STELLAR


STELLAR

What is STELLAR?


Experience STELLAR at Watson!

Mrs. Patricia Montemarano
STELLAR Teacher

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start in Watson’s STELLAR program. Read below to discover some of the grade by grade highlights!

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Kindergarten students recently went on a field trip to White Post Farm in Melville. To complement this excursion, they listened to non-fiction books about farms and farm animals. The students utilized the ChatterPix app on the iPads to created a video of the facts they learned. 





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First graders are excited about fall! They read several non-fiction books about this season and came up with facts that coincide with each letter of the alphabet. Students formatted a Power Point slide by keyboarding and designing the layout of their fact and accompanying illustration. Click below to read their Fall ABC Books!

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Creepy Carrots! Oh My! Second grade students participated in an eerie STEM activity. They enjoyed the read-aloud Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.   The students collaborated in teams to build a fence made from popsicle sticks and clothespins that would keep the creepy carrots in the carrot patch. The process involved planning, designing, building. testing and redesigning. The results were ingenious!

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In order to extend their classroom genre study of mysteries, third graders investigated the science of fingerprints. These budding sleuths learned how fingerprints are used to identify individuals and how they can be utilized to solve crimes.  Students made their own fingerprints and examined them through magnifying glasses to identify the prints as whorls, loops or arches.  Next up, learning to use Excel to graph these results!

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Fourth graders have been using the Seesaw app on their iPads to share what they have learned about various topics including library organization and the ins and outs of “digital netiquette”. They are about to delve into an animal research project in which they will be employing the resources of the STELLAR Center to research, write, edit and publish a newspaper article about their animals. Stay tuned for samples of their work.


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Fifth graders are becoming familiar with Google Classroom on their iPads. They will be using this collaborative tool as they research famous explorers using the resources of the STELLAR Center. They have set up Noodle Tool accounts and have learned to cite sources using the MLA (Modern Language Association) format. 

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In conjunction with the school’s yearlong theme, Soaring to New Heights, two school wide enrichment events were held to promote student wellness, self-esteem and inner happiness. 

On September 26, 2019 our students were surprised by the appearance of a hot air balloon on the Watson field. Students observed the balloon being inflated by a professional pilot, which was a magnificent and inspiring site. The hot air balloon served to reminds students that boundaries are limitless and their potentials are sky high.  After students witness the inflation, the entire student body sang a song written by a group of Watson students entitled “Soaring to New Heights”. This original song reinforced the path leading to self-confidence, making the right choices and feeling good about oneself. Once the balloon was deflated, students in grade three through five gathered in the gym for a presentation by the balloon’s pilot. This informative session included information on the operational characteristics, history, and safety considerations of flying hot air balloons.

On the evening of October 17, 2019 Watson School opened its doors to students and their families for Soaring to New Heights, An Evening of Mindfulness and Enrichment. Many rooms dimmed their lights, played soft music and set a tone in which children could easily unwind, relax and communicate with their peers. They were introduced to mandalas, musical mirror movements, the Totika communication game and even spent time relaxing in the “Zen Den”.  Mindfulness stations allowed students to focus on music and art in a relaxed, gentle manner. Some young writers composed and illustrated books of motivational quotes. Yoga and Zumba workshops were big draws for students to learn poses and meditative breathing.