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Football Frenzy at Punt, Pass, Kick Competition

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Footballs were flying through the air in the back fields of Saw Mill Road Elementary School on Nov. 4 as the North Bellmore School District hosted the final round of its annual Punt, Pass, Kick competition.

Throughout October, students in grades 3-6 from John G. Dinkelmeyer, Martin Avenue, Newbridge Road, Park Avenue and Saw Mill Road elementary schools participated in preliminary rounds during their physical education classes. From every school, the girl and boy with the top score in each grade was invited to finals. About 40 students, along with their physical education teachers and several administrators, gathered at Saw Mill on a fall morning that felt like perfect football weather.

For the pass competition, students threw the ball down the field, where distance markers were placed every 10 feet. That was followed by punting, in which participants dropped and kicked the ball. In the final part of the contest, they kicked a ball from a tee.

Students with the highest combined distances were the winners. The districtwide champions were:
• Third grade girl: Lea Pagnotta (Saw Mill)
• Third grade boy: Dominic Giametto (Martin Avenue)
• Fourth grade girl: Jessica Burns (Dinkelmeyer)
• Fourth grade boy: Caleb Shogan (Dinkelmeyer)
• Fifth grade girl: Abigail Aguiles (Dinkelmeyer)
• Fifth grade boy: Anthony Apicella (Saw Mill)
• Sixth grade girl: Isabella Lanzello (Dinkelmeyer)
• Sixth grade boy: Adam Erlichman (Dinkelmeyer)

The Punt, Pass, Kick competition is adapted from a football skills contest formerly hosted by the NFL. North Bellmore has continued it as a districtwide physical education event every fall.

STEAM Gets Spooky at Martin Avenue

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Halloween sparked creativity and ingenuity at Martin Avenue Elementary School, with students enjoying STEAM activities centered around the end-of-October holiday.

Third graders worked in teams and used limited supplies to build different Halloween creations. Each group was assigned a different object to create, such as a 3D pumpkin, a flying bat, a haunted house, a skeleton and a spider web with a spider and its prey. The materials students had to work with included aluminum foil, construction paper, cotton swabs, dental floss and toothpicks, along with glue and tape.

They also got to work with some new partners, as groups were mixed and matched with students from Danielle Kalinowski, Audra McCormack and Judy Wakie’s classes. Collaboration and communication were key to successful projects.

In Rachel Graber’s class, sixth graders had to construct a pumpkin stand. Their supplies included cardstock, cups, index cards, masking tapes and wooden sticks. Each item had a price, so the goal was to build the strongest stand with the smallest budget. After the young engineers completed their projects, the class gathered around a desk as Ms. Graber placed a pumpkin on each stand to see how it held up.

Young Artists Get Wise at Martin Avenue

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When art teacher Jill Emmer showed kindergartners a completed drawing of an owl, she knew the task at hand might seem a little overwhelming at first. But 45 minutes later, the young artists from Martin Avenue Elementary School were admiring their own masterpieces.

Through a guided drawing activity, Ms. Emmer made the project quite simple. She took them through the process step by step, first drawing the outline of the owl’s body, and adding eyes, a beak, legs, wings and feathers. By taking it one line at a time, kindergartners could mimic their teacher’s drawing, which helped build their confidence as artists.

After completing the drawings in pencil, they then traced over all of the lines in black crayon. From there, students could let their imaginations run wild and color in their owls however they wanted. Placing texture plates under their drawings, every project was unique with different colors and patterns.