By Lena Gluck
In early December, Oyster Bay High School hosted the Night of Code and Hour of Code. Janna Ostroff, Supervisor of Science and Technology, along with teachers Mr. Harrison, Ms. DiOrio, and Mrs. Malhar-Jain, organized and supervised both events. Night of Code’s purpose is to allow students of all ages to learn about coding first hand in the hopes that they will want to learn more.
The coding events provide students the opportunity to partake in interactive coding activities through an online website called code.org. The site contains a variety of games, organized by age, that students can play. At the events student volunteers were in charge of assisting other students with logging into the computers, selecting a coding game, and completing the levels within the game.
By Ashley Hazan
The United States has both prospered and suffered throughout history. Its dark past has contributed to the great successes of present day. American History Through Film, a new elective added to this year’s 2017 Oyster Bay Course Selection, highlights all of these attributes through film presentation. There are a total of 10-13 movies that students review throughout the semester; each film is analyzed in chronological order of the American history timeline.
This course is great for a student who wishes to know more about American history in a modern learning style rather than a traditional classroom setting. Now, some students may be hesitant to add more to their already busy schedules, but from a personal perspective, this course is a relaxing, insightful and interesting class to take.
By Kevin Hart
It’s not over-cooked. It’s not raw. It’s the well-done Cooking Club. From its beginning, the Cooking Club had many bumps in the road on its journey to creation. But now that the club is official, we have something to prep our taste buds for. The Cooking Club is not your run of the mill ‘let’s bake cookies and stuff’club; it’s a full-fledged club that dedicates itself to teaching basic cooking skills and a thing or two about the culinary arts.
The English department’s Mr. Donohue is taking the lead as advisor, and senior Keith Cassar will be leading the troops on the frontlines as student advisor. The club’s hype resulted in an amazing turnout for the first informational meeting—over fifteen students attended. During the meeting, Mr. Donohue introduced the goals of the club, which included catering for many school-related events such as concerts and productions.
Ms. Karina Reyes is one of the six new teachers who has joined Oyster Bay High School’s faculty this year; she teaches Algebra I in room 312.
Before accepting a position at Oyster Bay, Ms. Reyes taught for the DOE (New York City Department of Education), at schools in Queens and Manhattan. She attended college at SUNY Oneonta, upstate, where she earned a degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s in Special-Education Teaching.
By Shania Kuo
The battle for civil rights has been waged throughout the United States for decades. Whether it be over race or gender, the struggle for civil rights continues well into the 21st century. Oyster Bay High School is contributing to the civil rights battles through its Gay-Straight Alliance/Sexuality and Gender Awareness Club.
In the process of changing its name, GSA/SAGA is aiming to encompass the entire LGBT+ community instead of only the most well-known members.
By Lena Gluck
In September, Oyster Bay High School welcomed its new French teacher, Mr. Heusner!
Mr. Heusner grew up in Pennsylvania and went on to attend college at NYU. He revealed that he first ventured to the “magical place of New York City at the age of 16.”
Mr. Heusner always knew he wanted to be a teacher. He began his career as a Social Studies teacher but went on to obtain teaching certifications in French as well as ESL (English as a Second Language); he has even taught English abroad.
By Jillian Haguisan
On Friday, October 27th, students at Oyster Bay High School put on an award-worthy performance of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Vernon gymnasium. The play was directed by Dr. Ryan O’Hara and assisted by Dr. Deirdre Faughey.
The play roughly follows the same plot of the classic Romeo and Juliet, but in a more contemporary setting—Oyster Bay to be exact. Romeo, played by Eliot Fumante, is an average high-schooler who falls asleep during school and proceeds to envision all of his classmates as if they were the characters from Shakespeare’s play. The prologue is even executed a little differently, with high school students pausing to recite the lines in unison.
By Stepanie Sadocha
Oyster Fest, one of the largest festivals on Long Island, is an annual tradition that takes place right here in Oyster Bay. Whether you like rides or satisfying your food cravings, Oyster Fest never lets anyone down. Our own students and parents here at OBHS even have a booth at the two-day event where they raise money for the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
PAC’s biggest fundraiser consists of selling an assortment of popular festival foods. Their famous turkey legs sell for $12 each and yield OBHS a large profit, as they sell relatively quickly.
By Stefanie Sadocha
Ms. Wink is the newest physical education and health teacher at Oyster Bay High School.
She grew up in Seaford, Long Island, and graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Health and a Masters degree in Adapted Physical Education. Prior to joining Oyster Bay’s staff, she was a permanent substitute teacher in Levittown. This is her first full-time role as a physical education teacher, but last year students had the pleasure of getting to know Ms. Wink when she took over Mr. Davis’ classes for a few days.
By Jillian Haguisan
For the first time, OBHS now has a dance club. The club meets every Wednesday from 2:30-3:00 pm inside the gymnasium. Currently, the club ranges from grades 7-9, but all grades (and even teachers!) are welcome to join.
Contrary to what some may believe, one does not require any dance experience to join the club.