Excellence in Education Volume 12, Issue 17, 12-22-17
Winter Concerts Light Up the Season With Student Talent
Student talent shined brightly in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District as a series of winter concerts took the stage throughout the month of December.
Audiences were put in the holiday spirit with chorus, band and wind ensemble performances at Oyster Bay High School; band and chorus presentations at James H. Vernon School and a music showcase featuring the District’s youngest students at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.
The series culminated on a generous note as the Friends of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) President Mr. Ravin Chetram presented the District’s Fine and Performing Arts Department with a $5,000.00 check to send 125 band members to Carnegie Hall where they will perform on April 19, 2018. PAC, a not-for-profit organization that was originally founded to refurbish the high school auditorium, supports a variety of music department initiatives, such as sponsoring the Chamber Singers Music in the Park performances, master classes at Vernon and Oyster Bay High School, a five-week after school theater class at Vernon, scholarships to seniors, and food for late-night rehearsals of student performances.
Brightening the Holidays for Those in Need
In true Baymen fashion, students throughout the District are thinking of others in various ways this holiday season. They’re conducting toy drives and collecting cold weather items to keep others warm this winter. They’re taking part in service-learning projects to help support a cause, and spreading cheer through the gift of song by performing for others in the community. While such activities take place throughout the course of the year, there’s no time quite like the holiday season for spreading good will. Here is just a sample of the students’ endeavors.
Student Councils at both Oyster Bay High School and James H. Vernon School led the charge to collect toys from their peers so that children in need could have a brighter holiday, while social worker Migdalia Rosario coordinated a drive at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Hundreds of toys from the high schools were donated to the Interreligious Human Needs Council of Oyster Bay, then brought to the First Presbyterian Church where families are able to pick them up, according to advisors Ms. Danielle Urtheil and Ms. Deanna Cali. Toys from Vernon and Roosevelt schools were sent to the Community Social Action Network to benefit Oyster Bay families.