Gurney's Inn
October 17, 2007

School News

Amagansett School

Students in Mr. Hancock's sixth grade class have been learning about the scientific method. The students have already completed several experiments in which they practiced the scientific method while learning about the properties of matter. The class teamed up with students in Ms. Blackburn's kindergarten class to help hatch brine shrimp. The older and younger students worked together to carefully place brine shrimp eggs in small culture jars and add salt water. Students observed the eggs, measured the water temperature, and made predictions as to how long it would take for the eggs to hatch. Kindergartners will monitor the jars over the next few days and let their sixth grade lab partners know when the eggs hatch!

Students in kindergarten have been practicing using the lower case "c." The students found objects in the classroom that began with lower case c, read books about the letter c, learned the sound the letter c makes and began writing the letter as well. In addition, the students welcomed a new classmate last week. The class was overjoyed with its new pet "Rocky" a Russian Tortoise. The children will learn to care for their new pet.

Springs School

The Springs School Opera is off into its 11th year. Students in fourth grade signed up to be performers, set and costume designers or playwrights. After a series of exercises, the numbers were cut down to about 15, then down to the five performers. The writers have started the script and writing lyrics to the songs, while the composers have put music to the songs the writers wrote.

The students in Tracey Frazier's fifth grade class are working to see which environment the beetle and the isopods prefer with Owen McCormack, the science teacher. The environments are moist, dry and wet soil. The students have started making observations.

In Colleen McGowan's art classes the students are creating Halloween creatures for local businesses. Some students are creating spiders. The students have artistic freedom, but the spiders can only have eight legs. The students used paper mache to create the spiders' covering, and for many students they had never used this material before. The kindergarten classes are creating a pumpkin field for another business, using paint and glazing.

Students in Ann Marie Schuppe's third grade class are studying crayfish with Owen McCormack. Students in Pre-K to five enjoyed an hour with famed singers and storytellers Peter and Mary Alice Amidon last Thursday. The duo was setting up on the stage when the school held its morning Spirit Meet and was impressed with the program. The students sang some of their favorite songs along with the Amidons. The Amidons' music is a favorite of Maria Goncalves, the school's Pre-K teacher, and Margaret Thompson, the school's music teacher.

Sag Harbor Elementary

As part of this year's theme, "Celebrate Sag Harbor – Our Hometown," kindergarten teacher Susan Raebeck and third grade teacher Kurt Kahofer made another presentation at Morning Program about the geography of Sag Harbor. The geographical feature they focused on was ponds, highlighting Otter, Round and Otter Ponds.

The first graders in Patti Jack's class have been busy at work honing their communication and writing skills by interviewing teachers, administrators and other staff at the elementary school. The children learned different aspects about the interviewees' jobs and will document the results in books that they will publish at the end of the project.

Fire Marshall Tim Platt addressed Morning Program as part of Fire Prevention Week, an annual endeavor to teach our children and their families about safe practices in the home to prevent fires and to act quickly and safely in the event of a fire. The theme for this year is "Know Your Escape Route." This week and next, all classes will go on field trips to the firehouse to take part in Operation EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home) where they will learn about safety in case of a fire. Children are encouraged to establish safety routines with their families, practice procedures and be prepared in case of an emergency.

Fifth grader Jessica McMahon updated her fellow students and the rest of the school family about the Greening of Sag Harbor. A poster that Jessica painted last year is being reproduced and posted on garbage receptacles and other spots in town in an effort to raise the consciousness of people who live in and visit Sag Harbor about the importance of protecting our planet's environment. This is another prime example of "What One Little Person Can Do," a recurring theme at the Sag Harbor Elementary School.

Bridgehampton School

Bridgehampton students were on the move this week to support their classroom curriculum. Pre-K 3 and four year olds were the trailblazers by going on a field trip to the Milk Pail in Water Mill to learn about the life cycle of the apple tree as well as some early arithmetic by counting apples. The students then learned a little subtraction by eating some of their newly observed fruits.

Seventh grade went to the Suffolk County Historical Society where school programs cover a broad range of topics designed to supplement the classroom study of local history.

Ten students from the 8-10 grades have been selected to attend this year's East End Leadership Summit, sponsored by the Suffolk County Youth Program, County Executive Steve Levy, and the Town of Southampton.

Eleventh and twelfth graders went to Southampton High School and joined the College Fair, where they were introduced to representatives from over 40 different colleges.

Riverhead School

The kindergarten children at the Roanoke Avenue School have been reading about Johnny Appleseed's life in the reading/writing workshop and decided to proclaim and celebrate "Johnny Appleseed Day" by tasting apples, graphing responses, reading stories, singing songs, making homemade applesauce, eating apple cookies and apple crisp.

"The Macintosh apples seem to make the best applesauce," observed Mrs. Kent. "We begin the year by studying the colors, so I've been emphasizing the colors of the apples: red, green and yellow. Later in October, we'll take a field trip to pick apples."

The students also learned that Johnny Appleseed first planted apple trees in western New York and Pennsylvania before heading west. Johnny was a friend to everyone he met. Indians and settlers – even the animals – liked Johnny Appleseed. His clothes were made from sacks and his hat was a tin pot. He also used his hat for cooking. His favorite book was the Bible. He loved children.

"He planted apple trees and wore a pot on his head and that's why we're wearing pots on our heads today," explained one of the boys, who had a hard time keeping his on.

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