The Block Island Times

School days winding down

By Gloria S. Redlich | Jun 21, 2012
Photo by: Gloria Redlich Seventh grade teacher Shannon Cotter Marsella wishing her colleague Amy Doran the best as she steps down from her posts as custodian and maintenance coordinator.

With a whole new class of Block Island School seniors launching themselves into the world of college and work, the halls of the island school echo the sense of accomplishment and anticipation that come with the last week of the academic year. Certainly during mid-week it is much quieter in the corridor of the high school.
The cafeteria is the scene, however, of celebrations, goodbyes and awards. One table is covered with a huge frosted sheet cake in honor and appreciation of Amy Doran, who has been with the school since 2004 and custodian and maintenance director for the last six years. Doran, who is moving off island, holds a bouquet of flowers and is clearly moved by the expressions of affection for her from students and colleagues.
After cake is distributed and consumed, Shannon Cotter Marsella announces that there are two more individuals deserving loud acclamation by all. They are fifth grader Maya Veldman-Wilson and seventh grader Barbara Truijillo, who received awards for perfect attendance throughout the 2011-2012 academic year.
A few hours earlier, the gym had resounded with the strains of jazz played by the Curtis Corner Middle School Jazz Band from South Kingstown. At least one of their numbers was played in collaboration with their middle school island peers.
High school English teacher Nancy Greenaway exudes enthusiasm as she points to the collaborative mural on the wall of her classroom painted by her 11th grade students. It is an expression of their deeply felt response to a book they read this term titled “The View from Lazy Point: a Natural Year in an Unnatural World,” written by Carl Safina. He is a naturalist whose work has been described in a 2011 New York Times review as “a series of field reports entwined with a loving meditation on the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.”
Calendar of activities for last week of school
Friday, June 15, last day of school:
Kindergarten graduation 10:30 a.m.
Field day for first through sixth graders 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

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