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Walk of Heroes Celebration

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The Center Moriches School District held its annual Walk of Heroes Celebration on Nov. 9 to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Beginning at Center Moriches High School, local veterans walked through the hallways lined by students waving American flags. Students who have family members who are veterans joined their heroes as they paraded through the building. The Walk of Heroes then continued through the Middle School and onto Clayton Huey Elementary School.

Students expressed their gratitude for the sacrifices veterans made and for their service to the United States. Additionally, they learned about Veterans Day through in-class activities and lessons.

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Date Added: 11/15/2023

‘Monster’ Activity Raises Mental Health Awareness

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Center Moriches High School students recently collaborated on a project with fourth and fifth graders to support mental health awareness. High school students in Ian Leary’s diversity, equality and inclusion advocacy class visited Clayton Huey Elementary School for the interactive project. This class aims to work within the school and community to increase student engagement.

The high schoolers first read the book, “Sad Monster, Glad Monster” to the elementary school students. Throughout the book, monsters explain what makes them feel different emotions and how they are encouraged to talk about their feelings. Following the read aloud, high school students worked with the fourth and fifth graders to create their own popsicle stick monsters to help them express their emotions.

The activity brought together the Center Moriches school community while creating a resource students can use to support social emotional learning.

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Date Added: 11/1/2023

Happy Halloween, Center Moriches!

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Center Moriches students and staff were in the Halloween spirit on Oct. 31. Across the district, students dressed up in costumes and participated in Halloween-themed activities. At Clayton Huey Elementary School, decorated pumpkins lined the halls and Pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade students showed off their spirit at a parade in front of families and friends.

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Date Added: 10/31/2023

Fire Safety in Center Moriches

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Kindergarten and first grade students at Clayton Huey Elementary School were visited by the Center Moriches Fire Department for an interactive presentation about fire safety. Throughout October, or Fire Prevention Month, students have been learning about ways to prevent fires and what to do in case of emergencies. The Center Moriches Fire Department reviewed this information with students, as well as showed them the equipment they wear when responding to a fire.

Students then went outside to explore emergency vehicles. They went inside a firetruck and ambulance and got a firsthand look at the equipment first responders use. The visit taught students about fire safety while connecting them to local heroes.

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Date Added: 10/27/2023

SEL Day at Clayton Huey

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To cap off Mental Health Awareness Week in the Center Moriches School District, Clayton Huey Elementary School held an SEL Day. The schoolwide event brought together students of all grade levels to participate in social emotional learning activities and create their own coping skills bags.

Several activities were set up in the building’s gymnasium for students to take part in. First, they expressed themselves with artwork while designing their coping skills bags. Students drew pictures and wrote out positive messages. Additionally, they created their own fidgets including beading sticks and stress balls to put in their bags. Students then had the opportunity to visit with a therapy dog. They walked away from SEL Day with their own resources to use when they’re feeling stressed, sad or overwhelmed.

The Center Moriches School District is a leader in social emotional learning and its Mental Health Awareness Week was one of many ways to provide for its students and share the many resources available to them to support their wellbeing.

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Date Added: 10/17/2023