Written by Tom Gould Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
On Thursday, Aug. 29, the faculty and staff got together in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center (The PAC) to celebrate the new school year that lay ahead.
New Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Laura Seinfeld, set a positive tone for the months ahead and brought an enthusiasm and excitement that was unanimously well received. Her message was simple and to the point. Our number one priority is the students. This message was brought home by Dr. Seinfeld’s involvement of students in the opening remarks for this staff development day. Her belief is that when teachers see school through the eyes of the students, they will have a better understanding of how to approach the subject matter in the classrooms.
Dr. Seinfeld’s passion for education and love for the students and staff of the Oyster Bay East Norwich (OBEN) schools is palpable. In fact, several teachers were moved to tears during her opening presentation.
The morning began with students Juliet Bibla, Hannah Kulis, Matthew Mahoski, and Danilo Tumasella, accompanied by Roosevelt’s new music teacher, Meagan Finnerty performing a special musical version of the Pledge of Allegiance arranged by Tom Sugar, music teacher from another district and proud parent of two Oyster Bay students.
The president of the board of education, Ann Marie Longo, delivered a welcoming address on behalf of the school board.
“Please, know that the board of education is committed to setting policy that is focused on the best interests of all students in our district. We put our trust in our superintendent of schools, and all of you, to carry out these policies, always with a focus on maximizing each student’s personal potential for tomorrow’s world.
On behalf of the entire board, thank you for your hard work and commitment to the students we serve and only the best for the new school year,” she said.
The building principals took to the podium to introduce new staff members, and senior Matt Treiber, the student council president, shared his vision for the upcoming school year.
“I am excited to see what we can accomplish if we all work together...it is important that we, and everyone else in all of the schools, remain positive. Competition is great, but only if it is friendly.”
Dr. Seinfeld came to the podium and inspired the crowd with her vision and plans for the future.
She said, “I am thrilled to have been selected to return to this incredible, caring learning community to serve as your Superintendent of Schools... I truly believe that when students, families, staff, and community members feel cared for, anything is possible. Together, this caring learning community stands ready to meet the many challenges facing school districts today.”
She continued, “While our school community is comprised of the many adults, we are here together for one purpose, to provide the best possible educational experience in a caring learning community for each and every one of our students...my wish for all of us, when working with children, young adults, colleagues, family or community members, is that we choose kind. All members of this caring learning community deserve no less.
Only the best for a healthy, joyful, intellectually stimulating, collaborative, and rewarding 2013-14.”
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.”