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Board of Education Business Meeting Public Notice - October 23, 2018


Firefighters for the Day

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In recognition of Fire Prevention Month, students from Blue Point Elementary School recently traveled across the street to the Blue Point Fire Department to step into the shoes of firefighters, as they learned about the daily routines of a firefighter and the importance of fire safety. 

Upon entering the firehouse, students attended a safety lesson and viewed a highly informational video. Additionally, they were told of the proper ways to extinguish a fire and reminded about the importance of making sure that smoke detectors batteries are changed every six months. 

Students were then led outside and offered a glimpse toward the tools firefighters use on a daily basis, including fire extinguishers, various types of axes and the jaws of life. They also climbed inside ladder trucks and were given the opportunity to enter the smoke house simulator, which further prepared them in the rare event that a fire breaks out in their own home. 

Visiting the Bob Venero Fitness Center

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The Bayport-Blue Point High School recently unveiled the completed Bob Venero Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art fitness training facility which grants students access to dozens of cardio fitness tools such as exercise bikes, rowing machines and medicine balls in an effort to improve and maintain optimal physical health. 

In tandem with the newly renovated center, the students are now able to enjoy a spin class, taught by Bayport-Blue Point High School physical education teacher Tricia Livingston. Using the numerous available exercise bicycles, the students’ workouts are accompanied by a giant projector wall simulating cycling in the outdoors, along with an impressive sound system.

“The district is extremely grateful for the remarkable donation afforded to us by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Venero,” said Director of Physical Education, Health & Interscholastic Sports Timothy Mullins. “This contribution has morphed our Fitness Center into one of the most state-of-the-art facilities within a public-school setting. The new equipment has already positively impacted hundreds of students and athletes. Not only has this helped better prepare our athletes for competition, this upgraded venue has also transformed our physical education curriculum in a positive manner. Every high school student is now afforded an opportunity to partake in a healthy active lifestyle within a comfortable learning environment.”

Mr. Venero, a Bayport-Blue Point High School alumnus, is the CEO & founder of Future Tech Enterprise, Inc. 

Excellence in Teaching

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The district would like to congratulate Bayport-Blue Point High School science teacher Krista Peterson for being recently selected as one of 275 additional teachers throughout the state to participate in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Master Teacher Program.

The NYS Master Teacher Program is a network of K-12 STEM teachers throughout the state, focusing on enhancing STEM knowledge and professional development as well as working with current and pre-service teachers to support the next generation of STEM teachers.  

“Education is the cornerstone to success, and it is the brilliant, dedicated teachers in New York who make a difference in countless lives and inspire the leaders of tomorrow," Governor Cuomo said. "Congratulations to the 275 newest members of the Master Teacher Program, who will join the ranks of the top educators in the state as they work to further their skills and their impact on students in every corner of this great state.”

In order to be considered for the program, Mrs. Peterson went through a robust application process involving an intensive written application, personal essay, multiple recommendations, an in-person interview, a writing sample and a demonstration lesson. She will participate amongst other selected teachers in the program for a total of four years.

“Mrs. Peterson has developed a strong reputation as an outstanding teacher in our building,” said Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “She has strong content knowledge, the ability to engage and motivate students, leadership and collaborative skills, and a genuine interest in professional development.”

Recognizing Contributions

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The district’s Oct. 9 Board of Education meeting recognized both teachers and community members alike for their selfless contributions to the Bayport-Blue Point school community. 

Ted Lap, a Bayport-Blue Point High School Class of ’66 alumnus, was thanked for his donation of a gorgeous mahogany podium, which he built entirely by himself. Both the Board of Education and Bayport-Blue Point School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney were extremely grateful for this one-of-a-kind and lasting contribution to the school community. 

Additionally, Bayport-Blue Point High School social studies teacher John Limperatos was recognized for being named “Teacher of the Year,” and met with praise from the board and community attendees.

“Mr. Limperatos always challenges students to do their best,” said Dr. Hearney. “He is their ‘go-to’ person; someone the students feel comfortable with. Thank you for all that you do for the students and our district.”

Perfect Playcement Presentation - October 24


Advanced Placement Scholars

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The district is proud to announce that 86 Bayport-Blue Point High School students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards from the College Board. These honorees include both current students and members of the Class of 2018. 

Of the 86 total students, 40 received the AP Scholar title for receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Eighteen students were named AP Scholar with Honor, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.25 on all of their AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Additionally, 28 students were awarded with AP Scholar with Distinction, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken with scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Four graduates in the Class of 2018, Frank Giacchetto, Ben Marantz, Benjamin Papa and Kevin Polanish, earned the high honor of National AP Scholar. This award is given to students who have earned a score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams. 

Students enrolled in the school’s offered AP courses are challenged academically with college-level material allowing them the opportunity to potentially earn college credit while still in high school. Bayport-Blue Point High School boasts a number of Advanced Placement courses for the students to enroll in, including, but not limited to, AP Computer Science, AP Government and Politics and AP Music Theory. 

The Power of Reading

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The district would like to congratulate the students of Sylvan Avenue Elementary School for being declared winners of the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

This past June, the library media specialists at Academy Street, Blue Point and Sylvan Avenue elementary schools collaborated with the public library and shared this exciting contest with all of their students. It was determined that the school with the most participants and books read would win the coveted trophy and have it placed on display in their school’s library for the upcoming school year. 

Sylvan Avenue’s top readers were Skylar Johnson with 114 books, Liliana Galano with 74 books, Michelle Rosenzweig with 57 books and Riley DeSimone with 49 books. The program was a resounding success as the grand total of 7,074 books surpassed last summer’s total of 4,655.

Hitting All the Right Notes

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Based on their incredible musical talents, nine Bayport-Blue Point High School students have been recognized as premier musicians by New York State Music Association and were invited to participate in this year’s All-State and All-County music festivals. 

Students Aidan Conklin (mixed chorus), Emily Phua (symphonic band), Daphne Sparacio (vocal jazz alternate) and Connor Teague (vocal jazz alternate) have been named All-State student-musicians and were invited to participate in the 2018 NYSSMA All-State Conference to be held in Rochester, New York from Nov. 29– Dec. 3. 

Additionally, students Rachel Burger (clarinet), Katelyn Curran (alto I), Samuel Lent (bass II), Andrew Shiebler (trumpet) and Matthew Stawecki (clarinet) were named All-County student musicians and are slated to perform at Half Hollow Hills West High School on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. alongside other selected musicians.

Celebrating Homecoming 2018

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Community members of the distirct showcased their Phantom Pride on Sept. 22 as residents of all ages joined together for the annual homecoming celebration taking place on the athletic field of Bayport-Blue Point High School. 

Prior to the football game against Babylon Junior-Senior High School, an induction ceremony was held at Bayport-Blue Point High School in the morning that recognized former athletes and athletic contributors whose names and photographs have been added to the school’s Hall of Fame. The district congratulates Harry Blank, Kim Larson, Jeff Rowett, Deanna Schmidt and Kerry Stoothoff for all of their successes and contributions thus far. 

Students, families and community residents lined the streets near Bayport-Blue Point High School and the surrounding area to cheer on student-athletes, cheerleaders, musicians and homecoming royalty, as they made their way through town along the parade route cheerfully greeting all in their path. 

With perfect weather for a football game on hand, the Bayport-Blue Point High School varsity football team was geared up and ready to face off against the visiting Babylon Junior-Senior High School football team for their first home game of the season. The Phantoms played the game with a stunning display of athleticism on both the defensive and offensive end, but unfortunately came up short with a final score of 36-14 by the end of the fourth quarter. 

During the halftime ceremony, the senior class was named winner of the float contest with their excellent portrayal of “Alice in Wonderland” in keeping with this year’s theme of “Disney.” Seniors Orlando Diaz and Emma Gluchowski were named homecoming king and queen, respectively.

Congratulating Student-Artists

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The Sept. 17 Board of Education meeting celebrated the accomplishments of multiple student-artists from all district educational buildings. 

Bayport-Blue Point Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Theodore Fulton addressed the attendees and invited a number of talented student-artists to the front of the auditorium. These students were honored for having their artistic talents selected for display in both the district’s annual calendar and at the central administration building. Each student was personally thanked by both Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney and Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education President Michael Miller before receiving a token of appreciation for their efforts. 

Celebrating Superintendent’s Conference Day

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Prior to the beginning of the 2018-19 academic school year, all faculty and staff members of the district recently gathered in the Bayport-Blue Point High School auditorium for an informative Superintendent’s Conference Day session.

After a stunning display of musical talent presented by the Bayport-Blue Point High School Jazz Band, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney warmly welcomed all in attendance and began to recognize individuals for their contributions thus far. 

John Limperatos, a Bayport-Blue Point High School history teacher who was named district Teacher of the Year, was given the opportunity to express his gratitude toward his colleagues and deliver a heartwarming speech for all to hear.  

“Today is very simple; be better than yesterday,” said Mr. Limperatos while addressing the crowd. “My goal is to help you conjure up the fortitude, the wisdom and the strength to take on another school year, because a lot of people just don’t understand how tough teaching is.”

In honor of devoting 20 years or more of service to the district, current employees Ronald Bard, Stephanie Birdsall, Therese Blake, Richard Campisi, Christina Carroll, Linda Cohen, Michele Cornwell, George Edwards, Maureen Espina, Bryan Franke, James Hoek, Jane Jacoby, Stacey Loeffler, Marybeth Lyons, Eileen McBride, Kristen McCarthy-Coyne, Denise McKenna, Elizabeth Milton, Amy Minerva, James Moccio, Marianne Perna, Rochelle Petre, Loretta Rupert, Frank Salino, Laura Seerveld, T.J. Smith, Theresa Stevens, Eleanor Taylor, Joan Tomaszewski, Michael Zafonte and Neil Zarcone were presented with certificates signifying their accomplishments.

Due to his infallible ability to successfully predict the weather, Dr. Hearney invited Bayport-Blue Point High School Orchestra Director David Johnson up to the front of the auditorium and presented him with a signed plaque courtesy of NBC Meteorologist Chris Cimino. 

Before concluding the ceremony, Dr. Hearney introduced the high school chorus as they performed a beautiful rendition of “You Will Be Found” from the Broadway sensation “Dear Evan Hansen.” Additionally, Dr. Hearney premiered an emotional and thought-provoking video showcasing the district’s “Go To Person” initiative, which also received praise from all in attendance. 

The recently implemented “Go To Person” initiative encourages faculty and staff members throughout the district to open their doors, along with their ears, to any students who may find themselves in need of some extra advice throughout the school year. This pairs with the district’s vision of increasing mental-health awareness during the school year. 

Staff members of the district’s physical education department also took part in a workshop through the United States Tennis Association in an effort to introduce a new tennis program to the curriculum, Net Generation. Net Generation’s focus is to make the sport easier for students — even those who have never picked up a racquet — to try tennis through schools, parks and tennis clubs across the country. 

Welcome Back Students for the 2018-19 Academic School Year!

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Welcoming Incoming Students

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In an effort to ensure that the incoming ninth-grade class makes a smooth transition to high school, Bayport-Blue Point High School hosted an informative orientation session on Aug. 27.

Upon arrival, the students were invited into the auditorium where Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi welcomed them and provided an insightful overview of the high school program. 

Bayport-Blue Point High School student mentors were on hand at the conclusion of Dr. Passi’s presentation to guide the freshmen in walking tours of the high school. Throughout their walk, they familiarized themselves with the building and tried out their locker combinations. Additionally, all students were invited into the school cafeteria for a pizza lunch before concluding their day. 


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