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A Winter Music Showcase

In a debut performance under the direction of music teacher Meagan Finnerty, the music department at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School decided a break from tradition was in order. In years past, the performance took place over two days and parents were invited to watch the entire school perform. This year, however, the concert was presented as a “Winter Music Showcase” instead, to the delight of parents, who were thrilled not to have to struggle to find parking or a decent seat in the gymnasium.

In this year’s performance, each class performed one number separately, with each grade level performing in 30-minute intervals.

“I really liked that each class got individual attention. It was great to be able to see your child perform,” said Gina Weinberg of Oyster Bay.

The motivation behind the change, according to Supervisor of Performing Arts Peter Rufa, was that, “We wanted to feature the integration portion of our music program.”

 While introducing the showcase, Rufa explained that the integration program that exists at TR Elementary is something very special that you won’t typically find in other schools.

While students in most schools typically receive music once a week, at Roosevelt, the students get supplemental instruction which takes place with their music teacher as well as their classroom teacher. The two work together, engaging students to meet an objective using music as a tool for learning.

“This helps to excite young learners and makes the curriculum more meaningful,” said Rufa.

The songs the students learned were directly linked to the topics they studied with their classroom teacher.

When asked how she felt about the performance, Finnerty responded enthusiastically. “The kids worked so hard and did such an amazing job.”

Rufa echoed her excitement by saying, “We are all very proud of this portion of our music program in the district and are very pleased to have Ms. Finnerty as a member of our music faculty.”

News

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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