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Board of Education Business Meeting Public Notice - July 24, 2018


Welcoming New Members

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The Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 10, when two new members were welcomed to the board. 

Trustees William Holl and Matthew Seery were sworn in for the beginning of their three-year terms, and the Board elected returning members Michael Miller and Brian Johnson as president and vice president, respectively.

Additionally, the Board of Education welcomed incoming Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Matthew Nolan as the Board of Education student delegate for the 2018-19 school year. 

Accomplished Musicians

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James Wilson Young Middle School recently held its annual eighth-grade awards ceremony, celebrating the many successes of this year’s class. 

The music department was proud to present its “Outstanding Musician” awards to James Buchanan (band); Thomas Bott (jazz band); Robert Newbeck and Amy Borghardt (orchestra) and Gabriel Ross (chorus).  

The department’s highest honor, the “Distinguished Musician Award” was presented to clarinetist, Jessica Schaller. The district congratulates all of the talented musicians for their achievements. 

Graduation 2018

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VIDEO: Flag Day


Celebrating Achievements

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The June 19 Board of Education meeting celebrated the accomplishments of staff members and recognized individuals who devoted their time to maintaining the district’s upstanding reputation.

To begin the evening’s recognitions, board trustees Gina Murphy and Christopher Richardt were honored for their three years of service toward the community. Both Mrs. Murphy and Mr. Richardt were met with words of kindness from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney and presented with plaques commemorating their time spent on the Board of Education.

Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Charlotte Beisel was recognized for serving as the Board of Education’s student delegate for the 2017-18 school year. Charlotte was thanked with a heartfelt speech by Dr. Hearney, and presented with an American University sweatshirt, where she will be attending in this fall.

Additionally, Bayport-Blue Point High School art teacher Frank Salino was presented with a token of appreciation for being named the Teacher of the Month for the month of June.

“Mr. Salino is one of those people I consider a go-to person,” said Dr. Hearney. “He has been bringing ideas forward on a regular basis. We truly value his opinion and what he has done for the district.”

Blue Point Elementary Moving Up 2018

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Helping Find A Cure

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Due to their incredible fundraising efforts at the recent Color Run event, student-members of the Bayport-Blue Point High School National Honor Society recently raised $2,535 to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Way to go, BBP!


Mathematical Wizards

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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

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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

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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. 

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End of Year Celebration

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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

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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.

Creating Smiles

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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.

Spreading Laughter on Red Nose Day

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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

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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 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. 

Enhancing Physical Fitness

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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”

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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

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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

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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. 

Poetry Power

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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. 

Citizenship Day

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