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WISE Students Participate in SoMAS Marine Vessel Trip

WISE Students

The Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) invited the Bellport High School Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program students to participate in the SoMAS Marine Vessel trip. SoMas is conducting research to understand the way our marine, atmospheric, and terrestrial environments function; as well as the impact of human interactions with these systems.

Meeting at the Marine Science Research Center Building in South Hampton, students boarded the R/V Paumanok in the Shinnecock Bay, where work on projects such as the Shinnecock Bay Restoration is underway. The project uses science, outreach and partnerships to restore water quality and fisheries of the Shinnecock Bay in response to deteriorating environmental conditions. The R/V Paumanok contains several instruments to carry out marine research projects including trawl net, bottom grabs, plankton nets, water sampling bottles, and bottom dredge.

Students practiced using water sampling bottles and bottom grabs instruments, discovering how they’re used to maintain the health of the Shinnecock Bay and the impact of various factors on various ecosystems. The students had an opportunity to feel the texture and smell the sulfur of the dredge they pulled up, while also learning about oxygen levels, temperature, and salinity of the various depths of the water and the implications of abnormal data levels.

While on the water, the students also were eager to observe seals and were guided to better understand how to identify true seals. They were excited to learn around shark tagging and the marine organisms they ingest. When the students disembarked the vessel, they discussed food choices they were going to make moving forward. Overall, it was a remarkable and enjoyable experience for all.

Students pictured left to right: Chiara Scharpf, Eloise Kocay, Morgan Monte, Rebekah Ofori, Marvina Basilious, Megan Berja

 


 

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Reading Role-Models

Reading Role Model

Teachers at Brookhaven Elementary School have teamed up with “Book Fairies” to provide parents with some great fiction and non-fiction adult books. “Book Fairies” is a not-for-profit organization that collects reading material for people and districts in need throughout the New York metropolitan area. Their goal is to foster literacy and academic success.

The goal of the Reading Role Model project was to provide parents with books to keep in the hopes that they will serve as a great tool to model the importance of reading in each household. These books were available for pick up during our spring parent teacher conferences as well as other after school events.

Teachers have received some great feedback from parents regarding this project. Parents were excited to browse the books available and there was a great book buzz around the titles and authors that Book Fairies provided.

Brookhaven looks forward to continuing this with the support of the Book Fairies for future events such as Kindergarten Orientation and Dial Screening.

 


 

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“Be a Scientist Day” at Kreamer Street Elementary

Scientist Day

The third grade students of Kreamer Street Elementary School participated in “Be a Scientist Day.” The students had the amazing opportunity to participate in a hands-on, science enrichment program with a Long Island Science Center educator. The lesson focused on discovering the States of Matter and differentiating between solid, liquids and gases. The children made polymer “phlubber” to take home, made ice cream to taste, and started a crystal garden. A big “thank you” to the South Country Education Foundation for providing such an amazing opportunity for our students.

 


 

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Women’s Self Defense Seminar at Bellport High School

Center of Excellence

Bellport High School’s Center of Excellence Club presented its 2nd Annual Women’s Self-Defense workshop in recognition of Women’s History Month. Bellport HS Social Studies teacher, Mr. J. Scioli, was the guest instructor. Mr. Scioli is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with 20 years of martial arts experience. The female student body was invited to learn techniques in situational awareness and disabling attackers. The experience was invaluable to the empowerment of our young women and the workshop will be hosted every year during Women’s History Month.

 


 

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Bellport High School Student Council Stays Awake for Brighter Tomorrows

Awake a thon

The Bellport High School Student Council held its 2nd Annual “Stay-Awake-a-Thon” on March 3rd and 4th in the High School gym. As part of the Community Charity Champions Competition for Cablevision (now Altice), the Student Council raised $3,000 for Brighter Tomorrows, a domestic violence shelter that services people in our District.

As Regional Champions in last year’s competition, Bellport is not eligible to win again, but that didn’t stop the StuCo members from achieving their goal in both fundraising and staying up all night. There was a great amount of support from the faculty and staff, as well as parent and other students to meet the challenge, all much appreciated!

 


 

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Bellport Middle School Celebrates National Foreign Language Week

School News

Each year, educators across the country observe National Foreign Language Week during the first week of March. Over the years, the World Languages Department of Bellport Middle School has made National Foreign Language Week a highlight of our school life. This year, the week-long celebration at the Middle School was particularly outstanding. Each day had a different theme: Monday was “Hispanic Cultures Day”, Tuesday - “Italian Day”, Wednesday - “French Day”, Thursday - “Portuguese Day”, and Friday was “Multicultural Day”. During homeroom, students introduced the morning announcements in Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese. During their World Language class periods, students assembled each day in the auditorium for presentations and fun activities.

Monday saw the debut of a BMS original documentary about global citizenship. In the film, various BMS staff members shared their personal experiences about traveling abroad, and how those experiences helped shape their world perspective. Mr. Di Puma, the creator of the film, said that he hopes the video will help increase student reflection on being global citizens, and that it will promote kindness and empathy throughout the Middle School. After the film, students were invited to compete in a poster contest on the theme of global citizenship and what it personally means to be better global citizens.

They are proud to report that our film has “gone viral” and has been shown to students in other schools outside of our district. Click here to view the video.

 


 

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Lending Library Open for Business in Cluster A

Lending Library

Sharing their love of reading, Frank P. Long Intermediate School teachers Mary Pettit, Trish Gallina, Tony Giresi, Laura Heaton and Nick Paolillo worked together to create a “Lending Library” for 5th Grade students in Cluster A. Stocked with books donated from “The Book Fairies,” a Long Island based non-profit organization, the library aims to foster literacy by inspiring and cultivating a love of reading among students. The library is maintained by the students themselves, who are free to both borrow and donate their own books to the collection. They ensure the success of the program by making sure it runs smoothly and offering new features to keep kids motivated. Book requests, book reviews and book raffles are among the features added since the program began.

Pictured above left to right are: Bryelle Reid, Brian Suarez, Taylor Macioce, James Voher

 


 

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BMS Cancer Research Fundraiser Sets New Record

Penny Wars

The Bellport Middle School Student Council has concluded its third consecutive “Penny Wars” for Cancer Research. The school engaged in a month long competition this January, in which the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students battled it out to see which grade could win the most points while raising money for cancer research. Cassidy Solina, 8th grade Student Council Representative, said “We all know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease and remembering those people helped push us to beat the goal.” This year the council set the goal to beat the $3,010 record that was set last year. The faculty and students set out to do exactly that. The success of this fundraiser was supported by many of the staff members helping to cheerlead and coordinate the students’ enthusiasm. Other students took to collecting outside of local supermarkets to help increase their collection. In the end, Bellport Middle School collected $3,800, which will go directly to John Hopkins University for Cancer Research.

Bellport Middle School Student Council advisor, Mr. Di Puma, said that he is truly grateful for the collective efforts of the Bellport faculty, staff and students. He stated that he is continually inspired by the charitable nature of the middle school and the amazing feats that the faculty, students and staff continue to accomplish on a daily basis.

Pictured 1st row: Angie Gomez, Madison Peters, Emily Zahralban
2nd row: Kaylee Thatcher, Annie Mezzatesta, Karli Monsell, Isabella Gascon, Grace Mezzatesta
3rd row: Student Council Advisor Mr. DiPuma, Jack Armann, Cassidy Solina, Michaela Lyons, Mitchell Mordente, Isabella Banellis, Dr. Jamal Colson, Principal.

 


 

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Board Honors Girls Volleyball League Champions

Volleyball team

The Bellport High School Girls Volleyball Team was recently honored by the Board of Education for an outstanding season as undefeated, League Champions. Coach Larry Auth praised the team for their hard work, attributing their success to their steadfast dedication to both the sport and to each other, on and off court.

Pictured left to right: Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Giani, team members Juliann Posch, Courtney Kane, Jenna Monsell, Arielle Lane, Coach Larry Auth and BOE Vice President Allison Stines.

 


 

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Bellport Middle School Musical, Seussical Jr.

Seussical

The cast and crew of the Bellport Middle School’s musical recently put on an amazing and magical performance of “Seussical Jr.” The story intertwines numerous books from one of the best known children’s authors, Dr. Seuss. Students worked very hard, meeting 4-5 days a week, 2-3 hours each day rehearsing, singing, dancing, and acting.

In addition to the wonderful performances, special thanks also goes out to the team behind the scenes, including Mr. Sean Austin, Producer, Set Designer and PR person, Mrs. Melinda Linke, Props Designer, Mrs. Cynthia Pfister, Costume Designer, Ms. Oya Bangura, Choreographer, Mr. Joseph Skelly, Lighting Designer and Ms. Michelle Stiriz, Director and Vocal Instructor.

“The entire cast and crew of Seussical Jr. formed a family bond and everlasting friendships through their experience during the play season, which lasts from September to January. The team effort that takes place throughout our time together is incredible, and we are looking forward to our time together next year,” said Mrs. Stiriz. Congratulations to all staff, cast and crew of Seussical Jr. for another successful Bellport Middle School Musical season!

 


 

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Christmas in a Shoebox

Christmas Shoebox

Bellport High School’s Student Council packed over 100 shoeboxes for their annual “Christmas in a Shoebox” campaign. In its 12th year at the High School, the program provides shoeboxes filled with toys and goodies to children in need.

 


 

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Internet Safety Presentation at Bellport High School

Internet SafetyDetective Rory Forrestal, an expert in the field of internet and computer crimes, recently visited Bellport High School to talk to our freshmen and sophomore students about the dangers and consequences of social media. He informed the students about laws regarding photos posted and shared, sexting, and cyberbullying. His message to students was to “think before you click” and to protect themselves. The Suffolk County Police Department will return in the spring for an informational presentation specifically targeted for parents and guardians.

 


 

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BHS Seniors Sign to Play Division 1 Baseball Next Year

South Country Schools

Adam Colon and Joseph Greco were recently honored on Monday, November 21st in the Bellport High School Library to sign a national letter of intent to play Division 1 Baseball. Both Adam and Joe are 5 year varsity players who anchor the strength of the 2017 team. Adam will be playing baseball at the Citadel Military College of South Carolina and Joe will be playing baseball at Sacred Heart University.

 


 

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Bellport Middle School Food Drive Sets New Record

Food Drive

Bellport Middle School students completed the building’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Thursday, November 17th. The middle school kicked off the collection with its second annual Harvest Festival on October 22nd. The students and staff collected food items to donate to the Lighthouse Mission Food Pantry over the duration of four weeks. The goal was to raise 3,000 food items. When this goal seemed out of reach the community rallied to help the effort. Students organized a team to stand outside Cirillo’s Market in Bellport Village to increase donations and that is exactly what they did. Members of the council and Honor Society spearheaded the campaign and worked for six hours on Saturday, November 12th collecting food. Shortly after that, the Food Drive took off with food coming in from class after class. The success of this Thanksgiving Food Drive was supported by many of the staff members helping to cheerlead and coordinate the student’s participation through contests and other incentives. Also aiding the cause was the Quicksilver and Bellport Breakaway Youth Soccer Teams. In the end, Bellport Middle School collected over 3,397 food items, which will go directly to helping families in need throughout the South Country School District.

Mr. Di Puma, the Bellport Middle School Student Council advisor, was humbled by the collective efforts of the Bellport faculty, staff and students. He said that their continuous help and support is a reminder of what makes our community a very special place to learn, work and live and he wishes everyone a peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving.

 


 

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Interact Club Cleans Up the Town

Interact Clean Up

The Bellport High School Interact Club recently participated in the Brookhaven Town Clean Up. The Interact Club is Rotary International's Service Club for young people ages 12 to 18. Under the guidance of Advisor Mr. Gauler, the club is in its second year at the High School and members volunteer their time for community service both in the school and community.

The group met at the Brookhaven Fire Department and worked with other volunteers to clean up litter and debris that had gathered along the side of the road. All of the students were happy to do their part to “Keep Brookhaven Clean” and look forward for more opportunities to make the community a nicer, cleaner, place to live!

 


 

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Career Exploration Class Revamps Bellport HS Store

School Store

Students in Kelly Scotti’s Career Exploration class have been doing various jobs around the High School this school year. One of the jobs that the students have expressed the most interest in is revitalizing the School Store. Students ordered new inventory, began marketing the new merchandise and ringing up sales. The students are currently working on holiday merchandise that can be purchased for a teacher, friend or parent. Gift wrapping is available for a minimal fee. Mrs. Kathy Staganelli, a Teaching Assistant at the High School has also played an integral part of this program. The students are very excited to prepare themes within the store for the various holidays throughout the year.

Students Left to Right: Mariah Rivera, Daili Arias, Sherry Myers, Ethan Wilson, Rashona Ringgold, Jordan Abbasi and Davonte Bonner

 


 

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Bellport High School student named LIAA Scholar Artist

Alexa OrsinoBellport High School is proud to announce that Alexa Orsino is the recipient of the Long Island Scholar Artist award. Each year the Long Island Scholar Artist program recognizes students who excel academically and in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, theater, or media arts. The Long Island Arts Alliance and the members of the Educators’ Committee selected Alexa based on her Photography portfolio and her academic ranking. Alexa is one of 20 Long Island students to receive this honor and will be featured in Newsday during the month of January.

A kickoff event to announce this year’s recipients was held in September and there will be a reception in May at the Tilles Center to honor all recipients and their families.

 

 


 

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Bellport Students Participate in Farm to Table Program

Farm to Table

Over the summer, students from the Extended School Year Program have been growing and caring for their own vegetables. Students have been farming a piece of land on Isabella Rossellini’s farm with the assistance of Patty Gentry from Early Girl Farm. The students planted several different vegetables including potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. They will continue to maintain the farm in September, and along with the culinary classes at the high school, the students will learn to prepare meals with the vegetables they have grown.

 


 

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Dual Language Enrichment Program Enters Second Year at Brookhaven Elementary School

Dual Language

After a successful first year, South Country School District is proud to announce the continuation of its Dual Language Enrichment Program at Brookhaven Elementary School. The popular program features an enrichment model of bilingual education that uses two languages for the purpose of instruction. Classes are held at Brookhaven Elementary School and are composed of half native Spanish speakers and half native English speakers, with instruction in both Spanish and English. The program incorporates the required academic standards established by the State of New York and is set to continue throughout the elementary grades.

Assistant Principal, Dr. Rebecca Raymond, explained the goal of the program is to enable students to become bilingual and proficient in both languages and use those tools to make positive contributions to their community. The students develop mutual respect and appreciation for both their own and other languages and cultures, and attain academic achievement at or above grade level in all content areas.

Students are selected by parent commitment and through a lottery. Students who are unable to enroll in the Dual Language Enrichment Program in kindergarten are kept on a wait list and may be able to join the program in first grade if spaces become available. The Dual Language program supports the district’s vision to be academically prepared to succeed in college, career, life, and the global economy.

Please visit the South Country Central School District website for more about the program.



           

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Bellport High School Clipper Staff Wins Big at LI Press High School Journalism Awards

Journalism Awards

Congratulations to the Bellport High School Clipper staff for their impressive number of wins at the Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Gala at Hofstra University! Class of 2015 graduate Kennedy Rose won Student Journalist of the Year 1st place, and Story of the Year 1st place with Junior Abbie Veitch. Kennedy and Abbie together also won the prestigious Robert W. Greene Investigative Enterprise Journalism Award, 1st place. The award is named in honor of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Robert W. Greene. All in all, these Clipper journalists won 23 awards with 13 first place distinctions.

Pictured are: Board President, Carol Herrmann, High School Principal, Tim Hogan, Clipper Advisor, Mark Nolan, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Giani and Clipper Staff students: Alexa Orsino, Julia Loiacono, Afra Seemab, Eva Stanganelli and Abbie Veitch. rlotte. We all think YOU are pretty awesome. Congratulations, Charlotte Keyes!





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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