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Thank You South Country Education Foundation!

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Mrs. McMahon received a grant from the South Country Education Foundation!  This grant will allow the four Kindergarten classes at Verne W. Critz to see a play at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson.  The play they will see in May 2018 is called, Goldilocks—Is That You? This is a delightful re-telling of the famous story as our heroine, Goldilocks, a conscientious scout, encounters the three nicest show-biz bears you’d ever hope to meet and helps them foil the villainous plans of Billy de Goat Gruff. 

They chose this play as a continued celebration to the “Old Favorites” reading unit in Reader’s Workshop.

Congratulations to Cole Cipp, recipient of the Thomas Cutinella Award

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Congratulations to Bellport High School senior, Cole Cipp, recipient of the Thomas Cutinella Award!  Cole was recently honored with this award which is given to one senior in Suffolk County who demonstrates outstanding leadership and citizenship on and off the football field.

ENL Jumps into Google Classroom at Bellport High School

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The ENL department at Bellport High School has jumped into Google Classroom and is loving every minute of it. Students have signed into the Classroom in their ENL/ELA classes and have created Google Slide presentations for their group projects about literary elements.  Students planned together how their groups would approach the project, dividing the tasks fairly and allowing each other to shine. The quality of the presentations was excellent, as students taught each other how to add photos to the background and how to animate the changing of the slides. Students helped each other to define literary elements and to provide appropriate and interesting examples and images for each literary element. 

Students continue to practice using the different literary elements as they regularly write in Google Classroom using the literary techniques. They enjoy using the photos posted online as their inspirations. Students get to see their work in the live feed on the interactive whiteboard in the classroom, which allows the entire class to appreciate and respond to each other’s work. 

Monday December 4, 2017 was a G.R.E.A.T. day!

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the 4th Grade Students at Frank P. Long Intermediate School successfully completed the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program. To conclude the program, Suffolk County Sheriff training instructors along with members of the K9 Unit conducted an assembly. The assembly consisted of a question and answer session followed by a much anticipated K9 demonstration.

For additional information about G.R.E.A.T. visit the Suffolk County Sherri’s Office Web site: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/sheriff/CommunityPrograms/TheGREATProgramGangResistanceEducation.aspx

Bellport Basketball 2017-2018 Season Opener

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Congratulations to the Bellport Basketball Team for a great season opener on November 30th! The 2017-2018 basketball season began with Bellport winning their first game, defeating Sachem East 63-49. (See article in The Long Island Advance 12/7/17)

Art Display

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Picture from left to right: Ava DiBella, Ava Reddington, Sade Capenter-Schatzman, and Krystle Mont
The exceptionally talented students at Frank P. Long Intermediate School have been very busy in the art room this year! They have been visually reflecting on the world outside them. Students have painted the changing colors of the foliage, the last of the summer sunflowers, and some of the New York State animal residents. Their paintings and drawings are a rich homage to the fall season and the unique lens of which our students experience it.  The students are so proud to exhibit their delightful pieces in the Brookhaven Library for everyone to see. The first show will run from November through January so that both parents and students will have the opportunity to see their work. 

ENL Thanksgiving Feast at Bellport High School

ENL Thanksgiving Feast at Bellport High School photo
The ENL department at Bellport High School celebrated Thanksgiving with their students with a grand feast. Students enjoyed the cultural experience of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and even apple pie. All of the students who attended dined together at one, long, banquet-style table, where they talked and laughed as they enjoyed the feast and dining music.

Students who attended the feast gained an entry ticket by submitting a written paragraph about what they are grateful for. The writings were heartfelt and truly represented the spirit of Thanksgiving. During the celebration, students and teachers took the opportunity to speak about the many things that they are thankful for in their lives. It was a fine Thanksgiving celebration for all.

A special thank you was given to the culinary department who roasted the turkeys for the feast.
 

Eastern Suffolk Academy of Applied Technology - Quarter 1 Honor Students

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Bellport High School is pleased to recognize twenty-two (22) high school BOCES students for demonstrating outstanding achievement by being named to the first quarter Honor Roll for their respective Career and Technology courses.  In total, eleven (11) students were recognized from the Gary Bixhorn Technical Center (Bellport) and eleven (11) students from the Edward J. Milliken Technical Center (Oakdale). 

These students have shown responsibility in the classroom, commitment to their work ethic and maintained a GPA of ninety or above with fewer than five absences. 

Students pictured (top row): Josue Arriaza, Randall Ulloa, Steven Perez-Pagan, Conor Schlosser, Meagan Porter, Paul Carreno, Eliasar Cruz, Anthony Lopez Benavidez, BHS Principal Mr. Hogan. (Bottom Row) BOCES Liaison Mrs. Glynn, Flora Haynes, Kimberly Dean, Emma Walker, Jennifer Gonzalez, Veronica Campoverde, Jessica Mone, Krista Romano, Hana Mackin, Evelyn Gomez, Briana Matias, Eddie Gibson. 
Not Pictured: Emily Mungavin, Danny Nocera, and Dayana Rodriquez
 

Bellport HS Suffolk Zone Award Winners

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Congratulations to Bellport High School Seniors Ryan Baumann and Emma Johnsen, the 2017 recipients of the Suffolk Zone Award!   Given by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this prestigious award is given annually to one male and one female from each high school who have demonstrated excellence both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Nominees are selected based upon outstanding physical education achievement, scholarship in the classroom, exceptional character and leadership qualities. Both students were acknowledged at a recent Board of Education meeting in recognition of their wonderful achievement!

Bellport Varsity Soccer's Promising Season

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Congratulations to the Varsity Soccer Team for a wonderful season!  Through their hard work and dedication, they reached the soccer playoffs for the first time in 9 years!  Coaches Peter Grossi and Joseph Malandro are looking forward to working again next year with this talented group of players.  (See article in The Long Island Advance 11/9/17)

 

Director of Financial Aid Provides Valuable Insight

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On Monday, November 1st, students and parents joined the Bellport High School Guidance Department to listen to financial aid guest speaker, Amy Thompson. Ms. Thompson is the Director of Financial Aid at St. Joseph’s College and is one of Long Island’s greatest financial aid information resources. Ms. Thompson provided an introduction to the college financial aid process, including information regarding Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, grants, as well as special state funded tuition assistance programs. Ms. Thompson provided a PowerPoint presentation and conducted an in-depth question and answer session with the community.

If you, or your child has questions about college admissions or the financial aid process, we encourage you to visit the Bellport High School Guidance Webpage at www.southcountry.org/schools/bhs_guidance or contact your child’s guidance counselor to make an appointment at 631-730-1608.
 

Nine Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2017 All-County Performing Ensembles

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Pictured L-R Front Row: Valentina Banellis, Angelina Caroli, Emmaly Seaman, Maya McCullough. Back Row: Kai Hatcher, Erin Kelly, Sarah Vaccaro, Andrew Zimlinghaus, Tyler Zapata.
Nine Bellport High School musicians were chosen to participate in the 2017 High School All-County Music Festival. The Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) sponsor this event jointly.

Bellport has representatives in three performing groups, the All-County Treble Choir, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.  Over 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Hauppauge High School on Friday, November 17, 2017

Selections were made based upon each student’s NYSSMA Solo Festival rating and nominations submitted by school music teachers last June.  This festival recognizes Suffolk’s most accomplished high school music students in grades 11 and 12.  Representing Bellport High School are:

Valentina Banellis Viola Symphony Orchestra
Angelina Caroli Clarinet Symphonic Band
Kai Hatcher Viola Symphony Orchestra
Erin Kelly Soprano 2 Treble Choir
Maya McCullough Alto 2 Treble Choir
Emmaly Seaman Soprano 2 Treble Choir
Sarah Vaccaro Viola Symphony Orchestra
Tyler Zapata Trumpet Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Zimlinghaus Alto Saxophone Symphonic Band


The music department is very proud to have Valentina, Angelina, Kai, Erin, Maya, Emmaly, Sarah, Tyler and Andrew represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event! 
 

Kids on the Block Visit Brookhaven Elementary Students!

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In honor of Red Ribbon Week and the focus on making healthy choices our students enjoyed a visit from the puppets from Kids on the Block. The puppets helped create an awareness of how to resolve conflict with friends and also explored ways to promote positive peer relationships in school!
 

School Board Honored For Commitment To Children

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On October 25, 2017, Brookhaven Elementary School honored the South Country Central School District Board of Education members with a dinner and presentation given by the Dual Language Program.  During School Board Recognition Week, Brookhaven Elementary School Administrators, Dr. Kathleen Munisteri and Dr. Rebecca Raymond, along with the children from the Dual Language Program presented Board members with gifts in recognition of their commitment to the South Country community.  Assemblyman Dean Murray also attended the celebration and presented certificates to the School Board members.  The members serving the South Country Central School District are as follows: Cheryl A. Felice, President, Regina Hunt, Vice President, Lisa Di Santo, Dr. Anthony Griffin, Carol Malin, Jack Nix and Chris Picini.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Bellport Middle School

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On October 12th, 2017 Bellport Middle School welcomed many members of the South Country community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The festivities were coordinated by the students from beginning to end. The night included student cultural presentations, music, dance and food representative of the Hispanic American culture. This great celebration was supported by vendors and community organizations such as S.T.R.O.N.G., Swell Taco, Del Fuego and Rincón Criollo as well as a great team of administrators, guidance counselors and teachers from Bellport Middle School.  The main goal for the celebration was to recognize the valuable contributions of the Hispanic American community members and to create a sense of unification among all cultures represented in the South Country Central School District.



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Four Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2017 All-State Performing Ensembles

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pictured left to right are Tyler Zapata, Sarah Vaccaro, Andrew Zimlinghaus and Erin Kelly
The selection committees for the 2017 New York State School Music Association Conference selected three Bellport High School musicians to perform at this year’s All-State NYSSMA Winter Music Conference.  The festival and conference will take place in Rochester, NY, beginning Thursday, November 30 and ending Sunday, December 3.   Two days of concert performances will be held at the renowned Eastman Theater of the Eastman School of Music.  

Each of these students received a perfect score (A+, 100) from state adjudicators on their solo performances at last spring’s NYSSMA Solo Festival held at Eastport-South Manor High School last spring.

Bellport High School’s All-State musicians include:
• Erin Kelly - Soprano 2 - Chorus (Alternate) 
• Sarah Vaccaro - Viola - Symphony Orchestra
• Tyler Zapata - Trumpet - Symphonic Band
• Andrew Zimlinghaus - Clarinet - Band (Alternate)

Each student was notified of their acceptance to the All-State Music Conference by mail in late August.  They are one of 900 NYS student musicians selected to perform in one of the eight prestigious All-State performing ensembles.  This represents a remarkable achievement, as there were over 6,600 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State Music Festival. Performing ensembles include the All-State Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. South Country had 20 high school students audition for All-State last spring.

The music department is very proud to have Erin, Sarah, Tyler and Andrew represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event! 
 

Cheering for a Cause

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On October 15th, 2017 the Bellport Varsity Cheerleading team participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach State Park and cheered on all walkers to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. From selling baked goods to breast cancer apparel and taking donations, the team was able to raise $415 for this cause.

Seniors Meet with College Reps

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On Wednesday, October 5th, over 120 colleges packed the high school gymnasium for the annual Bellport High School College Fair. Students were allotted time to visit college tables, learn about majors, admissions criteria, and the application process. The high school guidance counselors were on staff to assist students and answer college-related questions. In addition to the colleges 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 senior students throughout the fall to assist with college admissions and career planning. Current juniors and their parents/guardians will meet with counselors in the spring to develop a testing timeline and gain an introduction to the college admission process. 
Saturday, December 16, 2017
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