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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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • Hampton Bays Beautification Assoc. Angel of the  2018 Maryann Murphy<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Jpal, hampton bays, Dec 11</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>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School second-graders shared special holiday traditions through a paper quilting project spearheaded by teacher Heather Ellis. Each student wrote about their family’s holiday traditions on a piece of paper, which became part of a quilt on display in the second-grade hallway. Among the traditions were visiting family, drinking hot chocolate, making holiday crafts and eating good food.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 6</span>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School fourth-graders, from left,  Emma Metz, Olivia Downs and Amy Rojas, with some of the items collected in a toy drive, a joint effort with the Airborne Tri Team, for pediatric patients at Southside Hospital. The students collected numerous toys, which will be delivered to the hospital along with holiday cards designed and written by fourth-grade students.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 6</span>
  • As part of its character education program, Hampton Bays Middle School held an All-In Day that focused on kindness on November 20. Throughout the day, the student body rotated through several kindness-promoting activities facilitated by teachers Meghan Bishop and Carolanne Mazur. They wrote kind messages, participated in team challenges led by high school students and created flyers for a Stuff a Truck event that the school is hosting on December 12. The activities tied into the school’s monthlong Kindness Challenge, which kicked off on October 29 and, to date, has included more than 100 lessons on fostering kindness.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 29</span>
  • The New York State Police from the Riverside barracks teamed up with Hampton Bays High School student Lily Candelaria in a holiday food drive. All goods were donated to the St. Rosalie’s Community Food Pantry in Hampton Bays.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, students in Mary Beth Motz’s class re-enacted the pilgrims’ Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic. Dressed as Pilgrims, they sat in a cardboard Mayflower as their teacher read “The First Thanksgiving” by Linda Hayward. The students also learned to plant beans, corn and squash the Wampanoag way.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • Throughout the month of November, members of the Hampton Bays Elementary School service group, K-Kids, worked to collect nonperishable items for those in need. The third- and fourth-graders’ efforts resulted in enough donations to provide 20 families with a Thanksgiving meal.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 20</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School students Kacie Suarez and Meliza Saguay made paper puppets after reading "Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade."<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 19</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School students Kacie Suarez and Meliza Saguay made paper puppets after reading "Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade."<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 19</span>
  • During a ceremony on November 14, 67 third- and fourth-graders at Hampton Bays Elementary School were inducted into the school’s K-Kids community service organization. Participants of K-Kids meet before school once a month and organize fundraisers that benefit a variety of community organizations and causes, such as breast cancer awareness. They are currently holding a Thanksgiving food drive.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 16</span>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School students recently learned about boot camp from Ron Hurtado and Doug Weinert, members of the nonprofit Airborne Tri Team. During the sunny afternoon, the fourth-graders participated in a number of intense exercises, including jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, high knee raises and races. Hurtado and Weinert also spoke about their experiences in the U.S. Army.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 14</span>