Fine and Performing Arts News

 

 

Bellport HS Junior, Steven Contreras, Receives Honorable Mention in White House Student Film Festival

 

The Bellport High School Art Department is proud to announce that junior Steven Contreras has received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival. Steven's submission was one of 1,500 entries from around the world!

The theme of this year's festival was entitled "The Impact of Giving Back". Steven's inspiration for his video was the work of the non-profit group "Music Unites" and how they provide music to at risk youths in the NYC area.
Please follow the link to view Steven's video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/bVnGG_j3yOc 

 

 


 South Country Recognized Nationally for Music Education 2015 

The South Country Central School District has once again been recognized by the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. South Country joins 388 districts in 46 states to receive the prestigious "Best Communities for Music Education" distinction in 2015. This is the second time South Country has received this recognition.

In its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools' core curriculum. According to the White House's Turnaround Arts program, 1.3 million elementary school students still have no access to music classes.

The BCME designation takes on added significance this year with new research showing strong evidence of the correlation between music education and overall student success. A recent Northwestern University study conducted by researcher Dr. Nina Kraus "shows that participation in music education programs helps improve brain function and sparks language development."

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

The South Country Music Department provides a high quality music education for all district students through many classroom and performance ensembles. Over 1800 students grades 3 through 12 participate in our performance ensembles while many others benefit from our extensive classroom experiences and rigorous music theory program.


About NAMM Foundation:

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

 



 

 


 

The Art Department is proud to announce that we have a student entry in this year’s “Long Islands Best”, the Heckscher Museum's prestigious annual juried exhibition for high school students.  Bellport High School Artist Amanda Cioffi’s artwork was one of 80 pieces chosen from over 350 entries from across Long Island.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday March 28th at 5:30.  Please join us for this honor

 


Bellport High School Senior Lindsey Smith has won the Suffolk County Music Educators Association Music Advocacy Video contest.

The Suffolk County Music Educators Association has announced Bellport High School senior Lindsey Smith as winner of its annual Music Advocacy Video Contest. This contest coincides with the National Association for Music Education's celebration of Music In Our Schools month.

Entrants were asked to create a video based on this year's Music In Our Schools theme, "Music Makes Me..." Lindsey produced a video that overwhelmed the SCMEA selection committee. SCMEA will recognize Miss Smith at its two Division 2 and Division 3 concerts the weekend of March 14, 2015 by opening each concert with Lindsey's video.

The video can be seen at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_WY1MnlO_M&feature=em-upload_owner

The South Country Music Department congratulates Lindsey on her achievement.

 


Bellport High School Students exhibit work at the Parrish Art Museum Art students from Bellport High School had the opportunity to exhibit work at the Parrish Art Museums Annual High School Show February 1-st - March 15th. 15 students from Bellport High School exhibited work amongst students from other East End Townships in various mediums including computer graphics, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday March 7th. The Art Department is pleased to announce that Maureen McSherry has won a senior award for excellence in Illustration for her computer graphic "Sinatra" and Dakota Haraden won a Senior Award in Painting for his painting "Decaying Beauty".

 

 

B.H.S. artists pictured are Steven Molina Contreres, Samantha Izzo and Renzo Abaldanado.

Not pictured are Jamie Clifton, Jovanna Briscoe, Lindsey Smith, Ryan Murphy, Amanda Cioffi, Rachel Scalice, Cassandra O'Connor, Li Guo and Erin Berja.

      

Maureen McSherry, Sinatra 
Dakota Haraden, Decaying Beauty


 


SOUTH COUNTRY ART STUDENTS EXHIBIT AT COLORS

Students in the South Country School District had the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Long Island Museum COLORS Student Exhibition. Art students from Kreamer Street Elementary School, Brookhaven Elementary School, Verne W. Critz Elementary School, Frank P. Long Intermediate School, Bellport Middle School and Bellport High School will join other student artists from across Long Island in this wonderful exhibit. The opening reception was held on Sunday March 8th in Stony Book where our young artists have the chance to show off their artwork to their family, friends and community. Our artists include:


Kreamer Elementary School:

Verne W. Critz Elementary School

Alivia Torres

 

Andie Pedatella

Mikaela Lozano - not pictured
Madeline Fox- not pictured




Brookhaven Elementary School:

Frank P. Long Intermediate School:

 

Joshua Terry

 

 

Lauren Valentin- not pictured

Ryann Christie

Trinity Brown




Bellport Middle School:

Bellport High School:

 

 

 Anna Burkhardt

Ella Rauch

Jillian Lento
Gabrielle Desposito

 

 


Eight South Country Students Selected to the 2015 Long Island String Festival

 

East Patchogue, NY, January 23, 2015– The Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) announced the selection of eight South Country School District String musicians to perform with the 2015 LISFA String Orchestras.  The LISFA festival consists of string orchestras at the elementary, middle school, junior high and high school level and features the finest string musicians in Suffolk Country.  Students are selected based upon scores from performances at the NYSSMA Spring Solo and Ensemble Festival, held last April, and upon recommendations submitted by the South Country string faculty.

Representing South Country are:

High School Division (grades 10-12):
Jennifer Ramirez               
Violin
Bellport HS
Lili Salcedo-Watson
Cello
Bellport HS
 
Junior High Division (grades 8-9):
Valentina Banellis
Viola
Bellport MS
Sarah Vaccaro
Viola
Bellport HS
 
Middle School Division (grades 6-7):
Jack Armann
Violin
Bellport MS
Troy Sica
Viola
Bellport MS
 
Elementary Division (grade 5):
Meaghan Araujo
Bass
Frank P. Long
Violet Gordon
Violin
Frank P. Long


        
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact James Uzzi at 631-730-1622 or email at juzzi@southcountry.org.

 


STUDENTS 4 ART
a division of the South Country Education Foundation funded a field trip for 30 art students from Bellport High School to the Museum of Modern Art for a guided visit. Students had the opportunity to explore contemporary and modern works of art in MOMA’s collection with an education specialist from the museum.  The students were able to connect with concepts and ideas related to artworks and their personal experiences through guided activities and discussion.

 

 

 


Bellport High School Students exhibit work at the Parrish Art Museum

Art students from Bellport High School have the opportunity to exhibit work at the Parrish Art Museums Annual High School Show February 1st - March 1st. 14 students from Bellport High School will exhibit work amongst students from other East End Townships in various mediums including computer graphics, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting.  

Our students include:
Dakota Haraden
Ryan Murphy
Lindsey Smith
Amanda Cioffi
Renzo Albadonado
Jamie Clifton
Jovanna Briscoe
Samantha Izzo
Steven Molina Contreres
Rachel Scalice
Cassandra O Connor
Maureen McSherry
Li Guo
Erin Berja



AP Art students exhibit at the Phoenix Gallery in Bellport Village

Advanced Placement Studio in Art students have the unique opportunity to exhibit their work at the Phoenix Gallery in Bellport Village
The exhibit is part of the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Photography Show that runs from Sunday January 18th thru Sunday February 1st.

 


Bellport High School at Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts Student Invitational Show

The Bellport High School art department is pleased to announce the following student participation and accolades from the bay area friends of fine art exhibit:

CASEY LEACH
Winner of the Women Sharing Art Scholarship based on her portfolio submission and mission statement.

KATHRYN MARTINEZ
Best in Show, Summer Sky, Gouache

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS EXHIBITED ARTWORK:

JAMIE CLIFTON
, 1ST PLACE PASTEL, INDIFFERENCE
CHRISTINE DALCAMO, 3RD PLACE PHOTOGRAPHY, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
CHRISTINA GARCIA, 3RD PLACE MIXED MEDIA, DOUBLE VISION
CHLOE KUDLOW, 3RD PLACE ACRYLIC, WOOF
DANIELLE ROSE, INK ME IN VENICE, PHOTOGRAPHY
BRITTANY LECH, DARK FOREST, PHOTOGRAPHY
OLIVIA GASSNER, 1ST PLACE PHOTOGRAPHY, THE CELLIST

 

 

           

 


South Country School District Ranks Among Nation's Top Communities for Music Education

Mr. James Uzzi, Chairperson of Music for the South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that the NAMM Foundation recognized South Country Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. South Country joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014.

In its 15th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, "graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

As South Country finalizes its 2014–2015 budget, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.

The Best Communities for Music Education program plays an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to make music education part of the core curriculum assuring that the benefits of music making are available to every child. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, lower disciplinary action and keep kids in schools.

The South Country Music Department provides a high quality music education for all district students through many classroom and performance ensembles. Over 1800 students grades 3 through 12 participate in our performance ensembles while many others benefit from our extensive classroom experiences and rigorous music theory program.

 

 

  

 


Bellport High School at Long Island’s Best

The Art Department at Bellport High School is pleased to announce that 4 students had work their work chosen for the 18th Annual Long Island Best Student Art Show at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington. This juried exhibition provides select students with the unparalleled opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the Museum galleries and connect with the broader Long Island community. This year, the Museum received 310 student artwork entries from 53 schools across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Curator Lisa Chalif selected 85 works in various media for display in the exhibition.
We are proud to announce that Casey Leach has placed 3rd overall in this prestigious show for her Three dimensional book carving, Long Island: An Adventure Book and Olivia Gassner was the recipient of the Achievement Award in Photography for her digital photograph, The Arctic’s Souvenir.

Please join us in congratulating our student artists:

Casey Leach
Long Island: An Adventure Book. Three-dimensional book carving.

Olivia Gassner
The Arctic's Souvenir. Digital photograph.

Kayla Boccia
Whisper of the Night, Digital photograph

Jamie Clifton
Mood Swing. Encaustic, wire, fishing line.

The opening reception took place on Saturday April 5th, 5:30-7:30 at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington.

  

   Casey Leach          Jamie Clifton            Kayla Boccia                  Olivia Gassner

          


Bellport HS Silk Screening Workshop

Bellport High School Art students had the opportunity to participate in a silkscreen workshop held by visiting artist Dan Kudreyko. Dan is a creative multimedia designer who resides and works locally. Students were introduced to the process and application of silkscreen art in both the commercial and art settings. Students had the opportunity to create screen printed T-shirts upon completion of the workshop. The grant for this workshop was awarded to art teacher Chris Varley and made possible from a grant through South Country Education Foundation.

 

 


David O. Miller at Frank P. Long

Frank P. Long students had the experience of working with illustrator David O. Miller of East Northport.  Mr. Miller joined students and parents recently for a night of cartooning sponsored by Students 4 Art.  

Mr. Miller discussed his work as an illustrator and cartoonist.  Students had the opportunity to draw along with Mr. Miller as he shared his skill and technique with them.  An exciting night of cartooning was enjoyed by all that attended.  



Bellport High School Students Attend Long Island Media Arts Show

Eighteen students from Bellport High School attended the Long Island Media Arts Show at Five Towns College in Dix Hills.  The show provided an opportunity for these students to exhibit their work and receive adjudication from judges.

Best in Shows were awarded to the following Bellport High School students:

Casey Leach in Computer Graphics
Chris Daconto in Video
Sean Issacs in Video    

Special recognition went to Chris Daconto and Sean Issacs upon receiving an invitation to First Exposure, the annual student film festival at the Huntington Arts Cinema in May.  


 

 


LI Best Young Artists Show at Heckscher Museum

Bellport High School Art Department is proud to announce that four students have had their work accepted into the juried Long Islands Best Young Artists Show at the Heckscher Museum.

Please join us as we celebrate the work of Kayla Boccia, Jamie Clifton, Olivia Gassner and Casey Leach.

OPENING RECEPTION
SATURDAY APRIL 5TH
5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
  
Long Island's Best is a comprehensive arts-in-education program that integrates experiences in The Heckscher Museum and the high school art classroom, culminating with the presentation of students' original works juried by a museum professional.  Over the past 18 years, this program has grown to become a prestigious opportunity; it is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their artwork in an art museum.



Brookhaven Students Display Work at The Suffolk County Art Leaders Association Children’s Show in Babylon

The Suffolk County Art Leaders Association hosted a student art show for elementary students at the Babylon Town Hall on Saturday March 15th. Refreshments were served to the artists and their families.  The five students from Brookhaven that had work displayed were Bryan Gavidia, Anthony Monteiro, Abbey Py, Joseph Senzatimore, and Derek Griffin. There was an artist reception and snacks were served.  All participating students were recognized with ribbons by the organizers of the show. The work will be on display in the lobby in front of Little Voices Gallery.

 

      

 


Brookhaven Students Display Work at The Long Island Museum

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages is currently hosting a student art show for students from kindergarten through grade 12 entitled “Colors of Long Island: Student Expressions. The display will be on display until April 27th.  There was an artist reception on Sunday, March 16th from 12 - 2 p.m.  Two Brookhaven students whose is currently on display in this event are Rachel Li and Nikolle Slavnova.

 


Bellport High School Music Students SCMEA Division III

The Board of Education recognized the Bellport High School SCMEA Divison III Music Festival participants at a recent meeting.

Pictured left to right-Board President Chris Picini, Students Lily Salcedo-Watson , Deanna Di Martino , Laurel Zimlinghaus  , Edward Adler , Gino Cruz,  Ashley Berrell, Natalie Maida, Superintendent of Schools, Joseph Giani, Music Chairman, Jim Uzzi.   

 


 


Board of Education Honors Bellport Middle School Music Students

The Board of Education recognized the Bellport Middle School SCMEA Divison II Music Festival participants at a recent meeting.

 

Pictured from left to right are: BOE President, Chris Picini, students, Sarah Vaccaro, Lauren Sweeney, Mackenzie Leidig, Emily Caruso, Tyler
Brock, Mia Grossman, Gionnah Hicks, Maya McCullough, Grace Armann, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Giani and Music Chairman,
James Uzzi.

   

Saturday, January 21, 2017