014
Our annual Explorations Program will take place on MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 at the James A. Dever School. The program will start at 4:15 PM and should run until 7:00 PM. We will meet in the James A. Dever Auditorium.
Each child and an accompanying parent will attend two workshops and enjoy a brief dinner break.
This year, the children can select from an impressive list of quality sessions:
A) Make Your Own Lego Movie
B) Design Thinking Workshop
D) Math and Origami
A letter will be going home this week so that the children can make their selections.
Please remember that this is not a drop-off event. A parent must remain with his or her child and that this is only for the children in the Gifted and Talented Program.
We look forward to seeing everybody on Monday, May 5!
Please note that the children are in the middle of their Independent Study Presentations. Also note, that due to the New York State Mathematics Test, our schedule is going to be greatly impacted this week.
Have a great week!
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 5:10 - UPDATED PHOTOS
SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 4:55 PM
Our first attempt at a Gifted and Talented Spelling Bee was a huge success. The children's excitement seemed to grow as the date was getting closer and the end result was very exciting.
I would would to thank Superintendent Robb-Fund for her stellar performance as our pronouncer and our Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Sells-Asch for acting as our judge. Also on-hand were Trustee Pomerantz and Trustee Evans from the Valley Stream School District #13 Board of Education. I appreciate our Board of Educations constant commitment to the Gifted and Talented Program.
Here are some photos from the Spelling Bee:
One of our spellers gives it his best shot.
The children represented all four schools.
Each child was randomly given a number and a spelling position.
The words came from the official Scripps lists.
The words became more challenging in the later rounds.
"Can I have the definition please? Can you use it in a sentence? Can I have a side of fries?"
The children from grades 4 through 6 competed against each other.
Our runner-up and winner with (from left) Mrs. Sells-Asch, Dr. Robb-Fund, Trustee Pomerantz and Trustee Evans.
We all had a great time at the "G&T Spelling Bee!"
While I will not be updating this website too often during the spring vacation, I understand that it might be important for you to get in contact with me with questions regarding your children's Independent Study Projects.
I promise that I will check my e-mail every night to help with this, but it will most likely be early in the morning or late at night. I would never fully abandon my students!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates a holiday a wonderful and meaningful experience. I also want to wish ALL of my students and their parents a fantastic vacation.
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:20 AM
Thank you for the wonderful turn-out for last Tuesday's 4th and 5th Grade Gifted and Talented Parent Meeting. I appreciate your comments, your ideas and your support of the program.
At this time, the children should be working hard on their Independent Studies. If I have not made copies for your child yet, he or she needs to catch up. Parents can e-mail me their child's survey. If approved, I will run the copies and get them to your child via inter-office mail.
This Friday (April 11) is our Spelling Bee. The children will travel to Wheeler Avenue for the mini competition. Remember that the children should bring their lunches to school that day. Please do not send in anything containing peanut products. Good luck to all of the participants.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 5:20 PM
I would like to remind all parents and guardians of my current Fourth and Fifth Grade Students that there will be an important parent meeting on Tuesday evening, April 1 at The Howell Road School. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and he held in Room # 8. Mrs. Sells-Asch and I look forward to seeing you!
By now, the all of the children should be seriously working on their Independent Studies. I will be making one-hundred (100) copies of their surveys once they are approved. Most of the children have gotten past this step, but if they haven't, please e-mail me their surveys, so I can approve them and give the children their copies as soon as possible. Remember that they will need to survey 25, boys, 25 girls, 25 men and 25 women about their topic. The results should be discussed as part of the essay and as part of their presentations.
Please keep in mind that my children will be taking their E.L.A. exams this week and I will be proctoring the exam for a student with special needs. Our schedule is going to be greatly impacted this week. Remember to e-mail me any questions that come up about your project. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I'd like to wish all of my students the best of luck on their examinations.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:50 AM
It was a pleasure to meet with many of my parents last week at Parent Teacher Conferences. I appreciate that some of you waited a little longer than expected and that many of you had to travel to different buildings, but I was glad to meet with everybody who came to see me.
The children have been assigned their Independent Studies. If your child misplaces the project guidelines, they can be downloaded easily by clicking on your child's school on the left side of this page.
These are the due dates by School and Grade:
Dever 4th Grade: Wednesday, April 30
Dever 5th Grade: Monday, April 28
Dever 6th Grade: Monday, April 28
Howell 4th Grade: Friday, May 2
Howell 5th Grade: Friday, April 25
Wheeler 4th Grade: Tuesday, April 29
Wheeler 5th Grade: Thursday, April 24
Wheeler 6th Grade: Thursday, April 24
Willow 4th Grade: Monday, April 28
Willow 5th Grade: Tuesday, April 29* (Note new date)
Once a topic has been approved the first two steps for the children should be to gather credible sources and to create a survey. The surveys should have 5 questions and two ways to describe each respondent: Adult or Child and Male or Female. Once I approve the survey, I will run off 100 copies for each student.
The next item that should be approached are the index cards. These cards will help the children organize their work and place their findings into their own words.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the Independent Study, please e-mail me and I will be happy to assist you.
This week the children will be given a list of spelling words to practice for our upcoming Spelling Bee. The list was given to provide samples of the types of words that will be used in the "friendly competition" on April 11.
My 6th Grade Students should be receiving letters for the Youth Leadership Conference Experience in Washington D.C. during the summer. Please note that I only recommend my students because my former students and parents in the program who have gone, have raved about it. I am not endorsed by any organization for nominating my students, although one year as a "thank you" they sent me a packet of sunflower seeds.
Finally, I wanted to remind everyone again that I am still collecting empty copier and printer cartridges for our recycling program. I am also collecting water bottle "caps" for the same reason.
Thank you for your continued dedication and support!
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 6:30 PM
"THE DAM PROJECT" is over. This will be my last posting about our "dam project" as the students from James A. Dever were able to test their dams last Monday.
The boys were excited to test their dams and to proclaim victory over the girls...
... but they were unable to, as our female engineers held back the entire basin of water. Good job ladies! By the way...if you zoom in close on the last photo, you can see a lake start to form where the river hits the wall.
If your child did not get his or her Gifted and Talented Report Card, let me know during conferences and I will get you another copy.
Afternoon Conferences will take place this week at Dever from 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM on Wednesday and Thursday in Room #205 A - which is on the second floor.
Evening Conferences will take place this Thursday in Room #41 at Willow Road. This room is located on the second floor near the Sixth Grade classrooms.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, March 9, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:30 PM
Good Evening Everybody!
Here are some highlights from The Dam Project!
The students at James A. Dever school (Or should I say "Beaver" School) are preparing their dam for the flood.
The teams, (This one is from Wheeler Avenue), were only allowed to use materials that were available to the ancient Egyptians.
This team used a combination of rocks, soil and wooden sticks.
Though most of this dam is made from clay, it looks like a side of beef.
When the water was released we were able to see erosion. It seems simple, but it was quite challenging to hold back the water. The winning dam at Wheeler beat the second place team by only 250 milliliters. The Dever dams will be tested this week.
At this point in the trimester, each grade is going to be starting their Independent Studies. Guidelines for this project will be given out this week. Please note that I will be at a Technology Conference on Monday.
Please make sure that your child returns his or her permission slips this week for our upcoming Spelling Bee on April 11. Please note that this event is for the children only.
All of my afternoon Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held at Dever. There has been a Room Change. I will now be in either Room 205-A or The Auditorium. I will leave a note with the actual location with the security guard. My afternoon conferences will be held from 12:30 - 3:30 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, March 19 and 20. My evening conferences will be held in Room #41 at the Willow Road School from 6 to 8 PM. on Thursday, March 20.
You child's Gifted and Talented Report Card will be in the same envelope as his or her regular report card. All report cards are scheduled to be sent home on Friday, March 14. If for some reason you do not get it, please let me know.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, March 2, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:55 PM
At the time I am writing this - I am sad to report that more snow is coming to Valley Stream. I hope it is nothing more than a little annoyance, but... "ENOUGH ALREADY!"
This week my 6th Graders will finish up "The Dam Project."
"The Dam Project" enables my children to dam a simulated Nile River, using only the materials that were available to the ancient Egyptians.
By the way, learning about dams is VERY important. Just this week there was a major news story in Washington State about a dam that developed a large crack:
My Fourth and Fifth Graders will be finishing up their ELA units this week.
All three grades will be starting their Independent Study Projects next week. I'm moving some of the units around to allow for some of our new STEM materials to arrive.
SPRING PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCE SCHEDULES:
Parent / Teacher Conferences are Coming Soon!
I will be meeting with parents and guardians using the following schedule:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013 (12:30 - 3:30 PM) - JAMES A. DEVER COMPUTER LAB (First Floor - Next to the Library)
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2013 (12:30 - 3:30 PM) - JAMES A. DEVER COMPUTER LAB (First Floor - Next to the Library)
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2013 (6:00 - 8:00 PM) - WILLOW ROAD SCHOOL - ROOM #41 (Second Floor - At the end of the hall near the Sixth Grade Classrooms)
Please feel free to attend at either location regardless of what school your child attends. For most situations, these meetings always work best if your child attends with you. Since I see a large amount of parents from different schools, I am unable to assign appointment times. Just sign in and wait your turn. I will do my best to keep the line moving. My wife says I am worth waiting for. My son isn't too sure.
Thank you and have a great week! (And don't put the shovel away just yet!)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:45 PM
If you check out the website for The Valley Stream Herald, you will see a nice article about our recent Greek Debates. It is on the third page of their website.
Special thanks to Valley Stream editor Andrew Hackmack for covering our event.
Due to the snow that hit us during the last week of school before the February vacation, the Spelling Bee permission slips will be sent home during the week we return.
Also remember that we are still collecting empty printer and copier cartridges and the twist-off tops from clear water bottles.
Enjoy your vacation, starry warm and stay dry.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:50 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone!
Please make note of the following dates:
On March 28, Hofstra University will be hosting the annual regional F.I.R.S.T. High School Robotics Tournament (FIRST is an acronym for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This is an incredible event that is free to the public and I encourage my students and their families to attend this every year. It starts at 8:30 AM at the Mack Sports and Exhibition Center. Anybody interested in technology should attend. This event is appropriate for children of all ages. Admission is free and there is a food and snack bar in the arena.
For more information click here:
Also note that our inaugural Gifted and Talented Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, April 11 at the Wheeler Avenue School. This will involve all of my Gifted and Talented students. Permission slips will be going home this week.
Have a wonderful February vacation! Stay warm and stay safe.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:20 PM
Good Evening! A few of my Sixth Grade parents have asked for a copy of the Greek Debates video. Please keep in mind that the program ran for two and half hours and the standard DVD that I can record on my home computer can only hold about 50 minutes.
If you want a copy of the show, please send in a portable hard drive. I will copy the three long segments onto it for you.
Keep in mind, that the camera was recording from an un-manned stationary position and did not follow the "action" as the children were speaking. It's sort of like a central "B-roll" for those familiar with the term.
Some photos from the event follow below. If you need another copy of the program, let me know.
Have a great night!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:45 AM
GREEK DEBATES - 2014
Yesterday, my sixth grade children, their parents and a few special visitors attended Zeus' Retirement Party at the Greek Debates. It was fun to watch the characters battle each other in a war of words in order to bribe the mortals for their votes.
Here were some highlights...
Don't mess with Artemis or she'll get you with one of her arrows.
Ares, the god of war is always looking for a fight.
Watch your wallet when Hermes is around. As the god of money he will quickly steal it, return it to you, and charge you a 20 % finders fee.
Come on...Doesn't Cronus look like a skinny Santa or Cousin It from the Adams Family. In any case he made a career out of eating his children.
Hera, the Queen of the gods, threw her ugly son Hephaestus off of a mountain. (Mythology is not the place to go for parenting advice.)
Want to impress your family and friends? Invite Hades to your next party. It could be your last!
For some reason, the guys in the audience always pay full attention when Aphrodite speaks.
In this photo, a mortal is sacrificing a can of olives to Athena. She is praying for her child to get into an ivy league school. I hope those olives are pure. Athena will not accept defective olives.
"As the god of the sea, I bring you the wonders of the 7 Seas; lobster, crab legs and jumbo shrimp."
Even the parents got into the act. As mortals they had the opportunity to question the gods of ancient Greece.
All hail Hephaestus! The winner of the 2014 Greek Debates!
The legends of the Greek myths and the students who took part in the Greek Debates will never be forgotten.
I am very proud of all of my students.
I just wanted to thank Mr. Huplosky and his custodial crew for hosting us today.
As you know, tomorrow is a delayed opening. Please note that as of now I am going to be attending a science meeting later in the day.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:50 PM
ANOTHER SNOW DAY!
As of now, we are still on for the Greek Debates at Howell Road tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM. The students who might have to take their NWEA exams, will do so on the make-up days for each school.
I will e-mail everyone if there are changes.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:20 AM
The Greek Debates are scheduled for Tuesday, February 4. We are hoping to start on or close to 10:30 AM in the General Purpose Room (GPR) of the Howell Road School.
The children need to bring:
Lunch (No glass bottles or any food with peanut products please.)
Poster with QR Code
Works Cited Page
Costume & Props
Any "Extra Steps"
All permission slips and PowerPoint files have already been turned in.
Parents may want to bring a smart phone, tablet or similar device to scan QR Codes
Save the Date! May 5, 2014 will be our "Explorations" date. The event is open to all Valley Stream school District #13 Gifted and Talented Students and their parents. Details about this very special event will be coming soon.
Also coming soon is another very special event for all of my children on Friday, April 11. Look for an announcement coming soon.
This week will be our last week where some of my children will be moved to another room due to the NWEA. I also need to attend a special science meeting on Wednesday afternoon and I will be with our Sixth graders most of the day on Tuesday.
Please keep sending in those empty printer and copier cartridges. We turn them in for new technology purchases. Also, I am always collecting the clear caps from water bottles for a recycling project.
Good luck to all of my Sixth Graders this week! May the fates be with you!
MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 8:00 PM
BULLETIN - - - - > THE GREEK DEBATES HAVE BEEN MOVED TO HOWELL ROAD! SAME DAY (FEBRUARY 4, 2014) SAME TIME (10:30 AM)
NEW PERMISSION SLIPS WILL BE GOING HOME THIS WEEK!!!!!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:40 PM
Good Evening Everyone!
I hope you are staying warm and driving a little slower during these cold days that don't want to let up. (Today we breached the 30 degree mark...WOW!)
Due to the February NWEA Exams, some of our schedules and room assignments will be changed. I will leave a note on the classroom door so the children will know where to find me if we have to move.
Also, there may be a date or a location and date change to our Greek Debates. If that happens I will let everyone know as soon as possible. This change, if it occurs, was brought on by the "Snow Day" and the need for some of the schools to administer the NWEA on a day that they should have been finished.
If your child has NOT returned the permission slip please e-mail it to me this weekend. I also need the PowerPoint files e-mailed this weekend. So far I only have about five.
Thank you for your consideration and support.
P.S. - AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THIS YEAR'S GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGAM IS COMING SOON. CHECK OUT THIS WEB SITE OFTEN FOR CLUES AND DETAILS!!!!!!!
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:45 PM
My 6th Graders are hard at work preparing for battle at The Greek Debates. The big day is Tuesday, February 4 - starting on or close to 10:30 AM at the Wheeler Avenue School.
Parents, please make sure that you return your permission forms to let me know who is coming to this event. We really need to have enough chairs and materials for the attendees. The deadline to let me know will be Wednesday, January 22 for my Dever children and Thursday, January 23 for my Wheeler Avenue students. All of my 6th Graders will have to bring their lunches to the debates. Glass bottles and food containing peanuts or peanut products are prohibited.
Parents may also want to bring a smart phone, i-pad, tablet or other device capable of scanning QR codes.
If your child attends James A. Dever, it is important that you check off the space that will grant travel permission to Wheeler for your child.
ALL 6TH GRADE POWERPOINT SLIDES ARE DUE THIS WEEK! If you bring them in on your flash drives, that would work best.
My Fourth and Fifth Grade Students are exploring the stories in the Great Books Series. This is our E.L.A. Unit.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:40 PM
At this point all of my 4th Grade students should have received their grading reports for the Native American Projects. If for some reason your child's report did not make it home, please e-mail me and I will send you a new one. They really did well!
The 4th and 5th Grade Gifted and Talented students have started the E.L.A. Unit using The Great Books Series. Your child must bring his or her book to class for each session along with a pencil and some post-its. Please note that the children will still be undertaking our Math Olympiad Math Challenges and taking part in the Jumping Levels Mathematics Tournament throughout the E.L.A. Unit.
My 6th Graders are working on their materials for the Greek Debates. The actual event will be held on February, February 4 at Wheeler Avenue. I have arranged for a bus to take my Dever children to Wheeler on that day and permission slips will be going home this week.
The Dever children should be arriving on or close to 10 AM. All of the children will get into costumes, set up their props and posters and prepare for battle. Parents and Grandparents are welcome to attend and I expect the actual debates to start on or close to 10 AM. The Debates will be held in the small Gymnasium.
The Dever and Wheeler children are required to bring their lunch to school on the day of the debates. Please do not send in glass bottles or any peanut products.
I also want to remind all of my parents and students that I am constantly collecting empty printer and copier toner cartridges. We use these items to exchange them for technology equipment. I also am collecting the tops of water bottles which are also part of a recycling project. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2913 - ON OR CLOSE TO...OH WHO CARES WE'RE ON VACATION!
I hope that everybody is enjoying their vacation and that those who celebrated had a great holiday!
The Fourth Graders presented their Native American projects on the last day of school before the vacation and they did a very nice job. The grading reports will be returned to the children during the first week of school. Here are some photos of the big event:
This young lady is sharing her dream catcher.
The children showcased artifacts, posters and PowerPoint slides.
This type of ax is used for chopping and during times of war.
(NOTE: Mrs. Rosenfeld has one of these at home to remind me that she is the boss.)
Each school presented their research in numerous ways.
Teamwork was essential to a successful presentation.
Artifacts were replicated to showcase their importance.
The Wheeler Avenue children are explaining their poster.
Artifacts provide evidence about cultures.
This map shows where the original New York Native American tribes were located.
"If we use this weapon wisely, we can take out the other group!"
This is the last time this tribe will shop at Target. They messed up the chief's credit card pin number.
This is my very first "Selfie." I took it while I was playing holiday music on Christmas Eve at LITE FM.
Enjoy the rest of your vacation and I will see you in 2014.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 9:40 PM
"Oh Come Let Us Adore Them...."
SAVE THE DATE! - I found out earlier today that our 6th Grade Ancient Greek Debates will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Wheeler Avenue. Details will be sent home after the vacation. Parents are always invited and strongly encouraged to participate.
Here are some more recent photos. Again, I apologize for the many shots that never made it to disc.
This young lady shared photos of her trip to the Tenement Museum in New York City.
"Take....these broken wings...." This history alteration project looked at how early aircraft developed.
This history alteration project revisited a horrible event that took place fifty years ago.
This model of the White House helped to bring the topic to life.
This project not only teaches us about historical artifacts, it allows the children to display their research in many different ways.
Another student in a different school focuses on the White House.
These presentations show how to combine effective graphics and powerful text.
This model of a Victorian House opens up in two different levels to expose the layout and style of the period.
This PowerPoint about the Rosetta Stone contained impressive animation.
The children have learned to control their visuals using a remote control device.
No, this isn't about dentistry...This young man shared information about shark attacks.
The importance of Ellis Island.
This young man used both a PowerPoint and posters to share his research.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013
It was a pleasure to see many of my class parents last week. I promise that my Spring Conferences in March will be held at the Willow Road and James A. Dever Schools. (It's the only efficient and equitable for me to do this.)
One item that keeps coming up for discussion is our Jumping Levels Math Tournament. The tournament is not an annual event - but rather an opportunity for the children to start at a basic level (Addition and Subtraction) and take the game as far as possible (Double Variables) by the time they graduate. The competition is really for each student to increase his or her own score.
The best way for the children to practice is to get a regular deck of playing cards and practice for about fifteen minutes before they go to sleep - or while they are traveling in a car - or while waiting at a doctor's office, etc.
Have your child shuffle the deck and deal out 3 numbers. (Number cards are worth face value (Aces are equal to "one.") and picture cards are worth "Ten plus the sum of the next card.")
For example, let's say your child deals a "2", a "3", a "Jack" and a "5." Treat those three numbers as 2, 3 and 15.
Now, your child should take those numbers and create every possible series of computations using as many combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as possible.
"15" divided by "3" is "5" and "5" minus "2" equals "3."
"2" times "3' is "6" and "15" minus "6" equals "9".
"15" times "3" is "45" and "45" plus "2" equals "47."
It is more effective to make as many combinations as possible than to keep dealing more cards. There is no reason to buy fancy overpriced math cards. A regular deck of cards will set you back about two and a half bucks and they will last a long time.
The Fourth Graders are gearing up for their first projects. I can tell when a project due date is near by the amount of e-mails that I get. Don't worry kids! Work together, rehearse, stay organized and everything will fall into place. As a side bonus, you will get the chance to meet all of the other Fourth Graders who are in the Gifted and Talented Program from all four schools. Please remember to avoid sending in lunch or snacks with peanuts or items made from peanut products.Good luck!
THE SIXTH GRADE GREEK DEBATES ARE COMING AT THE END OF JANUARY OR EARLY FEBRUARY - FULL DETAILS WILL BE COMING SOON.
This is the Cast of Characters:
Mathew - Poseidon (The Wet)
Alex Z - Hades (The Dead)
Jessica - Artemis (The Wild)
Anna - Athena (The Bright)
Caden - Ares (The Fighter)
Lance - Cronus (The Time-Traveler)
Alex K - Hephaestus (The Ugly, Handicapped Welder)
Adam - Hermes (The Messenger and Thief)
Vito - Apollo (The Sun, Healer and Musician - or The Guy Who Is Basically Too Busy)
Victoria - Aphrodite (Love, Beauty, Physical Attraction - "The Good Stuff!")
Jerahmeel - Hestia (The Hearth, Home and Family Life)
Santina - Hera (The Boss of Women, Marriage, Curiosity)
I am still thinking about bringing in some former students (Who are now in high school) to play some of the other parts. It should be a lot of fun.
Once we begin the winter vacation, please note that I will only be checking my e-mail about once per day or every other day.
I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday, a joyous vacation and most of all...some large pockets of uninterrupted time to spend with the people you love most.
The competition aspect is the
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:00 PM
By now you should have received your child's report card from the Gifted and Talented Program. Please remember that only the grades of 1, 2 and 3 are offered on my report cards.
If your 5th or 6th grader received his or her grading report for his or her recent projects and presentations, please sign it and return it to me as soon as possible. If your child presented his or her work and didn't receive the grading report card yet, it will be sent home this week. My 4th graders will get their grading reports after the December vacation because their presentations will take place on December 20.
Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place this week and I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible. Here are my schedule:
I will be at Wheeler Avenue School in the Lower Level Art Room (Inside the lunchroom) on Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 from 12 PM - 3:30 PM.
I will be at the Howell Road School in Room #8 on Thursday, December 12 from 6PM - 8:30 PM.
Please bring your child with you if it as all possible.
I would like to end this week's entry by joining the millions of people across the globe who are remembering Nelson Mandela
Here is a link to a very inspiring and appropriate tribute.
Have a nice week.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 9:05 AM
First a couple of "technical" apologies....
Due to a problem with our District Server, I was unable to update this page over the weekend. It looks like we are now up and running.
Also, I discovered that most of the presentation photos that I took last week did not record to my disc. Apparently, the tiny pins inside the camera did not align with my SD card and the photos that I shot were not saved. That's unfortunate, because there were several wonderful projects that made for some brilliant photo opportunities and sadly - they weren't recorded.
That being said, I hope that everyone had a great holiday and that you won't be eating any more turkey sandwiches this week. (By now they taste like sawdust!)
Presentations continue this week and my fourth graders are preparing for their big "Pow Wow" at the end of the month. The following photo was taken by a parent and displays a team of children working on their projects and preparing for their big day. (Notice the high quality of healthy snacks that were available!)
Have a wonderful week!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:50 PM
Our Class Presentations Are Now Underway!
On Thursday, November 21, the 6th Grade Students at the Wheeler Avenue School started sharing their History Alteration Projects.
Here were some highlights:
This young man explained the relevance of Steve Jobs.
This young lady prevented the Titanic disaster. (The real event, not the movie!)
This presenter altered the tragic history of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
In this young man's presentation, JFK's assignation was prevented.
This week presentations will begin for my Fifth and Sixth Grade students at Dever and for my Fifth Grade students at Willow Road.
I would like to remind all of my Fourth Grade students to return their permission slips to Mr. Rosenfeld for the trip to Howell Road on December 20, 20I3.
I also want to wish all of my students and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:30 PM
I started to send home permission slips to my fourth graders last week about the trip to Howell Road on Friday, December 20 for our Native American Presentations. The students at Willow Road and James A. Dever will get these forms this week. Parents, please complete these forms and return them to me as soon as possible. Thank you for your help with this.
Report cards for the first marking period will be going home on December 6, 2013 and I wanted to remind everyone about the grading policy of the Gifted and Talented Class.
A grade of "1" means that your child is not performing up to the standards of the Gifted and Talented Program.
A grade of "2" means that your child is meeting the criteria of the enrichment program.
A grade of "3" means that your child is truly going beyond the requirements of the program. I refer to this as taking "extra steps."
There is no grade of "4" in the Gifted and Talented Program.
Have a great week and keep working on your projects!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Item #1: First and foremost...a sincere "Thank you" to all of of our Veterans.
Item #2: Election Day 2013
I am fortunate to belong to a wonderful group of educators called the Gifted Education Network.
We are basically a consortium of Gifted and Talented teachers who meet regularly on Election Day and throughout the year. The focus of the group is to offer its members a chance to collaborate about curriculum, discuss innovations in Gifted Education and pool our resources so that all of our programs can benefit from our collective experiences.
It was suggested that parents of Gifted and Talented children might also want to connect with each other. To that end, I am sharing a letter that was crafted by the founders of our group.
The Gifted Education Network was created with the mission of connecting teachers and administrators of Gifted and Talented Education in 2009 by Cindy Dwyer and Julia Johnson, Coordinators of Gifted Programs in neighboring school districts.
With the growing demand for parents of gifted students to connect with one another, GEN is proud to announce that we will be starting a GEN Parent Group. The impetus for creating a network for parents resonates with the same ideology behind the initial Gifted Education Network- the idea that we already have enough commitments, requirements and obligations, we simply want a way to communicate with one another to unite, ask questions, share stories, and support one another. By e-mailing email@example.com, with ‘GEN Parent’ as the subject line, you will be added to the distribution list. If you want to reach out to fellow GT parents, simply send an e-mail to Cindy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself with the request for us to pass it along.
My Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade students should continue to work on their projects.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:40 PM
I am finding it hard to believe that it is already November. The school year is moving at a very fast pace.
Here are a few things that I would like to mention about the program that you and your children should know:
1) In case of class cancellations due to special school events or teacher workshops, all assignment due dates will move up to the next day or period that we meet as a class. Last week we lost some class time due to Student Council Assemblies, Halloween activities and a "Red Ribbon Week" show.
2) It is now imperative for all of my students to bring their research folders, flash drives, index cards and other supplies to each class session. Too many children are leaving their flash drives or folders at home. These items need to go back and fourth on a regular basis. If you still need to purchase a thumb drive for your child, try to get one that is durable. The character thumb drives may look nice, but they aren't always built to last and they often cost more.
3) My Fourth Grade students will soon need to meet with each other outside of our class sessions. Please help to arrange some time for this and help the children work out the logistics of getting together.
4) As I mentioned at the Open House, The Parent / Teacher Conference Schedules will be as follows:
December 11 & December 12 Afternoon Conferences:
Wheeler Avenue School - Basement Art Room
December 12 Evening Conferences
Howell Road School - Room Number 8
March 19 and March 20 Afternoon Conferences
James A. Dever School - Computer Lab
March 20 Evening Conferences
Willow Road School - Room 41
Please note that all of my class parents and guardians are welcome to attend my conferences at any building. Due to the number of children in the program, I will not be able to schedule individual appointments. Come to the session that is most convenient. Simply sign-in and kindly wait your turn. I have always found that these meetings are most effective if your child attends with you.
Thank you and have a great week!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 9:15 PM
As Halloween falls on Thursday evening, please be mindful of safety if your child participates in the festivities. Always inspect all treats before you allow them to be consumed, and make sure that any costume is reflective and easy for a driver to see. Even if you are keeping a local route, make sure your children (even older ones) are supervised by adults at all times. Also, try to be mindful of some of our senior citizens who might truly be frightened and confused.
I will probably stay home and give out the treats.....(Fun size? That's not good. Give me the 5 pound bag of M&Ms. Now THAT's the real fun size!)
Have fun and be safe.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:10 PM
I just want to thank everyone who came to my Open House this evening. It was kind of you to take time from your busy week in order to meet with me and to learn about the program. I would like to thank the James A. Dever Music Department and the custodial staff for helping me set up. I would also like to thank Mrs. Sells-Asch for her help in coordinating the evening.
If you have questions at any time, please feel free to send me an e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
OCTOBER 20, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 PM."
I look forward to seeing all of my class parents and guardians this Thursday at 7 PM for my annual Open House. This year it will be held in the auditorium at the James A. Dever School.
Have a great week!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:00 PM
Some of the best ideas come from my class parents. I have now made this blog easier to follow by putting the more recent postings and important messages on the top of the web page instead of on the bottom. This will make it easier for you to see when information has been added and you won't have to scroll through old entries every week.
By now you should have my e-mail address. Please use it to ask questions or to provide me with information about your child when it is necessary. I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours. Always include your name and the name of your child in every correspondence - even if you think I already have this information. Also note that I will never respond directly to children via e-mail.
Have a great week.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 4:00 PM
I would like to invite all parents and guardians of Gifted and Talented students to my OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, October 24 at 7 PM. This will take place in the James A. Dever School Auditorium.
The Open House will provide information about the Gifted and Talented Program including curriculum, trips, and special events.
Please note that this event is for adults only.
Letters with additional information will be sent home during the week.
I look forward to meeting family members who are new to the program and to catching up with those who have been with me for the last year or two.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:45 PM
The enrichment program is in full swing. The Fifth and Sixth Grade children are working on their first full-scale projects.
They are posted on this website under the tabs on the left-hand side of this page in case you misplace any of the paperwork or if you need additional copies.
I thought that the parents of my new Fourth Grade students would appreciate a few "in-action" photos of their children as I continue to acclimate them to the program and routine.
This young lady is working on her survey responses.
This young man is working on thought-provoking questions.
"No problem....I can handle this!"
The Puzzle Challenge at Howell Road.
"You mean after all this work, I only had to complete number 3?"
Over in the Wheeler Avenue Basement Art Room, these students are working on their puzzle challenge.
At Willow Road, this young lady is excited to be part of the Gifted and Talented Program. (Welcome Aboard!)
In the middle of all the required assignments, we still try to have a little fun.
This young man is concentrating on his responses. If you look closely, his pencil is sawing through the table..
I know that these new rubber band things are the latest fashion trend, but Mr. Rosenfeld is still hanging on to his amusement park bracelets that he got last summer.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:45 PM
At this point I have met with most of my students and our program is underway. I would like to welcome the families of my new students to the program. Dates for my Open House will be posted soon. A list of supplies is posted on this website and you can access that lift by clicking on the link.
In the past I have asked my students and their families to bring in their empty printer and copy machine cartridges. This is something that I would like to continue this year. We recycle the cartridges through our Technology Department and we exchange them for new equipment. It would be great if you could help us out with this!
Gifted and Talented Meeting Locations for the 2013-2014 School year.
James A. Dever School - Computer Lab
Howell Road School - Room #8
Wheeler Avenue School - Downstairs Art Room (Next to the Lunchroom)
Willow Road - Room #41
Have a wonderful week!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 9:45 PM
Here is the Gifted and Talented class schedule for the 2013 - 2014 school year:
James A Dever School:
Wednesday 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Monday 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Wednesday 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Howell Road School
Friday 11:25 AM - 12:05 PM
Friday 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Friday 9:45 AM - 10:35 AM
Friday 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Wheeler Avenue School
Tuesday 11:25 AM - 12:05 PM
Thursday 11:25 AM - 12:05 PM
Thursday 10:35 AM - 11:25 AM
Thursday 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Willow Road School
Monday 9:35 AM - 10:15 AM
Monday 1:35 PM - 2:25 PM
Tuesday 9:35 AM - 10:15 AM
Tuesday 1:35 PM - 2:25 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:15 PM
The Gifted and Talented schedule is almost complete and it looks like I will start seeing my students on Monday or Tuesday. Once we are good to go, I will post a copy of the schedule here. I can't wait to get started!
New students who have been accepted into the program should receive official letters from the district office this week. WELCOME ABOARD! Please have your child return the forms to Mr. Rosenfeld's mailbox. I am fortunate to have a mailbox in each school's main office.
Information about the Gifted and Talented Open House and Parent / Teacher Conferences will be forthcoming.
Have a great weekend!
MONDAY EVENING - SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
Welcome back to school!
I would like to wish all of my wonderful students a fantastic start to the school year. I would also like to wish all of my former students a great year in junior high school as they embark on new journeys.
The Gifted and Talented program will start as soon as possible. Screening of new entrants will take place within the first few weeks of school and our schedules will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.
I look forward to a productive and enriching school year.
PS - Ever so often I post information about events that may or may not take place during school hours if I feel they are worthwhile for my Gifted and Talented Students. One such event is Maker Faire that is held annually at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.
If you have never been to it before, maker faire is a collection and celebration of technology, creativity, art, innovation, etc.
This year the faire will be held on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.
I have provided a link for your information.