Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

The cast and crew of Bayport-Blue Point High School’s 2017 theater production recently put on a fantastic show for members of the community as they took to the stage to perform the Broadway classic “Thoroughly Modern Mille.” The talented student-actors dazzled audiences as they sang and danced their way across the stage and brought the beloved story to life. The students worked for months under the direction of Jim Redding, who has been directing productions within the district for more than 20 years, to perfect their performance.

Approved 2017-2018 School Calendar


Folding into New Levels of Learning

Folding into New Levels of Learning
Students at Blue Point Elementary School were recently treated to a fun and exciting activity in which they learned the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, otherwise known as origami. With the help of Bayport-Blue Point Library Clerk Anne Soper, students were taught how to fold paper to resemble such animals as frogs and penguins, and were even allowed to take their artwork home to show their family and friends.

A Night of Recognitions

The Jan. 17 Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education Planning Session was full of recognitions for district students, highlighting them for both their accomplishments and community efforts.

To begin the evenings recognitions, Bayport-Blue Point High School senior and student-musician Olivia Ingrassia was recognized for recently being selected to play violin at the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra in Grapevine, Texas.

Additionally, a number of Bayport-Blue Point High School Leo club members were handed tokens of appreciation for travelling to Bayport Beach in the early morning of Sunday, Nov. 6 to help clean the surrounding area.  The students’ efforts proved to be prompt, diligent and extremely effective, as they collectively picked up all of the garbage and left the beach a cleaner place for the community.

Let’s Go to China

Let’s Go to China
Let’s Go to China 2
Let’s Go to China 3
Third-graders at Blue Point Elementary School were recently treated to a fun and exciting trip around the world as they took part in the assembly program “Let’s Go to China!”

During the event, the students were introduced to the Chinese culture, as presented by award-winning singer/songwriter Patricia Shih. Through song and spoken word, they learned about Chinese folklore and traditional Chinese customs, such as the “Ribbon Dance.” Additionally, Ms. Shih displayed various Chinese instruments along the front of the gymnasium, and student volunteers were asked to join her in front of the audience in order to demonstrate such instruments as the gong.

Ms. Shih concluded her presentation by teaching students simple Chinese phrases such as “Thank you” and “Happy New Year,” in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year taking place on Jan. 28.

Response to NYS Comptroller's Fiscal Stress Report

The district, among many in the state, has been included in the 2016 State Comptroller’s list of districts ‘susceptible’ to fiscal stress. The district is placed at the low end of this scale and has increased our fiscal score on a yearly basis as a result of prudent financial efforts. Our inclusion on this list is due in part to the fact that we utilized district fund balance – our savings, in order to maintain our fiscal responsibility to tax payers and remain under a tight tax cap. We have worked to reduce expenses and identify efficiencies to improve operations and instruction districtwide, including being less dependent upon our reserve funds. With these continued improvements, the district projects our removal from this list as soon as next year.

Kindergarten Registration Information

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration:

DATES: Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17, 2017

TIMES: 8:30-11:00 AM and 1:15 - 2:30 PM

LOCATION: Administrative Center (Behind the High School)
189 Academy Street, Conference Room 127
Bayport, New York 11705

Contact Linda Fishman at (631)472-7800, Ext. 8094.

Registration packets may be downloaded and brought to these open sessions by going to the District Information tab and clicking on Registration.

80th Day of School Celebration

80th Day of School Celebration
80th Day of School Celebration 2
80th Day of School Celebration 3
In celebration of the 80th day of school, first-graders in Kate Carpenter’s and Christina Law’s classes at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School traveled back in time to celebrate the 1980s. During the fun-filled celebration, students and staff dressed in 1980s-themed attire and participated in activities based around the trendy decade.

Blue Ribbon Nomination

Blue Ribbon Nomination
As a result of their past documented successes, Bayport-Blue Point High School has been nominated by the New York State Education Department for one of the nation’s highest educational honors – the Blue Ribbon Award.
Only 19 schools throughout the state were nominated for this honor. Bayport-Blue Point High School was chosen based on its high graduation rate as well as students’ performance in the area of English language arts and mathematics.

“This is a proud moment for not only our school, but the district as a whole,” said Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “This nomination reinforces what we already know - Bayport-Blue Point High School is a highly successful school because of our dedicated, passionate teachers who care deeply about their students and their craft.”

“This honor is a testament to the efforts of so many, including our students and faculty. This nomination reaffirms our continued commitment to strengthening the many factors that impact student learning, while promoting strong connections within the school, as well as between the school and home,” said Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “The nomination for the Blue Ribbon Award is a source of great pride for our school and community.”

AP Honor Roll

AP Honor Roll1
The district is proud to announce that is has been chosen as one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be honored with placement on the seventh annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.

This honor was bestowed upon a selected number of school districts that had, since 2014, increased the number of students participating in AP courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the challenging AP course load.

“Due to the robust curriculum and wonderful teaching staff here, our students are able to flourish academically,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “This recognition reflects our belief that all students should be afforded access to the most rigorous courses of study available, and the results also speak to what is possible when you believe in students and support them in their academic pursuits. Everyone associated with the Bayport-Blue community should take great pride in this recognition.”

As of the last school year, nearly 300 Bayport-Blue Point High School students were enrolled within at least one AP course and district students have historically achieved much success within these courses. Notably, each year multiple Bayport-Blue Point High School students are recognized for attaining high performance scores on AP exams and earn coveted honors from the College Board. These awards have included such titles as AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, AP Scholar with Distinction and National AP Scholar Award; each of which is based on the number of exams a student takes and their related scores on the courses’ exams.

“I am proud of the hard work of our students and their teachers, as this recognition speaks to the support and quality of instruction our students are exposed to at Bayport-Blue Point High School,” said Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “The primary goal of our high school is to prepare or students to be successful adults – a responsibility that we take very seriously – and deeply believe that students who want to challenge themselves in college level courses should be afforded the opportunity to do so. Across the board, our students are working to achieve higher personal expectations than ever before while exploring topics of interest through our varied academic offerings.”
To date, the district offers 19 Advanced Placement programs; a growth of nearly 46 percent since 2013 when the district offered 13 courses. In 2015-2016, 282 students challenged college level courses and sat for 532 AP exams. Both represent a steady increase from 2013-14 when the district had 174 students sit for 327 exams.

State Education Department Focused Review:

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in the Bayport-Blue Point School District during the 2016-2017 school year.  The purpose of this review is to assess the district’s compliance with selected federal and state laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

The review will be conducted by the Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Long Island Regional Office.  The process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and surveys.  In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed.  Further information may be obtained by contacting Ms. Valerie Kelly at the SEQA Regional Office at (631)952-3352, or by contacting Mrs. Natalie Doyle at the Bayport-Blue Point School District at (631)472-7860, Ext. 8041.  

High Art Honor

High Art Honor 1
The district is proud to announce that Stephanie McDonough, an eighth-grade student at James Wilson Young Middle School, was recently selected to have her artwork appear in the 2017 Shanti Fund calendar.

Stephanie’s picture, which is featured on the month of November, showcases two colorful fish with details of flowers and peace signs. It correlates with this year’s calendar theme of “Peace and Wisdom.”

According to their website, the Shanti Fund is a charitable organization with a motto of enlightenment and peace through education. The nonprofit has been in existence since 1993 and has been working to promote the philosophy and ideas of Mahatma Gandhi.

Why Does the Sun Shine?


Spelling Success

Spelling Success 1
Spelling Success 2
Spelling Success 3
Spelling Success 4
Academy Street Elementary School recently hosted a competition of the 2017 National Scripps Spelling Bee for the fourth- and fifth-grade students.

After several challenging rounds of competition, fourth-grade students Emma Brown and Julia Gelsomino were crowned winner and runner-up, respectively. Emma captured the top spot by correctly spelling the word “solarium.”

She will now advance to the regional competition to be held at Hofstra University in early February.

Sports Wrap-up

Sports Wrap-up
The Bayport-Blue Point School District is pleased to announce that the following student-athletes have earned postseason honors for their outstanding performance on the athletic fields this fall. Congratulations to all recipients who have represented the student body in exemplary fashion:

Boys Cross-Country
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Steven Beyer – All Division, All-League
Matt Nolan – Honorable Mention All-League
Joe Salaway – 2nd Team All-League

Boys Golf
Andrew Galletta – All-League and All-County
Ethan Myers – All-League and All-County

Boys Soccer
Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Team
Suffolk County Officials Association Outstanding Sportsmanship Team
Will Escamilla – All-Conference
Josh Lurie – Academic All-County
James McGee – All-League

Field Hockey
Division Champions
Section XI Semifinalists
Kayla Ahern – All-Conference and All-Tournament
Carly Crotaeu – All-County
Emily de Onis – All-County Honorable Mention
Madison Grazidei – All-Tournament
Riley Schultz – All-Conference
Morgan Woolley – Unsung Hero
Kyla Zapolski – All-County

Kevin McGlone – All-Division
Kyle Spano – All-Division

Girls Cross-Country
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Madison Delzell – All-County, All-Division, All-League, State Qualifier, 42nd NYS Class B
Melody Delzell – All-County, All-Division, All-League
Allison McGrath – Academic All-County, All-Division, All-League

Girls Soccer
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Maggie Clark – All-League
Ailish Kelly – All-League
Meaghan Walsh – All-Conference
Cassidy Weeks – All-League

Girls Swimming
League III Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Ally Alliegro: All-League
Patricia Shiebler: All-County, All-League
Mackenzie Thomas: All-State, All-County, All-League

Girls Tennis
Section XI Playoff Quarterfinalists
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Cate Gluchowski – All-League
Lily Hooks – All-Division
Olivia Ingrassia – All-County
Jillian Lessing – All-League
Vivian Roussis – All-Division
Lauren Schroder – All-League
Parker Schug – Team Sportsmanship Award
Wesleigh Zegel – All-League

NYS Final Four
Long Island Champions
Suffolk County Champions  
League VII Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Abigail Auwaerter – All-Classification B, All-County Academic
Emma Davern – 2nd Team All-State League 7 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Classification, All-County Tournament Team
Cathleen Farrell – All-League
Olivia Kane – All-League
Lauren Wilke – 1st Team All-State, All-Long Island All-State Tournament Team, SCVCA Super 7, League 7 Player of the Year, All-County Tournament Team MVP

Megan’s Law Notification - January 5, 2017


Utilizing New Language Skills

Utilizing New Language Skills

In an effort to help students build multilingual skills, fifth-graders at both Academy Street and Blue Point elementary schools were recently visited by Bayport-Blue Point High School juniors in the college level Spanish class and seniors from the Advanced Placement Spanish program for a “Cultural Breakfast and Book Exchange,” an initiative sponsored by the SEED program.

Throughout the course of the event, the high school students presented the fifth graders with books that they created in their classes, in an effort to discuss fun facts and converse in the Spanish language amongst each other. Additionally, a large feast was prepared for the students, and they were asked to place their order for such items as empanadas and mango nectar while using their newly adopted language skills.

Decorating Holiday Treats

Decorating Holiday Treats1

With the holiday season in the air, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students in Alison Purdy’s, Emily Vaccaro’s and Elizabeth Birdsall’s kindergarten classes were recently joined by their family members for a fun-filled gingerbread house building activity. The students followed careful instructions from both parents and their teachers to ensure that their houses would not only look great, but also taste delicious.

February 25, 2017