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Board of Education Business Meeting Public Notice - January 22, 2019

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Spreading Kindness

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In an effort to enhance a strong sense of school community, students who devote their extracurricular time to the Peer Mentors Program at Academy Street Elementary School recently spent the morning of Jan. 15 creating “Kindness Rocks.”

With assistance from elementary school social worker Brooke Yonick and school psychologist Sebastian Saylor, the students discussed such topics as bullying, conflict mediation, asking for and offering help and learning to be assertive, amongst others. Applying their knowledge of these concepts, the students painted beautiful works of art on rocks, featuring words of wisdom and phrases of hope and encouragement to be seen by all. 

The school’s Peer Mentors learn to be role models in the school, working on noticing social happenings as they continue to make Academy Street Elementary school a great place to learn. The program is currently open to any third- and fourth-grade students who would like to participate.

Business-Savvy Scholars

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The Bayport-Blue Point High School congratulates four students who recently qualified to take part in the Distributive Education Clubs of America’s state competition, slated to take place sometime in March, based on their excellent results from a preliminary examination.
 
The students are Chris Kunsch (Personal Financial Literacy), Logan Robertson (Principles of Marketing), Annelise Schreiber (Personal Financial Literacy) and Nick Venero (Principles of Finance). 

According to their website, DECA has prepared emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world since its inception in 1947. 

“It is a real treat to see our students rewarded for putting themselves out there and testing their knowledge against the rest of the county,” said Thomas Oswold, Bayport-Blue Point High School business teacher and DECA adviser. 

Board of Education Congratulates Eagle Scouts

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During the Board of Education meeting held on Jan. 8, two Bayport-Blue Point High School students were recognized for their altruistic efforts and honored for earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

For his project, Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Joe Barry constructed a butterfly garden at the Blue Point Nature Preserve to provide a home for the multitudes of wildlife which reside within the nature preserve’s borders. With assistance from volunteers from Troop 130, and prior approval from Suffolk County legislators and councilmen, the scouts laid down the necessary plant material and mulch, and installed a bench and beautiful stone pathway. 

Bayport-Blue Point High School sophomore Robert Honey’s project focused on holding a collection drive for Support Our Troops, also known as America’s Military Charity, back in September. Additionally, with the help of his fellow scouts in Troop 130, he held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Sayville, at which nearly 100 attendees were served a delicious meal. 

Both students were met with words of praise from Superintendent Dr. Timothy Hearney for their efforts, and were presented with tokens of appreciation. 

Great South Bay Coalition Meet and Greet - January 23, 2019

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A Display of Global Knowledge

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In coordination with National Geographic, Academy Street Elementary School recently hosted their annual “GeoBee” competition, testing fourth- and fifth-grade students on their vast knowledge of geographical locations throughout the world. 

During the Jan. 8 event, the top 10 finalists were asked questions of varying difficulty by academic intervention services teacher Merrill Thompson, and then responded with either an oral or written answer. The questions tested the young students’ knowledge of global regions, spanning, but not limited to, specific countries, cultures of cities and information regarding states right here in their own country.

After several rounds of tie-breakers, fifth-grade student Vincent Scimone was declared the winner with his correct answer of “Spain” in the final round, while fellow fifth-graders Aiden Richman and Sarah Swan were named first and second runners-up, respectively. 

An Eagle at Bayport-Blue Point High School

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As a result of his dedication and successful completion of a complex community service project, Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Joe Barry has recently attained the prestigious title of Eagle Scout. 

For his project, Joe constructed a butterfly garden within the Blue Point Nature Preserve to provide a home for the multitudes of wildlife which reside within the nature preserves borders. Although the construction of the garden began this past August, the project has been in development for well over a year. According to Joe, the most work required for completing an Eagle Scout project is getting all of the prior approvals and paperwork collected before laying down the groundwork, which he was able to complete successfully with approval from the Suffolk County Council and Councilman Neil Foley. 

With assistance from volunteers from Troop 130, the Boy Scouts spent one day cleaning out the project site of plant material and dirt, while a masonry company provided the manpower needed to build the path in the garden. The project was finished after the scouts laid down the plant material and mulch, and installed a bench.

The goal of an Eagle Scout project is to provide something that improves or supports the community and surrounding area, and Joe was more than happy with how his project turned out. 

“The only things I would ask of the community would be to enjoy the garden, to respect it, and keep it clean along with the rest of the preserve,” he said.

Recognizing Accomplishments

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The Dec. 18 Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education meeting celebrated the accomplishments of both students and staff members alike. 

Before Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney addressed the community to recognize the evening’s accomplished groups and individuals, he first introduced the Bayport-Blue Point High School Vocal Jazz Choir, along with director Jean Goloski, as they performed a number of holiday classics for all to enjoy. 

The Bayport-Blue Point High School’s varsity girls volleyball team was on hand to accept recognition for their recent accomplishment of securing a third-place finish in the NYSPHSAA’s Girls Volleyball Championships held in Glens Falls, New York in late November. In addition to this feat, the girls also claimed the title of Suffolk County Champions for their stunning athleticism this past season. 

Bayport-Blue Point High School student-athlete Brenna Horan was recognized for being named an All-County and State qualifier for her excellence in swimming. Additionally, the combined Bayport-Blue Point/Sayville High School varsity swim team recently took third place in Suffolk County. 

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Karen Mahoney was named the Teacher of the Month for the month of November, and was presented with a token of appreciation from the Board of Education in recognition of her efforts as an educator.

According to a statement prepared by Mrs. Mahoney’s colleagues, “This dedicated educator works tirelessly to provide each student with academic rigor. She holds her students to high standards, and coaxes the best out of each student in an effort to maximize his or her potential.”

Exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Bayport-Blue Point High School students enrolled in AP European History and AP World History classes recently ventured into the Big Apple to spend some time with some of the most famous masters of art, along with the artwork that defined their careers, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Upon being introduced to the museum staff, students and their chaperones quickly took interest in the vast display of Greek and Roman sculptures. According to AP European History teacher Sean Meade, the students walked quietly, gazed raptly, read diligently and puzzled with furrowed brows over the magnificent display of paintings, tapestries, sculptures, photographs, furniture, armor and crafts. 

“As we canvassed the masterpieces, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its beautiful soul to our presence,” said Mr. Meade. “We reveled in our time and even discovered areas unexplored in previous outings.”

An Excellent Eagle Scout

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The district is thrilled to announce that Bayport-Blue Point High School sophomore Robert Honey recently obtained the rank of Eagle after completing his highly benevolent Eagle Scout Project. 
 
For his project, Robert showed his support toward the men and women currently serving in the United States Military by holding a collection drive for Support Our Troops, also known as America’s Military Charity, back in September. Additionally, with the help of his fellow scouts in Troop 130, he held a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Sayville at which nearly 100 attendees were served a delicious meal. 

Robert’s project proved to be highly successful, as the total donations reached just over $4,000, every dollar of which went to buying items for the troops and other project-related costs. 

Building Snowmen for the Holiday Season

Building Snowmen for the Holiday Season

In celebration of the holiday season, first-graders from Sylvan Avenue Elementary School collaborated with James Wilson Young Middle School students in the James Wilson Young Middle School’s technology room for a festive woodworking project.

To begin the project, the middle school students used their measuring skills to line up the height of their first-grade partners next to a large slab of wood. With the proper safety gear and precautions equipped, the students then received assistance from technology instructors Robert Donarummo and Iain Zambri as they cut the wood in the marked location based on the students’ height. The students then worked together to apply a thin layer of white paint to all surfaces of the wood.

With their completed wood planks on hand, the first-grade students are going to build a large snowman which will be displayed in the lobby of Sylvan Avenue Elementary School later on this month. 

Spreading Holiday Cheer

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Students from Nancy Celentano’s kindergarten class and fourth-graders 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” for parents and the school community on Dec. 13.

In addition to the top-notch acting skills displayed by the students, the production also featured musical performances such as “Scrooge,” “Deck the Halls” and “Thankful Heart.”

“The fourth-graders came into our classroom to help us rehearse and sing the songs from the play, it was really fun,” said kindergartners Adam Lasky and Beatrix Castka.

Cultural Exchange

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Twenty-eight students enrolled in Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Peer Education Program met with their friends in the Amityville High School Warrior Awareness Club in mid-November for some fun and friendly activities. 

The purpose of the Cultural Diversity event is to build new friendships and create bonds between students from different school districts. During the 2018-19 academic school year, both clubs will meet twice a year in order to continue to forge strong relationships and engage in positive team-building activities. 

After a complimentary breakfast, the students took part in a series of icebreaker activities to enable the groups to finding similar interests.  Each Bayport-Blue Point student was then paired up with an Amityville student and they attended classes together throughout the day before coming together again for a pizza lunch. Bayport-Blue Point High School will host Amityville High School in the spring for the second part of this biennial event.  

Awesome Athletes

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Due to their unwavering commitments both in the classroom and on the athletic field, eight 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.

The district congratulates Joanna Coreno (Sacred Heart University /equestrian), Aaron Feldman (Dominican College/lacrosse), Madison Grazidei (University of Massachusetts Lowell/lacrosse), Carli LoNigro (Mercy College/soccer), Vincent Orlando (Hobart College/lacrosse), Meg Pickel (Stony Brook University/lacrosse), James Ringer (Rutgers University/lacrosse) and Shane Santora (Towson University/lacrosse).



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Awesome Authors

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As part of their robust literacy curriculum, fourth-grade students from Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently showcased their beautifully written realistic fiction stories with one special adult guest. The students were instructed to construct their stories with the goal in mind of portraying some sort of trouble, how it escalated and what their character did to ultimately solve their problem in a responsible manner.

Energy Performance Contract Vote Results

EPC Voting Results:
Yes: 385
No: 86

Thank you to the entire Bayport-Blue Point School District community for your participation in the special referendum for an Energy Performance Contract. With your support, the district will now be able to secure additional New York State building aid to support our efforts to create greener and more efficient schools.
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