Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School is always a “happening” place. The building is again set to see plenty of activity in the new school year.
The school will educate hundreds of students spread across grades 4-6 in 2017/18. Plans are being finalized now so classes can kick-off in early September without a hitch.
One change for September involves third graders no longer studying at the school, but instead remaining in their respective primary building for one additional year. However, there will be more fourth graders than ever in the school, which located on Lowndes Avenue in Huntington Station.
“Although summer is in full swing, the faculty and staff at Jack Abrams STEM are busy preparing for an exciting new school year,” Principal Donna Moro said. “When school opens this September we will be welcoming over 130 new students to the building. The district restructuring of our grade level configuration means that we will have an overall increase of 75 students or three new classes to our school! We are busy preparing those classrooms for our new students and look forward to welcoming new instructional staff to our building.”
Some notable new initiatives for 2017/18 include:
• “As our school expands we continue to expand our curriculum centered on interdisciplinary project based learning connecting what students learn in class to real world issues,” Ms. Moro said.
• All fifth and sixth grade students will have an opportunity to compete in the First Lego League robotic competition. “This will involve hosting an in school competition where the winners will move forward to represent our district in regional competitions,” Ms. Moro said.
• Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School sixth grade students will participate in an inquiry fair. “This is a variation on a traditional science fair in which students focus their study on a real world topic of their own choosing,” Ms. Moro said.
• Integration of the districts newly adopted Journeys English language arts program.
• “Our makerspace, which just opened last year will be more fully integrated into the curriculum at all grade levels,” Ms. Moro said.
• Fourth graders will participate in an instructional choral program.
• STEM students will also have an opportunity to participate in a joint drama performance in a Woodhull Intermediate School/STEM play scheduled for February.
“We are looking forward to our hallways being alive with new students and new learning opportunities,” Ms. Moro said. “There’s no doubt that a great year lies ahead.”