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2017-2018 Budget Vote and Election Results

Thank you to all who came out to vote! The 2017-2018 budget passed and Jack Nix was elected to a seat on the Board of Education. Click here for results.

Author Regina Calcaterra Visits Brookhaven Staff

Author Regina Calcaterra pictured with Brookhaven Elementary School staff.

Best Selling author Regina Calcaterra, came to visit Brookhaven Elementary School to share with the staff her story of resilience and optimism. Author of "Etched in Sand", Regina and her four siblings grew up on Long Island dealing with homelessness and an abusive mother. Later they were faced with the challenges of the foster-care system. 

Regina talked about how some of her past teachers, librarians and also her siblings encouraged and influenced her to get an education. Her goal was to graduate college. Today, Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Regina’s message to the staff is that they can bring kindness to a child in that moment in time when a child in need is before them. Their kind act can forever impact a child.
Special thanks to Mrs. Nicole O’Leary and the Brookhaven Reading Department for organizing this special visit.

 

BHS Culinary Arts Team Wins at "Cook Around the World" Competition

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Bellport HS Culinary Arts Team at "Cook Around the World"
Hats off to the Bellport High School Culinary Arts Program,  who won four out of eleven possible awards at the "Cook Around the World Competition" held at Walt Disney World on May 13th. Our two High School teams created dishes inspired by African cuisine and brought home 1st place in side dish,  2nd and 3rd place in dessert, and the prestigious Judges Award for best display of teamwork.  Congratulations to all our culinary students for an exceptional job!  

Bellport High School School Store Launches Website

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The students in Kelly Scotti’s Career Exploration Class have created a website that will allow customers to purchase Spirit Wear online.  The order can be picked up in the School Store or be shipped directly to the customer.  The website will also allow parents to purchase birthday buckets or locker decorating for their child. The students have also begun using a computerized point of sale to system to ring up the store purchases. 

Q & A from Community Forum

The questions and answers from the Community Forum held on April 20, 2017 have been posted.  Click here to view.  

Shannon Gibbons Signs with Queens College

Shannon Gibbons Signs with Queens College Photo
Shannon Gibbons' soccer prowess earned her the title of Captain and All-Conference accolades her senior year, and contributed to the family tradition of earning an athletic scholarship to play soccer. Shannon will be attending Division II Queen's College where she will be joining her sister Hailey. Shannon is the youngest of 5 siblings who have all earned athletic scholarships to play soccer in college.

Baseball Wins Share of League 4 Championship

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The Bellport Varsity Baseball Team secured a share of the League 4 championship with a 3-2 home win over Centereach High School.  The Clippers finished the regular season with a 14-6 record.  Ryan Bauman got the job done throwing a complete game against Centereach.  The team is led by senior standouts Adam Colon, Joe Greco, Matt Mulligan, Mike Francomano, Ian Hampson and Mike Sangiamo.  

This is Bellport’s first league title since 1966.

 

The Planets, Music, and Our Kids

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This week in music class, 2nd graders at Kreamer Street learned about Gustav Holst's The Planets. In addition to demonstrating the dynamics through movements, students created their own dynamic charts by coloring in the planet Mercury while listening to the movement of the music for the planet. Featured are students from Ms.Leonardi's class.

South Country Leadership Network Community Forum

The South Country Community Leadership Network will be hosting a Community Forum on the "Community's Role in Helping all Children to Succeed". Featuring guest speaker, Ellen Galinsky, author of "Mind in the Making", the forum will be held May 31, 2017, 10am at District Office.  Click below for more information.


Parent Advisory - Netflix Series

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Giani, has issued an important alert to parents and guardians regarding a television show recently released by Netflix titled "13 Reasons Why".  Click on the link below for information.

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Seeking Nominations for Bellport High School Wall of Fame 2018

The District is seeking nominations for the 2018 Bellport High School Wall of Fame. If you wish to nominate a graduate, please complete the application linked below and submit to Mr. Nelson Briggs, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 189 North Dunton Avenue, E. Patchogue, NY 11772 by June 30, 2017.

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Verne Critz Students Save the Eagles

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Pictured left to right are third grade students Olivia D'Orio, Amaya Cullum and Sofia Almeyda
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Three students in Mrs. DeRosa's third grade class were inspired to take action after they attended a presentation at Verne W. Critz Elementary School. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge presented on "Birds of Prey" to the students at Verne W. Critz. The three girls began a campaign to save the eagles by creating posters, poems and making morning announcements in order to raise funds for this cause. They recruited their parents to help out and this partnership between home and school was a success. The girls were able to collect over $250 and various supplies to donate to the wildlife refuge.

Amaya, Olivia and Sofia visited the Quogue Wildlife Refuge during spring recess with their parents. Along with the monetary donations they collected, the girls also provided supplies for the animals such as eggs, apples, baby carrots and paper towels. Marisa Nelson, the Assistant Director for the refuge, was so impressed with their donations that she asked each girl to sponsor a bird of prey. Sofia chose a red tailed hawk, Olivia chose a barn owl and Amaya chose a bald eagle. Verne W. Critz Elementary School Students will be recognized on the "Sponsor Tree" that is located at the entrance of Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Sofia, Olivia and Amaya will continue their work to save the eagles because they know they can make a difference.

Bellport HS Students Honored by National Hispanic Recognition Program

Bellport HS Students Honored by National Hispanic Recognition Program Photo
Bellport High School students Michael Umbarila and Tomas Rentas were honored at a recent Board of Education meeting for their outstanding academic achievement. Both students were among the top 2.5 % of all Hispanic / Latino students tested in the PSAT and were recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program. The program is an academic honor given by the College Board to outstanding Hispanic High School Students and brought to the attention of colleges and universities across the United States.

Snow Make Up Days

As a result of snow days taken this school year, schools will now be in session Friday, May 26th and Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Click on the links below for information.

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WISE Students Participate in SoMAS Marine Vessel Trip

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Pictured left to right, Chiara Scharpf, Eloise Kocay, Morgan Monte, Rebekah Ofori, Marvina Basilious, Megan Berja
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.

Brookhaven Reading Role Model Project

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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.

Learning from our History

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The Burning Bush Family Foundation came to visit Brookhaven Elementary School for our first Annual Black History Month Program. Renee Joshua-Porter, the Executive Director and Producer of this Foundation, provided a wonderful assembly in recognition of Black History Month. The foundation provided a multicultural theatrical presentation entitled, "The Museum". This rich and interactive story followed a class on a field trip to a museum where 2 historical figures of African American descent came to life through song, dance, rap and prose. Throughout this journey, a teacher takes a group of disinterested students to a multimedia wax museum where the historical characters come to life to retell their stories. Performing Artists, Jamel Hudson (Sammy Davis Jr.) and Regine Williams (Eartha Kitt) displayed and portrayed these historic African Americans through a live dance and song performance.

Special thanks to Mrs. Nolde, second grade teacher, for assisting in providing our students with the opportunity to learn and enjoy the talents of American Africans who have contributed to our history!

Kreamer Street's Scientists for a Day

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third grade students Ryan Fostvedt and Anderson Barbecho
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.

Center of Excellence Women's Self Defense Workshop

Center of Excellence Women's Self Defense Workshop Photo
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.
Friday, May 26, 2017