May 31, 2006

School Days

Bridgehampton School

The Town of Southampton invited Bridgehampton Middle School students to the Nutrition Center in Bridgehampton. Students were there to help celebrate older American Citizen's month. The students shared their reflections on "What it means to get older" and the seniors shared their impressions on being older. The seniors will be coming to the Bridgehampton School on June 9th for a luncheon in their honor, hosted by the middle school students. This will be the 2nd Annual luncheon in their honor.

Children's Museum of the East End

On Saturday, the Children's Museum of the East End will be hosting their 7th annual KIDS CREATE!! This year's theme is European with a gypsy/bohemian twist.

From 11 to 12:15 pm young people and adults will have a chance to join in the fun. Fortune-tellers, tattoo artists, gypsy art activities, such as rustic tambourine making with bottle caps, copper tooling, gypsy dolls, jewelry making and mask making will keep everyone busy!

Strolling Croatian musicians will entertain the crowd as well as the Leelah Puppet Company with unusual European puppets performing.

Performances by children and adults will begin at 12:30 pm in CMEE's very own amphitheatre. Children belly dancers will start off the show, followed by a Flamenco dance troupe of young people as well. Children from the Russian Folktale Acting group will perform "Kashtanka," a 10-minute piece by Anton Chekov. Wrapping up the show will be performances by a female adult belly dancing troupe, Fem-Fire, and Croatian singers, dancers and musicians.

Wonderful gypsy wagons made by children will be strategically placed to show off the children's work. Over 20 free workshops took place the month of May, ranging from French silk scarf making, Bulgarian plate making, Italian Pottery, English tin sculpture, Spanish jewelry design, Serbian purses, Romanian wooden boxes and spoons, Hungarian painting, Ukrainian glass mobiles, Italian vases, Croatian jewelry, Dutch bohemian chair making, Irish bead and basket making and Bavarian pottery making. The workshops are available to children ages 5-13. Attire is festive and in the gypsy/bohemian spirit!

Tickets in advance are $10 per person for members and $12 per person for non-members; $15 at the door. Children under the age of one are free. For further information and to reserve tickets, call CMEE at 537-8250 or visit the website at www.cmee.org.

Southampton High School

On June 14, the Point Break Reception and Reading ceremony will be held at the Rogers Memorial Library at 5 p.m. The 2005 edition of Point Break, the high school literary and arts magazine, has been awarded a Gold Medal for overall quality by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Headquartered in New York City at Columbia University, CSPA annually judges thousands of secondary school periodicals, including newspapers, yearbooks, and literary and arts magazines. This is the second time Point Break has been honored with a Gold Medal since its inception in 2000. The co-editors of Point Break 2005 were Sarah Braun '05 and James Storch '06. An individual contributor to the magazine, Sean Finnerty '05, also won a prestigious award for his essay, entitled "Tidal Pool." Sean was given a Second Place certificate in the non-fiction category. This, also, is national recognition. The advisor for Point Beak is Barry Raebeck, Ph.D.

Congratulations to the top ten seniors who will be attending college in the fall. In alphabetical order are Eric Baginski, who will attend Middlebury College; Daniel Greene who will attend Flagler College; Noah Hatfield-Biondo, who will attend Tufts University; Kristin Kraszewski, who will attend Cornell University; Kelly Laffey, who will attend University of Richmond; Travis Moscicki, who will attend Vanderbilt University; Sonia Peteka, who will attend Tufts University; Cari Shimkus, who will attend Georgetown University; James Storch, who will attend Yale University; and Kevin Wang, who will attend Boston University.

On June 3, the Athletic Department will host a yard sale of old athletic uniforms, basketball jerseys, shorts, sweats, golf bags, and pullovers. The sale will go from 8 a.m. until noon in front of the high school.

Mark your calendars for Awards Night, scheduled for June 5. The high school arts festival will be held on June 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the Senior Athletic Awards Dinner will be held on June 8 in the cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Southampton Intermediate School

The fifth grade Student Council Pizza Social was held on May 31st. The annual Run for Hunger Walk/Race and Carnival will be held on June 2 at 12:30 p.m. Monies will go to Human Resources of Southampton.

Southampton Elementary School

On May 25, Mary Ann Tupper of Human Resources visited the elementary school for the annual special assembly to collect donations for Lunch Box Kids. The Lunch Box Kids program is designed to help students get a healthy lunch during summer school. In addition, Dr. Rein Griesmer and Mrs. Bertha Richard, elementary school principal and vice principal collected money for this very worthy cause, raising over $700. Fourth grade students raised $1,117.00 for Lunchbox Kids.

The winners for Principal for the Day are Michael Arkinson and Jahlia Nash.

Second grade students visited the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton last week. Owned and operated by Jack Larsen, the LongHouse is an integration of art and life that was modeled after a Japanese Shinto shrine. LongHouse is Mr. Larsen's home but is also used as a public space. The mission of the reserve is to offer an example of living with art in all forms including sculptures, gardens and even poetry readings in the landscaped amphitheatre.

Kindergarten students celebrated Flag Day last week with a visit from some veterans who visited each class and explained the history and significance of our flag and its different parts.

As part of the Imagination Celebration week, young fourth grade inventors devised some ingenious new gadgets and gizmos to solve a problem or to make life easier. Among the items that may be headed to the United States Patent Office were the Deluxe Comfort Zone Grass Clippers, allowing users to stand upright while clipping grass, the Super Paw-Claw Cleaner 5000, a device that keeps pets' paws clean, and the Super Duper Book Holder, designed to keep books always easily within reach.

The registration deadline for summer programs is June 7. Courses are being offered in Drawing and Painting, Fun and Practical ESL, Creative Crafting, Acting Workshop, Woodworking and Technology I, Woodworking and Technology II, Olympics of the Mind and Body, Brain Games, Black Media Foundation, Swimming at the Omni, Summer Music Camp, and S.T.A.R. Registration forms and accompanying fees should be returned to Jacqueline Brzoza or Pat Banks in the District Office, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Make checks payable to "Southampton Public Schools."

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