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Cooling The Earth

Mother Nature, carbon, methane, and polar bears… oh my! Students at Theodore Roosevelt School were in for a treat as teachers kicked off the third annual Cool the Earth special assembly geared to teach children about climate change.

‘Cool the Earth’ is an innovative, nationwide program that motivates kids and their families to take actions to reduce their carbon footprint. Through these actions, learning occurs. Plus, the actions all add up to a large reduction of carbon emissions for the entire community. OB-EN is part of an elite group of 170 elementary and middle schools that have run the program.  Cool the Earth has kept more than 100 million pounds of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Regina D’Orio, science and technology teacher, introduced the assembly program and invited the “special guests” to come join the students. Out came Roosevelt Librarian Roseann Davidson as Mama Polar Bear; Principal Gina Faust, as Koda the Polar Bear Cub; Penny Koinis as the Earth and D’Orio, as Mother Nature. Mr. Bob Stern entertained, as always, as the sneaky villain, Mr. Carbon.  Mr. Carbon was joined by his evil brother Mr. Methane played with aplomb by Peter Rufa.

The assembly opened as Mama and Koda Polar Bear are swimming trying to find their icy home, but realize that their habitat is melting. They ask Earth for help only to find that she is covered in blankets and too warm to make more ice for them.  

It gets worse when Mr. Carbon pops out and tells the students that the United States is responsible for over 25% of all carbon emissions in the world creating carbon every time they burn coal or gas.  Mother Nature finally calms everyone down by telling them about ways that humans can help to stop creating carbon.

The polar bears embark on a hunt to find Earth saving ways enlisting the help of teachers in the audience.  The students learn that they can each go home and help save the polar bear and cool the earth.

The assembly was fabulous with beautifully designed background scenery by Stephanie Miley and a fun soundtrack played by Michele Taube. The students were so engaged laughing with delight, booing Mr. Carbon and Mr. Methane while cheering for the polar bears, Mother Earth and Mother Nature.  

“Students are learning responsibility, citizenship and caring for our earth by doing simple things like turning off the water when they brush their teeth.” says. D’Orio. “They are learning that they really can make a difference!”

To learn more about the program or take action yourself, please visit the website www.cooltheearth.org.

News

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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