Top Honors for DECA

Bayport-Blue Point High School’s DECA club has experienced tremendous success over the past few years – dominating the competition and advancing beyond local tournaments. The club’s success continued this year as the team recently qualified to compete in the New York State DECA competition after a successful showing at the Suffolk County regional contest.

During the event, which tested the team’s knowledge in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality and management, 16 students earned top honors and a bid to the coveted state contest.  Five students are still waiting to hear back on their business proposals.

The state competition will be held in Rochester, New York, in early March. Students who advance beyond the state level will have the opportunity to compete at the national conference in Orlando, Florida.

The district congratulates the following students:

Paul Weeks - Sports and Entertainment Marketing (Team)
Scott Schultz - Sports and Entertainment Marketing (Team)
Garrett Filloramo - Sports and Entertainment Marketing (Team)
Eric Chiappetta - Sports and Entertainment Marketing (Team)
Ciara Joseph - Marketing Communication (Team)
Victoria Mercouris - Marketing Communication (Team)
Patrick Lui - Buying and Merchandising (Team)
Cole Strine - Buying and Merchandising (Team)
Matthew Tillinghast - Business Law and Ethics (Team)            
Paul Dreyer - Business law and Ethics (Team)
Chelsea DeJean - Travel and Tourism                    
Julie Saliba - Travel and Tourism
James Brine - Sports and Entertainment Marketing (Individual)
Chris O’Leary - Principles of Marketing (Individual)
Tyler Valkavich - Principles of Marketing (Individual)
Abby Auwaerter - Retail Merchandising (Individual)

STEAM Integrated Learning

Celebrating Learning Milestone

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School first-graders marked the 80th day of school with a spirited learning experience.

Dressed in their best ’80s attire, the students listened to popular music of the ’80s and compared the decade to today. They also counted by various increments to the number 80, created celebratory hats to wear and read books about the popular time.

HS Musical Feb. 5-7 – Click here for details


Writing for the Real World

Academy Elementary School fourth-graders in Kim Rall’s class put on their creative thinking hats as they became journalists for Kidsday.

Working under the guidance of Newsday editor Pat Mullooly, the students created jokes, puzzles, surveys and articles on a wide array of topics, from a review of Flo’s Luncheonette to a book review on unreleased titles. In the coming weeks, several students will travel to New York City to conduct an interview with a yet-to-be-named celebrity. The venture has enabled the class to strengthen not only their writing skills but also their research and photography abilities.

The completed entries will be published in Newsday this April.

Phantoms Earn Honors

Bayport-Blue Point student-athletes earned a wide range of post-season honors for their outstanding performance on the athletic fields this fall season.  The district congratulates all the recipients who have represented the student body in an exemplary fashion:

Girls Tennis:
Section XI playoff quarterfinalists
Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Award
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Donna Buckheit – All-County
Paige Faherty – All-League
Lizzy Geoghan – All-League
Olivia Ingrassia – All-League
Jillian Lessing – All-County
Lexie Lessing – All-Division
Shannon Pinka – Sportsmanship Award
Meagan Schantz – All-League
Addie Zegel – All-League

Boys Soccer:
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Dan Anglim – All-League
Greg Larsson– All-Conference
Ricky Zirkel – All-County Academic

Field Hockey:
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Brianna LoCascio – All-Conference
Emily Sena – All-County Honorable Mention
Kyla Zapolski – All-Conference

Girls Cross-Country:
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Julia Aurandt – All-League, All-Division
Brianna Delzell – All-League, All-Division, All-County
Madison Delzell – All-League, All-Division, All-County
Melody Delzell – All-League
Allison McGrath – All-Division

Section XI Finalist
Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Award
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Toni Mulgrave – League VII Coach of the Year
Charlotte Bernhard – All-League
Emma Davern – All-League
Nicoletta DiCocco – Second Team All-State, All-Long Island, Suffolk County Elite Eight, All-County, League Defensive Player of the Year, League Player of the Year, All-County Tournament Team
Lauren Hansen – Third Team All-State, All-County, All-County Tournament Team
Lauren Wilke – All-Classification, All-County Tournament Team
Nora Wilke – All-League

Girls Soccer:
Section XI Playoff Qualifier
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Nicole Copping – Second Team All-State, All-County, League Player of the Year
Kerrigan Miller – All-County
Ryan Reilly – Fifth Team All-State, All-County
Alex Wertz – All-Conference

Boys Cross-Country:
Second Place New York State
Suffolk County Champions
Division IV Champions
League Champions
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Roger Kauffmann – League VII Coach of the Year
Shawn Bofinger – Fourth Team All-State, All-County First Team, All-Division, All-League
Steven Beyer – All-Division, All-League
Victor Garifo – All-County, All-Division, All-League
Jason Giunta – All-County Third Team, All-Division, All-League
Ryan Haun – All-Division, All-League
Jacob Ocon – All-Division, All-League
Rob Vitale – All-Division, All-League

Division IV Big Four Champions
Brendan Bateman – All-County, All-Division Academic
Dan Campanelli – All-Division, All-Division Academic
Matt Doty – All-Division, All-Division Academic
Chris Gallo – Second Team All-Division
Kyle Gref-Mott – All-Division, National Scholar-Athlete, All-Division Academic
John Kaywood – Second Team All-Division, All-Division Academic
Dylan Ingber – All-County
George Ringer – All-Division
Eddie Somerville – All-County, All-Division Academic
Stefan Stelling – Second Team All-Division, All-Division Academic

Boys Golf:
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Andrew Galletta – All-League
Ethan Myers – All-League

Girls Swimming:
New York State Scholar-Athlete Team
Alexandra Alliegro – Scholar-Athlete
Julia Horan – NYS Qualifier, All-County, All-League
Patricia Shiebler – All-League

Local Professionals Connect to Thinking Forward

The Bayport-Blue Point School District has partnered with Long Island-based tech giant Future Tech Enterprise, Inc. to support the next chapter of the schools’ “Thinking Forward” vision plan.

Working in tandem, the district will benefit from the globally recognized, full-service IT solution provider’s expertise as it develops plans for its next-generation classrooms and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) initiatives. In the coming months, the company will aid in the redesign of those classrooms targeted to house the new computer science and engineering programs (beginning in 2015-16) at Bayport-Blue Point High School.

The partnership, valued at $250,000, will continue over the next five years, during which the company has vowed to provide technology consulting, design/implementation support and services. Additionally, Future Tech will play an integral role in facilitating meetings between the district and public and private parties with a desire to donate support for future enhancements.

“BBP is extremely grateful for the support Future Tech has shown for our Thinking Forward tactical plan,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “In today’s global learning community, it is imperative that students are not only provided with the education to learn, but also the appropriate resources to achieve. The company’s support will help us ensure that our next-generation classrooms are best equipped to meet these needs.” 

 “As an alumnus of the district and CEO and founder of Future Tech, it is my great pleasure to aid the district in bringing to fruition its plans to enhance learning spaces for today’s students,” said Future Tech CEO Bob Venero. “As a technology-based company, we see firsthand the myriad of job opportunities this growing industry can bring, and have a personal stake in supporting today’s youth in their desire to explore fields related to the areas of STEAM.”

Launched in 2014, BBP’s Thinking Forward is comprised of four overarching components – Learning, Connections, Environment and Pathways – and is geared toward enhancing educational opportunities for all scholars. This partnership will not only support the environment component, but also bring benefits to the areas of learning and connections.

School’s Top Speller

Words spanning centuries and derived from different origins were the focal point of this year’s spelling bee at Academy Elementary School.

The event, which ran seven individual and two championship rounds, challenged the top spellers from each fourth- and fifth-grade class to showcase their talents and vie for the title of top speller. This year’s winner was fourth-grader Keara Schneck, who captured victory with the word hydroponic. She will now compete at the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University.

This year’s runner-up was fifth-grader Katherine LaFountain.

January 25, 2015