Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
The American Sign Language program continues to grow each year in Oyster Bay. Dr. Nicolle Sisia’s Advanced American Sign Language class worked tirelessly to share their love of language with the underclassman at OBHS.
“ASL Day” has become an annual tradition where the Advanced American Sign Language students become teachers for the day, inviting students to the library to learn the language, grammar and cultural experiences they have acquired in their ASL classes.
Senior Gabriella Micelli said, “I really felt like I was able to connect with many of the students who didn’t know they could enroll in an American Sign Language class. It felt great to be able to share all that I have learned with others.”
Juniors Bret Mattel and Nikia Gardon agree, “This is a great opportunity for us to really show others how much we learn during each class. We were able to answer every question we were asked. That’s a pretty great feeling.”
Dr. Sisia teaches American Sign Language Levels I, II and III. The level III course also allows students to acquire up to six college credits for a reduced tuition.
Junior Hannah Kaiser shares, “It’s great that as a high school student I am able to get a jump start on college. This will make my transition from High School to college a lot easier.”
Junior Laurel Dorfman explained that her love of the language and the ASL courses offered at OBHS have enticed her to look for additional signing opportunities outside of the school day. “I wish I could explain how these courses have made such a positive impact on my education. I feel successful in these classes and was able to show my competency of the language to others during ASL Day.”
The value of getting college credits while in high school can literally be “taken to the bank.” Gianni Napolitano graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 2010. With the college credits he earned while at OBHS by taking advanced placement and honors classes, Gianni will be graduating from New York University in January of 2014, one semester early, saving his parents tens of thousands of dollars.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.