Landing Elementary School
A National Blue Ribbon Award Winning School of Excellence
Welcome To Our School
Welcome to Landing School, also known as "the Friendly School!" Landing is a special place for so many reasons. It is a place where we pride ourselves on being a family. As Landing principal, I am proud of my caring and nurturing faculty and staff, who are committed to bringing each and every child a full and enriched educational experience. We strive each day to reach our personal goals and celebrate our many successes. We value our cultural diversity and learn to be appreciative of the unique qualities that make us who we are. At Landing School, we understand that learning styles are individual and varied, and we search continually for ways to reach all learners, so that each child can realize his or her own personal potential.
Our PTA is an integral part of our family, and provides our students with a variety of fun and educational experiences throughout the school year.
Our On-Site Committee meets regularly to discuss ways in which we can be proactive as a school community and keep our learning environment a positive and productive one. We consider local community members (Glen Cove seniors, policemen, etc.) to be our extended family members and encourage their participation in our many outreach programs.
As you can see, Landing School is more than just an elementary school....it is our home.
ESL Academy Helps Language Learners – and Families – Prep for ELA, Math
In what made for a festive and exciting event, the Glen Cove School District’s English as a Second Language Saturday Academy culminated with a special celebration in the Finley Middle School Mini-Center, where students received certificates for their hard work in completing the program. Along with the recognition, special group presentations, cultural food and music complemented the finale.
Now in its second year, the ESL Academy was created to help ESL students and students who exited the ESL program within the past two years prepare for New York State assessments in English Language Arts and math. The program welcomes many students for most of whom Spanish is their native language, although not all.
Monica Chavez, Coordinator of Foreign Language and ESL for the district and supervisor of the ESL Saturday Academy, welcomed those in attendance to the academy’s closing ceremony. “I’m thankful to the teachers who have sacrificed their Saturdays to come and dedicate their time to working with our children,” she said. “This will be a great benefit for our students.”
Ms. Chavez explained that the program is not only geared toward preparing students for the state assessments, but also for providing support for children to become more comfortable with the English language. A variety of writing activities, including essay composition, poetry, reading comprehension and analysis of texts, was conducted in classes to prepare students for the ELA exam, while for mathematics, students worked on problem-solving, computation and other math activities.
Rosita Mallo, Morgan Becht, Amy Mendrinos, Gaetano Vaccaro, Elizabeth Sohanchyk-Nagler, Alexandra Rivera, Briana Fazio, Jennifer Beauchamp, Max Pinsky and Christine Johnson are the teachers who work the academy. “They are the heart and soul of the program,” added Ms. Chavez. “Without them, there is no program.”
She also explained that this year, the program expanded this year to accept 60 students spanning grades kindergarten through eight, allowing for the younger siblings as well as parents to participate in the Academy, which offered ESL for Adults for the first time.
Following presentations from students who discussed their learning experiences at the Academy and how the program helped them develop stronger writing and math skills, certificates for participation were presented to students, parents and teachers of the program, and perfect attendance certificates were distributed to students and parents.
“This is a great opportunity for kids to respond to learning,” said Ms. Becht an ESL teacher at Connolly Elementary School who teaches third-grade advanced ELA and math for the ESL Saturday Academy program. “The more exposure they have, the better prepared and confident they’ll be for the assessments. This gives them confidence.”
Ronaldo Velasquez, 15, said that he benefited from taking the eighth-grade math class and an ELA class as part of the ESL Saturday Academy program. “It helped me a lot more with my English,” he said, noting that he speaks Spanish regularly. Of the state assessment in ELA, he said, “It was hard, but the program helped me a little bit more for it.”
Third-grader Katie Arevalo described the program as fun and said she enjoyed learning more about both ELA and math, and being able to go to class with friends. “We did different projects, and this made it easier for me,” she said, referring to the preparation for state assessments. “I would want to do it again next year.”
The event concluded with an assortment of delectable treats and drinks, as well as music. Families, friends and teachers gathered to share stories and enjoy the final day of the program.
Fifth-Graders Bring History to Life
Martin Luther King Jr, Helen Keller and Abigail Adams were brought to life at Landing Elementary School as part of the fifth-grade living museum, which required students to thoroughly research a person of historical significance or fame, dress up as that character and tell visitors about their life and work.
Parents, family and other students were invited to visit the classrooms to learn more about the famous and historical figures. The fifth-graders were in character for the duration of the living museum, introducing visitors to the main impact and significance of their selected person. Other historical figures and celebrities included Michael Jackson, Walt Disney, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Clinton, among many others.
“Today’s activity helps the kids make a personal connection to someone they have researched in history, allowing them to dig deeper into their character, their contributions to society and their importance,” said Interim Principal Martin Malone. “The fun part for the guests is that they get to hear the kids take on the persona of the character. This is completely in line with the social studies curriculum for grade five and it’s an authentic example of how the students can demonstrate their knowledge.”
Pedometers Measure Up at Landing
Students at Landing Elementary School have been learning about five health-related fitness concepts in their physical education classes, including body composition, muscle strength, muscle endurance, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility, with all of the lessons reinforced by the use of pedometers to emphasize cardiovascular fitness through two innovative programs.
Lynn Manger, the Director of VITAL (Values Initiative Teaching About Lifestyle) at the National Hypertension Association, donated over 50 pedometers to the school for use in physical education classes. This donation helped to teach the importance of daily fitness and its direct effect on heart health, with students learning how to use the pedometer and understand its basic function. VITAL educates young students about healthy eating habits and appropriate physical activity necessary to stay healthy for life.
To further explore this health-related fitness unit, a program from the New York State Education Department, called “Think Breakfast”, was concurrently taught. The program stresses the significance of eating well and exercising daily, as well as the relationship between physical activity and eating a healthy breakfast and how that affects students’ lives. All students who participated in this program were given a booklet of activities and a personal pedometer.
Landing extends its deepest gratitude to The National Hypertension Association and New York State’s “Think Breakfast” program for supplementing these educational initiatives. Both of these organizations enhanced the knowledge, understanding, and importance of eating a healthy breakfast and incorporating lifelong fitness into each young student’s life.
Landing Jumps for Heart Health
Students at Landing Elementary School recently participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, raising a total of $4,300 for the 2013 school year. Students collected donations for their jumping efforts, which took place in their physical education classes. Tyler Kaffl raised a school record of $825 and Vincenzo DeGraci raised a personal best of $385. Additionally, Kevin Larkin raised $251, William Merkel raised $250, Taylor Riley raised $194 and Kristen Sita raised $175 for AHA. Karen Serani coordinated this year’s fundraising efforts for the organization.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in this program to raise money for those in need.
Elementary Students Honored for Original Writing
Young writers from throughout Glen Cove were recently honored by the Glen Cove Library for their participation in the 24th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book contest. With parents, family, teachers and principals in attendance, 11 students in grades 2-5 from Glen Cove School District elementary schools were honored, in addition to one student from the School of the Holy Child.
Youth Services librarians judged the writings and selected pieces based on grade-level expectations, creativity, imagination, proper sentence structure and good illustrations. Winners received a ribbon, certificate and a book, which was either a Newbury or Caldecott winner. All other participants in the contest received a certificate honoring their entry.
“A special thank you to the parents and families of our winners, who have encouraged their children’s talents by reading to them and helping them with their writing,” said Anna Dunlap, Head of Youth Services at the Glen Cove Library.