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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

Courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 


 

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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