skip to main content

Mathematical Wizards

Mathematical Wizards photo
Mathematical Wizards photo 2
As a result of their knowledge and talents, Bayport-Blue Point High School students Haley Jenner, Angelina Mazzei, Douglas McDonough and Stephanie McDonough achieved the highest cumulative scores in this year’s Mathletes’ Math League Contest for their respective grade levels. 

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 contribute toward a total team score.

Celebrating Staff and Student Achievements

Celebrating Staff and Student Achievements photo

The June 5 Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education meeting celebrated not only student achievements, but also recognized those faculty and staff members who were awarded tenure and will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Academy Street Elementary School fifth-grade student Treigh Tomassone, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School fifth-grade student Alyssa Ayerle and third-grader Brennan Cole were congratulated for earning honorable mention in this year’s Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Fair. 

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School fourth-grader Shlok Parek was recently named a winner in Senator Tom Croci’s Veterans Appreciation Poster Contest, and was presented with a token of appreciation from the Board of Education for his artistic accomplishments.  

Soon-to-be retirees were presented with a token of appreciation from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney and thanked for their cumulative years of service. The district congratulates Laura Behanna, Elizabeth Brown, MaryAnne DeDominicas, Ellen Erath, Maureen Fischetti, Theresa Montigny, Joe Orenzo, Lynn Peppler and Maureen Raemdonck and thanks them each for their unwavering years of service to the schools and students.  

Additionally, in honor of their dedication and commitment, staff members Alyssa Cordano and Ashley Olmstead were honored and granted tenure by the Board of Education. 



Colonial Day

Colonial Day photo
Colonial Day photo 2
Fourth-grade students from Blue Point Elementary School recently stepped into a time machine and traveled back to visit America’s early years, as they celebrated the school’s annual “Colonial Day” event. 

During the day, the classrooms were transformed to mimic the iconic era, as the lights were turned off and the rooms were “illuminated” by a fire displayed on the Smart Board. Activities consisted of utilizing black construction paper to do simple arithmetic, tracing letters with quill pens and “churning” butter securely in a mason jar. 

Additionally, the students took part in Colonial craft stations, paying tribute to popular activities from the time such as candle making, creating trade signs and crafting their very own optical illusion toy. 

Bay Area Summer Orchestra

Attachments:

End of Year Celebration

End of Year Celebration photo
End of Year Celebration photo 2
DSC_2315.jpg
In recognition of their successful school year spent assisting students in modified physical education classes, James Wilson Young Middle School student mentors, along with members of Inclusive Sports and Fitness, Inc., celebrated the end of the school year with an afternoon celebration filled with treats, good friends and most of all, activities and games. 

Additionally, Teacher Assistant Kristin Fryer was recognized and presented with a bouquet of flowers for being a large help to the initiative. Ms. Fryer is credited with scheduling all of the student mentors who attend and help out with the modified physical education classes throughout the school year.  

The students were able to enjoy a few rounds of “Smash Cone” and volleyball in the back gym before returning to their classes for the remainder of the day. 

Talented Student-Artist

Talented Student-Artist photo
Talented Student-Artist photo 2
Congratulations to Sylvan Avenue Elementary School fourth-grade student Shlok Parek for being named a winner in Senator Tom Croci’s Veterans Appreciation Poster Contest. Shlok’s drawing now serves as the cover page for the Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs for the 2017 Legislative Session.
 

2018/2019 Emergency/Disaster Plan

Please review the 2018/2019 Emergency/Disaster Plan and notify the district if you have any questions.

Attachments:

Creating Smiles

Creating Smiles photo
Creating Smiles photo 2
Creating Smiles photo 3
Students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently celebrated “Things That Make Us Smile Week” to recognize Better Speech and Hearing month as an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders.

To raise school spirit and promote fundraising, the week’s themes consisted of Pajama Day, T-Shirt Day, How Many Smiles Can You Wear Day, Career 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 more than 10 years. 

Due to their successful fundraising this year, Sylvan Avenue raised a grand total of $8,583.48. With these funds collected, approximately 250 children in need will be able to receive a free cleft palette surgery.
 
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.

Updated Code of Conduct

Attachments:

Spreading Laughter on Red Nose Day

Spreading Laughter on Red Nose Day photo
Spreading Laughter on Red Nose Day photo 2
Spreading Laughter on Red Nose Day photo 3
Students from Academy Street, Sylvan Avenue and Blue Point Elementary School recently donned red clown noses and learned about Red Nose Day. Additionally, the students from all buildings made a generous donation toward the organization’s efforts, raising close to one thousand dollars in doing so. 

According to their website, Red Nose Day was founded by Comic Relief Inc., and aims its efforts toward ending child poverty in the United States through fundraising and donations. 
 

Friends of Carly Fun Run

Friends of Carly Fun Run photo

Third- through fifth-grade students at Academy Street Elementary School were recently joined by members of the community to celebrate the school’s 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 Bayport-Blue Point High School track and got in some valuable exercise.  

Additionally, $1,620 was raised in honor of the Carly LeStrange Scholarship Fund by members of the community to be awarded to a 2018 graduate of Bayport-Blue Point High School. 



Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day photo

In celebration of the summer season right around the corner, Blue Point Elementary School recently hosted “Outdoor Classroom Day,” inviting students of all grade levels to step out of the classroom for a portion of the day and enjoy their learning experience in an outdoor setting.

The students, who were dressed in summer attire such as Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses, spent the day rotating through various stations, which focused on different aspects of the district’s curriculum. The outdoor adventurers enjoyed themselves as they painted rocks, read aloud to one another, took part in a collaborative STEM activity and got in valuable exercise by walking around the surrounding area with teacher supervision. 

Enhancing Physical Fitness

Enhancing Physical Fitness photo

Students enrolled in Bayport-Blue point High School physical education teacher Tricia Livingston’s modified physical education classes were recently treated to a special athletic initiative with assistance from members of Inclusive Sports and Fitness, Inc.

Through this collaboration, students with special needs are able to explore alternatives to physical education that focus on their intrinsic needs, while capitalizing on the strengths that can advance health-promoting behaviors, inclusion, empathy and the advancement of academic performance.

In addition to assistance from the ISF mentors, Bayport-Blue Point High School students volunteering as peer mentors were on hand during the activities. Due to their assistance, greater opportunities are provided for those students with different abilities in order to maximize their potential for success.

During class time, the students highly enjoyed themselves as they interacted with kettle balls, ropes, medicine balls and TRX bands in the Bob Venero Fitness Center in an effort to enhance their overall physical well-being. 

“Working with the ISF coaches has been a universally positive experience for everyone involved,” said Mrs. Livingston. “It has taken modified physical education classes to the next level and engaged students in a new way. We have been very fortunate to collaborate and create a positive, motivational and exciting curriculum.”

The district would like to thank ISF mentors Joe, Sonila and Melanie for their assistance with this wonderful initiative.




An Afternoon With “Junie B. Jones”

An Afternoon With “Junie B. Jones” photo
An Afternoon With “Junie B. Jones” photo 2
An Afternoon With “Junie B. Jones” photo 3
Kindergarten, first and second grade students from all district elementary schools were recently treated to a special theatrical performance of “Junie B. Jones,” courtesy of Theatreworks USA. This performance tied into the students’ literacy curriculum, as they recently read the various “Junie B. Jones” stories in their classrooms, which tell the tale of a young student and her adventures in first grade. 

Committing to the Next Level

Committing to the Next Level photo
Committing to the Next Level photo 2
Due to their unwavering commitments both in the classroom and on the athletic field, 10 Bayport-Blue Point High School student-athletes recently committed to attending some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities this fall and participating in the schools’ athletic programs. These students were recognized during a ceremony held at Bayport-Blue Point High School. 

The district congratulates Kayla Ahern (SUNY New Paltz/field hockey), Kevin Doty (New Mexico Military Institute/basketball), Ryan Ferrante (SUNY Plattsburgh/soccer), Christian Henke (SUNY Plattsburgh/lacrosse), Josh Montauro (Messiah College/baseball), Olivia Kane (College of Mount Saint Vincent/volleyball), Robert Ray (SUNY Oswego/baseball), Ali Sena (St. Joseph’s College/basketball), Kyle Spano (Hobart College/football), Katelyn Torlincasi (Emerson College/softball). 

BOE Recognizes Staff and Students

BOE Recognizes Staff and Students photo
The May 15 Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education meeting celebrated the accomplishments of both district staff members and students alike. 

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School teacher Ursula Camenzuli was named Teacher of the Month by the Bayport-Blue Point Teacher’s Association and was presented with tokens appreciation from the Board of Education in honor of this special recognition. According to her colleagues, Ms. Camenzuli is a dedicated educator who creates a safe, nurturing environment where all students feel supported to succeed. Additionally, she is noted as being kind and compassionate to students and colleagues alike. 

The 23 Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors who were recently named the Class of 2018 Summa Cum Laude cohort based on their high academic integrity and commitment to success were also on hand to accept certificates from the Board. These dedicated students from the Class of 2018 have attained a GPA of 96.5 or higher. 

Award-Winning Science Projects

Award-Winning Science Projects photo
Sylvan Avenue Elementary School fifth-grade student Alyssa Ayerle and third-grader Brennan Cole received honorable mention designations at this year’s Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair competition. 

Alyssa’s project, titled “Will the fish be affected?” utilized a small fan in a fish tank to mimic wind turbines placed in local ecosystems to see if their usage negatively effects the sea life residing there. 

Brennan’s project, “Shhh…It’s a secret,” tested different cleaning solutions, such as dish soap and laundry detergent to see which was the most effective at cleaning. Additionally, he created his own dish soap to further enhance the possible outcomes of his project. 

Assisting the ALS Ride for Life Foundation

Assisting the ALS Ride for Life Foundation photo

Hundreds of administrators, staff and students from Bayport-Blue Point High School recently lined Snedecor Avenue in Bayport to show overwhelming support for Chris Pendergast and the ALS Ride for Life Foundation as they honorably paraded throughout the community.

Thanks to the efforts of high school English teacher Erin McKay, Mr. Pendergast and the ALS Ride of Life Foundation were invited to ride their way along the front of the school building as the hundreds of spectators cheered him on. 

To help raise funding to support research efforts for a cure for ALS, the high school student government rallied their peers to help raise $250 for the nonprofit organization.   

ALS Ride for life was founded in 1997 by Pendergast and his supporters. Each May, during ALS Awareness Month, those diagnosed with ALS ride their power wheelchairs across Long Island to Manhattan in order to raise awareness of the disease, which currently has no cure. 



Summa Cum Laude Students

Summa Cum Laude Students photo
Summa Cum Laude Students photo 2
Summa Cum Laude Students photo 3
Summa Cum Laude Students photo 4
Twenty-three Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors were named the Class of 2018 Summa Cum Laude cohort based on their high academic integrity and commitment to success, both in and out of the classroom. These students from the graduating Class of 2018 have attained a GPA of 96.5 or higher. 

The district congratulates Charlotte Beisel (American University), Shannon Conrad (High Point University), Hannah Duffield (University of Florida), Frank Giacchetto (Boston College), Haley Giuliano (Siena College), Lianna Gualberti (Stony Brook University), Ciara Joseph (Stony Brook University), Ryan Lawrence (Boston University), Ben Marantz (Stony Brook University), Joaquin Martinez Sabag (Calvin College), Angelina Mazzei (Boston College), Melanie McGuire (SUNY Geneseo), Kevin Mischo (SUNY New Paltz), Timothy Niblock (High Point University), Benjamin Papa (Vassar College), Jaime Petersen (University of Tampa), Kevin Polanish (Princeton University), Margaret Ross (Stony Brook University), Ava Snyder (St. Joseph’s College), Christian Strain (SUNY Polytechnic Institute), Derek Strine (Western Connecticut State University), Cassidy Weeks (Boston College) and Courtney Weeks (Boston College).
 

Poetry Power

Poetry Power  Pic
Poetry Power  Pic 2
Renowned children’s poet/author Darren Sardelli recently met with all students at Blue Point Elementary School for an informative literacy-themed assembly, sharing important tips and tricks on how to have fun with writing along the way.

Mr. Sardelli first addressed the students by asking if they were familiar with the works of both Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, to which they happily responded that they were. Additionally, he shared original lines of poetry with the students, all of which featured lines which were both creative and humorous, and encouraged the students to write their own poems when an idea struck them. 

“Write down your ideas, save ideas and do something special with your favorite idea,” said Mr. Sardelli.

At the conclusion of his presentation, students were invited into the school’s library for a workshop session in which they created original stories and poems with assistance from Mr. Sardelli. 

Mr. Sardelli is the author of the popular children’s book “Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie,” and has had his poems published in a number of other of children’s poetry collections. 

Going Green for ‘Earth Week’

Going Green for ‘Earth Week’

Staff and students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently celebrated Earth Day with a weeklong celebration of activities geared toward preserving the planet.

During Earth Week, the students took part in eco-friendly events such as turning off the lights for an hour at a time to save electricity, walking/biking to school and eating school lunches which would not result in waste when finished. 

Best Community for Music Education

Best Community for Music Education Pic
The district has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  

This honor is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the designation, Bayport-Blue Point completed a thorough application process detailing various aspects of the program.

“It is such an honor to receive this designation for the past six consecutive years,” said District Chairperson for Art and Music Paul Weber. “We value the support we receive from the community, Board of Education, and district administration.”

Citizenship Day

Citizenship Day pic

Peer Education Program Promotes Kindness

Peer Education Program Promotes Kindness photo
Peer Education Program Promotes Kindness photo 2
Peer Education Program Promotes Kindness photo 3
The Bayport-Blue Point High School recently celebrated Peer Education Program Day, as members of the school organization visited various English and social studies classes throughout the building to share a lesson focusing on the power of connection and healthy communication.

While visiting the classrooms, the students spoke about forging friendships and promoted antibullying techniques. Additionally, they shared tactics on how each of their classmates could learn to be an “upstander,” the person who assists another, as opposed to just being a bystander. 

Before concluding their lesson, students took part in an activity with assistance from John Martin, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services senior public health educator. During the initiative, participants formed a circle and offered a compliment to the person to their right. 

Rock the Bald 2018

Logo

An Evening of Accomplishments

An Evening of Accomplishments photo
An Evening of Accomplishments photo 2
An Evening of Accomplishments photo 3
The Bayport-Blue Point School District celebrated the accomplishments of both staff and students during the April 10 Board of Education meeting. 

To begin the night’s celebrations, Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney announced that Academy Street Elementary School psychologist Sebastien Saylor was chosen as February’s Teacher of the Month, and he expressed his gratitude toward Mr. Saylor’s services to the district. 

Additionally, student-participants of this year’s “Phantom Challenge” event were on hand to receive praise from the Board of Education for their public speaking skills and ability to pitch their own invention to school staff and administrators. The Board congratulated James Wilson Young Middle School students Taylor DiBiase and Maggie Yost (first place) Caroline Lewkowicz and Erin Wuestmann (second place) and Shaun Murphy (third place) as well as Bayport-Blue Point High School students Margaret Ross (first place) Shannon Conrad and Kevin Polanish (second place) and Elizabeth Auwaerter (third place). 

The James Wilson Young Middle School Science Olympiad Team was also honored for qualifying to compete in the Science Olympiad State Tournament held in Syracuse, New York along with advisers Robert Donarummo and Erick Muller. During their highly successful trip, the team secured four medals in the categories “Write It, Do It,” “Wright Stuff,” “Battery Buggy” and “Quiz Bowl.”

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Day

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Day photo

Members of Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Peer Education Program recently welcomed a group of students from Amityville High School for a Cultural Exchange event, held at the Bayport-Blue Point High School on April 10.

After being welcomed to the school with a stunning display of musical talent courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point High School chamber orchestra, the Amityville High School students greeted their friends with smiles on their faces.

The purpose of the Cultural Exchange program is to build new friendships and create bonds between students from different school districts. This was the second time that both Amityville High School and Bayport-Blue Point High School participated in the event this school year, with the first event taking place this past fall.
After a complimentary breakfast, the students took part in a series of icebreaker activities with assistance from Suffolk County Health Department Representative John Martin, who helped develop the BBP program with high school psychologist Dayna Russo. 

“The Cultural Diversity Day is beneficial in many ways, as it allows students to experience and challenge their assumptions and judgments about other districts and students,” said Mrs. Russo. “It also creates connections between students who may have never had the opportunity to meet, simply because of where they live. Each school has a culture that could be misunderstood by an outsider and it is an important piece in transitioning from high school to adult life to take the time to understand others before judgement. This year, witnessing the students connect, recognize, evaluate, and talk about the differences between their schools and cultures was empowering to watch.”

Before leaving for the day, each Amityville student was paired up with a Bayport-Blue Point student and attended several classes together. 



Exploring Magnificent Marine Ecosystems

Exploring Magnificent Marine Ecosystems photo

Third-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School were recently paid a visit by Bayport-Blue Point High School alumna and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County marine scientist/educator Alexandra Stevens for a hands-on look into various marine ecosystems.

In tandem with the third-grade science curriculum, Alexandra discussed factors of different marine ecosystems, specifically the local ecosystems on Long Island. Using samples in the classroom, the students explored coastal, salt marsh, and sandy beach ecosystems by comparing those ecosystems to the deep sea and polar environments. 

The students also enjoyed viewing and interacting with local sea creatures found in the salt marshes and beaches, including snails, shellfish, crabs and sea stars, to name a few.



Bayport-Blue Point Eagle