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Appreciating Diversity from the Ocean

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Carle Place resident and author Paul Mila recently stopped by Cherry Lane School to present his book and underwater photography adventures to second-grade students in the school library.

Through his book “Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends,” Mr. Mila taught students factual information about sea life, while instilling important lessons about appreciating diversity. He also raffled off copies of his books, donated copies to the library, and gave each child bookmarks that featured his beautiful underwater photography.  More information can be found on his website:

First-Graders Meet the Mayor

First-grade students at Cherry Lane School welcomed Mayor Peter Cavallaro to the school library to speak about the duties and responsibilities of his position as mayor of the Village of Westbury. In addition, the children asked questions about how a law is passed, how decisions are made when citizens hold differing opinions and how they can be good citizens. This was a meaningful culmination to the social studies unit on government and citizenship and aligned with the first-grade concert theme, “Let’s all get aboard the ‘Citizenship!’”

Mayor Cavallaro is pictured with representatives of every first-grade class, along with his wife, Diane, who is a teacher’s aide at Cherry Lane. 




ENL Department Hosts Family Outreach at Library

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After weeks of planning, the Carle Place English as a New Language Department hosted the annual ENL family outreach program at the Westbury Memorial Library, where students from all three Carle Place school buildings joined together to learn more about the library services and programs.

Carle Place staff members donated books for students to take home to extend their own personal libraries. Students also toured the children’s and adult libraries, and parents had the opportunity to get to know one another and apply for library cards. Every student on hand won a raffled prize donated by local stores including Angelo’s Pizzeria, Bagel Boss, Casa di Fratelli, Hale and Hearty, Lisbon Cafe, Panera Bread, Shiro of Japan, Starbucks, Stop & Shop and Wendy’s. 

“This has been the biggest turnout yet,” said James Fisher, chairperson of English 7-12 and English as a Second Language K-12. “We hope to continue to build and strengthen our ENL families within the Carle Place community.” 

Special thanks to Ms. Acierno, Mrs. Barracato, Mrs. Dintino, Mrs. Rusinyak and Mr. Valdivia of the ENL department for putting this event together.


Author Inspiration

Children’s author/Illustrator Michael Rex recently stopped by the Cherry Lane School library to share some of his tips/techniques for creating books. Students enjoyed hearing how Mr. Rex finds inspiration and ideas for his stories. Student volunteers also assisted him in demonstrating how he draws his popular character Fangbone.  Mr. Rex has also authored such books as “Goodnight Goon” and “Runaway Mummy.”

Thank you to the Cherry Lane PTA for supporting this annual event!

Making Global Connections

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Cherry Lane students have been connecting with children from around the world through the use of live video and activities thanks to the online tool  Empatico.

A free tool available to educators, Empatico is an initiative from The KIND Foundation, a separate philanthropic entity started by KIND Healthy Snacks.

Cherry Lane students have been exploring the world through experiences that encourage kindness, empathy and curiosity. Several classes have engaged in video interaction with students around the world, which has provided them with the opportunity to learn about the world beyond their local community.

Reading Across Cherry Lane

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Cherry Lane students recently held a weeklong celebration of literacy in conjunction with Read Across America Day, which is March 1. As a culmination to the week, K-2 students paraded into the gymnasium for a schoolwide readathon and also recognized Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 1. Students recited an oath to read for a sustained period of time; kindergartners maintained their reading stamina for 15 minutes, while first- and second-graders read for 26 minutes before returning to their classrooms. Staff members also dived into their favorite books and thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of reading.

Reading specialist Danielle Emmel coordinated this and several other fun, literacy-based activities during the week leading up to Read Across America Day. Among them were a Storybook Character Day in which students and staff dressed like their favorite character from a book, a Curl Up With a Good Book Day in which students came to school dressed in their pajamas and a Fox in Socks crazy socks day, which payed homage to the popular Dr. Seuss book. 

Measuring Their Own Growth

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Cherry Lane students recently participated in assessments to measure their personal academic progress from the beginning of the school year.  Each student had the opportunity to review their growth data with their teachers, and set goals for the remainder of the school year.  Pictured are second graders from Ms. Santos and Mrs. Cruz’ class proudly displaying certificates earned for embracing their challenges and celebrating their growth.

Battle of the Classes on March 1

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The Carle Place High School Key Club and Student Organization are hosting Battle of the Classes at Carle Place Middle/High School on Friday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Each year, students “battle” for a special cause during Battle of the Classes. This year’s charity was selected based on sophomore Victoria Argenzio’s work with the Long Island Tourette Association. Victoria’s work is inspired by her brother, Stephen Argenenzio (Class of 2018) and his struggle with Tourette syndrome.  

On Feb. 1, Carle Place Middle/High School hosted a special assembly to raise awareness about this year’s event. Jane Zwilling, co-chair of the Long Island chapter of the Tourette Association of America (TAA) and co-director of the Long Island Center for Tourette and Associated Disorders, spoke at the assembly. 

It is both the Key Club’s and Student Organization’s hope that this event will raise awareness for children with Tourette syndrome, eliminate bullying and erase misconceptions about Tourette, while also raising funding for this cause.

Carle Place High School junior and Key Club President Lauren Basso is pictured here volunteering as a member of the Long Island Tourette Association’s support group.  Lauren and Samantha Wagner were instrumental in creating the informational video about Tourette syndrome and this year’s Battle of the Classes.

To learn more about this year’s Battle of the Classes, please click on the following links:
Student-created video for the Long Island Tourette Association:
Online donation link:
News12’s announcement of the event:

Submitted by Samantha Wagner
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