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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

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.


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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