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Northeast Elementary School holds Black History Month celebration

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Pre-K and kindergarten students at Northeast Elementary School in Amityville held an amazing performance in front of their parents during the school’s annual Black History Month program on Feb. 16.

Directed by music teacher Megan Ashe, students and staff members performed a medley of songs in the school’s gymnasium such as “This Little Light of Mine,” “Peace Like a River,” and “Scat Like That.” The gymnasium also featured a decorative art showcase that was organized by art teacher Nicole Pappas.

The performance concluded with an African dance from special guest Dianne Robinson.

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Date Added: 2/23/2024

First female sports broadcaster at Amityville Memorial High School

Amityville Memorial High School junior Erin Kreuder Broadcasting. thumbnail255413
Amityville Memorial High School junior Erin Kreuder Broadcasting. thumbnail255414

On Jan. 30, Amityville Memorial High School junior Erin Kreuder made history for the school’s broadcasting club as she became the first female to ever do play-by-play commentary.  

Kreuder was the play-by-play commentator for the Amityville girls basketball game against Islip. High school teachers Paul Cimmino and Matt Greiss have coordinated the broadcasting club in Amityville since 2017, and they livestream to their YouTube channel called the Amityville Broadcasting Network. The club teaches students all aspects of what goes into having a professional broadcast including audio/video production, sound engineering, directing, producing, sideline reporters, talk show hosts and panelists, analysts, and play-by-play announcer.  

“In the professional world, it is a male-dominated profession, and female sports play-by-play commentators are extremely rare,” Mr. Greiss said. “In our club, we have had only six male students reach the level of play-by-play since we started our club. Erin did a tremendous job last month. As a junior, she has now established herself as our top on-air person and has another full year to shine.” 

The Amityville School District congratulates Kreuder on making school history as a female sports broadcaster. 

Date Added: 2/21/2024

Black History Month festivities at Amityville Memorial High School

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On Feb. 16, Amityville Memorial High School’s Interact Club celebrated the rich culture of African Americans during their annual Black History Month performance.

Students shared their talents in dance, music and spoken words in front of their peers, faculty and staff members, and district administrators in the high school’s auditorium. The high school’s jazz band also performed several songs throughout the afternoon. In between performances, the Interact Club conducted trivia on famous African Americans.

At the end of the performance, the Interact Club held up the flags of different countries to celebrate diverse cultures in the Amityville school community.

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Date Added: 2/20/2024

Kindness Week celebration at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School

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Students and staff at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in Amityville celebrated Kindness Week from Feb. 5-9.

In addition to dressing up for Spirit Week, students learned about the importance of sharing acts of kindness. Students made Valentine's Day cards for local veterans through State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre's office. Students also collected food for a local food pantry. Park Avenue recognized students from each class for their acts of kindness.

Additionally, Park Avenue’s social worker Ms. DeMauro was nominated as the Staff Kindness Winner.

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Date Added: 2/20/2024

Northwest Elementary's Annual Lunar New Year parade

On Feb. 9, students at Northwest Elementary School in Amityville celebrated the Lunar New Year with their annual parade. thumbnail255073
On Feb. 9, students at Northwest Elementary School in Amityville celebrated the Lunar New Year with their annual parade. thumbnail255074
On Feb. 9, students at Northwest Elementary School in Amityville celebrated the Lunar New Year with their annual parade. thumbnail255075
On Feb. 9, students at Northwest Elementary School in Amityville celebrated the Lunar New Year with their annual parade. thumbnail255076
On Feb. 9, students at Northwest Elementary School in Amityville celebrated the Lunar New Year with their annual parade. thumbnail255077
On Feb. 9, students at Northwest Elementary School in Amityville celebrated the Lunar New Year with their annual parade. thumbnail255078
On Feb. 9, students at Northwest Elementary School in Amityville celebrated the Lunar New Year with their annual parade.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, students learned that this is the Year of the Dragon, which represents nobility, good fortune and vitality. Students crafted lanterns, dragons and noisemakers for the parade around the school. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, students and staff were encouraged to wear red which symbolizes good luck, energy and happiness. Additionally, students and teachers wore purple hearts in recognition of P.S. I Love You Day.

It was a festive and great learning experience for all of Northwest’s students.

Date Added: 2/13/2024