• Our ELA Teachers Featured in Long Island Herald - SBU News Literacy

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 1/8/2021

    Our ELA Teachers Featured in Long Island Herald - Stony Brook University News Literacy Grant 


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    This summer, the Baldwin School District received a grant from Stony Brook University to support our newly implemented News Literacy program at the high school and middle school. News Literacy has served as an integral tool in our learners’ toolbox that has enabled students to differentiate between real news and misinformation.

    Mr. Mike Morrow and Ms. Meredith Foraker shared their experiences teaching News Literacy with the LI Herald. Michael stated, "My big takeaways from it was how important it is that we teach these news literacy skills in the modern world.” He also added, “Everyone is getting so much information all day, every day, and it’s important to be able to weed through that information and be able to discern fact from opinion, know what’s verifiable, fake news.”  Ms. Foraker went on to say, students "really need to be able to dissect the information that’s put out there and differentiate between what is real news and what is fake news.”  Eighth grade students also spoke about the importance of being taught these skills. I feel like all kids should learn how to identify fake news,” said Baldwin Middle School student Jasmine Madera Morel. “It could help them in the future, so they don’t go believing everything they hear on social media or on the news.” She said she applies the lessons and tools she’s learned all the time when using the internet, social media, or consuming news.

    Once again our students and ELA teachers making us proud!


    To read the full article click on the following link: Baldwin School District Earns News Literacy Grant 

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  • Newsday Reporters Speak to our Eighth Grade Students

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 12/21/2020

    Newsday Reporters Speak to our Eighth-Grade Students


    Our eighth-grade students have been studying Journalism and News Literacy and what it means to be a reliable and credible source. On December 21st, 2020, five journalists from Newsday spoke to our students about their field experience.  They graciously provided students with an inside scoop on being a reporter and left them with great advice they can hold onto as they further their educational career.  One reporter, Chelsea Irizarry said, "Always, believe in yourself." Reporter, Faith Jessie stated, Read! It doesn't matter what it is." 

    Our teachers and students were super excited and so happy to have shared this experience. A huge thank you to the Newsday reporters that took time out of their busy schedules to speak to our students. Thank you to our wonderful teachers: Ms. Barnes, Ms. Fogarty, Ms. Oakes, Mr. Morrow, Ms. Nelson, and Ms. Pallmeyer and to all the awesome students that participated today by asking insightful questions! Always know - you have a voice, your voice matters and the power is in your hands to make the difference. 



    Reporter: Faith Jesse 



    Reporter: Steve Langford


    Reporter: Chelsea Irizarry



    Reporter: Daysi Calavia - Robertson



    Reporter: Cecilia Dowd



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  • Making a Difference

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 11/23/2020

    Making A Difference


    For this year’s Thanksgiving, the Baldwin Middle School’s sixth grade English Language Arts (ELA) classes led their peers in a Community Service Project inspired by the historical fiction novel they recently finished reading, Bud, Not Buddy. The students donated non-perishable food items and supermarket gift cards to Long Island foster care children and families in financial need.

    Thank you Ms. Penzer for organizing this event and to all the grade 6 teachers and students that participated! Kudos to you all! 

    Thanksgiving 2020

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  • Cornelius Minor Visits Baldwin

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 10/28/2020

    Cornelius Minor Visits Baldwin!

    "What leads us to equity?"


    On October 28th, 2020, Brooklyn based game changer, inspiring agents of change, grading equity advocate, author of We Got This, a book that explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices - specifically in the choice to really listen to kids visited (virtually) Baldwin. Cornelius facilitated the PD and led powerful conversations about established biases, pedagogy in today's landscape and creating experiences that embody our values of "every" child.   


    Some takeaways:

    • "Abandon yesterday's thinking, if it doesn't serve today's needs."
    • "Skills can transfer.  Content can be Googled."
    • "Change is participatory."


    Thank you Cornelius and to all the ELA teachers for being open minded, reflective and willing to pivot to ensure every student is given the opportunity to be successful.

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  • Acts of Kindness - Amazing Learners and Teachers

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 3/30/2020
    Acts of Kindness
    Amazing Learners & Teachers
    Our 7th grade teachers have spent the last few weeks focusing on how people come together during a time of crisis while reading Rising Water by Marc Aronson. This week, Ms. Carnachio's students put that lesson to the test and proved that they too were up for the challenge. Nursing homes currently are not allowing visitors to help protect senior citizens from possible COVID-19 exposure. This has left the elderly people in our community extremely isolated and alone at a time when they may need love and comfort the most. 

    Ms. Carnacchio's classes really worked hard on writing letters, without the normal support and guidance of a “live” teacher, in order to get well wishes to the seniors in their community. From her co-teach students to her honors students, across varying abilities and levels of writing skills, they did a gesture from the heart to someone they will probably never meet. The nursing homes Ms. Carnacchio contacted last weekend, and throughout the week, were so touched, excited and eager to receive mail for their residents.
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    Other acts of compassion have involved not just our students, but our teachers, too. For instance, on her weekends and evenings, Baldwin Middle School English teacher, Ms. Barnes, has been making masks for healthcare professionals.



    Ms. Barnes

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  • The Unsung Star Award

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 2/28/2020

    Unsung Star Award

    ELA teacher, Ms. Nia Thompson was presented the Unsung Star Award by principal Mr. Maher on February 25th 2020.  The award represented Ms. Thompson's hard work and dedication in preparing her students for the MLK Celebration and the Black History Month evening celebrating Unsung Stars! 

    Thank you Ms. Thompson for always going above and beyond for our students and making meaningful contributions into their lives.


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  • Beyond the Classroom

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 2/28/2020

    The Lego Robotics Team

    Mr. Daniel Page (8th Grade ELA teacher, and Co Advisor of the Lego Robotics Team)



    This February, the Middle School Lego Robotics Team competed against teams from all over Long Island at Mineola High School.  This year’s challenge was CityShaper, where students had to design, build, and program robots to complete city-based missions on a specially designed game board.


    In addition to the robot competition, there was a research contest.  Teams were tasked with creating an innovative solution for a problem affecting our community.  Our veteran team, “Teach Me How to Lego,” worked with school administration and local tradespeople to develop a plan to redesign the middle school courtyard.  


    Our newbie team, “Chuck Norris’ Fist,” comprised mostly of sixth grade students, devised a solution to the problem of drowning at the beach.  They built a prototype for their “Aerial Water Guard,” a drone designed to recognize when a swimmer may be in danger, find them out at sea, release a personal flotation device and alert the nearest lifeguard.


    For their innovative solution and excellent presentation, our team won the award for Best Research Project. Another part of the competition was to work with a team from another school and have their robots compete cooperatively against other teams.  With our partners, The Robosaurus, earned the highest combined score and also won the Alliance Competition.  


    Here are some more photos of student work!


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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 1/17/2020

    Baldwin UFSD, in collaboration with Concerned Parents of Baldwin, held the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Baldwin High School.  The theme for this year's event was, "We Are the Children of the Dream."  Highlights from the evening included the Humanitarian award that was presented to two of our ELA students for the essay they entered and their commendable achievements and accomplishments.  In addition, our middle school students performed the Spoken Word under the direction of ELA teacher, Ms. Nia Thompson.  Great job!


    Left to Right: (Ms. Monifade Aderemi - Grade 11/Ms. Hughes' class and Ms. Reyna Palmer - Grade 8/Mr. Morrow's class)




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  • 'Tis the Season for Holiday Cheer

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 12/20/2019

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed 'people' can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

    Happy holidays from our family to yours!


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  • News Reporter Alex Dollin Speaks to our 8th Grade Students

    Posted by Georgia Amigdalos on 12/18/2019

    Thank you @news12li @adollin for showing our 8th graders what a day in the life of a journalist is like to enhance students understanding of Journalism!!

    Thank you to Ms. Oakes for making this happen!#experiences #journalismunit #wearebaldwin #accuracy



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