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West Hempstead Middle School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

West Hempstead Middle School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week photo

West Hempstead Middle School students learned about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse by participating in an array of activities during national Red Ribbon Week.

The week kicked off with a schoolwide banner contest, in which every homeroom entered their original “positivity banner.” Members of the school’s PTSA judged the entries based on their creativity and how well their images and messages conveyed success, happiness and kindness. 

Continuing the week, students attended an “Alcoholism and Drug Dependence” assembly, where they learned about the dangers and effects of drugs and alcohol on the body. 

Members of West Hempstead High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club paid the middle schoolers a visit the next day to teach them about destructive decisions through a game of bingo. Every student received a bingo card containing a drug- or alcohol-related term in each box. Winners were awarded a red ribbon for having five correct answers line up. 

Additionally, students and staff were encouraged to tie orange ribbons on a “Be the Good” sign along the school’s fence. By tying the knot, they pledged to make healthy choices and avoid drugs. Closing out the week, they made this same pledge by signing a large banner in the cafeteria.

Celebrating West Hempstead’s Writers

Celebrating West Hempstead’s Writers photo

Sixth-graders in Karen Terwilliger’s class at West Hempstead Middle School recently showcased their original writing to classmates, teachers and administrators during the class’s Writing Celebration.

Since September, students penned three writing pieces – an autobiography, realistic fiction based on their life, and submission for the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections program, whose theme this year is “Within Reach.” The program encourages students in grades K-12 to explore and be involved in the arts.

This exercise in the writing process taught the sixth-graders about developing their ideas, being creative and including supporting details to enhance their stories. Students also learned about the editing process by reviewing their own work for grammatical errors.

During the celebration, classmates, teachers and administrators gathered to read the students’ narratives. The guests made their rounds in the classroom, reading each story and leaving a positive comment about it.  

West Hempstead ENL Department Hosts Thanksgiving

West Hempstead ENL Department Hosts Thanksgiving photo

The West Hempstead Middle and High School English as a New Language Department hosted their annual Thanksgiving feast on Nov.  22, giving ENL students the opportunity to experience a beloved holiday tradition in the United States.

In prepareation for the celebration, students worked with their teachers to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread and pumpkin pie. 

On Wednesday, members of the ENL department served sixth- through 12th-graders the holiday meal and students shared holiday traditions and customs observed by their families with fellow classmates. 

The students also shared what they were thankful for this holiday by creating Google slides that expressed their appreciation for their parents, siblings, friends and teachers. 

West Hempstead Middle School Presents Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Pic

West Hempstead Middle School’s drama club presented Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” for students, faculty and community members on Nov. 16 and 17.

Inspired by the original Broadway production, “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress, and the lessons they teach one another about transformation and tolerance. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will be lifted and he will be become his former self. While time is quickly passing by, the Beast and his household may be doomed for all eternity unless he learns his lesson. 

The cast gave an exceptional performance as they transformed into the characters of Belle, Gaston, Lumiere, Cogsworth and the Beast for the production, which was directed and choreographed by West Hempstead High School alumni Michael Finn and Samantha Lee. Wearing elaborate costumes and using detailed props, the actors transported the audience to a small village in France as they performed all of the classic musical numbers in the beloved fairy tale.

The drama club would like to express their gratitude to Director of Fine Arts Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke and faculty advisor Suzanne Parker-Hall for their unconditional support and dedication to another successful production.   



Best Buddies Key Club Donation Day

West Hempstead Middle School Family and Consumer Science students package cinnamon loaves to assist the Key Club Donation Assembly