• Lakeview Back to School Nights

    Lakeview Back to School Night schedules are as follow:
    Monday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. –Grades 2 and 1-2 Class
    Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. –Grades K-1
    Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. – Grades 3, 4 & 5
    These events are for ADULTS ONLY.

    Please see the attached letter for more information.

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  • Partners in Learning Program

    Please see attached to learn more about our Partners in Learning program, an innovative program at Lakeview where volunteers can help enhance our students' learning experience.

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  • Weekly Notices

    Please be sure to look under Weekly Notices for important information on upcoming PTO events and messages from the office!

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  • New Writing Curriculum Enriches Mahopac Elementary Schools

    Collaboration is the key to success of the new writing curriculum introduced to all three Mahopac elementary schools this year. “That, and more time spent on writing units,” according to Austin Road Assistant Principal Bryan Gilligan, who headed up the committee charged with changing the writing program last summer. “We used to spend a few days on each writing unit, and now we spend about a month,” said Gilligan. “You can really see the difference in the students’ participation, because they get much more of a sense of the material.”

    The committee consists of teachers from each grade of each of the district’s three elementary schools: Austin Road, Fulmar Road and Lakeview. “We meet once a month, and the collaboration has been awesome,” said committee member Michelle Seymour, who teaches first grade at Austin Road. “Every teacher has always had great ideas, but now we all get to share with each other.”

    The writing committee came together over the summer to plan the units and provide support materials, according to Gilligan. “It’s great because everyone is on the same page now, working on the same units at the same time,” he said. “But within those units each teacher has the freedom to be creative.” Teachers can share ideas for lesson plans on Google Drive, which makes collaboration easy.

    Seymour’s class is working on the Opinion unit of the curriculum, with a recent class lesson devoted to students’ opinions on the fairytale “Goldilocks.”

    With words such as I feel, I believe, and I think on a board in front of students during writing time, Seymour prompts them for their opinion on the story. “Do you think Goldilocks made good decisions?” she asks. Students excitedly raise their hands in unison, competing to respond first.

    “The students are much more excited about writing now,” said Danielle Fearns, who teaches first grade at Austin Road. Fearns credits the extra time and the fact that students are encouraged to make “imperfect” rough drafts, which gives them more independence. “They know that they can have mistakes in their first draft and that there will be time to correct everything later,” she said, “so they are more confident. They know there is no stigma to having a misspelling in a draft, so they are more comfortable taking risks and being creative in their drafts.”

    Lakeview teacher Michelle Savino said that the writing program promotes student independence and metacognition. “The students take ownership of their ideas and work collaboratively to edit/revise their pieces using the skills they have been taught during our mini-lessons,” she said. “These skills have transferred to their work in other content areas, and they have become stronger writers overall.”

    Fellow Lakeview teacher Kathy Hursak also thinks the program has resulted in stronger writers. “The writing program enables the students to engage in text for optimal comprehension, resulting in better writing,” she said.

    One of the benefits of the writing program is the use of mentor texts that are used to model and explain different aspects of writing, according to Fulmar Road fifth grade teacher Liza Kertelits. “This allows the students to analyze the writer’s craft, and it provides them with great examples of the different writing genres,” she said.

    The workshop approach encourages students to take risks with their writing and be more independent, according to Fulmar Road teacher Carol Stefunek. “The children truly believe and know that they, too, are authors, and they can't wait to share their published pieces with their classmates.”

    Students in Maryanne LaRue’s second grade class at Austin Road are working on writing “how to” books in writer’s workshop. “As part of the non-fiction unit, students wrote out things that they know how to do well and can teach someone else.  Some examples are: how to do a cartwheel, or how to make pizza,” she said. Before that, students created “all about” books, where they went into depth about a topic of interest to them. 

    “I love the new program,” LaRue said. “It has improved students’ writing so much. It is much more hands on and provides them with research skills that they can really use later on. They are learning how to write in sequential steps, which is so important.”

    Fulmar Road teacher Andrea Jones said that students love the program so much that they want to keep writing even when the period is over. “The new program brings an excitement for writing,” she said. “When students are complaining when it is over, you know the program is working.”

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  • Lakeview Celebrates Reading — and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

    Because March 2 is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Mahopac High School students visited Lakeview Elementary School to share one of their favorite activities with its students — reading.


    “This is our first year doing this,” said Mahopac High School’s new library media specialist Dara Berkwits. “It’s going so well that next year we will plan a week’s worth of activities.”

    Students from all grades at Lakeview wore Seussical-style hats, and high school students Kathleen Doherty, Lily Weiss, Emil Jaffal, Jasmine Merrill, Liz Daria and Athena Durnin read Dr. Seuss books to their classes.

    Students in Kim Lieto’s K-2 class were mesmerized by the story “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” “They really enjoy having the high school students read to them,” Lieto said. “It is so exciting to them.”

    As for their part, the high school students enjoyed the activity just as much. Emil Jaffal was impressed with the way the younger students conversed about the book he read to them. “And they really liked it when I helped them make Dr. Seuss hats,” he said.

    Jasmine Merrill said the kindergartners “even read to us!”

    Kathleen Doherty, who read “Green Eggs and Ham” to kindergarten and first grade students, said, “It was so much fun. They ask so many questions!”

    Read Across America is the National Education Association’s program that celebrates reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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  • Lakeview’s Buddy Bench Ensures a Friend at Recess

    While some students look forward to recess as their favorite part of the school day, for others it can bring about the anxiety of finding someone to play with. Staff members at Lakeview Elementary School are addressing this issue with the new Buddy Bench unveiled this week during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school.

    “If a student feels left out on the school yard, he or she can sit on the bench, and other students will know that that person needs someone to play with,” said Lakeview kindergarten teacher Jenn Borst.

    Last year, Borst said, kindergarten students started using an unofficial buddy bench. “It was so successful that kindergarten teachers asked for a grant from the Mahopac Education Foundation to purchase an official one this year,” Borst said. “The students loved it.”

    The concept of the Buddy Bench was introduced in 2013 by a first grader at a school in Pennsylvania, and it has taken off in schools throughout the country ever since.

    After the ribbon cutting, students watched a video in which five ROCKS (the school acronym for Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind and Safe) “ambassadors” acted out situations in which the buddy bench would be useful. “We made the video to introduce students to this concept and assist them in utilizing it,” said Lakeview teacher Leigh Galione, who, with social worker Jill Iglesias, helped put together the video.

    The Buddy Bench was received enthusiastically by students, who couldn’t wait to sit on it after the ribbon was cut. “It can really help kids who are feeling alone by getting them a friend,” said fifth grader Charles Woolley.

    Lakeview Principal Jennifer Pontillo hopes the bench will ensure that every child is able to make the most out of recess. “The goal is that no child is outside at recess with nothing to do,” she said.

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