Charles Campagne Elementary School
601 Plainview Road
Bethpage, NY 11714
PRINCIPAL: Mrs. Erin Lindsay-DiFiglia
In the News
Our Day at the Opera!
Students from across the district were the guests of the Metropolitan Opera Company at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as part of their participation in the 21st Century Activity: The MET: HD Live in Schools. The students were met by Education Department and trip organizer, Dan Marshall and two opera house tour guides.
The students, accompanied by their teacher chaperones (Mrs. McGrath, Ms. Kovacs, Ms. Sinisi, and Mr. Wibben) were divided into two groups; elementary students and middle/high school students, and taken on a tour of this huge facility. They were able to view a few minutes of a rehearsal happening on the huge stage of the 3,800 seat opera house and learned about the almost perfect acoustical properties of the house. They also saw the beautiful crystal chandeliers that hang in the lobby and theater, which were a gift from the Australian government for our country's assistance in World War II. They were then taken by elevator to several different floors underground, where they observed the costume shop, wig-makers, special effects machinery, scenery and lighting production, as well as props and paining. In addition, we visited rehearsal studios and learned about the children's chorus and their assigned dressing rooms. They also loved seeing the doors and the animals come through, when used in productions!
Our guides were very knowledgeable and answered many questions. As we passed through the various underground tunnels, we even caught a glimpse of internationally known opera star Placido Domingo in a rehearsal. At the conclusion of our tour, we were taken into The Belmont Room, where we met 2004 Bethpage High School graduate Matt Rubin, the current assistant lighting director at the Met. He hold us about his path to his current career and how he often did work in technology during his high school years in Bethpage. A graduate of Hofstra University, he has traveled extensively and worked his way up to his current position. The students and teachers were able to ask him questions and pose for photographs.
Following a delicious lunch in the Lincoln Square area, the students boarded the bus for the trip home filled with information about this American Arts institution and looking forward to future opera experiences!
Activities in the Library Media Center
Grade 5 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in various STEAM activities on the United States of America during Library with Ms. Ivers. The students worked on a United States floor jigsaw puzzle as well as an artistic state coloring sheet.
ELL Math Night 2017
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Bethpage Schools celebrated their annual "Spring into Math" event with families of English Language Learners. Parents and students engaged in different activities and games that promoted mathematical language and literacy in school and in the home. The focus was on shape recognition, estimation, problem solving, logical thinking, number sense, and fun!
Long Island Recorder Festival
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, thirty-three Bethpage students from Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools performed at the SCMEA Long Island Recorder Festival. Led by Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Wibben, and Ms. Kovacs, our students joined over 150 students from across New York City and Long Island in a fun-filled day of recorder, culminating in a concert that afternoon for their families, friends, and the Long Island community.
Imagination Stations at Charles Campagne
Students in Grade 4 experienced the Charles Campagne Imagination Station, a Makerspace in the school library media center. Librarian Ms. Ivers set up the Imagination Stations for the students to visit. The stations were (1) Code Monkey; (2) Card Creation; (3) Coloring Relaxation; and (4) Learn to Draw. The goal was for the students to create and have fun!
Author and Illustrator Dan Yaccarino Visits Charles Campagne!
Students at Charles Campagne met Dan Yaccarino on Monday, March 13, 2017. They learned about being an author, illustrator, and TV show producer and creator. Mr. Yaccarino showed students a video of his studio in New York City as well as trailers for many of his books. He inspired students to be authors and illustrators. To prepare for his visit, students created projects in Library with Mrs. Ivers and in Art with Mrs. Hermann. Charles Campagne and the library were decorated with these special projects!
Astronomy and STEM Night
Elementary students and their families came out on a chilly Friday evening to Astronomy Night featuring stargazing, starry night planetarium show, and carnival. Mars and the moon as well as deep space nebula and spring constellation were visible in crystal clear skies. The Starnival games created and hosted by JFK members of the Astronomy Club were fun for all ages. The planetarium show shared images and stories of the spring night sky with our youngest astronomers and our more advanced engineers designed and tested model lunar landers. New this year were the Night at the STEM Museum exhibits which included a robotics demonstration and a 3-D printer demonstration as well as many interactive STEM experiences. Students programmed Bee Bot and Milo robots, tried to beat the black hole simulator and learned some fundamental STEM concepts during tabletop activities including Cool Copters, Tumbling Towers, Launchers, Balancing Butterflies and Bridges. Special thanks to the Project Astro astronomers, the Astronomy Night Committee, the BHS and JFK Robotics Clubs, the JFK Astronomy Club, the JFK Tech and Science departments, and all the students, faculty, and administrators who supported this special event!
Reading Day at Charles Campagne
The students at Charles Campagne Elementary School enjoyed celebrating Reading Day with their teachers and classmates. Mrs. Ivers presided over library activities, which included the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activity, Dr. Seuss Building Hat and several other fun and educational activities. Buddy reading, in which an older student reads to a younger student, took place throughout the day. Everyone in the building participated in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time in the halls at the end of the day.
Pictures from Reading Day
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, several Grade 4 & 5 students from Charles Campagne visited DogAbility in Hicksville with Ms. Tierney and Ms. Gonyon. The students had the opportunity to work with and learn all about therapy dogs. The students had a great time!
Mrs. Kelly's Grade 5 class has been studying Earthquakes in Science for the law few weeks. Just recently, the students completed a project where they were able to create their own P-Waves which are the primary waves of an earthquake. They are the fastest moving waves and the first to be identified on a seismograph! The students used everyday household items to complete this activity. After they experimented within their own classroom, the students were then able to pass on their newfound knowledge to Ms. Peters' Grade 3 class. Mrs. Kelly's students were now experts on this topic and were able to share their knowledge about Earthquakes! Ms. Peter's class thoroughly enjoyed learning about Earthquakes as much as Mrs. Kelly's class!
Brain STEAM Ahead!
The Nassau County Math Teachers Association presents Brain STEAM Ahead! Parents and children will participate in hands-on activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The event will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Rushmore Ave School in Carle Place. Have fun exploring and learning while building bridges, kaleidoscopes, paper airplanes, rockets, and much more! For additional information, please refer to the flyer: Brain STEAM Ahead!
Students in Mrs. Seidita's Grade 5 class learned about earthquakes. The students studied causes of earthquakes, how they are measured, and their effects. The students read an article by National Geographic titled Safe Houses. The class learned about different areas around the world that are prone to earthquakes. From the article, the students discussed different resources that countries have in order to design homes that can withstand an earthquake. The students used marshmallows and toothpicks to design a structure. The class then tested their structures in a pan of jello. The jello acted as earthquake waves! The groups of students made changes to their structures and re-tested them! The class had a great time learning about earthquakes and engineering!
21st Century: Learning About the Special Olympics
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, elementary school students from across the district met with Mrs. Tierney and Ms. Tierney to learn about the history and mission of the Special Olympics and a few different types of disabilities. Students also created motivational and encouraging posters to hang up when Bethpage Schools hosts the upcoming Special Olympics on May 20, 2017 and May 21, 2017. A great time was had by all of the participants!
Trapping Gingerbread Babies
Grade 1 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School spent several Library classes designing and creating safe traps to catch the gingerbread baby. Ms. Ivers shared the story "The Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett. The children then used a Library class to work in groups to create a design or blueprint to safely catch the gingerbread baby using supplies such as paper plates, paper cups, paper clips, sticks, and straws. Over the next two weeks with the guidance of Ms. Ivers and their teachers, the children used supplies to build gingerbread baby traps in the Library. The children learned that sometimes designs had to be revised and adjusted. Many gingerbread babies were safely caught!
21st Century: Scrapbooking
Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in a six week 21st Century scrapbooking program under the direction of Ms. Ivers, Mrs. Groom, and Mrs. Buonaiuto. Students designed and created a 12x12 scrapbook as a holiday gift for someone special. The children enjoyed learning about scrapbooking and being creative and artistic to create their special album. The participants will leave the final class with a wrapped scrapbook as a gift.
Read to Achieve
Grade 3 students throughout the district gathered at Bethpage High School to participate in a pep rally intended to bolster their interest in reading and reiterate its importance in their future academic careers, as well as create a mentorship between high school scholar athletes and elementary school students. A tradition for more than a decade, the program included interactive dialogue from many district administrators and the scholar athletes regarding their favorite books and a discussion on why reading is so important on the road to success. The students also got the opportunity afterwards to shoot some hoops with the high school scholar athletes!
Argonauts Research of Oil Spills
The Argonauts at Charles Campagne Elementary School tried their hand at removing oil from water as they recreated an oil spill. They researched what occurred during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They also explored the effects on the environment as a result of these disasters. Argonauts designed their own experiments to explore which materials would most effectively remove the oil.
Book Character Dress Up Day!
Students at Charles Campagne Elementary School participated in the Book Character Dress Up Day on October 31, 2016. This event was planned by the librarian, Ms. Ivers. Children in Grades K-5 came to school dressed as their favorite book character. The Charles Campagne staff also dressed in costumes. Some costumes included: superheroes, witches, sports players, princesses, Pokemon, and much more! As part of the celebration, the students in Grades 3-5 read to the children in Grades K-2 and the ABA classes. It was a great day to share books, costumes, and meet new friends!
Happy Halloween from Charles Campagne!
The superhero staff at Charles Campagne Elementary School would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween!
"Symbolic" Butterflies Fly to Mexico
The Grade 3 students at Charles Campagne Elementary School are observing the migration of butterflies going south. With the help of Ms. Ivers, the librarian, the children are following the fall migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico. The students are using the Journey North website to learn about butterfly migration. As part of this project, children have participated in a "symbolic" migration of paper butterflies. During Art, Mrs. Hermann worked with the Grade 3 students to create symmetrical paper butterflies. In early October, the paper butterflies began their migration to Mexico. They were mailed to Journey North. From there, they will be sent to the children in Mexico who live near to where the real butterflies migrate. In the Spring, new paper butterflies will "migrate" to us.
Kindergarten Students Buzz Using Bee Bots to Explore STEM
Kindergarten students at Charles Campagne Elementary School were the first to participate in a NEW initiative across Bethpage Schools designed to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) experiences to all elementary school students. Students in Mrs. Bedney and Mrs. Fink's kindergarten classes explored Bee Bots. A Bee Bot is a tool for teaching estimation, sequencing, and problem solving! Under the direction of Mrs. Marcis, students eagerly and enthusiastically worked alongside Mr. Clark, Superintendent of Schools; Mr. Schneider, Assistant Superintendent; Mrs. Yale, Director of Science; Mr. Titolo, Director of Mathematics; and Mrs. Lindsay-DiFiglia, Principal to program the Bee Bots to turn 90-degrees left or 90-degrees right and move forward or backward. Students practiced programming their Bee Bots to reach a "flower" on a grid. These though-provoking activities are just the first steps in the district's initiative to bring STEM to all Bethpage students!