Twenty-eight new members were recently inducted to the Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School National Junior Honor Society based on their outstanding academic work and their contributions to the school community as a whole.
Principal Sue Bailey and National Junior Honor Society adviser Mary McGonnell welcomed the new members, along with their families and distinguished guests. The ceremony, which was held in the school’s auditorium, began with honor society officers lighting candles representing scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service.
A reception honoring the inductees and their proud families was held in the cafeteria following the ceremony.
Due to overwhelming student contributions, Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School has collected more than 325 pounds of candy to be donated to the United States troops deployed overseas through Operation Gratitude.
Members of the Community Service Club gave up their lunch periods to go around the school and collect the candy, and then assisted one another to box it up so that it can be shipped to the troops.
“We couldn't be prouder of our club members, along with the rest of the students and staff members at OBMS for donating so generously and helping us to collect much more than we ever expected,” said Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School special education teacher Erica Piacentini.
On Sunday, October 29, the Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School community service club volunteered to give out water to runners at the Suffolk County Marathon. With assistance from advisers Erica Piancentini and Amanda Staib, the students set up a hydration station at the 7-mile mark and got to cheer on the runners, many of whom were veterans. Although it was a rainy day, all in attendance wore ponchos and made the best of the situation, and ended up having a great time while helping others.
The entire seventh-grade class at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School recently took part in their annual Brave Day event alongside faculty and staff in an effort to promote togetherness, anti-bullying and self-appreciation.
Throughout the course of the day, students took part in programs consisting of team-building activities and thoughtful discussions around the topics of breaking boundaries and prejudices, and being brave enough to share authentic feelings while making peer connections.
According to the staff, their mission is to create a safe learning environment that brings forth a culture of compassion, connection and curiosity, all in an effort to eliminate bullying at the roots.
The district would like to thank OBMS staff members Diana Burke, Meghan Cunningham, Lauren Drinkwater, Shannon Lehnert and Mairead McInnis for their help in coordinating this wonderful event.