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  • Tarrytown Schools Tackle Summer Slump

    Summer learning loss is a serious and substantiated problem, according to research done by the National Education Association. The Tarrytown School District works hard to combat this challenge through its Summer Literacy Institute, an initiative started five years ago by the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns in response to parents who expressed an urgent need for literacy reinforcement. In that time, the program has grown from one class of 16 students to six classes of more than 70. The rising first, second and third-graders read and discuss a book and then participate in word work where they focus on letters and sounds. Then they form smaller groups and receive more individualized attention. The program runs three hours a day for two weeks in August.

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  • Supply List

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  • 3D Printers Come To Morse

    First-graders at W.L. Morse created new animals using 3D printers while second-graders created houses for humans in various environments without disrupting the habitat of the animals that live there. The students have been involved with this new technology for weeks working with Elementary Technology TA Meghan Hak and their classroom teachers.

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  • Rotary Club Book Drive

    First-graders in Leslie Meehan’s class love to curl up with a book and now the students at W.L. Morse and all our elementary schools have additional books to read as a result of the Tarrytown Rotary Club. The Rotary sponsored a book drive and raised approximately $1,500 to purchase new books for the classrooms. The Rotary Club worked with teachers from the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and compiled a list of authors and books to purchase. Penguin Random House and The Village Book Store of Pleasantville generously offered discounts to the District.

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  • Kindness Rocks

    Second-graders from Morse walked through The Peabody Preserve in Sleepy Hollow today placing small rocks that they had painted around the property. Each kindness rock included a design and a word that sends a positive message. Teacher Brenda Sutherland and Art Teacher Jeannette Dietz brought the national movement to the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns. #TheKindnessRocks Project began when a woman whose parents died left rocks on a beach to bring comfort to others. The idea has spread to schools, hospitals, and playgrounds.

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  • The 28th Annual Rose Ceremony

    This time honored-tradition allows us to reflect on the journey our students take from first grade to senior year. Enjoy this collection of moments from the 28th Annual Rose Ceremony at Sleepy Hollow High School.

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  • Young Engineers

    Second-graders from Morse took on the role of engineers when they built model bridges with their classmates. Throughout the year, the students read about bridges, studied different designs and planned how they would build their own bridge with their teams. The project is part of a STEAM unit combining Science, Technology, English, and Mathematics. All the bridges had to conform to a height requirement and support weight.

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  • Poem In Your Pocket

    “Do you have a poem in your pocket?” Morse first and second-graders asked that question throughout the day on Thursday as they celebrated “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” The tradition of reading a poem aloud to a friend or classmate is part of National Poetry month.

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  • Flexible Classrooms

    When you walk into classrooms at W.L. Morse you will see some students working at a standing desk engrossed in their project, other students collaborating at a table, and still additional children sitting in a cubby with a pillow and blanket reading a book. These different environments in one classroom represent the Flexible Learning Spaces that now exist in the elementary school.

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  • Family Math Night

    Visual Story: Our students enjoyed using their math skills during Family Math Night. Here are some moments from the evening.

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  • Lunch With Principal Walley

    Throughout the school year you will find Morse Principal Torrance Walley sitting on stage in the auditorium eating lunch with his students. Principal Walley is holding lunches with all the classes at Morse, 405 students, in an effort to get to know each child individually.

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  • Dominican Independence

    Morse students are ready to celebrate the Dominican Republic’s independence on Feb. 27. Second-graders learned more about the culture and geography during their FLES periods

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  • Picasso People

    The works of Pablo Picasso came to life today at W.L. Morse for Jeannette Dietz’s second grade art students. They have been studying the famous artist and creating two works of art of their own mimicking his style.

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  • The Art Of Flamenco:

    First grade students from Morse discovered the art of Flamenco Dancing on January 17 as they watched professional Flamenco Dancers and then moved their own arms and legs to the music. The District’s FLES program provides Spanish foreign language and culture classes to Elementary School students from kindergarten through third grade. The idea is to provide students with a strong base in the Spanish language.

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  • Morse Mural - The Dot

    When you exit through the front doors at W.L. Morse and gaze upwards, your eyes focus on a mural filled with multi-colored dots consisting of different designs. The artwork was created by all the students in the school. “Every year I start with a mural,” said art teacher Jeannette Dietz. “We all come together and make art. The project fosters team-building and is motivating.”

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  • Hour of Coding

    Students in Christine Groven and David Suarez’ first grade class at W.L. Morse sat at their desks and concentrated on the task before them – helping Pixel the dog find his family. This may sound like a simple computer game, but it more - the lesson teaches coding.

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  • Morse Mural

    Mrs. Dietz's first and second grade art classes have been hard at work creating a beautiful mural to permanently display at Morse school. Each class read the children's book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. The story is about a little girl named Vashti who goes to art class and just doesn't know what to draw. Her art teacher suggests, "just make a mark and see where it takes you!"

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  • Saving The Monarch Butterfly:

    You could hear the excitement in the Morse auditorium Friday when parent Carol Vinzant released a Monarch butterfly with the help of first and second-graders. Known as everybody’s favorite butterfly, the black, orange and white insect could face endangerment and that is why Vinzant and parent Ginny Williams explained how the community can make a difference. Monarch butterflies only eat a plant called milkweed and Vinzant said pesticides, global warming and severe weather have impacted the plant and the species over time.

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  • Estuary Investigation:

    Second graders from W.L. Morse held on tightly to the seashells they discovered on the shore of the Hudson, the spoils of their morning at Kingsland Point Park. “I like how the sea shells show a rainbow,” said Lauren Taub as she marched with her class to another station Thursday at the Kathryn Davis Riverwalk Center.

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  • Principal Walley’s Read Aloud

    What better way to welcome students to a new school year than with a book. Thursday, August 16th, Torrance Walley, the new principal at W.L. Morse, read The Kissing Hand to incoming first and second-graders

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  • Meet and Greet

    “Meet and Greet” events for W.L. Morse parents and students will take place in the W.L Morse Auditorium on August 16th at 10 AM and 6:30 PM, and August 28th at 1 PM and 6:30 PM. Mr. Walley will be introducing himself and reading a favorite children's book to attending students and parents.

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  • Morse Supply List

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  • The 27th Annual Rose Ceremony

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  • Preparing for Third Grade

    On Friday, June 1, the second graders visited W.I. School. The morning began with a question/answer session in the auditorium with Principal Susan Bretti. After that, the teachers and students were given tours by smiley, helpful fourth graders

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  • Morse Hosts Pop-up Museum

    W.L. Morse Elementary School hosted a pop-up museum in April to bring the local history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow to life as our students study our community's past. John Predovan of Beekman Vintage generously loaned our school antiques from Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Ms. Sansky, district speech-language pathologist, added items from further away

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