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Springs School

The annual fourth grade opera is being performed this week at East Hampton High School. Students explain that the opera, “The Long Island Express,” is about the hurricane of 1938 and carries a message of the importance of working together and being kind. The opera is written, performed, and staged by students. This free production will be open to all on Wednesday, December 12, at 7 PM and Thursday, December 13, at 9 AM in the high school auditorium.

The school has added two more FIRST Lego League teams for a total of teams made up of 30 students in grades five and six. This year’s theme is “Into Orbit.” Mentors are needed who share a passion for engineering and space. Thanks to SCOPE, and Paddlers for Humanity for their donations, making a third team possible.

Westhampton Beach Elementary School

As part of Westhampton Beach Elementary School’s visiting artist program, fourth and fifth-graders are designing and painting a second school mural with the assistance of local artist and Quogue Wildlife educator Tony Valderrama. The new, four-part mural features the seasons as represented by Westhampton Beach, local wildlife, vegetation, and crops.

Hampton Bays Elementary School

Hampton Bays Elementary School second-graders shared special holiday traditions through a paper-quilting project spearheaded by teacher Heather Ellis. Each student wrote about his or her family’s holiday traditions on a piece of paper, which became part of a quilt on display in the second-grade hallway. Among the traditions were visiting family, drinking hot chocolate, making holiday crafts, and eating good food.

Fourth-graders and members of the school’s student council recently held a toy drive in conjunction with the Airborne Tri Team for pediatric patients at Southside Hospital. The students collected numerous toys through the generosity of the school community. All of the toys will be delivered to the hospital along with holiday cards designed and written by students.

Bridgehampton School

Bridgehampton kindergarten students Emilie Almonte and Brynn Lamb wear their “Super Reader” capes as they practice their reading skills. Independent/Courtesy Bridgehampton School District

Bridgehampton High School seniors Aziza El and James Fairchild were each named a 2018 Suffolk Zone award winner by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. This award is presented annually to the top female and male senior physical education leaders in each Suffolk County high school.

The pair was chosen for their outstanding character and leadership skills in schoolwide as well as physical education and health class activities, positive attitude toward instructional activities, scholastic achievements, and being role models for their peers. They were honored at a dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook along with other high school students.

As part of Bridgehampton’s ongoing mission to prepare students for life after their primary education, three students presented their professional and speeches to be elected elementary student council president. The district congratulates Constantine Reilly, Sascha Gomberg, and Emma Kapon on their hard work and articulation in sharing their views and visions with their schoolmates.

Kindergarten students had a visit from Super Reader Man who left them capes to practice their reading powers. The fictional character from the Teacher’s College Super Readers writing unit visits the classrooms when students are not there and leaves notes and objects to help them “activate” their reading powers. They were excited to learn they all had pointer power, in which they simply point to the words they are learning to read.

Southampton Intermediate School

Students in coding classes have qualified to compete in the New York Cyber Robotics Coding Competition Finals this week. To earn a spot in the competition, 40 students, under the direction of teachers Mei-Lynn Guerrero and Michelle Rottkamp, competed against 30 schools in the state in three rounds of online coding qualification challenges. Students Yassine Boukaissi and Augusto Fernandes-Jimenez were selected to represent their school during the in-person finals at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.