By: Ava Aschettino
On Friday, October 11th, OBHS held its annual pep rally. While some may have only been excited about the shortened class periods, for many, the pep rally is a highly anticipated finale of spirit week. This year, “Movie Genres” was the theme of the event, allowing students to showcase their creativity and garnering some fierce competition
By Jackson Troxler
Hailing from Holbrook, New York, Ms. Kelly-Ann Boeschen serves as the new family and consumer sciences teacher this year. Since taking the course herself in 7th grade, Ms. Boeschen has loved that family and consumer sciences gives kids the skills they will need to be more independent in life.
By Stefanie Sadocha
Oyster Bay High School welcomed new faculty members to the district this fall. Among them, Mrs. Rebecca Menuzzo is pleased to be the new Middle Level Assistant Principal. Mrs. Menuzzo is dedicated to maintaining a positive environment for both students and faculty.
Originally from Merrick, Long Island, Menuzzo attended Nassau Community College and Long Island University, where she received her Undergraduate Degree in English Education. She then continued her education at Queens College, where she received her Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Mrs. Menuzzo also has a second Master’s Degree from the American College of Education in Administration.
By Isabella Skvarla
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close and students look forward to summer, Oyster Bay High School’s Class of 2019 is making preparations to close one chapter and open another. For Oyster Bay’s Valedictorian, Jason Hom, the end of senior year presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the experiences he has had with his teachers and peers during his time at Oyster Bay. Jason expresses the emotions surrounding the end of high school perfectly, saying, “I have mixed emotions. It’s been something we’ve all been looking forward to as a milestone, but at the same time, it’s strange to be over with this part of my life.”
By Shania Kuo
Michael Biggiani, 2019 Salutatorian, has solidified himself in Oyster Bay High School’s history as one of its most accomplished students.
Heading to the University of Virginia next year to pursue a career in biophysics, Michael accredits much of his success to his science teachers who have prepared him for this moment. In his words: “I want to thank Ms. Hallock, Ms. Badean, Ms. Fagan, Ms. Annicelli, and Ms. Gross as they are all excellent teachers and shaped the trajectory of my career choice. I also wanted to thank my parents for giving me the motivation to succeed.”
By Maia Difiglia
After teaching for 36 years, Mrs. Gross, beloved physics teacher, will be retiring this year. Recently, Mrs. Gross sat down to share more about her time here at Oyster Bay High School.
Mrs. Gross expressed that the best part about teaching at OBHS has been the impact the students and their families have had on her. She has taught most of her students’ siblings and has even taught some of their parents!
The longtime physics teacher is an OBHS alumnus and even attended Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, so leaving this district is going to be quite difficult considering it has been a part of her life for so long.
By Caleigh O'Toole and Beryl Rosenberg
Mrs. Antonia Woodman, home and careers teacher, has decided to leave Oyster Bay High School after 38 years of teaching. Although Mrs. Woodman is sad to see her career come to a close, she is excited to see what the future holds for her.
We asked Mrs. Woodman what she loved most about her time here in Oyster Bay. “It is the kids and the families here,” she said without hesitation.
Mrs. Woodman also said she loves walking through Oyster Bay, knowing that she’s a part of the school district and the
By Matthew Tepper
This year, Mr. Kevin McCarthy will be retiring after teaching for 37 years, 28 of which he served in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD. While at Oyster Bay, Mr. McCarthy has served as District Intervention Coach. During his tenure, he has made a positive impact on students in self-contained and inclusion classroom settings at Roosevelt, Vernon and OBHS.
Mr. McCarthy pursued a degree in education at Geneseo State University, where he obtained a BS in Elementary and Special Education. He received his MS in Reading Education from Dowling College.
When asked why he chose to become a special education teacher, McCarthy stated, “When I was younger, I worked at a
By Stefanie Sadocha
OBHS Sophomore Brianna Barefoot was selected as the “Youth of the Year” at the OBEN Boys and Girls Club. The Youth of the Year competition originated in 1947 in order to recognize the most dedicated teens within the club. Being selected as Youth of the Year at a local club is the highest honor one can receive. These individuals have strong character, strong academic achievements, and dedication to service and leadership.
Brianna balances an extremely rigorous academic schedule and maintains excellent grades. She is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the President of her class. Outside of school, Brianna dances five days a week and attends many competitions throughout the year. Additionally, she volunteers at the Oyster Bay Boys and Girls Club on a regular basis.
By Michael Biggiani
Beloved teacher Deborah Hom dreamed of becoming an educator since she was in the fourth grade. She fulfilled that dream and has successfully taught hundreds of students since becoming a teacher in 1979. After deciding it was time to pursue her many other interests, Deborah Hom announced her retirement from teaching at Oyster Bay High School. Her teaching career at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD, which started in in 1993, is coming to an end.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Michigan State University, Ms. Hom had a stint of teaching in East Lansing, Michigan. Ms. Hom moved to Long Island and started her career in our district as a leave replacement teacher at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Soon thereafter, she became a full time faculty member at Oyster Bay High School. During her tenure, Ms. Hom has been a jack of all trades, having taught almost every single academic subject, at every single grade level at our school.