Tracey Frazier’s fifth grade class wrote non-fiction books on a subject of interest. The topics ranged from holiday candy to a flower’s life cycle to alpaca farming. They researched, edited a draft, and went on a book publishing website called “blurb.com.” Each student receives a copy of his personal non-fiction book at the end of this project. Parents of the class are helping to edit the books. Anna Rafferty explained, “It is a good way to inspire us to get involved in writing about our interests.” Ella Gurney added, “I can’t wait to get my awesome book.”
Emily O’ Reilly offered her eighth grade classes an extra credit assignment. They created a story map rap to demonstrate how all stories follow a predictable pattern. Alana Ellis appreciated the chance to learn in a catchy way. She noted, “It helped me remember key terms that could be helpful on the ELA tests. Kasey Brabant, Kattie Fragola and Abby Roden filmed their story rap. Their theme was, “Read a book!”
The fourth film festival featured the following films: “Origami” by Brody Eggert and Kevin Chabla; “Finger Snapping” by Kailey DeMai and Joselinne Gavilanes; “Push Ups” by Jake Krahe, Alex Tenasaca, and Derek Guazhambo, and “Childhood 2,” an animation edited by Colton Notel-Dunn and Ryan Tuthill. The film about push-ups generated great excitement since the person who did the most push-ups for the film, Principal Eric Casale, was revealed in the film.
The annual Student Arts Festival—January 28 to February 26—at Guild Hall will include more than 500 pieces of Springs students’ artwork from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Music students participated in the annual Hamptons Music Educators Association Festival [HMEA]. The chorus members were Andrew Wilson, Alana Ellis, Ana Toledo, Priscila Ortega, Hannah Rosario, Tiffany Gutama, Nicole Lockwood, and Hunter Reynolds; band, Joseph Bordino on trumpet, Paloma Bahi and Eric Lopez on trombone, Matthew Fisher on alto saxophone, and Freddy Dayton on percussion.