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Important Message from the Desk of High School Nurse Neumeyer

High School Football begins August 14
All Other High School Sports begin August 21

I will be in the High School Nurse’s Office to receive sports paperwork to clear student’s for Fall Sports on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 27 - 1:15pm-2:15pm
  • Friday, July 28 from 7am-8am*Note district office is closed on Friday. Must enter high school through main entrance.
  • Monday, July 31
    • **Dr.Donatelli will be here for Sports Physicals 7:30am.
    • *Athlete MUST have an appointment.
    • *Athlete can sign up for an appointment in the Nurse’s Office on Thursday 7/27 or Friday 7/28.
    • *No appointments will be made over the phone.
  • Wednesday, August 2 - 1:00pm- 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 8 - 7:00am- 8:00am
  • Thursday, August 10 - 8:00am-10:00am
  • Monday, August 14 - 8:00am-10:00am
  • Thursday, August 17 - 8:00am-10:00am
  • Monday, August 21 - 8:00am-10:00am
  • Tuesday, August 22 - 8:00am-10:00am

 

Physical Exam forms along with the Medical History Form can be mailed or dropped off in my high school mailbox.  If the physical is more than 30 days prior to the start of the fall sports season, please complete the Sports Medical Update Form.  All forms can be found on the district website >BBP District Main Website>Athletics>Sports Participation Forms.

Have a wonderful and safe summer,
Nurse Neumeyer

Summer Newsletter Now Available

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District Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

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The district is proud to announce that Dr. Ted Fulton has been named the new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, effective Aug. 1.

Most recently, Dr. Fulton has served as the principal of George W. Hewlett High School in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District. During his time as principal, Dr. Fulton contributed toward the building being designated a Newsweek’s top 500 high school’s in the nation and top five on Long Island as well as being identified as a New York State Education Department “Reward School.” Dr. Fulton was integral in the school’s development and implementation of the first Advanced Placement Capstone Seminar and Research Program on Long Island (2014) as well as the identification of ways to enrich student experiences through such programs as the study of Mandarin, American Sign Language and AP Computer Science.

Prior to his role as principal at George W. Hewlett High School, Dr. Fulton was principal of Newfield High School in the Middle Country School District and worked as an adjunct professor at Dowling College from 2009-2016. Throughout his professional career, he has published several articles and presented them on a local and national level.

Dr. Fulton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary social studies and history from SUNY Cortland, a Master of Science in school administration and supervision as well as a Master of Arts in history from Long Island University and a Doctor of Education in educational administration from Dowling College.  


Class of 2017

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Academy Street Elementary Moving Up Ceremony

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Update on Start of Construction Project

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Update on Summer Bond Work

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Classroom Garden

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All fourth-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School recently extended their knowledge of plant life by working together to construct a hydroponic garden tower.

Prior to the construction of the system, the students studied the responses to seeds and seedlings to varying environmental conditions, including pole beans, which were grown in the traditional way using soil, water and sunlight.   

Students worked together using various tools such as wrenches and levels to construct the plant tower, tomato cage and install lights essential for healthy plant growth. After the assembly, they transplanted the bean plants to the garden tower, washing away excess dirt and leaving just the roots exposed. They were also able to test and regulate the pH balance to maximize the growth of the plants.

Additionally, students discussed and researched the pros, cons and other methods of growing plants. In doing so, they discovered plants can be grown many different ways to adapt to specific environmental constraints.




Honoring Talented Musicians

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James Wilson Young Middle School recently celebrated its annual eighth-grade awards ceremony, highlighting the many talents of the young student-musicians and their contributions to the music community. The music department was proud to present its Outstanding Musician awards to Nicholas Ayerle, chorus; Colin Feddern, jazz band; Lindsay Lessing, band; and Colin Somers, orchestra. The department’s highest honor, the Distinguished Musician Award, was presented to flutist, Cecily Phua; and violinist, Christopher Cody for their outstanding musical talents. The district congratulates all of the talented musicians!


Senior Recognitions

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Six members of the Bayport-Blue Point High School Class of 2017 were recently honored as outstanding members of the school community and celebrated for their achievements at the annual “In Recognition of Excellence” event held on June 14.

The students — Abigail Auwaerter, Lena Diaz, Kayla O’Shea-Dorfman, Mackenzie Fabiani, Madeline Silecchia and Joseph Venero — were selected by a committee of teachers and administrators at the high school from a list of nominees submitted by the entire faculty. The criteria for selection included service to the school and community, respect for fellow students, strong moral character, academic achievement, commitment and appreciation of school ideals, participation in school activities and the ability to express himself/herself.  

Additionally, the students were able to reciprocate their gratitude by selecting three staff members — one from their elementary, middle and secondary experiences — who had a special influence on their education. The selected staff members included Ron Bard, Katherine Carpenter, Stephanie Eberhard-Holgerson, James Ferrara, Carly Gayer, Karen Gick, Dan Harrington, Joan Heiser, Jane Jacoby, Krista Klicpera, Dawn Moccio, Toni Mulgrave, Anthony Murphy, Kim Palma, Dr. Gaurav Passi, Frank Salino, Joy Schuster and Jodi Sleavensky.



A Night of Achievements

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The early June Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education meeting celebrated multiple districtwide achievements, praising students and staff alike, for their contributions toward maintaining a flourishing learning environment.

To begin the night’s recognitions, multiple district kindergarten through fifth-grade students were rewarded with tokens of appreciation from the Board for their performances/artistic projects in the PTA Reflections Arts Program Contest. To qualify for recognition by the PTA, these students utilized their creativity to formulate projects spanning multiple categories all with the central theme of “What is your story?” in mind. In addition to the students celebrated for their success on the regional level, Sylvan Avenue Elementary student Charlotte Passamonte was honored for winning the Award of Merit at the state level for her dance routine. According to their website, PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. 

Bayport-Blue Point High School’s 19 summa cum laude students were also recognized by the Board for their years of hard work and maintaining a grade point average above 96.5 by the end of their academic careers. Congratulations to Matthew Abruzzese Ott, Abigail Auwaerter, Christopher Bartolini, Davis Bates, Abby Brewer, Christian Buckheit, Matthew Califano, Jayne Cudia, Abigail Edgeller, Olivia Ingrassia, Kraig Klein, Allyson Koehler, Jillian Lessing, Joshua Lurie, Jacob Ocon, Peter Prisinzano, Amanda Salva, Patricia Shiebler and Philip Tubiolo. 

The Board also granted tenure to multiple staff members throughout the district for their continued successes in their buildings. Congratulations to Rosemarie Castilletti, Samantha Demeusy, Roy Deyo, Gina Eisles, Bayley Everitt, Robert Haas and Andrew Peshkur.

Additionally, this year’s retirees of the Bayport-Blue Point School District were recognized by the Board for their many years of service and dedication to the district community. Congratulations and best of luck to Pamela Austin, Jean Brown, Jacqueline DeCanio, Maria Gomes, O’Myra Petrocine and Maureen Raemdonck. 




Welcoming New Administrator

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The district is pleased to welcome Richard Snyder as the new assistant superintendent for finance and operations, effective July 1.

Since 2007, Mr. Snyder has worked as the assistant superintendent for business within the Eastport-South Manor School District. During his time in this position, he managed $100 million in capital construction projects, reduced expenditures by $15 million over an eight-year time period as well as designed and restructured all internal controls and financial reporting requirements. 

Prior to his position in Eastport-South Manor, Mr. Snyder worked as an external and internal audit manager for R.S. Abrams & Company and had previously served as the assistant superintendent for business and technology in the Bellmore Public Schools. 

In addition to his administrative experience, Mr. Snyder worked as a business education teacher at the H. Frank Carey High School of Sewanhaka Central High School District and is a certified public accountant.

Mr. Snyder holds a bachelor’s degree in science of accounting from St. Joseph’s College, a professional diploma in school business administration and a Master of Science in computer science degree, both received at Long Island University. 

Subtracting the Competition

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The district would like to congratulate Bayport-Blue Point High School junior Angelina Mazzei for achieving the highest combined score at the school on all recent Mathletes competitions.
 
The Mathletes Team is composed of a group of mathematically talented students who compete in monthly math contests against other area high schools, as sponsored by the New York State Mathematics League. During each contest, six extremely challenging questions are posed, and the top five scores are to contribute toward a total team score. 

“The Bayport-Blue Point students have consistently scored well and proudly represented the district,” said Bayport-Blue Point High School math teacher and Mathletes adviser Connie Chiraz. “Additionally, Angelina is a very respectful and conscientious student, and she is the only student to never miss a contest.”


Bay Area Summer Orchestra

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Friends of Carly Fun Run

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Third- through fifth-grade students at Academy Street Elementary School were recently joined by members of the community to celebrate the fifth annual “Friends of Carly Fun Run” in honor of former Academy student Carly LeStrange.

After being cheered on by kindergarten through second-grade students lining the front entrance of Academy Street Elementary, students, staff and their families joined one another to jog around the newly renovated Bayport-Blue Point High School track. 

Additionally, $1,046.16 was raised in honor of the Carly LeStrange Scholarship Fund by members of the community to be awarded to a 2017 graduate of Bayport-Blue Point High School. 



Smile Train Week

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Students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently celebrated Smile Train Week to recognize Better Speech and Hearing month as an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders.

To raise school spirits and promote fundraising, the week’s themes consisted of Pajama Day, Sports Day, Career Day, Wear Your Best Smiles Day and Crazy Hair Day. The school is proud to have supported the efforts of the Smile Train and Better Speech and Hearing Month for the past 10 years.

Due to their successful fundraising this year, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School raised $3,703 which was tripled by an unknown Smile Train donor, bringing the grand total raised to $11,109. With these funds collected, approximately 44 children in need will be able to receive a free cleft palette surgery.

Additionally, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School Speech pathologists Laurie Katz and Christine Monahan recently returned from Vietnam after being invited by Smile Train Organization. While there, they were able to get a glimpse of the Vietnamese culture, visit with the children who recently underwent the surgery and provide their families with small tokens of appreciation.

The Smile Train Organization assists millions of children with untreated clefts by providing training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in more than 85 developing countries to provide 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.


Extending Kindness

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The district congratulates Bayport-Blue Point High School students Keri White and Sean Morge for being recognized by the Rotary Club of Sayville for their efforts in welcoming a friend and fellow classmate back to school after a major surgery.  

Thanks to the students’ efforts and the community’s generosity, Keri and Sean were able to create a “Wellness Basket,” complete with a video of well-wishes, filmed and beautifully edited by Keri and Sean.

The “Wellness Basket” provided the receiving family with numerous gift cards, comfort items and a donation to “Stand Up to Cancer” in the name of their classmate.


Pursuing College Athletics

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Due to their fantastic efforts both in the classroom and on the athletic field, seven Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors recently committed themselves to continuing their athletic careers at National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III schools. The district congratulates this group of student-athletes on their commitments, and wishes them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.

Amongst the students playing Division III college-level sports are Ashley Campasano (Mount Ida College/volleyball), Carly Croteau (SUNY New Paltz/field hockey), Emily de Onis (University of Scranton/field hockey), Collin Duffy (Kings College/baseball), Mackenzie Fabiani (SUNY Maritime College/soccer), Nik Ingraffia (Baruch College/baseball) and Jake Liberatore (Stetson University/baseball) (Not pictured: Patricia Shiebler (Hamilton College/Swimming) and Edward Schulze (SUNY Brockport/Swimming).





Dayna Russo Named “Teacher of Excellence”

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The district congratulates Bayport-Blue Point High School psychologist Dayna Russo for being recognized by Sen. Phil Boyle as a “Teacher of Excellence” at his second annual Teacher of Excellence Awards Ceremony held at the Bay Shore Fire Department.

Ms. Russo was chosen for this award based on her radiant personality and her ability to connect with students to ensure that they feel safe and comfortable to be who they are, to name a few. Additionally, Ms. Russo is credited for establishing the Bayport-Blue Point High School Peer Education Program, a very successful initiative which trains and educates students to be leaders in bullying prevention.

Assisting Man’s Best Friend

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Due to their fantastic efforts, Peer Leader students at Blue Point Elementary School were recently able to raise $2,650 for the Guide Dog Foundation during their “Hotdog for a Guide Dog” dinner fundraising event. Throughout the course of the evening, guests were able to enjoy delicious hotdog meals and were given the opportunity to win gift baskets courtesy of local businesses and organizations during a raffle.

Travelling with Flat Stanley

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Second-grade students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently interacted with students from different regions of New York State via video chat to discuss similarities and differences of their school and community as part of The Flat Stanley Project.

Throughout the course of their discussions, the Bayport-Blue Point second-graders were able to answer informative questions sent from the upstate students such as, “How many second-grade classes does your school have?” and “Do any students have pets at home?” In addition, the students from upstate New York were happy to answer the questions that the Sylvan Avenue Elementary students posed.

According to the official Flat Stanley website, the basic principle of The Flat Stanley Project is to connect children, students or classrooms with other students or classrooms participating in the project by sending out “Flat” visitors created by the children through mail or digital resources.

Top Graduates

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The district would like to congratulate 19 graduating seniors for being named summa cum laude students by achieving a grade point average above 96.5, including this year’s valedictorian Philip Tubiolo and salutatorian Olivia Ingrassia.
 
Throughout his career at Bayport-Blue Point High School, Philip was a member of the Science Olympiad team, and was deeply rooted in the music department – lending his musical talents as bassist in the jazz band and a cellist in both the chamber and pit orchestras. This fall, he will attend Stony Brook University, where he will be majoring in biomedical engineering within the school’s University Scholars Program. While at Stony Brook, Philip plans to seek out research opportunities in the medical field and become involved in university jazz band, orchestra, and the university martial arts clubs.

While at Bayport-Blue Point High School, Olivia was a member of the varsity tennis team and was an accomplished musician, garnishing All-State, All-National and All-Eastern orchestra honors. She will attend Fordham University with a major in political science following a pre-law track. As part of her extracurricular studies at Fordham, Olivia plans to get involved in the university orchestra, Fordham College Republicans organization, and hopes to write for the Fordham Political Review.

The district congratulates all members of the graduating class, including the following 19 summa cum laude students: Matthew Abruzzese Ott, Abigail Auwaerter, Christopher Bartolini, Davis Bates, Abby Brewer, Christian Buckheit, Matthew Califano, Jayne Cudia, Abigail Edgeller, Olivia Ingrassia, Kraig Klein, Allyson Koehler, Jillian Lessing, Joshua Lurie, Jacob Ocon, Peter Prisinzano, Amanda Salva, Patricia Shiebler and Philip Tubiolo.

“We are very proud of the students and all of the hard work they’ve continued to show throughout their years here,” said Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “Additionally, their teachers have been thrilled with all they have accomplished thus far.”


Phantom Challenge

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Bayport-Blue Point High School students were recently able to present tentative business ideas and products to district administration, Board members and local business owners during the school’s fourth annual Phantom Challenge competition. The event is sponsored by the Perri-Marchan scholarship program and the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce.

Throughout the course of the evening, the following students presented their innovative projects to the judges - Abigail Auwaerter, Elizabeth Auwaerter, Sucheta Ghandi, Madyson Gillanders, Derian Nasca, Lauren Remy and Kyle Spano.

The students’ projects included a “Park My Ride” parking application to help navigate cities and towns, and the idea of a “Culture Craze” which would bring students together for a night of cultural appreciation at participating schools.

The night’s top prize went to “Turtle Travel,” a series of space-saving compression suitcases; the runner-up was the “Med-Id,” a computer chip containing valuable medical information. The “Spray and Sun” sunscreen spray booth was named second runner-up. The district congratulates all student participants for their fantastic projects.

Physical Education Honors

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Fifth-grade students Kyle Barber and Marisa Carney at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School in were recently presented with Suffolk Zone Physical Education Leadership Awards based on their outstanding leadership skills, fitness, citizenship and excellence in physical education. Kyle and Marisa were the only two students bestowed with this award from the entire fifth-grade class at Sylvan Elementary.
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July 21, 2017