As reported by the Journalism Club
Sixth-graders in Danielle Hamilton’s and Laura Dunham’s ELA class showed their appreciation to teachers who made a difference in their lives by creating cards. At the “appreciation station” set up in their classroom, students wrote personal messages in a thank-you card, and wrapped it up with a muffin and tea bag and then hand-delivered the thank-yous.
Nancy Olson’s fourth-grade class had a reading party. The students wore their pajamas and collected books of non-fiction and fiction along with a small blanket, a pillow and a teddy bear.
The weekly Academic Challenge Question is presented in Spirit Meet. For the first time, three siblings had the right answer: Jack, Abby and Ben O’Sullivan. They all answered that the albatross is the bird with the widest wing span, up to 12 feet. Also for the first time a kindergarten student, Adrie Quinn, had the right answer for three weeks in a row.
The junior high Student Council members packed up 25 boxes of food for families in need this Thanksgiving, an increase over last year. Toby Mackey’s class collected and organized it. Every year, the Teachers Association’s Community Outreach Committee hosts a fundraiser to collect the various canned and boxed food to add to the donated turkey they receive to create food baskets for members of the community. The students thanked the teachers, the One Stop Market, Stop N’ Shop IGA, North Sea Farms, and the Springs General Store for donating this year.
The school’s second Turkey Trot was a huge success. Money was raised and the entire student body participated on the cool day with their teachers, cheered by parents and friends. The PTA volunteers, Chief Sarlo from the East Hampton Town Police Dept, Officer Kim Notel, with police and ambulance volunteers were present. The winners of this year’s Turkey Trophy for the most sponsorships in kindergarten through grade five was Valerie Policastro’s and Amanda Rivera’s fifth-grade class, which raised a total of $835; winners of a bagel party in junior high were Kristy LaMonda’s class, raising $1,020, and Lisa Seff’s class, that raised $536. Winners of the raffle were: Alyssa King, who won a turkey from One Stop; and Matthew Chuya, who won a $40 gift certificate to Sneakerology; and Amanda Krahe, who won a $50 gift certificate to Round Swamp Farm.
The 84 Hear Us Roar Fourth Grade Opera Company traveled to Lincoln Center to watch Die Fledermaus. The students rehearsed on the trip into the city and were inspired by the opera for their own upcoming performance of The Peacock’s Tale on January 20. The PTA funded the Jitney buses for the event.
The eighth grade hosted a pancake breakfast at the Springs Fire Department on Sunday, November 29. The fundraiser raised about $2,000 for the eighth grade trip to Philadelphia. “The support, devotion, and generosity of the Springs community is outstanding,” said eighth grade advisor Laura Foti. “The eighth grade students and I would like to thank the Springs Fire Department and the Springs Ladies Auxiliary for their generosity, time, and commitment to helping the students of Springs.” The students also raised more than $1,700 selling pies. Organizer Laura Foti was assisted by Judy Mullarkey, Katie Farmer, Tracy Larkin, Laura Dunham, Patricia Grande, Jessica Datz, Jenn Lappin, Karen McFarland, Marisol Angulo, Dan Newman, and the custodial staff distributing over 340 pies.
Each week the students in the academic enrichment program argue legal cases. Last month’s cases were based on liability issues relating to the holidays. Sixth-grader Michael Moret was awarded an honorary law degree for his defense of an injury case in a corn maze. Teacher Sue Ellen O’Connor noted that his arguments were well reasoned and aligned with the findings of the actual case.
The 24th annual Light (Luces de Amor) Tree Lighting Ceremony benefited the Springs Improvement Society scholarship fund Sunday, December 6. Many students participated with caroling and treats.