March 19, 2012
NW places 2nd in NYS! . . . . A Green
Chain Reaction . . . Start small, help it grow at Northwood
Elementary; Year two features "We Choose to Reuse Fashion
Show" and "New Start Art Show"
Northwood Elementary School students in teachers Brenda Mashiotta
and Jen Sica's classes
have launched the second year of 'greening' as
part of the Disney Planet Challenge and the school's
own initiative, "Creating A Green Chain Reaction."
This month their project placed second
out of all the New York entries! It was a VERY tight state,"
Mrs. Mashiotta said. "We were told that the class that won
the state prize was only 1.67 points ahead of Northwood. It
took four rounds of judging to get there and that
Northwood did an amazing project!"
Mrs. Mashiotta and Mrs. Sica's classes have taken up the
challenge of conservation in a big way by participating in
the Disney Planet Challenge along with thousands of other
schools across the country. The Challenge is a project-based
environmental competition designed to teach kids about
science and conservation while empowering them to make a
positive impact on their communities and planet. For more
Among the projects students have embraced are:
reducing waste and reusing items.
"We Choose to Reuse
Fashion Show" is scheduled for
Nov. 9, 2011 - 1:15 pm-2:45 pm in the Little Theater at
Northwood Elementary School, 433 No. Greece Rd.
Students will be wearing outfits which have either been
purchased from second-hand stores or handed-down from family
members or friends. GOAL: to help teach others the
importance of reusing and to give to a good cause that will
held those in need in the community. Every item
donated to the Goodwill VOA/Salvation Army "is one less item
that goes to the landfill. Last year alone, donations to
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes kept over six million pounds of
clothing out landfills," Mrs. Mashiotta said. "Because of
people who donate and buy items from the Goodwill, they are
able to partner with over 20 local, non-profit agencies
through their Good Neighbor program. They assist those
who are most in need, providing winter coats for inner city
school children, clothing and household items for displaced
refugees, relief for victims of domestic violence and
emergency clothing for families devastated by fires or other
The "New Start Art Show"
features any recycled or used materials such as cans,
plastic bottles, cardboard, etc. used to create something
new with it.
The show is set for Nov. 15, 2011 which is America
http://americarecyclesday.org/ to be held in the
C-cafe - 1:15 pm-2:45 pm.
Energy Workshop October 2010
Students learned about energy saving tips they can do at home
and participated in a hands-on activity about the importance of using nonrenewable resources
sparingly and how important using renewable resources will
be one day. The parents keep saying how much their kids
make them recycle at home, how much they enforce saving
energy at home, and how they even ask to talk to the
managers at places they don't have recycle bins to ask them
to get them in their place!" As students research and explore
conservation and work to implement solutions throughout the
school, they are charged with communicating their activities
to other students and staff members. Brochures and personal
interactions spur others to take up new behaviors.
Last year students heard a presentation on how to understand
and measure energy. “Energy is how power is doing
useful work,” said Thomas Yeh, electrical engineer and
consultant on energy conservation. Students learned about
photons, BTUs, watts, therms and CFLs [compact fluorescent
light] in an effort to describe how energy can be conserved
and the value of measuring it scientifically. Students in teachers Brenda Mashiotta's
and Jennifer Sica's classroom listening to Mr. Yeh
formulated questions and probed his knowledge as an
electrical engineer and spokesperson for Green Monroe
which works to lower energy costs in Monroe County and work
cooperatively to buy renewable energy.
For further information:
Mashiotta - 585-392-1000 ext. 4308.