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East Hampton High School

Two teams of students representing East Hampton High School recently won highest honors in this year’s WordMaster’s Challenge, a national competition for high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of poetry. Participating with 609 other school teams from across the country, the school’s 10th-graders tied for ninth place in the nation in the year’s fourth meet, held in April. At the same time, the school’s 11th-graders tied for 14th place in the nation. The teams were supervised by teacher Eugene Colleary. More than 59,000 students from across the country participated.

Students Natalia Saavedra, Tania Marín, and Johanna Morocho were selected to participate in the Angelo del Toro Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute, which took place April 26 to 28 in Albany. They joined 200 Hispanic students from all over the state in debating bills in the Assembly chambers. The students were trained ahead of time by their advisor, Julia Sabil, along with leader Christa Stevenson from Eastern Suffolk BOCES. They met with state legislators and had the opportunity to address questions and concerns.

The AP Spanish class attended a theatrical production in Spanish on May 14. Julia Sabil will be taking them to see Federico García Lorca’s play, “La Casa de Bernarda Alba,” at the Teatro Repertorio Español.

The East Hampton High School AP Studio Art Show 2008 opens with a reception on Wednesday, May 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. This is the sixth annual exhibition and is open to the public Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition will include works by this year’s classes as well as work by alumni of the program. Ashawagh Hall is on Springs-Fireplace Road at Old Stone Highway in East Hampton.

The Class of 2010 would like to thank the entire East Hampton High School community for supporting this year’s annual raffle. Congratulations to our top three winners: third place went to Tonya Gregg, who won a $300 Debbie Brooks designer handbag that was donated by our generous friends at Medusa; second place went to Alicia Frazier-Gordon, who won the sterling silver bracelet that was donated by our wonderful friends at Tiffany & Company; and, finally, first place went to Luke Gambino, who won the Apple iTouch iPod. In addition to the wonderful and extremely generous donations by the aforementioned companies, the following companies also participated: BookHampton, Fierro’s Pizza, Gubbin’s Sporting Goods, Ralph Lauren, Scoop du Jour, Starbucks, and United Artists movie theaters. Thanks for your generosity and participation.

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Middle School

Mrs. Fuller’s eighth-grade ELA classes are enjoying a mini film festival this week. They are viewing movies of novels they have just read, along with student-made movies. Some student movies are public service announcements, some are documentaries, and some live action stories. Topics varied from substitute teachers to soccer.

Ross School

Ross School sports awards will be presented at a ceremony in the School’s Center For Well-Being Café on Tuesday, May 27. There will be a pre-award reception from 5 to 6 p.m. and the athletic award ceremony will follow. All athletes who participated on a junior varsity or varsity team during the 2007-2008 school year are invited. Guests of athletes are invited as well.

The East End Special Players, a group of learning disabled adults, performed for Ross School high school students on Monday, May 19. The group has been putting on plays throughout the East End since 1985. The company of 20 actors produces one play a year. This year’s production is “You Are a Petunia in My Garden,” which was written by the Players themselves about their lives, hopes and dreams.

Ross School eighth-graders painted dog portraits to be featured at an opening reception at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons on Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott to announce the renaming of ARF to ARF/MEOW. The reception will take place on May 22 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Ross School’s spring musical production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was an outstanding success, judging by the standing ovations and rave reviews from the audience. The play was presented the evenings of May 13, 14, 15 and 16. Gerard Doyle and Kate Mueth were the director and choreographer.

A reading of Kimble Humiston’s new play, “Dostoevsky: The House of the Dead,” will take place tonight, Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Ross School. The reading is directed by Kate Mueth and will feature Tim Kelley, Gerard Doyle, Scott Chaskey, Laura Engel, Frances McArthur, Jack McArthur, Andrew Franklin, James Earle, Jamie Schelz, Mark Tompkins, Raphael Shapiro and Christopher Golden.

The play takes place in a military prison at Omsk, Siberia during Dostoevsky’s first year of imprisonment, beginning in 1850, to his release in 1854. Kimble Humiston is a writer/playwright and currently English language arts teacher at Ross School High School. His interest in Dostoevsky began with his dissertation on Dostoevsky’s major fiction. Since then, Kimble has continued to develop Dostoevsky scholarship with particular interest in the Russian author’s years in exile as an influence on his later fictional works.

Wainscott School News

The children interviewed author Stephanie Calmenson on Monday, May 12. She gave a PowerPoint presentation to the students and answered their questions. Harry, her long-haired dachshund, has been adopted as the school’s unofficial mascot. Ms. Calmenson along with her husband, Mark Goldman, donated five cases of books to the school. The children enjoyed the books and her visit very much.

The first Wainscott Community Career Day was on Wednesday, May 14. The children got to interview a horse farm owner, an artist, a lawyer, a judge, a fire chief, a politician, a school board president and a bee keeper. The children created excellent questions. The students are looking forward to next year’s career day and have already started planning. The four grades attended the Origami Art Show at the Parrish Art Museum with art teacher Terri Doyle on Friday, May 16. The students have been learning about geometric shapes in their math class and the second- and third-graders have been folding paper into various geometric shapes.

There is no school on Friday, May 23 or Monday, May 26 because of the Memorial Day holiday. The Spring Show is set for May 28 at 7 p.m. at Wainscott Chapel.

Montauk School

The pre-K-4 students are participating in the “Y-Away” swim program at Gurney’s Inn. This inaugural program will be held for the next five weeks to give the young students some essential skills for swimming. The Y sent three instructors and each of the students had some individual time with the instructor. Over the next few weeks, Mr. Cossentino and Mr. Cunningham will provide ocean safety sessions with all classes.

Mr. Larsen’s students acted as real estate agents in a project for which they designed a house and then created a brochure that touts its features in order to get a potential buyer’s attention and ultimately sell the house.

Ms. Irvine’s and Ms. Walsh’s students visited LongHouse Preserve last week. The students were in awe of the larger-than-life sculptures as well as the gardens and the pond filled with bullfrogs.

If you saw Thursday’s Mets game on TV, you may have noticed Montauk’s fifth- and sixth-grade students in the stands. Thanks to Mr. White for this great tradition. We had great seats, too, right behind home plate!

Ms. Nicoletti’s science students were doing an investigation about tie-dye. They used the liquids and Sharpies to make the shirts and to see which were the best combination of liquids.

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