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Hardy2
November 29, 2006

School Days


Bridgehampton School

On November 20, students in grades K-2 traveled to the East Hampton School District to enjoy an arts-in-education show. ArtsPower put on its new musical, Harry the Dirty Dog, based on the classic book by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham.

The story involves a dog that hates taking baths. He hates them so much, he runs away. After a day spent playing in the dirt, Harry gets so grubby that he turns into a little black dog with white spots . . . and returns home to find that his family doesn't recognize him. This is a wonderful story that touches upon family relationships, communication and values.

Second and third grade students have been enjoying corresponding with pen pals in London. The students have written about their families and hobbies. Ms. Nina Merkert says they also sent them pictures of local monuments and sights including the beaches, Montauk Lighthouse, the Milk Pail, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. The students also sent them apple information from the Milk Pail, along with local recipes. The children also drew pictures of local places like the Candy Kitchen, King Kullen, Carvel and Kmart. The students are anxiously awaiting a response from their new friends overseas.

Sag Harbor Elementary School

Congratulations to all the participants in our annual speech contest. Students in grades 1 through 4 had to recite at least an eight-line poem, while students in grades 5 through 8 had to write their own speech on a topic of their choice. The winners were, for grades 1 and 2: Alaina Hirsch, Camilla Tucci, Margot French and Brock MacGarva; grades 3 and 4: Ian Lenahan, Jennifer Hall, Deanna Dickenson and Hanna Derrig; grades 5 and 6: Emily Hinz, Joana Coelho and Grace Mazzeo; and grades 7 and 8: Casey Zaharek, Sarah Hurley and Sheila Mazzeo.

Southampton High School

The Southampton School District will hold a regular Board of Education meeting next Tuesday at the Southampton Intermediate School library at 7:30 p.m.

On November 14, six first-year students in Maria Metzger's Science Research and Methodology class at Southampton High School attended a daylong orientation at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. The students are participating in Partners in Science, a joint project of the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Library System. Their teacher, Mrs. Metzger and librarian Paula Liss, who coordinates the students' participation in this project, accompanied the students to the Laboratory.

The purpose of the project is two-fold: 1. To encourage scholarship in the areas of science and/or mathematics through the use of reference and research materials not readily available in school or public library collections and 2. To display alternative career choices in scientific research and development. Following the one-day orientation the students are granted full research and borrowing privileges at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, a world-class facility, for a period of six months immediately following the orientation.

Southampton Intermediate School

This Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., the seventh and eighth-grade students at Southampton Intermediate School will be presenting the 2006 school musical Fiddler on the Roof in the school cafeteria. Fiddler is directed by Maureen Flanagan and the musical director is Erika LoCurto.

Southampton Elementary School

On November 21, the second-grade classes at Southampton Elementary School enjoyed their traditional Thanksgiving Feast specially prepared by their families. During the feast, students entertained the crowd, which featured parents, community members, members of the Board of Education and administrators, with original poetry, and three songs: "Albuquerque Turkey," "Over the River and Through the Woods" and a Spanish song of thanks, "Damos Gracias."

One of the highlights of the afternoon was when the second grade members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation along with their principal Bertha "Cookie" Richard, who dressed in their regalia, performed a traditional dance. At the end of the feast, all of the leftover food was donated to a local shelter.

From January 23, 2007 through February 2, the third and fourth-grade students at Southampton Elementary School will be treated to a slideshow and hands-on workshop about abstract artists such as Chagall, Matisse and Picasso by Joyce Raimondo, Artist in Residence. The theme of the workshops will be how artists express feeling in innovative art. Ms. Raimondo's newest art book for children entitled, What's the Big Idea? Adventures in Modern Art, features artwork from students at the elementary school.

Elementary school students are currently collecting new toys and coats for those in need this holiday season. All donations should be placed in the designated bins in front of the gym. If you have any questions, you may contact Gwendolen Arnzen at 591-4805 or Doug Grable at 591-4807.

The Elementary School will hold its annual Winter Vocal Concerts on December 14 and 15 in the school auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

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