Sparking Summer Research

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Six Westhampton Beach High School students have been collecting and analyzing data on a variety of subjects as part of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s SPARK summer research program. The students attend the program twice a week and will culminate their scientific research with a poster presentation on Aug. 15. The projects include “Microplastics in the Atmosphere” by Lola Anderson; “Elemental Composition of Dinosaur Fossils” by Matthew Daleo, Jade Hawkesworth and Evan Lockwood; “Heavy Metal Contamination of Kelp Species” by Keiran Lynch; and “Microplastics in Drinking Water” by Eric McBride. 

Return to the Badlands

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Four Westhampton Beach High School students returned to the Badlands in July to continue work they started as part of Westhampton Beach Middle School’s PALEOS program, led by science teacher Robert Coleman. 

High schoolers Julia Blydenburgh, Matt Daleo, Josh Kaplan and Griffin Scheuer, along with high school science research teacher Dr. Dianna Gobler, spent a week in the field acquiring data, formulating hypotheses and connecting with scientists to learn from their expertise. 

The students also visited the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota and prospected and uncovered 50 specimens in an attempt to identify potential “paleo-forest” locales within the Lance Formation in northeastern Wyoming. In addition, they helped to repair and reconstruct a triceratops orbital horn, created two casts of the Saurexallopus zerbsti track from the Zerbst Ranch Trackway, visited the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming and attended the seventh annual Dino Shindig in Ekalaka, Montana.   

The students will apply what they learned on this trip to individual research projects ranging from Cretaceous turtles, to carnivorous versus herbivorous teeth from dinosaurs, to insects seen in the late Cretaceous Period based on tooth margins.  

“The level of maturity and high-level thinking demonstrated by these students is truly commendable,” said Coleman. “They engaged in sophisticated discussions with scientists and represented the true spirit of our school community.”

Westhampton Athletes Secure Distinction Award

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized Westhampton Beach High School as a 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction.

To earn this recognition, 100% of the school’s varsity teams were required to earn Scholar-Athlete Team recognition during the 2018-19 school year. To become a Scholar-Athlete Team, a team must hold a GPA above 90%.

Westhampton Beach is one of 35 schools across New York State to earn the Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction designation.

The Westhampton Beach School District extends its congratulations to all 21 varsity teams that made this recognition possible. 

Summer Learning and Fun

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Westhampton Beach students are spending their summer mornings learning and playing as part of the district’s summer recreation program, which runs through the month of July.

During the four-week program, held at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, students in grades K-8 participate in a wide variety of activities, including science, computers, crafts and sports. For the first time, students are also spending time in the school’s greenhouse. Two days a week, the students learn to plant and harvest a variety of crops. High school students volunteer to assist with the program. 

The summer program also provides an opportunity for incoming kindergartners to get acquainted with their new school and for older students and special education students to work on their academics through extended learning opportunities.  

A look back at 2018-19

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The 2018-19 school year was filled with many accomplishments. Watch this short video to find out more.