“I wish I had something like this growing up; when I see what my team and I do for these kids, it goes beyond anything I’ve ever done,” says hip-hop artist Sean Forbes, referring to the recent two-day music video workshop he and several members of his non-profit organization, D-PAN conducted at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. Forbes, who is deaf, channels his passion for music into his outreach to the deaf community via American Sign Language (ASL) videos, workshops and music camps.
The Detroit-based D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Artists Network (www.deafandloud.com), was co-founded by Forbes in 2006. The organization focuses on translating popular songs into ASL music videos for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Additionally, Forbes and his team of musicians encourage musical expression via hands-on involvement through the music video workshops D-PAN offers.
On a lovely, bright autumn day in October, the Oyster Bay High School students of the Academic Career Exploration Program (A.C.E.) took a stroll to Dodds & Eder in the town of Oyster Bay. The trip had been planned to deliver homemade treats and cards to graciously thank the staff for providing the students with the supplies necessary to undertake the greenhouse project at Oyster Bay High School. Associates of Dodds & Eder, Sarah Frankel, Dottie Simons, Carrie Leopold and Norma Gattulli, were on hand to greet the students and show them around the beautifully decorated store.
The greenhouse at OBHS was built and maintained by science teachers Greg Bilello and Robert Bennett. Since they retired a year ago, the greenhouse has been in desperate need of tender loving care. At the beginning of this school year, teaching assistants Paula Norton and Kathy Brown brought this to the attention of Ellen Rotolo, the A.C.E. teacher. Both the science and special services departments enthusiastically agreed this would be a great project for the class to undertake. The A.C.E. program students were quickly off and running to reclaim this tired space and transform it into a peaceful oasis.
A total of 21 seniors from Oyster Bay High School have been recognized as AP Scholars based on their performance on the Advanced Placement exams, with varying levels of distinction.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
Oyster Bay High School senior Cassidy Archdeacon is among the highest-scoring participants who are being recognized in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Of the more than 50,000 high scorers nationwide, approximately 34,000 students were commended for their performance on the Preliminary, SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Details about the competition and levels of program recognition are described on the National Merit Scholarship website.
Oyster Bay-East Norwich seventh-graders Julia Cutajar, Emily Wiesenfeld, Kathryn Moore, Sean O’Toole, and Matt Murphy joined with other outstanding middle school students from across the United States to take part in an extraordinary leadership development experience, the 2014 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC): Foundations of Leadership I.
The program provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.
“Have you filled a bucket today?” That’s the question students at Roosevelt Elementary School were recently asked. Carol McCloud’s book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? introduces the idea that everyone carries around an invisible bucket that holds all of their good feelings and good thoughts about themselves.
Each of us has the power to fill up another person’s bucket through kind actions and the use of kind words. When we fill someone’s bucket it fills our bucket, too. It feels good to be kind and caring to others. School social worker, Dr. Carole Brown, and school psychologist, Tracy Vieweg, were invited into each classroom to read the story to the students.
People of the Oyster Bay East Norwich Community often see Tom Gould at many events with camera in hand. Throughout the course of the school year, Gould takes thousands of photographs. During the holiday concerts last year, Gould captured a moment in the fourth-grade concert as Lou Costidis was conducting a candlelit chorus with his arms reaching for the stars. Gould labeled the photo “The Joy of Music” and submitted it to the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA). The photo was recognized with their highest award of “Excellence.”
Monica Lester, contest coordinator for the 2014 NYSPRA Communications Awards and communications specialist for the Capital Region BOCES said, “Of more than 330 entries, judged by communications professionals around the country, about one-third received awards.”
This past school year, eighth-grade students at Oyster Bay High School and students at the James H. Vernon School got a little help finding an answer to the question: “What do you want to do when you grow up?” More than 50 professionals, including several parents of OBEN students, participated in the annual event, which is jointly sponsored by the high school and Project LEARNS (a partnership between the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the Oyster Bay Main Street Association).
On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the faculty and staff got together in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center to celebrate the new school year that lay ahead. Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld set a positive tone for the months ahead and brought an enthusiasm and excitement that was unanimously well received.
First, students Brian Gallagher, Erica Haguisan, Mia DiMeo, Isabel Ramirez and Michael Jorge-Rivera performed a special musical version of the Pledge of Allegiance arranged by Tom Sugar, followed by a group of singing second-graders for a musical selection, “America, of Thee I Sing.”
The main topic at the Oyster Bay School Board meeting last Tuesday night concerned the expansion of the high school’s band and chorus rooms and the parking situation on the east side of the high school.
Architects from Burton, Behrendt and Smith presented options for expanding the two music rooms, addressing the parking situation and adding air conditioning to the high school’s cafeteria and auditorium.
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