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Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District
Kindergarten students at Cutchogue East Elementary School proudly displayed the artwork they created to celebrate Sarah Benjamin and her efforts to promote family literacy.


Kindergarten students at Cutchogue East Elementary School put their artistic talents to good use, creating a unique piece of artwork to honor Sarah Benjamin for her lifetime commitment to promoting the importance of family literacy and the lifelong benefits of early childhood education.

The artwork featured brightly-colored individual handprints surrounded by the quote by Fred Rogers: “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child. Not my community. Not my world. Not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.’”

The student’s artwork was displayed during the Helen Wright Prince Community Award ceremony recognizing Benjamin. The ceremony was held in the Southold High School Library.

Senior class photos are typically taken at the start of each school year, but some are more interesting and creative than others. As class sizes grew at Mattituck-Cutchogue Junior Senior High School, it became difficult to fit all the seniors into one photo and still use the high school as the annual background.

In 1991, with 104 members in the senior class, it was decided to use Breakwater Beach as the background, and with the exception of 1992, the tradition continued.


The Bridgehampton School District has earned reaccreditation from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The multifaceted evaluation process is a voluntary system that recognizes a school district for meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards.

Gabrielle Lemon’s pre-kindergarten class has been learning all about the fall season and this week learned many facts about apples. Some of the activities included an apple taste test, marble painting, and investigating the parts of an apple and its life cycle.


Artist Michael Paraskevas treated Southampton High School students to a special tour at the Southampton Arts Center October 11. During the tour, students learned about Paraskevas’ work as a children’s author and illustrator. He also presented each student with a hand-painted and autographed baseball cap.

“The students had a terrific time and asked many questions,” said Southampton teacher Cindy Lou Wakefield, who arranged the tour with art teacher Pamela Collins. “They admire Mr. Paraskevas greatly.”


Eighth-grade Tuckahoe students in Ms. Verdeschi’s family and consumer science class planted spring flowering grape hyacinth bulbs. Thanks to a generous donation from Fowler’s Garden Center in Southampton, each student planted five bulbs to beautify the school grounds for years to come.

Hampton Bays

The Hampton Bays High School music department hosted a benefit concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital October 22 in the cafeteria of Hampton Bays High School. The evening featured a variety of musical renditions by the high school’s music students. The district started the annual event six years ago after students decided they wanted to do something to give back.

“This is their night and a wonderful opportunity for kids to help kids,” said band director Jennifer Halsey.

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