Excellence in Education Volume 12, Issue 12, 11-17-17
2nd Annual Field of Honor Ceremony Salutes Veterans
In a patriotic spectacle of red, white, and blue, Oyster Bay High School conducted it second annual Veterans Day Field of Honor ceremony to pay tribute to those who serve and continue to serve our country.
Students and staff gathered on the front lawn where the Field of Honor — a collection of American flags purchased by students, staff and the community — was erected by the Interact Club and turned their attention to the front of the school. Seated there were 30 veterans from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, and AMVets association, as well as guest speaker Dr. Michael Castellano, a veteran and a Board of Education trustee, and Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District staff members who served in the military, including social studies teacher Mr. Robert Browne, security guard Mr. Patrick Kelly and French teacher Mr. Patrick Heusner.
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Superintendent’s Community Book Club Engages & Inspires All
Manolo Panariello, a freshman at Oyster Bay High School, was pleasantly surprised by the outcome when he participated in his first Community Book Club hosted by Dr. Laura Seinfeld, Superintendent of Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. “I didn’t expect that everyone was going to change their perspective on the book based on the participants they were conversing with,” he said.
Held in the Oyster Bay High School Library, the evening was set up as a World Café Model where about 35 participants divided into mixed groups of six per table and discussed the novel, The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. After a set amount of time, five members of each group switched tables and were introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a "table host." Each table host was a student who took notes and encouraged others to engage in the conversation that was guided by three questions.
Bird Lessons Take Flight for Vernon 4th Graders
Field marks, migration, beak shapes and behavior are just some of the interesting facts fourth graders at Vernon Elementary School learned about birds when educators from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center came to speak in their classrooms.
The lesson was the first in five that will be presented to the fourth graders throughout the month of November, according to Ms. Jill Vomacka, who helped conduct the lesson with her colleague, Ms. Kate Kohurt.