Bellport High School Presents "Shrek"

Don't miss Bellport High School's performance of "Shrek" coming soon!  Performances are scheduled for Friday, February 3rd at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 4th at 2pm and 7:30 pm.  

 

Evening of Excellence & 60th Anniversary Celebration

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The District celebrated its 60th Anniversary and recognized the accomplishments of our students at an Evening of Excellence at the Bellport Middle School on Wednesday, January 18th.  Guests were treated to musical performances, artwork and speakers from each of our schools, culminating with refreshments prepared by our culinary students and a performance from our Robotics Club.  A special thank you to all of our students, faculty and staff members who truly made it an outstanding "Evening of Excellence". 

 

 

Free Microsoft Word Workshop Series

The Family Engagement Center Technology Program is offering parents a Free Workshop Series on Microsoft Word.  Click here for information. 

 

South Country Community Leadership Network Extreme Yard Spring Clean Up

We're looking for yards!  The South Country Community Leadership Network (SCCLN) is organizing the 3rd AnnualFREE Spring Front Yard Clean Up for a select number of homes deserving of a little TLC in the South Country Community.  Please click on the document below for details.  Information must be sent in by April 1, 2017:

Bellport Village Board Recognizes Girls Volleyball and Boys Cross Country

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Mayor Fell and the village board recognized the Bellport High School girls volleyball and boys cross country teams for an undefeated season in their league. Pictured is Coach Larry Auth with members of his undefeated volleyball team. (courtesy of Long Island Advance 12/22/16)

Christmas in a Shoebox

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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.

(pictured are Student Council Advisor Ellen Hoffman and the Student Council Executive Officers)

Santa's Workshop at Kreamer St Elementary

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The gymnasium at Kreamer Street Elementary School was brimming with toys and gifts on Tuesday night. Hundreds of parents lined up to go shopping for free Christmas gifts, which the Lighthouse Mission began collecting last month. This marks the fifth year the mission has held the event at the elementary school, according to Pastor James Ryan. Volunteers from area churches teamed up with teachers decked out as elves, staying after school to help give back.

Pictured (left to right) are: Dan Rouse, Erika Watson, Lealand Richard and Donielle Brower all decked out in Christmas gear to hand out toys to underprivileged children Tuesday night.

(Reprinted courtesy of Long Island Advance 12/22/16)

BHS Students Participate in Women in Science Engineering (WISE) Program

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Getting girls involved in math and science is a key part of today’s education, locally and throughout the U.S.  Much of those efforts have to do with instilling a new mode of thinking among female students. Educators have come to realize that girls, aside from simply being enrolled in math and science classes, need to understand that they have the potential to succeed, just like their male counterparts.

A program introduced this year at the Bellport High School is looking to do just that.  Women in Science Engineering (WISE) is run by Stony Brook University for high school students across the island. It gives girls a more hands-on experience working in the math and science fields. Students enrolled in WISE are invited to the Stony Brook campus 20 times a year for three years. Stony Brook graduate students and faculty serve as mentors to the teenagers.

“It is important for [the students] to have mentors who look like them, so that they can say ‘it’s possible,” said Veronique Bailey, South Country School District’s STEM Director. “It’s not just guys. This is not what a scientist looks like. A scientist looks like you.”

There are currently 10 Bellport students participating in the 23-year-old program, which has invited eight schools to participate this year.  Rebekah Ofori, one of those students, said the opportunity to interact with “amazing and inspirational women in this field,” was a big factor in her deciding to enroll.  “I hope that this is an unforgettable experience that I will take with me throughout my life,” she said.

The girls were chosen based on strong math and science grades, since WISE focuses on applying knowledge students already have — rather than teaching concepts.  “We had dozens of girls that were qualified and interested, not to mention girls that maybe weren’t so strong in math and science,” said Bailey. The 10 girls were chosen on a first-come, first-served basis after invitations were sent to those with qualifying grades.

Bailey has worked in the South Country school district for two years. Her main goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible for all students looking to work hands on in what’s called the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.  The students in the WISE program are currently working on civil engineering projects, which include exploring ways to cleanse water and structure a building. Through projects like bridge building, the girls use both real materials and computers.  “I have been thinking about becoming an environmental engineer and I believe the WISE Program will be a great experience for me,” said Chiara Scharpf, another WISE participant.

The large interest in WISE shows Bailey that there is a need for even more opportunities for her students to explore STEM more deeply. For Bailey, STEM is more than just “science, technology, engineering, math … it’s really just about looking at problems in the real world and solving them, using what you know to figure out a problem,” she said.  “By the end of the program … I hope that the information I gained will be of tremendous help not only in school, but also my outside life,” said Megan Berja, another WISE participant.

“If we don’t have girls or women at the table, then our interests are not being heard,” Bailey added. “It’s really important that our young ladies or underrepresented minorities are at the table to share their needs and come up with solutions that support all groups.”

(by Michael White, reprinted courtesy of greaterpatchogue.com)

Click here for more information from Greaterpatchouge.com


Internet Safety Presentation at Bellport HS

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Detective 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 the 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.

NCAA National Signing

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Adam Colon and Joseph Greco were 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.

Bellport Middle School's Thanksgiving Food Drive Sets New Record

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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 Student 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!


Pictured are:

Floor:

* Karli Monsell
* Emily Zahralban
* Emely Reich

Row 1:

* Angie Gomez
* Kaylee Thatcher
* Jack Armann
* Madison Peters
* Alex Deiters
* Annie Mezzatesta

Row 2:

* Student Council Advisor, Salvatore Di Puma
* Isabella Gascon
* Cassidy Solina
* Isabella Banellis
* Mitch Mordente
* Michaela Lyons
* Principal, Dr. Jamal Colson

Career Exploration Class Revamps Bellport HS Store

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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.

Pictured Left to Right:

Mariah Rivera, Daili Arias, Sherry Myers, Ethan Wilson, Rashona Ringgold, Jordan Abbasi and Davonte Bonner

Interact Club Cleans up the Town!

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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!
Saturday, January 21, 2017