October 25, 2006
The Springs School AEP (Academic Enrichment Program) has been studying debate. With this project, the students pick things they would like to change or improve. One of the debates was about whether recess should be longer or if it should stay the same length. Mrs. Sue Ellen O'Connor metered out the points for convincing arguments. The debates will be aired on Springs School in Action on channel 22. The Springs School in Action cast is celebrating the tenth year on the air.
Five young students in fifth grade set a goal to raise at least $100 for the Wounded Soldiers. Their results were definitely successful. They raised $106.30 for a 27-45 minute bake sale. The five girls were sisters Hannah and Ashlee Tierney, Morgan Gaugler, Caoimhe Mckeon and Maria Mussio. The plan was inspired by Rachel Scott and the program, "Rachel's Challenge," was named after her. The group will continue to hold a weekly sale. Rachel Scott so inspired this group they have begun to place posters of her sayings on the walls of the school.
Red Ribbon Week kicked off with East Hampton Town Police Officer Notel introducing the events planned to kindergarten through third grades. Students received Halloween safety tips and goodie bags. Last Wednesday, second thru fifth graders had discussions about drugs, alcohol and the importance of making healthy choices. The children were required to write an essay about someone who they know or don't know who had problems with alcohol or drugs. The essays will be judged and awards will be presented. On Monday, McGruff visited at Spirit Meet time.
Irene Tully's fifth grade class heard about economics from the Aguilar family, parents of Karen Garcia. The guest teachers spoke of mortgages, bank loans and how to save money instead of always spending it. They spoke of saving $1 a day and how in 10 years the saver would have almost $3000, yet the price of a car is over $23,000. The Aguilars passed out imaginary checks and each student wrote it out for an imaginary amount. Andrew Silipo, a student in the class, was awarded a calculator for the most participation.
The eighth graders are fast and furiously raising funds for their end of the year overnight trip. They have already had a carwash, are presently selling raffle tickets for a cash prize and a pumpkin, and will be selling pies now for Thanksgiving feasting. Contact any eighth grader for a chance to win money or eat well on Thanksgiving.
East Hampton High School
Two East Hampton High School students have been selected from among thousands of students statewide to participate in this year's New York All State Music Festival in November.
Asalia Goldberg was accepted into the All State Orchestra on viola and Jack Marshall will be singing bass in the All State Chorus. Both students prepared solos for auditions last spring and received scores that placed them among the very best high school students in the state of New York.
Jack Marshall is the son of Cynthia and David Marshall and is in both the East Hampton High School Concert Choir and Orchestra, as well as two auditioned extracurricular vocal groups and two extracurricular string groups.
Asalia Goldberg is the daughter of Elena and Eric Goldberg and is in the East Hampton High School Orchestra, Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble. She has participated in the Interlochen and Saratoga music festivals and was awarded the 2006 Brockman Playhouse Award for her work as a viola soloist.
Ross School Upper School
At the Ross Upper School, education is in full swing. In conjunction with their reading of Dava Sobel's Longitude, students in Tom Liao's science class are designing and constructing accurate timepieces. Freshmen are also using technology in English to create stop-action films of Dante's Purgatorio. In the sophomore class, students are beginning essays that connect Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe to the political teachings of John Locke. Juniors are conducting research for their project on visionary leaders. Finally, seniors are continuing their independent work on Senior Projects while collectively discussing the significance of such writers as Updike and Cheever. Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for tomorrow and Friday.
Ross Upper School kicked off their annual Locks of Love campaign. Interested students and faculty grow their hair throughout the year in order to provide hair for wigs for cancer patients. The shearing will take place in early spring.
This year's fall theatre production entitled Scenes on a theme of Life (and Death?), will feature middle school and high school students presenting an eclectic collection of offbeat and intriguing scenes and short, self-contained plays dealing with aspects of life that we all encounter, as well as some that we hope to avoid! Two of the plays deal speculatively with the life beyond.
Ross Lower School
At Ross School's lower campus, the students have been spending time with animal educator Jay Carlson, also known as Farmer Jay. For the next six weeks, students will get hands-on experience with the animals in classrooms.
Fall flowers including marigolds, Montauk daisies and mint are abloom on campus. Students learned that the seeds of dried Marigolds make wonderful paintbrushes and loved the taste of mint tea. The Lower School's Buddy program, which enables children of all ages to interact and act as mentors, will commence in a few weeks. The fourth grade took a trip to EECO farm where it will be gleaning next week.
The marine biology elective class is bringing the ocean indoors with a several week exploration of the behavior of Siamese fighting fish. On Friday, Stacy Myers from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County will present and discuss a 10-gallon saltwater holding tank of indigenous marine life.
The students visited Lisa and Bill's vegetable stand on Main Street in Wainscott. Mrs. Ceci Babinski told the students about how the stand got its start and what is grown on their farmland. Mrs. Babinski told the students about the different kinds of pumpkins and gourds. The children got to go into the pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkin to take home. Mrs. Babinski gave the children a personalized mini pumpkin and a Halloween treat. The next meeting of the Wainscott School Board will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Wainscott Chapel.
Not even the wet weather could dampen the spirits of staff and children at the preschool. CDCH's field trip to the Milk Pail Apple and Pumpkin Farm was rescheduled for today at 10:30 a.m. We are grateful to the staff at McCoy Bus Co. and Amy at the Milk Pail for finding a way to reschedule for us.
Danielle Christiansen's Elephant class continued learning about life on the farm. The children made their own butter this week by shaking heavy cream in small jars.
The Tiger class, taught by Michelle Lusty, decorated their classroom for Halloween. The children listened to a story and made spiders out of string and cardboard. Counting candy corn was a very sweet math lesson.
Joy Zimmerman and Connie Smith's Toddlers learned about animals that live on the farm. They painted pink pigs, brown cows and soft, fuzzy, white sheep.
The entire school learned some important fire safety lessons when Fire Marshal Buzz from the East Hampton Fire Department came to visit on October 16. He brought puppets and coloring books and taught all the children how to stop, drop and roll.
CDCH Charter School
Ms. Gullo's kindergarten class is celebrating the letter "F" this week! The students began practicing the letter "F" by reading The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. After reading the story, the students made colorful rainbow fish to decorate their classroom. To finish off letter "F" week, Mrs. Pepey, our Speech Therapist, made a special Rainbow Fish cake for the kindergarten class to enjoy!
Miss Babinski's second grade class is learning to become excellent readers and writers. They are learning about Kevin Henkes' books through projects and activities. Acie Harris has been chosen as the second grade Star of the Week. He shared information about himself and led our class all week. Second graders are finishing their exciting unit on weather and will begin to study bats just in time for Halloween.
The CDCH will hold its 3rd annual Harvest Day Festival on Saturday, from 1 to 4. The festival features pony rides, moon bounce, an obstacle course, costume contest, games and much more! The Harvest Day Festival is open to the general public. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 267-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students from Hayground School continue to be fascinated with their trips to Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, so much so that Arjun Achuthan's students have been inspired to create a book of drawings and photographs recording their impressions of their visit.
Continuing with the food trend, students had the opportunity to cook in Jeff's Kitchen at Hayground as well. Jeff's Kitchen is proving to be an invaluable resource for educating us all about nutrition and local and sustainable food sources. All are welcome to visit and experience the kitchen and all that it brings.
Hayground School's Artist-in-Residence Jon Snow has been studying traditional African and Native-American fetishes with the students for the past few weeks. Students are now creating their own fetishes, primarily out of clay. Traditional fetishes are small handmade or naturally formed objects, which represent the spirits of animals or the forces of nature, helping their owners to overcome problems or obstacles facing them.
Hayground students' creations are based on a more contemporary idea of examining one's own fears and using a creative process to help mediate them. Hayground students will present their creations at the Celadon Clay Art Gallery's Young People's Ceramic show starting Saturday through November 5, with an opening reception on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Students in Marybeth Pacilio and Erin McCarthy's class have been studying their butterfly garden recently, as the cocoons just recently turned into Painted Lady Butterflies. After observations, recordings and discussion, the class decided to let the butterflies go free to be in their natural habitat to grow and explore.
Students just completed reading their first chapter book as a class, The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. With the completion of this book, the class has started a project of letter writing to Wanda, one of the fictional characters in the book, as well as a mural with a collaborative image of what the students think Wanda's perfect dress should entail.
The United States Constitution was remembered in an intellectual way at the Bridgehampton School District. As the entire school watched, juniors and seniors squared off for the school's edition of Constitution Jeopardy. All of the questions in the competition pertained to the Constitution. The game was an exciting and educational time for all who participated.
As part of the Baystreet Theatre's Young Playwright's Festival, students in grade 12 went to New York City to watch a production of The Fantasticks at the Snapple Theatre Centre. After the production, students had an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the actors.
A selected group of 10 students from grades 8 through 10 traveled to Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead for the Eleventh Annual East End Youth Leadership Summit. The program was sponsored by the Suffolk County Youth Bureau, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, and the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau. The students should feel honored to have been selected to take part in this important summit.
Sag Harbor Elementary
Last week, Bethany Deyermond's and Erinn Rowland's third grade class made a narrative presentation of the Pledge of Allegiance and its history. Speech teacher Christine Sposato and science teacher Kryn Olson gave a presentation on National Parks showcasing artwork created by the students of April Carone's first grade; Spanish teacher Rafaela Messinger and several students from the third, fourth and fifth grades sang "Buenos Dias," which means good morning; and art teacher Laurie DeVito and Ginny Kusher's fourth grade class did a presentation on American artist Frank Stella.
On Monday, art teacher Meg Mandell, teaching assistant Kim Ramirez, and the fifth grade students did a PowerPoint presentation of photographs titled "Me By the Sea." They had taken the pictures last year in fourth grade as part of their introduction to the culture of the Mid-Atlantic States.
Our Partners in Print 2006, a series of workshops for kindergarten and first grade students and their parents, began last Thursday. The series will run for the next four Thursdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Next Tuesday, our goblins and ghosts will be taking part in our annual Halloween Parade. The students will march up and down Main Street around 1 p.m. and will return to the school afterwards for refreshments provided by the PTA and musical entertainment provided by music teachers David Fox, Nancy Remkus and Lisa Rice.
Stella Maris School
Fr. Peter Devaraj has traveled to India to visit the missions and the children that Stella Maris students have been generously supporting. He will return in three weeks.
The Earth Angels Club made a trip to the beach to collect shells, driftwood, sea glass, feathers and other natural materials. At their next meeting they will make chimes with their objects of nature.
The seventh and eighth grade classes paired up with the students in Mrs. Edwards' Nursery for a morning of fun at The Milk Pail Farm. They had a chance to experience the workings of a farm and pick pumpkins too!
Next Tuesday is the annual Halloween Party at Stella Maris. The party is from 5 to 8 p.m.