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WLNG
April 05, 2006

School Days


Bridgehampton School

Yesterday, the students in grades nine and 10 attended the "Hampton Shakespeare Festival Workshop" at the Bridgehampton School.

Career Day will be held today in the High School Gymnasium for grades kindergarten through 12.

This Friday, students will be dismissed at noon due to report card distribution and parent conferences.

School is closed for Spring Recess from next Monday to April 17.

On April 21, grades nine and 11 will travel to the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge for a "Teen Health Conference."

Hayground School

Imagine this: students with little or no previous musical training conceive of and create a composition of their own, make a score of the piece, and conduct a group of fellow student and faculty instrumentalists in rehearsals and performances of their work. Working closely with composer and pianist Bruce Wolosoff, who developed the Creative Orchestra program, this is exactly what is being established at Hayground School.

Last year, Wolosoff came to the school as a visiting artist and began working with a small group of students, introducing them to some aspects of musical composition. Traditionally, before a student begins composing, he or she is expected to master a tremendous amount of theoretical material, notational conventions, harmony, etc. Listening to examples of work by other modern composers proves to be invaluable during this process. In addition to their own works, students listen to music by modern composers such as Varese, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Berio, Morton Feldman, Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Arvo Part, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and Duke Ellington.

Hayground School invited Wolosoff back this year again as Composer in Residence. The size of the group has more than doubled since last year. Students participating range in age from five to 14.

There will be a performance of this year's works tomorrow at 6 p.m. This performance is free and open to the community.

Southampton High School

Diana Maus is the Lions Club Girl of the Month for April. Diana is a member of the Honor Society and the Student Council treasurer. She has achieved All-League standing in softball and tennis. Diana is also an accomplished ballet dancer. Plans for college are underway, as Diana finishes her senior year. Diana is the daughter of Paul and Patricia Maus of Southampton.

Michael Ramos is the Rotary Student of the Month. Michael is a member of the Spanish Honor Society. He is very interested in science and technology. Michael plans to go to college and study law. He also plans to travel to Japan and live there for a year. Michael is the son of Jeronima Ramos of Southampton.

For the last 18 years, Latin teacher Midge Fowler has coordinated the Roman Banquet at the high school. This anticipated event is a special tradition at the high school. The evening began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, both spoken and sung in Latin. Wearing togas and wreaths made of olive branches, intermediate and high school students served parents and friends a selection of cheeses, bread, chicken, fruits and vegetables, all of which were eaten without utensils, as was done in the day. Many of the participants will leave for Italy today, for an educational tour of Florence, Rome, Assisi, Sorrento, and Capri.

Southampton Intermediate School

Last week, the District Step Team performed at the Southampton Day Care Center and gave the children some basic lessons in step dancing.

Congratulations to the SIS students who were inducted into the Anchor Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society last Thursday. These students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement, leadership, community service, character, problem solving skills, and effective communication skills. Eighth grade inductees were Amanda Acquino, Briana Frasher, Jennifer Gomes, Henry Kraszewski, Soraya Matos, Mallory McMahon, Nicole Meringola, Zachary Salinger-Simonson, and Cholena Smith. Seventh grade inductees were Alexandre Abitbol, Paul Alessandrini, Tatiana Banks, Natalia Belluomo, Abigail Bonilla, Nicholas Collazos, Grey Corton, Thalita Cunha, Elizabeth Doerr, Marley Doherty, Jordan Dubin, Christina Dutton, Jay Fitch, Conor Fitzgerald, James Frankenbach, Alina Gaias, Christian Greco, Eugene Jacobs, Dakota Kalbacher, Owen Laub, James Mack, Meghan Manley, Brittany Matters, Kristina-Li Neknez, Laura Nikolich, Robert Porco, Avery Reisig, Ryan Ricca, Juliana Russo, Alisha Steindecker, Zoe Strassfield, Alyxandra Tortorice, Shannyn Weeks, and Skylar Wilson.

Recently, the National Junior Honor Society sponsored a "Pennies for Patients" program. For two weeks, students collected pennies in their homerooms. Altogether the students of SIS raised $2343, which will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The two homerooms that raised the most were Kerry Palumbo's fifth-grade students, who collected $362.10 and Mrs. Minter seventh-grade class, which collected $382.80. 

This week, as part of the fifth-grade science investigation of water ecosystems, the classes are studying the local marine environment in an outdoor field study learning lab with science teacher Amy Lester and fifth grade teachers. The Group for the South Fork's environmental educators will share their expert knowledge as they guide students in the organized exploration. The field study allows students to experience hands on the marine biodiversity of our local shores. 

Southampton Elementary School

Last Thursday, The Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of "Happy Birthday, Amadeus!" at Southampton High School was very much enjoyed by the third and fourth-grade students. The musical presentation highlighted the works of Mozart and other composers of his time. The program also featured young artists on piano, flute, and violin. Concert goers we given a program with information about the composers' lives and their works as well as information about the solo performers.

There were some wacky hats and hairstyles on display last Friday, as March Madness continued at Southampton Elementary School. Baseball caps were popular and blue hair was also spotted.

Next week "Buddy Day" begins for fourth-grade students who will be paired up with fifth graders at the intermediate school. Buddy Day helps fourth-grade students to become acclimated to the intermediate school by giving them a chance to see the building and become more familiar with the routines of fifth grade.

Southampton Elementary School has scheduled Kindergarten Screening for the week of May 15. If your child was born on or before December 1, 2001, he or she is eligible to enter kindergarten in September. Call Mrs. Phillips at 591-4803 to be sure your child is included on the list for registration.

Southampton Prekindergarten

To raise awareness about the recent earthquake in Pakistan, the prekindergarten children are making chocolate lollipops as a fundraiser to help UNICEF purchase a tent for the children in Pakistan. UNICEF is supplying learning materials such as school-in-a-box kits as well as training teachers in the area. For as little as $200, a school tent can be purchased. The lollipops will be part of the flower and spring theme.

Enrollment materials will be available for registration to the Southampton prekindergarten program. To be eligible, children must be four years old by December 1, 2006 and residents of the Southampton School District. 

Enrollment materials can be obtained at the District office when school is in session. Two proofs of residency, the child's birth certificate, and an immunization record are required. For more information, call 591-4517. Se habla espańol.

Springs School

Art students from Amanda Bonawandt's kindergarten class worked on a collaborative art collage with teacher Colleen McGowan and class artist parent Sydeny Albertini (Ace's mom). Ms. Albertini, a painter and collage artist, shared her work and technique of collage making with the class. The students then created self-portraits using some of the techniques.

Students in the fourth grade are continuing to write feature articles. Teacher Ryan Scala said that he is going to create a class magazine and put everyone's feature articles in it. Melissa Sharkey's class is also thinking about creating a magazine. On the cover of the magazines they are thinking about putting the class picture.

The fourth graders in Ms. Sharkey's class took a poetry walk. The walk was around the school, to the Duck Pond, and to the Springs General Store. On the walk the students were asked to listen carefully to the sounds they heard. They were also asked to look carefully at the things around them. When they reached the General Store they were asked to write a poem about the store. They could write about how it was important, why they liked it, or anything else they could think of.

The computer lab recently purchased new video editing equipment. Students can capture, edit camera shots, VCR movies, and videos into DVDs web projects and files. They have high tech transitions and H.D pan and zoom.

The fourth through eighth grade Academic Enrichment Program classes are taking a trip to Suffolk County Community College Riverhead Campus to partake in a number of different classes. Some of the classes are Sumi-E-The art of oriental brush painting, Theater games and techniques, and Magic.

Now it's been time for the fourth and final film festival. The final festival will feature films such as Don't eat my hamster, Hola, and more. The filmmakers have been furiously finishing up the filming and editing on their films. This will include students in the second and third grades.

Valerie Policastro's sixth graders are writing news reports and are going to film them. For example Linsey Kromer and Lauren English are working on a report on animal rescue. Cole Brauer and Hannah Jacobs are creating a cooking video. Alex Giraldo and Skyler Conklin are studying animal shelters. They are going to visit A.R.F (Animal Rescue Fund).

Student Council, sponsored by Teacher Emily Ragusa, has been working on as many events that it can squeeze in. The council has recently been working on the charitable funds. Every month, junior high students are allowed to wear a hat on a specific day for the price of $1. Last month's Hat Day raised $75. The funds were used for a school activity relating to a dance. Last Wednesday the student council met to decide what the funds would be from this month's Hat Day. The council finally decided to send the money to an organization that helps children and wives recover from abuse from their fathers or their husbands.

Stella Maris

Stella Maris students are joining in a community wide effort to help children in Africa. They are collecting children's books and clean backpacks. These items will be sent to Sr. Kathleen Murphy at her mission in Zambia. 

Congratulations to Lisa Rasmussen, Suly Calderon, Sarah Hurley, and Taylor Rose Sargent for their participation in Honor Band. In recognition of their hard work and achievement, they were treated to a special lunch.

Nursery students in Mrs. Edwards class walked to the Sag Harbor Garden Center where they planted pansies in preparation for spring. Heidi Bucking was proud to show her class her parents' business.

Our third through eighth-grade students have been attending the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. A special thanks to Fr. Peter Deveraj from St. Andrew's Church for having this special service for the children. 

Our top two Middle School math students, Addie Herrlin and Lyndsey Hayes, have been invited to participate in a math bee at Kellenberg High School. 

Save the date . . . on April 26 our students will present their Invention Convention. The students have already begun their research on new products and ideas!

Grades three through eight have been invited to participate with the East End Catholic Schools in "Putting on the Arts." This musical event is hosted by McGann/Mercy High School and will be held on April 27. 

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