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Project Based Learning Takes Off at Haldane – Success Abounds for Students and Teachers

The first of the two Project Based Learning Institutes we are holding culminated this past Thursday. The first two days of the institute were held in October. About 15 of our teachers learned the “ins” and “outs” of PBL and planned their first Unit of Study. The third day of the Institute was held on December 11th. Our teachers shared the outcomes of their projects, as well as the positive results and the challenges of the process. It was an awesome educational discussion. All participants should be proud of their new skills and the experiences they created for our students. We look forward to continued work with this teaching methodology. Below please find a list of the projects discussed.

PBL projects that were designed and conducted throughout the district:

  • Immigration:  Should we close our borders? (8th grade)
  • Creating a Pizza Restaurant (K and 1st )
  • Creating a survival plan for a natural disaster (7th grade science and ELA) and designing an app that will help people within the Haldane Community.
  • Learning about and honoring local heroes ( grade 12 )
  • Designing your own computer program ( computer technology )
  • Designing and presenting ideas to create a mural for a high school social studies classroom ( 9th grade )
  • How do you change the governmental dynamics of the Congo to stabilize the country? (6th grade)
  • Identifying a tree frog that was found at a local Home Depot that is an invasive species of tree frogs that comes from Cuba.  Learning about the ecological issues involved. (Ecology)
  • Changing the audience and the associated writing style when the 6th grade students publish an anthology of their own memoirs that will be placed in a time capsule.  (6th grade)
  • Creating an 8-day itinerary in Costa Rica as a travel agent, and presenting your ideas to the Board of Directors of a Travel Agency.  (Spanish II)
  • Cold Spring Study:  Should we pave all of the unpaved roads throughout the Town of Cold Spring? What is the history of these roads? Why haven't they been paved? What is the benefit of keeping the dirt roads?

What's Right With Haldane

Congratulations to Lucy Austin & Jerome Famularo!


Last month the Zone 10 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) held their Annual Area All-State Music Festival at the Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls.  The best instrumental and vocal high school students from Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia Counties were chosen to participate in this weekend festival.  After two days of intense rehearsals, the festival ended with an inspiring concert.  Representing Haldane was HS junior Jerome Famularo who played flute and piccolo in the orchestra.  Only the top wind, brass and percussion players are selected for orchestral seats.


The District is also very proud to announce that HS junior Lucy Austin was selected to represent Haldane at the NYSSMA All-State Conference that was held in Rochester, New York from December 4-7, 2014.  Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festivals throughout the State.  Lucy has earned a perfect score of 100 on her vocal solos for a number of years. 


Lucy felt she deepened her understanding of how music brings people together.  She found the time she spent at the conference to be a great bonding experience.


Jerome felt that Area-All State exposed him to an environment that was new and exciting and one which he would not have known. 


Both felt that their conductors’ were exemplary.

Tuesday, December 23
Early Dismissal

MS/HS 1:00, ES 1:45

Wed, Dec 24 - Fri, Dec 26
School Closed -- Holiday Recess
Mon, Dec 29 - Fri, Jan 2
School Closed -- Holiday Recess
Tuesday, January 6
Haldane Arts Booster Club Meeting
3:15 PM
Merritt Building, 2nd Floor
BOE Meeting
7:00 PM