Written by Denise Trezza Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Students and staff at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary provided a fitting send-off for beloved Principal Gina Faust during their Parents as Reading Partners (P.A.R.P.) celebration. While donning cowboy hats, boots and scarves, students danced during a school-wide hoe down.
The P.A.R.P. events are designed to encourage students and families to read at home. Each year, students are challenged to read with a partner at home for at least 15 minutes for five nights. When students reach their school-wide goal for logged reading hours they make an unusual demand on their principal. One year, Faust served lunch in the cafeteria; last year she sang a pop song to the school; and this year she was asked to dance the funky cowboy. While Faust thought she would be doing it with only a small group of students, she was in for a surprise when it was revealed that the whole school had learned the dance and would be performing for her as well.
The hoe-down was the culminating event for a week’s worth of activities. Parent volunteers kicked off the event by visiting classrooms, providing cowboy themed snacks and assisting with a boot making craft. Pre-K students were asked to make a ranch scene with a graham cracker barn and a cheese stick fence with animal crackers grazing in the field.
Meanwhile, a school-wide drama unfolded as Faust, whose picture was posted in the lobby on a wanted poster, would pop into classrooms as a renegade cowboy pleading to students not to reveal her whereabouts as the staff would be looking for her. What might a principal with a passion for reading be wanted for? Why, overdue library books of course.
As they bid happy trails to a principal who has so successfully inspired them to read, work hard and enjoy every minute of their elementary school experience, Faust had one last message for her students: “Keep Reading.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.