As the eager school audience filed into the Old Gym on the morning of April 19, there were some nervous but excited third and fourth grade students seated on the stage. After weeks of studying, the day had finally arrived: the Sixth Annual East Woods School Spelling Bee.
A total of 39 students tried out for the Spelling Bee preliminary round, and 12 students made it through as finalists. Those students were given a challenging list of 250 vocabulary words to study prior to the Spelling Bee. After an impressive 43 rounds, Danielle Rosenthal, fourth-grade teacher and Spelling Bee leader, actually ran out of words, leaving a five-way tie for first place. During the last 15 rounds these five impressive spellers didn’t miss a single letter.
As a fast-moving downpour cleared away on Thursday, April 18, the parents, students and faculty at East Woods breathed a sigh of relief. It was the first-ever “Evening of the Arts” at East Woods School, and everyone was hoping the night would go off without a hitch.
Students and their families arrived on campus by 7 p.m. and were guided to the Upper School Academic building. Showcasing and celebrating the arts program at East Woods, those in attendance were treated to a feast for the eyes and ears.
The Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School has prided itself on offering “brilliant beginnings’ for the students of Oyster Bay – East Norwich. The literacy program in particular is outstanding. Columbia University’s Teachers College has cited OBEN as model schools and teachers from all over have come to observe OBEN teachers in action.
In July of 2007, Gina Faust took over as principal and under her leadership the educational program has garnered acclaim and recognition. A sign of a good leader is one that understands the value of teamwork and collaboration.
The American Sign Language program continues to grow each year in Oyster Bay. Dr. Nicolle Sisia’s Advanced American Sign Language class worked tirelessly to share their love of language with the underclassman at OBHS.
“ASL Day” has become an annual tradition where the Advanced American Sign Language students become teachers for the day, inviting students to the library to learn the language, grammar and cultural experiences they have acquired in their ASL classes.
On March 11, two East Woods School students were awarded first place prize in the annual Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF). The fair and related award ceremony was held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. LISEF, whose goal is to promote excellence in scientific inquiry and discovery in Long Island schools, accepts entries from middle and high schools around the island.
Alex Oruci and Will Benjamin, both in the eighth grade at East Woods, entered their Mad Mice experiment. Long before the recent news broke amid concerns of dangerously and potentially deadly high caffeine levels in certain energy drinks, these two students were already on the case. Alex and Will, who both participate in the East Woods proprietary Advanced Learning Program, created their own science research project to test the effects of energy supplements on brain functions, learning and memory. Working with Dr. Karen Kuntz, a member of the ALPs teaching staff at East Woods, the duo titrated out caffeine, ginseng and taurine into peanut butter. They then built a maze and used four mice, one for each of the elements, and one control. Over the course of five months they fed the mice and recorded the data.
Mother Nature, carbon, methane, and polar bears… oh my! Students at Theodore Roosevelt School were in for a treat as teachers kicked off the third annual Cool the Earth special assembly geared to teach children about climate change.
‘Cool the Earth’ is an innovative, nationwide program that motivates kids and their families to take actions to reduce their carbon footprint. Through these actions, learning occurs. Plus, the actions all add up to a large reduction of carbon emissions for the entire community. OB-EN is part of an elite group of 170 elementary and middle schools that have run the program. Cool the Earth has kept more than 100 million pounds of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.
The St. Dominic High School Class of 1982 and 1983 reunion will be held on Saturday, April 20 at The Homestead at 7 p.m. Cost is $65. Mass will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a tour of the school at 12:30 p.m. and lunch at Sagamore Yacht Club at 1 p.m. Cost is $55, or $110 for both days. Please call 516-922-4888 ext 2225 for more information.
Last month, educators from the Dolan DNA Learning Center, the world’s first science center devoted entirely to genetics education, were at St. Dominic Elementary School. The Learning Center is an operating unit of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The educators worked with the students in grades 4, 5, and 6. They used the new science lab and presented lessons on cells, traits, and heredity. The students used the DNA lab’s state-of-the-art microscopes and other equipment that enabled the students to participate in many experiments.
The students in grade 4 made animal cells out of gelatin and different dried beans. The gelatin represented the cytoplasm and the different beans represented the various organelles.
Peter Rufa is in his first year as the supervisor of the Fine and Performing Arts Department for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Schools. As a result of his efforts, the spring musical Anything Goes promises to achieve a new level of professionalism. Performances will take place at the Oyster Bay Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
Christopher Canadeo (Elisha J. Whitney) is in his sophomore year. This is Christopher’s first-ever theatrical performance. Mia DiMeo (flirty passenger) has still learned new things about the wondrous stage even though this is not her first show at OBHS, Mia. Laurel Dorfman (Mrs. Harcourt) is a junior at OBHS and is performing in her third musical.
This month, Oyster Bay High School is among 13 Nassau high schools that will be participating in the first Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge. This contest is sponsored by Nassau Comptroller George Maragos for scholarships.
High school students will develop a business plan to start new businesses on Long Island.
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