Open registration for the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich’s Before and After School Programs is in progress. These programs are open to all children enrolled in the OB-EN School District. Registration packets will be available at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse at One Pine Hollow Road, Oyster Bay. Registration is by mail and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spaces are limited so don’t delay.
The registrants of the Before School Program, grades K-6, enjoy a light, healthy breakfast and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities before the start of each school day. The program begins at 7 a.m., and transportation is provided to Roosevelt and Vernon schools.
As part of the East Woods fourth grade curriculum, the students went on four field trips to various Long Island destinations … and one field trip came to them. Although the weather didn’t always cooperate (Hurricane Sandy, chilly temperatures), and the destinations weren’t always open as scheduled (Fire Island Lighthouse, Sagamore Hill), the fourth grade students and teachers persevered and enjoyed exploring the history and beauty of Long Island.
The various trips and lessons learned were documented throughout the year by the students and culminated in a wonderful re-telling of their adventures. At the one-room Nassakeag Schoolhouse in Stony Brook the children traveled back in time and experienced life as students in the late 1800s.
All around Nassau County, students are winding up the school year, and often their high school career, with the formal event of the season. It was much the same for the students in the autistic program at the Brookville Center for Children’s Services, though this year’s prom was a first.
The residence program administered by the center educates kids with autism up until age 21, according to Beth Hudson, the senior director at the school. There are 25 students between the Lido Beach and Glen Cove houses, said Amy Keegan, assistant director of community resources at the center.
Sunday, June 23, was a perfect day in Oyster Bay. It was 85 degrees under bright blue skies. You couldn’t have asked for better conditions to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2013. At the stroke of noon, Matthew Sisia raised his baton and the Oyster Bay High School combined Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble struck the familiar chords of Edward Elgar’s venerable classic, “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The crowd was soon surrounded by a sea of purple and white robes as the graduates marched out the doors of the high school led by the Honorary Marshals from the Class of 2014, Cindy Hom, Aubri Juhasz, Rebecca Layne, Claudia Mastrogiacomo and Halsey Quinn.
Portledge School hosted its 38th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 14. Family and friends gathered on the Gimbel Lawn under a tent to share this joyous occasion. The Class of 2013 graduated 39 students, several of whom have been at the school since early childhood.
The morning festivities began with the processional led by the Board of Trustees and the honored members of the Class of 2013. Music was performed by Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Upper School Concert Band, under the direction of Patricia Baehr. Neil Nalanuthala ’13 (Glen Cove) and Anna Ticker ’13 (Brookville) sang America the Beautiful.
With the Taste of the Town still a warm glow of recent memory, the PTSA is already putting the funds raised to good use.
On June 5, the PTSA sponsored the UNITE Arrive Alive Tour to come to Oyster Bay High School. When students came to school that morning they were greeted with a car parked right outside the main entrance to the high school. Students were invited to sit in the car as a simulator approximated driving. Students were then given a cell phone and asked to text a message. Other students could watch a screen and see how erratic and dangerous driving becomes when drivers attempt to compose a seemingly simple text.
Recently, the Self-Advocates group from Mill Neck Services, Inc. (MNS) participated in a kick-off event at this year’s Self-Advocates’ Open House. Held at the regional office of the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (LIDDSO) in Hauppauge, the event was packed with over 100 advocates and support staff. After being introduced, the MNS participants chatted with other self-advocates about their experiences, including a presentation about deaf culture.
Among the topics the group discussed, with the assistance of a PowerPoint slide show, were how language and communication access are crucial, ways to approach a deaf person, and the importance of the words used in identifying people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The MNS self-advocates wrapped up their presentation with a mini lesson teaching the ASL (American Sign Language) alphabet and the numbers 1 through 10.
For the Oyster Bay Boys’ Varsity Track Team, this season has been inspirational. The team faced setbacks and adversities that would sideline many athletes. The word “quit” was not in their vocabulary as the dedicated and determined runners got knocked down only to pick themselves up and get back in the race.
When senior Pete Tricarico ran competitively on April 11 at the Cold Spring Harbor Invitational, he won a silver medal in the 1,000-meter steeple chase; an impressive performance since it was his first time ever running in the event, placing second only to teammate Teddy Hamlin. Hamlin not only placed first, but established a new meet record with a time of three minutes flat. That was nearly the last race Peter would finish in his high school track career.
The Roosevelt Elementary School spring concert wore a veil of sadness this year when it was announced that after serving 39 years for the district, the famously adored Robert Stern has decided to make this year his last. If Stern’s goal was to go out on top, he has certainly exceeded that mark with this year’s concert topping the best of the best.
The concert played tribute to Broadway, with second graders singing “Sunrise, Sunset,” from Fiddler on the Roof, Beethoven with first-graders perfuming “Ode to Joy,” and The Beatles for the grand finale performance.
Matthew Sisia, a high school music teacher, has been a source of pride and professionalism for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District since 2003. His love and deep understanding of what he teaches earns respect from his students and inspires them to be the best they can be. This level of quality has taken Oyster Bay High School musicians to places that most high school musicians never see. In 2008, Sisia’s band played the world premiere of a piece called “Groove” composed by Dr. Shelly Hanson. In March of 2010, Sisia and the combined Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.
At Oyster Bay High School, Sisia directs the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Pit Orchestra, and serves as advisor for the Tri-M Honor Society. Sisia, who holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University and the Crane School of Music, is currently a doctoral student at the Hartt School. He has held positions as both the associate conductor of bands and adjunct professor in music education at Long Island University. He is the founder and director of the New York Chamber Ensemble and serves on the executive board of the College Band Directors National Association and the Nassau Music Educators Association.
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