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Introduction to Research Class Presents Final Projects

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Introduction to Research sixth-graders at Finley Middle School recently completed final projects as part of the course curriculum. Students selected their own subject of research and ultimately explored topics such as the history of rap music, school shootings and gun control, and North Korea and its nuclear weaponry.

The students began their projects in January and worked extensively on them all year. Sixth-graders usually present their projects in Google Slides or exhibit panel form, but teacher Maggi Ibrahim offered students the option of doing something more advanced that might mimic the format of the eighth-grade research project. The older students have the option of completing an exhibit, paper, performance, website or documentary.
 
Sixth-grader Lila Santamaria took on the more advanced option of documentary and focused on the topic of anorexia nervosa. Lila was very interested in making students aware of the possible signs and symptoms of the emotional disorder. 

When asked why she chose this specific topic, Lila said, “If people know about how the media makes people feel about their bodies, they might be more aware of its dangers. Anorexia affects a lot of young people, both men and women, and I want to help people and spread awareness.” 

“I am so proud of her,” Ms. Ibrahim said of Lila. “She is so talented and did a wonderful job.”

Ms. Ibrahim expressed her pride in all of the students’ work, commending them for their dedication and thorough research.  

To view Lila’s video, please click on the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLNd2OA4v_s
 

Finley Students Raise Hundreds for Worthy Cause

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Robert M. Finley Middle School has accepted the challenge of helping to find a cure for blood cancer. This year, over a span of three weeks, students were able to collectively raise $776.71 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Ms. Meredith Murolo’s eighth-grade homeroom was the leader, raising $131.37 to contribute towards the very worthy cause. For their efforts, they received a pizza lunch donated from Domino’s Pizza.

Fitness and Technology at Finley

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Sixth- and seventh-grade students at Finley Middle School are using Chromebooks in physical education classes as part of a new initiative led by teachers Matt Carbone, Steven Tripp and Angela Zupa.

The teachers, at the direction of Principal Nelson Iocolano, developed an eight-minute fitness video for students to complete at home. The workout routine was comprised of various exercises, including crunches, push-ups, wall sits and running in place. They would then enter what they completed onto a Google Sheet created by their teachers. During the same eight-week period, teachers would begin each physical education class with the same routine to monitor the students’ progress and to provide them with an additional opportunity to record their results.

“We really want our students to realize that fitness and exercise is not an every other day activity. It’s something they should do every day,” Mr. Tripp said. 

Mr. Carbone said using the Chromebooks to enhance physical education class was a no-brainer.  

“Anytime the students can implement technology in class it’s a win because the students love it,” he said.

The teachers are looking towards creating an assignment for students to take part in over the summer months as a way to encourage daily health and fitness.  

First-Place Honors for Finley Musicians

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The Robert M. Finley Middle School concert band, string orchestra and chorus, under the direction of their conductors, Keith Schmidt, Chris Lippe and Joy Sullivan, respectively, participated in the 2018 Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania. All three ensembles took home first-place trophies in their categories. The orchestra received a Superior rating, while the concert band and chorus received Excellent ratings. The competition took place at Lebanon Valley College, with an award ceremony at Hershey Park. The band, orchestra and chorus performed for a panel of judges that were impressed with the musicianship displayed during the performance. Congratulations to all participants!

 

Finley Students Visit Boston

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Finley Middle School eighth-graders recently enjoyed a wonderful trip to Boston. The students began their day at the Hall of Science where they viewed an IMAX movie. They also took a Duck Boat Tour of the city and harbor, explored Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market and had dinner at Pizzeria Uno. A great time was had by all! 
 

Finley Students Participate in Antibullying Workshops

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Eighth-grade students from Robert M. Finley Middle School attended an anti-bullying campaign at Hofstra University in conjunction with Northwell Health Systems and Hofstra Radio on May 8.

The event was a terrific experience for the students as they participated in educational workshops, presentations and group discussions on leadership, being an upstander, recognizing the warning signs of teen dating abuse, cyberbullying, suicide prevention and taking a stand against bullying.