Clubs & Programs
Program for Instructional Enrichment (P.I.E.)
Eileen Shannon, P.I.E. teacher
The Program for Instructional Enrichment (PIE) is a district wide program that is housed at Academy Street Elementary School. The program strives to provide a differentiated education for students of high academic ability in grades three, four, and five. Students conduct independent research and complete projects to share their information with others. Currently fourth and fifth graders are working on water, oceans, and marine life. The third graders involved in PIE are using their research skills to investigate famous inventors and the impact of their inventions. All grade levels will present their work at an open house in the spring.
Books and Beyond
The Books and Beyond program is a school-wide reading incentive program which helps families promote life-long reading in their homes. Families commit to having their children read (or be read to) for a total of 100 minutes a week, or 400 minutes each month. The program runs from November through March. Each month, students are provided with a reading calendar to record the titles and authors of the books they read every day. Students who participate in all five months of the program will be invited to participate in a celebration of their reading success.
Each spring, Sylvan Avenue hosts an evening for promoting and celebrating the literacy development of our students. Children work on creating a piece of “work” to be displayed for all to read and enjoy. Students write using many different literary genres. Some students display a poem or song, while others may create fictional or non-fictional books.
In addition, many children are given the opportunity to read their published work in front of an audience. It is a night of excitement as the students show a joy and love for reading and writing.
Peer Leaders is an after-school program for fourth and fifth grade students. The focus of the peer leader program is to encourage students to become involved in the school community and to set an excellent example of student leadership for the younger students. The students participate in many fundraising programs throughout the school year. Peer Leaders usually meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
Participation in the science fair program is offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Experiments utilizing the scientific method are conducted and judged by teachers within the school district. Winning projects go on to compete at Brookhaven National Lab in the spring. This program affords students the opportunity to explore the many different aspects of science.