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  • MCSD & PCDOH 2017 Influenza (Flu) Clinics

    Making FREE vaccination available to your child during the school day eliminates additional demand on your time and your child will be better protected from influenza. Immunizing the student helps to keep the larger community safe as well.

     The Putnam County Health Department has worked with the Mahopac Central School District to schedule the following dates to provide influenza immunization to your school community. 

    2017 school flu vaccination clinics are scheduled as follows:

    • Austin Road – 11/08/2017
    • Fulmar Road – 11/09/2017
    • Lakeview Elementary – 11/09/2017
    • Mahopac Middle School – 11/14/2017
    • Mahopac High School – 11/16/2017

    For access to influenza information and consent forms please click on this LINK

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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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  • Lakeview’s Fifth Grade Team — Ready for Technology Rollout

    Teachers in the Mahopac School District are preparing students to make the most of all that technology has to offer, with the district’s plan for students in grades four through twelve to have their own Chromebooks expected to become a reality in January. In Lakeview Elementary School, the fifth grade team has been fully engaging students in all aspects of the Google suite and other programs, and they are excited to teach—and learn—even more, as new programs continually make their way to the classroom. These programs engage students in technology and create community both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Fifth grade teachers Mary Kurtz, Cara Bowden, Aida Nikocevic, Mary Moriarty, Andrea Whitesell, Beth Ferrigno, and Courtney Aponte and teacher’s aide Marie Trillas said that students are not only excited by the programs, but become proficient at them almost immediately.

    Students are using everything from Padlets—online, interactive bulletin boards—to Google programs such as Hyperdocs (documents that link to the Internet), Maps, and Mystery Hangouts.  They are also proficient at video programs such as Flipgrid and Screencastify.

    Fostering this type of innovative technological proficiency creates students who have a more global perspective and furthers collaborative thinking.

    Mystery Hangout, for example, is a game that classes from different schools play with each other. “Students play the game and try to figure out the geographic location of students in the other school,” Kurtz said. Programs such as this connect students not only to each other in their own classrooms, but to students in other schools.

    In social studies, students have been using Google’s My Maps to create custom maps that they can share with each other. “Students have been using My Maps to do work on the Aztecs and ancient civilizations,” said Bowden. “And they have really been collaborating.”

    Nikocevic said her students have been using Padlet and plan on using Flipgrid to work on writing their memoirs. Flipgrid is a video discussion platform, where students create a grid as their classroom group and share information and responses. “They make video responses, which have really been engaging them,” Nikocevic said.

    Kurtz, who has a maker-space area set up in her classroom, said one of her students has been using video to film stop-gap animation for a Legos movie. “These types of activities really help in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) directive,” she said. The student wrote the script, constructed the Lego scenes, and is working on filming the movie.

    While students in grades four through twelve will have their own Chromebooks, students in the lower grades will enjoy one Chromebook for every two students. Lakeview’s fifth grade teachers say that students are more than ready to have their own Chromebooks in hand by January — and they will be ready for whatever new programs are introduced by then.

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  • Mahopac Teaches Importance of Digital Citizenship

    As students of all ages increase their use of social media, the Internet, and technology in general, online safety is becoming more crucial. To address this issue, all three Mahopac elementary schools participated in Digital Citizenship Week, where each school held lessons on Internet safety for every student.

    Digital Citizenship Week is sponsored by Commonsensemedia.org, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children get the most out of technology in the safest possible environment.

    “It is really important that students know how to behave when they’re online,” said Mahopac School District Instructional Technology Specialist John Sebalos.

    Sebalos hosted a Digital Citizenship day at Lakeview, Austin Road and Fulmar Road elementary schools, along with each school’s building technology officers and staff.

    “Each student, from kindergarten through fifth grade, got an age-appropriate lesson on safe, appropriate Internet use,” said Sebalos.  “With Mahopac’s innovative and expansive use of technology within the K-5 classrooms, digital citizenship becomes increasingly important.  It sets a model of how we want our students to behave and interact online both in and out of school while being able to collaborate and work in a 21st century learning environment.”

    For younger students, talking about privacy online is particularly important. “Sharing things like your name, address, school or other personal information is never OK,” Sebalos told students.

    “Through humor and interactive activities, our students were able to grasp the basic concepts of how to behave responsibly online,” said Austin Road teacher and safety presenter Tiffany Ziegelhofer, who was impressed by students’ reception of the day. “They were really attentive and motivated to learn.” 

    For older students, the lesson was more focused on appropriate behavior online and avoiding cyberbullying.

    Addressing a group of fifth graders at Fulmar Road, Sebalos showed a film about Internet safety and then gave out game cards with prompts asking students what they would do in certain scenarios. “I wanted them to work as a group,” Sebalos said, “ so they could really discuss the options.”

    Students were asked to consider what they would do if a person they did not know asked for personal information online; how to handle a fellow student making a rude comment about a teacher on a social media site; and what type of information is private versus public.

    “The students did really well with their responses in class, but the real test will be how they respond when there is no teacher or friend around,” said Fulmar Road Principal Gary Chadwick, who also led a class on Internet safety.

    Fifth grader Gabby said she thought people should use discretion when they are using social media. “There are some things we shouldn’t say online because they just aren’t nice,” she said.

    Fifth grader Jayson said, “You can’t give out personal information online because you can’t trust someone you don’t know.”

    Lakeview teacher Jenn Borst said she thought the day gave students a real understanding of what is expected of them and what is safe. “It was great hearing the children talk about their digital footprint,” she said. “They walked away with a real understanding of private information versus personal information.”

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  • Lakeview Raises Over $2K for Hurricane Victims

    Lakeview Elementary School recently held a Read-a-Thon which raised $2,168 for hurricane victims. Donations were sent to Americares. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event a success!

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  • Ms. Lieto’s Class Visits Mahopac Firehouse

    Kim Lieto’s class at Lakeview Elementary School made a special visit to the Mahopac Firehouse recently. “This trip was a real treat!” said Lieto.  Firefighters Jimmy Stasiak and Adam Savino showed students all the equipment they use. “They really rolled out the red carpet for my class,” said Lieto. “We got a full tour, the students went on each and every truck, and they were allowed to interact with all of the fire equipment. It was a special, amazing day for all.”

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  • Lakeview Kindergartners, Reading Is Easy as A, B, C

    A letter a day is all it takes for Lakeview kindergartners to become readers. That is the philosophy behind ABC Bootcamp, an immersive letter-identification program the kindergarten team began using last year. Spearheaded by the entire kindergarten team, the research-based program immerses students in the letter of the day using picture charts, hands-on artwork, songs and other activities all centered around one letter.

    “We do ABC Bootcamp activities with the students during the morning reading and writing block,” said kindergarten teacher Deanne DelCampo, “and the students love it.” The program comes from kindergarten “guru teacher” Greg Smedley-Warren’s website, thekindergartensmorgasboard.com.

    Though the focus is strictly on one daily letter, “we go back and review after the 26 days are over,” said kindergarten teacher Jenn Borst.

    “It is great, because students are immersed in that letter, so the review just reinforces it,” said teacher Margaret Bartholomew, “and the students are so enthusiastic.” Kindergarten teacher Christina Salo said she is thrilled that the program not only reviews letter and sound recognition, but also introduces proper letter formation. 

    Not only do students love it, they are learning and retaining what they have learned better than they had prior to the program, according to teachers.

    Each day teachers begin the lesson with a circle chart, where they talk about the sound the letter makes. After the letter is identified, students call out names of objects that have that sound, and the teacher draws them on the chart.

    “All of the posters in our classrooms are different, because each class comes up with different types of ideas,” said kindergarten teacher Robin Clark.

    Though students learn the letter sounds in the morning “it is really on their minds all day,” according to teacher Jodi Kozera, because the charts are put up on the wall as a reminder. Other activities include making a crown with letter-of-the day, student-created artwork that the children wear. Students whose names begin with the day’s letter have the thrill of seeing their names up on the charts as well.

    The program benefits all students. ENL (English New Language) teacher Alana Newman said the program makes it easier for her students to learn English. “We work on the letter in small groups, and the students feel a lot more comfortable focusing on the sound that one letter makes,” she said. “Plus it is fun—they really like it!”

    The kindergarten team thinks students’ favorite part of the program is yet to come. “At the end of the 26 days, we have a fashion show where students design paper vests to decorate and wear, each with one assigned letter,” said DelCampo. While the students loved the fashion show last year, DelCampo said, “We have even more ideas this year.”

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  • Lakeview​ ​CARES ​ ​Hurricane​ ​Relief​ ​Fundraiser ​ ​Read–A–Thon

    Dear Lakeview Parents and Guardians,

    In response to the recent devastating storms in the south,​ ​Lakeview​ ​Elementary​ ​Schoo​l will conduct a​ ​Read-A-Thon​ ​Fundraiser​ during the week of October 16th. We are asking that interested families contribute $5 per child to be donated to Americares​, an organization that has been significantly involved in hurricane relief and recovery.

     If a student contributes $5 or more, they will receive a certificate and be entered into a drawing in which one child on each grade level will receive a book donated by the PTO at the book fair.

    The​ ​school​ ​wide​ ​Read-A-Thon​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​the​ ​week​ ​of​ ​October​ ​16th.​ ​ At the designated time everyone in the building will read for approximately 20 minutes to show our support towards all of the victims of these devastating storms.

    Since this event is taking place during the week of the Scholastic Book Fair at Lakeview, one last piece of this initiative is to donate books to a school that has been affected by the hurricane. Our teachers will have a wish-list of books that families can choose to purchase for a teacher’s classroom library. Instead of these donations going to our own classroom libraries, we will donate the books to a school that has been affected by the hurricane as they begin to rebuild their school library.

    We are extremely excited about this event and look forward to our Lakeview Elementary School community pulling together to make a difference in the lives of so many that have been impacted by these recent events.

    If you’d like to read more about the incredible work that Americares is currently undertaking for the storm victims please visit http://www.americares.org/.

    Please click on the attachment below to access a donation form.

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