• Poster Contest

    NSS fifth-grader wins State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest

    New York State Sen. Robert Ortt recently visited Ms. Critelli's classroom to recognize fifth-grader Sophia Martinez for her winning submission in the senate's 2018 Earth Day Poster Contest. Sophia's poster was chosen among hundreds of entries from students living in Ortt's 62nd Senatorial District. Congratulations Sophia!

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  • Walk-a-Thon

    NSS Walk-a-Thon raises $4,141 for student activities

    Students pre-k through sixth recently participated in our school's second-annual Walk-a-Thon! The students collected pledges from family and friends to raise money for our school's Fun Day and other activities. Classes took turns walking around the neighborhood throughout the school day. A total of $4,141.75 was collected! Thank you to all who supported this event and especially to our students for participating!


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  • Garden Tower

    Tower Garden "growing" inside NSS

    Our school has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County to create a new Tower Garden inside of the school. The unique tower allows for water to run and small plants to grow inside the school. Members of the after-school Garden Club helped plant the flowers this week. The tower is located in the hall outside the main office!

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  • NSS Pre-K students get special surprise from their parents

    Pre-K Read

    Parents and guardians of our pre-kindergarten students visited the school on Wednesday to read a book to their children and have lunch with them. The surprise visit was one of the school's parent engagement activities. Along with reading and having lunch with their child, parents took home a packet that included a "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" activity pack and coupons for school business partners Dairy Queen and Ponderosa Steak House. They also will be receiving a free story book to bring home and read with their children.

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  • NSS dads enjoy some donuts and training

    Dads and Donuts
    We had a good turnout for our first ever "Dads and Donuts" event. All NSS dads, uncles and grandpas were invited into the school for some donuts, coffee and conversation. During the event, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services was here offering free Opioid Overdose Rescue Training.
    Don't worry moms, aunts, and grandmas .. the school will be hosting a "Muffins for Moms" event on March 21.
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  • Students attend Black History Celebration

    Black History Assembly

    Niagara Street Elementary School's Music Department hosted a Black History Celebration on Feb. 22. The Primary grade program featured entertainment by Mrs. Ofokansi's class. Guest reader Mr. Charles Walker, community outreach manager for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, read "The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson. The Intermediate grade afternoon program featured a salute to African-American musicians. Mr. Walker was the guest speaker and NSS sixth graders read biographies of famous African Americans.

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  • Students attend "Power of a Friend" anti-bullying presentation

    NSS students in grades third through sixth attended a "Power of a Friend" anti-bullying presentation hosted by Officer Pat, Officer Tom and Detective Joe from the Niagara Falls Police Department. The presentation was part of our goal to make our school a No Bully Zone.
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  • Facebook logo  Twitter

    Niagara Street Elementary is now on Facebook and Twitter! Like and visit us at

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  • School crosswalks get colorful upgrade

    Niagara Street Elementary students partnered with officials from Niagara Falls Community Development, Go Bike Buffalo and Cornell Cooperative Extension to paint two of our crosswalks along Niagara Street. The students had a great time getting involved and the finished product deserves high marks! Check out our Facebook page for more photos!





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  • Fifth-graders re-create scenes from Gary Paulsen's works


    Students in Mrs. Peters’ fifth-grade class wrapped up an author’s study of Gary Paulsen by creating dioramas depicting scale models of historical scenes from Paulsen’s books. The students got to choose which book and scene to re-create and the projects included dioramas from Brian’s Winter, Mr. Tucket, Woods Runner and The River.




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  •  NSS organizes parent-only field trip to Falls library

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    Close to 20 parents attended Niagara Street School's first ever adult-only field trip this week designed to increase participation and involvement. The field trip included a ride on a school bus to the Niagara Falls Public Library, where the parents were given a tour, met the children's librarian and learned about all of the programs and resources the library has to offer. The parents then returned to Niagara Street school for lunch and a conversation with Assistant Principal Dorothy Brundidge about how they can become more involved in their children's education. They also were given a free bag of items and information from Fidelis Care. Thank you to all of the parents who participated, and we hope to see more of you in the future!

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  • NSS third-graders participate in worldwide Hour of Code program

    Hour of Code

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    As part of Computer Science Education Week, NSS third-graders in Mrs. Zaker’s and Mrs. Thompson’s classes participated in the worldwide Hour of Code program in the school’s STEM lab. Led by STEM Coordinator Ronni McGrath, our students had a great time learning how to create computer software code. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer coding, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. And now, almost 60 of our very own third graders at NSS can be counted among them! To learn more about the program, visit



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  • Italian Sons & Daughters donate clothing and more to help students


    Our school partner, the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, recently dropped off donations of footwear, winter coats and other clothing items, towels, hygiene wipes and other items to that will be distributed to students in need. The donations will go a long way to help our students, especially during the cold winter months. Thank you for all of your support of our school and, especially, our students!

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  • Sertoma Club of Niagara Falls makes $500 donation

    Sertoma Check

    Niagara Street Elementary School would like to thank our partner, the Sertoma Club of Niagara Falls for generously donating $500 to help support our students. Sertoma members recently presented the check to school Principal Rocco Merino. Thank you for all that you do to support our students and school!

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  • NSS students learn to "Be Kind" during local author's visit

    Be Kind

    Local visiting author Ms. Rachel DiNunzio visited our school on Thursday to read students her book "Be Kind." Our primary grade students loved the book, which was written and illustrated by Ms. DiNunzio.

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  • Learning Center

    Mission accomplished for fifth-graders at Challenger Learning Center

    NSS fifth-grade students in Ms. Critelli’s, Mrs. Peters’ and Mr. Weiss’ classes had the opportunity to go on a field trip and visit the Challenger Learning Center in Lockport.

    Born out of the tragedy that took the lives of the Challenger crew on Jan. 28, 1986, Challenger Learning Centers were created by the families of the crew as a living memorial to their spirit of exploration.

    During the visit, students took part in a simulated space mission to construct a probe and gather information from Comet Halley streaking across space. They were assigned various roles in mission control and space station areas and had to incorporate reading and various STEM skills to accomplish their mission as a team.

    Students also learned how to create a mock comet and learn about the solar system in the center’s state-of-the-art mobile dome planetarium area. It was a great learning experience for our students!

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