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April 26, 2006

School Days

The Southampton High School Gospel Choir performed in the Gospel Fest at the high school on Saturday. This weekend the choir will compete in a national gospel choir competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (click for larger version)
CDCH Charter School

Today, the kindergarten, first, second and third grades will travel to Riverhead to visit the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium. The children and accompanying adults will bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a waterfront picnic after looking at all the displays at the aquarium.

Last Friday, the CDCH Middle School went on a field trip to the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. The students enjoyed a presentation of "Planet Earth." This show compliments the New York State middle school science curriculum.

The program included the following topics: Astronomy, Geology, and Meteorology. Following this program, the children learned about the Vanderbilt family and its historical significance in local history.

Last Thursday, fifth graders held their First Annual Science Fair! The students shared individual projects that were completed at home, as well as three small group experiments completed at school. For their individual projects, students selected a problem they were interested in and created a procedure to follow.

The students spent the morning organizing the fair in the new CDCH gym. They hung signs in the hallway to inform the other classes and wrote invitations to their parents. The shared experiments included: what attracts to a magnet; how much salt will make an egg float; which diaper holds the most water; how do icicles form; which brand of gum keeps its flavor the longest; which uses more water: a shower or bath? Also, how to make paper towels from recycled newspapers. The students were very proud to show their work to fellow classmates and parents and look forward to next year's science fair!

Bridgehampton School

Ninth and 10th-grade students will travel to Babylon High School for "Sol y Sombra" today. The Arts-in-Education program presented students with a Cuadro Flamenco, as they would see it as an exciting gypsy art form in Spain. The program also included a lecture about the techniques of Flamenco guitar and dance.

Bridgehampton School students in grades 11 and 12 will have an exciting opportunity to compete in the 6th Annual C.S.I. Challenge. The Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation competition is hosted and created by Forensics World U.S.A. Students from several area high schools will take part in the mock-murder mystery at the Suffolk County Police Academy in Brentwood. Participating students will conduct a full-scale investigation of a fictional crime as a forum to demonstrate their knowledge of forensic science, criminal investigation and the law, while competing against other area high schools. Students will be provided an elaborate mock scenario with actors portraying suspicious characters. Students will make their "case" by performing diverse duties and responsibilities of police officers, crime scene technicians, detectives, scientists and prosecutors. Students will present their findings and be critiqued by experts in the field. Best of luck to all participants.

Tuckahoe School

Tuckahoe is proud to announce our high honor roll students for the third quarter of the 2005-06 school year. The following eighth graders achieved High Honor Roll: Andrew Batcheller, Jeffrey Bergenti, Eric Blenk, Jessica Cerrato, Mackenzie Harrington, Tassoni Henry, Abetare Hoti, Matthew Nanos, Jennifer Ortiz, Amy Lee Pacelli, Karen Sanchez, Robert Scheuch, Jake Sosne and Faye Stratford. Seventh grade: Emily Edgar, Cheyne Finocchiaro, Paul Grindle, Amanda Hornstein, Sean McDonald, Leandra McGuinness, Nicole McGuinness, Kyle Olsen, Grant Parnon, Brandon Quiros and Samantha Riccardi. Sixth grade: Peter Barnaby, Justin Christensen, Marissa Epley, Carris Flynn, Lorraine German, Jesse Greenberg, Anthony Grimaldi, Brett Listl, Juan Medina, Selena Parnon and Graciela Villada. Congratulations to all of you on a wonderful job!

Tuckahoe School will be hosting a Cocktail Party Fundraiser to raise money for playground renovations. It will be held on Friday 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 tickets and/or information, call 283-3550.

Westhampton Beach School

In celebration of April, Poetry Month, the first "Poem in Your Pocket Poetry Writing Contest" began this week. Students were asked to pen one original poem. Winners will be announced Friday. First, second, and third place winners will receive gift certificates from Border's Books and a writing journal.

Recently, high school students Jackie Aldrich and Bianca Hernandez visited New Orleans with the Long Island Traveling Team for a volleyball tournament during Easter Weekend. 

While they were there, Jackie and Bianca had a great volunteer experience visiting nearly 200 trailers while passing out Red Cross information on hurricane safety.

High School senior Heather Buletti will represent the United States at the World Track and Field Championships in Spain on May 13. Heather is an All-American in the 10-kilometer race walk.

Recently, Jared Nilsson, Will Kearns, Brooks Surgan, Kevin Benitez, Martin Kearney, Gary Grunseich, Jamie Victor, and Ted Wolfersdorf, all members of the boys track team, placed at the Suffolk County Coaches Invitational.

Congratulations to Martha Gilbert, Sadaf Majahid and Jesse Miller for having met the requirements to enter the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. In order to be eligible, these students took the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Fourth-grade students who completed the six-week Peer Mediation course received their certifications yesterday from Principal Ron Masera and Peer Mediation advisor Barbara Gentile. The students will use these skills to assist peers in conflict to find win-win solutions to their everyday disputes.

Springs School

Students attended the New York State Science Olympiad Competition last Thursday and Friday. The competition took place in Albany. These students are part of the original group that competed in January. Science Teacher Lisa Seff and other staff members will accompany them. The students are Stephen Pucket, Dylan Greene, Julia Lee, Emma Villeneuve, Rachel Haab, Shannon Sheehan, Mia Goncalves, Mary Goldman, Maria Hernandez, and Katie Overton.

Computer teacher Bill Hallman and Irene Tully's fifth-grade class have been working on PowerPoint projects. Each student chose an indigenous animal to Long Island, researched online and found information on the animal. The students started their projects in March and presented them last Thursday.

The project requires at least six to nine slides per report. Some students included a poem or a song about their animal. The students used slide transitions, word art, and other techniques to polish their presentations.

At Spirit Meet, the kids in grades K-5 have been singing and dancing along to the songs of a popular Disney movie, High School Musical. Every grade has had a chance to sing and dance to the songs. Since the fifth grade has been going up in the front of the gym, the other grades have been pitching in and joining the fun.

The sixth grade students are waiting to go to Medieval Times in New Jersey. They are raising money through pizza sales. They will be going on May 4 and will have a lunch with their classes. The lunch will include typical medieval food. They will see jousting, the knights in shining armor, and the king and queen.

Junior High students are having a "Crazy Outfit" Day on Friday. It is only for sixth and eighth-grade students. Teachers will be allowed to participate in this event.

The students of Valerie Policastro's sixth-grade class compiled their own newspaper, entitled the "Sixth Grade Chronicles." The students discussed various topics of their choice, often relating to the current subjects they're learning about or what's "in" and trendy.

The Junior High play was a smashing success! It was a complete sell-out.

On April 7, the eighth graders visited different companies and businesses as part of their career exploration study. Students went to the East Hampton Fire Department and some students went to the YMCA.

Southampton High School

The Gospel Choir performed at the Gospel Fest on Saturday at the high school. The choir leaves for Hershey, PA on May 12. The competition is the following day.

High school guidance department evening hours are held every Tuesday night, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Advanced Placement exams are scheduled for May 1-12.

Southampton Intermediate School

Thomas Gallo, Sarah Bontempo, and Johanna Poremba, students in Latisha Ellis-Worrell's ELA class, have won awards for their poetry submissions to the North Sea Poetry Scene's first annual Poetry Contest. The celebration takes place on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the North Sea Community House.

The intermediate school NYSSMA Solo Festival will take place tomorrow at Westhampton Beach school. On Friday and Saturday, the NYSSMA Solo Festival will be held at the William Floyd school.

Southampton Elementary School

The Southampton School District's wellness policies on physical activity and nutrition were adopted on March 1. The following items are now available as "Choose Sensibly" snacks in the cafeteria. They are baked chips, plain pretzels, one-ounce bags of popcorn, granola bars, fun-sized chips, fruit, yogurt, sunflower nuts, and peanuts.

There was a lot of green at the elementary school last Friday, as students and staff remembered Earth Day.

Kindergarten Screening is scheduled 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.

The annual PTA Committee's Authors and Illustrators Day is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Southampton Pre-Kindergarten

The third annual Pre-K Story Time assembly was held last Friday. The students performed little skits about their favorite books, including Owl Babies, Goodnight Moon, and Caps for Sale.

Hampton Bays School

The Hampton Bays Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony was held under a tent on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joanne Loewenthal welcomed the elected officials, Board of Education members, the children of Hampton Bays, and their families. Third-grade class members led the "Pledge of Allegiance." These students will be the first class to enter the new school in the fall of 2007. The elementary and middle school bands played the National Anthem and musical presentations were also given by the high school vocalists. George Leeman, President of the Board of Education gave the opening remarks. Roger Smith of Burton, Behrendt, and Smith Architects spoke about the design plans and Nic Andreadis of Triton Construction commented about the construction plan. Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele addressed the audience about this exciting juncture. Parent and community member Kevin McDonald spoke about his excitement for the project as it relates to the Hampton Bays community. After closing remarks by Superintendent Loewenthal, Board of Education members and guests with gilded shovels participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground at the elementary school followed the groundbreaking program. A reception followed at the conclusion of both events.

Congratulations to Kathryn Lerner who has been awarded the 2006 University of Rochester Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony Awards in Humanities and Social Sciences. This award is an outstanding honor that is given to a junior student who has demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues through study, community action and dialogue. As recipient of this award, Kathryn is eligible to be considered for an annual $6,000 scholarship at the University of Rochester.

Kristen Moran has been nominated to receive the 2006 Kodak Young Leaders Award sponsored by the University of Rochester and Eastman Kodak Company. Students are nominated based on their academic abilities, leadership skills and dedication to school and community. Recipients of the Kodak Young Leaders Award will be considered to receive a $6000 annual scholarship should they decide to apply for admission to the University of Rochester.

This week, high school Science Club members and their advisors and teachers Al Brigham and Rich Iannelli will release the young Bobwhite quails at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The students have helped to raise these young birds from the twenty-five eggs that arrived at the high school in early March. The Bobwhite Restoration Project began as an effort to reintroduce the species that is native to the east end of Long Island. The habitat of the Bobwhite has declined steadily in response to urbanization, increased grassland cultivation and a transitioning of once grassy fields into forest and woods. The birds will be released to re-populate grassy edge land habitats now devoid of the Bobwhite quail. Other sites for future releases include Sears Bellows and Hubbard Park. The Science Club members have met with Department of Environmental Conservation officials and the students will also help to monitor the population.

East Hampton Middle School

Congratulations to the staff of the EHMS newspaper, the Bonac Times! They have placed second in Newsday's Award for Overall Excellence in Long Island Middle School Newspapers. Good reporting, team! Editor Alix Cullum and advisor Meredith Cortes will attend an awards ceremony at Newsday's offices in Melville.

Seventh grader John Nolan deserves congratulations as well! His poem has been recognized as a winner in the North Sea poetry competition. He will be reading at the North Sea Community House at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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