Blue Ribbon Nomination

Blue Ribbon Nomination
As a result of their past documented successes, Bayport-Blue Point High School has been nominated by the New York State Education Department for one of the nation’s highest educational honors – the Blue Ribbon Award.
Only 19 schools throughout the state were nominated for this honor. Bayport-Blue Point High School was chosen based on its high graduation rate as well as students’ performance in the area of English language arts and mathematics.

“This is a proud moment for not only our school, but the district as a whole,” said Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “This nomination reinforces what we already know - Bayport-Blue Point High School is a highly successful school because of our dedicated, passionate teachers who care deeply about their students and their craft.”

“This honor is a testament to the efforts of so many, including our students and faculty. This nomination reaffirms our continued commitment to strengthening the many factors that impact student learning, while promoting strong connections within the school, as well as between the school and home,” said Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “The nomination for the Blue Ribbon Award is a source of great pride for our school and community.”

AP Honor Roll

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The district is proud to announce that is has been chosen as one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be honored with placement on the seventh annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.

This honor was bestowed upon a selected number of school districts that had, since 2014, increased the number of students participating in AP courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the challenging AP course load.

“Due to the robust curriculum and wonderful teaching staff here, our students are able to flourish academically,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “This recognition reflects our belief that all students should be afforded access to the most rigorous courses of study available, and the results also speak to what is possible when you believe in students and support them in their academic pursuits. Everyone associated with the Bayport-Blue community should take great pride in this recognition.”

As of the last school year, nearly 300 Bayport-Blue Point High School students were enrolled within at least one AP course and district students have historically achieved much success within these courses. Notably, each year multiple Bayport-Blue Point High School students are recognized for attaining high performance scores on AP exams and earn coveted honors from the College Board. These awards have included such titles as AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, AP Scholar with Distinction and National AP Scholar Award; each of which is based on the number of exams a student takes and their related scores on the courses’ exams.

“I am proud of the hard work of our students and their teachers, as this recognition speaks to the support and quality of instruction our students are exposed to at Bayport-Blue Point High School,” said Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi. “The primary goal of our high school is to prepare or students to be successful adults – a responsibility that we take very seriously – and deeply believe that students who want to challenge themselves in college level courses should be afforded the opportunity to do so. Across the board, our students are working to achieve higher personal expectations than ever before while exploring topics of interest through our varied academic offerings.”
To date, the district offers 19 Advanced Placement programs; a growth of nearly 46 percent since 2013 when the district offered 13 courses. In 2015-2016, 282 students challenged college level courses and sat for 532 AP exams. Both represent a steady increase from 2013-14 when the district had 174 students sit for 327 exams.

State Education Department Focused Review:

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in the Bayport-Blue Point School District during the 2016-2017 school year.  The purpose of this review is to assess the district’s compliance with selected federal and state laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

The review will be conducted by the Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Long Island Regional Office.  The process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and surveys.  In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed.  Further information may be obtained by contacting Ms. Valerie Kelly at the SEQA Regional Office at (631)952-3352, or by contacting Mrs. Natalie Doyle at the Bayport-Blue Point School District at (631)472-7860, Ext. 8041.  

High Art Honor

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The district is proud to announce that Stephanie McDonough, an eighth-grade student at James Wilson Young Middle School, was recently selected to have her artwork appear in the 2017 Shanti Fund calendar.

Stephanie’s picture, which is featured on the month of November, showcases two colorful fish with details of flowers and peace signs. It correlates with this year’s calendar theme of “Peace and Wisdom.”

According to their website, the Shanti Fund is a charitable organization with a motto of enlightenment and peace through education. The nonprofit has been in existence since 1993 and has been working to promote the philosophy and ideas of Mahatma Gandhi.

Why Does the Sun Shine?


Spelling Success

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Academy Street Elementary School recently hosted a competition of the 2017 National Scripps Spelling Bee for the fourth- and fifth-grade students.

After several challenging rounds of competition, fourth-grade students Emma Brown and Julia Gelsomino were crowned winner and runner-up, respectively. Emma captured the top spot by correctly spelling the word “solarium.”

She will now advance to the regional competition to be held at Hofstra University in early February.

Sports Wrap-up

Sports Wrap-up
The Bayport-Blue Point School District is pleased to announce that the following student-athletes have earned postseason honors for their outstanding performance on the athletic fields this fall. Congratulations to all recipients who have represented the student body in exemplary fashion:

Boys Cross-Country
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Steven Beyer – All Division, All-League
Matt Nolan – Honorable Mention All-League
Joe Salaway – 2nd Team All-League

Boys Golf
Andrew Galletta – All-League and All-County
Ethan Myers – All-League and All-County

Boys Soccer
Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Team
Suffolk County Officials Association Outstanding Sportsmanship Team
Will Escamilla – All-Conference
Josh Lurie – Academic All-County
James McGee – All-League

Field Hockey
Division Champions
Section XI Semifinalists
Kayla Ahern – All-Conference and All-Tournament
Carly Crotaeu – All-County
Emily de Onis – All-County Honorable Mention
Madison Grazidei – All-Tournament
Riley Schultz – All-Conference
Morgan Woolley – Unsung Hero
Kyla Zapolski – All-County

Kevin McGlone – All-Division
Kyle Spano – All-Division

Girls Cross-Country
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Madison Delzell – All-County, All-Division, All-League, State Qualifier, 42nd NYS Class B
Melody Delzell – All-County, All-Division, All-League
Allison McGrath – Academic All-County, All-Division, All-League

Girls Soccer
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Maggie Clark – All-League
Ailish Kelly – All-League
Meaghan Walsh – All-Conference
Cassidy Weeks – All-League

Girls Swimming
League III Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Ally Alliegro: All-League
Patricia Shiebler: All-County, All-League
Mackenzie Thomas: All-State, All-County, All-League

Girls Tennis
Section XI Playoff Quarterfinalists
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Cate Gluchowski – All-League
Lily Hooks – All-Division
Olivia Ingrassia – All-County
Jillian Lessing – All-League
Vivian Roussis – All-Division
Lauren Schroder – All-League
Parker Schug – Team Sportsmanship Award
Wesleigh Zegel – All-League

NYS Final Four
Long Island Champions
Suffolk County Champions  
League VII Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Abigail Auwaerter – All-Classification B, All-County Academic
Emma Davern – 2nd Team All-State League 7 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Classification, All-County Tournament Team
Cathleen Farrell – All-League
Olivia Kane – All-League
Lauren Wilke – 1st Team All-State, All-Long Island All-State Tournament Team, SCVCA Super 7, League 7 Player of the Year, All-County Tournament Team MVP

Megan’s Law Notification - January 5, 2017


Utilizing New Language Skills

Utilizing New Language Skills

In an effort to help students build multilingual skills, fifth-graders at both Academy Street and Blue Point elementary schools were recently visited by Bayport-Blue Point High School juniors in the college level Spanish class and seniors from the Advanced Placement Spanish program for a “Cultural Breakfast and Book Exchange,” an initiative sponsored by the SEED program.

Throughout the course of the event, the high school students presented the fifth graders with books that they created in their classes, in an effort to discuss fun facts and converse in the Spanish language amongst each other. Additionally, a large feast was prepared for the students, and they were asked to place their order for such items as empanadas and mango nectar while using their newly adopted language skills.

BBP Bond: Field Day


Decorating Holiday Treats

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With the holiday season in the air, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students in Alison Purdy’s, Emily Vaccaro’s and Elizabeth Birdsall’s kindergarten classes were recently joined by their family members for a fun-filled gingerbread house building activity. The students followed careful instructions from both parents and their teachers to ensure that their houses would not only look great, but also taste delicious.

Buzzing into Victory

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Students from each grade level at James Wilson Young Middle School recently used their literary knowledge to out spell their classmates and take home the title of Spelling Bee champion for the 2016 school year. Representing this year’s winners were eighth-grade student Maitreyi Sinha, with the winning word “Jacobean,” seventh-grade student Spencer Hayes, with his winning word, “Alliance,” and sixth-grader Keara Schneck, with the winning word “Stilton.”

By earning the eighth-grade championship title, Maitreyi will advance to the Long Island Spelling Bee Championship to be held at Hofstra University.

Helping Out for the Holiday

Students throughout James Wilson Young Middle School recently put in extra care and effort to help ensure that individuals in need would be able to enjoy a safe and happy holiday this year.

Eighth-grade class club officers, with assistance from the seventh-grade class club officers, were able to collect enough toys for the Toys for Tots initiative to fill four large cardboard boxes to the brim. According to their website, the mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Additionally, members of the National Junior Honor Society hosted a collection drive in order to provide less fortunate individuals with necessary toiletries. The students were able to collect almost 1,000 separate items, all of which were donated to the Patchogue Neighbors Inn.

Bond 2016 Video: Before and After


Celebrating Accolades & Contributions

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The Dec. 6 Board of Education meeting was full of recognitions, highlighting the efforts of both the high school’s girls varsity volleyball team and district’s PTA members.

The Class B Long Island Championship volleyball team members were celebrated for their outstanding teamwork and leadership, both on and off the court. Each team member, along with coach Toni Mulgrave, were awarded with certificates of commendation from the Board of Education, and were also given tokens of appreciation courtesy of Senators Phil Boyle and Tom Croci.

In recognition of the familiar saying “it takes a village to raise a child,” the Board also paid special tribute to the PTA members in attendance. These individuals, who volunteer countless hours to ensure the community’s students are receiving a well-rounded and enriched education, were applauded for their unwavering commitment.

Stitching Character Traits

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In an effort to promote the sharing of positive character traits, fourth-graders in Kimberly Rall’s Academy St. Elementary School class recently made a quilt showcasing various traits and symbols that the students consider important to everyday learning.

“In the first unit, students learned about symbols and communities,” said Ms. Rall. “As the culminating activity, students designed a symbol that represents a skill or personality trait, and included various colors that are symbolic of important ideas as well. For example, a student drew the scales of justice because she is fair to others, and another student drew a meter that shows a scale starting at “bored” and ending at “eager” because he thinks that being eager is an important part of learning.”

The completion of the quilt was made possible due to the generous contribution from Christine Scorza and Deborah D’Ambrose of 112 Sewing Supplies Inc., located in Patchogue. The business donated a brand new sewing machine courtesy of Brother Industries in order for the class to complete their quilt.

Firehouse Poster Contest Winners

Blue Point Elementary School students recently showcased their artistic talents and worked to promote safety as part of the annual Fire Prevention poster contest sponsored by Blue Point Fire Department. As part of the contest, the students drew colorful pictures highlighting important fire prevention tips and a variety of safety measure tactics. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, three students from each grade level were chosen as winners of the contest, and, as a special prize, received a ride home aboard one of the department’s fire trucks.

Boosting Community Efforts

In an effort to support the student-athletes of the Bayport-Blue Point community, the BBP Booster Club has launched a personalized brick fundraiser. Community members are invited to purchase a customized, 6”x9” brick paver, which will interlock with hundreds of others along a new pathway leading visitors from the district office to the entrance of the newly renovated athletic complex. Please see the attached order form to complete your purchase.


Reading in New Places

In an effort to instill a lifelong love for reading, sixth-graders at James Wilson Young Middle School were recently asked by their teachers to document themselves reading in fun and peculiar places.

This “Books Calling” initiative is based off of a similar project developed by 23-year-old Slovakian Jakub Pavlovsky, an avid reader who began to post pictures of himself to various social media accounts to portray that reading can be done just about anywhere. With Mr. Pavlovsky’s idea in mind, students in Kelly Petrosino’s and Jennifer Pederson’s classes used their creative talents to come up with unique ways to show that they too could read just about anywhere and enjoy it just as much.

Students’ ideas included reading on park benches, tree stumps and even in mid-air while bouncing on a trampoline.

January 23, 2017