A throng of children, parents, teachers, and curious community members descended on the back field of the Bridgehampton School on Saturday, October 16, to celebrate the start of the new school year and the completion of the district’s major $29 million expansion project.
Much of Monday night’s Sag Harbor Board of Education meeting centered around a presentation put together by several staff members to inform the public about the district’s English as a New Language program (commonly known as ENL), breaking down the different terminology and abbreviations used in the program and helping explain the multi-faceted approach to teaching and supporting the ever increasing number of students for whom English is not their native language.
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During a Board of Education meeting on Monday night that lasted less than 20 minutes, Sag Harbor Superintendent of Schools Jeff Nichols provided an update on the district’s ongoing discussions with the Board of Trustees of Mashashimuet Park, saying the parties were well on their way to coming up with a plan to update the facilities at the park that the district’s interscholastic sports teams have called home for so many years.
At the end of this school year, Bill O’Hearn will be retiring from his positions at the Ross School in East Hampton.
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Governor Hochul said during a September 15 announcement that the move was meant to protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious delta variant and the recent surge in COVID-19 infections statewide.
Some East End superintendents say that, so far, few staff members have been refusing to be tested for COVID-19, if not already vaccinated. As per a state mandate declared by newly-instated Governor Kathy Hochul last month, teachers and staff members have the option, if vaccinated, to undergo weekly testing, while it’s mandatory for the rest.
Stony Brook University cut the ribbon last week on a new permanent home at the Stony Brook Southampton campus for the school’s speech language pathology masters program.
At Monday night’s Sag Harbor Board of Education meeting, administrators and board members took time to discuss goals and areas of focus for the 2021-22 school year. Improving on communication procedures with the public, assessing instructional programs and the impacts that COVID-19 has had on student learning, and keeping an eye on how changing demographics may require program adjustments were all topics of conversation, while the board members and administrators also had a lively discussion and debate about the merits and potential drawbacks of returning to remote status for some or all board meetings.
Mariella has developed and launched “SignUp,” a free Google Chrome Extension that provides on-screen American Sign Language signing, or ASL, alongside children’s movies on Disney+ — starting with “Frozen,” “Moana,” “Zootopia,” and her favorite film, “The Incredibles.”
At what was the final Sag Harbor Board of Education meeting before the start of the school year, on September 1, several members of the public weighed in with various concerns, some related to the pandemic, others not, while the board tried to address questions and provide clarification on its reopening plans.
Bridgehampton School Superintendent Dr. Mary Kelly was in the hot seat at the most recent Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night.
Governor Kathy Hochul expanded Tuesday on the need for weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated school staff, especially amid the rise in delta variant coronavirus cases, to ensure schools are safe.
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