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Teachers Teach New York State Teachers

Last fall, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School ESL Teachers Penny Koinis and Kim Kaufman presented at the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL) 43rd Annual Conference in White Plains.  Koinis and Kaufman did a poster presentation entitled “Pushing our Youngest Learners (K-2) Towards Independence”.

The goal is always to apply Oyster Bay-East Norwich classroom best practices with ESL strategies to best help the students. Four ways to do this were showcased in the presentation: The use of learning targets, tactile tools and manipulatives, self-assessment rubrics, and classroom charts. All of the techniques and teaching strategies presented can be applied in either the mainstream or ESL classes. Everything reflected the implementation of the Common Core.

Koinis and Kaufman brought along a binder with plenty of examples for viewers to flip through and learn more.

A Teachers College Applied Linguistics representative, who was present, invited them both to share their presentation at the Teachers College annual winter conference.

On Saturday, March 1, Koinis and Kaufman presented at the 35th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University.

At both presentations, teachers and linguistic experts were amazed by the standards to which Oyster Bay-East Norwich holds the youngest learners accountable. The fact that Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School students self-assess, follow rubrics, are given a learning target as a goal for each lesson, and have so many content-rich classroom resources available was very impressive to the attendees.

See for yourself why the OBEN ESL teachers are held in such high regard. The community is encouraged to take part in their Family Literacy Outreach Program. This year, the ESL Family Literacy Outreach Program is focusing on math and is called “Math Mania.” Vernon ESL Teacher Samantha Levy-Wehr helps facilitate three Saturdays of family fun aimed at improving literacy skills. Each session takes place from 9:30 until 11 a.m. on April 26 in the Teddy Roosevelt School Computer Room, and May 31 in the OBEN Public Library.

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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