Week of December 3, 2000

Pocantico Pride

Congratulations to Pocantico Hills School, www.4Kids.org's Cool School of the Month. This preK-to-8th-grade public school in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., has 350 students, an Internet connection in every classroom, and a 25-computer lab. Its thriving technology program is represented by its excellent Web site, managed by computer teacher Mrs. Terry Hongell, at www.pocanticohills.org. The site features scores of student projects. The "John D. Rockefeller Sr." project is among the best Pocantico has ever produced. And "History of Pocantico Hills" offers info about the area dating back to the time of the Puritans. The students enjoy the computer curriculum. Mrs. Hongell says of computer class, "They love it. Everybody wants to come to computer." Congratulations, Pocantico Hills School. Enjoy your 4Kids award pack

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When do Pocantico Hills students start learning Power Point?

1st grade
3rd grade
5th grade


How big can snowflakes get?

5 centimeters
25 centimeters
10 centimeters


Why are estuaries important?
They help the oceans grow.
They kill off unwanted species.
They help many species survive.




Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

For all of you who wonder about snowflakes and crystals, the Snow Crystals Web site at www.its.caltech.edu/ ~atomic/ snowcrystals has a wealth of information. It covers the physics of snowflakes in both a fun and scientific way. Learn all about the different shapes of natural snowflakes. Then learn how scientists can make snow crystals in the lab. The site even gives a recipe for you to make your own snow crystals at home. Enjoy the beauty of snow.

The Environment and You

The Environmental Protection Agency has a Web site just for you. The EPA Student Center at www.epa.gov/students/
covers every field of environmental protection. Find out about conservation or ecosystems, pollution and recycling, air and water and even human health. Check out the career and scholarship guides. It's your world. Do your part to make the most of it.

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Be True to Your School

What is school spirit? Is it going to every football game or to the most pep rallies? Not in my opinion. A sense of belonging to the student body is what gives a student school spirit. Getting involved is the best way to be part of the group.

I didn't always participate in school activities. When other students talked about the fun things they were doing, I'd feel left out. Instead of being annoyed, I chose to get involved. I was in the color guard in our marching band for three years, and I supported students in sports and educational activities more than I had in the past.

It doesn't take much time to get a little school spirit of your own. South Terrebonne High School in Bourg, La., lists the kinds of activities that are available for its students on its Web site at www2.cajun.net/~gator/extracurricular/extracurricular.html. Joining a club, supporting other students in their activities, helping out with fundraisers and working hard in school are all great ways to show your school spirit. What are you waiting for? Let's see some spirit! Go team go! Rah, rah, rah!

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