Kramer Lane Elementary School
1 Kramer Lane
Plainview, NY 11803
PRINCIPAL: Ms. Kerri McCarthy
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!
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.
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!
Argonauts Visit Cold Spring Harbor DNA Center
Students in the Argonauts Program at Kramer Lane Elementary School visited the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Center. The students studied mutations in fruit flies and extracted wheat germ DNA! The students had a fun and educational experience!
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!
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!
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!
Grade 1 Students Thanksgiving Performance
On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Kramer Lane's Grade 1 students took a trip out east to Martin Luther Terrace Community Center, a senior living complex located in Kings Park, New York. Directed by Mr. Wibben and accompanied by Mrs. Seewald, Ms. Schmidt, and Ms. Meehan, the students performed Thanksgiving songs and dances for many of the senior citizens. The seniors enjoyed the show and the students were thrilled to share their love of song and dance!
Grade 3 Students Set Sail in STEM Raft Activity
On October 27, 2016, students in Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activity to enhance their study of buoyancy in Science. The purpose of this activity was to determine whether a raft with a larger sail or smaller sail would move faster in a tub of water using a hand-held fan. After an interactive SMART Board introduction, the students worked in cooperative learning groups. Colored illustrations on a laminated Lego activity placard guided students step-by-step in constructing their raft. Students built the Lego raft with a smaller sail and then put the raft into a tub of water and turned on the fan to see how fast the raft would go. Then, the students tried the larger sail using the same procedure. The students learned that the raft with the larger sail was able to catch more of the moving air. After completing the experiment, students worked on their Google Chromebooks to solve problems involving "area". Students also learned what makes an experiment a "fair test" through discussion on constants and variables in the experiment. They also had to think of what could be changed in the given experiment to make a raft travel even faster. The students had a wonderful time completing this STEM activity!
STEAM Museum Visits Kramer Lane
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Kramer Lane's gymnasium was transformed into a hands-on museum for the students. This was a state-of-the-art, hands-on museum focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education. The students had fun at the various workstations to augment classroom lessons and to expose them to high-tech fields of study. Workstations included 3D Printing, Ozobot Workshop, Structures, Gears, Bike Generator, Friction Raceway, Newton's Cradle, Pythagorean Wheel, Build an Arch, and Big Trax. It was a fun and super learning opportunity for everyone involved!