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Waverly Avenue Students Showcase Artistic Expression During Dot Day

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Students at Waverly Elementary School in Susan Kinsey’s art class celebrated International Dot Day with bright and beautiful paintings inspired by “The Dot,” by Peter H. Reynolds.

Social and emotional learning chairperson Lauren Gonzalez visited the class to interview students about how the book made them feel, and students responded that they felt excited and that they could make better art.

The worldwide celebration of art is renowned for the positive message it shares about the teacher-student connection and how creativity and confidence in a student’s life are key.

Merrimac Students Celebrate Dot Day

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Merrimac Elementary School’s student-artists were busy at work creating art inspired by the book, “The Dot.”

As part of the Dot Day celebration, students across grade levels worked collaboratively to create a large mural made of colorful dots. Their final work of art will be displayed for all to see and to spread enjoyment through their collective creativity.

Merrimac Students Manifest Mindfulness With Introduction to Yoga

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Students at Merrimac Elementary School in Danielle Gagnon’s third grade class have recently participated in yoga activities to practice essential mindfulness techniques. As part of the activities, students progress through various yoga poses which focus on flexibility and concentration and also increase self-esteem and self-awareness.

“Through 20-plus years of teaching and practicing experience, I have the learned that the mat is a mirror and the mat becomes magical,” Gagnon said. “Once the students become comfortable on the mat, try new poses, breathe and learn to self-regulate, that all transfers into the outside world, the classroom.”

Sachem Welcomes Service Dogs to High School Buildings

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At the most recent meeting of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, the Board was introduced to two new, furry friends, Oakley and Bailey that will soon be joining the Sachem school community as service dogs in both High School East and North.

The dogs will be available in the future through the guidance office to help students with stress management and anxiety and to boost morale in the school buildings.

Sachem High School North Holds Court Dedication Ceremony

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On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Sachem High School North held a heartwarming ceremony where the gymnasium court was dedicated to past Sachem teacher Matthew “Dezy” DiStefano who tragically passed away from cancer in January 2020.

The emotional ceremony celebrated the incredible life of Dezy and the everlasting mark he left on the Sachem community through his time as an athlete, teacher, coach and overall inspiration, sharing his message of positivity and hope through his mantra, “We Get To.”