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Start with Hello!

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Blue Point Elementary students are learning skills they need to continue a school culture of inclusion and connectedness. During the week of Sept. 20-24, the school celebrated Start with Hello Week, which encouraged the student community to reach out and include peers who may be dealing with social isolation and to support the Sandy Hook community.

On Monday, students wore green clothing and were greeted by fifth grade students as they entered the school. Called Hey Day, every adult and student in the building wore name tags on Tuesday to encourage others to say “hey!” Midweek, students and faculty discussed the concept of social isolation, where it happens and how they think it feels to be socially isolated. They also illustrated a cartoon of someone who is socially isolated and how they can reach out and help. A Readers Theater also provided students with the opportunity to read a short play about isolation and to answer comprehensive questions to start a discussion with their teacher. On Friday, the students reflected on the lessons they learned and the ways in which they can prevent social isolation on the playground and in the school building.

Sylvan Avenue Students Celebrate Patriots Day

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Sylvan Avenue students dressed in patriotic colors to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, and the school building was decorated in American flags.

Principal Alane Dugan led the students in the Pledge of Allegiance and in a moment of silence in memory of those who died and the first responders who helped save lives on this infamous day in the nation’s history.

Christine Hinrichs Recognized as 2020-2021 Employee of the Year

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During the district’s annual Superintendent’s Conference Day, held on Aug. 30, the late Christine Hinrichs posthumously received the 2020-2021 Employee of the Year Award. This new annual award honors an employee who exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the district and sets standards for successors.

Ms. Hinrichs’ sister, Siobhan Casey, husband Ron Hinrichs and son Craig Hinrichs were on hand to receive the award in her stead.

Ms. Hinrichs began her career as an office assistant at Academy Street Elementary School in November 2011 to later become the school’s lead secretary. Those who knew and worked with Christine described her as a consummate professional, a tremendous asset to the school and “a beautiful presence with an infectious personality.”

Principal Kerry Vann described Ms. Hinrichs as a person who brought joy, laughter and life to students, faculty and staff every day. “She has been sorely missed by all but certainly will not be forgotten,” Ms. Vann said. “As the first Bayport-Blue Point School District recipient of the Employee of the Year award, Christine’s legacy has started a tradition of the embodiment of Phantom Pride that others should be proud to follow.”

Bayport-Blue Point Schools poised for the 2021-2022 school year

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Bayport-Blue Point School District faculty attended Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 30.
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Faculty and Staff are looking forward to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
Excitement resonated throughout Bayport-Blue Point School District’s school buildings as faculty and staff attended the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day, held on Aug. 30. The program was partially virtual as faculty gathered at their respective schools and Superintendent of Schools Timothy Hearney teleconferenced his message and goals for the 2021-2022 school year.

“BBP is going Old School, as in 2018-19 style, with masks,” Mr. Hearney explained.

He reminded faculty and administration to continue to stay safe, take advantage of outdoor learning spaces, continue to laugh, educate students and be a go-to person for students and peers. “Compare where we were a year ago to where we are now,” he continued. “It’s a totally different year. You’re work here matters and I thank you for showing up each day for BBP.”

Mr. Hearney’s message was accompanied by the recognition of faculty and staff who have dedicated 20 plus years to the district, a welcome to 26 new employees, congratulations to tenured faculty and the announcement of 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Karen Hicks, a mathematics teacher at James Wilson Young Middle School. The Bayport-Blue Point High School jazz choir also performed a pre-recorded version of “Build me up, Buttercup,” which received applause from all participants.

Phantoms are Excited to Start the New Year

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Students enrolled in Academy Street Elementary, Blue Point Elementary, Sylvan Avenue Elementary, James Wilson Young Middle and Bayport-Blue Point High schools toted their school supplies to their classrooms on Sept. 1, excited to start the 2021-2022 school year. The students received a warm welcome from administrators and faculty as they walked single file to their classrooms. Not only did instruction begin immediately, but the students also became acquainted with former classmates and made new friends.

Superintendent of Schools Timothy Hearney said he was impressed by the district’s smooth opening and the way in which students and faculty were prepared to begin instruction. “I am extremely confident that students and faculty will have a successful school year,” Mr. Hearney said.
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