Red Ribbon Week Speaker: Bobby Petrocelli

October 2010

Irvington High School students were inspired by motivational speaker Bobby Petrocelli during Red Ribbon Week—a week dedicated to drug prevention education. The high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) brought Petrocelli to Irvington with help from an IEF grant to encourage students to treat one another kindly and to make good choices.

Petrocelli, a former teacher and coach whose wife was killed by a drunk driver, impressed Irvington students with his positive message. “Remember that we all make mistakes,” Petrocelli said. “If we all live our lives by making good choices 10 seconds at a time, we surely will see a change in our families, our schools, our communities, and our society.” Petrocelli signed copies of his book, 10 Seconds Will Change Your Life Forever, writing “You matter” in each student’s book.

Lincoln Center Art Program

Winter/Spring 2011

Fifth grade students at Main Street School learned about Inuit culture, customs, and traditions with a teacher from the Lincoln Center Institute, then each student created his or her own mask based on a North American animal of their choice. Students were encouraged to think creatively about their masks and to personalize their approach to mask design.

The program culminated in a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s native cultures department.

3rd Grade Family Math Night

October 18 & 27, 2011

More than 100 third grade families attended this night of fun, fast-paced math games.

Led by Christine Rosner, Math Enrichment Specialist for Dows Lane, students and their parents participated in table games like Pennies & Nickels (“This is hard!” said one student. “You have to think fast and you never know what the dice will be!”), Balloon Ride (“I waited to see what my dad was going to do, then I started my strategy!”), and Shakes & Bake Number Facts (“It’s good for memorizing easy subtraction!”).

Third grade teachers demonstrated more advanced games, like Double Digits and Guess the Number, modeling the rules and strategy, calling on students to help with the strategy. Then the parents played kids, with most kids enthusiastically beating their parents!

Teachers praised the program: “The kids practice problem-solving and apply a variety of skills. The atmosphere is relaxed. Because they’re playing games, the don’t always realize how much they’re learning. The Bean Salad game is actually pre-algebra, but the kids don’t know that!”

Manipulatives and printouts were sent home with each family: One child said, “It’ll be fun to play at home and remember the strategies I learned at Math Night!”