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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

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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