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Vernon Artists Participate in Thanksgiving Creativity Celebration

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Congratulations to the 12 students below from James H. Vernon School whose artwork is on display on Senator Jack Martins’ website for his Thanksgiving Creativity Celebration! Students were challenged to respond to the question “What are you thankful for?” through a poem, essay, or art piece. To view all their artwork, please visit:

Amelia Pearce (5th Grade)

Emma Jorgensen (5th Grade)

Luciano Balaguer (5th Grade)

Emily Morea (5th Grade)

Olivia Mantegari (6th Grade)

Tate Baehr (6th Grade)

Claire Windhausen (6th Grade)

Brennyn Tagliamonti (6th Grade)

Mia Brienza (6th Grade)

Juliana Villegas (6th Grade)

Riley Tagliamonti (6th Grade)

Kiara Altamirano (6th Grade)

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Date Added: 11/28/2023

Balloons Over Roosevelt

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Second graders from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School held their annual Balloons Over Roosevelt Parade on Nov. 21. The parade served as a culmination to the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) project the classes had been working on and was the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Leading up to the event, second grade classes read, “Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade” by Melissa Sweet. Through the book, the students learned the true story of puppeteer Tony Sarg and how he made the first parade balloons for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

The second graders chose an animal to research and were challenged to design their own balloons. They worked in groups to plan, pick out materials and construct their creations. The students also researched their animal topic and created posters with fun facts about their animal.

Second grade teachers chose a nonfiction theme for the parade to connect the reading and writing curriculum and to develop students’ research and nonfiction reading and writing skills. This was a STEAM project that was a true collaboration of creativity and critical thinking for the second graders.

On the day of the parade, Theodore Roosevelt pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students, staff members and administrators gathered outside the school to serve as spectators as the second graders proudly showcased their creations and paraded around the school’s field.  

Date Added: 11/27/2023

OBHS's Middle Level Band Performs at MSG

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Members of Oyster Bay-East Norwich's Middle Level Band performed on the court for the NCAA Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 20! The students conducted a six-minute “Pep Band” performance during halftime. It was a great night!

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Date Added: 11/22/2023

OBHS Presents Peter and the Starcatcher – 12/1 and 12/2

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Oyster Bay High School is proud to present Peter and the Starcatcher! Performances will be held in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center on Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Please come out and support our students by purchasing your tickets at! A big thank you to Oyster Bay High School art student Omar Figueroa for this fantastic poster.

Date Added: 11/22/2023

Vernon Students Present Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr.

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Students from James H. Vernon School took the stage in the school’s gymatorium on Nov. 17 and 18 for their musical production of Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo Jr. The production featured 94 student actors, 24 fifth and sixth grade crew members and 23 third and fourth grade crew members.

The students were led by director and choreographer Teriann Chiappardi, assistant director Virginia Kemp, music director Louis Costidis and stage crew adviser Alexandria Muller. Director of Fine, Performing, and Media Arts Erica Giglio Pac served as the show’s producer, while Oyster Bay High School teacher Alex Dollin set up the lighting and sound design. 

This year’s production included new and exciting enhancements to help bring the students’ underwater adventure to life. For the first time in the district, the team utilized digital production scenery and created large puppets to accompany the actors who played the main characters. Among those was Dylan Blind who played the role of Nemo the clownfish, Alex Karalis who played Nemo’s overprotective father Marlin and Annemarie Cochran who played the hilarious blue tang fish named Dory. 

The cast entertained audience members with numbers such as “Big Blue World,” “Go with the Flow” and “Just Keep Swimming” as they performed with their colorful puppets, props and costumes on stage. The Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District congratulates the entire cast and crew on another successful musical production. 

Date Added: 11/21/2023