East Hampton School News, May 9

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East Hampton High School
The 10th annual “Personal Best” awards program, which recognizes freshmen who have put forth their best effort during their first year of high school, will be held on Thursday, May 9. It is open to students, parents or guardians, and faculty only. The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria, where students will be recognized for respect, a positive attitude, motivation, participation, and being a role model for peers.

Olivia McFadden, Conrad Kabbaz, and Sarah-Jane Lynn have all been recognized with the prestigious New York State Youth Leadership Award. Awarded by the state senate, the three juniors will be acknowledged by Senator Kenneth LaValle and presented with a certificate of recognition and letter at a congratulatory ceremony.

The high school will celebrate Serena Seacat with an evening of song on Saturday, May 11, featuring numbers from the shows that Ms. Seacat has directed over the past 20 years. The audience can expect classics from “South Pacific,” “Anything Goes,” “Oliver,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Leader of the Pack,” and many more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. The event begins in the auditorium at 7 p.m.

The All-School Awards ceremony, another guidance department event, will take place on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. Voted on by the teaching faculty or selected by the principal, counselors and/or the EHHS Scholarship Committee, the All-School Awards recognize students in a variety of categories from community service, drama, love of learning, academics, and more. That morning, Principal Adam Fine will lead the principal/parent breakfast and present the results of the school climate survey, at 8 a.m. in the library.

Students and faculty are still campaigning to raise $18,000 in funds for a trip to Senegal, through the buildOn organization, to build a school in the West African country. The trip is planned for July and 15 students will make the trip to a small village for a two-week period.

The word has gone out: David Douglas is inviting any chorus alums who have sung “All Too Soon” to join the current chorus on stage and sing it again at the May 23 spring concert. The song by Vancouver-based composer Stephen Hatfield, is about families with deep roots in a community but not able to remain there. “It seems to resonate here,” said Mr. Douglas.
East Hampton Middle School
The eighth grade graduation trip on Friday, May 10, will include a tour of Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers, a two-hour luncheon cruise, a visit to the “Top of the Rock” to admire the view, dinner at Dave and Buster’s, and a performance of Broadway’s “Cinderella.” Dolores McGintee and Judy Horan are supervising the outing.

On Saturday, May 11, get your car washed by middle schoolers between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The money raised will go toward the eighth grade graduation dinner and dance.

The sixth grade spring concert will be held in the auditorium on Wednesday, May 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. The next day, the sixth grade will take a trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
John M. Marshall Elementary School
On Friday, May 3, the third and fourth grade classes presented an Earth Day play, “Human Footprint,” at the all-school meeting. The meetings are led by fifth grade student leaders, who plan and organize the gatherings each week.

There will be a cyber-bullying presentation for the fifth grade on Monday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m.

The fourth grade will be taking a trip to the Old Bethpage Museum on Wednesday, May 15. While visiting the restored 19th-century village, the students will have the opportunity to visit an assortment of homes, farms, and businesses, and speak to the reenactors.

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