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Finley Research III Students Participate in National History Day

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A dozen eighth-grade research students from Finley Middle School had the opportunity to participate in this year’s National History Day on March 19, a yearlong academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for students in grades 6-12.
This year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History,” prompted students to research various historical figures ranging from Dian Fossey to Ruby Bridges, to Mikhail Baryshnikov. Students presented their work through one of five mediums: exhibit, website, documentary, performance or historical paper. 

Finley is proud to have had two students bring home three separate awards. Sarah Israel was awarded outstanding junior entry in the History of Science for her use of primary sources in the creation of her exhibit on Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine, and Liam Dall was honored with outstanding junior entry in American History and Preservation and Conservation from the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society for his working 3-D exhibit on the National Parks Service. 

Finley Middle School is proud of all of their students for participating in such a prestigious and nationally recognized competition. Students will showcase their work at an upcoming Board of Education meeting. Congratulations on a job well done!

Finley Students Reflect on Diversity

Finley Students Reflect on Diversity

Eighth-grade students at Finley Middle School celebrated Black History Month with a workshop led by Tracy Garrison-Feinberg of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

During the two-day event, which was organized by social studies teachers Meredith Murolo and Danielle Treder, students were introduced to the study of Black History Month and listened closely as Garrison-Feinberg recited George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From.” They then wrote a poem involving the origin of their name. The activity provided them an opportunity to reflect on diversity and cultural awareness as they pondered the question, “What makes me, me?”

Throughout the event, students continued exploring topics of black history, tolerance and culture awareness. As part of the workshop, they viewed the film, “Should Black History Be: More Than a Month?” and took part in a thoughtful discussion on what they learned. They also reviewed quotes from famous African-Americans and reflected on how those quotes still resonate today. Using the quotes and their own reflections, the students traced their hands, which serve as leaves on a 10-ft. tree, which was created by the school’s art teachers Michelle McLaughlin and Torrie Zimmerman.





Kiwanis Honors Finley’s Builders Club

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Members of Finley’s Kiwanis Builders Club, Student Council and National Junior Honor Society were recognized by the Kiwanis Club for their efforts in creating and maintaining the school’s food pantry.
    
The food pantry, which opened in April 2016, provides assistance to Glen Cove families in need. Kathy Levinson, Lt. Governor of Long Island North Division of Kiwanis, recognized the students after learning of their efforts from past Lt. Governor Phyllis Burnett.
     
“I was really moved by what I heard because it takes a lot to realize that other people are suffering and needing something especially when you are as busy as you are,” Lt. Governor Levinson said to the students. “You all realized that you had friends at school who maybe weren’t eating over the weekend, who maybe were hungry and you did something about it. I think it’s tremendously kind and on behalf of Kiwanis, we really appreciate your hearts and your kindness, you are really doing a wonderful thing.”   

Finley’s food pantry is open on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. They are currently seeking donations of personal care items, such as toothbrushes, shampoo and feminine products. They are also in need of pasta, sauces, tuna fish, hot and cold cereal, snack items and other nonperishable foods. To make a donation or for more information, call (516) 801-7605.  

S-U-C-C-E-S-S for Finley School Seventh-Grader

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Finley Middle School seventh-grader Sam Seery participated in the Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 12.
    
Seery was crowned winner of the school’s annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 20, after going head-to-head with seven other students in grades 6-8. She and the other competitors were selected to take part in the schoolwide Spelling Bee after being named winners of their individual class contests.
    
Seery was one of 133 students islandwide to take the written exam portion of the Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on Feb. 5. Forty-eight students, including Seery, qualified for the Feb. 12 spelldown at Hofstra University.
    
“It was nerve-wracking,” Seery said of the competition. “There were a lot of people there.”
     
Unfortunately, Seery was eliminated in the second round after spelling “schnauzer” incorrectly, but she said the experience was a great one and looks forward to possibly competing next year.  
    
“I love spelling bees,” she said. “They’re a lot of fun for me. I like the exhilaration of standing in front of a large audience and having to spell a word.”


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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