Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – July 1999 – Students at Pocantico Hills School

This month, Amazing Kids! is pleased to tell the world about the amazing work of the students at Pocantico Hills School, in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

This month we celebrate the amazing work of elementary school students from Pocantico Hills School!

These amazing kids, along with the help of their amazing teachers, created some awesome reports, stories, poems, pictures, maps, charts, timelines (and more!), to help teach other kids about the amazing things they have been learning in school! They have received many, many thank you letters and emails from kids and adults around the world, thanking them for sharing wonderful and exciting new information that they never knew before!

Check out their amazing webpages below, and who knows? Maybe you’ll create the next amazing educational website for kids!

About Pocantico Hills School

Pocantico Hills School is nestled in the quaint community of Pocantico Hills, New York.

We are a school district of about 325 students from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade. There are two heterogeneously mixed sections of each grade pre-K through grade 5. The Middle School (Grades 6-8) is departmentalized with heterogeneously mixed classes.

Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity for accelerated courses in math and science. All students, unless exempt, are accelerated in languages. Special class instruction includes art, technology, home and career skills, music, physical education, and computer. Three special education teachers are available for the student population. Remedial reading/Reading Recovery is available in the elementary grades.

Speech & hearing and counseling services are available to individuals and to groups. French and Spanish are taught beginning in grade 5. Instrumental music instruction begins in Grade 4. Guidance, psychological and ESL services are also available.

A Note from Mrs. Hongell

(Amazing Pocantico Hills School Computer Teacher)

The results of the students’ and our work has really been amazing. We receive mail almost daily from students of all ages, parents, teachers and even professors of education. The funniest notes come from middle school and high school children who are shocked that second graders actually have something to teach them!

Professionally, this work has put Mrs. Taverna and I in touch with college professors who have responded very positively. It’s so exciting to get mail from an expert on Vietnam (when we did the Children’s Guide to Vietnam) encouraging us in our work.

Teaching can be very isolating but this kind of Internet work brings the world into our classrooms. The children love to read the e-mail we get! They check the counters regularly. We even had a Harriet Tubman reunion (pizza party followed by ice cream and the reading of a new book about the Underground Railroad) with the children who created the Harriet Tubman site. They are now going into 4th grade.

Our e-mail comes from all over the United States, Asia (a Japanese woman looking to learn English by reading our work), New Zealand (a teacher reading about Charlotte’s Web), Europe and English woman inviting us to join her Webring on Woman’s History) and Australia (an expert in WebQuests).

Our success with the Harriet Tubman webpages, our first site, has given Mrs. Taverna and I the motivation to tackle two new sites this year. One is a Children’s Guide to Vietnam and another is a site about the book, Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.

It has also encouraged other teachers on our staff to try creating some web sites of their own. Our newest sites are first grade sites on Nutrition, Dinosaurs and Weather. All have been very well received. We try to encourage the children to remember that they are teaching other people about the topic we are doing. This makes them responsible for their own learning, its accuracy, and gives an authentic importance to what they are doing. This really has brought a new excitement to everyone who gets involved.


Cabin where Harriet Tubman and other slaves lived

  • Amazing Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – Do you know who Harriet Tubman was? What was her nickname? What was the Underground Railroad? Check out these amazing webpages created by the second grade students of Mrs. Hongell’s and Mrs. Taverna’s 1997-1998 classes. Some of the amazing things you will find there:
    • Visit their timeline which tells about the life of Harriet Tubman
    • Read their character sketches about Harriet Tubman
    • Take an on-line quiz about Harriet Tubman that Mrs.Taverna’s class wrote just for you.
    • Here are some crossword puzzles the class wrote
    • Read their amazing poems about Harriet Tubman.
  • How the Harriet Tubman website was born
  • Amazing Webpages on Dinosaurs! – Learn all about dinosaurs from Mrs. Shaul’s amazing 1st grade class of 1998-1999.
  • Charlotte’s Web – Everybody loves Charlotte’s Web. Weave your way through this amazing web created by Mrs. Taverna’s 2nd grade class of 1998-1999!
  • Children’s Encylopedia of Women – Can you name some amazing women from history? This amazing encyclopedia about women was written by third and fourth grade students at Pocantico Hills School!
  • Eighth Grade Amazing Art Exhibit! – Check out some amazing art by Pocantico Hills 8th graders in their 1999 exhibition entitled: Memories, Dreams & Fantasy.
  • Learn about Tibet – Do you know where Tibet is? Do you know what a “mandala” is? Find out by visiting this amazing webpage by the Pocantico Hills fifth grade classes !
  • Nutrition for Children – Do you know what vitamins are found in a mango? Did you know that potatoes contain fiber? Mrs. Rollman’s first grade class did an amazing job in their report on nutrition. But watch out! It may make you hungry!
  • Our Weather Page – What are clouds? Why does it rain? Learn all about the Weather by reading the amazing Weather Book by Mrs. Rollman’s first grade class!
  • Pocantico Nature Trail – Follow this fun nature trail created by amazing students from Mrs. Mrs. Fitzgerald’s 1998 – 1999 Second Grade Class. Click on the pictures to learn about the kinds of animals and the types of places you can find on the trail!
  • Take a Tour of the USA! – An amazing report about some of the states in the United States, created by the fourth graders in the classes of Mrs. Almeida, Mrs. Coffey, and Mrs. Lebenson.
  • Vietnam – A Children’s Guide – Learn about the country of Vietnam in this amazing report by Mrs. Taverna’s and Mrs. Hongell’s amazing second grade students! Do you know how many days Vietnamese kids go to school each week? You may be surprised to find out!
  • Visit Latin America – Where is Latin America? Do you know the names of the countries in Latin America? Find out here in these amazing letters written by the fifth graders in Mrs. Fleischman’s and Miss Garrido’s classes.
  • We Interpret Famous Paintings – Read the amazing stories written by Mrs. Sbarra’s 1998-99 3rd grade class! These amazing students chose a famous painting, and then wrote a story based on what they saw in the painting.
  • Wow! Even More Amazing Pocantico Student Projects! – You won’t believe how many amazing students and amazing student projects there are at Pocantico Hills School! Check it out!

Related Amazing Links

  • Pocantico Hills School Website – Find out what’s new at Pocantico Hills School!
  • The Early History of the Pocantico Area – Read about what it was like in Pocantico many, many years ago. Can you name the two Native American tribes who lived in the Pocantico area before the European explorers arrived? Do you know the name of the first European man to see the Pocantico Hills?

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