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Back to school in Greenport: Shared classes, field-based learning

David Gamberg

While most local students are returning to the classroom Tuesday, Greenport Union Free School District’s students are getting a reprieve until Wednesday.

Superintendent David Gamberg said about 650 students are enrolled this year and the district has hired a new physical education teacher, Luis Morales, who is also certified to teach grades K-12. His arrival gives the district a third phys ed teacher, as it had years ago. Mr. Gamberg said the district decided it would be advantageous to return to that model this year.

A land stewardship program is also being developed in the district, Mr. Gamberg said, and some teachers are planning to incorporate field-based learning opportunities into their lesson plans by taking students to visit different areas in Greenport.

Mr. Gamberg, who is also superintendent in the Southold school district, said there will be expanded opportunities for students from both districts to take different classes at their neighboring school. This year, for example, Greenport students will be able to take business and television production courses in Southold and Southold students will be able to take a college-level chemistry class in Greenport.

“What I envision,” Mr. Gamberg explained, “is doing a great deal more with professional development with the two districts.”

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Photo: Superintendent David Gamberg at last week’s seventh-grade student orientation. (Credit: Instagram @greenportufsd)