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Board of Education Public Notice - January 23, 2018


SCMEA Jazz Performers

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The district congratulates three talented Bayport-Blue Point High School student-musicians for being selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s All-County Jazz Ensembles. 

Students Alisa Barsch and Connor Teague were selected to participate in the SCMEA All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Andrew Shiebler was selected to perform in the SCMEA All-County Instrumental Jazz Ensemble. All three were selected based on a showcase of their immense talents during a solo audition as well as improvisation.

“We are most proud to have Alisa, Andrew and Connor represent Bayport-Blue Point High School at such a prestigious festival,” said Bayport-Blue Point Arts and Music Chairperson Paul Weber. 

Board of Education Recognizes Teacher of the Month

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The Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting featured the naming of James Wilson Young Middle School Band Director Matthew Hurst as December’s Teacher of the Month for his unwavering commitment to education.

“Mr. Hurst is well-known for his patience, kindness and professionalism,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney. “Through his expert instruction, he develops an avenue of expression for all students, including those with special needs.”

Ensuring a happy holiday

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Student representatives of James Wilson Young Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society recently gathered toiletry-related items for those in need this holiday season. Under the guidance of National Junior Honor Society co-advisers Andrew Peshkur and Kimberly Benedict, the students spearheaded the collection, which brought in more than 600 items be donated to the Patchogue Neighbor’s Inn. 

A Christmas Carol

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Students from Nancy Celentano’s kindergarten class and fourth-grade students from Carrie Almskog’s class at Academy Street Elementary School recently put on a wonderful performance of the Charles Dickens classic holiday novella “A Christmas Carol.” The students rehearsed for weeks under the direction of Mrs. Celentano and Mrs. Almskog before putting on two performances on Dec. 20 for their families and the entire school. 

Buzzing Toward Success

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The district would like to congratulate Academy Street Elementary School fifth-grade student George Rogers for winning the fourth- and fifth-grade spelling bee contest after correctly spelling the word “Boisterously” during the contest’s 10th round.  

With this win under his belt, George has advanced to the SCRIPPS regional competition alongside other local schools taking place at Hofstra University on Feb. 4, 2018.

This year’s Academy Spelling Bee runner up was fifth-grader Anna Forman. 

Building Fun for the Holidays

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Seventh-grade students enrolled in Robert Donarummo’s Introduction to Technology class at James Wilson Young Middle School recently created miniature Nok-Hockey tables to be donated to those less fortunate this holiday season.

Prior to donating the completed tables to Lighthouse Mission of Bellport, the students collaborated for four weeks in the technology room, utilizing scroll saws, combo sanders and drill presses in an assembly line formation to ensure the craftsmanship of their finished products. 

Holiday Watercolor Fun!

Celebrating Accomplishments

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The district recognized both students and staff for their accomplishments during its Dec. 5 Board of Education meeting. 

Student representatives of Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Leo’s Club were commended for their efforts in the Blue Point-Bayport Lions/Leo's Clubs' annual food drive. These students volunteered on a recent Sunday afternoon to stand in front of King Kullen of Blue Point and encouraged the shoppers to donate nonperishable food items to those in need of assistance in their own community. Due to the initiative, the group collected enough food to fill up the back of a pick-up truck.  

Additionally, three teachers throughout the district were recognized as Teachers of the Month based not only on their excellent teaching methods, but for their ability to seamlessly connect with the students and ensure that their education comes first. Congratulations to Sylvan Avenue Elementary School second-grade teacher Sara Desmond, Blue Point Elementary School third-grade teacher Christine Brand and Academy Street Elementary School kindergarten teacher Melissa Zaleski for being named Teachers of the Month for September, October and November, respectively. 

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All That Jazz

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James Wilson Young Middle School eighth-grade musicians Thomas Bott (trombone) and Anthony Russo (trumpet) have been selected to perform in this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Middle School Jazz Band.

Although many students across Suffolk County auditioned for a spot, only 20 of the best performers were selected to take part in this elite musical ensemble.

“We are extremely proud of Thomas and Anthony for their hard work and dedication toward music,” said James Wilson Young Middle School Band Director Matthew Hurst.

The All-County Jazz Concert will take place on April 12 at Miller Place High School. 

National Junior Honor Society Inductions

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As a result of their outstanding academic achievements and dedication, 64 eighth-grade students at James Wilson Young Middle School were recently inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  

All applicants maintained an unrounded, unweighted raw average of at least 92 throughout the last two marking quarters of sixth grade and all four marking quarters of seventh grade, provided 10 or more hours of community service, showed involvement in their school through sports or clubs, and wrote an essay describing why they believe they should be a member of this organization. All members met, if not exceeded, the requirements set forth by the National Junior Honor Society. 
During the ceremony, a variety of speakers addressed the inductees. The National Junior Honor Society co-advisers, Andrew Peshkur and Kimberly Benedict, defined the qualities all candidates must possess —  knowledge, scholarship, citizenship, service, leadership and character. Principal Robert Haas also expanded on the quality of character and conveyed the importance of being grateful and noted that these members have a vast amount of potential to tap into for their future endeavors. Throughout the evening, NJHS members of the band, chorus and orchestra also performed several musical pieces.
All 64 inductees exhibited their first act of service by donating one or more food items to a local food pantry. 

Blue Ribbon Celebration

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The Nov. 21 Board of Education meeting celebrated the Bayport-Blue Point High School’s distinct honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Throughout the course of the evening, the attending community members were treated to congratulatory speeches by distinguished guests, dazzling musical performances by high school student-musicians and were able to witness firsthand the unveiling of the large Blue Ribbon banner, which will proudly hang in the high school auditorium.

Firefighters for the Day

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Blue Point Elementary School students recently showcased important fire safety tips with their school community as they took part in the Blue Point Fire Department’s annual fire safety poster contest. 

The students worked alongside art teachers Carly Gayer and Ron Brandt to create posters artistically showing an important tip for remaining safe during a fire or how to prevent a fire in their homes. The winners of the contest received a special prize — a ride home from school on a fire truck.

A Step Toward the Future

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Blue Point Elementary School students celebrated Career Day by dressing up to emulate the professions they aspired to pursue one day. Throughout the course of the day, parents visited the classrooms to explain the role of their jobs, and how important a quality education is in order to achieve one’s dreams. 

Growing Toward Success

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As an addition to their STEM-based education, third-grade students from 3RS at Blue Point Elementary School have been working on their flourishing Tower Garden, a gift received last school year from the SEED Foundation.
While spending time interacting and learning how to utilize the tall structure, students have been actively growing lettuce, basil, tomatoes, and more, all of which the students and staff are able to sample.

A Real Life Wonder

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After reading the critically acclaimed novel “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio and in an effort to acquire a common experience surrounding the importance of fostering kindness, community building, tolerance and acceptance, the fifth-grade students at Blue Point Elementary School were granted the opportunity to see the motion picture version of the novel on opening day.

The trip, which occurred at Sayville movie theater, was provided by the SEED Foundation, which supports educational initiatives and programs throughout the school district. 

Holiday Help

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Staff and students at James Wilson Young Middle School recently showcased their holiday spirit by collecting more than 3,000 food items for those less fortunate this Thanksgiving season. With assistance from student council members, the thousands of collected items were donated locally to the Our Lady of the Snow Church and Patchogue Soup Kitchen. 

Student-Athletes Take the Next Step

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Due to their robust commitment, both in the classroom and on the athletic fields, seven Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors recently committed to furthering their athletic and academic careers at prestigious colleges and universities located throughout the nation.

The district would like to congratulate Katelyn Eames (High Point University/lacrosse), Brooke Sparacio (Quinnipiac University/lacrosse), Jenn Smith (Belmont Abbey College/lacrosse), Ashley Walsh (St. John’s University/track & field), Lauren Wilke (Stonehill College/volleyball) and sisters Cassidy Weeks (Boston College/lacrosse) and Courtney Weeks (Boston College/lacrosse). 

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Welcoming New BPE Principal

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The district is pleased to announce Tara Falasco as the new principal of Blue Point Elementary School, effective Nov. 27. 
Ms. Falasco comes to the district from the Harborfields School District, where she has served as an assistant principal at two schools — Washington Drive Primary School and Oldfield Middle School — since 2015. During her work in Harborfields, Ms. Falasco created and implemented a schoolwide Character Counts program, which included grade-level assemblies, student nominations, letters of recognitions to parents and a display in the atrium. Additionally, she updated the AIS program, bringing in the STAR reading/math program for progress monitoring, creating letters to communicate data with parents and managing a monitor list with parents. Furthermore, she supervised the LOTE department and helped to create an interactive LOTE week at the school. 

Ms. Falasco began her educational career in the Comsewogue School District, serving as a special education inclusion teacher and classroom teacher for more than 10 years. Throughout her work in the classroom, she became well-versed in the New York State standards, developed collaborative working relationship with colleagues and was involved in developing units of study using Understanding by Design. She had also served as a literary consultant for the Distinctive Educator’s Institute, presenting to and sharing best practices with reading specialists throughout the county and state.
In addition to her educational work, Ms. Falasco belongs to multiple professional organizations, including, but not limited to, the Special Education Parent Teacher Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum and the New York State Elementary Classroom Teachers Association. 

She is also certified across multiple platforms, currently holding such certificates as the NYS School Building Leader – Advanced Certificate, Students with Disabilities, 1-6, and Literacy Education, Birth – 6 certificates.

Ms. Falasco holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marist College, and a Master of Science degree in literacy education, along with a NYS SBL/SDL professional diploma, both from Dowling College.

Wonder of Reading

Taking the Big Stage

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As a result of their incredible musical talents, Bayport-Blue Point High School student-musicians Andrey Dagayev and Jacob Lurie were recently selected to perform with the famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. 

“This is the second consecutive year that Andrey and Jacob were asked to perform with this famous touring group,” said Bayport-Blue Point Jazz Band Director Michael Sarling. “It is a surreal moment to see your students perform with some of the top musicians in the world; a proud moment that as an educator I will cherish forever with their families.”

Andrey, a member of David Johnson’s symphony orchestra, and Jacob, a member of Mr. Sarling’s symphonic band, both participate in the Bayport-Blue Point High School jazz ensemble. 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra travels worldwide, 48 weeks out of the year, performing 5-6 shows a week in a new venue each night. The ensemble has been touring since 1946.
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