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Homecoming Festival an Afternoon of Fun and Pride

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Warrior Pride was on full display at the third annual Homecoming Festival, with hundreds of students, staff and community members coming together at Amityville Memorial High School afterschool on Oct. 18.

The festival featured something for everyone. The Class of 2022 had a giant Jenga game while the high school yearbook club set up a photo station. The elementary schools had fall-themed activities including pumpkin bowling at Northeast’s booth, pumpkin stem ring toss at Northwest and pumpkin decorating at Park Avenue. The high school drama club promoted the spring musical, “Once on This Island” and the middle school drama club spread the word about its production, “Into the Woods Jr.”

As popular music played, dancing broke out on the handball courts. Burgers and snacks were also served. The marching band performed in the parking lot before everyone moved over to the baseball field for the festival’s finale. After the band played the National Anthem, the Amityville Fire Department lit a stack of wooden pallets for the annual bonfire.

Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez, who chaired the festival planning committee, thanked all of the schools and organizations that provided games and activities, as well as the community members who joined them for an afternoon fun.

“I’m very pleased because there were so many activities, and so many children and families came out to enjoy themselves,” she said. “It was a great day of community pride.”

Homecoming Features Cartoon Floats and Football

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Cartoon-themed floats rolled down Broadway and then along Merrick Road for Amityville Memorial High School’s annual homecoming parade on Oct. 19. It was just the beginning of the day’s festivities, which culminated with the Warriors football game against Half Hollow Hills West.

The entire school community joined in, with floats created by the high school classes, the elementary schools and even district administration. Sesame Street was the inspiration for the freshmen float, the Cartoon Network for the sophomores, Disney Channel for the juniors and Nickelodeon for the seniors.

Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School had a Looney Tunes-themed float, and Northwest and Northeast elementary schools were inspired by Paw Patrol. District administrators, including Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly, waved to the crowed from their Spongebob Squarepants float. Director of Physical Athletics, Physical Education and Health Evan Farkas drove a Cookie Monster golf cart while Director of ENL and World Languages Mary Stephens tossed out small packs of cookies to parade-goers. Even the Amityville Parent Teacher Council got involved with their recreation of Rosie the robot from the Jetsons.

At the high school, the floats were parked near the football field so guests could get a closer look at the clever and creative designs. The varsity game began after the marching band performed the National Anthem.

Halftime featured the marching band’s tribute to Queen and a performance by the cheerleaders. The homecoming court was introduced with Bryan Canales and Carina Wong-Schultz crowned as king and queen. Principal Edward Plaia presented Bryan with his crown and Carina with her tiara. Other members of the court included Marco Iorio, Nil Patel, Samuel Wong-Schultz, Jazmin Ruiz Marcelo, Jordan Tobin and Trinity Tobin.


APTC Bowling Event Date Change

The APTC Bowling Event that was initially scheduled for October 30, 2019, has been moved to Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10-12 pm. 

Kindergartners Show, Spell and Tell at Northeast

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Show and tell, a time-honored tradition in elementary school classrooms, just got a little more interesting in Amityville. Kindergartners at Northeast Elementary School are not only sharing their favorite items with their classmates, they are also writing about them and building their literacy skills.

For the Show and Tell unit in Writer’s Workshop, an initiative through Columbia University Teacher’s College, each student was asked to bring in three items that are meaningful. For the first assignment, children picked one object to draw and label. They became “brave spellers” by using their alphabet charts, the classroom word wall and labeled objects around the room to spell out words they didn’t know.

As the unit progresses, students will write full sentences and eventually craft full stories about these objects.

“It helps them enjoy writing more because it’s meaningful to them,” kindergarten teacher Renee Chandler said about having students use personal belongings as inspiration. “The pictures also come out better because they have something right in front of them.”

Ms. Chandler said this writing unit helps children expand their vocabulary in learning words to describe the look and feel of their objects. She said that the finished works will become part of their writing journals.  

Northwest Hispanic Heritage Celebration October 22, 2019

Northwest Elementary School will be hosting a Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 22, 2019, at 6:00 pm.  All are encouraged to attend this exciting event.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019