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An Excellent Educator

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The district congratulates Helen B. Duffield Elementary School kindergarten teacher Teresa Hewitt on being selected as a 2019 Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council.

In order to be considered for this award, Hewitt, who has been teaching in Connetquot for the past 18 years, was nominated by Elementary Humanities Chairperson Eileen Abraham and her colleagues at Duffield Elementary School. 

“Teresa Hewitt has implemented best practices that she knows to be true and challenges her students to become early readers and writers,” said Abraham. “Her work has shown a dedication to her own learning and to her profession, and she is well-deserving of this recognition.”

Hewitt will be presented with the 2019 Educator of Excellence Award at the NYSEC Conference in October.


Excellence in Mathematics

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Students in James Longo’s fifth grade class at Duffield Elementary School achieved a highly impressive feat by placing first out of 728 competing classrooms across the U.S. in the national Sumdog mathematics contest.

“There were 15,485 individual students who participated in this year’s contest, and   Duffield placed seven students among the top 50 for individual honors,” said Longo. 

The program calls for students to participate in contest-centered games, competing against students of similar ability from around the world. The more games the students play, the more the games adapt to meet their learning needs. If students provide correct answers quickly, Sumdog automatically offers more difficult questions while limiting the time allotted for answers. To further the challenge, a student who answers questions incorrectly on a given topic receives more of those types of questions in the ensuing rounds.

Longo was very pleased with the dedication of his students and encourages them to keep up the good work in their future efforts.

Puppy Power

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Students from Duffield Elementary School were recently treated to a special visit from representatives of Therapy Dogs of Long Island as they brought along fuzzy friends Pumpkin, Woof and Ken for the students to enjoy. During their time spent in the classroom, the dogs freely roamed the floorspace, as students were given the opportunity to both pet and hold the adorable canines. Additionally, the students showcased their advanced literary skills to the dogs, as they each read a small passage from a book while the dogs sat comfortably on their classmates’ lap.

 

Sampling the World’s Cultures

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Students, teachers and parents from Duffield Elementary School recently had the opportunity to learn about the culture of a variety of nations from around the world during the school’s annual “Heritage Museum Day” event.

Sponsored by the English as a New Language department, colorfully dressed students and parents visited the classrooms to share facts about their heritage, and answered questions from their classmates. Throughout the school’s hallways, dancers, singers, musicians and make-up artists shared their talents and expressed their pride in culture of their national origin.  

Connetquot Central School District Director of ENL/World Languages Denise Hannaoui was on hand to enjoy the presentations, and congratulated the students and teachers for their outstanding efforts. Mrs. Hannaoui was joined by members of the Connetquot High School Foreign Language Honor Society, along with adviser Cheryl Sosa, as they showcased displays that they created about countries around the globe. 

Helen B. Duffield Elementary School Principal Mrs. Lisa Farrell was on hand as well to witness the day’s events, and thoroughly enjoyed the student-dancers who shared their Pakistani costumes and dancing routines, the East Asian hand decorations and face-painting tables, along with the Taiko Drummers of Japan who entertained all attendees.