October 10, 2007
The fall is a great time for our students to experience outdoor educational experiences. Our fifth and sixth graders recently returned from their trip where they learned valuable lessons of outdoor life and recreation.
The fall season also represents our kick-off of character education. This year we will be working cooperatively as we try to teach our students the value in helping others around our own country who are less fortunate. Some initiatives will include a lunchtime "Mix-it-Up" day in mid-November, the kick-off of the "Catch-a-Kid Being Good" program as well as some parent programs our Shared Decision Making team is in the process of exploring. Much more information will follow.
Once again the TLC and Kindergarten Brigade programs are in "full swing" as our reading department conducted parent training this week. It's never too late to sign up as a reading volunteer! Our PTO has been very busy during the last month. One fabulous event that began last week was our weekly banking day
The children did a cooperative group lesson on Columbus in Social Studies. The group leaders assisted the younger children in compiling a book on Columbus. They learned facts about Columbus and his voyage across the ocean and sang a song about him.
The students went pumpkin picking at the Lisa and Bill's farm last week. They enjoyed walking to the farm stand. This annual event is a favorite of the students.
The next Wainscott School Board meeting will be held next
Hayground School held a math forum last Thursday, which gave parents and community members the opportunity to experience first hand how the school approaches mathematics. With the help of one of the school's founding teachers, who now works for the Boston Public School System, faculty and students facilitated a discussion pertaining to the schools constructivist approach to math, and also ran a number of "math games" that illustrated activities currently taking place in the classrooms focused on elementary and middle school education. This was a wonderful opportunity to experience mathematics in a new and refreshing way, making it easy to understand how Hayground students actually enjoy math and are able to relate it to real world situations and uses.
In addition to the ongoing studies of Fiddler Crabs, salt marshes and local fish populations, Hayground School Scientist in Residence Sarah Sander and the students are continuing their work with the Surfrider Foundation, participating in "Water Quality Month." Sarah and the students, along with Mara Dias, the Water Quality Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, visited Havens Beach and Long Beach over the past week. At Havens Beach, they tested the water coming from the storm drain as well as the water in the bay, and at Long Beach they tested the bay water. Results are not yet conclusive, but Hayground and Surfrider will make them public as soon as they are complete. This has been a tremendous opportunity for the students to become involved locally in a national issue, and they are all very interested in continuing this research.
Arjun Achuthan's class took a trip to Morton Wildlife Refuge this week where they found paint rocks, made stone mosaics, painted rocks and collected curiosities. Artist in Residence Jon Snow joined the class on this journey. Students in the class have also been busy writing and editing their animated stories which will be made into small scrolls for all to enjoy.
The study of Capoeira is continuing as well, as the students learned two new moves this week: "meia lua de frente" and "jole." Students are also learning to play the berimbau, and their musical skills are rapidly improving, to the joy of all at Hayground and home. Lastly, the students are conducting an acorn drive with the goal of collecting thousands of acorns which will culminate in an acorn pancake party, making the pancakes with the acorn flour they will produce.
Plans are underway for the 20th Annual Potato Festival Bash at Ross which will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2007 (with the rain date of Sunday, October 28) from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Ross Lower School campus, 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton. This year's festivities will feature a Hoedown featuring the lively Six Gun western band, new rides including a bungee-jump, and the sweet sounds of Ross parent Caroline Doctorow and her acoustic band.
The Ross Athletic Department is sponsoring its First Annual Bonfire on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Ross Upper School Campus to recognize all Fall High School sports teams. All Ross School students in grades nine to 12 are invited. Pizza and hot chocolate will be served.
Ms. Tiska's third grade had two important visitors on Tuesday. Stacy Meyer from the Cornell Marine Center came to the classroom and set up a saltwater discovery tank. In the tank we have a large sea star, fish, hermit crabs, snails and grass shrimp. The tank is a small version of what we see in local bays. We also had a visit from Scott Chatsky from Quail Hill Farm. Mr. Chatsky is helping the Lower School plant an organic garden. 3A helped Mr. Chatsky by clearing wood pieces from the garden area and stacking them for later use. It was a great Tuesday.
Current eighth grade student Ryan Lewis took the SAT test in June 2007 and scored a 560 in the math section. This is quite an accomplishment for a 7th grader. Ryan also received two certificates from the John Hopkins University Talent Search. Congratulations!
The Spring/Summer issue of SeaFari magazine, published by EF Tours, included an article written by Mr. Rick Faloon. He describes the experiences that inspired and impressed the group of Ross students who were part of the trip he chaperoned to India. It exceeded all expectations.
Students in pre-K through third visited the Milk Pail on a field trip. On their visit, they were given a tour of the apple orchard. The students learned that the Halsey family is dedicated to preserving the land and their heritage. They were also educated about farming practices and the ups and downs that go along with farming. Each student was able to pick apples to bring home!
The first "Wake-Up Amagansett" of the school year was held last Thursday. The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of "Grand Old Flag." The theme this month was "Teamwork." The fourth grade presented a slide show that demonstrated how they use teamwork.
Through Project Adventure, the students engage in hands-on activities where they are learning that teamwork can lead to safety, respect and fun! In Miss Galvin's fifth grade music class, the students learned teamwork through drumming and about African music and culture. The students worked individually and in groups to create part of a song that they incorporated into one complete song. They also learned about a drum circle, where there is no audience or rehearsal and since no one is right or wrong, you have to listen to the rest of the circle to create a beautiful sound.
The fifth grade was also busy memorizing the preamble to the Constitution that was recited at the program. The students worked together to practice memorizing. School librarian Marcie Angel announced that there was 100 percent participation in the Summer Reading Program. The school broke its record by reading over 100 hours more than last year! Pre-K 4 student Jake Epstein had the highest number of hours in the Parents as Reading Partners program. Fifth Grader Abby Okin had the highest number of independent reading hours with 120 hours.
To conclude the program, school Social Worker Janine Jablow recognized students for Random Acts of Kindness. First Grader Jasper Edie gave his math partner a high-five when he lost the math game and told him that he still did a good job. First grader Sara Havens organized all the classroom bins during her lunchtime. Fellow First grader Kate Ward made a card and attached a treat for a friend who was having a bad day. Fourth graders Bryce Slater and Marissa Brophy were active bystanders when a student in their class was being teased. They stood up for their classmate. The entire fourth grade class was recognized for helping and assisting a classmate when she had a broken wrist.
On September 28, the students in grades two through six voted and elected Student Council officers for the 2007-08 school year. When the votes were finally tallied, Jack Bistrian was elected president, Matthew Lownes was elected vice president, Liam McGovern was elected treasurer, and Emma Newburger was elected secretary. The president and the vice president work as team to coordinate and supervise Student Council sponsored events.
McGovern is responsible for keeping track of the finances by calculating money raised and money spent. The Treasurer will also cosign the approval for all Student Council deposits and withdrawals. As student council secretary, Emma Newburger will take notes at all the meetings and design creative school spirit day posters.
On October 2 the new officers met with their advisors, Mrs. McGovern and Ms. Jablow to plan upcoming student council events. Student council is sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest for all interested classes and staff members. Pumpkins will be displayed during the week of Halloween.
Last Friday, the Student Council hosted "Crazy Hair/Hat" day. Students wore funny and creative hats, as well as original and inspired hairdos. A fun time was had by all who participated!
Sag Harbor Elementary
The entire school family — students, staff and faculty — took part in the Re-dedication Ceremony of Pierson, the kick-off of the Pierson Centennial on October 5. Led by members of the Middle School Band, students walked over to Pierson Hill and sat with their older classmates who were their fifth grade 'buddies' when they were in kindergarten. They sang school songs, learned a bit of Sag Harbor's history and discovered what is to be placed in the time capsule in the Pierson building.
As part of this year's theme, "Celebrate Sag Harbor — Our Hometown," kindergarten teacher Nina Landi and teaching assistant Paula Krzyzewski introduced the first of many episodes of the talk show, "I Love This Town." In this recurring series, students will be introduced to many of the people who make Sag Harbor the special place that it is. In honor of the Pierson Centennial, the first guest to be interviewed was Mrs. Margaret Sage, as portrayed by third grade teacher Bethany Deyermond. Seated at a lace-covered table while having tea, Mrs. Sage answered questions about the reason she contributed her money for the establishment of the school. The children were also shown a video of people, places and events in Sag Harbor.
Partners in Print — a series of workshops for kindergarten and first grade children and their parents — will begin on October 18. This program is aimed at children who are not yet reading or have just begun to read. The goal is fostering lifelong reading success. Parents and children attend the sessions together and take part in simple, effective organized activities. This year the workshops will be offered in Spanish as well. Enrollment is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
On October 2, Tracey Frazier's fifth graders walked to Accabonac Harbor. The purpose was to learn about the ecosystems of the harbor and to document their trips with pictures taken by the students themselves. Members of Group for the East End, formally known as Group for the South Fork, provided three guides to help the class learn about the native birds, fish and animals living around the harbor. The four instructors Anita, Jerry, Brian and Steve split the class into groups which rotated through three stations.
One station was taking data about the water, the sand and the air. Another station was about animals. It had a replica of a local bird, a shell from a turtle and little baby crabs, too. The instructor Brian found a praying mantis. The students learned that they are rare, and they took pictures of it. The pictures are taken back to the classroom where they are printed and used for further research and study.
Sean Knight's 6th grade students are learning about solar energy. The students learned how to tell time from shadows – if the sun is closer the wider the shadow is. They also created solar water heaters using black plastic. The students also learned how putting a lid or cover over a solar heater traps the heat in. The classes split into groups and used various filters to determine which would be the best to heat the water. The students found that the filters absorbed the heat and the cover trapped it. They also learned that location of a house or structure is vital for solar to be effective. They took small models and placed them outside. Some groups put their houses facing away from the sun and the others put it facing the sun.
Last Thursday, a group called The Cameo Cast performed inspirational skits on healthy choices and how to make them. The skits were very funny and made a big impact. Some of the skits included how to say no to cigarettes, how to be a good friend, and that all kids should be honest. The skits were pretty much stand up comedy. The Cameo Cast is made up of four very funny adults. It is part of the Character Education program, and was organized by Maritza Santos, school social worker, and Stacy Schmidt, guidance counselor.