East Hampton School News, December 12

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East Hampton High School

The guidance and counseling office has announced this year’s sophomore ambassador to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program: Erin Nolan.

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. One sophomore from each high school is eligible to participate in the HOBY programs conducted annually throughout the United States. The conference for the Metro New York area will be held at Adelphi University in the spring. Erin was selected from an applicant pool of 26 current sophomores based on a required essay, interview, résumé, community service hours, academic achievements and leadership to date.

Julian MacGurn, who has been selected as the alternate HOBY participant, will attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award retreat along with Francesca Keogh-Clark in April 2014. This training program recognizes sophomores for their leadership potential and service contributions. Eitan Albukrek and Yean Franco are the Rotary alternates for this conference.

In Theresa Lawler’s photography class, three students were honored by Whitmore Nursery for photographs taken at the Whitmore Farm.

Members of Marilyn Van Scoyoc’s Jazz Band Ensemble added their smooth holiday sounds to last Saturday’s East Hampton Village Santa Parade.

The Spanish AP, French AP, and Old Westbury college classes, along with their teachers, Kristine Swickard, Andrea Hernandez and Amy Cole, took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Wednesday. The classes had been studying various Spanish and French artists and were able to see the famous works of art up close, as well as continue their art assignments in the museum. Students also viewed the Neapolitan creche Christmas tree at the Met.

This past month, East Hampton Key Club participated in a school-wide competition to collect canned goods for the Montauk food pantry. Collectively, the school gathered a total of 1,185 canned goods.

Abby Roden, a sophomore at East Hampton High School, represented Key Club at divisionals at Westhampton Beach High School last month. She is running for lieutenant governor, a high position within Key Club leadership. According to the Key Club website, Lt. Governor “is responsible for supporting and growing the clubs within his or her division,” among other important duties. This month, the Key Club will help with Kiwanis tree sales, and is planning a community “zumbathon” to benefit St. Jude’s, the Key Club’s main charity, in January.

“Jump Start to College” takes place on Thursday, December 12, at 6 p.m., giving high school students and their families a chance to gather information on creating college lists, college admissions tests, resumes and essays, college visits, a first look at financing, and other specifically important information. At 5 p.m. Tony Lazaris will discuss financial aid for college and explain the required forms. At 5:30, Tom Rabbit, a guest speaker, will offer a workshop on essay writing for college admissions. Call the guidance office at 329-4135 to confirm attendance.

Adam Fine’s last principal-parent brown bag breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. in the library on Wednesday, December 18. The meeting will be dedicated to discussing the Common Core Standards.

Finally, the popular high school winter concert, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18.

East Hampton Middle School

The Bonnettes, East Hampton Middle School’s girls’ chorus, will be performing at the Empire State Building on Friday, December 13. They will perform a full program of nine pieces in the museum on the 80th floor at 1 p.m., under the direction of Melanie Mesiano. The Bonnettes are part of the premier of this new performance venue and one of the first performing groups ever to sing at this national landmark.

East Hampton sixth- and seventh-graders collected more than 1,100 food items during the East Hampton Food Pantry pre-Thanksgiving drive. This initiative, undertaken by the student government, was the most ever raised by the middle school, according to the club’s advisor, Lynn Rudolph.

Under the leadership of Lea Bryant and Barbara Tracey, the eighth grade gathered and made up 15 baskets of Thanksgiving food for local families as part of the Bonac on Board to Wellness program.

Eighth-graders in Meredith Hasemann’s and Matthew Ward’s classes have recently completed 10,000-word novels. Five novelists—Hunter Medler, Erin Gray, Fabiola Criolla, Samantha Merritt and Lynda Hernandez—stepped up their game and completed 50,000 word novels for National Novel Writing Month. The lucky quintet will be treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to John Pappas Restaurant.

John M. Marshall Elementary School

The PTA holiday fair is this week on Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and 12, and offers students a chance to purchase up to four gifts. Parents and families of students will have an opportunity to join in the kindergarten holiday sing-along this Friday, December 13, outside the kindergarten commons area at 2 p.m. Families who missed the winter concert, complete with members of the chorus and orchestra, will get another opportunity to hear it at the all-school meeting on Friday, December 20, at 8:40 a.m.

Kindergartners in Debbie Anderson’s and Jennifer Stephens’s class toured Cittanuova restaurant in the village as part of their study of community workers. Thanks to the friendly staff, the children were able to tour the kitchen, make pizzas, and stay for lunch.

Project MOST students harvested carrots and planted garlic in the garden last week, and this week will cover the beds with insulation to protect the plants from the harsh winter weather.

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