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Saw Mill Students Pen Earth Day Haikus

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A pair of April observances – Earth Day and National Poetry Month – were the combined inspiration for a project in Jessica Pirozzi’s fourth grade class at Saw Mill Road Elementary School.

After reading a passage about the history and meaning of Earth Day, as well as studying different types of poetry, students were tasked with writing and Earth Day haiku. The Japanese poetic form is a three-line poem with five syllables, seven syllables and five syllables. Fourth graders wrote short poems that reflected different ways to help the environment.

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Date Added: 4/22/2024

Acceptance is the Theme for Autism Awareness Month

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Being different and unique is good. That was the message for students at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District as they mark Autism Awareness Month.  


On April 2, designated as World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations, all students and staff were encouraged to wear blue. The color symbolizes autism awareness because of its association with calmness and acceptance. Since a resolution was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2007, the day has moved beyond awareness to also promote acceptance and appreciation of autistic people, and to celebrate their contributions to society. 


First grade teacher Kelly Navin read to her class “My Friend Has Autism” by Amanda Doering Tourville about two boys. She noted that the message of the book is that all children have differences from each other but also have similarities, as the two children in the story formed a strong friendship over their love of airplanes.  


After reading the book, students went back to their desks and completed “I am special” worksheets, reflecting on their own unique qualities and interests.  


In second grade, teacher Cindy Quinn read “My Brother Charlie” by Holly Robinson Peete, about a boy who has autism. Told through the lens of his sister, it highlights the boy’s many abilities. Ms. Quinn said that autism is a spectrum and people are affected by it in different ways. She also noted that every person, autistic or not, has strengths and challenges.   


Fourth graders in Page Powers’ class saw a slideshow about the experiences of individuals with autism, then created an acceptance bulletin board in the hallway. Each student colored a piece for a mosaic poster of hands encircling a globe. On puzzle pieces, a symbol that has long represented autism awareness, students wrote ways they can make a positive difference in school and in their community.


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Date Added: 4/18/2024

Seven Great Educators Receive Tenure in North Bellmore

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Becoming a great teacher or administrator is not achieved alone, North Bellmore School District Superintendent Marie Testa noted at the annual tenure celebration on April 11. It requires a great support system of family and colleagues.

Seven great educators earned the professional milestone after completing their probationary periods, and were recognized before a large audience of administrators, teachers, students, family members and friends. The tenure recipients included five teachers – Melissa Halaris, Maritza Lopez, Daniela McGee, Kim Rackley and Alexander Roff – and central office administrators Denise Fisher and Leyna Malone.

Ms. Fisher first joined the district as assistant principal at Saw Mill Road Elementary School, then became Newbridge Road Elementary School’s principal before moving into her current position as executive director of personnel. She oversees a human resources department that serves 660 employees. Ms. Testa described her as brave and kind, someone who strongly believes in the district’s mission and core values, and a person who quietly lifts up everyone around her.

When Ms. Fisher went to Newbridge, Ms. Malone was hired as assistant principal of Saw Mill Road. She then became principal of Martin Avenue, and then the executive director for pupil personnel services and special education. It’s one of the most challenging jobs in the district, Ms. Testa explained, and requires a strong knowledge of legal requirements. The superintendent said that Ms. Malone’s kindness and strong advocacy for both students and teachers is what has led to her success.

North Bellmore Teachers Association President Joann Signorelli congratulated the five teachers who received tenure. There were also remarks from their building principals and colleagues.

Mr. Roff teaches general music at Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road, with Ms. Lopez spreading her love for music at Saw Mill Road. John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School boasts Ms. Rackley in fourth grade and Ms. Halaris in fifth grade, while Ms. McGee is a speech therapist at Newbridge Road.

North Bellmore Board of Education President Christine Malloy added that the tenure celebration is her favorite meeting of the year because they get to recognize the district’s amazing teachers and administrators.

Date Added: 4/17/2024




Sixth Graders Get Ready for Race Day

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North Bellmore’s annual sixth grade track meet is coming up on May 20 and students at Martin Avenue Elementary School have been taking advantage of nice weather to practice for the different events.

During physical education classes with teacher Michael Weiner, sixth graders are preparing for the different short- and long-distance events out on the fields.

The track meet is an annual tradition for students in their final year in North Bellmore, bringing sixth graders together from the five elementary schools. The event is held at the Mepham High School track.

Date Added: 4/15/2024

JGD Students Raise Money for Healthy Hearts

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Students at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School supported healthy hearts for themselves and others by participating in the Kids Hearts Challenge. The school raised $565 for the American Heart Association.

Physical education teacher Jim Mulvey spearheaded the initiative. During their P.E. classes, students took part in various basketball competitions including Around the World, Challenger Champ and one-on-one contests. They asked family and friends to make donations for the American Heart Association.

“They did a great job,” Mr. Mulvey said. “We’re trying to build health and wellness for life.”

Date Added: 4/12/2024