East Hampton Town school news, February 17

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Student Selected for Honor Choir

Georgia Bennett has been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association’s Children’s Honor Choir in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from February 11 to 14. The Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir is made up of the best student musicians from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, Vermont and Massachusetts. Georgia was selected from hundreds of applicants to sing at this prestigious East Coast choral festival based on the excellent musicianship and commitment she demonstrated on her audition CD. The ACDA Children’s Honor Choir will be conducted by Elaine Quilichini, an internationally known, well-respected choral director from Calgary, Canada. In addition to rehearsing and performing with this outstanding choir, Georgia will get to experience wonderful opportunities planned for the choir such as singing with the world famous Wanamaker organ, and singing at the Liberty Bell.

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ast Hampton Middle School

The students in Mrs. Ratcliffe’s sixth grade homeroom put their business and organizational skills to work when they hosted a pajama day on February 5. For $5, sixth-graders could wear their pajamas to school for the day. They raised a total of $120.85, and all funds went toward the Haiti Relief Fund.

Over the past three weeks, the students and staff of East Hampton Middle School have rallied together in a variety of ways to help raise money to help relief efforts in Haiti. From bake sales, to morning breakfasts, raffles and pajama day, the school has raised a total of $1,477.

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oss Upper School

Students in the eleventh grade presented their Modernity Projects. Hank Oppenheimer and Cian Costello constructed an old-fashioned high wheel bicycle from scratch, welding all the steel pieces together. They bent metal to create the wheels and spokes and whittled wood to shape the seat. They even sewed together leather patches for a seat cover.

Jin Haeng sang in Spanish to illustrate the tango, Lenny Kim played the piano, and Boem Yu the cello. Janis Jing studied Freud and discussed how one’s perception of another is determined by the viewer’s own experiences.

Lexie Kelly created a comic book on the climax of the modern mentality as it relates to the formation of and motivation behind comics. This “graphic exploration” takes readers on an adventure with cartoon Lexie as she learns about the history of comics and how they came of age during significant social growth spurts and artistic movements, such as Impressionism and Surrealism.

Yariany Perez and Lia Curcio used art and movement as their muses for their joint Modernity Project. The students painted several small paintings while listening to Schoenberg and also choreographed a modern dance to his music.

Ross School senior Forrest Gray scored the music for a documentary on his father, Spalding Gray, which recently screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Forrest, a talented musician, who has cameos in the film as a toddler, “contributes an electric score that beautifully mirrors the docu’s own careful mix of experimentation and emotion,” according to a rave review of the film by Variety magazine. “And Everything is Going Fine” will be screened once more at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday, March 14.

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oss Lower School

The second grade took a walking tour of Bridgehampton on February 5. They visited the firehouse and renovated library. The students are currently studying community systems in class.

Nursery students explored the interactive habitats at the South Fork Natural History Museum on February 9. The students were able to get up close and personal with live salamanders and even held some native marine animals in the marine touch tank.

The third grade visited Guild Hall on February 7, where student artwork from Ross and neighboring schools was on display. Afterward, they went to the Ross Café.

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enefit Events at Hayground

The Hayground School in Bridgehampton, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Soul Train, will host a soul-themed night at Jeff’s Kitchen on Thursday, February 25, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The festivities include a performance by Touché, our very own Soul Train Line, acts arranged by students and parents, and a soul food dinner served in Jeff’s Kitchen. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. For reservation, call 537-7068, extension 100.

On Saturday, February 27, the school will hold a tag sale to benefit relief efforts in Haiti. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school campus on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton.

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