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Dancing Classrooms at Frank P. Long Intermediate School

Dancing Classrooms

South Country Central School District fifth graders entered and exited the Frank P. Long Intermediate School gymnasium in the escort position, two-by two and linked arm-in-arm, during a culminating performance for parents and faculty of Dancing Classrooms of Long Island. The 10-week physical education unit taught students core moves that form the basis of the merengue, fox trot, rumba, tango, swing, polka and waltz, as well as the importance of teamwork, empathy and respect.

During the program’s introduction, Dancing Classrooms of Long Island Educational Liaison Jessica Heins told parents, “The students walk away with a can-do attitude.” She also thanked the students by saying, “We are grateful to each and every student who bravely entered into Dancing Classrooms and we celebrate all that you have achieved.”

In addition to great exercise, the goal of the Dancing Classrooms physical education unit was to provide additional opportunities for students to hone teamwork, develop respect for peers and invoke elegance in movement. With the introduction of each dance, the students also learn about diverse cultures. Additionally, by learning the escort position, the students learned two important ideals of ballroom dancing, honor and respect.

During the program, demonstration teams and then groups of students performed each of the dance moves for parents, alternating partners during the performance. To further celebrate the dances’ diverse cultures, select students read poetry and prose to add to the festive occasion.

The program culminated with all of the teams and faculty dancing the polka. The students were then allowed to escort their choice of a partner onto the floor for one more dance.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Bellport High School Junior Awarded Rank of Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout

During the January 8th South Country Board of Education business meeting, Bellport High School junior Jake D’Esposito was recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Jake, a member of Boy Scout Troop 47, worked with a team of individuals to erect a Purple Martin colony, located at Squassux Landing in Brookhaven. The Purple Martin is a bird that resembles a swallow and does not build nests in the wild. The Brookhaven community has been trying to attract these birds back to the community. While working on his project, Jake learned about the Purple Martin’s nesting habits and placement, how to attract the birds, predators, management of the colony, migration patterns, food sources and the need for human intervention.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Bellport High School Athletes Donate Toys to Head Start

Head Start

Bellport High School’s Athletes Helping Others organization, in conjunction with the Bellport Teachers’ Association, hosted a toy drive for the students of Bellport Head Start for the holiday season. The organization has been hosting the event for the past decade. During the day, students ages 3-5 were given the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a present from one of the elf-athletes. It was a wonderful way for the students to celebrate the season of giving.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

A Season for Giving

Season for Giving

Throughout the South Country Central School District, students spent the month of November collecting food for those in need.

Under the direction of teachers Jeremy Freeman and Erika Hawthorne, the Bellport Middle School Student Council collected nonperishable food items from Oct. 15-Nov. 20. The food was then sent to Pastor Mike Caiazzo at the Lighthouse Mission to add to the organization’s collection of food for the community.

At Brookhaven Elementary School, the students’ reach had a global appeal. After Halloween, students donated their uneaten candy, which was then sent to military troops abroad.

The Bellport High School Student Council also held its annual Thanksgiving Drive. This year, the organization collected more than 900 nonperishable items for those in need.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Bellport High School Students are in the Zone

Zone Awards

Bellport High School students Connor Coleman and Emily Gentzel were selected as recipients of the Suffolk Zone Award. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Suffolk County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Warm Hearts On and Off the Diamond at Bellport High School

Baseball

Members of the Bellport High School varsity, junior varsity and Bellport Middle School baseball teams came together in front of Best Market to collect nonperishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, located at Mary Immaculate Church in Bellport. This is the team's third consecutive year collecting food for the community.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Bellport High School Cheerleaders Offer Encouragement and Support

Cancer Walk

For the third consecutive year, the Bellport High School varsity cheerleaders volunteered at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Cancer Walk, held at Jones Beach on Oct. 20. Wearing Bellport Cheers for a Cure T-shirts, their purpose in attending the event was to cheer on participants, many of whom are survivors spreading awareness about this disease.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is a 3.5 mile noncompetitive walk to help make a difference in the lives of those touched by breast cancer. The walk raises money to fund research, provide information and support, and to celebrate survivors and remember those who lost their battles against breast cancer.

Coach Samantha Berkowitz said that as cheerleaders, the team wears many hats, including being leaders by giving back to others. The team performed cheers created specifically for the walk. “They offered encouragement and signs of hope to everyone,” Ms. Berkowitz said.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Bellport High School Students Inducted into the Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence

Under the advisement of Aimee Iuliucci and Nicole Colao, Bellport High School’s Center of Excellence welcomed 20 new members during an induction ceremony, held on Nov. 7. Attended by district administration and members of the board of education, inductees received a pin symbolizing both their membership and aspiration to explore college as a realistic, attainable and post-high school option.

Ms. Iuliucci said, “Wear your pin with pride. Your futures are bright.”

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Center of Excellence club was reintroduced by Assistant Principal Dan Fauvell. Membership provides participants with an intensive college-awareness focus and emphasizes the building of successful academic behaviors, including calendar planning, prioritization, study habits, obstacle and roadblock coping strategies and smart decision-making. Students are held accountable for their personal goals, while embodying the leadership principles of professionalism, ambition, integrity, resilience and resourcefulness. There is also significant written and oral presentation work, combined with a focus toward college and career-readiness.

Board of Education President E. Anne Hayes told the students, “Each of you have things in mind for the future. Don’t limit yourself but keep moving forward and you’ll be astounded at what you will have accomplished.”

Guest speaker and former Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice told the students that they need to have the willingness to take risks. “Young people are important to our democracy,” she said. “You need to become involved in the process.”

The induction ceremony was preceded by a dinner, hosted by the high school culinary students. Nevaeh Tinsley led the salute to the flag, while and Destiny France sang the national anthem. Additionally, COE president Anecya Sutton, vice president Emily Hartmann and secretary Kaitlyn Stines announced the names of the inductees as they received their pins and certificates.

Ms. Iuliucci also announced that the COE has received a $711 grant from the Brookhaven 7-Eleven, a $2,000 grant from the South Country Education Foundation and a $250 grant from Ms. Felice.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the following inductees: (Grade 9) Jada Crowell, Catherine Chicas Fuentes, Aaron Dupaya, Eldrick Dupaya, Sara Epstein, Natali Gonzalez Romero, Ryan Grell, Justin Guzman, Wayne Heinecker, Meadow Lyn Moscatiello, Vanessa Perez, Ambar Ventura; (Grade 10) Sarah Elbaroudy, Andrea Giles; (Grade 11) Asha Golding, Sydney Rountree; (Grade 12) Janaisha Austin, Elsy Franco Argueta, Suzan Lunde and Mahogany Quinitchett.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Brookhaven Elementary School Opens Food Pantry

Food Pantry

Struggling families in the Brookhaven Elementary School community now have an additional community resource with the opening of the new food pantry on Nov. 6. In collaboration with the school’s PTA organization, the pantry has been filled with nonperishables and paper goods donated by Island Harvest Food Bank.

Principal Dr. Rebecca Raymond said that 20 families in the school community have thus far reached out for assistance. “Students are at the heart of the community,” Dr. Raymond said. “It takes a village to raise a child. Having food available for those who need it binds families together and is one less worry.”

At present, PTA members and faculty will box food, based on requests, and families can call the main office to make an appointment for a pickup.

South Country Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani thanked Dr. Raymond and the PTA for their insight and help with the project. “We are very excited about this new resource, which will assist our neediest families,” he said.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

South Country Teacher Named an Educator of Excellence

South Country Schools

South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that Brookhaven Elementary School second grade teacher Victoria Suarez has been named a 2019 Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council. This award honors teachers who are leaders in the classroom, who collaborate with colleagues and serve as mentors for new teachers.

During the Nov. 13 board of education meeting, Principal Dr. Rebecca Raymond presented Ms. Suarez to the trustees and described her as deserving of the award in that she readily seeks out opportunities to support her students’ continual growth, seeks professional learning opportunities, attends and presents workshops, participates in numerous school committees and extends the learning experiences of colleagues.

“We at Brookhaven are proud of your achievement and are humbled to work and learn from you each and every day,” Dr. Raymond said.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

South Country Central School District Art Gallery Commendations

Art

The artistic talents of 51 individual student-artists and group work by Verne W. Critz Elementary School first graders were commended during the South Country Central School District’s second annual Art Gallery Reception, held on Oct. 23 at Central Office headquarters. The students’ artwork is part of an ongoing art gallery, which will be exhibited throughout the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani told parents and faculty in attendance that “This is a new tradition, and we are excited and pleased to walk down the hallway at Central Office and see this wonderful children’s artwork.”

Each student received a certificate, and refreshments provided by the art department were served.

The district congratulates the following students:

Bellport High School: Roselida Albarran, Edwin Alfaro, Audrey Barry, Tatianna Davis, Josselyn Fuentes, Sarai Garcia, Courtney Gerard, Violet Gordon, Haley Herrmann, Abigail Horn, Tiara Jones, Hanna Lupo, Robert Menendez, Jake Mulle, Yeak Kay Phong, Samantha Porsche, Madelyn Reyes, Sabrina Rodriguez, Caitlin Saliba, Dream Smith, Seryna Waldron-Walker and Jaelyn Zapata

Bellport Middle School: Karyn Devine, Louisa Gordon, Julia Kotasek, Scarlett Maldonado, Alana Negron, Leah Ofori, Megan Wilkinson, Katherine Yanza and Mirka Zapata

Frank P. Long Intermediate School: Jack Fauci and Joshua Terry

Kreamer Street Elementary: Adrianna Fudge, Mason Kern, Sophia Fuentes Rios and Adeline Wiley

Brookhaven Elementary: Isay Gonzalez Bonilla, Shianelle Dilan, Samantha Velasquez-Garcia, Jayden Giuseffi, Iniya Holland, Brody Kandler, Antonio Michielli and Ashly Angelina Muy

Verne W. Critz Elementary: Christopher Behnke, Lineth Rivas Gamero, Joseph Figueroa Oliva, Sofia Perez, Lola Provenzano, Dylan Sarmiento Quiroga and Group Work by first grade students.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Frank P. Long Students Give Back to the Community

Cleanup

Frank P. Long Intermediate School fourth graders in Vanessa Gordon’s class got a jump start on the community’s participation in the annual South Country Community Clean Up, held on Oct. 19.

The students joined their teacher with large plastic bags and gloves to clean up all of the trash that had blown within the perimeter of the intermediate school. The students retrieved two bags of trash, and many of the classmates remarked how good it felt to give back to the community.

Sponsored by the Brookhaven Free Library and the South Country Community Leadership Network, the annual clean up aims to work together to make a difference in the community.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Bellport High School Volleyball Digs Pink

Volleyball

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bellport High School student-athletes worked to make a dent in raising funds for breast cancer research.

On Oct. 10, the girls volleyball program played against Newfield High School during a Dig Pink event. In addition to defeating the visiting team, the program raised $1,410 for the Side Out Foundation to assist with breast cancer research and awareness. The funds were raised by selling paper volleyballs to show support for those impacted by breast cancer, which hung on the gymnasium walls as a reminder of the games’ purpose. For the past eight years, Bellport High School’s volleyball program has raised and donated more than $20,000, one of the largest contributions from a high school volleyball program on Long Island.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Top Notes for South Country Student Musicians

South Country Schools

The New York State School Music Association selected Bellport High School student-musicians Taylor Kelly and Timothy Montick to perform at the 2019 NYSSMA All-State Winter Music Conference, to be held at the prestigious Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York on Dec. 8.

Taylor, an alternate, was selected to play French horn with the symphonic band, and Timothy was selected to play the trumpet with the symphony orchestra. The students were nominated and selected based on their NYSSMA solo and ensemble festival scores, held at Mt. Sinai High School last spring. This represents a remarkable achievement, as there were 6,500 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State Music Festival.

In addition, eight Bellport High School students were selected to participate in the 2019 High School All-County Music Festival, sponsored by the Suffolk chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA). More than 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Huntington High School on Nov. 15. Selections were based upon each student’s NYSSMA Solo Festival rating and school music teacher nominations. This festival recognizes Suffolk County’s most accomplished high school music students in grades 11 and 12.

Representing Bellport High School are the following:
• Jack Burkhardt – clarinet – symphonic band
• Vivian Fritz – harp – symphony orchestra
• Taylor Kelly – French horn – symphony orchestra
• Timothy Montick – trumpet – symphonic band
• Anthony Notartomaso – euphonium – symphonic band
• Troy Sica – viola – symphony orchestra
• Ryan Voegele – trombone – symphony orchestra
• AutumnMargaret Walthers – alto – treble choir

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Brookhaven Town Celebrates South Country Hispanic Students

South Country Schools

The South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that the Town of Brookhaven’s Hispanic Advisory Board has recognized the academic achievements of Bellport High School seniors Elsy Franco Argueta, Ashley Chavez, Natalia Jordan and Sebastian DeRosa during the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, which was held on Oct. 11 at Brookhaven Town Hall.

The students were nominated by teachers and the school’s guidance department for having acquired and attained a 95% GPA or above through their junior year of high school.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Frank P. Long Garden Club Planting Reaps Stellar Harvest

Garden Club

The recent warm daytime and cool nighttime temperatures made ideal conditions for Frank P. Long Intermediate School Garden Club members to harvest vegetables planted in the school’s courtyard learning lab gardens. There were exclamations of joy and awe as the students examined and then picked the labor of their work: a bright purple eggplant, onions, peppers and a variety of lettuces. The vegetables were bagged and donated to the Lighthouse Mission for an early fall salad for its patrons.

During the 2018-2019 school year, the South Country Central School District opened its new courtyard learning lab, completed with the use of district capital reserve funds while providing a flexible instructional space and an extension of classroom learning. Vegetable and flower boxes were made available for Garden Club members and classes to beautify the garden plots as part of the science curriculum.

Previous Garden Club adviser Sarah Rauch said, “The goal of planting vegetables was to beautify the courtyard and to show students where their food comes from.”

Ms. Rauch noted that the students were particularly interested in the way asparagus plants grew. Additionally, Bellport Garden Club volunteers came each week to assist with the planting and weeding and provided the club with a $100 grant to pay for bulbs, plants and tools.

Even Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani caught the planting bug. He donated spicy onions from his own home garden for the students to enjoy. “The gardening plots are amazing and a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn how food is grown,” Dr. Giani said.

Frank P. Long Intermediate School teacher Diana Santos is the new Garden Club adviser and has plans in place for imminent planting and science learning with this year’s members, who meet on Tuesday afternoons after school. The students will continue taming the overgrowth and plant additional bulbs that will bloom in spring. The students are even trying to identify a spikey plant that unexpectedly grew among the flowers.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

College Board Recognizes 42 Bellport HS AP Scholars

AP Scholars

The South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that 42 current Bellport High School students and 2019 graduates were recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars for exceptional achievement on the May 2019 national exams.

23 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by receiving a 3 or higher on three or more exams and include: Chelsea M. Argueta, Marvina E. Baslious, Rafael M. Benavides, Megan Berja, Roshnie A. Bisram, Kayzjah N. Charles, Katerin Fuentes Velasco, Sam F. Hampson, Erin G. Kelly, Jared M. Lorenzo, Nolan R. Lyons, Alyssa N. Mantione, Grace A. Minikel, Rebekah A. Ofori, Victoria J. Pennachio, Andrew R. Porsche, Nicholas F. Promutico, Ella G. Rauch, Ciarra N. Saliba, Luca S. Scharpf, Christopher Z. Tucker, Sarah R. Valenzuela and Cesar Velasquez.

Connor M. Coleman, Sebastian M. Derosa, Ali Guillermo, Natalia A. Jordan, Maxwell R. Kaczmarek, Eloise R. Kocay, Nicholas J. Nazzaro, Chiara M. Scharpf and Gabrielle V. Tims received the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

Grace L. Armann, Valentina C. Banellis, Tyler M. Brock, Kyle D. Climan, Alexander G. Erwin, Shaun V. Laurinaitis, Juliana F. Lewkowski, Aneeqa Majid, Maya G. McCullough and Daniel J. Roach also qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Additionally, Valentina C. Banellis and Tyler M. Brock were recognized as a National AP Scholar by earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

Bellport High School Photographer Takes Top Art Honors

CourtneyThe South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that the Long Island Arts Alliance presented Bellport High School student Courtney Gerard with an Award of Merit during the 2019-2020 Long Island Scholar-Artists Award ceremony, held at Long Island University’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 11. Courtney was recognized for her excellence in academics and in the area of photography.

To be considered for this prestigious designation, students must be nominated by their school for representing the highest level of artistic excellence in media arts, visual arts, music, dance or theater. The student must also submit a portfolio of their work for consideration by the selection committee and must hold an unweighted grade point average of 90% or above.

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

 

 

 


 

School Begins for South Country Central School District Students

School District

South Country Central School District students disembarked from bright yellow buses with backpacks and school supplies on hand for the start of the 2019-2020 school year on Sept. 4. The students were greeted with warm smiles and well-wishes from faculty and principals as they filed into the buildings ready to begin instruction and make new friends.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani said he was impressed by the district’s smooth opening and the teachers’ and students’ enthusiasm and motivation to begin instruction. “I am confident that the 2019-2020 school year will be productive for district faculty and a wonderful year of learning for all South Country students,” Dr. Giani said.

School District

School District

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New Faculty Welcomed to the South Country Central School District

New Faculty

During a three-day orientation program, 25 educators were welcomed to the South Country Central School District by the board of education and administration and were familiarized with the workings of the district on Aug. 20-22.

In addition to a warm welcome by Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and General Administration Nelson Briggs and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Marlon Small, new faculty members learned how to utilize the district’s technology, employee benefits and payroll, and took tours of the district and their individual buildings.

Presentations included information on how to reach every parent/guardian, how to create a culturally responsive learning environment, classroom management and positive intervention strategies, teachers’ union, training in Response to Intervention, Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

The board of education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani also hosted a luncheon at the administrative offices to formally welcome new faculty to the South Country family. After introducing the administration, Dr. Giani noted that each and every South Country employee, regardless of their role and title, impacts student learning and contributes to the district’s mission to educate all students, even though successes may not always show up in the classroom.

During his opening comments, Dr. Giani told the new faculty that he believes that if each and every child has a connection with one adult in their school, that child will be academically and emotionally successful. “I challenge each of you to make connections with your students and build relationships with their families, regardless of who they are, where they live, or their socio-economic status,” Dr. Giani said. “Teaching isn’t easy, but what can be a more important profession than one that shapes the mind and lives of children.”

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 




Schools

 


Pre-K

Pre-Kindergarten Program
(At Brookhaven Elementary School)

101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY
631-730-1700
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Pre-K

Brookhaven Elementary School
101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY
631-730-1700
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Kreamer Street Elementary School

Kreamer Street Elementary School
37 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY
631-730-1650
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Verne Critz Elementary School

Verne W. Critz Elementary School
185 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY
631-730-1675
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Frank P. Long Intermediate School

Frank P. Long Intermediate School
599 Brookhaven Avenue
Bellport, NY
631-730-1725
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Bellport Middle School

Bellport Middle School
35 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY
631-730-1626
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Bellport High School

Bellport High School
205 Beaver Dam Road
Brookhaven, NY
631-730-1575
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South Country Administrative Offices

South Country School District Administrative Offices
189 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY
631-730-1500
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