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Caring for Those In Need

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The Bayport-Blue Point school community recently came together to help support those individuals and communities who were affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

Both Blue Point and Sylvan Avenue elementary schools took part in programs which will benefit students affected in Houston. The joint effort focused on collecting essential school supplies for students, includes glue sticks, boxed crayons, loose leaf paper and personal hygiene products.

In association with the Where to Turn Organization, Sylvan Avenue Elementary “adopted” Salyers Elementary School, located just outside of Houston, Texas. As part of this outreach, Sylvan has committed to assisting 100 families with their generous donations.

Fifth-grade students at Blue Point Elementary School also collected school supplies to help set up students with the tools needed to return to school. They also adopted the motto “We Choose Kind” as a source of motivation throughout the school year. After applying to Adopt-A-Classroom, a program created to assist schools affected by Hurricane Harvey, the fifth-grade classes soon after learned that they were matched with a fifth-grade teacher at John and Shamarion Barber Middle School in Dickinson, Texas. 

Additionally, staff throughout all district elementary buildings participated in a Denim Donation fundraiser, in which they collected denim-clothing items to be sent to the hurricane victims. 

Honoring Staff and Students

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The Oct. 3 Board of Education meeting was one rooted in celebrations and commendations. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney began the meeting by thanking a select group of staff that contributed toward Bayport-Blue Point High School being named a Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. It was one of 342 schools nationwide chosen for this honor based on the school’s overall academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Additionally, a number of students in attendance were recognized for being named as Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board. Although only a portion of the students were in attendance, the grand total of 97 honorees includes both current students and members of the Class of 2017.

Four Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors were also given tokens of appreciation by the Board of Education for being named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program based on their exceptional academic performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The district congratulates Ben Marantz, Antonio Martinez, Benjamin Papa and Kevin Polanish for earning this remarkable achievement.

Students Commended Academically

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The district would like to congratulate four Bayport-Blue Point High School students for being named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program based on their exceptional academic performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The four recognized students, Ben Marantz, Antonio Martinez, Benjamin Papa and Kevin Polanish, are amongst 34,000 other high performers throughout the nation. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, some Commended Students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Advanced Placement Scholars Named

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The district is proud to announce that 97 Bayport-Blue Point High School students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards from the College Board. These honorees include both current students and members of the Class of 2017. 

Of the 97 total students, 47 received the AP Scholar title for receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Congratulations to Matthew Abruzzeseott, James Ardito, Thomas Arpino, Christopher Bacalla, Julia Caruso, Molly Conklin, Nicole Costales, Michael Darby, Peter Drago, Hannah Duffield, Elizabeth Engel, William Escamilla, Mackenzie Fabiani, Vincent Grazidei, Ashley Gref-Mott, Danae Gregg, Emily Heins, Sean Hickey, Kenneth Hilderbrandt, Daphne Hotis, Peter Keenan, Ryan Lawrence, Michael Lee, Jackson Ludwig, Angelina Mazzei, Melanie McGuire, Kim Mckendrick, Kevin Mischo, Jason Mueller, Grace Murphy, Derian Nasca, Riley Nichols, Lindsey Olsen, Gianna Orlando, Kayla Oshea, Aaliyah Puma, Julia Segarra, Aidan Somers, Brandon Soong, Kyle Spano, Christian Strain, Andrew Treulich, Joseph Venero, Nicholas Vlachos, Zach Walker, Kaitlyn Walsh and Cassidy Weeks.

Twenty students were given the title of AP Scholar with Honor, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.25 on all of their AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Congratulations to Emily Anderson, Jack Bailey, Christian Buckheit, Shannon Conrad, Kelsie Dougherty, Colton Farley, Shayna Fries, Catherine Gluchowski, Lianna Gualberti, Brendan Hurley, Ciara Joseph, Christopher Klaritch, Kraig Klein, Niko Lopresti, Joaquin Martinez Sabag, Allsion Mcgrath, Beth Moran, Alyssah Puma, Derek Strine and Frankie Villar.

Additionally, 26 students were awarded the title of AP Scholar with Distinction, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken with scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

Congratulations to Abigail Auwaerter, Christopher Bartolini, Davis Bates, Abby Brewer, Jayne Cudia, Paige Davanzo, Virginia Degeorge, Emily Deonis, Abigail Edgeller, Frank Giacchetto, Olivia Ingrassia, Allyson Koehler, Jillian Lessing, Joshua Lurie, Ben Marantz, Samantha Mazzone, James Motti, Timothy Niblock, Jacob Ocon, Benjamin Papa, Kevin Polanish, Peter Prisinzano, Margaret Ross, Amanda Salva, Patricia Shiebler and Philip Tubiolo. 

Four graduates in the Class of 2017, Christopher Bartolini, Olivia Ingrassia, Allyson Koehler and Philip Tubiolo, received the high honor of National AP Scholar. This award is given to students who have earned a score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams. 

Students enrolled in the school’s offered AP courses are challenged academically with college-level material, allowing them the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. 

BBPHS Names Top Students

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The district is thrilled to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018 as Kevin Polanish and Frank Giacchetto, respectively. Both Kevin and Frank were bestowed upon this high honor for their exceptional academic record, commitment to success and devotion to higher learning throughout their academic careers at Bayport-Blue Point High School. 

BBPHS Assists Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Due to outstanding student efforts, the Bayport-Blue Point High School community recently collected $1,901.78 to be donated to the GlobalGiving Foundation to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey and their recovery efforts. 

The effort was spearheaded by 11th-grade student Nikolai Dolan who was reminded of the affects that Superstorm Sandy had on the local community in 2012 after seeing footage of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Together, with the help of Bayport-Blue Point High School English teacher Stacie Pintar, the two brainstormed a plan to help those affected by the latest weather phenomenon. 

“Each day, after school, Nikolai would meet with me to count the money from the collection envelopes and to write announcements to encourage the community to continue to donate,” said Mrs. Pintar. “Prior to Open School Night, Nikolai recorded a phone message to go out to the parents in the community about our collection jar that evening. After just one week, $1, 901.78 was collected. I am very proud of Nikolai's determination to make a difference and am grateful to the members of the school community for their generosity."

According to their website, the GlobalGiving Foundation will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water and medicine in addition to long-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from this storm.

HS Named Blue Ribbon School


STEM-based Fun

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Students in Meghan Mills’ and Ashley Antico’s second-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School recently worked on a hands-on STEM-based activity. They collaboratively aspired to make the tallest tower they could using only spaghetti, marshmallows and their critical thinking skills.

During this activity, the second-graders were able to link design, mathematics and scientific problem-solving strategies. Additionally, they strengthened their knowledge of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes while building their towers. 

Hitting the Right Notes

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Based on their musical talents and academic successes, nine Bayport-Blue Point High School students have been recognized as premier musicians and invited to participate in this year’s All-State and All-County music festivals. 

Students Alisa Barsch (Soprano), Shannon Conrad (Soprano II Alternate), Kevin Polanish (Cello) and Connor Teague (Tenor Alternate) have been named All-State student-musicians and were invited to participate in the 2017 NYSSMA All-State Conference to be held in Rochester, New York from Nov. 30-Dec. 3. 

Additionally, students Aidan Conklin (Bass I), Shannon Conrad (Soprano II), Julia Johnson (Alto II), Antonio Martinez (Bass I and Bass Clarinet), Emily Phua (Clarinet III), Kevin Polanish (Cello), Graceann Sulima (French Horn IV) and Connor Teague (Tenor I) were named All-County student musicians and are slated to perform at Hauppauge High School on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.  alongside other selected musicians. 

Community Members Contribute to Student’s Health

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The Sept. 19 Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education meeting honored community residents Bob Venero and Tracy Venero for their generous contribution of $100,000 toward enhancing the athletic facilities of Bayport-Blue Point High School. Due to their contribution, the high school’s fitness facility is going to be upgraded with state-of-the-art cardio and fitness equipment, which will benefit the students’ physical well-being.

Adventures in Native American Territory

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Fourth-grade students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School were recently treated to a visit from Richie Cornacchio and Maddi Cheers of the Journeys into American Indian Territory program for an in-depth look into Native American customs and culture.

Throughout the duration of their visit, students were invited to take part in traditional Native American games, such as “Atenaha,” otherwise known as Iroquois Dice, which promoted collaboration amongst themselves and required simple mathematic calculation. They also took part in Seneca style Ring and Pins, in which they utilized their hand-eye coordination to fling a strung, wooden circle through the air and attempted to land it on a stick.

Additionally, the fourth-graders were given a glimpse into how the Iroquois people survived on a daily basis by learning their hunting and gathering techniques and the tools they considered necessary to survive. The students then discovered several Native American items, explored the walls of a longhouse, interacted with musical instruments and classified different types of animal hides.

Bayport-Blue Point High School named 2016-17 Reward School

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Bayport-Blue Point High School has been named a Reward School for the 2016-17 school year by the New York State Education Department. 

In order to be recognized as a Reward School by the NYSED, a school must meet the standards of multiple criteria, including, but not limited to, a display of high achievement or high progress, impressive assessment scores and a stellar graduation rate. 

“Bayport-Blue Point High School’s students and faculty are very proud of this recognition from the New York State Education Department,” said Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “Our faculty works hard to help our students reach their educational goals and prepare them for success in college and career. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, our students and their parents.”

“This recognition would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff, students, families and community as a whole,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney. “I am extremely proud of everyone who has contributed toward receiving this honor for the past several years.” 

Homecoming 2017

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The community’s Phantom Pride was on full display on Sept. 16 as residents of all ages joined together for the annual homecoming celebration taking place on the newly renovated athletic field of Bayport-Blue Point High School. 

Prior to the football game against Southampton High School, an induction ceremony was held at Bayport-Blue Point High School that recognized former athletes and athletic contributors whose names and photographs have been added to the school’s Hall of Fame. The district congratulates Elizabeth Crowley, Kate Knoeffler, Jim March, Mike McInerney, Kevin Zorn and the 2007 girls soccer team. Following the induction ceremony, a breakfast celebration was provided to all in attendance.

Students, families and community residents lined the streets near Bayport-Blue Point High School and the surrounding area to cheer on student-athletes, cheerleaders, musicians and homecoming royalty, as they made their way through town along the parade route. The talented musicians painted the air with melodic songs as fellow marches waved to smiling parade attendees. 

Despite the unusually warm weather, the Bayport-Blue Point High School varsity football team was geared up and ready to face off against the visiting Southampton High School football team for their first home game of the season. The Phantoms played the game with constant strength on both the defensive and offensive end, and secured a 27-0 win against the competitors. 

During the halftime ceremony, the senior class was named winner of the float contest with their excellent portrayal of the United States in keeping with this year’s theme of “nations,” and seniors Sean Maines and Lauren Wilke were named homecoming king and queen, respectively.

Welcome Back, Students!

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On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Bayport-Blue Point School District opened its doors to students, who began the 2017-18 school year full of bright smiles and an eagerness to learn. Throughout the day, students were seen meeting new friends, discussing course work with their teachers, and getting familiar with old and new surroundings alike.

Beginning the New School Year

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Before the start of the 2017-18 school year, the district welcomed all faculty and staff into the auditorium of the Bayport-Blue Point High School for an informative Superintendent’s Conference Day, led by the district’s new Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney.

After a beautiful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by current Bayport-Blue Point High School student Shannon Conrad, Dr. Hearney began to thank and recognize important individuals throughout the district. Melissa Lawrence, a 2013 graduate, returned to her alma mater to personally thank the faculty and staff for all of her successes thus far.

Anne Salvador, Bayport-Blue Point School District Teacher of the Year and Academy Street Elementary School librarian, also expressed her gratitude toward her colleagues and presented all in attendance with a moving photo slideshow which highlighted district students throughout the years. 

New staff members Michael Becker, Dr. Theodore Fulton, Brooke Kreuscher, Ian Neumeyer, Raffaele Saviano Jr., Abigail Sheehan and Richard Snyder were warmly welcomed to the district by Dr. Hearney. Additionally, current staff members Rosemarie Castilletti, Samantha Demeusy, Roy Deyo, Gina Eilers, Bayley Everitt, Robert Haas, Andrew Peshkur and Michael Plugues were all presented with tenure based on their excellent work ethic and commitment to the district. 

In honor of devoting 25 years or more of service to the district, current employees John Andriano III, Catherine Bedell, Therese Blake, Ursula Camenzuli, Linda Cohen, Michele Cornwell, George Edwards, Maureen Espina, Dorothy Gaynor, Christina Hanson, James Hoek, Martin Immel, Jane Jacoby, Steven Marino, Marianne Perna, Rochelle Petra, Joseph Ranone, Joanne Rosche, Laura Seerveld, Jodi Sleavensky, Theresa Stevens, Eleanor Taylor, Dana Teri, Merrill Thompson, Joan Tomaszewski and Alyson Worthington were presented with certificates signifying their accomplishments.

Before concluding the morning’s events, Dr. Hearney reaffirmed his theme of “Be Somebody’s I Remember” to his staff before dismissing everyone to begin a successful new school year. 

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Welcoming Ninth Grade Students

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In an effort to ensure that the incoming ninth-grade class makes a smooth transition to high school, Bayport-Blue Point High School hosted an informative orientation session on Aug. 29.

Upon arrival, the students were invited into the auditorium where Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi welcomed them and provided an insightful overview of the high school program. 

Members of the school’s Peers to Peers club were on hand at the conclusion of Dr. Passi’s presentation to guide the freshmen in small group walking tours of the high school. Throughout their walk, they familiarized themselves with the building and tried out their locker combinations. Additionally, all students were invited into the school cafeteria for a pizza lunch before concluding their day. 

Corey Beach Cleanup

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In an effort to benefit the Bayport-Blue Point community and collaborate with one another, incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from James Wilson Young Middle School recently visited Corey Beach to remove various forms of litter. Under the supervision of special education teacher Andrew Peshkur, students donned latex gloves and happily removed plastic bottles, discarded bags and removed any visible trash that wasn’t disposed of properly.
October 20, 2017