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Mobile Library Encourages Reading One Book at a Time

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The district’s mobile library has been sparking much excitement throughout the community this summer as members of the Bellport Teachers Association drove the brightly painted school bus throughout the district’s neighborhoods. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, BTA passengers have been searching out students interested in receiving a free book to read. Donations for the mobile library have come from the Book Fairies organization, the Brookhaven Free Library, the South Country Library and the community.

The mobile library made its debut during Bellport High School’s homecoming game last October and has been an important avenue in helping families with establishing their personal home libraries while increasing summer reading.

BTA representative Sarah Rauch said that the community has been both welcoming and enthusiastic about the mobile library, which is an additional avenue for placing books in the hands of children. “The kids are always enthusiastic,” Ms. Rauch said. “Our goal is to encourage summer reading and to start filling up the students’ homes with books. The younger the students are, the more books they need to be reading.”

The mobile library will continue visiting neighborhoods throughout the summer and will make appearances at district events during the 2019-2020 school year.

District Students Sharpen Reading and Math Skills

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District students in grades K-5 took advantage of the summer break to hone their reading, writing and math skills through attendance at the Summer Reading and Math Program. Held at Verne W. Critz Elementary School, this half-day, remedial program provided students with additional assistance in reading comprehension, sight word recognition, writing, math fluency, problem-solving and more.

“Not only did the students attending the program appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to sharpen these important academic skills,” Director of Elementary Education Amy Brennan said, “at the end of the program they felt confident and more prepared for the upcoming school year.”  
Kindergarten and first grade students received specialized reading intervention while students in grades 2-5 received readers workshop instruction, which was aligned with writing. The students spent their time working with fiction, which focused on a social justice theme. Through their reading and writing, students were instructed to look at the world around them and determine how they can solve a particular problem. This theme was translated in each students’ published book, shared during a celebration with parents and staff at the end of the three-week program. 

Ms. Brennan said the theme of social justice was complex, but meaningful. “The students were able to ask, ‘What impact do I have in the world,’” Ms. Brennan said.    

Board of Education Business Meeting - August 21, 2019

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District trustees attend annual SCOPE Dinner Meeting

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani and newly elected Board of Education trustees President E. Anne Hayes, Melissa Aruta, Clyde Parker and Cameron Trent attended the SCOPE Education Services’ 35th Annual Dinner Meeting, held at Oakdale’s Bourne Mansion on Aug. 8. The event served as a networking opportunity for new and returning superintendents and board of education trustees, as well as other education system professionals.
SCOPE provides a vast array of school district services, including before and after-school childcare programs, school enrichment programs and professional development. 

Speakers included Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association Executive Director Lorraine Deller, SCOPE Board of Directors President Charles Russo, Roger Tilles, who serves as Long Island’s representative on the New York State Board of Regents, and New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia. Topics included the implications of the 2020 Census and the importance of districts working to assure that everyone is counted, equity and New York State education standards. 

In her comments about equity in education and serving the entire population of  students on Long Island, Commissioner Elia said, “All of you need to be involved and make sure you think of ALL students on Long Island.”  

District Seeking Board Advisory Committee Members

The South Country School District is seeking community residents who are interested in sitting on one of the following three (3) Board Advisory Committees:

• Teaching & Learning
• Health & Safety
• Finance & Facilities

The Committee will function in an advisory capacity to the Board of Education. Community residents interested in serving on one of the Board Advisory Committees should e-mail the Superintendent’s office at no later than September 3, 2019. Committee members will be randomly selected from the pool of interested candidates.

Committee members serving as community residents shall not be employed by the school district, and, shall not have any school age children registered within the South Country CSD. Each committee will meet in the evening on a bi-monthly basis.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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