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Goodbyes Are Never Easy

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Seasar the reading dog from PRAAT Doggie Reading Program, is pictured on his last day with Mrs. Sagistano's class from Verne W. Critz Elementary School. Through the PRAAT (Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy) Doggie Reading Program, students practice their reading skills on their canine pals. Good-byes are never easy!

Middle School Student Incident

Please click  here   to view the Superintendent's letter in response to a video circulating on social media involving some students from Bellport Middle School.  

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Valedictorian Salutatorian and Essayist Photo
From Left: Valedictorian Maria Aruanna, Salutatorian Eva Stanganelli, and Essayist Denice Marie Guillermo

Congratulations to the Bellport High School Class of 2017, and congratulations to Valedictorian Maria Aruanna, Salutatorian Eva Stanganelli, and Essayist Denice Marie Guillermo! Read more about each of them and their accomplishments here.         

Maria PhotoMaria Aruanna is an intelligent, diligent, reliable and mature young lady who has excelled in academics and athletics at Bellport High School.

Academically, Maria has taken a rigorous college preparatory program that includes 11 Honors and 10 Advanced Placement courses.  She has filled her schedule this year with six AP courses including Government and Politics, Calculus, Environmental Science, European History, Computer Science and English Literature and Composition.  She has earned a weighted Grade Point Average of 102.7, a 1420 on the SAT and a 33 on the ACT.  She will be graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors.  This will include mastery in math and science in addition to Distinction in Math, Science, History and Business. 

Beyond the realm of her extensive and competitive academic work, Maria is a well-rounded student who has participated in multiple extracurricular activities.  Her activities include National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, HOBY Ambassador, Math team as well as volunteering and working in the local community.  Additionally, she is the Captain of our High School soccer team and has been recognized as a Scholar Athlete.

Maria will be attending St. Joseph’s College this fall where she has earned the Presidential Scholarship.  She will be studying Accounting with future goals to become a CPA and earn her masters in 4 years.  We wish her all the best and know that she will continue to make us proud.

Eva PhotoEva Stanganelli is the Salutatorian for the class of 2017. She is graduating with a weighted GPA of 102.35.  During Eva’s time at Bellport High School, she has taken 8 Honors and 12 AP courses, her favorite of which have been AP World History and AP English Language.  She is involved in numerous extracurricular activities and is a member of four academic honor societies.  She is currently President of Fathom Literary magazine and has also been an avid writer for the school newspaper The Clipper.  Eva has devoted much of her time outside of class to performing on stage, taking lead roles in two drama productions and frequently participating in the National Shakespeare Competition.  

Within the community, Eva has been dedicated to serving others, both through her service with her local youth group and the Hope for the Children Foundation.  These actions have motivated her to pursue a career in the International Relations field.  In the fall, she will attend Stony Brook University where she intends to major in Political Science and minor in International Studies.


Denice Marie photoDenice Marie Guillermo is the Essayist of Class of 2017 with a weighted GPA of 100.37.  At the age of six, Denice and her family immigrated to New York from their native country of the Philippines.  Denice became a member of the South Country community when she entered the fifth grade at Frank P. Long Intermediate School.  Since then, she has worked hard in her classes and has been determined to succeed academically and has now earned her place as number 3 in her graduating class.
Denice has taken a total of ten Advanced Placement courses throughout her time at Bellport High School.  Five of those A.P. courses she challenged herself this year include Environmental Science, Studio in Art 2D, Government and Politics, English Literature, and Statistics.  For three years, Denice sang in Chorus and is a four-year member of Chamber Choir, where she and the group annually volunteered to sing for the community.  Denice is currently the president of French club and has won first place for two consecutive years in Recitation at the regional French Poetry competition.  She is also a member of the Math, Science, French and National Senior Honor Societies.

Through AP Studio in Art, she has been able to enter and win several art exhibitions held locally, such as the BAFFA Art Show and Long Island Media Arts Show.  Moreover, Denice has volunteered as a receptionist at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.  This summer, she will be working at Bellport High School’s Summer Art Camp as a counselor and teacher’s assistant. Denice will be attending the University at Buffalo this fall to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture with a focus on environmental and sustainable design.  



Author Regina Calcaterra Visits Brookhaven Staff

Author Regina Calcaterra pictured with Brookhaven Elementary School staff.

Best Selling author Regina Calcaterra, came to visit Brookhaven Elementary School to share with the staff her story of resilience and optimism. Author of "Etched in Sand", Regina and her four siblings grew up on Long Island dealing with homelessness and an abusive mother. Later they were faced with the challenges of the foster-care system. 

Regina talked about how some of her past teachers, librarians and also her siblings encouraged and influenced her to get an education. Her goal was to graduate college. Today, Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Regina’s message to the staff is that they can bring kindness to a child in that moment in time when a child in need is before them. Their kind act can forever impact a child.
Special thanks to Mrs. Nicole O’Leary and the Brookhaven Reading Department for organizing this special visit.


BHS Culinary Arts Team Wins at "Cook Around the World" Competition

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Bellport HS Culinary Arts Team at "Cook Around the World"
Hats off to the Bellport High School Culinary Arts Program,  who won four out of eleven possible awards at the "Cook Around the World Competition" held at Walt Disney World on May 13th. Our two High School teams created dishes inspired by African cuisine and brought home 1st place in side dish,  2nd and 3rd place in dessert, and the prestigious Judges Award for best display of teamwork.  Congratulations to all our culinary students for an exceptional job!  

Bellport High School School Store Launches Website

The students in Kelly Scotti’s Career Exploration Class have created a website that will allow customers to purchase Spirit Wear online.  The order can be picked up in the School Store or be shipped directly to the customer.  The website will also allow parents to purchase birthday buckets or locker decorating for their child. The students have also begun using a computerized point of sale to system to ring up the store purchases. 

Shannon Gibbons Signs with Queens College

Shannon Gibbons Signs with Queens College Photo
Shannon Gibbons' soccer prowess earned her the title of Captain and All-Conference accolades her senior year, and contributed to the family tradition of earning an athletic scholarship to play soccer. Shannon will be attending Division II Queen's College where she will be joining her sister Hailey. Shannon is the youngest of 5 siblings who have all earned athletic scholarships to play soccer in college.

Baseball Wins Share of League 4 Championship


The Bellport Varsity Baseball Team secured a share of the League 4 championship with a 3-2 home win over Centereach High School.  The Clippers finished the regular season with a 14-6 record.  Ryan Bauman got the job done throwing a complete game against Centereach.  The team is led by senior standouts Adam Colon, Joe Greco, Matt Mulligan, Mike Francomano, Ian Hampson and Mike Sangiamo.  

This is Bellport’s first league title since 1966.


The Planets, Music, and Our Kids

The Planets, Music, and our Kids Photo
This week in music class, 2nd graders at Kreamer Street learned about Gustav Holst's The Planets. In addition to demonstrating the dynamics through movements, students created their own dynamic charts by coloring in the planet Mercury while listening to the movement of the music for the planet. Featured are students from Ms.Leonardi's class.

Parent Advisory - Netflix Series

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Giani, has issued an important alert to parents and guardians regarding a television show recently released by Netflix titled "13 Reasons Why".  Click on the link below for information.

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Seeking Nominations for Bellport High School Wall of Fame 2018

The District is seeking nominations for the 2018 Bellport High School Wall of Fame. If you wish to nominate a graduate, please complete the application linked below and submit to Mr. Nelson Briggs, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 189 North Dunton Avenue, E. Patchogue, NY 11772 by June 30, 2017.


Verne Critz Students Save the Eagles

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Pictured left to right are third grade students Olivia D'Orio, Amaya Cullum and Sofia Almeyda
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Three students in Mrs. DeRosa's third grade class were inspired to take action after they attended a presentation at Verne W. Critz Elementary School. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge presented on "Birds of Prey" to the students at Verne W. Critz. The three girls began a campaign to save the eagles by creating posters, poems and making morning announcements in order to raise funds for this cause. They recruited their parents to help out and this partnership between home and school was a success. The girls were able to collect over $250 and various supplies to donate to the wildlife refuge.

Amaya, Olivia and Sofia visited the Quogue Wildlife Refuge during spring recess with their parents. Along with the monetary donations they collected, the girls also provided supplies for the animals such as eggs, apples, baby carrots and paper towels. Marisa Nelson, the Assistant Director for the refuge, was so impressed with their donations that she asked each girl to sponsor a bird of prey. Sofia chose a red tailed hawk, Olivia chose a barn owl and Amaya chose a bald eagle. Verne W. Critz Elementary School Students will be recognized on the "Sponsor Tree" that is located at the entrance of Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Sofia, Olivia and Amaya will continue their work to save the eagles because they know they can make a difference.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017