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Teddy Bear Clinic

Teddy Bear Clinic photo

On Friday June 8, Woodhull Health Services Director Janet LaViolette presented her latest "Teddy Bear Clinic," transforming the Woodhull gymnasium into a magical play clinic where students could learn about real health and hygiene practices, procedures, and related material. A quintessentially Fire Island event, Nurse Janet brings together staff with parents and community members in bringing a fun and memorable experience to students.

This year's clinic featured a handwashing station, a doll hospital, a boo-boo clinic, an "operation" room, yoga with the principal, a medical tech lab, a get well card making factory, a health newsstand, a healthy heart workshop, a body system puzzle, a music therapy drum circle, and storybook reading from the tooth fairy. There was also a craft center and a dress-up area which included lab coats, hospital scrubs, and bouffant caps, but also colorful wigs, hats, and glasses. An assortment of colorful fresh fruit and vegetables were also available at the aptly named "Rainbow Café"

The Teddy Bear Clinic started with Nurse Janet's thoughtful desire to educate students about the medical equipment and procedures they were likely to encounter on a typical visit to a doctor's office, to help alleviate any fears or anxieties, and continues this mission through today.

Notice to Bidders - School Bus


Notice: Annual Fire Inspection Completed

Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection of the Woodhull School and Bus Maintenance Garage of the Fire Island Union Free School District, for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, and employees therein, has been completed and the report is available at the office of the District Clerk at the Fire Island Union Free School District for inspection by all interested persons.

Board of Education
Fire Island Union Free School District
Towns of Islip and Brookhaven
Suffolk County, New York
Donna Clock
District Clerk
May 24, 2018

Art on Display at Woodhull

Art on Display at Woodhull photo

Student art adorned the walls of the Woodhull Elementary School gymnasium for the annual Student Art Show, curated by Woodhull art teacher Bianca Diadone and featuring works from all students throughout the school year.

Students lead parents and teachers on a tour of the display as they proudly showed off their paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media works. Over 100 works were displayed in all, including set pieces made by the Art Club for the winter musical, 3D printed objects designed by intermediate students and a collaborative piece made by all students in the school, including a large mandala and an oversized poster celebrating the value of mindfulness.

Centennial Celebration

Centennial Celebration photo

Fire Island School District is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of its first school in 1918 this year, and parents recently participated in a special viewing of a retrospective exhibit for the occasion.

The exhibit, curated by Woodhull’s technology integration specialist Debbie Gerken, allows viewers to walk chronologically through the various periods of the district’s development and view artifacts giving a sense of school life during each period. The artifacts came not only from the district itself but also largely from longtime residents, who may have been students, parents, Board of Education members or all of the above, who generously contributed their photos and records to the project. 

The exhibit is scheduled to appear again during the graduation ceremony and spring concert at Woodhull on June 20 (open to the community) and also at the Ocean Beach Historical Society over the summer.

National Music Honor

Music Program Earns NAMM National Honor
Woodhull Elementary School in the Fire Island School District was named one of 135 recipients of the “SupportMusic Merit Award” as part of the annual nationwide Best Communities for Music Education survey. 

The survey is conducted by the National Association for Music Merchants Foundation, which supports music education, and recognizes both school districts and individual schools. Woodhull has been recognized as an individual school of merit five times in the past six years.

The survey considers factors such as student participation, staffing, programs, funding, technology, resources, curriculum and community support. 
“We are all very happy to receive this award. It’s a recognition of every aspect of the school community coming together to recognize the importance of music education and doing their part to make it the best it can be for students,” said Woodhull music teacher Philip Tamberino.

Woodhull’s music program features music classes at least twice a week for all students, a concert band, a ukulele ensemble, keyboard lab, music technology club, private and small group lessons, and annual schoolwide musicals and concerts. 

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