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Letter to the School Community

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Bellport HS Suffolk Zone Award Winners

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Congratulations to Bellport High School Seniors Ryan Baumann and Emma Johnsen, the 2017 recipients of the Suffolk Zone Award!   Given by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this prestigious award is given annually to one male and one female from each high school who have demonstrated excellence both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Nominees are selected based upon outstanding physical education achievement, scholarship in the classroom, exceptional character and leadership qualities. Both students were acknowledged at a recent Board of Education meeting in recognition of their wonderful achievement!

Bellport Varsity Soccer's Promising Season

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Congratulations to the Varsity Soccer Team for a wonderful season!  Through their hard work and dedication, they reached the soccer playoffs for the first time in 9 years!  Coaches Peter Grossi and Joseph Malandro are looking forward to working again next year with this talented group of players.  (See article in The Long Island Advance 11/9/17)

 

Director of Financial Aid Provides Valuable Insight

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On Monday, November 1st, students and parents joined the Bellport High School Guidance Department to listen to financial aid guest speaker, Amy Thompson. Ms. Thompson is the Director of Financial Aid at St. Joseph’s College and is one of Long Island’s greatest financial aid information resources. Ms. Thompson provided an introduction to the college financial aid process, including information regarding Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, grants, as well as special state funded tuition assistance programs. Ms. Thompson provided a PowerPoint presentation and conducted an in-depth question and answer session with the community.

If you, or your child has questions about college admissions or the financial aid process, we encourage you to visit the Bellport High School Guidance Webpage at www.southcountry.org/schools/bhs_guidance or contact your child’s guidance counselor to make an appointment at 631-730-1608.
 

Nine Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2017 All-County Performing Ensembles

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Pictured L-R Front Row: Valentina Banellis, Angelina Caroli, Emmaly Seaman, Maya McCullough. Back Row: Kai Hatcher, Erin Kelly, Sarah Vaccaro, Andrew Zimlinghaus, Tyler Zapata.
Nine Bellport High School musicians were chosen to participate in the 2017 High School All-County Music Festival. The Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) sponsor this event jointly.

Bellport has representatives in three performing groups, the All-County Treble Choir, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.  Over 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Hauppauge High School on Friday, November 17, 2017

Selections were made based upon each student’s NYSSMA Solo Festival rating and nominations submitted by school music teachers last June.  This festival recognizes Suffolk’s most accomplished high school music students in grades 11 and 12.  Representing Bellport High School are:

Valentina Banellis Viola Symphony Orchestra
Angelina Caroli Clarinet Symphonic Band
Kai Hatcher Viola Symphony Orchestra
Erin Kelly Soprano 2 Treble Choir
Maya McCullough Alto 2 Treble Choir
Emmaly Seaman Soprano 2 Treble Choir
Sarah Vaccaro Viola Symphony Orchestra
Tyler Zapata Trumpet Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Zimlinghaus Alto Saxophone Symphonic Band


The music department is very proud to have Valentina, Angelina, Kai, Erin, Maya, Emmaly, Sarah, Tyler and Andrew represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event! 
 

Kids on the Block Visit Brookhaven Elementary Students!

Kids on the Block Visit Brookhaven Elementary Students photo
In honor of Red Ribbon Week and the focus on making healthy choices our students enjoyed a visit from the puppets from Kids on the Block. The puppets helped create an awareness of how to resolve conflict with friends and also explored ways to promote positive peer relationships in school!
 

School Board Honored For Commitment To Children

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On October 25, 2017, Brookhaven Elementary School honored the South Country Central School District Board of Education members with a dinner and presentation given by the Dual Language Program.  During School Board Recognition Week, Brookhaven Elementary School Administrators, Dr. Kathleen Munisteri and Dr. Rebecca Raymond, along with the children from the Dual Language Program presented Board members with gifts in recognition of their commitment to the South Country community.  Assemblyman Dean Murray also attended the celebration and presented certificates to the School Board members.  The members serving the South Country Central School District are as follows: Cheryl A. Felice, President, Regina Hunt, Vice President, Lisa Di Santo, Dr. Anthony Griffin, Carol Malin, Jack Nix and Chris Picini.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Bellport Middle School

Hispanic Heritage Month at Bellport Middle School photo

On October 12th, 2017 Bellport Middle School welcomed many members of the South Country community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The festivities were coordinated by the students from beginning to end. The night included student cultural presentations, music, dance and food representative of the Hispanic American culture. This great celebration was supported by vendors and community organizations such as S.T.R.O.N.G., Swell Taco, Del Fuego and Rincón Criollo as well as a great team of administrators, guidance counselors and teachers from Bellport Middle School.  The main goal for the celebration was to recognize the valuable contributions of the Hispanic American community members and to create a sense of unification among all cultures represented in the South Country Central School District.



Superintendent's letter to NYS Department of Health re: Study

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Four Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2017 All-State Performing Ensembles

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pictured left to right are Tyler Zapata, Sarah Vaccaro, Andrew Zimlinghaus and Erin Kelly
The selection committees for the 2017 New York State School Music Association Conference selected three Bellport High School musicians to perform at this year’s All-State NYSSMA Winter Music Conference.  The festival and conference will take place in Rochester, NY, beginning Thursday, November 30 and ending Sunday, December 3.   Two days of concert performances will be held at the renowned Eastman Theater of the Eastman School of Music.  

Each of these students received a perfect score (A+, 100) from state adjudicators on their solo performances at last spring’s NYSSMA Solo Festival held at Eastport-South Manor High School last spring.

Bellport High School’s All-State musicians include:
• Erin Kelly - Soprano 2 - Chorus (Alternate) 
• Sarah Vaccaro - Viola - Symphony Orchestra
• Tyler Zapata - Trumpet - Symphonic Band
• Andrew Zimlinghaus - Clarinet - Band (Alternate)

Each student was notified of their acceptance to the All-State Music Conference by mail in late August.  They are one of 900 NYS student musicians selected to perform in one of the eight prestigious All-State performing ensembles.  This represents a remarkable achievement, as there were over 6,600 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State Music Festival. Performing ensembles include the All-State Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. South Country had 20 high school students audition for All-State last spring.

The music department is very proud to have Erin, Sarah, Tyler and Andrew represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event! 
 

Cheering for a Cause

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On October 15th, 2017 the Bellport Varsity Cheerleading team participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach State Park and cheered on all walkers to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. From selling baked goods to breast cancer apparel and taking donations, the team was able to raise $415 for this cause.

Board of Education Congratulates Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

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Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Giani, Board of Education President, Cheryl A. Felice and Bellport High School Principal, Tim Hogan, congratulated Travis Cutter on his achievement as a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Meet with College Reps

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On Wednesday, October 5th, over 120 colleges packed the high school gymnasium for the annual Bellport High School College Fair. Students were allotted time to visit college tables, learn about majors, admissions criteria, and the application process. The high school guidance counselors were on staff to assist students and answer college-related questions. In addition to the colleges in attendance; military branches, trade, technical, and aviation schools were available as well.

Students at Bellport High School have multiple opportunities throughout the year to learn about college and career opportunities. The high school guidance counselors host two college fairs; one in fall and another in the spring, and a career fair in the spring. Students are also encouraged to attend large career fairs hosted by Suffolk County Community College and Hofstra University. High school counselors will be meeting with senior students throughout the fall to assist with college admissions and career planning. Current juniors and their parents/guardians will meet with counselors in the spring to develop a testing timeline and gain an introduction to the college admission process. 

Educators Attend Teachers College at Columbia University

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South Country Central School District educators attended Teachers College at Columbia University this summer. Through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project educators were engaged in an intensive institute focused on the teaching of writing. Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year these state of the art teaching methods will be shared across the district.

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Dr. Kathleen Munisteri (BRK), Jenn Hayhurst (VWC), Kim Gosselin (BRK), Keri Paolillo (FPL), Trish Gallina(FPL) and Victoria Suarez (BRK).

SUNY Stony Brook Provides Guidance on the College Admissions Process

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Monday evening, September 18, 2017, in the Ebersole Auditorium, Bellport Senior High School guidance counselors were accompanied by Gerome Bell, Admissions Advisor at SUNY Stony Brook to present on the undergraduate college admissions process. Mr. Bell discussed the important components of the application and admission process for colleges all over the nation. Mr. Bell provided advice for students and their families on choosing the right college, planning college visits, developing a balanced college list, and a recommended timeline for students to follow. His comprehensive presentation included details on financial aid, application deadlines, and a description of state and private post-secondary institutions. The evening concluded with a question and answer session for both Mr. Bell and the Bellport Senior High School guidance counselors.

The high school guidance counselors will coordinate multiple programs over the following months to support students during the college application process, educate families on post-secondary options, and increase access to financial aid opportunities. Students at Bellport Senior High School will have the opportunity to participate in:

BHS Fall College Fair – October 4th, 2017
Classroom Guidance Lessons on College Admissions – various dates throughout the fall
Financial Aid Night – November 1st, 2017
Junior Planning Conference – various dates throughout the winter and spring
BHS Spring College Fair – March 5th 2018
BHS Career Fair – March 5th, 2018

Students and families are encouraged to frequently visit the Bellport Senior High School Guidance webpage at http://www.southcountry.org/schools/bhs_guidance to learn of upcoming events, view recent presentations and access updated information on the college admission and financial aid process.

To view PowerPoint presentation, click here

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Justin Arini at 631-730-1608 or email jarini@southcountry.org.

 

Etched in Sand

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On Superintendent's Conference day, Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand, inspired faculty and staff members as she shared her story and how because of teachers, community members and other support networks she was able to go to college, study and practice law. See her bio on the following link http://reginacalcaterra.com/bio/

Stop the Bleed Training

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On Superintendent's Conference Day teachers were trained by Colby Rowe, MS, NRP, FP-C, CIC of Stony Brook University's Trauma Center Education & Prehospital Outreach Coordinator Division of Trauma to recognize and control life-threatening bleeding. This course was designed so that teachers who may be called upon can bridge the gap from time of injury to arrival of professional first responders. Participants were trained to recognize and treat life-threatening bleeding, through the use of tourniquets and hemostatic gauze to control severe bleeding. The program is overseen by the American College of Surgeons and an educational effort associated with the Department of Homeland Security's national "Stop The Bleed" campaign.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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