Recent Stories: Education

Judy D’Mello
October 19, 2017
Voters in the Bridgehampton School District will cast ballots on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. on the school’s proposed geothermal and five-year plan.

Voters in the Bridgehampton School District will cast ballots on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. on the school’s proposed geothermal and five-year plan.

If approved, the capital reserve expenditure will allow district officials to proceed with a new geothermal system as well as mandated repairs outlined in the school’s Building Condition Survey and Five Year Plan 2015-2019. Last year, voters approved the $24.7 million construction and expansion project. 

“We now ask that you allow us to use these funds of the voter-approved Geothermal and Five Year Plan Reserve Fund to ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment for our students,” it says on the school’s website.

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend or how to keep them busy after school? From puppet shows to story times, art workshops to science explorations there's always something going on. 

Short Films at the Playhouse

The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation will screen short films from around the world in a family program tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the center’s gymnasium. Patti Greaney, an award-winning producer, selected the films. Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults, and $25 for a family. They can be purchased online at montaukplayhouse.org or at the door. 

Those who attend can enjoy popcorn, sweet treats, and games. Proceeds support the foundation’s effort to create ongoing cultural arts events in Montauk. People have been advised to take blankets or chairs to sit on. 

 

Scary Fun in East Hampton

Judy D’Mello
October 12, 2017
An environmental impact study of a proposed East Hampton School District bus depot on a Springs-Fireplace Road parcel owned by the town, which the district hopes to buy, was neutral on the issues it examined, with the firm that conducted the study recommending that it move forward with the plan.

An environmental impact study of a proposed East Hampton School District bus depot on a Springs-Fireplace Road parcel owned by the town, which the district hopes to buy, was neutral on the issues it examined, with the firm that conducted the study recommending that it move forward with the plan. 

The sale of the property has yet to be finalized, the town having chosen to wait until the environmental report, required by the State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA, was published. The property is a former scavenger waste facility along a mostly-industrial stretch of road. 

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend or how to keep them busy after school? From puppet shows to story times, art workshops to science explorations there's always something going on. 

Art and Amaryllis

The East Hampton Library will spark the imagination of young artists 4 and up tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., by delving into the realm of the surrealist artists Dali, Magritte, and others. There will also be art games and a magazine collage project. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon, the same age group can learn how to make several easy bird feeders to help feed our feathered friends.

An educator from the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will work with children in kindergarten through third grade to plant amaryllis bulbs in containers on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. All materials will be provided and participants can take home the planted bulbs and watch them grow. 

Judy D’Mello
October 5, 2017
October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness month, instituted in 2006 to help curb an insidious practice that can be traced back hundreds of years.

An 18-year-old in the Bronx was accused last week of stabbing one of his classmates to death and seriously injuring another. According to fellow students, the attacker snapped after being relentlessly bullied for his “flamboyant” personality.

Star Staff
October 5, 2017
A celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt on Saturday at the South Fork Natural History museum will feature free guided trail walks, games, craft making, and a variety of activities provided by local environmental and community organizations.

Salamanders and Celebrations at SoFo

A celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt on Saturday at the South Fork Natural History museum will feature free guided trail walks, games, craft making, and a variety of activities provided by local environmental and community organizations.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 5, 2017
The former Child Development Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton could become the newest location for the Gersh Academy, a private special education school for children on the autism spectrum.

The former Child Development Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton could become the newest location for the Gersh Academy, a private special education school for children on the autism spectrum.

Kevin Gersh, the founder of the school, which has five locations nationwide, including two on Long Island, spoke about his plans on Tuesday to the East Hampton Town Board. Mr. Gersh is also the administrator in charge of additional Gersh programs for young people with autism, such as a summer program, social club, therapy program, and residential living facility for those age 18 and up. 

Judy D’Mello
September 28, 2017
When East Hampton Middle School students were taken outside their comfort zone — the classroom — for a memorable lesson, they were offered a chance to reflect on what they were being taught from firsthand experience.

On Monday, a group of grumpy seventh graders in Cara Nelson’s social studies class, Rita Green’s English language arts class, and Meg Ryan-Metz’s special education class walked from the East Hampton Middle School to the high school, and back, each carrying two one-gallon bottles of water in their arms, or on their shoulders, and huffing and puffing during the approximately 30-minute round trip. 

Star Staff
September 28, 2017
Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend or how to keep them busy after school? From puppet shows to story times, art workshops to science explorations there's always something going on. 

Paint Like Pollock

On Saturday at the Amagansett Library, from 3 to 4 p.m., children 5 and up can discover how Jackson Pollock and other artists expressed their feelings with paint during a fun slide show presented by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Then, kids can let their emotions out and create their own expressionist abstract paintings. Registration is required.

Yoga Story Time on Main Street

Judy D’Mello
September 28, 2017
The Montauk School ships clothing and toys to young victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Over dinner two weeks ago, 8-year-old Beatrice Flight of Montauk discussed wanting to help residents in storm-battered islands such as Puerto Rico and Barbuda. Her 11-year-old sister, Scarlett, however, suggested doing something for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. 

Carissa Katz
September 26, 2017

The East Hampton School District is looking for teachers for the fall semester of continuing education classes for adults. Prospective teachers have been asked to contact Debbie Mansir, who is coordinating the program, by Wednesday.

Past classes have included a range of subjects from Pilates to cooking to drawing and Spanish language. Classrooms will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. from Oct. 9 through Dec. 9.

Ms. Mansir can be reached at 631-329-6462 or by emailing dmansir@ehufsd.org with "proposed adult education class" in the subject line. Emails should include the teacher's name, address, phone number, and email, a course description, and the dates the class would be offered.
 

Star Staff
September 21, 2017
Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend or how to keep them busy after school? From puppet shows to story times, art workshops to science explorations there's always something going on. 

Black Sheep Dreams Big

Joan Dupont, the author of the picture book “Philippe the Black Sheep,” Ellen Shire, its illustrator, and the editor George Held and art director Bryan Canniff will present a dramatic reading of the book on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at BookHampton in East Hampton.

The book tells the story of a lamb in France who “grazes with the flock but dreams of being an artist and plans his escape . . . to a new life, but new perils,” according to the author. It will be available for purchase.

 

Splatter Paintings and Gear Swap

Judy D’Mello
September 21, 2017
On Friday, Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, opened a chapter in Springs.

For about 50 Springs School students, weekends from here on will be about being happy, not hungry. On Friday, Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, opened a chapter in Springs. During a ceremony at the school, with Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming in attendance, the chapter was honored as the first for the nonprofit on the East End.

Blessings in a Backpack, which began in Kentucky in 2005 and now serves more than 92,000 students in 47 states, will provide Springs School children who qualify for free and reduced lunches with a bag of food to take home on the weekends, a time when they are often hungry.

Judy D’Mello
September 21, 2017
According to an informal survey conducted by the Springs School District, its students endure especially cramped quarters when compared to those attending neighboring schools.

According to an informal survey conducted by the Springs School District, its students endure especially cramped quarters when compared to those attending neighboring schools. According to a report on the survey, which was presented during a school board meeting on Monday, each of its current 743 students receives approximately 84.4 square feet of space. By comparison, each middle schooler in East Hampton has 293 square feet, while every Amagansett student enjoys 396 square feet of real estate.

Judy D’Mello
September 14, 2017
East Hampton High School’s media center becomes a learning commons.

Michael Buquicchio is not called a librarian because East Hampton High School’s library is not called a library anymore. 

It is now known as the media center, and Mr. Buquicchio is the school’s media specialist. This more contemporary title is, in fact, fitting for someone only 10 years older than the current class of seniors, having graduated from East Hampton in 2007. It is even more appropriate given that Mr. Buquicchio recently spearheaded a renovation of the school’s media center, helping to modernize it and bring it up to speed — full-throttle internet speed, that is.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017

A limited number of spots are available for 3 and 4-year-olds looking to join the early learning program at the Neighborhood House in East Hampton. Classes run weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and will continue until June of next year. The monthly fee is $360. 

The Neighborhood House is at 92 Three Mile Harbor Road. Registration information is at 631-324-0175 or by email to eh­neighborhoodhouse@gmail.com.

Judy D’Mello
September 14, 2017
Schoolchildren diagnosed with dyslexia will now receive a specific classification when schools develop individualized education plans for them, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law dyslexia legislation co-sponsored by Mr. Thiele.

Schoolchildren diagnosed with dyslexia will now receive a specific classification when schools develop individualized education plans for them, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law dyslexia legislation co-sponsored by Mr. Thiele. 

The bill will inform school districts about the unique educational needs of students with dyslexia and other related disorders in order to better help them succeed in school. 

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend or how to keep them busy after school? From puppet shows to story times, art workshops to science explorations there's always something going on. 

Happy Birthday, H.A. Rey

Saturday marks the 119th birthday of H.A. Rey, creator of the beloved Curious George character. The Amagansett Library has invited children ages 3 to 8 (siblings and family members, too) to stop by between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday, to celebrate with party hats, treats, and, of course, stories starring Curious George.

Musik and Big Trucks at CMEE

Judy D’Mello
September 14, 2017
At an Amagansett School Board meeting on Tuesday, School Superintendent Eleanor Tritt announced that the kindergarten-through-sixth-grade school had placed second on a list of the best elementary schools in Suffolk County.

At an Amagansett School Board meeting on Tuesday, School Superintendent Eleanor Tritt announced that the kindergarten-through-sixth-grade school had placed second on a list of the best elementary schools in Suffolk County, complied by Niche, an online service that ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts across the nation. 

The findings, based on statistics and “millions of opinions” from students and parents, according to Niche’s website, are categorized regionally, statewide, and nationwide, including subcategories such as diversity, teachers, and safety. A comprehensive report card on each school is available on the website.

Judy D’Mello
September 7, 2017
Lisa Seff, a veteran science teacher at the Springs School, was on top of the world on Monday. While many here may have felt on top of the world in Labor Day’s perfect weather, Ms. Seff was actually there.

Lisa Seff, a veteran science teacher at the Springs School, was on top of the world on Monday. While many here may have felt on top of the world in Labor Day’s perfect weather, Ms. Seff was actually there.

She was on board the 261-foot Research Vessel Sikuliaq, which is traveling north of the Arctic Circle in the world’s northernmost and coldest ocean basin, where the air temperature was approximately 36 degrees and the water, a mere 41 degrees. The area is only traversable during late summer when thick ice melts and creates a channel.

Star Staff
September 7, 2017
Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend or how to keep them busy after school? From puppet shows to story times, art workshops to science explorations there's always something going on. 

Stages Theater Programs

Stages, a children’s theater company, will once again run its popular “Frankenstein Follies” fall performance workshop for young actors 8 to 18. Workshops are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Southampton Town Recreation Center, and they start this Monday. The cost is $475. The program culminates with performances at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Oct. 27, 28, and 29. 

For younger actors, mature 6 to 9-year-olds, Stages offers a creative drama workshop on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Bay Street starting this week and running through Nov. 14. A short play will be presented on the final day of the workshop. The cost is $285. 

Judy D’Mello
September 7, 2017
Enrollment at East Hampton High School has increased by approximately 100 students this year, to 972, the high school principal, Adam Fine, said at a school board meeting on Tuesday.

Enrollment at East Hampton High School has increased by approximately 100 students this year, to 972, the high school principal, Adam Fine, said at a school board meeting on Tuesday. This year’s freshman class, he said, is the largest on record, with 260 students. 

In the middle school, 367 students will attend grades six through eight, showing an increase of six children since the end of the last school year, according to the school’s principal, Charles Soriano.

The only school in the district to show a decrease was the John M. Marshall Elementary School. Beth Doyle, the school’s principal, announced that the 2017-18 school year began with 525 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, whereas last year, school opened with 543 pupils.

Judy D’Mello
September 7, 2017
The contract for the sale of the Springs-Fireplace Road property where the East Hampton School District plans to build a much-discussed bus depot has not yet been signed by East Hampton Town, as it awaits the results of a required State Environmental Quality Review Act study.

The contract for the sale of the Springs-Fireplace Road property where the East Hampton School District plans to build a much-discussed bus depot has not yet been signed by East Hampton Town, as it awaits the results of a required State Environmental Quality Review Act study. Jonathan Heidelberger, the district’s attorney, explained the reason for the delay at an East Hampton School Board meeting Tuesday evening. 

The delay, according to Richard Burns, the district superintendent, makes it unlikely that the necessary public vote can be held this fall, with May a more realistic goal.  

Judy D’Mello
August 31, 2017
Renovations, new start times, new faces greet returning students this week.

When East Hampton High School students return to classes on Wednesday, they will find an entirely revamped library. In Sag Harbor, students and parents alike will notice that the new grass athletic field is nearly ready for play, and in Springs, which starts the school year on Tuesday, students will officially welcome their new superintendent, Debra Winter, for her first full school year, although she had been a regular feature around the building long before her start date of July 1.

Across the South Fork, as students get their backpacks in order and find their fall shoes, schools are preparing to welcome them back.