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Excited to Read

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Their eyes lit up with excitement as Hampton Bays Middle School fifth graders recently unboxed hundreds of independent reading selections to explore. 

The books were delivered as part of the district’s new Fountas and Pinnell classroom curriculum. The initiative kicked off at the middle school this year after being rolled out at the elementary level the year prior. 

“The books aim to engage students with their teachers during daily interactive read alouds, guided reading mini-lessons, shared reading and independent reading,” said literacy coach Elizabeth Hewitt. “The emphasis is on fostering and encouraging a love of literacy within and outside the classroom.” 

“My fifth graders are very excited about the new books,” said teacher Joan Moran. “They now have daily opportunities to read from a wide variety of genres from the Fountas and Pinnell library.”

Unity Day

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To culminate weeks of activities for National Bullying Prevention Month, Hampton Bays Middle School students and staff celebrated Unity Day on Oct. 23.

Each student signed an antibullying pledge during their lunch period and reflected on what they had learned during the past month. The pledge followed several weeks of antibullying events as part of the school counseling department’s “Stop Our Bullying with Kindness” program. The initiative encouraged students to work together to stop all forms of bullying by increasing their awareness of its impact and inspiring them to be kind to others.