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  • Meta Budtryte, left, and Emma Lockwood are among the East Quogue Elementary School fifth-graders who made rock candy as a culminating activity in a science unit on mixtures, compounds and states of matter.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 18</span>
  • Jessica Curran is one of the Westhampton Beach Middle School students who recently used interior design skills learned in family and consumer science class to create a model dream bedroom inside a shoebox.  The project  focused on design concepts, including the use of warm and cool colors, while using creativity, brainstorming and problem-solving skills.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 18</span>
  • Hampton Bays High School student Natalie Gomez interviewed local veteran Frank Fallo during a breakfast for veterans served and prepared by high school culinary students.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 14</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School fourth-graders are studying electricity and, last week, undertood numerous hand-on experiments, including creating a series and parallel circuits, testing various solid materials to determine if they conduct electricity, and making hidden circuit boards. The students, including  Joaquin Jimenez and Parker Dennis, applied their knowledge of hidden circuits by creating quiz boards in order to test their classmates on European explorers.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 11</span>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School hosted a weeklong “Reading Together” event the week of January 7, during which teachers read the popular children’s book “Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!” by Jeff Brown to their students and engaged them in activities related to the story. From left, from left, Mahki Forrester, Quint White, Scarlett Macias and Samantha Tacuri-Chuqui.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 10</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School eighth-graders, from left, Reilly Mahon, Anthony Agudelo and Lauren Goss are organizing a polar plunge, to be held on January 19 that will benefit East End Disability Associates.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 10</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Garden Club recently gathered at the Westhampton Village Green, where the group has maintained a garden for 50 years. The garden will be revamped this year as an "English Garden by the Sea," featuring plants and shrubs that flourish in local conditions. "We want our gardens to have an educational focus," notes Club President Inger Mejean, "so people can observe firsthand what works best to create a healthy and beautiful garden in specific climates." From left, committee members Jessica Insalaco, Mary Kelberg, Diane Stewart, Doug Nappi of Dragonfly Landscape Design, Inger Mejean and Barbara Pettus.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 7</span>
  • Motivational speaker Rohan Murphy recently delivered an inspirational message to Westhampton Beach Mr. Murphy, an East Islip native, told them about overcoming many challenges throughout his life as a double-leg amputee, and how he worked to perfect his wrestling skills and go on to play for Penn State. He urged the students to take on challenges and never give up.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 4</span>
  • Hampton Bays Middle School eighth-graders learned about a variety of colleges from Hampton Bays High School alumni during the middle school’s 11th annual College Awareness Day. The event is organized by Middle School Assistant Principal Diane Fox, guidance counselor Laurie O’Halloran and Principal Dennis Schug.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 4</span>
  • The Westhampton Free Library honored Marelin Chucuy Alvarado, a fifth-grader at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, as its December community hero during a ceremony at the library’s regular board meeting on December 19. Marelin was selected for the honor by the library’s tween department. “Marelin shows us that it is easy to make a difference in the lives of others by doing simple things,” said Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz. “We are thrilled to honor her.” As a dedicated student, Marelin always sets an example for others by completing her homework and classwork and fully participating in class. She is also always kind to her classmates and assists them with their work, and is a member of the safety patrol. At home,she continues to be helpful, assisting her mom with her new baby brother and reading to her sister. The library’s yearlong Community Hero recognition program pays tribute to community members who embody the spirit of giving.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 27</span>
  • Joe Mackey and friends brought the Crazy About Words and Dictionary Diving programs, based out of Peconic Landing, to third-graders, including Carter Trelease, at East Quogue Elementary School. Each student received a dictionary, and the learned how to use it through song and games.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 27</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students recently constructed wooden cars as part of a technology unit of study on pneumatic dragsters. As part of the project, the students in Richard Michta’s class worked for several weeks to design, build and refine cars that would go as fast as possible. They employed their mechanical drawing skills to create a multi-view design plan, as well as their fine motor skills build their dragsters using various tools and machines. The final step was optimizing their creations through different testing processes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 18</span>
  • Hampton Bays High School has instituted a new Teens Teaching Teens program to address the issue of vaping. The program, which is being conducted in partnership with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, is designed to address the vaping epidemic by training students to conduct presentations to fellow students on the dangers of vaping. On December 12, 25 Hampton Bays High School students began training, working closely with two representatives from the department of health.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 18</span>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School students celebrated the holiday season with a “Holidays Around the World” performance on December 14.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 18</span>
  • During the month of December, students in first through fourth grade at Hampton Bays Elementary School have been learning to code using Botley the Robot during their STEM lab period. Under the direction of STEM lab teacher Jonathan Della Speranza, the students used code to solve challenges and program Botley to navigate through a maze, catch a ball, score a goal and detect objects in his path.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 18</span>
  • Second-graders in Marrisa Thompson’s class worked  with fifth-graders to complete the Marshmallow Tower Challenge. From left, Julia Sobani, Tyler Cagno and Logan Reinbachs.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School second-graders in Mrs. Palumbo's class read the book "Ishi" about a little rock that chooses happiness in its life. Afterward, the students chose their own Ishi (rock in Japanese) and personalized them with a face, name and birthday! These students are choosing happiness.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • As part of their school’s character education program, Hampton Bays Middle School students helped the Hampton Bays Fire Department with its Stuff-A-Truck toy drive. Throughout the month of December, the students are collecting donations and helping to get the word out to the community. All donations will be delivered via fire truck to the Ronald McDonald family room in Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • At its recent holiday party, Hampton Bays Vice President Valerie Zuccarelli, left, and President Susan von Freddi presented the 2018 Angel of the Year Award to Marianne Murphy.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Garden Club gathered at the Quogue Firehouse recently to decorate holiday topiaries that will be distributed to those in the care of East End Hospice, an annual project for the club.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • The Hampton Bays Cub Scout Pack recently filled gift bags and made holiday cards as a community service project for the homeless served by Maureen's Haven.  Handmade reusable bags to hold the items were donated by Carol Puglisi.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 12</span>
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  • The Young Writers organization selected the essays of 13 Hampton Bays Middle School students for publication as part of a creative writing contest. Two of the winning essayists were Leonardo Valdespino Lopez, left, and Marco Cifuentes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 12</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students, including left to right, Mynor Chacon-Guentes, Raul Flores-Portillo and Camilo Tabares, recently participated in an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 12</span>
  • Hampton Bays Beautification Assoc. Angel of the  2018 Maryann Murphy<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Jpal, hampton bays, Dec 11</span>
  • The Westhampton Country Club hosted a tree trimming event conducted by Flowers by Rory. The center pieces were constructed by the following participants: (from left to right) Carol DiFazio, Joanne Crumlish, Cathy Kohler, Sharyn Wetjen, Carol Nemeth, Jan Grim, Cathy Pratt, Jennifer Ashley. The event was enjoyed by all. <br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by mpintauro, Southampton, Dec 10</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School first-graders Sheila Greiner and Mia Correa practice spinning plates, one of the skills learned during a recent circus project.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>
  • EJ Getz, left, was presented with the Hampton Bays Beautification Association's Angel of the Year award by Susan von Freddi, the association's president, at the group's annual holiday luncheon last week.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>
  • The Dickens Carolers sing Christmas carols at the Town of Southampton's tree and menorah lighting at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays on Saturday afternoon. DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>
  • The Town of Southampton hosted a tree and menorah lighting at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays on Saturday afternoon.      DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>