Rising to the Top

After 13 years of academic dedication, Bayport-Blue Point High School has announced the names of the Class of 2016 top 10 scholars.

These students have made a commitment to continue their education at some of the top colleges and universities in the fall. The Bayport-Blue Point School District congratulates the following students for earning this honor and wishes them well in the future.

Meghan Smith – Ohio State University
John Bachek – Princeton University
Emily Toy – SUNY Geneseo
Michelle Lee – New York University
Samar Alam – Stony Brook University
Kaylee Spano – Northeastern University
Julia Grande – Northeastern University
Shannon Gallo – SUNY Binghamton University
Alanna McClancy – Syracuse University
Luke Mischo – SUNY Binghamton University

Phantoms to Compete in College

Bayport-Blue Point High School commended the athletic accomplishments of 11 seniors who have committed to compete at the collegiate level next fall.

These students, who are each bound for a Division III school, were surrounded by proud parents, friends and coaches when they made their decision official this May.

The district congratulates the following student-athletes and wishes them well in their futures.

Rob Acierno, York College of Pennsylvania – Baseball
Celine Cannizzaro, Farmingdale State College – Soccer
Bridget Fabiani, Bridgewater College – Soccer
Lauren Hansen, Buffalo State College – Volleyball
TJ McGuire, McDaniel College – BaseballDoug Niblock, SUNY Fredonia – Basketball
Luke Olsson, SUNY Oswego – Baseball
Natalia Sandor, Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island – Soccer
Dalia Silverstein, Oberlin College – Softball
Seth Valestrand, Stevens Tech – Lacrosse
Kasean Watlington, Utica College – Basketball/Track

Researching Rainforest Frogs

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School third-graders learned about rainforest frogs during a multi-week research project in the school’s computer lab.

During the project, the students learned about such frogs as the Goliath frog, American bullfrog, Transparent Rainforest frog, Poison dart frog and Red Eyed Tree frog. After the students gathered data on all the species they wrote detailed reports on the animals, which they then shared with the school’s second-grade classes.

Sweeping Science Fair Win

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School fifth-grader Emily Denton has been named a winner in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 2016 Elementary School Science Fair for her project “Bad Boys, Bad Boys.”

The district’s school science fair winners in grades K-5 joined Emily at the fair. The entries of Sylvan third-grader Alyssa Ayerle, Sylvan second-grader Michael Clare and Academy Street Elementary School fourth-grader Olivia Goldstein merited honorable mentions.

More than 500 science projects from 125 Suffolk County schools were entered into this year’s fair, which was sponsored by Brookhaven National Laboratory and coordinated by BNL’s Office of Educational Programs. The fair’s entries were judged by Brookhaven scientists, engineers and technical staff, as well as teachers from local elementary schools.



Supporting Ride for Life

Blue Point Elementary School hosted the Ride for Life Foundation for a two-part assembly program this spring in an effort to support the organization’s goal of spreading awareness on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
On May 4, students in grades 3-5 took part in an educational and inspiring assembly to learn about ALS and the entire school gathered in the front of the school on May 11 to cheer on the 2016 Ride for Life as it passed through the town. Many participants in the Ride for Life are individuals affected by ALS and the students created small signs and even created a large school banner to show their support for the cause.

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Sylvan Smiles

In celebration of Better Speech and Hearing Month, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School once again raised money to support the Smile Train, an organization devoted to helping the millions of children in the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate through free surgery.

During a weeklong campaign, the students and staff celebrated the “things that make us smile” and took part in creating a “What Makes You Beautiful” music video. Each day followed a different clothing theme, and one day included a “Walk a Mile for a Smile” fun walk.

As a result of the schoolwide effort, Sylvan raised $4,000 for the organization. Thanks to a corporate match that doubled the amount, the school raised enough money for 32 surgeries.

Since 1999, the Smile Train has provided free cleft palate surgery to more than 580,000 children who would have otherwise never received it. The organization receives no government support and relies solely on donations from individuals and organizations.

Bound for College

Bayport-Blue Point senior Brigitte Strobl will continue her athletic journey at Loyola University in Maryland this fall, where she will become a member of the school’s track and field program.

Brigitte has been a standout student-athlete at the high school, competing in the 400-meter and 400-meter hurdle events. She was named the 2014 New York State champion in the 4x400-meter relay, and has been an All-County and All-League athlete since 2014.

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NYS Reward School

For the fourth consecutive year, Bayport-Blue Point High School has been recognized as a Reward School by the New York State Education Department. The high school has earned this distinction since the inception of the award program.  

“This recognition is a reflection of the continued commitment to focusing on the factors that most impact student performance,” commented Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “This includes the continued development of a rich curriculum and a faculty that is student-centered and willing to provide our students with the support needed to be successful.”

“This notification from the State Education Department is nice recognition of the work that we do each and every day,” added Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “It is a true testament to our dedicated teaching staff, our outstanding students and the support they receive from their parents. I am so proud to be part of a high school that is committed to academic excellence.”

NYSED has identified 220 Reward Schools in 100 districts for the 2016-17 school year. Schools that have made the most progress and/or have the highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups were identified as Reward Schools.

Supporting Furry Friends

Blue Point Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade Peer Leaders joined together with the Lions Club to host a community dinner fundraiser to support the Guide Dog Foundation.

During the event, students volunteered to serve in various capacities. Prior to the night, the leaders made posters and jingles to advertise as well as collected raffles from local businesses.

The "Hot Dog for a Guide Dog" event raised nearly $2,130 for the cause.

Suffolk Zone Winners

As a result of their dedication and commitment to physical education, Blue Point Elementary School fifth-graders Tully Campbell and Sydney Pojero have been recognized as Suffolk Zone Award Winners by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  

This award is given to two fifth grade students that demonstrate an exemplary performance in physical education class.  

“Things that made these two stand out as an easy choice is their work ethic, behavior, maturity, leadership skills, and most importantly, their continued efforts to put others first,” said John Selvaggio, Blue Point physical education teacher.

Sports Season Wrap Up

The Bayport-Blue Point School District is pleased to announce the following student-athlete earned post-season honors for their outstanding performance on their athletic venues this past winter season. Congratulations to all recipients who have represented the student-body in an exemplary fashion:

Boys Basketball  
Section XI Class A Semifinalist
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Mike Darby – All-League
Doug Niblock – All-Conference
Ka’sean Watlington – All-League
Prabhnoor Singh – All-County

Girls Basketball
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Emily Toy – Academic All-County, All-League
Kelly Young – All-League, All-Conference

Boys Bowling
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
John Hussey – All-County
Eric Ram – All-League

Boys Swimming    
League Champions                                
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Andrey Dagayev – All-League
Kieran Thomas – All-League
Kevin Polanish – All-League
Edward Schulze – All-League

Boys Track
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Matt Beyer – All-League, 4x800 League Champions
Liam Boyd – All-League
Matteo Bracco – All-League, 4x800 League Champions
James Brine – All-League
Victor Garifo – All-League, 4x800 League Champions
Jason Giunta – All-League, 4x800 League Champions
Jacob Ocon – All-League
Dylan Rohme – All-League

Girls Track

League V Champions (sixth straight)
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Kathleen Cibuls – All-American
Taylor Gensler – All-County, Academic All-County, State Qualifier
Ashley Walsh – All-County

New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Joe Albanese – All-County
Chris Behan – Suffolk County Champion
Joe Donnelly – County Runner up
Jack Donnelly – County Runner up
Cam Mauro – All-County
Luke Palma – All-County
Shane Santora – All-County
Andrew Treulich – All-County

Garden of Learning

As part of an interdisciplinary English and science project, several Bayport-Blue Point High School students completed a hands-on project this spring aimed at taking care of the Earth and their community.

The students, who are enrolled in classes taught by Stacie Pintar, Phil Turano, and Michele Cornwell, learned how to plant and transfer seeds in the high school’s green house and then put their new skills into action. They worked together to transfer dirt, plant seeds and care for the plants. The seeds planted included such items as kale, carrots, lettuce, radish, cucumber, cilantro, cantaloupe, basil, beets, bunching onions and sweet peppers.

Afterward, the students verbally reflected on the experience and engaged in a collaborative discussion about varying ways to take care of the environment.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s kindergarten students had a lesson on personal safety when they took part in a Teddy Bear Clinic sponsored by the Division of Trauma and Emergency Medicine at Southside Hospital Northwell Health.

During the injury prevention program, the students learned about proper transportation safety – both while riding in a car and on a bicycle. Additionally, they had the chance to act as emergency doctors to their favorite stuffed toys. The kindergartners learned the proper way to secure a bandage and about the steps trained professionals take when tending to real wounds.

The use of the teddy bears and other stuffed animals is believed to help ease a child’s fears and anxiety about similar types of real-world medical situations.

A Festival of Plays

Bayport-Blue Point High School talented student-actors presented the Drama Club’s ninth annual One Act Play Festival this spring in the auditorium.

During the event, students performed three plays, including one written by junior Lena Diaz. Lena wrote, cast and directed her first production, “And the One Who Did It Is…Wait Till the End!” After the performance Lena had a question and answer session with audience members about her process and intentions.

The other shows featured during the event included “Bad Auditions by Bad Actors” and “The Internet is Distract---Oh Look, a Kitten!,” both by published playwright Ian McWethy.

This year’s actors included seniors Justin Martinez and Darren Plante, juniors Devin Bressler, Lena Diaz, Sean Hickey and Helen Johannesman, sophomores Nezaket Arabaci and Shannon Conrad, and freshmen Gia Bono, Elizabeth Johannesman and Lauren Rodriguez. Crew members who supported the cast were Anna Kearns, Sarah Koerner, Sidney Okray and Madeline Silecchia. Teacher advisors are Ms. Eberhard and Ms. Pearce. Former student Jamie Oswald is the stage manager.

Natural Born Leaders

As the winners in an ugly sweater contest held in December, Academy Street Elementary School fourth-graders in Carrie Almskog’s class discovered what it takes to run a school district by acting as Superintendent for the Day just before the holiday break.

With the help of Bayport-Blue Point School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera, the students toured district office, asked questions of administrators about the day-to-day operations of a school district and learned about the important job of superintendent and the decision-making process.

Each student received a varsity letter for participating, compliments of the athletics department.

An Earthly VIP Day

Blue Point Elementary School students celebrated Earth Day with the help of some special guests.

During the schools VIP Day, Blue Point students performed songs aligned to the program’s theme “It’s Easy Being Green,” including “Drip, Drip, Drop, Drop” and “The Recycle Rap.” Additionally, several fifth-grade students shared tips about how everyone can work to make the Earth a cleaner place.

Scientific Explorers

Bayport-Blue Point School District students in kindergarten through fourth grade showcased their creativity and scientific knowledge during science fairs held at Academy Street, Blue Point and Sylvan Avenue elementary schools.

Leading up to the contest, students selected a research topic of their choice and completed an experiment using the steps in the scientific method. This year’s fairs featured projects with topics such as which toothpaste has the best whitening capabilities, the buoyancy of eggs and which paper towels absorb the most oil. Winners were selected from each grade level and these students will advance to compete regionally at this year’s Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Fair Contest.

The district’s fifth- and sixth-graders exhibited their science projects during the SEED Foundation Celebration of Science event. Also on display during this night were the middle school and high school research students as well as demonstrations from the robotics, ecology, Science Olympiad teams and many others. The night ended with an exciting show called Marvels of Motion performed by Mad Science of Long Island.

The district congratulates the following elementary students and wishes them well at BNL:

Camryn Bruckner – “How do Rainbows Go Away?” (Sylvan)
Benjamin McInnes – “Which Brand of Battery Lasts the Longest?” (Academy)
Avery Rogers – “Gummy Experiment” (Blue Point)

First Grade:
Matthew Bachmore – “Do More Expensive Markers Last Longer?” (Academy)
Hailey Brand – “Yummy Gummy” (Sylvan)
Ian Rand – “Germs” (Blue Point)

Second Grade:
Michael Clare – “Sweet Heart” (Sylvan)
J.T. Swan – “Super Sorbents” (Blue Point)
Dom Witt – “Going the Distance” (Academy)

Third Grade:
Alyssa Ayerle – “Red Green Yellow Blue” (Sylvan)
Dylan Kleeman – “Built for Speed” (Academy)
Lillian Prince – “Where Are My Peeps” (Blue Point)

Fourth Grade:
Olivia Goldstein: “Black and White or Color” (Academy)
Brady Smith – “Greasy Chips” (Blue Point)
Taylor Space – “The Reflex” (Sylvan)

Spellers Compete Regionally

The district congratulates school spelling bee winners Heidi Almskog (fourth-grader, Academy Street Elementary School), Ava Duras (fourth-grader, Blue Point Elementary School) and Patrick Larkin (eighth-grader, James Wilson Young Middle School) for representing the community well during this year’s Regional Scripps Spelling Bee contest at Hofstra University.

During the contest, the students competed against the top spellers from across Long Island and showcased their outstanding spelling skills. The district commends these scholars on their achievements.  

World of Robotics

Bayport-Blue Point middle and high school students showcased their knowledge of STEM-based concepts as they participated in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Stronghold, which took place at Hofstra University this spring.  
The Robotics Club is a joint effort of students from Bayport-Blue Point and Sayville, who work under the guidance of Mr. Donarummo and Mr. Coon. The six-week build period took place during January and February in Sayville High School’s tech labs. The team was responsible for designing, building and programming a robot that could complete the prescribed tasks against competitors from all over the globe.

The team did a great job at the competition, and the district is proud to congratulate BBP members: eighth-grader Jacob Lurie, ninth-grader Harry McAward, 10th-grader Emily Heins, 11th-grader Caitlyn Breaton and 10th-grader Eric Rosario.

Traveling the World

Educational speaker Michael Harrold took Bayport-Blue Point High School ninth- and 10th-graders and James Wilson Young Middle School sixth-graders on a journey through global history during two recent visits to the schools.

Using a PowerPoint presentation filled with photos and a museum of artifacts, Mr. Harrold spoke about some of the 81 countries he has visited during his lifetime.

At the high school, he tied the conversations into the students’ global history curriculum while also focusing on the religions of the non-western world and the need to promote cultural understanding.

At the middle school, he spoke about ancient civilizations, such as China, India and Egypt. Since the students are studying these regions, the artifacts on display allowed them to further explore the country’s cultures firsthand.

Leading the Way

Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Jason Giunta is being awarded the Principal’s Leadership Award from the Suffolk County High School Principals Association.

Jason, who was nominated for this honor by high school principal Dr. Gaurav Passi, is considered a standout leader both at the school and within the community. This year, he volunteered to represent the student body on the Board of Education and is a student representative on the district’s technology committee.

The dedicated leader is also a highly committed student, who has pushed himself with a challenging course load and was named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor by the College Board earlier this year. He is also a member of the school’s track and cross-country teams.

Jason will be attending Binghamton University this fall.

The association received many submissions and only seven students across the county were presented with this distinction and the associated $1,000 scholarship.

Donations Change Lives

Following a three-week spare change collection drive, the Peer Leaders at Academy Street Elementary School collected nearly $205 for the Friends of Karen charity organization.

The Peer Leaders proudly made a presentation to the charity during their recent student of the month program, giving special thanks to all of the students, faculty and staff that contributed to its tremendous success. Friends of Karen provides much needed support to critically ill children and their families.

Engaged Educational Experiences

Bayport-Blue Point students shared a love of foreign language during a recent celebration at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School.

The fifth-grade students in Sally Miller's class and Bayport-High School seniors in Kerri McGuire's classes participated in the district's second Cultural Brunch and Book Exchange funded by the SEED Foundation. The high school's Spanish students traveled to Sylvan Avenue Elementary School to meet face-to-face with the fifth-graders for whom they had each written a personalized book in Spanish. After meeting and reading their books, the seniors conducted mini-lessons with the elementary students on how to order the empanadas, tropical juices and fruits that would be served for the cultural brunch. Many students loved having the chance to sample food from Spanish-speaking countries that they had never tried before.

The day's events culminated in music and enthusiastic game of BRAVO (aka bingo). The fifth-grade students used their knowledge of what they've learned this year in order to play. Seniors Mike Mercer and Kerrigan Miller were the energetic and charismatic callers of the game, keeping everyone engaged from one round to the next.

Best Community for Music Education

For the third time in a row, the district has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

According to the foundation’s website, the honor was given to 476 school districts nationwide this year in recognition of the “outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school’s curriculum.”

BBP currently offers instrumental instruction in the areas of orchestra and band to students in fourth- through 12th-grade. Vocal instruction is offered to students in third- through 12th-grade. In addition to these performance groups, students are able to advance their knowledge of the discipline of music by enrolling in extracurricular performing groups, advanced music electives as well as showcasing their skills during the All-District ensembles and the high school’s award-winning musical production. Elementary classroom music instruction is provided in kindergarten through fifth-grade and general music instruction is provided in sixth- through eighth-grade. Next year the department will open a new music technology/keyboard lab at the high school.
"This honor is directly related to the support for Music Education that is received from the BBP Community, the Board of Education and the district’s administration,” said Paul Weber, chairperson for art and music. “We should all be very proud of this honor."

State DECA Medalists

Bayport-Blue Point High School’s DECA chapter performed extremely well during this year’s New York State Career Development Conference in Rochester.

At the event, three Bayport-Blue Point students earned top 10 honors in the contest’s test portion. This section required competitors to answer 100 questions in their respective areas of study within a one-hour time frame.

The district congratulates 10th-grader Ciara Joseph on her success in the subject of apparel and accessories marketing, as well as seniors Matteo Bracco and Paul Dreyer on their team placement in the area of business law and ethics.

According to the organization’s website, DECA is a co-curricular component of marketing education that provides a program of student activities related to marketing and marketing education. DECA provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the areas of vocational understanding, leadership development, civic consciousness and social intelligence.

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Amazing Artists

Beautiful pieces created by Bayport-Blue Point High School student-artists Julia Caruso, Grace De George, Alyssa DeStefano and Allyson Rocco were recently displayed in the Art League of Long Island's ninth annual "Go APE" Advanced Placement Student Exhibition.  

The event featured two- and three-dimensional works by 122 students from 37 Long Island high schools. The district’s students created their featured pieces in the building’s Advanced Placement Studio Art class, taught by Tina Nadeem. They were each honored during an artists’ reception and awards presentation this March.

World of Writers


As part of their informational writing unit, first-grade students in Jennifer Corso’s class at Academy Street Elementary School penned original nonfiction books.

The budding young writers used their experiences to write books on a subject about which they were knowledgeable. From texts about sharks and dolphins to ones focused on activities the students enjoy outside of school, each book included a table of contents page as well as accompanying illustrations.  

To celebrate the two-month study, the students shared their completed pieces with Academy fourth-graders and members of the district’s administration.

May 26, 2016