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First Grade Candy Houses

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Hansel and Gretel aren’t the only ones enchanted by candy houses! This is the season when the first graders at Verne Critz delight in creating masterpieces during their annual “Candy House” project.

The making of candy houses has been going on for over two decades and remains one of the most popular events of the year.  Family members are invited in to help construct the houses, and young and old alike roll up their sleeves to create residences any miniature-sized being would be proud to live in.  

The event was on December 21st this year.  What a wonderful way to kick off our December break and ensure that “visions of sugar plums dance in their heads”!
 

First Grade Candy Houses

First Grade Candy Houses photo
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Hansel and Gretel aren’t the only ones enchanted by candy houses! This is the season when the first graders at Verne Critz delight in creating masterpieces during their annual “Candy House” project.

The making of candy houses has been going on for over two decades and remains one of the most popular events of the year.  Family members are invited in to help construct the houses, and young and old alike roll up their sleeves to create residences any miniature-sized being would be proud to live in.  

The event was on December 21st this year.  What a wonderful way to kick off our December break and ensure that “visions of sugar plums dance in their heads”!

Bellport High School Supports Our Troops

Bellport High School Supports Our Troops photo

Mrs. Hays’ Economics Classes want to thank everyone who donated to Support Our Troops and contributed to the gingerbread house raffle and sale.  Over $300 worth of goods, 4 boxes, was sent to Special Forces Troops in Afghanistan and $125 was donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  The Economics students who made this happen devoted their time and other valuable resources in producing their gingerbread houses and villages.  The students wrote letters and season’s greetings to our troops and told them about themselves and thanked the troops for their service to our country. These students are amazing people who took off running with this effort to bring smiles to our troops’ faces during this holiday season and donated funds to children in need.



Bellport keeps it rolling

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(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 12/28/17)

Bellport remains untouchable as they took on Comsewogue, Eastport-South Manor and Riverhead this past week.

Bellport began away at Comsewogue, who entered this game with a 4-2 record.  In the first league game for either team, Bellport came out on top with an 81-72 victory.  After one quarter, the Clippers had a three-point lead and in the second quarter, they outscored 21-12 to build up a 12-point lead at halftime.  In the third quarter, the home team outscored the visiting Clippers 24-18 to cut the lead and in the second quarter, they outscored 21-12 to build up a 12-point lead at halftime.  In the third quarter, the home team outscored the visiting Clippers 24-18 to cut the lead to six heading into the fourth quarter.  In the fourth, the Clippers scored 19 more points to hold on to the victory, their fifth of the season.  Jarell White led all scorers with 25 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.  Teandre Rountree had 19 points and six dishes, Kyleim Robinson had 15 points and seven rebounds, Jaylen Trent added 12 points, Kavon Brown had eight points and eight rebounds and Andrew Veit had two points.

With five consecutive victories, Bellport aimed for number six Thursday against Eastport-South Manor, where they obtained a 93-54 victory.  It was a one-point game after one, but the Clippers outscored the Sharks 78-40 in the remaining three quarters of the game for their 39-point victory.  White had his first career triple double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.  Robinson had 24 points, Rountree and Trent had 10 points each, Veit had six points, Carter Vandiekieft had six points, Karl Charles and Devon Balfour combined for five points, while Brown had four points and 11 boards.  

With two victories in hand, Bellport swept the week with a seventh consecutive win.

Riverhead visited Randy Smith Basketball Court, where the Clippers obtained that seventh consecutive victory of the season, 86-74.  Riverhead began the game on a 10-0 run, catching fire in the opening minutes.  However, the Clippers fought back, cutting the distance little by little, and were only down one after one.  In the second quarter, both teams were going at it back and forth, six lead changes happening.  Robinson hit a three with a minute remaining to hold a one-point lead at halftime.  In the third quarter, Bellport outscored the Blue Waves by five points, the whole team playing with each other and playing well on the defensive end, racking up seven steals in this quarter.  With a six-point lead and a little over three minutes remaining, Robinson once against hit another 3-pointer to build a six-point lead.

From there one, the Clippers clinged to that lead and it ended in a double-digit victory.  “It feels great.  We have to keep it up,” said White.  “We’re going to rest, refocus and stay together.  The stats don’t matter.”

“We have to remain focused, humble and keep working,” said Robinson.

Bellport (7-0) remains one of six teams (Babylon, Amityville, Bayport-Blue Point, Westhampton and Northport) that remain undefeated.  The Clippers will now face Westbury (4-3) on Saturday.  (Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)
 

Mooseltoe

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The second and third grade students at Verne W. Critz Elementary enjoyed a taste of the holidays with the help of Gateway Playhouse.

The Gateway Playhouse opened their doors on Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th to over 300 third grade students from South Country Central School District.

The children enjoyed the musical, Mooseltoe. A tradition that has taken place over the last few years here in South Country.

A great time was had by all. A huge thank you to Gateway Playhouse for this wonderful experience.

Third Grade Yearbook Artists at Brookhaven

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Each year our third grade students design a cover for the yearbook and ten finalists are selected for a student vote. This year we had several wonderful designs, and the ten finalists are displayed here. The first place winner which will be displayed on the front cover was created by Nyla. Second place winner, Erik, will appear on the back cover.  Samantha, whose picture was our third place winner, will be featured inside the book. Congratulations to all our students on their efforts and ideas for this year’s edition.

Town of Brookhaven Landfill Follow-up

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Thank You South Country Education Foundation!

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Mrs. McMahon received a grant from the South Country Education Foundation!  This grant will allow the four Kindergarten classes at Verne W. Critz to see a play at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson.  The play they will see in May 2018 is called, Goldilocks—Is That You? This is a delightful re-telling of the famous story as our heroine, Goldilocks, a conscientious scout, encounters the three nicest show-biz bears you’d ever hope to meet and helps them foil the villainous plans of Billy de Goat Gruff. 

They chose this play as a continued celebration to the “Old Favorites” reading unit in Reader’s Workshop.

Congratulations to Cole Cipp, recipient of the Thomas Cutinella Award

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Congratulations to Bellport High School senior, Cole Cipp, recipient of the Thomas Cutinella Award!  Cole was recently honored with this award which is given to one senior in Suffolk County who demonstrates outstanding leadership and citizenship on and off the football field.

ENL Jumps into Google Classroom at Bellport High School

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The ENL department at Bellport High School has jumped into Google Classroom and is loving every minute of it. Students have signed into the Classroom in their ENL/ELA classes and have created Google Slide presentations for their group projects about literary elements.  Students planned together how their groups would approach the project, dividing the tasks fairly and allowing each other to shine. The quality of the presentations was excellent, as students taught each other how to add photos to the background and how to animate the changing of the slides. Students helped each other to define literary elements and to provide appropriate and interesting examples and images for each literary element. 

Students continue to practice using the different literary elements as they regularly write in Google Classroom using the literary techniques. They enjoy using the photos posted online as their inspirations. Students get to see their work in the live feed on the interactive whiteboard in the classroom, which allows the entire class to appreciate and respond to each other’s work. 

Mooseltoe

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The third grade students from Verne W. Critz Elementary, Brookhaven Elementary and Kreamer Street Elementary enjoyed a taste of the holidays with the help of Gateway Playhouse.  The Gateway Playhouse opened their doors on Monday, December 18th to over 300 third grade students from South Country Central School District.  The children enjoyed the musical, Mooseltoe, a tradition that has taken place over the last few years here in South Country. A great time was had by all.  Thank you to Gateway Playhouse for this wonderful experience.

Bellport Basketball 2017-2018 Season Opener

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Congratulations to the Bellport Basketball Team for a great season opener on November 30th! The 2017-2018 basketball season began with Bellport winning their first game, defeating Sachem East 63-49. (See article in The Long Island Advance 12/7/17)

Art Display

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Picture from left to right: Ava DiBella, Ava Reddington, Sade Capenter-Schatzman, and Krystle Mont
The exceptionally talented students at Frank P. Long Intermediate School have been very busy in the art room this year! They have been visually reflecting on the world outside them. Students have painted the changing colors of the foliage, the last of the summer sunflowers, and some of the New York State animal residents. Their paintings and drawings are a rich homage to the fall season and the unique lens of which our students experience it.  The students are so proud to exhibit their delightful pieces in the Brookhaven Library for everyone to see. The first show will run from November through January so that both parents and students will have the opportunity to see their work. 

ENL Thanksgiving Feast at Bellport High School

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The ENL department at Bellport High School celebrated Thanksgiving with their students with a grand feast. Students enjoyed the cultural experience of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and even apple pie. All of the students who attended dined together at one, long, banquet-style table, where they talked and laughed as they enjoyed the feast and dining music.

Students who attended the feast gained an entry ticket by submitting a written paragraph about what they are grateful for. The writings were heartfelt and truly represented the spirit of Thanksgiving. During the celebration, students and teachers took the opportunity to speak about the many things that they are thankful for in their lives. It was a fine Thanksgiving celebration for all.

A special thank you was given to the culinary department who roasted the turkeys for the feast.
 

Eastern Suffolk Academy of Applied Technology - Quarter 1 Honor Students

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Bellport High School is pleased to recognize twenty-two (22) high school BOCES students for demonstrating outstanding achievement by being named to the first quarter Honor Roll for their respective Career and Technology courses.  In total, eleven (11) students were recognized from the Gary Bixhorn Technical Center (Bellport) and eleven (11) students from the Edward J. Milliken Technical Center (Oakdale). 

These students have shown responsibility in the classroom, commitment to their work ethic and maintained a GPA of ninety or above with fewer than five absences. 

Students pictured (top row): Josue Arriaza, Randall Ulloa, Steven Perez-Pagan, Conor Schlosser, Meagan Porter, Paul Carreno, Eliasar Cruz, Anthony Lopez Benavidez, BHS Principal Mr. Hogan. (Bottom Row) BOCES Liaison Mrs. Glynn, Flora Haynes, Kimberly Dean, Emma Walker, Jennifer Gonzalez, Veronica Campoverde, Jessica Mone, Krista Romano, Hana Mackin, Evelyn Gomez, Briana Matias, Eddie Gibson. 
Not Pictured: Emily Mungavin, Danny Nocera, and Dayana Rodriquez
 
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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