by Javier L., Jonathan B. and Greg D.
We interviewed 6th grade teacher, Mrs. O’Brien. Mrs. O’Brien teaches Social Studies and ELA and she is also co-advisor of the Newspaper Club!
1. What have you been doing since school has been closed?
First of all, I have been busy learning how to teach remotely. It is very different teaching
from home on a computer, and I have been trying to create lessons that will interest students. Along with thinking about school, I have been keeping up with my exercise routine which is using my treadmill and rowing machine for an hour a day. I like to go out bike riding when the weather is nice, and I have a stack of books that I am reading. I also LOVE to play with my grandson who is 15 months old!
2. How long have you been a teacher? 👩🏫 Was it your first job?
I have been a teacher for 15 years. Before I had my children, I worked on Wall Street. I used to commute everyday on the LIRR to downtown New York. It was fun and I learned a lot.
3. Did you always work with Mrs Clemente?
What a great question. The answer is yes! I have been fortunate to work with Ms.
Clemente for the 15 years that I have been at Jericho Middle School. Some teachers are
moved around, from grade to grade, or team to team, but Ms. Clemente and I have always
worked together. I like to think we make a great team!
4. Did you always teach ELA and SS?
The answer is yes. Ms. Clemente and I have always been on the side of the team that teaches
both of these subjects. I have always loved teaching social studies and ELA, but I sometimes
wonder what it would be like to be a math whiz and be able to teach students to love math.
I think that when I retire I would like to take some math courses and get better at numbers.
5. Why did you want to be a teacher?
I have three grown children and when they were small I really enjoyed playing with them, helping them with homework, and watching them grow up to be wonderful, successful people. I also worked in a pre-K school with very young children. That was when I decided I would like to be a teacher. Having my own children and working in a school with young children made me recognize how much I would love to work in a school.
6. Have you been making any new recipes during this Pandemic?
I have been trying to watch my weight while at home, but I have also been practicing my cooking and baking skills. I went through some of my cookbooks and tried some new recipes. One was shrimp with lemon sauce over linguini which was a hit with my family. I also baked some peanut butter brownies that were out of this world!
Stay healthy and take care, Mrs. O’Brien! We are really going to miss you. You are one of our favorite teachers and we wish you the best of luck and happiness on your Retirement!
by Jesse T., Javier L., and Julius C.
The Ninth Annual Cupcake Wars took place on 2/13 and 2/14. It was run by 6th grade boys and 7th/ 8th grade girls student leadership groups. The money raised was donated to the Cohen Children's Medical Center for children who are diagnosed with cancer.
What were the rules? Students had their parents sign a permission slip in order to participate. Each baker had to make 2 dozen cupcakes, and transport them in a disposable tray or dish. NO NUTS! Cupcakes had to be at the middle school library by 7:15 A.M. so if you baked cupcakes you had to make sure your parents dropped you off early at the front circle. Bakers had to tape an index card onto the dish or tray with their name, grade and a description of what they love.
The cupcakes were amazing! There were many great looking cupcakes that symbolized what we love! Some examples were Minecraft, Minions, Cookie Monster, Pancakes, and Chicken and Waffles.
Here are this year’s winners!
#1 Liz Akiva - Lox and Bagels
#2 Faith Han - I Love Chocolate and
#3 Heba Abbas - Flowers
#1 Joseph Cavallaro - Paradise
#2 Farrah Park, Ashlyn Thitibordin - Nature
#3 Kaycee Lee, Misha Gujja - Tie Dye
#1 Chase Brodsky - Sugar Cones
#2 Emma Moshe - Animals
#3 Samara Mehta, Sienna Feldman, Arabella Balgobind - Black
FLY OFF THE SHELF AWARD: Ramen Noodles by Diana Sun, Mia Shu, Olivia Pan, Gingko Chen, Suri Sun, Cynthia Qian
MOST DELICIOUS: Minecraft by Aniela Nawurah
MOST ORIGINAL: Spring by Lily Marks
BEST CREATIVE DESIGN: We Love Books by Arianna Adur, Zoya Khan
#1 Ms. Bock - Ice cream cones
#2 Ms. Porter - I love Science
#3 Ms. Becker - Jolly Ranchers
TIE FOR FIRST PLACE
Mrs. Pascarella - Marching ants
Mrs. Dzuria – The Galaxy
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Matthew Bornstein, Michael Carone and Jonah Sorkin - Vacation
Congratulations and thank you all for participating!
by Julius C. and Javier L.
Team 6C got a Valentine's Day present. The present was a custom pencil. Each student received a pencil with their name and an adjective that described who they were. There's also a competition involving the rule, if you keep the pencil until June you get a prize. This gift shows the love and respect the teachers feel for us. If you lose the pencil and if the teachers find it, your pencil goes in the “heartbreak hotel.”