From the Principal
St. John's Thanks Lakeview for DonationsMore amazing Lakeview Raise Craze news: Deanne DelCampo’s class was celebrated one last time before school ended for their amazing efforts to promote kindness at Lakeview and beyond. Her class logged the most acts of kindness during the RaiseCraze event - 111 to be exact - so representatives from Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Mahopac Food Pantry stopped by to say thank you and bring a banner to be displayed in the school, marking the momentous accomplishment.St. John’s Parish Manager Terry Komendowski and President of the Financial Committee and CYO director Gil McMahon (pictured on the far left side of the photo) praised the kids for their amazing efforts and thanked them again for food donations that were part of the week’s festivities. Ms. Komendowski said, “It took us two days to unpack the donations and put them on shelves and distribute. These items made a difference to over 100 families in the Mahopac community.”Mrs. DelCampo (far right) and Principal Jennifer Pontillo (center) posed for this photo with the class.What a great way to end the school year!LV News & Headlines
4-H Program Connects MHS Senior and Lakeview 3rd Grade Class
As part of the National 4-H Ag Innovators Project, MHS Senior WISE Intern and Putnam 4-H Teen Leader, Anne Kasparian facilitated the Curbing Your Carbon Appetite Lesson for Denise Hembury’s 3rd Grade at Lakeview Elementary.
This is the eighth year, National 4-H Council has collaborated with Bayer for the annual 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (AIE) to provide 7,000 youth in seven selected states, from urban, suburban and rural backgrounds, the opportunity to develop the workforce skills to feed the planet. The AIE helped drive youth awareness of, and interest in, agriculture innovation and agriculture careers.
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program applied for and was selected to take part in the 2021 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, Curbing Our Carbon Appetite Challenge; which is a series of interactive, hands-on activities that helps youth understand why everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change.
In January, Putnam 4-H teens were given an opportunity to apply for a leadership role to serve as 4-H Ag Innovator Youth Leaders. Five Putnam teens representing Brewster, Carmel, Haldane & Mahopac School Districts were selected.
Throughout February and March, 4-H Ag Innovator Teen Leaders took part in National and Statewide train-the-trainer workshops to learn how human activity, including burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, soil mismanagement, and unwise food systems are increasing atmospheric carbon and contributing to climate change. The 4-H Ag Innovator Teen Leaders also learned how to lead a series of hands-on activities, which are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, for elementary and middle school students in both an in-person and virtual format.
The Putnam 4-H Ag Innovator Youth Leaders were also given the task of finding a teacher in their home school district to work with on this project and allow them to teach in their classroom.
Once teachers were identified and the training was completed, the teen leaders began to visit classrooms. Between April and June, Putnam 4-H successfully delivered the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, Curbing Our Carbon Appetite Challenge to 266 elementary and middle school youth in Putnam County, serving four out of five school districts. We are so proud that Anne and Lakeview were part of this exciting project!LV News & Headlines
Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog - Lakeview 5th Graders Move Up
Congratulations to all our Lakeview 5th Graders and their families!
In two beautiful gatherings in the auditorium complete with all the Lakeview traditions from the Finney Award Presentation to the banner exchange to a standing ovation when Principal Jennifer Pontillo exclaimed, “You’re no longer fifth graders, you’re our newest members of the sixth grade class."
Even though it wasn’t the ‘traditional’ moving up it was a memorable ceremony. Mr. DiCarlo wished to the class and their families well and applauded their resilience over the past year and a half and Mrs. Pontillo reminded the class, “Once a bulldog, always a bulldog.”
Congratulations Bulldogs!LV News & Headlines
Lakeview Legacy Project - PeaceThe 2021 Lakeview Elementary School Art Legacy project embraces the theme of Peace; A state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony.Principal Jennifer Pontillo describes the project and the process: “While our wooden pieces were painted individually, the wooden structure became a unified whole. We did this intentionally to convey the message that over time, we have grown together as one, regardless of the restrictions placed upon all of us this year.The wooden pieces were arranged and assembled in a stacked and overlapping order onto a wooden peace sign structure. For their part, our fifth grade students individually painted pieces of wooden shapes in a manner that reflected their individuality. They used bright acrylic colors (warm, cool and neutral), to creatively paint their personal pieces with simple designs, patterns and symbols. The finished product serves as a symbol of Lakeview’s spirit. We are very proud of the students’ ambitious undertaking.This legacy project would not have been possible without the tireless collaboration from our custodial staff. They graciously gave of their time to construct the initial shape and will install our project shortly in our school. Thanks must also go out to the Campanella Fence Company who donated wooden pieces and blocks. Finally, we want to thank the Lakeview PTO for generously donating the paint supplies! This was a true community-based effort. Congratulations to our hardworking and creative class of 2021 who are moving up to Mahopac Middle School!”LV News & Headlines
MCSD 2020-2021 District-wide Art Show
MCSD 2020-2021 District-wide Art Show
The Mahopac Central School District believes that Art education is an essential component of human development. Through Visual Art, students are empowered to be creative, “out of the box” thinkers and conscious designers; they are able to discover and express who they are, communicate their ideas, understand the visual, cultural, and virtual world, take risks, work collaboratively, make connections in their learning, innovate, develop an increasing sense of their own aesthetic, and authentically engage in their education.
The inaugural District-wide Art Show centralizes all the a talent district wide from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Click the link below, explore, and enjoy!LV News & Headlines
It’s Cool to be Kind at Lakeview
Unlike traditional fundraisers where participation is focused on raising money, this year ALL students participate in Raise Craze by completing Acts of Kindness. Students throughout the school registered on Raise Craze, an online platform where students create a username and request donations via email. Students who were registered would then post their acts of kindness online, and people in the community were able to make a donation.
The initiative kicked off with PAWS, Lakeview’s bulldog mascot, visiting each class to give teachers a bag of paper hearts. Students wrote their name on a heart each time they completed an act of kindness and added it to the Kindness Bulletin Board outside the library.
The more good deeds they did, the more dough they drew in. Kids did everything from writing letters to military members, creating cards for people living in nursing homes, decorating kindness rocks and leaving motivational messages in sidewalk chalk.
Kindergarten teacher Jenn Borst said the school has done fundraisers before, "but what was different about this one was that every child had the opportunity to do a kind act for someone else. We started each day with special education teacher Jim Lieto making fun and encouraging announcements over the loudspeaker and throughout the day they were “caught in the act” of being kind. The kids realized quickly how much their actions affect others.
Along with daily acts of kindness, the students “stuffed a bus” for St. John’s Food Drive, literally bringing in bags and bags of food items that were then transported by bus to the food pantry and the next week a similar drive, this one collecting items to be donated to the Putnam Humane Society.
As with all fundraisers, the money is going directly back to the students. Averill said it will be used for school improvements, like more picnic tables so teachers can hold class outside and other classroom supplies.
In just a few weeks, they raised $22,000, and performed 888 acts of kindness! The entire school celebrated with an ice cream party the day before the Memorial Day weekend break.LV News & Headlines
It's a bird!It's a plane! It's Vowel Man!"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird!It's a plane! But it’s not Superman, it’s Mahopac’s own Vowel Man!”To the absolute delight of Lakeview’s kindergarten classes, shortly after they got off their buses this morning, a real life superhero arrived on the scene: Vowel Man (a.k.a Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning, Michael Tromblee).Along with the cold, windy fun, was some serious educational business:“What is a Vowel?”A letter that is not a consonant and when paired with a consonant makes a syllable.“What sound does a vowel make?”Any sound that a letter makes that is not a consonant sound.“What are the vowels?”A, E, I, O, U.The students took turns telling their teachers, and each other what vowels were in their names, and some pointed them out on Vowel Man’s shield. A couple lucky students were even allowed to hold it! As the festivities outside wound down, each kindergartener was given his or her own shield and then they headed inside to color it.What a great way to start the day! Thank you Vowel Man!LV News & Headlines
Rainbow STEM ChallengeShannon Nansen’s class celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by taking on the Rainbow STEM Challenge.Typically a group competition, it transitioned well to an individual, socially-distanced activity. The project consisted of discovering the strength of arched bridges as students were tasked with constructing rainbow shaped bridges out of pipe cleaners and Play-Doh. When the bridge was built they attempted to balance a pot of "gold" on top of the arch and then added gold coins to the pot to test the strength of their bridge.The educational concepts gave these young engineers an opportunity to learn what goes into the building process. Each design was unique and students took the extra time to make sure they had all the colors of the rainbow on the bridges that they created. More importantly, they walked away with a better understanding of how bridges are constructed.LV News & Headlines
Great Kindness Challenge!
We are excited to announce that we are participating in The 2021 Great Kindness Challenge where we will join thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness. This initiative is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible in school and at home.
This past year has been challenging for our school community and the world, so we are extra excited to participate in this uplifting week of positivity. To help our students “practice kindness” and put their compassion into action, they will receive a Great Kindness Challenge checklist. The challenge will be for your child to perform as many kind acts as they can in one week. In the chart below is the schedule of events that will take place in school and virtually throughout the week. Your child is part of a powerful and positive initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity and respect at school and beyond.LV News & Headlines
2020-2021 One Page Calendar
This Calendar includes school breaks, holidays, and color cohort days for the entire 2020-2021 school year. *Please refer to specific communications from schools for building specific changes and updates.*LV News & Headlines
Spotlight Special Edition: Lakeview Reopening
Please enjoy this Spotlight especially for Lakeview Families about the Reopening.LV News & Headlines
Elementary Schools Parade a Success!
Teachers and staff from all three of Mahopac’s elementary schools - Lakeview, Austin Road, and Fulmer Road - held a parade on Friday, June 5, to pay tribute and say goodbye to their students, who they haven’t seen in person since the pandemic shutdown began. Students lined Route 6 with signs so they could say “goodbye” as well in a touching tribute.
Check out pictures of the parade - with many pictures submitted by YOU - here!
Read more about it and see even more pictures in the Mahopac News: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac/sections/education/articles/a-parade-of-goodbyesLV News & Headlines
You're invited to the Mahopac Elementary Schools Year End Parade
The entire Mahopac Community is invited to line the parade route on Friday, June 5th, as spectators in the Mahopac Elementary End of Year Parade. Expect beeping horns, waving and cheering teachers and staff in decorated cars, and lots of smiles as the parade winds through town.
The parade will start at the bus garage at 10 a.m. After leaving the bus garage, the route will be as follow: right on Myrtle Avenue, left on Brook Road, left on Route 6N, right on Secor Road, right on North Wood Street, bear right on Bullet Hole Road, Right on Austin Road, left on Secor Road, left on Route 6N, left on Route 6 and end at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Route 6 and Crane Road.
See the flyer and trip detail below this message.LV News & Headlines