East Hampton School News, September 19

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East Hampton High SchoolSenior Maggie Pizzo has been chosen to play the flute for the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Band in Nashville on October 30. The first East Hampton High School student to achieve this honor, Maggie scored a perfect 100 on her solo score, and is one of 150 instrumentalists chosen nationwide for the gala concert at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Senior Carly Grossman has been recognized as a National Merit Semi-Finalist for her score on the PSATs which she took last year. Out of the 1.5 million students who take the PSATs each year, about 16,000 make it to semi-finalist status. This year, there are 1,020 students in New York State, but Carly is the only student on the South Fork to be recognized.

Lindsey Stevens, also a senior, has been selected to spend part of her school day, once a week, at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, working with award-winning cancer research scientists.

The high school is kicking off the year with an online game, Free Rice, which helps fight world hunger. Students and others answer questions on a variety of school-related subjects, and for every correct answer, the U.N. World Food program receives 10 grains of rice to be donated to people in places like Cambodia, Uganda, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In order to track the high school’s donations, a group was created at freerice.com/content-group/east-hampton-high-school.

On Wednesday, September 25, the high school, New York State Office of Mental Health, and the Suffolk County Office of Mental Health will present “Understanding and Preventing Suicide in our Community: An Evening of Healing and Dialogue” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The public is invited to attend and learn about local resources for community members at risk for suicide and for those struggling to understand and cope with suicide loss.

Thursday, September 26, is Senior Mock Interview Day. School to Work Coordinator Deb Mansir is reaching out to community members and business owners with an opportunity to act as a job interviewer of high school seniors and to critique the students on an established set of points like eye contact, attire and monosyllabic responses.

Around 50 to 60 adults are needed for the workshop, which will be held on Thursday, September 26, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each of the more than 250 seniors will participate in a 15 to 20 minute mock interview, followed immediately with feedback and a ratings sheet, and then a second chance to improve their score. Community members are asked for an hour of participation time, with the likelihood of interviewing three students. Ms. Mansir can be reached at dmansir@ehufsd.org or (631) 329-6462, prior to September 20.

The school also welcomes two new teachers, Mary Healy, American Sign Language teacher; and Devon Parkes, who will be joining the social studies department.

“Morning Sunflower for Ron,” a painting by Bruce Lieberman, who teaches art at the high school, was recently acquired by the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington and is on display now through November 23.East Hampton Middle SchoolWednesday, September 18, is back to school night for parents and guardians from 6 to 8 pm., and the next morning, September 19, is the first principal’s breakfast and PTA meeting, in the cafeteria at 9:30 a.m.

Two new teachers have joined the middle school team: Nick Finazzo in mathematics, and Cara Nelson in social studies. In addition, Trevor Gregory (from the high school) will be teaching technology part-time. Rich King (former physical education teacher at the middle school) is now a part-time dean of students to replace the assistant principal role. Also, there is a new Spanish-speaking secretary in the main office, Ivonne Tovar-Morales, and a police officer on the grounds, Officer Chris Jack.

Detective Rory Forrestal of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Computer Crimes Unit will speak to the students on Monday, September 23. The workshops are for sixth-graders, seventh- and eighth-graders on responsible internet use, cyber-bullying, and “sexting.” Parents are welcomed to attend.

Middle school clubs will begin on Monday, September 30, and PTA picture day is on September 26.John M. Marshall Elementary SchoolStudents will take a field trip to Ashawagh Hall to see the exhibit “Oceans Matter” on Wednesday, September 18. The program is run by the Marine Education Foundation.

Kristen Tulp, Alison Fritzen, and Camille Intermaggio’s kindergarten class were on the hunt for their lost gingerbread man. They looked all over the building and finally found him back in his favorite spot, the kindergarten classroom. It was a great activity to help familiarize the students with the building

The PTA elementary school “Meet and Greet” will be held on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m., for new parents and experienced parents to get together and talk about events for the coming year.

Back to School night for kindergarten through second grade takes place on Tuesday, September 24, at 6 p.m., followed by grades three through five the next day at the same time.

In staff news, music teacher Greg Butler is excited to now be an Orff-certified music teacher, a renowned method of music education, having completed his last level this summer at Villanova University. The school also welcomes new teachers Alexandra McCourt in English as a second language, and Amy Falkenhan in fourth grade.

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