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Board of Education Public Notice - February 27, 2018


Following the Yellow Brick Road

Following the Yellow Brick Road photo

The Bayport-Blue Point High School Music Department recently transported audience members to the magical land of Oz as they performed “The Wizard of Oz” for attendees on Feb. 8-10. Under the direction of Jim Redding, who has been directing Bayport-Blue Point High School productions for more than two decades, the show proved to be a huge success as the students dazzled the audience with their incredible performances and choreography.

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Board of Education Celebrates Districtwide Accomplishments

Board of Education Celebrates Districtwide Accomplishments photo

The district recently celebrated the accomplishments of students and staff during the Board of Education meeting held on Feb. 6.

To begin the night’s recognitions, several students from Sylvan Avenue, Academy Street and Blue Point elementary schools, and James Wilson Young Middle School were recognized for being named finalists in their school’s respective Spelling Bee competitions. Additionally, Academy Street Elementary School hosted a LEAP Geography Bee and Geography Bee competition for the students to enjoy. The district congratulates all of those who participated and were met with successes in their respective contest.

Bayport-Blue Point High School teacher John Limperatos was congratulated for being named the district’s January’s Teacher of the Month, based on a recommendation from the Bayport-Blue Point Teacher’s Association. Mr. Limperatos is the history department chairperson and teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History at Bayport-Blue Point High School. He is credited as being able to engage students at very high levels, helping them find confidence and success inside and beyond the classroom. Mr. Limperatos is also known for his welcoming demeanor, dedication and professionalism.

Bayport-Blue Point High School named Reward School

Bayport-Blue Point High School named Reward School photo
Bayport-Blue Point High School has once again been recognized by the State Education Department as one of 155 high achieving and high progress Reward Schools throughout the state of New York. Reward Schools are schools with high academic achievement or those with the most progress in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. 

The Bayport-Blue Point High School has been recognized for this accomplishment for the past several school years, and is honored to receive recognition for the 2017-2018 school year.

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must meet criteria such as being among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts and math performance for both the past two school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2016-17 school year; have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments; and not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

In addition to being named a Reward School, Bayport-Blue Point High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this school year based on the school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

Collaborations in the French Language

Collaborations in the French Language photo

Bayport-Blue Point High School students enrolled in AnnMarie Allen’s and Gilles Desrochers’ French 5 and Advanced Placement French courses recently paid a visit to the fifth-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School to engage in lessons and activities surrounding the foreign language.

During their visit, the upperclassmen shared with the fifth-graders common vocabulary phrases, such as the French way of saying “I like it,” “I don’t like it,” “please” and “thank you.” The high schoolers also presented the younger students with personalized French books in an effort to further their studies at this age. 

Before concluding their visit, the fifth graders were given the opportunity to sample a taste of “Diabolo Menthe,” otherwise known as peppermint soda, a popular French beverage. 

A Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art  photo

Bayport-Blue Point High School Advanced Placement World History and Advanced Placement European History classes recently viewed works of renowned artists during a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Upon arriving, the students were able to marvel at the Greek and Roman display of stone sculptures, alongside multiple Egyptian artifacts. Inside the numerous galleries, they were amazed to witness the magnificent display of paintings, tapestries, sculptures, photographs, furniture, armor and crafts.

“The visit was resplendent with displays that capture the skills of multitudes with the allure of the possible, the inventive, and the range of human and nature’s endeavors,” said Bayport-Blue Point High School teacher Sean Meade. 

An Evening of Jazz

An Evening of Jazz photo
James Wilson Young Middle School and Bayport-Blue Point High School recently presented an entertaining evening of jazz music for the community. 

Performing ensembles included the James Wilson Young Middle School jazz band under the direction of Matthew Hurst, the Bayport-Blue Point High School vocal jazz choir directed by Jean Goloski and the Bayport-Blue Point High School jazz band led by Michael Sarling. 
There was a little something for everyone in the audience to enjoy, as the students performed various styles of music including the blues, swing, Latin and pop. The creativity flowed throughout the evening as many students performed solos with clarity and confidence. 

“Jazz night is always a concert that people circle on their calendar,” said James Wilson Young Middle School Principal Robert Haas. “The students and staff put a great deal of time and effort outside of the school day to prepare for this concert, and they never disappoint. It was a great show.”

On Saturday, Feb. 3, both the middle and high school jazz bands will represent the school district at the SCMEA Day of Jazz Festival. The students were chosen based on teacher recommendations, and will be given the opportunity to perform for judges who will critique their performances and offer constructive criticism. These students represent the top middle and high school student-musicians from across Suffolk County. 

A Super Mural for A Superhero

A Super Mural for A Superhero photo
The Blue Point Elementary School community recently completed a beautiful mural featuring the Justice League Superheroes and inspirational words in honor of former Blue Point Elementary School student William Schultz, who lost his brave fight with cancer last year.

William is remembered by the community as an amazing little boy who always displayed great character in the face of adversity, along with being a true superhero and role model for all.
The district would like to thank first-grade teacher Lisa DePaoli for envisioning the mural, Blue Point parent Billy Tucci for drawing the outline, teacher Erica Mailand for adding color to the mural, along with various staff members for assisting with painting and the custodial staff who opened up the building for the volunteers.

In addition to the creation of William’s mural, Blue Point Elementary will be adding a special award to their Character Education Program. At the end of each year, one student from every class will be presented with the “William Schultz SUPER Character Award,” to be given to the student who displays exceptional character throughout the entire school year.

A Geographic Champion

A Geographic Champion photo
A Geographic Champion photo 2
After successfully displaying his vast knowledge of geography-based information, Academy Elementary School fifth-grade student Ben Hamrlicek was declared the winner of the school’s 2018 National Geographic Bee. 

Prior to his big win, Ben successfully answered six preliminary questions in his classroom and answered three questions correctly in the championship round to secure his victory. Ben, whose favorite school subject is social studies, will take a written test to further advance in the nationally-recognized competition. 

The district sends its deep congratulations to Ben.

SCMEA Jazz Performers

SCMEA Jazz Performers photo
The district congratulates three talented Bayport-Blue Point High School student-musicians for being selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s All-County Jazz Ensembles. 

Students Alisa Barsch and Connor Teague were selected to participate in the SCMEA All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Andrew Shiebler was selected to perform in the SCMEA All-County Instrumental Jazz Ensemble. All three were selected based on a showcase of their immense talents during a solo audition as well as improvisation.

“We are most proud to have Alisa, Andrew and Connor represent Bayport-Blue Point High School at such a prestigious festival,” said Bayport-Blue Point Arts and Music Chairperson Paul Weber. 

Board of Education Recognizes Teacher of the Month

Board of Education Recognizes Teacher of the Month photo
The Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting featured the naming of James Wilson Young Middle School Band Director Matthew Hurst as December’s Teacher of the Month for his unwavering commitment to education.

“Mr. Hurst is well-known for his patience, kindness and professionalism,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney. “Through his expert instruction, he develops an avenue of expression for all students, including those with special needs.”
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