Skype call with Jane Goodall

Skype call with Jane Goodall photo
Westhampton Beach Middle School students met primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall over a Skype call on April 11. They learned about Goodall’s love of animals, how she became interested in studying chimpanzees, her foundation, Roots & Shoots, and how every person can play a role in preserving the planet. At the end of the call, the students were excited to take a photo with her.

Students Design Imperial Eggs

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As part of a study of sculpture, seventh graders at Westhampton Beach Middle School recently created original clay Imperial eggs.

The students in Erin Jacob’s art class studied the historical beginnings of Faberge’s famous Imperial eggs and were then tasked with designing and constructing their own Imperial eggs that incorporated a theme, a stand and an element of surprise. The students were very creative with their designs: One created an egg that revealed hidden gems inside, another made a bee egg that holds a gold honeypot, and another fabricated an egg emerging as a flower with a delicate butterfly about to land on its petals. 

“The project provided a great opportunity for students to create and problem-solve in 3D,” said Jacob. “It also allowed me to tie culture and history into the unit to strengthen their connection to the world around them.”

Bag Stamping

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As part of a life skills project, Westhampton Beach Middle School students learned how to stamp tote bags for local business, Justin’s Chop Shop. Teacher Alison Hansson said the project gave students an opportunity to learn about a local business through a hands-on activity.  

Honored by the Islanders

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Westhampton Beach Middle School eighth-graders Reilly Mahon, Anthony Agudelo and Lauren Goss were honored by the New York Islanders for teaming up to raise money for East End Disability Associates through a polar bear plunge that they organized in January. The students were invited to attend the Islanders’ March 1 game, where they were recognized with the Ladd’s Leaders award after being nominated through the Team Up 4 Community organization. The students are pictured with Islanders player Andrew Ladd.   

Community Read

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Westhampton Beach Middle School brought the book “The Finest Hours,” by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman, to life during a community read event on Feb. 28. 

Held at the school, the event capped off a monthlong community read of the nonfiction work and featured guests who discussed the story and how it relates to them. 

One of the speakers was Richard Ryder of the Orleans Historical Society in Massachusetts, who described his historical ties to the book. “The Finest Hours” tells the true story of one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring rescues in the winter of 1952. When Ryder was 12, his father, a USCG member, received a call over his radio that the SS Pendleton, a tanker, had split in half and the men aboard were in peril. Ryder recalled the experience at the time and the conversations he later had with the crew of the CG36500, who rescued the sailors in danger. He also discussed the restoration process of the CG36500, with which he currently tours. 

Also speaking at the event were local Coast Guard members James Potts and Wes Casey, who discussed their own experiences in the Coast Guard and the extreme circumstances the crew of the CG36500 must have endured at the time of the 1952 rescue. 

Gliding on Ice

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As part of the Westhampton Beach Middle School’s physical education curriculum, sixth-graders recently strapped on skates and took to the ice at the Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton. Many of the students were thrilled with the opportunity to try something new, while more experienced skaters helped their peers gain their balance and confidence on the ice.