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Seek Your Fortune In The Book Club

Dr. Laura Seinfeld, in her first year as the new Superintendent of Schools for Oyster Bay-East Norwich, has proven herself to be an intelligent, innovative, caring leader filled with positive energy. In November, she launched OBEN’s first school sponsored Book Club by inviting the community to come together in a discussion of the inspiring book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and is now planning a second book club for the spring.

The selection for the second community book club is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. As this novel is appropriate for grades 3 and up, Dr. Seinfeld is hoping even more students decide to join in the shared reading experience than in the fall.

One reviewer summed up the new book with these words: “This is a beautifully written fable for people of all ages, not just those in grades 3-6. I just finished reading this story to my 5-year-old. I think I may have gotten more from it than she did, but she was enraptured as we read three chapters every night for the last few weeks.”

All members of the OBEN learning community are invited to join in the shared reading of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Two opportunities have been scheduled to join book discussions, which will be held on Monday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Vernon School library annex and on Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Oyster Bay High School library. Both book club dates are open to all -- students, families, community members, and school district staff.

If anyone would like to join, please email Jean Tworkowski at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-624-6505 and please indicate on which date you plan to attend.

As with the first Book Club, these sessions are tied into the Oyster Bay High School 21st Century Diploma program. Students who have opted to pursue a 21st Century Diploma can get credit by joining the Book Club discussion.

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District is in its fourth year of this new program for students in grades 9 through 12. This voluntary program is designed to prepare students to meet the demanding challenges of the 21st Century. The ultimate goal of this program is to have the students become exemplary citizens of the 21st Century while further nurturing their individual passions.

Six areas of focus that students need to develop in order to be successful in the 21st Century have been identified: Life-Long Learner, Health & Fitness, Communication, Work Ethic, Information Technology and Global Awareness.

The objective is to give students credit for the activities that they currently do above and beyond the school day. In addition, all students are encouraged to try new activities.

Each school year, participants will be able to select from a list of activities, specifically designed to develop the above areas of focus. Students will be responsible for managing their own portfolios via the 21st Century Internet Portal. Numerical points will be earned upon the successful completion of an activity and the submission of an artifact into the individual student’s portfolio. Over the course of four years, students will need to earn 100 points in order to qualify for the 21st Century Diploma.

One of the activities that students participated in was a Global Awareness opportunity offered through an organization called Kiva. Kiva is a non-profit based company that provides business start-up loans to entrepreneurs in third world countries. Students were assigned the task of creating a fundraiser to be able to contribute funds through an online account. Students were responsible for choosing one specific entrepreneur whom they would lend their funds to. This opportunity allowed students to see the real world effect of helping others and how far help from one individual to another can go. This activity will be offered again this year as well as numerous other engaging opportunities.

The 21st Century Committee is currently working with local businesses and community leaders to add additional opportunities for students and welcomes additional support and ideas for activities.

The 21st Century Diploma program will also offer monetary scholarships. To contribute to the scholarship fund, donations can be made by check, payable to OBHS 21st Century Diploma.

For more information or if you would like to get involved with the program, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

News

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.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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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