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Atkinson’s Got Talent

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Students and teachers at Atkinson school demonstrated a variety of talented performances during the “Then and Now” talent show. They sang, danced and performed for their peers, staff and parents. There was also a kind farewell to building Principal Mrs. Connie Velez, as students and staff wished her well in her retirement. It was an entertaining event that was enjoyed by all.  

Students Awarded for Outstanding Performances

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Atkinson students were celebrated for their outstanding accomplishments throughout the 2018-2019 school year during the school’s annual awards ceremonies. 

Teachers recognized recipients for their successes in academics, the arts, extracurricular activities, outstanding character, improvement, and perfect attendance. 

There were also distinctive awards given on behalf of the sixth graders. This included the Jerry Wilson Humanitarian Award, for being a creative thinker, showing random acts of kindness, a reader and interested in the arts; the Anna Power Award, for striving to reach the fullest potential and demonstrating positive behavior; the Esteban Moreno Award, for going above and beyond to help others and take school seriously; and the Principal’s Award, for showing outstanding leadership socially and academically.

Congratulations to all students on their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Students Craft Interactive Mural

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Atkinson's sixth grade students in room 306 made an interactive #WhatLifts306 mural after learning about street artist Kelsey Montague’s #WhatLiftsYou movement.

This art project was part of the social and emotional learning program, where Ms. Mendolia and Mrs. Alexis facilitated weekly class meetings and discussed emotions and how students can navigate through them. Topics included positive values, success and failures, identifying emotions, stress, being respectful, bullying, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and responsibility. The #WhatLiftsYou movement has allowed students the opportunity to create art and think about what empowers them and how they can help others. 

Student reactions:

"What makes me happy and lifts me is my family because they make me feel like I can do anything." - Rogers

"Something that lifts me is to help people with things like homework and school work. I also love doing work with my friends." - Aaniyah

"What lifts me is getting a good grade on a test because it makes me feel proud." - Evelyn

Math Lesson Brings Interactive Fun

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Ms. Ferriso’s and Ms. Smith’s fifth-grade class at Atkinson school had a blast during their math review lesson, where the group of scholars engaged in critical thinking and discussed evidence that proved their answers. For the lesson, students were divided into groups and then rotated to five stations that featured math challenges including adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. At two stations, students worked independently to solve and discuss posted problems, and at a third station students worked on Fraction Nation using their Chromebooks. The last two stations were teacher-led and focused on solving word problems. Students enjoyed the interactive lesson, where one student expressed, “Wow, this is so much fun!”

Parent University: Technology, Internet Safety and Chromebook Navigation

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Atkinson school recently held its Parent University, where Lead Teachers discussed ways parents can proactively monitor their child’s use of the Chromebook. There was information given about child friendly academic sites that students can be using. The teachers explained how they integrate the Chromebook into their classroom lessons and provided examples of student success. Other topics of conversation were detecting warning signs of what to look out for in cases of cyberbullying and ways to bridge their concerns to the school. Parents also had the opportunity to have their questions answered by teachers and by each other.