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WLNG
March 29, 2006

School Days


East Quogue School

Students of the month are as follows: first grade, Hannah Wagner, Walker Jones, and Even Paulson; Second grade, Billy Campbell, Sarah Daniels, and Spence Plum. Third grade; Diana Helms, Abigail Elefterion, Jeanette Darby, Michele Hessler, and Dani Paredes; fourth grade, Maddison Raffel, Alexandra Jennosa and Lazarus Regueiro; fifth grade, Brdget Connors, Ryan Fennel, and Michael Chuppe; sixth grade, Aaron Vasquez, Kiernan Berglin, Ashley DiCapua, and Cheyenne Wyatt.

Aquebogue Elementary School

Second graders at the Aquebogue Elementary School helped to bring Black History Month to an exciting conclusion by celebrating African Americans and their contributions to America's history and culture at an assembly in late February.

The students sang, displayed their jump-roping skills, and held a parade honoring well-known black Americans.

Morriss Center School

PreNursery students are finishing up their study of "I am Special" and introducing "Transportation." Measuring their height and weight, listening to their hearts, observing the similarities and differences of their facial features and creating self portraits has been keeping the children busy the last few weeks.

The classroom has been turned into a roadway, complete with tunnel, road signs, and a gas pump. When walking by the classroom door one hears singing, "Red, Yellow, Green - Stop, Wait, Go", "Row, Row, Row Your Boat, "The Wheels on the Bus," as well as a few others. Easel paintings will be turned into various cars to adorn the walls. The students will roller paint yellow for a school bus, and red for a fire engine.

First-grade students are becoming budding authors. They have published two writing genres this year. These students have been invited to take part in The Hampton Library's Budding Author's program. 

As an introduction to expository writing, the sixth-grade students wrote comparison/contrast essays about the mysteries they read and they wrote a core value essay on the subject of popularity in the context of their reading.

Two questions the sixth-grade Middle School students tackled this month in social studies were: In what ways have straits been important to surrounding countries? and What roles do physical and cultural geography play in how a country changes? The straits of southwest Asia, particularly The Middle East, were a lens to view the historical implications of the geography of the regions. The Strait of Gibraltar and the Strait of Hormuz were examined as a group and then each student chose a strait from a differenct region to research. The students have begun to make inferences based on facts that were found from many sources.  

John Ring and Charles Newman shared their experiences and answered questions about the Second World War with Mark Tompkins's Eighth Grade History class. Mr. Newman was a young boy living in Luxumberg during the Nazi invasion. Their paths crossed when Mr. Ring landed several weeks after D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. They are currently neighbors living in Noyac.

In other news, The Morriss Center High School presents "Five Artists in Black and White" curated by Dylan Kraft featuring the work of Erin Dickerson, Angela Gay, Christopher Golden, Dylan Kraft and Sarah Roberts Hale through April 14.

Hayground School

Hayground School announces the second annual formation of The Hayground Creative Orchestra. The Orchestra is a laboratory ensemble consisting of students and faculty of the Hayground School. Many of the ensemble's members have little or no previous musical training. Under the musical supervision of Hayground school's composer-in-residence Bruce Wolosoff, the members of the orchestra compose, perform, and conduct original music inspired by haiku. The Orchestra will perform its composition on April 6 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Students in Liz Bertch's class just started to read The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs, by Betty G. Birney. This is a quiet book set in Missouri where a young country boy goes in search of the wonders in his own town in order to win a trip out of his town to visit the mountains of Colorado. In the weeks ahead, students and the class as a whole will be going in search of their own wonders.

Marybeth Pacilio's class is now reading the re-issue of the 1940's series Jenny and the Cat Club, by Ester Averill. This is the story of an orphaned black cat that lives in Greenwich Village with her master, a knitting sea captain. Students have been inspired to tell many tales of their own since starting to read of Jenny.

Travis Foreman's students have just begun their Personal Poetry Anthologies. Each student has chosen a poem that relates to them or their lives to start their anthology. Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Shelly Silverstein, Toni Morrison, Gale Jackson, and Emily Dickinson are among some of the poets who have inspired this poetic journey. Students are now writing their own individual poems as well as poetry written by the class as a whole. All of the work will be integrated into their Personal Poetry Anthologies over the upcoming weeks.

Riverhead High School

The Riverhead High School NJROTC is holding an Easter Pancake Breakfast on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Riverhead Moose Lodge, 51 Madison Avenue. Tickets for the breakfast, which includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and crafts for the kiddies is $6 for children and $8 for adults.

Students from across the Riverhead School District participated in Read Across America Day on March 2 — a day that also celebrates what would have been Dr. Seuss's 102nd birthday.

During the day, students were able to read and share their favorite books.

Recently, 47 students, who are planning to major in elementary education in college, got a chance to spend two days in one of the district's elementary schools.

The students were able to teach elementary students lessons on community and family as part of the district's career program.

This Friday and Saturday and April 7, & 8 the Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present Roger and Hammerstein's Oklahoma. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call Sean O'Hara at 369-6750 for advance sales.

Southampton High School

The Southampton Gospel Choir travels to Brooklyn tomorrow and Saturday for the 2006 National Gospel Choir Competition sponsored by the Black Music Caucus of New York. The competition takes place at the Klitgord Theatre of the New York City College of Brooklyn. Gospel Choir advisor Thelma Lee, director Bonnie Cannon, and pianist Vladimir Narciarse will accompany the following choir singers: Connie Gaud, Velma Redfield, Marguerite Joseph, Jamelia Browne, Ariela Drinker, Ebony Gaud, Mercedes McBrown, Tramar Pettaway, Brandon Mack, Geoffrey Brown, Andrea Jackson, Chloe Dyson, Carielle Bennett, Kandice McLaughlin, Hannah Gonzalez, Ashley Jackson, Edith Fleming, Tyler Allen, Jasmine Seymore, Jasmine Dyson, and Shalena Mack.

The sixth annual Student Artist Invitational will be held at the Sacred Hearts auditorium on Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. The show will be on display through April 9. Ten student works from Gail Altomare's art classes will be on display, including those of Margaret Braun, Christine Phillips, James Dillon, Mercedes McBrown, Kristin Kraszewski, Dori Elliot, Amber Seymore, Christyn Reisig, Danielle Harrington, and Richie Blitz.

Southampton Intermediate School

Seventh grade Academic Enrichment students who are working on the Halsey House historical timeline project are conducting a fundraiser for the Southampton Historical Museum. The students made beautiful containers, and are asking that Southampton Village merchants put the containers in their store fronts. The students are so enthused over preservation of history, and they hope that this fundraiser will be a big success.

Southampton Elementary School

A celebration was held on March 21, to honor Miss Mamie Baxter's 40-year contribution to Southampton School District, 36 of those years were at the Southampton Elementary School. Miss Mamie's family joined her for the festivities that included proclamations from Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney, Southampton Village Trustee Nancy McGann, and Board of Education President Reverend Marvin Dozier. Student Council members presented Miss Mamie with flowers and each student commented on her special attributes. The elementary school children's choir sang two songs under the direction of music teacher Joann Morse. Interviews for the new elementary school principal are being conducted this week in the Media Center.

Tuckahoe School

On Sunday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. the eighth-grade class at Tuckahoe School will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth-grade class. Join Tuckahoe School for pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, juice, and conversation.

Springs School

Students in the Academic Enrichment program are at work on Current Events Challenges, Math Meets, Nationals, and Sudoku. Currently, the scores for Current Events are: sixth grade, Kyle Flannery with 51 correct answers, fifth grade, Charlotte Wiltshire also with 51 correct answers, and fourth grade, Holly Barrett with 40 correct answers. The Current Events challenge is a 30-question quiz on news in the past week or so.

The scores for the Math Meets are: sixth grade, Saoirse McKeon, Noah McAskill, and Ned Haweeli with a score of 12 correct problems, fifth grade, Peter Vazeri with 18 correct problems, and fourth grade, Tyler Agler with nine correct problems. Students are required to solve difficult multi-step math problems in a timed situation.

The Nationals scores are: first place, Ms. Policastro's sixth-grade class with 288 points, second place, Mr. Knight's fifth-grade class with 283 points, and in third place, Mr. Wojtusiak's sixth-grade class with 282 points. The Nationals are 100 questions on a computer, which the students have to answer as fast as they can. The student who has correctly completed the most sudokus was Dana Cucci, who completed 10.   

Irene Tully's fifth grade class made cards of famous women in history similar to a baseball card. For example Ashley Martens completed her card on Annie Sullivan because she was a teacher of blind, deaf, and dumb students.

This year's production for the seventh and eighth-grade play is The Principal's Apprentice. It is about a young man who is hired into the school where his fiancé works. He's very excited to begin his work, but when she and three of the principal's staff inform him of the principal's wild temper and thick mean streak, he stops looking forward to meeting his boss. Dylan Greene plays the goofy new apprentice, Griffin Dodge, of the mean principal, Mr. Trumpet, who is played by Jack Hodgens. Julia Lee is April Meadows, the apprentice's fiancée. Meghan Bambrick, Anthony Kucker, and Molly Harry play the three "unfortunate" staff members: Marge Plumb, Larramore Welch, and Elaine Churl. The two directors are Melissa Sharkey and Kelly Hren.

Sixth-grade students in Isabel McSweeny's class have just finished their weeklong poetry writing with Sue Ellen O'Connor. The emphasis of these lessons was focused on free verse. The unit culminated in a self-assessment and submissions to the High Tide Poetry contest.

Tracy Frazier's fifth grade class tried to balance an egg when spring was just arriving. Folklore says that on the spring equinox, you can balance an egg on a flat surface on the rounder side of the egg. Nobody in that class was able to balance the egg, not even the student's teacher, Mrs. Frazier. One of the other fifth-grade classes also tried to balance the egg. Six students were successful in that class. Mrs. Frazier's class had tried to balance an egg that was cold. The students, and Mrs. Frazier came up with a theory that if the egg were a little warmer then it might be easier to balance the egg on the flat surface.

Riverhead Middle School

Congratulations to Aimee Siegmund and Anna Sklyarova who placed second in the Balloon race at the 2006 Middle School Science Olympiads, held in Dix Hills. The students won silver medals.

Recently Nancy King's seventh-grade class spent the day at Best Buy in Riverhead, shadowing employees, to learn more about different career choices.

The students learned about careers in computer engineering, customer service, and graphic design.

Westhampton School

The high school's annual spring musical production this year is Les Miserables. Performances are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Sunday's performance begins at 2 p.m.

Congratulations to the girls varsity softball team on its 4-2 record in Florida last week.

The Westhampton Beach Robotics team placed fifteenth overall out of 39 nine teams in the 2006 FIRST Robotics Long Island Regional competition at Hofstra University last weekend. Forming an alliance with the teams from Miller Place and Longwood as the #8 seed, they eventually lost to the alliance of Hauppauge, Bay Shore, and Southold that was seeded #1, in the quarter final round. Westhampton Beach's team was honored with the Regional KISS award for Keep it Simple and Successful, recognizing the simplicity, elegance and effectiveness of the design. Senior captain and driver Paul Vasso River received team recognition as the Most Valuable Player.

The eighth annual Elementary School Math, Science, and Technology Fair will be held today.

Next Wednesday, the second-grade classes will present "Dino Day." Each of the four classrooms will give individual Power Point presentations. Afterwards the students will assemble in the cafeteria for songs and food. 

Westhampton Beach Elementary School is now registering Kindergarten children for the 2006/2007 school year. Registration begins next Wednesday, from 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration will also be held on April 6, same times. In order to register you must bring proof of residency, (two forms are required), your child's original birth certificate, original social security card, and an immunization record. For more info, call 288-3800, ext. 231.

Southold School

Congratulations to all of Southold students of the month and recipients of the school's Stick Your Neck Out awards for February!

The Southold High School Drama Club will present Our Town by Thornton Wilder tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Southold auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and are available at Robert's Jewelers and at the door. Call 765-5081.

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