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34 GUIDE TO SCHOOLS & EDUCATION • News Times Newspapers, Friday, March 10, 2017

STEM taking schools by storm A

n increased focus on STEM education is one of the most inuential initiatives to reach schools in recent years. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The world has become increasingly complex and competitive, and today’s youth need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to evaluate ideas and turn them into productive applications. These are two of the key hallmarks of STEM. According to the National Science Foundation, STEM subjects include chemistry, computer and information technology science, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, social sciences (anthropology, economics, psychology and sociology), and STEM education and learning research. Recognizing that more and more students are gravitating toward STEM-focused ďŹ elds and that projected STEM job rates are rising steadily, schools have begun to beef up their offerings with regard to STEM subjects. Jobs in mathematics, computer system analysis, systems software, and biomedical engineering are just some of the careers in which anywhere from a 15 to 62 percent increase between 2010 and 2020 is predicted, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Individuals may believe that STEM study begins in high school, but the success of older students in STEM subjects is often shaped much earlier on. That’s why parents and educators can do much to

cultivate an interest in natural and social sciences as well as in math as early as possible. Here are a few ideas to do just that. • Encourage participation in the community. Various national clubs and science-based organizations have begun to pay more attention to STEM and offer activities that foster a greater love of science, engineering and math. By joining such clubs and organizations, students can learn more about these subjects and reinforce their enjoyment. • Set up an internship or meet-and-greet. Take students to STEM-centered places of employment so they can get a ďŹ rsthand experience from within the STEM trenches. Provide opportunities for students to chat with people in the ďŹ eld and ask questions about the type of schooling necessary to pursue a particular degree, and if any hobbies and other activities promote STEM learning. • Investigate school-based opportunities. Schools are broadening course offerings and also establishing STEM-based clubs. Students have the opportunity to get involved with other like-minded classmates. If a club isn’t already available, a teacher or a parent can consider volunteering to serve as the head of the club. STEM is a hot topic of discussion in the world of education. Students can expect to get plenty of exposure to science- and math-related topics both inside and out of the classroom.

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Long Island High School for the Arts to Host Open House for 2017-18 Academic Year and Summer Arts Academy Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) invites all high school and middle school students with artistic talent, passion and ambitions to its 2017 Open House on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prospective students from across Long Island are welcome to tour the campus, meet with expert staff, and experience classes focused on each area of the visual and performing arts. Attendees will also learn about LIHSA’s Summer Arts Academy, which is for students entering grades 6-12. Attendees can join a theater improvisation skit, sketch in an art class, take a dance class, listen to a jazz performance and participate in much more to get better acquainted with LIHSA. During the Open House, parents of prospective students also will have the opportunity to tour the facility and speak with faculty and guidance staff.

Established in 1973, LIHSA is part of the public education system and is paid for by local school districts. It offers specialized training and instruction to students interested in pursuing careers in dance, drama, filmmaking, instrumental and vocal music, theatre technology, musical theatre and the visual arts. The half-day program enables students to complete their core academic classes in their home high school and receive two and a half hours of intensive training in their field of study. As part of their professional-level training, students regularly receive one-on-one access to experienced professionals working in their chosen fields. Students have recently benefitted from Master Classes

and Workshops lead by pop-rock icon Billy Joel, actor and director Ralph Macchio and principal Paul Taylor Dance Company dancer Michael Trusnovec, who is a LIHSA graduate, among others. “We are incredibly proud of the instruction and experiences offered at the Long Island High School for the Arts,� said Dr. Robert Dillon, District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES. “Each year, we look forward to our annual Open House to showcase the programs and talent our students possess. We encourage all students interested in pursuing the arts to come down and take advantage of this opportunity to learn how LIHSA can

help you reach your dreams.� Alumni of the school have gone on to develop successful careers in all arts fields. In addition to landing starring roles on Broadway, alumni have danced with national touring companies, illustrated for New Yorker magazine, designed successful swimsuits lines and embarked on technical careers working for companies such as Cirque de Soleil. Graduates have also earned prestigious scholarships and grants to continue their education at some of the nation’s most highly esteemed colleges and conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, Cooper Union and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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36 GUIDE TO SCHOOLS & EDUCATION • News Times Newspapers, Friday, March 10, 2017 ADVERTORIAL

Congregational Nursery School Celebrates 59 Years Operating as a Community Preschool. Congregational Nursery School located at 1845 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset (right across from the Apple Store) has a few more openings for September 2017 in our 2's separation classes, Pre-K classes and early 5's class. Our Pre-K and early 5's classes include yoga and Fun Day Monday! Afternoon enrichment classes available as well! Congregational Nursery school is celebrating their 59th year operating as a community preschool. If you ask one of our graduates about their preschool experience they will tell you that they “played a lot” and missed their playtime when they went off to kindergarten. Our philosophy is “learning through play,” which has withstood the test of time. This natural approach to learning through play is the cornerstone of Congregational Nursery School. Our program is designed to guide the developing child toward the important concepts of sharing, respect and recognition of each other’s feel-

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(Domain 1) is “engaging students in play as a means of exploration and learning.” So the “new standard” is what we have been doing for over 50 years!

While we embrace the new technology that has made our lives so much easier, we feel our students need to be immersed in socialization skills, not their iPads. We are focused on pre-reading, pre-writing and language activities that all lead to kindergarten-readiness.

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• The 2’s separation program is Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri from 9 to 11 adding Monday as an optional morning. • The 3’s program is four days per week (Tuesday through Friday) from 9:00-12:00. • The 4’s and early 5’s program are five days per week (Monday through Friday) from 9am-12pm. • Our enrichment program for all Pre-K students is 1pm to 3pm. Children need time to laugh, explore, experiment and create as they begin their educational journey. We would love to be part of that journey!

We have seen learning theories come and go with the most recent “new” standard being the Pre-K Common Core Standard. The approach to learning

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Congregational Day Nursery School Summer Camp Registration Camp registration is open for children entering a 3’s or 4’s program in September 2017. Children will enjoy an exciting environment that will include summer crafts,water play, sprinkler time and fun indoor and outdoor games.

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38 GUIDE TO SCHOOLS & EDUCATION • News Times Newspapers, Friday, March 10, 2017

Practical test-taking tips for students A

ccording to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, test anxiety is a form of performance anxiety that can affect even the most prepared students. The ADAA notes that several factors, including fear of failure and a poor test history, can contribute to test anxiety, the presence of which can make it difficult for students to concentrate and may even cause physical symptoms like headache and nausea. Parents of students who are anxious about upcoming tests can share the following test-taking tips with their children, courtesy of the ADAA. Prioritize preparation. Test preparation should begin well in advance of the test, as cramming the night before may make students feel unprepared and less confident in their knowledge of the material. In addition, studying at least a week or two in advance of the test date affords students the opportunity to take practice tests in conditions similar to those in real testing situations. That familiarity can calm any nerves they may typically experience when taking exams. Develop an effective test-taking strategy. The ADAA recommends students answer the questions they know first before returning to more difficult questions. Doing so may contribute to students’ confidence and calm their nerves as they approach the

rest of the test. When tests include essay portions, students can outline their essays before they begin to write so they have a clearer idea of what they want to say and how they want to say it. Employ relaxation techniques. Deep, slow breaths and systematic relaxation of muscles can energize students’ bodies and make it easier for them to focus. Students can apply such techniques before exams to curb any pre-test jitters they might have and, if necessary, revisit these relaxation exercises during the test if feelings of nervousness return. Get enough sleep and eat healthy before the exam. Stress and anxiety are more difficult to cope with when the body is tired, so parents should encourage their children to get adequate sleep the night before an exam. In addition, provide healthy foods for kids to eat prior to the exam so they are not lethargic or hungry once the test begins. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Plenty of students experience test anxiety, and many schools offer programs designed to help students overcome their test-taking fears. Making use of these programs is a great way for kids to improve their testing performance.

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Tips for choosing a major C hoosing a major is an important decision for college students. The right major can set students on a path to a rewarding and successful career, which can lead to a more fulfilling life.

The gravity of such a decision is one reason many college students delay choosing their majors until after they enter college. Students often find entering college as an undecided affords them the opportunity to explore various courses of study without committing themselves to any particular subject. Though that approach can work while students are still underclassmen, many advisors recommend students choose a major before their third year of college. The following tips can help students ensure they make the right decision about which path to take for the remainder of their college careers. • Visit your school’s career center. College career centers are a great resource for college students as they narrow down their options concerning a major. Many career centers have

programs in place designed to match students’ interests and personalities with courses of study. Utilize these programs if you are having trouble matching an interest with a major.

students looking to gain greater insight into courses of study. Ask about particular classes and professors who upperclassmen found particularly engaging and encouraging.

• Take action. Classrooms can be great places to discover a passion for a particular field of study, but lectures or entry-level courses are not always enough to spark interest. If there are particular fields of study that interest you, find extracurricular clubs that are associated with those majors. Such clubs may host speakers or seminars that can give you greater insight into the field than you might glean from the classroom. Attend such events when possible, and bring any questions you might have about the course of study they are associated with.

• Pursue an internship. The hands-on experience provided by an internship is a great way for students to learn if a particular line of work is for them. Internships can provide an insider’s look into particular professions and industries. While internships might once have been designated for older students, many businesses now have more relaxed eligibility requirements regarding their internship programs, making it possible for students of all grade levels to gain some practical professional experience while still in school.

• Speak to upperclassmen. Underclassmen may make up the majority of students in entrylevel courses, but you may encounter some upperclassmen who have already chosen their majors in such classes from time to time. Such students can be valuable resources for other

Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions young students will make. Taking a careful and thoughtful approach to such a decision can help students select majors that leads to rewarding careers.

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