Mismatched Footwear

Academy Elementary School students and staff members donned colorful mismatched socks in honor of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day to show their support for those with Down syndrome.

The mismatched footwear symbolized that even though people are different, they should be accepted and their differences celebrated.

Talent Displayed

Creative pieces produced by nearly 70 James Wilson Young Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students were on display during this year’s BAFFA Middle School Art Exhibit in Sayville this March.

The students’ pieces, created during their art classes, were displayed during the weekend exhibit and admired by countless attendees. The featured pieces spanned a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, metal repousse, pastel and scratchboard.

National Music Recognition

For the second consecutive year, the district has been named a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.

This year, 388 school districts were chosen out of thousands of national applicants. This award recognizes that the district has set the bar high for music education by offering students access to a comprehensive music program that is part of the core curriculum.

Paul Weber, chairperson for art and music, said, “It is once again an honor to receive this designation from the NAMM Foundation. The music and art department is very appreciative of the support we continually receive from the Bayport-Blue Point community and how a comprehensive arts education is valued in our school district.”

Now in its 16th year, the BCME program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.

Celebrating Chinese Culture

Showing Support by Going Bald


The cafeteria at James Wilson Young Middle School in the Bayport-Blue Point School District was standing room only as the National Junior Honor Society held their fourth annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to honor two current students – Marco Daidone, who is in remission from osteosarcoma, and Casey McLehose, who is cancer free from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Many students, residents and staff members volunteered to shed their locks during the event as they collectively raised more than $19,000 to benefit childhood cancer research. NJHS members were on hand during the event to boost the fundraising efforts by selling commemorative T-shirts and tasty treats to those in attendance.

Academy Street Elementary School teamed up with the middle school this year and hosted their own spirited event to support second-grader Lane Romano, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Making good on his promise to shave his head if the school met its fundraising goal, school psychologist Dr. Saylor shed his locks before the student body during a daytime assembly. Academy raised more than $2,300 as a result of this effort.  

Capturing a College Dream

Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Jake Scimone achieved a dream several years in the making this winter as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Dominican College, a Division II school, in New York.

Surrounded by his parents and Timothy Mullins, the district’s director of physical education, health and interscholastic sports, the pitcher and member of the BBP championship team put pen to paper and committed to competing as a Charger this fall.

Jake has been playing the sport since an early age and continued to work on his passion despite a minor obstacle in the seventh grade – not making the school team. “I have always loved baseball, and that setback showed me to never stop trying; there is always room to grow as a player and an individual,” he said. “It felt awesome to be chosen to join such a great program, and I am grateful for the support I received to get to this point, especially from my parents who have helped so much.”

Jake is an Advanced Placement student at BBP and is interested in possibly studying journalism at Dominican.

Snow Day Letter to Parents 2015


Reading with Seuss

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students celebrated literacy as they marked Dr. Seuss’ birthday this March by participating in a variety of activities with peers.

Fifth-grade students celebrated Read Across America Day by reading to some of the school’s younger students. Wearing shirts that could be read by their younger peers, the fifth-graders read several of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books before the pairs engaged in fun activities. They created posters to promote reading that used only words from “The Cat in the Hat” and drafted Dr. Seuss acrostic poems.

Fourth-grade students in Lauren Coleman’s class met with their book buddies from Christina Law's first-grade class to celebrate Read Across America Day. The students read Dr. Seuss books to one another and exchanged bookmarks and hats that they had created.

School District Budget Vote & Election Workers Needed

If you are interested in working at the Bayport-Blue Point Budget Vote & Election on May 19, 2015, please reach out to our District Clerk, Emily Wilson for further sign-up information.

Phone: 472-7860 x8004
Email: ewilson@bbpschools.org

BOCES Summer Enrichment Program

Summer 2015 - Eastern Suffolk BOCES Summer Enrichment Program at Academy Street Elementary

Take advantage of an opportunity to give your child an extra edge this summer. Choose from various Science, Math, Literacy, Art and Recreational Enrichment Programs – each carefully designed to teach valuable skill sets, engage your child’s natural curiosities and make learning fun! These hands-on programs have been created to get students excited about the world around us.

Information Meeting: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Academy Street Elementary Cafeteria
Time: 7:00 p.m.


Learning About China

As an enrichment to their classroom studies, Blue Point Elementary School third-grade students had the chance to experience a taste of Chinese culture during an in-house workshop with Patricia Shih.

The Go China program focused on aspects of the country’s history, language, music, art, geography and culture. The students learned how to speak 99 Chinese words, the significance of the Chinese New Year and which colors and animals were symbolic of the emperor and empress. Additionally, the students had the chance to view Ms. Shih’s extensive collection of artifacts, including puppets from a Chinese opera, instruments and clothing.

The program concluded with several students leading their classmates in music, while others performed a traditional lion dance.

Within the classroom, the students continued their lesson by making replica dragons, lanterns and a Great Wall of China. They also had the chance to feast on rice and fortune cookies.

BBP-Athlon Coming April 25

The Bayport-Blue Point School District’s Wellness Committee has planned the third annual BBP-Athlon for Saturday, April 25.  The event will kick off at 9 a.m. by the BBP High School auditorium, and participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. and ride their bikes, as parking is limited.

This family fun event is geared toward elementary-aged children and includes a 3-mile bike ride followed by a ¾-mile jog. Hundreds of children, ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade, have participated in this event alongside their friends and family during the past two years.

To increase awareness of the event, district elementary students had the chance to participate in a T-shirt design contest earlier this winter. The winning artistic and motivational designs will be used on T-shirts for the event. This year’s winners are Chris Dougherty of Blue Point Elementary and Thomas Steyert of Sylvan Avenue.

T-shirts can be purchased at https://bbpathlon2015.itemorder.com/sale for $7.  Last year, the BBP Wellness Committee used the money to make a $350 donation to the BBPHS Fitness Center.

Please note that all Little League games have been pushed back to allow all interested parties the chance to participate.  

Celebrating Milestones

Kindergarten and first-grade students throughout the district marked the 100th day of school by conducting a variety of hands-on mathematical exercises and literacy projects centered on the number 100.

With many students dressed to look like they were 100 years old, the classes created necklaces out of 100 pieces of cereal, completed projects using 100 items, counted to 100 using different multiples and, with the help of their teachers, wrote essays about what they thought they would be like at the age of 100. Others fashioned creative hats and T-shirts displaying 100 items and completed several 100-themed word games and creative counting projects.

Sharp Shooter Champion

Blue Point Elementary School students ¬Michael Kiernan and Tessa Orgonas captured top awards at this year’s Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Competition.

Demonstrating their free-throw skills, the students competed against students from more than 40 local schools, each of which was represented by a local grade-level champion. Michael was named the runner-up in the fourth-grade competition, while Tessa was crowned the first-place winner at the fifth-grade level.

This is the second year in a row that the school has had a runner-up and the first time a Blue Point student has claimed the title of Town of Islip Champion.

Scoring Points at Science Olympiad

Two teams of students represented Bayport-Blue Point High School at this year’s Suffolk Regional Competition at Brentwood High School.

The A Team, consisting of 14 sophomores, juniors and seniors, narrowly missed making it to the state competition with their seventh-place finish.

The team medaled in 10 of 20 events, including:

Pete Prisinzano, Brooke Schultz and Phil Tubiolo – First Place Protein Modeling
Victoria Mercouris and Seth Valestrand – Fifth Place Air Trajectory
Victoria Mercouris and Phil Tubiolo – Fifth Place Wright Stuff
Samar Alam and Lexie Lessing – Sixth Place Anatomy
Samar Alam and Victoria Mercouris – Sixth Place Write It Do It
Pat Liu and Luke Mischo – Seventh Place Entomology
Victoria Mercouris and Brooke Schultz – Seventh Place Scrambler
Pat Liu and Emily Toy – Eighth Place Chemistry Lab
Lexie Lessing and Brooke Schultz – Eighth Place Green Generation
Luke Mischo and Brooke Schultz – Eighth Place Invasive Species
The six-member freshman team also earned several medals during the competition:

Antonio Martinez and Christian Strain – Sixth Place Game On

Frank Giacchetto, Emily Heins and Christian Strain – Seventh Place Protein Modeling

Phantoms are County Champions

With less than a minute left on the clock, Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Phantoms varsity basketball team clinched the Suffolk County Class A Championship, beating Harborfields 50-49. The Phantoms will now represent Section XI in the Long Island Championship on Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Farmingdale State against the Nassau County representative.

Phantom fans will have one more chance to catch the award-winning team as they play Southampton for the Suffolk Small School Championship on Monday, March 2 at 5 p.m. at Farmingdale State.

Congratulations to the entire team and their coach, Charlie Peck.

Cross-Curricular Learning

Through a cross-curricular project spanning science, English language arts and library studies, James Wilson Young Middle School sixth-graders are exploring a variety of environmental issues.

During the three-week life science unit, the students are completing a human impact and living environment research project on an environmental inquiry of their choice. They are exploring topics such as oil spills, coral reef destruction, pollution, deforestation and endangered species using online resources and employing lessons learned in their classrooms.

Working within science and library class time, the students conducted independent research using online databases, peer reviewed articles and learned “netiquette.” They applied their English lessons to analyze and annotate their findings and shared their research within groups using Google Drive on iPads and laptops. At the end of the unit, the students will share their research with the entire class through effective and captivating presentations they created with the help of their teachers.

“I am really enjoying working together with my peers and using technology to further my research and complete the presentation,” said Shannon McMahon, who focused on the ozone layer depletion.

“I love the technology [of] Google Docs and Drive, which helps us work together on documents and remain connected on the group work while at home,” added Kenny Forman, who is studying water pollution.

The topic and concept was first introduced during their science class with teacher Rochelle Petre. The students worked through a class claims evidence reasoning task that focused on predator and prey ecosystems. They analyzed data, discussed the pros and cons for introducing wolves on an island overpopulated with deer, and created a group-thinking map.

The ELA lessons were delivered by Jennifer Pedersen and library concepts were instructed by Kelly Noeldechen.

Megan's Law Notification - February 2015


Penguin Facts

As a conclusion to their six-week study on penguins, Academy Elementary School first-graders shared the lessons they learned during a black-and-white-themed event.

Students acted out familiar penguin-themed stories, including “Tacky the Penguin,” and showcased the art projects, original books and dioramas they had created to demonstrate a penguin’s natural habitat. Dressed in black and white, the students also enjoyed black and white snacks while sharing their newfound knowledge with family and friends.

Throughout the month-long study, the students learned about the different types of penguins and the average penguin measurements, and even measured themselves to compare their height to different penguins, including the little blue penguin and emperor penguin.

March 30, 2015