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A season of learning for middle school Lego Robotics team

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The Bellport Middle School Lego Robotics team recently concluded their season with a first-place award in robot design. The team earned the award at the FIRST LEGO League Tournament at William Floyd High School.

To earn the award, the team presented their innovation project to a panel of judges and answered technical questions about their project, their robot design and their software code. The team also competed against 26 other teams in the categories of robot game high score, innovation project, programming and core values.

The South Country students prepared for the competition by building this year’s FIRST LEGO Challenge Missions. The 15 different mission models are built using Lego pieces and simple machines to create motion. The team had to design, build and program a challenge competition robot using Lego Spike Prime robot kits. These kits have a programming brick and motors that can attach to other Legos. One of the goals of the competition was to interact and manipulate as many of these mission models as possible.

The team members extend their thanks to their parents, friends, teachers and mentors, who offered support throughout the season.

Date Added: 3/26/2024

Girl empowerment assembly

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As part of Career Week in the South Country School District, students took part in a girl empowerment assembly where they heard from Deputy Commissioner Belinda Alvarez Groneman, Deputy Chief Milagros Soto and Sergeant Apryl Hargrove of the Suffolk County Police Department. The decorated officers spoke to the students about their respective journeys into their careers and urged them to always follow their dreams, work hard and be resilient.

Date Added: 3/25/2024

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This year, students and staff at Bellport Middle School spearheaded a food waste project. Led by teacher Lisa Dooley, the initiative aims to keep food out of the garbage by distributing leftover cafeteria snacks throughout the school day, before after-school sports programs and at the Empire program. Items are also delivered to the Boys & Girls Club. “It's a big job, with over 80 people working together toward a common goal,” said Dooley.

Date Added: 3/21/2024

Bellport Middle School students petition for change

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Noticing that popular nachos were no longer offered in their school’s cafeteria, Bellport Middle School students Giabella Tritsch and Autumn Tuliszewski decided to petition to bring them back. The pair teamed up and worked to garner over 150 signatures from their peers that they presented to their principal Dr. Jamal Colson, who worked with the district’s food services department to reinstate the dish. “I am really proud of them for showing such passion and displaying early signs of civic engagement,” said Dr. Lindsay Blaszcyk, literacy teacher, who assisted the students with their endeavor.

Date Added: 3/12/2024

Bellport Middle School presents ‘Descendants: The Musical’

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Bellport Middle School thespians are set to present Tina Landau’s “Descendants: The Musical” on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The student cast members, pit and crew have been working diligently to perfect the entertaining performance, which is based on Disney’s “Descendants” movie.

Tickets are $10 each for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door.

Date Added: 3/12/2024