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South Country Central School District Welcomes Students Back to the Classroom

Opening Day

In addition to backpacks, school supplies and face masks, South Country Central School District students toted an abundance of enthusiasm on their entry back into the classroom during two official reopening days of school, held on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10. As the students entered the buildings, their temperatures were checked and hands were sanitized prior to being escorted to their designated classrooms to immediately begin instruction.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani reported that the district’s reopening after the six month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic was smooth with students seated appropriately, mask compliant and engaged in learning. “I am looking forward to growth and improvement as we come to settle in this new normal of teaching and learning,” Dr. Giani said.

Board of Education trustees and President E. Anne Hayes were equally complementary of the smooth opening by administration, faculty and staff. “A lot of thought was put into the process and we were confident in our staff that they would get things done,” Ms. Hayes said. “Through helping each other and pulling together, we will continue to have a strong and productive school year.”

Opening Day

Opening Day



Bellport High School Thespian Wins Coveted Teeny Award


Bellport High School’s theater art program is pleased to announce that student-thespian Jack Burkhardt was the recipient of a coveted 2020 Teeny Award for his supporting male role as Lumiere in the school’s musical “Beauty and the Beast.” The award was presented during a virtual awards ceremony, held by East End Arts on July 23.

“This is a terrific accomplishment,” art department Chairperson Barbara Gallagher said. “Jack is an extremely talented actor and the South Country Central School District congratulates him on this special achievement.”

Each year, Bellport High School is one of 18 school theater programs whose productions are celebrated by the East End Arts for student talent and excellence in acting, production, pit orchestra, stage management, lighting design and crew and more. This year, the theatre program received 36 nominations for its productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Game’s Afoot.”



South Country Student Named a 2020 QuestBridge College Prep Scholar


Bellport High School junior Charlotte Kellogg has been chosen by QuestBridge to be a 2020 College Prep Scholar for having demonstrated high 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. Charlotte is one of 3,770 high school juniors named a 2020 College Prep Scholar out of a pool of 12,600 applications nationwide, and later in the fall, will potentially be matched with a full scholarship to one of QuestBridge’s 42 partner colleges. As a College Prep Scholar, Charlotte will also receive exclusive awards and access to opportunities to develop a strong college application. Awards for being a College Prep Scholar also include opportunities to attend summer programs at Yale, Stanford and the University of Chicago.

Charlotte is an Advanced Placement student and a member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society, where she serves as corresponding secretary. She is also president of the Chess Club and math team and recently assisted in forming the previously defunct debate club. Charlotte also spends time with computer club activities and drama club. Although not a varsity athlete, Charlotte maintains a rigorous personal athletic program in which she trains with weights and participates in functional training, such as everyday moving and compound exercises.

Charlotte said she does not have her eye on a particular college or university at this time but will pursue an academic program that allows her to combine computer science and statistics.



South Country Thespians Nominated for 36 Teeny Awards

Teeny Awards

Bellport High School is proud to announce that its theater program has received 36 nominations for 2020 Teeny Awards for its productions of “Beauty and The Beast” and “The Game’s Afoot.” Bellport High School is one of 18 high schools whose theater productions are celebrated annually by East End Arts for student talent and excellence in acting, production, pit orchestra, stage management, lighting design and crew and more. Winners will be announced on Thursday, July 23, during a virtual format.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the following individuals for receiving Teeny Award nominations:

Play and Musical:
Michael Marziliano as William Gillette – Lead Male in a Play in “The Game's Afoot”
Autumn Margaret Walthers as Daria Chase – Lead Female in a Play in “The Game's Afoot”
Michael Marziliano as the Beast – Lead Male in a Musical in “Beauty and the Beast”
Jack Burkhardt as Lumiere – Supporting Male in a Musical in “Beauty and the Beast”
Troy Sica as Cogsworth – Supporting Male in a Musical in “Beauty and the Beast”
Emma Butler as Mrs. Potts – Supporting Female in a Musical in “Beauty and the Beast”

Jasmine Armann – stage manager – “Beauty and the Beast”
Juliana Lewkowski – stage manager - “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” and “Beauty and the Beast”
Vivienne Love – lighting – “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” and “Beauty and the Beast”
Kieran Sawyer – lighting – “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” and “Beauty and the Beast”
Ryan Wilson – sound – “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” and “Beauty and the Beast”
Troy Sica – assistant director – “Beauty and the Beast”

Pit Orchestra:
David Bellante (percussion), Bella Caypinar (violin), Kayzjah Charles (bass), Mariah Chavez (violin), Ryann Christie (clarinet), Sara Cornacchiulo (flute), Sebastian DeRosa (violin), Vivian Fritz (harp), Isabella Gascon (violin), Emily Gentzel (violin), Violet Gordon (violin), Taylor Kelly (oboe), Daniela Mondi (cello), Victoria Monte (cello), Timmy Montick (trumpet), Liam Murphy (French horn), Anthony Notartomaso (baritone/euphonium), Tamara Ortiz Macas (flute), Rianna Raghunandan (violin), Ella Rauch (cello), Aidan Sawyer (French horn), Kat Vignona (trumpet), Emily Zahralban (violin) and Grace Zimlinghaus (French horn)



South Country Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts 75

Tri Music Honor Society

Bellport High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 75 seventh and eighth grade student-musicians to the prestigious Tri-M Music Honor Society. The new inductees are members of either band, orchestra or chorus and were recommended for membership by music faculty.

Music teacher Victoria Hartman explained that the students were selected to participate in the 2019 New York State School Music Association’s solo festival and were preparing to participate in the 2020 NYSSMA solo festival, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also described the inductees as “leaders in the classroom” and students most likely to assist behind the scenes at concerts.

Tri-M Music Honor Society is formerly known as Modern Music Masters. A program of the National Association for Music Education, Tri M recognizes students for academic and musical achievement. To be eligible, a student must maintain an A average in music lessons, a C average in academic courses, be presently enrolled in a high school music course and be recommended by faculty.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the following students:

Katherine Alayon
Alexa Allan
Pietro Ancona Jr.
Brynne Ballan
Angely Banegas
Maddy Budris
Claire Cannella
Christopher Chaves
Shaniah Chavez
Kailyn Ciavatta
Nolan Comerford
Juliette Cuccurese
Rosario Curcio
Evan Dedis (VP)
Samantha DeLillo
Karyn Devine
Maya Dixit
Nathan Ernst
Kenya Escobar
Erin Fagan
Frankie Felice
Christopher Ford
Giulia Gannon
Sean Glynn
Malena Gomez
Kevin Gonzalez
Louisa Gordon (Pres.)
Connor Gronenthal
Stephanie Grosso
Dylan Horn
Molly Hough
Brynn Johnsen
Melina Kasten
Dylan Knakal
Julia Kotasek
Emma Kuegel
Lauren LaGrega
Danika Leidig
Taylor Macioce
Diana Malchiodi
Anay Maldonado
Ryan Manitta
Catherine Masem
Sarah Meininger
Erini Michaels Hrysanthopoulos
Gael Michel
Derek Minden
Connor Murphy
Alana Negron
Macy Neider
Riley Neider
Michael Nesi (treasurer)



Bellport High School Class of 2020 to Brace Significant Challenges Ahead


The Bellport High School Class of 2020 embraced and overcame the limits of social-distancing in a pandemic era to celebrate an important milestone in their educational careers during the annual commencement ceremonies, held on June 25. Prior to the ceremony, the police and fire departments escorted students, parents and family as they drove through the middle of Bellport Village from Bellport Middle School to the high school grounds where they were greeted by the administration and members of the board of education. If a student was unable to drive, Lyft donated transportation services so that every student was able to participate in this exciting event.

“Pomp and Circumstance” was played over the PA system as Bellport Security assisted each car with parking. Although required to remain in their cars during the ceremony, students could watch the ceremony, which was livestreamed on a movie screen, and listen to the ceremony live on 94.9 FM radio. After Assistant Principal Erika Della Rosa welcomed the students, Student Council President Carly Diolosa led the salute to the flag.

During her introductory comments, Carly explained that the obstacles the Class of 2020 experienced will be chronicled in history books and gave important advice to her peers. “Your achievements in life should not be measured by the car you drive or the job you have, but by the impact you have on others’ lives, the kindness you share and the values you reflect into the atmosphere.”

Principal Timothy Hogan, in acknowledgement of challenges faced by the pandemic and social injustice reforms, he told the students that significant challenges are ahead. “We must continue to work collectively in developing new models and new initiatives to navigate this ever changing environment,” he said.

Essayist Audrey Barry, whose task was to talk about the memories of the past, said she sometimes finds herself wanting to go back to a sense of familiarity and comfort. She encouraged peers to, take the good times of your past and use them to motivate your present.”

Natalia Jordan spoke about presence in her salutatory address. “In today’s society, the present is our tool to construct the future. Thus, it is imperative to not only be aware of a current crisis but also be involved in the action to create a better future.”

During the valedictorian address, Ali Dennis Guillermo Jr. told peers that the path to success does not have to be traveled alone and relationships made can help foster success. He attributed his path to success to his recently deceased father and deceased friend R.J. “After being made valedictorian, there were 10 seconds where I was completely ecstatic that my hard work had paid off. But there had to be an 11th second, right?” Ali said. “In that 11th second, I remembered what had gotten me this far. It was the motivation and influence of both RJ and my father. It was a motivation that could not be ignored.”

After the celebratory speeches, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani certified the diplomas and announced that the seniors had completed the requirements for graduation. Board President E. Anne Hayes then led the students in the traditional moving of the tassel, symbolizing that the seniors were now alumni of the South Country Central School District.

After a brief fireworks show by Grucci Fireworks, the students and their guests then proceeded to the front of the high school where they received their diplomas and had the opportunity to take a graduation photo.



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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