Draw me a Picture

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School students helped illustrator Jeff Mack draw an original character during a school assembly on Feb. 14. As part of the high-energy event, students listed physical traits that the new character should have as Mack drew them on an easel. They also learned about Mack’s career and how he become an illustrator and author. The event was sponsored by the Westhampton Free Library.    

Sending Love

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The first-graders in AnnMarie Steiner’s class at Westhampton Beach Elementary School put their creativity and writing skills into practice on Feb. 14 by crafting Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family. 

100 Days Smarter

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School marked the 100th day of school on Feb. 14 with a number of hundred-themed activities. For Meaghan Moran’s first-grade class, those included counting 100 drops of water, writing 100 words, stacking 100 cups and measuring 100 centimeters. Pictured, from left, are students Mila Nathan, Claire Robesch and Gabriella Yervasi with their measuring ribbon.

Published Journalists

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Four Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth-graders learned about the art of journalism by penning an article as part of Newsday’s Kidsday section. For their article, the students Jasmine Taylor, Jessilynn Trinh, Katherine Ralph and Hailey Groth interviewed Nickelodeon star Jace Norman, who stars in the show “Henry Danger.” Their work appeared in the Jan. 18 issue of Kidsday.   

Strumming up a Storm

Westhampton Beach Elementary School students are learning to play the ukulele as part of a new music unit. 

This school year, music teacher Ali Gogas introduced the students to the small four-stringed instrument, starting with how to strum. By the end of the school year, students will be able to play while singing a short song.  

“In third grade, students learn to play the recorder,” said Gogas. “I thought adding a string instrument would be a great opportunity for them. It’s a fun and different experience and requires a higher level of skill.”  

A Flourishing Greenhouse

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As part of a PTA-sponsored project, Westhampton Beach Elementary School students are growing and tasting winter greens that they planted in the school’s greenhouse.

For the project, students have been working with farm educator Renato Stafford, owner of Homegrown, to plant and grow winter microgreens, including arugula, broccoli rabe and spinach. The outdoor classroom has provided students with the opportunity to taste what they have grown and learn about the different growing seasons. In the spring, they will plant tomatoes and other vegetables. 


Larger Than Life Recess

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School students now have new, larger-than-life games to play when Mother Nature decides to send snow or rain and indoor recess must be held. The large-scale games include Jenga and chess, along with other popular board games. Students can access the new items in the school’s small gym during indoor recess.