Excellence in Education Volume 12, Issue 18, 1-12-18
Readers’ Theater Explores the
World of Author Jan Brett
Two stories by children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett were brought to life when Roosevelt Elementary School second graders in Ms. Alison Skoczdopole’s class performed a Readers’ Theater that featured The Three Snow Bears and The Trouble with Trolls.
Goodbye, Ms. Pat!
Students at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School bid a fond farewell to “one of the most amazing bus drivers ever,” according to Principal Ms. Tami McElwee. Ms. Pat Malinowksi, affectionately known as "Ms. Pat," retired just before the winter break, but before doing so, she showed her gratitude for working in the District by bringing in a bus-shaped cake for all to enjoy.
“She is truly remarkable in so many ways,” Ms. McElwee said during a short school-wide send off at the end of the day, Dec. 22, where Ms. Pat was presented with a token of the school’s appreciation. “Everyone knows her; she has gone above and beyond for our students and we feel very fortunate that she was here to serve our children for so many years,” Ms. McElwee added. “We wish her the best of luck in her retirement.”
'Breakfast of Engineers' Inspires
OBHS Students to Pursue Field
Oyster Bay High School students gained first-hand knowledge from professional engineers when they came together recently for the fourth annual Breakfast of Engineers.
Held in the high school library, students and engineers from a variety of disciplines including civil, environmental, mechanical, industrial, electrical and materials sat together and listened to a panel of three professionals discuss their area of expertise and how they solved real-world problems. Then, in intimate roundtables, students had the opportunity to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of the engineers’ respective fields.
“It’s really exciting to see so many aspiring engineers, both boys and girls,” said Mr. Keith Kowalsky, one of the panelists. “Engineering right now is a field that is absolutely booming…Every industry is being driven by an engineering perspective, so to see so many young people interested in the field is exciting.”
Mr. Kowalsky, who serves as president of Flame-Spray Industries, Inc., a state-of-the-art company that develops and implements thermal spray technologies, explained to students how the technology is used with a PowerPoint presentation. In 2009, Mr. Kowalsky was named National Inventor of the Year along with his team for the development of the Plasma Transferred Wire Arc Thermal Spray Apparatus and Method, a system designed to improve fuel consumption that is now used by Ford, Land Rover, Nissan, Caterpillar and Detroit Diesel.