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76 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, New York 11937
Phone: (631) 329-4112
Fax: (631) 329-4187

Our Mission:

East Hampton Middle School is a teamed Middle School dedicated to providing a caring environment where all students are valued and their academic, social, and emotional growth is nurtured. We offer a challenging academic program and a rich array of electives. The after school program has an assortment of clubs, activities, and sports that will help young adolescents explore new interests and further develop established ones. I encourage you to explore our website to discover more about East Hampton Middle School.                


Dr. Charles Soriano, Principal
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News & Announcements from the Principal

SY 2018-19 @EHMS

 

The Middle School's theme for 2018-19 hits straight at the heart of what middle schoolers naturally struggle with at this time in their lives: making good decisions, for themselves. Our theme will be MINDFULNESS. 

Besides offering a rigorous academic program, our school helps students to cultivate feelings of well being, to practice optimism, to imagine what delights and inspires them, to cope with their stress, to improve self-regulation and, finally, to learn how to respond rather than react mindlessly. All tricky life skills. No time of life is more important as youngsters puzzle out who they are and who they want to be. Middle schoolers make many decisions in the course of their ongoing development. Mindfulness asks them to think about small and big decisions (slowly and purposefully and thoughtfully). 

Thinking about their choices is further complicated by the developing middle years' brain that often jumps into the emotional fray — to drama in all its charged glory. In an increasingly buzzy and technological world, our middle schoolers need to practice dialing down every now and then, to practice mindfulness. It's the ideal time to talk with students about their own brains and bodies, and how their physical development impacts their thinking about themselves and others. Reliable research is instructive: The teenage brain needs to practice making decisions in a thoughtful, mindful manner despite its developmental predisposition for snap, emotional judgments.  

Just as in year's past, our theme — mindfulness — will be considered across the curriculum in all subjects; it will pop up in unexpected places and, hopefully, give us all something to contemplate. Our creative teaching staff does a wonderful job of figuring out meaningful ways to participate in this school-wide exploration, which flows from their respective subject areas and fields of expertise. Expect to see mindfulness exercises and classroom projects, for example, in health, music, English, math and physical education. Like all habits, cultivating slower and purposeful thinking requires practice. We will also have some surprise new activities like guided meditation, a few yoga moves, moments of silent reflection, cleansing breaths and maybe even a few etiquette lessons, which focuses mindfulness around manners and being with others in community.

As a school community of learners, this work will be anchored by a school-wide summer reading of N. Scott Momaday's poem, "The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee". Our invitation will be for students — throughout the year — to think about their own selves, to ask: Who am I? And, who do I want to be? It's a reflection well worth pursuing, since many decisions shape who we are and become over time.

For parents, you have an assignment, too: I am asking that you please read the article, "Secrets of the Teenage Brain: A Conversation with Frances E. Jensen". It provides some fascinating insights that may guide you in raising your pre-teen or teenager, particularly as she or he navigates the turbulence of adolescence. Frances Jensen, MD is the Chair of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine. Most importantly, she is also the mother of two teenagers. I shared this article several years ago, but it's worth having another look in light of this year's planned work around mindfulness. 

Enjoy,

Charlie 

 

Dr. Charles R. Soriano, Principal

 

Past Themes

 

2014-15

We are our choices

Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"

 

2015-16

Knowledge is power

Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" 

 

2016-17

Believe in yourself

Antonio Machado's "[Traveller, your footprints]"

Lucille Clifton's "blessing the boats"

Robin Cost Lewis's "Art & Craft"

 

2017-18

Perseverance

Langston Hughes' "Harlem"

 

2018-19

Mindfulness

N. Scott Momaday's 

"The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee"

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Monday, August 20, 2018