May 24, 2006
The Bridgehampton School concert band will be performing for a Memorial Day Ceremony with the Bridgehampton Fire Department and Military Color Guard next Monday. The event will take place at the monument on Montauk Highway. It's expected to start between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The rain location will be in the truck bays of the Bridgehampton Fire Department.
The middle school students will be hosting the Second Annual Senior Citizen Luncheon on June 9 from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The event will be held in the large room of the middle school.
Some prekindergarteners will travel to Manorville to visit The Animal Farm on June 9. These young students will have an opportunity to learn about the farm and zoo animals.
Riverhead Middle School
Jennifer Bay and co-worker Kevin Hewkin from the Riverhead Middle School organized a group of students from Student Government and Honor Society to present a lifesize checker tournament at the 10th Annual Community Mosaic on Sunday in Riverhead. This tournament will run from 12 to 3 p.m., and winners will play winners. Prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded, and prizes have been donated by TGI Fridays for dinner, smoothies, appetizers, and dessert certificates. Splish-Splash has donated complimentary entrance passes to the water park.
Theater Arts is booming in the Morriss Center. The first grade presented a play for the Early Childhood-Fourth Grade, entitled Frederick and the third-grade students presented a play for Early Childhood through fifth grade entitled Stuck in a Book. Both productions were well done and most enjoyable. They showed a great deal of student talent and fun.
The third-grade students' last unit this school year in Writing Workshop is poetry. Poetry is an essential component of Writing Workshop. Poems provide a context for talking about careful word choice. Every word matters in a poem. Writing poetry helps students write well in other genres. Students will explore and build poems on three points: imagery, emotion and music. The poetic forms to be explored are haiku, limerick, sonnet, and more. Each student will publish his or her own poetry book.
For Social Studies the third-grade students have been presenting their Independent Research Reports. These reports have been both informative and creative. The students have demonstrated their knowledge on such topics as Deep Hollow Ranch, Long Island Duck Farm, Long Island Sports Legends, and the Long Island Railroad. The students have not only become researchers, but also teachers.
As a follow up to these reports, students took a trip to Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk for a full day, and two ducklings from the Long Island Duck Farm are now living in the classroom.
Southampton High School
The Class of 2006 valedictorian is Sonia Peteka. Sonia will attend Tufts University in the fall. Cari Elizabeth Shimkus is salutatorian for the Class of 2006 and Cari will attend Georgetown University in the fall.
The tenth annual Dinner/Induction Ceremony for the National Honor Society was held last Thursday in the high school cafeteria. Congratulations to the following 2006 inductees: Dominick Abatte, Carlyle Abbott, Joanna Aiena, Xavier Alomia, Kelsey Armusewicz, Maximillian Bargiel, Lisa Berkoski, Kaitlyn Bolton, Stephanie Bormuth, TaylorAnne Calogrias, Alyssa Christensen, Janet Corwith, Teal Doherty, Julia Glanz, Jocelyn Halikias, Ivy Harrison, Danielle Harrington, Sarah Hatton, Kathleen Heckert, Danielle Howe, Max Jaffe, Lucas Lemos, Thomas Manglaviti, Catherine O'Connor, Jessica Parker, Julian Pascual, Jacqueline Rambo, Jennifer Riccardi, Devin Rieger, Emma Snyder, Rachel Taylor, Jessica Tortorice, Kathleen Watson, and Amanda Zaloga.
The Second Annual Science Research Symposium will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Susan L. Jewett. Dr. Jewett is the collection manager in the Division of Fishes at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Thomas Saglembeni, Lewis Innes-Miller, and Max Bargiel will present their research. Following the presentations, a poster session will be held in the cafeteria.
The Senior Athletic Awards Banquet will be held on June 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The high school yearbook will be distributed at a signing party on June 6, from 3 to 5 p.m in the cafeteria. Advance orders are currently being taken.
Southampton Intermediate School
The sixth-grade classes are doing an interdisciplinary unit on Romeo & Juliet, and Nancy Giglio's social studies classes are working on a mock trial, where Friar Lawrence is the defendant in a civil suit, alleging the wrongful death of Juliet. The suit has been brought by Lord Capulet. The students will be putting on their mock trial, complete with costumes and real attorneys serving as judges.
Jazz Band members under the direction of Susan Rumph attended "Music in the Parks" in Massachusetts at Ludlow High School and Six Flags New England on May 12. The Jazz Band performed for two adjudicators and they received an excellent rating along with a trophy and written comments. The Jazz Band will perform at the annual SIS Spring Arts Festival today.
Members are Katie Rogers, Ricky Wesnofske, Kyle Smith, Kirsten Stokke, AJ Distefano, Patrick Tuths, Grant Parnon (Tuckahoe School), Juliette Behringer, Alec Abitbol, Jimmy Mack, Andrew Jaworski, Charlie Forsman, Adrian Simioni, Owen Laub, Andy Fowler, Bobby Loren, Matthew McCaffrey, Connor Kirk, Tom Charest (Tuckahoe School) Jennifer Stokke, Rhea Ball, Davis King, and Andrew Nelson.
Southampton Elementary School
Southampton Elementary School kindergartners and first-grade students showed off their musical talent this week during a violin demonstration for parents. Each violin class invited their respective parents to a special class meeting where they saw and heard the progress the students have made. At the end of the class, students showed their parents their own violin with its accessories.
Everyday Math training was held last week under the direction of Everyday Math consultant Christine Rupp. Ms. Rupp offered the Pre-K through sixth grade staff instruction on the new inquiry-based math curriculum. The curriculum, which was selected by the teachers and the Math Task Force, will be implemented next fall. Parents will have an opportunity to get an overview of the training tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the elementary school library.
The Stella Maris third and fourth-grade boys basketball team celebrated its undefeated season with a pep rally at which they were presented with a team banner. Each of the boys was also presented with a special T-shirt that read, "Stella Maris Boys Basketball Champs . . . Undefeated Season 2006."
Congratulations to Lyndsey Hayes in sixth grade and Joana Coelho in fifth grade for their awards in the Math Olympiads. They each scored in the top 50% of all participants worldwide! In other math news, Addie Herrlin and Lyndsey Hayes, both sixth graders, survived five of seven rounds in the Diocesan Math Bee at Kellenberg High School, where they competed against seventh and eighth grade students.
Our fifth through eighth grade middle school students went to Philadelphia for a three-day trip. They visited the historical city as well as the Amish countryside.
The Parents Association presented the teachers with a special luncheon in appreciation of all their hard work and dedication.
On May 2, Mrs. Jean Hackett and Mrs. Christina Collins's second graders of the Tuckahoe School visited the Bridgehampton Nutrition Center. The children spent time with local senior citizens and enjoyed lunch together. The students interviewed seniors about their lives in the Hamptons, and how times have changed. The interview helped the second grade learn about how our community has changed. All of the interviews will be turned into a biography and mailed to the seniors to remember and thank them for our time spent together. The trip concluded with the children singing songs for our hosts. Everyone had a wonderful time! On May 15, Chloe Scheuch, a second grader in Mrs. Jean Hackett's class, did a very selfless and caring thing. She had her beautiful long blonde hair cut off and she donated it to Locks of Love. Her hair will be used to make a wig for children who don't have hair due to illness. She is a very brave and thoughtful young lady and we are extremely proud of her!
CDCH Charter School
Preparations are underway for the third annual CDCH Golf Tournament to take place at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett on June 5 at 11 a.m. If you are interested in participating or for additional information, contact Jeanine Burge at the Foundation office at 267-0133.
The fifth-grade class finished a study of American presidents with a presentation for friends and family. Each student studied a particular president and then gave a speech about him. The students did a great job and the parents enjoyed their efforts very much.
Westhampton Beach School
The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center last Wednesday. National Honor Society president and valedictorian for the Class of 2006 Heather Buletti spoke about leadership, vice-president and salutatorian Karl Grunseich spoke on scholarship, and honor society members Sarah Koop spoke about character and Mariela Spillari on service. The inductees are Kyle Alestra, Taryn Anrig, Merisa Booth, Elizabeth Calder, James Carr, Jacqueline Curry, Thomas Denning, Kristen Duca, Courtney Fusco, Martha Gilbert, Matthew Heim, Elizabeth Hubbard, Britnee Huelser, Sadaf Majahid, Jesse Miller, Amber Neftleberg, Brooke O'Hara, Christopher Owen, Lauren Podlas, Jennifer Polan, Alexander Richter, David Schnabel, Daniel Shoten, Yulan Tang, Lauren Waski, Marc Weiss, and Natalie Zaremba.
Congratulations to Jenn Maggio and Dana Kuraski whose designs were chosen for this year's Senior Day T-shirts.
The newly elected officers of the 2006-2007 Youth to Youth Club are president Kevin Benitez, vice-president Sean Dwyer, secretary Liz Franzone, and treasurer Marleny Yac.
The varsity softball team reclaimed the Hampton Cup by defeating local rival Hampton Bays on May 13.
The Academic Awards program for grades nine through 12 will be held today at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.
The Outdoor Adventure Club took its final trip of the year this past weekend to the Hudson Highlands and Breakneck Ridge in New York. Attending the trip were Mike Huber, Brian Dickson, Christian Ladu, and Brendan Dickson.
The Middle School Art Show and Spring Concert for grades six and seven were held yesterday. The Middle School Art Show for eighth graders will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and the Concert Jazz Band and Chamber Choir is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Tiger Woods Start Something Action Project Presentations will be held at 3 p.m. next Tuesday in the Middle School Library.
The Elementary School Recorder Concert is scheduled for next Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Senior Eugenie Carabatsos was awarded national honors in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her play, In Their Glory. The awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall on June 8. These awards have been handed out since 1923 and past winners have included Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, and Bernard Malamud.
Ross School's fourth grade was busy integrating cultural history, math and art in the building of early Neolithic agricultural settlement models in their study of Catal Huyuk and the Fertile Crescent. Integration with language arts motivated the fourth graders to create a new genre of literature based on their study of prehistoric cultures, namely prehistoric fiction. Each student wrote a prehistoric fiction story, which they then rewrote into a ballad to integrate with their study of poetry.
Ross School's theater season concluded with the presentation of the spring musical, Once on This Island, with music by Stephen Flaherty, book and lyrics by Lyn Ahrens. The Tony-award nominated musical is a twist on the traditional Little Mermaid tale. Set in the French Antilles, it tells the story of Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel, an upperclass boy whose life she saves after a car crash. An ensemble cast of 21 high school and middle school students spent countless hours over a two-month period rehearsing music, dialogue, and movement with Adam Judd, Gerard Doyle, and choreographers Kate Mueth and Cynthia Hernandez. Chair of Performing Arts Adam Judd congratulates all involved: "The students' achievement represents perhaps the finest performance of a musical given yet at Ross School."