On April 3 and 4, the East Woods Upper School presented a captivating production of the Disney musical The Little Mermaid, Jr. The stage of the old gym was transformed into an underwater kingdom and a coastal estate, complete with waves lapping against the bow of a majestic, moveable ship. The set was designed, constructed and painted entirely by students, parents and faculty, and was a labor of love, with weekend workshops from morning until night.
In celebration of Arts Week, Friends Academy middle schoolers put on a tremendous production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—despite a rehearsal schedule two weeks shorter than in most years.
Students at Oyster Bay High School put on a smashing performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying over the last weekend of March.
The Saint Dominic High School Drama Club presented Once Upon A Mattress last weekend, a retelling of the old fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” Princess Winnifred is put to the test by the manipulative Queen Aggravain, who does not want her son, Prince Dauntless, to get married.
As part of the vibrant Performing Arts Program at East Woods School, students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade performed Annie, Jr. this winter. This classic story was adapted for a fabulous student performance and included energetic song and dance numbers and an amazingly talented and enthusiastic cast. What is even more impressive is that these students prepared for this play during their weekly Musical Theater class. Thanks to Artistic Director Orlando Peña, the cast of East Woods students of all ages really brought down the house. Next up is The Jungle Book to be performed in May.
Last fall, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School ESL Teachers Penny Koinis and Kim Kaufman presented at the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL) 43rd Annual Conference in White Plains. Koinis and Kaufman did a poster presentation entitled “Pushing our Youngest Learners (K-2) Towards Independence”.
The goal is always to apply Oyster Bay-East Norwich classroom best practices with ESL strategies to best help the students. Four ways to do this were showcased in the presentation: The use of learning targets, tactile tools and manipulatives, self-assessment rubrics, and classroom charts. All of the techniques and teaching strategies presented can be applied in either the mainstream or ESL classes. Everything reflected the implementation of the Common Core.
On Friday, March 7, the Oyster Bay High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall, an experience for many that could be described by only one word: magic.
The Second Grade World Map days recently took place at East Woods School; World Map Days are a wonderful tradition at East Woods that celebrate the many cultures of the world.
Over the course of these two unique, hands-on days, the second-graders explored the seven continents and the world map. On day one, students— and their very dedicated parents —were divided into seven continent groups and given a list of noteworthy landmarks to research, build and place on a giant three-dimensional world map covering the floor of the Old Gym. On the second day, the students dressed in costumes that represented their continent.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Ellen B. Loewy has been selected as the next Director of Special Services for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. She will fill the position vacated by Debra Kienke. Loewy comes with rich experience, currently serving as the Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the West Hempstead School District. Loewy has also worked for the Patchogue Medford School District and the New York City Department of Education.
Loewy attended Dowling College, where she earned a psychology degree in school psychology and her School District Administrator Certification. She also holds a masters in education from Queens College, CUNY.
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