Written by Denise Trezza Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
It was a cold night for the annual Menorah lighting at the Derby Hall Bandstand last Monday. The event, which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Civic Association, was well attended though, with Oyster Bay Jewish Center’s Rabbi Marvin Demant leading the crowd in cheerful Chanukah songs.
“Every year we gather at the gazebo to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Demant. “It is actually very special this year because Thanksgiving and Chanukah will overlap for the first time in almost 100 years.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”