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Second Grade Designs Brought to Life in Monster Match

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Sixth graders in the Center Moriches School District are bringing the designs of second graders to life. Ahead of the annual Monster Match, second graders at Clayton Huey Elementary School created and colored their own imaginary monsters. Their designs were sent to sixth grade family and consumer science classes at Center Moriches Middle School. The sixth graders then took the artwork and sewed custom stuffed animals for their younger peers.

The sixth graders brought the creations back to Clayton Huey for a Monster Match reveal. In addition to giving the second graders their handmade stuffed animals, the middle school students created a story about the monsters to read. The second graders were excited to see their designs in real life and connect with older students in the district.

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Date Added: 3/22/2023

Young Composers Perform Original Music

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Students in the Clayton Huey Elementary School Young Composers Club performed their own original music for their families during a performance on March 6. The club, made up of fourth and fifth graders, encourages students to learn how to write their own music. Club adviser Mrs. Basile guided students through writing their own songs with lyrics, different rhythms and pitches.

Leading up to the performance, students worked alone or in small groups to write their songs. They gave each other constructive feedback and helped each other prepare to share their music in front of an audience.

“We here at Clayton Huey talk about being risk-takers” said Mrs. Basile. “I don’t know anything riskier than learning something new and sharing your new skill with others.”

This marked the first year of the Young Composers Club at the building.

Date Added: 3/10/2023

Clayton Huey Elementary School Earns IB Designation

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Clayton Huey Elementary School in the Center Moriches School District has completed its authorization to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, now joining Center Moriches Middle School and Center Moriches High School. This latest designation makes the Center Moriches School District the first public school district on Long Island to have a full, K-12 IB continuum.

“Receiving the Primary Years Programme authorization is a great accomplishment for our entire school community” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ron Masera said. “It closes the loop for us, as we are the first public school district on Long Island to offer the full continuum of International Baccalaureate in all of our schools. This ensures that every student who enters the Center Moriches Schools will benefit from a high-quality IB Education.”

The IB Primary Years Programme at Clayton Huey Elementary School is a student-centered approach. The framework of the program emphasizes self-efficacy and encourages students to be agents of their own learning. It highlights building relationships to grow a strong learning community that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant.

Becoming an IB World School has been a years-long journey for Clayton Huey Elementary School. Administrators, teachers and students all played a vital role in receiving this honorable designation.

“We at Clayton Huey Elementary School are extremely proud of the hard work that our teachers and students have put in to achieve this prestigious milestone,” Principal Dennis Ricci said. “The benefits of the program are already tangible within our building and has created many opportunities for our students to take action in their learning. As we continue this journey, we are very excited to see how our students use their voice and take ownership in their learning achievements and successes.”

The IB program provides the framework to ensure Center Moriches students receive a 21st century education that will prepare them for college and careers. The fully implemented Primary Years Programme lays the foundation at the elementary level to create lifelong learners.

“In Center Moriches we embrace the notion that we are a small town, with deep roots and a global mindset!” Dr. Masera said.

Date Added: 3/9/2023

Read Across America Day

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Students across the Center Moriches School District joined a nationwide celebration of reading and literature on March 2. The day, which marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday, is also known as Read Across America Day. Schools, libraries and families are encouraged to come together to foster a love for reading.

Center Moriches Middle School held its annual read aloud, a culmination of the Read Around the School program. Beginning in January, students are given incentives including raffles and gift cards, to read a number of books. Come March 2, they gather in the building’s library to share a portion of one of their favorite books aloud.

Clayton Huey Elementary School welcomed a special visitor – the Cat in the Hat! Principal Dennis Ricci dressed up as the famous character to visit classrooms and get students excited about reading. Elementary students participated in several in-class activities focused on Dr. Suess and his many books.

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Date Added: 3/3/2023