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Bellport HS Student Receives County Summer Youth Award

Gionnah Hicks

Bellport High School student Gionnah Hicks was one of 100 students countywide who received a Suffolk County Summer Youth Award for Leadership Ability from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

During the summer, Gionnah participated in Suffolk County’s Summer Youth Work Experience Program, where she performed administrative and clerical duties for the Butterfly Effect Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women. In conjunction with the county’s Department of Labor, the Butterfly Effect Program is housed in the First Baptist Church of Riverhead, under the direction of executive director Tia Fulford and Pastor Cynthia Liggon. The goal of the program is to provide girls with marketable skills and job readiness training.

Pastor Liggon described Gionnah as exceptional, a quick learner and well-spoken. She noted that Gionnah’s ability to secure and schedule professionals for the Butterfly Effect Program’s job readiness training seminars was remarkable.

“Gionnah is the most stellar worker and is most deserving of this award,” Pastor Liggon said.

  


 

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Bellport HS Student a Questbridge Scholarship Finalist

South Country Schools

The South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that Megan Berja, a senior at Bellport High School, has been named a finalist for a 2018 Questbridge National College Match Scholarship. If selected, Megan will be granted admission to one of Questbridge’s partner colleges with a full, four-year scholarship worth $200,000, which covers tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and travel expenses.

The Questbridge National College Match is a scholarship application process that assists outstanding low-income seniors admission to the nation’s most selective colleges.

Megan is a member of the National Honor Society and math and science honor societies. The College Board recognized Megan as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, and she currently ranks in the top 5 percent of the Class of 2019. In addition to participation in Mathletes and the Women in Science and Engineering Program at Stony Brook University, Megan is also a tutor and works with the high school newspaper.

  


 

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Bellport Middle School Students Take a STEP Toward Their Future

School NEws

The South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that 23 Bellport Middle School students have been accepted into the Suffolk County Community College Science and Technology Entry Program, a free Saturday morning science, technology, engineering and math program for high-achieving minority students. Funded by the New York State Department of Education, the STEP Program focuses on career awareness, basic skills and real-world mathematics, science and technology applications for students in grades 7-12.

The STEP Program provides 16 Saturday morning enrichment classes at SCCC, two field trips to local scientific and cultural centers and local school district activities. In addition to enrichment classes taught by SCC faculty, guest lectures by leaders in the local technological, industrial, social and educational organizations will serve as role models.

“The STEP program provides an amazing opportunity for these students to jumpstart their academic future,” said school counselor Christina DeNapoli.

The district congratulates the following STEP Program participants: Grade 7: Jaiden Jackson, Gael Michel, Leah Ofori, Aarilin Pitre, Bryelle Reid, Jorge Riera, Juliana Sarmiento, Andres Tacuri and Katherine Yupa. Grade 8: Sara Abdelbasset, Tatianna Alvarado, Vannesa Cevallos, Javon Davis, Autumn Gambles, Emily Garavito, Arianna Gomez, Liany Kasten, Patricia Lopez, Scarlett Maldonado, Isabella Moreno, Sarah Ofori, Vanessa Perez and Katherine Yanza.

  


 

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Bellport High School Students Honored by Brookhaven Town

School News

Bellport High School students, Chelsea Argueta, Henry Chillogallo, Ivelisse Diaz and Katerin Fuentes Velasco were recognized during the Town of Brookhaven Advisory Board’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, held on Oct. 5. The seniors were honored for the outstanding academic achievement of maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 95 percent or more.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the students on this accomplishment.

  


 

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College Board Recognizes 20 Bellport HS AP Scholars

BHS Scholars

The College Board has recognized 20 Bellport High School students as Advanced Placement Scholars for exceptional achievement on the May 2018 national exams.

Eleven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more exams and include: Chelsea Argueta, Marvina Baslious, Roshnie Bisram, Maxwell Kaczmarek, Shaun Laurinaitis, Nolan Lyons, Maya McCullough, Nicholas Nazzaro, Rebekah Ofori, Daniel Roach and Gabrielle Tims.

Megan Berja, Tyler Brock, Kyle Climan, Alexander Erwin, Eloise Kocay and Chiara Scharpf 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 Armann, Valentina Banellis and Aneeqa Majid 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.

AP courses completed with a score of 3 or higher on the final exam may afford students the opportunity to earn college credit. Currently, 183 students are enrolled in one or more of Bellport High School’s 17 AP courses, which are available to juniors and seniors, except for AP Music Theory which is available for qualified sophomores.

  


 

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Bellport HS Student Sean Skelly Receives AABLE Award

Sean Skelly

Transformative Education Departmental Services has recognized Bellport High School student Sean Skelly as a recipient of the Access to Better Learning Experience Award for his advocacy of the disabled community.

A former junior fire fighter for the Hagerman Fire Department Explorer Program and a probationary fire fighter for the same department, Sean has participated in Brookhaven Town’s Clean-up Day. During the winter, he assists with snow removal around fire hydrants and the homes of elderly fire department members. During the holidays, Sean makes “elf visits” to Home Depot in Bellport with a fire truck and Santa Claus for the enjoyment of the community’s children.

As an employee of Woodside Nursery and Gardens since 2013, Sean has assisted with Make-A-Wish during the holiday season. He has also been a volunteer with Angels on Long Island since 2014, where he assists with moving and picking up furniture, loading and unloading trucks, helping in the store and participating in their special events, such as the back-to-school drive and fall festival.

Bellport High School Principal Timothy Hogan recognized Sean during the Sept. 26 South Country Central School Board of Education meeting. “Sean is a young man of character who possesses a commitment to community often not seen in people his age,” Mr. Hogan said. “He is a remarkable young man with a bright future.”

Sean will be presented the AABLE award at the Bellport Country Club on Oct. 27. The district congratulates Sean on this prestigious recognition.

  


 

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Empire State Grant Awarded to South Country CSD

The South Country Central School District, in conjunction with the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. was awarded an Empire State Afterschool Program grant. Totaling $560,000 a year for four years, the grant will support an afterschool program at Bellport Middle School for 300 students in grades 6-8 and will run three hours a day for five days a week. The opening date of the program is projected for later this fall. In addition, 50 high school students will be provided afterschool programming through the Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area.

“The district appreciates this generous grant, which will provide a much-needed service to students in our community and which will fill a gap for students and their parents who need alternatives for afterschool hours,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani stated.

Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. Director of Youth and Adolescent Services Cynthia Amato explained that the grant will provide vocational, recreational and educational preventative programming. As an Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. partner, the Suffolk County Police Department will also provide education on violence prevention and the risks of drug use and addiction.

In addition to a designated homework hour with tutors in core subjects, participants will select from a host of activities, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), cooking, dance, music/audio club, music/DJ mix club, special events for students and families, and social-emotional and healthy living activities. Through the Leaders of the Future/STARS (Students Taking an Active Role in Society) clubs, participants will also learn leadership skills and take on community service projects. SAVVY Me program activities will also promote self-discovery and understanding.

“With increased afterschool participation through enrollment, we aim to improve academics and attendance, as well as foster parental involvement,” Amato said.

  


 

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Imagining a ‘Whirled’ of Peace

Pinwheels for Peace

Brightly colored paper pinwheels whirled on the front lawn of Frank P. Long Intermediate School to create a visual public statement about the importance of world peace. Fifth-grade students crafted the iconic childhood symbols as part of the Pinwheels for Peace Project to commemorate the annual International Day of Peace held on Sept. 21 and established in 1981 by the United Nations.

Pinwheels for Peace was originally an art installation project started in 2005 by Florida art teachers Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan which was quickly embraced by millions of teachers throughout the world. Each year, students like those in the South Country Central School District, write their hopes for peace and unity on the pinwheels prior to planting them on school lawns.

In addition to making pinwheels, the students also discussed the concept of “peace,” as well as the importance of living in harmony and being able to agree to disagree with others.

Pictured: From left, Ryan Fostvedt and Daniel Varuolo

  


 

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Books Unite Barbers and South Country Students

Barbers and Books

South Country Central School District elementary students read their favorite books as local barbers trimmed their locks during the Barbers, Beauty and Books reading campaign held on Sept. 15. Held in conjunction with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Smart Start Suffolk and the South Country Public Library, the district encouraged students to visit KO Hair Designs and Lonnie’s Barbershop of Bellport and Imperial Kut Kreators and Razor’s Edge of East Patchogue where each received a certificate of participation and $5 gift card to use at participating businesses.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Marlon Small, Director of Elementary Education Amy Brennan, Director of Humanities Jackie O’Hagan, Brookhaven Elementary School Principal Dr. Rebecca Raymond, teacher Krysta Kanowsky and South Country Public Library Assistant Director Patrick O’Leary were on hand to applaud the students for their excellent reading skills.

“This is a great way to connect the community and the school district through literacy,” Dr. Giani said. “Not only did the students and barbers have a great time, the students received the opportunity to showcase their academic skills.”

During the event, the district rolled out its new mobile library, which will be officially unveiled at homecoming on Oct. 6. Students took a tour of the school bus, which will house a collection of books and a computer for use by district residents.

  


 

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Dancing Classrooms

Dancing Classrooms

South Country Central School District fifth-graders entered and exited the gymnasium in the escort position, two-by two and linked arm-in-arm, during a physical education dance unit taught by Dancing Classrooms of Long Island. The escort position shows honor and respect, two ideals that go hand in hand with learning ballroom dance, teaching artist Jessica Heins explained to the Frank P. Long Intermediate School students during their first lesson on Sept. 17.

First positioned in a circle, the students learned core moves that form the basis of the merengue, fox trot, rhumba, tango, swing, heal-toe polka and the waltz. Ms. Heins, along with accompanying teaching artists Angela Trivigno and Christina Stiriz, also explained the importance of being a good partner, while students paired off to try their new steps.

In addition to great exercise, the goal of the ballroom dance unit is 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.

After their first lesson, the students were instructed to each write a letter to Dancing Classroom, explaining what they learned, how they feel about the program and what they expected prior to their first lesson. In December, the students will conduct a showcase of their new dancing skills for family and faculty.

  


 

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Bellport HS Junior Sworn in as Ex-Officio Board Member

An official piece of business on the Board of Education’s Sept. 12 agenda for South Country Central School District was the official swearing in of Carly Diolosa as Ex-Officio Board Member. Carly, who is student council president during the 2018-2019 school year, will serve as a liaison to the board, relaying information about high school events and activities to the trustees while informing student council members about district business.

Even though Carly does not have voting privileges, she said she is excited with her new role. “It is an honor to be able to speak on issues concerning the school and student council,” Carly said. “I want to learn as much as I can.”

Carly is a member of the math and science honor societies, as well as the National Honor Society. She is an Advanced Placement student and takes honors classes to round out her challenging academic schedule. While taking time out of her studies, Carly is a three-sport athlete on the school’s varsity soccer, winter track and lacrosse teams.

Board President Cheryl A. Felice welcomed Carly to the board and wished her much success in her new position.

  


 

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South Country CSD Upgrades Security District-wide

As South Country Central School District students returned to classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani and the board of education have been working diligently to upgrade and improve safety and security measures throughout the district. Although some of the measures are clearly visible, Dr. Giani noted that many throughout the district are not noticeable to the community.
“Our ultimate goal is to make our facilities as safe as possible for faculty, staff and students, and to be prepared in the event that security measures are needed,” Dr. Giani said.

The district is currently seeking approval from the New York State Education Department to install security vestibules in the elementary schools, similar to those currently in place at Bellport High School, Bellport Middle School and Frank P. Long Intermediate School. With the new visitor management system in place at these facilities, visitors are prescreened, photographed and provided a sticker badge prior to entering the buildings and are required to return the badge when exiting the schools.

Additionally, this fall, faculty and staff are being issued new identification cards, which will ensure the district is aware of who is inside the building in case of emergency. High and middle school students have also been issued identification cards, which must be tapped upon entrance of the school and cafeteria as an attendance measure.

Security cameras have been placed in all non-instructional areas of the schools and the gymnasiums, as well as entrances, the sides of buildings and dead spaces. An upgraded security camera service also records activity around the buildings and was funded through the Smart Schools Bond. The district’s buses are also equipped with cameras to insure additional security for riders.

The district has also added a new “lockout” procedure to its security measures. During a “lockout,” only the exterior doors to a building are locked and business as usual carries on inside the building. A lockout procedure is different from a “lockdown,” in which all students and faculty must shelter in place until further notice.

The most visible security measure is the presence of a new senior guard. A retired police officer, the senior guard visits all of the district’s facilities. In-house responders form respectful relationships with students and assist with intervention and the de-escalation of potential security issues. The responders also work as security guards after school hours.

For the first time, teachers will be required to attend an active shooter training exercise with the Suffolk County Police Department. The goal of the exercise is to educate faculty on how to achieve a maximum and effective response during potential threat to security.

The district also plans on utilizing the latest technology to upgrade security. During the Aug. 22 board of education meeting, the district voted to move forward with the potential use of Suffolk County’s RAVE application. Available through a county grant, the RAVE application is a panic button alert system, which allows the district to speed dial 911 to foster a quick response in the event of an emergency. The district is also interested in working with the Suffolk County Police Department’s Virtual Private Network, which would lessen response time by allowing the county to access district phones and cameras in the event of an emergency.

  


 

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Dual Language Magnet School Officially Open

Magnet

South Country Central School District officially celebrated the opening of its Dual Language Magnet Program at Brookhaven Elementary School on Sept. 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by district administration, board of education trustees, faculty and community residents. The magnet program will now allow all district students beginning in kindergarten the opportunity to learn core subjects in both English and Spanish, becoming bilingual and biliterate through fifth grade.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani said, “We are thankful to so many of our school community, who have contributed to our past successes, and we are very excited about our future successes under our new school leadership and teacher leaders.”

MAgnet

Brookhaven Elementary School has offered dual language instruction since 2015 to its students who reside in the school zone of Brookhaven Hamlet. The Dual Language Magnet Program, now offered to students district wide, will allow Spanish-speaking students to learn English and English-speaking students learn Spanish. Under the new model, two teachers will simultaneously instruct students in both languages. Principal Dr. Rebecca Raymond explained that accessibility to dual language instruction commences with kindergarten and will expand by one grade level each year.

“This was a vision since four years ago and it is humbling to see how the program has grown,” Dr. Raymond said. “I believe the program will further bridge the community together.”

Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice thanked the community for “seeing the mission through.” She added, “This could not have been accomplished without a team effort.”

Brookhaven Elementary School students Anastasia Blanco and Naomi Schindler-Schul were also on hand to assist the district with the ribbon-cutting and to speak with the community as well as peers about their experiences in the dual language program.

  


 

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Smooth Opening for South Country Schools

Opening Day

The iconic yellow buses pulled up in the driveways of South Country Central School District’s elementary and secondary schools on Sept. 5 filled with students toting backpacks and supplies for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The students were greeted with warm smiles and well-wishes from their teachers and principals as they filed into the buildings ready to begin instruction.

Prior to opening day, the district eased the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students’ transition into elementary school by hosting “playdates,” so that the schools’ youngest students could meet their teachers 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 work immediately. “I am confident that the 2018-2019 school year will be productive for all of our South Country students,” Dr. Giani said.

Opening Day

Opening Day

Opening Day

  


 

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South Country Trustee Receives Prestigious Warrior Award

Regina Hunt

Regina Hunt, the vice president of South Country Central School District’s Board of Education, received the prestigious Warrior Award from the Transformative Educational Development Services organization. The award recognizes Ms. Hunt’s longtime advocacy in the school district community.

During the Aug. 22 meeting of the board of education, Ms. Hunt was congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani and Board President Cheryl Felice for her community outreach.

Pictured, Left to Right: Dr. Joseph Giani, Regina Hunt, Cheryl Felice

  


 

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South Country Central School District Welcomes New Administrators

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The South Country Central School District has filled four administrative positions with talented faculty to commence the 2018-2019 school year.

Dr. Rebecca Raymond (pictured top left), assistant principal at Brookhaven Elementary School since 2014, has been appointed principal of the building. A Center Moriches resident, Dr. Raymond was instrumental in developing the framework for the district’s Dual Language primary program. She holds a doctoral degree in educational administration from Dowling College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in elementary education from Adelphi University.

Replacing Dr. Raymond as Brookhaven Elementary School assistant principal is Rosa Kalomiris (pictured top right). Prior to her appointment, Ms. Kalomiris served as a K-12 English as a New Language teacher and as the district’s Family Engagement Coordinator. Ms. Kalomiris, a Sayville resident, holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics/TESOL, a master’s degree in liberal studies and educational leadership certification from Stony Brook University. She is proficient in both Portuguese and Spanish.

Joseph Watson (pictured bottom left), a Blue Point resident, has been appointed assistant principal at Bellport Middle School. Prior to working in South Country, Mr. Watson served as a social studies teacher at Elmont Memorial High School in the Sewanhaka Central High School District since 2003. Mr. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in secondary education from Molloy College, as well as a master’s degree in school leadership from Touro College.

Rounding out the administrative appointments, Jack Burke (pictured bottom right) will serve as the director of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Mr. Burke, a Lake Grove resident, was previously supervisor of K-12 mathematics in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in school administration from Indiana University, as well as advanced certification in school building leadership and school district leadership from The College of Saint Rose. Mr. Burke is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in leadership and administration at St. John’s University.

The district congratulates the faculty on their new administrative positions and wishes for much success in the new school year.

  




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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