10/22/19 2:00pm

A two-way street of love between father and son — scientist David James and Benjamin.

When scientist David James showed up at Shelter Island School a couple of weeks ago to surprise his children with lessons about the universe, son Benjamin, 10, a 5th grader, got to see his father.

But his class was called out to a special assembly, so students never got to hear from Mr. James, who works with a team of scientists on the “Black Hole Initiative” at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. (more…)

10/14/19 12:00pm

Ashley Knight made the case for why the Shelter Island Early Learning Center needs one more year of funding from the town before it converts its program to a day care center.

Less than a week after the Town Board had decided to work to eliminate stipends to tax-exempt organizations, a delegation of parents with children in tow arrived at Tuesday’s work session to request $10,000 for the Shelter Island Early Childhood Learning Center. That amount had been contributed from the town’s fund balance for the current year after the parents had requested $20,000. (more…)

10/13/19 11:00am

Scientist David James cuddles with son Tennessee as he lectures to first graders about astronomy in teacher Cheryl Woods’ class.

Surprise! The guest speaker Friday at the Shelter Island School was a renowned scientist from the Harvard University/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory who is engaged in a project called the Black Hole Initiative. (more…)

10/02/19 2:00pm

At Brookhaven National Laboratory, where students were able to use the Synchrotron Light Source II beam for their work, are, from left, Emma Gallagher, Lauren Gurney and Francesca Frasco.

“Something big has happened.”

With those words, Shelter Island science teacher Dan Williams made a classroom announcement Sept. 23 to his students about an “impossible dream.” (more…)

09/27/19 2:00pm

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In a small community, where family and friends often go back generations, people are reluctant to comment about a controversy that is dividing the Island — the new state law banning children from public, private and parochial schools who have not been vaccinated. (more…)