02/02/16 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island Preschool Board President Victoria Weslek made the case last month before the Board of Education why the private program needs help to remain viable.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island Preschool Board President Victoria Weslek made the case last month before the Board of Education why the private program needs help to remain viable.

Talks on cooperative efforts continue between representatives of the Shelter Island School District and the private, non-denominational Shelter Island Preschool (SIP) operated at the Presbyterian Church.

But to guide officials at both schools for decisions on preschool classes for the 2016-17 school year, statistics have to be updated. (more…)

01/22/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Shelter Island School students formed a new business club, DECA, and competed against 1,800 students in Suffolk County Regional Competition earlier this month in Selden. Elizabeth Dunning, Henry Lang, Olivia Yeaman and Julia Labrozzi won awards while Nicolette Frasco received an honorable mention. From left front row, Zoey Bolton, Nicolette Frasco, Sophia Strauss, Elizabeth, Margaret Michalak and Serina Kaasik. Second row: Luke Gilpin, Julia Labrozzi, Melissa and Dominy Gil. Third row: Sydney Clark, Olivia and Henry Lang.

COURTESY PHOTO | Shelter Island School students formed a new business club, DECA, and competed against 1,800 students in Suffolk County Regional Competition earlier this month in Selden. Elizabeth Dunning, Henry Lang, Olivia Yeaman and Julia Labrozzi won awards while Nicolette Frasco received an honorable mention. From left front row, Zoey Bolton, Nicolette Frasco, Sophia Strauss, Elizabeth Dunning, Margaret Michalak and Serina Kaasik. Second row: Luke Gilpin, Julia Labrozzi, Melissa and Dominy Gil. Third row: Sydney Clark, Olivia and Henry Lang.

When the Shelter Island School District hired Martha Tuthill last year, the district gained not just an experienced guidance teacher but an innovator, according to district officials.

What Ms. Tuthill brought to the Island is an understanding that her job was not just to guide students’ curriculum choices toward college, but to open up opportunities for all students to experience the world of work. (more…)

01/20/16 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Young scientist Emily Hyatt has grown protein crystals in the Shelter Island School laboratory and will participate in a seminar at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Young scientist Emily Hyatt has grown protein crystals in the Shelter Island School laboratory and will participate in a seminar at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

From the time Shelter Island High School senior Emily Hyatt was in elementary school, she was mesmerized by science. She might not have known the direction her career could take then, but now there’s no question.

Emily is focused on becoming a molecular biology researcher with a career at either Brookhaven National Laboratory or Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue her studies at SUNY Binghampton and eventually earn masters and doctorate degrees in her field.

Thanks to Shelter Island’s Intel program, which encourages talented science students to pursue their own projects under the guidance of teacher Dan Williams, Emily was able to grow protein crystals in the school laboratory. (more…)

01/13/16 10:17am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Private preschool students peforming at a pre-Christmas concert. From left, Jayla Jones, Joseph Rasmussen, Emily Shepherd, Lila Nalley, Elizabeth Weslek, Maeve Purcell, Michael Matz and Tucker Ward.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Private preschool students performing at a pre-Christmas concert. From left, Jayla Jones, Joseph Rasmussen, Emily Shepherd, Lila Nalley, Elizabeth Weslek, Maeve Purcell, Michael Matz and Tucker Ward.

Board members of the private Shelter Island Preschool (SIP) are trying to avoid a financial collapse.

The crisis for the 37-year-old program is due to the loss of too many of its 4-year-old students to preschool classes now taught at the Shelter Island School.

But the public school might be coming to the aid of the private program. (more…)

01/12/16 2:00pm

 

JULIE LANE PHOTO The Shelter Island Board of Education granted tenure to Nurse Mary Kanarvogel Monday night.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | The Shelter Island Board of Education granted tenure to Nurse Mary Kanarvogel Monday night.

Tears ran down Mary Kanarvogel’s cheeks Monday night as a member of the Board of Education spoke about her contribution to the Shelter Island School and the wider community.

The occasion was the granting of tenure to the school nurse who board member Kathleen Lynch called a “mother” to everyone. (more…)