School News: Honoring Retirees; Dean’s List Honors; HIFF Scholarships

From left, Sag Harbor Elementary School teachers Deborah Price and Kurt Kahofer and Pierson Middle-High School teacher Marianne Terrigno. Christine Sampson photo
From left, Sag Harbor Elementary School teachers Deborah Price and Kurt Kahofer and Pierson Middle-High School teacher Marianne Terrigno. Christine Sampson photo

Honoring Retirees in Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Elementary School teachers Deborah Price and Kurt Kahofer and Pierson Middle-High School teacher Marianne Terrigno were honored for their many years of service to the district during Monday’s Sag Harbor School Board meeting. Ms. Price, Mr. Kahofer and Ms. Terrigno are retiring this year; Ms. Price, a reading teacher, has served 33 years and Mr. Kahofer, a third grade teacher, and Ms. Terrigno, a science teacher, have both served the district for 34 years.

Off to Middle School


Rain didn’t damper spirits as the Sag Harbor Class of 2024 officially completed their years as elementary school students following a fifth-grade celebration ceremony held on June 16.

During the event, graduates shared their favorite school memories and the entire 87-member class sang several songs, including “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. Prior to presenting the diplomas, Sag Harbor Elementary School principal Matthew Malone shared some parting words.

“This is a well-rounded class,” Mr. Malone said. “They are athletes, artists and musicians and I am so proud of the young, kind, caring people they are all growing up to be.”

Following the ceremony, the students and their family and friends were treated to an outdoor picnic under an awning.

Fifth graders celebrated their moving-up ceremony on June 16. Courtesy Sag Harbor School District

Vila, Loesch, Cona & McMahon Earn Dean’s List Honors

Kerrie Vila, a 2016 graduate of Pierson High School, has been named to the Dean’s List at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications.

Sag Harbor’s Forest C. Loesch has also been named to the Dean’s List for his spring semester at Western New England University, where he is working on a degree in finance. Alessandra Cona, of Sag Harbor, has earned Dean’s List honors at the University of Delaware, where she is joined by East Hampton residents David Moss and Lindsay Lerner. Emma McMahon has also earned a spot on the Dean’s List at SUNY Geneseo.

HIFF Announces Student Scholarship

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced Tuesday they will award scholarships to five graduating seniors in East End high schools from the support of The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation. The inaugural scholarship fund will honor one student each from Southampton, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, The Ross School, and Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. Students will receive $1,000, as well as a Filmmaker Discovery Package to attend the 25th anniversary HIFF taking place October 5 through October 9.

“Our youth are the next generation of storytellers, and it is important that HIFF continue to provide access to the filmmaking arts,” said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director. “Our goal is to give students the opportunity to discover what inspires them, and to explore their dreams.”

New this year, HIFF will award two full-admission scholarships to students to attend the annual Summer Student Filmmaking Workshops held in East Hampton and Southampton. The workshops aim to provide a creative outlet and thorough introduction to filmmaking, giving students the tools to launch their own projects in the future. Classes will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton from July 24 through 28 and at the Southampton Arts Center from August 7 through August 11. Applicants for the Scholarships are invited to apply via the HIFF website,

Prekindergarten Graduation Planned at Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center.

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center’s pre-kindergarteners will don caps and gowns for a graduation ceremony to be held on Friday, June 23. Among the activities designed to ease the children’s transition to kindergarten, the Pre-K groups visited the John Marshall Elementary School last Thursday. They visited the kindergarten classrooms, and, after listening to one of the “Pete the Cat” books by James Dean, followed a series of clues issued by Pete the Cat that led them to other parts of the school, thereby getting to know the hallways, the library, and other places they will be visiting when they start kindergarten next year.

For last week’s Healthy Harvest program at the center, Melissa Mapes of Share the Harvest Farm helped students use cuttings of their very own kale plants, which they raised from seed and transplanted to raised beds outside, to blend together with fruit to make healthy smoothies to eat. Ms. Mapes also brought over a bushel of fresh crunchy peas, which proved a popular snack.