Recent Stories: Education

Christine Sampson
March 26, 2015

Niche.com, a website that ranks schools and colleges, released its high school rankings on Thursday and gave A-plus grades to both Pierson High School and East Hampton High School. Both are listed in the top 100 public high schools in New York State.

Star staff
March 26, 2015

Young Playwrights Showcase

Eight short plays by Bridgehampton and Ross School students who participated in the Young American Writers Project Middle School Playwriting program will be presented on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater.

Christopher Walsh
March 26, 2015

Plans to move the original Amagansett schoolhouse, built in 1802 by Samuel Schellinger, a millwright, are proceeding. At a meeting on Tuesday, Eleanor Tritt, the district’s superintendent, told the school board that the State Department of Education’s Office of Facilities Planning had approved the installation of a foundation for the schoolhouse, which is believed to be the oldest on eastern Long Island.

Janis Hewitt
March 26, 2015

After weeks of workshops, the Montauk School Board has come close to approving a final budget of a bit under $18.6 million for the 2015-16 school year. The board learned of a hefty fund balance of $1.2 million that they said Tuesday could be used for a slew of long overdue building improvements.

Star staff
March 19, 2015

Bambini Ball

Put on your dancing shoes and your party clothes. The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre’s Bambini Ball is on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. The fun will include music by D.J. Carlos Lama, snacks, puppet shows, and games.

The ball helps the nonprofit bring puppeteers and performers such as Gustafer Yellowgold, Chinese Theatre Works, and Randy Kaplan to its Sag Harbor space. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $10 for kids. They can be reserved in advance at goatonaboat.org.

 

For Little Foodies

Star staff
March 12, 2015

Food representing more than 25 countries and performances reflecting a range of cultures are planned for the Sag Harbor Multicultural Festival, which will be held tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Pierson High School gym.

Star staff
March 12, 2015

Soccer Skills and Drills

A skills and drills soccer program run by East Hampton Town for budding athletes in kindergarten through second grade began on Saturday at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center and will run weekly from 2 to 4 p.m. through April 11. The cost for the program is $25. Registration is at the playhouse or at the Recreation Department.

 

Leprechaun Hats

Star staff
March 5, 2015

 

Student Arts Festival, Part II

Younger artists had their time in the spotlight and now it’s high school students’ turn. The second part of Guild Hall’s Student Arts Festival will open on Saturday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. It will remain on view through April 19, with after-school hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Carissa Katz
March 2, 2015

Representative Lee Zeldin was among the officials who visited the Project Most after-school program at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton on Feb. 23 to help celebrate the nonprofit’s receipt of a $31,000 grant to open Google Chrome labs at John Marshall and the Springs School.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 1, 2015

With snow continuing to fall across the South Fork on Sunday evening, school administrators have decided to give students a little extra time to get to school safely Monday morning. 

There will be a two-hour delay in the East Hampton, Montauk, Amagansett, Sag Harbor, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts. The Bridgehampton School District, the Southampton School District, and the Ross School, which has campuses in East Hampton and Bridgehampton, will also open two hours later than usual.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 27, 2015
On Wednesday night, the Springs School Board's budget review landed with a thud, as administrators balanced the need for cuts while a packed house of parents and teachers voiced concerns over potentially growing class sizes.

On Wednesday night, the Springs School Board's budget review landed with a thud, as administrators balanced the need for cuts while a packed house of parents and teachers voiced concerns over potentially growing class sizes.

During the second budget session of the 2015-16 school year, administrators again combed through the $28.1 million budget, an increase of nearly $1.5 million, or 5.5 percent, from this year's $26.6 million spending plan.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 26, 2015

 

With scalpels at the ready, the East Hampton School Board met on Tuesday for the second line-by-line budget workshop for the 2015-16 school year, scrutinizing planned expenses of the high and middle schools. But after two-hours of discussion, cuts seemed difficult to find.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 18, 2015
Students at the Springs School will have a new option for lunch come Monday, as the Springs General Store launches a school lunch service, with hot, nutritious meals delivered each morning by 11 a.m.

Students at the Springs School will have a new option for lunch come Monday, as the Springs General Store launches a school lunch service, with hot, nutritious meals delivered each morning by 11 a.m.

Because the school does not have a cafeteria, students are confined to their classrooms during lunchtime. They are expected to bring their lunches except on Friday when several local businesses deliver pizza. 

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 12, 2015

On Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board convened the first line-by-line budget workshop for the 2015-16 school year, tackling items related to English as a second language and athletics.

Though the district has yet to release final budget figures, possible cuts were again debated — with administrators and board members attuned, wherever possible, to cost-saving measures.

“It’s time to make your wishes for next year,” said Richard Burns, the superintendent.

Star staff
February 12, 2015

Busy During the Break

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 9, 2015

At East Hampton High School, for the second year in a row, two girls have been named valedictorian and salutatorian. Georgia Bennett is valedictorian and Cameron DiGate is salutatorian. They are cousins. Georgia will play the lead in next month's production of "Grease" and was also the valedictorian of her eighth-grade class at the East Hampton Middle School. Cameron is a student council representative and a varsity field hockey player. Come September, Georgia is headed to Northwestern University, while Cameron is undecided.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 9, 2015

Students at the Sag Harbor Elementary School celebrated the Super Bowl in their own way with the Soup-er Bowl.

Star staff
February 5, 2015

Instructors interested in leading continuing education classes for the East Hampton School District starting in early March have been asked to contact Debbie Mansir with descriptions and details this week. Past offerings have ranged from classes in cooking or bridge to Pilates, yoga, singing, and website design. They are primarily offered in the evening hours at East Hampton High School or Middle School. The next session is set to begin the week of March 10.

Star staff
February 5, 2015

Happy Hearts

There will be live music by Jim Turner, Valentine’s Day arts and crafts projects, cookie decorating, games, and more at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center’s Happy Hearts Party on Saturday. The event, geared to ages 2 to 6, is free and open to the community, but reservations have been requested by today if possible at 324-5560 or events@ewecc.org. It will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Susan Verde Reads Her Latest

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 2, 2015
With snow, ice, and freezing temperatures in the forecast, school officials are already predicting a hazardous morning commute and will again institute two-hour delays.

With snow, ice, and freezing temperatures in the forecast, school officials are already predicting a hazardous morning commute and will again institute two-hour delays.

On Monday evening, the Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Springs, Amagansett, Wainscott, Montauk, Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Sagaponack school districts all announced two-hour delays. The Ross School and the Hayground School are also on a two-hour delay.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 2, 2015
Just a week after a blizzard hit the South Fork, more snow fell on Monday, creating a dangerous morning commute, and causing East Hampton school officials to delay opening to students Monday morning.

Just a week after a blizzard hit the South Fork, more snow fell on Monday, creating a dangerous morning commute, and causing East Hampton school officials to delay opening to students Monday morning.

Star staff
February 2, 2015

The forecast for the rest of Monday has led to school officials ending the day early.

Afternoon and evening activities were canceled in the Montauk, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Springs School Districts. The Ross School also canceled after-school activities. Upper School students will be dismissed an hour early at 3 p.m., and Lower School students will be dismissed at the regular time, 3 p.m.

Also, the Sag Harbor School Board canceled its budget workshop and meeting for Monday night and rescheduled it on Tuesday.

Star staff
January 29, 2015

With students heading back to school after a hiatus because of the storm, school sports are also getting back on track.

Joseph Vasile-Cozzo, the athletic director at East Hampton School District, said the boys and girls basketball games originally scheduled for Thursday have been rescheduled for Monday. The varsity teams will play at the high school, with the girls slated to play at 5 p.m., and the boys playing at 6:15 p.m. The junior varsity teams will play at the middle school at the same start times. 

Star staff
January 29, 2015

Student Art at the Parrish