Summer Fun at West Hempstead

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West Hempstead students maintained their academic skills through participation in the district’s summer learning program and SCOPE summer program. Both programs were held at Cornwell Avenue from July 5-29.

Summer learning students in grades K-5 engaged in authentic learning activities geared toward advancing their reading, writing and mathematical skills for the upcoming year. Entering second-graders became marine biology experts as they researched sea otters, whales and stingrays and wrote about their anatomies, habitats and life cycles. Incoming fourth-graders collaborated to create their own class quilt after reading and studying Patricia Polacco’s novel, “The Keeping Quilt.” Utilizing Chromebooks, students advancing to the fifth grade improved their mathematical skills with interactive games. Recent elementary school graduates worked on their middle school reading projects, as well as character studies discussing socially relevant issues such as bullying.

Across the hallway, students in grades K-6 in the SCOPE summer program partook in sports activities, outdoor games and arts and crafts, as well as special presentations including magic and reptile shows. Throughout the program, students played organized sports such as field hockey, soccer and basketball, created bookmarks, beaded necklaces and door hangers during arts and crafts, and developed interpersonal skills as they socialized with one another. The program also offered special presentations such as the Star Lab planetarium, where children learned about stars, planets and the cosmos.