Springs School News, May 14

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As reported by the Journalism Club

Principal Eric Casale announced the students who are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. The averages were so close that four salutatorians will be honored at graduation plus one valedictorian. The salutatorians are: Tori Schmitt, Sydney Salami, Anna Rafferty, and Claire Hopkins. Annelise Mendelman is the valedictorian of her class.

The junior high chorus is performing at the high school concert May 20 at 7 P.M. with the Montauk Middle School, the East Hampton Middle School and the high school choir. They will be performing “Can You Hear?” by Jim Papoulis and are preparing for the event with choral director Angelina Modica.

Bella Tarbet participated in the Brookhaven National Lab Elementary Science Fair. More than 129 schools took part in the competition. She has been working with Sean Knight for the past two months on the project outside of school. She tested how running speed can be affected by different types of surfaces from track, beach, turf, grass, pavement and wood in shoes and bare feet. She created graphs and posters of all her data. Based on her results, running on bare feet is faster over short distances.

Transportation Director Marion Flaherty is a member of the New York State Association for Pupil Transportation. For many years the association has held a school bus driver ROAD-EO. This is a county-wide event with the first-place winners of each division going to the state finals. In the past few years Ms. Flaherty has judged the special needs bus teams. Suzette Davis and JoAnn Hurcomb competed this year in the big bus events. Ms. Flaherty announced, “All nerves aside, both drivers did very well as they drove the course and were scored on all 10 events.” Suzette Davis was awarded a trophy for the most points scored by a rookie.

Tracey Frazier’s and Kimberly Belkin’s class are creating poetry scrapbooks. Every student is writing three poems with illustrations. Ms. Frazier began this tradition of scrapbook poetry in 2003.

Officer Kim taught lessons on safety and prevention to the kindergarten students. First they learned the importance of knowing their personal contact information and how to call for help. Other topics will be bike and fire safety and bully awareness.

Ilaine Bickley’s second grade class continues to sow seeds for the May 30 plant sale benefiting the Seedlings Project. The tomato plants started on February 26 are thriving with some as tall as 30”. The class will be comparing tallest and shortest and measuring them in inches and centimeters as part of their math lessons. New seeds of broccoli, chard, eggplant, and lettuce were sown last week and some have sprouted.

Carla Espana, the consultant from Columbia Teachers College, worked with the teachers and shared a great resource/website, providing classroom teachers with a reading site, including a synopsis of text, teachers’ reviews, and what parents should know about texts that are part of the units.

Darcy McFarland was announced as one of the finalists in the mathCON photo contest. She created a collage of nature images with mathematical symmetry.

Lacrosse has been incorporated into the spring physical education curriculum. Since the response to soccer has been so strong, Coach Megan Cereola has launched the Springs Lacrosse Club. The club will be offered to boys and girls in third through sixth grades with practices on Mondays and Thursdays running through the month. Beginners are encouraged to experience this sport, and all levels are welcome. All equipment needed has been provided by the Springs Sports Booster Club.

The weather is finally heating up, and the Courtyard Club is planting and mulching. The club received lilies this week from Mara McDonald, which they transplanted; students are hoping for more donations. They meet during lunch and recess with Sue Ellen O’Connor to maintain the area and plan new additions.

A member of the Special Olympics team, Paula Retana presented information about the program to the Kiwanis Club. She is raising awareness as well as funds for this project led by Coach Whitney Reidlinger. Paula is also the number one opera fan. She has memorized all of the lyrics of this year’s opera and was presented with a copy of the new CD recorded by Crossroads of the cast singing all the songs from this year’s opera. The CDs are on sale for $5 at the school.

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