Academic Highlights

2018 Red Ribbon Week

During Red Ribbon Week, students in the Middle School have been creating red hands with positive messages to hang throughout the building. Here's a sample of just a few!

What's the first thing bats learn at school? The alpha-bat!

Mr. Wick's 6th Grade Science classes invited bats to Haldane with their custom-built bat houses. Swing by the school garden and check out the newly installed Haldane Bat House. Thanks to Gary Van Asselt and Mike Lisikatos for hanging it. The remaining 3 bat houses will find homes around the Haldane campus.

6th Grade DCI Sports Clinic with 4th Grade

6th Grade DCI Plans Reading Day with Kindergarten

Haldane Debate Teams

Haldane’s Debate teams performed magnificently today. The high school rallied and one of their teams finished in 3rd place in the high school division (Sophia Kottman, Joseph Carmicino, and Caleb Schmidt). Ninth grader, Sophia Kottman was voted 3rd best debator in the high school.

The middle school had 3 teams place, claiming the 1st, 3rd, and 5th spots. Francesca Fina, Olivia Knox, and Maggie Gordineer (who never participated in a competition before and who just started working together this week) went undefeated and took 1st place. More amazingly, of the top ten debaters in the middle school, six of them came from Haldane. Seventh grader, Roy Smith was voted top debater in the middle school division.

Mr. Sniffen and the entire Haldane community are very proud of their efforts leading up to this day, and their performances today. Thinking critically and engaging intelligently in challenging discourse centered on real world affairs is what we want our future citizens to be able to do. The Haldane community should be very proud of the future citizens they are producing.

Thank you for all the support and granting us this opportunity.

Community Read - Wonder

Students in grades 6, 7, and 8, and their families, gathered on evening of February 28th for a community discussion of the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. As a follow up, Haldane middle schoolers are pledging to choose kind.

Discover, Create, Innovate

The 4th and 7th Grade Discover, Create, Innovate classes presented their community improvement ideas to the Cold Spring Village Board and Recreation Department on January 23rd. The students did an impressive job! Their research was so thorough and compelling that the tunnel beautification project was approved! The skate park design group has a follow up meeting with the Recreation Department on February 27th. The projects were truly interdisciplinary, combining research and planning skills, math, and art.

"It's not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs."
- Vance Havner

Classical Cafe

Classical Cafe is an opportunity for students to swap the usual clamor of the lunch room for the sound of student-made music. Once a month, Haldane students K-8 have the chance to perform music of their choice for their fellow classmates, solo or in groups. Performances range from piano solos, a capella, clarinet ensembles, and even spoken word!

7th Grade at the West Point Foundry

During the Fall of 2017, Haldane’s 8th grade students took a walking tour through time as they visited the West Point Foundry Preserve. In conjunction with the Putnam Historical Society, the students explored the impact and affect the Foundry had on the Civil War, as well as the growth and development of Cold Spring. The tour helped bring to life Cold Spring’s local history as the students discovered the lives of the ironworkers who produced some of the first steam engines and the famed Patriot Gun of the Civil War.

6th Grade Time Machine Competition

The 6th grade students were given the task of creating a timeline that depicted the key events of the ancient civilizations in a creative and engaging manner, while staying true to the agreed-upon scale. The timeline challenge was a competition between the four 6th grade homerooms, with each homeroom putting their unique spin on the creativity component. Mrs. McCollum's class created a time machine that met the requirements, while other classes opted for three dimensional timelines focusing on famous structures and events. Mr. Virgadamo's class was the winner, having created a mechanical timeline, where a marble would trigger the pop up of events as it traveled along the shoot.

Mr. Virgadamo’s mechanical timeline which uses marbles and shoots to animate illustrations of famous events for each of the 4 civilizations.

Mr Sniffen’s Roads Through Time depicts the ancient roads and each civilization’s famous landmarks.

7th Grade Kinesthetic Learning Technique

Students used a Kinesthetic Learning Technique to reiterate the concept of transitions in writing. Transitions "bridge" or connect two sentences, ideas, or topics together in a logical way. Students had to pick up different sentence and transition jumbo cards throughout class, and then circulate the room to find students who they could "match" their cards with and make a logical connection.