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High School’s Phys. Ed Volleyball Competes in Candy Cane Tourney

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Physical education classes at Bayport-Blue Point High School ended a monthlong volleyball unit with a Candy Cane Tournament, held on Dec. 22.

Students in grades 9-12, comprised of 17 teams, competed for the gold ball trophy. Participants were chosen based on their physical education volleyball class standings.

Physical Education Chairperson Tricia Livingston explained that the teams are a mix of athletes and non-athletes.

“Anyone who plays has a chance of winning,” she said.

Date Added: 1/6/2023

AP Students Gather Valuable Materials from SBU for Research

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Bayport-Blue Point High School Advance Placement Seminar students enrolled in the district’s AP Capstone Program visited Stony Brook University last month to gather valuable materials for their research topics. During finals, SBU allowed the students to access their computer labs and databases to collect valuable information on topics, which included access to mental health, global warming, fracking, human trafficking, medical animal testing and more.

The students are now prepared for the first component of the AP Seminar College Board Exam, the research paper and group presentation. The students first choose a vital topic significant to themselves and society and will later argue for a solution to the team’s research topic. The SBU databases enhance the students’ available resources.

The AP Seminar students also visited the Staller Center and the Stony Brook University art installation “Revisiting 5 + 1,” held at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery and received an informal lecture from one of the curators.

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Date Added: 1/4/2023

A Day of Sharing Cultures

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English as a New Language students in Bayport-Blue Point High School hosted a group of English Language Learners from Patchogue-Medford School District for a day of sharing cultures and social-emotional learning. 

Students worked in groups to present on holiday traditions from their countries of origin and experienced the United States tradition of decorating gingerbread cookies for Christmas. Students then took a tour of the Bayport-Blue Point Library where they learned about all the resources that are available and enjoyed some time together on the grounds of the library and in the Teen Center. 

Date Added: 12/22/2022

Bayport-Blue Point football honored in car parade

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There was a frenzy of horn-blowing from local fire trucks and members of the Bayport-Blue Point Long Island Championship football team as they drove down Snedecor Avenue to the Bayport-Blue Point High School auditorium. During the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting, the team was honored by central administration, the trustees and members of the community. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney welcomed and congratulated the athletes for garnering the Long Island Championship title with an 11-0 fall season under Coach Mike Zafonte.

Board of Education President Michael Miller told the team, “We are most proud of your character and professionalism. Obviously, winning is important but your character is even more important. Thank you for bringing this honor to Bayport-Blue Point.”

Director of Physical Education, Health and Interscholastic Sports Timothy Mullins explained that the time and commitment Coach Zafonte dedicated to these student-athletes is just one of the many reasons why the 2022 football team will go down as the district’s best team ever. “While the championships captured this year were historic, this team was also named a New York State scholar-athlete team, exemplifying that these student athletes were putting forth the same effort in the classroom,” Mr. Mullins said.

Coach Zafonte said there was a lot of failure before this winning season but that the team chose to have a winning season. He also spoke about community and parent/guardian support when he said, “We can’t win without an entire community getting behind us. That level of support was paramount. This group of athletes did everything that was asked of them.”

The varsity cheerleaders were also congratulated for their support of the team. Mr. Mullins said the cheer team played an “integral role” and “added spirit to all the games.”

Date Added: 12/16/2022

Bayport-Blue Point Students Attend ‘Six’

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The Advanced Placement World and European History students recently attended a showing of the Broadway “Six, the Musical.” With the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the new monarchy of Charles III, the interest in the English monarchy prevails, and students were able to watch a former monarchy under Henry VIII unveil on the stage.

The play, which was more of a concert, held the interest of the students with the historical presentation of events of each of Henry’s wives told through choreography, modern dance moves, and a girl-band atmosphere. The jingle “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived” stuck, and the history was woven into the shining costumes in a way that left the students impressed, energized and informed.

The trip into the city on the Long Island Railroad was sponsored by the Bayport-Blue Point SEED program. The students also enjoyed the Moynihan food court and the walk up Eighth Avenue. The joy of the experience was evidence in the students’ smiles and applause.

Date Added: 12/11/2022
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