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Second grade students in Melissa Fels class at Verne W. Critz learned important 21st Century skills during a trip to the library to make slime. The activity was an example of how the district’s libraries have also become a hub for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) in addition to traditional research and reading. 

Under the direction of librarian Lynn Cullen, the students used mathematics and science principles to concoct the gooey, slimy substance. In addition to learning to make slime, students honed their measuring skills as they calculated the correct amount of ingredients to create the proper texture and consistency. Teamwork and listening skills were also essential, as well as the ability to correctly read a recipe. Most importantly, the second graders had fun learning.  

South Country Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss

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Throughout the District, elementary-level students enrolled at Brookhaven, Kreamer Street and Verne W. Critz elementary schools, as well as Frank P. Long Intermediate School, celebrated Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday with literacy activities to strengthen their reading and writing skills.

In addition to extensive literacy lessons, Verne W. Critz students participated in a weeklong list of fun activities to recognize their love of reading and writing. On “The Cat in the Hat” Day, students wore crazy hats and headbands to demonstrate their love of reading. Students also brought to school a favorite stuffed animal or animal figure to participate in “Put Me in the Zoo” Day, dressed in mismatched clothes or a wacky hairdo on “Wacky Wednesday,” and wore green clothing on “Green Eggs and Ham” Day. The week culminated with Drop Everything and Read Day in which students and faculty spent the final half hour of the school week reading their favorite books or a group story. 

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The excitement was palpable as Verne W. Critz Elementary School students collected their passports in the school cafeteria for the PTA’s annual Snuggle Up and Read event. The passports listed four opportunities for the avid readers to attend 15-minute read alouds by teacher volunteers.
“This is a great opportunity for the students to hear multiple bedtime stories,” Principal Mandy Mazziotti said. “It is also an additional opportunity for students to hear literature read aloud.”

As the students approached the classrooms, the doors were decorated to reflect the theme of the story. The teachers also dressed up for the occasion to add dramatic effect to their reading. 

The school thanks the following faculty for their participation in this beloved event: Donna Cimino  and Jessica Richards  – “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great;” Lynn Cullen and South Country Public Library librarian Jen Marin – “The Three Armadillies Tuff;” Erika Watson – “Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth;” Jennifer Hayhurst and Jill DeRosa – “Mother Bruce;” Carolyn Kelly – “The Three Ninja Pigs;” Lealand Richard – “Secret Pizza Party;” Stacey Kevelos and Rebecca Ruchman – “Manana Iguana;” Theresa Milani and Maria Waldeck – “The Most Magnificent Thing;” Jennifer Petti and Erica Vitale – “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons;” Megan Huber and Melissa Nucatola – “The Day the Crayons Quit” and Shelley Tooker “Bad Boys Get Cookie.”  

Sunday, April 21, 2019
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