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The Southampton Lions Club has named seven Southampton High School students “Student of the Month” for September through March. Pictured, from left, are honorees Megan Robinson, Leah Sellinger, Kasia Rus, Jillian Kolarik, Giselle Ramirez, Caroline Palumbo, and Charlotte Ferguson. Independent/Southampton School District

Southampton High School’s select vocal ensembles earned accolades at a national choir competition at Walt Disney World, April 4 through 8.

As part of the competition, the high school’s all-female ensemble, VOSH, and all-male ensemble, MOSH, were graded on their overall sound, complexity of the music, and appearance. Both groups earned “Excellent” awards for their a cappella performances.

Four Southampton students were recognized with Suffolk Zone Awards on May 1 at Bay Shore High School.

Elementary school students Julia Vail and Tristan Angel and intermediate school students Celia Ginsburg and Luis Joya Mendez earned the accolades for outstanding performance and leadership in their physical education classes.

A group of 47 Southampton High School ENL students took an educational field trip to the Bronx Zoo on May 1, where they learned about animal classifications, natural habitats, and geography.

Southampton Elementary School is now home to a new Tower Garden, which is a vertical, aeroponic growing system. The garden has been underwritten through a grant from the Southampton Wellness Committee. Already sprouting, the garden is being tended by third-graders in Coleen Henke’s class to provide them with hands-on experiences to supplement their science units of study.

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Elementary School students recently participated in a “screen-free week,” during which they participated in activities such as this Fun Run that did not require the use of telephones or computers. Independent/Sag Harbor School District

Sag Harbor Elementary School recently participated in a “screen-free week” to teach students about the benefits of technology as well as the wonder of unplugging and engaging with others around them.

Individual grades worked on projects such as monitoring chicken eggs about to hatch and preparing presentations on what they might want to be in the future. The entire fifth grade participated in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. Parents and members of the community sponsored students who solved math problems to raise money for the children’s research hospital.

The school’s Parent Teacher Association also arranged a variety of activities for students, before and after school, including a softball clinic and the Fun Run to celebrate the official opening of the school’s athletics field.


Montauk’s fifth grade will go to White Sands Beach from 9:30 AM to 12 PM, while the third grade class will go to the LI Science Center from 8:45 AM to 2 PM on May 16.

The Montauk Music Festival will begin on May 17.


Springs students celebrated Mother’s Day by making gifts, such as painted jewelry boxes and poems, in the second grade class. The kindergarten class planted flowers and made cards. The fourth graders drew their own picture to be made into a button for $3 each to raise money for the PTA.

The school is currently celebrating poetry during the month of May with students writing haikus, acrostic poems, rhyming poems, and more.

The school is also selling t-shirts for Green and White Day, which can be ordered on the school website. All the money raised will help support the seventh grade trip to New York City, as well as the physical education department.


Bridgehampton School fifth-graders Marlin Padilla and Constantine Reilly, and eighth-graders Nava Campbell, Kristopher Vinski, and Scott Vinski were honored as Suffolk Zone winners at the elementary and middle school level, which was sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Our Lady of the Hamptons

Eighth-grade students from Our Lady of the Hamptons in Southampton met with Congressman Lee Zeldin in Washington, D.C. where they received a tour of the U.S. Capitol.

As part of the tour, Congressman Zeldin brought three students selected by chaperones onto the House floor during votes to experience the process up close and personal.

Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center participated in the East Hampton Village spring street fair on May 11 with a booth offering activities and information for children and families.

The center also began it’s “Healthy Food for Life” program, a month-long program highlighting healthy eating choices, with food preparation, tastings, and other activities that model nutritious menu items.


Westhampton Beach Middle School’s Ryleigh Morton-Boone held a fundraiser benefitting both Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Arts Academy at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on May 7. Christiaan Padavan, an American Idol contestant, and Shuan Johnson, a WHB music coordinator and teacher, called five rounds of Bingo, which raised over $1000 to be split between the two organizations.


Tuckahoe students Emma Cervone and Olivia Casabianca interviewed author Jen Calonita. Independent/Tuckahoe School District

Two Tuckahoe students interviewed author Jen Calonita for Kidsday on April 6.

Olivia Casabianca, a sixth-grader, and Emma Cervone, an eighth-grader, interviewed the author about her life as a writer and her new book, “Switched,” from the Fairy Tale Reform School series.

The Spring Concert for grades four through eight will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 PM and for prekindergarten through third grade on May 21 at 6:30 PM.


Riverhead Central School District paid tribute to Det. Brian Simonsen with a memorial baseball game and ceremony in his honor on May 13.

Detective Simonsen, who was killed in the line of duty in February, was a 1995 Riverhead graduate and was a volunteer assistant coach for the district during the 1990s. The district retired his jersey, #21.

Riverhead Middle School student-musicians performed aboard the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City on April 17. The 100 students were assembled from the school’s wind ensemble, the chamber, the show choir, and the jazz band. After the performance, the students explored the Intrepid, toured the USS Growler submarine, and learned about life as an astronaut aboard the space shuttle Enterprise.

Four Riverhead students were awarded honorable mention for their respective projects at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Elementary Science Fair Competition on May 4. The students were Aquebogue Elementary School kindergartner Ryan Shields as well as Riley Avenue’s Lucas Levesque in kindergarten, Cara D’Alsace in third grade, and Amelia Stoddard in fourth grade.

Students from Riverhead’s Phillips Avenue Elementary School helped kick off Chris Pendergast’s 2019 ALS Ride for Life on May 6.

After cheering on the Ride for Life team as they rolled through the bus loop, the students participated in a march around the school’s parking lot. The school has raised $1,000 toward ALS research so far this school year.

Members of the Riverhead High School Interact Club recently worked alongside Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk to help construct a home in Bellport for a family in need.

Prior to the build, the students – Caleigh Cantalupo, Jordan Falisi, Madison Geldert, Aleeyah George, Lilly Kneidl, Layla Langhorne, Angela Llamas, Katie Moore, Shannon Raynor, Mia Roces, Jill Shackel, and Hailey Stravocos – raised $1200 toward the cause by selling paper bricks at their school.

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