East Hampton School News, February 6

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East Hampton High School

The Key Club held a Zumbathon fundraiser on January 16 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “We were sure to choose St. Jude’s as our donation recipient because as opposed to other organizations, 100 percent of proceeds received by St. Jude’s go directly toward sick children,” said Key Club president Andrew Silipo, who also said that the Zumbathon and bake sales have raised $800 of their $1,000 goal.

Technology teacher Trevor Gregory is the recipient of a grant from the Greater East Hampton Education Foundation for robotics equipment. Last year, Mr. Gregory also won and used the approximately $2,500 to purchase a 3-D printer.

There is a new denizen in Robert Schack’s science class. Known as both “the Bonactopus” and “Sextipus Maximus,” this six-armed rescue octopus “has been entertaining us,” said Mr. Schack. “We will soon try to teach her certain tasks in advanced marine science.”

Also in science news, Lisa Benincasa has four research students who will be presenting three projects at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on Monday, February 10. Tyler Menold and Peter Davis have isolated non-sporulating forms of entomopathic fungi that could be used to safely lure and kill insect pests. Lindsay Stevens determined that a type of cell called a tuft cell serves as a marker or warning for precancerous lesions of the pancreas. Alex Osborne experimented with non-chlorophyll plant pigments that could be used to create electricity through solar cells.

The high school talent show, featuring performances by the Jazz Band, the Dance Team, and others, will be held on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public with a $5 ticket price.

Key Club member and sophomore Abby Roden attended the club’s divisional meeting on January 29 at Westhampton Beach High School. Key Club representatives from Southampton, Hampton Bays, Westhampton, Riverhead, and Eastport South Manor came to share ideas about fundraisers and to plan for the upcoming leadership conference in Albany, which EHHS officers Abby Roden, Eileen Espana, Jackie Messenger, and Amanda Calabrese will also be attending this March.

“Roden was awarded with the promotion of executive assistant to the lieutenant governor, a promising position that she well deserves,” said Andrea Hernandez, the club’s advisor.

The Bonac Dance Force (the competition team) has been invited to compete at the LIKA Invitational Championship on February 9 at Uniondale High School. In order to participate in this event, teams must have competed in a minimum of two competitions for the season and score a first- or second-place score at least once at those events.

There will be a reception for high school art students at the Parrish Museum on Saturday, February 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the student art show.

East Hampton Middle School

The ninth annual “Mad Heart Ball,” which takes its name from the cult movie classic, “Mad Hot Ballroom,” will feature a student dance competition in the gym from 7 to 9 p.m. The kids have been taking dance lessons and learning routines. This extremely popular event is only open to students and their families.

“Seussical the Musical Jr.” will be performed for the public by the middle school students on February 12 at 7 p.m.

This year’s “Janu-Hairy,” during which teachers offer a donation to a charity and promise not to shave for the first month of the year, has concluded, with some admirable bushiness among some, and some sad and pathetic soul patches among others. The hirsute brainchild of special education teacher Claude “Sasquatch” Beudert and science teacher Jonathan “Cousin It” Mauschtke, this year saw some dozen participants.

John M. Marshall Elementary School

The physical education classes are jumping on board for the 35th anniversary of “Jump Rope for Heart,” a community awareness program that will raise funds for the American Heart Association. Every student will have an opportunity to participate and a chance to collect donations.

The PTA will sponsor an anti-bullying presentation by the school’s counselors, with a new date of Tuesday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m.

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