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501 Route 110, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6200
Grades: 7-9

Principal: Mr. Edward Plaia
Assistant Principal/DASA Coordinator: Ms. Kristy Pagliari
Dean of Students: Mr. Earl Mitchell

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:17 p.m.

 

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The goal of Edmund W. Miles Middle School is to promote the social, emotional, and intellectual growth of every single student. Our expectations will be high, because we believe that every single student has the capacity to succeed. Our focus is to provide a school setting that is safe and responsive to the educational and developmental needs of our students.  Our vision is shared by administrators, students, parents, community members, and all faculty and staff members.  This vision will enable all of our students to become excellent citizens and life-long learners.

 

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Middle Schoolers Introduced to Coding

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“You have to work on it until you figure it out. It’s not going to be easy but you have to stick with it,” Edmund W. Miles Middle School math teacher Dr. Linda Pfaffe told her ninth-grade geometry students as they participated in the Hour of Code.

With ever-growing job opportunities, students in Amityville are being introduced to computer programming and seventh- through ninth-graders recently joined the Hour of Code global initiative, which take place every December to get more youngsters interested in careers in the field. 

Students learned about coding during a kick-off assembly on Dec. 13 with representatives from KidOYO, a computer science-learning platform being used in Amityville. The presenters discussed the job outlook for computer programmers and made students aware of different coding applications.

Since then, coding sessions have been taking place in math classes to give students hands-on experience. Dr. Pfaffe said both math and coding deal with logic and sequence, so the two naturally fit together. Computer programming also takes place regularly in the STEAM classes that were introduced this year, which focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

Dr. Pfaffe’s students used Chromebooks to work with Maze Code, an application through KidOYO in which they had to move blocks to create commands to make specific designs. Once successful, students were able to view the code. There were 24 levels with each getting progressively harder. 

“It’s just to give them a taste of what computer programming is like,” Dr. Pfaffe said. “It’s a great field and it’s important to introduce this to our students so it can be an option for them.”
 

Fostering Reading in Amityville

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Students at Edmund W. Miles Middle School were able to increase their personal book collections thanks to the annual Free Book Fair in the library. Librarian Lynn Cesiro, who received donations from the Book Fairies and other organizations, organized the event. 

During their English language arts classes, students visited the library and were allowed to choose one book, which were separated by fiction and non-fiction, as well as by topic. There were also children’s books that they could choose from to bring home to younger siblings. 

The book fair also included a family night, which followed parent-teacher conferences. At the end of the week, students were able to return after school and choose as many books as they wanted from the remaining stock. Ms. Cesiro estimated that the fair began with more than 3,000 books.

“The purpose of this is to get books in the students’ hands, so they have something to read,” she said. 

Middle School Students Create Through Coding

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With a growing demand for computer programmers, Amityville is giving its students a chance to explore career possibilities with lessons in coding.

The district has introduced the kidOYO program, an online educational community that delivers personalized project-based learning in computer science and engineering. Edmund W. Miles Middle School math teacher Dr. Linda Pfaffe has made this the focus of her seventh-grade STEAM class, a new elective that meets every other day. 

Throughout the year, students will learn five different programming languages, including commonly used ones like Scratch and Python. They began by making simple video games in which the arrow keys control movement. Challenges will become tougher as the year progresses, and students move at their own pace. 

“Computer programming is an essential skill for today’s students,” Dr. Pfaffe said. “In a world where the internet can satisfy almost any question in seconds, technical skills will enable them to succeed.”

Dr. Pfaffe added that while many students are adept at using technology, they do not necessarily understand what makes it work. Coding is the logic and science that controls technology, and by learning to code students move from consumers to producers. She explained that programming is very literal and precise, which gives students a chance to develop their problem-solving skills.  

In addition to her own instruction, Dr. Pfaffe provides students with video tutorials on computer programming. KidOYO offers a moderated bulletin board so the youngsters can ask questions and share ideas.   

Much class time is devoted to independent inquiry in which students are thinking, collaborating, designing and refining. Seventh-grader Agin Shehu said he enjoys programming because it allows him to be creative and explore new ideas. He said he would consider a career in computer science and this class gives him a head start for the future. 
 

A Boost to Middle School Book Collection

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Classroom libraries will be more plentiful at Edmund W. Miles Middle School following the donation of two large boxes of books by non-profit organization the Book Fairies. 

Each box contains thousands of used books of all different genres. Students have been helping select books that are in good condition and of interest to them to add to the existing libraries in English language arts classrooms. This supports the Reader’s Workshop initiative through Teacher’s College, Columbia University, which gives students more choice in the books they read for class.

“It’s a resource that we can use,” seventh-grade ELA teacher John Katsigiorgis said of the new books. “We need to have a vast array of genres. You can never have too many good books.”

Mr. Katsigiorgis said that each box typically nets 500 to 800 useable books, so more than 1,000 total books will be added to classroom libraries throughout the school. He said that there were also many children’s books in the boxes, which will be passed on the Amityville Public Library.  
Wednesday, January 17, 2018