Excellence in Education Volume 12, Issue 14, 12-1-17
November’s ‘Athletes of the Month’ Shine
Nine Oyster Bay High School student-athletes wrapped up the fall athletic season as November’s “Athletes of the Month,” the Department of Athletics announced.
Individuality Rocks at Vernon School
As a way to brighten up the school, celebrate what makes us unique, and honor the memory of former student, Anthony Petrovic, who loved art and music, the entire Vernon School student body joined the latest craze of rock painting.
The idea, which reinforces Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio’s message to students of always choosing kindness, originated with the school’s Site-Based Committee and stemmed from The Kindness Rock Project, started by Megan Murphy of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With randomly placed rocks, The Kindness Rock Project inspires others to perform random acts of kindness.
Art teacher Ms. Karen Crowley organized the project for the 3-6 grade art classes, providing students with an extensive lesson on design process as they created and applied their designs to their rocks. To support the message of kindness and celebrating differences, the rock project was done in conjunction with a school-wide reading of, Everybody Needs a Rock, written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall, and aligned with the character trait of the month, individuality.