Time Traveling to Enhance Learning


Fourth-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School celebrated Colonial Day this May by participating in multiple hands-on learning stations.

Dressed in traditional Colonial attire, students rotated among silhouette, optical illusion, candle making and occupational sign making stations. They could be found scratching away with quills at their desks, dipping candles into hot wax, posing for silhouette portraits, brainstorming an original idea for a sign to hang out of their Colonial store, and much more.

To complement their reading curriculum, the students read Kate Waters’ “Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl” and “Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy,” which described the roles of girls and boys in Colonial society. Tying into their social studies curriculum, the classes have been learning about different explorers of the Colonial era and how the state of New York became a colony.

In April, the fourth-graders had the opportunity to visit the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, where they got a glimpse of life in an American village in the mid-19th century.


Memorable Fun Run

Academy Street Elementary School third- through fifth-grade students laced up their sneakers and participated in the annual Friends of Carly Fun Run in May.

The annual event, held in memory of former Academy student Carly LeStrange, invited students to run a 1-mile course through the surrounding community. Colorful signs, including Carly’s famous motto of “Because Nice Matters,” lined the circle at Academy Street Elementary School as the racers took their marks, and parents and peers gathered to cheer on the racers.

The school is also using the annual event to fundraise for a cause connected to Carly’s memory. This year, they will apply all donations to start a Carly LeStrange Scholarship Fund for a graduating Bayport-Blue Point High School senior who best exemplifies Carly’s commitment to promoting the importance of kindness. The school expects the first scholarship will be given to a member of the Class of 2017.

Athletes Continue to Compete

Bayport-Blue Point High School celebrated the academic and athletic achievements of 15 seniors who will compete at the collegiate level next fall.

Surrounded by proud family members and coaches, the following Division III-bound athletes were honored and praised for their commitment to their chosen sport and their scholastic skills. They are bound for some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities after graduation, and the district is confident they will continue to represent the community well.

The district commends the following seniors:

Danny Anglim – SUNY Potsdam, Soccer
Daniel Campanelli – St. Joseph’s College, Basketball
Brianna Delzell – Adelphi University, Cross-Country
Matt Doty – SUNY Oneonta, Wrestling
Lizzy Geoghan – LeMoyne College, Tennis
Nicole Geoghan – SUNY Brockport, Lacrosse
Matt Gilley – St. Joseph’s College, Tennis
Stephen Gruppuso – Oberlin College, Tennis
George Riefenstahl – SUNY Farmingdale, Basketball
George Ringer – Farmingdale State College, Lacrosse
Julie Saliba – Johnson and Wales University, Softball
Emily Sena – SUNY Geneseo, Field Hockey
Eddie Sommerville – Hood College, Lacrosse
Megan Swiecicki – Marywood University, Soccer
PJ Weeks – SUNY Plattsburgh, Baseball

Exploring French Canada

James Wilson Young Middle School’s eighth-grade French class had the chance to broaden their global cultural understanding as they took French Canada by storm this spring.

During the four-day trip, the students and accompanying parents had the chance to practice speaking French and visit several historical monuments. They learned about the settling of French in Canada, had the opportunity to walk suspension bridges over roaring waterfalls and even created a newscast.

“It's been 11 years now that this trip has been offered to students of French 8, and every year it reinforces the importance of global cultural understanding,” said teacher Gilles Desrochers. “Students continue to talk about their experience for years following the trip, which is true testament to its success.”

Traveling to Medieval Times

Batter Up!

Eighteen Academy Street Elementary School students will represent their hometown and showcase their athleticism during this year’s MLB Pitch, Hit and Run sectional competition in late May.

In order to participate in this contest, the students competed in the local level of the contest during physical education classes and were named champions in the pitching, hitting, running or all-around achievement categories. During the local contest, students were given six chances to throw the ball the furthest, three tries to hit a ball off a tee, and were tasked with completing a timed race from second base to home plate.

The following sectional contenders will compete for the chance to enter the team championship and ultimately the national finals.

Boys – 7-8 Years Old
All-Around, Hit, Run Champion: Guytano Kiesel
Pitch Champion: Colin Most

Boys – 9-10 Years Old
All-Around Champion: Pat Dougherty
Pitch Champion: Ryan Costa
Hit Champion: Chris Welling
Run Champions: Connor McNeil and Brandon Lessing

Boys – 11-12 Years Old
All-Around, Hit and Run Champion: Calvin Dickinson
Pitch Champions: Calvin Dickinson, Logan Robertson, Mike Verritto and Jack Baron

Girls – 7-8 Years Old
All-Around, Pitch and Run Champion: Lola Kiesel
Hit Champion: Alexandria Dobson

Girls – 9-10 Years Old
All-Around, Hit Champion: Keira Rooney
Pitch Champions: Keira Rooney and Isabella Barrata
Run Champion: Isabella Barrata

Girls – 11-12 Years Old
All-Around Champion: Marissa Cecere
Pitch Champions: Skyler Fig, Aaliyah Jankonski and Marissa Cecere
Hit Champion: Aaliyah Jankonski
Run Champion: Skyler Fig

Sylvan Avenue Elementary's "Happy" flash mob for SMILE TRAIN

A Day of Service

All Aboard the Smile Train

Partnering for Learning

Bayport-Blue Point High School students are expanding their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills through a mutually beneficial partnership with Sayville High School.

Joining forces, the two schools have been collaborating over the past several months to form the Sayville/BBP Robotics Club, the Mechanical Animals.

Working with BBP technology teacher Robert Donarummo and Sayville teacher Bryan Coon the nearly 20-member team has been studying the art of robot building and programming in preparation for this year’s competition season. The students worked together to brainstorm ideas and come up with a design for the robot before crafting prototypes and fabricating the finalized concept out of aluminum. They recently tested their final 95-pound creation at National FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University.

“It has been rewarding to see how the club brings together a true sense of unity and collaboration among the students,” said Mr. Donarummo. “Students who were more inclined to the design aspect helped to guide the team during the development process while those who had experience with milling or programming helped to mentor teammates as we prepared for the contest. It was truly a rewarding experience for both schools and one we are looking to continue to foster in the future.”

Although the competition season has concluded for the school year, the team is continuing to meet to fine tune and hone their skills in anticipation for next year and find sponsors to further offset costs.

Peer to Peer Learning

Academy Street Elementary School students had the chance to learn about the world of robotics when the Junior FIRST Lego Club, The Brainstormers, presented their project to the third-grade classes. 

The Brainstormers, comprised of Matthew Bachek, Vincent Greenlaw, Jillian Kaler, Brayden Robertson and Reaghan Tully, studied the beneficial effects of play, visited and researched numerous playgrounds and then designed a playground of their own.

During the presentations, they provided a brief description of what FIRST is, the various programs FIRST offers and showcased a brief version of what they do during an expo. To demonstrate the team challenge part of the expo, The Brainstormers conducted a team challenge to build a card tower using one hand with the third-graders.

The Brainstormers competed nationally at the FIRST World Expo in St. Louis this past April.

Inspired Painters

The world-renowned work of Georgia O’Keeffe was the subject of a recent painting project at Academy Elementary School.
Working with art teacher Beverly Maier, the school’s third-grade students created floral paintings inspired by O’Keeffe’s style. In advance of the project, the students researched and read literature about O’Keeffe, including her background and work. They then replicated her iconic look by creating large images of flowers and applying their understanding of warm and cool palettes to their paintings.

Volleying for Charity

A spirited volleyball competition, hosted by James Wilson Young Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society, helped to generate financial support for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, a public non-profit dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome, and the school organization’s upcoming initiatives. 

As a result of the effort, the school raised approximately $1,200, and 75 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation with the remaining portion used to support the NJHS. The winning teams were The Phantoms (grade 6), The Elite (grade 7) and Mist of Destruction (grade 8), who were crowned the overall champions.

Stepping Back in Time


District fourth-graders enhanced their understanding of the Colonial period during a visit to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The trip, which connected to the grade level’s social studies curriculum, enabled them to take an up-close look at artifacts and relics from the time period. They examined the interior and outside of a one-room schoolhouse from Manhasset, the surrounding farm and enjoyed an old-fashioned root beer and pretzel at the Noon Inn. They also learned that the familiar phrase, “Sleep tight...don’t let the bedbugs bite!,” comes from the time when straw mattresses were riddled with bugs and laid upon ropes that would sag, and sleepers needed to tighten them up before settling in for the night.


Trained Stewards for Safety

Twenty-six Bayport-Blue Point High School students have become the first members of the "Red Watch Band Program" developed by Stony Brook University, which has been designed to combat toxic drinking and the binge-drinking epidemic facing communities and college campuses nationwide.

To become members, the students completed a four-hour alcohol emergency response-training program in late April, which included two hours of alcohol emergency training and two hours of CPR/AED training. At the end, they each received Red Watch Bands, Certificates, and attended a "Heroes for Heroes" dinner.

The goal of the Red Watch Band program is to ensure that all students are provided with accurate information about the dangers of alcohol use, signs and symptoms of an alcohol emergency, and when, where and how to get help during a time when every second counts. The program’s curriculum was designed by licensed mental health professionals and substance abuse specialists.

Its implementation in BBP was the result of the collaboration and partnership between Tim Hearney and Krista Klicpera from the Bayport-Blue Point School District, Dorothy Johnson and Kim Hession from the Great South Bay Coalition, Michael Firestone from the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library and Kristin LoNigro from Hofstra University. All materials for the program and the celebration dinner were funded by the Bayport Blue Point Public Library.

Learning Life Saving Techniques


Guidance Presentation Video

April 28, 2015 Board of Education Meeting - Guidance Presentation Video

For more information please visit the Pathways section of the district website.

Winter Athletic Honors

The following student-athletes earned post-season honors based on their outstanding performance during this year’s winter season. 

Congratulations to all recipients who have represented the student body in an exemplary fashion:

Girls Track
League V Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Tess Browning-Atkinson – All-League
Julia Aurandt – All-League
Abby Brewer – All-League
Kathleen Cibuls – All-Federation, All-State, All-County, All-League
Haley Clancy – All-League
Carly Croteau – All-League
Jayne Cudia – All-League
Brianna Delzell – All-League
Madison Delzell – All-League
Melody Delzell – All-League
Dariya Dolan – All-League
Maddy Fiorentine – All-League
Shannon Gallo – All-League
Taylor Gensler – All-League
Julia Imbo – All-League
Mary Kate Kaplan – All-League
Annie Loretz – All-League
Ashley Magnifico – All-League
Kayla O’Shea – All-League
Brigitte Strobl – All-League
Jeami Van Weele – All-League

Boys Track
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
John Bachek – Triple Jump League Champion, All-League
Shawn Bofinger – 300m – All-League; 4x800m – League Champions, All-League
Victor Garifo – 3200m – All-League; 4x800m – League Champions, All-League
Jason Giunta – 4x800m – League Champions, All-League
Kyle Gref-Mott – Shot – All-League
Ty Lilly – 55m-HH – All-League; 55m Dash – All-League; Long Jump – All-League
Luke Olsson – Shot – All-League
Eddie Somerville – 600m League Champion, All-League; Long Jump League Champion; All-League 4x800m League Champions; All-League
Stefan Stelling – Shot – All-League

Boys Basketball
Suffolk County Class A Champions
League VI Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Jack Alliegro – League VI Coaches Award
Tim Darby – All-Conference, All-Academic
Doug Niblock – All-League
George Riefenstahl – All-County, League VI MVP

Boys Bowling
Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Team

Girls Basketball
Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Team
New York State Scholar Athlete Team
Paige Faherty – All-League, 1000+ career points

New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Joe Albanese – All-League: Fourth place (126 lbs.)
Brandon Croteau – League Champion (182 lbs.), All-League
Matt Doty – All County: Fifth place (285 lbs.); All-League; Second place in Leagues (285 lbs.)

Boys Swimming  
Undefeated League Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Andrey Dagayev – All-League                            
Edward Schulze – All-League

Thinking Forward Informational Guide

Guided by the belief that organizations are either in a state of improvement or decline – there is no status quo – the district’s Thinking Forward plan focuses on the vision for education in BBP, as well as the prioritized areas for making its goals a reality. It was developed through feedback gathered during priority workshops, parent/community meetings, and group discussions with the Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff. As no one element ensures student success, the design is comprised of four umbrella components: Learning, Connections, Environments and Pathways.


May 29, 2015