Jennifer Baxter, Sara Ricer and Patricia Gacioch, primary teachers, put together a project that combines science and music.

Primary and intermediate students presented at the board meeting March 22.

Jennifer Baxter, Sara Ricer and Patricia Gacioch, primary teachers, put together a project that combines science and music.

“The idea came from the science teacher’s conference in November,” said Baxter. “I attended a session on elementary engineering and got the idea that after students learn about the properties of sound, they could create their own musical instruments.”

For five weeks, students learned about sound and how it works. They made predictions and plans for their own instruments, created those instruments, then spent time determining if their predictions were correct. 

They were able to follow the traditional prediction, experiment, conclusion routine of science, to learn about physical properties of sound, basic engineering design and disciplinary problem solving, while learning about music.

The intermediate school performed a promotional presentation of their play, “American Beginnings”.

“After traveling to the high school to view “Bugsy Malone”, our kids caught the drama bug,” said fourth-grade teacher Tracy Gubiotti. “We heard for weeks, ‘We want to do a play. That was so awesome.’ So, I convinced myself that I could put on a production.”

Gubiotti wanted the play to contain history related to the fourth-grade curriculum. “American Beginnings” tells the story of 13 British Colonies becoming one American nation. 

Students performed the second scene of their play, which takes place in 1773 at King George’s court in England.

Acting King George ended the presentation.

“Well that’s all I have to say,” he said. “This is your king saying goodbye and remember — pay those taxes.”

Full production will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the intermediate school cafe.

In other business, the board:

HEARD — New York State School Boards Association is looking for potential candidates to run for their board. Details are available at www.nyssba.org.

HEARD  — local resident Renee Herrmann commend the board for their efforts on the budget. 

“I have to say this has been one of the smoothest budget years I’ve seen in a long time,”she said. “With what other districts are facing, this has been very impressive. Thank you.”