Redesigned Learning Spaces

The district is piloting two "next generation classrooms" at the middle school this year. These spaces provide students with greater access to information, include cutting-edge technological resources and foster opportunities for collaborative learning.

Giving to Others

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, James Wilson Young Middle School Student Council and Bayport-Blue Point High School Interact Club coordinated two-week food drives for several local organizations.

Through the generosity of the student body and staff, both buildings collected thousands of non-perishable food items. The middle school donations were delivered to the Our Lady of Snow Food Pantry and the Patchogue Soup Kitchen. The high school donations were sent to the Sayville Food Pantry and the Our Lady of Snow Food Pantry.

The homeroom that collected the most items – at each school and per grade level – was rewarded with a bagel breakfast.

Phantoms Head to College

Two award-winning members of the Phantom family are bound for two of Long Island’s top colleges this fall. After widely successful high school athletic careers, Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors Sal Geraci and Annalise Martin have signed National Letters of Intent to play at and attend LIU Post and Hofstra University, respectively.

Sal, a catcher for the Phantoms championship baseball team, is also an Advanced Placement student who will major in either accounting or psychology.

Annalise, an integral member of the defensive line on the BBP lacrosse team, is also an active member of the school’s National Honor Society and volunteers as a safe school ambassador. She is planning to major in athletic training.

Sylvan Celebrates Veterans

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School marked Veterans Day with a patriotic assembly.

During the event, students and staff members performed several songs and the school made donations to two philanthropic organizations. They presented Honor Flight Long Island with a donation of $630, which will enable two veterans to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., and presented $340 to the America’s Vet Dogs organization. 

As a result of last year’s donation, two Sylvan staff members were invited to accompany veterans on a recent Honor Flight. The following video was shared during the assembly to highlight the work of the Honor Flight and the support the school provided the organization last year:

Focused on Current Events

The impact that today’s government and world politics has on individuals was the focus of this year’s Issues Forum at Bayport-Blue Point High School.

The event, which focuses on a different topic each year, centered on the current state of the union, mid-term elections, as well as foreign and domestic policy. This year’s panel consisted of seniors Sarah Barsch and Brooke Schultz, juniors Caroline Feustel and Matt Fish, humanities chairperson and program coordinator John Limperatos and social studies teacher Sean Meade. Fielding questions from moderator and school English teacher Matt McMullan, the panel shared their individual viewpoints and commented on a number of current events.

The event not only served as a mechanism to inspire outside discussion of classroom history topics, but also as a fundraiser for a senior scholarship in honor of former teacher and New York State Assemblyman Paul E. Harenberg. Over the past four events, the Issues Forum has raised more than $10,000 for this cause.

Author Visits Academy

Author and illustrator Kathleen Bart recently visited with kindergarten and first-grade students at Academy Street Elementary School to share her love of the written word.

During the event, she retold her story, titled “Town Teddy and Country Bear,” a spin on Aesop’s fable of the town mouse and a country mouse. After sharing the humorous adventure story, Ms. Bart taught the students how to draw their own teddy bears.

Recognizing Veterans

A sea of red, white and blue blanketed the district as the schools marked Veterans Day with special events and in-school assembly programs.

During their program, Academy Street Elementary School focused on the meaning behind the national holiday and several important facts surrounding the day. Students learned about the mission of the Honor Flight, an organization that transports veterans to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., and several students spoke about the holiday’s history and each branch of the military.

Additionally, the school presented Concerned Living, an organization that has built apartments to house homeless veterans, with hundreds of household items the school collected during a building supply drive.

November 15th: Varsity Football Game Information

There is a $6 per person admission fee for the November 15th Varsity Football game @ Elwood-J Glenn on November 15. 1pm kickoff time.

Scaring Up Donations

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students celebrated this year’s Halloween by collecting donations and funds for two worthy causes.

As part of their study on human rights, the school’s fifth-graders had been learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how the 30 articles of this document are being challenged and upheld across the globe. Using their newfound knowledge of the topic, the grade level elected to participate in UNICEF’s annual Trick-or-Treat program.

Throughout the effort, the students collected more than $647 in spare change and donations from community and family members. The money collected will go directly to purchasing items such as water pumps for villages, vaccinations for children and bicycles to deliver medicine.

Following the holiday, the school’s students also donated their unwanted candy to a support drive organized by the building’s peer leaders.

Contributions to the sweet treats drive were delivered to a local orthodontist, Dr. Egan, who will send the candy to American troops who are currently deployed.

Learning About Bats

As a conclusion to their studies on bats, Academy Elementary School second-graders hosted a Bat Cave Museum to showcase the knowledge they gained on this creature.

Prior to the event, the students researched an individual species of bat and created a diorama of the mammal’s habitat. They also created bat-themed math story problems, wrote bat poems, made bat computer pictures and wrote bat paragraphs. The completed pieces were put on display during the event for parents and family members to review.

BBP’s ‘Thinking Forward’ Plan Focuses on Schools’ Future

The Bayport-Blue Point School District introduced a multidimensional plan for the future of education in its schools this November.  The design focuses on the vision for education as well as the priority areas for making this a reality.

The design, Thinking Forward, stems from a yearlong conversation with the community about what we want for our students and how best to align our efforts with those desired results. Thinking Forward reflects the district’s commitment to continually enhancing our efforts on behalf of all our students.  As no one element ensures student success, the design is comprised of four components – Learning, Connections, Environments and Pathways.

 “Thinking Forward reflects a belief that organizations are either improving or declining; there is no status quo,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vincent Butera. “While the challenges currently facing all school districts are real, we cannot allow these obstacles to prevent us from enhancing the experience of the 2,400 students who go through their K-12 years only once. By purposefully allocating our time, energy and resources, we will be able to develop scholars who possess the social, emotional and academic skills needed to be successful adults.”

The community is encouraged to continually visit the “Thinking Forward” section of the district website,, to learn more about ongoing efforts on behalf of all students in Bayport-Blue Point.

Prepared for Emergencies

Blue Point Elementary School students practiced important safety tips with the help of the local fire department this October.

During a trip to the firehouse, they had the chance to step inside a “fire safety trailer,” which was constructed through a FEMA grant and on loan from Suffolk County Fire and Rescue. Once inside, they were reminded of the importance of fire safety and practiced how they would exit from a house in the case of an oven fire, which had been simulated in the trailer.

Lending a Helping Hand

Blue Point Elementary first-grade students marked this year’s Make a Difference Day by coordinating a weeklong food drive for the Our Lady of Snow food pantry. Leading up to the project, teachers discussed the importance of giving to others and helping families within the school community.

Pass, Punt and Kick Winner

Academy Street Elementary School fourth-grader Keira Rooney made history this October when she became the first district student to compete in the New York State championship of the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick Competition.

Keira, who was a finalist in the Long Island Championship, participated in the competition through the school’s physical education department. Academy Street’s third- through fifth-graders took part in the annual program, which tested their ability to see how far they could properly kick a football.

Six Academy students – fifth-graders Brendan Most and Hannah Woolsey, fourth-graders Keira Rooney and Ryan Costa, and third-graders Ben Morris and Taylor DiBiasi – were named Suffolk County winners and competed in the Long Island Championship at the annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay.

Select winners from the state championship will advance to compete nationally at this year’s NFC championship game in February.  

NJHS Inducts New Members

James Wilson Young Middle School recognized the scholastic achievements of 42 eighth-graders by inducting them into its chapter of the National Junior Honor Society this October.

During the ceremony, a variety of speakers addressed the inductees and encouraged them to embody the founding characteristics of the organization: knowledge, scholarship, citizenship, service, leadership and character. Current members also spoke in detail about each of these attributes while leading the candle-lighting ceremony, and the school’s band, chorus and orchestra provided musical interludes. 

The inductees exhibited their first act of service by donating one or more food items to a local food pantry.

To qualify for induction, all applicants were required to meet a strict set of criteria, which includes: a 92 unrounded, unweighted raw average throughout the last two marking quarters of sixth grade and all four marking quarters of seventh grade; 10 or more hours of community service; involvement in school sports or clubs; and a personal essay describing why they believe they should be a member.  

Hands-on History Lesson

The lives of the Eastern Woodland Indians came alive at Blue Point Elementary School when the building’s fourth-grade classes participated in an engaging, hands-on workshop. 

Throughout the daylong event, students toured a hands-on museum filled with Native American artifacts, learned to play traditional games and listened to stories. The students also took part in a simulation of the Iroquois government and had the chance to mold bird decoys out of clay.

November 27, 2014