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Authors Visit Daly

As part of its Specials Week, which promoted this year’s school-wide theme, “Write On, Right On,” Daly welcomed two celebrated authors, Tad Hills and David Paterson. 

On Feb. 5, New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, Tad Hills, visited Daly School and delighted students as he read his book, (which, is also Daly’s book of the year), Rocket Writes A Story to them. The students were fascinated to learn how he uses basic shapes to convey different emotions. In response to student questions about how Mr. Hills gets his ideas, he shared many wonderful stories of inspiration, igniting sparks in the students’ imaginations. A second-grade student, Sam Rothenberg, age 7, commented that he was excited to meet “the author of the book of the year and to learn how he comes up with his stories.” Many left the presentation eager to start creating characters and stories of their own. 

Later that week, on the evening of Feb. 7, which was Daly’s “Special Night,” the students enjoyed a second important visitor, this time, the screenwriter of the 2007 film, Bridge to Terabithia, David Paterson, an established playwright who has written numerous plays, including several that have been performed on prominent New York stages. The original award-winning book, Bridge to Terabithia, was written in 1977 by Mr. Paterson’s mother, Katherine Paterson, and was written to help him cope with a tragic event during his early childhood, which resulted in the loss of his best friend. The children were intrigued to learn that the story was based on his childhood and that he was “the original Jess” in the story. Mr. Paterson told the audience that he chose to write the screenplay for the movie as he wanted the story to remain as close as possible to the book. Mr. Paterson shared with Daly students the emotional and exciting process of bringing the imaginary and mystical world his mother created in the book to life on film. 

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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