Summer 2014 Newsletter

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New Beginnings for the Class of 2014

Blanketing the front lawn of their high school in a sea of blue and gold, the Bayport-Blue Point High School Class of 2014 concluded their academic journey in the district in late June with a ceremony rich in tradition and pride. This year’s 178 graduates signified the start of the ceremony by marching to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the high school band and orchestra, before taking their seats amid proud parents, family members and educators.

Throughout the ceremony, two themes resonated among the honored speakers: graduates were urged to continue to seek ways to improve themselves personally and professionally, and to never settle or let challenges stand in their way.

“I encourage you to take risks and be open to life, because it's the chances you take, the people you meet and those who you surround yourself with that will truly define who you are,” said Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi.

“Never say no to yourself…never let fear of failure, rejection, not being good enough or other people’s ideas of what our capabilities are get in the way,” said Board of Education President Rebecca Campbell.

Speaking to today’s ever-changing world, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera noted that success often comes to those willing to collaborate with others. He also advised students to be passionate about what they believe in, adapt, continue to learn and never accept the status quo.

Many of the memories created by the class were shared by Class President Isabelle Goldstein in an original poem she had co-written with fellow graduate Connor Stevens and salutatorian Natalie Mottl, who had created a Twitter account to encapsulate the graduates’ thoughts and recollections.

In her address, valedictorian Cassandra Dooley encouraged her peers to reflect on their past as a guide to the future. “As we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, the fear of the unknown may be daunting, but we must remember that we have faced this fear many times before,” she said. “Just as before, we will face new obstacles. We will also encounter new opportunities. It is through these obstacles and opportunities that we can find success, if we are able to learn from failure, pursue our dreams and recognize our power to make a difference.”

Before each graduate received their diploma, members of the class who had maintained an unweighted GPA of at least 90 percent were commended and presented with honor medallions. Additionally, as a special tribute, Goldstein presented retiring James Wilson Young Middle School Principal Susan Haske with an honorary BBP high school diploma.

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Celebrating Champions

Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms had a highly successful spring season, with every varsity team advancing to postseason contests. The girls’ lacrosse team won its first Suffolk County championship, and a number of track and field athletes qualified to compete at the state level. Capping off the season were two state champions: the boys baseball team, and a four-member girls track squad – made up of Kathleen Cibuls, Courtney Dooley, Ashley Magnifico and Brigitte Strobl – who won the 4x400 relay.

For the second straight year, the baseball team returned with record-breaking honors. They are the first Long Island and Class A New York State champions in history to win back-to-back championships. The four track stars also set a new school record by almost a full second and have the third fastest small school 4x400 time in Long Island history. Additionally, the girls track and field team won their 12th straight league championship and fourth straight county championship.

When the winners returned home, the community honored them during a salute to the champions event on the high school football field. Each team coach spoke about the collective and individual achievements of the athletes before presenting them with commemorative plaques. Town of Islip Councilman Anthony Senft and Dennis Bennett representing New York State Sen. Phil Boyle also honored the athletes with proclamations.
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College-Bound Athlete

Bayport-Blue Point High School senior Samantha Swanson will continue to compete in the athletic arena this fall, as she has signed a National Letter of Intent with Dowling College. Director of Physical Education, Health and Interscholastic Sports Timothy Mullins recently congratulated Samantha for this honor and extended the district’s best wishes for a successful collegiate season.

“Samantha has always been one of our hardest working players during both practices and on the game field,” said coach Ryan Gick. “She is the epitome of what it means to lead by example.”
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Moving Up

As they prepared to take a step toward their future, fifth- and eighth-graders in the Bayport-Blue Point School District took part in their building’s ceremonial moving up programs. Surrounded by family, friends and members of the district’s administration, the students proudly processed into their ceremonies and took seats of distinction, where they were greeted by their schools’ principals.

Elementary ceremonies were hosted at Bayport-Blue Point High School and included several musical selections and video slideshows, which highlighted the fifth-graders’ journeys through elementary school. At the middle school, students performed a number of musical selections and three eighth-graders shared the past, present and future memories and aspirations of the class.

To complete their promotion to middle and high school, each student crossed the stage to receive their moving up certificates as well as several awards and honors.

 

 

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Post Season Baseball Honors

The district congratulates Bayport-Blue Point High School student-athlete Jack Piekos for being named the MSG Varsity Tri-State Pitcher of the Year and team coach Jim Moccio for being named MSG Varsity Tri-State Coach of the Year.

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Sylvan Celebrates the Stars and Stripes

With the red, white and blue blanketing much of the school grounds, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students and staff members paid tribute to the American flag during a ceremonial Flag Day program at the school. During the event, the students learned about the history of Flag Day, the significance of each step of folding a flag and the importance of honoring the nation’s symbol. Additionally, students were encouraged to take time on the nationally celebrated day to demonstrate their patriotism and pride for their country.

Throughout the event, members of the AM Vets Post 111 from Patchogue assisted in raising the school’s flag, winners of the school Flag Day poetry and poster contest were honored, and the entire school joined together to sing several patriotic songs. Additionally, Sylvan students who serve as Boy and Girl Scouts presented a visual play describing the process of “making” an American flag.
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Odyssey Angels in BBP

Bayport-Blue Point School District’s fourth-grade PIE classes joined countless others worldwide by partnering with the Odyssey Angels organization this year. The group, a subdivision of the Odyssey of the Mind, is aimed at bettering lives of those in local communities through service learning projects.
For their effort, the classes focused on recycling and creating interactive events to assist their peers in the LEAP program develop their social skills. Using recycled materials, the students created original, artistic bottle cap magnets, which they sold to raise funds to create a socialization club. The proceeds from the sale – more than $150 – were utilized to create two events.

During the first program, the PIE and LEAP classes worked together to create birdfeeders for the schools’ courtyards using recycled materials. With the help of high school psychologist Dayna Russo and high school art teacher Frank Salino, the second event featured bowling using recycled water bottles, sand art stations and a face painting table, which was run by high school students Craig Lignelli and Jaclyn Ageloff.
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Poetry Corner

Blue Point Elementary School first-grade students participated in an English language arts celebration as a culmination to their studies of the rainforest and the genre of poetry. During their Song and Poetry Fest, the students performed a number of rainforest-themed songs and poems before an audience of parents and family members. They showcased their understanding of the protected environment and highlighted a few lesser known facts about the animals that live in the area.

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NYS Champions…AGAIN!

The Bayport-Blue Point High School boys varsity baseball team captured its second straight Class A state championship title this weekend, defeating Rye 13-2. Leading the team in the postseason championships were pitchers Jack Piekos and PJ Weeks, who helped ensure the competition stayed off the bases. In addition to the state honors, the Phantoms captured the Spring BIG 10 title and were named Suffolk and Long Island champions.

For more coverage of the championship game, visit http://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/baseball/bayport-blue-point-repeats-as-state-class-a-champion-1.8448847
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Next Step for Talented Phantoms

The athletic journey of several Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors will continue next year as they have committed to compete on teams at some of the nation’s top colleges. The seniors were recognized in a special ceremony at the high school this spring and join the six other seniors who signed National Letters of Intent earlier this year. The district congratulates the following students on their accomplishments:

Megan Becker – Cross-Country – Springfield College
Shannon Brady – Volleyball – SUNY Maritime
Patrick Costelloe – Basketball – Emmanuel College
Brian Cremer – Swimming – SUNY Cortland
Christian Engel – Football – Casleton State
Connor Fitpatrick – Track and Field – SUNY Plattsburgh
Jeff Hamrlicek – Track and Field – Mount Saint Mary College
John Kaplan – Track and Field – SUNY Cortland
Kyle McClancy – Lacrosse – University of Albany
Kevin McGrath – Soccer – SUNY Geneseo
Connor Panzner – Basketball – York College
Dan Percival – Football – RPI
Kevin Ward – Lacrosse – SUNY Cortland
Connor Young – Soccer – SUNY Cortland
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Honors for Artists

Bayport-Blue Point High School artists earned high praise during two regional art contests this spring. At the annual Bay Area Friends of the Arts Exhibit, Liz Galian won honorable mention in the painting category, Kerri Nickel won third place in the drawing category, Katherine Miller won first place in the pastel category, and Sheher Bano won the Jaqueline C. Palmer Award. This show was at the Gillette House in Sayville and showcased the work of more than 80 students from 10 local high schools.

At the Huntington Camera Club annual student competition, Alishia Becher received an honorable mention award. More than 800 student photographs were entered into this contest.
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A Fun Run at Academy

Academy Street Elementary School students take part in the annual Friends of Carly Fun Run to promote healthy living and celebrate the life of a former classmate. 

Colonial Days

Academy Street Elementary School fourth-graders had the chance to experience a part of their social studies curriculum firsthand as they stepped back in time and celebrated Colonial Day. Dressed in traditional Colonial attire – bonnets and dresses for the girls and knickers and Colonial hats for the boys – the students spent an entire day recreating the time period they had been studying in the classroom.

Students started the school day with a Colonial school morning, including learning the rules and manners of students during the 1700s, which they had to abide by throughout the day. They recited from an Academy Street primer and practiced subjects that were taught during the era by doing math lessons with chalk, reviewing their reading skills, and practicing penmanship using a feathered pen and ink.

During crafts, students made silhouettes, fashioned candles, made apple cobblers, learned how to weave and played games. With the help of several parent volunteers, the classes also enjoyed a traditional Colonial luncheon.

 

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Advice from Alumni

Bayport-Blue Point High School students had the chance to take an inside look at college during this year’s Alumni Day program. During the event, 10 members of the Class of 2013 returned to their alma mater to speak with the building’s upperclassman about their inaugural college experience and share information about making a successful transition from high school.  
 
The program began with an informative assembly for the junior class, during which the alumni spoke about their college preparation process and shared some tips for success. In the senior social studies classes, the visitors also spoke about their freshman experience and answered the students’ questions about college life.

The district thanks the following alumni for their attendance during the program:


Meghan Childs – SUNY New Paltz
CJ Furchert – Baruch College
Melissa Lawrence – Binghamton University
Deena Lopresti – St. Joseph’s College
Jaclyn Neuman – American University
Aoife Mahood – Manhattan College
Chelsea McCormick – Suffolk Community College
Sean Rall – Fashion Institute of Technology
Claudia Soldano – SUNY Oneonta
Fiona Stickney – Springfield College
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Tuesday,
July 22, 2014