The Oyster Bay High School English elective course “Essay Writing for College” has been selected by New York State English Council (NYSEC) as a 2014 Program of Excellence. The course was developed by retired Oyster Bay High School English teacher Kathi Reilly and has been offered for 10 years. In recent years, the course has been taught by English teachers Karen DiMaggio and Lydia Brady. Under their tutelage, the program has been recognized by News 12’s “Cool at School” and now by the New York State English Council.
This year’s Vernon Leaders Club is made up of 64 sixth-grade students and is advised by Vernon teacher Jen Doxsee. The purpose of Leaders Club is to help organize and run school events. The club helps to fundraise for various organizations as well as volunteer their time for community service.
The Leaders Club brainstormed on different ways to interact with the community and they thought that visiting the Life Enrichment Center would be a great way to help bridge the gap between generations.
St. Dominic’s High School’s Class of 2014 Valedictorian is Steven Parinelli and the Salutatorian is Hyerin Shin. The list of graduates for 2014 includes:
The Oyster Bay - East Norwich School District has partnered with the National Parks Service (Sagamore Hill site) on two key programs.
In the year 2016 Sagamore Hill will celebrate its centennial. To coincide with the centennial celebration of the National Parks Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School will participate in a three-year “Adopt-a-Class” program. The plan features both school visits and field work at Sagamore Hill. The “Adopt-a-Class” Program is sponsored by the National Parks Service and the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Each year, students will learn some aspect of being stewards of the National Parks and how to care for Sagamore Hill in particular. As second-graders, they will assist in giving a tour of the house that President Theodore Roosevelt and his family lived in during their years in Oyster Bay.
Gone Dancing has been providing dance education for children ages 2 and up for the past eight years in Oyster Bay. Three years ago owners Carrie Kirincic and Caitlin Malley introduced a Competition Team.
“It was time for us to take our dancers’ performing to the next level,” explains Kirincic. “Competitive dance enhances their ability to really perform and dance for an audience. They also learn about being part of a team and the benefits of healthy competition. Not to mention the amazing friendships that are formed not only from the hours spent at the studio, but the weekends spent at competition.”
The Locust Valley Garden Club recently awarded two $1,000 scholarships to horticulture students at Farmingdale State College. The award ceremony was held at the Student Center Grand Ballroom at the college under the direction of Dr. Richard Iversen, the scholarship committee chairman.
The 22nd Annual St. Dominic Golf and Tennis Open was held at Nassau Country Club on Monday, May 5. More than 130 new and long-term supporters teed off raising vital funds for the church and schools.
The Oyster Bay High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted a record breaking 88 new members in a beautiful candle lit ceremony in the high school performing arts center. The evening was organized by Junior Honor Society faculty advisor Antonia Woodman.
Sunscreen? Check. Beach bag? Not quite. Morgan McCartan, an eighth-grade student at East Woods School, is passionate about the sun, but not because she wants to hang out at the beach and get a tan.
When McCartan was in the fifth grade she read an article about the dangers of ingredients found in sunscreen. Her curiosity was instantly piqued. She was fortunate enough to be attending a summer program run by Jane Powel, founder of OMNILearn Corp, and the scientist and educator responsible for the Advanced Learning Program, a proprietary and high-level science-based program at East Woods School. Now in the eighth grade, McCartan’s curiosity was awarded with a first place prize at the competitive and prestigious Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) this past March. Up against 120 middle school competitors who were representing 19 schools, this was no small achievement.
With a pilot program lending iPads to all middle schoolers, Friends Academy is exploring the leading edge of education technology, but the grand old technology of ink on paper took center stage at the school’s annual Book Fair, a tradition since 1990, that ran through May 1.
By all accounts it was a smashing success—record-smashing, that is, with the bake sale raking in nearly twice its usual take. The final tally for the fair itself was not available as of press time.
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