1999-12-25 / Columnists

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Beach Channel High School

Beach Channel, Southampton College:
A Model Of Collaboration

In April 1999, PENCIL's Principal for a Day program brought Paul Broches, an architect with Mitchell/Giurgola, to Beach Channel High School. The rest is a history and future of learning for students of Southampton College and Beach Channel High School.

On November 2, the Beach Channel faculty traveled to Southampton for a colloquium on collaboration that resulted in making Southampton, a college with a nationally recognized marine and environmental sciences program, a virtual big brother for BCHS. The collaborative ideas generated at this meeting went far beyond the obvious connection between the two schools--each school is located on a bay and each school includes shipboard study as part of its oceanography program.

The two schools are planning a joint research project (Jamaica/Peconic Bay) in 2000. This project will include inter-visitation, research retreats and assistance via e-mail. A Southampton faculty member will serve as Intel competition advisor to Beach Channel. In the summer Southampton will offer more than 20 scholarships in marine science, environmental science, web technology, writing, and t.v. production to Beach Channel students and one faculty member from Beach Channel's English department will receive a fellowship in Southampton's prestigious writing program.

In February, 20 Beach Channel student leaders will participate in a weekend retreat at Southampton. The theme of the retreat is diversity.

On March 10, Southampton Assistant Provost, Michael Brophy, and select faculty members will visit Beach Channel for meetings concerning the Intel competition program; collaboration between Southampton's Environmental Law and Beach Channel's Law Institute and curriculum and development of Accelerated College Entrance (ACE) courses.

"We are very excited about our relationships with an institution that has produced more than 30 Fulbright Scholars," said Beach Channel's principal, Bernard Gassaway. "We are pleased to welcome Southampton students who wish to do their practice teaching at Beach Channel."

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