With a brand
new kitchen, a new heating system throughout the building and an air
conditioned multi-purpose room, the students and staff will be fed well, warm
in the winter and cool when the temperature starts to rise. Also busy with
academic and behavioral renovations have been Stony Brook School’s School
Based Planning Teams. Both teams have been working during to incorporate the
Common Core Standards, as well as a Whole Brain Approach to academics and
behaviors. Also developed were initiatives designed to target instruction
with new reading/writing/listening strategies and create a positive learning
environment for all students.
The first School Based Team focused
on the Testing Objective. The members included Michele Motichka, Kelly
Feeney, Marina Heller and Eram Tun who are working on
literacy, writing and mathematics initiatives. The second team, whose members
consist of Sharon Switek, Gretchen Jacot, Kathleen Landadio and Leslie
Castillo are developing character education initiatives to enhance behavioral
Whole Brain Teaching and Higher Order
Thinking Skills developed by Chris Biffle will give Stony Brook Students the
HOTS for learning. Whole Brain Classroom Management Techniques will be
incorporated into class routines, such as the use of “Attention Getters”,
the“Whole Brain Activator” and the “Motivator” in order to keep students
engaged and on task with learning.
During the Language Arts Block, the
students will participate in developing successful literacy habits through
strategy based programs found in the new reading program titled, Good
Habits, Great Readers, along with strategies from Jennifer Seravallo’s The Reading Book, The Daily Five Program
and the CAFE Program by
Boushey and Moser. Two different “All School Read Alouds” have been
selected for this year as well as the Library Goal incentives designed
to increase book circulation to a new all time high. The emphasis on
Vocabulary Development will continue with classes participating in the
Vocabulary and Idiom of the Week programs. It should be “a piece of
cake”. Reading Fluency will be enhanced by continued work in Sight Word
Vocabulary Development and additional programs such as “Words Their
Developing writing strategies has
been another initiative developed by Marina Heller and Mary West, two Stony
Brook teachers who attended the Lucy Calkins Writers Workshop Professional
Development Series at Columbia University over the past few summers. The
“Writers’ Wall” will include monthly contributions of student work.
Mathematically, the committee has
continued to focus on daily routines that will teach a deeper understanding
of concept development of number sense. Grades K-2 last year and now Grades 3
& 4 will receive instruction in the newest edition of the Everyday
Mathematics 4 program. Mathematics fluency and problem solving skills
will be the focus of monthly activities, as well as the addition of two
Developing future leaders will be
enhanced through our LEAD (Learning to Educate ourselves and Achieve our
goals by Doing our Best) Initiative. The students will continue to
learn about their own areas of strength and lesser abilities and strategies
for how to set goals and then reach those goals.
The LEAP (Learning Equally and
Peacefully)character education program at Stony Brook has been very
successful and continued again this year with new and innovative ideas for
creating our “peaceful” school environment. This year the committee members have
added strategies from Chris Biffle’s Whole BrainTeaching to motivate and
enhance learning. Five new school rules will allow for a shared vocabulary and
calm the most challenging behaviors.
Extracurricular Activities such as
Afterschool Art, the Computer Club, Afterschool Sports will continue again
for the year. Favorite traditions of Stony Brook School will continue again
this year, such as the Walk to School Wednesdays, School Spirit Days, Family
Fun Nights, monthly Birthday Bash Celebrations, The Harvest Festival, Class
Trips, the Talent Show, Family Fitness Day, the Winter and Spring Concerts,
the Read Across America Celebration, our annual Family Fun Nights and the
grade level awards ceremony in June.
Stony Brook’s renovations have been
messy but very exciting. The improvements are so worth the wait. Renovating
our school based plans and setting new goals for learning has been equally as
exciting. Wishing us all well for the new and
exciting school year 2015-2016.
C - Care about teachers and friends.
E - Excel in all you do.
L - Learn something new everyday.
E - Expect to be challenged.
B - Brain Build by thinking.
R - Read, Read, Read and Read some
A - Attention needs to be given to all
T - Teach others what you know.
E - Education is the most important
S - Stony Brook School is great!