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School Notebook: Minnesauke Phys Ed Classes Turn into a Circus

A roundup of news from local schools.

Minnesauke Phys Ed Classes Turn Into a Circus. The circus recently arrived at . Two members of the National Circus Project visited sixth grade physical education classes at the school for a week, first showing the students what they would be learning and then teaching them a variety of circus skills. Students learned how to juggle, spin plates, and manipulate circus props like devil sticks and diabolos. The culmination of their week with the National Circus Project was a performance for their parents.

Arrowhead Student Wins Essay Contest. When it comes to drugs, Noor Kamal knows why it's important to "choose not to use." The sixth-grader is the winner of a drug awareness essay contest sponsored by the Port Jefferson Elks Club as part of an assignment for her health class; she will go on to compete at the state level of the contest with the hope of making it to the national level. In her essay, Kamal wrote: "There are so many reasons I choose not to use harmful products, but one main reason is my older brother. He is deaf, a mute, and has a walking disability. I plan to care for him when my parents can’t, and if I chose harmful products like drugs and alcohol, I could be too sick to do that. I want him to have the best future possible.”

Spirit of Carnevale Comes to Laurel Hill School. Students at the celebrated a Carneval-themed International Festival last week. Students in foreign language classes in grades kindergarten through eight learned the French, Italian and Spanish traditions of Carnevale, while students in grades kindergarten through four learned about animals in the rainforest and students in grades five through eight learned the history of Carnevale. They experienced complementary lessons in music, art and physical education classes, marched in a parade through the school, enjoyed various cultural foods, and took in a performance by an international dance troupe.

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