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Cool Chemistry After Literacy Lesson

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A two-pronged lesson combined literacy and chemistry for students in Ms. Alyssa Bosco’s class in Edna Louise Spear Elementary School.

The students read renowned children’s author Julia Cook’s “My Mouth Is a Volcano” and followed up by discussing feelings and ways they could learn how to respectfully prevent their own mouths from “erupting” when they may want to talk out of turn. The students then created volcanoes from water bottles, water, vinegar, dish soap, food coloring and baking soda. They watched their volcanoes erupt as a culmination to the lesson, helping to connect the idea of managing their thoughts and words.

Recognizing 9/11 20 Years Later

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Thank you to music teacher Mr. Christian Neubert and students Kasumi Layne-Stasik and Andrew Patterson for taking part in the Port Jefferson Fire Department 9/11 ceremony. Both students are members of the fire department. They performed the national anthem and God Bless America.

Welcome Back!

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The Port Jefferson School District welcomed students back for the 2021-22 academic year on Sept. 2. Greeted by teachers and administrators throughout the district, students met teachers and classmates while quickly adapting to their new routines as they move forward in an engaging and productive year.

Scavenger Hunt – Scraggy Style!

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To ready elementary students who were taught virtually for the 2021-22 school year, Principal Amy Laverty hosted a Scavenger Hunt before the official start of school. The self-directed activity for students and a parent encouraged them to use clues to become reacquainted with the building.

The students were able to familiarize themselves with arrival and see where their classrooms are located, ask questions and essentially ease some anxiety about returning to in-person instruction.

“I wanted their first experience back in the school building to be a positive and fun one,” Mrs. Laverty said.

Port Jeff Names Interim Principal

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The Port Jefferson School District Board of Education appointed Mr. James Nolan to serve as the Port Jefferson Middle School interim principal. A seasoned educator for over 33 years, Mr. Nolan began his career as an English teacher for both the Sachem School District and Kings Park School District. He later served as the dean of students and middle school principal in Patchogue Medford School District. Mr. Nolan returned to Sachem in roles as assistant principal and principal of Sachem High School North before taking the top position in the district as superintendent of schools. Mr. Nolan’s wealth of experience and knowledge led to postretirement service as Baldwin High School’s interim principal and East Islip’s interim assistant principal.

“Mr. Nolan’s administrative leadership coupled with his years of classroom experience at various grade levels and all-around energy for our middle school mission are a win-win for our school community. We are pleased to welcome him on board,” Superintendent of Schools Jessica Schmettan said.

Mr. Nolan looks forward to his new role in Port Jefferson and building relationships in the community.
Saturday, September 18, 2021