For the fourth time in five years, Woodhull has been honored with the Support Music Merit Award from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. This award is part of NAMM’s “Best Communities for Music Education” survey, which this year recognized 92 schools and 527 school districts across America for providing outstanding music education for students.
The criteria for the award is determined through a district-certified survey addressing every aspect of school music programs, including funding, scheduling, resources, programming, enrollment, staffing, community participation and opportunities. In all of these areas, Fire Island shines brightly thanks to the continued support and cooperation of teachers, administration, the school board, parents and the community.
This is the 17th year of the NAMM survey, and the fifth year that the Support Music Merit Award has been given to individual schools.
Woodhull Elementary School students are working to stay healthy as they take part in the building’s afterschool sports club.
As part of the club, the students will form “The Gulls” basketball team and participate in basketball games against other area schools.
The Gulls opened the season with a tremendous victory over the Emmanuel Lutheran School team and followed up with another victory against the West Sayville Christian School junior varsity team. The team has two squads that rotate in so everyone gets a chance to play, and indeed every student has already scored points.
While the teams do keep score, Gulls coach Anna Bainbridge does not. "Their teamwork and passing were terrific," she noted, preferring to concentrate on the quality of playing and sportsmanship rather than the quantity of points. Sixth-grader and point guard Aidan Oviedo-Torres commented that, "For our first time playing as a team, we shot very well and knew our role on the team."
Woodhull looks forward to more excellent playing in the remainder of the season.
Although the holiday season had already passed, the spirit of it was alive and well this January as Woodhull Elementary School students performed the musical “Elf,” which had been postponed from its original date of Dec. 20.
The schoolwide musical, based on the 2003 film and the 2010 Broadway musical of the same name, featured all students in every class and delighted the full-house audience. Sixth-grader Jason Philie gave a dynamic performance as Buddy, a human accidentally orphaned and raised in the North Pole as an elf who journeys to New York City in search of his father. Throughout the play, Buddy's charming naiveté made for moments of humor and pathos alike as he tries to fit in with his new family and especially his father Walter, a serious and busy executive played by sixth grader Thomas Brennan.
The students in the primary and early elementary grades cheerily played elves in the North Pole, and employees of Macy's dressed as elves, singing the carol "Deck the Halls" and the pop hit "Jingle Bell Rock." Other lead roles included Aidan Oviedo-Torres as Santa Claus, Malia Wendt as Walter's wife Emily, Jack Brennan as Walter's son Michael, and Joey Coleman as Walter's overbearing boss Mr. Greenway.
After the performance, the school held a ceremony for peace. A large wire sculpture of a dove made by nurse Janet Laviolette was unveiled on the stage and each student in the school placed a written "wish for peace" into it as they read their wish aloud to the audience.
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