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Memorial BRAVE Club Members Spread Holiday Cheer

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BRAVE Club members Selena Wright, from left, Faith Russell and Jade Chemaly thumbnail208585
BRAVE Club members Nirmal Butt, from left, Yovieta Niranjan and Ayesha Zahid thumbnail208586
Valley Stream, NEW YORK (December, 2021) — This December, members of the Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School BRAVE Club are helping spread holiday cheer to children at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island. The Believe in the Rights and Values of Everyone, or BRAVE, club promotes kindness and understanding of one another; a key way it achieves this is through community service.

For their latest project, BRAVE members created more than 40 gift bags for patients in the hospital’s Child Life Program. The students decorated each bag with a custom positive holiday message, and each contained crayons and a coloring book designed by the club, according to advisor Amanda Milano.

“This is a fun way for the students to give back to the community around them and help people who might be struggling during the holidays,” Ms. Milano said.
This is the fourth year that students in the BRAVE Club have delivered gifts to the hospital; the bags will be distributed on the patients’ lunch trays to help lift their spirits during the holidays.

Added Ms. Milano: “We just want to put a smile on their face while they’re going through a hard time.”

For more information about the Valley Stream Central High School District, please visit the District’s website at http://www.vschsd.org/, and ‘like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyStreamCentralHighSchoolDistrict

Memorial Math Students Learn That Time Flies When They’re Having Fun

Students Diana Desrosiers, center, and Landon Dutan-Pasato got to work on their clock face. thumbnail208423
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Students Jaylen Barter, left, and Nyla Leardo drew out their designs.  thumbnail208425
The students came up with a variety of designs for their clock faces thumbnail208426
The students were given the freedom to come up with their own designs for the clocks, but were required to ensure the algebra and expressions were correct. thumbnail208427
Students Diana Desrosiers, center, and Landon Dutan-Pasato got to work on their clock face. thumbnail208428

Valley Stream, New York (December 2021) — Math students at Memorial Junior High School had the opportunity to design their own clocks while learning algebra and expressions.

Late last month, students in Ms. Kelly Leftwich’s and Ms. Stephanie Peace’s seventh-grade classes were tasked with splitting into groups of three, and designing their own clock faces while substituting the numbers one through 12 with expressions and algebra equations.

The idea for the lesson came from a similar clock Ms. Leftwich said she saw on sale in a catalogue. “Instead of buying it, I thought we could have the kids make them,” she said.

The lesson meets state math standards NY-7.EE, and in addition to giving students the opportunity to practice their math lessons, the activity allowed the students to express their creativity while they produced their own unique designs.
“It was great because we got to see their personalities come out in the clocks,” Ms. Peace said.

Some of the designs featured students’ favorite cartoons, comic book heros, or sports team while other students created patterns, landscape imagery or a festive theme.

“The kids really enjoyed it, and I really enjoyed seeing what they were interested in,” Ms. Leftwich said. “They also needed to spend the time to review the equations and make sure the math was correct so the lesson really covered all of the bases.”

For more information about the Valley Stream Central High School District, please visit the District’s website at http://www.vschsd.org/, and ‘like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyStreamCentralHighSchoolDistrict

Monday, January 24, 2022