The annual East Woods Spring Fair weekend was kicked-off with a spectacular dinner dance and auction held on the waterfront at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island on Friday, May 16.
The storm of the previous night gave way to radiant sunshine and smiling faces all around as the celebration and fun continued on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the East Woods Spring Fair. No small fair, the Spring Fair boasted plenty of rides for children of every age. The Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide, Scat, Dizzy Dragons, Starship, Sizzler, Merry Go Round and Bumper Cars were among the favorites.
The year-long study of the Animal Kingdom in the first grade at East Woods School allowed the students to learn and accomplish more than most would think a class of 6- and 7-year-olds could do. Learn the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates? They did. (Learn how to spell vertebrates and invertebrates? They did.) Dissect various underwater creatures in the East Woods Lower School Science lab? They did. Select an endangered animal, research that animal, write a report in PowerPoint and present their findings in front of the entire school? They did, and they did it with confidence.
On a Friday morning this spring, the hard – and fun – work of this class was in evidence as the first grade took to the stage. Singing songs they learned in music class and wearing headpieces they created in the likeness of their endangered animal, the first grade impressed the audience of students, faculty and parents with their knowledge and poise. The students stood comfortably and confidently on stage, reading their reports and class-created acrostic poems aloud, proud of what they had learned and proud to be sharing it.
Oyster Bay High School students were recognized at the 2014 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Ceremony on May 28 at Hofstra University. Senior Aubri Juhasz was a winner in the category of “School Opinion Piece” for an article she wrote called “Minding Your P’s and Q’s.” Juhasz was twice honored as she won in the “Format Buster” category with “A Message from the Editor.”
Sophomore Joaquin Contreras won in the “Entertainment & Lifestyle” category with an article called “1994: “Film’s Greatest Year.”
The annual 5th Battalion Parade and Drill took place at Sea Cliff’s Harry Tappen Beach on Saturday, June 21, a beautiful, sunny day; ideal beach weather, though likely a bit hot for the men practicing their drills for their fire departments. The 5th Battalion consists of 11 volunteer fire departments, including Sea Cliff, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Atlantic Steamer, Glen Cove, Bayville, East Norwich, Locust Valley, Syosset, Roslyn Highlands, Glenwood and Roslyn Rescue, all of whom took part in the old-fashioned drill. The Bayville team took second place in the three man ladder event, while Sea Cliff took third, both coming behind first place winners Roslyn Bear Cats.
Oyster Bay took first in the individual ladder event while Glen Cove took third. In the running hose event, Sea Cliff took first place, Oyster Bay took second and East Norwich took third.
Cindy Hom finished first in her class to become the Valedictorian for the Oyster Bay High School graduating class of 2014. Hom plans on attending Georgetown University in September where she will study math, chemistry and possibly
While at Oyster Bay High School, Hom was a member of the OBHS chapter of the National Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society, the Business Honor Society, the Art Honor Society, and was the
Publicity Officer for the Foreign Language Honor Society.
Showcasing and celebrating the robust arts program at East Woods School, the Second Annual “Evening of the Arts” was held on May 1. Students and their families arrived on campus by 6:30 p.m. and were treated to the first of several student performances on the front steps of the main building. After this enthusiastic welcoming number by the fourth-graders, the guests were free to follow the hand-drawn map through both school buildings and various classrooms for the rest of the event.
As the eager school audience filed into the old gym, there were some nervous but excited third- and fourth-grade students seated on the stage. After weeks of studying, the day had finally arrived: the Seventh Annual East Woods School Spelling Bee.
A total of 22 students tried out for the Spelling Bee preliminary round, and 11 students made it through as finalists. Those students were given a challenging list of 250 vocabulary words to study prior to the spelling bee. After an impressive 30 rounds, Danielle Rosenthal, fourth-grade teacher and Spelling Bee leader, named Jaden Bethel as the winner of the spelling bee. Isabelle White finished in second place, and Sophie Laserson placed third. All of the competitors should feel proud of their accomplishments.
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.
This year’s Vernon Leaders Club is made up of 64 sixth-grade students and is advised by Vernon teacher Jen Doxsee. The purpose of Leaders Club is to help organize and run school events. The club helps to fundraise for various organizations as well as volunteer their time for community service.
The Leaders Club brainstormed on different ways to interact with the community and they thought that visiting the Life Enrichment Center would be a great way to help bridge the gap between generations.
St. Dominic’s High School’s Class of 2014 Valedictorian is Steven Parinelli and the Salutatorian is Hyerin Shin. The list of graduates for 2014 includes:
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