Academics & Activities

ELA (English Language Arts)

The Samuel Huntington School/PS 40 uses the phonics based Imagine-It program for Kindergarten through grade 2. This program consists of three parts: phonics, reading, and writing. The literature, novels, essays, poems, songs, and articles are a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction reading selections that inspire and challenge students to become independent, self-directed readers.

Grades 3-5 use the Balanced Literacy framework for teaching. This framework consists of three parts: word work, reading, and writing. Balanced Literacy is a framework designed to help all students learn to read and write effectively. The program stands firmly on the premise that all students can learn to read and write. This balance between reading and writing allows students to receive the teaching needed in order to reach grade level status, while allowing students to work at a level that is not frustrating for them.

Some of the literacy based activities we have at The Samuel Huntington School are:

- Fall Literacy Festival  
- Family Literacy Pajama Night  
- School wide Spelling Bees for grades 2-6  
- Poetry Jam  
- Essay Contest  
- Poetry Contest  
- Partnership with L.I.N.C  
- Reading buddies  
- Story Telling Contest  
- Read Across America  
- Six Flags Read to Succeed  
- Reading to Break a World Record  
- Writing Series with Jason Edward Spencer  


Afterschool literacy programs:

            • Read to Succeed Afterschool Reading Program for grades 3-6
            • ELL Read to Succeed Afterschool Reading Program for grades K-6




            The Samuel Huntington School uses the Everyday Math Program for grades PreK-5 and the Impact Math Program for the sixth grade. The NYS math standards are addressed through the use of these programs. We use the Rally Math, the Kaplan Math, and the NYS Math Coach books as supplements.

            Every student in grades PreK-6 is given a cumulative comprehensive math test in June to identify every state standard that they know and those that they need additional assistance with. The deficits are addressed during the AIS period and during the small group instruction during the math period.

            In addition to this every grade has a resource book of math portfolio pieces to use with the math lesson. We incorporate math with literacy and have created a Math Literature Resource Book for each grade which the teachers use to enrich their math lessons as well. To enhance the students writing and to practice for the NYS Math Test Book 2 we typed the NYS Sample Tasks onto labels and students responded to these in their Math Student Journal three times a week.

            Friday is Math Game Day where students enjoy putting the math skills learned into practice in order to win the games from the Everyday Math Program, other math games, math software games, and those in the math websites. They then make an entry in their math journal reflecting the game, the strategies learned to win the game, etc.

            Level 1 students receive intensive tutoring two times a week during the school day and Level 2 and high Level 3 students once a week.

            This year we have focused on differentiating the math lesson by teaching to the students’ learning styles which they learned about through the Renzulli Learning Program. Teachers participate in professional development offered through Math Lunch & Learns and weekly common planning sessions where we analyze math data, look at student work, identify common math problems across the grade, etc.

            Some of the math highlights we have participated in are:

          • math poems published in the Creative Communication Contest
          • displays of math work, math artwork, and math poems entered in the Samuel Huntington Math Museum
          • fundraising through the St. Jude Math-A-Thon P.S. 40 Q. Math Literacy Night
          • Fall Math Festival
          • The Math Jeopardy Contest



          Students in Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade make weekly visits to the Science Lab. These visits serve as an extension to the science instruction received in their classrooms. Activities are based on the areas of Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth Science.

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