Real World Reporting

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Fourth-grade students in Kimberly Rall’s class at Academy Street Elementary School put their reporting skills to use as they interviewed dance star Maddie Ziegler for an article in a recent issue of Newsday’s Kidsday. 

In addition to the interview, which was conducted in Manhattan, the students were also given the opportunity to dance with Maddie and get signed copies of her books. The feature includes an article on this interview as well as several other original pieces penned by the talented fourth-graders. 

The article can be viewed here:

Celebrating Career Day

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Seventh-grade students at James Wilson Young Middle School recently gained valuable career advice and first-hand experience from various graduates of the Bayport-Blue Point community as part of the building’s “Career Day.”

Throughout the course of the day, the students rotated between classrooms and were able to hear from the following individuals about their career choices: Bayport Flower Houses owner Karl Auwaerter (’85), engineer Brian Bucklemore (’06), lawyer Chris Clayton (’84), real estate agent Brynn Elliot (’98), gluten-free baker Michelle Gillette Kelly (’94), state trooper Joe Liberatore (’11), physician’s assistant Lauren Lozier (’04), News 12 Sports Director/Anchor Kevin Maher (’93), chef Nicole Roarke (’97) and Blue Point Elementary School physical education teacher John Selvaggio (’01). 

At the conclusion of each presenter’s detailed description about their career choice, the students were able to ask questions in order to jumpstart thoughts of their own career paths. 

Supplying Smiles

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As a part of Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s “Virtual Field Trip to Vietnam,” students throughout the building were able to experience a week of Vietnamese culture within their classrooms in honor of Speech Pathologist’s Laurie Katz’s and Christine Monahan’s visit to the country in support of the Smile Train Organization.

The week’s activities incorporated the traditional Vietnamese sport Takraw into the student’s physical education classes, as they combined elements of volleyball, badminton and soccer into one and worked collaboratively to kick a small ball over the net in order to score points. 

Within their art classes, students were able to work on projects that reflected the culture of Vietnam. Younger students created beautiful lotus flowers, while the older students used their imaginations to make their very own Takraw jerseys. 

Additionally, students were able to explore various aspects of Vietnam such as food, landmarks, school and others within their library classes. Prior to Mrs. Katz’s and Mrs. Monahan’s trip, the students took this information and created “Travel Tips” cards for the teachers based on what they had learned.

In their music classes, students were introduced to Vietnamese instruments and learned how they are played. In addition, students watched video clips of “Vietnam’s Got Talent” and Vietnam’s version of “The Voice.”  

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School has supported the efforts of the Smile Train Organization for nine years now, and has raised over $25,000 in order to support children around the world who require cleft lip and palate surgeries. Throughout their weeklong visit to the country, Mrs. Katz and Mrs. Monahan were able to speak to the doctors who perform the surgeries, and also visit the multiple families who benefit from the district’s efforts. 

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BBP-Athlon T-shirt Winners

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The Bayport-Blue Point Wellness Committee congratulated Blue Point Elementary School fifth-grade student Jessica Cuji and Sylvan Avenue Elementary School second-grader Haley Mauro for winning the fifth annual BBP-Athlon T-shirt contest.
While hundreds of incredible entries were submitted between all three district elementary schools, only the winning designs will be printed on this year’s T-shirt.  

This year’s BBP-Athlon will be taking place on Saturday, April 22, and participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. at Blue Point Elementary School. The BBP-Athlon consist of a 3-mile bike ride followed by a ¾-mile jog in the Blue Point Nature Preserve Park. Over the past four years, there have been well over 1,000 participants. 

The BBP Wellness Committee invites all elementary-aged students and their families to participate in the event. Please note that local participants are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event as parking will be limited. Additionally, all are welcome to attend a pancake breakfast at the Blue Point Fire Department immediately following the event. This breakfast will be held in support of local cub scouts. 

To purchase a T-shirt today, please click the following link: and send an email to John Selvaggio at with any questions.

Hitting Notes Toward a Scholarship

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James Wilson Young Middle School eighth-grade flutist Cecily Phua was recently presented with a scholarship to further her musical studies while attending the 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Division II East Music Festival.

Cecily will be returning to the Crane School of Music’s Youth Music Program at SUNY Potsdam this summer for the second time, where she will immerse herself in two weeks of robust musical instruction. Her studies at SUNY Potsdam will include performing in band, chamber ensembles and choir as well as attending master classes, music theory and aural skills classes.

“It was a pleasure to be able to recommend Cecily for this scholarship, as she is an extremely talented flutist and is so passionate toward music,” said Matthew Hurst, a music teacher at James Wilson Young Middle School.

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Celebrating Science with SEED

The community is invited to attend the annual SEED Celebration of Science event on Wed. April 5. For more information about this event, please review the attached flyer.


Showing Respect Through Artwork

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Fourth-grade students Shane Duerr of Blue Point Elementary School and Aubrie Eisfeld of Academy Street Elementary School had their artwork featured on the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Legislative Report for 2016.

The winners were chosen based on their poster submissions last November for the "Thank you to Veterans" theme for state Sen. Tom Croci's annual Veterans Day Coloring and Essay Contest.  

The Bayport-Blue Point School District congratulates Shane and Aubrie on this achievement.

Exploring the Rainforest

Exploring the Rainforest

In conjunction with their recent reading of the nonfiction text “The Most Beautiful Roof in the World,” fifth-grade students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School were visited by Eric Powers. The representative of the Your Connection to Nature program provided an in-depth look into the beauty and importance of the world’s rainforests.

Throughout the course of his presentation, Mr. Powers provided the students with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting not only the wildlife of the rainforest, but also the multiple layers which make up their homes, including the Emergent, Canopy, Understory and Forest Floor.

Additionally, the students were able to experience and interact with some real life animals such as the Vietnamese Stick Insect and the red-tailed Boa constrictor.

Successes in Writing

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Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s fifth-grade students recently showcased their writing skills and patriotic pride when they took part in the Patchogue Elks Lodge 1323 essay contest “Why is it important to vote?”

After completing their essays this past November, the contest winners were announced this March and celebrated at the school. This year’s winning pieces were penned by Shannon Alden (first-place prize), Hannah Denton (first runner-up) and Carlie Schwint (second runner-up).

The Elks Lodge Foundation’s goal is to build stronger communities through programs that support both the youth and veterans alike.

Dr. Butera to Leave in July for New Opportunity

Dr. Vincent Butera, our Superintendent of Schools since late 2012, has been identified as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools in Manhasset. The expectation is that Dr. Butera will be approved as the next  Superintendent of Manhasset on Saturday. He will continue to lead our district through the end of the school year.
Dr. Butera has provided Bayport-Blue Point with more than four years of effective leadership. We are grateful for his contributions and congratulate him on taking another step forward in his career.
Obviously, this transition will prompt the Board to take all necessary and appropriate steps to replace Dr. Butera when he departs in July, a plan that will be established in the near future. We promise to work with the best interests of our Bayport-Blue Point family in our minds, and to keep the community fully engaged every step of the way.

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A Day of Jazz

A Day of Jazz
Students throughout the district have been dazzling audiences with their musical talents.

Most recently, the middle school’s and high school’s jazz bands, under the direction of Matthew Hurst and Michael Sarling, showcased their talents during the SCMEA Day of Jazz Festival, hosted by the Middle Country Central School District. In addition to performing at the event, the students attended workshops, interacted with professional musicians and worked on jazz improvisation skills.

“My favorite part of Jazz Day was playing with professionals in the Big Band Clinic, because they showed us what we could sound like if we keep practicing,” said James Wilson Young Middle School eighth-grade student and trombonist, Jack Armstrong.

Circus Activities

Circus Activities
Physical education classes at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently honed their circus skills after being visited by the nationally recognized Cirque du Jour travelling circus troupe. Throughout the duration of their visit, the students were able to practice such circus skills as juggling, plate spinning and learned how to use the Diabolo stick.

100th Day of School

100th Day of School

Students throughout Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently celebrated the 100th day of the school year by dressing as their 100-year-old future selves and parading through the halls. Additionally, the kindergarten classes wore colorful shirts decorated with 100 items, such as pieces of candy and stickers to celebrate the day.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

The cast and crew of Bayport-Blue Point High School’s 2017 theater production recently put on a fantastic show for members of the community as they took to the stage to perform the Broadway classic “Thoroughly Modern Mille.” The talented student-actors dazzled audiences as they sang and danced their way across the stage and brought the beloved story to life. The students worked for months under the direction of Jim Redding, who has been directing productions within the district for more than 20 years, to perfect their performance.

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Folding into New Levels of Learning

Folding into New Levels of Learning
Students at Blue Point Elementary School were recently treated to a fun and exciting activity in which they learned the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, otherwise known as origami. With the help of Bayport-Blue Point Library Clerk Anne Soper, students were taught how to fold paper to resemble such animals as frogs and penguins, and were even allowed to take their artwork home to show their family and friends.
March 29, 2017