Recent Stories: Education

Judy D’Mello
June 22, 2017
Another school year is almost over. Tomorrow marks the official last day for most schools in the area, leaving high school seniors with the pomp and circumstance of graduation celebrations to look forward to.

Another school year is almost over. Tomorrow marks the official last day for most schools in the area, leaving high school seniors with the pomp and circumstance of graduation celebrations to look forward to.

East Hampton’s high school graduation will be at 6 p.m. tomorrow. Of the 157 in the 2017 graduating class, 85.5 percent will attend two- or four-year colleges. Adam Fine, the school’s principal, will be the keynote speaker, with specifics by this year’s valedictorian, Phillipe Zablotsky, and Dylan Schleider, the salutatorian.

In Bridgehampton, of the 14 high school graduates, 13 will head to college. Graduation will be on Sunday at 4 p.m. Sandy McFarland, a Bridgehampton graduate and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee, will speak.

Judy D’Mello
June 22, 2017
As of Monday, the Hampton Jitney will introduce a new route: a round-trip service from local schools to Noyac’s Long Beach.

As of Monday, the Hampton Jitney will introduce a new route: a round-trip service from local schools to Noyac’s Long Beach. The additional route will not be found on the company’s online schedule, and the driver of the bus might occasionally be Geoff Lynch, the president of the Hampton Jitney.

“It’s a busy time of year for us,” said Mr. Lynch, in his Southampton office overlooking the rear parking lot where the black and green coaches were lined up, ready to be dispatched. “So, yes, if the girls need me, I’ll get behind the wheel.”

Star Staff
June 22, 2017
A Couple of Puppets will perform its version of “The Three Little Pigs” at the Amagansett Library in a program on Saturday at 3 p.m. that is best for ages 2 to 7.

Puppets  and Crafts

A Couple of Puppets will perform its version of “The Three Little Pigs” at the Amagansett Library in a program on Saturday at 3 p.m. that is best for ages 2 to 7.

Sharks will be the focus of a program at the library next Thursday at 6 p.m., when the presenter will be a marine educator who is also the survivor of a shark attack. Geared to ages 5 to 12, with parents welcome, the evening will offer insight into current shark research while dispelling common misconceptions about these creatures. Advance registration is required for both programs.

The first of what will be weekly story time and craft gatherings of the library’s summer reading club for kids 4 to 7 will be on Monday at 3 p.m.

June 22, 2017
Adam and Gail Baranello, a husband-and-wife artist team, spent five days recently working with Springs School students on an unlikely set of "canvases."

Adam and Gail Baranello, a husband-and-wife artist team, spent five days recently working with Springs School students on an unlikely set of "canvases."

Their goal was to cover the school's 10 Dumpsters with the style of street art Mr. Baranello is known for. It was a project conceived by the owners of Mickey's Carting in Montauk, which owns the Dumpsters, after seeing the art on display at the Springs Mystery Art Sale lasts month.

The sale raises money for the school's Visiting Artists Program, through which local artists are brought to Springs to lead creative workshops with students. The program has brought dozens of artists to the school over the years.

Star Staff
June 22, 2017
From swimming to tennis to basketball, sailing, and games and crafts, the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department has plenty on the schedule to keep kids busy this summer, most of it beginning next week.

From swimming to tennis to basketball, sailing, and games and crafts, the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department has plenty on the schedule to keep kids busy this summer, most of it beginning next week.

Game and craft programs at the Montauk School and the Springs School are offered each weekday from Monday through Aug. 18 for kids 5 through 12. Morning sessions run from 9 to 12:30, and afternoon sessions go from 12:30 to 4. The cost per week for a half-day program is $100 for one child and $50 for each additional sibling. Children can take part in the morning and afternoon programs. Registration is at the Parks and Recreation Department’s office behind Town Hall weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Judy D’Mello
June 22, 2017
Negotiations between the district and the East Hampton Town Board have been going on for several months, and the school’s failure to strike a deal and move away from Cedar Street has elicited mounting frustration.

“There is a tenor in this country at the moment where it has become acceptable to speak in a disrespectful way to anyone,” said Jacqueline Lowey, a member of the East Hampton School Board, at its meeting Tuesday evening, following an angry outburst by Paul D’Andrea, who took to the podium to lob some bombshells at J.P. Foster, the board’s president.

The issue once again was the proposed Cedar Street school bus depot. Concerned neighbors have formed the Cedar Street Committee, to which Mr. D’Andrea belongs, to oppose it, urging that the school district instead purchase a town-owned plot of land along the largely industrial stretch of Springs-Fireplace Road for its transportation hub.

Judy D’Mello
June 15, 2017
Approximately 175 ribbons were awarded on Tuesday to students from across Long Island who had submitted artwork for an exhibition at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.

Approximately 175 ribbons were awarded on Tuesday to students from across Long Island who had submitted artwork for an exhibition at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.

East End schools, including Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Bridgehampton, Springs, Southampton, Sag Harbor, and Ross, collected the lion’s share of awards in painting, photography, sculpture, computer-generated design, and fashion, among other categories.

Star Staff
June 15, 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. 

Family Cooking Classes

The Wellness Foundation is teaming up with Stefanie Sacks, a culinary nutritionist from Montauk, to offer plant-based cooking classes for families this summer at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett. Ms. Sacks will share useful tips and easy strategies for cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. Classes will be held on June 27, July 4, July 11, and July 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25 per class for a parent and child, $35 for a parent with two children. The cost for the full series is $75 for a parent and child, $115 for a parent with two children. Advance registration is online at wfeh.org.

 

“Decadance”

Judy D’Mello
June 15, 2017
Deborah A. Haab, the outgoing superintendent of the Highland Central School District in Ulster County, N.Y., has been appointed the new part-time superintendent of the Wainscott Common School District.

Deborah A. Haab, the outgoing superintendent of the Highland Central School District in Ulster County, N.Y., has been appointed the new part-time superintendent of the Wainscott Common School District. She will replace Stuart Rachlin, who resigned from the position in January after serving in that role for five years.

Ms. Haab has worked in the Highland Central School District since 2009. Prior to that she was the superintendent of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District, near Syracuse. Between 2001 and 2005, she was the business administrator at the Bridgehampton School District, and before that she worked for many years in Hampton Bays as an assistant superintendent and business administrator.

Judy D’Mello
June 8, 2017
Over $300,000 worth of scholarships was awarded last week to 58 graduating seniors at East Hampton High School, out of a class of 171.

Over $300,000 worth of scholarships was awarded last week to 58 graduating seniors at East Hampton High School, out of a class of 171.

The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society presented 18 scholarships for a total of $146,000. Fourteen of the following recipients received $8,000 each, one received $4,000, and three received $10,000 each: Cybele Adamcewicz, Georgia Aldrich, Theodore Calabrese, Dylan Camacho, Freddy Sanchez Charchipulla, Jillian Czarnecki, Cecilia de Havenon, Francesca Denaro, Samantha Dossantos, Emma Foster, Jordan Foster, Danielle Futerman, Kathleen McGovern, Margaret Ryan, Marikate Ryan, Olivia Suter, Andrew Wilson, Philippe Zablotsky.

Judy D’Mello
Christopher Walsh
June 8, 2017
An agenda item on Tuesday’s East Hampton School Board meeting caused alarm among several audience members until they were reassured that it did not mean the board had decided to build a bus depot on the high school campus.

An agenda item on Tuesday’s East Hampton School Board meeting caused alarm among several audience members until they were reassured that it did not mean the board had decided to build a bus depot on the high school campus.

What is known as a negative declaration in an environmental impact study prepared by the district’s engineering company, V.H.B., regarding a bus depot near Cedar Street caused the alarm. Such a study is required if the board goes ahead with the plan, and V.H.B. found that doing so “would not result in a significant adverse environmental impact.”

Judy D’Mello
June 8, 2017
An essay on integrity and peer pressure by a John M. Marshall Elementary School fifth grader has earned her a place in the top 20 finalists in her age category at the nationwide Breaking Barriers in Sports, in Life essay contest.

An essay on integrity and peer pressure by a John M. Marshall Elementary School fifth grader has earned her a place in the top 20 finalists in her age category at the nationwide Breaking Barriers in Sports, in Life essay contest.

Lola Garneau was one of 11,000 fourth through ninth graders who submitted their work to the annual contest, which is sponsored by Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson, and Scholastic Books.

The personal essay assignment was the culmination of Erin Abran’s and Jessica Sinacori’s fifth-graders’ study of the biography “Promises To Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America,” written by Ms. Robinson about her father, the American sports icon who broke the color barrier in baseball.

Judy D’Mello
June 8, 2017
On Saturday, 10 intrepid East Hampton High School sophomores braved the elements by spending the night in cardboard boxes on the lawn of the school, all for a good cause.

On Saturday, 10 intrepid East Hampton High School sophomores braved the elements by spending the night in cardboard boxes on the lawn of the school, all for a good cause.

Organized by Girl Scout Troop 1768 with help from its leader, Linda Blowe, and Annette Hinkle and Adam Flax, who are parents, the cardboard campout was inspired by a similar event held annually at Shelter Island High School, designed to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness and to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

Star Staff
June 8, 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. 

“Decadance”

Dancehampton, a studio in East Hampton, will present “Decadance,” its annual recital, on Friday, June 16, and again on June 17 in the East Hampton High School auditorium. Dancers from preschool through high school age will showcase their talents in a 6 p.m. Friday show and at 1 p.m. on June 17. Tickets are $15 in advance at the studio on Lumber Lane, $20 at the door.

 

Father’s Day and More

Father’s Day is just around the corner and libraries are giving kids a chance to prepare this week. On Saturday, the Montauk Library will have a card and gift-making session for ages 4 and up from 3 to 4 p.m.

Judy D’Mello
June 8, 2017
At a red carpet gala, East End Arts celebrated the best in school theater with its 15th annual Teeny Awards ceremony on Sunday at Southampton High School.

At a red carpet gala, East End Arts celebrated the best in school theater with its 15th annual Teeny Awards ceremony on Sunday at Southampton High School

Two local student actors won top honors in their categories: Matthew Schiavoni from Pierson High School tied for best lead male in a play for his role as Elwood P. Dowd in "Harvey." Madison Mannix of East Hampton High School tied for best supporting female in a musical for her performance as Daniela in "In the Heights."

Judy D’Mello
June 1, 2017
Despite President Trump’s efforts to roll back many of the former first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating rules for schools, Beth Doyle, the principal of the John M. Marshall Elementary School, believes schools need to do more, not less, to help students develop healthy attitudes toward food and lifestyle.

Despite President Trump’s efforts to roll back many of the former first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating rules for schools, Beth Doyle, the principal of the John M. Marshall Elementary School, believes schools need to do more, not less, to help students develop healthy attitudes toward food and lifestyle.

Ms. Doyle is hoping that parents will attend her presentation on Friday, June 9, at 9:15 a.m., as it will unveil the school’s new health and wellness policies as of September. Before setting the guidelines in stone, she wants to receive as much feedback from residents as possible and wants parents to be involved in these decisions so they can be deliberate about championing healthy living at home as well as school.

Judy D’Mello
June 1, 2017
The Beyond Sport Foundation, which celebrates inspirational organizations worldwide that use sport to address social issues, announced its annual Beyond Sport Global Awards shortlist last week.

The Beyond Sport Foundation, which celebrates inspirational organizations worldwide that use sport to address social issues, announced its annual Beyond Sport Global Awards shortlist last week. From 300 entries, the I-Tri program, which is based in East Hampton and promotes leadership and life skills for girls through athletics, was one of 37 organizations on the list.

Since 2009, the foundation’s annual awards have attracted 2,425 projects from 2,500 organizations in 148 countries, covering 37 sports.

Star Staff
June 1, 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. 

About Plastic Pollution

Erica Cirino, a science writer and artist, will lead a program for families on plastic pollution — its impacts and what to do about it — on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Amagansett Library. Her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a workshop for children 8 and older.

Ms. Cirino, who is preparing to visit some of the most degraded ecosystems in Asia, has written for such publications as Scientific American, Audubon, The Atlantic, National Geographic Voices, and Nautilus magazine. She is a Safina Center Kalpana Launchpad Fellow. Advance registration has been requested.

On Sunday, the library has invited fifth through eighth graders to join in a drawing club at 2 p.m.

 

Judy D’Mello
June 1, 2017
New standards may be in place by September.

Like an ostracized adolescent in need of reinvention, the Common Core, federal standards adopted as guidelines for kindergarten through  12th-grade education, is expected to be revamped in New York State and to return to school in September with a new name and more likable personality.

At least that is what the New York State education commissioner, Mary­Ellen Elia, is hoping will occur when the state adopts the Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. The new standards and name, which grew out of a lengthy process of revising the Common Core, will be voted on in June by the State Board of Regents. Approval is expected.

Judy D’Mello
June 1, 2017
The Hampton Racquet club in East Hampton will host a tag sale to benefit Project Most’s summer learning program on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hampton Racquet club in East Hampton will host a tag sale to benefit Project Most’s summer learning program on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The enrichment program is a hands-on, interactive initiative for kids in prekindergarten through eighth grade, held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton during July and August each year.

Susan Hanley, who was recently appointed development director of Project Most, described the program as “a great opportunity for kids to really do things over their summer break.” Activities include organic farming, cooking lessons, dance classes, and reading and math instruction. This year, a double-Dutch jump-rope specialist will visit to teach kids a few tricks.

Judy D’Mello
May 25, 2017
Seventy-three East Hampton High School students were recognized at the school last week for outstanding achievement in Spanish, French, and Latin, under the umbrella of the World Languages Honor Society.

Seventy-three East Hampton High School students were recognized at the school last week for outstanding achievement in Spanish, French, and Latin, under the umbrella of the World Languages Honor Society. The students streamed into the auditorium waving world flags, with the French language-learners sporting berets and the Latin students wearing ancient Roman-inspired headdresses.

Star Staff
May 25, 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. 

Family Day at LongHouse

Judy D’Mello
May 25, 2017
Over the last 20 years, the Springs School has accomplished what mainstream opera — in its 400 or so years of history — has been unable to do: engage a young audience.

Over the last 20 years, the Springs School has accomplished what mainstream opera — in its 400 or so years of history — has been unable to do: engage a young audience.

Judy D’Mello
May 25, 2017

While voters were busy casting ballots on budgets and board members last Tuesday, the East Hampton School Board discussed the fate of its full-day prekindergarten program at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, ultimately agreeing to offer 72 spots in next year’s program, 18 more than this year.