Schools: Physics Lessons, Art Installation

Students found a connection between footwear and physics during a Next Generation Science Standards lesson developed by Northport High School physics teacher  Karyn Libretto.

The new lesson is the first that Libretto and fellow high school physics teacher Dr. Gillian Winters, are piloting for publication in a science journal.

It was designed to encourage students to understand how the properties of matter affect how an object functions. Second graders at Pulaski Road Schoolhad to design a “shoe” for gripping uphill or for sliding downhill.  Each group had design their shoe in a detailed diagram, collaborate to engineer a shoe and ultimately test its effectiveness on a ramp with variable steepness.

The purpose of publishing this lesson is to encourage teachers across the United States to
provide their students with lessons that stimulate student interests in science and prepare them for higher education, careers, and citizenship.

Time to Shop

Members of the new Walt Whitman High School girls wrestling team helped out this week at Shop With a Cop, a holiday shopping expedition at Target. Police officers, the girls’ team, and others helped about 40 kids buy Christmas presents.

Members of the Whimtna girls wrestling team help at Shop With a Cop

Art Installation

Harborfields High School’s National Art Honor Society and other honor society chapters created a collaborative installation in partnership with the Heckscher Museum of Art.

The 6×6 project was founded in 2014 by two National Art Honor Society advisers –
Jeanie Ritter of Harborfields High School and Roe Elder of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School – with the goal for National Art Honor Society students to connect, collaborate and create. The Heckscher Museum of Art provides artistic enrichment for students, the inspiration for artwork and a location to exhibit tshe 6×6 projects that students make each year.

The display travels when not on display at the Heckscher Museum, and a portion was displayed in the Harborfields High School lobby’s art gallery during November.

Dance Time

Members of the Harborfields High School Dance Club and kickline team recenly visited Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School cheerleading practices to teach the elementary students a dance routine. They performed it at a Harlem Wizards basketball
game Dec. 2.
“It was really nice to see the older students interact and teach the younger students
in our district,” coach Jackie Best said.



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