Excellence in Education Volume 14, Issue 39, 6-21-19
OBHS Seniors Athletes to Play Collegiate Sports
Six Oyster Bay High School senior-athletes have committed to playing sports at the collegiate level next year.
Varsity lacrosse player Kaitlin Pellechia will wear the emerald green and white for the Herons at Hobart William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Kaitlin has been a four-year starter for the Lady Baymen and a team captain for the 2019 season. She is the current record holder for most goals in a game and in draw controls both for a season and high school career.
Roosevelt Readers' Theater is Just Ducky
Roosevelt Elementary School 2nd graders in Ms. Kristina Kolb’s class “waddled” down the hallway and onto the stage as “ducks” to perform a Reader’s Theater presentation on the book, John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco.
Donning bright yellow baseball caps with a duck face and white T-shirts with a duck painted on the front, students took turns at the microphones reading their assigned parts to an audience of family and friends.
OBEN Spring Concert Series Shine on Stage
New musical milestones, student growth and heartfelt goodbyes to graduating seniors defined the spring concert series in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District.
The 7th and 8th Grade Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Giannetta, opened the series with a strong performance that underscored its Level III Gold win at the New York State Music Association (NYSSMA) Majors Festival. Conductor Matthew Sisia followed by leading the Symphonic Band in two commissioned pieces, Think Out it, Jennifer Jolley and Reminiscence by Kathryn Salfedler.
In a separate high school concert, the 7th and 8th Grade Chorus, conducted by Ms. Melissa Kozee, and the 9-12 Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Meagan Dissinger, took the audience on a journey through the blues to Broadway to the silver screen with selections such as Hit that Jive, Sun is Gonna Shine, from the Broadway musical, Bright Star, and Shallow from the movie, A Star Is Born.
A week later, the Wind Ensemble and the Chamber Singers took the stage. The Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Mr. Sisia, delighted the crowd with Silent Shadows to the Last, featuring professional soprano vocalist Ms. Lisa Williamson, and the Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Dissinger, brought out the child in us with songs based on childhood books, such as The Little Prince and Goodnight Moon. The Chamber Singers placed 2nd in the Music in the Parks Competition with a rating of Superior, and were the recipients of the Esprit de Corps Award, the most prestigious award of the competition, for the third year in a row!
Mr. Sisia and Dr. Dissinger acknowledged graduating seniors by sharing some words of praise and offering them a white carnation. Students, in turn, expressed their appreciation to their teachers with flowers, photo albums and a video. In keeping with the childlike theme, Dr. Dissinger also offered each Chamber Singer a red balloon and told her students to think of her and their memories as Chamber Singers every time they see one.