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Second-Grade Science Fun For The Family

Do you know how to make a bubbling, colorful blob in a test tube? Roosevelt’s second-graders and their families do. They learned this scientific secret and many others at the seventh annual Second Grade Family Fun Science Night, held on Jan. 24.

Regina D’Orio, science and technology teacher, with Janna Ostroff, science and technology supervisor, led the evening’s events, which immersed students and their family members in five hands-on science investigations. Each experiment called for teamwork, critical thinking, scientific recording and, of course, fun.

This scientific tradition was started at Roosevelt in January 2007 by Keith Harrison after getting the idea from a conference he attended. The result was a successful event designed to bring students and families together while learning new ideas in science.

The evening got started in the cafeteria where the young scientists decorated their own white lab coats and donned colorful goggles to do their work. During. D’Orio’s introduction, she invited families to view her website, www.trscienceandtech.com for information about the K-2 science program and photos of students engaged in the night’s activities.

Ostroff shared the microphone to talk about the exciting new robotics program that is launching in Oyster Bay on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Oyster Bay High School library.

The attendees then broke off into groups and went to the kindergarten classrooms to engage in projects including Hoop Gliders, Fingerprints, The Erupting Bubbling Blob, Drops on a Penny, and Sense of Taste. Each exploration was supervised by one of the Roosevelt teachers including, Jennifer Iles, . Kristina Kolb, Heather Lami, Jamie Pellettiere and Alison Skoczdopole.

Oyster Bay High School science teacher Amy Hallock came to lend her expertise. Oyster Bay High School students from the National Science Honor Society were invaluable in assisting teachers and students throughout the evening. Those high school students included Amanda Cooper, Cara Gibbons, Christy Ha, Cindy Hom, Aubri Juhasz, Shannon Kelly, Rebecca Layne, Claudia Mastrogiacomo, Ryan McEvoy, Anant Mehrotra, Christon Muzante, Maria Osypenko, Nina Policano, Halsey Quinn, Somya Srivastava, Mark Stutzmann and Matt Treiber.

“Beginning with the creative designing of lab coats and accompanying eye goggles, the attendees knew they would be in for a fun-filled time,” says. Bonnie Epstein, Interim Principal of the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. “The informative PowerPoint shared by Ms. D’Orio and Ms. Ostroff triggered the interest of all. The five stations, one per classroom, were the highlight as these second grade students and their parents got to work together to critically think and perform thought-provoking experiments with exciting outcomes. I am sure Science Fun Night is a Roosevelt memory our second graders and their parents will remember forever.”

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

In what was their last free meeting at the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, the East Norwich Civic Association presented a money saving/energy saving program. It was presented by Marriele Robinson of the Homeowner Support PowerUp Communities group, an outreach of the L.I. Progressive Party. She came to offer free energy evaluations of homes to make them more energy efficient, which will save money.

She said Poor Richard’s Almanac promises it to be very cold this winter, and this is a way to plug up your energy leaks, with both current savings on needed work and through rebates resulting in future savings. After an energy assessment of your home, PowerUp will present you with a report based on their contractor’s assessment, which will outline all the ways you can improve your energy efficiency. The report will include all the potential rebates to reduce the cost of the upgrade which includes the option of financing through PS&G, which will include the monthly payments in your monthly bill.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.


Calendar

Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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