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Students: Estudiaron, Aprenderion, Presentaron

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.

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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