May 2014 Education Roundup: Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown

Kyle DineSpring has finally arrived, and this month it brought the students of our regions’ schools some creepy carrots,  a Statewide chemistry title, and a food allergy musician.

At right, Kyle Dine

Food Allergy Musician Comes to Town

International children’s performer, Kyle Dine, visited Morse School and Washington Irving School recently to perform a total of three shows for the elementary school students of the district. The celebrated performer specializes in educating children about food allergies with a highly engaging show featuring skits, music, and audience participation.

“Kyle Dine is a wonderful entertainer and educator on the subject of food allergies. He brings a really positive message to kids about learning and acceptance and anti-bullying,” said Sleepy Hollow parent, Heather Hewett, who was instrumental in applying for a creativity grant from the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns to bring Mr. Dine to the schools. “He engaged the entire audience, he engaged all the kids. He did a great job and I think the kids enjoyed him and the teachers enjoyed him.”

Warner Library Featuring Middle and High School Art

Art students of Mr. Benton, Ms. Harrison, Miss Rosenberg, Ms. Dreher and Ms. Langston have been selected to exhibit their work on the walls of the Warner LIbrary’s Fitzgerald Art Gallery, located in the hallway between the front lobby and the reference room. The art chosen to be displayed includes block prints, paper-mache masks, chine-colle,  and 35mm black and white photography. The exhibit opened on May 8th and will run through the month of May.

Junior Takes Second Place in International Competition

Junior Javiera Morales and her winning presentation.Sleepy Hollow High School junior, Javiera Morales, earned Second Place Honors at the International Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad in Houston, Texas. Competing against 385 students from 66 different countries, Morales’ presentation of her project, The Correlation Between Forest Fragmentation and Invasive Herbaceous Plant Presence in a Deciduous Forest Habitat, earned her a $1,000 scholarship from the Texas Tech University Department of Plant and Soil Science.

Middle Schoolers Explore Internal Anatomy of Frogs

The entire seventh grade at Sleepy Hollow Middle School took part in the hands-on dissection of frogs as part of their study into the inner workings of human anatomy. Since the internal anatomy of frogs is eerily similar to that of the human body, students were able to witness firsthand what they had spent several rigorous weeks studying. Students guided one another through the dissection manual, identifying many of the internal organs of the frogs and using the material spread out in front of them to delve deeper into the material they’ve learned in the human biology unit.

Science teachers Mr. Patierno and Mr. Garguilo were impressed with how much the students were able to recognize and connect to lessons from prior classes, and excited to see the students digging into the project while creating a collaborative learning


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