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Experiential Learning on the Farm

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For the past two years, students in Erika Serraino's class at Bayport-Blue Point High School have participated in an employability program offered by local nonprofit organization Pal-O-Mine Equestrian. The program is experiential in nature, utilizing activities that combine real-world learning and character education skills with activities that involve horses and other small farm animals. The entire facility, which includes a barn, classroom and sensory integration track, is used as the learning environment. Because of the students’ hard work and motivation, Bayport-Blue Point High School has been awarded multiple grants to participate in the program. It has been a wonderful experience and the students have both truly enjoyed and grown as individuals from this opportunity.

BBPHS Teacher Recognized by WBLI

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Bayport-Blue Point High School math and business teacher Michael Plugues was recently honored on radio station WBLI as part of their Top Teacher of the Month Campaign. This campaign recognizes exemplary Long Island teachers “for all of the amazing things they do to build tomorrow’s leaders” and Plugues’ students and colleagues agree that he fits the bill.

District mathematics chairperson Michael Zafonte emphasizes just how adored and trusted Plugues is by his students, saying, “I do not think he has eaten lunch alone in the last five years as there are always students filling his classroom for both math and oftentimes emotional support.” Zafonte also describes Plugues as a “we-centric” professional, whose signature phrase is “whatever you need me to do.”

For earning this award, Plugues received a $250 gift card to purchase school supplies, a $250 gift card for himself, and a special Teacher of the Month Plaque. He also had the exciting opportunity to be interviewed on the WBLI radio show “Syke & MJ in the Morning.”

Plugues thanks the BBPHS parent who nominated him, WBLI, and the entire Bayport-Blue Point community for this honor. “Most importantly,” he says, “I want to thank the students. They are my motivation to be my best every day and I can't thank them enough."
Bayport-Blue Point Eagle