skip to main content


Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Joseph Giani


Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

Welcome back! I hope this letter finds you enjoying a wonderful summer vacation with family and friends. We are eagerly anticipating another successful year here in South Country School District and look forward to seeing you all when our doors open for our first day of school on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

I am delighted to announce and welcome a new principal at Bellport Middle School,
Dr. M. Jamal Colson. Dr. Colson comes to South Country with an extensive resume in education. His track record for providing a safe and orderly environment, increasing expectations of students and staff, and building and maintaining a relationship of trust within the school and community made him a stand out candidate for our District. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Colson to the South Country Community.

Once again, our Buildings and Grounds department has been hard at work over the summer preparing our buildings for your return in September. Our professional development initiatives for administrators, teachers and staff continue, and we added math to our elementary summer (reading) program, which is now in its third year and continues to demonstrate great success.

Good communication is essential in a true family-school partnership, so I urge you to stay in touch with your child's teacher and principal throughout the school year. These individuals will be able to address any questions or concerns you may have. Click here for the contact information for each of our schools:

Continuing our efforts in building family-school partnerships, I encourage you to visit the Family Engagement Center which is now up and running. The Center is dedicated to creating and supporting partnerships among schools, families and the community. At the Center, you can take advantage of scheduled workshops throughout the year as well
as homework help for students and parents.

Please note, the District's Code of Conduct as well as a summary, has been mailed to you and is also available for review on our district website or at your child's school. An affirmation form for the Code of Conduct, publications and cell phone policies has been mailed to you, to assist you and your child in preparing for a great new school year.  The form must be signed by both you and your child and returned to your building principal by September 13, 2016.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the principal of your child's school. 

As a reminder, this year we are "going green" and not printing and mailing the 2016-2017 district calendar. Instead, you may find a copy of the calendar posted on our website. Moving to a paperless version assists in reducing printing costs and is more environmentally friendly.

Finally, there may be times when the weather will cause schools to have a delayed opening or close for the day. These decisions will generally be made by 5:30 am. All delays and closings will be posted on the district's website and the district will place a phone call through ConnectEd to your home or cell phone notifying you of any closings or delayed opening. The information will also be broadcast on the following stations: WALK 97·5 FM; WBAB 102.3 FM; WBZO 103.1 FM;  WRCN 103.9 FM; WBLI 106.1 FM; and Channel12  News.

I am looking forward to working with you to ensure all our children have a very successful, safe and enjoyable school year. On behalf of the Board of Education and our faculty and staff, welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!



Dr. Joseph Giani
Superintendent of Schools




Tuesday, June 27, 2017