New Year’s Eve came four months early in the North Bellmore School District as administrators, teachers and staff celebrated the start of the 2017-18 school year with great fanfare.
North Bellmore administrators, teachers and staff celebrated the start of the 2017-18 school year with a New Years Eve-themed celebration
The all-purpose room was filled to capacity at Saw Mill Road Elementary School for Superintendent’s Conference Day late last month, just days before students were set to arrive. The hundreds of administrators, teachers and support staff members in attendance donned party hats and used noisemakers to ring in the new year.
Superintendent Marie Testa said she wanted to begin the year with a high-energy event to spark enthusiasm and renew everyone’s commitment to helping children learn and grow. She told her staff that the new year is a chance for a fresh start while bringing forward successful teaching strategies from the past, and also encouraged them to end each day by reflecting on the positive moments.
“We want teachers to capture the moments that are magical with their students,” she said. “By pausing and reflecting on their successes, they validate the meaningful nature of their work.”
Teachers then moved to their respective buildings where they attended faculty meetings and had time to prepare their classrooms. A day earlier, they participated in professional development workshops in literacy and math. Art teachers received inspiration for projects by visiting the Heckscher Museum, music teachers made their own instruments and physical education teachers received AED training.
North Bellmore administrators, teachers and staff celebrated the start of the 2017-18 school year with a New Years Eve-themed celebration.