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.
These students did so much more than read a book and write a report. Following the East Woods interdisciplinary and hands-on approach to education, each student came to school in full costume, representing the person or concept he or she had researched. The students proceeded to give a presentation as that person or concept. Whether presenting about flamenco, El Dia de los Muertos, or Ponce de Leon, the students were eloquent, articulate, and perhaps most importantly, were fully engaged in the project. The audience was able to ask questions of each presenter, and it was clear how much time each student had spent learning about his or her topic. More than that, the respect that the students showed for each other was a true demonstration of the values fostered at East Woods.
The eighth-grade Spanish students, many of whom will place into sophomore or junior level Spanish language classes at their high schools of choice next year, were required to write their reports and give their oral presentations entirely in
Spanish. This is not surprising to anyone familiar with the robust foreign language program at East Woods. Spanish is introduced to the nursery students, who study this language every year following. In third grade, French is added to
Spanish as part of the required curriculum, and in the fifth grade the students can select to focus on one or the other. Beginning in the seventh grade, all East Woods students must study Latin in addition to their foreign language of choice.
For additional information, please contact Amanda Laserson at 516-922-4400, or visit www.eastwoods.org.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
It was a positive night for our local veterans, as the Oyster Bay/East Norwich Board of Education approved the Veteran’s Tax Exemption Law at last week’s board of education meeting. The new school tax break for veterans, signed into law in December, is a partial property tax exemption available to service veterans who are residents of districts that opt in. The meeting was a follow up to a public hearing on the tax exemption which took place on Feb. 11.
Eligible recipients are entitled to the exemptions provided in the Real Property Tax Law under the designations of “qualified owner,” “qualifying residential real property,” and “veteran.” Recipients are entitled to a maximum of $12,000 (qualified owner), $8,000 (qualifying residential real property), and $40,000 (veteran).
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?’”
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.