Scientific Explorers

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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:

Kindergarten:
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Off to See the Wizard

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Academy Elementary School fourth-grade students in Carrie Almskog’s class collaborated with kindergarten students in Nancy Celentano’s class on a joint literacy project that culminated in a performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”

As part of the unit, the students studied the famous story by comparing and contrasting the film and novel versions. They then practiced reading with fluency and expression as well as learned about play productions.

At the end of the multi-week study, the two classes performed the play before audiences filled with proud family members and peers.

Hometown Star Shines

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District faculty and staff along with a few of their family members were starstruck this March by Bayport-Blue Point's own Ali Vlachos when they saw her perform as Matilda on Broadway.

The trip, organized by the Bayport-Blue Point Teachers’ Association, included individuals from almost every building in the district.

Ali’s portrayal of the resilient little girl despite horrendous parents deserved the standing ovation she received during her bows and her talents inspired pride to all in attendance. 

Chat with Canopy Meg

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Blue Point Elementary School fifth-graders recently participated in a videoconference with Meg Lowman, a rainforest scientist they have been studying.

As part of their studies, Stacey Loeffler’s and Lori Mandell’s classes read “The Most Beautiful Roof in the World” by Kathryn Lasky. This informational text describes the work of scientists documenting the biodiversity of rainforests, specifically a case study by Ms. Lowman, a researcher of rainforest canopies.

As a follow-up to the English language arts study, the students joined a national video chat with Ms. Lowman, who is also known as “Canopy Meg.” She shared background information about herself, including how she became fascinated with studying what is happening at the tops of trees in the rainforest and her experience on the treetop walkways, as well as answered students’ questions.

Young Playwrights

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Blue Point Elementary School students regularly demonstrate their creativity through school projects and writing assignments, and this winter they embraced their talents by penning original stories.

These stories were submitted to Child’s Play, a touring theater company that visits schools throughout the United States, and the talented professionals chose three student-composed plays out of the many submissions to act out. The plays were performed before a schoolwide assembly in March.

This year’s winners included Mrs. Mills’ second-grade class for “The Bouncy School,” fourth-grader Kendal Wooley for “The Parrot’s Story,” and fourth-graders Cole Gibson and Emma Novak for “Dream Kittens.” In addition to the winners, several students received honorable mention in the call for playwrights.


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Supporting St. Baldrick’s

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James Wilson Young Middle School helped to spread awareness of childhood cancers and raise funds for research during the school’s annual St. Baldrick’s event this March.

Many students, residents and staff members volunteered to shed their locks during the event as the building collectively raised $17,283 to benefit the cause.

This year’s event was once again held in honor of current eighth-grader Marco Daidone, who suffered from osteosarcoma.

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