News of the Schools

East Hampton Pre-K Registration
   Wednesday and next Thursday is the time for parents in the East Hampton School District to register their children for the prekindergarten program offered through the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center on Gingerbread Lane. To be eligible to start prekindergarten in the fall, children must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1 of this year. Parents must bring their child’s proof of age, proof of residency a deed, lease, or tax bill and immunization records to the registration. The East Hampton School District contracts with the day care center to provide prekindergarten to children in the district. Parents will have the option of registering their child for either the morning or afternoon sessions. An extended day program is also available for a fee. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days.

   Tomorrow marks the second annual French Club fashion show at the high school, which is being held as a benefit for the Retreat, an organization that works against domestic violence. Kids and parents have been invited to the cafeteria from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the event, dubbed a “Cote d’Azur fashion cruise,” are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. There will be fashions from a number of local shops including Obligato, Kailaini, the Retreat Thrift Shop, Ralph Lauren Polo, and more. While watching the runway, those on the “cruise” can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.

 Bobby Petrocelli, the author of several books, including “10 Seconds Will Change Your Life Forever,” spoke to Bridgehampton middle and high school students last Thursday on the themes of personal triumph and hope in the face of personal tragedy. Mr. Petrocelli is a motivational speaker who talks with students about the power of their decisions and how to build a strong foundation for their lives. Three Bridgehampton School Board seats are up for election this May, each with a three-year term. Interested Bridgehampton community members can pick up a nominating petition at the district office at the school. These petitions are due back to the district clerk by 5 p.m. on April 16. This year, Bridgehampton will be celebrating the class of 1962 at the Second Annual Alumni Weekend to be held in June. Members of that class have been invited to contact the superintendent’s office, or e-mail Yvonne Jackson at

   Mark Mobius, the Hayground School’s scientist in residence, reported that Zoey the tarantula, who had been hidden away for many months to allow her the quiet she needed to molt, has finally shed. Her discarded exoskeleton allows students to look closely at parts that would normally not be easily scrutinized, like her fangs. Maps and mapping have been a theme in science class this year. Maps are not just for geography, but are powerful scientific tools, much like graphs or tables. In their “ravioli lunch global impact map,” the students are using Google Earth to plot the origins of the ingredients of that meal as well as the paths those ingredients took to the kitchen. They plan to compare those results with similar maps of other meals to compare their relative impacts. Students are also working independently on maps of their own interest. Topics range from favorite toys to aquarium fish to the Bermuda Triangle.
   Finally and most recently the class has begun exploring electricity and circuits. There is a great assortment of motors, lights, wires, batteries, and switches with which students may tinker. Students have already found ways to control multiple items with a single switch and to chain batteries together to make motors go faster and lights burn brighter.

Ross Upper School
   Aptly held on the Ides of March, the Ross School sixth grade’s Greek Day celebrated the end of the students’ unit on ancient Greece through a series of fun-filled activities. The students embarked on a daylong adventure that tested their physical prowess, culinary skills, Greek knowledge, and theatrical talents. In addition to a mock Olympics the students prepared dolmas, or stuffed grape leaves, in the cafe to be served for lunch with other Greek-inspired specialties. After preparing the dolmas, the students competed in a friendly “Family Feud”-style game, testing their knowledge on Greek gods, history, and literature. The day ended with the “Festival of Greek Drama,” where they performed two Greek tragedies, “Antigone” and “Prometheus Bound,” in the Senior Building lecture hall. The Greek unit integrated cultural history, mathematics, and art, as the sixth grade learned about how the discoveries made during the time of ancient Greece influence and guide people today.

Ross Lower School
   Ross Lower School students love to rock out on occasion, especially when Jeff Golub, a Ross parent, and his band come to visit. Taking center stage in the multipurpose room, these rock-and-rollers brought students to their feet, performing parodies of famous songs by changing the lyrics to pertain to Ross. Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” for example, became “My Ross School Pants.”
   Ross School fourth graders learned the art of making flutes out of bamboo recently as they studied Neolithic settlements around the world. Flutes were one of the first instruments invented and were used for rituals as well as for herding animals. Jay Loomis, a local musician and flute maker, ran the workshop. While he made the holes, the students put on the birds, decorated the flutes, and learned to play them.
   On Friday, the fourth graders gave a performance in the multipurpose Room. Studying the elemental force of fire, Ross kindergarten students took a field trip to the Upper School Café to make pizza using the school’s wood-burning oven on March 14. In cultural history, the students heard a story about Prometheus and his gift of fire. A lively discussion ensued along with an integrated writing piece about what people can do with the warmth of fire. Then the students traveled to the Upper School where they made pizza dough with the chef there and watched as it was placed in the large oven to cook. Of course, the highlight of the trip was when they sat down and ate the pizzas they made.

   The Springs School’s Science Olympiad team coached by Fred Feldman came in 19th place overall. Their T-shirts were designed by the students in the studio in art class with painted turtles, fish, and frogs. Eleven students competed on the team, with Freddy Dayton and Hunter Reynolds winning two medals. Linda Capatosto’s first-grade class performed a song in Spirit Meet to the tune of “New York, New York.” The lyrics were changed to “First Grade, First Grade.”
   Amy Turner’s elective seventh-grade contemporary law class is debating the issue of whether a sentence of life imprisonment without parole for juveniles who commit homicide violates the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. The Supreme Court was hearing arguments on that issue this month. Her eighth-grade law class is debating issues of student cyber speech outside of school time. The classes have heard arguments from the Supreme Court, which are available on the Internet.
    Nancy Rowan, a visiting artist from the Golden Eagle art store, introduced the first graders to the artwork of Henri Matisse. The young artists have created four murals following the cut-paper style of Matisse. They are displayed at the Golden Eagle Art Store on Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton.
   The junior high students in Kimberly Belkin’s life skills class have been busy with the school store, selling school-related merchandise to students at the end of the day. The school store has been a fixture since Mary Jane Arceri, a special education teacher, started it in 1996. The students behind the counter learn to order merchandise, keep inventory, and handle the cash register.
   The students celebrated the sixth film festival on March 19 with five films from second, third, and fifth-grade teams. The subjects ranged from “What’s in the box?” to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The last film festival of the season will be April 30 with a final countdown between second and third graders to see which class makes the most films this season. The last festival will culminate with an animation edited by Luke Valentine, a seventh grader.
By the Journalism Club