We are very proud of the accomplishments that each of our students and teachers achieve each day. Our academic program is strong and provides students and teachers with opportunities to expand their thinking and to apply their knowledge.
In addition to the more traditional classroom activities, our students have the opportunity to increase learning by utilizing many technological resources. Teachers and students frequently take advantage of video conferencing, and it has become an integral part of our program over the last nine years. Classroom computers and those in our updated lab are continually utilized in order to create PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, as well as for internet-based research. Our fourth, fifth and sixth grade students and teachers are extremely excited to be utilizing the Smart Boards. Children in those classrooms have had an opportunity to interact with the curriculum in a very meaningful way utilizing this new technological resource. Presently, our sixth grade students are creating short movies to be entered into the second annual Oceanside Film Festival.
Outside of the classroom, our students have the opportunity to explore many educational and cultural locations. Trips to the Cradle of Aviation, Holocaust Tolerance Center, Tanglewood Preserve, Old Bethpage Restoration Village, Adams Playhouse, The Long Island Children’s Museum, and the Clark Gardens are wonderful experiences for the children. This year, our sixth grade students had a wonderful opportunity to attend an environmental education program at the Ashokan Center in upstate New York.
It is our strong desire to promote wellness in our children. We have an extremely active Wellness Committee that meets monthly to develop activities and programs geared towards making healthy food choices and increasing physical activity. Last year, we instituted walk-to-school days. Our annual Family Fun and Fitness Night was enjoyed by many people. Healthy snacks are being provided to students and children are encouraged to try new things.
One of our major goals at School #3 is to promote positive social development in our students. We continue to offer students an opportunity to develop their skills through classroom lessons and highlight the many contributions our students make through our “Good Deeds Done” program, Acorn program, and morning announcements. We have developed a new program where each grade level is responsible for organizing a community service event that shows our deep desire to help those in need. Some of the activities that our students have participated in include:
· First graders were responsible for donating over 800 pairs of used eyeglasses to the Lions Club, which will be used to help children and adults around the world.
· Our third graders raised money in order to support the Whooping Cranes project.
· Our first graders brought treats and cards to the Nursing Staff at South Nassau Communities Hospital for Valentine’s Day, with the statement “We Care Because You Care.”
· Sixth grade students had the opportunity to participate in a new program entitled “The Little Doctors.” During this program, students learned about the necessity of blood donations and were encouraged to recruit people to donate. A few of our students even had the opportunity to assist at the Blood Drive. We are very proud that our Drive yielded 64 pints of blood.
We are looking forward to seeing what the other grade levels develop for their community service activities.
Another area that provides students with a sense of community service is our extra-curricular program. In particular, the K-Kids Club, which is associated with the Oceanside Kiwanis Club, assists in many areas of the community. They have assisted at the Department of Community Activity’s Halloween and Christmas programs, and the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. These students organized our two food drives and the response was enormous.
Our Student Council also organizes activities that provide students with a sense of giving, including the “Pennies for Patients” program and others. Also, our Kids-to-Kids program provides older students with an opportunity to tutor younger children. In keeping with the theme of helping others, many of our students created Valentine’s Day cards to be sent to veterans.
Each week our students are provided with wonderful role models who value the importance of community service, as we welcome many senior citizens into our classrooms as assistants. They provide the teachers with valuable support and many have made positive connections with the children.
Through our Physical Education program, our school raised thousand of dollars for the American Heart Association. Students ‘jumped’ and ‘dunked’ in order to raise money for this important organization.
Our PTA is extremely supportive and demonstrates its willingness to support our children and staff in many ways. Our PTA provides several Arts in Education programs, including guest authors, musicals, and motivational speakers. Special activities include a Back-to-School BBQ, dances, and book fairs. The dedication of the PTA provides students with additional examples of how important it is to support community efforts.
The PTA and faculty are also dedicated to providing students with opportunities to socialize in a safe environment. Friday nights are often fun at School #3, where we have many school dances, movie nights, Family Fun and Fitness Night, and a Family Reading Night.
The hardworking students, supportive parents, and dedicated staff of the School #3 family invite you to visit our school.
From Tiny Acorns to Mighty Oaks