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Southampton High School

The following teams were recipients of the Section XI Sportsmanship Awards for the fall sports season: JV & Varsity Field Hockey and coaches Kim Hannigan, Mary Jo Malone and Cassie Gallo; Varsity Girls Cross Country and coach Eddie Arnold; and Varsity Football and coaches Phillips, Franklin and Schreck. Also, Varsity Field Hockey earned the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Team Award.

A combination of physical education achievement, solid academics, outstanding character, and leadership in a variety of activities has earned seniors Nick Pobat and Samantha Steck awards from the Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

The Suffolk Zone honors only one senior male and female student from each high school. To be eligible, students must have earned at least a 90 average in physical education class and a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average in all classes prior to the senior year, demonstrate outstanding character, show leadership skills in both physical education class and general schoolwide activities, and serve as role models for other students.

The pair were recognized along with other honorees at the Suffolk Zone 2008 Student Awards Dinner at the East Wind Caterers in Wading River on December 3.

Southampton Intermediate School

The Principal’s Breakfast will be held on Friday, December 19, at 8 a.m. in the SIS library. The school’s “Breakfast with Santa,” scheduled for December 20, has been cancelled.

Fifth-grade Spanish students in Kristen Minter’s and Eric Hockmuth’s classes are learning about the ways in which the Hispanic world celebrates this time of year. As a culmination to this topic, the fifth grade is planning its eighth annual Fiesta for all fifth-grade students. “Una Celbracion Cultural” will take place on December 23, the last day of school before the break, beginning at noon. There will be music, games, food, story-telling and, of course, breaking open a piñata. Parents are invited to attend.

A “Hot Chocolate Race” for fifth-graders is planned on December 22 and 23. This scavenger hunt-type event will require students to complete a variety of activities and answer questions that integrate math, English language arts and physical fitness while keeping the theme of hot chocolate in mind. Hot cocoa will be served.

Southampton Prekindergarten

On Friday, December 12, prekindergarten students entertained parents, teachers and family members with a musical and theatrical performance at the fifth annual “Winter Bake and Boogie” benefit. Throughout the month of December students made baked goods that were available for sale at the “Bake and Boogie” with all proceeds going to the Pajama Program, Christopher Lesta Fund, Cakes for Kids, the Gregory Twins, and Brendan Smith Family Fund.

Tuckahoe School

Seventh-grader Stephen Swiderski, along with the Southampton Youth Bureau, initiated “Holiday Mail for Heroes,” a holiday greeting card campaign affiliated with the Red Cross. The goal was to collect holiday cards to send to American service members, veterans, and their families, in this country and around the world. Altogether, Stephen collected 310 cards.

The Cultural Arts Committee will be hosting the Southampton High School Choir and Jazz Band on Monday, December 22, at 9 p.m. in the Tuckahoe cafetorium.

The Tuckahoe Discipline Committee has announced that homework certificates and Catch-A-Kid coupons were awarded to recipients on the “Olympic Honor Bus.”

The first Peer Mediation meeting was held, which resulted in win-win solutions for all parties.

Side by Side Child Care

A poem for Christmas:

“‘Twas the week before Christmas and here at the school, the babies napped efficiently, there was no time for drool.

“The decorations were hung by the classrooms with care, Kinaras, Menorahs, and stockings were there.

“The children created gifts for Nana and Pappy, and mommies and daddies who would soon be so happy.

“In every classroom it was quite fun to hear holiday stories and the spread of good cheer.

“Carols could be heard around every corner, in one room a Christmas ballad by Foreigner.

“Secret Santas filled cubbies with silly surprises like gingerbread men in all different sizes.

“The children practiced their singing, they learned all their signs, they made pretty cards with sentimental rhymes.

“The Ducks, the Chipmunks, the Frogs and the Bees from the tiniest treasures to the little lambies, we wish you the best this holiday season some Side by Side cheer we hope you found pleasin’.”

Our Lady of the Hamptons

Three hundred people formed the congregation at OLH’s Family Advent Service. The traditional ceremony included Scripture readings delivered by Jessica Penna, Jack Sullivan, Dominic DiGiorgi and Colin Cuccia, songs by the Joyful Noise and Hamptones. The Advent wreath was presented by the junior and senior dance troupes.

Seventh-grader William Allan, accompanied by his brother, kindergartener John, delivered 220 handmade Christmas cards to the elderly and infirm patients at Maria Regina Residence in Brentwood. The cards were made by the students of OLH.

The community is invited to attend one of two presentations of “Magic in the Air,” an original Christmas musical presented by the entire school on Sunday, December 21, at 2:30 p.m. and again on Monday, December 22, at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission

The 12th annual Bucks for Books Raffle will be held on February 6. Chances cost $100 each and are available at the school. Call 283-9140 for more information.

Sag Harbor Elementary School

This week’s fifth-grade Morning Program announcers are Ryan Chisholm and Charlie Costello.

Kathleen Meyerhoff’s fourth-grade class recited Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” at Morning Program, which tied in with both the season of giving and the school’s theme of caring. The students also created computer generated illustrations, which they displayed as a PowerPoint presentation.

In honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week school nurse Margaret Pulkingham and teaching assistant Kim Ramirez, the director of the after-school Sign Language Club, signed the song, “Doin’ the Henry Hand Wash” with members of the Sign Language Club. They were accompanied by music teacher David Fox, who sang and played the guitar.

Physical education teacher Hank Katz announced the Miler’s Club figures for the month of November: The second-graders logged 829 miles, and George Kneeland and Kelly Hornung’s fifth-grade class had the most miles, at 298. The schoolwide total was 3,618, including summer miles. The stars for the month of November were Dominique Arrindell, Josephine Battle, Isabella DiRussa, Olivia Helbing, Alyssa Kneeland, Lily Kot, Daisy Miller, Stephen Musnicki, Autumn Pagano, Linnea Piazza, Carmen Santiago, Erica Selyukova, Emmett Shaughnessy and Catherine Spolarich.

Only a few mittens are left on the “Mitten Line,” and many unwrapped presents have been brought back to the school for distribution to families in need of some help during the holiday season.

The Winter Concert, “A December’s Night of Music,” was presented to family and friends who came to hear the choruses, band, orchestra, and Guitar Club members play holiday and winter favorites such as “Rock the Halls,” “The Heart and Soul of Chaunkah,” “Ode to Joy,” “Kwanzaa,” and “Reindeer on the Roof.”

The Pierson High School Band performed several songs at Morning Program.

The third-graders performed on Wednesday of this week. The first-graders are performing today, and the second-graders will perform on the 19th. The kindergartners will present a “Holiday Sing” on Monday, December 22, and on Tuesday, December 23, there will be an All-School Holiday Sing.

The PTA is sponsoring another Bingo Night on Friday, December 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 in the elementary school gymnasium. The grand prize will be two snow sleds. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

School will be closed for winter recess from Wednesday, December 24, through Friday, January 2. School will resume on Monday, January 5.

Stella Maris

Nursery students are preparing for the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus and Christmas. The room is decorated with stars, the wise men and a Nativity scene. There are also angels and, of course, Christmas trees. The class is counting up and down on Advent calendars and wreaths and their “Count Down Star.” They attended a Christmas Show about a family of mice at Goat On A Boat Puppet Theatre.

The students have been learning about giving by collecting pennies to be given to Father Peter at St. Andrew’s so he can help families in need of Christmas cheer.

Kindergarten went on field trips last week, 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.”

Second grade is working on a project for Advent this month. Each day the children do “good deeds” around the house. Each good deed entitles the child to another piece of straw for the manger. Any money they collect for doing the good deeds will go toward purchasing Christmas gifts for the needy.

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.

The fourth grade is preparing for its Christmas presentation, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” on Thursday, December 18.

Bridgehampton School

On December 6, several band students performed Christmas carols for the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Hampton Library. Visitors to the library met Santa, enjoyed numerous desserts, sang carols with the band and joined in the countdown to the lighting of the tree. Students who took part were Akilah Jenkins, India Hemby, Olivia Kotz, Genevieve Kotz, Jessica Perez, Lindsey LaPointe, Jennah Hochstedler, Tatyana Dawson and Kiera Elliott.

The Environmental Design class visited the offices of the Horticultural Alliance in Bridgehampton and Marders Garden Center on December 10. Harriet Edwards, the librarian, gave an overview of the services offered by the Horticultural Alliance and gave a short and very interesting description of the two principle cataloguing systems used in libraries today, the Dewey Decimal System and the Library of Congress Classification.

The Horticultural Alliance is sponsoring a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show in March and the class decided they would like to raise money to attend the show in either March 2009 or 2010.

In Mr. Zaykowski’s ninth-grade technology class, students are studying electronics, and are manufacturing telephones for their main project. The eighth-grade students are studying hovercrafts as part of their transportation unit, which will culminate in creating their own craft. Seventh-grade students are engaged in the study of basic electronics and are creating their own alarm system with sirens and flashing lights.

Students in the fifth grade sent letters to the soldiers of the 142nd Division of the Army National Guard in which they introduced themselves and wished the recipients Happy Holidays and a safe and speedy return.

Sagaponack School

The children presented their holiday concert on Wednesday under the direction of music teacher Margaret Bodkin. The snowman scenery was illustrated by art teacher Terri Doyle. The parents brought beverages and finger foods and everyone sang holiday songs.

Preparing for New York State Testing is going on, also fun activities such as decorating gingerbread cookies and finishing holiday books.

The Mueller family treated the children, teachers and staff to a holiday luncheon at their home.

School will be closed from Wednesday, December 24, through Friday, January 2 for winter recess. School will resume on Monday, January 5.

Ross Upper School

A Latin fiesta was held at the Ross School Café on December 12, when Ross senior Ingrid Cardona hosted a fund-raiser for MADRE, which was the culmination of her Senior Project. MADRE is a human rights organization benefiting women and children worldwide. The monies raised went to help its efforts to prevent children from being forced to become child soldiers in Colombia, Ingrid’s native country.

On December 13, the school collaborated with Intermix East Hampton to present a Holiday Fashion Show, “Ross in the Mix,” in the Court Theater. Proceeds from the event went to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and the Steven J. Ross Scholarship Fund. Eighth-graders Taylor Cohen, Grace Gill, Caroline Lasersohn and Greg Grossman organized the event.

December 10 was Human Rights Day. It also marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The high school celebrated this day with a special morning assembly. Students Hannah Baker and Nathaniel Oppenheimer outlined some of the principles from the Declaration and following the students’ talk, Firas R. Taresh, an Iraqi refugee who has worked at Ross for four months, discussed his experience fleeing Iraq during the United States-led invasion. Students also painted the rights listed in the Declaration on the windows of school buildings.

Rounding out their studies on Islamic culture, the eighth-grade class traveled to New York City on December 11 to visit the Islamic Cultural Center, the first mosque built in New York City, and the United Nations, where they toured the building and General Assembly.

Ross Lower School

Rosemary Connell’s kindergarteners celebrated the winter solstice by presenting “The Rebirth of the Sun, A Winter Solstice Tale” at assembly on December 11.

Also, on December 11, the Lower School held a special presentation on the Christmas traditions and culture of the people of Ecuador. Angela Rodriguez, the parent of fourth-grade student Michael Rodriguez, worked with Spanish teacher Marissa Potts to create this event, which included colorful costumes and traditional dances.

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