6:30 PM ESM Nigh of 1,000 Strings
7:00 PM BOE Meeting
ESM Junior-Senior High School Hosts Annual Fundraising Event
For the 13th year, students and staff at Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School hosted their annual Stuff-a-School event where they collected hundreds of donations for local organizations.
On Dec. 19, numerous performing groups showcased their talents in a display of festive cheer as students worked rigorously to box donations ahead of the holidays. Among the talented student-groups that performed were the Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Show Choir, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Women’s and Men’s Ensembles.
Student Efforts Restore Local Shellfish Populations
On Nov. 4, 15 science research students from Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School and teachers Robert Bolen and James Ostensen deployed 19,000 clams into protected shellfish areas of Shinnecock Bay in Quogue, New York.
For the last five years, Eastport-South Manor students have deployed approximately 400,000 clams in the bay as part of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program. To date, three million clams have been deployed to improve water quality and support the shellfish populations that have been severely reduced by brown tides.
Each year, Eastport-South Manor participates in two to three deployments in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences under the direction of Dr. Christopher Gobler.
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School student Rebecca Nelson participated in the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 7-10.
At the prestigious ensemble, Rebecca was selected to perform as first chair oboe in the orchestra.
“Being a part of this orchestra was amazing,” Rebecca said. “Each musician worked so hard leading up to the performance, and it was an overall incredible experience.”
The All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. Participation in this extensive program provides a comprehensive experience in both music and education.
Pastel Portraits Showcase Students Artistic Abilities
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School students in Allisyn Massimo’s Drawing and Painting class put their expertise on display, recently completing their oil pastel portraits. As part of the creative project, students learned about color schemes and incorporated oil pastel blending techniques to create the portraits.
Eastport-South Manor Students Named AP Scholars
The College Board recently recognized 63 Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School students as Advanced Placement Scholars for their extraordinary performance on AP program exams.
The College Board’s AP program offers academically excelling students an opportunity to enroll in college-level courses while still in high school to earn college credit. The College Board recognizes varying levels of achievement based on students’ performance on the course exams.
Forty-one students were recognized as AP Scholars, receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
Attaining an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams, seven students from High School East were named AP Scholars with Honor.
Fourteen students from High School East were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction for achieving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Earning the highest honor presented to an AP Scholar was Camille van der Watt. She was named a National AP Scholar for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Last year, 56 graduating seniors were recognized at various levels as AP Scholars.
Adventure Education Spreads Positivity Among Peers
Collaboration, trust and teamwork were evident during Adventure Education Day at Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School, as eighth graders encouraged their fellow classmates to attempt difficult puzzles and obstacles.
The day began with problem-solving challenges in which students teamed up as they navigated each challenge with help from a series of clues. As students progressed through the designated tasks, using cooperation and communication skills was imperative to be successful.
As the day continued, students took teamwork to the sky as they climbed Project Adventure elements such as a rock wall, Burma bridge and cat walk, as their classmates cheered them on from below. The day’s excitement concluded with a zipline, the final obstacle in their collection of challenging tasks.
Suffolk County Sheriffs Share Tips for Safety
A recent assembly program at Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School shared important information on promoting school safety and preventing youth violence as part of the Say Something Program led by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.
Through the program, seventh and eighth grade students learned ways to prevent youth violence, protect themselves from bullying and cyberbullying, and identify warning signs of a classmate in trouble.
The informative assembly concluded with the officers sharing resources students can use to take action against these dangers and allowed students to ask questions related to the topics highlighted during their presentation.
Eastport-South Manor Coach Earns 300th Win
Recently, Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School varsity volleyball coach Don Consorte earned his 300th career win as the team defeated West Islip 3-0.
Coach Consorte boasts an impressive coaching résumé, having served as the program’s coach since its inception in 2004 and winning 11 league championships. This year’s team holds a record of 11-0 in league matchups and is in first place.
Science Students Study at Stony Brook University
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School Science Research and Advanced Placement Environmental Science students traveled to a Stony Brook University laboratory to learn about ongoing research programs related to the Shinnecock Bay.
As part of the educational visit, students assisted in the laboratory’s efforts by collecting data for its water quality projects and will use the findings from those samples for presentations at the Stony Brook Symposium in January with the hopes of earning internships.
In addition, students learned of several current lab projects, including ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, shellfish survival and whale survival in the Northeast.
Eastport-South Manor Senior Named National Merit Commended Student
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School senior Matthew Halber has been named a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
At the end of September, about 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 highest scorers were chosen for this honor based on their PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test results. Students receiving letters of commendation boast impressive academic résumés, including enrollment in challenging Advanced Placement courses, and exemplary involvement in clubs and in a wide variety of honor societies.
“The district and I are incredibly proud of this young gentleman for being recognized as a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said building principal Salvatore Alaimo. “Matthew is certainly considered by our faculty as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving students at Eastport-South Manor. I am confident that this is the first of many forms of recognition that he will receive this year.”
Matthew received a letter of commendation in recognition of his outstanding academic performance and now becomes a candidate for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Eastport-South Manor Celebrates Homecoming
School spirit shined bright this past weekend as the Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School held its annual homecoming celebration with a series of fun-fueled events that began Friday afternoon and culminated with the football game on Saturday, Sept. 28.
On Friday, emphatic cheers of excitement echoed throughout the Junior-Senior High School gymnasium as students in grades 9 through 12 gathered to kick off the weekend’s festivities with the annual pep rally. Dressed in four separate colors representing the different grade levels, students showed support for each athletic team as they were announced one by one. Interwoven within the announcements of each team were captivating performances from the student choir, marching band and percussion band, who were joined for a special performance by building principal Salvatore Alaimo.
As the festivities continued into Friday evening, the Junior-Senior High School hosted its annual bonfire, where community members gathered to show support for the school’s athletic teams prior to the much-awaited homecoming game.
During Saturday’s game, the Eastport-South Manor Sharks took on the Rocky Point Eagles in a back and forth battle that included a flurry of scoring drives by each team. The Sharks closed out regulation with a touchdown and successful extra point conversion that forced overtime, but they could not hold on as the Eagles took home the victory with a close score of 35-36.
Eastport-South Manor Student Earns All-National Honors
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School student Rebecca Nelson has been chosen to play the oboe in the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 7-10.
The All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. The opportunity to participate in this extensive program provides a comprehensive experience in both music and education.
“It is crazy to be named as an All-National musician because I have been working towards this for so long,” Rebecca said. “It is very rewarding to earn this accomplishment.”
Eastport-South Manor Student Named Finalist in 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School senior Camille van der Watt has been selected as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Camille boasts an impressive academic résumé which includes her enrollment in multiple challenging Advanced Placement courses, such as art history, biology, literature and composition, and macroeconomics. In addition to this challenging coursework, Camille is enrolled in Calculus 3 at Suffolk Community College.
Adding to her impressive academic accomplishments, Camille is an active member in several extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including Student Government and National Honor Society, and was the president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society last year. Camille also showcases her musical talents as a tuba player in both the marching band and pep band.
“It is nice to have hard work pay off,” Camille said, when asked about her selection as a semifinalist. “I worked very hard to achieve this accomplishment, and it is very gratifying to see that all of the hard work has paid off.”
Approximately 1.5 million juniors from high schools across the country entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of seniors represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, who will now continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships available.
In February, more than 90% of the semifinalists will be selected to advance to finalist standing, and close to half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.