The school choir under the direction of Joann Coller and band under the direction of Stephen Georger performed in the 2016 Monroe County Concert Series on December 7.
John from Wild Wings presented to School 22 4th-grade students. Wild Wings houses and cares for permanently injured birds of prey, which are unable to surviving on their own in the wild.
First-grade students visited the Strong Museum of Play, where they culminated their expedition on the human body by participating in the museum’s “Let’s Move” activities.
On November 10, students visisted the Wegmans Organic Farm in Canandaigua. The trip was arranged with the cooperation of NEAD Rochester, Wegmans Organic Farm and Seedfolks, a community garden project. Students learned about the process of organic farming, composting and visited the high towers, which are enclosed greenhouses that enable farmers to work year-long.
The event drew over 70 participants who engaged in STEM-based activities from structures and physics to chemistry and properties of matter. The school welcomed special guests SUNY Geneseo and the Rochester Public Library. Families had the opportunity to learn about the college, register for the Summer STEM Camp, sign up for library cards, and as a special treat, play with a collection of toys brought from the Toy Library.
Jennifer Laird’s and Karen Lahr’s 5th-grade classes held a 30 minute live discussion with Jewell Parke Rhodes, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award recipient and author of Falling Towers, which their teachers read to students this fall. Students asked questions about her book and the writing process. In turn, the author is sending books to the students and plans to have another conversation with the group later in the year.
Students have developed a relationship with the Irondequoit United Church of Christ through their volunteer activities to gain work experience skills and to help the community. They have become connected with the church youth group and also volunteered to do necessary work at the church.
Students enjoyed watching a Thanksgiving skit, singing songs together, using conversation skills to learn more about each other, and eating a delicious Thanksgiving meal with teachers, parents, and volunteers.
To recognize all the volunteer work performed at the Salvation Army, Captain Jessica organized a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and transportation for all MAC students. This event showed the meaning of Thanksgiving and made the students feel welcome and a part of American culture and our MAC family.
Mr. Murty and Ms. Gillette’s class enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with their families, to celebrate the culmination of their “All About Me” expedition, where children learned how old they are, how tall they are and who is in their family.
On November 19, the Rochester City Athletic Conference (RCAC) sponsored a stunt’s clinic at Edison Career and Technology High School for the entire RCAC cheerleading program. This was the first for the program.
Officers spent time with students during lunch time, answering any questions they had about the police force and listening to them. They plan to visit on a regular basis.
Eder Muñiz, renowned Brazilian street artist and father to first-grader Zaya, recently held a three-week residency at the school, giving presentations to art classes and teaching spray paint and large mural techniques to groups of first and sixth-grade students. After three weeks of sketching and artistic exploration, the culmination was a Saturday mural painting event.
School librarian Janice Daitz created “I voted” stickers and a voting booth in the library, where K-2 students voted for Vice President, and 3-6 students voted for President, based on literary characters. And the winners are President Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and VP Curious George.
Students and families wore clothing from their home countries, brought in traditional food to share and enjoyed activities, including a karate demonstration and fashion show. Everyone was overjoyed to see so many families come out on a rainy night to celebrate a beautifully diverse school culture.
RECEC hosted a fall festival, with two floors full of fun—families painted pumpkins, completed an obstacle course, caught apples, took photos at the picture booth and enjoyed donuts and cider.
On Oct. 29, students competed in a large tournament at Webster-Schroeder HS in the Rochester/Buffalo league and took home these honors: Olivia Spenard (1st place, Varsity Oral Interpretation), Cameron Bennett (2nd place, Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking) and Simone Hardaway (3rd place in Declamation, 9th-grader, first time ever competing).
On October 27, the East High vision care program helped 37 District students get glasses. So far this year, events have been held at East, the Montessori School and School 34, resulting in 150 students receiving glasses.