New Suffolk Common School

The official website for the New Suffolk Common School.

Built in 1907, New Suffolk School educates children in New Suffolk from grades Pre-K through 6.  Within the school’s three classrooms, under the guidance of outstanding teachers, students study the general subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Also offered through part-time teachers are enrichment classes in Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. 

"The New Kid" The Trailer

We are super pumped about the release of our trailer! Grades 5 and 6 have been diligently  focused the past few months on writing a Reader's Theater script about bullying, which turned into a play, and then turned into a movie. 

Most recently, we filmed the trailer to our first feature film, and Patrick, our super savvy tech guy helped create the following link so everyone can view it. 

We hope you enjoy it! Be on the lookout for the movie, which is set to be released in early spring! 

What Are You Thankful For?

Hallway Bulletin Board 

Hallway Bulletin Board 

New Suffolk School families were busy this past weekend with homework!  Each student brought a paper leaf home for each member of their household. The assignment was to have everyone brainstorm what they are thankful for and design their leaf accordingly. The responses were beautiful, meaningful, and inspiring! Please pop in and take a peek at your work!

Crazy About Words

Peconic Landing runs an extraordinary program called The Lifetime Learning Program and  they reach out to schools all over Long Island, bringing with them the Dictionary Project.

Joe McKay, the "The Dictionary Man", presented the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders with their very own personalized dictionaries!  

 

The students were in awe of learning about the longest word! It has 1,909 letters! Say that three times fast!

The students were in awe of learning about the longest word! It has 1,909 letters! Say that three times fast!

We practiced looking up words. Mr. McKay helped us use the guide words to find them!

We practiced looking up words. Mr. McKay helped us use the guide words to find them!

"The limits of your language are the limits of your world"- Ludwig Wittgenstein 

 

"The more words we know, the bigger our world will be" - Joe McKay

"The more words we know, the bigger our world will be" - Joe McKay

International Literacy Day (Week!)

September 8 is known as International Literacy Day. Because I love reading, I decided to extend this celebration through the entire week!  We kicked it off today with a bang! Parents will be visiting throughout the week during their child's ELA time to participate in our reading program.

 


Mr. Barisic reading to our second, third, and fourth graders

Mr. Barisic reading to our second, third, and fourth graders

We had a great discussion after the story!

We had a great discussion after the story!

Mrs. Steinfeld prepared a great rhyming lesson for the K & 1 students!

Mrs. Steinfeld prepared a great rhyming lesson for the K & 1 students!

Mrs. Dailey and Mr. Barisic enjoyed illustrating with their children.

Mrs. Dailey and Mr. Barisic enjoyed illustrating with their children.

Check back for more photos about our Literacy Adventures!

Mrs. Steinfeld visited our 2nd through 4th graders and explored the art of journaling with them!

Mrs. Steinfeld visited our 2nd through 4th graders and explored the art of journaling with them!

Mrs. Heston introduced James Patterson to the 5th and 6th graders

Mrs. Heston introduced James Patterson to the 5th and 6th graders

James Patterson has written many series for students of all ages

James Patterson has written many series for students of all ages

Mrs. Szarka shared a novel that reminded her of her own grandmother.

Mrs. Szarka shared a novel that reminded her of her own grandmother.

The main character shared the same characteristics as her grandma: lively, hysterical, and witty!

The main character shared the same characteristics as her grandma: lively, hysterical, and witty!

Mrs. Szymczak enjoyed reading groups with our primary group!

Mrs. Szymczak enjoyed reading groups with our primary group!

 

I think the students enjoyed having her here too!

I think the students enjoyed having her here too!

Ms. Carr shared a story her family loves!

Ms. Carr shared a story her family loves!

 

Mrs. Cooper shared The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Mrs. Cooper shared The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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The boys loved sharing their books with each other and Mrs. Costello

The boys loved sharing their books with each other and Mrs. Costello

Mrs. Langmack shared super interesting facts about New Suffolk 

Mrs. Langmack shared super interesting facts about New Suffolk 

We found The Cooper's house in the book!

We found The Cooper's house in the book!

 

We concluded our International Literact Week with a special guest. Mrs. Rothawg, a Literacy Specialist, elementary teacher, and former Library Instructor, shared historical fiction stories with us.

We concluded our International Literact Week with a special guest. Mrs. Rothawg, a Literacy Specialist, elementary teacher, and former Library Instructor, shared historical fiction stories with us.

A little Long Island history sparked interest in our 5th and 6th graders

A little Long Island history sparked interest in our 5th and 6th graders

Colonial America with 3rd & 4th Grade

After spending about a month or so studying about Colonial America and how the colonists made lives for themselves, the students researched the specific aspects of their lives.

Each student chose an area and researched a topic, took their own notes, formatted their own outlines, then composed expository essays to teach their classmates.

At home, they had a blast creating a visual to go along with their topic.

Ancient Egypt Studies

5TH AND 6TH GRADE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN DILIGENTLY STUDYING ANCIENT EGYPT FROM THE START OF  THE CIVILIZATION.

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The students finished the unit by designing cartouches, which are a plaque-like stone that Egyptians engraved their names in to be buried with them for their afterlife.  We made salt-dough in school and engraved first names into them.  Then I took them home and baked them.  Upon bringing them back to school, the students painted them with traditional Egyptian colors.

Around the Room in September 2013

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