Staff Inspired as New Year Begins
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As she uttered the words, “teach your children well” at the close of her speech, the famed Crosby, Stills and Nash song began to play with Mr. Michael Cipriani, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, on the violin. Next was Mr. Ryan O’Hara, K-12 English /Language Arts Supervisor, also on the violin, followed by James H. Vernon School teacher Terriann Chiappardi on the mandolin, James H. Vernon School teacher Janet Link on flute, Oyster Bay High School teacher John Andriaccio on guitar, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School teaching assistant Jeanine Amore on clarinet and Oyster Bay High School teacher Ben Fox on clarinet. The Oyster Bay High School Chamber Singers, under the direction of Ms. Meagan Dissinger, joined them, leading the audience in song and then applause for the entire team effort.
Moments before that finale, Dr. Seinfeld spoke about the profound impact teachers have on their students and the many questions and considerations they should ponder as they plan and execute their lessons in a way that is meaningful and engaging for students.
Aligning with District goals, Dr. Seinfeld shared, “We will continue to focus on the 3 R’s, rigor, relevance and relationships. Our instructional program must be rigorous so that all students are thinking deeply and critically; it must be relevant to our students’ lives, all in a learning environment that is caring, kind, and supportive, illustrated by respectful, thoughtful relationships.”
Underscoring Dr. Seinfeld’s message about building relationships, Oyster Bay High School Student Council President Jason Hom shared his personal experience of having to prepare for a Carnegie Hall performance, a Long Island Math Fair competition and Advanced Placement (AP) exams all in a short period of time and how his teachers recognized his situation and provided ways for him to be successful.
“By developing a relationship between students and teachers, we become more comfortable to admit when we need help,” Jason said. “We become more interested in what we learn and when a teacher gets to know us, it’s so helpful to hear examples that apply to our interests. By creating such an environment, we grow as students and as people.”
Dr. Seinfeld also introduced the Board of Education and invited Mr. Todd Cronin, Vice President of the Board of Education, to the podium to share his best wishes for a successful school year.
The morning also provided an opportunity to welcome new staff members, as well as staff that moved into new positions, and give an update on various improvements in the District’s facilities, including the substantial completion of the Fine and Performing Arts Wing at the high school, which will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late September, increased parking at the high school, and various security upgrades districtwide, including uniform classroom door locks that deadbolt at the touch of a button in all buildings.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld delivers inspirational words to faculty and staff on Superintendent’s Conference Day, Aug. 30.
Mr. Todd Cronin, Vice President of the Board of Education, offers his best wishes for a successful school year.
Oyster Bay High School Student Council President Jason Hom echoed the importance of relationships for student success.
Oyster Bay High School Chamber Singers sing, “Teach Your Children” after staff members performed solos. The effort received a standing ovation from faculty and staff.