On Thursday, June 22, 2017 Lee Avenue held their 5th grade graduation ceremony. We are so proud of our 5th grade class for their accomplishments and we look forward to hearing about their success as they move on to Hicksville Middle School. You will always be welcome at Lee Avenue!
Today we had the pleasure of hosting Hicksville High School seniors who attended Lee Avenue. It was a thrill to see them in their caps and gowns! We are so proud of these young women and men and we wish the very best for them. They will always be welcome at Lee Avenue!
On Thursday, June 15th, fourth and fifth grade students were eligible to participate in our annual Game 24 Math Competition. We are pleased to announce the following winners for 5th grade are Cristian P. from Mrs. DeRosa's class in first place and Nailah L. from Ms. McMorrow's class in second place. In fourth grade, Alyssa G.from Mrs. Mauro's class came in first place! Congratulations to all our winners and to all those who participated!
Today Mr. Joseph Saladino, Town Supervisor of Oyster Bay visited Mr. Moshoyannis' class to talk to our students about the importance of Flag Day. He also gave the students a background history of our Nation's flag, how it came about and the significance of its meaning. It was a very moving and uplifting experience.
For the last eight months, Mrs. Johnsons’ 5th grade class has been pen pals with an active military man. Dominick Albanese is an IS2 – Intelligence Specialist on the ship, The Maitlin Island. Dominick emailed the class during his deployment on his ship. He told them about his travels and they used maps to locate where he had been and then chart it on the world map in the class. Discussions occurred when he explained some of the customs and foods he experienced on his travels. The students became very interested in learning about different places in the world. Also, Dominick discussed how the navy worked and its specific customs. This fascinated the students. They were engaged in this assignment and it will be a memory that will last them a lifetime. Click on the link to the left to view channel 2 news coverage of his visit.
Lee Avenue's fifth grade was honored for being selected by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for the Teaching of Democracy. Last fall, they conducted a long-term research project about the Presidential candidates, and each wrote a persuasive essay about the candidate of their choice. They then participated in the National Student/Parent Mock Election, which sponsored this award. At a ceremony on May 31, Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker, Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker, and New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano came to Lee Avenue School to honor the staff and students for their efforts. Excerpts from the student's essays were read, and several students sang patriotic songs during the ceremony. We are very proud to have achieved this national recognition out of all the schools at the K-12 level.
Every month we choose a student who exemplifies the characteristics of a great bucket filler. These characteristics include showing kindness, respect, thoughtfulness and good will towards all, at home, at school and in the community. This month we chose Sophia C. from Ms. Morgan's class. Congratulations Sophia !
Congratulations to Natalie M. in Ms. McMorrow’s class. She won first place for Lee Avenue in Senator Kemp Hannon’s annual “There Ought to Be a Law” Contest. Students from the sixth senate district compete to be named Senator Hannon’s Grand Prize Winner by submitting their best proposal for a New York State law. Natalie proposed that every new house built in New York State should be equipped with solar panels.
Mrs. Morgan's First Grade Class is helping kids feel happy by learning about how to end childhood poverty by celebrating Red Nose Day and raising money. The students were lucky to have a parent donate a nose to everyone in the class, so they made posters and donated food to help others. It was a silly day!
Once again our music students performed beautifully at our annual Spring concert! We want to thank our wonderful music teachers, Mr. Michael Caruso who conducts our 4th and 5th grade band; Mr. Frank Barbera who conducts our 3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade choruses and we especially want to thank Mrs. Ruth Davidowitz who has conducted orchestra in our school and in our district for 30 years. We will miss her passion and dedication to her music students as she is retiring this year.
The fifth grade traveled to Ellis Island to learn how immigrants to America were processed in the late 1800s to early 1900s. They learned in class about the many tests that immigrants were given, and the process to appeal the decision of the inspectors. While at Ellis Island, each student participated in a role playing activity, assuming the role of either an immigrant or an inspector, using the guidelines of that time period to determine if the new arrival would be allowed to stay in the United States. The students had a wonderful experience as they journeyed back in time.
Anusha S. in Ms. Leahy's class won the Third Grade Humane Society Essay Contest. She received her citation at an awards ceremony on May 18th. She wrote an essay about what super powers she would like to have to save animals. Congratulations Anusha!
Thank you to the students in Ms. Todd's 2nd grade class and the Lee Avenue PTA for planting beautiful flowers in the Mary D'Andrea memorial garden.
Pictured are Legislator Rose Walker, Principal Stephanie Stam and Art Teacher Staci Kolinsky at Lee Avenue's 1st art show fundraiser held on Expo Night, May 16th. See the photo gallery for more pictures from the art show.
Jester Jim, a professional juggler, came to Lee Avenue School today and entertained the children with his amazing interactive juggling and balance talent. You can see more photos in our photo gallery.
You are invited to Lee Avenue's very first art show fundraiser on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-8:30PM. Come see your child's artwork beautifully matted and framed for your purchase! Click the headline to view the flyer!
At an assembly today, Mrs. Brinkmann's fourth grade students, Reema D., Brianna G., and Aesha S., were presented with a certificate and an award cup for coming in first place in the Nassau County Cerebral Palsey Trivia Challenge held back in February of this year. We are not only proud of their accomplishment, but we are proud of our students for raising money for this wonderful organization. The students who attended the assembly were also treated to a question and answer period with members of the organization.
National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. In honor of National Library Week, students at Lee were treated to a special guest reader, Legislator Rose Walker.
Congratulations to fourth grade teacher, Mr. Moshoyannis, who won four Ozobots from Hour of Code! These mini-robots, can be programmed easily to follow specific coding instructions. Mr. Moshoyannis has already showed his students how to use the Ozobots and they look forward to learning more about how they can be programmed for use in the classroom!
In honor of Autism Awareness month the Staff and students at Lee Avenue will wear blue every Friday in April. Autism Awareness Month is a time to educate our community about autism and Light It Up Blue! Spreading autism awareness in schools is a great way to celebrate April and promote inclusion and acceptance in the classroom and beyond.
On Friday, March 24th, fourth and fifth grade students had an opportunity to compete in our 5th Scrabble Tournament sponsored by our Site-Based Team. In order to compete, each student had to bring in one non-perishable food item. Donations were given to a non-profit organization called Long Island Cares. Students had a great time playing Scrabble. Congratulations to our winners, Vincenza and Parbhnoor.
On March 15th, students at Lee Avenue celebrated Pi Day (3.14). Our Student Council sold slices of pie to students for a dollar. The money raised was donated to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital. Also, Lee Avenue hosted its’ annual pie eating contest. Congratulations to Jia W., Ronald L., Dillon S., and Luis G., for competing. Please click on the link to the left to view a video of the pie eating contest.
Special thanks to our Pi Day Rap singers Japneet and Srish for kicking off our Pi Day celebration by singing the Pi Day Rap song composed by our music teacher Mr. Barbera. Please click on the link to the left to see the video.
On March 3rd, students at Lee Avenue celebrated Bubble Gum Day. On Bubble Gum Day, everyone who donated 50 cents or more was able to chew gum in school. Proceeds went to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Kids had fun while raising money for a good cause. Some creative teachers even incorporate bubble gum into their lessons for the day!
The fifth grade at Lee Avenue School has been selected as the winner of the 2016 National Student/Parent Mock Election award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for outstanding contributions to teaching democracy. They were selected as the top school in the country for their research and writing project about the Presidential candidates. For several months, they read articles about the candidates and followed the debates. After analyzing the candidates’ campaign platforms, each student chose which candidate would make a better President, and wrote a research-based argument advocating for that candidate. In the week prior to the election, each fifth grader cast a vote in the National Student/Parent Mock Election. They then closely followed the results of the actual election, analyzing the Electoral College map as updates were announced. They watched the Inauguration live, and analyzed the Inauguration Address given by President Trump as it related to his campaign. Throughout this unit of study, students became more engaged citizens, gaining a better understanding of the democratic process of selecting a new President. They continue to express a keen interest in government, and closely follow current events in an informed manner. Congratulations to the fifth grade on being awarded this national honor.
Lee Avenue fourth grade students Brianna G., Lavleen K., Aesha S., and Reema D. won first place in the Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County Trivia challenge. Schools from all over Nassau County participated in the Trivia Challenge event and raised significant funds for CP Nassau. Now in its 31st year, the Trivia Challenge event brings students with great minds and good hearts together to help raise funds to benefit the programs and services CPN provides. Congratulations to our winning team!
Lee Avenue daughters and dads got dressed up and danced the night away at the father daughter sweetheart dance on Friday, February 17th. A great time was had by all! Click the link to the left to view a video from the dance.
Students and staff at Lee Avenue celebrated 100 days of school on Thursday, February 16th. They were treated to a special "100th Day" song, performed by Riley B., Bianca P., and Rutvi J., from Mrs. Sommerhalters class. Thank you to our music teacher, Mr. Barbera, for acccompanying the singers and composing the lyrics. Click the link to the left to see the video.
On February 15th, in honor of PARP, students at Lee celebrated crazy hair day.
On Tuesday, January 31st, students in grades 2-5 participated in our first ever Water Bottle Flipping Contest, sponsored by the site based team. We raised $135 which will be donated to CHARITY: WATER a non-profit organization where 100% of all donations go directly to fund water projects for communities in need.
Chinese New Year is a holiday celebrated not only by those in China, but by people all over the world, including many people here in the United States.This holiday is one that celebrates the end of the Chinese Calendar, and the beginning of a new year and a symbolizes a fresh start to those who celebrate. 2017 year is the year of the Rooster. Students in Mrs. Avagliano and Mrs. McGahan's kindergarten classes learned about the traditions and significance of the Chinese New Year and we would like to say "Gung Hay Fat Choy" or Happy New Year in Chinese, to you!
The Physical Education Department at Lee Avenue Elementary had their Jump Rope For Heart Event on Thursday January 19th, 2017. The purpose of the Nationwide event is to help students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health while raising funds to support vital research and educational programs. The students at Lee Avenue have been educated about cardiovascular health and healthy habits while having fun participating in a winter wonderland obstacle course. The students raised over $11,000 to donate to the American Heart Association.
Sparky, the team mascot for the New York Islanders, and the Islanders arena hostess spoke to the students about "Teamwork." The assembly stressed the importance of making smart decisions, eating healthy, staying active and teamwork. Sparky helped students realize why being committed to making smart decisions is important in school and life
Lee Avenue Winter Concert featured the fourth and fifth grade string orchestra conducted by Mrs. Davidowitz, the fifth grade band conducted by Mr. Caruso and the third grade and fourth and fifth grade chorus conducted by Mr. Barbera. Our students were well prepared and gave the audience a delightful performance. Thanks to all our music teachers and students for their hard work!
Lee Avenue held its annual Spelling Bee Contest. Students in grades 4 and 5 competed in the contest. Congratulations to our 1st place winner Jude B. in Ms. Johnson's class, second place winner Rohma M. in Ms. DeRosa's class and third place winner Anna J. in Ms. McMorrow's class. Jude will be competing at Hofstra University for the final local Spelling Bee Contest of Long Island. Good Luck Jude!
Students at Lee Avenue are encouraged to follow Lee-O’s Laws every day. Our site based team sponsored a puzzle piece contest. Students illustrated their favorite law and were judged on creativity, neatness, spelling and grammar. Congratulations to Jia W, Lavleen K., Payton C., Aalana W., Brandon S., and Emily M., our first place winners from each grade level.
On December 23, students and staff at Lee Avenue participated in our annual ugly sweater contest.
Children from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade participated in CP of Nassau's Trivia Challenge on December 9th. This trivia challenge raises much needed funds for programs sponsored by CP of Nassau for children and young adults with disabilities. Finalists will participate in a county-wide challenge in the early part of next year.
Children in Ms. Franz' first grade class were introduced today to Kodable, a coding game on Hourofcode.org, age appropriate for them. They were shown on the SMARTboard how to make the blue fuzz ball move and then they were able to try it themselves. Hour of Code is a very fun way for children of all ages to learn how to code!
In honor of the PARP program "Let The Force Of Reading Be With You," on Tuesday November 22, students at Lee Avenue dressed up as their favorite Star Wars character.
In honor of Veterans Day, Sergeant Teri, a medic for the National Guard spoke to Lee Avenue students about his experiences as an Army Officer.
First and second graders at Lee Avenue Elementary School in Hicksville gave Newsday their thoughts about the presidential race and the contenders -- GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Click on the Newsday link to the left to view the interview.
On Wednesday, November 2nd, author and co-founder of the ReesSpecht Life Foundation, Richard Specht shared his program, “Cultivate Kindness”, with our students and staff. The program focused on empowering our individual ability to spread the “seeds of kindness” and make the world a better place, one little piece at a time.
On October 27th The Hicksville Fire department came to Lee Avenue to give the students a lesson in fire safety.
The students at Lee Avenue participated in the frightening fitness obstacle course created by the Physical Education teachers. The obstacle course includes weaving through pumpkins, crawling through a scary bat cave and running down the haunted highway. The objective of the obstacle course was for the students to raise their heart rates while having halloween fun.
Ms. Karen Blackburn, AAA of New York, did a presentation on Traffic Safety at Lee Avenue during an assembly. Bob the puppet spoke to the children about Halloween safety.
Lee Avenue's PTA sponsors yearly, the Summer Sizzle Reading Program to encourage and reward students for reading during the Summer. Students who completed the Summer Sizzle packet were recently acknowledged at a ceremony sponsored by the PTA and Mrs. Stam.
Today, Hicksville Schools Superintendent, Dr. Bonuso, read aloud "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, about a caring teacher daring his student to make her mark! Students and staff wore polka dots in celebration.
Thank you to our music teacher Frank Barbera for leading our students Anna J., Vanessa F and Nailha L., in the national anthem in honor of 9/11.
Selected fifth grade students have an opportunity to participate in Safety Patrol. These students help kindergarten, first and second graders get safely onto their buses. It is a special honor to be a member of Safety Patrol.
Welcome to the 2016 school year. Lee Avenue students had a great first day of school!
Fourth Grade students participated in a national math competition titled Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC). The purpose of the contest is to inspire young students' interest in math and convey the message, "It is COOL to be good at math!" Congratulations to our winner Jake H.
Lee Avenue has created a special bench to make sure no students are left out on the playground. Called the “Buddy Bench,” students can use the seat as a safe and supportive place to let others know they’d like to be included in playtime, but may be too shy to ask. The concept of the Buddy Bench is simple: Students who want to partake in playground games and activities, but may feel hesitant, can take a seat, which signifies to the "buddy bench monitors" on the playground that they may need an extra boost to participate. The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let's spread the message of inclusion and kindness!
We were very pleased to have hosted Cerebral Palsey of Nassau County Trivia Challenge at our school on December 9th. This very fun event raises much needed funds for the many programs sponsored by CP of Nasau for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. There will be a county-wide event for finalists in the early part of next year.
On December 9th, third, fourth and fifth grade students can attended the Trivia Challenge to help raise money for the UCPN. Congrats to our trivia winners Matthew C., Vivek B., Natalie M. and Amrinder C