Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day photo
In recognition of Poem in Your Pocket Day, part of National Poetry Month, Westhampton Beach Elementary School students took part in poetry-related activities on April 18. One activity included carrying their favorite poems in peel-and-stick pockets and sharing them with their peers. 

Learning to Live Well

Learning to Live Well photo
To teach students about various aspects of wellness, Westhampton Beach Elementary School held a wellness week during the week of April 8. Throughout the week, students participated in a variety of healthy activities and theme days that extended to their homes as part of a healthy homework initiative. They learned to make healthy snacks, took part in physical activities – including Walk to School Day and yoga sessions – and participated in mental health discussions, including learning how to “calm your butterflies.”

Worth Recording

Worth Recording photo

After practicing hard all year, Westhampton Beach Elementary School third graders put on a recorder concert for friends and family on April 16.  The students delightfully performed several pieces, including “Hot Cross Buns,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “The Grand Old Duke of York” and “Lightly Row.”


Follow the Sensory Path

Follow the Sensory Path photo
In an effort to provide students with downtime during the school day, Westhampton Beach Elementary School now features sensory paths in several of its hallways. The paths are marked with colorful decals that prompt students to jump, spin, squat, hop, count and spell. “We encourage movement throughout the day,” said Principal Lisa Slover. “The paths are just another opportunity for students to get a bit of energy out and take a break.”

Light It Up blue!

Light It Up blue photo
To raise awareness about autism, Westhampton Beach Elementary School is celebrating National Autism Awareness Month throughout the month of April. Students designed hallway bulletin boards that displayed their knowledge of autism and kicked off the initiative by wearing blue to school on April 1.  Throughout the month, they will continue to learn about autism and take part in lessons and activities, including decorating autism awareness puzzle pieces. 

Odyssey of the Mind Team Competes at States

Odyssey of the Mind Team Competes at States photo
Westhampton Beach Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team recently competed in the Odyssey of the Mind state finals at SUNY Binghamton. They proudly placed sixth. 

The seven fifth-graders procured the placement after competing against 18 teams from across the state. Led by coach and teacher Lynne Marshall, the team used their creativity, problem-solving and acting skills to formulate a long-term solution to a problem created by competition organizers. This year’s problem required the team to create an original performance depicting Leonardo Da Vinci in his workshop and include a patron character that presented Leonardo with a problem to solve. 

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates team members Ava Carvis, Ava Combuechen, Morgan DeVerna, Hailey Groth, Rhylee Kirchner, Emma O’Came and Tessa Mongelluzzo. 

Winning projects for young scientists

Winning projects for young scientists photo
Students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School displayed their knowledge of science at the school’s 21st annual math, science and technology Fair on March 21.

The event showcased a variety of science projects by students in grades 1-5, with topics ranging from germ-free hands and yeast activation to sound blockers and ripening bananas. 

This year’s fair winners were Luke Atkinson, kindergarten; Evan Pereya, first grade; Mary Rose Atkinson, second grade; Jack Ribbons, third grade; Gabriel Monserrate, fourth grade; and Rhylee Kirchner, fifth grade.   

The winning students are now eligible to compete in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual Elementary Science Fair Competition on May 4.

A Bountiful Harvest

A Bountiful Harvest photo

Westhampton Beach Elementary School students stood in the school’s greenhouse on a sunny afternoon in March, astounded by the bounty of greens they had been growing since January. It was harvesting day.

The students had the opportunity to taste the winter microgreens they had grown, which included arugula, broccoli rabe, spinach and lettuce, and took turns harvesting the garden beds. 

Their crops, which grew without added heat, yielded enough to allow the school’s head chef to create a generous salad that all students enjoyed on March 18. 

The PTA-sponsored garden project officially kicked off this school year with the goal of teaching students about growing seasons and the art of gardening. Farm educator Renato Stafford led the project. 

With the winter greens harvested, the students will work on another round of planting. They will be growing potatoes, snap peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, and as the weather grows warmer, they will start tending outdoor beds behind the greenhouse. They will also be learning about the composting process.