Recent Stories: Education

Star staff
December 24, 2014

“The Snowflake Man”

After a week with no school, families needing some out-of-the-house entertainment might head over to the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday, where Puppetkabob will present “The Snowflake Man” at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Inspired by the true story of the man who first photographed a snow crystal, the show uses Czech-style marionettes to share this fascinating American tale. Tickets cost $12, $10 for grandparents and theater members, and $8 for siblings or additional children in the same group.

Star staff
December 18, 2014

Part Nutcracker, Part Grinch

The young dancers of Studio 3 in Bridgehampton will present “Mixed Nuts,” a production that is part “The Nutcracker,” part “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” tomorrow and Saturday at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The show includes ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and other dance forms in an original holiday story with classic Christmas characters.

Janis Hewitt
December 11, 2014

The Montauk School District got its first dose of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday and what its implementation will mean to the district.

Karen Theiss, the school nurse, told the board that there are three phases it must go through before the program goes into effect by January 2016. Ms. Theiss has been attending workshops on the program at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Westhampton Beach for the past year.

Carissa Katz
December 11, 2014
Student ballerina will be Sugar Plum Fairy in East Hampton ‘Nutcracker’

Rose Kelly has danced just about every role in “The Nutcracker,” except that of the Sugar Plum Fairy, but this weekend the 15-year-old Hampton Ballet Theatre School student from Bridgehampton will take on the starring soloist role normally danced by a professional, even in student productions.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for me as a dancer,” Rose said before a rehearsal at Guild Hall on Monday. “It’s a really amazing part, and it’s a lot of fun to dance.” 

Star staff
December 11, 2014

Seven Student Plays

The Young Artists and Writers Project will present seven short plays written by and starring East End high school students on Saturday night at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
December 11, 2014
Residents of the Springs School District got a first look this week at a possible $12 million to $15 million expansion that would include 16 additional classrooms and a gym.

It was a packed house at Springs School on Monday night as more than 50 residents, teachers, and parents grappled with overcrowded conditions and weighed a multimillion-dollar expansion.

Star staff
December 4, 2014

Gingerbread Story at CMEE

The smell of gingerbread will be in the air at the Children’s Museum of the East End this weekend. Tomorrow, during the museum’s monthly Pizza and Pajama Night, kids will listen to “Maisy Makes Gingerbread” by Lucy Cousins and then learn how to make it themselves. The program is $10, free for members. Reservations are also being taken for gingerbread house decorating workshops on Saturday and Dec. 13 at 10 and 11 a.m. The cost is $30 per house, $20 for members. (Houses are built in advance.)

Star staff
November 26, 2014

Museum Magic

At the Children’s Museum of the East End, fans of Angelina Ballerina may still have a chance to hear the series’ author, Katharine Holabird, read from and sign copies of books in her new Twinkle series tomorrow at 10 a.m. The reading costs $15 and is free for museum members.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
November 26, 2014
Antonia Alvarez proudly boasts of a daughter with big dreams for her future. Madison has her sights set on becoming a doctor — specifically, a pediatrician.

Earlier this fall, The East Hampton Star embarked on a project to spend time in a kindergarten classroom at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, chronicling how the year takes shape with personalities and interests just beginning to form. Though the idea was initially approved, the district withdrew its cooperation shortly after the publication of the first installment, citing concerns about privacy, security, and the potential for distraction.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
November 20, 2014
Since March, a group of very young students and their parents have participated in free workshops, making art and expanding the cultural center’s reach far beyond its annual summer gala.

Last week at the Watermill Center, just as dusk approached, a dozen dancers clad in black pants, black turtlenecks, and black socks were warming up, effortlessly moving through various ballet positions, from demi-plié to grand plié and back again.

As they moved, 10 families entered the room with young children in tow, all stunned into silence as classical music by Jordi Saval, a Spanish conductor and composer, played in the background.

Star staff
November 20, 2014

CMEE, Sima, and a Ballerina

Finger painting is always fun, but when you make your own finger paints it’s even better, and on Saturday at 10 a.m. kids 2 to 6 can do just that at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. After mixing the paints, they will create their own masterpieces. The cost is $15, including museum admission, or $10 for members. On Sunday at the museum, Sima will read stories about fall at 11:30 a.m. The story time is free with museum admission.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
November 20, 2014

The East Hampton School Board convened a nearly two-hour education forum on Tuesday night, during which it explored the possibility of expanding its technology programs while facing lean financial times.

Richard Burns, the superintendent, explained that the district has cut $5 million in recent years since the imposition of the statewide 2-percent tax cap, while also adding classes in robotics, computer programming, and coding. But he foresees another challenging year ahead, with “probably a $600,000 increase budget to budget.

Janis Hewitt
November 20, 2014

For many years, the Montauk Public School has had a lenient attendance policy. School administrators recognized that since the hamlet is a seasonal resort, families often cannot take vacations in summer and do so instead during the winter months. Some vacationing families have used the time before and after school holidays to take extended trips, which adds to the number of school days their children miss.

Star staff
November 13, 2014

For Girls’ Empowerment

Teenage girls from across the East End have been invited to attend the Girls Health, Wellness, and Empowerment Conference on Saturday at Riverhead High School. The conference, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., will focus on motivating young women to take control of their health, fitness, and general well-being, encouraging them to “become strong leaders, employees, or entrepreneurs.”

Amanda M. Fairbanks
November 13, 2014

Following more than eight years of legal back-and-forth, the East Hampton School District’s ongoing battle with Sandpebble Builders will finally get its day in court. During Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Richard Burns, the superintendent, announced that a trial is set to begin on May 4.

“It’s the earliest date available based on courts, witnesses, and attorneys’ schedules,” he said. The board had previously expected the trial to begin later this fall. “It’s out of our control. It is what it is.”

Star staff
November 6, 2014

Recycled Art Extravaganza

The Parrish Art Museum’s annual fall festival on Sunday will be a recycled art extravaganza. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m., when Steven and William Ladd, whose exhibition “Mary Queen of the Universe” is at the museum through January, work with families to make scrolls from bits of discarded fabric.

Bash the Trash will lead visitors in making musical instruments from recycled materials, or attendees can make woven artworks inspired by “Alan Shields: In Motion,” another museum exhibition.

Star staff
October 30, 2014

The East Hampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force is sponsoring a student film contest for 3rd through 12th graders. Films must be between three and five minutes long and should address one of three topics: anti-bullying, diversity, or accepting others. Projects can be done individually or as a group. All who participate will receive a certificate giving them five hours of community service credits.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
October 30, 2014
Parents of East Hampton High School students received an automated phone call yesterday morning informing them that the school had been evacuated after administrators discovered a threatening message scrawled on a bathroom mirror.

Parents of East Hampton High School students received an automated phone call yesterday morning informing them that the school had been evacuated after administrators discovered a threatening message scrawled on a bathroom mirror.

Although the school said the threat did not appear to be credible, police conducted a thorough search of the building. Around 10:45 a.m., conditions were deemed safe and students returned to class.

Star staff
October 30, 2014

For Day of the Dead

The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, will be celebrated on Saturday at La Fondita in Amagansett, where kids can decorate paper skulls, play games, and enjoy some traditional Mexican treats from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The rain date is Sunday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 30, 2014

East Hampton High School was evacuated yesterday morning around 9 a.m. after a threat was discovered written on a bathroom mirror. Students were allowed to return to class about an hour and 45 minutes later after police and school officials searched the school.

“Police and staff at the school have deemed it to be safe,” said Town Police Capt. Chris Anderson. He declined to provide the details of the message, but called it “a very nonspecific threat.”

Amanda M. Fairbanks
October 23, 2014

Emotions ran high during a two-hour Springs School Board meeting on Monday night, during which time a recent state comptroller’s audit was discussed at length. Auditors concluded that Springs had accumulated an unrestricted fund balance nearly four times the allowable amount.

By 2012-13, the unrestricted fund balance, or rainy day fund, had ballooned to $3.8 million, or nearly 15 percent of the $25 million budget. State law requires that such funds be limited to 4 percent.

Star staff
October 23, 2014

Backpack Adventure

Most of the fun for kids this week is of the Halloween variety, but those looking for something else may find it at the South Fork Natural History Museum on Saturday, when Crystal Possehl leads kids 8 to 12 o