June 14, 2006

School Days


The Tuckahoe Spring Concert for grades 5-8 took place on June 3. The fifth grade band, directed by Mrs. Deborah Goodale, opened the show followed by the 36-member Jazz Band. The fifth and sixth grade chorus, directed by Mr. John Bennett, performed songs, "Doe a Deer" and "Yellow Submarine." The "small but mighty" sixth grade band was next, playing three songs, including "The Pink Panther Meets Batman." The seventh and eighth grade chorus sang two songs, one of which was "Sweet Home Alabama," accompanied by Tom Charest on guitar. Next, was a combined fifth through eighth grade chorus, singing "We're All in This Together" from Disney's popular High School Musical. The concert concluded with the seventh and eighth grade concert band. The highlight of their performance was "Themes from Star Wars." Eighteen eighth grade band members received trophies for their years of participation in the band. Congratulations to all for a wonderful concert!

Tuckahoe will hold its Budget revote next Tuesday, in the Middle School lobby between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Our Lady of the Hamptons

The cast and crew of A Star-Spangled Salute played to two consecutive standing room only crowds at OLH. The original musical featured the song, dance and drama of 128 students in a celebration of the works of Shirley Temple, Julie Andrews, Fats Waller, Suzanne Farrell and John Williams.

A week of fine arts continued at OLH with the concert presented by the 55-member band directed by Jennifer Baxter and 40-member Joyful Noise, the junior chorus. Mr. Joseph Basar conducts the latter group.

Father Sebastian, a native of India, was the celebrant of the sixth grade liturgy on June 9.

Lectors included Alexandra Perry, Connor Cantwell and Matthew Romano, with John Donovan, Mairead Glynn and Anna Crowley as altar servers. Music was provided by the Silver and Bronze Hamptones.

Coach Barney Ryan coordinated the annual Field Day for the full school community. The day of athletics and community was held at Southampton Youth Services. Later in the week, the OLH faculty and coaches were victorious in their challenge basketball game against the eighth grade boys and girls. A special banner that celebrates the eighth grade boys' basketball team as the Catholic Middle Schools' Athletics Association champions was unveiled at the game.


The sun was shining for the Bridgehampton School District's annual Field Day. Students in grades K through six participated in the fun.

Bridgehampton students in grades K through four are traveling to the East Hampton John Marshall School for an Arts-in-Education program. Students will be entertained by a Theatreworks USA production If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books. The show is comprised of several mini musicals based on popular children's books including Amazing Grace, Owen, Martha Speaks, Borreguita and the Coyote, Math Curse and Imogene's Antlers.

Students in grades four and five will take an outside adventure tomorrow, taking a Weekend Warrior Tour to explore Long Island beaches and waters by kayak. Students will take a tour with a guide who will share local nautical and nature information.

The Senior Baccalaureate Dinner has been scheduled for June 22 at Kipling's Restaurant.

Southampton High School

The Point Break Reception and Reading ceremony has been rescheduled to meet at the Parrish Art Museum tomorrow at 5:00 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. 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.

The Southampton Mariner football team will be conducting a golf club sale on Saturday at the driving range across from the Southampton Golf Club on County Road 39 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Second Annual Golf Outing for Friends and Alumni of Southampton Football is being held on June 28 at Cherry Creek Golf Course in Riverhead. Registration is at noon and shotgun starts at 1:30 p.m.; $135 per person includes lunch and dinner. All money from the golf club sale and outing will go towards sending the football to camp in August. For more information call Darren Phillips at 591-4614.

Congratulations to the students who competed in the New York State Track Championship in Canton, New York. They are Cory Benton, Seneca Bowen, Tom Manglaviti, Wes Lynskey, Jackie Rodriguez, Jena Arnister, Imani Richardson, Anyse Bonner, Rachel Taylor and Jasmine Dyson.

Southampton Intermediate School

The intermediate school will hold a final celebration for the year-long Global Neighborhood project today. The celebration included live performances from Broadway singers, musical compositions reflecting the connections between Southampton students and our sister school in Istanbul, Turkey and will conclude with a forum of our students and community members who participated in this year's experience

The Southampton School District's Academic Enrichment Program will end its year with a "Celebration of Talent" tomorrow night. Various projects and activities from students in the third through eighth grades will be on display, along with the work that the students have done for the Halsey House Project. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the SIS Media Center.

Southampton Elementary School

The Annual Breakwater Yacht Club Scholarship was awarded to five Southampton Elementary School students this past week. The students wrote short essays and drew pictures for scholarship consideration. The winners are Keaton Laub, Johan Morales, Sarah Pierson, Kayla Cobb and Natalie Cummings. In addition to beautiful artwork, the students expressed their desire to experience sailing, as well their wish to become a better sailors.

The elementary school chorus concert was held last Friday. The chorus presented several well-known songs such as "Do You Believe In Magic?," "Zippity-Do-Da," "Hakuna Matata" and "Tomorrow." The audience also had a chance to sing along with a selection of Disney songs.

The talent show was a great success as students and teachers performed in every genre. Skilled performers showed their stuff to a standing room only audience.

Kindergarten Field Day will be held today. Field Day for first through fourth grade students in will be held tomorrow. The Moving-Up ceremony for fourth grade students will be held on Friday at 10 a.m.

Stella Maris

As our academic school year is coming to a close, its time to say farewell to the graduating class of 2006! The community is invited to join us on Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Andrew's Church for our eighth grade graduation. Tomorrow, our Nursery and Pre-K classes have their end of the year celebrations in the morning. Our Kindergarten graduation ceremony will be at 5 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Bye, Bye, Birdie was a huge success! Second, third, and fourth graders performed "Put on a Happy Face", and the fifth through eighth graders played the leads. Many thanks go to Ms. Kirsten Fordham, our theatre director.

The students who participate in band performed their recital last week along with several students who showed off their keyboard skills. Stella Maris will continue the band program over the summer.

Sports awards will be given on June 22, the last day of school. This year, Stella Maris offered more sports than ever before! Students could choose from swim team, gymnastics, golf, soccer, girls and boys basketball, softball, Irish step dancing, and cross country.

Limited space is still available in Stella Maris Summer Camp for children ages three through 10. Please call 725-2525 for more information.

Hampton Bays

Senior Jennifer Bickford has been selected to receive the Artistic Honors Scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design in the amount of $10,000 per year for four years. Each year, Savannah College's scholarship review committee recognizes prospective students with exceptional artistic talent.

Bruce King and Kristen Moran were the 2006 recipients of Clarkson University Leadership Awards. With this recognition, Bruce and Kristen will be eligible to receive $44,000 in scholarships over a four-year period should they decide to attend Clarkson.

As part of the Career Week activities at the elementary school, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Bill Lindsay met with the sixth grade class. Lindsay and Tim Laube, Clerk of the Legislature, first spoke to the students about the legislature, how it works and what it takes for a bill to get passed. Both Lindsay and Laube assisted the students with protocol, procedure and discussion for the proposed bill in a mock legislative session about whether or not school should be held on Saturday.

The results on this year's New York State Science Laboratory Performance Assessment tests were the best ever since the test began six years ago. Ninety-seven percent of all students passed the exam; 72% of those passing attained grades of distinction with scores of 85 percent or better. Special recognition should be given to Michael DeMasco, Shelby Harvey, Edison Vitti, Ian Trujillo and Brittany Youmans who all received perfect scores.

Thanks to Toni Dossiano's Science Eight classes who all participated in a year-end school cleanup. Students walked the entire school grounds and collected litter as a last day of class project. 

The Hampton Bays Summer Boost Academic and Cultural Enrichment Program runs July 10 through August 18, for children entering grades one through seven. The mission of the program is to engage the students in English Language Arts and math-based themes during the morning and to explore a variety of hobbies and interests beyond the classroom in the afternoon. For more information, contact Dennis Schug at 723-2121.

Westhampton Beach

Congratulations to Heather Buletti, Leah Buletti, BriAnna DeVito, and Taryn Anrig. These students have been named to the All-County team for Girls Cross Country. Also, Brooks Surgan placed fifth in the state in the shot and was named All-State.

Recently, Kristen Alestra and Peter Lenihan won Best Supporting Actress and Actor in a comedy by the 2006 East End Arts Council Performing Arts Teeny Awards for All in the Timing. Robby Doyle won for Supporting Actor in a Musical for Les Miserables and Shari Griswold won for Stage Manager for Les Miserables. The Judges' Choice Award went to "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread," from All in the Timing. Jesse Miller directed the play and cast members were Marysa Sheren, Jack Frederick, Robby Doyle, and Dan Comoroda

On June 1, Ellen Frankman and Daniel Shoten received the 2006 Long Island Science Congress Honors awards at a ceremony at Walt Whitman High School. Ellen's research project is Multiple Gene Silencing in Plants and Dan's research project is Predicting Basketball Performance Through the Determination of Brain Type and the Comparison of Individual Game Statistics.

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