Excellence in Education Volume 16, Issue 33, 6-25-21
Keeping an Inspiring Tradition Alive
Jumpstarting a new tradition that was interrupted by the pandemic, Oyster Bay High School seniors donned their caps and gowns and made a “surprise” visit to Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School to greet and inspire K-2 students as they arrived at school. Surrounded by staff who cheered and clapped, the soon-to-be graduates offered fist-bumps and high-fives and words of encouragement to Roosevelt students as they entered their school and then paraded down the student-lined hallways. The visit was nostalgic for graduating seniors, most of whom were former students of the elementary school. Their former teachers marveled at how much they have grown and matured, and applauded their efforts to set a good example for the young students. The idea was introduced in 2018 by Oyster Bay High School graduate and former Executive Board Council President Lindsey Tiberia and was enthusiastically supported as a “new tradition” by Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher.
Ms. Tami McElwee, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal, summed up the day this way: "This tradition honors our seniors in a special way so they can come back to where they began their 'Brilliant Beginning' and serve as role models for our youngest learners, inspiring them to follow their dreams!"
A Fond Farewell
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District bid a fond farewell to retiring staff members during a brief celebration at the June 22 Board of Education meeting. All from Oyster Bay High School, they included English/language arts teacher Ms. Karen DiMaggio, science teacher Ms. Amy Hallock and technology teacher Mr. Nicholas Rotolo. We thank them for their more than 65 years of combined service to the District and wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors! Pictured with Ms. DiMaggio are Dr. Lisa Mulhall, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Francesco Ianni, Superintendent of Schools, and Ms. Laurie Kowalsky, President of the Board of Education. Ms. Hallock and Mr. Rotolo were unable to attend the event.
Our Stock Market Game Champs!
Two James. H. Vernon School students were top winners in the regional Stock Market Game at the elementary level. Fourth-grader Warren Petit won first place and fifth-grader Kieran Dunne took third place for successfully managing a hypothetical portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds while competing against other school districts in the area. Students played the Stock Market Game throughout the year in the school’s gifted and talented program, Atlantis, led by teacher Ms. Joanne Loring.
“This is very exciting for our students and our school,” said Ms. Loring. “We are so proud of their efforts.”
Students had $100,000 of virtual money to invest and made trades via computer or smartphone using actual ticker symbols of companies/funds and watched their portfolio value change with the market. Students typically work in teams, but because of the pandemic, they worked independently this year, using different strategies to gain success.
Marching on to 7th Grade!
Congratulations to our sixth graders who capped their moving-up ceremonies with a celebration walk from Memorial Field to Oyster Bay High School.
3rd Grade Here We Come!
Under sunny skies, second graders transitioned to 3rd grade in individual class ceremonies.