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Hardy2
November 01, 2006

School Days


Springs School

This month Springs students are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Under the guidance of Spanish teacher Angela Jones, the classes brought in dishes from their Hispanic culture. Even the Latino students learn about the other countries that share the language but not customs. The fifth grades also had a Spanish celebration. The students had to bring in a story, artifact or a Spanish food. They were excited to taste a different type of food and noticed that most Spanish food is spicy.

Some students will be writing one page for Newsday (Kidsday). The editor was scheduled to meet with the group for about 45 minutes today. Sue Ellen O'Connor has chosen fifth and sixth graders to work with her on this project.

The opera performers are learning to follow cues. The parts have not been selected yet. The performers started to practice about three weeks ago, meeting every day, exploring different roles, learning cues and signals and trying out for different parts.

"Springs School in Action" is celebrating their tenth year on the air. Highlights of the last 10 years will be aired on channel 22 (LTV) on Tuesdays 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

The fifth grade classes went on a T.E.R.N (Teaching Environmental Resources Now) field trip. They went to "Napeague Beach" at the ocean in Amagansett. They learned about the water temperatures, the air (wind) temperatures and the ocean's environments. The T.E.R.N program, under the guidance of Group for the South Fork, teaches the students about how weather works on the beach/ocean.

The school erected two new signs. The first one is facing the front of School Street. The second one is facing the Ed Hults Lane. It helps tell the parents and children what's happening in the school.

This year the fifth grade filmers of the opera are Megan McCaffrey and Megan Flannery. Their job is to film the interesting parts in the making of the opera and the final production. Megan McCaffrey has been filming interviews of people about their jobs. The two students have to edit down the nine hour film into 20-minutes. It will be used at the party for the Opera Company.

The following Natural Helpers have visited the Senior Center with Stacy Schmidt, Guidance Counselor: Todd Berquist, Maria Grande, Kelly Kalbacher and Kady Field. These students help with the food serving and socialize with the seniors who go to the center for lunch.

Ross School

Soil + Sand, a documentary by recent Ross graduate Alexander Van Boer, was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film, which was created as a senior project last year, won the HIFF award from Guild Hall, earning it a spot in this year's festival. The film explores the issues of vanishing farmlands of Sagaponack.

The 11th Annual East End Youth Leadership Summit on October 20 at the Riverhead Campus of Suffolk Community College was attended by eighth graders Camille Coy and Daria Schieferstein; ninth graders Abigail Collier and Matthew Tilton; tenth graders Allison Bauser and Jonathan Dratel; and eleventh graders Kim English and Geoffrey Brodrick. This event brings together young leaders to discuss issues that endanger youth, such as substance abuse, violence, prejudice and bias crimes, and also teaches them effective prevention strategies. This year's summit focused on leadership development.

October 24 is United Nations Day! To honor and celebrate the founding of this institution 61 years ago and to support the Ross School Model UN program, on October 20 students donated $5 each, and were allowed to dress down for the day.

Fifth graders held a special ceremony to conclude Unit One, Mythopoeic World View, on the study of ancient Egyptian civilization. It focused on the presentation of the Isis and Osiris integrated project utilizing laptops to create multimedia presentations based on book and Internet research. The duomo was used as a sacred space for the ceremony. As part of our school-wide laptop computer initiative, the fifth graders presented oral reports with i-movies about ancient Egypt. Their presentations are being compiled on a DVD, and students will receive individual copies of DVDs as a record of this special event.

Amy Wright, Director of Technology, Ross Institute, was honored with flowers and offerings for her assistance integrating technology in the fifth grade cultural history classroom. It concluded with a snack of apricot/fig/walnut jam on crackers with licorice tea.

Sixth graders built an amazing giant Olmec head modeled on the ancient monumental statues of the Olmec. Like the Olmec, one group built it out of materials in their surroundings, in this case, recycled paper, Styrofoam and other used items which they covered with paper mache; another group created a sculptural representation using tree branches; and yet another group created a mural.

Bridgehampton School

Bridgehampton students in seventh grade took a trip to the Suffolk County Historical Society last Thursday. Students attended a hands-on Colonial Suffolk Program. Education Coordinator for the Suffolk County Historical Society Susan Sanfilippo began her meeting with students discussing the lifestyle of those who lived in Suffolk County during the colonial times.

Armed with a better understanding, students were introduced to artifacts to show them the heating, lighting and tools used back then. Students also had an opportunity to handle reproductions of a table loom and tried hand spinning. Another exciting part of the lesson, students helped make tapioca apple pudding, since tapioca was a popular ingredient in the 17th-century. They also played corn cob checkers and viewed a musket. This program gives students a better understanding of Suffolk County's history.

Stakey's Pumpkin Farm in Aquebogue offers a great pumpkin experience. Bridgehampton students in grades four to six traveled to the farm last Friday. Students had an opportunity to pick from 18 different varieties straight off the vine.

Students in Bridgehampton's pre-K program traveled to Hank's Pumpkintown in Southampton on Monday. While students had a great time, they also learned how pumpkins are grown from seed to a fruit. It was a great way to spend a day during the fall season.

Linda Muse is a Yoga Ed. instructor who is teaching Bridgehampton students the benefits of yoga. The Yoga Ed. K-8 Program is a nationally recognized health and fitness program for schools that fulfills the Challenge PE standards. Yoga Ed. has been shown to enhance student focus, concentration, learning readiness and self-discipline. Students will learn how to develop breathing and balance. So far, students have really enjoyed the new yoga classes.

Hayground School

Hayground students in Arjun Achuthan's class continue to take advantage of opportunities in Jeff's Kitchen, Hayground School's new Kitchen Classroom facility. This week they prepared a meal of calzone, baked cauliflower and assorted fall vegetables (local, of course) with dipping sauce, freshly made lemonade and meringue for dessert. Math, science, geography, history, literacy and nutrition are just some of areas that these experiences are touching on.

In other class work, the students have continued to explore the use of different fruits to create electricity, and they have now used lemons and apples to keep an LED lit for 96 hours. They have also successfully made two variations of copper coil motors, one of which spun for nearly four minutes. Next, the class will be working on using a bicycle power generator to create an alternate energy source.

Julie Fanelli and Rachel Peterson's early education class has been reading up on Halloween and the Day of the Dead traditions. These readings are in preparation for Hayground School's celebration this week, with pumpkin decorating, scarecrow-making, and a fashion show and parade to be followed by the monster mash dance off.

All students at Hayground School continue to participate in Math Block each morning for the first hour of the school day. Students are separated into small groups, leaving their traditional classroom for this part of the day. Teachers and students are working with TERC's curriculum and materials for the purpose of Math at Hayground.

Science at Hayground continues to flourish, as the school's Scientist in Residence, Sara Sander, is in the middle of a number of research projects with the students. Students have been continuing the study of germs, culturing them from a variety of sources.

Students are also now caring for an Anole lizard and have constructed an enclosure for it. In addition, they have successfully cultured flightless Drosophilla (fruit flies) to feed to the Anole. Students that are studying genetics with Sara are now working to cross-breed the flightless Drosophilla with flying ones.

The study of fish aggression is currently wrapping up, as students are now analyzing the data. Students, along with Sara, have been studying Betta splendens (Siamese Fighting Fish) and will soon be presenting their results to the entire school at one of our daily gatherings.

Sag Harbor Elementary

Last week the students in Marcia Collum's second grade class presented a song in which they recited the names of each of our 50 states. Ginny Kushner's fourth grade class did a presentation on the culture and people of the Middle Atlantic States. Focusing on living near the ocean, the children discussed fishing, visiting the beach and even encouraged the audience to get up and "surf."

Christine Driver's and Brie Landry's first grade class shared its reflections on Kindness and Caring. The fifth grade students in Jeff Reed's class did a PowerPoint presentation about the people of the Mid-Atlantic States. They followed the history of immigration of peoples to this region of our nation. The entire presentation was prepared and delivered by the students from start to finish.

On Monday, in keeping with our celebration of "What One Little Person Can Do," Matthew and Megan Schiavoni shared at Morning Program how along with their older sister Julia, they had raised $600 for Lucia's Angels by running lemonade stands this summer. Lucia's Angels is a foundation, within the South Fork Breast Health Coalition, which supports women and families undergoing end-stage breast cancer.

Fire Marshall Johnson kicked off this year's EDITH program by talking about fire safety. This year's fire prevention theme is Kitchen Safety coupled with a focus on the importance of carbon monoxide detectors in the home, which will be mandated in new and existing buildings in the year 2007. Throughout the week the students will be visiting the firehouse to learn even more about fire prevention and safety.

Yesterday, our goblins and ghosts marched in our annual Halloween Parade. The students paraded up and down Main Street and returned to the school afterwards for refreshments provided by the PTA and musical entertainment. This parade is a wonderful tradition made possible by all the help and support from our community.

A special thanks to our music teachers David Fox, Nancy Remkus and Lisa Rice for providing the wonderful music during and following the parade. Thanks to Mr. Jeff Peters for donating and driving his truck in the parade. Thank you to One Source Tool in Southampton for providing us with a generator to power the musical instruments. And thank you to our wonderful PTA for the delicious refreshments and for decorating our Halloween float.

Friday is the last day of the Book Fair. School will be closed November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

Southampton High School

The Southampton High School Natural Helpers Retreat will take place this weekend at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island. During the retreat, the Natural Helpers will learn valuable lessons in assisting other students by creating a culture of tolerance and respect for diversity.

Students in Mrs. Gail Altomare's ceramic class at Southampton High School will be having a show of their work at the Celadon Gallery in Water Mill through November Sunday.

Students in Peg King's Foods classes recently had two guest speakers, Dana Johnson, a culinary roadrunner for Johnson & Wales University, and Kathleen King, owner of Tate's Bake Shop and a cookbook author.

Tomorrow will mark the end of the first marking period for Southampton High School.

Southampton Intermediate School

Last Friday, the students at the Intermediate School participated in the Second Annual Run for Liz Raynor.

November 9 marks the end of the first marking period for Southampton Intermediate School.

Southampton Elementary School

During the month of October, the third-grade students at Southampton Elementary School visited Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton. The classes had the opportunity to go through a highly complicated corn maze that was divided into two phases. Along the way, riddles were posted that the students needed to answer in order to receive direction on how to proceed through the maze. Harry Ludlow, the owner of the farm, also gave the students a quick science lesson. He explained the components of a corn plant, as well as pollination, photosynthesis and the differences between vegetables and fruit.

Aquebogue School

Aquebogue Principal Phil Kent's favorite school acronym is T.E.A.M. It stands for "Together Everyone Achieves More." The "Bottle Bug" project, a recent effort in art class, is a perfect example of Aquebogue teamwork in action.

After the building project of a few years ago, Aquebogue obtained a couple of new courtyards. One of them is long and somewhat narrow, but totally enclosed and calling out for something amazing in the way of outdoor art. Local Aquebogue sculptors and artists, Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, whose daughter attends second grade at the Aquebogue Elementary School, volunteered for a week-long effort to build an uniquely constructed and very colorful caterpillar in the courtyard made entirely of detergent bottles.

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