We are very proud of our students from Pre- Kindergarten through Grade 6. Our school’s mission statement reflects a caring and concerned center of learning, dedicated to meeting the needs of our entire student population and community. We have the highest expectations for our children. We encourage the attainment and celebration of superior academic, cultural, social, emotional and physical achievement.
We emphasize the nurturing of multiple intelligences, learning styles, gifts and talents within each child. The mutual cooperation between school, home and community helps to foster a love, respect and appreciation for reading, writing, mathematics, history and science. Our school culture prepares lifelong learners to become confident, productive, responsible citizens of our society. The students participate in meaningful learning experiences that prepare them to meet the Common Core Learning Standards. Students at Centennial Avenue School will strive to meet and exceed the ELA and Mathematics New York State Assessments.
As always, we wish our students and staff much success now and in the future, failure is not an option!
On Tuesday, June 6th the Prekindergarten students along with their teachers, (Mrs. Valdez, Mr. Wilson, Mrs. McBrown, Ms. Reid, and Ms. Livingston) at Centennial Avenue Elementary school celebrated the first year on their journey of learning with a spectacular Moving-up ceremony. The theme, “I Knew You Could!” based on the popular children’s book I Knew you Could! by Craig Dorfman, accentuates the different stops in one’s life. The children reenacted three different stops they have made throughout their Pre-K experience and how believing in yourself facilitates in arriving to the desired destinations in life. There were plenty of laughs and tears from parents as they observed how much their children have flourished this year. We are so very proud of our Pre-K class of 2017.
On June 7th, over 250 Centennial Avenue School students celebrated meeting their 25 Book Campaign goal and being part of the Reading Rodeo Round-Up. At the beginning of the school year, students are challenged to read and report on 25 or more books. As a reward for meeting their goal, students were invited to the Reading Rodeo Round-Up event. Students enjoyed line dancing, a petting zoo, a fun souvenir from our photo booth, field events, like horse racing, horse tosses and sack races. The culminating activity was a good old fashioned sing a long around a campfire. Fun was had by all. Congratulations to our successful students!
Getting students to genuinely love reading is an important goal of the educators at Centennial Avenue School. Every year, we hold our 25 Book Campaign Assembly which has the purpose of motivating students to read independently with the ultimate goal of becoming lifelong learners. This year's theme is "Centennial's Reading Rodeo Roundup". Students are encouraged to "rope" good books, and if they make the goal or reading 25 books by June 1st, they earn a sheriff's badge on our Reading Rodeo Roundup Wall. Students strive to meet the goal so they can be recognized on our wall and be part of our theme-related celebration in June. The best part of it all is that, as students work to meet the goal, they are developing a love for reading, building reading stamina and improving critical reading comprehension skills.
Mrs. Shwonik 5th grade class is enthusiastically participating in the Great Mail Race. We have selected states, searched for towns that we would like to learn about, found an elementary school and wrote letters to "any fifth grade class" at that school. We also completed a Great Mail Race survey. In the survey we answered questions about our state, school and ourselves. We already received letters from schools in Alabama and Arkansas. We are having fun while learning about other schools in other states.
On Friday, October 28, 2016, the Centennial Avenue School students and parents celebrated their annual Hispanic Heritage Fiesta Co-chaired by Mrs. Fernandez and Mrs. Valdez. The event began with a Parade of Flags featuring Latin American countries. The students wore an extravagant variety of cultural costumes and proudly swayed their flags while the Centennial Band played,” We Are One” under the direction of Mr. K. Sheehan. The students performed a variety of folkloric dances featuring Central and South America and the Caribbean choreographed by Ms. Costa, Mrs. Fernandez, and parent volunteers. The second grade students wore props as they sang and role played the classic song “Los Pollitos Dicen Pio, Pio, Pio,” led by Centennial’s music teacher Mr. Davis. After these amazing student performances, groups of students had the opportunity to visit different cultural and interactive stations, assisted by teachers and parent volunteers. These stations included Zumbaa, Limbo, Latin Music, piñata, sombrero making, and collaging on Latin American Achievers silhouettes. Students sampled different Latin cuisine donated by local restaurants. The Centennial Hispanic Heritage Fiesta was a memorable experience for students, teachers, parents, and community members! These are the participating restaurants to include on the website. They were very generous with their donations. Thank you! 1. Las Gemelas. 44 N. Main St. Freeport Donation: Tacos 2. Midway Deli. 124 Nassau Rd. Roosevelt Donation: Chicharrones de Pollo 3 Dominican restaurant #2 178 N. Main St. Freeport Donation: chicken 4. Pollos Mario 75. N. Franklin St. Hempstead Donation: Small pieces of steak Rice Chicken 5. Dominican Restaurant 1019 Front Street Uniondale Donation: Rice Panaderia Salvadorena 279 Jerusalem Ave. Hempstead, NY 11550 Donation: Salvadorian Quesadillas
Centennial School Teachers and ParaEducators support Lee National Denim Day for American Cancer Society. Pictured here is a group photo taken on Friday, October 21, 2016. Centennial School teachers raised over $600.00 to wear Pink and Jeans every Friday in October to support the American Cancer Society. We appreciate Ms. Genova (pictured in the center) who volunteers each year to coordinate this project. Dr. Solomon, Principal and Ms. Higgins, Assistant Principal, holding up the banner at each end. Each year Centennial School has taken the lead in the district for such a worthy cause.