East Hampton School News, October 10

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East Hampton High SchoolThe school is in the middle of Spirit Week. Today, Wednesday, is Neon/Tie-Dye Day, tomorrow is Flannel Thursday, and Friday, of course, is Maroon and Grey day. The homecoming pep rally begins on Friday at 1:40 p.m. Friday’s Homecoming Dance theme is “black out,” and all the attendees (from East Hampton High School only) are encouraged to wear all black.

The business department’s new class, Virtual Enterprise, took part in a field trip to J. Crew on Main Street to prep for their mock interviews, held on September 26. The staff at the store displayed various professional ensembles for males and females, and conducted a demo on tying a necktie. Virtual Enterprise is a class where the students create a “virtual business,” and compete in the marketplace among 5,500 other virtual firms, both domestically and internationally.

National Coming Out Day is Friday, October 11, and the high school’s Gay Straight Alliance plans on honoring the day by handing out rainbow ribbons to all who wish to identify as allies.

Lisa Shaw has a sustainable agriculture class at 9:15, which is new this year, and she planted fall crops with her students a couple of weeks ago with the help of Ian Calder Piedmont, the EECO Farm outreach coordinator to school gardens. Plants were donated by Wittendale’s. The class is comprised of Denise Klein’s Life Skills students and Ms. Shaw’s students. There will be a bake sale fundraiser to raise awareness about the garden on Saturday, October 12, at homecoming. Lisa Shaw’s Family and Consumer Science students will be making carrot muffins with carrots fresh from the school garden.

The guidance and counseling department will be administering the Explore assessment to freshmen, the Plan to sophomores, and the PSAT to juniors on Wednesday, October 16.

The morning of Wednesday, October 16, seniors should report to school at 9:30 a.m. for the annual senior picture and breakfast, ready to be fitted for their caps and gowns, which will be on sale after the breakfast, along with other graduation paraphernalia.

On Friday, October 18, East Hampton High School will be the site for the annual College Fair, sponsored by the East End Counselors Association, featuring more than 140 colleges from around the country. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and students pursuing a higher education from other schools will be attending as well. Parents are encouraged to attend and speak to college representatives between 10 and 11 a.m. Students must register online to attend at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

This whole month, the boys and girls varsity swim teams are holding a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month, selling bracelets they make with 100 percent of the profit going to the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. Visit the website, www.braceletsforbreastcancer.com, for more information about this East Hampton High School venture.East Hampton Middle SchoolSixth grade English Language Arts classes visited Lisa Cotter in the library this week, making posters for the upcoming PTA Book Fair, which is Wednesday through Friday, October 16 to 18. A portion of the profits from the fair will go toward PTA-sponsored events at the school throughout the year, like the Halloween Dance and lunch at the 5K run, among others.

The Middle School dance team season began last week. The group is holding auditions today, October 9, to determine what genre of dance is each student’s forte. “Our goals are to perform at the Middle School home boys’ basketball games, as well as a Long Island Kickline Association competition during the winter,” said dance team coach Katelyn Pryal.

Also there was an eighth grade “chef war” competition last week using all whole foods, no more than five ingredients, with three members to a team to construct a tasty dip. Lucky middle school staffers judged on presentation, nutritional value, and, of course, taste. Lea Bryant, who organizes the event, said, “The kids make up the recipe, evaluate the nutritional value, and go shopping for the items. On ‘game day’ they must get their dip ready—cut, dice, chop, blend—and have prepared recipe cards for guests to take home. It’s a blast and they learn so much about how fantastic ‘whole foods’ can taste as opposed to anything bought in a jar or can.” The chef wars continue next quarter.John M. Marshall Elementary SchoolTonight, October 9, is the chance for Spanish-speaking parents of third- to fifth-graders to meet with their children’s teachers and translators to learn more about the school curriculum and the ESL/bilingual program. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and child care will be provided.

The elementary school is also celebrating Spirit Week by dressing in neon and tie-dye today, flannel tomorrow, and maroon and grey on Friday.

The entire kindergarten is going to the North Fork via the ferry to Harbes family farm on October 18. “We will pick pumpkins, see a chick hatchery, and witness a piglet race,” said teacher Deborah Anderson, “capped off with lunch on the farm! Yeeeehaw!”

Have a hankering for citrus? The Florida Indian River Groves fall fruit sale, arranged by the PTA, has begun, with boxes of citrus fruits delivered by Thanksgiving.

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