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John Marshall Elementary School

For the month of December, students at the John M. Marshall Elementary School discussed the holidays Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Madeline Lawler was invited in to talk about the story of Hanukkah to the second graders. Students also learned about the holiday’s traditions and celebrations.

East Hampton Middle School

NaNoWriMo, the acronym for the National Novel Writing Month initiative, a web-based effort to have students and adults write a novel in the month of November, has ended for 2008. The final results are in for the East Hampton Middle School and they are impressive. The eighth grade students in Ms. Cortes’s, Ms. Greene’s and Ms. Horan’s classes wrote a total of 1,076,121 words. The participating teachers added another 157,694 words. The top writer for the students was Athina Lehovitis with 60,356 words for her novel. Ms. Cortes led teachers and students with 85,093 words that encompassed two works.

The NaNoWriMo goal was to have participants reach 50,000 words in the month. Besides Athina, that goal was achieved by Audrey Winslow. All of the students worked diligently and discovered the beauty, struggle and pleasure of the craft of writing.

East Hampton High School

East Hampton High School recognizes principal Cheryl Ann Edholm as the administrator of the year. The students and faculty appreciate her hard work and are proud to have her at our school.

Students will be participating in a pep rally on December 23 to support the East Hampton High School basketball team with performances by the high school dance team and cheerleaders. We hope the team has as a successful season as they have had in the past.

Also, on Monday December 22 at 6 p.m., students involved in the spring musical will be hosting a fund-raiser for the theater department. The event will be a special holiday screening of “The Polar Express.” Guests of all ages are encouraged to come. Guests who arrive with a toy donation will receive $1 off the cost of admission. The high school encourages you to get in the holiday spirit and support the students by coming out and enjoying the film.

Student musicians involved in the chorus, band, and orchestra will be performing their winter concert tonight, December 17 at 7:30. Admission is free; all are welcome.

Wainscott School

The students all wrote their names on holiday cards for recovering soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital. The students mailed about 40 cards.

All the students worked on scenery and set decorations this week for the holiday concert which was held on Tuesday, December 16 in the old school. The second and third graders baked gingerbread and sugar cookies for the holiday concert.

The kindergarteners and first graders started mixing and baking gingerbread for their own gingerbread house. Christine Graziano, school psychologist, set up this special project for the students. They will be completing their houses next week.

Springs School

Springs School, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of East Hampton, is collecting for the Toys for Tots program. According to school social worker Maritza Santos, “Due to the economic hardship, our community is in more need than ever.” The school began collecting toys during the first week of December and will accept donations through December 16. The Natural Helpers group that went to the “Build a Bear” workshop donated a few of their favorite characters (bears) to start off the collecting. The community’s response to those in need has been overwhelming and truly exemplifies the school’s philosophy that “together we can make a difference.”

The three second-grade classes are joining together to earn money for Heifer International, a project that they started last year. Students and their families are encouraged to “do an extra chore or task at home” to get the children to earn the funds needed to buy a goat for a family in another country. Teachers Maryellen Farrell, Beth Scammel, Karen McKee and Nicole Paga will be providing breakfast for the classes on Thursday to celebrate their donation to a needy family.

The fourth graders completed their performances of “The Search.” After five performances for parents, community, their peers and other schools, the cast had a party, hosted by cast parent Cindy Realmuto and other parents. The Poppin’ Rockin’ Opera Company was treated to cookies shaped like dog biscuits, Kitty litter and tennis balls, to carry the opera’s theme to the end.

Junior high science teachers Robert Walker and Lisa Seff are steeped in preparations for the February 2009 Science Olympiad. The students meet in Mr. Walker’s room twice a week. There are about 30 eighth graders and 15 sixth and seventh grade students involved. The Science Olympiad will be held February 28.

Fifth grade classes are studying poetry, and Irene Tully’s class has been reading anthologies and taking bits and pieces of their favorite lines or even the whole poem and writing responses. Tracy Frazier’s class is trying to live like a poet during this writing unit, so they are trying to share life moments that have poetic possibilities. Mrs. Frazier recently had to buy a new car, and she told the students how sad her family was to give up their old van because of the stories in that car over the last 10 years. They have looked at poems that are about a single topic, and poems that show changing over time.

Amagansett School

The annual winter musical was held on Thursday, December 11. “Snow Biz!” was performed by students in kindergarten through sixth grade under the direction of school music teacher Cindy Galvin. The musical was about an overnight Nor’easter that dumped buckets of snow giving skiers, skaters, and ice fisherman (to name a few) a great reason to celebrate the winter season. The students created the wonderful scenery with the assistance of art teacher Liz Paris.

On Friday, December 12, the Amagansett School participated in the safety bus visitation program known as Safety Sally, sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES. A certified instructor teaches the students how to keep themselves safe while riding on a bus. The Safety Sally bus is equipped with television monitors, a wheelchair lift and a video camera that are all used during the training. The students also learn the role of the bus driver, the role of the student, seat belt use and evacuation of the bus.

On Tuesday, December 16, and Wednesday, December 17, the PTA opened its “holiday store.” Students from each class had time each day to purchase different goods to keep for themselves or give as holiday gifts. Students had a variety of items to choose from including ornaments, jewelry and candles. The holiday store not only raises money for the PTA, but helps reinforce mathematical skills for all students.

On Tuesday, December 16, the Amagansett School beginning band, concert band and orchestra went to the East Hampton Senior Center to spread holiday cheer.

On Wednesday, December 17, the PTA held its monthly “hot lunch.” The lunch consisted of macaroni and cheese, pasta with meat sauce, string beans, green salad, fruit salad and cookies. The lunch was donated by Meeting House Restaurant and the salad was donated by Hampton Chutney.

Montauk School

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are all fast approaching and it is good to teach the students the celebrations and traditions of our diverse nation. After learning about adaptations of animals, the students in Mr. Brunn’s class were asked to think a step ahead and create their own animals designed for living a certain way. The students needed to justify their animals’ special adaptations, in writing, explaining why certain behaviors and specialized physical features were formed.

Ms. Musser’s adaptive physical education students are logging in their footsteps on a chart to accumulate enough to take them into the middle of the Big Apple. Keep track of their progress in the hallway near the gym.

Stella Maris Regional School

The children fully enjoyed the Christmas Show at Goat On A Boat Puppet Theatre and loved the story of Papa Mouse, Momma Mouse and Santa Mouse. Nursery has been learning all about giving by collecting pennies to fill their Santa faces with 25 pennies each to be given to Father Peter at St. Andrew’s so he can help families in need of Christmas cheer.

Kindergarten was busy going on field trips this last week. They finished writing their letters to Santa and walked to town to mail them. Then they had a tour of the Sag Harbor Village Police Department to learn about safety. They also went to Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre to watch “Santa Mouse.”

Grade two read three books about gingerbread cookies. Two of the books were used to learn the concept of comparing and contrasting. Their favorite book was “The Gingerbread Baby,” by Jan Brett. They liked this book because the cookie did not get eaten at the end of the story.

The fourth grade is busy getting ready for their Christmas presentation, “Charlie Brown Christmas.” They are all ready for the Thursday, December 18 presentation.

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