October 04, 2006

School Days

CDCH Charter School

Kindergarten has kicked off the year off by celebrating a letter a week! They have been having fun learning about letters A, B & C so far and each week the students enjoy letter snacks, which include: applesauce, bananas, chocolate chip cookies and cheerios. Last week, students created a display of tissue paper coconut trees outside their classroom.

The third graders are busy reviewing their math facts, studying the weather and reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8. This year, third graders will begin learning how to research and write reports on continents and countries and also write biographies on famous individuals. Students will also learn about environmental science and its importance to the community. They will be planting an organic garden as part of their studies.

Open School Night was held on September 27. Parents and teachers met in the respective classrooms. An overview of the program for the school year was presented by each teacher as well as the goals and expectations for the students. The school's Code of Conduct was distributed to all families and the Parent Teacher Organization solicited "helping hands" for upcoming school events during the fall season. Leslee Melamed, CDCH's Parent Mentor, was introduced to all the parents upon their arrival. The evening's program was well attended and enjoyed by parents and teachers.

Plans are underway for a Scholastic Bookfair on October 12-13. The theme of the bookfair is The Reading Rainforest.

Hayground School

Hayground School students in Liz Bertch's class have just begun their apprenticeship program for the first half of the school year. Through this program, students work three mornings per week in various businesses throughout the East End. Their work is then integrated into the classroom through a variety of projects.

The real life experiences gained through this program have proven to be invaluable for the personal growth of the students involved. Hayground School thanks all of the businesses and individuals involved in the Apprenticeship Program, and welcomes people to contact the school for further details on this and other educational aspects of the school.

Students in Alice Hope's class joined Hayground School Artist in Residence Jon Snow on a trip to Robert Wilson's Watermill Center this week. Robert Wilson founded the Watermill Center 14 years ago, with the intention of creating a space for studies in the arts and humanities, both international and local in nature.

Hayground School welcomed storyteller-in-residence Gale Jackson this week. Gale is a poet, writer, librarian and cultural historian. She currently serves on the faculty of Goddard College, as poet in residence at The Secondary School for Journalism. Gale joins the school for a few days each month to work with the students on a variety of projects involving reading, writing and storytelling.

She has also started to put together an animated video of the anthology of her work over the past decade at Hayground School, which is another project that the students are working on with Gale at this time. Marybeth Pacilio and Erin McCarthy's students were mesmerized by Gale's reading of "The Talking Skull," as the students eagerly initiated a discussion of its many shades of meaning.

The class also recently began to study The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. This is the classic story of a poor child who claims to have one hundred dresses at home in her closet, and it initiated the students to share many deeply sensitive and meaningful insights.

Julie Fanelli and Rachel Peterson's Early Education Class has been experimenting with different art materials in the classroom this week. After tracing outlines of their bodies, the children decorated and embellished them with personal narratives. These young students were also very fortunate to work with Gale Jackson this week, experiencing stories through the inspired visions of a truly inspirational individual.

Stella Maris School

Some of the new faces at Stella Maris this year include Ms. Margaret Rose Comber who is a teaching assistant in the Kindergarten class, Mrs. Geraldine Fragano who is the Middle School Science teacher, and Mrs. Rebecca Guyer wearing two hats as Technology and Office Assistant. Journalism Club is a new after-school activity this year. Students in grades 3 through 8 are working hard each Tuesday after school. They are learning to become accurate reporters and interviewers to contribute weekly submissions to our local newspapers.

Last Wednesday, the students surprised Fr. Peter Deveraj from St. Andrew's Parish with a party to celebrate his 25th anniversary in the priesthood. After the morning Mass, students sang and performed (in sign language) "The Wind Beneath My Wings." On Thursday, the Stella Maris Middle School will go to Adventureland to celebrate Technology Day! Students will learn how technology and simple machines combine to result in safe, fun rides. After the learning takes place, they will have a chance to experience the fun first hand!

Our Lady of the Hamptons School

Five members of the eighth grade class of OLH attended the Southampton Town Board meeting on September 29 with their principal, Sister Kathryn Schlueter. Kyan Peffer of Riverhead was one of many speakers who addressed the board about concerns with the problematic traffic in the town.

Mrs. Melissa Wilson and her third grade class were the recipients of personal dictionaries from the Kiwanis Club of Southampton's "Dictionary Project."

Advance tickets for the annual Bucks for Books drive at OLH (scheduled for February 2007) are now available at the school. The winner will receive a top prize of $12,000 in this raffle to benefit the technology program at the school. Please call 283-9140 for information.

In preparation for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Our Lady of the Hamptons School, as well as the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of Our Lady of Poland School's founding, names and addresses of alumni are being gathered. Former students are asked to contact the school at 160 North Main Street, Southampton, 11968 with updates on names and current addresses.

Wainscott Common School

Mr. Jack Youngs of Sag Harbor visited the classroom this week to give a presentation about the history of Sag Harbor and the surrounding area. Mr. Youngs' family-owned and operated American Hotel has been in Sag Harbor for many years. He showed the students hotel registers, photographs and whaling logs. He also showed the children antique greeting cards and postcards. The children will be visiting the Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor on Friday.

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