Sag Harbor School District News, May 7

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Pierson High School

Pierson High School has announced Clara Oppenheimer and Natalie Brooks as the Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. The Sag Harbor students have earned the top spots in their class through their impressive and outstanding commitment to academics.

Valedictorian Clara Oppenheimer has had a number of accomplishments throughout her high school career, including holding the highest grade point average. She is a member of her school’s robotics team, math league and quiz bowl. Outside of school, she volunteers at the Children’s Museum of the East End where she helps run a science program for the children of immigrants. She also teaches Hebrew at the Sag Harbor Hebrew School. Clara will attend Tufts University in the fall and focus her studies on the natural sciences.

Salutatorian Natalie Brooks also has a number of academic accomplishments and is a member of the Robotics Club and Math League. Additionally, she plays on her school’s soccer team. She also volunteers at the Children’s Museum of the East End. Natalie plans to attend Cornell University in the fall to study arts and sciences.

Sag Harbor Elementary School

Second-graders showed off their geography smarts during their school’s morning program. The students in Mike Semkus’s and Diane Gaites’s classes presented research, maps and a Power Point display. The students also sang, “Seven Continents and Oceans,” under the direction of music teacher Gavin Lahann.

As part of the school’s Acts of Greenness campaign in celebration of Earth Day, parent and Sag Harbor School Board trustee Diana Kolhoff spoke to students about pollution, global warming and wastefulness.

Ms. Kolhoff’s presentation was followed by an Earth Day activity in which students pledged an Act of Greenness and to bring “no trash” lunches to school throughout the week of April 27.

In further celebrating Earth Day, students participated in a carpool, walk or bike to school day on May 1 and fifth-graders in JoAnn Kelly’s class repurposed pizza boxes for craft projects. Items created by the students included work boxes and book covers. Additionally, a few other creative students wrote books in the perspective of Mother Earth.

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