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No Mystery in Promoting Literacy

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Cornwell Avenue School promoted the importance of reading throughout the week of Feb. 4. The building hosted Literacy Week, which classes celebrated with various activities.

Initiatives kicked off on Feb. 4 with a Vocabulary Day Parade in which students and teachers pinned words associated with winter to their outfits in order to engage others in reading different vocabulary words. The next day featured interactive writing as student wrote about places they like to “chill out” and read. The day’s theme was highlighted by everyone wearing cozy socks.

Mystery readers were featured on Feb. 6 as special guests throughout the district visited classrooms to read books aloud. Visitors included Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman, Director of Humanities Starr Sackstein and other district and building staff members. Students also wore winter hats as a symbol of “hats off to reading.” On Feb. 7, students were encouraged to dress as their favorite book characters before the day concluded with a school-wide “Drop Everything And Read” session.

The week ended on Feb. 8 as classes watched the movie “Happy Feet” and later compared and contrasted the story to the nonfiction text read throughout the week. 



Souper Bowl

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Students at Cornwell Avenue School and Chestnut Street School have combined their excitement for the Super Bowl and aiding the community by participating in the “Souper Bowl.”

A pair of boxes representing the two Super Bowl LIII teams, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, has been set up at both schools. Students then put cans of soup into the box of the team they are rooting as part of a way to collect donations. 

The collections started on Jan. 22 and will conclude on Feb. 1, after which they will be brought to the Mary Brennan Food Pantry. The box with the most cans at the end of the challenge will be announced as the Souper Bowl winner for each school!

The district thanks both schools for combining the Super Bowl and community service in an effort to make an impact! 

Future Career Dreams

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Imaginations and future aspirations were combined for students at Cornwell Avenue School on Jan. 25, when the building celebrated Career Day.

The first- through third-graders at Cornwell Avenue were invited to come to school dressed for the careers and industries they aspire to be in when they grow up. Examples included nurses, doctors, surgeons, bakers, construction workers, teachers, police officers, firefighters, professional athletes and lawyers. 

The district looks forward to the students achieving these career dreams as they make their way through the West Hempstead schools and community.

Cards for a Wish

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The District recently took part in helping to grant the wish of a 14-year-old boy in Pennsylvania by creating holiday cards.

Class of 2018 graduate Lauren Faulds reached out to Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman to support Maddox Hyde. Maddox, an eighth-grader in Pittsburgh, has been battling neuroblastoma for the past eight years and his request this Christmas was to receive cards from all around the world.

Mr. Rehman asked all five school buildings in the district to support the cause by having each class to make cards for Maddox. On Dec. 14, Lauren collected the cards and drove to Pittsburgh to personally deliver them.

“Community is everything and helping someone out, even if it’s the littlest thing, is the greatest gift you can give,” said Lauren.