Cottage Lane Web Portal


The Cottage Lane Web Portal is the page that the students see when they open the internet in the lab and in the school. It contains many of the links to materials which we use in school. Check it out. Click on the Cottage Lane Web Portal in the menu above.

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Mr. Tanenbaum Bikes the Erie Canal

Come follow along as Mr. Tanenbaum bikes the length of the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany.  It will all happen over Spring Break.  You can follow long and comment to Mr. Tanenbaum on the project blog,

The Erie Canal was a 360 mile canal built from one end of New York State to the other.  It helped make New York the economic center that it remains today.  Mr. Tanenbaum will bike a route roughly tracing the old canal from Buffalo to Albany.  Students can learn about this amazing project that was considered one of the great wonders of the world at the time that it was built.  Join us for the fun, starting on April 20th!

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Pollinator Plan

Here is a link to the Pollinator Plan.

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Practice Tests

Here is a link to the practice tests for New York State.

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Vote for the 5th Grade Dance Theme

Click this link to vote for the 5th Grade Dance Theme. Let us hear from you!

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Exhibit in the Tappan Library

I invite you to come by and take a look at my photography exhibit at the Tappan Library.  It is on display now through the end of March.  The photographs are located on the second floor and in the glass cabinet by the main entrance.


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School Maker Faire is Here!

The SOCSD Maker Faire will take place on March 7th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the Tappan Zee High School Gymnasium.  Come one, come all.  Students and parents are welcome to come that night.  You only need to register if you want to share a project.  Students may register to share their projects at this link:​

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Apps Encourage Children to make Purchases

There are a number of popular apps and games which enable children to use their parents credit cards to make purchases within the program.  Take a look at this New York Times article which describes both the problem, and what parents can do about it:

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The Importance of Boredom

With all the technology in their lives, today’s children never need to be bored, right? Well it turns out, maybe they do. Parents, the New York Times has a wonderful article on the importance of boredom in children’s lives. It helps push them to be more creative and can help inspire them to be more reflective and better at self regulation. Here is a New York Times piece with the details.

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DaVinci Resolve in the 5th Grade

5th Graders are creating videos using Ipads and they are editing using DaVinci Resolve on the PC.  Resolve is a professional level video editor that can be downloaded for free on either Windows or Mac.  Here is the link to the downloads page.  The downloads are at the bottom, so don’t forget to scroll down.

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Virtual Reality

Would you like to see what virtual reality looks like?  Here is a picture of the DeWint House in Tappan.  Use your mouse to move the picture around.  If you have a VR Viewer and a mobile device, you can click to view the picture in full virtual reality.  Have fun.


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