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Energy Performance Contract Presentations

As part of its commitment to ensure the proper allocation of district resources and remain fiscally responsible, the Bayport-Blue Point School District is currently exploring the feasibility of entering into an Energy Performance Contract. An EPC is a contractual lease agreement with an energy savings company whereby energy-efficient equipment is installed on district property in exchange for energy/cost savings. These savings could have a significant positive impact on the district’s annual expenses.

Click the links below to review the recent presentations on this topic.

Bayport PV Renderings


Board of Education Public Notice - March 20, 2018


Energizing Lessons

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The third-grade students at Blue Point Elementary School are immersed in a new science unit focused on energy and have been spending time investigating the subject along with its many forms. 

Working in small groups, the students performed experiments designed to show that energy can change from potential to kinetic and back again. As visual demonstrations of the topic, the third-graders built their own roller coasters and measured the distance a toy car traveled after making its way down a ramp. 

They observed that an object moves slowest at the highest point, thus utilizing the least kinetic energy and most potential energy; and if a car’s stored energy increases, then the distance it travels will increase. 

Life-Saving Techniques

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Nineteen student-volunteers from Bayport-Blue Point High School recently took part in Stony Brook University’s Red Watch Band training course, a program that provides training on how to respond to alcohol-related emergencies alongside the completion of CPR/AED training.

“This group was particularly passionate about helping those around them,” said Krista Klicpera, Bayport-Blue Point High School science teacher and Students Against Destructive Decisions adviser. “It was inspiring to see them wanting to take action and be prepared to help if needed.”

All students involved were appreciative of the experience provided for them and were thankful to be afforded to opportunity to learn the proper techniques on how to save the lives of those in need of assistance. 

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

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In celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel, fifth-grade students from Bayport-Blue Point Elementary School’s Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently collaborated with the kindergartners for some activities paying tribute to the popular children’s author, who is better known to most as “Dr. Seuss.”

The fifth-graders chose a book to read to their young friends in an effort to introduce them to the magical works of Dr. Seuss, including popular titles such as “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “The Cat in the Hat.”

At the conclusion of their readings, the students used their imagination during the artistic activity of creating their very own versions of green eggs and ham. 

Sixth Annual BBP-Athlon

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The Bayport-Blue Point School District Wellness Committee is proud to announce that the sixth annual BBP-Athlon will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, beginning at Blue Point Elementary School at 8:45 a.m. 

This family-friendly event includes a three-mile bike ride followed by a .75 mile jog at the Blue Point Nature Preserve. Congratulations to Blue Point Elementary School fifth-grade student Shane Duerr and Academy Street Elementary School second-grade student Pressley Gierasch for winning this year’s T-shirt design contest.
Please click the following link to order your own T-shirt today in support of this wonderful community event -

Students Act with Compassion

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Students of all grade levels at Bayport-Blue Point High School recently attended a highly important assembly about antibullying and mutual respect, as hosted by public speaker and Teen Truth President/CEO JC Pohl.

During his multi-layered presentation, Mr. Pohl suggested that students ask themselves what they can do on a daily basis in order to continue to cultivate a welcoming and prosperous learning environment. He offered valuable advice on how to deal with the pressures of everyday life before conducting a visual exercise aimed at showing the students that bullying is a topic experienced by many. 

In addition to being a talented public speaker, Mr. Pohl is also a gifted filmmaker, a talent he shared with the staff and students. During the assembly, Mr. Pohl showed his short film consisting of footage shot entirely by students who decided it was time to make a change in the world. The footage showcased high school students throughout the nation who, like many students nowadays, are discouraged by bullying and disrespectful actions toward one another. 

After viewing the film, the students were asked to reflect on how it made them feel as an individual and how they would become ambassadors for change in the world.

Immediately following the assembly program, Mr. Pohl joined the Bayport-Blue Point High School Student Leaders for a summit workshop. The program was hosted with the goal of achieving objectives such as developing a greater understanding of what it means to be a leader, and brainstorming student issues that are affecting school culture.

Mr. Pohl instilled in the students the phrase that a leader must act (A) with compassion (C) today (T), as the students confidently recited these words, which formulate Teen Truth’s mantra of A.C.T. 

A Thoughtful Donation

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Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Dan Milazzo utilized his remarkable craftsmanship skills to create a beautiful wooden table, which he generously donated to the school’s guidance office. 

Dan spent weeks working under Eastern Suffolk BOCES welding instructor John Akers, carefully designing a proper layout and utilizing materials such as iron beams and wooden planks to form the completed table. The finished project was adorned with rustic iron beams as leg support, a gorgeous, lustrous finish and a plaque in the center of the tabletop which reads, “Designed, Built and Donated by Dan Milazzo - Bayport-Blue Point High School Class of 2018.”

After graduation in June, Dan plans to continue to fine-tune his craftsmanship skills, as he aspires to join the Ironworkers Union as a potential career path. 

He was joined by representatives of Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Bayport-Blue Point High School faculty and staff and his family members for a small reception held in the guidance office of Bayport-Blue Point High School to celebrate the completion of the table. 

A Visit to “Antarctica”

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As a culminating activity to their lessons on the life of penguins, first-grade students enrolled in Tammy Santoro’s class at Blue Point Elementary School recently performed a play, “Tacky the Penguin,” for their families. 

In honor of the penguins, the class celebrated “Black and White Day,” as they dressed up in black and white clothing to imitate the look of the flightless seabird. The young scientists spent a month researching penguins, including reading both fiction and nonfiction texts to further explore their lifestyle and environment. In addition, the students created art projects such as highly detailed dioramas, beautiful watercolor paintings and paper cutouts which featured a number count of fish. 

JWY Middle School Sends Valentines to Veterans

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James Wilson Young Middle School students and elementary students throughout the Bayport Blue Point School District recently worked to spread kindness as they participated in Legislator Bill Lindsay’s community initiative aimed to bring a message of gratitude to the nation's brave veterans and active service members.

 As part of the Valentines for Veterans Day initiative, BBP students created hundreds of cards for the cause. The students’ cards were added to those donated by other surrounding schools in the Legislator's district, which totaled 3,400. 

“I’d like to thank the local elementary, and middle schools that participated in crafting Valentine’s Day cards, and the eighteen veteran organizations, and active military posts who graciously agreed to distribute cards to their organizations,” said Legislator Lindsay. “It is incredibly important to bridge the gap between our youth and our veteran population. Suffolk County is home to the most veterans in New York State, and it is imperative to teach our youth that we must show them respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country." 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney is a strong supporter of Legislator Lindsay’s community initiative. “Any project that combines service to others and provides an opportunity for our students to showcase their literary abilities is a remarkable initiative and we are so thankful that Legislator Bill Lindsay invited our district to participate in this year's Valentines for Vets project,” said Dr. Hearney.  “I commend our students for their outstanding efforts and contributions – as our three elementary schools and middle school donated between 500 and 600 Valentine’s Day cards for the cause. It is our collective hope that the recipients of these cards know that we are eternally grateful for their service to our country and are appreciated every day of the year.”

World Read Aloud Day

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Fourth-graders from Ursula Camenzulli’s class at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently collaborated with first-grade students from Erin Miller’s class in celebration of World Read Aloud Day.

During the collaborative session, the fourth-graders read picture books to the younger students in an effort to get them excited about the many wonders of reading. In return, the first-graders read some of their pieces of writing aloud for all to hear. 

According to their website, every year on World Read Aloud Day people around the globe take time to read aloud together, share stories and advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. 

Following the Yellow Brick Road

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The Bayport-Blue Point High School Music Department recently transported audience members to the magical land of Oz as they performed “The Wizard of Oz” for attendees on Feb. 8-10. Under the direction of Jim Redding, who has been directing Bayport-Blue Point High School productions for more than two decades, the show proved to be a huge success as the students dazzled the audience with their incredible performances and choreography.

Board of Education Celebrates Districtwide Accomplishments

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The district recently celebrated the accomplishments of students and staff during the Board of Education meeting held on Feb. 6.

To begin the night’s recognitions, several students from Sylvan Avenue, Academy Street and Blue Point elementary schools, and James Wilson Young Middle School were recognized for being named finalists in their school’s respective Spelling Bee competitions. Additionally, Academy Street Elementary School hosted a LEAP Geography Bee and Geography Bee competition for the students to enjoy. The district congratulates all of those who participated and were met with successes in their respective contest.

Bayport-Blue Point High School teacher John Limperatos was congratulated for being named the district’s January’s Teacher of the Month, based on a recommendation from the Bayport-Blue Point Teacher’s Association. Mr. Limperatos is the history department chairperson and teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History at Bayport-Blue Point High School. He is credited as being able to engage students at very high levels, helping them find confidence and success inside and beyond the classroom. Mr. Limperatos is also known for his welcoming demeanor, dedication and professionalism.

Bayport-Blue Point High School named Reward School

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Bayport-Blue Point High School has once again been recognized by the State Education Department as one of 155 high achieving and high progress Reward Schools throughout the state of New York. Reward Schools are schools with high academic achievement or those with the most progress in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. 

The Bayport-Blue Point High School has been recognized for this accomplishment for the past several school years, and is honored to receive recognition for the 2017-2018 school year.

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must meet criteria such as being among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts and math performance for both the past two school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2016-17 school year; have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments; and not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

In addition to being named a Reward School, Bayport-Blue Point High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this school year based on the school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

Collaborations in the French Language

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Bayport-Blue Point High School students enrolled in AnnMarie Allen’s and Gilles Desrochers’ French 5 and Advanced Placement French courses recently paid a visit to the fifth-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School to engage in lessons and activities surrounding the foreign language.

During their visit, the upperclassmen shared with the fifth-graders common vocabulary phrases, such as the French way of saying “I like it,” “I don’t like it,” “please” and “thank you.” The high schoolers also presented the younger students with personalized French books in an effort to further their studies at this age. 

Before concluding their visit, the fifth graders were given the opportunity to sample a taste of “Diabolo Menthe,” otherwise known as peppermint soda, a popular French beverage. 

A Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Bayport-Blue Point High School Advanced Placement World History and Advanced Placement European History classes recently viewed works of renowned artists during a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Upon arriving, the students were able to marvel at the Greek and Roman display of stone sculptures, alongside multiple Egyptian artifacts. Inside the numerous galleries, they were amazed to witness the magnificent display of paintings, tapestries, sculptures, photographs, furniture, armor and crafts.

“The visit was resplendent with displays that capture the skills of multitudes with the allure of the possible, the inventive, and the range of human and nature’s endeavors,” said Bayport-Blue Point High School teacher Sean Meade. 

An Evening of Jazz

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James Wilson Young Middle School and Bayport-Blue Point High School recently presented an entertaining evening of jazz music for the community. 

Performing ensembles included the James Wilson Young Middle School jazz band under the direction of Matthew Hurst, the Bayport-Blue Point High School vocal jazz choir directed by Jean Goloski and the Bayport-Blue Point High School jazz band led by Michael Sarling. 
There was a little something for everyone in the audience to enjoy, as the students performed various styles of music including the blues, swing, Latin and pop. The creativity flowed throughout the evening as many students performed solos with clarity and confidence. 

“Jazz night is always a concert that people circle on their calendar,” said James Wilson Young Middle School Principal Robert Haas. “The students and staff put a great deal of time and effort outside of the school day to prepare for this concert, and they never disappoint. It was a great show.”

On Saturday, Feb. 3, both the middle and high school jazz bands will represent the school district at the SCMEA Day of Jazz Festival. The students were chosen based on teacher recommendations, and will be given the opportunity to perform for judges who will critique their performances and offer constructive criticism. These students represent the top middle and high school student-musicians from across Suffolk County. 

A Super Mural for A Superhero

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The Blue Point Elementary School community recently completed a beautiful mural featuring the Justice League Superheroes and inspirational words in honor of former Blue Point Elementary School student William Schultz, who lost his brave fight with cancer last year.

William is remembered by the community as an amazing little boy who always displayed great character in the face of adversity, along with being a true superhero and role model for all.
The district would like to thank first-grade teacher Lisa DePaoli for envisioning the mural, Blue Point parent Billy Tucci for drawing the outline, teacher Erica Mailand for adding color to the mural, along with various staff members for assisting with painting and the custodial staff who opened up the building for the volunteers.

In addition to the creation of William’s mural, Blue Point Elementary will be adding a special award to their Character Education Program. At the end of each year, one student from every class will be presented with the “William Schultz SUPER Character Award,” to be given to the student who displays exceptional character throughout the entire school year.

A Geographic Champion

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After successfully displaying his vast knowledge of geography-based information, Academy Elementary School fifth-grade student Ben Hamrlicek was declared the winner of the school’s 2018 National Geographic Bee. 

Prior to his big win, Ben successfully answered six preliminary questions in his classroom and answered three questions correctly in the championship round to secure his victory. Ben, whose favorite school subject is social studies, will take a written test to further advance in the nationally-recognized competition. 

The district sends its deep congratulations to Ben.
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