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ChattertonRoland A. Chatterton School

108 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7270

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Continuing to Enhance STEAM Education

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For the 2019-20 school year, the district is enhancing its emphasis on STEAM education with additional classes and activities.

The district has added two new STEAM classes at each of its three schools beginning this fall. Technology teachers and library media specialists at Birch, Chatterton and Levy Lakeside schools will teach these programs, rotating between each school’s STEAM lab, technology room and library on a project/lesson basis.

“These new student experiences were designed to encourage students to become increasingly independent as they create digital products that engage them in critical thinking, collaboration and authentic, real-world problem-solving,” said Merrick UFSD Director of Student Services Dr. Salvatore Dossena. Digital books, storyboards and videos are among some of the projects that students will create.
Grade K-2 students at all schools will engage in additional project-based technology learning in robotics, engineering, digital storytelling and multimodal literacy. Much of this will entail students using both iPads and Windows-based applications to program robots to perform more intricate tasks. Students will program a Code & Go Robot Mouse, Ozobots, and Dash and Dot robots based on their grade level/task.
Grade 3-6 students will further develop their skills in robotics and advance their coding skills, moving from drag and drop coding to Python. These grades will also learn how to design mobile apps. Fifth and sixth graders will also learn to code drones. While learning becomes more complex in the higher grade levels, students are engaged in meaningful problem-solving and coding activities very early on.

Additionally, all students will engage in digital citizenship lessons throughout the school year, at a developmentally appropriate level, to teach them how to have a positive impact on their digital footprint.

“While learning becomes more complex in the higher grade levels, students are engaged in significant problem-solving and coding activities early on,” Dossena added. “Every student is learning how to effectively and responsibly use technology in order to achieve or create something meaningful.”

Chatterton Moves Up

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Congratulations to this year’s sixth grade class at Chatterton School. Best of luck in middle school!

TED Talks at Chatterton

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At Chatterton School, 15 sixth-graders participated in the school’s TED-Ed Club, launched this year. Modeled after the popular TED Talks series of online discussions of ideas, the group met every day fifth day of the school cycle during lunch/recess time during the 2018-19 school year.  

Under the direction of teacher/club adviser Andrea McCabe, the Chatterton TED-Ed club provided a unique opportunity for students to choose a topic they are passionate about and create a TED Talk to present to the group.  The club promotes research skills while allowing students to express themselves and practice essential presentation skills. 

During the club cycle, each member engaged in a series of explorations designed to help them present their TED-Talk.  Along the way, club members will become experts in:
Identifying the elements of a great idea
Researching, developing, and presenting an idea
Creating visuals to tell a compelling story
Using best practices for camera, lighting, and sound

Each member of the Chatterton TED-Ed Club filmed a TED Talk for possible posting on TED-Ed social media outlets,, and the TED-Ed Club YouTube channel. They joined a network of thousands of TED-Ed students around the world, all working to spark and celebrate the ideas of one another. 

Chatterton students Keira Sheridan and Kyle Park recently gave their respective TEDTalks at the June Board of Education meeting before Board members, administrators, teachers, parents and fellow students. Keira spoke about learning new things and stepping out of one’s comfort zone while Kyle spoke on the topic of why we forget things. 

Chatterton’s TED-Ed Club will be expanded to the fifth-grade next year while Birch and Levy Lakeside schools will each launch a TED-Ed Club of their own.

Honoring Exemplary Citizenship

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At their June meeting, the Merrick Board of Education honored one student from each of the district’s three elementary schools with the Board of Education Citizenship Award.

With input from the principal, faculty and staff of each school, this award recognizes students who demonstrate exemplary leadership characteristics, good judgement and an overall appreciation and respect for others, as well as themselves.

The Merrick Board and administration congratulate Elena Hyzak (Birch School), Leah Pollack (Levy Lakeside School) and Katherine Salvatore (Chatterton School), each of whom embody pride in school, self and community.  Pictured are Board of Education members congratulating Leah and Katherine. Missing from the photo is Elena.