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Sycamore Avenue Elementary School 

745 Sycamore Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716-3500

631-244-2261

Principal: Stuart Pollak 
Assistant Principal:
 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT
The Faculty, Staff, Parents and Community of the Sycamore Avenue School will strive to provide the foundation necessary to develop each child’s academic and personal growth.

Cooperatively, we, as a nurturing and inclusive partnership, will continually work to develop responsible citizens who demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and respect for themselves and others.

 
Sycamore Avenue School’s Belief Statements
We believe that:
Children will learn best, when they feel best.
Education is the shared responsibility of the school, the family and the community.
All children have the right to a nurturing and safe environment.
Respect for self, property and others is necessary for learning.
A well-rounded education includes contributing to one’s community.

 

 

Character-Building Through Song

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Sycamore Avenue Elementary School’s Youth and Family Services Coordinator Laura Michelsen, along with the PTA, recently welcomed singer-songwriter Jared Campbell for a performance at the school. His songs not only entertained the students, but also reinforced positive character-building messages. His primary goal was to encourage students to believe in themselves and walk away feeling “awesome.”

“Each song pertains to kindness, respect and building each other up,” said Michelsen.

The presentation was part of the Connetquot Central School District Dignity for all Students Act Week. DASA works to provide students in New York’s elementary and secondary schools with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, on school buses and at school functions. Jared Campbell’s presentation emphasized the positive and encouraged all the Sycamore students to believe in themselves and support one another.

Second Graders Serenade

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Second graders in Rachel White’s music class at Sycamore Avenue Elementary School are busy year-round, spreading song around their school and community. The students perform at the school’s monthly PTA meetings and also visit their “grandfriends” across the street at The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Bohemia every month or two.

White refers to all of these performances as “informances,” to suggest those which are informal and informative. According to her, “we do not look for perfection, but seek to teach about what we do in music class. Students sing, play instruments and dance, all of which are things we do every week.” In fact, the students’ “grandfriends” visit the school once a week to join in the fun of music class with the children.

At the February PTA meeting, the second graders dazzled their proud parents with Valentine’s Day songs and poems, a song about Martin Luther King Jr., and a seasonal suite of folk tunes. The next week, on Valentine’s Day, they crossed the street to The Arbors to offer their “grandfriends” the same repertoire, along with handmade Valentine’s Day cards.

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