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Safety & Security Presentation - March 14, 2018


Quogue Wildlife Refuge Birds of Prey

Verne W. Critz third grade students meet and learned about live birds of prey from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Students learned the personal history of each native New York animal and why it lives at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, as well as the adaptations that allow these animals to be such incredible hunters!

Math in Focus Parent University Registration




Brookhaven Elementary School Celebrates Black History Month

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In Honor of Black History Month, The Shared Decision Making Team sponsored the assembly, Anansi Goes Around the Globe at Brookhaven Elementary School. The students learned that this tale originated through the craft of storytelling. The setting of the story is Ghana, West Africa. The story traveled from person to person during the time of slavery. Through storytelling, slaves were able to create a community of strength in a difficult time in their lives and in American History. The students learned the many lessons as Anansi traveled around the Globe and learned many important life lessons. 

School Social Work Week

Social Workers Make A Difference - Thank A Social Worker - National School Social Work Week March 4-10, 2018
This year's School Social Work Week is March 4-10, 2018.  The theme for School Social Work Week 2018 is: "United to Make a Better World."

School Social Workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the pupil services/Specialized Instructional Support Personnel team and are instrumental in furthering the purpose of schools to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and the attainment of competence and confidence.

School Social Workers enhance the district’s ability to meet its academic mission, by maintaining and enhancing the mental, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and social functioning of student learners.

School social work services promote the development of a positive school environment that supports a sense of belonging and connectedness, the development of positive relationships, enhanced self-esteem and empowerment that benefits the student, the school and broader community.

School social workers are effective members of an interdisciplinary team and bring their unique skills, abilities and a systems perspective to act as a consultant to teachers, parents and others to facilitate the understanding of how factors in the home, school and community affect student learner outcome.

Virtual Enterprise Students Honored

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From Portside Sweets: Rafael Vargas, Webmaster, Stephen Livigni, VP of Marketing and Abena Ababio, CEO
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From Empire Crates: Erick Madora-Bustos, Webmaster, Dylan Lobasso, Chief Marketing Officer and Collin Reich, CEO
Students in our Virtual Enterprise classes are enjoying success as they compete with high school firms from Long Island and across the country.  Both firms have just received honors from Virtual Enterprise International for their company websites.  

Portside Sweets website ( was ranked in the top 10% in the country and Empire Crates website ( was ranked in the top 25% in the country.  There are over 1000 virtual firms in the USA!  Additionally, in January at the Long Island Trade Show our new business, Empire Crates also won Gold for salesmanship and silver for their website and for their video commercial.

College & Career Fairs at Bellport High School

College & Career Fairs at Bellport High School photo
On Monday, March 5th, one hundred colleges and forty local professionals joined the Bellport High School Guidance Department at our annual Spring College and Career Fair. Students met with colleges, training programs, and professionals from around Long Island to learn about the opportunities that await them after high school graduation.

The high school guidance counselors were on staff to assist students and answer college-related questions. In addition to the colleges and careers in attendance; military branches, trade, technical, and aviation schools were available as well.

Students at Bellport High School have multiple opportunities throughout the year to learn about college and career opportunities. The high school guidance counselors host two college fairs; one in fall and another in the spring, and a career fair in the spring. Students are also encouraged to attend large career fairs hosted by Suffolk County Community College and Hofstra University. High school counselors will be meeting with students throughout the spring to assist with college admissions and career planning. Current juniors and their parents/guardians will meet with counselors during the spring to develop a testing timeline and gain an introduction to the college admission process. 

Community Letter From the Superintendent


Art Display

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Bright colors and mythical creatures are just a few of the wonders that are on display at the Brookhaven Library this season. Many of the 5th grade students of Frank P. Long Intermediate School created their own interpretations of traditional folk art animals or “Alebrijes” from Mexico. The Alebrijes on display are brilliantly colored drawings of fantastical creatures that are of the students' own creation! The 4th grade students have been delving into the art of Georgia O'Keeffe. Their large chalk drawings of her close-up flowers are enthusiastic and beautiful representations. The artwork will be on display from March until May so that all of the students and parents will be able to view their wonderful work!

Bellport Goes to Farmingdale

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Way to go Bellport!  Our Varsity Basketball Team is headed to the semi-finals at Farmingdale State College this weekend!  Read more in The Long Island Advance 2/22/18.

Learning About Blood

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What is blood made of? Are there different blood types? How do our bodies use blood? Why do some people receive donated blood? How can our community help those in need of blood donations? These questions and others were the topic of discussion at our assembly conducted by the New York Blood Center.  

Have A Heart Blood Drive

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Members of our Student Council were hard at work during our Have A Heart Blood Drive. Thanks to all who supported the blood drive with your time, hard work, and donations.

Bellport High School Star Athletes

Bellport High School Star Athletes photo
Five Bellport High School Athletes were recently recognized by the South Country Central School District Board of Education for their outstanding athletic achievements. Athletic Director Robert McIntyre introduced the athletes.  “All [athletes are] recognized tonight as All County or better honors for the fall season which puts them in an elite group of athletes on Long Island in Suffolk County and New York State,” McIntyre said. The following athletes were honored:

Gerson Granados-Bonilla – All County Boys’ Soccer
Cole Cipp – All County and All State Football
DJ Trent – All State Football
Ryan Baumann – All County Football
Jarell White – 1,000 points scored – Boys’ Basketball
The young men are not only star athletes, but they are also great role models. Congratulations to all! 
Pictured (left to right) are:  Superintendent Dr. Joseph Giani, Coach Peter Grossi, Greyson Granados-Bonilla, DJ Trent, Jarell White, Ryan Baumann, Cole Cipp, Coach Joe Cipp, III, Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice and Athletic Director Robert McIntyre

Bellport Clippers Co-league Champs

Bellport Clippers Co-league Champs photo
(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 2/15/18)

The Bellport Varsity Basketball Team took their first regular-season loss this past Saturday against Deer Park.  Despite the loss, the Clippers became co-league champions with the Falcons.

This game was painted to be the best game of the whole season, for both teams.  In their first meeting at Randy Smith basketball court, Bellport obtained a 73-58 victory.  The atmosphere demonstrated by the fans and the style of play form the home team were key to that victory.

It was a game of runs. In the fourth, Bellport went a 13-0 run and Deer Park responded with a 10-0 run of their own.  With under 10 seconds remaining, Jarell White grabbed an offensive board and put the ball in the back of the net to make it a 56-56 game.  In overtime, Bellport went on a 17-0 run to secure the victory.

But this time around, Deer Park seeked revenge; people from teams around Suffolk County did not want to miss it and were in attendance.  The Falcons took a 71-56 victory.

From the opening tip, Deer Park wanted to show who they were at home.  Bellport’s center Kavon Brown suffered an injury in the opening minutes and would not return to the game.  Deer Park took advantage of this and jumped to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter, which ended up being the difference at the end of the game.  Malik Edmead of the Falcons had 26 points, knocking down three 3-pointers and having five assists.  Josh Pismeny had 16 points and 15 boards and Keshaun Jones had 10 points and 14 boards.

For Clippers, Jarell White had 21 points and 11 boards, Kyleim Robinson had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.  Devon Balfour had nine points, while TeAndre Rountree had six points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Still, Bellport obtained a league championship along with Deer Park, marking the first time the Clippers have been champions since the 2008-09 season.  They finished with an 18-1 record.  They averaged a total of 78 points per game and allowed 59 points per game.

Jarell White finished the regular season averaging 25.1 points per game, connecting on 190 field goals, to add to that, he also had 17 double-doubles.  Kyleim Robinson finished the regular season in double figures in 18 of 19 games; one game he did not play due to sickness.  He had four games where he scored 20-plus points and one game where he scored 32.  He made 98 field goals and 28 3-pointers.  TeAndre Rountree had 12 games where he had double figures, and also totaled 120 assists.  Jaylen Trent had seven games in double figures and made 43 field goals.  Kavon Brown had six double-doubles.

Bellport’s next game will be Saturday, Feb. 17 at Bellport High School against North Babylon at noon.

(Courtesy of The Long Island Advance 2/15/18)

High-achieving Students Recognized

High-achieving Students Recognized photo
(By Tara Smith, The Long Island Advance 2/15/18)

Eight Bellport High School seniors were recently recognized by the Town of Brookhaven for their outstanding academic achievement during the Black History celebration at Town Hall on Feb. 2 and were also honored by the South Country Board of Education on Feb. 7.  They were recognized for earning a grade point average of 3.5 or better.  Board of Education Trustee Regina Hunt attended the Town’s Black History Celebration and recalls a year where no South Country students were honored.  “This year, we had eight students and three of them are in the top 10 of their class.  As the only school board member of color, it was both an honor and a pleasure to acknowledge their achievements,” Hunt said.  Students recognized included:  Abena Amoako-Ababio, Jerome Belford, Karl Charles, Christian Craig, Tyra Ferrell, Kai Hatcher, Deasha Loftin and Kayla Riley.  Of the eight students, three ranked in this year’s top 10 including:  Amoako-Ababio, Charles and Hatcher.  Congratulations to all!  

Pictured (left to right) are:  Superintendent Dr. Joseph Giani, Principal Tim Hogan, Christian Craig, Jerome Belford, Abena Amoako-Ababio, Karl Charles, Kai Hatcher, Board of Education Vice President Regina Hunt and Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice.  Not pictured:  Deasha Loftin, Tyra Ferrell and Kayla Riley.

(Courtesy of The Long Island Advance 2/15/18)

Bellport High School Robotics Team Honored

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Seven Bellport High School students were recently recognized by the South Country Central School District Board of Education for their contributions to the Robotics Team. Team Advisor Charles Rogener introduced the team members and congratulated them for their hard work and dedication. The Robotics Team gave a demonstration for the Board.  The following team members were honored:

Michael Vengroski
Isaiah James
Thomas Miller
Christopher Lannon
Philip Abbate
Jake D’Esposito
Robert Gronenthal 

The young men came in first place in the recent First Tech Challenge Robotics Tournament.  Congratulations!

Pictured (left to right) are:  Jaime Canjura, Team Advisor Charles Rogener, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Giani, Michael Vengroski, Isaiah James, Thomas Miller, Christopher Lannon, Philip Abbate, Jake D’Espositio and Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice.  Not pictured: Robert Gronenthal


Bellport Middle School’s Outstanding Musical Performance

Bellport Middle School’s Outstanding Musical Performance photo
The cast and crew of Fame Jr. did an amazing job on their performance during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend!  Their talent and energy brought this 1980’s story alive as the audience enjoyed a trip down memory lane and the feeling of excitement as the students danced and sang their way to FAME!

Post-Season Honors

Congratulations to the following winter athletes for achieving post season honors:

All League Wrestlers -
195 - Shakeese Byrd – Champion (All – County)
220 - Ben Greene - Champion
106 -  Phil Trowbridge - 2nd
132 - Garrett Kusa - 2nd
145 - Charlie Rose - 2nd
182 - D'Andre Russell - 2nd
120 - Robert Belcher - 3rd
138 - James Highsmith
160 - Josh Leidig  - 3rd
170 - Randall Ulloa - 3rd
152 - Domenick Nazzaro
132 - Jake Mulle - 4th
285 - Carlos Maldonado - 4th
Kyler Pizzo – All County Winter Track 55 meter hurdles

Super Bowl Math

Mrs. Havens students had a blast competing in Super Bowl Math!

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019 School Year

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for students who will be entering the District in September 2018 will be held at the Central Registration Office from March 1st to March 29th, 2018. Click here for information.

Bellport High School and Middle School Celebrate National School Counseling Week, Feb. 5–9, 2018

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School counselors at Bellport High School and Middle School will be celebrating National School Counseling Week February 5th – 9th. Counselors at the secondary level will host student activities throughout the week that support the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets & Domains of academic, career, and social/emotional development.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the ASCA, will be celebrated from Feb. 5–9, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. 

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at Bellport High School and Bellport Middle School.  For more information about the American School Counselor Association, please visit

Bellport High School Robotics

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The Bellport High School Robotics Team came in first place in the First Tech Challenge Robotics tournament on Sunday, January 28th. The competition, held at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, had a total of 23 teams compete and was a qualifying tournament. The team will now compete for the Long Island Championship in the FIRST Tech Challenge held in Smithtown on February 11th. Congratulations to the team! 



The New Year’s Ball arrived at Verne W. Critz Elementary on the first Friday of January as students and staff observed and celebrated the New Year. Everyone arrived at school dressed their best to step into 2018. The PTA provided tablecloths for cafeteria tables as teachers dedicated some time from their instructional day to promote manners and resolutions. It was beautiful to see children and staff at their best!


Bellport Basketball On Fire

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Bellport’s Varsity Basketball Team remains undefeated after winning against Deer Park on January 25, 2018.  Click here to read the game highlights featured in Newsday’s article, 1/26/18.


Congratulations to two 2017 Bellport varsity football players for outstanding post-season recognition.  Senior captain Cole Cipp and junior captain DJ Trent were selected by the New York State Sports Writers Association to the 2017 All-State Class A high school football team.  Cipp was selected as a defensive back and Trent as a running back.  Cipp led the team in tackles and receiving yards while Trent led the team in rushing yards, touchdowns and scoring.  Great job boys for representing Bellport High School and the South Country community with pride in earning state recognition for your efforts on the field.  Pictured are Cipp #88 and Trent #26 together on the field.


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(Photos by Ray Passaro, The Long Island Advance 1/18/17)

Bellport’s varsity wrestling team took second place at the 33rd annual Kujan Brothers Memorial Tournament held at William Floyd HS on January 13, 2018.  Also at the tournament, Bellport’s Randall Ulloa took first place with an 11-0 major decision over Smithtown East’s Zachary Schumer. 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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