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James H. Vernon School

Address: 880 Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich, NY 11732
Main Office: (516) 624-6562
Fax: (516) 624-6522
Principal: Dr. Valerie Vacchio
Asst. Principal: Ms. Rebecca Menuzzo
Grades: 3 - 6

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Students Perform Disney hit “Moana Jr.”

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Oyster Bay-East Norwich students from James H. Vernon School took audiences on an epic voyage on Nov. 18 and 19 with their production of Disney’s “Moana Jr.” The show was directed by Teriann Chiappardi, along with assistant director Virginia Kemp. Louis G. Costidis served as the musical director, Sandra McDonald served as the set director and the district’s Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Erica Giglio Pac produced the show.

With captivating stage design, lighting and music, the students beautifully told the story of a young island girl named Moana, played by Vivienne Stanziale (Nov. 18) and Emma Kim (Nov. 19). With her island in trouble, Moana makes it her mission to save her people by going on a daring sailing journey. Here, she meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, played by Joseph Ferri. Together, they overcome monsters and obstacles on their seaside adventure as Moana discovers her own identify.

The cast kept audiences engaged throughout the two performances with touches of humor and outstanding musical numbers such as “Shiny” by the crab Tamatoa, played by Lucas Henn and his two claws, Hannah Gorney and Ryan Obando.

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District congratulates the entire James H. Vernon School cast and crew on a successful production!

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Date Added: 11/23/2022

Oyster Bay-East Norwich Students Support Those in Need for Thanksgiving

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Ahead of Thanksgiving, students and staff throughout the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District worked together to give back to their community with school-wide food drives. Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, James H. Vernon School and Oyster Bay High School collected boxes of canned and non-perishable food items to donate to Saint Dominic’s Church for families in need this Thanksgiving.

Oyster Bay High School’s food drive was hosted by the school’s student council. Some teachers got involved in the important cause by starting a friendly competition between classes to see who could collect the most food. Teachers Keegan Harris and Dave Pontillo held a class collection competition, Team Harris vs. Team Pontillo. The class that collected the most food items received Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of the teachers.

At James H. Vernon School, student council members hosted a food drive which resulted in more than 1,000 cans of food being donated. The students took a trip to Saint Dominic’s Church to drop off the collection and to help sort the canned goods.

Students and staff at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School donated approximately 8-10 medium boxes filled with canned/packaged food. School social worker Jennifer Ruffo ran the collection in the building.

“We had a great turnout leading up to Thanksgiving,” she said. “Families in need look forward to this event each year.”

The food drives were a great way for the community to come together and support those in need this holiday season.

Date Added: 11/22/2022

James H. Vernon School Hosts Annual Pumpkin Contest

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Students from James H. Vernon School showcased their creativity with the school library’s annual pumpkin decorating contest. The friendly competition, which encourages students to craft a pumpkin based on their favorite storybook character, has been a fun way to celebrate both literature and the fall season.

Eighty students participated in the contest this year. Their creative pumpkins were on display during the last week of October in the school’s main hall showcase for all to admire. All students were invited to vote for their favorite pumpkin and winners received reading-themed prizes.

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District congratulates the following students on their winning pumpkins:

First Place: Axel Petrara, fourth grade
Second Place: Lily Khan, fifth grade
Third Place: Gregory Fairbend, fifth grade

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Date Added: 11/14/2022

Vernon’s Recess Enrichment Program Fosters Student Exploration

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After a brief hiatus due to the global pandemic, students at James H. Vernon School are enjoying the return of the school’s recess enrichment program. The enrichment program is held two days a week during recess periods and allows students in grades 3-6 to explore different enrichment workshops.

Students are encouraged to sign up to participate in one of the recess opportunities for the quarter. For the first and second quarter of the school year, third and fourth graders had the option to choose from the following programs: Fantastic and Mythological Creatures, Makerspace, Origami, Recorder Club or Ultimate Games. Fifth and sixth graders could choose from programs such as Bloxels, Dash, Mindfulness and Relaxation, and Ultimate Games. The goal of all the sessions has been to ignite each student’s creative potential and foster creative understanding and problem solving.

Each enrichment workshop is led by a specialist in the building who keeps the students engaged and having fun. In the Fantastic and Mythological Creatures session, students are unlocking their creativity and designing a series of illustrations of creatures who are out of the ordinary but may be found in stories, poetry and fairy tales. In Origami, students are learning basic origami folds and creating origami models. Those enrolled in the Makerspace session have the freedom to tinker, create, think, build, imagine and invent using various materials, and in the Recorder Club, students are showcasing their music skills by learning the basics of the recorder.

Students in the upper grades are utilizing technology in the Bloxels and Dash workshops. Those enrolled in Bloxels, a video game creation tool, are learning to create their own video games and those enrolled in Dash, a small mobile robot, are diving into the world of robots and coding. In the Mindfulness and Relaxation workshop, Vernon students are exploring how to relax and recharge their minds through different techniques and are practicing gratitude. All students in grades 3-6 can participate in Ultimate Games. This session promotes teamwork as students engage in different games and work with one another to achieve a common goal.

The enrichment program has been a great way for students to maximize their potential in an exciting, challenging and supportive learning environment.

James H. Vernon School looks forward to providing more enrichment opportunities for students as the year progresses!

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Date Added: 11/1/2022

James H. Vernon Students Explore Ecosystems at WaterFront Center

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Fifth graders from James H. Vernon School recently visited the WaterFront Center as part of their science unit on ecosystem restoration.

During their trip, the students learned about harbor habitats, visited different stations, went on an estuary scavenger hunt and went fishing to observe what lives in Oyster Bay. In addition, the fifth graders explored a fish tank where they were able to get an up-close look at creatures from the ocean. It was a great trip!

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Date Added: 10/12/2022

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