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A Busload of Food

Food Drive

The Bellport High School Student Council recently hosted a successful Thanksgiving food drive. During the month of November, the students worked to collect nonperishable goods that were then donated to 20 families within the South Country Central School District, as well as to the nonprofit Lighthouse Mission. All of the donations were loaded onto the district’s mobile library bus, sorted into Thanksgiving baskets and delivered.

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Helping Others in Need

Food Drive

Members of the Bellport Middle School Student Council and National Junior Honor Society recently worked together to collect nonperishable food for community members in need. All items will be donated to the nonprofit Lighthouse Mission. “It was a great turnout for a great cause,” said Student Council Advisor, Jeremy Freeman.

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Successful Blood Drive

blood drive

The Bellport High School National Honor Society hosted a successful blood drive on Nov. 18. It was the first blood drive they have been able to hold since the COVID-19 pandemic. During the event, 73 people stepped up to donate blood.

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Senior Football Players Thank Inspiring Staff


Smiles of appreciation were in abundance on Oct. 28 as 17 Bellport High School senior football players paid tribute to the staff members who made a major impact on them during their time in the South Country School District.

Each player penned and hand-delivered a special note of thanks to one staff member of their choosing. They also lent them their game jersey to display or wear on Oct. 29.

“This was a great way to allow our young men to say thank you to the adults who really inspired them along their journey,” said Assistant Coach Kai Watkins. “It was also a way for the staff to be recognized for some of the outstanding work they have done throughout the years that made a lasting impression.”

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Bellport High School Students Earn College Board Recognition


Three Bellport High School seniors have been recognized by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program as National Hispanic Scholars. Joel Cruz, Margaret Fuentes Velasco and Rianna Raghunandan earned the honor by scoring in the top 2.5% of all PSAT/NMSQT test takers in their junior year and by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

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A Special Recognition

Art Recognition

The talents of the South Country School District’s student-artists were showcased during School Board Recognition Week, hosted by the New York State School Boards Association, which recognized the district’s volunteer board of education members.

During the recognition, each board member was presented with a colorful, student-made portrait. The artists included students from across the district: Emma Davis, Devon Dinowitz, Emilia Gomez, Axel Haynes, Maeve Jablonski, Alexandra Leong, Leonardo Mignola, Elaina Muro, Elena Nazario, Jordan Saliba, Naomi Schindler-Shul, Anna Schultz, Peyton Sullivan and Fabiana Vargas.

All portraits are on display in the district’s board of education meeting room in the district office.

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Bellport High School Seniors Named Questbridge Finalists


Bellport High School seniors Boris Berja and Rianna Raghunandan have been selected by QuestBridge as 2021 National Finalists for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement.

QuestBridge is a national, nonprofit institution that connects the country’s most exceptional students with leading educational institutions and further academic opportunities at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities. As finalists, Berja and Raghunandan will potentially be matched with a full scholarship to one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges.

In its prestigious selection process, QuestBridge searches for academically talented students who match the partner colleges’ level of academic achievement and can potentially thrive on their campuses. Finalists are chosen from a pool of applicants who are in the top 5-10% of their class, have received mostly A’s in the school’s most rigorous classes and have realized strong standardized test scores, if taken.

In addition to being academically talented, Berja is a member of his school’s National, Math and Science honor societies and vice president of the French Club. He also participates in the Outdoor Club and Students for Environmental Quality Club.

Equally involved in her school, Raghunandan is a member of the chamber orchestra, Key Club, and National, Tri-M Music, Science and Math honor societies.

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88 Inducted into National Honor Society

Honor Society

Eighty-eight Bellport High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society during a virtual candle-lighting ceremony on Nov. 8.

To be eligible for membership, the students were required to maintain an average GPA of 90 or better; meet the standards of leadership, service, citizenship and character; and complete six hours of community service.

The South Country School District extends its congratulations to the following inductees:

Kayla Coq
Rachel Ellenwood
Courtney Fagan
Margaret Fuentes Velasco
Riley Nagle
Michael LeBrun
Leonardo Mignola
Kayleigh Py
Nicholas Vital

Avery Ferrara
Paul Gilbert
Aidan Littwin
Rajkumar Murugan
Mirka Zapata

Shane Abrams
Ethan Amendola
Pietro Ancona Jr.
Bridget Barry
Madeline Budris
James Butler IV
Claire Cannella
Kailyn Ciavatta
Juliette Cuccurese
Justin DeCorato
Evan Dedis
Samantha DeLillo
Sam Dotterman
Ava Fauci
Olivia Fauci
Francis Felice
Shanel Fernandez
Giulia Gannon
Ryan Gaynor
Tyler Gentile
Derek Griffin
Stephanie Grosso
Amber Guiffreda
Kevin Hawaldar
Penelope Henao
Brianna Henn
Amira Hussein
Jaiden Jackson
Brynn Johnsen
Dylan Knakal
Julia Kotasek
Emma Kuegel
Cassandra La Monica
Sean Lannon
Mason Linke
Taylor LiVigni
Adonis Lopez
Taylor Macioce
Ryan Manitta
Sophia Manna
Sude Maris
Gael Michel
Shane Moody
Connor Murphy
Michael Nesi
Tyler Ocasio
Leah Ofori
Folashade Olabode
Jaidyn O'Neil
Andie Pedatella
Rachel Petri
Rebecca Pino
Aarilin Pitre
Jake Polito
Lily Porfert
Jack Porter
Abbey Py
Bryelle Reid
Emily Robbins
Iesha Rodney
Faith Rubio
Caden Rupolo
Kaelyn Schmidt
Lola Schortemeyer
Matthew Smolen
Evelyn Soto
Joseph Starpoli
Ella Steckle
Jordan Truce
Liam Vizcaino Figueroa
Connor Wilson
James Vohrer
Max Yablon
Usman Zahid

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Tricks and Treats at Brookhaven Elementary School

Trick or Treat

Dressed in Halloween costumes, students from South Country School District’s South Haven Early Childhood Center and Brookhaven Elementary School were all smiles as they participated in an evening trunk-or-treat event on Oct. 22, at Brookhaven Elementary School. The event was made possible through a partnership with the two schools’ PTAs.

Deemed a huge success, parents volunteered to decorate their cars and hand out candy to students who trick or treated around the school’s parking lot.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

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Bellport High School Homecoming


Excitement and school spirit filled the air on Oct. 16, as the Bellport High School Clippers celebrated homecoming with a parade and football game that brought the community together.

The celebrations kicked off during the week of Oct. 12 with fun-filled theme days and preparations for the parade. Students constructed colorful floats surrounding the theme of board games. The floats were on full display during the annual parade, which also featured the school’s marching band, class courts, cheerleaders, dance team, and members of the Bellport Fire Department and South Country Ambulance Company.

The stands were full a few hours later for the homecoming football game. Cheers rang out for the Clippers as they took on and defeated Connetquot with a final score of 42-0. The game also featured superb halftime performances by the varsity cheerleaders and varsity dance team.




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Town Celebrates Bellport High School Students

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Ten Bellport High School students are being recognized by the Town of Brookhaven as part of the town’s eighth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The students were selected for the honor by the town’s Hispanic Advisory Board for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 95 or higher.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the following students: Eliana Cruz, Joel Cruz,
Elisha Feliz, Josselyn Fuentes, Margaret Fuentes Velasco, Jarithsa Molina Iniguez, Tamara Ortiz Macas,
Rianna Raghunandan, Rylie Sikeotis, Dominic Tigre.

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14 AP Scholars Named in South Country

AP Scholars

In recognition of their exceptional achievement on national Advanced Placement exams taken last year, 14 Bellport High School seniors have earned AP Scholar awards. Eight students were named AP Scholars, while another six earned the recognition of AP Scholar with Honor.

To earn Scholar recognition, students are required to score a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams; for Scholar with Honor, they must earn a 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

The South Country Central School District extends its congratulations to the following students:

AP Scholar:
Boris Berja, Joel Cruz, Elisha Feliz, Violet Gordon, Sydney Macioce, Jamie Nobile, Calvin Pedatella and Jacob Repper.

AP Scholar with Honor:
Clayton Cannella, Harrison Day, Robert Menendez, Colin Murphy, Rianna Raghunandan and Charlotte Rauch.

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Jazzing It Up

JazzSouth Country Jazz

Two South Country School District students have been recognized for their musical abilities by the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association. Bellport High School trumpet player Leonardo Mignola has been selected by SCMEA to perform in the 2021 High School Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, and Bellport Middle School percussionist Julius Radino was named to the 2021 Middle School Instrumental Jazz Ensemble. The student-musicians were selected for the honors based on their outstanding musicianship, strong work ethic, dedication and positive attitude.

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Star Student-Musician Recognized by All-State

All State

A Bellport High School student-musician has been named as an alternate for the New York State School Music Association’s prestigious All-State Music Festival. Leah Silvestre, viola, was selected as an alternate to perform in the Symphonic Orchestra based on her solo performances at the NYSSMA adjudications last spring.

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South Country Thespian Earns Merit Award

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South Country High School senior Emma Butler, a talented actress and singer, has been recognized with an award of merit as part of the Long Island Arts Alliance’s annual Scholar-Artist Awards. She was one of 20 students from across Long Island to be selected for the honor after being nominated by her school.

To qualify, Butler had to submit a video recording of a song and a monologue, as well as an essay. She sang “A Part of That” from the musical “The Last Five Years” and performed a monologue from the musical “Now. Here. This.” Both the song and the monologue, she said, resonated with her. For her essay, she wrote about how the arts have enriched her life.

“It wasn’t difficult to write about the arts in my life,” Butler said. “Theater has been a part of me since my first production in the fifth grade.”

Since she first took the stage, she has continued to perform in annual school productions and was recently cast in her first professional show at the Studio Theater of Long Island. She will be performing in the chorus in a production of “Aida.”

“I love theater,” she said. “I love the sense of camaraderie and performing on stage after all the hard work we put in.”

When not performing, Butler can be found reading at her local library, where she recently participated in a Battle of the Books program. She is also president of her school’s National Honor Society and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She plans to study psychology in college.

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New School Year Kicks Off in South Country

Back to School

Students across the South Country Central School District quickly became acquainted with their new teachers, routines and programs as they kicked off the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 1st.

Elementary students began the school year as they stepped off their buses to be greeted by smiling teachers. They entered their colorful classrooms and started their day by getting to know their new teachers and classmates. Secondary students also met their teachers and made a smooth transition back as they adjusted to their new classrooms and schedules.

“We are looking forward to a year filled with outstanding academic and extracurricular opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani.

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Sophomore Named Ex-Officio Board of Education Member

Ex Officio

The South Country Central School District Board of Education has appointed Bellport High School sophomore Brynn Johnsen as its student ex officio board member for the 2021-2022 school year. She replaces Jack Frankie, who graduated in June.

Johnsen, who will officially take her chair alongside the board on Sept. 15, is looking forward to the advisory position. “I like being able to give back to my school, and to get involved and encourage others in everything,” she said.

As a non-voting board member, Johnsen will provide the board with reports regarding the student body at each board meeting. She will also lend important insight and feedback to the board for designing special events that bring students together.

“I think it is especially important to bring students together through events during COVID,” she said.

Johnsen earned the ex officio position after running a successful campaign at her school. As a freshman, she was elected secretary of student council, a role she thoroughly loved.

“Ever since the fourth grade, I have been a representative in student council,” she said. “It is something I really enjoy.”

Apart from student council, Johnsen can be found running cross-country, playing basketball and lacrosse, and performing on French horn in the school band. As well as being an avid snowboarder and surfer, she has been sailing since the age of 6 and teaches sailing to children at the Bellport Bay Yacht Club.

Other extracurriculars include membership in the school’s Athletes Helping Others club and the science and math honor societies, with her sights set on National Honor Society membership this fall. This September, she will also participate in a training program at her school in which she will shadow the school’s athletic trainer, Gina Siracusano.

“She is a great mentor and I am looking forward to learning from her,” Johnsen said of Siracusano. “Athletic training has always been interesting to me.”

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Bellport HS Senior Named Scholar-Artist

Vivienne LoveFor as long as she can remember, Bellport High School senior Vivienne Love has had a passion for photography. Her devotion to the art has since earned her a Scholar-Artist award in the area of media arts from the Long Island Arts Alliance. She is one of 20 students from across Long Island selected for the honor.

“I am so excited to be recognized for my photography,” said Love. “I think this is great and will help me with college.”

To earn the accolade, Love was required to submit an essay discussing how the arts have influenced her life, as well as a portfolio of her photography. Her submitted photographs, taken with her Canon Rebel T6, focus on the theme of youth and depict her everyday life with friends and family. The shoot was part of an Advanced Placement art class assignment.

Along with her passion for photography, Love is a member of her school’s National, Math and Science honor societies. She is also the historian of her school’s art club and designs the lighting for all of her school’s dramatic productions.

She plans to study film, radio and television in college, with a minor in environmental science. She has her sights set on an early decision from Syracuse University.

According to Love, the secret to her success is to simply jump in. “There is no easy way to start,” she said. “Just go and do it.”

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School Contact Info


Pre-Kindergarten Program
(At Brookhaven Elementary School)

101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY


Brookhaven Elementary School

101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY

Kreamer Street Elementary School 

Kreamer Street Elementary School

37 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY

Verne Critz Elementary School 

Verne W. Critz Elementary School

185 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY

Frank P. Long Intermediate School 

Frank P. Long Intermediate School

599 Brookhaven Avenue
Bellport, NY

Bellport Middle School 

Bellport Middle School

35 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY


Bellport High School

205 Beaver Dam Road
Brookhaven, NY

South Country Administrative Offices 

South Country School District Administrative Offices

189 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY


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