By Caleigh O'Toole and Beryl Rosenberg
What are the most worthwhile and challenging parts about the education profession? Asking this simple question allows students to discover more about their teachers. After asking numerous educators here at OBHS, we learned how they really feel about their profession.
Mme. Avari: “The fact that it’s not monotone, and you deal with kids every day. That’s the best part. [The worst part about teaching] in America is the fact that teachers are used as ‘babysitters’ for study hall, or hallways, or the cafeteria, when we have so much more to offer as professionals.”
By Shania Kuo
Internships are a vital step in gaining experience in a student’s desired field. In the small town of Oyster Bay, it can be difficult to find these opportunities. However, Oyster Bay’s Youth and Family Counseling Agency (YFCA) is providing students grades 10 and up with the opportunity to gain an internship.
The YFCA is an agency that provides numerous social services to the community. Some of the services include providing childcare for busy parents and providing mental and emotional counseling. If families cannot afford services, the agency will find ways for them to receive affordable access. The agency believes that financial cost should never be a deterrent for getting help.
By Jillian Haguisan
To commemorate Oyster Bay’s new Fine and Performing Arts Wing, a Board of Education meeting was held in the band room on September 25th when iconic singer Billy Joel made a surprise guest appearance.
To start the meeting, Principal Sharon Lasher expressed her gratitude to the construction workers and the hard-working musicians and singers who deserved their new rooms. Then, to the surprise and excitement of many, she introduced a special guest to the meeting: Long Island’s own singer and songwriter, Billy Joel.
Mr. Joel kicked off the ceremony by praising the school’s dedication to music, and he gave a short speech about what a privilege it was to have the beautiful, new wing.
Afterwards, the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mr. Matthew Sisa, played their piece, “Invention in C Minor,” which was composed by Billy Joel himself. Immediately after the piece ended, the composer shouted a proud, “Yeah!”
After the round of applause, the Chamber Singers, led by Mrs. Meagan Dissinger, performed “Oyster Bay,” also written by Billy Joel.
By Ava Aschettino
Since the implementation of mandatory ID badges as a part of OBHS’s latest security
measures, students have had A LOT to say about the cards worn around their necks. Although
most students remember to wear their lanyards, some either forget their badges at home or do not
make an effort to wear them at all. So, what do students really think about identification cards
being mandatory this year?
By Maia DiFiglia & Sophie Grady
After one long awaited year, OBHS has built its new Fine and Performing Arts Wing.
Classes such as Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and
middle-level music programs now call the new wing home.
The new addition, which has doubled in size, has awed many with its new air
conditioning, bathrooms, water fountains, and automatic recording microphones. It also includes
storage for instruments, marching band equipment, and art supplies.
The community voted on the new wing during a budget vote two years ago, and
construction began in September 2017. Workers finished construction for the first day of school
On September 25th, there was an official ribbon-cutting ceremony where the Chamber
singers and Wind Ensemble performed. Mr. Sisia conducted the Wind Ensemble and Ms.
Dissinger led the Chamber Singers. To everyone's surprise, award-winning musician Billy Joel
even made a guest appearance at the opening.
Mr. Giannetta, middle school music teacher, and Mr. Sisia, high school music teacher, sat
down to answer a few questions about the new wing.
By Maia Difiglia and Beryl Rosenberg
For the 2018-2019 school year, Oyster Bay is happy to welcome many new teachers to the district. Mrs. Powell, a new science teacher, is excited to begin the year here at Oyster Bay High School.
After growing up in Huntington, Mrs. Powell attended the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. After receiving her degree, she worked as a science teacher in New York City for 10 years. She then moved back to Long Island with her husband and 3-year-old son, Wright. She has taught second grade, as well as grades 5-12, but overall Mrs. Powell prefers to teach older students.
By Michael Biggiani
The 2018 Oyster Festival was once again a huge success as thousands of visitors came into downtown Oyster Bay and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to enjoy the hospitality of our community. The first day of the festival began with some rain, but the weather quickly turned picture perfect. What was readily observable was that everyone was having fun.
The atmosphere of the Oyster Festival, or “Oyster Fest,” as it is often referred to, is always electric and this year was no exception. Visitors walking through the festival have the opportunity to experience great shopping, a wide variety of vendors, a food court with every type of food one can imagine, rock bands playing at two different locations, and stations where patrons can feast on oysters that have been harvested right out of our own local bay. For the children, there is a fun amusement park, a petting zoo and other entertaining activities at the waterfront. For those who want to experience our beautiful hamlet from the water, visitors can board the Oyster Sloop Christine and take a cruise around Oyster Bay.
By John Tiberia
New additions have been made to our security here at Oyster Bay High School, and some of them involve students. Beginning next year, all students and staff members, will have to wear identification badges on lanyards at all times while on the school premises.
By Jillian Haguisan
Carnegie Hall, built in 1891 in Manhattan, New York City, can seat over 2,800 people in five levels in the main auditorium. Known for its elegance and size, it is considered to be one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. Numerous singers and musicians have played at Carnegie Hall, and on April 19th, 2018, the Oyster Bay High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mr. Matthew Sisia, was added to the list of performers.
By Lena Gluck
Recently, The Harbour Voice’s own Co-Editor-in-Chief, Shania Kuo, won the Excellence in Asian Studies Award and won first place for Research Papers in the Senior Division at the Annual Regional History Day Competition.
Shania received these awards as a direct result of her hard work and preparation. “The entire paper was my preparation. It was just nonstop working and hours of constant revisions,” Shania said.
When asked how she decided what to write about, Shania explained, “Deciding was difficult. Initially I wanted to cover the Israeli-Arab conflict, but I wanted something with more of a personal touch to it, so I looked into the Taiwanese Strait Crisis, and I happened to discover a relation to the Korean War.”