A Winning Homecoming


Blue, gold and school spirit blanked the community during this year’s homecoming celebration in late October.

The weekend’s events began with a high school pep rally on Friday afternoon followed by a school dance, at which time Patrick Liu was crowned homecoming king. The annual parade, which began at Blue Point Elementary and ended at the entrance to the high school football stadium, was widely attended by community members the following morning. The event featured student-musicians from the elementary and secondary schools, along with floats created by the high school grade levels, cheerleaders and candidates for homecoming queen.

The BBP Phantoms kicked off the big game with three rushing touchdowns in the first half against the Center Moriches Red Devils. At halftime, Hannah Giannico was crowded this year’s queen and the senior class was named the winner of the float contest with their Disney/Pixar inspired “Up” entry.

The strong first half carried through to the remainder of the game and ended in BBP advancing their record to 5-1 with a score of 50-14.

Board of Education Public Forum

The Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education is holding a Public Forum on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the BBP Public Library. All residents are invited to attend.


Achieving Academically

Bayport-Blue Point High School students continually strive to achieve academic excellence, and many embrace the opportunity to enroll in the district’s most challenging courses of study. As a result of this commitment, 76 current and former (Class of 2014) students have been named AP Scholars by the College Board.

With an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams, five 2014 BBPHS graduates were named National AP Scholars. Thirty-two past and current students were named AP Scholars with Distinction for earning average scores of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Seventeen students were named AP Scholars with Honor for earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Twenty-two students were named AP Scholars based on earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Bayport-Blue Point’s AP program offers 16 courses spanning content areas that engage students in intense discussions, problem-solving concepts and collaborative activities. These offerings give students the opportunity to earn college credit and priority placement to stand out in the admissions process.

For a complete list of this year’s AP Scholars, please click the attachment below.


Walk to School Day

Academy Elementary School students, staff and family members joined thousands of individuals across the globe in participating in this year’s International Walk to School Day in early October.

The annual event encourages students and their families to forgo traditional means of transportation and either walk or ride a bicycle to school. In addition to the environmental benefits associated with the event, it has been known to promote physical activity as well as reinforce lessons on pedestrian and bicycling safety.

Applications for the BBP BAC Now Available

Applications for this year’s Bayport-Blue Point Budget Advisory Committee are now available on the district website, www.bbpschools.org, under the “News & Info” tab and subsequent “Budget News” tab. All interested residents are encouraged to apply.


Eight Musicians Named All-County

Eight promising high school musicians – juniors Garrett Filloramo, Cassandra Nielsen and Allyson Rocco, and seniors Sarah Barsch, Sean Gray, Theresa Heaney, Kyle McCrosson and Elizabeth Rudner – have been chosen for this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Festival.

These All-County students, selected for their talent, dedication to music, and high scores at last spring’s New York State School Music Association solo festival, will perform at the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Concert on Nov. 21 at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. McCrosson (French horn), Nielsen (Bb clarinet) and Rocco (bass clarinet) will be members of the All-County Symphonic Band (Rocco was selected for both Bb and bass clarinet but has chosen to perform on bass clarinet). Filloramo (percussion) and Heaney (violin) will play in the All-County Symphony Orchestra. Singing in the All-County Mixed Chorus will be Barsch (alto), Gray (tenor) and Rudner (alto).

Barsch, Gray and Nielsen were further honored by being named All-State musicians. They will attend this year’s New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, N.Y. over three days in December. Barsch (alto I) and Gray (tenor II) will perform in the All-State Mixed Chorus, while Nielsen will play Bb clarinet in the All-State Wind Ensemble. Nielsen was also chosen as an alternate for Eb clarinet, and Rocco was named an alternate on Bb clarinet.

“We are incredibly proud of these fine young musicians, who will have the opportunity to participate and perform amongst their peers from the county and state levels,” said Paul Weber, the school’s chairperson for music and art. “We wish them the best of luck and hope they have an outstanding musical experience.”  

Native New York Culture Comes to Academy Street


Journeys Into American Indian Territory representatives Uaian Bruno and Maddie Cheers presented the Eastern Woodland Program of traditional Native American culture for fourth-graders at Academy Street on Sept. 24. Students engaged in a range of activities from mock rabbit hunting and grinding corn to exploring a longhouse dwelling and the sport of lacrosse’s roots as a training exercise for hunting.

The program, supported by the school’s PTA, serves as a launching pad for the grade’s “The First People of New York” social studies unit on the Haudenosaunee tribe, popularly known as the Iroquois. The assembly’s content also correlates to the New York State Common Core Standards fourth-grade language arts study of the oral traditions of the Haudenosaunee people.

“The children love this day because it is so hands-on and interactive,” said teacher Carrie Almskog. “It makes the learning really come alive for them. As teachers, we refer back to what was learned today throughout the entire school year.”

Senior Scholars Succeed

Two high school seniors were recently recognized for their remarkable academic achievements.

Patrick Liu was named a Commended Student by the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, one of approximately just 34,000 such designees nationwide. His outstanding results on the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test placed him in the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million high school students who competed.

Sarah Barsch was selected as a 2014-2015 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The NHRP award, initiated in 1983 by the College Board, recognizes academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students based on scores on the PSAT/NMSQT they took as juniors. Those achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher, such as Barsch, receive the Scholar designation.

Liu plays violin in the chamber orchestra and competes in Science Olympiad and DECA. Barsch, who plans to study public relations in college, participates in numerous activities including Habitat for Humanity, the school yearbook, the Tri-M Music Honor Society and her class club. Both students are also members of the school’s National Honor Society.

“I was ecstatic,” Barsch said of learning she had been recognized. “It’s such an honor.”


Math Professional Development for Parents: Gr. K-5


Over the next few weeks, the district will be hosting Math Professional Development Nights to teach parents how they can help their children with their math skills.

With the introduction of the Common Core, homework has increased in difficulty for many students, especially in the field of math. This program, which hosts events based on individual grade levels, aims to teach parents various ways to assist their children during more difficult homework activities so the children improve their math skills.

In order to RSVP for the event, please refer to the attached flyer and contact Roseann Higgins at 472-7860, ext. 8011, or rhiggins@bbpschools.org.

We hope to see you there!






4th - Parents

September 29, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Blue Point Elementary School Library

5th - Parents

October 1, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Academy Street Cafeteria

3rd - Parents

October 7, 2014

6.30 p.m.

Academy Street Cafeteria

K, 1, 2 -Parents

October 21, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Academy Street Cafeteria

*The facilitators will be Mr. Michael Joseph and Dr. Timothy Hearney

October 22, 2014