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Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot - Schools

Red Ribbon Week Aimed At Saving Lives

Written by Tom Gould, oysterbay@Antonnews.com Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

The social workers in Oyster Bay perform an enormous job that often has life and death consequences.  During Red Ribbon Week, the social workers join in a nationwide effort to protect children from the effects of destructive decisions.

Red Ribbon Week was started in 1985 by the family and neighbors of Enrique Camarena, a federal drug enforcement agent who was killed in the line of duty. His family members wore red ribbons and the idea quickly spread until the red ribbon became the symbol of drug and alcohol prevention across the nation. This annual event focuses on the importance of living healthy and preventing drug and alcohol use and abuse.

 

Students Show Willingness To Help

Written by Tom Gould Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

OBHS students Owen McEvoy, Alex Gelabert, Aaron Rudnet, Nicholas Zucconi and Dennis Mejia participated in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon” at Jones Beach on Oct. 20.  Co-leaders Owen McEvoy and Aaron Rudnet organized participation on behalf of the OBHS National Junior Honor Society under the supervision of advisor Antonia Woodman. The NJHS students exceeded their team goal.  The amount they have raised so far is $1,085, and is still rising.

 

Students: Estudiaron, Aprenderion, Presentaron

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

A hush fell over the East Woods Spanish class as sixth-grader Talula Balboa stood up to speak. No typical presentation, Talula had transformed herself into artist Frida Kahlo, complete with long, flowing skirt, braided hair, and those unforgettable eyebrows.  The assignment given to all of the East Woods Upper School Spanish students was to research an Hispanic person or concept.  

 

Spreading Cheer

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

 

Saint Dominic Parish  Club 4:12 — Francesca Minicozzi-Devine, Sarah Minicozzi-Devine, Olivia Garcia,and Kevin Lane — are delivering decorated pumpkins to children for Halloween at Long Island Jewish- Cohens Children’s Hospital. Club 4:12 is the St. Dominic Parish Youth Group that helps spread cheer throughout the year to so many families and children in need through community service.

 

School District Receives Unqualified Rating

Written by Gary Simeone, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Oyster Bay School Superintendent of Business and Finance, Christopher Van Cott was praised for his financial bookkeeping at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The accounting firm, R.S. Abrams & Co LLP commended Van Cott on his work saying that he has been doing a great job of keeping on top of the district’s finances.

The district received an Unqualified Rating which is the highest rating a school district can receive. It means that there were no weaknesses or deficiencies ascertained in the External Auditors Report.

 

Schools Celebrate Unity Day

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

On Friday, Oct. 11, students at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School and the James H. Vernon School joined hands in a show of unity and to take a pledge to try and stop bullying while wearing orange.  Vernon students made “Buddy Bracelets” to send to the younger students at Roosevelt.  Each bracelet came with a card that read, “To my buddy at Roosevelt, Happy Unity Day from your friend at Vernon.”

Unity Day is a National Day that the OBEN Elementary PTA found out about and implemented in OBEN schools last year as part of their on-going Bully Prevention campaign.  The website where the PTA has gotten a lot of information from is Pacer.org.  The goal is to make students more aware of what bullying is and what they can do about it.  Students need to come together to say that they won’t allow bullying to occur in their school.  Bystanders need to take responsibility to do something and say something when they see it occurring.

Students signed a pledge, “Dignity for All” which outlines the steps to respect anti-bullying.

 

Superintendent Hosts Book Club

Written by Tom Gould, oysterbay@antonnews.com Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00

Dr. Laura Seinfeld has certainly hit the ground running as the new Superintendent of Schools for Oyster Bay-East Norwich.  he buzz around the schools and in the community is that Dr. Seinfeld represents an intelligent, innovative, caring leader filled with positive energy.  She can add “hands on” educator to her impressive list of abilities as she launches OBEN’s first school sponsored Book Club.  

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Dr. Seinfeld personally hosted the first meeting of the Book Club along with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Lisa Mulhall. The first session was open to students who have opted to pursue a 21st Century Diploma.

 

National Merit Semifinalist In Oyster Bay

Written by Tom Gould, Oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Senior Ryan McEvoy  of Oyster Bay High School was selected as a National Merit Semifinalist this year.  The 2012 PSAT/NMSQT served as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants to the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Selection Index scores of students who met program participation requirements were used to designate a pool of about 16,000 semifinalists on a state allocation basis. Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. McEvoy was selected as one of these semifinalists. He will now compete to advance to National Merit Finalist standing which can potentially earn him a scholarship for college of up to $2,500.

 

Student Represents The Sons Of Italy In Parades

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Oyster Bay High School Senior Monica Bizzoso won the title of Queen for Nassau County District II Sons of Italy. She represented the Sons of Italy in the Huntington Columbus Day Parade as well as the NYC parade on Columbus Day.

Monica’s grandparents were born in Italy and immigrated to America where her grandfather Philip Baldino graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1958. Monica’s mother Giovanna (Baldino) Bizzoso is a first generation American and is a graduate of OBHS as a member of the Class of 1983. Monica’s uncle Nicholas, who passed away last year, was also an OBHS Alum.

 

East Woods Welcomes New Athletic Director

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

The beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year has brought many great additions to East Woods School. The new Head of School, Matthew Bradley, has been warmly welcomed by students, parents, and faculty. In addition, the school is happy to announce the appointment of Richard Hill as the new Athletic Director and fifth and sixth grade science and math teacher. What makes this appointment especially exciting for the school is not only that Richard Hill is a seasoned teacher and an impressive athlete, but he is also an East Woods graduate, class of 2000.

Hill arrives at East Woods via Baltimore, where he spent the last several years. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Johns Hopkins University where he was a four year member of the football team. He earned MVP and all-conference honors for his outstanding play and sportsmanship. Hill’s master of art in teaching was in mathematics, and he is certified in mathematics for grades 7 to 12 and science for grades five to nine. For the past five years, he has been teaching both mathematics and science in middle and high school in Baltimore public schools.
 

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