Board of Education Highlights
November 7, Work Session
Pictured are Board of Education Trustee Ms. Robin Dando, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld, Vernon School honoree Sophia Sattar-Reiss, Vernon School Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio and Board of Education Trustee Ms. Laurie Kowalsky
- The Board of Education meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. Vernon School sixth-grader Sophia Sattar-Reiss was recognized for outstanding citizenship by the Board of Education and was invited to lead the community in the Pledge of Allegiance. Sophia was nominated by Vernon School Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio. Trustee Ms. Laurie Kowalsky read the nomination to the community. She said: “Sophia Sattar-Reiss is an exceptional young lady and an exemplary role model for her peers. Not only is she one of the hardest working students in her class, she also possesses a heart of gold, and places the needs of others before her own. Sophia displays a growth mindset through her demonstration of grit, determination, and commitment to learning. Sophia plays the French horn, is a member of Vernon’s Advanced Band and 5th and 6th grade chorus. Sophia is also a member of the Leaders Club and is eager to serve our community and mentor younger students. Outside of school, Sophia enjoys swimming and playing the piano. Sophia is a loyal, considerate friend who demonstrates incredible empathy for others. She treats students, teachers, and administrators with utmost respect. Sophia’s compassion truly sets her apart. She consistently demonstrates kindness, even when she knows no one is watching. For these reasons and many more, it is an honor for the Vernon School community to have Sophia Sattar-Reiss lead the Pledge of Allegiance at this evening’s Board of Education meeting.”
- Peter Rufa, K-12 Fine & Performing Arts Supervisor, introduced the cast of the 7th and 8th grade musical revue, Magic to Do. The cast, dressed in colorful shirts and hats, entertained the audience with a choreographed number from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The full performance takes the stage on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Vernon School. Tickets can be reserved by emailing OBHSTheater@obenschools.org.
- Marianne E. Van Duyne, CPA presented the results of the 2016-17 audit. She explained that the audit is done in two parts, the extra classroom audit and the financial audit, and that both received an unmodified opinion, which is the highest rating given to a school district. Ms. Van Duyne thanked the Business Department for providing information in an efficient, timely manner. The Power Point presentation is available for viewing on the website under “Presentations to the Board of Education.”
- Lisa Mulhall, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment led a Power Point presentation on “Student Clubs and Competitions,” which is also posted under “Presentations to the Board of Education.” Dr. Mulhall gave a brief overview of the advantages clubs and competitions provide in the development of students and in their future success. Vernon School Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio talked about the various clubs at the Vernon School, noting significant interest in the math club and in the Vernon Play, Alice in Wonderland, Jr., which will have two performances with two different casts because of its overwhelming popularity. Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher spoke about the numerous opportunities available to students at the high school level and how students have taken the initiative to start their own clubs, such as the new Birthday Wishes Club, which provides gifts to children in need. Through a survey, the school has determined a small number of students who are not currently involved in an extracurricular activity and steps are underway to engage these students so that they can enjoy the benefits extracurricular activities have to offer.
- Board members briefly spoke about the various classes and activities they observed during Board of Education week, Oct. 23-27. Board members praised the OBEN staff for being warm, caring educators and expressed their gratitude for inviting them into their classrooms.
- Laura Seinfeld announced that the Field of Honor ceremony will take place on Nov. 9 at 1:50 P.M. on the front lawn of Oyster Bay High School. Board of Education Trustee and veteran Dr. Michael Castellano will be the guest speaker. American Flags were sold through the Interact Club, advised by Social Studies supervisor Joseph Pesqueira and social studies teacher Lauren Harnick. Proceeds from the flags are being donated to the VFW.