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Tinc Road was on the air!

When Laura Iacampo’s cell phone rang with an unfamiliar number on the caller ID, the second grade teacher did the wildest thing. She answered it.
 
“I know your voice,” she said after the caller introduced himself. “You don’t even have to say who this is.”
 
On the other end of the phone was John Elliott, WCBS-NY’s veteran meteorologist. Just a few days before, Iacampo had seen a promo putting out a call for classes interested in a visit to learn about weather and weather forecasting. She filled out the online form, expecting to hear back “next [school] year or maybe in September at the earliest.”
 
Nope. Elliott wanted to come the very next week. After settling on the date, the two discussed the details of his presentation to her kids. He would customize it to meet their interests and the science curriculum.
 
The following Tuesday, Elliott, his cameraman Al Lesner, and the CBS mobile weather lab came to Tinc Road. Elliott spoke with four classes about dangerous weather, low and high pressure systems, the science of forecasting, and the best ways to stay safe in extreme weather. Then the students went outside for a tour of the weather lab.
 
The segment on Elliott’s lesson and the visit aired on Thursday, two days later. That Saturday, the segment ran again with an intro by Cindy Hsu. Elliott and Hsu discussed the FM amplification system that Iacampo uses in her classroom for students who have hearing difficulties.
 
https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/first-alert-weather-101-comes-to-tinc-road-elementary-school-in-flanders-n-j/


Aspire program heats up, winds down

The final meeting of the year for the Aspire gifted and talented program was hot. Red hot.
 
Blacksmith William J. Barrett visited afterschool and demonstrated metal forging for the students. Working outside using a portable gas forge and an anvil from the 1800s, he heated iron and shaped it with a hammer. Barrett emphasized the math and science he needs to do his work, such as knowledge of alloys and melting points.
 
“The students were really intrigued and captivated, especially seeing some of the finished products he brought,” said art teacher Joy Durland who arranged the visit. “He explained how math, science, and creativity are all involved, and how he is constantly experimenting. It also showed students that science and math are used in every profession in some way.”
 
Mr. Barrett has made custom jewelry for runway models and custom knives for celebrities such as Nicholas Cage and Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses.


Young entrepreneurs

After two+ months of preparation and production, 29 fifth-graders set up shop in the school gym and sold products they made as part of the TREP$ afterschool program. The May 18 marketplace was the ultimate test of the business techniques the students learned.

TREP$ teaches students the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship by walking them through product development, from concept to final sale. TREP$, which stands for entrepreneurs, teaches students very concrete business fundamentals over the program’s two+ months. The students met weekly and learned a different business skill each week. For example, one week students wrote business plans and identified their target customers; another week they learned about marketing and effective advertising, and another it was salesmanship and customer service. They also learned the process of cost analysis – a key to deciding which product to manufacture for sale.
 
Among the handmade products that were on sale were stress balls, tie-dye t-shirts, homemade candles, jewelry, hand drawn comic books, and Shrinky Dinks keychains.

“It’s fun and a challenge making stuff,” said Riley Fazioli. “And a good experience. TREP$ is just different from other things you do in school.”

Riley, who likes making crafts when she has the time, sold sunglasses which she embellished with beads and lettering. A week before the marketplace, she was confident that she made a fun and creative product others will want to buy. However, a touch of anxiety had set in. “I’m a little nervous but really excited.” Among her worries: Will she have too much or too little product to sell?

Entrepreneurship has always been a hallmark of America’s growth and history. But with reality shows such as “Shark Tank” and entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg regularly in the news, students have never been more interested in innovation and business ownership.

Teachers Michele Schoch and Vince Buzzelli served as TREP$ advisers this year. Buzzelli, who teaches music, participated in TREP$ as a student at JFK Elementary School in Wayne.


Celebrating their writing

Third-graders in Cristina DiMaggio’s class recently held a publishing party to share and celebrate their writing. 
 
The third grade English language arts curriculum includes instruction on many different writing genres. After reading several pieces of non-fiction in class, the students researched subjects and completed short non-fiction articles on topics of their own choosing. The assignment walked the young authors through the entire writing process including locating and interpreting research materials, recording notes, publishing, and then sharing with an audience.
 
Students first used a graphic organizer to brainstorm their passions, hobbies, and interests. They then decided on one topic they would like to write about and teach to their classmates. The young authors used word maps to determine the subtopics and facts they wanted to include.
 
After composing their initial drafts, each third-grader shared their work with another student to gather feedback. The stories were revised, and the final essays were printed and then illustrated.
 
Among the topics were cats, Mars, soccer, swimming, koalas, coding, flowers, and the dumbo octopus.
 
“It is important for students to celebrate their writing with their peers as well as adult members of the school,” said DiMaggio. “They feel pride in their work when given positive feedback from more than just their teacher and they realize their writing is valued. That pride then becomes the motivator to continue writing.”
 
Invited guests included Principal Mark Grilo, instructional supervisor Nicole O'Connell-Rodriguez, and counselors Lisa Barba and Alina Szast.


Students teach students about responsibility

Tinc Road celebrates a different character trait every month. School counselors Lisa Barba and Alina Szast bring activities and lessons to classes and the entire school, highlighting the importance of each trait.
 
For April, a group of students showed off the trait of the month, responsibility, by taking it on themselves. The 20 fifth-graders planned and delivered lessons on responsibility to classes in grades K-4. The young teachers are Kindness Ambassadors – students who take part in school and community service activities.
 
“The fifth-graders get a boost of self-esteem and it gives them practice in leadership roles,” said Barba. “The younger students benefit too by hearing from the older kids who they look up to and consider role models.”
 
The Kindness Ambassadors read books about responsibility to their younger peers, including “Do I Have To?” It’s Not Fair,” and “The Bernstein Bears and the Blame Game.” Since Earth Day was celebrated in April, some Kindness Ambassadors also discussed the importance of responsibility to the Earth.
 
Every month, the two counselors also provide teachers with resources that can be used in the classroom to highlight each trait.

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