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Chicks Hatch In Roosevelt Kindergarten

Lidia Siracusano’s kindergarten class never gets quieter than a peep these days. That is since nine new arrivals emerged from their permeable shell on April 24, much to the delight of the entire school district community. While the eggs hatched in Room 24, thanks to efforts by the technology team, Michael de’Venau, Rob Wihnuk and Andy Kollmer, a camera streamed live video district-wide. Parents and students were able to access the video from home via the school’s website.

Despite the fact that she has been doing this for 15 years, the process never becomes dull for Mrs. Siracusano who said, “I get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time I do this project.”

I have to say I was feeling pretty warm and fuzzy myself as I listened to the students share all they knew about the egg hatching. I arrived at the school the day before the chicks were due to hatch and when I asked the students to tell me a bit about it, hands flew up, eyes widened and enthusiastic grins appeared on every face. One student was thrilled to tell me the chicks were expected on his birthday! That coincidence earned him the honor of having the first hatchling named after him. Another told me she was very excited when she heard about the project and others explained to me, in very specific details, what would happen.

“The chicks will look like they are dead when they first come out of the egg but then they will wake up and become fluffy.”

The beauty of this project is the intensity of the motivation it has created for student learning. From the moment Mrs. Siracusano and assistant teacher Mrs. Miceli returned from Makinajian Farms in Huntington with the eggs, students began journaling. They wrote, drew and labeled what they saw. Looking through a scope allowed them to see what was happening inside the egg shell. Each morning the students would check their calendar and count down the number of days before the hatchling’s due date.

“Children are truly inspired by this incredible experience,” said science and technology teacher, Regina D’Orio, “and will remember this for years to come.”

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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