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.
In celebration of Arts Week, Friends Academy middle schoolers put on a tremendous production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—despite a rehearsal schedule two weeks shorter than in most years.
Students at Oyster Bay High School put on a smashing performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying over the last weekend of March.
The Saint Dominic High School Drama Club presented Once Upon A Mattress last weekend, a retelling of the old fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” Princess Winnifred is put to the test by the manipulative Queen Aggravain, who does not want her son, Prince Dauntless, to get married.
As part of the vibrant Performing Arts Program at East Woods School, students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade performed Annie, Jr. this winter. This classic story was adapted for a fabulous student performance and included energetic song and dance numbers and an amazingly talented and enthusiastic cast. What is even more impressive is that these students prepared for this play during their weekly Musical Theater class. Thanks to Artistic Director Orlando Peña, the cast of East Woods students of all ages really brought down the house. Next up is The Jungle Book to be performed in May.
Last fall, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School ESL Teachers Penny Koinis and Kim Kaufman presented at the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL) 43rd Annual Conference in White Plains. Koinis and Kaufman did a poster presentation entitled “Pushing our Youngest Learners (K-2) Towards Independence”.
The goal is always to apply Oyster Bay-East Norwich classroom best practices with ESL strategies to best help the students. Four ways to do this were showcased in the presentation: The use of learning targets, tactile tools and manipulatives, self-assessment rubrics, and classroom charts. All of the techniques and teaching strategies presented can be applied in either the mainstream or ESL classes. Everything reflected the implementation of the Common Core.
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