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Seniors Bond over Breakfast in Amityville

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With many normal traditions on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors at Amityville Memorial High School recently gathered for breakfast as a chance to enjoy each other’s company. 

A senior breakfast was held on Nov. 20 and Nov. 24, one for each of the two cohorts. Students were treated to fruit, pastries and orange juice as they sat at desks spaced six feet apart. Senior class adviser Jennifer Schulken said the breakfast was planned to give seniors a celebratory activity that followed health and safety protocols.

“We want them to have the best year possible under the circumstances that we’re in,” Ms. Schulken said.

As is tradition, seniors ordered Amityville Class of 2021 jerseys from Amity Harbor Sports, which many wore to the breakfast. Students put their names or nicknames on the back of their custom shirts. 

Class President Noah Laforest said that the class officers helped plan the breakfast to give seniors something to look forward to, as traditional events such as homecoming and the pep rally were not held this fall. He expressed hope that they will be able to do more senior activities in the spring. 

Genesis Perez, the class secretary, noted there haven’t been a lot of opportunities for seniors to socialize, so the breakfast provided that.

“It helps bring a sense of normalcy to our year,” she said, “and builds unity among our class.”

12/1/2020 Letter from Dr. Kelly, Superintendent of Schools, Regarding COVID-19 Incidents


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Middle School Students Energized About Engineering

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As part of their study on energy, eighth graders constructed and tested bottle cars in their STEAM class at Edmund W. Miles Middle School. The hands-on activity allowed them to see for themselves how potential energy turns into kinetic energy.

Teacher Natasha Lim gave each student an empty plastic water bottle to use as the car’s body. Other supplies included metal and wooden rods as axles and bottle caps for the wheels. Students could choose either a low-tech or a high-tech option to power their cars – a straw connected to a balloon or a small, battery-powered motor. 

Students began the engineering challenge by doing research on their Chromebooks to explore potential solutions, then sketched out their designs before building. 

Willingness to Test Survey



Wednesday, December 02, 2020