Written by Tom Gould, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00
Dr. Laura Seinfeld has certainly hit the ground running as the new Superintendent of Schools for Oyster Bay-East Norwich. he buzz around the schools and in the community is that Dr. Seinfeld represents an intelligent, innovative, caring leader filled with positive energy. She can add “hands on” educator to her impressive list of abilities as she launches OBEN’s first school sponsored Book Club.
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Dr. Seinfeld personally hosted the first meeting of the Book Club along with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Lisa Mulhall. The first session was open to students who have opted to pursue a 21st Century Diploma.
The first book is a New York Times bestseller called Wonder by R.J. Palacio. In reviewing the book for Amazon.com, Seira Wilson said, “Wonder is a rare gem of a novel--beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience. A remarkable novel.”
All members of the OBEN learning community are invited to join in the shared reading of Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Two opportunities have been scheduled to join book discussions which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Oyster Bay High School library and on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Vernon School library. These book clubs are open to all -- students (approximately grade 5 and up), families, community members, and school district staff.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District is entering the fourth year of an exciting new program for students in grades 9 through 12 - The 21st Century Diploma. This voluntary program is designed to prepare our students to meet the demanding challenges of the 21st Century. The ultimate goal of this program is to have students become exemplary citizens of the 21st Century while further nurturing their individual passions.
The district’s objective is to give students credit for the activities that they currently do above and beyond the school day. In addition, they strive for students to try new activities.
Each school year, participants will be able to select from a list of activities, specifically designed to develop the above areas of focus. Students will be responsible for managing their own portfolios via the 21st Century Internet Portal. Numerical points will be earned upon the successful completion of an activity and the submission of an artifact into the individual student’s portfolio. Over the course of four years, students will need to earn 100 points in order to qualify for the 21st Century Diploma.
One of the activities that students participated in, was a Global Awareness opportunity offered through an organization called Kiva. Kiva is a nonprofit-based company that provides business start-up loans to entrepreneurs in third world countries. Students were assigned the task of creating a fundraiser to be able to contribute funds through an online account. Students were responsible for choosing one specific entrepreneur whom they would lend their funds to. This opportunity allowed students to see the real world effect of helping others and how far help from one individual to another can go. This activity will be offered again this year as well as numerous other engaging opportunities.
The 21st Century Committee is currently working with local businesses and community leaders to add additional opportunities for students. Additional support and ideas for activities are welcome.
The 21st Century Diploma program will also offer monetary scholarships. To contribute to the scholarship fund, donations can be made by check, payable to OBHS 21st Century Diploma.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
To enter Raynham Hall on any given day is to step back in time. A recent Sunday, however, had visitors experiencing an especially poignant glimpse into life as it was during the Victorian age as Michael Goudket performed an uncanny portrayal of the infamous Dickens’ character, Ebeneezer Scrooge.
“Storytelling was one of the main sources of entertainment for people in those days,” said Goudket.
It therefore seems fitting that the art of storytelling be experienced in the Victorian parlor of the museum with one of the era’s most popular novellas, A Christmas Carol.
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.
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.”