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Senior Resident Recognition Dinner

Senior Resident Recognition Dinner Photo

The district recently hosted its 10th annual Senior Resident Recognition Dinner and Evening of Music as a means of thanking the senior citizens of the BBP community for all of their continued support of the schools, community and local businesses.

Throughout the evening, administrative and community members served attendees delicious hot meals courtesy of local restaurants Cavanaugh’s and The Fish Store. Additionally, the James Wilson Young Middle School Jazz Band, Bayport-Blue Point High School Jazz Band and High School Vocal Jazz Choir took turns performing for the distinguished guests.

The evening concluded with a raffle of various gift baskets donated by school employees and local businesses.

Celebrating Science

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District administrators, staff, students and family members recently gathered in the gymnasium of Bayport-Blue Point High School for the annual SEED-funded “Celebration of Science” event.

Throughout the night, students’ projects were showcased for the entire community, and awards were handed out based on creativity, innovative qualities and eco-friendly factors. Additionally, various clubs throughout the district, such as the James Wilson Young Middle School Robotics Club, were able to demonstrate their collaborative efforts to attendees.  

After viewing the different displays, students and their families were treated to a performance by a representative of Mad Science of Long Island, a company which prides itself in teaching students highly important scientific facts, all the while incorporating humor into their act.

The Bayport-Blue Point School District SEED foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Students Educational Enrichment and Development program established to provide supplemental educational experiences to students that enrich and build upon the traditional classroom setting.

Bringing History to Life

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Fourth-grade students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School were recently able to put their historical knowledge on full display during the school’s annual “Wax Museum” event. After spending time researching a specific historical figure, the students dressed up to imitate such important individuals and presented attendees with factual information surrounding their subjects’ contributions to society. Those on display during the event included such individuals as Cleopatra, Elvis Presley and Amelia Earhart.

District Earns Prestigious Music Award

District Earns Prestigious Music Award Photo
The district has been named a 2017 Best Communities for Music Education, an honor awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district completed a comprehensive application process, including documentation on funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“What an honor it is to once again receive this designation” Bayport-Blue Point Chairperson for Art and Music Paul Weber. “This is an accolade that the entire Bayport-Blue Point Community can share with pride.”

Contributing to a Worthy Cause

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In an effort to assist those battling cancer, members of the Bayport-Blue Point High School Interact Club recently raised more than $1,100 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their Pennies for Patients campaign. Throughout the month of March, members of the club distributed collection boxes in all homerooms and kept tally of the donations. Thomas Wulff’s homeroom class was announced to have contributed more than $300 alone. 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Administrators, coaches, architects and student-athletes of the Bayport-Blue Point School District recently gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the brand-new turf lacrosse field. To commemorate this special occasion, senior lacrosse players Kelsi LoNigro, Kyla Zapolski and Kevin Zapolski cut the ribbon, signifying the official opening of the field.

Dr. Hearney Named Superintendent

Dr. Hearney Named Superintendent Photo

The district is pleased to announce that Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Timothy Hearney has been appointed Superintendent of the Bayport-Blue Point School District, effective July 10, 2017.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to lead an extraordinary staff in the community of Bayport-Blue Point. As a team we will continue to provide our students with the necessary tools, opportunities and support to be successful,” said Dr. Hearney.

Dr. Hearney is no stranger to the district, as he has served as both a principal of Bayport-Blue Point High School and a central office administrator prior to his current role.

During the past nine years, Dr. Hearney cultivated a team that improved the district’s advanced Regents diploma rate 14 percent, doubled Advanced Placement offerings for students and implemented a first-class leadership curriculum. Under his direction, the district has introduced the Teacher College writing initiative in the elementary schools, built a community-based school-to-business partnership and received a Blue Ribbon nomination from the New York State Department of Education.

“This decision was based on the years of high-quality experience, service and outcomes Dr. Hearney has worked to deliver for the Bayport-Blue Point community,” said Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education President Michael Miller. “As the steward of our instructional programs, Dr. Hearney has helped us achieve at the highest levels, he is highly regarded by our staff and our families, and we look forward to him taking the reins in July.”

Dr. Hearney succeeds current Superintendent Dr. Vincent Butera, who has served as the Superintendent of Bayport-Blue Point School District since late 2012.

Below are photos from the April Board of Education meeting where Dr. Hearney was appointed and Dr. Butera was celebrated for his contributions to the school district.

DECA Club Excels

DECA Club Excels Photo
The late March Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education meeting was full of celebration as the district honored several students for their accomplishments, both individually and collectively.  

Members of the Bayport-Blue Point High School Distributive Education Club of America recently travelled to the New York State DECA Competition held in Rochester and emerged victorious with multiple awards to bring back to their high school.

The following seven students medaled in their respective category: 

Abby Auwaerter, first place in New York State in Innovation Plan and Design;

Philip Tubiolo and Kelsie Dougherty, first place in Role Play, Top 10 in Testing and sixth overall in NYS for Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making; Joe Salaway, top 10 position in the Principles of Business Management Test; Shannon Conrad and Kevin Polanish, top 10 position in the Business Law and Ethics Role Play; and Hannah Duffield, top 10 position in the Travel and Tourism Test.
Additionally, Abby Auwaerter will be heading to Anaheim, California this April to partake in the DECA International Career Development Conference.

High Art Honor

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The district is proud to announce that senior Julia Caruso was selected to exhibit her artwork, titled “Undressed,” at this year’s Long Island’s Best: Young Artists Exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, the premiere art exhibit for Long Island high school students. 

Julia was one of 83 students chosen to be in the show amongst more than 350 applicants. She is also the recipient of the Renzo S. Bianchi Award, one of several awards given at this exhibit. She plans to continue her artistic studies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia this fall. 

Additionally, the work of Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors Matt Califano, Lena Diaz and Mikayla Martinez were also submitted for the show. Their artwork can be seen on the museum’s website and in a video displayed at the museum during the exhibit.

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists 2017 at the Heckscher Museum of Art will be on display from March 11 until April 9. The closing reception will take place on Sunday, April 9, from 4-5 p.m.  

Student-Artists Draw up the Competition

James Wilson Young Middle School student-artists Frankie Russo and Lily Acierno were selected to display their artwork at the Colors of Long Island Student Art Exhibit sponsored by Astoria Bank, taking place at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

According to their website, this annual student art exhibition affords an opportunity for students in grades kindergarten through 12 to show their artwork in a museum setting. The students, their parents and teachers were all invited to a reception honoring the young artists’ achievements in March.

Dr. Timothy Hearney to be Appointed Superintendent of Schools

Dear Bayport Blue Point Faculty, Staff, and Community Members,

As you may know, our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vincent Butera, will be leaving us at the end of the school year to pursue a new chapter in his professional career as the Superintendent of Manhasset Schools. The Board of Education wishes Dr. Butera many years of continued success as an educational leader and advocate for children. Dr. Butera will leave us with a legacy of successful endeavors, most notably the passage of a bond referendum that will change the experience of our children for many years to come. On behalf of a grateful community, we offer our thanks and appreciation for his service to our schools.

The Board of Education is responsible for recruiting a new Superintendent, one who is an instructional expert, pragmatic thinker, and focused on delivering a first class education for every child. The position calls for diversity of experience, exceptional team-building skills and the ability to manage our instructional, financial and physical resources in support of established goals. The families of Bayport-Blue Point deserve a Superintendent who will care for our children and town as if it were their own.

Fortunately, we did not have to look far. The governance team was unanimous in its decision to appoint Dr. Timothy P. Hearney as our next Superintendent of Schools. This decision was based on the years of high-quality experience, service and outcomes he has worked to deliver for the Bayport-Blue Point community. Over the past nine years, Dr. Hearney cultivated a team that improved our advanced Regents diploma rate 14%, doubled Advanced Placement offerings for students and implemented a first-class leadership curriculum. Under his direction, we have introduced the Teacher College writing initiative in our elementary schools, built a community-based school-to-business partnership and received a Blue Ribbon nomination from the New York State Department of Education. As the steward of our instructional programs, Dr. Hearney has helped us achieve at the highest levels.

We believe it is important to note that with Dr. Hearney ascending to the superintendency, the district will maintain continuity in all its initiatives. And, since he has been with us as both a principal and central office administrator, there is no learning curve for him to slow our progress. We believe that Tim is highly regarded by our staff and our families, and we look forward to him taking the reins in July.

Please join us on April 4, 2017 at 7pm in the high school cafeteria when the Board of Education will appoint Dr. Hearney.


Michael Miller, President
Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education

Athletic Honors

Timothy Mullins, the district’s director of physical education, health and athletics, is pleased to announce that the following students have earned postseason honors for their outstanding athletic performance this winter. Congratulations to all recipients for representing the student body in exemplary fashion:

Boys Basketball – Section XI Class A Semifinalist
Mike Darby – All-County
Andrew Riefenstahl – All-League
Joe Venero – All-Academic
Zach Walker – All-League
New York State Scholar Athlete Team

Boys Bowling
John Hussey – All-League
Jon Kelly – All-County

Boys Swimming    
Andrey Dagayev – 100m & 4x100 Freestyle Relay, State Qualifier, All-League
Edward Schulze –100m Breaststroke, 200m Medley Relay, All-League
New York State Scholar Athlete Team

Boys Track
Steven Beyer – All-League
Liam Boyd – League Champion, All-League
Cole Kraft – All-League
Kevin Lessing – All-League
New York State Scholar Athlete Team

New York State Scholar Athlete Team

Girls Basketball – Section XI Playoff Qualifier
Olivia Monturo – League VI Rookie of the Year
Cassidy Weeks – All-Conference
New York State Scholar Athlete Team

Girls Track
Julia Aurandt – All-League
Abby Brewer – All-League
Maggie Clark – All-League
Jayne Cudia – All-League
Emily de Onis – All-League
Madison Delzell – All-League
Melody Delzell – All-League
Julia Gensler – All-League
Julia Imbo – All-League
Ailish Kelly – All-League
Abby Larsson – All-League
Allison McGrath – All-League
Riley Nichols – All-League
Kayla O’Shea – All-League
Meghan Pickel – All-League
Maggie Ross – All-League
Jenn Smith – All-League
Riley Schultz – All-League
Kyra Valestrand – All-League
Ashley Walsh – All-League
Kyla Zapolski – All-League
New York State Scholar Athlete Team

Chris Behan – All-County
John Hartnett – All-County
Ryan Jones – All-County
Dylan McCarthy – All-County
Brant Sadenwater – All-County
Shane Santora – All-County
Kyle Spano – All-County
Isaiah Sweeney – All-County
New York State Scholar Athlete Team

Real World Reporting

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Fourth-grade students in Kimberly Rall’s class at Academy Street Elementary School put their reporting skills to use as they interviewed dance star Maddie Ziegler for an article in a recent issue of Newsday’s Kidsday. 

In addition to the interview, which was conducted in Manhattan, the students were also given the opportunity to dance with Maddie and get signed copies of her books. The feature includes an article on this interview as well as several other original pieces penned by the talented fourth-graders. 

The article can be viewed here:

Celebrating Career Day

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Seventh-grade students at James Wilson Young Middle School recently gained valuable career advice and first-hand experience from various graduates of the Bayport-Blue Point community as part of the building’s “Career Day.”

Throughout the course of the day, the students rotated between classrooms and were able to hear from the following individuals about their career choices: Bayport Flower Houses owner Karl Auwaerter (’85), engineer Brian Bucklemore (’06), lawyer Chris Clayton (’84), real estate agent Brynn Elliot (’98), gluten-free baker Michelle Gillette Kelly (’94), state trooper Joe Liberatore (’11), physician’s assistant Lauren Lozier (’04), News 12 Sports Director/Anchor Kevin Maher (’93), chef Nicole Roarke (’97) and Blue Point Elementary School physical education teacher John Selvaggio (’01). 

At the conclusion of each presenter’s detailed description about their career choice, the students were able to ask questions in order to jumpstart thoughts of their own career paths. 

Supplying Smiles

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As a part of Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s “Virtual Field Trip to Vietnam,” students throughout the building were able to experience a week of Vietnamese culture within their classrooms in honor of Speech Pathologist’s Laurie Katz’s and Christine Monahan’s visit to the country in support of the Smile Train Organization.

The week’s activities incorporated the traditional Vietnamese sport Takraw into the student’s physical education classes, as they combined elements of volleyball, badminton and soccer into one and worked collaboratively to kick a small ball over the net in order to score points. 

Within their art classes, students were able to work on projects that reflected the culture of Vietnam. Younger students created beautiful lotus flowers, while the older students used their imaginations to make their very own Takraw jerseys. 

Additionally, students were able to explore various aspects of Vietnam such as food, landmarks, school and others within their library classes. Prior to Mrs. Katz’s and Mrs. Monahan’s trip, the students took this information and created “Travel Tips” cards for the teachers based on what they had learned.

In their music classes, students were introduced to Vietnamese instruments and learned how they are played. In addition, students watched video clips of “Vietnam’s Got Talent” and Vietnam’s version of “The Voice.”  

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School has supported the efforts of the Smile Train Organization for nine years now, and has raised over $25,000 in order to support children around the world who require cleft lip and palate surgeries. Throughout their weeklong visit to the country, Mrs. Katz and Mrs. Monahan were able to speak to the doctors who perform the surgeries, and also visit the multiple families who benefit from the district’s efforts. 

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BBP-Athlon T-shirt Winners

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The Bayport-Blue Point Wellness Committee congratulated Blue Point Elementary School fifth-grade student Jessica Cuji and Sylvan Avenue Elementary School second-grader Haley Mauro for winning the fifth annual BBP-Athlon T-shirt contest.
While hundreds of incredible entries were submitted between all three district elementary schools, only the winning designs will be printed on this year’s T-shirt.  

This year’s BBP-Athlon will be taking place on Saturday, April 22, and participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. at Blue Point Elementary School. The BBP-Athlon consist of a 3-mile bike ride followed by a ¾-mile jog in the Blue Point Nature Preserve Park. Over the past four years, there have been well over 1,000 participants. 

The BBP Wellness Committee invites all elementary-aged students and their families to participate in the event. Please note that local participants are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event as parking will be limited. Additionally, all are welcome to attend a pancake breakfast at the Blue Point Fire Department immediately following the event. This breakfast will be held in support of local cub scouts. 

To purchase a T-shirt today, please click the following link: and send an email to John Selvaggio at with any questions.

Hitting Notes Toward a Scholarship

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James Wilson Young Middle School eighth-grade flutist Cecily Phua was recently presented with a scholarship to further her musical studies while attending the 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Division II East Music Festival.

Cecily will be returning to the Crane School of Music’s Youth Music Program at SUNY Potsdam this summer for the second time, where she will immerse herself in two weeks of robust musical instruction. Her studies at SUNY Potsdam will include performing in band, chamber ensembles and choir as well as attending master classes, music theory and aural skills classes.

“It was a pleasure to be able to recommend Cecily for this scholarship, as she is an extremely talented flutist and is so passionate toward music,” said Matthew Hurst, a music teacher at James Wilson Young Middle School.

Rock The Bald 2017

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Showing Respect Through Artwork

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Fourth-grade students Shane Duerr of Blue Point Elementary School and Aubrie Eisfeld of Academy Street Elementary School had their artwork featured on the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Legislative Report for 2016.

The winners were chosen based on their poster submissions last November for the "Thank you to Veterans" theme for state Sen. Tom Croci's annual Veterans Day Coloring and Essay Contest.  

The Bayport-Blue Point School District congratulates Shane and Aubrie on this achievement.

Exploring the Rainforest

Exploring the Rainforest

In conjunction with their recent reading of the nonfiction text “The Most Beautiful Roof in the World,” fifth-grade students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School were visited by Eric Powers. The representative of the Your Connection to Nature program provided an in-depth look into the beauty and importance of the world’s rainforests.

Throughout the course of his presentation, Mr. Powers provided the students with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting not only the wildlife of the rainforest, but also the multiple layers which make up their homes, including the Emergent, Canopy, Understory and Forest Floor.

Additionally, the students were able to experience and interact with some real life animals such as the Vietnamese Stick Insect and the red-tailed Boa constrictor.

Successes in Writing

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Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s fifth-grade students recently showcased their writing skills and patriotic pride when they took part in the Patchogue Elks Lodge 1323 essay contest “Why is it important to vote?”

After completing their essays this past November, the contest winners were announced this March and celebrated at the school. This year’s winning pieces were penned by Shannon Alden (first-place prize), Hannah Denton (first runner-up) and Carlie Schwint (second runner-up).

The Elks Lodge Foundation’s goal is to build stronger communities through programs that support both the youth and veterans alike.

Dr. Butera to Leave in July for New Opportunity

Dr. Vincent Butera, our Superintendent of Schools since late 2012, has been identified as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools in Manhasset. The expectation is that Dr. Butera will be approved as the next  Superintendent of Manhasset on Saturday. He will continue to lead our district through the end of the school year.
Dr. Butera has provided Bayport-Blue Point with more than four years of effective leadership. We are grateful for his contributions and congratulate him on taking another step forward in his career.
Obviously, this transition will prompt the Board to take all necessary and appropriate steps to replace Dr. Butera when he departs in July, a plan that will be established in the near future. We promise to work with the best interests of our Bayport-Blue Point family in our minds, and to keep the community fully engaged every step of the way.

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A Day of Jazz

A Day of Jazz
Students throughout the district have been dazzling audiences with their musical talents.

Most recently, the middle school’s and high school’s jazz bands, under the direction of Matthew Hurst and Michael Sarling, showcased their talents during the SCMEA Day of Jazz Festival, hosted by the Middle Country Central School District. In addition to performing at the event, the students attended workshops, interacted with professional musicians and worked on jazz improvisation skills.

“My favorite part of Jazz Day was playing with professionals in the Big Band Clinic, because they showed us what we could sound like if we keep practicing,” said James Wilson Young Middle School eighth-grade student and trombonist, Jack Armstrong.

Circus Activities

Circus Activities
Physical education classes at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently honed their circus skills after being visited by the nationally recognized Cirque du Jour travelling circus troupe. Throughout the duration of their visit, the students were able to practice such circus skills as juggling, plate spinning and learned how to use the Diabolo stick.

100th Day of School

100th Day of School

Students throughout Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently celebrated the 100th day of the school year by dressing as their 100-year-old future selves and parading through the halls. Additionally, the kindergarten classes wore colorful shirts decorated with 100 items, such as pieces of candy and stickers to celebrate the day.

April 24, 2017