525 Route 25A | Rocky Point, NY 11778
Phone: (631) 744-1600 | Fax: (631) 744-4898
Principal: Ms. Linda Towlen
Assistant Principal: Dr. Courtney Herbert
Hours: 8:40 AM - 2:50 PM

February 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are waiting to see if the groundhog sees his shadow on Thursday, February 2nd to determine if we will have six more weeks of winter or an early spring.

On February 10th, we will have our Jump Rope for Heart from 3-5 pm in the old gym. Students will jump rope to raise donations for The American Heart Association. Good luck to all our jumpers!

We have our Mid-Winter Recess February 20th – 24th. All of us at JAE wish everyone a restful and fun vacation! It is a great time to read a good book!


Linda Towlen, Principal
Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School

“WARM”-ing up with a Good Book

Good Book1

Students throughout Joseph Edgar Intermediate School celebrated their love of reading during a monthlong initiative called WARM (We Are Reading More).

Hoping to reach a schoolwide goal of 500,000 minutes, they were asked to read in school and at home for enjoyment, and also engaged in a number of literacy based activities.

Author Douglas Florian visited the students as part of the program and in preparation for his visit, teachers and students read his books and created dragons related to his poetry. Some classes held poetry slams and poetry parades in which they recited his published pieces, and other classes created posters and signs welcoming Mr. Florian to the school.  

In recognition of the school surpassing their goal of 500,000 minutes, students earned a number of raffle prizes. However, the biggest treat was being able to see their teachers take part in competitive yet silly  races, where they competed in various events from a ping-pong ball catch game to a toilet paper mummy wrapping.

Penning A Winning Comic

Penning A Winning Comic
Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-grader Evan Donovan has been named one of ten talented runner-ups in the Scholastic Reading Clubs’ “Big Nate EPIC Birthday Mishap Contest.”

Students from across the country submitted original multi-frame comics about a child’s birthday party in a similar fashion to the famous Big Nate comics. Evan’s piece showed a comical encounter between a young boy and a bear who just awoke from hibernation.

Evan describes himself as a comic enthusiast, having penned hundreds of original strips in his life. “Making comics is a fun thing to do and helps to relieve stress,” he said. “I really like using the pictures to tell stories and have made one, two and three panel comics in my free time.”

As a contest runner-up, Evan received a Big Nate library collection and a class set of the newest Big Nate book, “Thunka, Thunka, Thunka” was gifted to JAE.

Learning To Fly

Learning To Fly

Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-grade select chorus High Notes took the stage this winter to perform the comedic musical “How to Train Your Reindeer (To Fly).”

The musical, which incorporated historical information about the rise of American aviation, included five original songs focused on a group of cadet reindeer learning the way to fly. Throughout the story, a number of famous North Pole residents graced the stage to offer input and feedback as the ambitious young reindeer attended the magical training.

The students worked to perfect their performance for weeks under the direction of teach Craig Knapp.

History Comes to Life

History Comes to Life

As an extension of their social studies curriculum, fourth-graders at Joseph Edgar Intermediate School learned about the great Mohawk nation during a recent visit from the father of a current student.

During the program, Jay Levenson spoke about his family’s Mohawk roots and shared different cultural aspects of the nation dating back to the 18th century. He shared information such as why silver jewelry is worn, how shells were used to create a story or message on belts, and how gourds were transformed to create canteens or water jugs. He also spoke about the tribes who live in each region of New York, taught the students several Mohawk words and a few of the legends and common misunderstandings of the Native American tribe.

At the end of the event, the students learned how to sing and perform a traditional Mohawk lullaby.

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