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GAMS Teacher Uses Immersive Approach to Black History

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Eighth grade students in Kristin Fusaro’s Past, Present and Future class at Grand Avenue Middle School are taking a unique approach to learning about Black History Month.

Students researched notable figures and craft biographies, followed with a collaborative poster project.Once the unit was nearly completed, students attempted an escape room planned that highlights the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Migration, which was part of the students’ eighth grade social studies curriculum.

Utilizing Breakout EDU kits, Fusaro generated an escape room using reading passages, photos and poems as content for clues. Students worked in teams to decode and decipher information to unlock a series of padlocks.

Fusaro noted that students would not only be graded on the quickest time completed, but also “by your work ethic, by your teamwork and by your effort.”

The kits can be utilized for any subject matter and teachers can work with school library media specialists to create engaging games.

“The Breakout EDU kits are a great way to facilitate group work and collaboration as well as revisiting content learned,” explained Principal Carlo Conte, who sat in on the activity and monitored finish times for teams.

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Date Added: 2/26/2024



Grand, Merrick Avenue Middle Schools Compete in Hackathon

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On Dec. 19, teams from Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue Middle Schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. faced off in the MAMS/GAMS inter district Hackathon.

Under the guidance of coachesDan StiglitzandMichelle Biancardo, students demonstrated exceptional coding skills, creativity, and teamwork.

TheGrand Avenue Monster codersemerged victorious. The top eight students from each building will advance to compete in the Long Island Jr. Division Kid OYO Code Conquest Hackathon on Friday, March 15in Hauppauge.

“We are proud of all the students and are excited to see their skills in action again in March,” Grand Avenue Principal Carlo Conte said.

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Date Added: 1/3/2024

Yorker Club Fundraises $500 for Community Cupboard

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The Yorker Club held its annual holiday food drive for the Bellmore-Merrick Community Cupboard. Yorker Club members collected a total of $500 during their lunch periods and bake sales throughout November.

Co-advisors Mr. Bargiel and Mr. Rummenie appreciates members who spent their lunch time collecting donations, as well as those who volunteered during bake sales. All proceeds will benefit the Bellmore-Merrick Community Cupboard.

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