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.
Sunscreen? Check. Beach bag? Not quite. Morgan McCartan, an eighth-grade student at East Woods School, is passionate about the sun, but not because she wants to hang out at the beach and get a tan.
When McCartan was in the fifth grade she read an article about the dangers of ingredients found in sunscreen. Her curiosity was instantly piqued. She was fortunate enough to be attending a summer program run by Jane Powel, founder of OMNILearn Corp, and the scientist and educator responsible for the Advanced Learning Program, a proprietary and high-level science-based program at East Woods School. Now in the eighth grade, McCartan’s curiosity was awarded with a first place prize at the competitive and prestigious Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) this past March. Up against 120 middle school competitors who were representing 19 schools, this was no small achievement.
With a pilot program lending iPads to all middle schoolers, Friends Academy is exploring the leading edge of education technology, but the grand old technology of ink on paper took center stage at the school’s annual Book Fair, a tradition since 1990, that ran through May 1.
By all accounts it was a smashing success—record-smashing, that is, with the bake sale raking in nearly twice its usual take. The final tally for the fair itself was not available as of press time.
Dr. Laura Seinfeld, in her first year as the new Superintendent of Schools for Oyster Bay-East Norwich, has proven herself to be an intelligent, innovative, caring leader filled with positive energy. In November, she launched OBEN’s first school sponsored Book Club by inviting the community to come together in a discussion of the inspiring book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and is now planning a second book club for the spring.
The selection for the second community book club is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. As this novel is appropriate for grades 3 and up, Dr. Seinfeld is hoping even more students decide to join in the shared reading experience than in the fall.
Join the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich for “Nitromania Junior,” an event for members in grades kindergarten through 10th grade. “Nitromania Junior” will consist of three different attractions: a Jurassic bounce house where youngsters will bounce around, slide down, climb up, and even shoot baskets in the combo unit; Treasure Hunt Island, where youngsters will travel the seven seas as they hunt through treasure in this one of a kind obstacle course; and lastly, members will have the opportunity to scale the inflatable four-sided 28-foot rock wall.
“Nitromania Junior” will be held at the Clubhouse on Friday, May 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. Club members in grades kindergarten through third can experience Nitromania from 6 to 8 p.m., and club members in grades fourth through 10th will have from 8 to 10 p.m. to participate in the event. The cost for this evening is $17 through May 2; however, as of Monday, May 5, ticket prices increase to $27.
East Woods School sent 37 students from first through eighth grade to the local New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festivals. NYSSMA holds adjudication festivals around New York State every spring.
These East Woods students played a range of instruments, including trumpet, violin, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, cello, and the drums. The school also had students participate in voice performances.
Over the past decade, Oyster Bay High School has been a proud participant of the Student Athlete Leadership Program affectionately referred to as SALP. Also known as SALT (Student Athlete Leadership Team), SALP consists of more than 1,200 student athletes across Long Island from 30 different high schools. The mission for SALP’s members is simple: to serve as role models for their community’s youth by leading lives untainted by alcohol and drug use, and spearheaded by effective effort in the classroom and on the playing field.
As a participant in the SALP program, student athletes attend training sessions at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. These students represent the most driven of their class in terms of academics and athletics. Each SALP member must be a participant in at least one varsity sport, exhibit significant effort and success in the classroom as well as serve as a key leader in the community.
On April 3 and 4, the East Woods Upper School presented a captivating production of the Disney musical The Little Mermaid, Jr. The stage of the old gym was transformed into an underwater kingdom and a coastal estate, complete with waves lapping against the bow of a majestic, moveable ship. The set was designed, constructed and painted entirely by students, parents and faculty, and was a labor of love, with weekend workshops from morning until night.
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