East Hampton School News, September 26

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East Hampton High SchoolSenior Lindsay Stevens expounded on her involvement with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, one of the top research facilities in the country, at a recent School Board meeting. After being nominated by Lisa Benincasa last year, Lindsay wrote an essay, and was interviewed by 11 of the scientists at the lab before receiving the internship. Once a week, Lindsay travels to Cold Spring Harbor and engages in pancreatic cancer research with David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D. The research they conduct will be shared with institutions like Johns Hopkins and Sloan-Kettering.

Lindsay became involved as part of the “Partners for the Future” program, and is the only student on the East End, of the 12 Long Island students, selected to participate.

Tonight, September 25, the high school, in conjunction with the New York State Office of Mental Health, an “Evening of Healing and Dialogue” will be presented in the auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Brooke Yonick of the county Office of Mental Health, and Melanie Puorto, director of the state’s Suicide Prevention Initiative, will discuss community reactions and grief needs of students after suicide, and also how to identify common warning signs and what parents and community members can do. There will also be a Q and A panel, along with time for informal questions and refreshments. The evening is expected to end at 8:30.

In a related topic, East Hampton High School is one of four schools featured by Pat Breux with the Suicide Prevention Center of New York, in a national webinar she presents on positive ways that schools can react to tragedy. Ms. Breux found the stories “compelling and inspiring, and the pictures of [our] students are beautiful.”

The Century Club has learned that a four-year project to build a school in Asemkow, Ghana, through the Free The Children program, is nearing completion. Over the past four years, the Century Club has raised approximately $8,000. “This is very exciting to be able to see,” said Debbie Mansir, the club advisor. “The students should be very proud of their efforts and the lasting impact it will have on this community. So proud of them!”

Thursday, September 26, is Senior Mock Interview Day. Community members and business owners will interview high school seniors and critique the students on an established set of points like eye contact, attire, and responses. Each of the more than 250 seniors will participate in a 15-20 minute mock interview, followed immediately with feedback and a ratings sheet, and then a second chance to improve their score.

Thursday is also Back to School night at the high school at 6 p.m.East Hampton Middle SchoolPicture day at the middle school is Thursday, September 26. The same day is club sign-up day, with a chance for kids to participate after school in National Junior Honor Society, Dance Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, the Bonnettes girls’ chorus group, homework club, and more.

Kyle Anello joins the middle school team teaching technology part-time, along with Trevor Gregory. Thanks to Mark Franklin, who stepped in to substitute for the first few weeks of school.John M. Marshall Elementary SchoolKristen Tulp’s kindergarten class and Lisa McKee’s fourth grade are pairing up this year, and their first project is creating pinwheels for the annual international art community project, Pinwheels for Peace, which will take place at the school on Friday, September 27. The older students are helping their buddies color, cut, and assemble their pinwheels.

Last year’s local effort had 650 pinwheels held by students. Those 650 joined the more than four million pinwheels planted by children last year at 3,500 locations around the world.

PTA picture day is Monday, September 30. It’s also the first day of the week-long book fair.

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