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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, September 01, 1977, Image 3

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THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., SEPTEMBER 1, 1977 THREE Peter Tooker Ward-Merrick Annie Merrick of London, England, and Thomas M. Ward of 30 Barry Lane, East Hampton, and London were married by the Rev. Fredrick Schulz at East Hampton Presbyterian Church on Aug. 13. Mrs. Ward is the manager of a London law firm. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Merrick of England. Her husband is a real estate agent in London and the former owner of Mitty’s General Store on the Montauk Highway, Water Mill. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ward of Barry Lane. The Wards will live in London. Bader-Breitbart Miss Barbara Breitbart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Breitbart of Shore Road, Amagansett, and Rosyln, was married Saturday to Gary Stuart Bader, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bader of Rosyln, in Temple Judea, Manhasset. Rabbi Eugene Lipsey per­ formed the ceremony. The bride, a graduate of New York University, is a physical therapist. Mr. Bader is a student at the Pace Graduate School of Business Adminis­ tration, and is a graduate of George Washington University. He is working with the Kayser Roth Corporation. Bain -Beckwith Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Clark Holt of Fairfield, Conn., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Lovell Beckwith, to William Griffing Bain, son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Bain of Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton. Miss Beckwith will be a senior at Mount Holyoke College this year. She attended East Hampton High School and was graduated from Wilton, Conn., High School. Mr. Bain is a fifth-year pharmacy student at the University of Rhode Island and a member of Rho Chi, the national honor society for pharmacy students. He was graduated from East Hampton High School in 1973. He plans to enter his family’s business, Rowe’s Pharmacy, East Hampton, and Devon Pharmacy, Amagansett. A June, 1978, wedding is planned. Kommer-F ensterer Janet Fensterer and Frank Kommer were married in the garden outside their home on Indian Wells Highway, Amagansett, on Saturday. The Rev. William Fensterer of Westport, Conn., the bride’s brother, performed the ceremony. A garden party followed. Mr. Kommer has a cabinet-making business on King Street, East Hamp­ ton, and his wife, a leather shop, there. The bride, who will retain her maiden name, is the daughter of Mrs. Ruth Fensterer of Laurelton and of the late William Fensterer. Her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Kommer of Quogue. The B ells Are Ringing It’s back to school all over the East End next Wednesday, even before the end of the annual exodus of summer visitors. Most schools will begin with new programs, new teachers, and newly-painted classrooms, but with a smaller number of kindergarteners than last year. In the East Hampton School District attention has been focused on the John Marshall Elementary School, where a new principal will “probably” be on hand by opening day, according to Robert J. Freidah, District principal. The District School Board, which has kept details of the process of selection a closely-guarded secret in the wake of controversy over the resignation of the former principal, Doris M. Timpano, calledaspecial meeting tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to take formal action on its choice. It had been reported that the Board had actually made its decision from a group of three final candidates at a closed session last week. Increased Enrollment The only school reporting any in­ crease in enrollment this fall is East Hampton High School, from 863 to 881 students. Three new programs will be introduced into the High School cur­ riculum. A “learning resource” room, under the direction of Gregory Chur­ chill, will offer an “individualized” program to students with learning disabilities. Students will participate “in as many regular classes as possible” and work with Mr. Churchill, Dr. Kevin Graham, the District psychologist, and Barbara Doyle, District reading con­ sultant. Mr. Churchill, who will join the High School staff this fall, has a degree in special education and worked most recently for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in a program for handicapped students here. A similar “learning resource” room was opened at the Middle School last fall. A new “core program,” which will focus on the improvement of basic skills in science, mathematics, social studies, and English and emphasize \social responsibility” and career edu­ cation, will be offered to some ninth and tenth graders. Two other new teachers, both 1976 college graduates with one year teaching experience, Lawrence Talmage of Springs and Claude Beudert, will direct that pro­ gram. Mr. Talmage is an East Hampton High School graduate. College Credit A Syracuse University program, “Project Advance,” which will enable advanced students to receive college credit in English and mathematics, will also be introduced this autumn. Wil­ liam Barnett and Denise Benfield will guide mathematics students and Bar­ bara Bologna and Helen May, English students. The four teachers partici­ pated in a two-week course sponsored by Syracuse University this summer. A new College Entrance Examina­ tion Board advanced-placement course in American History will also be offered, and advanced placement courses in biology will be given again this year, as well. Other new teachers at the High School will include Amy Listfield, business, and Kelly McKee, driver’s education. There has been some change in High School office personnel, as well. The Strings A new string music program will be offered, “on a trial basis” throughout the East Hampton District, beginning in the fourth grade, by Susan Blank, who is also a new teacher. The program will focus on students “in the lower grades. We are renting instruments and we will see how it goes,\ said Mr. Freidah. Raymond Banfield will take the place of Constance Rybak, the District’s general music and choral instructor, while Miss Rybak in on one year leave for graduate study. The District has also begun to discuss the creation of a new position of “drama coordinator” with Garret Tins- man of the Spindrift Players, Chris­ topher Sarlo, High School principal, said. Mr. Tinsman will teach a ten- week selective studies course in drama at the East Hampton Middle School this fall as he did last spring. In other District news, students in East Hampton’s Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, will again be eligible to participate in a Federally-funded free or reduced-price lunch and milk program. Eligibility criteria have been broadened this year, according to Mrs. Betty Warren, Mr. Freidah’s secretary. Graded Classes The only major organizational change in the East Hampton District will be a return from what was called “family - grouped” to graded classes at the John Marshall School where opening enroll­ ment will drop from 310 to about 292 students. A decline in the number of kinder­ garteners, from 59 to 49 students, has resulted in a cutback in the number of classes, from four to two. Mrs. Carrie Gilbert will teach both an afternoon and a morning kindergarten class. Mrs. May Piccozzi, who taught kindergarten last year, will teach first grade this year in place of Alice Clark, who retired. New teachers at John Marshall include Queen Davis, who will teach grade three, and Jane Reutershan, grade four, while Ann McCabe is on maternity leave. New blacktop side­ walks will replace the old concrete ones in front of the School. Middle School Twelve classrooms were painted at the Middle School, mostly in its older wing. Colors were selected by teach­ ers. A new public address system was installed in the auditorium, as well. New teachers at the Middle School will include Gary Zay, who will teach fifth grade in the absence of John Haessler, who is on a year’s leave, and Betsy McDonald, who taught Title One mathematics at the Middle School last year, and will fill in for Deborah Walter, who is on maternity leave. Mr. Zay taught formerly at Most Holy Trinity School, East Hampton. About 313 students were registered to attend the Middle School as of Monday, compared to 348 at the opening of classes last year. In Amagansett Amagansett students will return to School to the sounds of hammers and large machinery. The concrete founda­ tion of the new gymnasium has been poured and its steel structure should be up by mid-September, according to Charles Skiptunas, principal. Three new programs will be intro­ duced this autumn, French, remedial arithmetic, and a course called “Begin­ ning to Read, Write, and Listen,” which will be used in the new combined kindergarten and first grade class. About 14 students in all will be in the class, only four of them kindergarten­ ers. The remedial arithmetic program will actually be a lab, staffed by Shirley Wornstaff, a teacher’s aide. It is being Federally funded. The School's Federal Title One reading program will con­ tinue as well. French French will be offered, on a daily basis, to students in grades two through six, and on a “selective basis” to seventh and eighth graders by Mary Schellinger, a new teacher from Sag Harbor. She will be joined by several other new teachers, also appointed at a July School Board meeting. Some French instruction may also be given this fall to kindergarten and first graders. The School’s opening enrollment, of about 105 students is the same as it was at this time last year. About 245 students will return to the Montauk School as compared to 252 last year. The Gothic-style building has been repainted on the outside, its cupola and roof repaired, and gutter work done. Another Drop Because of a decline in kindergarten­ ers, from 28 to 16, only one section will be offered, in the morning. Peggy Joyce, who will teach it, will work with students in remedial reading in the afternoon. In the past a remedial reading teacher was hired through BOCES. Mrs. Ursula DeAmario, the French teacher, will work only part- time, because of declining enrollment, and teachers and aides will staff the library. No new teachers have been hired but several class assignments have shifted because of increasing numbers of students in some grades and decreas­ ing numbers in others. An art history course will be offered weekly through the regular art pro­ gram and students in third, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades will have coeducational gym classes—for the first time. Seventh and eighth graders who choose not to study French will work in reading, language arts, and business math, instead of being assign­ ed to a study hall. In other news, the School recently received permission from the State Department of Environmental Con­ servation to install a well to irrigate its playing fields. Brochures will be also sent to School Districts throughout the State and in New England next month to seek a replacement for Robert Fisher, the School’s principal, who will retire in June. Down in Springs The only elementary school report­ ing any increase in enrollment, predict­ ably, is in Springs, from about 360 kindergarten through eighth graders on opening day last year to 370 this year. Kindergarten enrollment will also increase in Springs, from 44 to about 49 or 50, according to William Lycke, principal. One third of the outside of the Springs School and some of its class­ rooms were painted during the sum­ mer. One new teacher, Mrs. Audrey Barnett, will take charge of a fifth grade class. Other changes at the School this autumn will include a shift in bus services. The school will employ Leo­ nard Schaefer as it did several years ago. Asked about new course offerings, Mr. Lycke said they would be intro­ duced as need developed and the School year got under way. And In Wain scott The one-room school house in Wain- scott will perhaps change least of all this fall. Judith Paris, its teacher, and Terry Miller, her assistant, will be met on opening day, however, by between eight and ten, as compared to 16 students last fall. A new music teacher, Pierson Hildreth of BOCES, will re­ place Frances Mullin, also of BOCES. Most Holy Trinity School, East Hampton, and the Little Flower School, Montauk, will also open on Wednesday morning. Enrollment in Most Holy Trinity’s kindergarten-through-eighth grades will be 140 as compared to 152 at the same time last year. As in local public schools, a decrease in the numbers of kindergarteners, from 18 to ten, will account for the decline. Enrollment at Little Flower, which also runs from kindergarten through eighth grade, will be 53 students, “about the same as it was last year,” according to Sister Rosemary Damm, principal. There will be 12 kinder­ garteners at Little Flower as compared to 15 on opening day last year. The Sunshine Nursery School, which for­ merly operated in the home of its director, Melis Feigl, will have classes at Little Flower this year. Susan Pollack

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