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.
Oyster Bay High School Senior Monica Bizzoso won the title of Queen for Nassau County District II Sons of Italy. She represented the Sons of Italy in the Huntington Columbus Day Parade as well as the NYC parade on Columbus Day.
Monica’s grandparents were born in Italy and immigrated to America where her grandfather Philip Baldino graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1958. Monica’s mother Giovanna (Baldino) Bizzoso is a first generation American and is a graduate of OBHS as a member of the Class of 1983. Monica’s uncle Nicholas, who passed away last year, was also an OBHS Alum.
The beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year has brought many great additions to East Woods School. The new Head of School, Matthew Bradley, has been warmly welcomed by students, parents, and faculty. In addition, the school is happy to announce the appointment of Richard Hill as the new Athletic Director and fifth and sixth grade science and math teacher. What makes this appointment especially exciting for the school is not only that Richard Hill is a seasoned teacher and an impressive athlete, but he is also an East Woods graduate, class of 2000.Hill arrives at East Woods via Baltimore, where he spent the last several years. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Johns Hopkins University where he was a four year member of the football team. He earned MVP and all-conference honors for his outstanding play and sportsmanship. Hill’s master of art in teaching was in mathematics, and he is certified in mathematics for grades 7 to 12 and science for grades five to nine. For the past five years, he has been teaching both mathematics and science in middle and high school in Baltimore public schools.
From the East Woods School
The muggy and slightly gray morning was no match for the 208 smiling faces that climbed the East Woods steps for the first day of the 2013 – 2014 school year. As the students were greeted by the new Head of East Woods School, Matthew H. Bradley, the excitement and energy of the day was palpable. From the 2-year-olds experiencing their first-ever day of school in the East Woods pre-nursery class, to the eighth-graders who have been there for a decade, the students were all eager to greet old friends and meet new ones. Parents were equally as enthusiastic for the academic year to begin. Cameras at the ready, parents documented the first day of school with a sense of pride and already a twinge of nostalgia.
It is always with great excitement and anticipation that the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District welcomes and embraces new members to the staff. Each new person offers fresh visions and enthusiasm on becoming a part of the proud tradition of educational excellence that has become the standard in Oyster Bay.
The math department welcomes Lauren DeClemente to Oyster Bay High School. DeClemente studied at Hofstra University, where she earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics and mathematics education. She continued her education at Molloy College, where she received a master of science degree in adolescence education: mathematics 7-12. DeClemente comes to Oyster Bay from Baldwin Senior High School where she taught for five years. She began her teaching career at Hicksville High School.
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