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Intergenerational Concert

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Carle Place Middle School/High School once again hosted its annual Intergenerational Concert, a cooperative effort between Cherry Lane music teacher Audrey Wilkins, Rushmore Avenue School music teacher Henry Stanziale, MS/HS chorus teacher Jessica Younker and the Carle Place Senior Center’s Senior Citizen Choir.

The Senior Citizen Choir joined the first-grade chorus from Cherry Lane, the sixth-grade chorus from Rushmore Avenue and the high school Select Chorus for this special event. The respective choral groups took their turns on stage performing holiday and seasonal classics for one another and even collaborated on one special song. 

After the program, senior citizens stayed to mingle with students and friends in the cafeteria.

Government in Action

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With proud parents in attendance in the auditorium, 20 fifth- and sixth-graders at Rushmore Avenue School were inducted into the school’s 2018-19 Student Council. Carle Place Superintendent of Schools David Flatley joined advisers Elizabeth Cottell and Julie Santoro in administering the oath of service to the school’s newest leaders. Mr. Flatley and Rushmore Ave. Principal Catherine Silletti then presented each inductee with a customary student council pin. 

According to Ms. Silletti, serving on Student Council helps bring to life the sense of community that is being established in school. 

“These are your first steps in public service…and hopefully they will not be your last,” said Ms. Silletti, as she congratulated the new inductees. 

Rushmore’s Student Council organizes various charitable activities throughout the year, including a food drive, an ALS fundraiser and a holiday toy drive. This year’s group is comprised of representatives from each of the fifth- and sixth-grade classes who represent the interests of the entire school. To be chosen, each candidate must write a speech explaining why he or she can be relied on as the voice of the Rushmore student body.    

A Drive for Literacy

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The Rushmore School library just completed their annual book drive to benefit the not-for-profit organization The Book Fairies. Students and staff at Rushmore donated almost 30 boxes of books, which will be distributed to people in need throughout the New York metropolitan area. A great big thank you to all those who donated and continue to create lifelong learners!  

A Unifying Event

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In observance of Unity Day on Oct. 24 the district hosted activities designed to promote compassion and togetherness, while encouraging all to take a stand against bullying. Students and staff at all three schools wore the color orange, the designated color that signifies unity against bullying. 

At Cherry Lane, students gathered for photos under the school’s “Bully-Free Zone” sign as a reinforcement of solidarity against bullying and other poor decisions. At Rushmore Avenue School, students created a Unity Puzzle comprised of pieces consisting of positive written messages of unity, upstanding and kindness. At Carle Place Middle/High School students signed the Unity Day Pledge, displayed proudly in the front lobby. Throughout the day, inspirational music and quotes were played over the school loudspeaker commemorating the cause and further solidifying the true meaning of the day. 

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