As reported by the Journalism Club
Caroling was the theme of the week. Margaret Thompson’s music classes sang in the halls for all visitors, students and staff. The lunch film club provided the holiday soundtrack for a presentation of the teachers’ holiday cards collected by Tracey Frazier, followed by a Spirit Meet sing-along, led by Nicole Lesta’s first-graders. Joan Branche’s and Lisa Dragone’s classes caroled at the East Hampton Senior Center, followed by a hot lunch from the Springs Pizza Place.
LouAnn Ramsden’s class visited East Hampton Library where Alexandra Giambruno gave them a tour and read two books about penguins. They learned how to get a library card and got an update on the new children’s wing. On the way back to school, they stopped by the duck pond to feed the ducks.
The administration led the “coffee talk” workshop series on December 19. The topic this month was a presentation on the Common Core learning standards for mathematics, highlighting parent resources. They discussed the major changes in teaching math under the Common Core. Christine Cleary and Ray Wojtusiak, the math specialists, described the math program.
Sean Knight’s fifth grade science class is using sand and clay to re-create how erosion and deposition led to the formation of the Grand Canyon. They discovered how earth materials are broken down and transported downriver to create deltas much like the Mississippi delta. They discovered the dangers of flash floods and how to prevent the devastation of nearby areas. The second-graders are analyzing and comparing different types of soil samples found locally and from other regions.
On December 12, Jared Campbell of the Blue Project performed three character education assemblies about overcoming obstacles, leadership and bully prevention. The presentations were interactive live concerts that were presented to the students through music and multimedia.
Visiting artist Andi Pisacano taught shading and use of charcoal to the junior high art classes. Students compared artists, Eugene Delacroix, and the contemporary artist writer, Brian Selznick. The students created pieces that showed an understanding of perspective, using light and shadow with pencil and charcoal.
Toby Karoussos’s class raised $245 for the food pantry by selling ornaments which they assembled over the last month. Patricia Hicks’s kindergarten class collected the most toys in the Student Council Toys for Tots drive. They will have a pizza party after the vacation courtesy of the Student Council.
The girls won their volleyball game against Southampton with Isabella Aguero as the top server and spiker. Ella Gurney, who had been out sick, came back to play a strong defensive role. Seventh-grader Sydney Salamy was recognized by Coach Ana Jacobs for her serving. Principal Eric Casale commended the girls’ volleyball team and the boys’ basketball teams for their winning records, but “more importantly their good sportsmanship.”
The third film festival is January 8 during Spirit Meet. The newest entries are: “Animal Show,” an animation by Corrina Castillo, Nichole Lopez, and Brooke Wittmer; “Soccer,” an animation by Manny Vilar; “Three Little Pigs,” an animation by Jamie Grant, Alyssa Brabant, Emma Terry, and Danny Jimenez; “Halloween” by Sarah Hernandez; and “Lollipop” by Erica Chavez and Jhoseliyne Munoz.