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Westhampton Beach elementary teacher to study in Prague

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Jennifer Wagner, a Westhampton Beach Elementary School fourth grade ENL integrated classroom teacher, will be studying in Prague this summer after winning a grant from the Fund for Teachers organization. Wagner is one of only 365 teachers from around the world to be awarded the grant out of a pool of 10,000 applicants.

“I am excited to study in Prague and to use my experience and knowledge in my future classrooms,” said Wagner, who has been a teacher in Westhampton Beach for the past eight years. Wagner also intends to share what she learns with her colleagues.

In Prague, Wagner will participate in a creativity workshop where she will explore strategies for utilizing activities such as free-form drawing, photography, storytelling and mindfulness to bridge the academic performance and background knowledge gaps between English language learners from Central America and native English speakers.

Wagner was awarded the $5,000 for her “unwavering commitment to crafting a transformative learning experience, one that fuels your curiosity and positively impacts your students,” according to the Fund for Teachers organization.

Date Added: 4/15/2024

Winning projects for future scientists

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Students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School displayed their knowledge of science at the school’s 25th annual Math, Science and Technology Fair.

The event showcased a variety of science projects by students in grades 1-5, with topics ranging from dog anatomy and beach erosion to screen time and cleaner water.

This year’s fair winners were Sophie Dwyer and Elizabeth Williams, kindergarten; Kenley Montpetit, first grade; Ben Williams, second grade; Max Searles, third grade; Cora Montpetit, fourth grade; and Xavier Kalisak, fifth grade.

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

Date Added: 3/27/2024

Learning about disabilities

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School students recently participated in an annual sensory evening and day where they learned about disabilities through interactive stations. Students learned about sensory challenges such as noise and touch, attempted to wheel a wheelchair through an obstacle course, and learned about the many devices available to students who are unable to communicate through speech.

Date Added: 3/14/2024

Westhampton Beach students help improve the bay

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School students recently learned more about the importance of caring for the environment and the Moriches Bay Project’s mission to re-establish populations of shellfish and eelgrass. During a special program on March 7, the students worked with Moriches Bay representatives, as well as their teachers and parents, to construct oyster cages that will be used to help re-establish the oyster population.

Date Added: 3/8/2024

Elementary school students celebrate Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, Westhampton Beach Elementary School students are learning about influential African Americans through a variety of activities sponsored by the school’s Equity Committee. Students created Instagram posts that featured influential African Americans. Their work, which included short messages about the person they chose and a corresponding picture, is displayed outside their classrooms. Additionally, members of the school’s student council created a tree display, titled Rooted and Grounded in Black History, on a bulletin board in the school’s main hallway that features information about influential African Americans.

Date Added: 2/27/2024