School News: Ross Students Stock Shelves, New Springs Super, Rainbow Fundraiser


Photo courtesy of the Ross School.

Ross Sixth Graders Stock Shelves at BH Food Pantry

During the month of March, Ross School sixth grade students organized multiple fundraisers to raise donations for the Bridgehampton Food Pantry. Together they visited the pantry to stock the shelves with the goods they collected.

Ross Lower School’s fifth grade students staged an interactive Egyptian Museum last week to conclude their eight-week study of Ancient Egypt. Students dressed in costume, as they presented confidently the results of their long-term research projects to their families, teachers, and friends. The topic the covered included Egypt’s first female ruler, food and drink traditional, beauty practices, and architecture.

Mark Hannan was appointed as director of school safety. Photo courtesy of the Southampton Union Free School District.

Southampton School District Hires Two New Administrators

Caption: Henry Adelwerth Jr. and Mark Hannan were appointed as school transportation supervisor and director of school safety, respectively.

Photo courtesy of the Southampton Union Free School District.

During an April 4 Southampton School District Board of Education meeting, the board appointed Henry Adelwerth Jr. and Mark Hannan as school transportation supervisor and director of school safety, respectively. Both positions are effective July 1.

Mr. Adelwerth is responsible for overseeing the district’s transportation department, including establishing bus routes and time schedules for students and drivers and planning the budgetary needs of the department. He has more than 40 years of experience in the pupil transportation business. During his years at Adelwerth Bus Corporation, he was responsible for hiring drivers and mechanics, overseeing the daily operations of student transportation, and serving as the liaison between the bus company and school administrators.

As director of school safety, Mr. Hannan will supervise, schedule and set procedures for all school safety personnel. Among other responsibilities, he will also be charged with developing and implementing a school safety plan and overseeing the safety and security of all students, staff and visitors. A former resident of Long Island, Mr. Hannan joins the district from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Illinois, where he worked as the student supervisor. Previously, he worked as an auxiliary police officer in the Wheaton Police Department and as a special agent for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Hannan received his bachelor’s degree from Loras College.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Adelwerth and Mr. Hannan to Southampton Public Schools,” noted Superintendent of School Dr. Nicholas J. Dyno. “I look forward to working with both of them in the coming school year.”

Springs Names New Superintendent

Springs Union Free School District announced last week that administrator Debra Winter has been appointed the district superintendent, effective July 1.

Ms. Winter has served as assistant superintendent for student and community services in the Longwood School District for the past 16 years.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, we are thrilled to announce Debra as our next superintendent of schools,” said Springs Board of Education President Barbara Dayton. “She is highly qualified and has a deep connection to the many students and staff members with whom she collaborates on a daily basis. She prides herself on being fiscally responsible and thinking creatively about how to bring programs to a district.”

During her tenure at Longwood, Ms. Winter was responsible for obtaining a $1.7 million Climate Transformation grant, which assisted the district in implementing the Leader in Me program in grades K-4 and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) district-wide, while examining data to ensure all students succeed. She was also instrumental in starting a mentoring program between Brookhaven National Laboratory and the district, worked closely with the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island to bring FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Longwood and other neighboring schools, and created an alternative learning program that has been recognized as a New York State model program. She also found what Springs School officials called “out-of-the-box ways” to fund STEM programming at the elementary level, lobbied for state aid and ensured students had modern tools, such as Chromebooks and iPads, at their disposal.

“We are preparing students for jobs that do not even exist yet,” said Ms. Winter. “We must prepare them with 21st-century skills – collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication. Our classrooms need to look different; students deserve space to collaborate.”

A resident of Quogue, Ms. Winter xhas served as vice president of the Middle Island Rotary Club, is a former Westhampton Beach High School PTO president and has served on the Town of Brookhaven’s Anti-Bias Task Force.

Rainbow School Fundraiser Set for April 29

The Rainbow School, a non-profit nursery and pre-kindergarten located in the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Bridgehampton, that also offers summer camp options, will host its annual fundraiser on April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at La Superica in Sag Harbor. The event will feature a foursome at the Maidstone Golf Club and a foursome at the Atlantic Golf Club, among a number of other items in both silent and Chinese auctions. Tickets are available at the Rainbow Preschool and the Sag Harbor Liquor Store on Main Street in Sag Harbor for $35. Tickets will be $45 at the door. Visit for more information.


Easter Egg Fun at Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center

Prekindergarten students at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton participated in an outdoor Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 7 — the day before spring break — on the lawn outside the center. Each child collected the plastic eggs they found in a paper sack they had decorated to look like a rabbit, and the eggs, filled with treats to take home, were divided up equally among all the students.

The students at the center culminated a week of multicultural studies, including age-appropriate learning about the geography, language, arts, and literature of different countries, with a Multicultural Day on Friday that included group presentations, a parade, and a lunch of different cuisines. Children learned about China, Poland, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the USA.

The center will be the beneficiary of a special shopping event at the J. Crew store on Main Street in East Hampton on Friday, April 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. J. Crew will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales during the event to the center, which relies on annual fund-raising to continue its programs that serve more than 100 children each year. Shoppers will receive a 20-percent discount on purchases of $125 or more. There will be complimentary wine and snacks, and free tote bags distributed as gifts, while supplies last. Those who cannot make it to the shop on April 28 can still help out: Beginning on Wednesday, April 26, items selected at J. Crew can be set aside and sales rung through during the shopping event, in order to help raise funds for EWECC.

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