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Move It for the Military

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In honor of the connection several Woodhull Elementary School students and staff members have to the military – in particular, to the local Coast Guard station – the school community came together to participate in an interactive weeklong initiative called Move it! for Military Kids this November.

The initiative, created two years ago by the Military Child Education Coalition, invited participants to engage in a physical activity of some kind to raise awareness of the plight of children in military families, who often deal with moving, separation and other transitions related to their parent(s)’ service. 

Throughout the week, all Woodhull classes participated in a variety of activities including top 10 favorite PE activities, yoga with the principal, a nature walk, a disco dance party and a hula hoop contest. 

This year’s event was once again coordinated by Fire Island’s Director of Health Services Janet LaViolette, who thought of the many students from the Babylon Coast Guard base that have attended Woodhull over the years. 

Woodhull is proud of its Coast Guard students and families and thanks them for their sacrifices.

Lending a Hand

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In the spirit of giving, Woodhull Elementary School students from grades 2-6 recently visited the Bethany Hospitality INN Soup Kitchen in Central Islip, where they worked in service to the community. 

During the visit, the school delivered the hygiene items generously donated by our families and prepared bag lunches decorated with their own personal messages. Additionally, Superintendent of Schools Loretta Ferraro and classroom teachers assisted, along with the wonderful INN staff, in packaging sandwiches for the establishments’ visitors. 

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Ocean Beach Kids Art Show

Ocean Beach Kids Art Show Pic
On July 22, Woodhull 5th grader Jack Brennan participated in the Ocean Beach Kids Art Show, featuring art work he made from his past year at  his school as well as some pieces he had recently done with the Art  group at the Ocean Beach Youth Group. Jack¹s work was awarded a 1st  place! This honor included an invitation to show his work at the Adult  Fine Arts Show on August 12. Jack made some new items to show there,  and the Jack Brennan Art Studio was founded. Special thanks does go  out to Woodhull art teacher Bianca Daidone for all of her guidance and encouragement!

Fall Happenings At Woodhull

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Woodhull Elementary School students and staff members took part in a number of spirited and educational fall-themed activities this October, designed to not only celebrate the change in the season but also the Halloween holiday.

During a school trip to White Post Farms in Huntington, the school’s pre-K and kindergarten students had the chance to view a number of animals up close and even take a turn at feeding them before visiting the farm’s pumpkin patch.

To showcase their creativity, students transformed the pumpkins and gourds harvested this fall into colorful artistic displays. From sculpted boats to comical ghosts, all enjoyed seeing the creations on display in the building.

With the help of the school’s PTA, students enjoyed a fun-filled trick or treat event before the official Halloween holiday and a memorable lunch in a beautifully decorated cafeteria. 

Lastly, all were smiles for the building’s annual Halloween parade around the grounds of Woodhull Elementary. Donned in costumes, the event was a fitting kickoff to the students’ evening of trick-or-treating in their local communities.

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A Day in the Life of Fire Island

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Woodhull Elementary School fourth- through sixth-grade students had the chance to learn more about their unique island and school surroundings as they contributed to the very first “Day in the Life of Fire Island” ecology project on Sept. 29.

Assisted by Ranger Sam Durbin of the National Park Service, Adelphi University Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Ruth Coffey, Fire Island School Superintendent of Schools Loretta Ferraro, BOCES Teacher Integration Specialist Deborah Gerken and Woodhull Intermediate Team teacher Gabrielle Donovan, the students learned how to collect and test samples of water and earth along the shores of Ocean Beach. The information will help specialists determine the health of the aquatic ecosystem and the biodiversity of Fire Island.

The students were not alone in their work. As they examined the physical and chemical aspects of the water—such as salinity, the amount of sediments, nitrates, phosphates, and oxygen levels—and also conducted biodiversity inventories of the flora and fauna in and around the shorelines, students from Bay Shore High School performed similar work near the Fire Island Lighthouse and students from Longwood Junior High School worked near the Smith Point Wilderness Center. Together, some 70 students and teachers studied the water source that spanned the length of Fire Island.

Since 2011, annual “A Day in the Life” events involving students have been jointly coordinated for various Long Island aquatic ecosystems by the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission, the Suffolk County Water Authority, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the New York State Department of Energy Conservation. 

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