East Hampton School News, June 13

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East Hampton High SchoolOn May 30, the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association hosted its 19th annual valedictorian luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel. East Hampton High School’s valedictorian of the Class of 2013, Ian Lynch, attended with his mother, Carol. Vedictorians from each district in the county were also there.

Abby Roden, next year’s sophomore class president, has advanced to semi-finalist in the Peace First Prize for starting a non-profit, Tara’s Children, that helps women with cancer and their children cope from diagnosis to the terminal stages. Abby was chosen out of hundreds of young people across the country who applied.

A bake sale held last week during the senior carnival, to help gather funds for a food service worker at the school who has been diagnosed with cancer, raised more than $900.

The Baccalaureate, a nonsectarian service of celebration sponsored annually by the East Hampton Town clericus for graduates and their families, will be held this year on June 17 at 7 p.m., at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. The purpose is for the class to come together and reflect on the past four years.

On Wednesday, June 19, the guidance and counseling department will be hosting a “Countdown to College,” including a summer “to-do list,” presentation for juniors and their parents. The meeting is open to sophomores as well if they are interested, but the focus will be on the juniors. “Countdown to College” takes place in the library at 6 p.m.

The senior banquet will be held on Thursday, June 20. Commencment will take place on the grounds of the high school from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.East Hampton Middle SchoolThe Middle School awards ceremony takes place tonight, June 12, at 7 p.m. The honors focus on academic and area achievements, as well as other school and community awards.

The sixth grade will enjoy a day at the beach on Friday, June 14, while the following week the eighth grade will take part in its formal graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, June 19, on the front lawn, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Students, along with Chris Merkert who teaches science, were featured in an article on “Changing The Role of K-12 Teachers” in Education Week. The class is the focus class in the article, and EdWeek sent a photographer to snap pictures of the kids in action. Mr. Merkert also served as a guest panelist on an education chat hosted by Education Week, which streamed live on Friday, May 31.John M. Marshall Elementary SchoolThe fifth grade spent a day last week at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island, having fun while learning team-building skills. The students hiked Mashomack Preserve, used the rope activities, rock climbed, and kayaked before returning home. “They had the opportunity to choose from five different activities, including fishing on the Orient Star, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and participating in team building games,” Principal Gina Kraus said. “This experience was a memorable one for all, and we are very grateful to our PTA for supporting this trip.”

On Wednesday, June 19, grades one through four will hold an awards ceremony at 9 a.m.; Thursday, June 20, is Moving-Up Day for the fifth grade; and the kindergarten Fly-Up Assembly is on Friday, June 21, at 9 a.m.

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