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Fine and Performing Art Show at Bellport High School

Fine and Performing Art Show at Bellport High School photo

On May 15, 2018, Bellport High School held The Fine and Performing Art Show featuring districtwide student artists.  The show thrilled the senses with beautiful artwork and music by South Country’s own talented artists and musicians.  Thank you to our students and staff for their hard work and dedication in making this Show enjoyable for all!

Art Display

Art Display photo
Madeline Fox, Lily Dible, Anthony Messina
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Meaghan Delillo
Here comes spring! Frank P. Long Intermediate School's amazing artists are celebrating the changing of the seasons with birds, butterflies, and flowers. Some of the artists went outside to paint in the Plein Air style and produced colorful and skilled representations of the flora found in their own courtyard! The students used vibrant relief printmaking to celebrate the birds that have come back after winter. We are all so proud of our students and hope you come out to see the work at the Brookhaven Library.

Dr. Rebecca Raymond- Principal, Brookhaven Elementary School


Superintendent's letter -13 Reasons Why


Budget and Capital Reserve Authorization Passes

Budget Results

Thank you to the community for your support!  The Budget and Capital Reserve Authorization passed. Incumbents Regina Hunt, Chris Picini and Lisa Di Santo won.


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Ms. Hoffman’s Public Speaking Class at Bellport High School was first runner up in the NY Mets “Strike Out Bullying” competition.  Congratulations and special thanks to Mr. Varley for helping out! Click here to view the video.

Bellport High School Varsity Basketball Team Honored by Town of Brookhaven

Bellport High School Varsity Basketball Team Honored photo
On May 3, 2018, the Bellport High School Varsity Basketball Team was recognized by the Town of Brookhaven at the Brookhaven Town Hall for their League 4 Championship this year.  Congratulations!

Suffolk County French Poetry Contest 2018

Suffolk County French Poetry Contest-2018

On April 26, 2018, 32 Bellport High School French students participated at the Suffolk County French Poetry Contest held at the Brentwood High School. The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), Suffolk Chapter, organized this Contest.

Students were competing in three different categories: Recitation, Original Poetry and Calligramme (a drawing made using words of the poem instead of lines). Our French students did a fantastic job and won 19 awards, more than any other participating school.

Here are the names of all winners:

In Recitation 
(French Level II):
Eric Ceballos – 1st Place
Mariah Chavez – 2nd Place
Jonel Poueriet – 3rd Place

(French Level III):
David Bellante – 2nd Place
Kevin Lopez – 3rd Place
Blanca Ibarra – Honorable Mention 

(French Level IV):
Chiara Scharpf – 1st Place
Grace Armann – 3rd Place
Tania Ventura – Honorable Mention

In Original Poetry 
(French Level II):
Noah Dedis – 2nd Place

(French Level III):
Veronica Riddick – 2nd Place
Shaliq Cochran – 3rd Place

(French Level IV):
Tyler Brock – Honorable Mention

In Calligramme
(French Level II):
Dream Smith – 1st Place
Vivian Fritz – 2nd Place
Ingrid Revelo – Honorable Mention

(Level French III):
Audrey Barry – 2nd Place 

(Level French IV):
Negan Berja – 1st Place
Eloise Kocay – 2nd Place

Congratulations to all!  What an amazing achievement! 


Dancing Classrooms Long Island 2018 Benefit Gala

Our students put on a dazzling performance at the Dancing Classrooms Long Island 2018 Benefit Gala where Mrs. Rucinski and Mrs. Ulberg accepted the “Taking the Lead Award” given in recognition of our long standing partnership with Dancing Classrooms.

Talent on Display

We are proud of the accomplishments of these two talented students whose artwork was selected for display in the 2018 Legislative Student Art Exhibit at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY.

South Country Central School District Once Again Recognized Nationally for Music Education Efforts

South Country has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  This is the fifth straight year South Country has received this important designation.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, South Country answered 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 Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that South Country is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.  

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood. 

Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel. 

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit

Bellport High School Robotics Team Honored by Town of Brookhaven

Bellport High School Robotics Team Honored by Town of Brookhaven photo
Pictured from left to right: Coach Rogener, Chris Lannon, Philp Abbate, Michael Vengroski, Isaiah James, Robert Gronethal, Assistant Coach Canjura Councilman Michael Loguercio.
On Thursday April 12th the Bellport High School Robotics Team was honored by the Town of Brookhaven. At the Town Board Meeting, Councilman Michael Loguercio recognized the team for their outstanding achievement in the First Tech Challenge this year. During the season, the team won their qualifying tournament on January 28th and placed second in all of Long Island during the Long Island Championships held at Smithtown West High School on February 11th. Congratulations to the team on an excellent inaugural season! 

Bellport High School Art Students at Bay Area of Fine Arts at the Gillette House in Sayville

Bellport High School Art Students at Bay Area photo
Caroline Slovensky, Koi Pond, BEST IN SHOW
Bellport High School Art Students at Bay Area photo 2
Monica Balbuca, Girl with the Blue Eyes, 2nd place in Drawing
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Gillian Donaghy, Touching You, Mixed Media
The Bay Area Friends of Fine Arts held their opening reception for the annual Student Art Exhibit on Sunday April 15th at the Gillette House in Sayville.  Bellport High School is proud to announce the following results from the BAFFA Student Invitational Art Exhibit:

Hannah Lupo, Robert DeNiro, 2nd place in Drawing
Kimberly Braun, Untitled, Painting 
Ashley Lituma, Untitled, 3rd place in Drawing
Emma Jones, Encased Memories, Honorable mention in Painting 
Gillian Donaghy, Touching You, Mixed Media 
Caroline Slovensky, Koi Pond, Painting, BEST IN SHOW
Anjali Singh, Self Portrait, 3rd place in Drawing 
Jornaysia Gowens, Dancer, 3rd place in Computer Graphics
Dream Smith, Atlanta, 1st place in Mixed Media 
Monica Balbuca, Girl with the Blue Eyes, 2nd place in Drawing    

Bellport High School Art Students at the Long Island Media Arts Show at Five Towns College

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Guri Umanzor, Jasmine LaGala and Genesis Jamileth Martinez in the recording studio at Five Towns College.
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Alexis Spence discusses her work with adjudicator.
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Ashley Miglino and Alexis Schnyer view the work of other art students.
Art students from Bellport High School had the opportunity to exhibit work in Computer Graphics, Photography and Video at the LI Media Arts Show at Five Towns College on Friday March 23rd.  Students met with adjudicators from across Long Island to show their work and receive feedback on their portfolios. 

BHS Mental Health Awareness Week


Bellport High School Science and Technology Entry Program Students Attend 20th Annual Statewide STEP Conference

STEP Photo
Pictured left to right are Jenna Restivo (Bellport High School Guidance Counselor), Justin Arini (Director of Guidance and Counseling Programs), Myriam Ibarra, Kunj Shah, and Tim Hogan (Bellport High School Principal).
 Two Bellport High School 10th grade Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) students and their parents attended the 20th Annual Statewide STEP Student Conference held on March 23-25, 2018 at the Albany Marriott.  The STEP students presented their research at the Conference.  Myriam Ibarra and Kunj Shah took 2nd place in the Biology – Junior Division. Myriam and Kunj presented their work on blood analysis. There were approximately 59 other STEP programs from across NYS, with over 500 participants. Both students will also be honored at the Annual STEP Awards at Suffolk County Community College on April 28th. 

About the STEP Program: The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers leading to professional licensure or professions in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program is run by and housed at Suffolk County Community College.

STEP Programs provides students with academic enrichment and research experience in science, mathematics and technology content areas. Programs consist of summer and academic year components including:
Core subject instruction/Regents exam preparation
Supervised training in research methods 
High School and College admissions counseling
Standardized test preparation
Career awareness/development activities

There are more than fifty STEP Programs housed at institutions of higher education and/or professional schools across New York State. Admission to a STEP program is competitive and requires students to participate in an application process. 

Bellport High School ART students at Long Islands Best at Heckscher

Bellport High School ART students at Long Islands Best at Heckscher photo
Audrey Barry with teacher Ms. Auricchio
Bellport High School ART students at Long Islands Best at Heckscher photo 2
Domenick Nazzaro
Bellport High School Art Department is honored to have, Audrey Barry and Domenick Nazzaro accepted into this prestigious annual juried exhibit for high school students.  This year the Museum received over 385 entries from 63 schools across Nassau and Suffolk Counties with 80 works chosen for display.  

Bellport High School Art Department is proud to announce that sophomore Audrey Barry has received the Renzo S. Bianchi Scholarship award for her achievement in drawing at Heckscher Museums Long Island Best exhibit. 


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6th grade students in the Bellport Middle School created the first ever Greek Festival.  Students produced their own learning experiences by selecting one of six options for projects: art, live museum, plays, mythological games, Camp Half Blood Cabins, and movies.   6th grade classrooms were transformed into different exhibits as the students’ hard work was celebrated and showcased for an audience of their peers.

In 6th grade, students explore Ancient Greece, read Percy Jackson, and study Greek mythology.  Through collaboration and planning, the 6th grade teachers provided students with a fun interdisciplinary celebration of this learning.     


PSAT at Bellport High School

PSAT Cover
On Wednesday, March 28th, The Bellport High School Guidance Department hosted nearly 140 10th grade students for the March Practice SAT exam (PSAT). This test was offered at no cost to the students. For many students this administration of the PSAT was their first opportunity to begin preparations for the SAT and ACT exams required by many college admission offices. Results from the PSAT will provide students with insight to their academic strengths, while also highlighting opportunities for improvement. Students will use these PSAT results to prepare for future exams and outline a college admissions testing timeline. The Bellport High School Guidance Department recommends students begin their college admission testing in the spring of 11th grade, participating in both the SAT and ACT exams.

The March PSAT was administered with support from Method Test Prep. Method Test Prep provides students at Bellport High School access to SAT and ACT preparation materials and assessments. All of Method Test Preps services are offered at no cost to our students. To access your free account, please contact your guidance counselor for more information at 631-730-1607/1608.

For more information on PSAT, SAT, ACT, or Method Test Prep, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or explore the following websites:

Method Test Prep:

11th Grade Students Prepare for College

Junior Planning Conferences Bellport Guidance Department Spring 2018
On Monday, March 26th, over 100 11th grade students and their parents packed the Bellport High School auditorium to learn about the college search and admission process. The Bellport High School Guidance Department presented to families the fundamental steps students and parents must take to be successful in finding colleges that are the right “fit.” The counselors reviewed available college search technology and resources, SAT and ACT exam dates, the application process, and the financial aid process. This presentation is the first in a series of opportunities for our current 11th grade students and parents to learn about the college admission and post-secondary planning process. Parents of 11th grade students are encouraged to call the Bellport High School Guidance Department to schedule their individual Junior Planning Conference with their counselor. Bellport High School’s college and career readiness programs continue in the fall of 2018, when counselors will conduct classroom presentations, Common Application workshops, and present details on the financial aid process. If you have questions about post-secondary planning or would like to schedule your child’s Junior Planning Conference, please contact your child’s counselor at 631-730-1607/1608.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

St. Patrick's Day Celebration photo
Students from Jackie Kramer's Kindergarten class celebrated St. Patrick's day with a number of activities including Leprechaun hat made by the students using popsicle sticks and fabrics of green and glitter. The children put the hat on a photo of themselves to hang up in their home.
This was all facilitated by our class parent, Mrs. Mahoney! A fine time was enjoyed by all.


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In order to meet the needs of working families, Eastern Suffolk BOCES will be providing affordable and flexible before and after-school enrichment programs for students of the South Country Central School District enrolled in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade at their schools.  Under the supervision of professional staff, the extended day program will provide a safe and nurturing environment, rich with opportunities to reinforce and extend the educational experiences of our students.  Special activities, homework help, and educational programs will be incorporated.  Please contact your child’s building principal to express an interest in registering your child. Please click here for additional information.


South Country Art Students Exhibit at COLORS

South Country Art Students Exhibit at COLORS photo 1
Logan Fried, grade 1 with his family
South Country Art Students Exhibit at COLORS photo 2
Marisa Casiano, grade 1 with her family
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Sasha Chavez, grade 3
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Sasha with Ms. Richards
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Meghan Maragioloio, grade 4
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Clayton Cannella, grade 8
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Sara Cornacchiulo, grade 7

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 joined other student artists from across Long Island in this wonderful exhibit.  The opening reception was held on Sunday March 4th 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: 
Lorelei Hollman, grade 2
Linda Homes, grade 3

*Brookhaven Elementary School:
Logan Fried, grade 1
Marisa Casiano, grade 1

*Verne W. Critz:
Lylah Jacobs, grade 2
Sasha Chavez, grade 3

*Frank P. Long Intermediate School:
Janiery Marroquin Fuentes, grade 5
Meghan Maragioloio, grade 4

*Bellport Middle School:
Clayton Cannella, grade 8
Sara Cornacchiulo, grade 7

*Bellport High School:
Jornaysia Gowans, grade 10
Audrey Barry, grade 10



Bellport High School Parrish Art Awards

Bellport High School Parrish Art Awards photo
Bellport High School Art Department is proud to announce the following awards from the Parrish 2018 Student Exhibition:

Gillian Donaghy, Light After Dark, Mixed media, Bellport High School
Emma Jones, The Eternal Reach, Graphite, Bellport High School 
Alexis Schnyer, Scarecrow, Digital photograph, Bellport High School
Tyler Brock, grade 11, Recycled Roads, mixed media, Bellport High School 
Katherine Vignona, grade 9, Silhouette, computer graphics, Bellport High School 
Caroline Slovensky, grade 11, Self Portrait, pencil, Bellport High School

Neill Slaughter of LIU selected six of our students to receive an Award of Excellence based on work in the Parrish’s 2018 Student Exhibition.

An awards ceremony and reception was held on Saturday, March 3rd at 3 pm. All exhibiting students received certificates of participation and select seniors receive awards of excellence.

Bellport High School Holds First Evening of Excellence

Bellport High School Holds First Evening of Excellence photo
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On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Bellport High School held its first annual “Evening of Excellence.”  This night recognized the top thirty-six seniors who maintained a ninety-three and above cumulative grade point average during their seven semesters in high school.  These students came together and selected six teachers, one from each building in the District, to be honored as teachers who were the most inspirational and influential during their time in the South Country Central School District.  

Throughout the event, attendees feasted on delicious food prepared by our culinary students, listened to wonderful live student music and viewed beautiful student artwork from all over the District.  Congratulations to our distinguished seniors and our honored teachers on receiving such a remarkable achievement!  

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Distinguished Seniors: Abena Amoako-Ababio, Jerome Belford, Jamie Benavides, Thomas Brock, Emily Cafarella, Kelvin Canales, Kari Charles, Cole Cipp, Nicholas Cornacchiulo, Travis Cutter, Anna Donnelly, Christopher Feliz, Natalie Gomez, Kai Hatcher, Molly Honce, Sofia Jordan, Ryan Kane, Olivia Kulasa, Stephen Livigni, Dylan Lobasso, Deasha Loftin, Michelle Lopez, Alyssa Negron, Jessica Nobile, Samantha Okula, Alexa Promutico, Collin Reich, Tomas Rentas, Kara Rosenberg, Yanlee Salinas, Alexis Schuyer, Lauren Sweeney, Michael Umbarila, Sarah Vaccaro, Trevor Virno, Eileen Yanza and the Honored Teachers:  Mary Winfield, Adrienne Fernandes, Robin Montick, Elizabeth Travers, Rose Menikos, Rob Keenan.

What Heroes Do

What Heroes Do photo

These wonderful artists were awarded for winning an anti-drug poster designs contest sponsored by the Patchogue Elks Club. The designs were judged on theme, originality, neatness, and grammar. The posters are now competing in the regional/state competition. Congratulations!

Saturday, May 26, 2018
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