Growing with a Greenhouse

  • Growing Occupational Skills and MORE with a Greenhouse

    Early May weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a grand opening of a green house.


    The Functional Academics and Career Development class officially opened the doors to the greenhouse at a grand opening ceremony on Saturday May 2. The students, along with their teacher Donna Trpicovsky, Transition Coordinator Claire Rymer, and Administrator for Special Education Tracy Von Eschen, were hard at work to make their project a huge success. 

    Claire Rymer, Sayville Public Schools Transition Coordinator, summarized the concepts, philosophy,and excitement of this endeavor with the following remarks:

    This experience that we have set up for these students is related to the occupational goals of each student. The project is designed to introduce students to the world of work and to develop traits in their area of specialty. This educational project is designed to give students training in basic greenhouse operation through actual work experience in a student operated greenhouse. It is our plan to have the students growing, maintaining and selling their own plants, vegetables, herbs and flowers for next year.


    It is my hope that this project will positively impact our students in some of the following ways: Prepare our students for the world of work: 

        • Help our students adapt themselves to changing business world
        • Help our students develop the skills needed to achieve their personal career goals; 
        • Help our students become knowledgeable consumers; 
        • Increase student awareness of new trends in Greenhouse technology and products.


    The greenhouse is also a great way to link gardens to the school curriculum: the greenhouse can provide educational learning opportunities in the areas of science; life, earth and physical, mathematics, history and social science, English language arts, visual and performing arts and health and nutrition.


    Our goal is to also provide career exploration, career development and work based learning activities by  implementing work based learning experiences in a worksite or work environment into the academic program.


    We would like to thank all of those who attended the opening to support our students, also our parents and to The Friends of Sayville and SEPTA who donated to this project.  We would also like to thank the Sayville Garden Club for their time, advice and expertise and to the Bayport Flower Houses who so willingly accept our students into their greenhouses for behind the scenes learning and floriculture workshops.