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High School Course: ‘Program Of Excellence’

The Oyster Bay High School English elective course “Essay Writing for College” has been selected by New York State English Council (NYSEC) as a 2014 Program of Excellence. The course was developed by retired Oyster Bay High School English teacher Kathi Reilly and has been offered for 10 years. In recent years, the course has been taught by English teachers Karen DiMaggio and Lydia Brady. Under their tutelage, the program has been recognized by News 12’s “Cool at School” and now by the New York State English Council.  

The NYSEC President Elect, Christine Zandstra, shared the exciting news with the Oyster Bay High School saying, “It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the New York State English Council has selected your school’s submission, ‘Essay Writing for College,’ for a NYSEC 2014 Program of Excellence Award. We received many programs that were of extremely high quality, so selecting our recipients was a challenge. Ultimately, we found your program to be clearly of exceptional merit and innovation. It is a program that includes many teachers, students, families, and, community members. The nature of the program touches the lives of many and contributes to a lifetime of learning...Your program has much to offer others in their endeavors to continue to improve and innovate the teaching of English Language Arts.”

This graded course, taught with the support of OBHS Guidance Department, takes students through the key components of the college application process as well as scholarship writing. Throughout the course students hone the following skills: selecting target, safety, and reach schools, building a resume, sharpening interview skills, and creating essays that captivate the reader via the development of a hook, voice, figurative language, appropriate diction and subject. The course is writing intensive and students delve into the editing process in a workshop setting. The course is open to Oyster Bay High School seniors and carries a half credit.

English Language Arts / Reading / Library Media Supervisor Valerie Vacchio added, “Congratulations to Ms. Brady and Ms. DiMaggio. Your devotion, wisdom, and expertise are valued and appreciated."

News

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

Mammography Van

Thursday, July 17

History Walk

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