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Connolly Student Council Donates Toys for Children in Ecuador

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Connolly’s Student Council raised money during the holidays by selling pencils and sending them to each other. With the money they raised, the group bought toys, coloring books, crayons and different types of puzzles for the local doctor’s office of Dr. Loriann Stuiso. Dr. Stuiso plans on bringing the donations to Ecuador when she performs free reconstructive surgeries on children that reside there.

Connolly Academic Plus Students Dissect Owl Pellets

Connolly Academic Plus Students Dissect Owl Pellets photo

Fourth-grade students in Connolly’s Academic Plus program dissected owl pellets as part of their study of raptors.

Prior to the dissection, the group researched different raptors and wrote realistic fiction pieces to convey what they had learned about their habitat, diet and neighborhood, and how humans affect their existence. According to science, technology, research, engineering and arts teacher Cheryl Carmody, the students were given creative license with regard to their project and created outstanding posters, dioramas and other projects to accompany their writing. 

Mrs. Carmody explained to students that farmers have owl pellets examined to determine what rodents are hurting their crops. She then equipped each team of students with an owl pellet, plastic gloves, magnifying glasses and tweezers to begin identifying the bones, skulls and other materials contained in their pellet.   

The Academic Plus Program is an accelerated educational program offered to students in grades 3-5 at both Connolly and Landing schools.  



‘Exasperation’ Spells Success for Connolly Student

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Connolly fifth-grader Sara Roditi was named the winner of the school’s Scripps Spelling Bee contest.

Sara competed against the top spellers in the fifth-grade class in the competition. In all, 12 students took part in the bee after placing first and second in their individual class contests. During the competition, each student took turns spelling words off the Scripps spelling word list, presented by STREAM teacher Cheryl Carmody in front of the entire fifth-grade class. Principal Julie Mullan and AIS teacher Dora Ricciardi judged the event. The spelling bee concluded with Sara spelling the word “exasperation” correctly, winning the competition. Logan was named runner up.

Principal Mullan congratulated Sara, as well as the other contenders, Isabel Basil, Jason Basil, Page Bennett, Ella Dalk-Mall, Gio Galo, Hanna Glasky, Logan Grech, Stefano Malatos, Julia Petrizzo, Alexa Sincore and Mert Suyabatmaz.

Connolly K-Kids Visit Glen Cove Senior Center

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Connolly’s K-Kids made a holiday visit to the Glen Cove Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20. 

The K-Kids sang the songs they learned for their winter concert to the seniors and held an intergenerational holiday sing-a-long with favorites, including “Jingle Bells,” “The Dreidl Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and others. The K-Kids also made holiday cards for the seniors. The students enjoyed juice and cookies supplied by the Glen Cove Senior Center after the performance. All had a good time! 
 
This is the 20th year that the Connolly School K-Kids have made a holiday visit to the Glen Cove Senior Center. Connolly teachers Krystle Gonzalez and Sandra Vigliotti serve as the group’s advisers and retired Connolly teacher Leslie McCarthy is the Kiwanis liason for the group.

Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13