On Friday Jan. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Oyster Bay Library will be hosting the Nassau County District Attorney sponsored program, Operation SAFE CHILD. This free program is open to all children up to the age of 17 and provides ID cards displaying the child’s vital information. Unlike other similar ID programs, though, Operation SAFE CHILD also offers parents the opportunity to store their child’s information in a data base in Albany. Since the data cards can be electronically disseminated statewide they become an important tool when linked to the AMBER Alert.
According to the District Attorney’s office, statistics show that most parents in the United States do not know their child’s exact height and weight. Yet, when a child goes missing, getting this information to local law enforcement officials as quickly as possible is imperative. Operation SAFE CHILD equipment uses digital fingerprinting technology and high resolution photography to issue SAFE CHILD cards for parents to keep on hand in the event of an emergency. Since it’s launch in December of 2007, over 10,000 cards have been issued.
“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” This Chinese proverb supports the intention of the Reader’s Theatre program at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Planning the reader’s theater is a collaboration between Roosevelt school literacy coach Kathleen Bartell and school librarian Roseann Davidson, who incorporate the work of the classroom and special subject teachers. In doing so, they seek to bring to life a work of classic fiction while integrating music, art and technology. The timeless tale of the gingerbread cookie that unexpectedly springs to life was therefore an ideal choice for such an endeavor.
“Students learn best when learning is put into context,” said former Roosevelt School Principal Gina Faust.
In a debut performance under the direction of music teacher Meagan Finnerty, the music department at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School decided a break from tradition was in order. In years past, the performance took place over two days and parents were invited to watch the entire school perform. This year, however, the concert was presented as a “Winter Music Showcase” instead, to the delight of parents, who were thrilled not to have to struggle to find parking or a decent seat in the gymnasium.
Students, parents, faculty and staff generously responded to the Catholic Club Toy Drive at St. Dominic College Preparatory High School with hundreds of gifts. The drive was held from Nov. 12 through Nov. 20. The school had more than 250 students participate in the event. All new toys and numerous gift cards were sent to Dawn Leat of St. Dominic’s Parish Social Ministry for delivery.
Just prior to Thanksgiving, fifth-grade students at James H. Vernon School explored the historical accuracy of the first Thanksgiving through a program offered by Cablevision Power to Learn, The Heart of America Foundation and HISTORY. Participating in the event were Congressman Steve Israel and HISTORY Chief Historian Dr. Libby O’Connell.
Students and staff at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary provided a fitting send-off for beloved Principal Gina Faust during their Parents as Reading Partners (P.A.R.P.) celebration. While donning cowboy hats, boots and scarves, students danced during a school-wide hoe down.
The college search and application process can prove to be a daunting task that carries life-long ramifications. Oyster Bay High School and its Counseling Center do an exceptional job helping students and their families with guidance and informational events every step of the way. The process begins in the eighth grade when students are taken on the first of two college tours to experience first-hand what the college experience is really like. The second tour takes place in the tenth grade. College Awareness Tours are designed to get students thinking about their college aspirations while they are young enough to design the resume that will prepare them to get into the college of their choice.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes outstanding students based on their performance on national standardized tests. Ryan McEvoy was selected as a semi-finalist this year.
Friday, Nov. 22 was the last day in Oyster Bay for Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Ms. Gina Faust.
Ms. Faust was a part of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school district since 1994. At the time, she was Ms. Barbato, who was an elementary classroom teacher for 10 years and then literacy coach for three years. In 2007, she assumed the position of principal at the Theodore Roosevelt School. During that time she also served as math, science, technology teacher leader / staff developer, participating in extensive professional development, collaborating with colleagues and leading teacher training workshops for other school districts, including Roslyn, where she is headed to take the reins as principal of the Harbor Hill Elementary School.
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.
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.
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