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Atkinson Food Drive

Atkinson Food Drive photo
The Atkinson Leadership Team held their annual holiday food drive throughout the month of December. They collected thousands of non-perishable food items that were delivered to students in need, as well as The Inn in Hempstead that serves the Freeport community. The students all took a sense of pride in their efforts knowing that they were helping their community.

Edcampish at Atkinson

Atkinson school teachers participated in a Grade Level meeting that was inspired by an Edcamp experience. Edcamp is participant–driven and is sometimes referred to as an “unconference.”  Edcamps are:

free
non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence
hosted by any organization interested in furthering the edcamp mission
made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event
events where anyone who attends can be a presenter
reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs

Choosing to eliminate the “law of two feet” rule and name them “Breakouts” instead of “Sessions,” the school decided to call this event “Atkinson’s Edcampish Grade Level Meeting.” Teachers stepped up to help organize and they took risks and supported their colleagues’ professional growth. There were two sets of 30-minute Breakouts that teachers selected to attend.  Topics included RTI, Music for Humanities, Decoding Magic, Guided Reading and Book Clubs, Special Education Resources, Breaking Down Questions, and Social Studies Planning.  



NED’s Mindset Mission

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Atkinson school students witnessed an inspiring assembly called “NED’s Mindset Mission,” which centered around a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. Students and staff had fun and related to the positive message NED brought, as it paralleled the school’s daily message: Have a meaningful day, give 100 percent and go for it!

Atkinson Pays Tribute to Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Atkinson school students in Mrs. Sanders' class made cards thanking veterans for their service and sacrifice. Some cards were given to Mr. Tucker, Atkinson security guard, who bravely served in the Navy. Veterans Administration in Northport also received cards from students, where they were enjoyed by veterans of all military branches, both human and canine.

 

Team Building

Team Building photo

Mrs. Zegers’ sixth-grade team, Team Princeton, at Atkinson school had an adventurous experience when visiting the Nassau BOCES Brookville Environmental Education Center. It was a fun day of team building, as students participated in activities that helped them step outside of their comfort zones. Despite the freezing temperatures, all of the students had a great time working together to accomplish all of the challenges the naturalists presented.

Atkinson Dedicates Peace Pole

Atkinson Dedicates Peace Pole photo

The Caroline G. Atkinson school held its peace pole dedication ceremony as part of the district’s International Peace Pole project.

This is the third Peace Pole dedication for the district. The beautiful dedication ceremony was planned and conducted by Atkinson students. They sang the song “One Day” and wrote and shared their own thoughts about what peace means to them. Students also shared quotes on peace from activists including Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa and Jimi Hendrix. Two homing pigeons were released to commemorate peace.