There is an old saying that someone has “hit the ground running” when they show energy, enthusiasm and make a real difference on day one of beginning a new job. Well, Tami McElwee is already off and running as the new principal of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School before she has even hit the ground.
McElwee’s first day as the new principal is Wednesday, Feb. 12; however, she met with her faculty well ahead of time and took part in the second-grade Science Fun Night in January. She comes with a positive energy and a smile that lights up the room. McElwee has worked with Interim Principal. Bonnie Epstein to make the transition seamless.
Bishop William Murphy recently paid a visit to St. Dominic High School, on a day when the entire student body dressed in red to show support for the troops overseas. One of the school’s faculty members, Kristine Caro-Sanchez, is on military leave and would dress on Fridays in red to show support for the troops. In her honor, the entire student body dressed in red so that they can send a photo to her. The students also plan to write letters to her.
Do you know how to make a bubbling, colorful blob in a test tube? Roosevelt’s second-graders and their families do. They learned this scientific secret and many others at the seventh annual Second Grade Family Fun Science Night, held on Jan. 24.
Regina D’Orio, science and technology teacher, with Janna Ostroff, science and technology supervisor, led the evening’s events, which immersed students and their family members in five hands-on science investigations. Each experiment called for teamwork, critical thinking, scientific recording and, of course, fun.
Once again, the Oyster Bay High School is presenting the award-winning Challenge Day Program, a transformational day of fun and empowerment that can change the way people view one another forever. Students and adults who have participated in these events over the past eight years were so thrilled with their experiences that the Board of Education, administration, and PTSA have collaborated to put on this exceptional program again this year.
Seventh-grade students will experience this program on either Wednesday, Feb.12 or on Thursday, Feb. 13. Students and adult facilitators are required to be present for the entire school day and lunches will be served. Volunteer adult facilitators are welcome at the upcoming Challenge Day.
This past December, the Harbour Voice staff of Oyster Bay High School attended Hofstra University’s Student Press Day. This free day, sponsored by the Lawrence Herbert School of Journalism, gave students access to prominent journalists in both large group and small group settings.
The East Woods first grade spends much of the year studying the animal kingdom, and this year, the school wanted to offer the students an opportunity to focus on animals in need, since much attention is given to people in need during the holiday season.
In keeping with the spirit of giving, the students helped a local animal shelter by donating to the homeless cats and dogs. Students sent in items such as, food, treats, blankets, and beds, to help these animals in need. All donations were placed in paw-shaped stockings in the first grade classrooms. Over the holidays, stockings filled with these goodies were brought to Little Shelter in Huntington.
On Friday Jan. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Oyster Bay Library will be hosting the Nassau County District Attorney sponsored program, Operation SAFE CHILD. This free program is open to all children up to the age of 17 and provides ID cards displaying the child’s vital information. Unlike other similar ID programs, though, Operation SAFE CHILD also offers parents the opportunity to store their child’s information in a data base in Albany. Since the data cards can be electronically disseminated statewide they become an important tool when linked to the AMBER Alert.
According to the District Attorney’s office, statistics show that most parents in the United States do not know their child’s exact height and weight. Yet, when a child goes missing, getting this information to local law enforcement officials as quickly as possible is imperative. Operation SAFE CHILD equipment uses digital fingerprinting technology and high resolution photography to issue SAFE CHILD cards for parents to keep on hand in the event of an emergency. Since it’s launch in December of 2007, over 10,000 cards have been issued.
“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” This Chinese proverb supports the intention of the Reader’s Theatre program at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Planning the reader’s theater is a collaboration between Roosevelt school literacy coach Kathleen Bartell and school librarian Roseann Davidson, who incorporate the work of the classroom and special subject teachers. In doing so, they seek to bring to life a work of classic fiction while integrating music, art and technology. The timeless tale of the gingerbread cookie that unexpectedly springs to life was therefore an ideal choice for such an endeavor.
“Students learn best when learning is put into context,” said former Roosevelt School Principal Gina Faust.
In a debut performance under the direction of music teacher Meagan Finnerty, the music department at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School decided a break from tradition was in order. In years past, the performance took place over two days and parents were invited to watch the entire school perform. This year, however, the concert was presented as a “Winter Music Showcase” instead, to the delight of parents, who were thrilled not to have to struggle to find parking or a decent seat in the gymnasium.
Students, parents, faculty and staff generously responded to the Catholic Club Toy Drive at St. Dominic College Preparatory High School with hundreds of gifts. The drive was held from Nov. 12 through Nov. 20. The school had more than 250 students participate in the event. All new toys and numerous gift cards were sent to Dawn Leat of St. Dominic’s Parish Social Ministry for delivery.
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