April 12, 2006

School Days

Bridgehampton School

Bridgehampton School second and third-graders had an amazing opportunity to learn more about the Japanese culture through special visitors. Students from Japan taught students how to write their names in Japanese. After the meeting, the students looked at maps and researched the Japanese flag. Students made their own Japanese flags, and filled out a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting them. The children also enjoyed learning more about their culture as they were treated to Japanese cuisine and listened to true Asian music. They were invited to put on a kimono and read children's stories from Japan.

The Bridgehampton School District is holding a fundraising event to benefit the senior class. On April 21, a Pasta Dinner will be held at the Bridgehampton Community House from 5-8 p.m. Admission: Adult tickets are $10, children,$5; free admission for children under 5. Door prizes include 50/50 raffles.

Nineteen students will be competing in the NYSSMA Music Competition. The competition will be held at Westhampton Beach High School on April 27.

East Hampton Middle School

Care for a spot 'o tea? The eighth graders at East Hampton Middle School have published picture books! Students wrote and illustrated picture books for any age. The sweetest part was the tea party. The kids brought in snacks such as cookies, brownies, and more to share with the fifth, sixth, and seventh graders who came to view the eighth-grade work. The beautifully bound books were then ready for the new authors to take home.

Ross School

On April 3, the middle school celebrated Language Diversity Day. All 15 language classes prepared skits, poems, songs, riddles and even a history lesson to demonstrate the progress that they have made. The sixth-grade French class, led by instructor Cynthia Hernandez, creatively presented a poem by Charles D'Orleans. The eighth-grade French class, led by Cheryl Weisberg, performed an amusing original skit set in a French restaurant. The eighth-grade Spanish class, led by instructor Veronica Philippi, presented a funny skit set in a Mexican market. The seventh-grade Spanish classes, led by instructors Benjamin Sheldon and Andrew Franklin, acted out hilarious skits in the vein of Monty Python and Napoleon Dynamite, as well as an original skit about too much homework. The fifth-grade Chinese class, led by Yue Lin, stumped the audience with Chinese riddles, while the eighth-grade Chinese class, led by Gaosheng Huang, presented a short history of China in which key figures were personified, complete with costumes that the children had assembled at home.

Ross School "adopted" the Benjamin Franklin School Library in New Orleans through the American Library Association's Adopt-a-Library Program to help rebuild libraries after Hurricane Katrina. Last week, Ross sent a box of approximately 100 fiction titles to them.

Stella Maris

The Stella Maris pre-school in East Hampton recently "blasted off" into a study of space. As part of their space unit, the pre-school "astronauts" discovered new planets, created original constellations, built telescopes, and walked on the moon. The highlight of the unit was an imaginary trip into space aboard the space shuttle. Upon their return to Earth, the "astronauts" were treated to a special snack of real space food.

Mark your calendars for April 30 for the return of our Fashion Show Luncheon. This exciting event will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the St. Andrew's Parish Hall. Call the school at 725-2525 for more information.

Tuckahoe School

Tuckahoe celebrates good citizenship as part of our character education program. Each month our teachers submit names of good citizens. These students will be "caught" demonstrating the behavior that emulates the character trait of the month. "Courage" was chosen for the month of March. We'd like to congratulate the following students who were chosen as good citizen for the month of March: Pre-Kindergarteners — Jillian Kolarik and Anna Ruhling; Kindergarteners — Derek Espinosa, Mauricio Guevara, Noah Miny, Vanessa Quiros, Ben Taraku, and Angel Zamorano; first graders — Andrea Arce, Miguel Clemente, Rachel Escobar, Nya Jimenez, Cameron Olsen and Alfredo Rivas; second graders — Ashley Barrantes, Eddie Knight, Morgan Meyer, Andy Urbano, and Brook-lyn Walker; third graders — Alex Camacho, McClane Farnam, Dulce Palomino, Thomas Roughan and Kyla Seymore; fourth graders — Noelle Crough, Tyler Garcia, Serrana Mattiauda, Wesley Sammon and Christian Westerhoff, fifth graders — Johel Arce, Tyler McCoy, Calvin Parnon, Hannah Pell and Patrick Sloane; sixth graders — Peter Barnaby, Patrick McGay, Jonah Torres, and Donovan Trent. In June, all "good citizens" of the year who were previously recognized will have their names in a raffle . . . two lucky winners will be chosen to play "Principal" and "Assistant Principal" for the day!

Tuckahoe School will be hosting a Cocktail Party Fundraiser to raise money for playground renovations. It will be held on April 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Indian Cove Restaurant in Hampton Bays. Tickets are $75 per person. A 50/50 raffle will be offered with tickets priced at $5 each and the drawing will be held that same night. You need not be present to win! For more info, call 283-3550.

Hampton Bays

Kindergarten registration will be on April 20 and 21. Students must be five years of age on or before December 1, 2006. Currently the office is compiling a mailing list of those students in order to mail out the registration packet and information. Please call our office if you would like to be put on the mailing list.

Please return your completed Residency Verification packet to the District Office at 86 East Argonne Road Hampton Bays, New York 11946 or call Anna Rojas at 723-2107. E-mail inquiries may be sent to arojas@hbschools.us.

The fifth-grade students will visit the Stony Brook Museum next Tuesday.

Southampton High School

The Science research program and social is scheduled for April 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Senior artists Kristin Krazewski and Mercedes McBrown, both students in Gail Altomare's advance drawing class have entered their artwork into the 25th Annual Congressional Art Contest. The exhibit will be held from April 27-May 7 at the Middle Country Library in Selden. The winner of the local competition will have her/his work hung in a year long exhibit on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. and will be invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 28, along with other winners from around the country. The Savannah College of Art and Design will also award all first-place winners with the Artistic Honors Scholarship of $3000 per year.

Southampton Intermediate School

Last Thursday, Kerry Palumbo's and Denise Bakiewicz's fifth-grade classes visited the Southampton Pre-kindergarten to share a variety of original shape poems. The pre-kindergarten students exhibited their knowledge of colors, shapes, and description, as the fifth-grade students performed the original poems for them.

Southampton Elementary School

Bertha Richard, assistant principal for the elementary school, has been appointed principal effective July 1, 2006. Congratulations, Mrs. Richard!

The elementary school kindergartners participated in the Hike for Hope on March 31. The walk raised money for an elementary school that was ravaged during Hurricane Katrina. The students walked from the school to Agawam Park to help kindergarten teacher Danielle Webb, a Southampton native, get supplies for her class. The Hike for Hope raised an estimated $3000 and contributions are still being accepted. If you wish to donate, you can make your check payable to Human Resources.

The SIS sixth-grade band performed for the elementary school students on April 4 under the direction of band teacher, Susan Rumph. The performance included many selections including Beethoven's Ode to Joy. In addition, the performers also introduced their particular instruments to the elementary school students and gave a small demonstration. All third and fourth-grade students are invited to join the band by attending the summer music program. Students may choose to play the tuba, trombone, trumpet, French horn, baritone, clarinet, flute or alto sax. Please contact Susan Rumph at 591-4798 for details about lessons.

Did you know that we don't recycle egg cartons in Southampton? Our third graders do! Third-grade classes began their Earth Day Unit on recycling by learning about garbage disposal and recycling in Southampton. Last Thursday, a guest speaker from the Southampton Sanitation Department spoke to third graders about garbage-smart choices. Ask your third grader to accompany you on a shopping trip and they will teach you how to be garbage smart.

The 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. Please call Mrs. Phillips at 591-4803 to be sure your child is included on the list for registration.

Westhampton Beach School

Frankie King was selected as a semi-finalist in The Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition. The YES Competition for original student research is designed to inspire talented students to investigate the many behavioral, biological, environmental, and social factors that affect health and, based upon this knowledge, to identify ways to improve the health of the public. The competition offers college scholarship awards to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue. King will receive a $1000 scholarship from this organization for her accomplishments.

The Interact Club donated $600 to the Gift of Life Foundation. Club members raised the money through a Krispy Kreme fundraiser and Valentine's Day fundraiser. Two Interact Club members presented the donation check to the Rotary and Jonah's family at the March 21 at the Rotary Luncheon. Jonah, a 10-month old baby and his parents, are from Trinidad. Jonah was operated on March 30 at Stony Brook University to strengthen his weak lungs.

The Senior Citizen Luncheon is scheduled for next Wednesday at the middle school.

The elementary school celebrates Spirit Earth Week, from next Wednesday to April 30. Daily programs include Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Animal Recognition Day, Garbage-Free Lunch Day, and Hats Off to Earth Day.

Guest authors Melvin and Gilda Berger will visit all grades at the elementary school on April 20.

Third graders will travel to Old Bethpage Village Restoration on April 21.

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