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Senecon Celebrates Arts and Literacy

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Seneca Middle School held its annual Senecon event on Feb. 16, inviting the seventh grade class to celebrate literacy, the arts and hands-on learning. Students connected with artists, storytellers, authors, illustrators and musicians through interactive sessions. They were encouraged to dress up as movie, comic book, video game or television show characters.

Several of the workshops were virtual, including origami, graffiti art and music technology. However, students also experienced two sessions in person. Seneca welcomed Christopher Agostino to Senecon for a storytelling event. Agostino called student volunteers on the stage to have their faces painted as he told a story. He engaged the audience in several folktales while illustrating them through face paint.

Jester Jim was the second in-person performance for Senecon. He began his session by exploring beatboxing and different sounds. Students were eager to help him create songs. Jester Jim then performed juggling and balancing acts while calling volunteers onto stage.

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Date Added: 2/22/2024

Students are Heart Healthy at Nokomis

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Nokomis Elementary School students are heart healthy this February. Students have raised more than $10,000 for the Kids Heart Challenge. The challenge encourages students to fundraise for the American Heart Association while learning how to take care of their hearts, bodies and brains along the way.

Nokomis Elementary School coordinator Taylor Starr hosted before-school yoga sessions to promote health habits and movement while students participated in the challenge. They started by reciting the mantra, “I am important, I am kind, I am smart, I am strong and I can do hard things.” Students then practiced different yoga poses and breathing techniques to relax their bodies before the start of the school day.

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Date Added: 2/20/2024

Valentines for Veterans at Merrimac

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Merrimac Elementary School students in Sachem were in the Valentine’s Day spirit and wrote out cards to be distributed to the veterans at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook. All grade levels participated and created a total of 250 valentines to share with the veterans.

The activity was the culmination of the weeklong celebration for P.S. I Love You Day. It supported this year’s theme, “Love is Meant to be Given.”

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Date Added: 2/16/2024

48th Annual College and Careeer Fair

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Date Added: 2/16/2024

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HS East Student Named QuestBridge Scholar

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Sachem High School East student Juan Marcelo Verdugo was named a QuestBridge Scholar and selected for admission to Middlebury College with a National College Match Scholarship. As a QuestBridge Scholar, Juan was offered a full, four-year scholarship. He is one of 2,242 finalists that were selected as scholarship recipients in this year’s program.

QuestBridge partners with top colleges across the country to award students who have shown outstanding academic ability. Match Scholarship recipients are granted early admission to one of the partnering colleges with a full scholarship, worth over $200,000.

Date Added: 2/16/2024