Sixth grade students at Robert Moses Middle School, under the direction of Mrs. Nocella, spent a few after-school hours coloring and writing words of encouragement in lovely Springtime cards for American soldiers. Over 100 cards will be sent to our service men and women to remind them that they are appreciated and admired by our youth. "Springtime for Soldiers" gave children from various classes an opportunity to come together and spend some time giving back to the people who sacrifice so much for our freedom. A simple card lets the soldiers know that America's youth are thinking of them and remembering their dedication and hard work.
Here are some of the things the children wrote in the cards.
"Thank you for keeping us safe. I admire your bravery."
"It is very cool that you have dedicated your life to making people around the world safe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"Thank you for sacrificing time with your loved ones so that we can have our freedom and live in safety."
Robert Moses Spirit Week “We are the Colors of the Rainbow” starts today, February 19, 2013. We all represent the different, individual colors of the rainbow that come together to form something beautiful. Each day this week we will ask students to wear as much of our featured color of the day as possible. There will be giveaways each day for all students who get involved. We will also have some extra activities for you to participate in each day. Show some school spirit and make this week more fun by getting involved each day.
Tuesday – Blue Day – Anti-Bullying Awareness
Wednesday – Yellow Day – Remember our friends serving in the military
Thursday – Green Day – Love your Mother Earth – Go Green!
Friday – Rainbow Day – We are all different colors of the rainbow that makes up our world.
Sixth graders had a great time ice skating at the Dix Hills Ice Skating Rink. The kids socialized, swooshed along the ice, and sang along to the great music. What a fun time was had by all!
Sixth graders enjoyed an after-school movie party to watch ELF. The kids had a great time and stuffed themselves with yummy snacks and goodies. The highlight was the end when Mrs. Nocella gave out some really neat prizes- Congratulations to Jack who won the super snuggly, huge teddy bear!
On Friday 12/14/12 the Robert Moses Middle School Jazz Band members attended a field trip to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The students were entertained and educated by famous Jazz Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis as part of a series on the music of Jazz Saxophonist John Coltrane. A great time was had by all and the students were very fortunate to attend such an amazing event.
Students in Mrs. Nocella's sixth grade Language Arts classes wrote letters to American soldiers as part of the American Red Cross "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program. The beautiful cards and homemade artwork will be sent to Maryland where the American Red Cross will distribute them accordingly to active soldiers and injured heroes and veterans. The children really showed the true spirit of the holidays by doing something that will make others feel special. We send out warm wishes and love to American soldiers all over the world who will sacrifice being with their families this holiday season!
Mr. Walden and his 8th grade class, along with Mrs. Williams, and her ESL class spent a lovely day at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The students were amazed to see both sites up close and personal. The students walked away from this trip with a greater appreciation of how people from all walks of life came here to America and built this country into what it is today.
When given the opportunity to do a Community Service Project, the Robert Moses Middle School Environmental-Recycling Club (North Babylon) jumped at the chance. After discussions about what project to organize, the club decided on a Beach Clean-up and a Dune Restoration Project.
Pollution of our oceans is a tremendous problem. Plastic bags, balloons, medical waste, bottles, and other debris all find their way into the oceans of the world. These items float in the water and wash up on beaches. This often leads to health hazards for the marine life.
In addition to the issue of pollution, erosion caused by wind and water (rain, waves, and tides) poses and tremendous issue here on Long Islands Beaches. In coordination with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Program at Cedar Beach, we decided that restoring the dunes that were destroyed by Hurricane Irene was a task we were willing to take on. In addition to planting and restoring 1,000 plugs of new beach grass to re-establish the habitat for wildlife and prevent future erosion, the beach clean-up segment also beautified the area surrounding the 9/11 Memorial at Cedar Beach.
Students in Mrs. Nocella's Language Arts and Reading class were treated to a LIVE webcast with J.K. Rowling- live from Scotland. Ms. Rowling, the author of the successful Harry Potter series told the students about her inspirations while writing. She explained how she creates the setting, the characters, and the conflict in her books. She feels that her books have become soooo successful because readers around the world have fallen in love with her characters and the magical world they live in. Ms. Rowling also spoke of the teachers in her life that gave her motivation and encouraged her to write creatively. The writing process and the importance of editing and revisions were a topic she spoke about also. She told the children that she can dig out all of ther preliminary notes and brainstorming that she used for her many epic stories. J.K. even reminisced about sitting under a tree in Scotland as she first began writing The Sorcerer's Stone. She recalls the imagery that she created and the inspiration she received from the beautiful surroundings of her own setting that day. Lastly, she spoke of the readers that have shared their stories with her over the years. She's heard personal stories of how people cope with bullying, confusion in their lives, and new beginnings. Many of these people have told her that her stories have helped them cope with their own troubles. In fact, Ms. Rowley said that she feels that an author has a great responsibility to, not only show the conflicts characters have in their relationships, but to show how they work through these conflicts. The live cast was a great way for the students to 'connect' with an author.