Happening" at W.D.P.S.?
Along with having fun while learning in the classroom, our students and faculty are always participating in a variety of activities throughout their day. Here are a few examples of what’s currently happening at Washington Drive...
Walk for a Wish
Our Annual "Walk for a Wish" fundraiser, in conjunction with TJL, was held on Saturday, April 18th at Harborfields High School. All proceeds from this event were donated to The Make a Wish Foundation of Suffolk County who then provided our "Wish Kid" Jake with a Disney vacation. Jake and his family had a fantastic time and asked us to pass along a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who helped to make Jake's wish come true!
The Dirtmeister Returns!
The Dirtmeister is an "in house" program that focuses on science and math. The Dirtmeister visits Washington Drive a few times throughout the year and meets with our Grade 2 students. Within each assembly, students get to experience a fun and engaging way to learn about science and math though hands on activities and experiments. Who knew that learning could be so much fun?
Celebrating Dr. Seuss
In conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday and National Read Across America Day on March 2, the district’s youngest students celebrated the famous author’s birthday with various educational activities. Students in Michelle Kasin’s PALS class at Washington Drive Primary School read “The Cat on the Hat” in unison, then created replica red and white hats from the book. Along with this, students within Mrs. Divers' kindergarten class read "Green Eggs and Ham". They then got to decide for themselves if they liked green eggs and ham, just like 'Sam I Am" did. Fios came in to visit for this special event and Mrs. Divers' class was on the Fios News!
Bagels and Books
The WDPS Reading department held an informal professional development for collegial sharing. Teachers attended an early morning of bagels and books while viewing and sharing new read alouds for the classroom and professional resources.
Reflections is a National PTA cultural arts program which offers students the opportunity to create works of art through literature, visual arts, photography, film, music composition, and dance choreography. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to participate. Each year a theme is given. This year, the theme was “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”
Washington Drive had one entry win “Award of Excellence” recognition at the Suffolk County level. This entry has moved on to compete at the NYS level. A big ‘congratulations’ goes to Alexis Ebanks for achieving this wonderful accomplishment!
Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!
PARP – Follow the Reading Road!
Our annual PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) program was another success this year! Members of our faculty and PTA worked together to put on an outstanding play for our students. The play focused on the ‘importance of reading’ for our students and it was the “kick starter” for our annual reading challenge. It was a great event for all involved!
Bus Driver Breakfast
On St. Patrick’s Day, Washington Drive Primary School held our annual Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast in honor of our amazing bus drivers. The drivers were treated to breakfast and they received cards and posters that the students made for them. Students from Mrs. Semo’s class came and sang them a song too!
Caught in the Act
Throughout the school year, students are able to get “Caught in the Act” when they demonstrate exceptional “character” traits that are in line with our Character Education Program. We’ve had many students get “caught in the act” this year, and we look forward to catching even more! Congratulations to our amazing students for receiving such an honor!