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450 County Line Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6500
Grades: K-2

Principal: Ms. Kathleen Hyland

Assistant Principal: Ms. Sonia Rodrigo
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Announcements

 

Distance Learning Chromebook Distribution for Elementary Students

With this unprecedented closure of our schools, we want to ensure that your child's education continues to be our priority.  With this in mind, we will have a Chromebook available for pick-up for each Northwest student.  Please see below the pick-up schedule. 

Chromebooks will be made available for pick-up in the Northwest gymnasium on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, March 17 from 8 am - 2 pm.

Tuesday, March 17 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 18 from 8 am - 2: 00 pm

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled times, please contact your school to make other arrangements. 

Please see below the Northwest Chromebook distribution letter.

Northwest Chromebook Distribution Letter (English) (Spanish)

Warrior Library link: https://sites.google.com/amityvilleufsd.org/warrior-library/home

 


 


 

Current News

A Turkey Transformation at Northwest

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, second graders at Northwest Elementary School did their part to help keep turkeys safe.
 
Students in Ada Harris’ class read “Turkey Trouble” by Wendi Silvano about a turkey who comes up with the perfect disguise. They then created their own turkey-in-disguise crafts, transforming the birds so they couldn’t be recognized include a combination cat and lady bug, a character from “Frozen” and a colorful gnome.  

Writers Develop Their Craft at Northwest

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From basic sentences to full stories, students at Northwest Elementary School have been doing a lot of writing lately and proudly showcasing their work.

Kindergartners in Danielle Carrero’s class are learning sight words and writing sentences that reflect their interests. Children wrote “I like” statements about places they like to go or activities they like to do. The finished pieces, which included illustrations, were then hung in the hallway underneath their “Wild About Reading” tree.  

Meredith Cohen’s first graders worked on personal narrative pieces, writing about small but memorable moments in their lives. The class had a digital writing celebration because in addition to their published works, students also recorded themselves reading their stories using Flipgrid.

A bulletin board in the hallway featured the QR codes for every video, so people walking by could take out their phones, hold up the camera and watch. Ms. Cohen said that with a mix of in-person and remote learners this year, the technology component of this project helped all of her young writers connect with each other.

Second graders in Jenny Smith and Kerrin Faulkner’s class completed their personal narrative stories, then moved on to realistic fiction. The teachers noted that the switch from non-fiction to fiction writing, where students have to come up with their own characters, plot and setting, can be challenging. That’s why they introduced students to Pixton, an online comic and storybook creator. Children were able to pick the background, characters and other elements.

Ms. Faulkner said that after exploring Pixton, students wrote the stories in their writer’s notebooks before going back and adding descriptive text to the caption boxes and dialogue to the word bubbles. For students learning remotely, Ms. Smith and Ms. Faulkner could see their screens and give feedback. 

“This really took their writing to another level,” Ms. Faulkner said. “It brought their stories to life.”
 

Keyboards are Clicking and Clacking at Northwest

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Digital literacy is an important skill in a technological world and children in Amityville get their start at a young age. Northwest Elementary School librarian Lori Heavey works with students to help them become tech savvy.

Because specials are currently being held in the classrooms as part of the district’s reopening plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Heavey brings the technology to them. She has been working with first graders to help them master keyboarding skills.

In a low-tech activity, students cut out each letter and pasted them on a paper keyboard to understand where each letter is. They then went high-tech by playing games on their Chromebook that helped them improve their knowledge of the keyboard. The lesson also included an interactive read aloud of the Doreen Cronin book, “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.”
 

Halloween Brings Knowledge to Amityville’s Youngest Learners

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Youngsters in the Amityville Union Free School District celebrated Halloween by increasing their knowledge. The holiday provided lots of learning opportunities for students at Northeast and Northwest elementary schools.  

Pre-K teacher Theresa McCormick said one of the questions her students explore in science center is “What does it look like?” They decided to answer that question about a pumpkin, analyzing the outside of the big orange gourd, and then opening it up to see what’s on the inside. For math, the children were learning the number 4, so they counted out and pasted four shapes on paper pumpkins.

Renee Chandler taught her kindergarten students about the life cycle of a pumpkin, starting from a seed. Students made pumpkin crafts showing the chronology of its life cycle. Christine Bloom’s students made a craft based on the poem, “Five Little Pumpkins” sitting on a gate. They added leaves to paper trees, working on their math skills by identifying the number of leaves in each color and adding up the total.

On Oct. 29 and 30, students and staff wore their costumes to school to celebrate Halloween.

A Nature Exploration at Northwest

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To begin a lesson on plants and animal habitats, Nancy Davi-Ortiz, a second grader teacher at Northwest Elementary School, felt it would be best for students to experience nature firsthand. 

Ms. Davi-Ortiz took her students outside on Oct. 8 to a corner of Northwest’s expansive back field. The sunny autumn day proved to be the perfect opportunity for some exploring. Students participated in a scavenger hunt where they had to find different items such as birds, bugs, leaves and trees, and checked the items off as they found them. 

Students learning remotely that day also participated, as they were encouraged to explore their yards. Ms. Davi-Ortiz traveled outside with her Chromebook so she could remain connected to all her students during the scavenger hunt. 
Wednesday, December 02, 2020