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Sagamore Hill Adopts Kindergarten Class

The Oyster Bay - East Norwich School District has partnered with the National Parks Service (Sagamore Hill site) on two key programs.

In the year 2016 Sagamore Hill will celebrate its centennial. To coincide with the centennial celebration of the National Parks Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School will participate in a three-year “Adopt-a-Class” program. The plan features both school visits and field work at Sagamore Hill. The “Adopt-a-Class” Program is sponsored by the National Parks Service and the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Each year, students will learn some aspect of being stewards of the National Parks and how to care for Sagamore Hill in particular. As second-graders, they will assist in giving a tour of the house that President Theodore Roosevelt and his family lived in during their years in Oyster Bay.

As part of a new collaboration between Sagamore Hill and the Oyster Bay - East Norwich School District, all kindergarteners were treated to a visit by park rangers Josh Reyes and Scott Gurney and park volunteers Kathy McLeavy and Nancy Hall. Ranger Gurney’s daughter Jane is a first-grader at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.

They visited each of the kindergarten classrooms and gave the children an introduction to Sagamore Hill and to the concept of students becoming stewards of national treasures. The park volunteers read the book Care for Our World by Karen Robbins to the kindergarteners. The rangers introduced the students to the Theodore Roosevelt family, Sagamore Hill and the National Park Service how they all “care for our world.”

In June, the kindergarten classes will visit Sagamore Hill and explore the museum and the property.

Next year, as first-graders, and the following year as second-graders, students will deepen their study of the National Parks with additional lessons at school and at the site. This opportunity for these students was coordinated by Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Tami McElwee and Social Studies, Career Technologies, and Service Learning Supervisor Lara Gonzalez.

Oyster Bay – East Norwich Schools may also benefit from a program through the National Parks Service called “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher.” Gonzalez has collaborated with ranger Josh Reyes at Sagamore Hill on a grant to offer a stipend to an OBEN teacher to work at the site during the summer and to develop lesson plans that might be used in secondary social studies programs. Sagamore Hill has been awarded the grant and the district is awaiting further details.

National Park Volunteer Nancy Hall wants the community to know that even though the house is currently closed for renovations, there is still plenty to be enjoyed at Sagamore Hill with the nature trails and beautiful grounds, especially now with the cherry blossoms in bloom.

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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