Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year has brought many great additions to East Woods School. The new Head of School, Matthew Bradley, has been warmly welcomed by students, parents, and faculty. In addition, the school is happy to announce the appointment of Richard Hill as the new Athletic Director and fifth and sixth grade science and math teacher. What makes this appointment especially exciting for the school is not only that Richard Hill is a seasoned teacher and an impressive athlete, but he is also an East Woods graduate, class of 2000.Hill arrives at East Woods via Baltimore, where he spent the last several years. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Johns Hopkins University where he was a four year member of the football team. He earned MVP and all-conference honors for his outstanding play and sportsmanship. Hill’s master of art in teaching was in mathematics, and he is certified in mathematics for grades 7 to 12 and science for grades five to nine. For the past five years, he has been teaching both mathematics and science in middle and high school in Baltimore public schools.
In addition, he has been a youth, high school and college football coach, a track and field coach, and for two summers was a counselor at the Johns Hopkins Summer Sports Camp. Hill is also the uncle of Jaylynn Alexander, a fifth-grader at East Woods.
Hill always knew he wanted to work with children. He thought briefly about attending medical school to study pediatrics, but realized that teaching was truly his calling. As a self-proclaimed “math and science person” and a lifelong athlete, teaching and coaching at East Woods is the perfect fit. He is enjoying working with students who are focused and dedicated to their studies and their futures. He is also quite pleased that his high expectations of coming back to East Woods as a teacher have been met. He greatly appreciates the warm, nurturing environment of the school, the supportive family involvement, and the well-organized and well-run school administration at East Woods. While he is very happy to be back, he is also eagerly anticipating his wedding to Victoria Flores Fernandes slated for October 2014.
The fall season for both athletics and academics is off to a great start at East Woods, thanks in no small part to the addition of Richard Hill.
East Woods School is an independent, co-educational pre-nursery through eighth grade school, including a full-day kindergarten program. East Woods School is located on 46-acres in Oyster Bay.
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
It takes a great deal of organization to run the annual Holiday Sharing Program of CSAC, the Community Social Action Committee. Rows of cardboard boxes were set up on tables in the Parish Hall of First Presbyterian Church on Sunday night, Nov. 24. One hundred sets of boxes, that fit just right at two boxes per family, were in the process of being filled with the makings of Thanksgiving dinners on Monday, Nov. 25. The CSAC Holiday Sharing Program offers food certificates or food baskets to needy families and individuals living in the OB-EN community through community support, in an inter-religious community effort working with local agencies, churches and schools to identify those in need.
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.”