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‘Extraordinary Class’ Moves Up to Rye Neck Middle School

‘Extraordinary Class’ Moves Up to Rye Neck Middle School photo

F.E. Bellows Elementary School fifth graders – who have been described by their principal as a class of kind and extraordinary children – said farewell to their elementary school days during a moving-up ceremony on June 20. Together, they will embark on the next phase of their educational journey as sixth graders at Rye Neck Middle School in the fall.

The program began with a processional to “Pomp and Circumstance,” a flag salute and a performance of “America the Beautiful” before Principal Michael Scarantino welcomed the guests and honorees. He shared a few words of wisdom with the students and reminded them to look after one another because they are a family who will travel together through their entire school career. 

“My hope has always been that this theme – this message of family – would resonate with each and everyone one of you, and it has,” said Scarantino, who fondly remembered the students as his first third grade class at the school that he’s had the privilege of watching grow and learn over the years. “As I stand here proudly on your moving-up day, I am confident that you will take care of one another in middle school.” 

Scarantino encouraged the students to continue to show kindness and respect toward others and strive to achieve their goals. 

“Stay extraordinary whether you are an athlete, a scholar, an artist, a scientist, an innovator or a humanitarian – or a combination of all of the above,” he said. “Being extraordinary means anything you put your mind to is possible.” 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Ferraro acknowledged that the students are ready for new, exciting challenges and opportunities that await them at middle school.  

“You have become strong, confident boys and girls with dreams and aspirations,” Dr. Ferraro said. “You are all extraordinary in so many ways. I ask you to remember that you have the Bellows spirit, so push yourselves to explore, take on a bit more, and when you do – new doors will open.” 

Before the students were called one by one to receive their certificates, they performed “Words of Wisdom,” a song that was written by the students and music teacher Tom Galgano. The ceremony concluded with a performance of “The Moving-Up Song 2019,” another song written by the students and Galgano.


Adventure Book Author Inspires Fourth Graders

Adventure Book Author Inspires Fourth Graders

Fourth grade students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School – who had been studying about New York State and its history – recently welcomed to their school author Peter Lourie, who shared his adventures that had inspired his numerous nonfiction books for children and adults.

During his visit, Lourie shared with the students that he wanted to become an archaeologist to travel the world, but after an experience in Ecuador, during which he researched the story of the Inca gold, he began writing adventure-travel books. He also discussed the many places around the world he has traveled to and how his experiences have inspired his books. He’s written books about rivers, including the Hudson River, as well as ancient cultures, animals and the environment. 

“It’s all about exploring the world,” he told the students. “Not the world of computers, the real world, where there are people and places to go to.” 

Lourie also took the students on a virtual adventure by sharing with them a selection of pictures and video clips from his travels and showed them the gear he brings on his river adventures. Following the gradewide assembly, Lourie hosted workshops to inspire young writers to embark on their own writing adventures and teach them the process of research, journal-keeping and revision. He encouraged the students to improve their storytelling skills by rewriting their stories numerous times, include details and not get discouraged. 

“Peter is a wonderful author and great storyteller,” fourth grade teacher Joan Spedafino said. “We loved having him here.” 

Lourie’s visit was generously sponsored by the PTSA.


Fifth Graders Raise Money for Freshman Class on Paint Night


F.E. Bellows Elementary School fifth graders created their own spring landscape masterpieces during Paint Night, which was held on May 31 at Rye Neck Middle School’s art room.

Using a white canvas, acrylic paint and brushes, the students followed step-by-step instructions from art teacher Dara Goodman to paint the spring landscape scene, which included trees, mountains, fields and red flowers. Meanwhile, fellow art teachers Trisha Appel, Jennifer Dallow and Karen Fontecchio provided the fifth graders with personalized attention and positive feedback and helped them stay on task. 

“Students started with the sky and learned how to blend with the paint from dark blue to light by adding white and overlapping different layers of paint,” Appel said. “They used their finger to paint in clouds with white paint. They used green paint to create the land and added accents of yellow to create hills within their landscape. Students thought about highlights and shadows while working to create more realistic effects.” 

In addition, Rye Neck High School freshmen Alicia Greco Correa, Maya Julian, Dylan Kujawski, Asher Rabinowitz and Olivia Taylor and their adviser, Mark Lauren, guided the students throughout the evening and helped with the setup, cleanup and the overall organization of the event. 

The event, a fundraiser for the Rye Neck High School freshman class, raised $400. Held twice a year, it benefits students as they raise money for their respective classes. 


Students Gain Cultural Appreciation on Japan Immersion Day

Students Gain Cultural Appreciation on Japan Immersion Day

Third grade students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School – who had been studying the culture, geography, history and government of Japan in their social studies classes – participated in a variety of hands-on activities during the annual Japan Immersion Day on May 31.

Deeply connected to the curriculum, the day was designed to help students get immersed into the Japanese culture and foster a greater sensitivity and appreciation of other cultures. 

“People around us might be different due to different things, but we can definitely respect and have a greater empathy for one another,” said Ann Cullagh, a third-grade teacher and team leader.

Throughout the day, the students discussed what school is like for students in Japan, learned about the significance of kimonos and the tradition behind them, and practiced calligraphy by writing Japanese words with a brush and ink. They also learned how to use chopsticks, tasted traditional food and created origami, which challenged them to use their math skills and taught them about symmetry. In addition, they learned about kendo, a modern Japanese martial art, which encourages thinking with kindness and respect for others. 

The celebration was made possible thanks to parent volunteers and members of the Japanese community, who provided insight into numerous Japanese traditions.


Art Show Celebrates Kindness at Rye Neck Schools

Art Show Celebrates Kindness at Rye Neck Schools

Kindergarten through fifth grade students showcased their best artwork during the annual art show, held at F.E. Bellows Elementary School from May 7-9. Under the direction of art teachers Trisha Appel and Dara Goodman, this year’s art show focused on the idea of spreading kindness through the creation of artwork.

“Through the use of color, shape, line and words, the students created a wide variety of artworks, while immersing themselves in the creative process and studying different artists and art movements,” Goodman said.

Fifth graders, who were inspired by Albrecht Durer, wrote words or phrases of kindness with quills. Fourth graders created colorful, collaged hearts inspired by Peter Max, and third graders created drawings inspired by Robert Indiana and Keith Haring. Second grade students created three-dimensional hearts popping off the page, which were inspired by Peter Max. Meanwhile, first graders created hearts inspired by Jim Dine and Zentangle patterns to share kindness with everyone. Kindergartners also learned about Jim Dine and created hearts of kindness. 

The art exhibit also featured artworks that were created as part of an interdisciplinary project that connects art to the learning that goes on in the academic classroom. Third graders, who learned about Japanese art and culture, created drawings of pagodas and bamboo branches using gold and silver ink. Fourth graders, who learned about Native American art and culture, created stylized fish focusing on symbols, line work and a sense of movement. Fifth graders, who learned about Mexican art and culture, created sugar skulls inspired by Dia de los Muertos.

In addition to the art exhibit, Appel and Goodman brought together students and adults to create an interactive, colorful, Keith Haring-inspired mural. 

“As art educators we always try to incorporate current art happenings, gallery exhibits and museum shows into our projects, giving the opportunity to our students to see professional artwork firsthand, outside of our classroom as well as inside,” Goodman said. “To feed off of the most recent Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum, we created multiple projects inspired by New York’s own Andy Warhol. We had a ‘Warhol Corner’ designated for artwork inspired by the artist that visitors used as a backdrop for photo ops, just as in the Whitney exhibit.”


Rye Neck Students Earn Awards at Science and Technology Fair

Rye Neck Union Free School District students – who have been diligently working on their science research projects – earned awards when they showcased their exhibits at the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair, held on April 27 at White Plains Senior High School. 

Congratulations to the following F.E. Bellows students who earned awards in their respective categories:

Dylan Arouh – first place in the Middle School Biology category. 
Spencer Elliot and Henry Holtman – second place in the Middle School Chemistry category. 
Lily Fauci – second place in the Middle School Earth/Space Science category. 
Max Cea and Osborne Ringstad – “Outstanding” award in the Elementary Chemistry category.
Sydney Healy – “Outstanding” award in the Elementary Earth/Space Science category.
Dalia Mansell and Sela Rozov – “Outstanding” award in the Elementary Engineering and Technology category.
Annie Kasanin and Virgina Latorre – “Outstanding” award in the Elementary Engineering and Technology category.
Melanie Kramer and Sheena Haviland – “Outstanding” award in the Elementary Health and Medicine category.
Sage Abbey and Bianca Canonico – “Outstanding” award in the Elementary Health and Medicine category.
Owen Wagner – “Outstanding” award in the Elementary Physics category. 
Tammy Zhang – "Excellent" award in the Elementary Physics category.

Congratulations to the following high school seniors who earned medals in their respective categories:

Nicole Pereira – second place in the Physiological/Experimental Psychology category. 
Elizabeth Mioli – second place in the Health and Nutrition category. 

Congratulations to the following middle school students who placed in the top three spots in their respective categories:

Matthew Steeves and Jaime Latorre – first place in the Engineering and Technology category. 
Isabel Palacios-Ferrer – second place in the Psychology category.
Derek Ryan – third place in the Biology category.
Ethan Felenstein – third place in the Biology category.
Kyle Ryan – third place in the Earth Science category.
Jeremie Thinat – third place in the Engineering and Technology category. 
Ella Grann – third place in the Environmental category. 

As a result of their outstanding performance, Steeves and Latorre have advanced to the Broadcom MASTERS competition, a national science fair that is sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, while Palacios-Ferrer and Thinat were selected as alternates. The top 10% of science fair applicants from across the country are nominated to compete. In addition, Rye Neck Middle School, which had the highest overall average among all other middle schools, won the Susan Schaell Handelman Award for Scholastic Excellence in Science & Technology for the second year in a row.

The Tri-County Science & Technology Fair brings together student-scientists from Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties who showcase their exhibits before a team of judges in their respective categories. 


Students Learn To Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

Students Learn To Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes photo

Fourth grade students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School welcomed 13-year-old Ava, who suffers from Usher syndrome, and her mother Carly Fredericks as special guests to their school on April 26. During the assembly, Ava, who was born deaf and is slowly losing her vision due to the disease, talked about Usher syndrome and her experiences.

“We are learning about how everyone is unique and embracing who we are and what makes us special,” said teacher Ellie Speros, who organized the assembly. 

During the assembly, the students talked about the five senses, learned how to sign each letter of the alphabet and spelled words using the Braille alphabet. In addition, one student walked with Ava’s cane and others completed a mystery box challenge, in which they were asked to guess what was in the box without looking at the items. The activities were designed to raise awareness and help students experience what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Speros said her students have been learning sign language, how to read lips and read Braille, notice Braille in the real world and more, as part of the Seekers and Solvers’ “A Mile in Your Shoes” unit. 

“They’ve been participating in various real-world applications and hands-on class experiences to learn strategies that differently abled people use to navigate life,” Speros said. “At the end of our unit, students will create an interactive, station-based experience for other fourth grade students.”  

For more information on Usher syndrome, visit