OBEN Board of Education Honor Artists and Athletes
The Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education held its monthly Business meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 pm in the OBHS Library. The audience was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Oyster Bay High School Senior Ava Hanlon.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld began her report by introducing the
President of the Oyster Bay High School Student Council, Danielle Sugar. Ms. Sugar informed the community that Student Council members will be at the Oyster Bay High School Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday, March 17 to sell raffle tickets. Winners will be drawn at the 6th Annual Spring Auction which will be held at Oyster Bay High School on Thursday, April 14 from 7 to 9 pm. Board of Education President Ann Marie Longo said that she has attended many of these auctions and is impressed with the job the Student Council has done in assembling many wonderful prizes and gift baskets.
Dr. Seinfeld took the opportunity to invite students, parents and community members to join in the Spring Book Club which will take place on Monday, May 9 at 7 pm in the Oyster Bay High School Library. Copies of the book are available in the Public and school libraries.
Dr. Seinfeld invited Supervisor of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, Mr. Peter Rufa, to recognize and honor visual artists from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, the James H. Vernon School and Oyster Bay High School.
Mr. Rufa began by quoting Albert Einstein who said, “Logic can take you from point A to point B. Imagination can take you everywhere else.” He proceeded to celebrate OBEN students who have shown great imagination through the arts.
The Advanced Visions 12 High School Artists of Excellence given by Long Island University, CW Post Campus was awarded to Justine Colvin and Robin Yeh.
Many OBEN students were selected for the 12th annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition. They are: Julia DeAngelis, Leah McConville, and Quinn Rainey from Theodore Roosevelt. Amandine Bourne, Cassandra Oswald-Pisarski, and John Vespe from Vernon. Catherine Almonte, Justine Colvin, Sarah Conway, Brendan Fierman, Giselle Grassi, Sinthia Gutierrez, Robert Morris, Dillon Phelps, and Robin Yeh from OBHS.
The Nassau County Art Supervisor's Association Scholarship Recipient was Justine Colvin.
The “Go APE” Art Exhibition of 2016 (for outstanding students in AP Studio Art Courses) honored Justine Colvin, Olivia Mentzinger, Robert Morris, and Robin Yeh.
The Art Guild of Port Washington selected participants for the “My Close-Up” Photography Exhibit (a Juried Show). OBHS students Brendan Fierman, Steven Keehner, Kalman Lipsman, Robert Morris (Best-in-Show), and Jodi Yeh were honored.
At the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Annual Critique, Oyster Bay High School’s literary-art magazine, AGAPAE, earned a Gold Medal. The following students were recognized for their hard work and artistry that led to this award: Managing Editor Justine Colvin, Literary Editor Mia DiMeo, Art & Design Editor Sienna Kuo, Secretary Robin Yeh, Treasurer Samantha Romeo, and Editors Laura Angelone, Jack Casey, Matilde Catarino-Bechet, Shannon Chand, Kate Devereaux, Gabrielle Grady, Krista Marino, Alicia Romeo, Giuliana Rutigliano, Maria Urbina, Jodi Yeh.
The Supervisor of the Health and Physical Education Department came to the podium to celebrate All-County athletes and three championship sports from the Winter Season.
Here are the students that were honored:
Boys’ Basketball JV Coach of the Year
Mike Copeland: raised in North Carolina & played at UNC & this is his first coaching job in the public school setting.
Girls’ Basketball All-County:
Gianna Gotti: 1,000 point scored this year as a 10th grader
Christina Testa: 9th in Nassau in made 3-pointers. 2-year team captain, a top defensive player for the Lady Baymen
Boys’ Basketball All-Academic Team:
Kyle Schindler, taking 3 AP’s & 3 college courses; 49 3-pointers, 11 Points per Game (PPG)
Boys’ Basketball All-County:
Michael Bizzoso, 18.4 PPG; 57 3-pointers
Leonardo Barretto, 12.7 PPG 106 Field Goals (FG)
Matthew Byrne: 3rd place 99 lbs; freshman
John Wieboldt: 2nd place 132; sophomore
Girls’ Fencing All-County:
Jody Yeh, co-captains 26-5 foil, 10th grader; all county honorable mention last year
Girls’ Fencing All Long Island AND all county first team:
Kate Devereaux: co-captain 28-5, foil, 10th grader
Wrestling All-County Division II Champion :
Keith Cassar: 106 LB after being runner up last year
Boys Winter Track All County Class “B” Champion:
Alexander Tosi, County Champion in the 2-mile; ran a personal best 9:37 this season,
Harrison Treble, Triple Jump, Personal best 41’5”
The Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Mr. Stephen Valente continued the 2016-2017 Budget process with a presentation on the Revenue Budget.
Board Trustee Ms. Laurie Kowalsky noted that the money being proposed to be used from the Capital Reserve to replace all the lights at the schools with energy saving LED lights will be rebated due to the energy savings. The money spent on these lights will be recouped by the District in two years of having the work done.
Lead Security Aide Mr. Patrick Caffrey also updated the Board and community on the status of the new Parking and Safety.
Before the meeting ended, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Lisa Mulhall informed the Board and community that the High School Spring Musical Beauty and the Beast opens on Friday, April 15 and tickets can be purchased on line at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/956776.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 pm in the OBHS Library. All are welcome.
2016-2017 Budget Workshop #4 Presentation - 3-15-2016
Parking and Safety Presentation – 3-15-16
Spring Auction – Thursday, April 14, 2016
Community Book Club – Monday, May 9, 2016
Beauty and the Beast tickets