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Teamwork Spurs Recycling Initiative at Todd

 

 

 

Spackenkill just got a whole lot greener. Students in Mrs. Vila’s 6th grade reading class at Todd Middle School aren’t just talking about ways to help the environment—they’re doing something about it. Their new recycling bin initiative began this past spring as a result of a unit based on the novel Frightful's Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, which focuses on the effects of DDT on the environment. Reading the book got the students thinking about injustices and environmental problems and working to solve them.

So sixth graders Cheyann Fields, Samuel De La Cruz, Kaylise Lowndes, Dominick Fraser, Jonathan Raz, and Fallon Glasheen put their heads together to devise a multi-step plan to make the recycling initiative happen.

The students met with the custodial staff to get them on board and videoed their own public service announcement  (see above) to spead awareness and explain the use of the recycling bins, which separate out paper and plastic bottles. Paper recycling bins have been placed in every classroom. In the video, which was streamed in all homerooms, Samuel De La Cruz says, “Just by taking these small steps you can make a big difference.”

At lunch, volunteers have been redirecting students on the way to the garbage, showing them how to put their recyclables in the proper bins. “There has been a huge response,” says Mrs. Vila. “Nearly all milk cartons are being recycled at lunch.”

There was also great teamwork: Student Government and the School Store supported the recycling bin fund by donating boxes. Also, the School Store is collecting the deposits on water bottles and re-investing the money in the store.

Congratulations to Mrs. Joy’s homeroom, which won the contest to create a motto for the initiative with these words: "Our little contribution is a solution to pollution." They will be treated to a waffle breakfast hosted by Mrs. Vila’s class.

 

Picnic 2016

Todd Middle School’s 2016 Picnic!

The annual Todd Middle School Picnic will be held at Todd Middle School on Friday June 10, 2016. 
The fee is $6.00 per student. Please fill out the permission slip
and return it with cash or check to the main office.
Permission slips and money will be collected between Monday, April 25th, and Monday, June 6th.
The day's activities will include: music, bouncy slide, dunking booth (to dunk teachers!),
crash collision course (“Hamster Ball”), utimate frisbee, volleyball, Kan Jam, softball,
police dog demo, 8th grade tug-of-war, make your own sundae station, face painting and more!
All students will receive a T-shirt.

Please click here for a copy of the permission slip.

Todd Students Meet with Officials

Assemblymember Didi Barrett and Lydia Biskup, Districtor of District Operations for Senator Sue Serino,  met with 7th grade Todd students in the middle school library on April 18 to discuss sidewalks on Spackenkill Road. The students had originally written letters to their prinicpal, Mr. Doherty, requesting sidewalks, and these were passed along to the legislators."It would enhance the community to have these sidewalks by allowing kids to be able to walk more places," wrote one student. As a group, the students presented a Powerpoint to Ms. Barrett and Ms. Biskup, as well as members of the Spackenkill administration. The presentation highlighted the need for sidewalks to make it easier and safer to walk home and to and from Spackenkill High School. Pictured above are Assemblymember Barrett (far left) and Ms. Biskup (second from right) with students Caroline Siegrist, Kate Peek, Morgan Lo, Melissa Conti, Lucy Palumbo, Naomi Hawkins, Caroline Curne, and Elizabeth Katz. Kudos to the students for taking the initiative to make changes happen. Stay tuned for further developments!

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