St. James, NY…
Harbor Country Day School ( www.hcdsny.org, St. James, NY), one of Long Island’s premier independent schools for preschool through eighth grade, recently held a Science Fair for Grades K-7 in the school’s gymnasium. Students competed in three divisions: K-2nd Grade, 3rd Grade – 5th Grade, and 6th Grade-7th Grade. Harbor’s goals in holding the Science Fair were to give its students an opportunity to research and learn about something that interests them, learn problem-solving skills, improve their oral and written communication skills and strengthen their science process skills. Actively involved in coordinating the event were Kaitlin Dayton, Harbor’s Science Department/Lower School and Early Childhood School Teacher; and Brian O’Shaughnessy, Harbor’s Science Department/Upper School Teacher. Supervising the event were John Cissel, Assistant Head and Director of Upper School at Harbor; Christine McBrien, Admission Director and Director of Early Childhood/Lower School; and Debbie Decker, Director of Athletics and Student Life. The 1st place winners in each of the divisions will be invited to participate in the annual Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair.
Here are the names of winners, their grade levels and project description in all three categories:
-K-2nd Grade 1st Place: Caroline Hammons, 2nd grade, “The Perspective of the Moon”
-K-2nd Grade 2nd Place: Grant Owen, 2nd grade, “Grant’s Smoke Ring Experiment”
-K-2nd Grade 3rd Place: Andrew Doboli, 2nd grade, “What Soap Makes the Biggest Bubbles”
-3rd Grade-5th Grade 1st Place: Zoe Rizzo, 4th grade, “Cymatics Science, How does sound (frequency and volume) affect salt?”
-3rd Grade-5th Grade 2nd Place: Joseph Monticciolo, 5th grade, “Wind Power – How does the shape of the blade affect how much electricity a wind turbine produces?”
-3rd Grade-5th 3rd Place: Kirsten Lees, 3rd grade, “Bouncing Balozza, Does the amount of borax in a bouncy ball affect how high it will bounce?”
-6th-7th Grade 1st Place: Quinn Trafas, 5th grade, “What is the most effective way to purify water?”
-6th-7th Grade 2nd Place: Donna Sanders, 7th grade, “Generating Power Using Elements Found on the Electronegativity and Reactivity Scale”
-6th-7th Grade 3rd Place: Emma Hickerson, 7th grade, “Does chewing gum help you concentrate?”
Founded in 1958 by conscientious parents, Harbor Country Day School provides a dynamic, academically-enriching Independent Day School experience for Prek-3 students through Grade 8. Harbor’s beautiful, 11-acre campus is located in St. James, on Long Island in the Village of Head of the Harbor.
With its legacy of education rich in tradition and innovation, Harbor nurtures happy, confident students encouraged to strive for excellence, embrace their natural curiosity and interact respectfully with others. “Harbor cherishes childhood, cultivates wonder and inspires confident learners and leaders,” is the Mission that guides Harbor Country Day School.
Harbor is like a second family for its students in which children thrive under the caring, nurturing and personalized attention of dedicated and skilled administrators and faculty in small classes. The emphasis is on educating the whole student in an environment where every facet of a child’s learning experience is enriched with proven, yet innovative and differentiated instruction. Harbor combines traditional teaching methods with leading-edge technologies to inspire and cultivate each child’s personal best. This standard is reflected across the school’s curriculum and offerings including its exciting summer camp program, Camp Harbor.
Harbor’s goal is to give students an experience, not just in academics, but in life. In fact, Harbor graduates do go on to succeed in their secondary and college education, careers and life. Many of Harbor’s alumni have gained prominence in fields of business, public office, education, science and The Arts.
Harbor Country Day School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by and a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). It is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Code governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. For more information, visit www.hcdsny.org.