Alicia Konecny
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4460




Important March Dates:

3/2 – Read Every day and Discover (READ) program Kick-Off!

The Magic of Reading Assembly!

You can read all about it at
3/6 – May Moore PFC Auction will be held at

The Riviera in Massapequa 7:00 – 11:00 P.M.
3/8 – Daylight Savings Time! Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour!
3/11 – World Language Exploration Day
3/17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day
3/18 – 3/20 – ½ Day Parent/Teacher Conferences and Spring Book Fair
3/19 –Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
3/25 – PFC Meeting 7:00 P.M. and Class of the Month Recognition
Congratulations Mrs. Grafstein and Ms. McHugh’s Class
3/31 – Author Day! Welcome Mr. Don Hooper author of The Spider and the Ant

and Anansi Jr. and the Mango Truck among other titles!


May Moore Travels Way Out West Via Skype


Susan Steinman’s second-grade class at May Moore had the opportunity to take a virtual field trip, via Skype, to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West located in Cody, Wyoming, completing a cross-continental biology research survey.

The March 10 event was preceded by a classroom study of Long Island’s animal life. Library books, magazines and various child-friendly websites were used as resources for the students as they gathered information on local animals’ habitats, body types, life cycles, food sources and other fun facts. Using their sourced information, the second-graders then wrote nonfiction books that included introductions, tables of contents, diagrams and even a glossary. “Our focus was on learning how our animals adapt to their environments,” said Steinman.

As the lesson’s culminating activity, the May Moore students compared Long Island animals to the animals of Yellowstone National Park during the Skype session with the Buffalo Bill Center. The museum guide displayed slides of the park and virtually “walked” them through the Western animals’ natural habitats. Some of the students were able to share their reports with the guide as they compared their Long Island animal habitats to those in Yellowstone.

“This was a great learning experience for the students,” said Andrew Choi, Deer Park’s instructional technology administrator, who facilitated the Skype session along with computer lab teacher Michelle Artale and technician Brian Hession.

Deer Park Is Tops in Music Education


The NAMM Foundation has again recognized Deer Park for its outstanding commitment to music education, awarding the district with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.

The annual survey, now in its 16th year, honors school districts which place exceptional emphasis on maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum and highlights music’s crucial role in students’ academic skills and success.  The announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation highlights the importance of maintaining music education as part of schools’ core education.

Community music programs have attracted increased attention this year due to a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists, whose research discovered new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading. Other reports confirm that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in groups.

The BCME’s Best Communities award is decided on a variety of metrics reviewed by the University of Kansas-affiliated Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, including student enrollment in music courses, Advanced Placement or honors weighted music courses offered, the number of minutes per week devoted to both classroom music and performing ensembles, and the appropriate districtwide staffing of certified music teachers.     

May Moore Cheers for Chinese New Year


A long line of cheering, chanting, cymbal-clanging, red-clothed first-graders made their way through the hallways and stairways of May Moore on Feb. 27, forming several “dragons” as they wandered past younger students who sat in awe. The excitingly loud Chinese New Year parade was the latest in a long annual tradition at the school, celebrating the Year of the Sheep with red paper lanterns, lucky money and a festive feast of Chinese food.

“Chinese New Year is an important festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar,” said Principal Alicia Konecny. “Dragon and lion dances are common during Chinese New Year, and our students learned that according to tales and legends, it is believed that the loud beats of the drum and the deafening sounds of the cymbals together with the face of the dragon or lion can ward off bad or evil spirits.”

Marking 100 Days at May Moore


Tammy Cotrone’s kindergarten class at May Moore found a unique way to celebrate the milestone 100th day of school on Feb. 13. As a cumulative project, the students collected more than 100 perishable food items to donate to the outreach program at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church to help hungry Deer Park families.

Cotrone placed a grocery cart in her classroom, and for every item the students brought in for the food pantry, they received a sticker and marked down the total number of donations on a chart, working toward a class goal of 100 items, which was quickly surpassed.

“I taught my class about giving back to our community,” said Cotrone. “The children got so much out of this special 100-day project. They loved helping others and twere excited to watch the cart grow each day.”

A Bounty of Bubbles at May Moore


Bubbles were floating everywhere at May Moore on Jan. 30 when students were treated to the exciting “Bubblemania!” assembly program sponsored by the school’s PFC and presented by renowned entertainer Seth Bloom. Melding science, art and comedy, “Bubblemania!” provided interesting facts about bubbles while delighting the young learners in attendance.

From homemade bubble solutions to the properties of surface tension, the science of what the blue-haired, blue-gloved Bloom dubbed “bubble-ology” was explored. Bloom, who presents more than 350 shows a year worldwide, even made floating bubble spaceships and completely enclosed awe-struck first-grader Cannan Williams inside a giant soap bubble.

“The students and staff loved learning the science behind bubbles,” said Principal Alicia Konecny. “Bubbles not only involve children in learning, but they are fun, easy to use and ever-changing. Many science processes such as investigation, discovery, experimentation, observation, definition, comparison and classification can be learned simply by playing with bubbles. The best part was seeing the wondrous reactions of the students to the different sized bubbles. They were completely engaged in the various experiments, though I’m certain they enjoyed popping them the best of all!”

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