Extended School Year - "Be the Best that You Can Be"

Students used a number of creative and handmade props as their performed “What a Wonderful World” for their families and friends.  thumbnail133041
Students used a number of creative and handmade props as their performed “What a Wonderful World” for their families and friends.
Our Project Excel Youth Program volunteered their time to ESY throughout the summer and participated in Wednesday morning’s festivities by playing along. thumbnail133042
Our Project Excel Youth Program volunteered their time to ESY throughout the summer and participated in Wednesday morning’s festivities by playing along.
The Extended School Year Program Administrator Shari Daniello expressed her gratitude towards the faculty, staff, and parents whose dedication to these children make the program so special.  thumbnail133043
The Extended School Year Program Administrator Shari Daniello expressed her gratitude towards the faculty, staff, and parents whose dedication to these children make the program so special.
These students were excited to see their mixed ingredients become colorful slime! thumbnail133044
These students were excited to see their mixed ingredients become colorful slime!
Students in Mr. Cardella’s classroom learned all of the ingredients and measurements to create their own play dough. thumbnail133045
Students in Mr. Cardella’s classroom learned all of the ingredients and measurements to create their own play dough.
It was an energetic morning for all! thumbnail133046
It was an energetic morning for all!

Countrywood Primary School recently showcased the fine work of our students and staff in the Extended School Year Program (ESY) Summer Celebration. This dynamic group of educators, led by ESY Vocational and Travel Administrator Geraldine Maurice and ESY Program Administrator Shari Daniello, peaked their students’ interests and kept their curiosity high with creative activities throughout the summer months.

South Huntington’s Extended School Year (ESY) Summer Program is a fantastic opportunity for students with special needs to work on improving all aspects of student and community life. This summer, students of all ages worked together in their classrooms and participated in a special vocational component for the high school students. “Be the Best that You Can Be” was this summer’s theme as students participated in creative activities in a variety of areas, including art, music and physical education.  On Wednesday, our students had the opportunity to showcase what they have been working on for their parents and teachers with great energy and enthusiasm before breaking into small group activities in their classrooms. The excitement on their faces and the joy of their parents truly expressed how this community-based program provides the amazing resources that impact these families in a remarkable and humbling way.

Thank you to our faculty and staff for making this program possible and to the teachers, TA’s, Paras, support staff and Youth Work Programs for their much appreciated dedication: (Teachers) Mrs. Commander, Mr. Clines, Mr. Cardella, Mrs. Maggio, Mr. Winters, Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Gravina, Mrs. Shubert, (Vocational Education Teams) Mrs. Coleman, Miss Musgnug, Mr. Rentz, Mr. Metzak, and Mrs. Greco and South Oaks, (Program Staff) Mrs. Maurice, Mrs. Daniello, Miss DeNoble, Mr. Williams,Mr. Toledo, Dr.Savoy, Mrs. Samuels,Mr. O’Brien, Ms. Belfiore, Mrs. Strzelecka, Mr. DePaula, Diane Rice, and the Assistants in Training from our Project Excel Youth Program. It is the combined support of our district parents and South Huntington team that makes this very special endeavor possible.

 

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