Excellence in Education Volume 12, Issue 9, 10-27-17
Kindness, Healthy Choices Highlight Red Ribbon Week
Kindness is contagious at Roosevelt Elementary School. And with reminders in the hallways, the classrooms and during special assemblies, how could it not be? The effort is part of the school’s first Cultivate Kindness Week, Oct. 23-27, and was initiated as an extra reinforcement to the national Red Ribbon Week, in which schools across the country, including the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, participate in anti-drug campaigns to promote good choices and healthy lifestyles.
At Roosevelt, where students range from pre-kindergarten to second grade, the idea of promoting kindness and thinking of others seemed to be a more relatable lesson for its young audience, according to school officials, and a perfect way to engrain compassion and empathy for others in addition to Red Ribbon’s message of living healthy lifestyles.
OBHS Students Learn First-Hand from Holocaust Survivor
Oyster Bay High School students in grades 10-12 hung on the words of 82-year-old Mrs. Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor who shared her horrific story, then turned her adversity into a powerful message of tolerance, love and respect.
“As children, we saw things that, at any age, no one should ever see,” said Mrs. Lazan, who was a young child when she and her family were forced to live in refugee, transit and concentration camps in Holland and Germany. “As a way of coping, I decided that if I could find four perfect pebbles, that would decide whether the four members of my family would survive. This game gave me something to hold on to.”
That game became the title of her book, Four Perfect Pebbles, that was also made into a documentary video called Marion’s Triumph, narrated by actress Debra Messing.
Congratulations October ‘Athletes of the Month’
Oyster Bay High School’s Department of Athletics proudly announces its October selections for "Athlete of the Month." Athletes are selected by their coaches and chosen for exhibiting qualities that make them exemplary role models for their teammates, such as leadership, dedication, attitude, level of improvement, and skill.