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SCCSD Board Notes - March 13, 2019 Meeting

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During the first business meeting of the month on March 13, the board of education regretfully accepted the resignation of vice president Regina Hunt, who must vacate her seat due to a residency change. Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco presented Ms. Hunt with a proclamation thanking her for her service to the South Country Central School District and community. Board president Cheryl A. Felice also thanked Ms. Hunt for her service. “Her love and compassion for the people of our district will be sorely missed, equaled by few and exceeded by none,” Ms. Felice said. “We will all miss her willingness to go the extra mile, her knowledge of our schools, the integrity she possesses, and her truly authentic nature. Most of all, we will miss her laughter and friendship.”

Dr. Joseph Giani announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation reported that the Town of Brookhaven’s landfill failed air quality testing for a period of time in December 2018. He noted that while this information is important and concerning, it is not related in any way to the District nor Frank P. Long Intermediate School. He said the health and safety of students and staff is the district’s highest priority. Over the last five years, the district has conducted an extensive and comprehensive environmental investigation, as well as a significant capital project at the Frank P. Long Intermediate School. Testing included total indoor/outdoor ambient air quality, groundwater well testing, radon testing and heavy metals testing. The district also replaced all windows and doors, upgraded the HVAC system and renovated the outdoor courtyard. The comprehensive investigation concluded that all parameters assessed to be normal for a school building in Suffolk County. “We understand and sympathize with the concerns of our community, and the district will continue to do its due diligence to ensure the safety of its students and staff,” Dr. Giani said. 

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services Dr. Sammy Gergis gave a budget presentation on general support, transportation and undistributed codes in the proposed 2019-2020 spending plan. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Marlon Small also presented information on instruction. At this current time, the projected budget totals $135,199,284 with a tax cap limit of 3.36 percent, which is an approximate $3 million budget increase over the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Gergis explained the financial challenges the district faces, which include underfunded and unfunded mandates, decreased state aid and funding and potential additional transportation costs. Mr. Gergis also noted that the projected budget does not yet include the use of district reserves. Dr. Giani said the district “needs to sharpen our pencils” to reduce expenses, and the board will need to discuss whether to stay within the tax cap or to use reserves during subsequent meetings and workshops. The 2019-20120 budget will be adopted on April 17.  

The next board of education will be held on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the administrative building. 


Field Trips Through Use of Virtual Reality

Field Trips Through Use of Virtual Reality
Eastern Suffolk BOCES technology integration specialist Nikki Fink visited  fourth-and fifth-grade students at Frank P. Long Intermediate School, taking them on virtual reality field trips through the use of Google Expedition Virtual Reality. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Marlon Small explained that the district is exploring the possibility of integrating Google Expedition technology into classrooms in the near future.

 The technology, which looks like the old-fashioned View Master, is equipped with applications which transport students into various three-dimensional worlds. Use of this technology is paralleled with specific curriculum, such as the study of outer space, animal adaptations and the human respiratory system.

“The students are more engaged when they use virtual reality, helping them to recall more information,” Ms. Fink said. “The information is more tangible to the student.”

Fourth-grade students visited outer space, where they identified all of the planets and various asteroids. The 360-degree view allowed the students to study identifying factors of each planet and some of their moons, as well as to gain perspective of the planets’ positions to the Sun and Earth. In Camilla Ciervo’s fifth-grade classroom, students gained perspective of the respiratory system using the technology to identify features of the mouth, nose and lungs. The technology even revealed what smoker’s lung looked like.

Students Host National Foreign Language Week

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Bellport Middle School celebrated languages and cultural diversity during the school’s annual National Foreign Language Week, held March 4-8. Sponsored by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, National Foreign Language Week is celebrated in order to allow students to gain new levels of appreciation and enhanced perspective of a diverse global society. 

Spanish teacher Paola Pilocane said, “Celebrating National Foreign Language Week helps students to “recognize the importance of foreign language study and learning about other cultures. The students are also exposed to valuable cross-cultural experiences.”

Teacher Sal DiPuma said the students were immersed in a number of fun-filled activities, in addition to their classroom studies of Italian, French and Spanish. There was an international Kahoot Challenge and the debut of a cultural roots film in which teachers talked about their cultural heritage. There was an Escape the Room Challenge with clues relating to foreign literature review, a number activity, scavenger hunt and cultural music. Classes also organized into teams to compete against one another in an international Jeopardy competition. The week commenced with International Food Day, in which students were encouraged to bring a dish that represents their cultural identity.

South Country Artists GO APE

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Bellport High School Advanced Placement Studio in Art students Monica Balbuca, Kyle Muldoon, Bryce Reid and Caroline Slovensky were selected to exhibit their artwork at the 2019 Go APE Advanced Placement Exhibition. The closing reception was held on March 3 at the Art League of Long Island’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery after the show ran from Feb. 16-March 3. The students created the artwork for the exhibit as part of their AP portfolio, under the direction of teacher Devin Auricchio.

The annual Go APE exhibit celebrates the exceptional artwork of Long Island Schools’ Advanced Placement students, and the most talented participants are selected by their teachers. 

The South Country School District congratulates the students on this outstanding artistic achievement.

District Students Receive Commendations for Artwork

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South Country community members visiting the district’s central office cannot help but take note of the exceptional student artwork hanging in the main hallway. These students were recently honored during the central office gallery Reception on Feb. 28, attended by members of the board of education, central office administration, faculty, honorees and their families.

“These art pieces are testament to the outstanding talents of our students and the exceptional professionalism of our teachers,” District Art Department Chairperson Suzette Emma Fandale said.   

The district congratulates the following students whose artwork will be exhibited throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

NYS Assessment Testing Letter

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Trustee Regina Hunt Resigns

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During the March 13 Board of Education meeting, the board regretfully accepted the resignation of vice president Regina Hunt due to a residency change. Hunt has been a trustee since 2015.

Board President Cheryl A. Felice heartfully thanked Ms. Hunt for her service to the district’s students and the community. “Her love and compassion for the people of our district will be sorely missed, equaled by few and exceeded by none,” Ms. Felice said. “We will all miss her willingness to go the extra mile, her knowledge of our schools, the integrity she possesses, and her truly authentic nature. Most of all, we will miss her laughter and friendship.”

In addition, Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco presented Ms. Hunt with a proclamation thanking her for her service to the community. 

During her closing remarks, Ms. Hunt said “It has been a real pleasure working here. If anyone needs me, I’m always available.”

South Country Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss

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Throughout the District, elementary-level students enrolled at Brookhaven, Kreamer Street and Verne W. Critz elementary schools, as well as Frank P. Long Intermediate School, celebrated Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday with literacy activities to strengthen their reading and writing skills.

In addition to extensive literacy lessons, Verne W. Critz students participated in a weeklong list of fun activities to recognize their love of reading and writing. On “The Cat in the Hat” Day, students wore crazy hats and headbands to demonstrate their love of reading. Students also brought to school a favorite stuffed animal or animal figure to participate in “Put Me in the Zoo” Day, dressed in mismatched clothes or a wacky hairdo on “Wacky Wednesday,” and wore green clothing on “Green Eggs and Ham” Day. The week culminated with Drop Everything and Read Day in which students and faculty spent the final half hour of the school week reading their favorite books or a group story. 

Brookhaven Elementary Celebrates a Month of Black History

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The monthlong study of Black History culminated in a day of fun and diverse educational activities for Brookhaven Elementary School students. On Feb. 28, each of the grade levels teamed up to provide students with opportunities to review the information they garnered during the month and to learn additional skills related to this annual celebration of diversity.

On the second-grade level, students were instructed in African dance by teacher Stefani Nolde and select student-dancers. As the classes rotated through stations, they participated in faculty read alouds of books including “Henry’s Freedom Box” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” The students also matched the names and historical descriptions of successful black Americans including Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges. Third-grade students, who were also instructed in dance, listed words that describe favorite and notable African-Americans. The students wrote one word on paper strips describing the significant impact these individuals had on the country. The strips were then collected and placed on a bulletin board in the hallway.

“Today we celebrate the African-American diaspora,” Ms. Nolde said. “There has been a lot of culture and beauty that came out of it.” 


 
 

SCCSD Board Notes Feb. 27 Meeting

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The Board of Education held its second business meeting of the month, commencing with a hearty congratulations to the boys basketball team, who won the league championship, and for the flawless high school performances of  “Rent.” 

During the Superintendent report, Dr. Joseph Giani reminded the community that  voting times for this year’s school budget and trustee election on May 21 have been expanded to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. He also reported that the Frank P. Long Intermediate School window and door project is in full swing with completion set for April.

The Board approved the consolidated 2019-2020 school calendar, which will have a start date for the new school year on Sept. 4, two whole weeks off at the winter recess and one snow day built in.  

March 25 is the start of the District’s pre-kindergarten program registration. Information on how to register is on the District website. 

Trustee Di Santo said she would like to see members of the community take a closer look at becoming involved in the District’s advisory committee meetings scheduled for March 4-7. The next round of meetings will be held on June 3-6 for finance and facilities, health and safety, strategic planning and teaching and learning. Locations and times are posted on the District website. 

President Felice discussed inviting CEED, the Center for Environmental Education and Discovery, to meet with the superintendent and discuss joint programming. Trustee Picini asked the District to educate the community about the Momo Challenge. Halfway through YouTube videos for children like “Peppa Pig” and “Fortnite,” a scary image pops up which encourages children to harm themselves. The Board agreed parents should receive communication about this menacing and potentially dangerous challenge, and a letter from Dr. Giani has since been posted to the website.

Dr. Anthony Griffin said he had the opportunity to visit Brookhaven Elementary School and saw three things: a school of love, laughter and learning. He noted that even though the state has labeled the school one that needs improvement and support, this is not what he saw on his tour. “This is not who we are,” he said, and he appreciates the letter that was sent to the staff from Dr. Giani.

High school teacher Gaetano Greco and school counselor teaching assistant Daniel Jarmon were recognized for their selfless efforts in cleaning off staff cars of snow during a recent snow storm.   

The next business meeting will be held on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a budget presentation on curriculum and instruction.  

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Bellport MS Touts ‘Progress’ During Black History Month Ceremony

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In collaboration with S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Bellport Middle School presented Evolution of Dance and Music, the program for this year’s annual Black History Month celebration, held in the school auditorium on Feb. 26.

The evening was punctuated with performances by the middle school jazz ensemble, under the baton of Audrey Garcia. The Bellport Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Kyle Sherlock, performed John Legend’s “Glory,” and local dancer Aniya Heyward gave a talented tap dance performance. In addition, a poignant video presentation, James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” set the tone for the evening’s message about making progress and accepting black history as the nation’s and “our” own history.

After student Mistress of Ceremonies Madison Roberts welcomed the audience and Autumn Simon led the Pledge of Allegiance, Bishop Charles Bullock of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven gave the invocation. Principal Dr. Jamal Colson set the theme of progress, claiming that progress can be made through community partnership and working together. He reminded students that they can make progress through adoption of the three “As,” attendance, attitude and striving for achievement. 

Brookhaven Town Councilwoman (District 1) Valerie Cartright, who is Brookhaven Town’s first African-American and person of Haitian descent to be elected to the town’s government, noted that the struggle of others is part of black Americans’ progress. She said, “It is important to be present in everything in our community. We need to ask whether we are expressing our voice.”

Bellport Middle School teacher Loraine Richardson-McCray noted that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “with love” progressive and revolutionary correspondence and speeches in addition to the notable “I Have a Dream” speech. Ms. Richardson-McCray also encouraged the audience to read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” 

Students Samir Bell and Bobby John gave the celebration’s closing remarks. “We have to come together, stay together and be one,” Bobby said. “Without struggle, there is no progress.”

After the ceremony in the auditorium, participants were invited to continue the evening’s celebration of black history with dancing and dinner provided by Arooga’s Grill House and Sports Bar, Bravo, Café Castello Restaurant and Pizzeria, Café Gia, Cirillo’s IGA, Del Fuego, Empire State After School Program, Gaby’s Deli & Grocery, New Bethel First Pentecostal Church of America, Inc., Super Deli, Sicilia D’Oro, Stop & Shop and The Journey.

 

Celebrating Bellport HS’s School Counselors

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Bellport High School and the District celebrated National School Counseling Week during the week of Feb. 4-8. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, National School Counseling Week calls attention to the tremendous contributions school counselors make in assisting students to achieve their educational goals and to plan for their future careers.

Each morning, student activity quotes were broadcast on the school monitor highlighting one thing a school counselor has done for a student. Art Department Chairperson Suzette Fandale created a “Happy National School Counseling Week” poster for the central lobby to welcome visitors and students. School counselor Jenna Restivo also developed a new guidance brochure to be distributed to the board of education, the central administration office and to juniors and their families during individual Junior Planning Conferences. In addition, counselors promoted a schoolwide Random Acts of Kindness Week, promoting kind deeds throughout the week and during grade-level assemblies for students in grades 9-12.  
 

Emulating the Teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

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In celebration of Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, kindergarten students in Kristen Shanley’s class at Brookhaven Elementary School  discussed the characteristics possessed by the former civic leader. 

The students studied the life of Dr. King by reading various books and Scholastic News articles, studied his “I Have a Dream” speech and discussed how Dr. King’s actions changed the world. In honor of his birthday, the students listed words and phrases that will assist them in emulating Dr. King’s teachings including, treat people fairly, give to others, be kind to others, share with friends, make people happy and stand up for what is right. The list was then shared with peers on a colorful bulletin board placed in the school’s hallway.








 

Verne Critz snuggles up and reads

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The excitement was palpable as Verne W. Critz Elementary School students collected their passports in the school cafeteria for the PTA’s annual Snuggle Up and Read event. The passports listed four opportunities for the avid readers to attend 15-minute read alouds by teacher volunteers.
“This is a great opportunity for the students to hear multiple bedtime stories,” Principal Mandy Mazziotti said. “It is also an additional opportunity for students to hear literature read aloud.”

As the students approached the classrooms, the doors were decorated to reflect the theme of the story. The teachers also dressed up for the occasion to add dramatic effect to their reading. 

The school thanks the following faculty for their participation in this beloved event: Donna Cimino  and Jessica Richards  – “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great;” Lynn Cullen and South Country Public Library librarian Jen Marin – “The Three Armadillies Tuff;” Erika Watson – “Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth;” Jennifer Hayhurst and Jill DeRosa – “Mother Bruce;” Carolyn Kelly – “The Three Ninja Pigs;” Lealand Richard – “Secret Pizza Party;” Stacey Kevelos and Rebecca Ruchman – “Manana Iguana;” Theresa Milani and Maria Waldeck – “The Most Magnificent Thing;” Jennifer Petti and Erica Vitale – “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons;” Megan Huber and Melissa Nucatola – “The Day the Crayons Quit” and Shelley Tooker “Bad Boys Get Cookie.”  



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South Country Students are 100 Days Smarter

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The District celebrated the first 100 days of school on Feb. 15 with special and engaging hands-on English language arts, mathematics and art activities to mark this momentous occasion for elementary-level students.

Many of the students arrived at the school entrance dressed as 100-year-olds or donning T-shirts decorated with 100 items. Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) stations allowed the students to build structures with 100 Legos, Unifix cubes and other materials. Students honed reading skills while hunting for sight words posted in their classrooms and listening to a number of stories related to the first 100 days of school. There were also games and physical education stations where students performed 100 repetitions of exercises. In Brookhaven Elementary School’s Dual Language Magnet Program, students reviewed and recited their numbers up to 100 in both English and Spanish during a Hershey Kiss and match game.   

South Country Director of Elementary Education Amy Brennan noted that this day is special for elementary-level students. “The students have really worked hard and have been successful in meeting the academic challenges of the first 100 days of school,” she said.  











SCCSD Board Notes Feb. 6 Business Meeting

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The South Country Board of Education met for its first business meeting of the month on Feb. 6 with much discussion about the impending 2019-2020 district budget.

During the superintendent’s report, Dr. Joseph Giani announced that he and Board President Cheryl A. Felice attended the 15th annual Legislative Breakfast held at Longwood High School on Feb. 2. He also announced that the district will participate in the Children’s Writing and Illustration Competition and Crayon Collection Drive, sponsored by the CEED Center for Environmental Education & Discovery and in conjunction with the second annual Bellport and Brookhaven Children’s Book Festival. Dr. Giani also congratulated the 15 student wrestlers from the high school varsity wrestling team who qualified to compete in the Suffolk County Section II Tournament, being held at Suffolk County Community College on Feb. 9-10.  

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services Dr. Sammy Gergis gave an overview of the tax levy limit and revenue during the district’s second budget presentation. He noted that in the first governor’s budget run, the district stands to receive $56.7 million in aid, which is approximately $419,000 less than last year. Dr. Gergis also calculated through an eight-step process the projected tax levy for the 2019-20 school year, totaling $62,240,685, which is a 3.36 percent increase and $2,022,996 more than last year. At this time, the projected 2019-20 spending plan totals $129,171,139. He also noted that these numbers will change throughout the budget process. The Board and Dr. Giani also discussed the budget brochure in terms of its compliance with the Voting Rights Act. 

The Board also passed a Capital Reserve Resolution to expend no more than $2.3 million from the existing 2016 Capital Reserve Fund to replace the exterior vestibule and all windows at Kreamer Street Elementary School. The resolution, which will not affect the taxpayer, must be approved by voters and will be placed on the ballot during the 2019-20 district election to be held on May 21.  

The Board will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. when Dr. Gergis will give a budget presentation on general support, operations and maintenance, security, utilities, transportation, employee benefits, debt service, fund transfers and capital expenditures.

Bellport HS Presents ‘Rent’

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A talented cast and crew drew full houses during performances of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent,” held in the Bellport High School Ebersole Auditorium on Feb. 8-9.

Under the direction of Suzette Fandale, producer Barbara Gallagher and choreographer Stephanie Vertichio, the 39-member cast and company entertained the audience with this memorable rendition of the 1990s musical about a group of starving New York artists who struggle with their careers, love lives and the community effects of the AIDS epidemic while trying to survive in Manhattan’s East Village. 

Shaun Laurinaitis played the role of aspiring filmmaker Mark, while Tyler Zapata played HIV-positive musician Roger, both of whom scramble to make rent to their former roommate and landlord Benjamin, played by Mike Marziliano. In the meantime, friend and professor Tom (Henry Chillogallo) is attracted to Angel (James MacGilvray), who is dying from AIDS. The success of the production was not only due to the professional-quality of the student-actors but by the 22-member crew, Angelique Graziano’s talents with hair and makeup, vocal director and accompanist Henry Finnegan and the pit orchestra, under the baton of Jim Uzzi. The masterful set design and construction were also the workings of Ms. Fandale, Ms. Gallagher and Mr. Uzzi.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the student-thespians on their outstanding performances.




Brookhaven Celebrates the Year of the Pig

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Brookhaven Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students celebrated the Chinese New Year with a host of activities on Feb. 8.

Teachers first discussed the history behind the annual celebration of Asia’s lunar New Year and the Chinese zodiac’s Year of the Pig. Throughout the morning, the students rotated during various stations in which they crafted Chinese lanterns, colorful masks, construction paper fortune cookies and paper dragons. Each of the first-grade classes also made a traditional dragon out of paper bags, colorful construction paper and streamers. In the afternoon, the school held its own traditional Chinese New Year Parade as the first-graders carried their dragons down the hall for all the students to behold.  











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Making a World of Difference

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First-grade students at Kreamer Street got a jump on making their special valentines with the assistance of A World of Difference Club members from Bellport Middle School. 

Sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, a World of Difference club teaches respect and tolerance of others. In its second year of operation, middle school members currently mentor Kreamer Street Elementary School students once a week through a variety of activities. Students at Bellport High School and Frank P. Long Intermediate School are also members of this special and diverse organization.

During the valentine-making activity, club members instructed the first-graders on how to make a valentine. The younger students first decided to whom their valentines would be given and wrote an appropriate note to the recipients. The valentines were cut out of either pink or red construction paper and decorated with warmth and love.

A World of Difference club adviser Gail Freeman Scallon noted that the club members enjoy mentoring the younger students and that meaningful friendships develop during the course of each mentoring session. 




 

Bellport MS Helps Improve Nation’s Educational System

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Forty-nine Bellport Middle School students participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam in mathematics, reading and science on Jan. 30. All students received a certificate of participation and were granted the equivalent of 1.5 hours of community service.

According to the NAEP website, the NAEP exam is the only national assessment that adequately measures students’ knowledge in various subjects. Also known as the Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided information about how students across the nation are performing academically since its inception in 1969. Participation in the exam helps the country to make informed decisions about how to improve the educational system. 

Verne W. Critz Students Celebrate Career Day

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Verne W. Critz Elementary School students dressed as firemen, nurses, veterinarians and athletes as part of the school’s Career Day.
 
Principal Mandy Mazziotti explained that Career Day is an opportunity for the students to set goals for themselves and to be exposed to various opportunities available to them as they get older.

Career Day commenced with an assembly with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani, who explained to the student body his job as a district superintendent. Speakers from local businesses also visited the classrooms and included chiropractor Dr. Joseph Merckling, Suffolk County police officer Eddie Gomez and K-9 partner Milo, paramedic Kristin Huck, Air Force Pararescue Captain Salvatore Sferrazza, merchandiser Melissa Wasylyshyn, physical therapist Amy Maragioglio, fireman Matthew Wilkinson, transportation specialist Joshua Warshaw, veterinarian Dr. Nicholas Martuccio, dentist and hygienist Dr. Matthew Kahn, and finance specialist Joanne Bennett.

The students not only had a fun day dressing up, but learned about various professions, thanks to the volunteers who made Career Day possible.

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Mr. Rouse’s music students are putting their knowledge of song structure to work by composing computer music.

South Country Students Go On a Nutrition Safari

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Students at Brookhaven, Kreamer Street and Verne W. Critz elementary schools are focusing on eating wholesome food to fuel their bodies during the schools’ annual Nutrition Safari. Sponsored by Whitsons Culinary Group, a food service company hired by the district, the experience assists students in choosing healthy meals and eating.

During the event at Brookhaven Elementary School, Grant the Gazelle visited students during lunch and helped them choose healthy snacks from the menu, including carrots, apples and yogurt. “Ranger” Diane Murphy, who runs the program, said the program is geared as a fun way to promote healthy eating. At the end of lunch, students received a “Color in the Safari Friends” coloring packet to reinforce the basic food groups.
 

Cleaning Up the Local Marina

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Bellport High School students braced the cold on Jan. 10 to clean up the Bellport Village Marina, also known as “The Dock,” after a winter storm partially flooded the location. The activity was sponsored by the Key Club under the direction of co-advisers Lori Dougherty and Meredith McCarthy. The student-volunteers collected four large trash bags of paper and plastic debris to assist in preserving the local bay area and to prevent a negative impact on the ecosystem.

Bellport MS Presents ‘Guys and Dolls’

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Under the direction of Michelle Stiriz and producer Sean Austin, Bellport Middle School’s talented cast and crew drew a full house during performances of “Guys and Dolls” held on Jan. 18 and 19 in the school auditorium. 

Based on the 1950 Broadway hit, the middle school production used Frank Loesser’s original, popular scores including “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “I’ll Know.” On stage, Brynne Ballan played the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson with Keira Ballan as Miss Adelaide, Anthony Santana as Nathan Detroit and Alex Marrero as Sky Masterson. Principal actors also included Annalise Scotto-Lavino (Sarah Brown), Sydney Smith (Benny/Beatty Southstreet), Eirini Michaels (General Cartwright) and Mason Linke (Big Jule).
 
The show’s success was also due to the artistic talents of light designer Joseph Skelly, choreographer Oya Bangura, costume designer Lisa Ferrara and the dedicated cast and crew.
 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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