Recent Stories: Education

Judy D’Mello
August 17, 2017
As advertisers are reminding us, it’s time to go shopping for back-to-school supplies. Yet, for many people across the country, financial constraints make such shopping sprees impossible.

As advertisers are reminding us, it’s time to go shopping for back-to-school supplies. Yet, for many people across the country, financial constraints make such shopping sprees impossible.

On Wednesday, at the lower campus of the Ross School, in Bridgehampton, the UJA-Federation of New York’s Supplies for Success program will hold its 16th consecutive backpack assembly, during which volunteers will pack thousands of backpacks with donated school supplies to be delivered to local children in need of a hand to start school on a positive note.

Star Staff
August 17, 2017
School's out, and there's no end of things to keep young people busy -- puppet shows for the youngest, theater camps, concerts, computer coding, dance parties, art workshops, magic shows, nature walks. With all that, no kid should ever have to say, "I'm bored."

Coding, Music, More

Computer coding is becoming a must-have skill for today’s kids. Classes at the East Hampton Library on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. will teach the basics and more in a fun setting for students entering sixth through ninth grades.

Evan Gottfried’s Family Music Extravaganza will liven up the library on Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. with a high-energy musical adventure and interactive show for kids from infancy to age 8 (but older siblings are sure to be entertained as well).

Judy D’Mello
August 17, 2017
According to the Springs School’s website, excavation of the school’s septic system continues, and progress — as far as locating leaching pools — has been made. Debra Winter, the school’s superintendent, writes that all work will be completed by the end of August.

According to the Springs School’s website, excavation of the school’s septic system continues, and progress — as far as locating leaching pools — has been made. Debra Winter, the school’s superintendent, writes that all work will be completed by the end of August.

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
School's out, and there's no end of things to keep young people busy -- puppet shows for the youngest, theater camps, concerts, computer coding, dance parties, art workshops, magic shows, nature walks. With all that, no kid should ever have to say, "I'm bored."

Library Children’s Fair

The East Hampton Library’s Children’s Fair will take place on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m., with a host of free fun activities, carnival rides and games, and an opportunity to meet a number of children’s book authors.

Judy D’Mello
August 10, 2017
On Tuesday, Laser Industries, an excavation and clearing company brought on board by the Springs School District’s architect, BBS Architects and Engineers, began excavating leaching pools near the back of the school to determine the state of its beleaguered septic system.

On Tuesday, Laser Industries, an excavation and clearing company brought on board by the Springs School District’s architect, BBS Architects and Engineers, began excavating leaching pools near the back of the school to determine the state of its beleaguered septic system.

“Pipes have been uncovered as well as a large pool that does have water in it,” the superintendent, Debra Winter, wrote in an email on Tuesday. “Making progress.”

During a special meeting last Thursday, the Springs School Board announced its decision to tear up the asphalt covering a play area in order to “assess what is going on with our system, as well as determine what the dollar amount will be for repairs,” Ms. Winter said.

Star Staff
August 3, 2017
School's out, and there's no end of things to keep young people busy -- puppet shows for the youngest, theater camps, concerts, computer coding, dance parties, art workshops, magic shows, nature walks. With all that, no kid should ever have to say, "I'm bored."

DuffleBag Beauty

Kids will join in the action on Wednesday when the DuffleBag Theatre presents an interactive production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Guild Hall for ages 3 to 10. The show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $14 for children, or $16 and $12 for members. Before settling into their seats in the theater, kids can join in a “Beauty and the Beast” cookie decorating session at 4 p.m. for $10. Members pay $8. Buying tickets in advance has been suggested for KidFest events.

 

Cooking to Yoga to Animals

Jackie Pape
August 3, 2017
A new collaboration between the East End Classic Boat Society and the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter aims to teach kids valuable skills that might even open doors for future careers.

A new collaboration between the East End Classic Boat Society and the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter aims to teach kids valuable skills that might even open doors for future careers.

Last Thursday, the East End Classic Boat Society, a not-for-profit whose goal is to educate members about classic boatbuilding techniques and preserve classic marine designs, welcomed 13 Y.M.C.A. campers of various ages to its Community Boat Shop in Amagansett.

This was the first of many trips that the group will take to learn about the woodworking, engineering, and team-building skills that go into constructing a boat.

Judy D’Mello
August 3, 2017
Community frustration in Springs seems to have risen to an even higher level than that of the nitrogen in its neighboring waterbodies, following the Springs School Board’s announcement Monday night that it will continue to delay decision regarding a short-term fix of the school’s septic issues.

Community frustration in Springs seems to have risen to an even higher level than that of the nitrogen in its neighboring waterbodies, following the Springs School Board’s announcement Monday night that it will continue to delay decision regarding a short-term fix of the school’s septic issues.

Only five weeks remain until the start of the school year, when buildings will once again be filled with some 900 children, teachers, and staff. The septic system, installed in the 1970s for a capacity of 300, broke down in April. Since then the school has been forced to pump out waste every 10 days at the cost of $1,900 per session.

Judy D’Mello
August 3, 2017
The Springs School District is seeking the community’s help to open a chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to provide elementary schoolchildren with backpacks full of food for weekends.

The Springs School District is seeking the community’s help to open a chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to provide elementary schoolchildren with backpacks full of food for weekends. The Springs chapter would be the first on the East End.

 According to a recent survey, 3 percent of children (under the age of 18) who live in East Hampton fall below the poverty line.

Judy D’Mello
August 3, 2017
The Springs School Board has decided to tear up the asphalt covering a play area in order to assess a septic system problem.

The Springs School Board has decided to tear up the asphalt covering a play area in order to "assess what is going on with our [septic] system, as well as determine what the dollar amount will be for repairs," Superintendent Debra Winter announced this morning at a special meeting of the board.

The school's septic system has been non-functioning since April and has had to be pumped out every 10 days.

Its architect of record, BBS Architects and Engineers, and Laser Industries, an excavation and clearing company, will begin excavating leaching pools on Tuesday, starting, said Ms. Winter, "with pools closest to the school."

Christopher Walsh
July 27, 2017
“Technology is the engine of innovation and job creation today,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, the founder and executive director of All Star Code, an organization that helps African-American and Latino boys learn about computer science and coding, in anticipation of its fourth annual benefit on Saturday at the Lewis residence in East Hampton.

“Technology is the engine of innovation and job creation today,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, the founder and executive director of All Star Code, an organization that helps African-American and Latino boys learn about computer science and coding, in anticipation of its fourth annual benefit on Saturday at the Lewis residence in East Hampton.

Star Staff
July 27, 2017
College-bound high school students can learn more about writing application essays in a two-part workshop at the East Hampton Library.

College-bound high school students can learn more about writing application essays in a two-part workshop at the East Hampton Library. Part one, about how to get started and what makes for a strong essay, will be Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Participating students will return to the library at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 for individual conferences with volunteer tutors.

Lisa Michne, the head of young adult services at the library, is seeking experienced writing coaches for the program. She can also provide more information about the program. Registration is required.

Star Staff
July 27, 2017
School's out, and there's no end of things to keep young people busy -- puppet shows for the youngest, theater camps, concerts, computer coding, dance parties, art workshops, magic shows, nature walks. With all that, no kid should ever have to say, "I'm bored."

Painting With Nature

The mother-and-son team of Andrea and Nathaniel Cote will lead kids 7 to 12 and their families in a painting-with-nature workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Ms. Cote and her son, who is 9, will work with participants to mix and grind their own paints using natural pigments, teaching them about the history and science of making paint. Then participants will paint pictures of animals and landscapes using the paints they have made. Advance registration is required.

 

Kids Take on the Bard

Judy D’Mello
July 27, 2017
On Sunday, Tinka Topping's relentless pursuit of a less authoritarian approach to education will be recognized as she is honored at the 13th annual Chefs Dinner fund-raiser for the Hayground School and its kitchen and garden programs.

In Finland, Tinka Topping might not be anyone special. Not in the world of education, anyway, where she advocates an alternative system — most simplistically described as favoring “how you learn” over “what you learn.” For in that tiny Nordic country many of her unorthodox values are instilled at the core of an education system that has made its schools the envy of the world.

But Ms. Topping lives in Sagaponack, and here she is practically legendary. On Sunday, her relentless pursuit of a less authoritarian approach to education will be recognized as she is honored at the 13th annual Chefs Dinner fund-raiser for the Hayground School and its kitchen and garden programs.

Judy D’Mello
July 20, 2017
Amateur sailors on about 30 monohull and multihull sailboats are expected on Noyac Bay Saturday morning, beginning at 11 a.m., for a race sponsored by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Peconic Bay Sailing Association.

Amateur sailors on about 30 monohull and multihull sailboats are expected on Noyac Bay Saturday morning, beginning at 11 a.m., for a race sponsored by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Peconic Bay Sailing Association. An awards party will follow at 5 p.m. at Havens Beach to benefit I-Tri, a local nonprofit that empowers adolescent girls through participation in triathlons.

Star Staff
July 20, 2017
School's out, and there's no end of things to keep young people busy -- puppet shows for the youngest, theater camps, concerts, computer coding, dance parties, art workshops, magic shows, nature walks. With all that, no kid should ever have to say, "I'm bored."

Bugs and Baskets

This weekend at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, kids can learn to weave reed baskets and to make art inspired by insects and other invertebrates. The basket-weaving session, on Saturday at 10 a.m., will be led by Pat Robben, a basket maker, and Trish Brophy of the Mohawk Tribe, who will introduce children 9 to 12 to this traditional art. There is a $12 fee for a kit filled with all the materials required.

Judy D’Mello
July 20, 2017
One of the most frequently performed works in the classical repertoire, “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, will be staged by the Hampton Ballet Theatre School at the Montauk Playhouse next Thursday at 7 p.m. and again in Bridgehampton on Aug.1 at 6 p.m.

One of the most frequently performed works in the classical repertoire, “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, will be staged by the Hampton Ballet Theatre School at the Montauk Playhouse next Thursday at 7 p.m. and again in Bridgehampton on Aug.1 at 6 p.m. The performance marks the 10th anniversary of the school, which is based in Bridgehampton.

Prokofiev composed “Peter and the Wolf” in 1936, calling it a “symphonic fairy tale.” Now, through a combination of dance, music by the 25-piece Hampton Festival Orchestra, and a surprise guest narrator, this enchanting tale will come to life on the South Fork.

Judy D’Mello
July 20, 2017
Community chips in to give foster children memorable week with their siblings.

What happens when six children from New York City’s foster care system arrive in the Hamptons in mid-July for 10 days? A community shows such generosity, it combats the usual stereotypes associated with the summer landscape of mega money, moguls, and mansions.

The children came, as they do each year, to attend Camp Erutan (nature backward), founded by Lisa Tanzman, a California native, as a way for inner city foster children to spend time in the outdoors participating in activities to help heal and mend. Ms. Tanzman’s mantra is that one positive action can make a difference in a life, and her goal, whenever possible, is to reunite siblings often separated by the foster care system.

Judy D’Mello
July 20, 2017
The Springs School District will not pay damages to a former clerical employee, Liz Tatiana Tucci, following the conclusion of a lawsuit she filed in December 2015.

The Springs School District will not pay damages to a former clerical employee, Liz Tatiana Tucci, following the conclusion of a lawsuit she filed in December 2015.

Ms. Tucci, a native of Colombia who worked at the school between October 2006 and September 2015, charged that she had suffered “harassment, disparate treatment, and discrimination‚“ based on her race and national origin. She was seeking lost compensation and punitive damages for the way she was treated, which she said caused panic attacks and other physical problems.

Judy D’Mello
July 19, 2017

Parents of children attending East Hampton schools are being asked to participate in a survey about their involvement in education politics, including where they stand on opting out of standardized tests. The survey is sponsored by a research team at Michigan State University. The East Hampton School District is one of several across the state to be included in the survey.

All responses will remain anonymous. According to the research team, the goal is to learn more about parent views on various education issues. The first portion of the survey asks about opt-out activities and the second section deals with political participation habits. As a token of appreciation, four $25 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to randomly selected participants.

Judy D’Mello
July 13, 2017
As part of its 20th anniversary events this year, the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton has issued a call to alumni who have attended the center over the last couple of decades.

As part of its 20th anniversary events this year, the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton has issued a call to alumni who have attended the center over the last couple of decades.

The goal is to collect and tell the stories of those alumni and to find out where they have gone in life and what they are doing now. It is also hoped that this might enable alumni to connect with one another. Contact information can be provided by emailing eweccnews@gmail.com or by calling 631-324-5560.

The project will culminate in a written and video collection that will be shared with the East Hampton community.

Judy D’Mello
Christopher Walsh
July 13, 2017
Students may be on summer break, but local school boards are busy. Last week, they began their 2017-18 administrative year with annual reorganizational meetings.

Students may be on summer break, but local school boards are busy. Last week, they began their 2017-18 administrative year with annual reorganizational meetings, during which newly elected members were administered the Oath of Faithful Performance, board positions were designated, and new hires were officially recognized.

Judy D’Mello
July 13, 2017
Members of the Cedar Street Committee, who have strongly opposed the East Hampton School Board’s plan to locate a school bus depot on their street, were encouraged Tuesday night by an unexpected bulletin.

Members of the Cedar Street Committee, who have strongly opposed the East Hampton School Board’s plan to locate a school bus depot on their street, were encouraged Tuesday night by an unexpected bulletin from the board president, J.P. Foster.

“I am happy to report that I spoke with [Town Supervisor] Larry Cantwell and we have come up with a tentative agreement on the Springs-Fireplace Road property,” Mr. Foster announced.

An official announcement will be made as soon as all information is in place, he said, and a special board meeting will be held when the agreement is  finalized.

The few Cedar Street residents present at the meeting were visibly delighted by the news. One called it “a shot of adrenaline.”

Bryley Williams
July 13, 2017
The Hamptons Chess Club, which is based at the Bridgehampton School, is offering three weeklong camp sessions of instruction and competition this month, including one at which a grandmaster will take part.

The Hamptons Chess Club, which is based at the Bridgehampton School, is offering three weeklong camp sessions of instruction and competition this month, including one at which a grandmaster will take part. The club also will also offer lessons at the Children’s Museum of the East End, provide private coaching, and host its first United States Chess Federation-rated tournaments on Saturdays through Aug. 19. The weeklong camps will include lectures, position analysis, and structured play in addition to competition.