East Hampton, Springs, Montauk, Amagansett and Wainscott Start 2013-14 School Year

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September is here. Labor Day is over. And it is back-to-school time in East Hampton Town, with classes starting this week for students in all five public districts, East Hampton, Springs, Montauk, Amagansett and Wainscott.

East Hampton

The approximately 1,800 students in the East Hampton School District, the town’s largest, will return to classes on Monday, September 9.

The East Hampton Middle School auditorium has been refurbished, as has the roof at John Marshall Elementary School, according to district spokeswoman Bridget LeRoy.

As part of a new, regional non-profit effort, the East End Science and Technology Initiative—which aims to help local schools add hands-on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, programs to challenge students—robotics will be offered as an elective at East Hampton High School this year, Ms. LeRoy said.

The middle school has also added a science Olympiad.

East Hampton also has several new faces in the administration this year, including Robert Hagen, a new assistant principal at the high school, Beth Doyle, the new elementary school principal, and Elizabeth Reveiz-Magnowski, the new director of English as a second language.

The booster club will also start fundraising for a new scoreboard in the athletic fields, Ms. LeRoy said.

Springs

Springs School will open its doors to about 706 students in grades prekindergarten through eight on Monday, September 9, at 8:20 a.m.

New this year is the addition of 11 new parking spaces, from 20 to 31, in front of the School Street school, to accommodate visitors and staff, said School Board President Liz Mendelman.

The new configuration also includes a new lot entrance, allowing visitors to park without interfering with the movement of school buses dropping off and picking up students in the bus loop. Under the old layout, the lot was closed during pick-up and drop-off. Additional parking changes are also in the works.

Students will also find a new sidewalk around the school, so they won’t have to walk along the road, she said.

New glass doors partition the library from administrative offices, intended to cut down on noise and distraction in the library, and the life skills classroom has been relocated to a larger room with a bathroom.

Montauk

About 355 students are enrolled in prekindergarten through eighth grade at Montauk School, which was set to open its doors on Wednesday, September 4, this year.

The gymnasium has been redone, with sanded floors, repainted lines and new mats and bleachers, said Superintendent and Principal Jack Perna. New stage curtains are on back order.

A new security system will greet front-door visitors, a precaution put in place in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut last year. A vestibule has been added to the entrance, and visitors will have to wait there to get buzzed in.

Another new feature is the replacement of desk computers with laptops that are transported throughout the school on wheeled carts.

Amagansett

Amagansett School students in kindergarten through sixth grade will start classes on Monday, September 9, while its prekindergarten students start on Wednesday, September 11.

Enrollment is at 113 this year.

The school has two new, part-time special education teachers, Kristin Powell and Kristen Graboski, and Luis Morales will serve as a part-time physical education teacher, while previous gym teacher, Michael Rodgers takes on additional duties as an assistant data coordinator, said Superintendent Eleanor Tritt.

Michael McCarthy will serve as a new part-time teaching assistant.

There will be a welcome picnic on Wednesday, September 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the school and a fall fair on school grounds all day on Saturday, September 28.

Wainscott

Tiny Wainscott School, with its 15 students in kindergarten through the third grade, will start back up on Monday, September 9, at 8 a.m.

The school has adopted a new math series, “Go Math!” that Superintendent Dr. Stuart Rachlin said is intended to help the school better address the Common Core initiative.

New part-time school psychologist Colleen Thorne-Ferone joins the staff, and the school looks to start a computer center this year, Dr. Rachlin said.

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