Springs School News, May 15

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As reported by the Journalism Club

As part of the Best of Broadway at East Hampton High School, one Springs School fourth-grader, Corrina Castillo, was chosen to sing “Hard Knock Life” from the show “Annie.” Corrina was a performer in this year’s opera and is hoping to continue her acting career.

Springs Idol is May 16 at 6:30 with tickets selling for $5. Thirteen performances are planned with Brody Eggert and Katalina Rodriguez singing, and Lily Valleau-Lowney on the piano. Other performers include Jessie Branche, Rorey Murphy, and Hannah Hartsough and many more. Springs Idol is produced by Linda-Marie Capatosto and Crystal Reiner, with proceeds donated to programs benefiting the students.

Danielle Hamilton’s sixth grade class learned about health and nutrition from Ginny Reale who spoke to the students about making healthier choices. She brought in oranges and carrots to make juice.

Grace Frazier is taking the eating healthy theme to her backyard. She has been raising chickens. The hens are so productive that Grace has been bringing extra eggs to school.

In fifth grade, the school’s staff developer, Colleen Cruz from Columbia Teacher’s College, worked on revising the students’ memoirs, as the students reflected on their elementary school years. Ms. Cruz also helped third-graders study fairy-tale adaptation and think about why an author chose to make changes to classic fairy tales. The fourth-graders put on their press passes, hats and trench coats as they took on the role of investigative reporters. In classic news fashion, students are poking around the school in search of juicy stories. One of their first stories was about teacher Owen McCormack’s Bernese Mountain dog that wandered onto the playground.

The Journalism Club is preparing for its annual ice cream party. They will be honoring students earning the highest word counts for the year. So far the leaders are: Marissa Harry, Eva Wojtusiak, Madison Lappin, Natasha, Chavez and Keira Atwell. This year’s staff of Sue Ellen O’ Connor and Amy Turner head the program, which includes reporters from second- to seventh-grade.

The spring concert will be performed at 7 p.m. on May 20 in the school gym. This concert includes instrumental numbers from the fourth-graders, to the jazz band conducted by Ben Jones. The chorus will sing choral director Margaret Thompson’s swan song since she retires in June. The announcers will be Anna Rafferty and Grace Frazier.

Adam Osterweil’s seventh-grade English class has recently started working on their “life books.” They have written the early childhood section, which consisted of their birth statistics. The stories include a personification activity from the point of view of a favorite toy and a paragraph written in third person, as well as a family tree.

Crossroads Music is producing the school’s fifth CD of musical favorites from past operas. This year’s CD features songs from “Dogs Don’t Talk.” Usually the CDs are a compilation of three years of music, but this year’s opera filled an entire CD. Thirty students from the True Blue Opera Company participated.

Ilaine Bickley’s second grade class recently completed a unit called Writing About Reading. Students were asked to think about some favorite books and support their choices with evidence. They wrote letters about books to classmates.

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