As reported by the Journalism Club
“The theme of our art program this year is inspiration,” explained art teacher Colleen McGowan. The students are investigating things that inspire them though art, nature and different cultures. The students have been discussing the qualities and traits of role models that inspire them. Visiting artist Kate Rabinowitz led the sixth-graders on a journaling project, as well as teaching the basics of one- and two-point perspective drawing. Artist Andy Piver is working with students to research and create their own Springs School comic book that will be sold for 50 cents to support the visiting artist program.
Coached by Anna Jacobs, the girls’ volleyball team is finishing tryouts this week and their first game is scheduled for December 4 at Hampton Bays. The first home game is scheduled for December 9 against East Hampton. Coach Jacobs is optimistic since she has a strong group returning from last year’s team.
Whitney Reidlinger, Patricia Philipbar, Toby Karoussos and Elizabeth Farrell were trained as Special Olympics bocce ball coaches this summer. Currently, the Special Olympics team is learning how to play bocce ball during their adaptive physical education class. They are planning to participate in tournaments by the spring.
Sue Ellen O’Connor opened the first film festival of the school year with four short films from grades three and four. The films, “The Whistlers,” created by Emma Terry and Lany Cardona; “Stuck in a Movie” by Ella Eggert, Kayla Lester, and Sienna Hirschman; “My Summer” by Amy Prado and Alyssa Benton; and “Dirty Dog,” an animation by Kimberly Bermeo.
The PTA sponsored an animation workshop offered by The Good School of Brooklyn for 24 students. The students from grades three to eight watched professional animations, created original animations, working with professional hardware and are now hoping to get a grant to buy more for the Academic Enrichment room.
The Springs Teachers Association’s Community Outreach committee is working to raise enough money for 20 turkeys. They will be accepting financial donations until Friday, November 22.
Joan Branche led a Spirit Meet program, honoring all veterans and active service members. The students shook hands with members of East Hampton VFW Post 550 and local heroes from the Coast Guard Station in Montauk. The junior high band played and the students sang a tribute to the veterans. The special honor guard included children who have a parent or grandparent who has served.
Amy Turner’s and Katie Farmer’s sixth-graders have been studying Mesopotamia, which led to the students writing their names in the Phoenician alphabet, while the eighth-graders wrote persuasive pieces on whether Columbus was a villain or a hero. “Villain won out but some valiantly argued the hero position,” said Ms. Turner.
As part of the character education program, new assistant principal Cleo Panagiosoulis has led an anti-bullying campaign, meeting with all junior high students as well as the elementary students to discuss the issues and initiate a new reporting system.
The Parents As Reading Partner (PARP) program will run from November 5 through 25 and will be repeated later in the year. The winning theme this year is “Ideas are Cooking When You Are Booking,” by fifth-graders Caleb Wright and Brody Eggert. Jessica Vickers announced the kickoff of the program with a short quiz show about food with students winning bookmarks. The teachers competed in a smoothie relay race and taught a lesson on reading carefully and following directions in a recipe.
The Journalism Club has resumed with students from all grade levels invited to join this weekly club. The students meet every Wednesday with Sue Ellen O’Connor, assisted by Donna Theuret. This week’s writers were led in word count by Marissa Harry, Madison Lappin, and Brooke Wittmer with technical assistance from sixth-grader Javis Gibbons.