Learning About Future Careers

Blue Point Elementary School students had the chance to learn about a range of careers during the school’s Career Day. They dressed for the careers they aspire to obtain and learned about various professions from parent volunteers.  

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James Wilson Young Middle School students and staff warmed up the holiday season for those in need in the community by coordinating a food drive.

Through the effort, the school collected more than 3,240 nonperishable food items and canned goods for the Our Lady of the Snow food pantry and soup kitchen in Patchogue. The homerooms of each grade level battled to see who could collect the most donations, and the winning classes were awarded a bagel breakfast just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Letters of Intent

Colleges and universities throughout the nation will be filled with Phantom pride this fall, as 11 Bayport-Blue Point High School student-athletes put pen to paper this November to sign National Letters of Intent.

The large number of athletes were surrounded by proud parents, family and friends as they took the first step in their post-high school careers and committed to play in some of the top athletic programs.

The district congratulates the following seniors and wishes them well in the next stage of their academic and athletic careers:

Kathleen Cibuls – Track and Field at Manhattan College
Brandon Croteau - Boys’ Lacrosse at Marist
Taylor Gensler - Track and Field at Holy Cross
Robert Johnson - Boys’ Lacrosse at Mount Saint Mary's
Vin Lombardi - Boys’ Lacrosse for the Air Force
Kerrigan Miller – Girls’ Lacrosse at USC
Chris Pickel - Boys’ Lacrosse at Stony Brook University
Jill Rall - Girls’ Lacrosse at High Point
Jake Weinman – Boys’ Lacrosse at Marist
Jack White - Boys’ Lacrosse at Dowling
Kelly Young - Girls’ Lacrosse at Mount Olive

Celebrating National Heroes


A sea of red, white and blue blanketed the cafeteria at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School as students dressed in red, white and blue celebrated Veterans Day with a Skype session with Petty Officer Victoria Alvarez of the U.S. Navy.

Several students had the opportunity to ask Officer Alvarez questions related to her job, read her poems about what it means to be a veteran and perform a patriotic song.

The school’s celebration spilled into the adjoining “Hallway of Heroes,” which was decorated with the names of 220 men and women who proudly serve the nation and have a special connection to the school community. The school also participated in the Green Light Campaign, which honors those who have sacrificed so much to serve the country. An illuminated green light bulb was on display in the main lobby, and each student received a paper bulb to display at home. In addition, the school raised more than $300 for the Honor Flight, which assists World War II veterans with visiting the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Here at Sylvan Avenue, we have been participating in activities throughout the week to honor the men and women in our nation’s armed forces for their past and present service,” said Principal Alane Dugan. “We celebrate these very special individuals because they protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy.”

Powerful Messages


Bayport-Blue Point High School students learned about the power of words and actions when renowned public speaker and child survivor of war-stricken Liberia Shadrack Boakye visited the school.

Before the entire student body, Mr. Boakye spoke about how, despite all of the devastating and negative obstacles placed before him, he turned his life around with the support of a few key individuals. He noted that one of those individuals was his eighth-grade teacher and current BBP Board member Gina Murphy, who encouraged him to pursue his writing talents. He also reminded students that the words one uses can create a ripple effect within their immediate circles and community, and he stressed the importance of becoming an upstander for those being bullied.

In addition to the schoolwide assembly, the school’s Peer Education Program members attended a breakout workshop training session with Mr. Boakye. The session focused on sustaining the message of the program through role-playing activities. The group, formed as an initiative by the Suffolk County Health Department, regularly trains the district’s students on embracing kindness and compassion.

“The additional training that was provided to the Peer Education Program was important so that we can maintain and sustain [Boakye’s] message,” said school psychologist and PEP advisor Dayna Russo. “This is a proactive way to eliminate the ‘once and forgotten’ type of assembly. The PEP students will now go into classrooms throughout the district and teach their peers by utilizing some of Shadrack's messages and activities.”

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A Cave of Learning


Academy Elementary School second-graders showcased their newfound knowledge of bats during a Bat Cave Museum.

Prior to the event, the students researched an individual species of bat and created a diorama of the nocturnal mammal’s habitat. They also created bat-themed math story problems and wrote bat poems and bat paragraphs. The completed pieces were put on display during the event for parents and family members to view.

The project was truly multidisciplinary, as it made connections to the grade level’s science, math, literacy and English language arts curricula.


Miles of Fitness

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students are focusing on physical fitness and cardiovascular activities as part of a new Mileage Club at the building.

During their physical education classes, the students work to attain lifelong fitness goals and promote overall health and wellness. In October, they took part in a half-mile pumpkin run. Each student who completed the run earned a pumpkin token for a necklace and additional tokens for completing the activity under a specific time.

The Mileage Club will host a themed event each month that focuses on a different physical activity or skill set.

November 30, 2015