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:
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.
Gone Dancing has been providing dance education for children ages 2 and up for the past eight years in Oyster Bay. Three years ago owners Carrie Kirincic and Caitlin Malley introduced a Competition Team.
“It was time for us to take our dancers’ performing to the next level,” explains Kirincic. “Competitive dance enhances their ability to really perform and dance for an audience. They also learn about being part of a team and the benefits of healthy competition. Not to mention the amazing friendships that are formed not only from the hours spent at the studio, but the weekends spent at competition.”
The Locust Valley Garden Club recently awarded two $1,000 scholarships to horticulture students at Farmingdale State College. The award ceremony was held at the Student Center Grand Ballroom at the college under the direction of Dr. Richard Iversen, the scholarship committee chairman.
The 22nd Annual St. Dominic Golf and Tennis Open was held at Nassau Country Club on Monday, May 5. More than 130 new and long-term supporters teed off raising vital funds for the church and schools.
The Oyster Bay High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted a record breaking 88 new members in a beautiful candle lit ceremony in the high school performing arts center. The evening was organized by Junior Honor Society faculty advisor Antonia Woodman.
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