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The 5th Grade Holiday Bake Sale

By: Gianna A.

As the 5th grade bake sale concludes, we appreciate your donations. The 5th graders raised $1,400. 5th grade made a lot of families so full of excitement during the holiday season. The 5th graders had so much fun selling and buying from their sale. We all can say we did amazing, from the delicious snacks to the festive decorations. We are so grateful this tradition is back because, yes it may be nice buying snacks, but we’re donating to families in need. We are happy that The Class of 2024 restarts this holiday sale tradition! See our photos below:


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The Holiday Concert

By: Addison T.

“BEEP, BEEP, BEEP!” My alarm went off. It was the day of the holiday concert! The sheets rustled and the birds chirped. I heard my sister getting up too. I didn't have a hard time picking out my outfit because I went shopping for the perfect outfit the night before. I packed my bag and headed to the bus. There was a lot of work to do for the holiday concert today and PSS was preparing. We had a lot of band rehearsals in the morning and chorus rehearsals in the afternoon. Art was also fun because all grades got to participate in making a beautiful piece of artwork to hang up in the gym. We were ready to go!

We sat on the stage waiting and listening to the 3rd and 4th grade chorus. On their last song, we sat with our instruments in a rest position. Then, Mr. T asked us backstage if we were ready. We said “YES!” 

We played our songs with control and power. In the blink of an eye, it was over. We took our bow and the crowd cheered. It was amazing! The 5th and 6th grade chorus sounded beautiful too. “Hip Hop Reindeer“ was everyone’s favorite song!

Congratulations to Mrs. Mehserle, Mr. Mutarelli and all the performers on a great show! Check out our photos below.


A concert taking place on a stage

A chorus singing on a stage

John Street News

John Street Cougars mascot


Hour of Code

student on computer

All across the globe, millions of students are learning to code.  Coding is a list of step-by-step instructions that get computers to do what you want them to do.  Coding makes it possible for us to create computer software, games, apps and websites.  Students at John Street School participated in an “Hour of Code”.  Hour of Code is available year-round, but every year in December students  can join millions of others around the world celebrating Computer Science Education Week with the Hour of Code. can expand your thinking abilities, the way you communicate, the way you write  and the way you solve problems.  Children from different backgrounds and various  languages express how much they love coding. This could help children expand their thinking.  You can code poetry, drawing and Minecraft. The possibilities are endless with “Hour of Code”!

student code

Reily D.


The “Hour of Code” is a program where kids code different courses. Coding is a program in which you use multiple steps to achieve a goal. I love coding because it gives me experience for the future.


Emily N.

“Coding is fun because you can command lots of stuff and make the computer do what you want it to do!”


Lincoln D.


Parents Vs. Teachers Volleyball Game

staff at volleyball game



John Street School Field Update

JSS is making a brand new field for the school! This renovation includes the fields, the grass becoming turf, basketball hoops, the track and a new playground! The construction company has been making great progress and the project might be done by March!  This is all very exciting and we all can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished! Check out the progress below!  



Reily D.



John Street School Winter Concert

john street wall

The winter concert happens every year in the later weeks of December. Each year the band and chorus help get us into the holiday spirit.  The band plays on the stage while the chorus sings on the bleachers. Usually at the end of the chorus performance all of the students join in a “sing along” with popular songs like “Rocking around the Christmas Tree” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.   It is fun to both watch and participate in the winter concert.  The winter concert is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and have music in your ears!

Anthony L., Lincoln D., Zubbayr S., Kaitlyn Z. 



Cradle of Aviation Field Trip - Grade 5

Grade 5 students went on a field trip to The Cradle of Aviation.  The field trip was mostly about saving aquatic wildlife from oil spills.  It was a very fun and educational experience!  We went to a“classroom” and we learned about oil spills.  We practiced using a  method to remove the oil from the water.  The Cradle of Aviation was an awesome trip because there were so many fun and cool things to do. 

Cradle of Aviation

Emily N., Lincoln D., Rayyan K., Zubbayr S.



Text graphic: 'Washington Street School'

6th Grade Chats

6th graders were asked what they were looking forward to in the new year. They shared their thoughts and comments about some upcoming events.


What are you looking forward to in the new year?

Students in the hallway

We are looking forward to getting good grades this year.- Angelina E and Kennedy P.

I can't wait to graduate and make new friends- Sarah T.

I am excited about more things to do, like joining new clubs and playing sports- Manceley P. and Kyler M.

I am looking forward to joining the orchestra because I have been playing the violin for a long time.- Emily P.

I am excited for the field trips like adventureland that I have heard so much about.- Juliana T.

I am looking forward to going to Carey but I will still miss Washington Street.- Isabella D.

I am looking forward to going to new places- Alyssa P.

I am excited about being challenged more- Vincent M.

I can not wait to graduate, it is something I am really looking forward to.- Samarpreet K.

The fun 6th grade activities are something we can’t wait for.- Elissa L. and Despina M

Graduating and having fun field trips with my class.- Kaden R. and Ryan K.


Holiday Spirit at Washington Street

Classrooms participated in the annual “Deck the Door” contest. Each door sparked holiday cheer and got everyone into the holiday spirit. Classes also decorated ornaments for the tree display in the main lobby. The winter concert was also a huge success. Students performed classic holiday songs that they prepared for in music and band class.  - Vincent P.


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Special Visit

Washington Street had a special visit from the Nassau County Police Department. Officers visited classrooms and spoke about safety and the importance of their job. 
Sofia H.


Nassau County Police Department with students  Nassau County Police Department with students


Wildcats Store

Introducing the WSS Wildcats Outlet, which is a school store for students by students. The Wildcat outlet is for students to purchase supplies like pencils, erasers and markers as well as some fun fidgets. The store is run by Washington Street students. This is a great way for students to practice  social emotional communication skills, math competencies and language development. Each classroom signed up for a specific time to visit the school store.


Students at school store  Students at school store