John Marshall Elementary School
Ms. Bock’s and Ms. Tubatan’s second grade has been learning about temperature. This week, students made a magnetic penguin thermometer craft to take home to tell their family and friends about temperature. Students also created homemade holiday cards to send to friends and family.
Mrs. DiGate’s fourth-grade students are buddies with the students in Mrs. Goerler’s kindergarten class. Both classes won prizes in Mulford Farm’s scarecrow contest in the fall. Rather than spend the prize money on themselves, they decided to pick the names of two children off the “giving tree” at school and purchase gifts for them.
The kindergartners at JMMES read “The Mitten Tree,” a story about a lady who knits mittens for boys and girls who have none. The students collected more than 70 pairs of mittens and gloves for children in our community that are in need of warm winter clothing.
On Friday, all kindergarten classes at JMMES sang holiday songs for their friends and families. Afterward, families brought in “multicultural cookies” representing their heritage to share with the students.
East Hampton Middle School
The East Hampton Middle School peer mediation team has selected a group of seventh- and eighth-grade students to participate in the peer mediation program. “This program is uniquely designed to help peers resolve issues or problems with one another with a student facilitator,” said Bridget Anderson, a middle school guidance counselor and a member of the team. “This program helps students resolve conflicts peacefully, builds leadership, the capacity for empathy and communication skills.” The students were trained in the program on December 16 at the Middle School.
The first annual holiday concert was held on Thursday, December 18. The program consisted of the orchestra and concert band. The students in these two groups have been practicing for this concert since the beginning of the school year. Several students had solos and performed in group ensembles. The students in pre-K through first grade went on a field trip to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. The group saw a performance of “The Hungry Caterpillar.”
On Monday, December 22, the Amagansett School Chorus and its instructor, Cindy Galvin, went on a field trip to the East Hampton Senior Center to spread holiday cheer. The students prepared for this event and shared many holiday tunes for all that attended.
The students learned about the customs and traditions dealing with Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. The second- and third-grade students prepared and cooked some traditional holiday foods and shared them with their schoolmates.
The annual holiday concert was a big success on Tuesday night at the old school. Margaret Bodkin, music teacher, conducted the children through traditional holiday songs. The students did a wonderful job with the songs and their handmade decorations. Refreshments were served after the show. The students started tennis on Monday, December 22, at East Hampton Indoor Tennis.