• Professional Photography and Digital Imaging Students Photograph Students @ HB Ward Preschool

    Posted by Ward Tech News on 12/3/2018

    On Thursday, November 29th, 2018, several of Bixhorn Tech's first year Professional Photography and Digital Imaging students from BTC traveled to H.B. Ward to photograph students in the H.B. Ward Preschool. Students dressed to impress and were happy to have their images captured by these wonderful students. Here's just a glimpse into the wonderful event! 

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  • Early Childhood Education Visits Riverhead Fire Department

    Posted by Rob Van Brunt on 11/8/2018

    The Early Childhood Education Students, along with their preschool counterparts, visited the Riverhead Fire Department Headquarters on Roanoke Avenue. There, students discussed fire safety with Fire Department personnel, saw the equipment used to keep the community safe, and even got a turn on the end of a real fire hose. Thank you to the Riverhead Fire Department for discussing this very important topic with all of our students!

     

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  • Early Childhood Ed Students work with Dental Assisting Students to Teach Preschoolers about Dental Hygiene

    Posted by AcademyLI News on 2/28/2018

    Students Emphasize Good Habits during Dental Health Month

     

    Dental student working with a preschooler    Preschooler sits on mother's lap while hygienist examines her teeth; a dental student observes

     

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the Academy Dental Assisting students recently taught the preschoolers in the Early Childhood Education Program the proper way to brush their teeth. The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES, with campuses in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead.

     

    A preschooler get his teeth examines by a hygienist while two denal students look on    Two preschoolers and a dental student play with a toy dental set

     

    During a collaborative event, the dental students used a variety of toys and worksheets to demonstrate ideal brushing and flossing techniques to the youngsters. Toys included extra-large, inflatable molars; oversized toothbrushes; toy dental sets; and graphic worksheets. Next, preschoolers watched an animated video about healthy hygiene and then sat in the dental chairs for a free screening. Screenings were performed by the dental assisting teacher and the former teacher (she now works in another capacity at the school), both of whom are registered dental hygienists. “This collaboration provided my students with hands-on interaction with pediatric patients and the opportunity to learn and assist in real-time as I performed screenings,” explained Dental Assisting Teacher Tierney Marzigliano.  

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  • Inter-program Collaboration

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    How do you help young children overcome fears or anxiety about potentially frightening experiences such as going to the dentist or a trip to the doctor or hospital? Exposing children early, before the visit occurs, through child-centered play-based activities prepares children for what to expect and makes them feel in control of the situation. In celebration of Dental Health Month, the children in Jayne Kaht’s Early Childhood Education class at the Academy at Milliken Technical Center enjoyed learning about dental health, tooth care and cavity prevention through an integrated curriculum theme. The children participated in songs, stories, puppet shows, math, science and language arts activities that reinforced concepts about good nutrition and dental care.

    To enhance their experience, the children and their parents visited Carol Donahue’s Dental Assisting class at The Academy at Bixhorn Technical Center where the learning through fun continued with scrubbing giant teeth, brushing with magic floss and building a comfort level through activities with the Dental Assisting students before joining them in the lab to have their teeth counted, checked and cleaned. For some of the children, this was this first time sitting in a dentist’s chair, and they enjoyed the ride with their friends!

    The unit culminated with a visit from Pediatric Dentist Dr. Melissa (Melnick) of Sachem Dental Group and her staff who visited the classroom. Dr. Melissa was very impressed with the wealth of knowledge our preschoolers displayed and how comfortable they were to have her look in their mouths and count their teeth!