Schools: Ross 9th Graders Explore New Amsterdam, Schiavoni Wins Teeny


Ross School Ninth Graders Explore New Amsterdam

Ninth grade students capped off their final cultural history unit of the academic year, The Rise of Colonial America, with a trip to New York City, where they visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and toured historical sites. In the afternoon, the class met with attorney and educator Rick Landman, who led them on a walking tour of Lower Manhattan, providing insight into the history of New Amsterdam, the Dutch colony founded on Manhattan Island.

Sixth grade students recently built their own single-stringed instruments, called monochords, to illustrate Greek philosopher Pythagoras’ theories on musical ratios. This integrated project, which builds upon students’ study of ancient Greek culture, requires students to combine knowledge from the Math, Visual Arts, Cultural History, and Music domains to construct their instruments and use them to become familiar with the sounds of ascending and descending musical intervals and to identify classic harmonies. Ross School parent and furniture designer Nico Yektai served as a mentor on the project, preparing kits of building materials for each student and assisting them with assembly.

Schiavoni Earns Teeny Award for “Harvey”

East End Arts celebrated the 2016-17 Teeny Awards on Sunday, June 4, with Pierson High School’s Matthew Schiavoni tying with Alex Bradley of Mattituck for lead male in a play. Matthew earned the award for his portrayal of Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey.”

Pierson students also performed a scene from “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the event, which was conceived in 2002 as a way to honor performing arts on the East End. Hosted by radio personality, writer, actor, singer and voice-over artist Walker Vreeland, the Teeny Awards was coordinated by Anita Boyer.

“I am so proud of this year’s group of performers and am thrilled at this incredible opportunity to honor them,” said Ms. Boyer. “Being the coordinator for East End Arts Teeny Awards these last four years has been such a great experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I hope that the students, directors, and everyone involved in high school theatre programs continue to create and cultivate the arts as they are of integral importance to our communities. Thank you all so much, and a huge thank you and ‘good luck’ to my fabulous successor Kristen Curcie.”

Other winners from the South Fork include Madison Manniz for her role as Daniela in “In the Heights” at East Hampton High School, which also picked up the Judge’s Choice Award for the musical number “Carnival” from “In the Heights.”

The Ross School’s Hannah Dayton and Sabrina Liddle, Pierson’s Natalie Federico, Nick Knab and Rachel Wilson were honored for their work as stage managers. Paul Anderson earned an award for his lighting design for both “Harvey” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Pierson, as did Alec Giafurta for “Into the Woods” at Southampton High School. Pierson’s Griffin Federico also earned an award for audio design for “The Drowsy Chaperson,” with Simone Kessler picking up an assistant director award for the same production. Rachel Wilson also earned an assistant director award for “Harvey” at Pierson.

Bridgehampton Links with Wheeling Jesuit University

Sixth grade students at Bridgehampton School took part in an innovative, distance learning program that simulated real-life situations in order to enhance science, math and technology skills earlier this month. The Bridgehampton School linked with Wheeling Jesuit University’s Center for Educational Technologies (CET) in Wheeling, West Virginia to participate in e-Mission: Operation Montserrat. The e-Mission launched on May 16.

The CET program is an innovative, hands-on learning experience that enhances classroom exercises to foster interest in math, science and technology in middle and high school classrooms. The model is based on the latest developments in cognitive science research and has proved to increase students’ achievements and attitudes towards science, math and technology. Students had a great time getting to play out the role of astronauts and scientists who are trying to solve real world problems.

Bridgehampton High School is also looking for graduates from the class of 1967 to join its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 25 at 3 p.m. for a reception, with graduation to follow at 4 p.m. Class of 1967 Graduates can provide their contact information to our District Clerk via email at or by calling (631) 998-1322.

Slow Food East End Seeks Master Farmers

Slow Food East End is looking for Master Farmers to support the Edible School Garden program.

Slow Food East End’s Master Farmer Program supports an expanding network of school gardens on the North and South Forks. The Master Farmer Program is made possible by the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation.

Master Farmers support the growth of the local school garden movement by advising Edible School Garden representatives on the planning, creation, maintenance and/or sustainable continuation of their school gardens. As each school garden is different in scope, ascertaining the needs and goals of the individual school gardens and suggesting ways to achieve these goals using local networks and resources are important aspects of this position.

Each Master Farmer covers approximately six schools in a geographically

designated area but can sometimes work on special projects that align with their talents and skill sets. Master Farmers are not expected to maintain gardens; they are expected to offer advice that will promote the sustainability and success of garden programs. Slow Food East End pays master farmers a stipend of $25 per hour, $5,000 annually for the year-round position that takes about 16.5 hours per month.

To learn more about the job description and requirements for this position, visit or email The deadline to apply is June 9.

“Rebels, Whalers and Slaves” at Hayground

Last Wednesday night, the students in Marybeth Pacilio, Julie Fanelli-Denny and Liz Bertsch and Mbachi Kumwenda’s classes shared and celebrated their work. Ms. Pacilio’s class sold and autographed copies of their book “Rebels, Whalers and Slaves.” The students researched, wrote and illustrated an historical accounting of the area. Ms. Fanelli-Denny’s class shared their inventions, individually-designed logos and a model and designs of the playground they are planning and of a bench for group seating in the gathering area. Mr. Kumwenda and Ms. Bertsch’s class hosted a screening of the documentary film they made called “Huntington Crossway.”

Local Students Earn Dean’s List Honors

Gavin and Fallon O’Brien, in the class of 2018 and 2020, respectively, have both been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at The University of Miami.

At SUNY Oneonta, 187 students earned Provost’s List honors for the 2017 spring semester. Those students must carry a 4.0 grade-point average taking a minimum of 12 course load hours. Emma Romeo, of Sag Harbor, and Alexandra Bates, of East Hampton, were named to the Provost’s List. A total of 1,409 Oneonta students were named to the Dean’s List, meaning the carried a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Eilis Sheil,of Sag Harbor, was joined on that list by Samantha Baylinson and Raphaelle Franey, of East Hampton, and Paulette Brown and Natiqua Morton, of Southampton.

Selena Garcia-Torres, of Sag Harbor, has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Vermont, where she is majoring in Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. Joseph Gengarelly, a Biology major from Sag Harbor, was named to the Dean’s List at Mount Ida College in Newtown, Massachusetts.

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