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P.S. I Love You Promotes Kindness Across West Islip’s Schools

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Across the district, students and staff celebrated P.S. I Love You Day on Feb. 12 with kindness, unity and inclusivity. The day’s activities ranged from a door decorating contest at the high school to chalk art in front of Beach Street, while at Manetuck , fifth graders posted inspiring messages to promote awareness. Also at Manetuck, physical education teachers Edward Pieron and Beth Sherwood created a P.S. I Love You Day “brain break” video featuring students, which highlighted the importance of attending to physical and mental health.

Beach Street Welcomes a Lizard to the Library

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Beach Street welcomed an unusual new “student” recently, a bearded dragon named Mushu. The lucky lizard is serving as the school’s library helper while teaching students about reptiles.

“I had found a website called that provides teachers with grants to purchase classroom pets,” said Lisa Cosgrove, Beach Street’s library media specialist. “I thought it would be a great way to boost spirits and morale since COVID and give the students something to be excited about. I applied for the Pets in the Classroom grant and they sent me a check to purchase a pet. With the help of the student council, we decided on a bearded dragon. We held a contest to name her and the students chose Mushu. She is busy giving book recommendations, creating spine poems and making everyone smile. The students love coming in to see her and watching her grow and eat her vegetables. She’s an amazing addition to the library.”



Beach Street Counselors Recognize Two Teachers

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In honor of National School Counselors Week, the counseling department at Beach Street awarded teachers Kristin Grossi and Craig Michel with certificates of appreciation. The two educators were selected for this recognition for their outstanding support of Beach Street’s school counseling program and their dedication to their students.


A “Soup-er” Drive for Beach Street’s Helping Hands Club

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This year, the Helping Hands Club at Beach Street hosted its first Soup-er Bowl drive. During the week leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, the club asked the school community for canned soup donations to be placed in the decorated football team box – Bucs or Chiefs – of their choice. The soup cans were later donated to a local food pantry.

“During these cold winter months, it is important to think of those in need,” said school counselor Kathleen Crowley. “This hearty soup drive was what giving back is all about.”





Beach Street Students Use Library Green Screens to Enhance Projects

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Tech-savvy students at Beach Street recently used the library’s green screens to record their projects. The students then learned how to insert backgrounds in place of the green screens and include animation, sound, video and photos using video and editing software.