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After-School Coding at John Street School

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John Street School fifth and sixth graders in the After-Care Enrichment program have been participating in coding lessons with districtwide coding teacher Julia Caiazzo and differentiation teacher Maggie Tittler.

During their lesson on Sept. 26, the students worked individually or in groups to create mazes out of popsicle sticks. Then, using the Sphero Edu program on their iPads, they utilized text and block coding to program the Sphero SPRK+ robot balls to travel the maze efficiently. The students have learned to code the Sphero SPRK+ to move, change color and emit sound from the iPads.

This after-school program was held over the course of eight days.

Date Added: 9/29/2023

STEAM Lab Activities at PSS

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Polk Street School students have been busy learning in the STEAM Lab! Kindergarteners engineered a shade structure to help Froggy stay out of the hot sun, first graders built bridges out of paper to see how many pennies they could hold and third graders built marble mazes to demonstrate how forces like gravity work.

Date Added: 9/25/2023

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Franklin Square Elementary School District Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Registration

Registration for students entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in September 2024 in the Franklin Square Elementary School District will begin October 16, 2023.

All children living in the Franklin Square School District attendance area who will be four years old on or before December 1, 2024 are eligible for the full day Pre-Kindergarten program. Your child must be fully registered by December 15, 2023 in order to be eligible for the lottery. More information regarding the lottery will follow at a later date.

All children living in the Franklin Square School District attendance area who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2024 are eligible for Kindergarten.

If your child is already enrolled in our Pre-K program, you are not required to re-register your child for Kindergarten.

If you have any questions or if you recently moved into the District and have a child entering Pre-K or Kindergarten next fall, please call the registration office at 516-481-4100 ext. 3311.

Registration packets are available on the District’s website under the District/Central Registration tab, or can be picked up at the District offices. Please have all the forms completed when you arrive for your appointment. However, please note the first step in the registration process is to complete the online registration form which can be found on our website. Please do not begin the online registration until October 16 as it will not be processed until then.

All registrations are by appointment.

Date Added: 9/20/2023

Paradiddle Contest

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Last January, the band department at John Street School kicked off a paradiddle contest with all the drum and percussion students in the school. A paradiddle is a popular drum rudiment; or, better known as a sticking pattern. The contest concluded in June.

The goal was to see how many paradiddles the students could play in a minute. To make the contest more interesting, companies -- like D'Addario Music (owners of Evans Drum Heads, Promark Drumsticks and HQ Percussion), Paiste Cymbals (one of the world's leading cymbal manufacturers from Switzerland), Marimba One, Remo Drum Heads, RTOM, Canopus Drum Manufacturer and Majestic Percussion -- offered prizes for the winners. Stickers, T-shirts, drumsticks, buttons, stick bags and more were given out as prizes.

Prizes were given to Best Improved, The Person with the One Time Highest Score, The Person Who Averaged the Most Paradiddles from January to June, as well as participation prizes for all.

Date Added: 9/20/2023