The Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education held its monthly Business meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm in the OBHS Library. The audience was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Oyster Bay High School 7th grader Anabella Ballone.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld began her report by thanking the community for passing the 2016-2017 School Budget. The budget passed with 76% of the vote.
SEPTA President and Vernon Teacher Colleen Kelly was invited to the podium to recognize students at the Vernon school who are making a big difference in the educational community. The students were honored for being mentors to other students. OBEN schools hold mentoring at a premium understanding the value of students teaching other students.
Ms. Kelly said, “There is a quote we love that fits along with this group of peer mentors perfectly form the book “Wonder” by RJ Palacio.
“It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you have touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”
We hope each and every one of the mentors we are about to name understands the impact they’ve had on our students. With that we would like to call the peers up to receive their certificates. Vincent Arnedos, Laura Castrogiovanni, Sammie Cohen, Brian Duke, Jonah Gluck, Marissa Iemmiti, Bradley Lopes, Meghan Kelly, Christopher McKenna, Hannah Meyer, Natalie Varolian, Patrick Walsh, Nathaniel Yee, and Bridget Zahradnik.”
Ms. Kelly went on to present three special awards saying, “The purpose of the ‘extra mile’ award is to recognize students who, despite various obstacles, have exhibited outstanding academic and personal growth throughout their years at the James H. Vernon. This student has exemplified the phrase ‘going the extra mile’ and has impressed faculty and peers alike with her resilience, tenacity and growth. It is noted by her 6th grade teachers that Lesley is best known for always having a positive attitude. She comes in each morning with a smile on her face, and leaves the same way. Her personality is contagious to others. She goes out of her way to attend extra help almost every morning. She takes initiative when she needs help, and reaches out to her teachers and peers. Her work ethic will take her far. I am proud to award this year’s Extra Mile Award to Lesley Pineda.
At this time, I would like to recognize other students who have gone the extra mile. These young people have consistently shown a willingness to reach out to their fellow classmates both as friends and mentors. Their ability to connect with others in a kind and caring way truly exemplifies going the ‘extra mile.’ These important relationships that are forged cannot be understated- they can be life-changing. Kaitlyn Kelly and Holly Schadler were at my door the first week of school asking when they could come in to work with my students. They were dedicated and never missed an opportunity to come volunteer their time. They have brought a light to my classroom that I can’t thank them enough for. They have been excellent peer models for my students and have a very special place in my heart and classroom.
So, for making other students lives a little more rich and full, these young ladies deserve to be recognized. Our students of distinction are Kaitlyn Kelly and Holly Schadler.”
The Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Mr. Stephen Valente along the Director of the Technology Department, Ms. Janna Ostroff and members of the BOCES Instructional Technology team updated the Board and community on the Smart Schools Investment Plan for School Connectivity. This is a grant from New York State for improving instructional technology..
The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Lisa Mulhall was proud to announce that the Vernon Advanced Band earned a Gold with Distinction (the highest honor) and the Middle Level Band earned a Silver Rating at the NYSSMA Majors last week.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 7 pm in the OBHS Library. All are welcome.
Smart Schools Presentation – 5-24-2016
The Middle Level Update Presentation – 5-24-2016
Budget Vote Tally