Learning About China

As an enrichment to their classroom studies, Blue Point Elementary School third-grade students had the chance to experience a taste of Chinese culture during an in-house workshop with Patricia Shih.

The Go China program focused on aspects of the country’s history, language, music, art, geography and culture. The students learned how to speak 99 Chinese words, the significance of the Chinese New Year and which colors and animals were symbolic of the emperor and empress. Additionally, the students had the chance to view Ms. Shih’s extensive collection of artifacts, including puppets from a Chinese opera, instruments and clothing.

The program concluded with several students leading their classmates in music, while others performed a traditional lion dance.

Within the classroom, the students continued their lesson by making replica dragons, lanterns and a Great Wall of China. They also had the chance to feast on rice and fortune cookies.

BBP-Athlon Coming April 25

The Bayport-Blue Point School District’s Wellness Committee has planned the third annual BBP-Athlon for Saturday, April 25.  The event will kick off at 9 a.m. by the BBP High School auditorium, and participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. and ride their bikes, as parking is limited.

This family fun event is geared toward elementary-aged children and includes a 3-mile bike ride followed by a ¾-mile jog. Hundreds of children, ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade, have participated in this event alongside their friends and family during the past two years.

To increase awareness of the event, district elementary students had the chance to participate in a T-shirt design contest earlier this winter. The winning artistic and motivational designs will be used on T-shirts for the event. This year’s winners are Chris Dougherty of Blue Point Elementary and Thomas Steyert of Sylvan Avenue.

T-shirts can be purchased at https://bbpathlon2015.itemorder.com/sale for $7.  Last year, the BBP Wellness Committee used the money to make a $350 donation to the BBPHS Fitness Center.

Please note that all Little League games have been pushed back to allow all interested parties the chance to participate.  

Supporting St. Baldrick’s

James Wilson Young Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society will once again be hosting a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event this March to benefit childhood cancer research. The event will take place on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in participating or donating to the cause is encouraged to join the JWY team. Over the past three years, the school has raised more than $20,000, including more than $8,000 in 2014 alone. JWY’s 2015 goal is set at $8,000, in hopes of matching, if not exceeding, the amount the event raised last year. 

For more information about donating or participating, please visit the JWY fundraising page www.stbaldricks.org/events/jwy. Contact JWY teachers Mrs. Mauro (kmauro@bbpschools.org) or Ms. Taub (ataub@bbpschools.org) with questions.  

Cultures Sewn Together

Blue Point Elementary School fourth-grade students celebrated the cultures represented in their classroom with an artistic project. After studying different cultures and learning about the tradition of telling stories to pass down information, the students represented their classroom community by sewing a quilt.
Each student created a symbol on a quilt square that signified something they value about themselves and a quality they bring to the classroom community.  Students drew an array of symbols and described many contributions, such as teamwork, compassion, friendship and creativity. They then worked in pairs to sew the quilt squares together, symbolizing how all of the qualities unite them.

Celebrating Milestones

Kindergarten and first-grade students throughout the district marked the 100th day of school by conducting a variety of hands-on mathematical exercises and literacy projects centered on the number 100.

With many students dressed to look like they were 100 years old, the classes created necklaces out of 100 pieces of cereal, completed projects using 100 items, counted to 100 using different multiples and, with the help of their teachers, wrote essays about what they thought they would be like at the age of 100. Others fashioned creative hats and T-shirts displaying 100 items and completed several 100-themed word games and creative counting projects.

Sharp Shooter Champion

Blue Point Elementary School students ¬Michael Kiernan and Tessa Orgonas captured top awards at this year’s Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Competition.

Demonstrating their free-throw skills, the students competed against students from more than 40 local schools, each of which was represented by a local grade-level champion. Michael was named the runner-up in the fourth-grade competition, while Tessa was crowned the first-place winner at the fifth-grade level.

This is the second year in a row that the school has had a runner-up and the first time a Blue Point student has claimed the title of Town of Islip Champion.

Scoring Points at Science Olympiad

Two teams of students represented Bayport-Blue Point High School at this year’s Suffolk Regional Competition at Brentwood High School.

The A Team, consisting of 14 sophomores, juniors and seniors, narrowly missed making it to the state competition with their seventh-place finish.

The team medaled in 10 of 20 events, including:

Pete Prisinzano, Brooke Schultz and Phil Tubiolo – First Place Protein Modeling
Victoria Mercouris and Seth Valestrand – Fifth Place Air Trajectory
Victoria Mercouris and Phil Tubiolo – Fifth Place Wright Stuff
Samar Alam and Lexie Lessing – Sixth Place Anatomy
Samar Alam and Victoria Mercouris – Sixth Place Write It Do It
Pat Liu and Luke Mischo – Seventh Place Entomology
Victoria Mercouris and Brooke Schultz – Seventh Place Scrambler
Pat Liu and Emily Toy – Eighth Place Chemistry Lab
Lexie Lessing and Brooke Schultz – Eighth Place Green Generation
Luke Mischo and Brooke Schultz – Eighth Place Invasive Species
The six-member freshman team also earned several medals during the competition:

Antonio Martinez and Christian Strain – Sixth Place Game On

Frank Giacchetto, Emily Heins and Christian Strain – Seventh Place Protein Modeling

Phantoms are County Champions

With less than a minute left on the clock, Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Phantoms varsity basketball team clinched the Suffolk County Class A Championship, beating Harborfields 50-49. The Phantoms will now represent Section XI in the Long Island Championship on Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Farmingdale State against the Nassau County representative.

Phantom fans will have one more chance to catch the award-winning team as they play Southampton for the Suffolk Small School Championship on Monday, March 2 at 5 p.m. at Farmingdale State.

Congratulations to the entire team and their coach, Charlie Peck.

Cross-Curricular Learning

Through a cross-curricular project spanning science, English language arts and library studies, James Wilson Young Middle School sixth-graders are exploring a variety of environmental issues.

During the three-week life science unit, the students are completing a human impact and living environment research project on an environmental inquiry of their choice. They are exploring topics such as oil spills, coral reef destruction, pollution, deforestation and endangered species using online resources and employing lessons learned in their classrooms.

Working within science and library class time, the students conducted independent research using online databases, peer reviewed articles and learned “netiquette.” They applied their English lessons to analyze and annotate their findings and shared their research within groups using Google Drive on iPads and laptops. At the end of the unit, the students will share their research with the entire class through effective and captivating presentations they created with the help of their teachers.

“I am really enjoying working together with my peers and using technology to further my research and complete the presentation,” said Shannon McMahon, who focused on the ozone layer depletion.

“I love the technology [of] Google Docs and Drive, which helps us work together on documents and remain connected on the group work while at home,” added Kenny Forman, who is studying water pollution.

The topic and concept was first introduced during their science class with teacher Rochelle Petre. The students worked through a class claims evidence reasoning task that focused on predator and prey ecosystems. They analyzed data, discussed the pros and cons for introducing wolves on an island overpopulated with deer, and created a group-thinking map.

The ELA lessons were delivered by Jennifer Pedersen and library concepts were instructed by Kelly Noeldechen.

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Penguin Facts

As a conclusion to their six-week study on penguins, Academy Elementary School first-graders shared the lessons they learned during a black-and-white-themed event.

Students acted out familiar penguin-themed stories, including “Tacky the Penguin,” and showcased the art projects, original books and dioramas they had created to demonstrate a penguin’s natural habitat. Dressed in black and white, the students also enjoyed black and white snacks while sharing their newfound knowledge with family and friends.

Throughout the month-long study, the students learned about the different types of penguins and the average penguin measurements, and even measured themselves to compare their height to different penguins, including the little blue penguin and emperor penguin.

Exploring & Experiencing Robotics

Several James Wilson Young Middle School students showcased their creativity and problem-solving skills as they took part in the SBPLI Central Islip Qualifying Tournament for the FIRST Lego League 2014 FLL World Class Challenge. Out of the 30 competitors, the Bayport-Blue Point RoboPhantoms finished 11th in the Robot Performance category.

During the contest, the students had three two and a half minute rounds to operate a robot and attempt to score as many points as possible before taking part in an alliance round, in which they worked with another team to achieve the best score. The team was judged in three areas: technical, research and core values.

The students prepared for this year’s contest by meeting weekly beginning in September. They discussed strategy and researched the challenge before building and programming a robot to perform the missions detailed in the competition.

The district congratulates the eight-member team and their parent coaches, Kevin Mongan and Jim Chant, on a great performance. Team members included sixth-graders Kenny Forman, Riley Kaler and Nicolas Mignano and seventh-graders Connor Joseph, Mat Marchitelli, John Ricciardi, Andrew Shiebler and Ryan Vavricka.                 

Spinning Wheels for Charity

Academy Street Elementary School staff members joined team Friends of Carly and participated in Cycle for Survival this February.

During the indoor cycling event, the team rode in memory of Carly LeStrange, a former Academy Street student who lost her battle with cancer in 2011. As a result of their fundraising efforts, the team raised more than $8,500 for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

This is the fourth consecutive year the team has participated in the event.

Jumping for Heart Health

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students laced up their sneakers and eagerly jumped for heart health this February as part of the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart program.

The building’s kindergartners through second-graders participated in a weeklong event during physical education classes, while the building’s third- through fifth-graders fine-tuned their jumping skills during the two-week period. All students learned how to complete various types of rope-jumping activities, and the upper grades showcased their abilities during an evening event for family and friends.

Throughout the initiative, students raised money to aid the organization’s mission of raising not only awareness of heart health issues, but also funds for continued research. As a result of the students’ sponsors, the school is well on its way to surpassing its $4,500 fundraising goal.

Blue Point Avenue and Academy Street Elementary School staff members also coordinated Jump Rope for Heart events at their respective schools.

Kindergarten Registration

Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27, 2015

Administrative Center, Room 127
189 Academy Street
Bayport, New York

8:30-11:00 AM and 1:15-2:30 PM

*Child must be five years old by 12/31/15

Please download and complete forms from the district website.  Click on District Information and then Registration tab.  

Questions should be directed to Linda Fishman at (631)472-7860, Ext. 8094.

Festival Performances

As a result of an audition process, four Bayport-Blue Point students were selected to participate in this year’s All-County Jazz Ensembles. In addition, the Bayport-Blue Point High School Jazz Band participated in the All-County Festival by performing for an adjudicator, participating in a jazz workshop and attending the All-County Jazz Concert.

The district congratulates James Wilson Young Middle School students Brian Feddern (alto saxophone), Colin Feddern (trumpet) and Jacob Lurie (alto saxophone), and high school student Joshua Lurie (trumpet).

HS Musical Debuts

Royalty, court jesters and common folk descended upon a stage set for medieval times as Bayport-Blue Point High School students performed the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.”

The play retold the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairytale “The Princess and the Pea.” Under the law, no one shall marry until Queen Aggravain’s son, Prince Dauntless, marries. However, every petitioning princess is dismissed after failing an unfair test set by the queen. That is, until Sir Harry travels to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred for Prince Dauntless. Not quite up to the queen’s standards, she immediately begins plotting to rid their lives of the new candidate with the assistance of her wizard sidekick.

The students entertained audiences of all ages during their three-night run in early February, including senior citizens who were invited to a complimentary performance before opening weekend.

Soccer Star’s Next Step

Accomplished soccer player and Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Nicole Copping will compete on the Manhattan College soccer team this fall after signing a National Letter of Intent in early February.

The aspiring special education major plays forward for the BBP Phantoms and competes on the ISA travel soccer program. She is a four time All-County, two-time All-State and two-time Newsday All-Long Island soccer player.

Off the field, Nicole is not only dedicated to her academics but also to volunteering within the school and local community.

March 06, 2015