05/26/15 4:58pm

 

COURTESY PHOTO |  'Say Something,' a film about substance abuse will be shown at Shelter Island School on May 28.

COURTESY PHOTO |
‘Say Something,’ a film about substance abuse will be shown at Shelter Island School on May 28.

 

Times have certainly changed. One thing that has remained constant over the past several decades is our struggle with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

The motivation behind the documentary, “Say Something,” is to promote an honest dialogue about this issue. It asks questions without pretending to have all the answers. Through interviews with students, parents, professionals and recovering addicts, it addresses these questions with a matter-of-fact approach. Hopefully it will spark that conversation and just maybe impact kids enough to make positive choices and avoid the very real consequences of substance abuse. (more…)

05/22/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Young ‘architects’ in Michael Cox’s fifth grade class show off their projects that demonstrated not only creativity, but the mathematics they learned to successfully complete their models. They are (from left) Jerry Card, Riley Renault, Emmett Cummings and Olivia Overstreet. Parents will get to view the projects and hear from the students on Friday between 1:15 and 2:30.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Young ‘architects’ in Michael Cox’s fifth grade class show off their projects that demonstrated not only creativity, but mathematics. They are (from left) Jerry Card, Riley Renault, Emmett Cummings and Olivia Overstreet. Parents view the projects and hear from the today  between 1:15 and 2:30.

You can memorize times tables and various mathematical formulas, but fourth and fifth grade math and science teacher Michael Cox thought there must be a better way. (more…)

04/17/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he helped with iron work on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he worked on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

If Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik has been under pressure in the past couple of months preparing his first-time budget for the Shelter Island School District, it’s nothing compared to what he’s been through. And as with past pressures, music is his escape. (more…)

04/02/15 2:00pm

 

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

Young Johanna Kaasik watched her cousin Serina have her hair braided as she prepared for her starring role. You could almost see the stars in her eyes as she imagined herself onstage in a few years.

The powerhouse cast dominated the stage last weekend when the Shelter Island Drama Club presented “Annie Warbucks” to sold out crowds, continuing the annual tradition of presenting first-class musicals to Island theatergoers. Under the direction of John Kaasik and produced by Anu Kaasik, the sequel to “Annie” came alive on the Shelter Island School stage. Before Sunday’s matinée, one backstage volunteer commented, “Every year John brings out the hidden talents in these kids.” (more…)