The college search and application process can prove to be a daunting task that carries life-long ramifications. Oyster Bay High School and its Counseling Center do an exceptional job helping students and their families with guidance and informational events every step of the way. The process begins in the eighth grade when students are taken on the first of two college tours to experience first-hand what the college experience is really like. The second tour takes place in the tenth grade. College Awareness Tours are designed to get students thinking about their college aspirations while they are young enough to design the resume that will prepare them to get into the college of their choice.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes outstanding students based on their performance on national standardized tests. Ryan McEvoy was selected as a semi-finalist this year.
Friday, Nov. 22 was the last day in Oyster Bay for Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Ms. Gina Faust.
Ms. Faust was a part of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school district since 1994. At the time, she was Ms. Barbato, who was an elementary classroom teacher for 10 years and then literacy coach for three years. In 2007, she assumed the position of principal at the Theodore Roosevelt School. During that time she also served as math, science, technology teacher leader / staff developer, participating in extensive professional development, collaborating with colleagues and leading teacher training workshops for other school districts, including Roslyn, where she is headed to take the reins as principal of the Harbor Hill Elementary School.
The social workers in Oyster Bay perform an enormous job that often has life and death consequences. During Red Ribbon Week, the social workers join in a nationwide effort to protect children from the effects of destructive decisions.
Red Ribbon Week was started in 1985 by the family and neighbors of Enrique Camarena, a federal drug enforcement agent who was killed in the line of duty. His family members wore red ribbons and the idea quickly spread until the red ribbon became the symbol of drug and alcohol prevention across the nation. This annual event focuses on the importance of living healthy and preventing drug and alcohol use and abuse.
OBHS students Owen McEvoy, Alex Gelabert, Aaron Rudnet, Nicholas Zucconi and Dennis Mejia participated in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon” at Jones Beach on Oct. 20. Co-leaders Owen McEvoy and Aaron Rudnet organized participation on behalf of the OBHS National Junior Honor Society under the supervision of advisor Antonia Woodman. The NJHS students exceeded their team goal. The amount they have raised so far is $1,085, and is still rising.
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.
Saint Dominic Parish Club 4:12 — Francesca Minicozzi-Devine, Sarah Minicozzi-Devine, Olivia Garcia,and Kevin Lane — are delivering decorated pumpkins to children for Halloween at Long Island Jewish- Cohens Children’s Hospital. Club 4:12 is the St. Dominic Parish Youth Group that helps spread cheer throughout the year to so many families and children in need through community service.
Oyster Bay School Superintendent of Business and Finance, Christopher Van Cott was praised for his financial bookkeeping at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The accounting firm, R.S. Abrams & Co LLP commended Van Cott on his work saying that he has been doing a great job of keeping on top of the district’s finances.
The district received an Unqualified Rating which is the highest rating a school district can receive. It means that there were no weaknesses or deficiencies ascertained in the External Auditors Report.
On Friday, Oct. 11, students at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School and the James H. Vernon School joined hands in a show of unity and to take a pledge to try and stop bullying while wearing orange. Vernon students made “Buddy Bracelets” to send to the younger students at Roosevelt. Each bracelet came with a card that read, “To my buddy at Roosevelt, Happy Unity Day from your friend at Vernon.”
Unity Day is a National Day that the OBEN Elementary PTA found out about and implemented in OBEN schools last year as part of their on-going Bully Prevention campaign. The website where the PTA has gotten a lot of information from is Pacer.org. The goal is to make students more aware of what bullying is and what they can do about it. Students need to come together to say that they won’t allow bullying to occur in their school. Bystanders need to take responsibility to do something and say something when they see it occurring.
Students signed a pledge, “Dignity for All” which outlines the steps to respect anti-bullying.
Dr. Laura Seinfeld has certainly hit the ground running as the new Superintendent of Schools for Oyster Bay-East Norwich. he buzz around the schools and in the community is that Dr. Seinfeld represents an intelligent, innovative, caring leader filled with positive energy. She can add “hands on” educator to her impressive list of abilities as she launches OBEN’s first school sponsored Book Club.
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Dr. Seinfeld personally hosted the first meeting of the Book Club along with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Lisa Mulhall. The first session was open to students who have opted to pursue a 21st Century Diploma.
Senior Ryan McEvoy of Oyster Bay High School was selected as a National Merit Semifinalist this year. The 2012 PSAT/NMSQT served as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants to the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Selection Index scores of students who met program participation requirements were used to designate a pool of about 16,000 semifinalists on a state allocation basis. Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. McEvoy was selected as one of these semifinalists. He will now compete to advance to National Merit Finalist standing which can potentially earn him a scholarship for college of up to $2,500.
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