Springs School News, May 9

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As reported by the Journalism Club

Students were visited in Spirit Meet by an actor portraying Andy Warhol (Andy Piver) to talk about the Celebration of the Arts student art show at Guild Hall this week and to promote the art raffle to benefit the Visiting Artist Program, which will be announced May 21.

Visiting artist Ruby Jackson recently worked with the junior high students on portraits. Sara Faulkner guided first grade through creating a large mobile that will hang in the library, and Wendy Gottlieb, a ceramic artist, worked with second grade on a project called “mapping our hearts.”

The girls junior high softball team, coached by Katie Farmer, defeated East Hampton 15-9. Isabella Swanson pitched the game with four strikeouts and Kerrie McCaffrey was the high scorer with three runs. The girls defeated Hampton Bays 17-5 with Carolina Ortega pitching with five strikeouts. Camila Tucci hit a solo homerun. Kerrie McCaffrey hit a grand slam.

The boys baseball team defeated Ross school 12-0. Noah Lappin provided strong starting pitching followed by a solid relief effort by Paul Vespe. The offense was led by Luke Vaziri, Mason LaCarrubba, Sebastian Raebeck and Brenden Farrell.

Kindergarten teacher Lindsay Thayer surprised her class with a class pet, a goldfish. Goldie is part of their science unit called Animals Two by Two. The kindergartners started the unit by comparing and contrasting a goldfish and a guppy. The kids learn how to take care of the goldfish, observe its behavior and about the many demands of maintaining an aquarium.

With the help of coaches Patricia Philipbar and Whitney Reidlinger, the students had a successful outing in the Special Field Olympics. Isaiah Brodie won fourth in the 50-meter dash, and a gold medal in the softball throw. Noah DeDona won gold in both the 50-meter dash and the softball throw. Paula Retana also won gold in the softball throw and the 50-meter dash. When she crossed the finish line she turned to the grand stand and said, “I’m a winner.”

Jessica Datz is a new addition to the school’s teaching staff. She graduated from both St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue where she studied childhood education with a concentration in special education and speech communications, and Long Island University, where she received a master’s degree in literacy. She is co-teaching with the junior high teachers.

On Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, 20 students from fifth to eighth grade performed at the New York State School Music Association’s annual Solo Festival at Miller Place High School. The students performed a prepared solo, scales and a sight-reading piece. All 24 students received an excellent or outstanding rating this year. The students who played piano were Julia Gimenez, Erin Kennedy, Julia Kearney and Lily McGintee; flute players were Ethan Bennett, Kaylee Mendelmen, Claire Hopkins and Jasper Edie; clarinet players were Erin Kennedy, Mike Trelles and Tali Friedman; alto saxophonists were Logan Gurney, Alfredo Chavez, Aly Dayton, Callum Hoepfner, Laura Parra and Max Bahi. Seth Kappel played the baritone sax with Finn Wainwright on the euphonium. The snare drummers were Sophie Kiembock and Ben Wainwright.

Students in Sean Knight’s science classes are investigating the structure of organisms with an additional lesson about their crayfish. One of their female crayfish laid 300 eggs, but fewer than 10 percent are expected to survive past the juvenile stage.

On Friday May 31,the PTA will be holding a movie night at 7 p.m. They are seeking sponsors for $50. Artwork may be emailed to: zac@hamptonsdriven.com.

Springs students compete on the East Hampton track team. In a recent meet with Westhampton, eighth-grader Andrew Wilson won the 1500-meter run with a 5 minutes and 18 seconds personal best. Seventh-grader Alberto Gallegos won the high jump. Josh Dempsey won the 55-meter dash and Hadessa Meyer won the 100-meter dash.

The Springs Teachers’ Community Outreach Committee, led by Maria Goncalves and Colleen McGowan, is seeking monetary donations, as well as donated items, for The Retreat. Among the items needed are gently used medium to large rolling suitcases, sewing machines, fabric thread, as well as a blender or two.

The school’s annual World’s Fair is celebrating countries around the world on Friday, May 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 in the gym. The evening includes dances and food that show the cultural diversity of the community. All are welcome.

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