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Southampton Elementary School’s dual language second graders recently toured the Southampton Village Police Department. The trip correlated with their social studies unit on community laws and how the government keeps citizens safe.


Bridgehampton School’s Marin Padilla and Constantine Reilly, both fifth-graders, and Nava Campbell, Kristopher Vinski, and Scott Vinski, all eighth-graders, were honored as Suffolk Zone winners in a contest sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The award was given to the students for being exceptional role models to their peers.

Third- and fourth-grade students visited the Suffolk County Police Department headquarters in Yaphank for Suffolk County Police Week, where they learned about emergency equipment, toured the Police Museum, met the K-9 teams, viewed the helicopters, and learned how crime scenes are processed among other things.


Montauk Public School will have an Art Open House on Thursday, May 23, at 6 PM, and a spring concert at 7 PM. The school will also be closed on May 24 and May 28 due to unused snow days.


Springs held its annual World’s Fair on May 10, where families, staff, and the community shared their different cultures and heritages, along with delicious food, music, and performances.

Poet Megan Chaskey recently visited Springs’ sixth grade English classes for three sessions to teach students about poetry. The students created group and individual poems.

Westhampton Beach

The crew of the “Hurricane Watch” broadcast news program at Westhampton Beach High School earned first-place awards in two categories at the annual Broadcast Awards for Senior High on May 3. Independent/Westhampton Beach School District

Westhampton Beach High School’s broadcast journalism class earned two first-place trophies for their “Hurricane Watch” broadcast news program at the third annual Broadcast Awards for Senior High at Stony Brook University on May 3.

Jake Bennett, Alec Gilbride, and Clarke Lewis earned first place in the Best Sports Package category. Emma Lagattolla, Morgan Laube, and Paige Rignola took home first place for Best School News.


Members of the Cutchogue East fifth and sixth grade Mock Trial teams participated in the Mock Trial competition held at Suffolk County Community College. Independent/Riverhead School District

The Riverhead School Board honored Martin Doelger, a bus driver who saved the life of a Pulaski Street School sixth-grader, who was choking on May 10.

Doegler administered the Heimlich maneuver on a student after she approached him with a panicked look on her face, according to a press release, and he realized she was choking on a doughnut. This was the first time Doegler had ever used the Heimlich maneuver, which he had learned while taking CPR classes through his previous employer.

“We are so grateful for the quick action that Martin took,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez said. “He truly deserves to be recognized.”

Riverhead Middle School students who participated in Stony Brook University’s HCARE (Health Careers Academic Readiness and Excellence) program were also honored at the board meeting on May 14.

Erik Flynn, clinical lecturer at Stony Brook University, presented the students with certificates of recognition. The HCARE program offers students the opportunity to learn more about health fields. Students heard from researchers, scientists, and professionals in the healthcare industry and learned about the college application process, time and stress management, team building, study habits, and community service.

Nine Riverhead High School athletes signed letters of intent during an informal ceremony in the district’s athletic office on May 10.

Shane Coleman, Angelina Graziano, Travis Hayon, Kayla Kielbasa, and Danny Mastropaolo will play lacrosse Pace University, Southern New Hampshire University, LIU Post, Penn State University, and SUNY Albany, respectively. Aiden Fitzpatrick and Connor Kalmus will both play lacrosse at St. John’s University. Christy Falisi will play field hockey at Mercy College and Morgan McLean will be on the crew team at Manhattan College.

Pulaski Street Elementary School’s fifth grade students have been learning about digital citizenship through a breakout box activity called “Think Before You Post.”

The students worked together to solve challenging puzzles and questions related to being safe online, differentiating between private and personal information, making ethical and moral decisions, and handling social media. After completing each activity, they received clues to assist them in opening their breakout boxes.

Eleonor Whitmore Center

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center recently hosted members of East Hampton Middle School’s Student Association to observe activities in the center’s classroom.

Prekindergarten students also participated in the Center’s Healthy Harvest program with help from volunteers from the Share the Harvest Farm on their gardens.

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