Gurney's Inn
May 23, 2007

School News

Amagansett School

On May 12, the PTA held a tag sale. Parents, family and friends donated their treasures for the PTA to sell at the event. Everyone who worked at the sale volunteered their time and hard work. This is what made the tag sale a huge success! Voting for new PTA board members and SDM representatives will be held at this meeting. You must attend the meeting to place your vote or to be voted into office if you are a candidate.

On May 15, the pre-K three and four year olds went on a field trip. The students traveled on the Long Island Railroad from Amagansett to Montauk. While in Montauk, the students walked to the docks to view all of the boats. This trip was taken in conjunction with the "transportation" unit the children are studying in the classroom.

On May 15, the sixth grade class traveled to the Montauk Playhouse Senior Center. This was one of four destinations the students will be going to as part of a service-learning project. With the help of school social worker Janine Jablow, the children brainstormed topics and voted to aid the elderly residents of the Town of East Hampton. While at the Senior Center, the class assisted with lunch and with playing bingo!

On May 17, the Ballet Ambassadors visited the Amagansett School. The mission of Ballet Ambassadors is to give children the opportunity to dance in productions. The Ballet Ambassadors use revised story lines that resolve the conflict between good and evil without resorting to violence. The children are able to share the stage with superb professional dancers. Before the production, a study guide was provided that uses activities to promote an understanding of the roles of literature, music, and the visual arts in the creation of a story ballet. The guide includes a history of ballet with a timetable of world events, and a lesson in ballet terminology. This year's production was Swan Lake.

Third grade students are the proud parents of bouncing baby butterflies! The Painted Ladies began to emerge from their chrysalises as the children watched in amazement. Students created and decorated individual butterfly homes for their insects and wrote letters welcoming their new winged classmates. They will continue to record the characteristics and behavior in their science journal, and dedicate poetry to these colorful creatures.

Terry English's pre-K class was treated to two child-friendly digital cameras. It did not take long for the students to become "expert" photographers. Presently, there is a collage of their collective photographs on the pre-K bulletin board outside their classroom. Next, the children will be working on individual picture books. The entire class is having a wonderful time with these cameras!

Bridgehampton School

The Bridgehampton School is proud to announce that eight students have earned the privilege of induction into the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society. Congratulations to National Honor Society inductees Fredy Garcia, Jake Patterson, Maxwell Spooner and Tiffany Stewart, as well as National Junior Honor Society inductees Anika Hochstedler, Genevieve Kotz, Jessica Perez and Ciena Quinn.

The ceremony, which was held on May 15, included a performance by the Bridgehampton Concert Band.

On Memorial Day the Bridgehampton Concert Band will perform at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held by the Bridgehampton Fire Department. The ceremony will take place at the monument located at the intersection of Montauk Highway and the Sag Harbor Turnpike. The event will begin around 9:30.

Parents and community members are invited to attend the Bridgehampton School on June 5 for their annual Field Day. Activities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The rain date for this event is June 6.

Tuckahoe School

On May 12, Tuckahoe's parent-sponsored seventh grade super sellers held their annual yard sale and raised over $1600 for their Washington D.C. trip! Parents and students did a phenomenal job in organizing the sale. Items not sold were donated to several charities by the seventh grade class.

Congratulations to Devin Dagostino who recently won third place in the Suffolk County Reading Council's Creative Writing Contest! Devin is a third grade student in Mrs. Brett Voegel's class. He placed third among students his age throughout Suffolk County in the poetry category! His piece will soon be published in the annual anthology and an awards ceremony is to take place in June. Congratulations, Devin!!

Last Thursday Miss Jennifer Finocchiaro and Mrs. Laura Beach's fourth grade classes visited Old Bethpage Restoration Village. The students got to tour 18th and 19th century buildings including an inn, a general store and a hat maker's shop. The students also got to experience what school was like by spending time in a one-room schoolhouse.

Sag Harbor Elementary

As part of this year's ongoing theme, Good Morning America, kindergarten teacher Susan Raebeck and third grade teacher Kurt Kahofer introduced some famous landmarks of the Western states, highlighting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, complete with Tony Bennett's rendition of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

School psychologist Lauri Lavinio and fifth grade teachers Kelly Hornung and George Kneeland, along with several fifth graders, made the second part of their PowerPoint presentation, "Journey to Hawaii," where they featured Volcano National Park as part of the introduction to the Western states region.

The third graders in Jan Cosgrove's class made a PowerPoint presentation about Venice in Morning Program. Pictures of the students were superimposed on photographs from Ms. Cosgrove's trip to Venice. Students Sarah Jannetti, Emma McMahon, Fallon O'Brien and Lydia Starke also introduced some facts about Venice.

The fourth and fifth graders attended a slide/lecture presentation of "An Inconvenient Truth" by Sara Gordon as part of the science program and our ongoing effort to encourage in our students a sense of responsibility for our planet. The students were reminded of "what one person can do" in terms of protecting our environment.

School nurse Margaret Pulkingham reminded the students of the importance of nutritious food choices in order to achieve good health. With the summer coming, she suggested drinking plenty of water and eating at least three baseball-size portions of fruits and vegetables daily.

Teaching assistant Kim Ramirez introduced three middle school students, Kyra Christopher, Hayley Schimmer, and Elizabeth Oldak, who did a tap dance performance at Morning Program as part of our culture study, since tap dancing is an original American dance form.

The Spring Concert has been moved to a new date it will be held Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

The annual Bake Sale to benefit the Robert Vishno Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in front of Schiavoni's IGA. Each year this bake sale and raffle provide funds to award a scholarship to a Pierson graduate who is pursuing education in music and for a donation to the music program at the elementary school.

School will be closed tomorrow and Friday because of unused snow days and on Monday, in observance of Memorial Day.

Hayground School

Students in Arjun Achuthan's class have been reading The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Students have been deciding which "Daemon" they would like if they could choose one from the book, and then they are painting their choice. The book is read aloud each day and then discussed as a group. Alice Hope's class has been reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and is now watching the movie.

Sarah Sander, Hayground School Scientist in Residence, is currently working on a beach mapping research project with the students. Students mapped a variety of local beaches in the fall, and are now repeating the process and comparing the two sets of data in order to gain insight into erosion and changes in the geography of the beaches.

Tiye Giraud has joined the school as a visiting artist once again, with instruction in constructing and playing the traditional African "shekere," a delightful handmade rattle made from a hollow gourd covered with a net of beads, as well as other gourd instruments. While learning about the instruments' diverse history in Africa, the Caribbean and the American South, the students are making shekeres of their own, and will be performing at Hayground School tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Wainscott School

The Wainscott School staff want to thank all the Wainscott voters who approved the budget on May 15. Your support of the school is very much appreciated. The new school is showing a lot of progress and the children and staff are very excited about the new building and the future of the district. Please stop by and see the building site. The Wainscott School website is up and running. Please type in to connect to our new website. Public input is very much appreciated.

Last Friday was Crazy Hat Day at school and the children got very creative with their hats. We appreciate all the parents' help in making this a fun day for the children. The third grade children went to John Marshall yesterday for their fourth grade orientation. The incoming kindergartners and first graders came to Wainscott yesterday for their orientation. The incoming kindergartners will be the first kindergarten class at Wainscott School.

Next year will bring a lot of "firsts" for the district: a new state-of-the-art facility, kindergartners, new programs, new technology. Wainscott is a historical district with an eye towards a bright future educating students for the 22nd century. Student school brochures are available for free at the school in the brochure box. Stop by and see the new construction and take a brochure. Wainscott School sweatshirts and T-shirts are available at the school for sale from 12 to 3 p.m. daily. Sweatshirts are $20 and T-shirts are $10. Get yours today.

Southampton High School

Forty-five Southampton High School students were recently inducted into the Southampton Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at the 11th Annual Induction Ceremony. Officers Teal Doherty (President), Maximilian Bargiel (Vice President), Sarah Hatton (Secretary), Kelsey Armusewicz (Treasurer), and Honor Society member Jessica Tortorice spoke about the characteristics that best describe a National Honor Society member: leadership, scholarship, character and service.

Congratulations to all of the newest members of the National Honor Society.

Southampton Intermediate School

As part of the fifth grade science investigation of water ecosystems, the classes studied the local marine environment in an outdoor field-study learning lab with science teacher Amy Lester along with their fifth grade teachers. The Group for the South Fork's environmental educators shared their expert knowledge as they guided students in an organized exploration.

The field study allowed students to experience hands-on the marine biodiversity of our local shores. As they explored life in both the Shinnecock Bay estuary and ocean beach dune ecosystem, students used maps, thermometers, charts, graphs and identification books in order to make measurements and record observations about the diverse aquatic life and physical conditions such as weather, water and soil profiles affecting life in the area.

This investigation provided students the opportunity to apply their existing knowledge and skills, learn new skills and information and finally, synthesize the information they gathered to make conclusions.

Southampton Elementary School

Three of the fourth-grade classes at Southampton Elementary School took a two-hour trip onboard the Atlantis Explorer Boat. Ann, the on-board scientist taught the students many things about the Peconic Estuary and the fragile food webs that exist. The interactive trip provided the perfect ending to the fourth grade Food Chains and Webs unit.

Third-grade classes at Southampton Elementary School will be visiting the Southampton Historical Museum during the last few weeks in May to view The Anatomy of a Whale exhibition. The whaling exhibit is an exhibition of research and art projects created by Southampton School District's Academic Enrichment students in concert with the whaling artifacts from the Southampton Historical Museum's collection. Students will be lead by the Academic Enrichment students on a tour to learn about the history of whaling that went on in the Southampton community. The tour will include the impact of whaling on the local economy, the tools related to whaling, the life of whaling captains, and the ships used in the industry.

Last Thursday the second graders at Southampton Elementary School traveled to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center to see a production of the musical The Nightingale. The Figures of Speech Theater Actors from Maine performed an exotic musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Nightingale. With large, exquisite basswood and rod puppets, shadows, and live vocal music, the actors retold the story of an Asian emperor who was moved by the song of a plain gray bird, until he received the gift of a jeweled mechanical bird. The play stressed the importance of connection with nature and the true essence of life.

The kindergarten classes at Southampton Elementary School visited the Rogers Memorial Library. While there the students received their own library card, took a tour of the library and listened to a folk tale.

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