We Are Autism Aware

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School students took part in daily activities as part of an Autism Awareness Spirit Week that kicked off April 12.

Along with wearing blue to show their support, students read books and watched videos to learn more about autism, worked together to create a blue paper chain, guessed how many puzzle pieces were in a jar, and made classroom signs supporting autism awareness. They also participated in spirit days by wearing crazy socks, their favorite jerseys and tie-dyed apparel to school.

Winning Projects for Young Scientists

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Students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School displayed their knowledge of science during the school’s annual math, science and technology fair. The fair was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The students showcased a variety of science projects by uploading video presentations to the app Flipgrid. Topics ranged from erosion to velocity to pollution.

This year’s fair winners were Maxwell Searles, kindergarten; Cora Montpetit, first grade; Ezra Schneider, second grade; Joshua Wright, third grade; Grace Magaldi-Eddy, fourth grade; and Christian Naclerio, fifth grade. Earning honorable mention were third graders Jacob Greenberger and Claire Robesch, fourth grader Catherine Robesch and fifth grader Jack Gibbons.

How Clean is Your Water?

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Fifth grade students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School recently created their own water filtration systems as part of a science unit related to the earth’s fresh water sources. For the hands-on lesson, students used plastic water bottles, coffee filters and gravel to construct their own water filters, which they then tested for effectiveness.

Bring on Spring

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Thinking about warmer days ahead, Westhampton Beach Elementary School students took part in a tropics-themed day on March 15. They dressed in their Hawaiian best, decorated their school’s hallways in a tropical theme, and wrote down what they are looking forward to this spring on paper coconuts that were added to the hallway display.

Students Research Endangered Species

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Third graders at Westhampton Beach Elementary School researched a variety of endangered species as part of a recent science lesson. Each student chose an animal on the endangered species list — ranging from sea turtles and bald eagles to whooping cranes — and created a report that they presented to their peers. They were encouraged to compliment each other by writing accolades on sticky notes that they affixed to each presenter’s report.