Excellence in Education Volume 14, Issue 35, 5-23-19
A Thank You Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Oyster Bay-East Norwich residents,
On behalf of the Board of Education and administration of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our registered voters for coming out to the polls and approving the 2019-20 school budget. I am happy to report that our budget passed 658 to 230 and we have all of you to thank.
Your affirmation is the key to the future of our students and our District. Because of your approval, we can maintain our instructional programs that are so vital to our students’ growth while integrating new initiatives that will enrich our curriculum and contribute to our students’ success.
Your support also acknowledges our efforts to minimize the burden on our taxpayers by keeping our tax levy increase below our allowable tax levy limit under the New York State tax cap.
Additionally, I thank you for approving the propositions put forth for technology and capital projects, paid for through existing reserve funds at no additional costs to you, our taxpayers. Because of your support, projects such as our 1:1 technology initiative, which aims to put a mobile device in the hands of students to use as a primary instructional tool, will expand to four more grade levels, and our athletic program will gain valuable field space with the addition of a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field that can be used for practices and games by a variety of athletic teams.
Through your reassurance, we can move forward knowing that our students will have the tools necessary to make new strides in academics, athletics and in the arts, and continue our legacy of excellence in education.
Let me take this opportunity to congratulate our re-elected incumbents Mr. Todd Cronin and Ms. Laurie Kowalsky as they continue to serve our District for four more years as Board of Education trustees. I wish them another productive and rewarding term as we work together for the benefit of all students of our beloved Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District.
Dr. Laura Seinfeld
Superintendent of Schools
Wax Museum Brings Biographies to Life
Third-grade students at James H. Vernon School brought famous figures in history, sports and entertainment to life when they presented the 6th Annual Biography Wax Museum. After learning how to write a biography about a prominent figure of their choice, students took on their identity and presented the wax museum to their parents and family members as a culminating event to an English language arts unit on narrative non-fiction.
Students, dressed as former President Theodore Roosevelt, Apple inventor Steve Jobs, tennis star Serena Williams or singer/musician Lady Gaga, to name a few, stood behind their desks with scripts in hand as visitors circulated the classrooms. When visitors pushed the red “start’ button next to each wax figure, the figures were prompted to orate a brief biological speech.
According to third-grade teacher Ms. Kristine Friedman, the wax museum was part of a narrative nonfiction unit.
“Students learned to research a variety of subjects using chapter and picture books within our classrooms. They also learned, via Teacher's College mini lessons, the different ways you can take notes and analyze narrative nonfiction texts,” she said. “They learned that while biographies are nonfiction, they can be read in a similar way to fiction texts by looking at the subject as a main character who encounters problems, has goals and tries to overcome their problems/struggles to reach their goals.”