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Board of Education Business Meeting Public Notice - July 23, 2019

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Welcoming New Members

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The Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 1, when two new members were welcomed to the board. 

Trustees Jason Borowski and John Kroog 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 Jacob Lurie as the Board of Education student delegate for the 2019-20 school year. 
 

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Bright Futures Ahead

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Proudly dressed in blue and gold caps and gowns, Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Class of 2019 prepared for the next chapter of their lives during the school’s commencement ceremony on June 28. Family, friends, staff, members of the board of education and central and building administrators were present for the momentous occasion on the front lawn of Bayport-Blue Point High School.

The 189 graduates entered the ceremony to Pomp and Circumstance, directed by Michael Sarling and performed by the high school band and orchestra. Before taking their seats, each graduate placed a white rose on an empty seat in the front row in memory of Carly LeStrange, a member of the Class of 2019. Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi opened the ceremony by introducing distinguished guests. This followed with the national anthem by the high school band and orchestra and a musical performance from senior chorus members who sang “In My Life” by the Beatles. 

Dr. Passi addressed the graduating class, his last at Bayport-Blue Point High School and spoke about how each individual has control of their attitude and growth in life. He reminded the graduates that “when we focus on the positive, the positive grows and when we focus on developing ourselves into the best version of us, that is what will grow.” 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney presented Dr. Passi with a diploma to mark the end of his career serving Bayport-Blue Point High School. Board of Education President Michael Miller and Dr. Hearney both praised the graduates and offered advice. 

“I challenge you, the Class of 2019, to pursue those things that do not come easy…because if you do, I promise you, you will grow as an individual and as a person,” said Dr. Hearney. 

Salutatorian Emily Phua and Valedictorian Maria Grande addressed their fellow graduates as they reflected on their support systems and their valuable time at the high school. Both wished their fellow peers the best of luck as they pursue their dreams. 

Before the presentation of diplomas, Dr. Passi recognized the 79 graduates who earned the Honor Medallion for maintaining a GPA of at least a 90% and Dr. Hearney officially certified the graduates. Loved ones cheered as each student was recognized on stage as Dr. Passi handed them their diploma. Assistant Principal Martin Malone also received a diploma for his commitment to the students of Bayport-Blue Point as he continues his career in another school district. 

Class of 2019 Co-Presidents Julia Johnson and Graceann Sulima commended the families present and encouraged the graduates to remember the memories shared and the friendships that were formed. Together, the Class of 2019 moved their tassels to symbolize the end of their high school career and before closing the ceremony, tossed their caps high as they prepared to embark on the future ahead.                          



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A Visit from Heroes

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Members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team recently visited the students of Blue Point Elementary School for an informative session about not giving up despite the obstacles that life may present. 

The athletes inspired hope as they explained how losing their limbs had not prevented them from living their lives to the fullest. To test their physical endurance, team member Greg Reynolds challenged students to see how many pushups they could complete against him. The students also had the opportunity to ask the wounded warriors about their lives and thanked them for their service to the country. 

Additionally, Councilman Neil Foley stopped by the school to thank the Warriors and explain the importance of their service to the United States. 

According to its website, the Wounded Warriors Project aims to honor and empower wounded warriors who have been injured and lost limbs while fighting to protect the country. 

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s Moving Up Ceremony

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s Moving Up Ceremony

A Welcome Visit

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Donning their caps, gowns and smiles from ear-to-ear, students from Bayport-Blue Point High School’s graduating Class of 2019 recently traveled to their respective elementary schools during the school’s annual “Senior Walk” event. Upon arriving to Sylvan Avenue, Academy Street and Blue Point elementary schools, the elementary-level students lined the halls and offered high fives and words of encouragement to the older students as they paraded through the hallways which shaped their academic careers. 

All Aboard the Energy Bus

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Filling out the school’s gymnasium, staff and students from Bayport-Blue Point School District’s Blue Point Elementary School recently joined together to introduce their participation in “The Energy Bus” program. 

The Energy Bus program, which is based off the popular book by Jon Gordon, was incorporated into the school’s curriculum in an effort to increase the already highly positive school culture, and to inspire and develop leaders who positively impact the school community as a whole. As the students “ride” the Energy Bus together, they are asked to follow a set of guidelines, outlining all of the positive aspects of their lives, including responsibility, celebrating their talents and gift, and avoiding bullying at all costs. 

During the ceremony, students were called up by grade level to showcase their appreciation for the Energy Bus program, as they displayed a number of skits and songs for all to enjoy. 

Prior to the conclusion of the Energy Bus Showcase, students recited the program’s student pledge in unison, led by Blue Point Elementary School Principal Tara Falasco, taking the positive feeling of the assembly back with them in the classroom.

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Celebrating Flag Day

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As a way of showing respect toward the nation’s flag and all of those who have done their duty to defend it, staff and students from Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently joined one another to take part in their 10th annual Flag Day celebration.

Students clad in their patriotic outfits and waving their miniature American flags, were addressed by Sylvan Avenue Elementary School Principal Alane Dugan in the first part of the ceremony. She gave insight as to why Flag Day is celebrated, and informed the students that it also serves as the anniversary of the inception of the U.S. Army. After her welcoming address and a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, members of the AMVETS Post 111 marched their way down the line of students and proceeded to the ceremonial raising of the flag. Additionally, Karen Mahoney’s fourth grade class brilliantly signed “America the Beautiful” for everyone to see. 

Once inside the school gymnasium, fifth grade representatives took part in a skit which showcased the essential ingredients which blend together to create the American flag. The essay contest winners from grades three, four and five were announced, along with the poster contest winners from kindergarten, first and second grade. To conclude the ceremony, the students once again raised their flags in the air and sang in unison to Lee Greenwood’s hit song “God Bless the U.S.A.”

The district would like to thank speech and language pathologists Laurie Katz and Christine Monahan, along with the Flag Day Committee, for coordinating the special event for all to enjoy. 

Enhancing Social Studies Education

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In conjunction with the Junior Achievement program, first grade students from Academy Street Elementary School were recently paid a visit from representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers for a number of educational lessons regarding the importance of communities.

During their time spent in the classroom, the students Mrs. Corso’s, Mrs. Greco’s and Mrs. Rosado’s classes engaged in lessons and activities regarding different roles and job titles, such as how chores can be distributed amongst different family members in the household setting in an effort to create a productive environment. 

Junior Achievement Senior Manager of Programs & New Business Development Tina Fiorentine was on hand throughout the entirety of the day to oversee the program, and looks forward to future visits with the Bayport-Blue Point School District in the near future to further enhance the students’ education. 



A Night of Celebrations

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The Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education recognized the many accomplishments of its staff, students and board members during its June 11 meeting.

Prior to the board meeting, a reception was held to recognize those staff members who have announced their retirement and those who have been granted tenure this year.

The district congratulates the following retirees from the Bayport-Blue Point School District: Catherine Bedell (teacher); Thomas Callanan (buildings and grounds); Maureen Espina (teacher); Patricia Freshour (food service); Dorothy Gaynor (buildings and grounds); Carmela Johnson (teacher); Christine Miller (aide/assistant); Rosemary Pearce (teacher); Jean Price (aide/assistant); Sue Romano (food service); Irene Rubbo (aide/assistant); Miriam Sanchez (teacher); Pat Stadier (transportation); Gary Valentine (music/art teacher); Tommy Varley (buildings and grounds); and Kim Weeks (aide/assistant). 

The district also congratulates the following tenured staff members from the Bayport-Blue Point School District: Megan Alicea (aide/assistant); Shannon Baumiller (aide/assistant); Richard Hahn (teacher); Lauren Higgins (teacher); AnneMarie Manganello (aide/assistant); Douglas Meehan (teacher); Kelly Newham (teacher); Elizabeth SanPaolo (teacher); Ellen Vlachos (teacher); Brooke Yonick (social worker); and Jeanne Zodda (teacher). 

In addition, Matthew Nolan, the student delegate for the Board of Education, was recognized for his service throughout the duration of the 2018-19 school year. Eagle Scout Thomas Woods was also honored for his recent work in organizing a successful blood drive.

Board of Education trustee Molly Licalzi, who will no longer be serving in the new school year, was also honored with a certificate of recognition for her years of service on the Board of Education. Additionally, Board of Education President Michael Miller and trustee Daniene Byrne were honored by the New York State School Board Association for achieving Level 3 Board Mastery.

The June Teacher of the Month, an award presented by the Bayport-Blue Point Teachers’ Association, was given to high school teacher Toni Mulgrave based on her shining personality and commitment to bettering the lives of her students on a daily basis. 



Learning New Debate Tactics

Learning New Debate Tactics
The Bayport-Blue Point High School Debate Club recently traveled to the neighboring Sayville High School to learn more about the Long Island Forensic Association, along with the methods of debate which go hand in hand with the organization.  

During their time spent at the school, the Sayville High School team, clad in their humorous “Arguably the Best” T-shirts, demonstrated the methods of debate being utilized for the day – the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum methods. No amateurs to the topic, the Sayville High School team has been debating in LIFA for the past three years, and the Bayport-Blue Point High School students were clearly grateful to learn from the students.

The hosting advisers for the day, Eileen Walsh-Ahrens and Julia Sergison, then turned the discussion over to the students. According to Bayport-Blue Point High School Debate Club advisers Sean Meade and John Limperatos, the written statements and arguments made against each other were impressive from both sides. 

The Bayport-Blue Point High School Debate Club members in attendance – Joe Barry, John LaFountain, Doug McDonough, Liam Dungate, Kate Clayton, Dillon Duffy and Jack Harrington – highly enjoyed their time spent at Sayville High School learning from their peers, and look forward to their next visit. 

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Exploring Canada

Exploring Canada

Students enrolled in French classes at the James Wilson Young Middle School recently traveled to Québec and Montreal. The four-day annual trip allows aims to expand the students’ cultural and civic awareness, their educational growth and give them the opportunity to practice their French.

After a lengthy bus ride, the students and their advisers safely arrived in Montréal to meet their tour guide at the hotel, and then engaged in several activities including climbing Mount Royal that is located in the middle of the city, and participating in a scavenger hunt that helped them learn more about the city.     

Among the stops in their historical tours was the Plains of Abraham, where the French were defeated by the English and where the fortress ruins still exist. Students also learned how to load a musket and perform surgery on wounded soldiers as if they were on the battlefield. Additionally, they witnessed the renewal of the military barrack that was seriously damaged by fire during 10 years ago.

The group enjoyed visiting the Montmorency Falls and the Canyon at Sainte-Anne especially as they walked down the canyon on the cable bridges. They also tasted the local delicacies such as meat pies (tourtière), pickled beets and fried pork skin at the “Sugar Shack” on L’île d’Orléans.

“With all the activities that were packed into the four days, some students felt they were away for a week,” said French teacher Gilles Desrochers. “These are only a few of the fulfilling adventures, but it is safe to say that the whole experience was fulfilling, eye-opening and allowed children to either solidify existing friendships and/or create new bonds. If past trips to Quebec are any indication, these children will be talking about their experiences for many years to come.”



Excellence in Mathematics

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The district would like to congratulate three Bayport-Blue Point High School mathletes for achieving the highest cumulative scores for their respective grade levels throughout the school year during Math League competitions. Throughout the 2018-19 school year, the following students earned the top scores for their respective grade levels – (l-r) Annelise Schreiber (freshman), Hunter Kramer (sophomore) and Doug McDonough (junior). Due to their achievements, the students were congratulated by adviser Connie Chiraz, and presented with tokens of appreciation for all of their hard work demonstrated this year. 

Valedictorian’s Luncheon 2019

Valedictorian’s Luncheon 2019
Suffolk County’s highest-achieving students from the Class of 2019 were honored by school district superintendents, administrators and parents during the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 25th annual Valedictorian’s Luncheon, held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook on May 30. Representing the Bayport-Blue Point School District were Class of 2019 Valedictorian Maria Grande, along with members of her family, Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi and Bayport-Blue Point School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy P. Hearney. During the ceremony, each valedictorian was called to the stage to be recognized, as it was also announced which universities they are planning to attend, along with their field of study. Congratulations, Maria! 

Spreading Positive Messages

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Members of Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Peer Education Program recently paid a visit to the third and fourth grade Peer Mentors from Academy Street Elementary School in an effort to shed light onto the important program. During their visit, Academy’s Peer Mentors were given valuable insight as to how PEP students showcase leadership qualities, and learned that they can continue to be upstanders and spread the message of acceptance and positivity throughout their time in school. Additionally, the PEP students led the Peer Mentors in some fun games and answered any questions they had regarding PEP or being a high school student in general.

Safely Surfing the Internet

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Fifth grade students throughout the district were recently visited by Suffolk County Police Officer Wendy Verlotte as she shed light onto the most up-to-date internet safety practices to be utilized on a daily basis. During her visit, Officer Verlotte informed the students how some people online may not be who they say they are, and provided the students with important tips on how to properly tell the difference between friends and complete strangers. Additionally, she stressed the importance of being kind to one another while using the internet, and to avoid cyber-bullying by all means.  

Running in Remembrance

Running in Remembrance

Third through fifth grade students at Academy Street Elementary School were recently joined by Bayport-Blue Point High School students and members of the community to celebrate the 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 School, students, staff and their families joined one another to jog around the high school track in an effort to get in some exercise on the beautiful day. 
This school year, the community raised $2,360 in honor of the Carly LeStrange Scholarship Fund, which is set to be awarded to a 2019 graduate of Bayport-Blue Point High School. 



Who’s Who in History?

Who’s Who in History

All fourth grade students from Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently showcased in-depth research projects to attending family and friends during the inaugural “Who’s Who In History” event. After spending ample time researching a person in history that made a positive contribution toward society, the students created a Google Slide Presentation that included quotes and facts that would give the attendees clues as to who their chosen person was. All in attendance had a great time putting the information together in order to guess who the famous person was based on the clues provided by the students.




Celebrating Accomplishments

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During the May 21 Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education meeting, students and staff were celebrated for a number of accomplishments. 

Elementary social worker Brooke Yonick and Blue Point Elementary School fourth grade teacher Kelly Newham were first honored for bringing their insightful ideas to the district’s social emotional curriculum. Due to their efforts, both staff members were presented with an award of recognition courtesy of the New York State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. The educators were met with words of praise from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy P. Hearney, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Theodore Fulton and Blue Point Elementary School Principal Tara Falasco for their accomplishment. 

A number of students spanning all elementary-level buildings and James Wilson Young Middle School were praised for their successful participation in the 2019 Suffolk PTA’s Reflections Contest, which focused on the theme of “Heroes Around Me.” According to their official website, the PTA Reflections Contest is known as one of the largest and oldest student recognitions in the arts, highlighting excellence in dance choreography, film, photography, music, literature and visual arts. 

Additionally, Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi called several Bayport-Blue Point High School students to be honored as summa cum laude students due to their impressive academic records which indicated a GPA of 96.5 or higher. The students were presented with tokens of appreciation for this highly impressive accomplishment and words of praise from Dr. Passi and fellow administrators
 

Taking the Next Step

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The district would like to congratulate a number of student-athletes from the Bayport-Blue Point High School for committing to attend some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities which participate in Division III athletics this upcoming fall. 

Congratulations to Shannon Carey (University of Saint Joseph/volleyball), Madi Casale (Ithaca College/softball), Emma Fiorentine (SUNY Oswego/volleyball), Isabella Imbo (SUNY Geneseo/volleyball), Connor Nilan (Stevens Institute of Technology/football), Kateri Sanseviro (Vassar College/lacrosse) and Jessica Travaglia (SUNY Oneonta/volleyball). 

The students were joined by their coaches, Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi and Director of Physical Education, Health and Interscholastic Sports Timothy Mullins for a celebration in the school’s Wall of Fame lobby. 

All aboard the Smile Train

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Students from Sylvan Avenue Elementary School in the Bayport-Blue Point School District recently celebrated “Things That Make Us Smile Week” to recognize Better Speech and Hearing month and raise awareness about communication disorders.

To raise school spirit and promote fundraising, the week’s themes consisted of Comfy Day, T-Shirt Day, How Many Smiles Can You Wear Day, Career Day and Crazy Hair Day. Additionally, the students were granted the opportunity to “Walk A Mile for A Smile” as they walked around the front of the school building, and safely duct taped school principal Alane Dougan to the wall in an effort to raise additional funds toward the Smile Train Organization. After the students finished up their turns, Superintendent of School’s Dr. Timothy P. Hearney applied the final piece of tape on Mrs. Dugan before she was suspended on the wall entirely.

The school is proud to have supported the efforts of the Smile Train and Better Speech and Hearing Month for more than 10 years. This year, staff and students have raised upward of $4,000 due to their successful fundraising, which will assist in granting hundreds of children with free cleft palette surgery. 

“We are extremely proud of our students, some of whom have so little but still manage to find ways to raise money,” said speech and language pathologist Christine Monahan. 

Since 1999, the Smile Train organization has provided free cleft palate surgery to more than 580,000 children who would have otherwise never received it. They have also helped train tens of thousands of medical professionals and have established programs in more than 75 countries.



Teacher of the Year

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Sylvan Avenue teacher Christine Monahan was named Teacher of the Year at the VFW Post 2813 Award Ceremony on May 19, 2019 by the Village of Patchogue, NYS Senate, NYS Assembly and Suffolk County Legislators.

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Pictured Left to right:
Paul Pontieri, Village of Patchogue Mayor
Susan Henke Brinkman, Village of Patchogue Trustee & Sylvan LMS
Christine Monahan, Teacher of the Year
Dave Rogers, VFW Post 2913 Commander
Monica Martinez, New York State Senator
Joe DeStefano, New York State Assemblyman
Rob Calarco, Suffolk County Legislator
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