Recent Stories: Education

Judy D’Mello
April 20, 2018
"Having a space where people can feel protected and not in danger is important in order for a community to function well," said Caleb Wright, a ninth grader at the Ross High School, who was one of the main organizers the protest against gun violence.

With some students in nearby schools choosing to sit out Friday's National School Walkout against gun violence, those at the Ross School in East Hampton decided it was necessary to keep the momentum going and make renewed demands for gun safety in schools. This was the second nationally organized school walkout in about five weeks, and over 2,500 schools nationwide were said to have participated on Friday, which marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.

Star Staff
April 19, 2018
The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter is hosting a healthy kids day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can climb the rock wall, do science, technology, engineering, and math activities, as well as sports and arts and crafts. There will be a bounce castle and family swim time, among other activities, all offered at no charge.

Fun and Healthy at the Y.M.C.A.

The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter is hosting a healthy kids day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can climb the rock wall, do science, technology, engineering, and math activities, as well as sports and arts and crafts. There will be a bounce castle and family swim time, among other activities, all offered at no charge. 

 

A Ballet Weekend at Guild Hall

The students of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School will perform their spring production, “Coppelia,” a comedic ballet, tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater.

Judy D’Mello
April 19, 2018
Erika Duncan, an essayist, novelist, and Sag Harbor resident, founded Herstory in 1996 as a weekly workshop at the Southampton Cultural Center to help women turn their private stories into gripping ones.

“I am [name redacted], one more immigrant in this great nation. Do you want to know my story? Okay, I’ll tell you.”

It is a harrowing story of a young boy who must say goodbye to his father as he leaves his country with his mother to make a covert crossing into the United States. 

“Son, and What If I Don’t See You Again?” and 14 other equally wrenching stories, all written anonymously by students at Central Islip and Patchogue-Medford High Schools, form “Brave Journeys,” an anthology of first-person narratives of teenagers leaving home — usually a country in Central America — and crossing mountains and rivers, by bus, train, car, and on foot, often alone and always scared. 

Judy D’Mello
April 19, 2018
Montauk School’s proposed budget for 2018-19, approved by the school board last Wednesday, is almost $19.8 million, up from this year’s $18.8 million.

Montauk School’s proposed budget for 2018-19, approved by the school board last Wednesday, is almost $19.8 million, up from this year’s $18.8 million. 

The difference of about $970,000 is mainly due to an $800,000 proposed payment into the school’s capital reserve fund, which the district hopes to use next year to replace its aging portable units.

“The portables were supposed to last 10 years,” said Jack Perna, Montauk’s superintendent and principal for the last 23 years. “But we’ve had those four units since 1973. It’s time for them to go.”

Judy D’Mello
April 19, 2018
April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and, as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the issue and educate communities, the Retreat, a nonprofit advocacy organization and shelter for victims of domestic violence, will present Navigating Consent: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop for high school students.

April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and, as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the issue and educate communities, the Retreat, a nonprofit advocacy organization and shelter for victims of domestic violence, will present Navigating Consent: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop for high school students today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. 

According to Helen Atkinson-Barnes, the Retreat’s education program manager, the workshop has been specifically developed for high schoolers. Through a series of informative discussions, teenagers will learn what consent really means, how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy sexual practices, how to recognize when they, or friends, might be at risk, and risk reduction strategies. 

Judy D’Mello
April 19, 2018
Tomorrow, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, thousands of students across the country are once again expected to rally against violence in an event called the National School Walkout, the third student-led protest since the Feb. 14 deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Tomorrow, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, thousands of students across the country are once again expected to rally against violence in an event called the National School Walkout, the third student-led protest since the Feb. 14 deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The walkout is intended to commemorate the events on April 20, 1999, when two armed teenagers entered the Columbine school and in a shooting spree killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 20 others. The shooters then killed themselves.

Judy D’Mello
April 19, 2018
Adam Osterweil, an eighth-grade English language arts teacher at the Springs School and a Springs resident, has published “The Creepy Dungeon,” his sixth book, which reads more like a game. Young readers can embark on an interactive adventure full of puzzles and challenges that can be completed on the book’s website.

Adam Osterweil, an eighth-grade English language arts teacher at the Springs School and a Springs resident, has published “The Creepy Dungeon,” his sixth book, which reads more like a game. Young readers can embark on an interactive adventure full of puzzles and challenges that can be completed on the book’s website. 

“They have to make decisions, battle monsters, explore, collect treasure, and solve puzzles,” Mr. Osterweil said. “The goal is to make it down to the deepest level of the creepy dungeon, where an ancient blue dragon guards a treasure room full of rare and valuable items.”

Judy D’Mello
April 16, 2018
The Retreat, a nonprofit advocacy organization and shelter for victims of domestic violence, will present Navigating Consent: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop for high school students on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Library

April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the issue and educate communities, the Retreat, a nonprofit advocacy organization and shelter for victims of domestic violence, will present Navigating Consent: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop for high school students on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

According to Helen Atkinson-Barnes, the Retreat's education program manager, the workshop has been specifically developed for high schoolers. Through a series of informative discussions, teenagers will learn what consent really means, how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy sexual practices, how to recognize when they, or friends, might be at risk, and risk-reduction strategies.

Star Staff
April 11, 2018
Local Education Notes

Stages Actors Stage “13”

Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will present three performances of “13,” a musical about being 13, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor this weekend. 

The musical premiered on Broadway in 2008 and was the first Broadway show performed by an all-teenage cast. Stages’ production, directed by Helene Leonard, features 22 young actors in a high-energy, coming-of-age musical for anyone who is 13, has been 13, or will be 13.

Performances will be on Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

 

STEAM, Tween, and Teen 

Judy D’Mello
April 11, 2018
Amy Van Scoyoc, the daughter of Peter Van Scoyoc, the East Hampton Town supervisor, and Marilyn Van Scoyoc, a retired band director at East Hampton High School, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to further her research into the effects of land use and development on Lyme disease.

Amy Van Scoyoc, the daughter of Peter Van Scoyoc, the East Hampton Town supervisor, and Marilyn Van Scoyoc, a retired band director at East Hampton High School, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to further her research into the effects of land use and development on Lyme disease. 

She will receive three years of financial support with a $34,000 annual stipend and a yearly $12,000 cost-of-education allowance that will be awarded to the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a Ph.D. student at the Brashares Laboratory of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. 

Star Staff
April 11, 2018
The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton will hold an open house on Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss its prekindergarten programs for 3 and 4-year-olds and its toddler programs.

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton will hold an open house on Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss its prekindergarten programs for 3 and 4-year-olds and its toddler programs. 

The center offers a full-day pre-K program, available to children who will turn 4 by Dec. 1. Registration and tours for prospective families will be offered by appointment from Tuesday through Friday, April 20, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Carissa Katz
April 11, 2018
Administrators at the Ross School announced on Friday that the school will move its pre-nursery-through-sixth-grade program to its East Hampton campus on Goodfriend Drive for the 2018-19 school year, closing its lower school campus in Bridgehampton.

Administrators at the Ross School announced on Friday that the school will move its pre-nursery-through-sixth-grade program to its East Hampton campus on Goodfriend Drive for the 2018-19 school year, closing its lower school campus in Bridgehampton. 

“We are about to embark on the next exciting phase of our history as we fully embrace the original intent of our visionary founder Courtney Ross to be ‘one school,’ ” said an email to parents on Friday from Andi O’Hearn, Ross’s chief of student advancement, Bill O’Hearn, the head of high school, and Jeanette Tyndall, head of the lower and middle school.

Star Staff
April 11, 2018

East Hampton

E.H.H.S.

East Hampton High School’s annual job fair will be held next Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The middle school’s sixth-grade dance, with sixth graders from Amagansett, is scheduled for Friday, April 20, from 7 to 9 p.m.

There will be a school board meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Sag Harbor

Pierson

The work of seven young artists enrolled in Pierson High School’s International Baccalaureate program will be showcased today in an exhibition in the Pierson lobby from 6 to 7 p.m.

On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. the Sag Harbor School Board will meet in the Pierson library. 

Judy D’Mello
April 11, 2018
The Amagansett School budget, adopted by the school board last week, is about $10.7 million and reflects a $73,421 increase over this year’s.

The second in an East Hampton Star series on school budgets for 2018-19 focuses on the Amagansett School District, which has classes from prekindergarten through sixth grade.

The Amagansett budget, adopted by the school board last week, is about $10.7 million and reflects a $73,421 increase over this year’s. Of that, $72,000 is earmarked for anticipated security measures and improvements at the school, according to Eleanor Tritt, the district superintendent, who will retire as of June 30.

Judy D’Mello
April 11, 2018
For one East Hampton High School senior, responses from his desired schools came in: Yale, yes. Brown, yes. Cornell, yes. University of Pennsylvania, yes. Columbia, yes. Dartmouth, yes. Princeton . . . not yet.

For many high school seniors, early spring can be a nail-biter of a season as college notifications trickle in bearing news of acceptances and rejections or the purgatory of being waitlisted. 

For one East Hampton High School senior, however, responses from his desired universities came like so: Yale, yes. Brown, yes. Cornell, yes. University of Pennsylvania, yes. Columbia, yes. Dartmouth, yes. Princeton . . . not yet.

“I was really demoralized after being waitlisted by Princeton,” said Alexander Sigua Pintado, known as Nick, who is East Hampton’s valedictorian this year. “I thought there was no way I was getting into Harvard because it has a lower acceptance rate than Princeton.”

He was wrong. Harvard said yes, yes, yes.

Carissa Katz
April 9, 2018
The Ross School announced on Friday that the school will move its pre-nursery-through-sixth-grade program to its East Hampton campus for the 2018-19 school year, closing its lower school campus in Bridgehampton.

Administrators at the Ross School announced on Friday that the school will move its pre-nursery-through-sixth-grade program to its East Hampton campus on Goodfriend Drive for the 2018-19 school year, closing its lower school campus in Bridgehampton.

Ross took over the Butter Lane, Bridgehampton, campus — once home to the Hampton Day School and later to the Morriss Center School — at the start of the 2006-7 school year after the smaller Morriss Center merged with Ross. The merger allowed Ross to expand down, adding kindergarten through third grade. Prekindergarten and early childhood programs were added later. In 2008, the school began enrolling boarding students; by 2013, they made up 40 percent of the student population.

Judy D’Mello
April 4, 2018
In less than six weeks, on May 15, voters in school districts across the state will head to the polls to cast their ballots on next year’s budgets and board member elections.

In less than six weeks, on May 15, voters in school districts across the state will head to the polls to cast their ballots on next year’s budgets and board member elections. Each week leading up to the vote, The Star will focus on the budgets proposed by each school district in our coverage area, in an effort to highlight the changes and projections that are often unique to each. 

In Bridgehampton, Robert Hauser, the school’s superintendent, appointed only a month ago, presented next year’s proposed school budget to the community on Wednesday.

Judy D’Mello
April 4, 2018
I-Tri, which promotes leadership and life skills for girls, is looking for women who have achieved success in their adult lives to volunteer as speakers and mentors.

I-Tri, a nonprofit program that promotes leadership and life skills for girls through encouragement and athletics, will host its fourth annual empowering and mentoring day on April 14, a Saturday.

Theresa Roden, the founder and executive director of I-Tri, is looking for women who have achieved success in their adult lives, and overcome challenges along the way, to participate in the event by serving as speakers and mentors to the approximately 100 middle school girls enrolled in the program.

The mentoring day will be held at the East Hampton Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and a keynote address will be given by Toni Ross, an artist, entrepreneur, and business leader here.

Star Staff
April 4, 2018
A book talk for future biologists ages 6 and up will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. More ...

For Budding Biologists

A book talk for future biologists ages 6 and up will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Sarah B. Pomeroy, a professor of classics, will share her illustrated book about Meria Sibylla Merian, a natural historian and artist who found and painted the flora and fauna of Indonesia in the 17th century. A Spanish translation of the reading will also be included, as well as an exhibition of reproductions of Ms. Merian’s work, and a book signing. The event is co-sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Museum and will include coffee and refreshments.

Movies, Duct Tape, Seeds

Judy D’Mello
March 29, 2018
Tenzin Yignyen, or Lama Tenzin, a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism who has been visiting the Ross School for the last 14 years, says the American education system places far too much importance on producing smarter human beings. "But what about good human beings?"

Tenzin Yignyen, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, head shaven and crimson robe-clad, was telling a story last week at the Ross School’s lower school in Bridgehampton: “I read the other day on Snapchat. . . .”

Wait, what? Snapchat?

“Oh yes,” he said in a lilting Indian accent. “Why not? Just because we’re Buddhist monks doesn’t mean we have to shun technology.”

Science and Buddhism are not opposed or contradictory, and can be combined and mutually compatible, explained the monk, between classes of fifth and sixth graders filing in and out of the school’s art room. Just like the sand mandala of compassion he was busy constructing, it’s simply a matter of balance.

Judy D’Mello
March 29, 2018
At the John M. Marshall Elementary School a new optional enrichment series introduces kids to guest speakers from the community who share their expertise -- and maybe even a pony -- during lunch and recess periods.

On Friday, approximately 20 first graders at the John M. Marshall Elementary School bundled up and filed outside during their lunch break, packed lunches in hand, to greet Annie, the pony. 

While the children munched on their food, Joanna Jimenez, a parent of two girls at the school, spoke to them about her life as an owner of Jimenez Jumpers, the stable she runs with her husband in Bridgehampton. Annie stood patiently by her side, and even more patiently when the kids took turns petting her.

Judy D’Mello
March 29, 2018
Guild Hall’s 15th annual student film competition ceremony and screening will be held Thursday night at 6. The event is free and open to the public.

Guild Hall’s 15th annual student film competition ceremony and screening will be held Thursday night at 6. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Jennifer Brondo, the general manager of Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater, 54 films were submitted by students enrolled in schools across the South Fork, including Springs, Hayground, Ross, Pierson, and Bridgehampton. Home-schooled students also submitted their work. Five judges watched all the films and chose the top three in each age group. All the winning movies will be screened at the ceremony.

Star Staff
March 29, 2018
For the April school break, there’s something to do almost every day at the East Hampton Library. The East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free April break recreation program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade in Montauk and East Hampton.

Spring Into Art 

For the April school break, there’s something to do almost every day at the East Hampton Library. Tomorrow at 2 p.m., children ages 4 and up can draw inspiration from springtime colors to create an outdoor scene using tissue paper collage.

“The Incredibles,” Pixar’s animated story about a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life, will be screened on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. On Monday at 1 p.m., kids can watch “Coco,” which follows the story of a 12-year-old boy accidentally transported to the land of the dead; his deceased musician great-great-grandfather helps him return to his family among the living. Both movies are suitable for all ages.

Judy D’Mello
March 22, 2018
The Amagansett School Board is facing the most important task any school board ever faces: replacing its chief school officer. The board has sent a message to parents and residents in the district inviting them to “assist the board in establishing direction for the selection process for the new superintendent of schools.

Kristen Peterson, the president of the Amagansett School Board, has sent a message to parents and residents in the district inviting them to “assist the board in establishing direction for the selection process for the new superintendent of schools. The board is facing the most important task any school board ever faces: replacing its chief school officer. We are confident that you will want to be a part of this process.”