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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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