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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

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.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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