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Top left, clockwise: Third graders in Alexa Dolgos’ Increase Miller Elementary class wrote their own big words, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. Max the Moose has a moment with Superintendent Andrew Selesnick. Katonah Elementary’s fourth grade ORFF Concert for families, conducted by Brian Cuzzi. John Jay Middle School’s sixth graders measure the density of air with teacher Annette Milne. John Jay High School’s AP Government and Politics students, taught by Kathleen Dailey, debate the issues of the day as the 118th United States Congress. Meadow Pond Elementary’s fifth grade enjoy a Fearsome Predator Workshop.

Math in the Morning ~ Kindergarten Math Games

Some sat at small tables, others spread out on the classroom carpet or found a cozy corner. Where ever you looked in Katonah Elementary's three kindergarten classrooms on the morning of January 26, the school's youngest students and their guests were happily engaged in coloring squares and chatting, tossing dice and talking, moving little pieces and laughing. 

Kindergarten Math Games is an annual event at Katonah Elementary School.

It’s held each January, when students are comfortable with fundamental number concepts, including the counting sequence and addition and subtraction strategies.Plus, the kindergartners are proud of their classroom and excited to show parents their special spots. MORE

Math in the Evening ~ Family Math Night

family math night

“My second grader had so much fun and so did my four-year-old. We’re doing round two tomorrow!” “We had a blast!” “My daughter said, ‘This is the best night of my life!’” “My son’s favorite was Spin and Color a Fraction.”

Dozens of Meadow Pond families had a different kind of weekday evening on Wednesday, January 24, and this was just some of the feedback that parents sent to school the following day.

They were talking about Family Math Night, a pilot program developed by Math Interventionist Amy Signore to bring math into family life, much like PARP reinforces reading at home. MORE

Sustainable Energy All Over the Town ... of Ergstown

Fourth graders and high school students discuss energy

Fourth graders at Increase Miler had a visit from some very personable energy consultants—the students in John Jay High School’s Environmental Physics class!

It was part of the elementary students' quest to create an efficient and stable energy system for Ergstown —a fictitious town that has been experiencing far too many blackouts. 

The collaboration augmented both grades’ study of energy.

“My students researched and prepared stations on eight different forms of energy production including solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectricity," said high school teacher Jim Panzer.

“Fourth graders circulated through all stations learning about different ways of energy generation,” said teacher Jane Emig, who set up the collaboration with Panzer.

“It was fun to learn from high school students,” said one of the fourth graders after the visit. “It was cool to realize that they are also learning about energy and the environment.” MORE

Middle School Robotics Team Off to a Rocket Start

JJMS Robotics Team

On Saturday, January 20, John Jay Middle School’s First Lego League Robotics Team 58243 took first place at the Hudson Valley Regional Qualifier! It advances to the Hudson Valley Regional Championships on February 10.

While this is the first year of John Jay Middle School’s robotics program, it builds on a solid skill set developed through the school’s curriculum.

Students are introduced to intuitive "drag and drop" programming by sixth grade and use coding languages including Scratch and BlocksCAD—which are like the one that Lego uses—in technology and other classes.

“Students are used to collaborating to solve a problem,” said technology teachers Evan Lucieer and Steve Zoeller, who advise the club with parent Sebastian Oliver. “That’s an essential skill of robotics.” MORE

Meet John Jay's Science Research Seniors

Science Research Seniors

Is it possible to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease through analyzing a person’s use of language, mused Shayna. Was there a way to manufacture a cellulose material from a waste product rather than cutting down trees, Chloe wondered. Ciara was curious: Could there be a correlation between people who have epilepsy and suffer from prolonged seizures and those with epilepsy who pass away suddenly with no known cause?

While the three-year Science Research program is built around problem solving and analysis skills, at the heart of every project is wonder.

"Science Research provides a unique opportunity for students to follow their passions," said Dr. Lisa Papernik, who teaches Science Research classes with Krista Munger.

Meet John Jay's Science Research seniors and learn about their projects here.

'Leftovers' Secure Spot at States

Congrats to John Jay High School robotics team the Leftovers (shown here with The MOB)! "With the support of another John Jay team, The MOB, the Leftovers not only collected their own awards but clinched the number one spot overall in the NY-Excelsior Broadalbin-Perth Qualifier, securing their spot in the State Championship!” said robotics teacher Jonathan Peter.


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