Welcome to the Student Section!

This area was designed just for you! Here you can access in-class assignments, check out new class projects, keep up to date with whats happening in our class, find resources for additional help or just relax and check out some cool stuff recommended by Mr. Russo in the “Just For Fun” section!

To get a better understanding of why we focus on engineering as one of the key aspects in our class, check out this cool video below!

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Here you can find videos and images of our classroom during the 2015-2016 school year!

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Below you will find some family friendly suggestions for fun activities you can do together!

This is a collection of activities I would like to share with you that I like to do with family and friends in my spare time. Getting outdoors is one of the most vital experiences you can share with your child. Bear Grylls once said, “Every child has the right to adventure. Nature is the world’s best adventure playground and it’s open to all. [Every child should] be able to enjoy that freedom and develop a spirit of optimism, practicality and hope for the future” (2015).

Go Outdoors!

Kids that camp outdoors are happier, healthier, and do better at school according to a recent study. Getting outdoors can seem tedious at first, but with these simple tips you can keep it simple and have a great time!

Have a Movie Night!

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Get Hiking!

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Run a Race!

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Grow Something Together!

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Have a Game Night!

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Johnny Express

There are all sorts of Aliens living throughout space. Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship. Will he be able to finish his mission without trouble?

Lucky Lou

When the chaotically misfortunate Jenkins and the monotonously lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.

The Blind's Dinosaur

A french animated short… watch for the surprise ending! The Blind’s Dinosaur is a 3D animation short film directed by Ga?tan Borde. This funny short film was created in six months at Supinfocom Valenciennes (France).

Parallel Parking

Made to brighten up your day! Drive safe, you never know what can happen…

Sintel

The film follows a girl named Sintel who is searching for a baby dragon she calls Scales. Scales goes missing, so Sintel embarks on a quest to rescue him, fending off beasts and warriors along the way.

Ormie The Pig

Ormie is a Pig, in every sense of the word. Pig see cookie. Pig want cookie. But they are out of reach…or are they? See Ormie’s attempts to gain the warm sweet taste that is his obsession?

Caminandes

Watch Pablo Vazquez’s latest short “Caminandes,” and see the hungry llama overcome an electrifying obstacle to reach a berry delicious reward!

Peck Pocketed

A film about a bird desiring a luxury home, and seizes the opportunity one day when an old lady falls asleep at the park.

Rearrange Letters

Rearrange Letters is a game where you can arrange the letters and create the correct word by the given description and/or clue. Each game contains 9 puzzles. This works on your computer as well as smart phones and tablets!

Solve Math

Solve Math is a game where you have to solve the equals answer by given random numbers (3,6, 9, etc…) and mathematic symbols (+, -, etc…). This works on your computer as well as smart phones and tablets!

2D Pixel Painting

2D Pixel Master is a Pixel painting game. Paint old 8-bit toons or make your own in this interactive art game! This works on your computer as well as smart phones and tablets! 

Flap Cat

FlapCat is the newest game, based on the blockbuster game flappy bird. Help the cat FlapCat to go through challenges that are super difficult. This works on your computer as well as smart phones and tablets!

3D Pixel Creator

3D Pixel Creator lets you construct 3D models of characters that can be used for 3D printing mini figurines! This only works on PC!

Simple Machines

There are spare robot parts all over the Museum. It’s up to you and Twitch to use found objects to create simple machines, devices that will help him solve challenges with a minimum of force, collect the parts and stay out of trouble. This only works on PC!

Here you will find books, graphic novels and classic literature that I personally recommend. If you see this icon on a book sgold it means that this book is in the classroom library! Just ask to sign it out and you can share your review of the book online! If you would like to suggest a book that is not listed here, just let me know and I will do my best to add it here and credit you with the recommendation!

Reading a great book, whether its a novel or a comic, is one of the best things you can do in life. It’s what led me to be a teacher and inspires me to change the way we think about books. George R.R. Marin said it best, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

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Divergent

The Hunger Games

Dog Days

ASM: Brand New Day

Note to Parents:

Hello and welcome to the parents section! I update the site frequently with updated news and information for my parents to stay informed about what’s happening in class, new initiatives and of course the latest info on the 2015-2016 NYS Common Core exams in English (my specialty) and Mathematics.

Our STEM class is unique in that we cover content across a variety of subjects (Science, Technology, English, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics) in order to prepare students for the new age. In STEM, students grades are based on radically different principles from the standard classroom, due to its nature and structure. For example, 6th grade hands on projects are graded based on the amount of detail documented on their approach to solve an issue. Since they are not graded on whether their idea succeeds or fails (as that would discourage them from trying to innovate), it allows students to think differently and take risks, which is what STEM is all about!

Resources for Parents:

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6th Grade 2015 Common Core ELA and Math Test Questions

Click the folders on the left to download a copy of Mathematics and ELA
questions from the 6th grade 2014-2015 Common Core State Exam. You
can use these questions to practice and review for this year’s state exams!

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7th Grade 2015 Common Core ELA and Math Test Questions

Click the folders on the left to download a copy of Mathematics and ELA
questions from the 7th grade 2014-2015 Common Core State Exam. You
can use these questions to practice and review for this year’s state exams!

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8th Grade 2015 Common Core ELA and Math Test Questions

Click the folders on the left to download a copy of Mathematics and ELA
questions from the 8th grade 2014-2015 Common Core State Exam. You
can use these questions to practice and review for this year’s state exams!

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