January 03, 2007

School Days

Ross School

The seventh grade celebrated the Silk Road unit on December 20 with a special program about China. They heard a fascinating presentation by Gaosheng Huang about modern China, and enjoyed an amazing slide show presented by Shenzhan Liao of her hiking trip across the challenging trail of North East China. These two Chinese teachers made the topics of Chinese history come alive with their wonderful stories evocative photographs.

Students also designed and decorated beautiful silk scarves. Chef Liz Dobbs and the cafe staff created an amazing Chinese meal so that the whole school could celebrate Silk Road Day! Students enjoyed Sichuan Pickled Vegetables, Sesame Egg Noodles, Barbeque Pork, Vegetable Fried Rice and Home Style Tofu chunks! Oranges and fortune cookies completed the meal!

Last Wednesday Ross seniors and seventh graders were fortunate to hear Dan Snow, a Shakespearean actor, deliver a remarkable monologue that chronicled the life and complexity of the African-American intellectual Titled "W.E.B. DuBois Speaks" from the perspective of W.E.B. DuBois, the great American intellectual and fighter for civil rights and racial equality. Mr. Snow has been performing W.E.B DuBois Speaks for NYC high school students through Young Audiences of New York.

Seventh grade students had delivered monologues the week before from the perspective of Alexander the Great, and thus they could really appreciate the huge challenge of this endeavor and the great success of Mr. Snow's performance. They were brought to tears, broke out in laughter and applauded with gusto in response to this fine performance.

On December 22, the Ross Lower School held its Holiday Concert in the Field House. Performers included singers from each grade (pre-nursery through fourth grade), as well as third and fourth grade violinists accompanying several of the pieces. The concert was attended by Ross parents and faculty.

Toy, Book and Clothing Drive was held at the Lower School campus for two weeks. Families generously donated many items that were given to the Big Brother Big Sister Organization, which helps local families in need. It was a great success.

Through the Kiwanis Club, Ross students were able to make contributions to the Toys for Tots organization. An overwhelming amount of toys were donated. The Toys for Tots is a nonprofit organization that provides holiday toys to families who are not able to afford them. This year 250 families in the East Hampton area were helped. Taylor Hoge, a tenth grader, helped organize this year's drive.

As they approached the Holiday break, the ninth grade science classes concluded their study of human anatomy by singing a song that teacher, Dr. Thomas Liao, adapted entitled: The Twelve Days of Human Anatomy. Hannah Baker made a video recording with her Apple computer and is posting it on YouTube.

Tuckahoe School

On November 30 Mrs. Korey Tietjen and Mr. Dennis Schleider's science students in grades 5 through 8 displayed their final science projects in the Tuckahoe Science Fair. The projects represented over three months of planning and testing as students sought to investigate and solve problems that they had identified. The students' projects and the presentations the students gave to their audience of admirers illustrated the hard work and dedication they put into these long-term scientific investigations. A wonderful job was done by all of this year's participants.

The students who created the 10 most scientific projects (selected from the 24 blue and red ribbon projects) will be traveling to the Long Island Science Congress Science Fair in April. This is a competition where the best projects from all of Long Island's schools will be judged. We wish the best of success to our Tuckahoe representatives.

Hampton Bays School

From Mexico to Australia first graders at Hampton Bays Elementary School had the unique opportunity to travel around the world without leaving Hampton Bays. At each stop along their journey students were able to explore cultural differences and celebrate the many different holidays. With foods that tantalized their taste buds and costumes that amazed their eyes, students gained a vast knowledge of the many holiday traditions in different regions of the world.

First grade students participated in the annual Holidays Around the World program. This program allowed students to work together to celebrate cultural differences that are not very dissimilar from many of the students at Hampton Bays. Each class was assigned a different country to research the holidays that are celebrated in the month of December. To bring the research to life for their fellow classmates, teachers and parents, the students dressed to represent their country, performed songs that are synonymous with their country; Feliz Navidad for Mexico, Festival of Lights for Israel, and an original song entitled Dashing through the Beach for Australia. The program concluded with the teachers and parents serving traditional foods used to celebrate the holidays.

Bridgehampton School

The Bridgehampton School District Student Council wrapped up their "Gifts for All" Food and Toy Drive at the District's annual holiday celebration held on Friday, December 22, 2006 . The students presented donated food and toys to the Bridgehampton Child Care Center and the Community Food Pantry at St. Ann's Church. The Student Council also presented grocery store gift certificates to the Child Care Center, funds for which were raised by raffling off items donated by local businesses. St. Ann's and the Child Care Center will distribute the food, toys and gift certificates to less-fortunate families in the Bridgehampton area.

Third, fourth and fifth graders recently participated in swimming intramurals at the East Hampton YMCA. The students took part in 10 group lessons. Students learned proper swimming techniques and enjoyed swimming safety tips. The program ended on December 18, 2006.

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